Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• So much for travel plans. Kansas was scheduled to leave on August 5th for Europe on a 10-day excursion to Switzerland and Paris. The trip included four exhibition games for the Jayhawks. The basketball team had weather delays out of Washington, D. C. and started the trip a day later than planned. Kansas edged the Swiss national team in the first game of the trip.
• Tennessee was playing overseas too. During a trip to Italy, the Vols had to deal with a bus breaking down. Cuonzo Martin's team got off to a good start, blowing out a team of Italian all-stars.
• Why has it taken the NCAA so long to determine the status of NC State diaper dandy Rodney Purvis? This is August. Give me a break. It is not fair to the kid or the school. Purvis was not allowed to play with the Wolfpack on an overseas trip because he was not cleared by the NCAA. That would have been valuable experience and time to work with his new teammates.
• Kentucky coach John Calipari got some good news when star diaper dandy Nerlens Noel was declared academically eligible for the upcoming season. Noel reclassified from the junior class to the senior class in the middle of last year. Because of the move, he required additional coursework this summer to meet NCAA eligibility standards. It all worked out and big blue nation is ecstatic.
• Speaking of experience, Matthew Dellavedova of St. Mary's gained some playing for Australia at the Olympics. He was going up against a number of NBA players and that will help him in the WCC this season. His Olympic experience ended when Australia lost to the U.S. in the quarterfinals as Dellavedova was saddled with early foul trouble.
• Five months ago, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin was reprimanded for a comment during an NCAA tournament game. Now it is official. The NCAA has publicly reprimanded Cronin for bad language after the Bearcats' tournament loss to Ohio State. The Division I men's basketball committee found that Cronin used "profane and abusive language" toward a game official when Ohio State beat Cincinnati in the East regional semifinal. Cronin had earlier appealed the reprimand, but an administrative committee upheld it after reviewing records. Glad that has been settled.
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