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Mac McClung is transferring from Georgetown and that's bad news for Patrick Ewing

Mac McClung is transferring from Georgetown and that's bad news for Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing's seemingly impossible task at Georgetown got a whole lot more difficult on Wednesday. His top player for next season, Mac McClung, has requested to transfer from the Hoyas immediately. 

From the outside, it appears more players want out than want in. McClung marks the fifth transfer out of the Hoyas program since December. Not bottom of the roster transfers either. Starters and stars are leaving. Clearly, not a good sign for Ewing as he is set to enter his fourth season as Georgetown's head coach. 

While this is a far different situation than the legal issues some former Hoyas faced in December, Ewing is at least somewhat at fault for the loss of one of the most electric players he's had in three seasons. 

The abrupt decision by McClung comes exactly a week following a disconnect with the head coach. Ewing told Andy Katz on a podcast that McClung would return to the Hoyas for his junior season, before any official announcement. McClung's NCAA-verified agent, Daniel Hazan, refuted that claim and said that 6-foot-2 guard was still meeting with NBA teams and had not stated his intentions to return to school. 

"The podcast with Andy Katz was not the deciding factor to my decision to transfer," McClung told ESPN. "I think it affected my pre-draft process and seemed to confuse a lot of teams."

Whether he states it was a factor or not, it clearly had an influence and struck a bad cord in the player-coach relationship. McClung also told ESPN that multiple factors led to his decision. 

"It was a number of different events that made me feel I had no choice but to transfer from Georgetown," McClung told ESPN. "I really wanted to stay, but things throughout my career made me realize that I couldn't... I'm looking for a place I can call home. A place I can be a part of a family and help them succeed."

A rough contrast of his former team if he was unable to get that same affinity at the Hilltop.

In an effort that almost rubs salt in the wound, in addition to McClung's announcement coming a week to the day of the rift, he is also withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft process according to ESPN.

And once again, Ewing faces another rebuild in his first stint as a head coach. As if going through last season with at times six healthy scholarship players wasn't difficult enough, he has to face another challenge.

Ewing enters his fourth season without an NCAA Tournament bid and hasn't even come close to sniffing March Madness as a coach. The Hoyas' best season got them to an NIT appearance in a campaign that was built on a cupcake non-conference schedule. The program hiring an big-name alum was supposed to invigorate the fanbase and donors. 

The opposite has happened. A once proud Hoya Saxa program has become lethargic, but being critical of unequivocally the best player in Georgetown history is difficult.

Even the school itself is in a rough spot. It's one thing for fans to grow frustrated with someone they revere. But could the institution part ways with their legend? Chris Mullin had to resign from his alma mater, St. John's. Danny Manning was fired from Wake Forest. Isiah Thomas and Clyde Drexler also had failed tenures at FIU and Houston respectively.

The Hoyas have displayed patience before. They did with John Thompson III and surely a loose leash has been given to Ewing. But performance-wise, Ewing hasn't improved much from his predecessor. And this transfer mess has left a black eye on the program. 

It has now been five years - and presumably soon-to-be six given the state of the roster - without even a tournament appearance from the once-famed program. Patience is wearing thin. 

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Will Ivy League's fall sports decision affect college football?

Will Ivy League's fall sports decision affect college football?

As the days of summer continue to be checked off the calendar, college football finds itself facing a diminishing amount of days left to finalize its plans for seeing football on college campuses this fall, if at all. One conference might be ready to make the call, at least according to some of their coaches.
 
The Ivy League has announced its final decision regarding fall sports, college football most notably, will come sometime this week. According to The Athletic, multiple coaches have stated "that they expect Wednesday's announcement to be that the league is moving all fall sports, including football, to spring 2021."


 
Could college football be headed for a new home on our calendars? How would that happen and who would ultimately make that decision? 
 
The decision for the Ivy League to move fall sports to the spring would be the first declaration from a Division 1 conference of its kind and could set the tone for the other FBS schools. The Ivy League was the first to cancel its basketball conference tournament back on March 12, under scrutiny at the time, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was soon to be followed by the other conferences once the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak was universally understood.
 
Harvard has already announced it will allow only 40% of undergraduates on campus in the fall, and all teaching is set to be conducted remotely. 
 
Moving all college football to spring 2021 is one of many scenarios being examined by athletic directors, school presidents and conference commissioners. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour has called spring football a "last resort," citing the proximity to the 2021 season. The realities of the varying concerns surrounding playing, including scheduling, are legitimate. 

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Multiple programs including Kansas, Kansas State and Houston, have already been forced to suspend voluntary workout because of COVID-19 spikes among athletes. Those cases combined with a recent spike in COVID-19 cases continues to cast a shadow over the likelihood of college football being played as normal this fall.
 
The only thing that remains constant throughout this entire ordeal has been the ever-present fluidity of the world we inhabit. Those able to retain the flexibility and skill to adjust and react to new and pertinent information will be best suited to get us closer to seeing our fall traditions once again, even if it means seeing them in the spring. 

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Former Penn State guard transferred after head coach Pat Chambers made 'noose' comment

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Former Penn State guard transferred after head coach Pat Chambers made 'noose' comment

During his freshman year as a member of the Penn State men’s basketball team, guard Rasir Bolton says he was subject to “subtle repercussions” after reporting an incident in which head coach Pat Chambers said he wanted to “loosen the noose that’s around your neck.”

Now playing for Iowa State, Bolton claims that he went to the school after Chambers made the comment but never received an apology from him. He added that his family didn’t hear back from Penn State’s Integrity Office for six months while in the meantime being provided with a psychologist who wanted to teach him “ways to deal with Coach Chambers’ personality type.”

“A noose; symbolic of lynching, defined as one of the most powerful symbols directed at African Americans invoking the history of lynching, slavery and racial terrorism,” Bolton wrote on Twitter. “Due to other interactions with Coach, I knew this was no slip of the tongue.”

Bolton, who's originally from Petersburg, Virginia, and attended Massanutten Academy for high school, played 32 games for the Nittany Lions in 2018-19, averaging 11.6 points per game with nine starts. However, he says teammates informed him he couldn’t be trusted because he wasn’t “all in” on the program.

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“I didn’t realize that word would hurt him, and I am truly, truly sorry for that,” Chambers told The Undefeated in a story published Monday.

Four days prior to the interaction with Bolton, Chambers was suspended one game for pushing freshman guard Myles Dread in the chest during a timeout. Penn State finished 14-18 that season before turning things around with a 21-10 record this year.

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