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Edgy Tim's Southern Illinois 2016 in-state recruiting class review

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Edgy Tim's Southern Illinois 2016 in-state recruiting class review

Edgy's Salukis overall grade: C+

Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill fared pretty well in state, inking 10 local players out of the 23 recruits in their Class of 2016. Expect Hill to continue to hit in-state very hard, including the Chicagoland area, Central and Southern Illinois. Hill, who played his high school football at Du Quoin, later became a standout quarterback for Southern Illinois. Hill coached at Carbondale High School before joining the Salukis' coaching staff in 2014. Expect Southern Illinois to hit the in-state recruiting landscape hard, while also adding much-needed pieces via the out of state/JUCO and BCS transfer route.

[MORE PREPS: Edgy Tim's Illinois State 2016 in-state recruiting class review]

Headliner of the in-state class?

The Salukis has one of the FCS's top offenses in 2015, which is why defense was a top priority in this recruiting class. Al Raby defensive tackle Malik Haynes (6-foot-0, 300 pounds), Joliet Catholic defensive tackle Zeveyon Furcron (6-foot-1, 310 pounds), Chester linebacker Jordan Berner (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and Minooka defensive lineman Blake Parzych (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) all have great potential and could emerge for Southern Illinois this fall.

The one who got away?

Crete-Monee athlete Clint Ratkovich (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) was one of the first offers that Hill extended. Ratkovich, who was a standout at quarterback and at linebacker for the Warriors in 2015, took a late visit to Western Illinois and ultimately signed with the Leathernecks.

[MORE PREPS: 2016 National Signing Day - Recruiting tracker]

Final thoughts on Southern Illinois' recruiting efforts:

The hiring of Hill did nothing but create excitement for Southern Illinois football after a tough 2015 season. There's no question that Hill is a very green head coach who will need to learn on the fly. However, the overall youth of Hill and his coaching staff can also be a real positive in the Salukis' recruiting efforts. Southern Illinois has yet to make the FCS playoffs since completing their $83 million Saluki Way athletic facility upgrades, and the pressure will now be on Hill to move the program forward. I fully expect Southern Illinois to continue to hit the in-state recruits hard under Hill. The challenge for Southern Illinois will be closing on kids and fighting off the other in-state FCS schools for the same names, while also winning games in the toughest FCS football conference in the country (Missouri Valley Conference).

Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

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Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

The DePaul men's basketball team has been placed on three-year probation and head coach Dave Leitao has been suspended three games for the 2019-20 season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

The program was found guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance while Leitao did not "prevent violations from occurring in his program."

A Division I Committee on Infractions panel concluded that a "former DePaul associate head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit."

The NCAA found that three coaches knew about the situation but failed to report the infractions. DePaul will vacate all wins earned while the ineligible player competed and suffer recruiting restrictions. They were also fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men's basketball program budget.

In 2019, DePaul had their first winning season since 2007 by going 19-17. 

Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.

But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.

“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.

"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”

Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.

Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.

Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?

Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.

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