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NC State may face challenge replacing Mark Gottfried as head coach

NC State isn’t a very good job. Sure, there’s a strong history, great facilities and a loyal fan base. But there’s an endless winter in the shadow of UNC and Duke. Plus, the Wolfpack also lead the ACC in unrealistic expectations, as Gottfried made four NCAA tournaments in six years and got fired two days after Valentine’s Day. (To be fair, his team played like Marmaduke chasing his tail for most of the season). (Sports Illustrated)

For Mike Ilitch, a full life, a fulfilled vision

He had fame and good fortune, reflected in the gleaming lobby of his beloved Fox Theatre, where the flag-draped casket sat at the bottom of the staircase. One final time, Mike Ilitch was surrounded by evidence of an enriched life, as just outside the door, a short distance down Woodward, Little Caesars Arena continued to rise from once-desolate city blocks. But this day was not about that. (Detroit News)

UConn, Big East deny report that Huskies might be joining the conference

Earlier Wednesday, Fanrag Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported that UConn had been in talks to join the Big East. UConn’s athletic director denied those reports later in the afternoon, saying “there is no truth,” to the rumors. The conference has also flat-out denied the fact that UConn would be making this move. (SB Nation)

10 potential replacements for Mark Gottfried at N.C. State

Mark Gottfried is out as N.C. State’s basketball coach. The school announced Thursday that Gottfried will finish out the regular season and ACC Tournament as the team’s head coach, but he won’t return next year. So who’s next? Even before the official announcement, it was reported that the school was already reaching out to prospective replacements. (Sporting News)

Monmouth first in nation to win regular-season title

Justin Robinson made 7 3-pointers and Monmouth, coached by former UNC point guard King Rice, became the first Division-I team in the nation to clinch an outright regular-season title, beating Niagara 93-75. The Hawks (23-5, 15-2) won their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season championship by extending their school-record winning streak to 13. (Associated Press)

Bam's Beginnings: From humble origins, Adebayo has grown into a star

Marilyn Blount cooked breakfast for her son every day before walking to her job as a cashier at the Acre Station Meat Farm up the road. Sometimes she’d come home so tired she went right to sleep. But the house stayed clean and the bills stayed paid and her son, Edrice Adebayo, known to everyone as “Bam” ever since he upended a table when he was 1, stayed happy and big. (Sports Illustrated)

NC State Fires Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried

North Carolina State head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried will not return next season, WRAL confirmed Thursday. Gottfried, who owns a 122-82 record in five-plus season with the Wolfpack, will finish the season with the team but will not return for the final year of his contract. NC State (14-13, 3-11 ACC) lost by 24 points to rival UNC Wednesday. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Infographic: Where Do Professional Athletes Come From?

In the past few months we’ve studied the rosters of both college football and college basketball in order to learn where young talent comes from and how wide some schools cast their recruiting nets. After plotting each and every active college player, we were curious to see the same results for professionals across the five major team sports in the United States. (Rukkus.com)

Miami Hurricanes suspend starting guard Ja'Quan Newton

For the second year in a row, Miami will be forced to enter the critical end-of-season stretch without point guard Ja’Quan Newton. The school announced before Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech that Newton, a junior starter who averages 15 points per game, was suspended three games for violating team rules. Newton was also suspended last February. (Miami Herald)

Kansas-West Virginia: Latest in the era of unbelievable college hoops comebacks

The Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl provided us with one of the biggest stunners in sports history, but if you want more of where that came from, then it's college basketball -- not pro football -- that has become the most reliable, exciting sport when it comes to supplying unthinkable flip-script endings. Welcome to the era of the unbelievable comeback. (CBS Sports)

Lefty Driesell honored by Maryland with banner from rafters

It's been a long time since Lefty Driesell brought Maryland basketball into prominence, flashing the victory sign before home games and foot-stomping his way to 348 wins over 17 years. In an effort to ensure his legacy won't soon be forgotten, the school raised a banner with Driesell's name on it to the rafters of its home arena Saturday. (Associated Press)

Top 20 prospects for the 2017 NBA Draft, Version 2

Holding steady at the top spot is Markelle Fultz. What makes him the top prospect? Fultz has very good size for the position, tremendous athleticism, possesses the ability to play either guard spot, has turned into a 40-percent-plus shooter and has impressive vision. His development over the last two years has been significant and there’s reason to believe he’ll continue to progress. (FOX Sports)

Michigan State's Tom Izzo rips Dan Dakich for tweets: 'He owes us an apology'

Michigan State’s student section had words for ESPN commentator Dan Dakich Tuesday, frequently chanting “We hate Dakich.” Tom Izzo had words for Dakich after the game. “Somebody read me his tweets. And if I would have known that before the game, I would have embarrassed myself almost as much as he embarrassed himself and I would have led the chants." (NBC Sports)

ACC coaches, Syracuse players grapple with how to handle social media during the season

At other schools around the ACC, methods of monitoring social media usage are different. Roy Williams has two staffers who monitor player accounts at North Carolina. Mark Gottfried brings in a social media expert to North Carolina State at the beginning of the year to educate his players. Rick Pitino doesn’t allow his players to use Twitter at Louisville. (Daily Orange)

'Back to the old Q': Louisville's Quentin Snider makes big return

Quentin Snider's moment came late in Saturday's 71-66 Louisville win over Miami, but the point guard came through in a big way. After making two free throws to give U of L the lead, Snider caught a pass on the left wing and buried a 3-pointer to put the Cards up five points with 41 seconds left. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

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