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The Morning Mix

- The NCAA dropped the hammer yesterday on a university for “lack of institutional control”, and no, it wasn’t Penn State. Caltech, the university that snapped it’s 310-game losing streak in February 2011, will be on probation until July 2015. Wait, so you’re saying a team that lost 310-straight games didn’t even use players who were eligible? Man that’s pathetic

- Eamonn Brennan paints a picture of the new recruiting world we live in

- I shouldn’t see Jeff Withey’s name on any “2012-2013 breakout Candidates” list. Why? Because he broke out last year. This season, he is looking to assert himself as the most talented defensive big-man in the country

- The college basketball scene out west is going to be a lot better than last season. But you’d be fooling yourself if you didn’t mention Gonzaga among the top teams west of the Rocky Mountains

- Glen Logan brings up a great discussion topic that I’ve often thought about. Will North Carolina’s deep-rooted academic scandal spill over into the basketball program?

- Former-Kansas guard Brady Morningstar thinks rising star Ben McLemore is a “spitting image” of Kareem Rush

- remember how talented Iona was last year with Machado, Glover and Jones? Well, the Gaels could be even better in the near future thanks to a loaded recruiting class on its way in

- Kevin Forsythe, a seldom-used rising sophomore at West Virginia, has decided to transfer out of Morgantown in order to be closer to his family. It is being reported that he will land at Akron

- Cincinnati head coach Mic Cronin provides a lot of great quotes about his 2012-2013 squad

- Sterling Gibbs transferred from Texas to Seton Hall this offseason and requested a hardship waiver in order to compete immediately. The NCAA denied his request

- Former-Louisville swingman Jarrod Swopshire is fitting in quite well at his new home in Evanston, Illinois

- If Michigan’s early scrimmages are any indication, the Wolverines are going to be scary (see: freaky, crazy) good next year

- Keepin’ Track of the MAAC keeps track of the best point guards in the conference

- If you’re in the market for a pimped-out 1999 Mercedes-Benz once owned by a former-NBA bust, this link is for you

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.