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For N.C. State's Gottfried, this season presents Rubik's Cube-type challenge

N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried has been brushing up on his Rubik's Cube skills this offseason. Well, OK, he's not exactly fumbling with the six-sided cube of torturous strategy in his free time, but he likens the twisting and turning inherent in mastering the puzzle to the rotating and flipping of his muddled roster. "Sometimes it's just like that Rubik's Cube, you know?" he said while pantomiming fiddling with the toy. (Sporting News)

Danny Manning ready to go for second year at Wake Forest

Coach Danny Manning of Wake Forest is itching to formally begin preseason basketball practice Monday, especially now that he no longer has to start from scratch. “You’re always excited about starting the season,’’ Manning said. “The guys have had a good summer and conditioning has gone very well thus far, and I’m looking forward to getting on the court.’’ (Winston-Salem Journal)

What Louisville coach Rick Pitino didn't say about escorts said a lot

As far as press conferences go, it was wild. Wild because of the details of the allegations. Wild because of the timing. Wild because it featured questions about dancers and hookers and cash and a staff member. But it was mostly wild because nobody denied any of it. To be clear, nobody acknowledged any of it either. An independent investigation commissioned by Louisville AD Tom Jurich is ongoing. (CBS Sports)

Five-star SF Miles Bridges commits to Michigan State

Five-star forward Miles Bridges has verbally committed to Michigan State, he told Scout. “They were loyal through the whole process even when everyone thought I was going to Kentucky,” Bridges said. Bridges, a standout at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, picked Tom Izzo and the Spartans over Kentucky and Indiana. He took official visits to all three of his finalists. (Scout.com)

The incredible underdog story of Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott

SMU coach Chad Morris knows one thing for certain about Tony Elliott, who replaced him this season as Clemson's offensive playcaller. "There's not much that's going to rattle Tony," Morris said. "He's very even-keeled and very level-headed. There's nothing that really shakes him or gets him out of his train of thought." In his first season as the No. 12 Tigers' co-offensive coordinator, Elliott seems ready for just about anything that comes his way. (ESPN.com)

James Summers takes long road from Greensboro to East Carolina stardom

James Summers burst onto the scene last weekend in Greenville, coming off the East Carolina bench to lead the Pirates to a 35-28 football victory over Virginia Tech. Summers is an overnight sensation in the Coastal Plain, a sudden star. Three years in the making. The junior quarterback from Greensboro took a roundabout road to Greenville. (Greensboro News & Record)

Vad Lee: 'Nobody understood me' at Georgia Tech

Vad Lee broke records for total offense and rushing yards Saturday -- for James Madison. A season removed from Georgia Tech, Lee has led the FCS Dukes to a 4-0 start and caught the attention of ESPN, who profiled the quarterback on their weekly "Big Man on Campus" segment. In between some lowlights against Georgia, Lee partially explained to ESPN why "things didn't work out" with the Yellow Jackets. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Louisville investigating allegations of paid escorts

The University of Louisville is investigating allegations made in a new book that a former basketball staff member paid escorts to have sex with players and recruits. The book alleges that Andre McGee, a former Louisville player (2005-09) and the director of basketball operations (2012-14) hired Katina Powell to bring strippers and prostitutes to provide entertainment for players and teenage recruits. (NBC Sports)

Sweat, Gary, sweat: Maryland legend Gary Williams gets roasted

Michael Wilbon and James Brown served as hosts and Chick Hernandez emceed Tuesday’s celebrity roast of Maryland coaching legend Gary Williams, an event that benefited the D.C. College Access Program (DC-CAP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping D.C. high school students prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college. (Washington Post)

Vitale: It's time for Larry Brown to be banned from college coaching

Let's make one thing clear: There is no doubt Larry Brown can coach. That's why he is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. In terms of X's and O's and teaching the game, he is brilliant. But there is more to coaching than just the X's and O's. I have a big problem when a coach puts three major schools on probation during his watch. That should equal a ban from coaching on the collegiate level. (ESPN.com)

Kentucky lands late-blooming, highly coveted 5-star F Wenyen Gabriel

At the start of the summer of 2014, Wenyen Gabriel did not have a scholarship offer from any Division I school in a major conference. On Thursday, Gabriel verbally committed to Kentucky. Gabriel, who is now a five-star recruit, is one of the all-time late-bloomers. He's from New Hampshire, was an unknown prospect over the past couple of years on the national -- and local -- scene...until the spring of 2015. (CBS Sports)

#PrayersForPearl: Sending get-well wishes to ailing Syracuse legend Pearl Washington

There are some athletes who will always be forever young. They will always be 19, always be dazzling, always, in some ways, be perfect. This is especially true in basketball, where teenage phenoms don’t always see their skills translate to the next level. After the initial disappointment, they gain the unintended benefit of being frozen in time....That is why it is shock coupled with sadness to learn that Syracuse great Dwayne “Pearl” Washington was, at the time of this writing, being hospitalized with a brain tumor at the age of 51. (SLAM Online)

Jo Jo White receives long-awaited Hall of Fame moment

The innocuous cruelty of alphabetical order put Jo Jo White at the very end of the dais, with 10 stools in between his seat and the podium where he would address the audience Thursday at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It was going to be a longer walk for him than the others regardless of where he was positioned. (Sporting News)

NC State RB Shadrach Thornton kicked off team following arrest

North Carolina State University running back Shadrach Thornton was dismissed from the Wolfpack's football team Wednesday afternoon about 18 hours after he was charged in a crash that left a pedestrian injured. "It's an unfortunate set of circumstances, but we've made the decision to dismiss Shadrach from our program," NC State head coach Dave Doeren said in a statement. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Court agrees NCAA violates antitrust law, compensation plan rejected

A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold a lower court ruling that NCAA violates antitrust laws with its rules limiting what athletes can receive while playing collegiate athletics. The decision also backtracks on a federal judge's decision that allowed college athletes to be paid up to $5,000 per year in deferred compensation for their name, image and likeness. (Sports Illustrated)

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