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Sunday, June 17, 2018

College Basketball

Louisville sex party escort Katina Powell evicted from home

Katina Powell

The woman who was at the center of the scandal that resulted in Louisville having to vacate its 2013 national championship is being evicted from her home.

According to a report from WDRB in Kentucky, a judge ruled on Wednesday that Powell has 30 days to move out of the public housing complex where she currently lives. The ruling stems from Powell allegedly violating her lease agreement over an incident involving her daughter, Lindsay, and a gun.

The younger Powell was in jail on a gun charge as of Saturday.

Powell blew the lid off the Louisville sex scandal when she revealed that the basketball team hired her for numerous sex parties that were attended by players and recruits from 2010-2014. She admitted her daughters took part in the strip shows but said they were all of legal age at the time. Powell wrote a book in which she revealed some disturbing details about the parties and her daughters’ involvement in them.

Because of the scandal, the NCAA ruled back in February that Louisville had to vacate 123 victories from 2012-2015, including its 2013 national championship.

John Beilein does not expect to consider NBA jobs again

John Beilein

Michigan coach John Beilein’s interest in the Detroit Pistons job was legitimate, but now that the courtship is over, don’t expect him to consider any other opportunities like it.

Beilein told WBBL’s “The Huge Show” this week that he found the opportunity “appealing,” but after ultimately turning it down, he doesn’t expect to entertain any more NBA interest in the future.

“It was location, location, location,” Beilein said, via James Hawkins of the Detroit News. “(Wife) Kathleen and I, we love it. We have our daughter Seana in Saline with her three grandkids and her husband. We wouldn’t really have to move. It was appealing to me and the interest was mutual to an extent, but they had some other great options and I had a great option.

“It didn’t work out, but I wanted to think it through. I don’t anticipate or plan on ever doing that again and I think people understand that. It’s not like I’ve been doing this every year.”

Reports at the time indicated that Beilein’s interest in the NBA was not simply a leverage play, and his comments seem to bear that out. At age 65, this was probably the last chance he’d get to consider an NBA opportunity, especially one that wouldn’t force him to uproot his family. He thought it through and ultimately decided against it.

John Beilein withdraws from Pistons’ head coaching search

John Beilein

The Detroit Pistons appear to be a step closer to naming their new head coach.

On Wednesday, Michigan head coach John Beilein announced on Twitter that he will continue coaching the Wolverines next season.

The announcement from Beilein came on the heels of reports that he had met with Pistons executives. Former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey has also met with Detroit officials, and he could be on the verge of landing the job with Beilein seemingly out of the picture.

Beilein has enjoyed great success in recent years at Michigan, leading the team to the national championship game twice. There was some speculation that he was using the Pistons’ vacancy for leverage in contract talks with Michigan, but it does not seem like that was the case.

John Calipari commits recruiting violation by talking about his future PG

John Calipari

Five-star point guard recruit Ashton Hagans has verbally committed to Kentucky, and you can understand why John Calipari is excited that the No. 1 point guard in the nation is joining his loaded 2019 recruiting class. As it turns out, the Wildcats coach may be a little too excited about it.

Calipari was asked a question about Hagans at the SEC’s spring meetings last week, and he committed a minor recruiting violation by responding. The question had to do with whether or not Calipari believed Hagans, a Georgia native, would still have flipped his commitment to Kentucky if former University of Georgia coach Mark Fox was not fired.

“He wanted us all along and we had waited, and Mark did a good job and jumped on it. I told him, ‘You’re smart,’” Calipari said, according to Seth Emerson of The Athletic. “But then the kid opens up when he figures out that stuff is happening. And we get a terrific player.”

Hagans’ father told SEC Country two weeks ago that Ashton is finishing up an online course and plans to enroll at Kentucky not later than August. The youngster almost certainly is not going to change his mind now, but Kyle Tucker of SEC Country notes that it is against NCAA rules for a coach to speak publicly about a recruit who has not yet signed a letter of intent.

What Calipari said will constitute a secondary violation, meaning it will not affect Hagans’ eligibility. It should amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist, which seems more than reasonable considering the circumstances. Calipari, of course, is no stranger to NCAA violations, but this one seems like nothing.

Bruce Pearl gets Auburn contract extension despite FBI investigation

Bruce Pearl

The Auburn Tigers are giving Bruce Pearl a contract extension despite the ongoing FBI investigation into the program.

The school announced Monday that Pearl will have his contract extended through 2022-23 after a successful season on the court.

Pearl led Auburn to a 26-8 season and the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite the investigation hanging over his program. If you believe the reports, said investigation, plus Pearl’s hesitance to comply with it, could have cost him his job last year, but obviously the Auburn brass has been sufficiently impressed by his conduct and his coaching to keep him around for a while longer.

Idaho AD has leave extended as probe into sexual assault handling continues

Idaho athletic director Rob Spear has been on paid administrative leave for nearly two months, and the school announced on Thursday that the leave will be extended indefinitely as an investigation continues into the way the athletic department handled sexual assault and harassment cases.

According to Chadd Cripe of The Idaho Statesman, the University of Idaho said in a statement that the leave will continue until the “external review into how the athletics department handled past allegations of sexual assault is completed, the report has been reviewed and a decision is made on Spear’s employment status.”

“It is never easy to examine one’s own actions critically,” Idaho President Chuck Staben said in the press release. “We know we have made improvements in how we approach sexual assault allegations but we need to know that we are doing all we can to keep our students safe. That is our No. 1 priority.”

Idaho announced on April 3 that it is investigating “process failures” within the athletic department stemming from the way sexual assault cases were handled in 2012 and 2013. Mairin Jameson, a former diver at the school, and former Idaho distance runner Maggie Miller reported six instances of harassment by former Vandals wide receiver Jahrie Level to police and athletic department staffers in April 2013. The Idaho Statesman began examining how the case was handled after Jameson wrote about it on a friend’s Tumblr blog earlier this year.

Given some of the disturbing claims we have seen made against university athletic departments in recent months, it is no surprise Idaho is taking its time with the investigation.

Caleb, Cody Martin returning to Nevada

Nevada Wolf Pack logo

The Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team is receiving a huge boost.

Caleb and Cody Martin are withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to school for their senior seasons, according to multiple reports.

The Martin twins transferred from NC State and helped lead the Wolf Pack to a 29-8 season, which included a Sweet 16 berth. Caleb led the team in scoring with 18.9 points per game, while Cody averaged 14 points per game and led the team in assists (4.7), steals (1.7) and blocks (1.5) per game.

Nevada will be a team to watch entering the season.

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