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The Morning Mix

- Luke Winn highlights the impact players in the sophomore class that will take to the court in 2012-2013

- Bo Ryan and Wisconsin finally did the right thing and allowed Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to any non-Big-Ten school. But is fair to just blame Bo Ryan for all of this? Another good-read on the side you probably aren’t taking. Seriously, it’s not like this sort of thing hasn’t happened before. But, this is the best headline from the entire ordeal

- Hey, look! On top of that, the Big-Ten has changed their transfer rules! Wait what? They did it long before this happened?

- Larry Brown will in fact coach the SMU Mustangs next year. Andy Glockner explains why SMU will gain exposure. Anything more than that will be a blessing.

- Former-Arizona State forward Chanse Creekmur (All-Name Teamer) is transferring to Iowa State, and will join the football program as a walk-on. (Wait, what?)

- Apparently the CUSA-MWC merger isn’t entirely dead

- Something is going on with Duke’s Andre Dawkins. Rumors swirled on Thursday that he had been kicked off the Blue Devils’ team, but now word has it that he will red-shirt at the University next season. Wait. Now word has it that he’s just not playing next year. Just make sure you stay up-to-date on this one. Things could get interesting

- A day after stepping down after 38 seasons as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Pat Summitt was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

- It’s official, Florida’s Irving Walker “purchased” the world’s most expensive taco. The junior guard plead no contest to a petty theft charge. He is ordered to pay a fine of $300 for stealing a $3 taco from a street vendor back in March

- Don Friday has been relieved of his duties as head coach at St. Francis (PA). Assistant coach Rob Krimmel will be named the new head coach. It’s interesting because a) there will be no interim tag, and b) Krimmel is the son of Athletic Director Bob Krimmel, who has another son who works within the athletic department

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a guest-blog for ESPN, and mentioned that he would have been a “one-and-done” if the option was available

- North Texas sophomore Tony Mitchell is still undecided on his draft future, but is leaning towards a return to school, despite his head coaching leaving town for the LSU job

- Texas-transfer Sterling Gibbs, a former-Maryland commit and younger brother of former-Pittsburgh guard Ashton, has decided to attend Seton Hall

- The NCAA stands up for their decision to ban UConn from the 2012-2013 postseason

- Pittsburgh’s Tray Woodhall and J.J. Moore will both undergo surgery next week to fix a sports hernia and broken foot respectively

- A breakdown of the 2012 recruiting rankings for Pac-12 schools. UCLA and Arizona seem to be the heavy favorites heading in to the 2012-2013 season

- Josh Pastner got the most minor of minor violations, and he is blaming it on his pregnant wife. That deserves a #ManLaw, right?

- C.J. Leslie is returning to North Carolina State, and the Wolf Pack are bringing in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Yet for some reason Michael Rogner has come up with five reasons with NC-State won’t win the ACC next year

- The city of Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Kansas University, spent nearly $180,000 of Final Four activities

- Invitations were handed out to the Team USA U-18 team tryouts

- Orlando Magic back-up Daniel Orton admitted that maybe he should have stayed an extra year at Kentucky. Orton was in the Wall/Cousins draft class and was the only player to get drafted that didn’t start for the Wildcats. The only thing surprising about this is that it has taken Orton this long to realize he needed another year or so in school

- This is an important offseason for the Michigan Wolverines. Nick Baumgardner has four questions that the team needs to answer before November

- Utah State is awesome on all accounts, but they do need new logos. I hope this is all true