Remember Julie Roe Lach, the NCAA’s former VP of Enforcement who was run out of the organization on a rail after the disastrous investigation of Miami (FL) athletics and the influence of Nevin Shapiro? After a 14-month hiatus doing consulting work, she’s back in college athletics, now as the new Deputy Commissioner of the Horizon League. Her new responsibilities will include oversight of the league’s 19 championships, student-athlete development, finances, corporate sponsorship and branding, all interesting and important aspects of an organization that has little to do with her previous role involving enforcement. Still, her breadth of experience and without question also her ties to the inner workings of the NCAA right down the street from HL offices are attractive qualities, and everyone deserves a second chance to prove their value and integrity. We wish her and the conference well on their new endeavor.Starting Five: Mid-majors with Cinderella potential in 2014-15--USA Today
5. Cleveland State (21-12, 12-4 Horizon League): Experience is a key ingredient to tournament success, and the Vikings have it. Cleveland State returns six of its top seven scorers from a team that won 10 of its last 11 games to close out the regular season, led by guard Bryn Forbes (15.6 ppg). The Horizon League won't be an easy conference to win, but if the Vikings can reach the NCAA tournament, they could make some noise. The Vikings potentially can feature five or six double-figure scorers each night.
Michigan State lands transfer guard Bryn Forbes--Eye On College Basketball
Bryn Forbes on hardship waiver: ‘We’ll probably know at the end of the month’--CollegeBasketballTalk
Michigan State adds a second potential impact transfer this week--The Dagger
Norris Cole's personal chef shot and killed at South Beach club--Miami Herald
Heat gets its man and trades for Napier, but what does this mean for Chalmers and Cole?--Miami Herald
UPDATE: After another crazy day of reports and speculation, anything seems possible entering free agency for #LeBron and the #Heat--Miami Herald
Either that, or the team could be facing some serious decisions if players choose to return under max contracts. If Bosh opts out on Sunday, which he is expected to do, then the Heat would have a record $55 million of cap space entering free agency. Other than Bosh, the Heat's only other player currently under contract is backup point guard Norris Cole. Draft pick Shabazz Napier is set to join the team for next season as well.Q&A: Shabazz Napier reflects on Heat, LeBron, future--South Florida Sun Sentinel
James and Cole worked out together on Saturday in Miami, another small sign that the two Ohio natives would be returning to the Heat next season.
Q. Mario Chalmers is a free agent, and Norris Cole didn't have such a great postseason. So it's possible that you could slide in as the starting point guard for the Miami Heat. How do you feel about that?Heat turn focus, for moment, to summer roster--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Napier: "There's always opportunity to do something great, and no matter if I was going to slide in as a starter or come off the bench, I'm still going to work hard. I'm going to compete. That's who I am.
"My attitude will never change if a head coach was telling me I was going to start right away. It's going to be the same way. I'm going to work as if I'm not on the team. That's what brought me in, and that's what's going to make me as good as I want to be."
In the airPlayer by player: What's next for Heat roster (Updated)--South Florida Sun Sentinel
So where does Napier fit in with the Heat? That could come down to who he is fitting in with, with incumbent starter Mario Chalmers an impending free agent and Norris Cole mostly a reserve in his first three seasons.
"He's going to compete, just like Norris," Heat President Pat Riley said of Napier. "They're both cut out of the same cloth, from that standpoint, competitive players, highly conditioned. They're cut out of the same cloth.
"Mario is a free agent, so we've got to deal with that. So we'll have some depth at the position."
Norris ColeBosh opts out, Heat summer of renovation about to begin--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Age: Turns 26 on Oct. 13.
2013-14 salary: $1.1 million.
2014-15 salary status: $2 million.
What's next: It is possible that on July 1, Cole could be the only player under contract to the Heat for 2014-15. That, of course, doesn't mean the Heat wouldn't have the ability to trade him to create a clean slate, should a major free-agency overhaul be in the team's plans. What Cole has shown is that he is a quality backup. The issue is whether he ever can become more.
For the moment, the only players under contract to the Heat are guard Norris Cole and rookie center Justin Hamilton, whose contact does not become partially guaranteed until Aug. 1. The upshot is an NBA-record $55 million in salary-cap space and other salary-cap exceptions for Riley to utilize in a makeover anticipated to retain James, Bosh and Wade as the focus.Analysis: Space race could yield exceptional results for Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Either Norris Cole at his $2 million 2014-15 salary, or a player acquired in a trade for Cole at a similar salary.Cleveland State guard Bryn Forbes leaving for Michigan State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Transfers, arrests and schedules highlight local college news update--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center remains a white elephant - an option is to reduce the size of the arena--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State's Bryn Forbes transfers to Michigan State--Cleveland State Hoops
OSU Basketball Schedule Coming Into Focus--BuckNuts
OSU is also expected to play a road game at Cleveland State this season.AIA stars to go up vs UAAP, PBA teams--The Philipine Star
Aside from Jackson, others in the tentative AIA lineup are 6-0 Quincy Taylor of Longwood University, 6-6 Kellen Dunham of Butler University, 6-4 Toddrick Gotcher of Texas Tech, 6-5 Alex Caruso of Texas A&M, 6-5 Jerome Hill of Gardner-Webb University, 6-7 Demonte Flannigan of Cleveland State, 6-10 Michael Bradley of Samford University, 6-8 Lotanna Nwogbo of Longwood University, 6-9 Aaron Scales of Cleveland State, 6-4 Jordan Sibert of the University of Dayton, 6-7 Sam Dekker of the University of Wisconsin and 6-7 Keaton Miles of the University of Arkansas.CSU's Bryn Forbes To Transfer--csuvikings.com
Women’s Basketball Participates In #Chillin4Charity--csuvikings.com
Detroit announces plans for four-game summer trip to Canada--CollegeBasketballTalk
Metro+state: UDM basketball team to play in Canada in August--The Detroit Free Press
Men's Basketball to Play Four Games This Summer in Vancouver--detroittitans.com
WADL to Air 1977 Detroit-Michigan Sweet 16 Game--detroittitans.com
Jordan Fee Returns to Detroit as Graduate Assistant Coach--detroittitans.com
Summer Camp Season is Officially Open at UDM--detroittitans.com
Women's Basketball Takes A Cold Bath For #Chillin4Charity--detroittitans.com
Titans Add Experience & Skill To The Sidelines With Albro, Cleverly--detroittitans.com
Former Cyclone Gibson chooses Oakland University--Ames Tribune
Former Detroit Crockett Rocket and Oakland Grizzly Lloyd Neely Transfers to Saginaw Valley State--News Talk WCHB
Oakland lands Iowa State transfer Percy Gibson--CollegeBasketballTalk
Iowa State's Percy Gibson transfers to Oakland basketball--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Travis Bader goes undrafted, says NBA teams have called his agent--The Detroit News
Oakland's Bader working hard to improve his NBA Draft status--The Oakland Press
NBA draft: Oakland U. sharpshooter Travis Bader unsure he'll get picked--The Detroit Free Press
Metro & state: OU sharpshooter Travis Bader latches on with 2 NBA summer league teams--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Bader working hard to improve his NBA Draft status--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Bader named recipient of Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor--The Oakland Press
Oakland University athletics director search narrows to three candidates--The Oakland Press
Oakland University's Travis Bader to play for Philadelphia, Golden State in NBA summer leagues--The Oakland Press
Travis Bader Interview--Grizzlies Den
More predraft news and notes on Travis Bader--Grizzlies Den
A closer look at the three candidates for Oakland's AD position--Grizzlies Den
Travis Bader goes undrafted, fielding free agent offers--Grizzlies Den
Bader to play in NBA summer leagues for two teams--Grizzlies Den
Editorial: Searching in the dark for OU's new pres--Oakland Post
BADER READY FOR NBA DRAFT ON THURSDAY--ougrizzlies.com
OU'S BADER NAMED COLEMAN AWARD RECIPIENT--ougrizzlies.com
UIC Releases Non-Conference Schedule --Mid-Major Madness
UIC adds JUCO forward Jason McClellan--The Catch and Shoot
Men’s basketball adds 6-foot-9 forward--UIC News
Top Flames Moment: Barlow's 38 Points Clinches Third Place for Flames at Showcase--uicflames.com
Howard Moore Adds 6-9 JUCO Forward Jason McClellan--uicflames.com
UIC Basketball Releases 2014-15 Non-League Schedule--uicflames.com
#Chillin4Charity: Tiffany Sardin Takes The Cold Water Challenge--uicflames.com
Top 10 point guards: 9 Keifer Sykes, Green Bay--The Sporting News
Seven-foot shooter Brown looks to splash the NBA--NBA.com
Alec Brown drafted by Phoenix Suns--Phear The Phoenix
VIDEO: Alec Brown Gears Up for the NBA Draft--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Keifer Sykes Receives Leadership Award, Key to the City from Mayor Schmitt--GreenBayPhoenix.com
2014-15 #PhlashForward: Strictly Business--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Alec Brown Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's Basketball Hosts Successful Fore Hoops Golf Classic--GreenBayPhoenix.com
The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena is born--On Milwaukee
Pearl pounces on new opportunity--PantherU
Downtown Arena to be Named UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena--uwmpanthers.com
Warras Named UWM Director of Women's Basketball Operations--uwmpanthers.com
Weather Forces Postponement Of Women's Golf Outing To August 4--uwmpanthers.com
No. 10 In The Look Back At The Top Moments In 2013-14--uwmpanthers.com
Observations: Temple reportedly digs up past to preserve future--Eye On College Basketball
This and thatMen’s Basketball: Clay Yeo transfers from Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
• Providence transfer Josh Fortune visited LSU, his mother said. Fortune also is considering Colorado, Dayton, and Valparaiso. The 6-5 guard averaged 8.4 points last season and has two years of remaining eligibility.
AL HAMNIK: VU's Bryce Drew preparing to rock and throw--The NWI Times
Sophomore Clay Yeo leaves Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Peters, Bowling Will Square Off in Best of 2013-2014 Semifinals--valpoathletics.com
Yeo Released From Commitment to Basketball Program--valpoathletics.com
Ohio State basketball schedule 2014: Wright State to visit Value City Arena--Land-Grant Holy Land
Q&A with Wright State basketball coach Billy Donlon--Dayton Daily News
Conversation with Dr. Michael Cusack, the Architect of Wright State Athletics--RaiderRoundball.com
YSU’s Perry eyes NBA chance--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU, dad prepared Perry for next step--Youngstown Vindicator
Magic invite Perry to summer league--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Boasts Record-Breaking Camp Numbers--ysusports.com
Sykes Earns Leadership Award, Key to City--Horizon League Network
Detroit Heading to Vancouver for Four Games--Horizon League Network
Bader, Fletcher Named 2013-14 Cecil N. Coleman Award Winners--Horizon League Network
Brown Tabbed 50th Overall by Phoenix in NBA Draft--Horizon League Network