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Larry Brown resigns as head coach of SMU

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Is anyone really surprised?

After dealing with an academic scandal last season in which the SMU program was unable to participate in the postseason, Larry Brown opted to resign from his position as head coach of the Mustangs.

Brown’s decision to step down comes at the worst possible time for SMU, as the NCAA world is in the midst of the first live recruiting period of July, and Dallas is dealing with an unfortunate tragedy.

Tim Jankovich, who was hired as the head coach in waiting, will now step in for Brown as the head man after previous stints with Illinois State and North Texas. Jankovich took over for Brown when the Hall of Famer was suspended for nine games last year in relation to last year’s NCAA sanctions. Jankovich and the Mustangs won all nine games.

Brown brought the SMU program from the bottom of the barrel to a perennial contender for conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. He took the Mustangs to the Big Dance in one of his four seasons on the job, led them to an NIT Final in 2013-14, and he had an overall record of 94-39 at the school.

But the Mustangs could’ve had a lot more success than they are currently given credit for.

Unfortunately, it was Brown that held them back.

SMU staff members completed academic assignments for former five-star recruit Keith Frazier, resulting in the NCAA scandal that limited a 25-5 team from competing in both the AAC Tournament and the Big Dance.

And that’s not the first time that Brown has had issues with the NCAA.

When he coached at UCLA, the program was given a postseason ban and probation for using ineligible players. At Kansas, the program was banned from the postseason following an NCAA Championship – Brown dashed to the San Antonio Spurs following the title.

Brown has a reputation for leaving teams before he gets too comfortable. He has coached at SMU, Kansas, Davidson (offseason only!) and UCLA at the college level, while he also coached the Carolina Cougars (ABA), Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats.

He is the only coach to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship, and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

And he might not be done in the coaching profession.

Brown wanted a five-year extension at age 75. SMU only wanted to give him a maximum of 2-to-3 years.

Now it’s time for both of them to move on.

I am a college basketball fanatic and a current St. John's University student. I also write for Rumble in the Garden and I am the editor of Busting Brackets FanSided.

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Georgetown’s Josh LeBlanc, Galen Alexander, Myron Gardner Face Numerous Complaints

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Georgetown Hoyas’ basketball players Josh LeBlanc and Galen Alexander received restraining orders sometime in November resulting from accusations of harassment and burglary, and freshman Myron Gardner was accused of “sexual harassment and assault,” according to one of the filings, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

ESPN obtained court records that were filed on November 5th by a Georgetown student, a restraining order against LeBlanc and Alexander, a request that was granted on November 20th after both players failed to appear

In response to an alleged burglary that I believe Joshua LeBlanc committed against me on September 16, 2019, Joshua threatened bodily harm against myself and my roommate,” the complaint read. “He continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week.”

Later, on November 13th, the student’s roommate filed for a separate restraining order against Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander, accusing Gardner of sexually harassing and assaulting her back on September 15th, and said that her home was burglarized by Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander on September 16th.

She also noted she filed complaints with both the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and Georgetown University Police Department.

“Georgetown University men’s basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season,” Georgetown said in an official statement.

“Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously and ensures that they are investigated thoroughly. While we are not able to comment on specific cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations for our student code that are fair to both parties. We encourage any student who has a concern to be in contact with the Georgetown University Police Department or the Office of Student Conduct.”

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Memphis’ James Wiseman Declared Ineligible

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Memphis Tigers star James Wiseman has been declared ineligible and will be withheld from competition while the school awaits reinstatement from the NCAA, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

Earlier on Thursday, it was announced that Wiseman had dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA, which was a restraining order, according to an official statement issued by Wiseman’s legal team:

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Wiseman is the projected number 1 overall pick for the 2020 NBA Draft.

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Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer Rules Out Return as Coach

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Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer ruled out a potential return as the Vols head coach, saying he no desire to return to the sideline and that the “coaching chapter of my life is closed”, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.

Fulmer, 69, led the Vols to a national championship in 1998. Fulmer was fired at the end of the 2008 season following a second losing season in four years.

“We’ve got a good football coach, and I believe in Jeremy Pruitt totally,” Fulmer said. “I have no interest in coaching again and would rather spend that time being a grandfather and doing whatever I can as athletic director in helping Jeremy get this program where we all want it to be. Any talk of me coaching again is just a bunch of rumors.”

Fulmer’s only focus is being the AD at his alma mater.

“I’m way past that point in my life,” Fulmer said. “I love the job I have [as AD] and am committed to seeing this thing through.”

“Jeremy Pruitt is as bought in as anybody could possibly be bought in at the University of Tennessee,” Fulmer said.

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