• In taunting Oregon player, UC Irvine coach demeaned gays, women and his school

    USA Today "I’m not sure what was worse, that UC Irvine coach Russell Turner thought it was OK to be homophobic or degrade women in taunting an opposing player, or that he thought it was funny. It wasn’t either of those things.   Turner lingered with Oregon’s..." March 25

  • NCAA Tournament ratings up 8 percent year over year, second-highest since 1991 expansion

    Awful Announcing "After getting off to a good start with first round ratings that were tied for the highest in 28 years, the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament ratings have continued strong through the first weekend. Turner and CBS announced Monday that the ratings through the first weekend..." March 25

  • Feds: Avenatti tried to extort $20M from Nike

    ESPN "Federal prosecutors in New York and California have charged celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. In the New York case, Avenatti was charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million in payments from Nike by threatening to use his ability to..." March 25

  • UNC's Garrison Brooks breaks tooth in Washington win, leaving Sweet 16 status in limbo

    CBS Sports "North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks was all smiles after the Tar Heels defeated No. 9 seed Washington 81-59 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16. But it was an imperfect smile. That's because, during the game, Brooks took a gruesome elbow to the face from Washington's Noel Dickerson..." March 25

  • Report: Lack of degree makes Jason Kidd ‘longshot’ for Cal job

    Larry Brown Sports "Jason Kidd left school early to go pro when he was playing for Cal in the 1990s, and that may end up ruining his chances of coaching there for the moment. According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Kidd has a way to go before securing his degree, making him less likely to be able to land..." March 25

  • Rick Pitino has interesting response to question about Alabama job

    Sportsnaut "The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for a new head basketball coach now that Avery Johnson is on his way out with a settlement. Naturally, former Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been mentioned among the potential replacements. When asked about the chatter, Pitino chose to once..." March 25

  • Cal Fires Head Coach Wyking Jones After Two Seasons, Eyes Jason Kidd as Replacement

    SI "Cal has fired head men's basketball coach Wyking Jones, the school's athletic director Jim Knowlton announced Sunday. The news was first reported by The Oregonian's John Canzano. It comes after the school had told Jones earlier this week..." March 24

  • Tennessee's Barnes: Schofield wanted teammate to play in his place

    The Score "Tennessee survived a scare against Iowa, escaping with an 83-77 OT win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Volunteers advanced to their first Sweet 16 since 2016, winning even with star guard Admiral Schofield on the bench during the latter stages of the game, including..." March 24

  • Avery Johnson officially out at Alabama

    Alabama "The Avery Johnson era is officially over in Tuscaloosa. After four seasons in the middle of the SEC pack, the separation between Alabama and its head basketball coach is complete. The two sides were negotiating a separation Thursday and a deal was announced..." March 24

  • Morant tight-lipped on future: Focus is not on NBA draft right now

    The Score "Ja Morant will be among the most highly touted prospects when he officially declares for the NBA draft, but he's not thinking about that just yet. Those expecting an official update on Morant's plans following Murray State's 90-62 loss to Florida State in the Round of 32..." March 24

  • Potential first-round NBA Draft pick Jontay Porter re-injures torn ACL during workout

    CBS Sports "Missouri center Jontay Porter has re-injured the knee that kept him out for his entire sophomore season in 2018-19. Porter tore his right ACL in the preseason against Southern Illinois and had been working to rehab it in time for the 2019 NBA Draft. According to the Kansas City Star,..." March 24

  • Nick Ward got help from MSU engineering department in recovery from broken hand

    Larry Brown Sports "Michigan State’s Nick Ward has some fellow undergraduates to thank as he tries to make his mark on this year’s NCAA Tournament. During the Spartans’ Round of 32 game against Minnesota on Saturday, CBS reporter Dana Jacobson told the story of how the junior forward,..." March 24

  • NCAA Basketball Fans Calling Out ‘Zion Cam’ When Duke Star Can’t Get Paid

    Complex "In what would appear to be a textbook example of media coverage overkill, CBS will be utilizing a designated "Zion Cam," which is tasked with the sole purpose of following 18-year-old phenom Zion Williamson around when Duke plays during the NCAA Tournament. "We hired a..." March 23

  • UCF's Fall 'won't allow' Zion to posterize him

    The Score "UCF's Round of 32 matchup with Duke will be a sight to behold, as Tacko Fall's elite shot-blocking will be tested against college basketball's most unstoppable force in Zion Williamson on Sunday. However, the Knights' 7-foot-6 giant believes he's ready to meet his..." March 23

  • Dick Vitale thinks it’s time college basketball players get paid

    SB Nation "Dick Vitale didn’t even need to be prompted to bring up the hypocrisy that underscores college sports in the middle of a conversation about the NCAA tournament last week. “I’ll tell you this, kids like Zion (Williamson), they deserve to make some..." March 22

  • Tyus Battle leaving Syracuse basketball team for NBA draft

    Syracuse.com "Tyus Battle will leave Syracuse and enter the NBA draft, a source close to the junior said Friday. Battle, a 6-foot-6 guard, had been expected to make this his last season with the Orange. Battle entered his name in the NBA draft last year but decided to return to..." March 22

  • CBS Will Debut Its ‘Zion Cam’ For The NCAA Tournament Dedicated Solely To The Duke Star

    Dime Magazine "Just a month ago, there was a debate about whether Zion Williamson should even participate in this year’s NCAA Tournament. During one of Duke’s annual rivalry games against North Carolina, the future NBA lottery pick’s Nike sneaker disintegrated under him as he made..." March 22

  • Vanderbilt fires Bryce Drew as men's basketball coach

    Sporting News "Vanderbilt has fired third-year men's basketball coach Bryce Drew, the school announced on Friday. "Vanderbilt is committed to competing at the highest levels on and off the court. After careful consideration, we've decided to make a change to the leadership of our..." March 22

  • Avery Johnson, Alabama negotiating buyout

    Alabama "The Avery Johnson era appears to be nearing an end at the University of Alabama. The school and Johnson are currently negotiating a buyout for what would be a mutually agreed upon parting of ways, AL.com learned Thursday night. The discussions remain active a day after the..." March 22

  • Oregon was in danger of missing the NCAA tournament. An 'accident' changed everything

    USA Today " An accident is partly responsible for the 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks riding an eight-game winning streak into its matchup against the fifth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It might look like an act of genius that Oregon coach Dana..." March 22

  • Tom Izzo Had To Be Restrained By His Players While He Screamed At Freshman Forward Aaron Henry

    Uproxx "Tensions run high during the NCAA Tournament, especially when a team with national title aspirations is at risk of getting bounced in the first or second round. That exact thing was happening in the second half of Michigan State’s first round game against Bradley, and in response, Spartan..." March 22

  • FSU's Cofer told after game his father died

    ESPN "Florida State senior Phil Cofer found out following the Seminoles' 76-69 victory over Vermont that his father died. "He got a phone call in the locker room after the game that his dad had died," Florida State spokesman Chuck Walsh told ESPN. Cofer's father..." March 21

  • Kobe Bryant to Duke star Zion Williamson: 'Focus on the game. Everything else is secondary'

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant has some advice for Zion Williamson. The Duke freshman has arguably been the best college basketball player of the last decade and is widely projected to be the top pick in the 2019 draft. Bryant, the former Lakers star, discussed Williamson’s potential during a..." March 21

  • Kentucky star PJ Washington to miss NCAA Tournament first-round game

    CBS Sports "Kentucky forward PJ Washington has been ruled out of the Wildcats' first-round game against No. 15 seed Abilene Christian due to a sprained foot, coach John Calipari announced on Thursday. Washington was listed as probable to play on Wednesday ahead of the game, but a trip to see..." March 21

  • John Calipari seemingly responds to report linking him to UCLA

    Larry Brown Sports "John Calipari took to social media to seemingly respond to a report linking him with the UCLA head coaching job. A report surfaced on Wednesday that Calipari was showing interest in coaching the UCLA Bruins. Later that day, the Kentucky Wildcats coach took to his Twitter account to..." March 21

  • The doubters were right: St. John’s didn’t belong

    New York Post "So the skeptics were spot-on. The doubters had their day. There were plenty of voices whispering — some screaming — that St. John’s didn’t deserve to be anywhere near the NCAA Tournament, not as the 68th pick, not as the 168th pick. Then the Johnnies went out..." March 21

  • Frank Howard Suspended From NCAA Tournament Indefinitely for 'Violation of Policy'

    SI "Syracuse point guard Frank Howard will not play in the NCAA tournament for an indefinite period of time due to "a violation of athletic department policy," the school announced on Wednesday. Details regarding the nature of Howard's suspension were not shared in the..." March 20

  • Gophers' Pitino: Facing L'ville not a distraction

    ESPN "Minnesota coach Richard Pitino had the predictable thought when he saw the Gophers would play against Louisville in the first round of the NCAA tournament. "When you see Louisville pop up, you're more about, 'What am I going to say to the media? How am I going to lie to..." March 20

  • 3 reasons Duke won't win national title, spoiling March Madness brackets everywhere

    USA Today "What's the best Duke team of all-time?  The Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill teams of the early 1990s?  The Jay Williams, Shane Battier and Mike Dunleavy version of the early 2000s? The Danny Ferry mid-'80s team? The Elton Brand..." March 20

  • Warren Buffett offers $1 million for life for perfect Sweet 16 field

    CBS Sports "March Madness is the annual event that unites the nation. Brackets around the globe are filled out, office pools are created and employees of non Warren Buffett-ran entities sit back and wish the famous billionaire was signing off on their pay stubs. As is the case every year, Buffett..." March 20

  • Romeo Langford Will Not Play In Indiana’s NIT Opener Against St. Francis

    Dime Magazine "Indiana might have been the most fascinating team on the 2019 NCAA Tournament bubble. The Hoosiers had a laundry list of great wins — including a pair of victories over Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan State — but sat at an underwhelming 17-15. Ultimately, the committee left..." March 20

  • Shaka Smart acknowledges he is on hot seat at Texas

    Larry Brown Sports "It has been nearly four years since Texas hired Shaka Smart in hopes of returning the program to the level of success it enjoyed early in the Rick Barnes era, but that simply has not happened. With the Longhorns having missed the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, Smart seems..." March 20

  • John Calipari provides promising news on PJ Washington

    CBS Sports "Troubling news came down Tuesday that PJ Washington, Kentucky's leading scorer and rebounder, has been in a walking boot since Sunday. But the precautionary move, as it was determined, seems to be of muted concern for the No. 2 seed Wildcats. UK coach John Calipari provided an..." March 20