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Us? We just play catch-up.
From Josh Selby finally getting the OK, a game that might be played on an aircraft carrier, and ideas to give college basketball a legit Opening Night, here is what made the rounds this week on the college basketball interwebs, and we're just getting to tonight.
Josh Selby will play basketball in Allen Fieldhouse after all! The Jayhawks freshman stud was cleared to play by the NCAA this week despite yet again leaving us completely clueless as to the process employed to resolve such matters. Selby will miss nine games for "receiving impermissible benefits," but at least we will get to see him suit up in less than a month. While the actual amount has yet to be confirmed, Selby will also have to pay a fine between $4,607.58- $5,757.58, which will ultimately be taken out of the scholarship funding he receives (and is far less than the $33k and change Enes Kanter took in addition to necessary living expenses while in Turkey). A Baltimore native, Selby was looked after by an adviser who is very close with Carmelo Anthony. Because Selby comes from nothing, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish says that the consequences of accepting various gifts ranging from free flights to clothing is minimal, so other high school phenoms should take advantage of these opportunities. Selby's basketball talents allowed him to receive a lot of cool things during his junior and senior year of high school, and in the end he only misses a month of college basketball; a light slap on the wrist. Expect Selby to make his debut on December 18th at home against USC.
- Michigan State always seems to find themselves playing in must-see TV games that break records and push the limits. The latest proposition being thrown around is putting the Spartans on an aircraft carrier to hoop it up with North Carolina. Yes, that would be the first sanctioned college basketball game not to be played on land. The plan is for 2011 Veterans Day, likely to be played off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, with two service academy teams serving as the undercard to the Spartans-Tar Heels. We don't see anything wrong with this, especially if it gives way to the pinnacle of all crazy sports ideas: a basketball game played on a jumbo jet racing through the air at 35,000 feet. Someone get Richard Branson on the phone.
- Just one day before we penned a suggestion to the NCAA on the best way to open the college basketball season, the suits hosted a phone conference with select media members, along with Coach K and Brad Stevens. Among the topics was tossing around the idea of a hard opening to the season that really engages fans and signals to the sports world that college basketball has, in fact, commenced. The marathon is an excellent start to accelerate this official movement to finalize a formal Night One, and Krzyzewski Stevens appear to be in agreement:
(h/t Rush The Court, privy enough to listen in on the phoner)
Ohio State AD Gene Smith: [This was discussed as] a casual conversation we had in our meetings in New Orleans last week. We were sitting around and realized that the games started, we were watching games. We really thought it would be nice if we had, at the beginning of the basketball season, an event of some nature that brought attention and awareness right off the bat on the first games right away. We’re blessed right now with the 24 Hours of Hoops Marathon just concluding. While that was going on, there was a great deal of excitement. In the first week, it didn’t seem to have the energy and excitement that we felt the start of the season should have. So it’s really a discussion we thought we needed to keep on our radars as we move forward.Mike Krzyzewski: I’d be in favor of that. I think what happened yesterday was great for the game. It actually felt like the start of the basketball season. People watched those games, and they were great games. We should have an official start to the season and not let it start from November 4th or 8th. Nobody really knows when it starts. To kick it off like that was tremendous. That was a tremendous thing ESPN did.Brad Stevens: Yeah, I think it’s really good. I say I’d like to see us play a little bit better when we open a place like yesterday. But I think it’s a great thing for college basketball. It brings awareness to college basketball. I think people get excited about it. Like Coach Krzyzewski said, people now know that the season has kicked off. I think sometimes towards the waning parts of the football season, or at least the regular season, all of a sudden pops up a college basketball game. It’s like, I didn’t realize that was going on.