Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, May 12, 2015

It looks like the shot clock in college hoops likely will move from 35 to 30 seconds.

The men's basketball rules committee will meet this week to discuss, among other changes, shortening the shot clock. Committee chairman Rick Byrd, the head coach at Belmont, told ESPN recently that he believes the shorter clock will be approved.

"Anything that brings more speed to the game has to be evaluated and given serious consideration," IU coach Tom Crean said. "This would be a great step in that direction."


Many people felt Maryland was the favorite to win the Big Ten next season with players like Melo Trimble and Jake Layman back along with touted freshman big man Diamond Stone and Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter also on board.

Now, the Terps may be the overwhelming favorite with news that Rasheed Sulaimon will transfer to College Park for his final season of eligibility.

Sulaimon was booted from Duke last winter because he had been "unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program," according to Duke. Regardless, he?s at Maryland-and that makes Maryland very happy.


This is pretty neat: Penn State LB Nyeem Wartman has changed his name to honor his mother.

According to a Facebook post, he has changed his name to Nyeem Wartman-White. He said he did so to honor his mom, Veronica White, and stepfather.

Here is what the post said: ?This year I decided not to get my mom anything tangible for Mother's Day. I decided to go to another extent of showing my appreciation that I will be changing my last name to Wartman-White for her, making my name Nyeem Wartman-White. I watched this wonderful woman provide for her own kids and others people's children when she didn't have to. Because she and my step dad work so hard to provide a roof and clothes on the backs of my little sisters, she can't make it to all my games causing her to watch. Since she was the one who raised me my whole life I feel she has the right to see her last name on the child she has raised and provided for. I want her to feel appreciated every time the announcers say my name and when the journalists write articles about me. My family is my motivation and she deserves this, love you momma and happy Mother's Day.?


Jim Harbaugh has seemingly been a whirlwind since taking the Michigan. He?s here, there, everywhere. He?s Batman. Harbaugh?s program also self-reported four secondary NCAA violations in his first four months on the job.

In all instances, coaches/staffers were educated by compliance, and no further issues came as a result. Nothing to see here. Carry on.


The great Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch thinks satellite camps could escalate into an arms race.

If so, schools with the most ?arms? will win-again. And we all know which schools those are.


Soon, Big Ten schools will begin ?paying? athletes with a cost-of-living adjustment. And it?s going to be interesting to see the figures that schools come up with in determining what to pay.

"If there is one thing I've learned, it's there is still a lot of confusion about how this is going to be figured out, and how it is going to be applied," Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill told "It's clear as mud right now.

"What I do know is every school has to have a 'cost of attendance' number. How people arrive at that (payout) number is their choice. You can have a different number for in-state and out-of-state; living on campus and living off campus. Different players can get different amounts."

Oh, man, this is gonna be interesting.


I enjoyed this. And, I?m sure you will, too: Kyle Austin of takes a look at Michigan State?s basketball scheduling process.

It's a bigger and more complex task than many realize. Luckily, Michigan State has a staff member who is also a budding college basketball analytics junkie who makes mock NFL schedules in his free time and is jokingly called "Rain Man" by staff members.

"I'm weird, and I'm OK admitting that," Spartans director of basketball operations Kevin Pauga told "But a good schedule, if TV hits right, a good schedule is valuable. There's financial implications that come with scheduling the right games at the right times."


No shock here: Iowa expects a ?down tick? in football season tickets.

?We?re anticipating a reduction in season tickets,? Iowa A.D. Gary Barta said.

He hopes to have a sense of how much of a decrease by mid-June, when season ticket sales slow and single-game tickets begin.

For the 2016 season, Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Barta said Iowa has sold in the neighborhood of 30,000 general public season tickets and has another 500 new buyers waiting for orders to be served. In 2014, Iowa sold 37,823 season tickets to the general public, its lowest number since selling 37,125 in 2009.


It sounds like Richard Pitino?s flirtations with Alabama were legit, according to Rick Pitino. In fact, Dad said Son ?seriously? considered the Bama job. Check out this video.


The gang at wonders if Trevor Siemian is the next Tom Brady. Really.


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