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Oklahoma State given one year tourney ban (CBB News)

The NCAA Committee of Infractions placed Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team on three years of probation and banned the Cowboys from postseason tournaments next March and April. It will be interesting to see if 2020 ESPN 100 Point Guard Cade Cunningham decommits from Oklahoma State and goes with the new G-League route. Oklahoma State will appeal the probation.

The NCAA announced that its deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA Draft and maintain college eligibility will either by August 3 or 10 days after the NBA Combine, whichever comes first.

A Florida appeals court has temporarily granted New Orleans Pelicans rookie Forward Zion Williamson’s attempt to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the former Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing in Durham.

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College Football is (supposed to be) 100 days away… (CFB News)

The day I am writing this, college football is just 100 days away (5/21/20). But that only means that our COVID-19 world is put on halt. My opinion is becoming more optimistic (based on what I’ve read and watched the last 24 hours or so) is that we will have college football on time but not every team will play. I expect the NBA to return sooner than expected and same goes for the MLB. Likewise, I expect the NFL season to begin on time as well. Anyway, let’s get into some college football news.

The NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary activities for football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball this past Wednesday beginning June 1. Louisville became the first ACC school to allow voluntary workouts, which will begin June 8 for the cardinals.

It was confirmed that likely pre-season All American wide receiver Justyn Ross will have surgery in June. The Clemson wide out’s surgery will be related to stinger symptoms he was having in March during spring practice. During the 2019-2020 season the Alabama native caught 66 passes for almost 900 receiving yards.

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NCAA makes minor changes to “NET” evaluation tool (CBB News)

Former Arizona State Forward Romello White is headed to Ole Miss per ESPN. White averaged 10.2 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.

Purdue transfer Nojel Eastern is staying in the Big Ten. The guard chose Michigan over many other offers. He averaged almost 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET), which is used to evaluate teams for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, has been changed a little bit. Two new components to the metric are Team Value Index (TVI) and adjusted efficiency. Both metrics will replace winning percentage, adjusted winning percentage, and scoring margin. Both men’s and women’s college basketball will use this up to date NCAA Evaluation Tool.

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Assessing college football’s new rule changes for 2020

One big change to college football is that player’s ejected for targeting won’t have to exit to the locker room. They’ll be able to cheer on their teammates instead of having to sit in front of their locker. I agree with this change, because there’s no reason to penalize a player for just trying to help his team make a big play to change a game.

Another huge rule change that almost everyone who reads this will agree with. Officials have to keep instant replay video reviews two minutes or less. This will undoubtedly speed up the game for unnecessary reviews.

The final big rule change is that no more than two players on a team get to wear the same number. Players who are wearing the same number cannot play the same position or be on the field at the same time. This is a problem because teams are now as big as ever in size. Players will be able to wear number 0 this season if they wish unlike in past seasons.

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Iowa’s Garza enters draft, but keeps elgibility (CBB News)

Iowa All American Center Luka Garza announced he is entering his name into the draft but keeping his elgibility by not signing with an agent. He would be a senior if he returns next season.

Ranked number one in the 2020 ESPN 100, Five-Star Shooting Guard Jalen Green will announce his decision next Friday April 17. The Fresno,California product will decide between Auburn, Florida State, Memphis, Oregon, and USC. ESPN’s number two ranked player, Five-Star big man Evan Mobley signed with USC, where he will team up with his dad (assistant coach) and Isaiah (fellow big man) in Los Angeles. ESPN’s number three ranked player, Five-Star Point Guard Cade Cunningham signed with Oklahoma State.

Duke big man Vernon Carey Jr. announced his intentions to enter the 2020 NBA Draft. Carey averaged eighteen points and nine rebounds per game in his single season in Durham.

Arizona Freshman Guard Josh Green announced he was entering the 2020 NBA Draft after averaging almost twelve points and almost three assists per game in his lone season in Tucson.

Former Kentucky wing Kahlil Whitney, who withdrawed from school in January, has signed with an agent and will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

Creighton grad transfer Davion Mintz committed to Kentucky on Friday. The Point Guard averaged ten points, three assists, and three rebounds in 2018-19.

Former Columbia Guard Mike Smith will grad transfer to Michigan. The All-Ivy League guard averaged almost twenty-three points and four and a half assists for the Lions. Smith also considered Arizona, Gonzaga, and Seton Hall before deciding on Michigan.

While this isn’t just college basketball news, the NCAA expects to vote on a one-time transfer waiver. They will discuss waiver on April 24 and take a vote on May 20. The NCAA is also expected to make steps regarding student athletes being able to profit off of their name, image, and likeness.

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NCAA approves extra year of elgibility for spring athletes

The NCAA has approved (with a unamimous vote) to give an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes. The NCAA’s decision will extend the elgibility of all spring sport student athletes, not just seniors who would have graduated after this season. They will allow schools to expand their rostrs beyond current scholarship limits to account for incoming recruits and seniors who would’ve graduated. The waivers will be applied to spring sports athletes only (people who are playing baseball, softball, tennis, golf, outdoor track and field, lacrosse, rowing, men’s volleyball, beach volleyball, and water polo). The waiver will not be allowed to be given to winter sports athletes like those in basketball, hockey, swimming and diving, and gymnastics.