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King Rice-John Calipari relationship reaches MSG, 30 years after it started

John Calipari, like so many other coaches in the mid and late-1980's, recruited King Rice as a star guard from Binghamton (N.Y.) High School. Seemingly destined to end up at Syracuse, Rice wound up at North Carolina. Still, Calipari left an impression that stayed with Monmouth University's head coach many years later. "Cal recruited me hard," Rice said. (Asbury Park Press)

Chad Morris will hit the ground running (and passing) at Arkansas

Chad Morris greeted his new team at the University of Arkansas on Thursday with three simple commands: Sit up, put your feet on the floor, and put your drinks down. That’s classic Morris. Straightforward, no punches pulled. He commands – nay, demands – attention and respect and effort, which is no doubt what he’ll begin extracting from every player on the Razorbacks’ roster beginning immediately. (Greenville News)

Oregon State names Washington OC Jonathan Smith its new coach

Oregon State has named Jonathan Smith its next head coach. The Beavers made the announcement with a fantastic video. Smith, 38, was a four-year starter at quarterback for Oregon State from 1998-2001, leading the Beavers to an 11-1 record and Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame during the 2000 season. (CBS Sports)

Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma wins Heisman Trophy over Bryce Love, Lamar Jackson

Since the NCAA began allowing athletic scholarships in 1950, no player to win the Heisman Trophy ever started his career as a walk-on. Baker Mayfield changed that Saturday. He collected 2,398 points in voting totals. Stanford running back Bryce Love was second with 1,300 points; Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman winner, was third with 793. (ESPN.com)

Why doesn't the Duke men's basketball program have female managers?

Duke’s men’s basketball managers are easy to notice if you’re watching the Blue Devils in the stands. At every timeout, the managers dash onto the court with one handing a clipboard to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the others giving the players Gatorade and towels. They usually all dress similarly. But in recent years, another feature has been glaring—they’re all men. (Duke Chronicle)

The Best Moments From Herm Edwards's Introductory Press Conference At Arizona State

Herm Edwards is the new coach at Arizona State and his introductory press conference Monday was seemed to excite just about everyone. From the beginning of the press conference, when Edwards was introduced as the new conductor of the train, it was clear that we were in for some good stuff from the coach turned ESPN analyst turned coach. (Sports Illustrated)

ESPN laying off 150 employees in another round of cuts

ESPN is laying off about 150 employees, including people who work in studio production, digital content and technology, the sports company said Wednesday. The cuts, which are the latest sign of the financial pressures the operation faces, follow a round of layoffs in April that included the departure of about 100 employees, among them several on-air personalities. (Los Angeles Times)

UCF hires Josh Heupel to be next football coach, build on Scott Frost's success

Josh Heupel called becoming UCF’s new head football coach a life-long dream fulfilled. And the first-time head coach understands the high expectations he faces replacing Scott Frost, who led the Knights to the first 12-0 season in school history. "There’s pressure, absolutely," said Heupel. “But there’s no greater pressure than that than I would have already put on myself." (Orlando Sentinel)

Duke boots punter/kicker Austin Parker off its football team

Duke will face Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl without one of its key special teams players. Austin Parker, who handled punting and place-kicking duties for the Blue Devils, was dismissed from the team on Friday for a violation of university academic policy, according to the school. Parker made 17 of 21 field goal attempts for the Blue Devils this season. (Durham Herald-Sun)

SC State player who collapsed in game against NC State released from hospital

The South Carolina State player who collapsed on the court during a weekend game at North Carolina State has been released from the hospital. N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said Thursday he had just spoken with Tyvoris Solomon and his father as they headed home. Rex Hospital spokesman Alan Wolf confirmed to The Associated Press that Solomon had been discharged. (Associated Press)

Tennessee football, Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt have finalized deal to make him Vols coach

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee have finalized a deal to make Pruitt the Vols' coach, UT announced Thursday. Pruitt will be introduced at a news conference at 6:05 p.m. Thursday. Pruitt will receive a six-year deal. Pruitt and fellow defensive coordinators Kevin Steele of Auburn and Mel Tucker of Georgia were considered finalists for the job. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Pitt, Pat Narduzzi agree to new seven-year contract

University of Pittsburgh Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced Wednesday a new seven-year contract for head football coach Pat Narduzzi that ensures his leadership of the Panthers through at least 2024. Narduzzi is establishing Pitt as a rising contender in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. The Panthers have won 21 games under his direction. (Pittsburgh Panthers)

Boston College PF Deontae Hawkins out for year

Deontae Hawkins, a fifth year graduate transfer from Illinois State, will see his first season at Boston College--and possibly his last--cut short due to a knee injury suffered against Nebraska a week ago. Losing him for the entire season is a big blow to the Eagles. Hawkins had started in the first 8 games of the season for BC, averaging 12.4 points and 9.1 rebounds. (Rivals.com)

Ten college basketball seniors who were overlooked in high school

Matt Farrell initially committed to Boston College during his senior year. After playing out his senior year, Notre Dame came calling late. This season: 15.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Ben Lammers visited Marquette and Miami before picking Georgia Tech in the fall of his senior year. This season: 14.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. (Rivals.com)

Willie Taggart Named Florida State Head Football Coach

FSU on Tuesday announced that Willie Taggart, the former coach at Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon, has agreed to become the next coach of the Seminoles’ football team. A Bradenton, Fla., native who grew up a Florida State fan, Taggart is the 10th head coach in program history and just its third since 1976, when the legendary Bobby Bowden took over in Tallahassee. (Florida State Athletics)

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