Southern California athletic director Pat Haden says he wants to make basketball relevant at the Pac-12 school known for its powerhouse football program.
So he went out and hired Andy Enfield of Florida Gulf Coast, who has been one of the most buzzed-about coaches since making the Eagles the first No. 15 seed to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. They upset No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State before losing to Florida.
Haden says USC didn't spend much time considering Enfield, who entered the job search late, but that the private school did a thorough job of checking him out.
Enfield says the whole process was quick, but that when he realized he wanted to join the Trojans, that's all it took. Pac-12: Commissioner Larry Scott says that comments made by the conference's coordinator of officials are "not a fireable offense" and have been "mischaracterized" as targeting Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the league tournament.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Scott said that Ed Rush's remarks were part of an "overall point of emphasis" to crack down on coach misconduct on the sideline. He said an investigation found Rush's rant included an "inappropriate joke" offering a group of officials $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul, but that every official interviewed confirmed "nobody thought they were getting a reward."
Scott said the conference will hold its annual officials' meeting this month in Phoenix to review all matters.
Rutgers: The university said it would reconsider its decision to retain basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs. The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted scores of outraged social media. Athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by a former employee. He suspended Rice for three games a month later, fined him $50,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes. In an interview with WFAN Radio on Tuesday, Pernetti said university President Robert Barchi also viewed the tape last fall and agreed with the punishment.
Missouri: Freshmen guards Negus Webster-Chan and Dominque Bull are transferring, citing concerns about playing time and a desire to play closer to home. Arizona: Coach Sean Miller has added to what's shaping up as another stellar recruiting class, landing power forward Aaron Gordon. Gordon announced Tuesday that he would play for the Wildcats after considering Kentucky, Washington and Oregon. A 6-foot-8 forward, Gordon was one of the nation's top 2013 recruits after averaging 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots for Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif.
Kentucky: Coach John Calipari says that forward Alex Poythress will return for his sophomore season with the Wildcats.
Louisville: Kevin Ware was back on campus Tuesday afternoon after he had been released from an Indianapolis hospital, two days after millions watched him break his right leg on a horrifying play trying to block a shot.
New Mexico: Craig Neal has been hired as the Lobos' head coach.
NIT: Devyn Marble had 21 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa (25-12) reach the NIT championship for the first time with a 71-60 win over Maryland (25-13) in Iowa City. ... Pierre Jackson had 24 points and 10 assists to lift Baylor (22-14) back into the title game for the second time in five years with the win over BYU (24-12).