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Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(Newser) - After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP . Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative... More »

After Loss, Bus Driver Leaves Team Stranded

She's charged with driving drunk in Saint Louis University's bus

(Newser) - Members of Saint Louis University's men's basketball team probably thought their night couldn't get worse after a loss Wednesday at St. Bonaventure University in New York. Then they lost their bus. When the Billikens left the arena to head to the airport, they found their bus had... More »

Ex-Hoosier Says Bobby Knight Squeezed Players' Testicles

Todd Jadlow's book contains new abuse allegations against the coach

(Newser) - Bobby Knight, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, is famous for his temper. But an autobiography published this month by one of his former players contains disturbing new details of the ways in which Knight allegedly abused the student athletes playing for him, Deadspin reports. Todd Jadlow,... More »

Found: College Basketball Star Who Vanished 30 Years Ago

Benny 'the Outlaw' Anders discovered by filmmaker in Detroit area

(Newser) - In the 1980s, the University of Houston's Cougars basketball team—aka the Phi Slama Jamas—made their way into three Final Fours. The player described by the Houston Chronicle as "one of the more flamboyant members" has now been found in the Detroit area by a filmmaker, three... More »

Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

College Team Uses Michael Phelps to Distract a Foe

Olympian donned a Speedo as part of the 'Curtain of Distraction'

(Newser) - Poor Stephen Thompson. Of all the things the Oregon State freshman basketball player didn't expect to see while attempting two free-throws Thursday night, an 18-time gold-medal Olympian with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 wearing nothing but a Speedo had to top the list. Today reports that Michael Phelps... More »

Notre Dame Tutor Made Students Have Sex With Daughter: Suit

Black plaintiff says sex trysts were 'racially motivated,' 'demeaning'

(Newser) - A black University of Notre Dame student says he was the victim of a "manipulative and predatory scheme" in which a white school employee coerced him into a sexual relationship with her daughter, the South Bend Tribune reports. A lawsuit filed against the school and the employee also alleges... More »

Ky. Coach: I Knew Nada of Sex Parties for Recruits

Pitino pleads ignorance on ex-escort's claims of staffer-paid stripper, sex parties

(Newser) - Five former players and recruits for the University of Louisville's men's basketball team say they went to campus dorm parties that included strippers and sex and were paid for by the Cardinals' ex-player and staffer Andre McGee, ESPN reports. Their admissions lend credibility to ex-escort Katina Powell, who... More »

Kid With Top ESPN Bracket Too Young to Win

Network says he can have grab bag instead

(Newser) - Out of 11.57 million entries in the ESPN college basketball bracket challenge, the one closest to perfection was filled out by somebody too young to win the top prize. Sam Holtz, a 12-year-old from suburban Chicago, is tied for first, but contestants need to be at least 18 to... More »

Dying Freshman Scores Twice in NCAA Debut

Lauren Hill, suffering from cancer, helps lead team to victory

(Newser) - A 19-year-old whom doctors have given weeks to live played her first—and possibly last—college basketball game yesterday, and she scored within seconds, WCPO reports. Lauren Hill, of Mount St. Joseph's basketball team, has a type of brain cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. But that didn'... More »

University of Arizona Loses, Students Riot

15 arrested in Tucson after team suffers narrow overtime loss

(Newser) - Wisconsin handed the University of Arizona a narrow overtime loss last night, and the student body cheering on the latter didn't exactly take it well, clogging a main thoroughfare in Tucson and chucking beer bottles and firecrackers at pepper spray-wielding police officers. Police eventually managed to clear the streets,... More »

Rutgers Knew All About Coach Rice's Abusive Tactics

An internal report chronicled complaints by players

(Newser) - Rutgers officials knew about Mike Rice's bad behavior well before seeing it on video last year—but may have kept quiet so as not to tarnish the university's image, the New York Times reports. The school even commissioned a report by outside lawyers that chronicled complaints by Rutgers... More »

Basketball 'Sportswriters' Reveal Hoax After 40 Years

Three college students made up 'Hershberger' award

(Newser) - It sure sounded official. Forty years ago, the National Association of Collegiate Basketball Writers picked the nation's top 15 rookie players and named them to an All-America team. The award got national publicity. Schools boasted of the honor. The only problem is that the NACBW didn't exist; it... More »

Fired Rutgers Coach Still Gets His $100K Bonus

Mike Rice made it through the season, guaranteeing him bonus

(Newser) - Mike Rice may have been fired by Rutgers University for abusing his players , but he's still got a $100,000 bonus coming his way, reports the AP . That's in addition to the $622,500 he received as his regular salary in 2012, as part of a five-year deal... More »

Louisville's Ware: No, I Never Want to See the Video

Basketball player says he'll be back after broken leg

(Newser) - Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware has one thing in common with the rest of America: He never wants to see video of the bone-snapping injury he suffered on the court Sunday. "I don't plan on seeing the video," he tells CNN . "I honestly never want to... More »

Ware Heads Back to Campus After Gruesome Injury

Plans to be on the bench watching game this weekend

(Newser) - "Back to my brothers I go," tweeted Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware today. He's on crutches and out of an Indianapolis hospital two days after snapping his leg in a gruesome mid-game injury , reports AP . Ware is headed back to campus and hopes to accompany the team... More »

Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt Steps Down

She slides into coach emeritus job to cope with early onset dementia

(Newser) - It's the end of an era: Pat Summitt is stepping down as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols after 38 seasons and eight national titles, sliding into a less demanding "coach emeritus" job, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Though it was not explicitly given as a reason... More »

18 Reasons to Hate the Blue Devils

Loathing Duke's basketball team is just part of March Madness

(Newser) - Think the Yankees are despised? Now that March Madness is here, Duke-hating "is as much a rite ... as marking up your bracket with a red pen," write Josh Levin and Jim Pagels in Slate . They not-so-kindly run down 18 of the Blue Devils' most loathsome moments:
  • 1986: Duke
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March Madness Underdogs to Root For

They may not win your bracket contest, but they're fun teams

(Newser) - It's that time of year again. Time to fill out a bracket and form deep opinions about dozens of college basketball teams you've barely heard of. Yes, March Madness is upon us (you can download a bracket here ), and that means it's time to look for... More »

In Cutthroat College Hoops, a Shining Act of Generosity

Gettysburg's Cory Weissman scores a special basket

(Newser) - For those having a people-are-lousy day, Frank Deford at NPR has an antidote in the tale of Gettysburg College basketball player Cory Weissman, a senior captain taking the court for senior night against Washington College. Which is all fine, except, as Deford writes, "it was, you see, the first... More »

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