Friday, June 5, 2015

Motlow State Community College Introduces New Head Coach J.T. Burton

Motlow State Community College introduced new head coach J.T. Burton on Thursday.

Here is a release from the school:

Former St. Catharine College head coach and University of Tennessee assistant coach James Tyler "J.T." Burton has been named the new men's basketball head coach at Motlow College, according to Athletic Director Tori Raby-Gentry. Burton will begin his duties immediately.

Burton spent the past season as the Director of Player Development at Tennessee under former Volunteer head coach Donnie Tyndall. His season in Knoxville followed a highly successful six-year stint as head coach at St. Catharine in his hometown of Springfield, Ky., where he compiled a 95-80 record. During his coaching tenure the school transitioned from a two-year to a four-year institution, playing on the NAIA level and joining the Mid-South Conference.

"We are delighted to have J.T. as our new head coach," said Raby-Gentry. "I'm confident in the experience he brings in coaching, recruiting and helping student athletes to grow and succeed. He is a demanding coach with high expectations for his players both on and off the court. We are excited for the upcoming season."

He takes over a Motlow program that finished 23-6 last season and 37-20 in two seasons under former head coach Matt Sligh, who resigned in March to become an assistant at Missouri State University, ironically located in Springfield, Mo.

Burton boasts more than 15 years of college coaching experience after playing college basketball at St. Catharine from 1995-97, when the Patriots were a two-year school and a member of the Tennessee Junior/Community College Athletic Association, now known as the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA).

Tyndall, who was relieved of his duties at Tennessee in March, coached one season at St. Catharine, and with Burton as a guard led the 1996-97 Patriots to a 30-5 record and the school's first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.

Burton received his bachelor's degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1999 and his master's degree from Campbellsville University in 2005. He and his wife, Carla, have two daughters, Alexis and Jada.

Following his graduation from Tennessee Wesleyan, he returned to St. Catharine as an assistant coach for one season, followed by one season as an assistant at Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College.

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Motlow College is a public campus in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

John Calipari Has Heated On-Air Debate With Dan Patrick

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Dan Patrick had a heated debate on Patrick's show this morning.

Calipari later claimed that the two were just joking around but I'm not so sure.

Watch this video and form your own opinion:

Former Morehead State Assistant Chris Moore Joins Rick Ray's Staff at SEMO

Former Morehead State assistant coach Chris Moore is back in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Moore is leaving Wright State University to join Rick Ray's staff at Southeast Missouri.

Here is a release from SEMO:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Chris Moore, who coached at Wright State University the last five years, was hired as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri Monday.

Moore has over 20 years of coaching experience and brings an outlook from nearly every level of basketball.

"I am excited about adding someone to our staff who is as experienced and accomplished as Chris is," said Ray. "Chris has a great reputation in our business and has built relationships that will be a tremendous help to our recruiting efforts. He will be a valuable asset to our program and we are lucky to have him."

WSU averaged 17.5 wins per season and made a pair of postseason appearances with Moore on its coaching staff.

Prior to that, he worked as an assistant coach for four seasons at Ohio Valley Conference member Morehead State.

"I'm excited about getting the opportunity to join Coach Ray and be a part of Southeast basketball," said Moore. "Coach Ray and I have known each other for the better part of two decades and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. He is a first class coach and an even better person. I'm looking forward to the challenge of competing for a championship year-in and year-out."

Moore teamed with then-head coach Donnie Tyndall to lead MSU to two postseason tournament appearances as the Eagles averaged 18 wins per season. He directed the program's recruiting efforts, which produced two classes ranked in the nation's Top 40. Clark Francis' Hoop Scoop tabbed MSU's 2007 class 31st and 2008 class 34th. Each of those classes were ranked No. 1 in the OVC.

Moore helped MSU enjoy record setting success, including an OVC Tournament title in 2009, back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history and the Eagles first NCAA Tournament win in 25 years.

Along with his recruiting duties, Moore served as MSU's academic liaison, where he helped raise the team's grade point average.

Before joining the MSU staff, Moore made stops at Bellarmine, Indiana-Southeast and Cincinnati.

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North Carolina Releases NCAA's Notice of Allegations, Includes 5 Major Violations

North Carolina has publicly released the NCAA's Notice of Allegations and the documentation outlines five major violations, including lack of institutional control.

Here's a summary of the 5 major issues:

1. The institution provided impermissible benefits to student athletes.

2. Jan Boxill, then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women's basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women's basketball student-athletes.

3. In 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct. (i.e. refused and failed to participate in providing information)

4. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang'oro, former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible NCAA violations.

5. The institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance and the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes.

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Take a look at the entire 59-page document here

Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham released this statement:

“We take the allegations the NCAA made about past conduct very seriously. This is the next step in a defined process, and we are a long way from reaching a conclusion. We will respond to the notice using facts and evidence to present a full picture of our case. Although we may identify some instances in the NCAA’s notice where we agree and others where we do not, we are committed to continue pursuing a fair and just outcome for Carolina."

Carson Williams Continues to Reel In D1 Offers

The offers are continuing to roll in for 2016 forward Carson Williams.

Just this week, the Owen County High School star has added offers from Bradley and Bowling Green.

Williams now holds offers from Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Wright State, Ohio University, Northwestern State, North Florida, St Joseph's, Oklahoma State, Miami (OH), Bradley, Bowling Green and Samford

Kentucky Recruit Jamal Murray is Currently Visiting Oregon

ESPN's Jeff Borzello reports that Kentucky recruit Jamal Murray is currently on a visit to Oregon.

Murray, a 6-foot-3 point guard, currently ranks No. 15 overall in the Class of 2016.


Katz: Steve Prohm Scheduled for Interview at Iowa State

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Murray State head coach Steve Prohm is scheduled for an interview at Iowa State.

Katz reports that Prohm, Bryce Drew and Brad Underwood are all scheduled for interviews.

Here is an excerpt:

Iowa State is casting a wide net in its search for a replacement for Fred Hoiberg and will conduct interviews this weekend in Atlanta, home base of the Dan Parker search firm the school hired, multiple sources confirmed to Wednesday.

Valparaiso's Bryce Drew, Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood and Murray State's Steve Prohm are all scheduled for interviews, according to sources. The search firm and Iowa State are also expected to interview current Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger.

Drew has won the Horizon League three times and been to the NCAA tournament twice.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bellarmine Adds Beau Braden, Josh Sewell to Coaching Staff

Bellarmine University has added former Tennessee assistant Beau Braden and ex-Bellarmine player Josh Sewell to coaching staff.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Bellarmine University announced today that Beau Braden and Josh Sewell have been named as assistant coaches for the men's basketball team.

Braden is a Louisville native who played at DeSales High School and Centre College before entering the coaching ranks. He first served on the staff at Georgetown College before moving on to St. Catharine College and Morehead State. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee.

Bellarmine fans will remember Sewell as a guard on last season's Knights team that went 31-4 and advanced the NCAA Division II Final Four. Also a Louisville native, Sewell played high school basketball for Trinity, where he was a runner-up in the Mr. Basketball voting his senior season. He played three seasons at Miami University before transferring to Bellarmine to use his fourth season of eligibility.

"I'm thrilled to have Beau and Josh join the staff," said Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport. "Beau has paid a great amount of dues in basketball from DeSales to Centre to Tennessee. He is a basketball coach, meaning he can coach all facets of the game. He can recruit, scout, and provide individual instruction. For us, he'll focus on the defensive end of the court."

"Josh was a great addition to our program last year as a player, and he'll continue that as a coach," Davenport said. "The passion he displayed as a student and as a player will serve him well as a coach."

After helping Centre to a 92-21 record during his four years as a player, Braden embarked on a collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Georgetown College in the 2009-10 season when the Tigers went 27-6 and won the Mid-South Conference Championship. He then moved to St. Catharine College and served a year as an assistant before joining the Division I ranks at Morehead State in 2012. During Braden's two seasons as a full-time assistant coach at Morehead State, the Eagles recorded 35 overall victories, 18 conference wins and posted a 20-win campaign in 2013-14.

Last season Braden served on the staff at University of Tennessee, where he worked closely with Tennessee's perimeter players. The Volunteer backcourt saw improvement on both ends of the court as UT ranked second in the SEC with 7.7 steals per game while point guard Josh Richardson and shooting guard Robert Hubbs III saw their offensive production soar by 163 percent.

Braden said he's happy to return to his hometown to continue his coaching career. "It's a great opportunity to return to my roots in Louisville and have a chance to join the staff at Bellarmine University," he said. "Bellarmine is a first class institution with a first class athletics program. I look forward to learning from Coach Davenport, who has done a tremendous job building Bellarmine into a program that consistently competes for conference and national championships. Most importantly, I am excited to begin working with our players whose outstanding character, hard work, and dedication on and off the floor have created a great deal of success for Bellarmine basketball."

Sewell, meanwhile, is making the transition from player to coach as he finishes his master's degree in communication. As a Knight, Sewell was one of the biggest contributors off the bench. The 6-5 guard-forward averaged 8.9 points and 2.5 rebounds a game with perhaps his best game as a Knight coming in a clutch performance in Bellarmine's 82-79 overtime victory over Lewis. In that game, Sewell netted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and drained all four free throws while hauling in seven rebounds. He also produced when the game was on the line, scoring four of Bellarmine's eight points in overtime.

"I am humbled by Coach Davenport's faith and confidence in me to continue to help our basketball program in a professional capacity," Sewell said. "He a great ambassador to our community with his public service and leadership as a basketball coach, and he is an even better person. I am excited to help in any way possible to ensure that Bellarmine basketball program is the best division II program in the country."

Tulane's Jonathan Stark Will Transfer to Murray State

Tulane guard Jonathan Stark will transfer to Murray State.

Stark averaged 10.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game for Tulane last season.

He will sit out the 2015-16 season under NCAA transfer rules and join the team in 2016-17.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State head men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm announced Jonathan Stark will join the team in the fall as a transfer from Tulane.

Stark, a 6-0 guard from Munford, Tennessee, will sit out the coming 2015-16 season according to NCAA rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility with the Racers beginning with the 2016-17 season.

“We’re really excited to get Jonathan in our program,” Prohm said. “He brings a lot of experience to our backcourt having played two years at Tulane in both Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference. Jonathan will strengthen our backcourt for the 2016-17 season, but will also help us make our current team better. This is also another connection to the Memphis area for us and that’s an area that has been good to this program.”

Stark appeared in all 31 games in the 2014-15 season for the Green Wave scoring 10.6 points per game and 4.4 assists. His 137 assists ranked third in the American Athletic Conference. His season-best scoring game came against Memphis with 24 points. Stark had one double-double with 18 points and 10 assists against UCF and had a season-best 12 assists against Temple.

As a freshman in 2013-14, Stark earned Conference USA All-Freshman honors and was named a Freshman All-American by He had 12 games of 20-point scoring including a career-high 25 points against Washington. His 143 assists ranked fifth all-time for a single season at Tulane.

Stark had a standout two-year run at Munford High School where he was Tennessee District 13 MVP. He also played a pair of seasons at Brighton High School.

Steve Prohm Mentioned as Candidate at Iowa State

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Murray State head coach Steve Prohm is in the mix to replace Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State.

Prohm, who is seemingly mentioned as a potential candidate for every job in America, led the Racers to a 29-6 season in 2014-15.

Hoiberg left Iowa State to coach the Chicago Bulls.

The Desmoine Register mentioned Prohm as a potential candidate for the job on Tuesday.

Here's an excerpt about Prohm:

STEVE PROHM, Murray State

Age: 40

Upside: Four seasons at the Ohio Valley Conference school resulted in a 104-29 record, an NCAA Tournament appearance, a 2011-12 team that went 31-2 and a 25-game winning streak last season. His offense appears like what ISU fans are accustomed to. Murray State averaged 78.0 points last season, 10th nationally. They averaged 19.6 3-point shots a game.

Downside: Can he recruit at the Power Five conference level? He reportedly turned down a $1 million-plus a year job at Mississippi State because of loyalty to Murray State. Would he do the same if offered by Iowa State?

Contract status: He averages $500,000 annually through 2020, according to details of a contract renewed in March.

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St. Catharine's Jordan Brangers Will Play for J.T. Burton at Motlow State

Former Eastern High School guard Jordan Brangers plans to reunite with coach J.T. Burton at Motlow State Community College.

Brangers originally played at St. Catharine College out of high school in 2013.

Motlow State is junior college program.

Photo: St. Catharine College

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

J.T. Burton Lands Head Coaching Job at Motlow State

Former University of Tennessee Director of Player Development J.T. Burton is the new head coach at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Burton worked one season for Donnie Tyndall at Tennessee following a successful run as head coach at St. Catharine College.

Motlow State is a junior college program.

Caverna Hires Former St. Catharine College Head Coach Matt Taylor

Caverna High School has hired former St. Catharine College head coach Matt Taylor to take over the boy's basketball program.

Taylor served as head coach at St. Catharine for one season. The Patriots finished the 2014-15 season 11-18 overall and 5-11 in the Mid-South Conference.

Previously, Taylor worked as an assistant at St. Catharine and University of Pikeville.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bellarmine University Signs JUCO Transfer Al Davis for 2015-16

Bellarmine University has signed JUCO transfer Al Davis for 2015-16.

 Davis, a 5-foot-9 point guard, will have two seasons of eligibility at Bellarmine.

 Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that he has signed junior college transfer Al Davis for the 2015-16 season. The 5-9, 175-pound point guard will have two full seasons at Bellarmine after earning his associate's degree from North Iowa Area Community College.

Davis garnered first-team all-NJCAA Region XI honors last season after averaging 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. During his two seasons at NIACC, he contributed 762 points, 294 assists (fourth on school's career list), 284 rebounds and 138 career steals.

"I am absolutely thrilled to get the opportunity to coach this young man," Davenport said. "I literally can't wait until practice starts this fall. When he visited, he immediately impressed his teammates, and the whole Bellarmine community welcomed him with open arms."

Davis, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., said that after being contacted by the Knights coaching staff, he immediately started researching Bellarmine. "I found that it was a good school in a good location and the basketball program was very successful," he said. "Then when I came on my visit it just felt like home, and I found out (Bellarmine) is starting a SPAD (Sports Administration) program. I thought, 'this is my calling.'"

In terms of basketball, Davis sees his role as a true point guard. "On the basketball floor, I like to be a leader. I see my primary job as finding the open man, and I take pride in my defense." While at NIACC Davis was a scorer, he said he doesn't feel any pressure to have to score at Bellarmine. "When we played open gym, I found out Bellarmine has a whole lot of good shooters and players, so I just have to get them the ball."

The team aspect was another big draw for Davis. "I haven't won anything on the basketball court," he said. "I've gotten personal accolades, but nothing as a team. Hopefully we can do that at Bellarmine in the next two years."

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