Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Kansas coach Bill Self had a lot of experience facing Doc Sadler when he coached at Nebraska. He also saw Sadler coaching at UTEP. Now Self has added Sadler to the Jayhawk staff, naming him the director of basketball operations for Kansas. Sadler replaces Barry Hinson who served in the position for two seasons before taking over as head coach at Southern Illinois.
• The NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rule that should mean large decals which led to slippery courts could be a thing of the past. The new rule is requiring all courts to be "of a consistent surface." That will help the game of college basketball as there were too many times that games were hindered by players falling and risking injury.
• There was also logic used by the NCAA rules committee. Now coaches can close the gap on elite programs. Division I men's basketball coaches will be able to send unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to recruits who have wrapped up their sophomore year of high school. The NCAA also will also allow coaches to send private messages to prospective players through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
• Judy MacLeod, executive associate commissioner of Conference USA, has been appointed to the Division I Men's Basketball Committee, effective immediately. Her term will run through the 2014-15 academic year. MacLeod replaces Steve Orsini, the former AD at SMU. If you are keeping score, The members of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee include Joe Alleva (LSU AD) Scott Barnes (Utah State AD), Mike Bobinski (committee chair and Xavier AD), Joe Castiglione (Oklahoma AD), Doug Fullerton (Big Sky commissioner), Mark Hollis (Michigan State AD), MacLeod, Bernard Muir (Delaware AD), Ron Wellman (Wake Forest AD), and Jamie Zaninovich (WCC commissioner).
• I love stories about players giving back to their community. Recently in Lawrence, Kansas, Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk fans got to see approximately 30 former Kansas basketball players return to compete in a game to help raise money for three local families fighting cancer. In the state of Indiana, Bob Knight and a number of former Hoosier players did a fundraiser to help out former Hoosier star Steve Downing, who is the AD at Marian.
• There will be a number of good early-season games played on ships. Ohio State and Marquette are scheduled to meet in Charleston, South Carolina. San Diego is the site of the Aztecs of Steve Fisher and the Syracuse Orange of Jim Boeheim. Now Florida and Georgetown have been added near Jacksonville.
• One interesting tournament taking place early in the upcoming season happens in Connecticut. The Mohegan Sun will host teams from the Big Ten (Ohio State), Pac-12 (Washington), Big East (Seton Hall) and A-10 (Rhode Island).
• The finalized field for the 2012 DIRECTV Charleston Classic was announced. Murray State and Auburn are the last two additions to a group that includes St. John's, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado and Dayton. The event is set to be held Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 15, 16 & 18, at TD Arena in Charleston.
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