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Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Former PSU player arrested for drug/gun ring

By Matt Norlander

You may not recall former Penn State forward and co-captain Gyasi Cline-Heard. He was a senior who averaged 16 points per game for the Nittany Lions team that reached the Sweet 16 in 2001, the last time Penn State went so deep in the NCAAs. Cline-Heard went on to play for nearly a decade overseas, in places such as Belgium and South Korea. 

Now he sits in Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Fla., after being arrested earlier this month on charges of running a drug ring. And a gun ring. Cline-Heard was not a henchman. He was straight up the Marlo Stanfield of a greater Tampa organized crime outfit. Dozens, if not more, illegal firearms were found taking up space in his home in New Port Richey on Feb. 10 when police busted through and confiscated a mini army's worth of weaponry in what I'm assuming looked like a scene straight out of "Lord of War."

From Erin Sullivan the Tampa Bay Times:
On Feb. 10, Cline-Heard, 32, was arrested on charges he was the leader of a drug and gun ring in Pasco and Pinellas. He and a 25-year-old woman, Jessica Colon, were picked up during a raid at her house in Tarpon Springs. Cline-Heard's tattoo shop in Palm Harbor, Legacy Tattoo, was also raided, along with his house in Trinity. Two other people were arrested at a New Port Richey home as part of the round-up.

Four dozen guns were found during the raids. The enormity of the stockpile of weapons — most of them assault rifles and machine guns with rounds that could easily penetrate officer's vests and cruisers — shocked investigators. Lt. Chuck Balderstone of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office picked up one firearm with a long silencer at a news conference announcing the bust.

"That's something you would see in a spy movie," he said.

This bust came to be after undercover "vice agents" actually bought well more than a pound cocaine and a .380-caliber handgun from Cline-Heard, according to Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco. Cline-Heard was believed to be selling the guns and bullets, weapons so formidable they could easily rip through protective vesting. It was militia-esque in its grandiosity.

"These people were pretty bad members of our society," Nocco was quoted in the Times' story.

Cline-Heard, the son of former NBA player and coach Gar Heard, divorced from his wife in November, according to the story, and he has a 1-year-old daughter.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:38 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 9:50 am
 

Weekly poll is back; pick the games here

By Matt Norlander

Due to college football's signing day falling on Wednesday this week, we've been pushed up in the polls. The good news is, we've got more games than before for you to vote on. Five of the results will air on "Courtside with Seth Davis" tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and another five will be revealed on "Inside College Basketball," which goes live at 11 p.m. ET, both shows on the CBS Sports Network, of course.

Get to clicking.



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Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Night Court: NFL rightly outshines today's hoops

Don't look now, but Michigan's the best team you don't know enough about. (AP)

By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s slate of games …

Game of the Day: There was no game of the day. Tim Tebow sucked up all the dramatic energy from every other sport and packed it into what was the fastest overtime game in NFL history.

Win to brag about: Penn State’s not as easy to win at as you think. Indiana survived and got out of there with an 88-82 victory. Winning the games it should. Indiana’s on pace for a two or three seed right now, folks. Continues to be astounding. Tom Crean must be blasting a lot of Jon Secada on the way into work these days.

Loss to hide from: Wisconsin’s going to be one of the most tweeted and talked about basketball teams Monday, because the Badgers, although still a treading-water 12-5, lost 59-41 to Michigan, dropping their third straight. They’re a top-two KenPom.com as of tonight, which means my numbers-oriented friend out in Salt Lake has been taking a whooping all day for his system, which has its flaws.

Back to Wisconsin — as a team and regarding this loss. It signals to me a reason (or four) to not trust the Badgers the rest of the way. Even if they end up pulling out a third-place Big Ten finish, or something like that, I think the tendency to molasses themselves into this position will remain out there.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Let’s give some dap to a small-conference player. Siena junior O.D. Anosike had the best game of his college career, scoring 27 and grabbing 14 against Niagara.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Maryland’s Pe’Shon Howard hasn’t become the pick-up-the-slack guy the Terps need him to be. Terrell Stoglin and Alex Len can’t carry this team to respectability in the league this year. Howard was 1-of-8 and scored five points in Maryland’s 79-74 loss to N.C. State.

Numbers don’t lie

  • .78. Ohio State didn’t play today. It played yesterday, but per John Gasaway, the Buckeyes are allowing .78 points per possession in Big Ten play. That’s extremely frustrating for other teams.
  • 9.  Iona’s Scott Machado had nine assists against Marist today, which is lower than his NCAA-best 10.1 per game.
  • 14. The number of teams who scored 60 or fewer points on a slow -- take that both ways -- Sunday. The offense problem continues to invade our sport.

Three other notable results

  1. Purdue made little work of Minnesota, winning at The Barn, 79-66. Big day for Robbie Hummel, who scored 13 and had seven rebounds at the site where he first ripped an ACL two years ago.
  2. Drexel's had its problems. The CAA preseason favorite got to 2-2 by beating VCU -- once coming strong, now fading -- to the tune of 64-58 in Philly tonight.
  3. La Salle’s a 2-0 A10 team. The Explorers defeated UMass, 82-75. And they had foru players in double figures, tallied 21 combined assists and hit 12 treys.

Notes

  • Binghamton is still winless, now 0-15.
  • Per sources, Pitt drop-out Khem Birch will decide UNLV or Florida in the next 24 hours, most likely.
  • Fairfield has had a rough go of it. Goodman mentioned on Twitter that the Stags rank among the biggest disappointments in college hoops this season. He’s right. They’re now 8-8 after falling to much-improved Manhattan.
  • Butler may peter out to a slow death — or not. The 76-65 loss to Detroit today slows the Bulldogs to 9-8 and drops them to 3-2 in the Horizon.
  • The NFL was lame Sunday, refusing to allow fans at a hoops game watch the Giants game in the arena. If I’m Siena, I just do it discreetly.

On tap: Allow me to tease you with this: Beginning tomorrow, Borzello’s going to be putting up a daily post around noon or 1 p.m. that previews all the games upcoming, the ones worth your time and attention. So check that out and develop a habit of swinging by here during the lunch hour — as if that wasn’t already part of your routine.

Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:25 am
 

Podcast: Pay the players? Not anymore

By Matt Norlander

In case you missed it, college players will no longer be afforded a $2,000 cost-of-attendance stipend bump. After the NCAA voted it into legislation, more than 125 college stood up and voted against it this week, mandating the legislation to be tabled indefinitely. That's kind of a big story, but it's been buried underneath Penn State, Tebow, Syracuse, Xavier/Cincy, etc.

Veteran USA Today columnist Christine Brennan wrote why the proposal was treacherous from the get-go (Psst! Follow Christine on Twitter). I've long read her work, and it was an honor to get her to come on and discuss the issue; to me she's the definition of talented, old-school columnist voice, the kind of writer that's unfortunately not as prominent in 2011 like they were 15 years ago. The paying-players topic takes up the first 60 percent of this podcast: why the stipend ever materialized, all the systemic issues, paying players, her opinion on if it should happen, how women's sports stands in the way, etc. Good information from Christine, and it doesn't stop there.  

On our list:
  • From the beginning: Introducing Christine and explaining why college players are no longer receiving the cost-of-attendance stipend that was voted into legislation in October.
  • 7:35: The National College Players Association is obviously against this.
  • 9:35: Why did this all happen so fast? It was brought up at a convention in August, voted into reality in October, and by December, it's now off the table.
  • 15:00: With hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, how is it really possible that just over 20 universities are truly turning a profit?
  • 22:44: Why this is getting closer and closer to the watershed and breaking point of the NCAA and its member institutions. Just on big ol' section of the iceberg ready to get its floe on.
  • 23:54: Why college sports, even with all the ugliness, doesn't really suffer despite the scandals at Penn State and Syracuse.
  • 28:48: Some Pat Summitt discussion. Had to, wanted to chat his with Christine, who's one of the prominent national voices on women's athletics. So we wrap up with a story on Pat and some niceties to close things out.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Penn State's Jermaine Marshall suspended

By Matt Norlander

An under-the-radar suspension is being reported by David Jones of PennLive.com.

After a few days of speculation, Jones got confirmation from the school that new head coach Pat Chambers has indeed suspended sophomore guard Jermaine Marshall for the time being. The statement from the school to Jones read as following:
Coach Chambers has indefinitely suspended Jermaine Marshall from the Nittany Lion basketball team for a violation of team rules. Marshall has not participated in team practices since they officially began on Oct. 14 and is not currently with the team. There is no specific timetable set for Marshall’s return to the team. Coach Chambers continues to review Marshall’s standing with the team. Penn State and Coach Chambers will have no further comment on Marshall until his standing with the team has been resolved.

Clearly right now there is The Team, and there is Marshall, who played nine minutes per game and averaged 2.5 points. Chambers is out to make Penn State more than an occassionally feared foe in the Big Ten. He wants to build the program into something respectable year in and out. We're seeing the first evidence of his heavy fist.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Penn State gets plucky Southern Miss transfer

By Matt Norlander

Fittingly, the previous post to this one here at the Eye on College Basketball blog is about Iowa State. Its coach, Fred Hoiberg, has come to a conclusion: he can't win in the grand scheme only by recruiting players from his primary base. No -- he'll take the misfit toys, too. And that's what he's done.

Winning in a BCS conference when you're a perennial program that lingers in the basement requires some jerry-rigging. You need to be able to bring in transfers with game and a chip on their shoulder, all the while knowing they've been humbled, too. New Penn State coach Pat Chambers is already hip to that, as it was announced Monday afternoon that D.J. Newbill, a Southern Miss guard who averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in his 2010-11 freshman campaign, will become a Nittany Lion. In fact, he already is; per the AP, Newbill was on campus to attend the first day of classes Monday.

Newbill isn't from a BCS conference, like what Iowa State's done with Chris Allen and Royce White, but he's still a potential difference-maker in the Big Ten two or three years from now. Per standard transfer rules, Newbill will sit out the upcoming year, then have three years of eligibility in State College.

Newbill is from Philadelphia.

"D.J. will make an immediate impact on our program with his toughness, basketball IQ and work ethic," Chambers said in a statement. "It's great to get a Philadelphia kid that is passionate about Penn State basketball and wants to be here. We are very confident he will show that a Philadelphia player can have great success and an outstanding career at Penn State."

Despite being just 6-4, Newbill led the Golden Eagles in rebounding 11 times last season. It's only Chambers' first transfer, but Penn State's long needed to become a consistent player within the league. Perhaps the new coach will try to bring in another ringer or two in the next couple of years while he recruits the kind of players that have led him to land a BCS job.

Photo: AP
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Big Ten Offseason Report

By Jeff Goodman

Big Ten Offseason Report

Illinois – The Illini will go to Italy from Aug. 10-20 and will play in the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 23-24. Bruce Weber’s team will also play a non-league slate that includes games at Maryland (11-29), vs. Gonzaga (12-3), against UNLV (12-17 in Chicago) at against Missouri (12-22 in St. Louis). Illinois also added Bradley transfer Sam Maniscalco as a one-year transfer who is eligible this season.

Indiana – The Hoosiers added former IU star Calbert Cheaney as the director of basketball operations, replacing Drew Adams (New Mexico). Tom Crean & Co. will play in the Crossroad Classic against Notre Dame on Dec. 17 and the Hoosiers have non-conference games at N.C. State (11-30), vs. Butler (11-27) and against Kentucky (12-10). Bobby Capobianco transferred to Valparaiso.

Iowa – The Hawkeyes will play in the Dale Howard Classic in Des Moines, an event that also includes Creighton, Campbell, Chicago State and N.C. A&T. Fran McCaffrey’s non-league slate includes games against Clemson (11-29), at Northern Iowa (12-6) and at Iowa State (12-9). Cully Payne (Loyola) and Anthony Hubbard both transferred out of the program.

Michigan – The Wolverines will play in the Maui Invitational and also have non-league games at Virginia (11-29), against Iowa State (12-3) and at Arkansas (1-21).

Michigan State – Mark Montgomery left to become the head coach at Northern Illinois and was replaced by Dane Fife, who was previously the head coach at IPFW. The Spartans will play North Carolina in the Carrier Classic in San Diego on Nov. 11 and will also face Duke on Nov. 15 in the Champions Classic. They also have non-league games against Florida State (11-30) and at Gonzaga (12-10). Brandon Wood transferred in from Valparaiso and is eligible to play this season while Garrick Sherman (Notre Dame) and Korie Lucious (Iowa State) both left.

Minnesota – The Golden Gophers will play in the Old Spice Classic down in Orlando and also have non-league games scheduled against Virginia Tech (11-30) and vs. USC (12-3). Dominique Dawson (Kentucky Wesleyan) and Colton Iverson (Colorado State) both transferred out.

Nebraska – Jeremy Cox replaces Tracy Webster on Doc Sadler’s staff. The Cornhuskers will play Wake Forest (11-30) at home, vs. Creighton (12-4) and at TCU (12-10) in the non-conference slate. Eshaunte Jones transferred out of the program while Bo Spencer is eligible this season after coming in a year ago from LSU.

Northwestern – Former Rutgers head coach Fred Hill replaces Mitch Henderson, who got the head job at Princeton, on the staff. The Wildcats will play in the Charleston Classic (11-17/20) and also have a non-league game at Georgia Tech (11-29). Nikola Cerina transferred to TCU.

Ohio State – Assistant Brandon Miller shockingly resigned and was replaced by Cleveland Cavs assistant and alum Chris Jent. Kevin Kuwik also left for an assistant spot at Dayton and the new video coordinator is former Duke point guard and Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus, who was at Navy last season. The Buckeyes will play in the Global Sports Shootout, an event that includes Florida, Jackson State, North Florida and Wright State. Ohio State will play Florida at home on Nov. 15 and also have non-conference games against Duke (11-29), at Kansas (12-10) and at South Carolina (12-17). BC transfer Evan Ravenel is eligible this season.

Penn State – Pat Chambers brought Brian Daly with him from Boston University, added Eugene Burroughs (Navy), Keith Urgo (Villanova) and also brought Ross Condon as his director of basketball operations. The Nittany Lions will play at Boston College (11-30) and vs. Mississippi (12-4). Taran Buie transferred to Hofstra.

Purdue – Paul Lusk left to take the head job at Missouri State and Mike Jackson was forced to leave after a DUI. They were replaced by Greg Gary (Duquesne) and Micah Shrewsberry (Butler). The Boilermakers will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also against Butler on Dec. 17 in the Crossroad Classic in Indy. Matt Painter’s team also has non-league games against Miami (11-29) and at Xavier (12-3).

Wisconsin – The Badgers will play in the Chicago Invitational (11-25/26) and also have non-league games at North Carolina (11-30), vs. UNLV (12-10) and vs. Marquette (12-3). Zach Bohannan transferred into the program from Air Force.

Offseason reports: Big 12 Pac-12

Photo: AP
Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Hofstra lands Penn State transfer Taran Buie

By Jeff Goodman

Mo Cassara added UConn transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel earlier this month – and now he’s added another high-major talent in Taran Buie.

The former Penn State guard confirmed to CBSSports.com that he has decided to transfer to Hofstra.

The 6-foot-2 Buie was a Top 100 player coming out of high school and visited Maryland, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers and Penn State.

Cassara was on staff at Boston College at the time – and the Eagles were just one of numerous high-major schools to offer the New York native.

However, Buie’s season at Penn State wasn’t much of a success. He played in just 11 games, averaging 5.8 points per game, before being suspended for violating team rules.

Both Coombs-McDaniel and Buie will sit out this season and become eligible in 2012.

In 2012, Cassara could put out a starting lineup of URI transfer Stevie Mejia -- who is eligible this season after sitting out this past season -- Buie, Coombs-McDaniel and David Imes, who averaged 7.6 points and 6.8 boards this past season as a sophomore.

Sources also told CBSSports.com that Hofstra leads for its top target in the Class of 2012, Xaverian shooting guard Brian Bernardi – who was on campus earlier this week. 


Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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