Illinois officially announced Friday that Coastal Carolina’s Sam McLaurin will transfer to Illinois for his final season, and he will be eligible to compete immediately during the 2012-13 season under the NCAA one-time transfer exception. The 6-8, 230-pound forward started all 31 games for the Chanticleers last season, averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 65.2 percent from the field. See his full player stats page here. McLaurin is the second announced transfer for new Illini coach John Groce as he added Rayvonte Rice from Drake earlier this month.
You just got hired to be a head coach at a Big Ten school. Your head is spinning as you give you’re opening remarks at a press conference, but there is no time to be giddy. You must build a coaching staff—and you only can do so by taking assistants from other Big Ten schools.
Michigan State is one of the hottest programs in the Big Ten—if not the nation. And the Spartans can thank Mark Dantonio. Since arriving from Cincinnati to assume command in 2007, Dantonio has forged a 44-22 record in six seasons, including a 27-13 mark in the Big Ten. And each season, Michigan State has gone to a bowl, highlighted by a win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl after last season. Dantonio also beat rival Michigan for a fourth consecutive season in 2011, forever endearing him to Spartan fans.
Indiana just sent out news that the school will not sign a new contract to play Kentucky in men’s basketball next season since Kentucky insists the matchup be moved to off-campus sites. According to the release: “The latest two-game, home and home contract between the schools expired following the Wildcats visit in December to Bloomington. Subsequently, Kentucky has conditioned the continuation of the series on moving the games to Louisville and/or Indianapolis.” ESPN.com’s Basketball Nation Blog looked at this issue in a solid post earlier this week. But this gives us a really good excuse to post the video of Christian’s Watford’s game-winning shot again from this past season. You’re welcome, Hoosier fans.
It appears Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will tee off against each other again on July 24 in their ongoing friendly competitive golf series. Brandon and Hollis hammered out the deal on Twitter and we have the tweets to prove it. Looks like Brandon gets to pick the course, too. Do you remember who won last year? And these guys are so into it, the showdown has its own Twitter account (@B1GADGOLF). You can watch video from last year’s match at MSUSpartans.com.
A Big Ten-SEC bowl game? In St. Louis? Maybe, according to this story in STLToday.com. Long story short: This is a LONG shot. A big long shot, as a lot of hurdles would have to be cleared for this to be a reality. But I love any concept that has the nation’s two best leagues meeting.