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Roundball chatter

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• Big news for new Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. The Terps have added 7-1 Olexiy (Alex) Len from the Ukraine. He will have an immediate impact and he is eligible for the 2011-12 campaign. He averaged a double-double at the European under-18 tournament and is a positive addition for the new coach, especially this late in the recruiting game.

• After receiving a three-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA's committee on infractions, former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has decided to leave basketball for now. He turned down a job offer to coach in the Developmental League with the Texas Legends, but instead opted to join a marketing firm in Knoxville.

• UConn coach Jim Calhoun surprised nobody with his decision to return for the upcoming season. The Frank Lloyd Wright of the Huskies, a master builder, also learned which games he is scheduled to sit out in the Big East this season. The first three league games, which Calhoun will miss, are: USF, St. John's, and Seton Hall. Let's face it, this is not like he is missing Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Louisville due to the suspension. Calhoun also got some good news when Michael Bradley gave up his scholarship to make room for big man on campus, Andre Drummond.

Rayvonte Rice was Drake's leading scorer during the school's recent four-game overseas trip to New Zealand and Australia. He averaged over 20 ppg. during the foreign visit. Unfortunately, that was in August and now he has been suspended from the team. Newspaper reports in Iowa said the guard was accused on shoplifting at a local Sporting Goods store. I have said it many times, that if you make poor decisions in life, you will pay the consequences.

• There are a number of college players from a year ago landing jobs overseas. Kansas fans will remember Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed from the 2011 team. Morningstar will be playing in Crete while Reed ended up signing with a team in Belgium.

• Mark down December 17 on your calendar. That will be a special day for Lon Kruger as he brings his UNLV Runnin' Rebels to Chicago to face one of his former employers, Illinois. That should be a very interesting game.