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The Madness is Underway

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As we inch closer to selection Sunday, many conference tournaments are underway finding teams who will automatically make the NCAA Men’s basketball. Here are the teams that currently in the tournament:

Atlantic Sun: Liberty

Big South: Gardner–Webb

Colonial: Northwestern

Horizon: Northern Kentucky

MAAC: Iona

Missouri Valley: Bradley

MEC: Fairleigh Dickinson

Ohio Valley: Murray State

Patriot: Colgate

Southern: Wofford

Summit League: North Dakota State

Summit League: Saint Marry’s

Out of the 32 conferences with automatic bids in the tournament, 12 of them have been clinched. All the until selection Sunday the remaining 20 conferences will have their tickets punched. Who will that be? Stay tuned!

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Tennessee Basketball Ranked 4th In (Early) Preseason Top 25

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A school built on football lure now has a thriving basketball team to get behind. In a early CBS basketball poll, the Volunteer squad is ranked 4th in the preseason. This should bring relief to a fan base whose struggled with a lackluster football team in recent years.

Under Coach Rick Barnes (SEC Coach of the year 2017)  the Vols went 26-9 last year, won a share of the regular season SEC title and reached the final of the SEC tournament. Tennessee should return most of their pivotal pieces for the 2018-19 season.

Admiral Schofield (2017-2018 ALL SEC second teamer) who tested the NBA waters has returned for his senior year to play along side Grant Williams (SEC player of the year) and Kyle Alexander. If they can stay healthy along with the supporting cast, this team has a legitimate chance to reach the final four.

According to Andy Katz, “Tennessee is the team to beat in the SEC this year,” and did I mention Coach Barnes recruiting is nothing to take lightly. Recently committed 5 star combo guard, Josiah James added his name to the class of 2019 and pushed the Vols recruiting into the top 10 nationally.

Although it’s too early to tell how this season will play out its certain the hype is warranted and reaching heights it hasn’t seen since the Bruce Pearl era.

Could it be!? Tennessee – a basketball school?

Follow the journey when the Volunteers tip off against Louisiana Lafayette on November 9th.

 

 

 

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Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter Resigns as Louisville Trustee

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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who is also a prominent University of Louisville booster,  submitted his resignation to the school’s board of trustees Wednesday after reports surfaced about his use of  the N-word during a conference call.

Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom announced Schnatter’s resignation stating that he believed “[Schnatter’s] comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values.”

Additionally, Papa John’s announced Wednesday evening that Schnatter had resigned from the company’s chairman seat.

Papa John’s issued the following statement in the aftermath of the story breaking.

News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session are true,” the statement read. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”

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Former UCLA Star Billy Knight Found Dead At 39

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Former UCLA Bruins star Billy Knight, who played for the program from 1997-2002, was found dead last night at the age of 39.

Reports of Knight’s death come shortly after he shared a rather disturbing YouTube video of himself posted on July 8th where he talks about his life of “sorrow” in what seemed to be a farewell message of sorts.

Knight also discussed hearing voice in his head, as well as asking the Lord for forgiveness.

While the video is still online, Sports Rants has chosen not to embed it, but you can see the video here.

Knight averaged 8.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game during his career.

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