Each week Dick Vitale breaks down news from around the college basketball world:
• With all of the talk about conference realignment, maybe we should have college athletics shut down for a month. Take the time for all different conferences to figure out who they want, let them go after them and get the super-conferences in place. Then come back and play. The latest move came when Syracuse and Pittsburgh decided to go to the ACC. You need a scorecard to keep track of all of this movement, and it is all about money, money, money. Athletes in non-revenue producing sports get hurt by this scenario as well.
• Nice to hear that Maryland is looking to honor two great coaches -- Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell. Williams will have the court at Comcast Center named after him in a December ceremony. The Lefthander, former men's basketball coach, will be recognized for his 348 games in 18 seasons. Whether it is a ceremony, hanging a banner in the rafters of Comcast Center or something else, I have always felt Lefty meant so much for college basketball there. Both of these men have been so special for the Terrapins.
• Iowa fans have not had much to cheer about in recent years. But coach Fran McCaffery has given the folks in Iowa City something to be happy about, receiving a verbal commitment from one of the best big men in America. Iowa beat out North Carolina for 7-foot-1 prized prospect Adam Woodbury. The center from Sioux City East high school is a major add for the Hawkeyes.
• Bad news for St. John's and coach Steve Lavin. Three members of his highly-regarded recruiting class were declared out for the first semester. Amir Garrett, Jakarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle will be unable to qualify for the 2011 fall semester. St. John's will continue to work with the NCAA to review the cases of those student-athletes for potential enrollment in the spring of 2012.
• There was a lot of talk when the Coaches vs. Cancer event was moved from Madison Square Garden to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn for 2012. What was going on with the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer? The 2K Sports Classic will continue at Madison Square Garden under the leadership of the Gazelle Group. The Gazelle Group will run the event this season (Texas A&M, Arizona, Mississippi State and St. John's will be featured) and it will be televised by ESPN through at least 2020-21. Starting in 2012, the new beneficiary of the event will be the Wounded Warrior Project.
• I love the passion of the fans in Lawrence, Kansas. "Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk" will be heard loud and clear at Allen Fieldhouse this weekend. A who's who of Kansas men's basketball coaches and players will be at Allen Fieldhouse for the Legends of the Phog exhibition game on Saturday, September 24 at 4 p.m. Former Jayhawk coaches Larry Brown and Ted Owens will be on the sidelines coaching former Kansas players who have been part of three NCAA titles, 54 conference championships, 13 Final Fours and 2,038 all-time victories. Paul Pierce, Nick Collison, Cole Aldrich, Mario Chalmers and the Morris Twins are among those expected to participate. It should be excitement galore for Kansas fans.