Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Calling the North Carolina-Michigan State game on Friday night on the USS Carl Vinson was an amazing experience. Seeing how enthusiastic everyone was on the ship made it an incredible experience. I was thrilled when Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and I got to meet President Obama ... what a thrill! My friends, the President knows his hoops as he is a true fan of the sport! The overall experience out there is one I will treasure forever.
• Congratulations to Rick Pitino on his 600th career college coaching W. His Louisville squad opened the season with a win, but I have to wonder how many Rick would have had if he never went to the NBA? My friends, we would be talking about him making a run at Robert Montgomery Knight too.
• When Lon Kruger took over the program at Oklahoma, he knew there were tough times ahead. Now he knows as the NCAA has put Oklahoma on three years of probation and issued a $15,000 fine for major violations in its men's basketball program. The Division I infractions committee also vacated all 13 wins from Oklahoma's 2009-10 season, took away a scholarship and cut back on recruiting efforts. I feel the Sooners made the right choice bringing in Kruger and he will get the job done rebuilding the program over the long haul.
• Jim Larranaga has had a tough start at Miami. Injuries to Reggie Johnson and Julian Gamble hurt. Now DeQuan Jones will be sitting out the entire season; he will sit while the NCAA and school continue their joint investigation of his eligibility. Miami got past Tennessee Tech in the season opener.
• Texas A&M suffered a blow when forward Khris Middleton went down with a knee injury. He is expected to be out at least three weeks as the Aggies travel this week to the Big Apple. A&M faces Mississippi State and then the winner of Arizona-St. John's at the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
• I have said it before and I will say it again ... Jeremy Lamb could lead the Big East in scoring this season. He opened the campaign with 30 big points against Columbia.
• One of the most versatile players in America is Draymond Green of Michigan State. He has a solid game in the loss to North Carolina on the USS Carl Vinson last Friday. If can work on his shooting, that is the lone concern. My friends, he can do everything else, from rebounding to passing to inside scoring. He had a pair of triple-doubles last season and he will be a leader for Tom Izzo this season.
• College basketball has had its share of suspensions already. Georgia Tech punished Glen Rice Jr. for three games due to an unspecified rules violation. Baylor is without Perry Jones III for the first five games of the season for a prior benefit violation.
• Utah is in its first season in the Pac-12 and coach Larry Krystkowiak's team is already picked for the basement in the league's preseason poll. The Utes got some tough injury news as senior center David Foster is sidelined following foot surgery and junior guard Chris Hines will miss two to four weeks with a rib injury. Not exactly the kind of news the coach needed.