Basketball Wiretap

Scott Drew Turns Down Kentucky To Remain At Baylor

Apr 11, 2024 1:13 PM

Scott Drew has decided to stay at Baylor, turning down interest from Kentucky after emerging as that school's top target to replace John Calipari.

Drew, who won a national title at Baylor in 2021, has a close relationship with Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart but ultimately decided to stay at Baylor, where he has coached for 21 years and gone 446-244. He confirmed his plan to remain the Bears coach in a statement Thursday.

Tags: Baylor Bears, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, National, National Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

John Calipari Regrets Not Leaving Kentucky For UCLA In 2019

Apr 10, 2024 1:57 PM

John Calipari left Kentucky to join Arkansas on a five-year, $38.5 million contract with bonuses that could increase the amount to seven years and almost $60 million. 

The new partnership will include an NIL fund worth “at least” $5-7 million.

Sources tell The Athletic that Calipari still regrets turning down the UCLA job in 2019. Kentucky kept Calipari on a 10-year, $86 million deal that UCLA couldn't match.

Arkansas hasn't reached the Final Four since 1995.

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Tags: UCLA Bruins, Arkansas Razorbacks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

John Calipari Finalizing Five-Year Deal With Arkansas

Apr 7, 2024 11:37 PM

John Calipari is finalizing a five-year deal to become the next coach at Arkansas, sources told ESPN on Sunday night, a blockbuster move that will shake up the SEC and college basketball landscape.

The deal is expected to be completed in the next 24 hours.

Calipari is the second-highest-paid coach in the country at Kentucky, earning more than $8.5 million per year. Arkansas is believed to have offered Ole Miss' Chris Beard in the neighborhood of $5 million when it pursued him following Eric Musselman's decision last week to leave for USC, sources told ESPN.

Tags: Arkansas Razorbacks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, National, National Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

South Carolina Completes Undefeated Season To Claim NCAA Title

Apr 7, 2024 8:38 PM

A year after a stunning Final Four defeat that ended what could have been a perfect season and national championship run, the South Carolina Gamecocks finished the job Sunday in historic fashion.

South Carolina defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 87-75 in the women's NCAA tournament title game to become the 10th team in Division I history to complete an undefeated season (38-0), joining UConn (6 times), Baylor (2011-12), Tennessee (1997-98) and Texas (1985-86) as the only programs to achieve such a feat.

Tags: South Carolina Gamecocks, NCAA Tournament, NCAA, National, NCAA Award, National Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Lady Vols Hire Kim Caldwell As New Head Coach

Apr 7, 2024 1:56 PM

Tennessee hired Marshall coach Kim Caldwell on Sunday, going outside the Lady Vols family for the first time since the late Pat Summitt stepped down in 2012.

Caldwell replaces Kellie Harper, who was fired last week after five seasons coaching at her alma mater. Caldwell will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. The move might be considered outside the box to some. Both Harper and her predecessor, Holly Warlick, had deep ties to the program.

Tags: Tennessee Volunteers, NCAA, National, National Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Top 2024 Recruit Sarah Strong Commits To UConn

Apr 6, 2024 2:02 PM

Sarah Strong, the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2024, committed to UConn at halftime of the Chipotle Nationals championship Saturday.

Strong was the last recruit to commit from the ESPN 100 and was deciding from among UConn, Duke and North Carolina. She joins a loaded 2024 class for the Huskies that also includes No. 4 Allie Ziebell and No. 18 Morgan Cheli.

"Just watching them play ... watching and realizing I can help them and be there. I'm just ready to be there and practice and play," Strong said of her decision to choose UConn, adding she felt the Huskies can help her reach her goal of playing in the WNBA. "I like the style and feel like I fill a need there. I'm drawn to the championship culture."

Tags: UConn Huskies, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, National, National Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Bronny James To Enter NBA Draft, Transfer Portal

Apr 5, 2024 11:30 AM

USC freshman guard Bronny James will enter the 2024 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility and will also enter the transfer portal, he said Friday on Instagram.

James had been expected to have a major impact on USC after earning McDonald's All-American honors in high school, but a July cardiac arrest episode and a procedure to treat a congenital heart defect sidelined him for five months and severely impacted his productivity as a freshman at USC.

James averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19 minutes a game.

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Tags: USC Trojans, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Declarations, NCAA Misc Rumor

Hailey Van Lith Enters Transfer Portal

Apr 4, 2024 7:24 PM

LSU Tigers star Hailey Van Lith is in the transfer portal, a source confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

Van Lith averaged 11.6 points and 3.6 assists per game in her first and only season with the reigning champion Tigers, who ended their postseason run Monday with a loss to Iowa in the Elite Eight.

She was eligible to declare for the WNBA draft this past week but also has a fifth season of collegiate eligibility, granted to student-athletes by the NCAA during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tags: LSU Tigers, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

Bronny James Could Transfer From USC

Apr 3, 2024 11:20 AM

Bronny James is expected to enter the college basketball transfer portal following his freshman season at USC. Andy Enfield left USC for the head coaching vacancy at SMU.

“At the end of the day, Bronny’s his own man,” said LeBron James when asked about his son on Tuesday.

“He has some tough decisions to make, and when he’s ready to make those decisions, he’ll let us all know. But as his family, we’re going to support whatever he does.”

James averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25 games this season.

In February, ESPN moved James to the 39th pick in their 2025 NBA mock draft. Before his health issue last July and his freshman season at USC, James was regarded as a possible lottery pick.

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Tags: Bronny James, USC Trojans, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Transfer, NCAA Misc Rumor

Lady Vols Fire Coach Kellie Harper After Five Seasons

Apr 1, 2024 1:34 PM

Tennessee parted ways with coach Kellie Harper on Monday after five seasons, opting to make a change to try and reinvigorate a program that has not played for a national championship since the late Pat Summitt retired.

Harper, who played under Summitt, could never quite get the program back to an elite level. Though she won 20 or more games four times, Tennessee never advanced past the Sweet 16.

"After a thorough review of our women's basketball program, I have informed Kellie we are making a change in leadership," Tennessee athletic director Danny White said in a statement.

Tags: Tennessee Volunteers, NCAA, National, National Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Stanford Hires Kyle Smith As New Head Coach

West Virginia To Hire Darian DeVries As Head Coach

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Dusty May To Be New Michigan Head Coach

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South Carolina's Lamont Paris Agrees To New Six-Year Deal

Oklahoma State Fires Mike Boynton After Seven Seasons