1. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he’s on his way toward a full recovery from hip replacement surgery. Ford said he had been dealing with the nagging injury on his left side for two-plus years after putting plenty of miles on his body during a post-basketball career running regimen. “Six or seven months ago, during the season, I couldn’t run anymore,’’ said Ford. Ford went to New York to see a specialist and had the surgery last month. He is still on crutches and has been working on his rehab in the swimming pool and on an elliptical machine. He said he has been on the court for individual instruction. Ford said he’ll be off crutches soon, in time for recruiting in July. He also said he doesn’t have a limp and is expected to make a full recovery.
2. Gonzaga has received word that it will get Providence guard Gerard Coleman to sit out next season and have two seasons of eligibility remaining in the fall of 2013. Coleman averaged 13 points and five rebounds a game. This is yet another example of the Zags’ national reach. Coleman is from Boston. The Zags got into the chase for Coleman when they made contact in trying to land fellow Massachusetts native Alex Oriakhi, who left UConn and eventually landed at Missouri. Coleman will help the Zags’ already highly competitive perimeter in practice.
3. The NCAA says a membership-wide working group is looking at all Division I rules, including all transfer situations. NCAA president Mark Emmert has a task force just for transfer rules. All options are on the table. One, which Division I college coaches fear could be put into action, is a one-time transfer waiver for all players during their career. The NCAA is gathering feedback on all potential changes and there aren’t any specific proposals to review yet. But coaches are expected to push their compliance directors to dismiss a one-time transfer waiver for all players. Players may want to have the freedom to move once in their career. But they likely won’t have a voice on this one.