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Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and a Crystal Ball
Oliver Purnell Pursuing Greener Pastures
Roy Halladay Deal Good for Baseball?

4/6/2010

SMITH TO RETURN TO DUKE, SINGLER NOT SO SURE

Nolan Smith just became one of four father-son combos to win an NCAA title, 30 years after his late father Derek did it with Louisville. (See also: Scott and Sean May, Henry and Mike Bibby, and Marques and Kris Johnson.) And afterwards, he sounded like someone who wants to do it all over again, telling the Raleigh News and Observer, "I'm definitely not even considering going. Unless somebody said, 'Nolan, you're going to be the No. 1 pick,' and John Wall has that on lock." Meanwhile, Kyle Singler is undecided. "I'll just talk to coach and get his opinion, talk to my family ... I'm just going to let myself be open to what Coach has to say, because he has my best interest [at heart]."

More of what's happening At This Hour, including why Clemson needs a new coach and why the Commish thinks the Halladay trade was good for baseball, after the jump.

REPORT: DePAUL HIRES PURNELL

From Blue Devils to Blue Demons. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Oliver Purnell is leaving Clemson to become the new head coach at DePaul. He'll get a seven-year contract worth more than $15 million and will be introduced in Chicago this afternoon.

SELIG ON HALLADAY: "I THINK IT'S GOOD FOR BASEBALL"

When Roy Halladay made his Opening Day start for the Phillies instead of the Blue Jays, it had a lot to do with Toronto's inability to sign him to the kind of contract extension he inked with Philadelphia. So when the "haves" pulled off the trade with the "have-nots", you probably expected that to bother Bud Selig, who used to own the small-market Brewers before he became commissioner. But he told the Philadelphia Daily News, "I think [the Halladay trade] is good for baseball. I've talked to a lot of people about competitive balance, and I'm proud of where we are. Our competitive balance is as good as any sport...Toronto made a judgment and I talked a lot to [Blue Jays president] Paul Beeston about it. They felt they made the right decision for their franchise in the long run and maybe even in the medium run."