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#10: Purdue's locomotive mascot broke down in the middle of the field during pregame festivities on Saturday. Less than ideal. (link)
#9: Manhattan MBB AC Grady resigns in the wake of HC Masiello's firing. CBS Sports' Norlander: "I'm told Grady left due to lack of direction by school's administration. Additional fallout after Jaspers' top player transferred following Masiello sever, and another went into the portal." (link)
#8: A former Coppin State MBB student-athlete has filed a lawsuit against the university, alleging that “by information and belief,” Director of Player Development and Director of Basketball Operations Brownlee, harassed, tormented and sexually assaulted the player before publishing intimate material he had obtained from the student. The complaint also accuses Eagles HC Dixon of failing to take action when informed of Brownlee’s alleged actions. Coppin State has so far declined to comment due to the pending litigation. (link)
#7: Kentucky has completed the $310M Central Bank Center expansion, which includes a new-look Rupp Arena, complete with a fresh exterior façade, remade concourses and updated seating, per Forbes’ Newcomb, who notes the “arena features a new suite level with amenities while preserving the original two-tier appearance in the seating bowl. The original structural towers were rehabilitated as a wayfinding element and new exhibition space, ballrooms and meeting spaces at the adjacent convention center give more usable room to the site. A multi-purpose space connects Rupp Arena with the convention center's expo halls.” (link)
#6: Hartford MBB HC Gallagher announces his resignation, explaining in a letter to President Woodward: “As I have communicated on numerous occasions, both directly and through my counsel, the University of Hartford has not only breached the material terms of my contract but has consistently and repeatedly undermined the men’s basketball program to the point where player safety and well-being has been jeopardized.” Gallagher goes on to point out that he was recently informed an athletic trainer would not accompany the team to a preseason matchup against Dartmouth, and “as I feared, one of our players was injured during the game – an injury that might not have occurred in the first place with trainer preparation. Moreover, the failure to receive immediate treatment from a trainer undoubtedly resulted in a longer and more painful recovery for this player. At least one parent has reached out to express outrage at this situation. This is something that I, as a coach, cannot tolerate.” (link)
#5: The NCAA corrects guidance from earlier in the week that could have impacted the transfer portal at the end of the current semester. Per CBS' Dodd: "In walking back their guidance, players will be able to transfer between semesters, enrolling in new schools and playing for those programs in the spring despite confusion otherwise." (link)
#4: In follow-up to the New York Times piece on the sexualization of NIL, Barstool Sports' McGuire remarks: "NYT told (LSU gymnast) Livvy Dunne they were doing an article on her and NIL then proceeded to make it some bizarre hit piece about how she is moving women's sports backward because her 'sexiness sells.'" Business of College Sports' Dosh chimed in: "I figured this was the case when I read it, because I couldn't imagine she'd agree to be part of that if she knew the angle." Further, attorney Heitner: "I got the same pitch re: Cavinder Twins. Glad they didn’t take the bait." (link)
#3: The 64-team field for the DI Women's Soccer Championship was announced Monday. The four No. 1 seeds are Florida State, Notre Dame, Alabama and UCLA, while New Mexico State, Omaha and Pittsburgh make their first-ever appearances. First round action kicks off November 11. WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina will host this year's Women's College Cup December 2-5 and the semis and finals will be aired on ESPNU. (link - release, link - full bracket)
#2: The Mountain West hires WCC Commissioner Nevarez to lead the conference, effective January 1. Nevarez: “I am honored and humbled to be trusted to lead one of the nation’s elite athletic conferences, and I want to thank the Board of Directors for their belief in me and in my vision. We are well-positioned as a league thanks to the incredible legacy of Commissioner Thompson, but we cannot—and will not—rest on our success. We will be aggressive, we will be innovative, we will be inclusive and we will keep our focus on the student-athletes who call the Mountain West Conference home. I cannot wait to visit our campuses, our Conference staff, and our fans, and to begin the work ahead.” (link)
#1: Here's a great example of why the SEC is taking a fresh look at safety around field storming as a member of the Alabama staff needed a police escort to get off the field Saturday night due to a LSU fans who wouldn't get out of his face. (link)
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