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Source: Indictments expected next week in college basketball scandal

A federal grand jury in New York is expected next week to indict all 10 men involved in the college basketball fraud and corruption case. The grand jury action would officially charge the men with offenses stemming from an FBI-led investigation into how top basketball talent is funneled through the NCAA by shoe companies, sports agents, financial planners, AAU coaches and assistant coaches. (Yahoo! Sports)

New social media company working with Kentucky basketball to build players' brands

As part of Kentucky’s new deal with social media software platform INFLCR (pronounced "influencer"), the Kentucky men’s basketball team engaged in social media training last month with the central message of “building your brand.” The success of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and his family’s “Big Baller Brand” had Quade Green thinking about his own options. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

FBI gives Louisville go-ahead to do its own Brian Bowen investigation

Brian Bowen, the five-star forward whose recruitment led to the firings of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, has taken a step toward reinstatement. Attorney Jason Setchen said Thursday that federal authorities have advised Louisville it is now free to investigate and can consider the reinstatement of Bowen because he is clear of "investigative impediments." (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Georgia Tech basketball’s Jackson, Okogie being held out for NCAA violations

Georgia Tech basketball players Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie are being withheld from regular-season competition by the school for NCAA rules violations. School officials determined that Jackson and Okogie, both starters and key members of the team, accepted preferential treatment, benefits or services in the form of apparel, meals and transportation. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Duke’s Marvin Bagley III drops rap single

Marvin Bagley III was the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 until he reclassified to 2017, where many still pegged him as the top player. He’s a potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft. He’s also an alright rapper. The 6-foot-11 Duke freshman released a song this week entitled, ‘Breathe,’ apparently a nod to the Fabulous song of the same title that Bagley uses the beat from to rap over. (NBC Sports)

Texans QB Deshaun Watson tears ACL in practice

One of the most memorable rookie seasons in memory has been cruelly cut short. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his right ACL in practice Thursday, sources informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Watson's remarkable debut season is over. An MRI on the knee confirmed the extent of the injury. (NFL.com)

Auburn Basketball Suspends Austin Wiley, Danjel Purifoy After FBI Complaint

Auburn has suspended Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, two players believed to be implicated in the F.B.I.'s complaint against former assistant coach Chuck Person. The university announced the decision on Thursday. "To avoid any potential eligibility issues, Auburn Athletics has decided to hold men's basketball players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy out indefinitely." (Sports Illustrated)

How Football Saved The ACC

ACC commissioner John Swofford is a 68-year-old man in charge of a 64-year-old league that has found high-level success in many sports. A football player at UNC from 1969-71, he grew up in North Carolina at a time when the ACC was far more famous for men’s basketball. Now he oversees a conference that benefits far more financially for its gridiron success. (ACC Sports Journal)

Top 20 prospects for the 2018 NBA Draft

From a depth standpoint, the potential 2018 NBA Draft class doesn’t compare to 2017 but the top-end talent could potentially be better. In fact, I think the top five players in the 2018 draft class are potentially better prospects than the top five players from last year’s draft. All five are in the running to go No. 1 overall, which will make the next eight months full of debate. (247 Sports)

Dick Vitale, college basketball's biggest fan, is 'fed up' and wants the game cleaned up

Dick Vitale might want to still be college basketball’s biggest cheerleader, but at age 78, he’s becoming one of its biggest cynics in the wake of an FBI investigation that has exposed the culture of corruption and backroom deal-making that has long been accepted as part of the recruiting landscape. “I’m fed up with this. “I love the game and care about it so much. It just frustrates me.” (USA Today)

Nebraska transfer Jessica Shepard can play right away for Notre Dame

The NCAA announced Wednesday that it has approved Notre Dame’s waiver of junior transfer Jessica Shepard, making the former two-time All-Big Ten and Nebraska forward eligible effective Wednesday. Shepard thought she may have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Notre Dame ded not indicate why the NCAA ruled that Shepard is eligible to play right away. (Lincoln Journal Star)

Gene Chizik: Don't let your fears kill your dream

One of the greatest things about being around college athletes is watching young men grow from the failures that inevitably happen in sports. They don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves after making an error or losing a game. They get back up and do it again. It doesn’t mean they are immune to the sting of failure. It means they don’t let fear paralyze them. (LinkedIn)

Legendary NC sports columnist Caulton Tudor dies

Legendary Triangle sports columnist Caulton Tudor, who has contributed to WRAL-TV and WRALSportsFan.com since 2013, passed away Tuesday. Prior to joining WRALSportsFan.com, Tudor was a writer and columnist with Raleigh Times and the News & Observer for nearly 40 years. Tudor inducted in May into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. (WRAL Sports Fan)

NCAA president Mark Emmert urges change to basketball to restore trust

Major changes are needed in college basketball before the 2018-19 season to show the public that the NCAA is capable of governing the sport in the wake of a bribery scandal, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday. Emmert’s comments were his most extensive since federal investigators accused coaches, financial managers and an Adidas executive of using bribes to influence athletes. (Associated Press)

NCAA appeal denied: Braxton Beverly won't play for NCSU this season

The NCAA has denied its appeal for NC State basketball freshman Braxton Beverly's immediate eligibility. Coach Kevin Keatts said that Beverly is "devastated' over the decision. "Disappointed would be an understatement for how I feel for Braxton.” Keatts said. NC State announced on Oct. 13 Beverly’s request for immediate eligibility had been denied by the NCAA. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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