HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
In a statement released yesterday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said, “We will continue to hold out hope that we’ll be able to conduct both a spring season and conclude winter tournaments. But everything depends on the direction we get from the government and public health leaders.”
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Western Michigan University has promoted Associate Head Coach Clayton Bates to the position of 14th head coach of the men’s basketball team. Bates joined the program in 2000 under former head coach Robert McCullum, and remaining on staff under Steve Hawkins. He played at the University of Florida under Lon Kruger and went on to serve as an administrative assistant with him at Illinois in 1997. Bates also coached under Billy Donlon at Wright State for two years.
Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft. However, the school says Livers is not hiring an agent and will work with the Michigan coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the evaluation process, he can return to school without losing eligibility if he ends the relationship with the agent. Livers has started 46 games in three seasons at Michigan.
A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Michigan State basketball player is asking the Michigan attorney general’s office to investigate, according to a published report.
Citing a police report and emails obtained through a public records request, ESPN is reporting that Michigan State University police told prosecutors they had probable cause that sophomore guard Brock Washington raped the woman on Jan. 19 while she was too intoxicated to consent. Police referred the case to county prosecutors, who declined to file charges this month.
An MSU police spokesman told ESPN on Monday that the attorney general’s office requested the case file and the department was cooperating.
After a loss at Indiana on Jan. 23, Coach Tom Izzo told reporters that Washington had been suspended. He did not elaborate.
Washington did not play again this season. He played a total of 19 minutes this season before the suspension.
The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. However, the council did not guarantee financial aid. Winter sports were not included in the decision.
The amount of scholarship money available to each athlete will be determined by the athlete’s school. Roster limits will be adjusted to fit returning athletes along with incoming freshman.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month. Smart had been in isolation since testing positive on March 19 and was being monitored by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.