Less than a week after receiving a three-year, show-cause penalty from the NCAA’s committee on infractions, former Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl has decided to leave the sport and head into the private sector.
Pearl said in a statement Tuesday that he is turning down a job offer to coach the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks‘ D-League franchise, and instead is joining H.T. Hackney Co. in Knoxville, Tenn., as vice president of marketing.
Given the circumstances surrounding Pearl’s departure from his last head coaching job, it’s not surprising that he wants to stay out of the spotlight for a little while. The Legends are currently coached by Nancy Lieberman, who is the first and only woman to have ever coached a D-League or NBA franchise.
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More than two years into his quest for Canadian citizenship, Matt Bonner remains grounded by red tape.
So the former Toronto Raptors forward will have to watch with fingers crossed as Canada’s men’s basketball team bids this week for a berth in the 2012 London Olympics. And then he can only hope he receives his passport in time to suit up next summer if the Canadians do qualify.
“I’m just kind of waiting and hoping,” Bonner said in a phone interview. “It’s just one of those things. It’s hard to talk about because it’s kind of a bummer for me. I just wish it would go through so I could represent the country.”
The Spurs forward, who played for the Raptors from 2004 to 2006, calls Canada his home in the off-season, and his wife and daughter are both Canadian. Bonner would like to play for the Canadian national team as soon as possible, and says that he plans on living in Canada after he retires from basketball, so hopefully he will be able to get his passport sometime in the near future.
Video: The NBA is still locked out, but Jeremy Lin has a YouTube channel
Here’s Warriors guard and Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin launching his YouTube channel and “learning how to YouTube” from popular video blogger “Kevjumba,” who has 733,000 subcribers to his own YouTube channel. Enjoy, everyone. (Hat tip to The Basketball Jones.)
Crittenton agrees to turns himself in, claims innocence
Former NBA guard Javaris Crittenton, who was charged with shooting and killing a 22-year old mother of four less than 48 hours ago, has turned himself in to Atlanta authorities. Christian Boone of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story:
The lawyer for former Georgia Tech basketball star Javaris Crittenton said his client has agreed to surrender to local authorities who’ve charged him in the shooting death of a 22-year-old mother of four.
Crittenton will be on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and should arrive in his hometown “very early [Tuesday] morning,” said attorney Brian Steel, retained by family members earlier Monday.
“Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name,” Steel told the AJC. “He’s innocent of the charges.”
If found guilty of the charges against him, Crittenton will almost certainly face life in prison. We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.