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JuCo All-American quarterback Gardner Minshew commits to ECU

On the same day that former quarterback Kurt Benkert committed to Virginia, East Carolina filled the void his transfer left on its depth chart under center with the addition of junior college All-American Gardner Minshew. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Mississippi native completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,288 yards and 28 touchdowns while throwing only five interceptions last season. (Wilmington Star News)

Lakers hire Luke Walton as coach, hoping he can be their Golden ticket back to respectability

The coaching search didn't last long, the Lakers hiring one of their own — Luke Walton. A pass-first role player who won championships as a forward with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, Walton will try to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that missed the playoffs the last three seasons. (Los Angeles Times)

Who was the Hornets fan in the purple shirt heckling Dwyane Wade?

If you put your finger on the pulse of a social media platform like Twitter, the overwhelming answer in the hours after the 97-90 loss was a resounding yes: Fans of both teams (and of the NBA Playoffs in general) suggested the anonymous middle-aged man seen yammering away at Dwyane Wade from his Time Warner Cable Arena courtside seat so fired up the Heat guard that he nailed two three-pointers to seal the win and tie the series. (Charlotte Observer)

Report: Grad transfer Williams changes mind about joining Deacons

Less than a week after being introduced as the newest member of the Wake Forest basketball program, it appears that graduate transfer Matt Williams has changed his mind and decided not to play for the Deacons. According to Les Johns of Deacons Illustrated, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard has decommitted from Wake. Reports are that he is considering a return to his original school, Central Florida. (Wilmington Star News)

Farewell to First Downs: Coach Chooses Family over Football

With alarms sounding around 4:45 a.m., coaches often attend staff meetings and team workouts before their own children even wake up for school. They spend hours watching and rewatching film. They might take a 15-minute break to eat a sandwich before heading to practice and position meetings. Then it’s back to the film room. They often return home hours after their families have gone to bed. (Reporting Texas)

Duke President Richard Brodhead Stepping Down in 2017

Duke University President Richard Brodhead will step down in 2017. The university announced the move on Thursday. Brodhead’s tenure will end at the conclusion of his current term on June 30. A release says Brodhead told the Board of Trustees and the Academic Council on Thursday. (Chapelboro.com)

Michigan, Nike reach deal for up to nearly $174 million

Michigan has secured a deal with Nike for up to nearly $174 million, the university announced Tuesday. The 15-year deal will take effect on Aug. 1, and will run through the 2027 season. There is an option for an extension through 2031. (Sports Illustrated)

NBA Draft early entry list

The National Basketball Association announced today that 162 players -- 117 players from colleges/post-graduate institutions and 45 international players - have filed as early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm (NBA.com)

Men read terrible tweets to female sportswriters in eye-opening PSA

Chicago-area sportswriters Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain sat through one of the toughest video segments you’ll ever watch. The website Just Not Sports asked a group of men to read awful, hate-filled tweets directed at the pair out loud and to DiCaro and Spain’s faces. The men — who weren’t the original writers of the tweets — struggle and eventually apologize on behalf of their gender. (USA Today)

NCAA satellite camp ban lifted, but deep-seated discord remains

There’s a new development in the storyline college football fans can’t wait to go away this off-season. The NCAA Board of Directors decided on Thursday to rescind the ban on satellite camps announced earlier this month. In a release, the NCAA said that the board wanted the governing body’s Division I Council to conduct a “broad assessment of the FBS recruiting environment.” (Sports Illustrated)

Former Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil admits he received impermissible benefits

Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil is officially in the NFL, but he just left his former school with a big mess to clean. Tunsil admitted to reporters in Chicago shortly after he was drafted that he received impermissible benefits from the program, specifically receiving money from a coach. (SEC Country)

An NFL scout trashed Ohio State's Eli Apple for his cooking (?), but he's actually OK at it

Ohio State football prospect Eli Apple received one of the strangest criticisms of his draft stock when an anonymous scout said he has "no life skills" and "can't cook." (SB Nation)

California signs 10-year, $86-million sponsorship deal with Under Armour

Like Stephen Curry and Buster Posey before, Cal has signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with the Under Armour athletic wear company. The 10-year contract is worth approximately $86 million in cash and product, according to a university spokesman. The deal also features a $3 million signing bonus, $3.5 million in cash per year and an average annual product allowance of $4.76 million. (SFGate)

Prince's Greatest Sports Moments: From Rocking the Super Bowl to Rocking Charlie Murphy on the Court

Of course you know about the time Prince and the Revolution schooled the Murphy brothers in a game of basketball, thanks to this 2004 Chappelle’s Show sketch. The whole thing was based off actual events, which us brings us to the fact that… (Billboard.com)

NCAA board of governors approves anti-discrimination process for event bids

The NCAA board of governors adopted a new rule that all sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events that will require them to “demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event,” it was announced Wednesday. The new criteria is expected to be fully implemented during the current bidding process. (NBC Sports)

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