---SI's Bruce Schoenfeld provides a look at the life of college basketball recruiters.
---A look at Syracuse's potential dance-partners in next season's Big East/SEC Challenge.
---Dana O'Neil profiles piece former Villanova forward Will Sheridan, who openly admits that he is gay.
---In a surprising move, Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey is leaving the coaching profession because of personal issues.
---Coach-K made $4.7 mil during Duke's 2010 National Title run. Worth every penny.
---This year’s Sporting News College preview just arrived at my door – I received a free copy since I wrote the MAC preview – are here is the predicted order of finish for the league:
2. Miami (Ohio)
6. Bowling Green
7. Kent State
1. Northern Illinois
3. Western Michigan
4. Central Michigan
5. Eastern Michigan
6. Ball State
In the Rating the MAC section, UB’s Steven Means is the best interview, while linebacker Khalil Mack is all-league. The recruiting roundup, written by TSN’s Brian McLaughlin, ranks the Bulls class 11th in the conference.
1. West Virginia
2. South Florida
In rating the players, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones was named the player with the best instincts while the Orange’s recruiting class was rated seventh. Jones, OL Justin Pugh, and DB Phillip Thomas were all named All Big East.
6. Boise State
7. Florida State
8. Ohio State
9. Texas A&M
---After a rocky first season, former UB coach Turner Gill hopes to jump start Kansas, while new coach Darrell Hazell is trying to do the same at Kent State.
---Here's a 2011 preview on Central Michigan.
---Although coaches and administrators here expressed varying degrees of optimism on the future of college athletics, the consensus was that in order to change the sport’s polluted culture, the NCAA needs to adopt stiffer penalties for its cheaters.
---When Syracuse assistant coach Rob Murphy accepted an offer to become the coach at Eastern Michigan, Orange coach Jim Boeheim wasted little time hiring Murphy’s successor. On the same day Murphy held his farewell press conference, Adrian Autry was on the Syracuse campus. With the hiring of Autry, Syracuse’s lineup of coaches looks like an alumni function. Boeheim and his top three assistants – Autry, Bernie Fine and Mike Hopkins – all graduated from Syracuse.
In addition, the Orange basketball program also includes former players Lazarus Sims as the director of player development and Gerry McNamara as a graduate assistant.
---During our NFL Draft chat last week, Bills fans were begging for the team to select a quarterback and tight end. WalterFootball.com offers a 2012 mock draft that has the Bills taking both, including USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
---Rivals.com's list of the top football/basketball programs during the BCS era.
---Here's a list of all the bowl games for the 2011-12 season.
---The Justice Department wants to know why the NCAA doesn't have a college football playoff system and says there are "serious questions" about whether the current format to determine a national champion complies with antitrust laws. In a letter this week, the department's antitrust chief, Christine Varney, asked NCAA president Mark Emmert why a playoff system isn't used in football, unlike in other sports; what steps the NCAA has taken to create one; and whether Emmert thinks there are aspects of the BCS system that don't serve the interest of fans, schools and players.
Syracuse senior Rick Jackson will participate in an NBA Draft Combine hosted by the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.
The two-day combine begins Saturday. Jackson will work out Sunday. Other notables expected to be in attendance this weekend are Xavier’s Tu Holloway, Rhode Island’s Delroy James and Duquesne’s Damian Saunders.
The deadline to return to school is Sunday for underclassmen who did not hire an agent and withdraw from the draft.
---Opportunity brought God's Gift Achiuwa, pictured left with his coach Alex Nwora from his home in Nigeria to ECC and that's what will take him next year to St. John's. Here's more stories about Gift from the New York Post and Daily News. Meanwhile, Washington is scrambling after losing out on Gift.
---Adam Zagoria expects Iona's Mike Glover to have a breakout year.
---Jonathan Givony, evaluates all of the early entrant decisions, while Andy Katz reacts to the new names released on the NBA draft list.
---Kevin Ware has decomitted from UCF.
---Gary Parrish believes that despite the addition of Colorado and Utah, the Pac 12 will remain the weakest power-six conference.
---John Rothstein provides a list of teams on the rise next season.
---God's Gift Achiuwa, a 6-foot-8 forward at ECC, officially signed a national letter of intent with St. John's this aftertoon.
Achiuwa, who also considered Cincinnati and Washington, was one of the top remaining big men in the country. His decision to attend St. John's has been rumored since Monday after he returned from an official visit. In the process St. John's coach Steve Lavin beat out close friend Lorenzo Romar for Achiuwa's services. Lavin and Romar were assistants under Jim Harrick during the 90s at UCLA.
"Gift' is a talented frontline player who possesses tremendous size, strength, speed and skill," Lavin said in a statement released by ECC. "He is an ideal fit for our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play. The maturity Gift gained from two years of junior college basketball with a combined 55-6 record will make him a nice complement to what will be the youngest roster in the country next season. He is fundamentally sound and comes from a program with a tradition of winning, where a strong work ethic, playing hard and discipline is demanded on a daily basis."