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Study: Black Athletes Lose Out Under NCAA 'Amateur' Rule

If they were paid, players would get an average of up to $500K each

(Newser) - The "amateur" system at Power 5 colleges has become an effective system to transfer wealth from poorer—and often Black—athletes to mostly white students and administrators, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The NBER estimates that if the student athletes were allowed... More »

A College Coaching Legend Is Dead

John Thompson of Georgetown was 78

(Newser) - One of the greats among college basketball coaches is gone: John Thompson, who became the first Black head coach to win a national championship, has died at 78, reports ESPN and WJLA . No cause of death has been released. Thompson coached the Georgetown Hoyas from 1972-99, per CBS News , and... More »

Tulane Player Accused of Georgia Murder

Teshaun Hightower faces multiple charges

(Newser) - Tulane Green Wave player Teshaun Hightower declared for the NBA draft on April 18. Police say he killed a man 10 days earlier. The 22-year-old guard was arrested Saturday and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, ESPN reports. He... More »

He Pulled Off a 4-Shot Feat for $10K. Then, Boos

College student denied prize after promo confusion will now get full prize after all after controversy

(Newser) - A controversial call during a promotion at a college basketball game this week has been remedied. It all started Wednesday evening during a matchup between the University of Northern Iowa and Illinois State University, when Northern Iowa student Dalton Hinsch pulled off a tough feat during a timeout promotion: He... More »

Brawl Breaks Out Between NCAA Rivals: 'This Is Terrible'

It happened in final seconds of game between University of Kansas, Kansas State

(Newser) - "Just no point to it." That was one ESPN announcer's reaction to the end of the NCAA basketball game Tuesday between the University of Kansas' Jayhawks and Kansas State's Wildcats. NBC News reports that, with just seconds left, the Jayhawks' Silvio De Sousa was dribbling out... More »

Coach of National Champs Declines Raise

Move by University of Virginia's Tony Bennett is making waves

(Newser) - University of Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett has declined a pay raise offered by the school and instead asked school officials for additional compensation for his staff and program improvement, the AP reports. University officials said in a news release Monday that Bennett did sign a one-year contract... More »

Latest Team to Turn Down WH Invite: 'Difficult, If Not Impossible'

Tony Bennett, coach of Virginia Cavaliers, says it's a scheduling issue

(Newser) - The Virginia Cavaliers won their first-ever NCAA men's basketball championship in early April by beating Texas Tech, and like many victors, the University of Virginia men's basketball team may have had a chance to visit the White House—except the team's coach says they're not going,... More »

Longtime UNC Coach on Leave Amid Controversy

Sylvia Hatchell accused of making remark about 'nooses,' reportedly pressuring hurt players

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, Sylvia Hatchell has coached women's basketball at the University of North Carolina. Now several players seem ready to defect after parents say Hatchell made "racially inappropriate" remarks and also allegedly forced players to keep shooting hoops even though they were hurt. Per the... More »

Avenatti Comes Out Swinging Against Nike

He says he will reveal 'major scandal'

(Newser) - Attorney Michael Avenatti came out swinging Tuesday against Nike, accusing the shoemaker—without evidence—of "rampant" corruption mere hours after he was released from custody on charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from the company. In a string of posts on Twitter —a medium he... More »

Boeheim Discusses 'When a Human Life Is Lost and You're There'

Syracuse coach breaks silence after being involved in a fatal car accident

(Newser) - Jim Boeheim returned to the Carrier Dome on Saturday night for the first game since he was involved in a car accident that killed a man , and addressed the tragedy head-on, reports ESPN : The beloved Syracuse coach came on to the court to a standing ovation, but had arranged a... More »

Nike Shoe Explodes in One of Year's Biggest Games

Duke's Zion Williamson suffered a knee sprain, and the team lost to UNC 88-72

(Newser) - It was a game so anticipated, and a rivalry so fierce, that ESPN had a countdown till game time running on its networks Wednesday, reports the Charlotte Observer . Barack Obama, Spike Lee, and Ken Griffey Jr. were among the celebs in attendance. Tickets were selling for thousands . But just 36... More »

He'll Play for Kent State, in What's an NCAA First

Kalin Bennett signs letter of intent, would be first autistic student to play at Division I level

(Newser) - Kalin Bennett is 6-foot-10, weighs 300 pounds, and has proven to be a force on the basketball court throughout his high school playing days in Little Rock, Ark. No surprise, then, that he's signed a letter of intent to play Division I basketball with Kent State. But as Cleveland.... More »

Wildcats Rout Wolverines for 2nd Title in 3 Years

'Big Ragu' starred in epic Villanova win

(Newser) - The Villanova Wildcats turned their second national title in three years into a rout with a 79-62 victory over Michigan in the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament Monday night. "I thought we played our best game in the championship game," Villanova coach Jay Wright says. Villanova... More »

It's the 'Most Surprising Upset in College Basketball History'

University of Maryland-Baltimore County trounced Virginia 74-54

(Newser) - Jairus Lyles couldn't suppress a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had finally made it happen—a 16 ousting a 1 in March Madness. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County stunned the sports world by pulling off the most surprising upset in college basketball history,... More »

'IT WAS ME': Trump Ramps Up Feud With UCLA Father

Calls LaVar Ball 'ungrateful fool,' takes credit for getting his son freed by China

(Newser) - The father of one of the UCLA basketball players freed by China after shoplifting maintains that he's not in a feud with President Trump over the incident, but the president may feel differently. Trump fired off two tweets Wednesday morning critical of LaVar Ball, at times referring to Ball... More »

Trump: 'I Should Have Left Them in Jail!'

President chastises father of UCLA player arrested in China

(Newser) - President Trump is singing a different tune after helping three UCLA athletes who were arrested for shoplifting in China come home. “I should have left them in jail!” the president tweeted Sunday in response to an interview in which one of the players' fathers downplayed his role in... More »

Basketball Players Head Home After Week's Detention in China

Resolution of case against them isn't clear

(Newser) - The three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China flew back home Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A source confirms to ESPN they are due back in the US Tuesday. Hours before freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were spotted by... More »

3 UCLA Players in China in Legal Limbo Over Shoplifting

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill are confined to their hotel for now

(Newser) - Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China are confined to their hotel as the legal process unfolds, reports ESPN . In theory, that could take months, depending on whether a formal investigation is launched, a Chinese law expert tells the Los Angeles Times . But the best bet is that... More »

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 »

FBI Accuses 4 College Coaches of Taking Bribes

Adidas marketing exec also implicated

(Newser) - The director of global sports marketing for Adidas is among those charged in a bribe-paying scheme that federal authorities say was designed to match agents and advisers to players before they became NBA stars. James Gatto was arrested Tuesday along with nine others, including four assistant basketball coaches from the... More »

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