Jalen Rose wants Chris Webber to finally apologize for Michigan problems

Jalen-Rose-Chris-Webber-MichiganChris Webber’s order to disassociate himself with Michigan ended last year, and the former Wolverines star forward took the big step of attending the school’s championship game against Louisville.

Despite Webber’s efforts, former Fab Five teammate Jalen Rose still feels like Webber needs to apologize to the school.

The Fab Five reached the NCAA championship game in each of their first two seasons (1992 and 1993). They were forced to vacate their Final Four appearances and wins after it was discovered that some of their players accepted money from booster Ed Martin, who died in 2003. Webber took over $200,000 from Martin and was the highest-profile player called to testify before a grand jury. Webber initially lied to the grand jury and was later convicted of perjury.

In an interview published by HoopsHype on Monday, Rose reiterated his belief that it’s time for Webber to apologize to the school.

Q: When was the last time you spoke with Chris Webber?

JR: I heard through mutual friends that he’s upset that I said that I feel like he should have come out and apologize for some transgressions that happened at the University of Michigan. But I still stand behind that. Also I’m disappointed how the relationship with [Michigan booster] Ed Martin ended. Ed, unfortunately, in my opinion basically died of a broken heart. So while we’re still brothers and I hope that we’re going to make amends… One of the great things of being teammates and friends is we should be able to speak openly and honestly. And hopefully he finds a way to realize and apologize about what happened in Michigan. It ain’t just about you. It’s about the players, it’s about the coach. Steve Fisher coached in three finals and won a championship in Michigan. You go in that campus, his name is nowhere. So it’s bigger than just him. And the fans deserve it, the history of the University of Michigan deserves it. And all he had to do is say two words. It’s not brain surgery. They are ‘I’m sorry.”

The interview is a good one and features Rose’s thoughts on the Cavs, LeBron and Kevin Love, and much more, so we suggest you read it.

Webber wiped out a lot of bad blood with Michigan by attending the championship game, but an apology would go a long way towards restoring his and the Fab Five’s name with the school, just like Rose says.

Rose said earlier this year that Webber disassociates himself with the Fab Five. Last year, Rose talked on Grantland about how Webber ignored him at the 2013 NBA Finals:

Rose has expressed many strong opinions on this subject. He was responsible for the utterly awesome “The Fab Five” documentary produced by ’30 for 30′ and says Webber, despite initially agreeing to participate, backed out out of the film. Last April, he implored Webber to come to the national championship game (and says Webber did not like the public request). Rose also expressed anger in 2012 over the Fab Five’s banners being pulled down by the school.

The Fab Five may be associated with the scandal that rocked the basketball program, but they also brought remarkable success, identity and accolades to the school. All of the positive deserves equal recognition as the negative.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Shaquille Johnson arrested after fight stemming from dance-off

Shaquille-Johnson-mugshotLongwood University junior basketball player Shaquille Johnson was arrested earlier this month and charged with felony malicious wounding after an incident that took place at a party in Farmville, Va. What type of incident? Just your basic fight after a dance-off competition.

According to the Longwood Rotunda, Farmville Police Chief Doug Mooney said that Johnson punched a Hampden Sydney College student after they battled in some sort of dance-off. You can’t make this stuff up.

Mooney speculates Johnson was angered, or unhappy about the conclusion of the dance off and then allegedly struck Doman in the mouth knocking out several of his teeth. Doman was taken to the hospital shortly after the altercation.

“This is an example of what can happen at a party when you have alcohol involved,” Mooney Said. “The problems we see with Longwood students are almost always when alcohol is around. Alcohol was being used by people there, and it altered their judgment.”

Johnson, who began his collegiate career at Auburn, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after his freshman season with the Tigers in 2013. He was dismissed from the team before transferring to Northwest Florida State College for his sophomore season and now Longwood for his junior year. The school said it is respecting due process and waiting for more details to be sorted out.

If Johnson takes his basketball as seriously as his dancing, he should be able to do some damage on the court.

H/T College Basketball Talk

Texas G Martez Walker suspended for allegedly punching girlfriend multiple times

Martez Walker

Texas sophomore guard Martez Walker was suspended indefinitely by the team Friday after allegations emerged this week that he assaulted his girlfriend.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Walker’s girlfriend told campus police that she was punched hard four times by the Longhorns basketball player after he became angry with her for going out to a happy hour with another guy.

Their alleged fight took place in a dorm room. The girlfriend said she slapped Walker because she was tired of his treatment, but then she got into the fetal position and protected her face because she knew from his past behavior that he would retaliate by hitting her. He did — four times on her left side — and then dragged her out of the room by her arms.

The girlfriend was taken to the hospital to be treated. Walker turned himself into police and was charged with a misdemeanor assault.

“We are aware of the situation with Martez and he is cooperating with campus police officials,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said in a statement. “We have consistently stressed to all of our student-athletes for a long time that any behavior in which women are not treated with respect will not be tolerated.”

Texas president Bill Powers issued a statement as well.

“Physical abuse and violence will not be tolerated at the University of Texas. We take this allegation extremely seriously. Coach Barnes has suspended the player from the team and the university has begun to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students, even as the investigation continues.”

Walker shot 39.4 percent and averaged 4.7 points per game last season.

Doug McDermott’s college roommate selling his old clothes

doug-mcdermott-creightonPrior to being selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 11th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft (and later traded to the Chicago Bulls), Doug McDermott’s name gained legendary status around Omaha, Nebraska as a star for the Creighton Bluejays.

McDermott was a three-time First Team All-American, three-time conference player of the year, and left Creighton having scored the fifth most points in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history.

As one of the more accomplished players to the leave the program, we can expect to see McDermott back for various celebratory events. However, McDermott probably won’t be returning for the clothes he left in the closet of an apartment shared by a roommate.

So, Michael Vandevoort has decided to sell Doug McDermott’s threads, with the proceeds going to a good cause.

Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time. For Michael Vandevoort, that time was spent sharing a living space with a college basketball star and one of the greatest scorers in the sports history. Now, the Northstar Youth Basketball Program get to benefit from that.

H/T For The Win

School complained Geno Auriemma’s phone call to Mo’ne Davis was recruiting violation

Mone Davis Little League

Did Geno Auriemma’s congratulatory phone call to Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis constitute a recruiting violation? That’s what one college basketball program believes.

Auriemma was put into contact with Davis during the youngster’s run at Williamsport with her Taney Little League team. Davis has stated that her goal is to play point guard for UConn’s women’s team, so the Philadelphia 76ers thought it would be cool to put her in touch with the Huskies coach.

An intermediary put Auriemma in contact with Little League representatives, who put Davis on the phone with the coach.

“The conversation lasted like two minutes and we hung up,” Auriemma said via the Hartford Courant. “And then I was told a school turned us in for a recruiting violation because we are not allowed contact of July 1 before her junior year of high school. … That’s the world that we live in.”

UConn says Davis is not considered a prospective student athlete until high school. She is currently in eighth grade.

How ridiculous was this whole thing? And how much of a recruiting violation could it be if Davis has already publicly stated her dream is to play for UConn? If anything, a conversation with Auriemma might turn her off from the school. By the way, my money says Muffet McGraw made the call.

John Calipari calls into Mike Francesa’s show after Francesa criticizes him (Audio)

John CalipariJohn Calipari was a guest on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Wednesday. Calipari joined Francesa in his studio, and Francesa waited until after Calipari left to give his honest opinion of the Kentucky coach. In short, Francesa said that Calipari is one of the best recruiters and motivators in college basketball but that he is not one of the top “X’s and O’s guys.”

Since Calipari was no longer in-studio to defend himself, he decided to call into Francesa’s show and argue with him. The exchange was fantastic.

“This is John Calipari. What are you saying, I can’t coach,” Calipari asked. “Are you saying I can’t coach? Why didn’t you say that when I was sitting there next to you? … You changed your tune.”

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“You know what you’re like — you’re like a caller who doesn’t listen,” Francesa fired back. “What I said to (the caller) is you’re a master recruiter, you’re a master motivator and you’re not a great X’s and O’s guy, which you’re not. … Are there better X’s and O’s guys than you?”

“You think I believe that?” Calipari said. “I will pass a lie detector test and say no. What are you talking about?”

Francesa then dumped Calipari like he would any other caller. And that, my friends, is exactly what you get when you take two self-absorbed, opinionated middle-aged men and put them in a classic sports talk radio setting. Fantastic.

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H/T College Basketball Talk

Report: John Calipari was ‘deep in discussions’ with Cavs before Kentucky extension

John CalipariJohn Calipari already tried coaching in the NBA once, and it didn’t go well. After winning the Naismith College Coach of the Year Award in 1996, Calipari went on to compile a record of 72-112 in less than three seasons with the New Jersey Nets. According to one report, he was fairly close to giving the NBA another shot last week.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Brett Dawson of Yahoo Sports claim Calipari was “deep in discussions” with the Cleveland Cavaliers before he finalized a contract extension with Kentucky last week. He had even reportedly outlined the terms of a potential agreement with the Cavs that would be worth $60 million-plus over seven years and make him president of basketball operations as well as head coach.

Calipari, who signed a seven-year, $52 million extension with the Wildcats, was offered more than $8 million per season from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. That would have placed him among the highest-paid coaches in the league. Calipari was said to be “intrigued” by the offer, but there is some speculation that he may have been concerned over how he would mesh with a hands-on owner like Gilbert.

Had Kentucky defeated UConn and won a national championship in April, it probably would have been easier to lure Calipari away. Now that the Harrison twins are returning to Lexington for their sophomore seasons and the Wildcats are easily the No. 1 team in the country heading into next season, Calipari probably wants to stick around. It’s a shame he’ll have to settle for only $7 million-plus per season.