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The Ridiculousness Of Conference Tournament Locations, In 6 Maps

To someone who doesn’t follow college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. But in reality, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from dubious to downright illogical. (FiveThirtyEight)

Stop messing with the Selection Sunday show. Don’t eliminate the drama.

Selection Sunday is one of the most delicious traditions in sports. There’s suspense. There’s heartache. There’s surprise. Legions of college basketball fans — and March bandwagon jumpers — fill out brackets each year while watching the NCAA March Madness Selection Show. To me, it has been perfect. That is until television executives started tinkering. (Chicago Tribune)

Georgia fires basketball coach Mark Fox after nine seasons

Georgia fired Mark Fox on Saturday -- less than 24 hours after his ninth season came to an end, a source confirmed. The Bulldogs lost Friday to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals and finished 18-15 overall, 7-11 in the SEC this season. Fox guided Georgia to two NCAA Tournaments in nine years but missed the Field of 68 in each of the past three seasons. (CBS Sports)

UConn parts ways with Kevin Ollie citing just cause

UConn has parted ways with Kevin Ollie. The school announced it has "initiated disciplinary procedures" to fire the head coach. The school announced in January that it was the subject of an NCAA investigation, but did not provide details. Hearst Connecticut Media cited unidentified sources saying the inquiry was related to recruiting. UConn finished 14-18 this season. (ESPN.com)

Video: Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson says tearful goodbye to senior star Tyler Nelson

Fairfield came up one win short of its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1997, falling 83-71 in Monday’s MAAC championship game to Iona. In the game’s waning moments, Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson called his star player over to the bench for the last time. While the player was able to keep it together, the gravity of the moment was too much for Johnson. (SB Nation)

Loyola earns 1st NCAA tournament bid since 1985: 'It means a lot for the city of Chicago'

A fan at the Scottrade Center held up a sign with 30 seconds left on the clock. The black letters spelled out: “Party Like It’s 1985.” Finally, Loyola is celebrating again. The Ramblers earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament in 33 years with Sunday’s 65-49 victory against Illinois State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship game. (Chicago Tribune)

Timeline: NC State and the FBI's investigation into college basketball

A timeline of events involving the FBI's investigation into college basketball and N.C. State: Feb. 23, 2018: A Yahoo Sports report alleges that while still in high school former N.C. State basketball player Dennis Smith Jr. received $73,500 in loans from ASM Sports; March 9, 2018: N.C. State’s Office of General Counsel received the grand jury subpoena on Jan. 17, 2018 for records. (Charlotte Observer)

On ACC Friday, recalling fond memories of rolling out the TV cart at school

“Back in my day...” When you hear that phrase in North Carolina this week, it’s probably followed by some oldster waxing nostalgic on the magic of the “good old days” of the ACC, back when North Carolinians cared so much about the tournament that they happily sent their kids off to school on ACC Friday knowing they’d spend much of the day watching basketball on TV. (Raleigh News & Observer)

N.C. State subpoenaed in FBI’s college basketball probe

North Carolina State has received a grand jury subpoena seeking records as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into corruption in college basketball, a school official confirmed Friday. The subpoena, issued by a grand jury impaneled in the Southern District of New York, was received Jan. 17, said North Carolina State athletics spokesman Fred Demarest. (Washington Post)

ESPN has named Disney exec James Pitaro as its new president

ESPN has named Disney executive James Pitaro as its new president, reporting directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the company announced Monday. Pitaro had been a leading candidate for the job since John Skipper left the position in December (citing substance abuse issues), according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Business Insider)

Georgia Tech guard Justin Moore announces plans to transfer

Georgia Tech guard Justin Moore, a part-time starter in the 2016-17 season whose playing time was dramatically reduced this season, says he will transfer to another school. Moore announced his plans on his Twitter account on Thursday. The native of San Diego says he made the decision "after much thought and consideration with my family." (WSB-TV)

ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher to accept buyout, resign

Sources have confirmed that ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher has accepted a buyout deal to resign from his position. The announcement is expected to be made official Friday following the Board of Trustees meeting. The buyout is expected to be in the $1 million range. Compher, 59, was hired in April 2013. He was given a five-year extension in late June. (WNCT)

Pitt parts ways with basketball coach Kevin Stallings

Pitt and Kevin Stallings have parted ways after just two seasons, according to multiple reports. Stallings was 24-41 in his Panthers tenure and finished this season with an 8-24 record and an 0-19 ACC mark. Since 2000, only six high-major coaches have been fired after just two seasons on the job and just two of the six were fired because of on-court performance. (NBC Sports)

Cavs' Kevin Love says recent panic attack changed his perspective on mental health

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love opened up Tuesday about a panic attack he suffered during a game earlier this season and the importance of talking about mental health in sports. In an essay for The Players' Tribune, Love wrote that he left a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 5 after halftime, running to the locker room with his heart uncontrollably racing. (USA Today)

Michael Porter Jr. will play for Mizzou in SEC Tournament

Michael Porter Jr. is back. After months of speculation, Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said Wednesday that the star freshman will play for the Tigers on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. It will be the former No. 1 overall recruit’s first game since Mizzou’s season opener against Iowa State, which he left after just playing two minutes. (Kansas City Star)

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