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NCAA staff members may be called in as witnesses in college basketball fraud case

If the college basketball fraud case reaches trial, prosecutors may call as witnesses NCAA staff members versed in the association’s complicated rule book, according to a letter sent by the U.S. Attorney’s office to judges handling the case. It is the most significant acknowledgement to date of how NCAA rules, which are industry regulations but not criminal laws, could play a role in the case. (Yahoo! Sports)

Judge approves $200 million settlement in NCAA scholarship lawsuit

A federal judge in California on Friday orally granted final approval to a $208.7 million settlement that will compensate tens of thousands of college athletes who received traditional sports scholarships rather than a relatively new version that covers the full cost of attending school. The deal wraps up the damages portion of a suit that is still seeking to upend the NCAA’s new compensation limits altogether. (USA Today)

Mysterious injury to Missouri star freshman Michael Porter causing concern

Missouri fans have to feel the tinge of a curse coming on, right? After a three-year run where the program averaged nine wins under Kim Anderson, the highly anticipated debut of preseason All-American freshman forward Michael Porter Jr. has been postponed and the specific reason why he's sidelined is cloaked in mystery. Then came an odd sight on Monday: (CBS Sports)

Adam Silver, NBPA chief talk one-and-done rule with new commission

With momentum gathering to reshape the one-and-done draft entry rule, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the new Commission on College Basketball in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Silver and Roberts delivered the league and union perspectives on changing the dynamics of the NBA draft could impact the pro and college games. (

UCLA players caught shoplifting in China suspended indefinitely by Steve Alford

The three UCLA basketball players detained for shoplifting in China last week, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, have been suspended indefinitely by coach Steve Alford. In a press conference involving the three players and Alford on Wednesday, just a day after the trio returned from China, Alford announced the three will not travel with the team and will not suit up for home games. (CBS Sports)

NCAA issues suspensions for Georgia Tech's Jackson, Okogie

The NCAA suspended Georgia Tech guards Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie three and six games, respectively, for violating rules regarding preferential treatment. The school released a statement Tuesday evening confirming the ruling. The judgments were lower than the guidelines the NCAA has set for the length of suspensions based on the value of the benefits they received. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Kansas freshman Billy Preston continues to ride bench as school checks out his wheels

"On Saturday, Billy (Preston) was involved in a single-vehicle accident on campus," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "There were no injuries, but Billy’s car sustained damage. The administration determined that we needed a clearer financial picture specific to the vehicle. We decided to hold him out of tonight’s game and will continue to do that until the review is complete." (Sporting News)

NCAA Grants NC State's Braxton Beverly Eligibility

The NCAA rules NC State guard Braxton Beverly eligible to compete immediately after it initially said he had to sit out a year after transferring from Ohio State. Beverly, a three-star point guard from Kentucky, enrolled early at Ohio State in May after he graduated high school with the intention of playing for Thad Matta, but Matta was forced to resign after he arrived in Columbus. (Sports Illustrated)

Report: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players detained in China are returning to Los Angeles

UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are scheduled to return to Los Angeles from China on Tuesday. The three players were seen at Pudong International Airport checking into a Delta flight. Ball, Riley and Hill had been arrested and confined to their hotel in Hangzhou after allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. (NBC Sports)

Champions Classic Preview: Breaking down Duke-Michigan State and Kansas-Kentucky

After a long weekend that gave us nothing but blowouts and Pitt losing and saw just a single ranked team lose a game – to a team that was also ranked – we get what is not only the best night of college basketball to date but what may end up being the best night of college basketball this season. No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State. No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 5 Kentucky. Buckle up. (NBC Sports)

Pitt basketball home opener attendance plummets to new low

The Pitt Panthers’ 2017-18 home opener against Montana Monday night had an announced attendance of 3,102, making it the lowest-attended regular-season game in the history of the Petersen Events Center. Pitt coach Kevin Stallings was asked after his team’s 83-78 overtime loss to Montana if he’s concerned about lack of support from his fans. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Jeff Capel Jr., former Fayetteville State basketball coach, has died

Jeff Capel Jr., the former Fayetteville State University basketball coach who went on to the NBA, has died. In January, Capel’s son revealed that his father had been battling ALS since spring 2016. “The Fayetteville State University family is saddened by the passing of one of its most respected alumni and former coaches,” Chancellor James Anderson said Monday. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tennessee Fires Football Coach Butch Jones After 0–6 SEC Start

After losing to Missouri and dropping to 0–6 in SEC play, Tennessee has fired head football coach Butch Jones, according to's Bruce Feldman. Jones, the Vols’ coach for five seasons, exits with a 34–27 record at the school. He will be owed a $8.125 million buyout. Tennessee has lost all six of its conference games this season, including five in a row. (Sports Illustrated)

Stephen Curry: The Noise

One thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, especially today on Veterans Day, is what it means to have a platform. I guess it’s tempting, sometimes, to think that it doesn’t mean anything. With all of the opinions and narratives that are always flying every which way on cable’s a lot of noise. And you hear enough of that noise, and you kind of start to wonder if anyone can — or even wants to — hear anyone else at all. (The Players' Tribune)

Three UCLA players could remain in China 'a week or two' after allegedly shoplifting

The three UCLA basketball players arrested on shoplifting charges Tuesday reportedly will remain in China and not be on the team's flight back to Los Angeles after the Bruins' 63-60 win over Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday. The three players -- freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill -- were questioned about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. (

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