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Pitino, King Get Hall Of Fame Invitations

basketball-hall-of-fame-019jpg-f98854aae898a2b1A pair of ex-SEC’ers have been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced today.  Former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino — who’ll be leading Louisville in tonight’s NCAA Tournament final — and former Tennessee and NBA star Bernard King are part of the his year’s seven-person class.

Also joining Pitino and King for induction day in September will be Sylvia Hatchell, Guy Lewis, Gary Payton, Dawn Staley, and Jerry Tarkanian.

The basketball hall is located in Springfield, Massachusetts.

UPDATE – We cover the SEC’s two revenue sports at this site, but it was still an oversight not to mention that Staley is the current women’s head coach at South Carolina.  Our apologies.  And our congratulations to Staley, King, and Pitino.

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Mizzou A.D. Alden Talks NCAA Investigation Into Miami, Haith

gfx - they said itMissouri athletic director Mike Alden was out of the country last week when the NCAA announced that it had bungled parts of its investigation into the Miami athletic department.  One of the ex-Miami coaches who was reportedly on the verge of being charged with unethical conduct is current Tiger basketball coach Frank Haith.

Yesterday, for the first time, Alden addressed the NCAA’s botched investigation:

 

“I’d look at this nationally first.  I’ve never seen anything like that before in my tenure in college athletics.  So, I think it certainly raises lots of questions.  I appreciate the fact that the NCAA has come up and they’re addressing it.  We’ll kind of have to see how that plays out…

Based upon the conversations I heard that were taking place yesterday (during a conference attended by NCAA president Mark Emmert and a number of athletic directors)… there’s a significant amount of concern nationally relative to the integrity of the process and the transparency.  How that impacts other institutions, whether it’s us or whatever, time will tell.  We’re just going to have to continue to monitor it.”

 

Alden said he has no insight on when the NCAA might wrap up its sleuth work.

Whether the governing body drops the hammer on Miami, its ex-coaches and Haith remains to be seen, but you can bet there will be some serious appeals if they do.  Further, the screw-ups in the investigation could also open the door to actual court battles — can you say Jerry Tarkanian? — if things go poorly for those currently under the NCAA’s microscope.

 

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