Friday, July 20, 2012
3-point shot: NCAA to rule on UCF soon?
By Andy Katz
1. Central Florida, which went in front of the committee on infractions in April, still doesn’t know when it will hear from the NCAA. The assumption from multiple sources is that the ruling will come down soon, likely at the outset of the fall semester. UCF self-imposed sanctions that include three years of probation, the vacancy of all men's basketball victories for 2009, '10 and '11, reducing its scholarships by one each of the next two years in basketball, and the reduction of recruiting days by both basketball and football coaches for violations that related to runners for agents and gifts for recruits. UCF coach Donnie Jones also got a three-game suspension. Meanwhile, UCF officials expect Marcus Jordan to return to school in the fall after he was arrested on July 2 for causing a disturbance in an Omaha, Neb., hotel. Jordan is one of four starters back. The best of the bunch is Keith Clanton, a C-USA POY candidate. The Knights will get an infusion in the backcourt from transfers C.J. Reed (MEAC player of the year at Bethune-Cookman) and Calvin Newell, who averaged 13 points at Oklahoma in the fall before leaving.
2. New Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap is coaching the team’s summer league squad in Las Vegas. Head coaches don’t normally do that in the NBA. But no one at St. John’s would be surprised to see him on the sidelines in July. That’s exactly who he was for the Red Storm. He was a coach. He never has tried to be anything else. Dunlap maximized his abilities for the Red Storm and he’ll do the same for Charlotte. His success may not pan out in terms of wins, but he’ll certainly be involved in every possession. He is unassuming and doesn’t want to delegate his own responsibilities. He takes ownership from day one.
3. Pitt’s departure from the Big East to the ACC will hurt just as much as Syracuse, but not in terms of lost rivalries. The Panthers have been a consistent winner under Jamie Dixon, last season's hiccup aside. The Panthers have been one of the toughest outs in the Big East and a national player nearly every year. But the Panthers didn’t have the same rivalries that Syracuse participated in during its time in the league. The Orange had at least three in Georgetown, Connecticut and St. John’s. Pitt’s most heated rival was West Virginia and that was already gone when the Mountaineers jettisoned themselves to the Big 12. The best rivalry for the Panthers had become UConn since the programs were two of the winningest in the past decade. There was a genuine respect between Dixon and Jim Calhoun and each game was usually played at a high, physical level. Losing Pitt-UConn won’t be as celebrated but it will be missed by both schools and certainly the Big East.