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VCU players react to former head coach Will Wade leaving for LSU

VCU players react to former head coach Will Wade leaving for LSU

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The coaching carousel in college basketball has already begun without even a national champion being named. Last night, VCU was one of the latest teams to fall victim to the frenzy.

Days after the Rams's season had ended with a 85-77 loss to Saint Mary's in the NCAA tournament, LSU named VCU's head coach, Will Wade to the same position for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

In what is becoming an awful trend in the college sports landscape, the current VCU players were not notified until after LSU had announced the addition of Wade. In fact some found out via Twitter and many of them were not pleased.

At 34-years-old, Wade is one of the youngest head coaches in college basketball and had spent a majority of his time with the VCU program. In his two seasons as head coach, the team went 51-20 (18-8 in Atlantic 10 play) making the Atlantic 10 championship game in both seasons as well as the NCAA Tournament. Years prior, he was an assistant with the Rams for four seasons, including the team's improbable First Four to Final Four run in 2011.

After a brief stint as the head coach of Chattanooga, Wade was called up to lead the Rams following Shaka Smart's departure to Texas in 2015. Last season he signed an eight-year contract with the Rams, which included a $1 million dollar buyout and also required the team to play a home-and-home series with whichever program he left for according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Per a release, the athletic program will immediately begin a national search for their next head coach.

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article listed a tweet from JeQuan Lewis. That tweet was not in reference to Will Wade and happened before the announcement of his move. Since then that tweet had been removed from the piece.

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.