Pitt hoops, football placed on 3 years' probation by NCAA

The University of Pittsburgh football and men's basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA for a series of level II violations between 2015 and 2018. Former men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order by the NCAA as part of the punishment announced Thursday. The NCAA found that Stallings - who coached at Pitt from 2016-2018 - allowed three noncoaches to perform coaching duties, meaning the school went over its allotment of practices. The NCAA also found that Stallings developed an alert system to make sure the noncoaches would not be caught on the practice floor. Stallings also ordered personnel to delete practice video to prevent the illegal practices from being discovered by the school administration. Any school that hires Stallings, who was fired in March 2018 after going 24-41 in two seasons at Pitt, during the three-year order must have him sit out 30% of the team's games during his first season on the job. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Dan Cage, who was the director of basketball operations during the 2016-17 season, was also given a three-year show-cause order. The NCAA penalized Cage for refusing to participate in an enforcement interview about his involvement in coaching activities as a noncoaching staff member. The NCAA also found that football coach Pat Narduzzi was present at the team's practice facility when "three former quality control staff members performed coaching duties, resulting in the program exceeding the allowable number of permissible coaches." Narduzzi must sit out two days of practice next August. Narduzzi also served a one-week ban for off-campus recruiting from Dec. 1, 2019, through Feb. 1, 2020. Pitt, which self-reported the violations, was fined $5,000 and 0.5% of the men's basketball and football budgets. Narduzzi said in a statement that he fully recognizes his responsibility for what occurred and "how those missteps will be corrected as we proceed forward."
February 20, 2020

Howard hires Larry Scott as head football coach

Howard University has hired Larry Scott as its new head coach. Scott's hiring was announced Wednesday, less than two months after Ron Prince stepped down after less than a season on the job.. Prince resigned on Dec. 7, about a month after he was placed on administrative leave amid an ongoing investigation into allegations about his conduct, including verbal abuse of players. Scott had been tight ends coach at Florida under Dan Mullen the last two seasons. "I'm really happy for Larry," Mullen said. "He'd been in the mix for several jobs, didn't get it, and had this opportunity, and he and I met on multiple occasions on it. ... Obviously everybody wants to have the opportunity to be a head coach and run your own program and implement it your way."
February 5, 2020

Washington State's Anthony Gordon leads North in Senior Bowl

Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon is used to waiting his turn. Gordon, who didn't start until his senior year, led the North to three touchdowns in the third quarter in a 31-17 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The Cougars' prolific passer entered the all-star game for senior NFL prospects after halftime and twice took the North downfield. "I came out swinging when it was my time," said Gordon, who wore the No. 3 jersey in honor of late Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski.. "I guess that kind of correlates to my time at Washington State. I spent a lot of time waiting, but when my time came I was ready." Gordon, who finished second nationally in passing yards and touchdowns, completed 8 of 12 passes for 69 yards and two short touchdowns. That included a 2-yard touchdown pass to Notre Dame's Chase Claypool for a second straight big third-down completion. An off-balance Gordon then hit Liberty's Antonio Gandy-Golden late in the third for a 5-yard TD. It was set up with an interception by Troy Pride Jr. of Notre Dame. "My baseball background allows me to throw the ball from some unorthodox angles and AGG making that play for me was big time," Gordon said. The former high school baseball player backed up Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew before getting his turn. The game's most highly touted passer, Justin Herbert of Oregon, shined for the South and was named game MVP. The likely first-round pick was 9- of 12 for 83 yards and a touchdown, all in the first quarter, and added a 19-yard run. "In this day and age in the NFL, you've got to be able to make some plays with your feet and be able to create a little bit," said South coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals. Michigan's Shea Patterson delivered the game's biggest offensive play and passed for 131 yards. He opened the second quarter with a 75-yard touchdown pass on his first play. TCU running back Darius Anderson was wide open on a wheel route and sprinted down the left sideline. Anderson had just 128 yards receiving last season, but had 87 in this one to go with 43 rushing yards. The North's Joshua Kelley of UCLA had a game-high 105 yards on 15 rushes. The game featured two-minute drives to end each quarter. One of the game's top-rated prospects, South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, sat out the game with quad tendinitis, according to Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy.
January 26, 2020

Dartmouth's Lalos an MVP at Hula Bowl

Dartmouth defensive end Niko Lalos earned Most Valuable Player honors for Team Aina in its 23-7 loss to Team Kai at the Hula Bowl Sunday night in Honolulu. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Lalos, a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, had six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble. "I just want to thank all my teammates, you guys are a great group of guys. I had a blast this week. And the coaches, you guys are great, taught me a lot," Lalos said afterward. Idaho State wide receiver Michael Dean, at 5-6 the smallest player in the all-star classic, scored Team Aina's lone touchdown on a 28-yard reception. Several dozen players from the FCS level were included on the rosters as the Hula Bowl, which dates to the 1946 season, was played for the first time since 2008. Former NFL coaches Rex Ryan and Mike Smith led the Kai (Ocean) and Aina (Land) squads, respectively. Kansas State defensive end Reggie Walker was the MVP for Team Kai.
January 27, 2020

Big 12 suspends 4 players from KU-KSU brawl 25 games total

The Big 12 suspended four players from Kansas and Kansas State a combined 25 games Wednesday for their roles in a melee that spilled off the court and into a section of disabled seating in Allen Fieldhouse near the end of the third-ranked Jayhawks' win over the Wildcats. Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, who already was suspended indefinitely by Jayhawks coach Bill Self, was given a 12-game suspension by the league office. His teammate, David McCormack, was suspended two games while Kansas State forward James Love received an eight-game suspension and Antonio Gordon got a three-game suspension. Both schools also were reprimanded by the Big 12 for violations of its sportsmanship policy. "This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and these suspensions reflect the severity of last night's events," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "I am appreciative of the cooperation of both institutions in resolving this matter." De Sousa was the main instigator on the Kansas side Tuesday night, getting stripped of the ball as he was dribbling out the final seconds of an 81-60 win. He recovered to block a layup attempt by the Wildcats' DaJuan Gordon, then stood over the freshman in a taunting manner, triggering both benches to empty in a scrum that spilled into fans. At one point, De Sousa was preparing to swing a stool when it was plucked from his hands, and several players from both teams threw wild punches while a sellout crowd in Allen Fieldhouse watched in shock. "I have suspended Silvio De Sousa indefinitely pending the final outcome of the review by KU and the Big 12 Conference," Self said shortly after discussing the incident on the league's weekly conference call with reporters. "As I said last night, we are disappointed in his actions and there is no place in the game for that behavior." Kansas (15-3) has played six conference games, which means De Sousa's suspension from the Big 12 would last through the end of the regular season. The Jayhawks are a half-game back of top-ranked Baylor in the league standings, and they have a team that is capable of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. "Obviously an unfortunate situation," said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA vice president for men's basketball. "It's a conference game so it will be up to the Big 12 to determine what actions need to be taken. Other than that, it's too early to say how it might affect them (in the NCAA Tournament)." Self said he spoke with a fan who was caught up in the melee, and that she was banged around "to the point where I'm sure we'll correspond with her today to see how she's feeling." "Obviously it's embarrassing," Self said. "It's not something to be proud of." Games between Kansas and Kansas State are always testy affairs, and for all but the final seconds their meeting at Allen Fieldhouse was rather subdued. The Jayhawks used a 19-2 run midway through the first half to seize control and the outcome was never in doubt the final 30 minutes. The fight drew comparisons to the brawl between Cincinnati and Xavier in December 2011 that left players bloodied and college basketball fans aghast. Eight players wound up suspended for a total of 30 games. Kansas State coach Bruce Weber told his players to allow the Jayhawks to dribble out the clock, and he was walking toward the scorer's table to shake hands with Self when the benches emptied. Both coaches eventually joined members of their staff, security officials and even Kansas cheerleaders in trying to separate the players. "Very, very sad by the event that happened last night," said Weber, adding the school would issue its own punishments soon. "It's sad and disappointing and you know, it leaves a bad picture for everybody. And I've been in this for a long time and you see it happen occasionally and you think you're not going too be part of it and obviously I was part of it - we were part of it - and its sad for college basketball, the game that I love and I've been part of basically all my life." The fracas continued a particularly difficult 12 months for Self and the Jayhawks, and De Sousa has played a big part in most of it. His name surfaced as part of the FBI probe into college basketball in October 2018, and that in part led to an NCAA investigation that resulted in a notice of allegations last September outlining major violations tied to recruiting in men's basketball. Those violations are being appealed and a decision is not expected until later this year. De Sousa was initially suspended for two seasons for his role in the case - last season and this season - and the school spent significant resources appealing the punishment. It eventually was reduced, allowing the junior forward to play this season.
January 22, 2020



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