Honestly, I'm not sure about this one. Tucker is a great recruiter, but his only season coaching at Colorado is something left to be desired. As someone mentioned earlier, Sparty did offer him more money than Colorado is currently paying him, but we'll see if this works out.
Tweet from Bruce Feldman:
BREAKING: #CU coach Mel Tucker has agreed in principle to become the new head coach at #MichiganState, per sources. After Tucker turned down initial interest, MSU power brokers came back repeatedly to Tuckers reps w/ an offer that was impossible to ignore https://t.co/qjOH0qKirQ— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 12, 2020
Alternative link: https://247sports.com/college/michigan-state/Article/Michigan-State-football-hires-Mel-Tucker-Colorado-143700255/
I can't believe it. Kobe Bryant is definitely one of the NBA legends. To hear that he was gone too soon, absolutely devastated. When I first watched the NBA, I watched Kobe Bryant and how he had this relentless determination, strong work ethic, and competitiveness to will his team to win. And that 60-point game to wrap up his NBA career was definitely one of the best highlights I saw from him, along with winning 5 NBA Championships (three with Shaq), earning 2x Finals MVP, 17x All-Star, his 81-point game performance, and his buzzer beaters that came in his NBA career. This dude was not only one of the all-time NBA greats, but he also is doing great things off the court. He also won an Oscar for best animated short film called "Dear Basketball." To hear that one of his daughters (Gianna) also pass away with him, absolutely heartbroken. Prayers to the Bryant Family for this devastating news. Kobe Bryant will forever be one of the NBA legends that many will admire and respect. May he and his daughter, Gianna, forever RIP.
Two weeks ago, Evansville stunned then #1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena. Michigan State, who lost to Kentucky already, loses in the first round to Virginia Tech of the Maui Invitational and is settling for possibly 5th or 6th place in the Maui Invitational. So more insight about the other upset we just witnessed:
Going into the game (November 26, 2019), Stephen F. Austin went 14-16 last season and was a 28.5 point underdog against Duke at Cameron Indoor. The Lumberjacks did not shoot well from 3-point range, but they were able to take care of the ball better than the Blue Devils. At halftime, the Lumberjacks trailed the Blue Devils 45-40. In the second half, Duke had a 7 point lead until Stephen F. Austin was able to tie the game at 62 with 8:36 to go in the second half. After the second half, the Lumberjacks were able to send this game to overtime tied at 81 as Freshman G Cassius Stanley could not hit the game winner in regulation. The overtime period was the most intense period in the game, with teams only combining for 6 points in OT. The last two points of overtime came from a fast break layup from Senior F Nathan Bain at the buzzer for Stephen F. Austin!
Evansville was the 25-point underdog going into that game and they did not have very high expectations of winning the Missouri Valley Conference. In fact, they were picked to finish 8th in the Missouri Valley Conference. The most shocking part is that the Purple Aces had the lead for most of the game. Kentucky had the early 3-point advantage with 15:22 to go in the first half. The Purple Aces then eventually took the lead and were up by as many as eight points in the first half, which then still held a 34-30 lead at halftime. Evansville maintained the lead and Kentucky did not lead again until Senior Forward Nate Setsuna made a pair of free throws at 11:18 to go in the second half. Evansville then quickly answered with a 3-pointer and had the lead for good with 7:18 left in the second half. Freshman Guards Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey were able to score layups and cut the Evansville lead to one with about 7.9 seconds left, but a pair of Evansville free throws from Sam Cunliffe, the transfer from Arizona State and Kansas, and Tyrese Maxey air-balling the 3-pointer sealed the win for Evansville.
I think we can all agree that Ohio State is at least one of the top two teams in the country. They have been dominant both offensively and defensively, even with Chase Young being out. On a side note:
Wake Forest @ Clemson. Wake Forest is coming off of its first loss of the season to Virginia Tech and will likely be unranked, but is still probably the most threatening team Clemson will face the rest of the season.
Hmm...I did not know Wake Forest defeated Louisville. Kevin, you should check on this one. Wake Forest (7-2, 3-2 ACC) lost to Louisville (in a 62-59 shootout) and Virginia Tech. Wake Forest is no longer in the running for the Atlantic Division in the ACC because Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC) already clinched the Atlantic Division and are going to the ACC Championship Game.
The last time College GameDay was not in Columbus, OH was during Ohio State's National Championship run in 2014. That was part of a stretch where College GameDay did not go to Columbus, OH for four consecutive years from 2011-2014. Ohio State did appear on College GameDay in 2012-2014, but all of them were at the visiting teams' cities or neutral sites.
Have you heard about how U Sports Football, a Canadian College Football League, does their season? I understand that they do play their rules differently than your usual college football games that we are accustomed to.
In short, basically, all U Sports Football teams play an 8-game conference schedule (no non-conference games), with an occasion of playing any conference opponent twice due to not enough teams in the conference to play an 8-game schedule. U Sports Football currently houses four conferences: a 6-team Canada West Conference, an 11-team Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference, a 5-team Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec Conference, and a 5-team Atlantic University Football Conference. When the regular season concludes, each conference will have their own customized playoff to determine the final four teams, which would be the teams that win their respective conference playoffs. OUA begins their postseason a week earlier because they have an extra round of postseason games, while the other three conferences start their postseason in November. The final four teams (all winners from the conference playoffs) would then have a chance to play for the Vanier Cup, which is the National Championship of U Sports Football. The semifinals are bowl games that actually occur at campus sites (home field given to two of the four conference playoff champions), with the Vanier Cup concluding at a predetermined neutral site. I'll provide the links here if you want to know more about U Sports Football:
And I will also provide the links to the three most recent U Sports Seasons:
Hey everyone! I just updated the forum regarding Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. Initially, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kawhi Leonard will sign a 4-year $142M max contract to play for the Clippers. According to the Athletic and ESPN, Leonard will instead opt-in a 3-year $103.1M contract to play with the Clippers, with the 3rd year (2021-22) being a player option (see the main forum post for the update).
More regarding the sign-and-trade of D'Angelo Russell:
The Warriors and Nets are on course to complete the sign-and-trade that will deliver All-Star guard DAngelo Russell to Golden State on a four-year, $117M maximum contract, league sources tell ESPN. Kevin Durant and his camp had to help work deal to completion overnight.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
Deal will include Golden State sending a protecting future first-round pick to Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/BndEZPRblo— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
It looks like KD is going to be involved in this sign-and-trade, and the Nets are going to get a protected future first round pick from the Warriors. However, the Warriors had to send away Andre Iguodala, which is a big loss for them, but he is getting older and is entering his back-end of his career, and a 2024 protected first round pick, a pick that can be converted to either top 4 protected in 2024, top overall pick protected in 2025 or unprotected in 2026, to the Grizzlies:
Golden State is trading Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league source tells ESPN. Warriors are sending a 2024 protected first-round pick in the 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
This is what the Warriors will also get from the Nets from the sign-and-trade as well, per Shams Charania:
Warriors are on verge of acquiring Russell, Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier from Brooklyn, league sources said. https://t.co/4HefUBSNQA— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019
Wow, Breaking News regarding D'Angelo Russell, per Wojnarowski...
Golden State and Brooklyn have agreed on a sign-and-trade, sending DAngelo Russell to the Warriors on a four-year, $117M maximum contract, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
A gutsy win for sure. A much better start in February than in January. Gotta focus on and beat the Illini and then the rest of the Big Ten schedule is going to be tough again. Hopefully they can get better and keep playing smart basketball because if they do, they will make the tournament.