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Tubby Smith is to be honored by NABC, NCAA at the Final Four:

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith has been selected as the 2015 honoree at the NABC and NCAA Office of Inclusion’s "Celebration of Champions" event in conjunction with the Final Four slated for Sunday 3-5 p.m. at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Outstanding. Congratulations, Coach Smith. You will always be one of ours.

Tweet of the Morning

Heh. I doubt if he really does, but I found it funny. If you do, Frank, get in line. It’s a long one.

Your Quickies:

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  • Gregg Marshall will not be leaving Wichita State for Alabama, or anyplace else, apparently.

  • Interesting:

    I don’t know about this. Gregg Marshall’s style of play is not for everybody. I’m not sure it’s a negative that Texas didn’t want him. Shaka Smart makes much more sense to me for the Longhorns.

  • Nice article on Jay Bilas and his criticism of the NCAA. I don’t agree with him on everything, but he makes many sound points and has been a tremendous voice in driving the debate in a rational way. I get so tired of ad hominem attacks, and Bilas rarely if ever descends into those despite Emmert’s assertion to the contrary. He tries to deal with the facts as he sees them, mocks ridiculous policies and risible inconsistencies, and that’s why he’s done such a good job of moving the debate forward and not letting it die.

    Now, if only everyone else would adopt his rationality, stop with the personal attacks and stick with policies, things would be better. That’s true in virtually every human interaction where there is disagreement. Yet what we continue to see are relentless personal assaults, boycotts, and bomb-throwing on a wide range of issues. At least there is one example out there of somebody doing it the right way.

  • St. Johns introduces Chris Mullen as their new coach.

  • Oregon opinion writer advises Shaka Smart not to take the Texas job because of the AD there. Hmmm.

  • Does Billy Donovan harbor a secret desire to coach in the NBA? Rick Pitino thinks so.

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  • Rex Chapman discusses his addiction, arrest, ongoing recovery and that risible tweet last year. Consider:

    Chapman said drug addiction had something to do with his arrest in September on suspicion of shoplifting from an Apple store in Arizona. He was arrested on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property totaling $14,000. All are felonies.

    "I’d love to tell you I remember much of it," Chapman said of the arrest. "I don’t really. It’s very fuzzy. I’ll tell you this: I’m not looking to duck anything. Something had to happen for me to get off that medication."

    Man. Rex hit rock bottom. Sounds like he’s on his way back, and I’m really glad. I have always eschewed pain medication when proscribed other than anti-inflammatories. I fear something like what happened to Rex. It can happen to just about anybody. But maybe someday, the pain will be too great. Then what?

    I’m glad he and Coach Cal are on good terms as well, and that he apologized for that intemperate tweet.

    Everyone makes mistakes. Let’s all hope one of Kentucky’s favorite sons can find absolution in his treatment and living life the right way going forward. Sometimes, we have to be brought low to find out what life is really about.

    In a way, Rex and Ritchie Farmer are similar — two guys who let the fame and fortune put them on the wide highway to destruction. Fortunately, neither was destroyed, only humbled. There is almost always a way back from despair if you are willing to travel the hard, sometimes painful road to recovery, which all to often seems to run through the legal and corrections system.

  • Chris Jones, the Louisville guard accused of rape, has been released from home incarceration.

  • Tiger Woods may play in the Masters, but don’t expect him to contend. I think that’s right.

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