Could Western Kentucky be better off without Mitchell Robinson?

Could Western Kentucky be better off without Mitchell Robinson?

When 5-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American Mitchell Robinson decided he will skip college and spend the school year working out in preparation for the NBA Draft, Western Kentucky lost the most talented player in school history before he’d ever played a game. And maybe, just maybe, the Hilltoppers are better off for it. Only the…

Let’s calm down about potential NCAA transfer changes

Let’s calm down about potential NCAA transfer changes

There's a proposal on the table to change NCAA transfer rules that, if passed, would allow football and men's basketball players to switch schools and remain immediately eligible to play. If you listened to coaches, and former coaches now in the media, bemoan what a tragedy this would be you might think they were discussing…

Basketball Community Response to Houston is How We Should Always Act

Basketball Community Response to Houston is How We Should Always Act

The human race's greatest fear as a species should be the day when we begin to feel indifference towards one another; lose the very thing that makes us human. For all the horrible, soul shattering things Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake in Houston and around South Texas, once the flooding ends and the…

Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Welcome to a very self-referential edition of The Open Man Weekend Q&A! Not to worry: The self-reference isn't a series of recurring inside jokes. There are other outlets that can cover that. No, this brand of self-reference touches on a variety of columns I have written this summer. What's surprising is how organically this opportunity…

Farewell, Great Alaska Shootout, and Thanks for the Memories

Farewell, Great Alaska Shootout, and Thanks for the Memories

Anchorage, Alaska seems an unlikely spot to be rich in college basketball history. And yet, it's there an Arizona basketball team led by Sean Elliott, a one-time Pac-10 career leading scorer and the first Wildcat to have his jersey retired; Steve Kerr, Arizona's second jersey retiree; and coached by Hall of Famer Lute Olson, took…

Cutting Amateur Players Is Hypocritical Business

Cutting Amateur Players Is Hypocritical Business

The great Transfer Epidemic of 2015, and 2016, and 2017, and so on, is always a huge talking point in college basketball. With how some power program coaches handle cutting talent, however, that goes mostly without attention or the hoopla. The latter isn’t nearly as sexy as discuss, as it isn’t nearly as big with…

Charlottesville aided by thoughtful sports community

Charlottesville aided by thoughtful sports community

We are, as a society, too invested in sports. Otherwise even-keeled men and women lose the ability to control emotions or think rationally when it comes to their favorite teams. We know this. We just can’t help it. There’s positive and negatives to this quirk of human nature. We do crazy things and overreact. My…

Charlottesville, University of Virginia Will Forever Be Changed

Charlottesville, University of Virginia Will Forever Be Changed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Mid-morning, the line for brunch at Bodo’s on Emmett Street stretched out the door, smiling customers casually chatting while waiting for an everything bagel with deli egg. This was just a mile down the road from the Grounds of the University of Virginia, where hours earlier White Nationalists marched with torches and…

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

The Open Man College Basketball 100 continues. If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Every Thursday until tip-off of the 2017-18 college basketball season, The Open Man is counting down storylines. Part 2 dives into the SEC, top recruiting classes and NCAA Tournament dreamers. 11. SEC: It Just Means More? John Calipari restored…

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of NBA Summer League

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of NBA Summer League

Immediately following the final session of 2016 Pac-12 football media days, a friend packed into my Toyota Prius and we hit the road for Las Vegas. We're no rookies to the Southern California-to-Las Vegas drive, but this was the first expedition we were making specifically to see rookies. Basketball replaced the usual Sin City M.O.…

Veteran Leadership vs. Youthful Potential in College Basketball

Veteran Leadership vs. Youthful Potential in College Basketball

The final sequences of the 2016-17 college basketball season featured all five starters on the North Carolina Tar Heels' national championship-winning roster touching the ball. Those five Heels -- Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hick -- were all either juniors or seniors. North Carolina winning the 2017 national championship…