1. The fallout from Kent State winning a $1.2 million settlement from former coach Geno Ford for leaving for Bradley may make coaches re-read their contracts very carefully. According to one prominent coaching agent, "coaches will be forced to structure their contracts a certain way. Buyout language is absolutely huge. A lot of times coaches don't realize it until they are put in a position of getting terminated or leaving for another job. Most times contracts are finalized so quickly these days. These coaches must pay attention to details." We've seen this before in coaches leaving from West Virginia to Michigan in men's basketball and football and a number of others. But many times these are negotiated settlements, rarely a court case awarding the school. The Kent State case should cause coaches to pause and ensure their contracts are favorable in case they bolt early.
2. We released 11 tournaments that are on our family of networks on ESPN.com Tuesday and Wednesday. There were a lot of twitter inquiries about when the Battle 4 Atlantis will be unveiled. Well, according to those organizers, the field should be announced later this month. Kansas and Andrew Wiggins headline the event in the Bahamas with Villanova, Iowa, USC, Xavier, Tennessee, UTEP and Wake Forest. The Battle 4 Atlantis has been on the NBC Sports Network in the past. The one other tournament that should be mentioned on ESPN is the NIT Season Tip-Off, which is run by the NCAA. Duke and Arizona are on opposite sides of the bracket with Rutgers and Alabama as the other two hosts. The NIT Season Tip-Off is the one tournament where teams still have to earn their way to the neutral site.
3. More waivers were granted Wednesday for players to compete immediately. Malik Smith got the word he can compete for his former coach at FIU, Richard Pitino, who will be his new coach at Minnesota. Ryan Harrow, who wanted to be closer to home where he is dealing with family issues, won his waiver to play immediately at Georgia State after playing last season at Kentucky. Meanwhile, Marshall's DeAndre Kane got his graduate degree as expected and will play the upcoming season at Iowa State. Transferring is no longer an epidemic, it is reality, and it seems like more transfers are playing immediately instead of sitting out a year.