The Afternoon Links are back, and they are exactly what they say they are. Some days will bring more links than others. This is the offseason, after all. If you have a link you'd like included, your best bet is to hit me on Twitter. You can also email your link to collegebasketballnation at gmail.com, or use the submission form here.
A high school kid named Alex Kline is one of the nation’s rising AAU go-betweens. True story, via The New York Times.
Indiana player Matt Roth has had an admirable career: He arrived at IU with the program in the worst state in its history, but he stuck it out in time to feel some measure of success and earned two degrees in the process. Now, as he seeks a fifth-year medical redshirt, his scholarship may no longer be available; he may end up paying out-of-state tuition to finish his fifth year. The Indianapolis Star’s Terry Hutchens has the story, and Assembly Call’s Jerod Morris has reaction.
Frank Haith sees your transfers, Fred Hoiberg, and raises you. Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson -- the subject of a low-profile, but nonetheless questionable, limitation on his permission-to-contact list -- has decided to move to Missouri. Clarkson will join a team that already boasts transfers including former UConn forward Alex Oriakhi as well as Pepperdine guard Keion Bell, Auburn forward Earnest Ross and Oregon guard Jabari Brown. Clarkson will have to sit out a year, but he'll be a factor in the SEC when he returns in 2013-14.
This photo of a baby mimicking the famous Anthony Davis poster (which itself was a retread of Michael Jordan’s famous “Wings” poster, and I should know, because one hangs in my domicile) is one of the best things you will see all day. He’s trying to spread his little arms, but they only go so far! Seriously. Adorable. Also, someone whip up a Success Kid meme, pronto. Thanks, Internet.
Illinois State tabbed Dan Muller to replace Tim Jankovich as its new head coach. That’s Dan Muller the Vanderbilt assistant, not Dan Muller the noted and deceased “artist, illustrator and writer of the Old West.” (Now that’s a job description.)
UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said he expects Jim Calhoun to return for the 2012–13 season, and that Manuel isn’t planning on naming anybody as Calhoun’s successor during the coach’s tenure, at least not yet. Matty Norlander believes that’s the right way to handle an undeniably difficult transition.
The New York Times' Pete Thamel provides a helpful dispatch on the troubled state of the Big East.
In case you missed it, be sure to read Dana O’Neil’s reaction to John Marinatto’s resignation Monday, and what that resignation says about the Big East. Meanwhile, our Big East college football writer, Andrea Adelson, looks at where the league goes from here.
Finally, you should know that I’m hosting a SportsNation chat at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, right here. We will talk mostly about “Game of Thrones,” but maybe we’ll cover some basketball too. See you there.