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Saban never did respond to Town's letter


07:55 AM ET 04.15 | More than two months later, Ricky Town, the highly ranked recruit who had committed to Alabama before flipping to USC, seems at peace with his decision. Things began to unravel with Alabama in early January after offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left for Michigan. ... The next step in the process was delivering the bad news to Nick Saban. Before going public with this decision, the Town family made it a priority to inform Alabama's coaches. "I sent Coach Saban an email and said 'Thank you for everything, but I have to do what's best for me,'" Ricky said. "I never heard back from Coach Saban. But one of the girls that works in his office, she wrote back and said 'Best of luck.'" Said his father, "It wasn't easy, for sure."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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DGB's next stop?


07:54 AM ET 04.15 | Even if he weren't in Springfield, Mo., Brenton Illum, the head coach at Evangel University, likely would have heard of a certain high-profile wide receiver who might be looking for a new football team. But while Illum won't say if there would be a place for now-former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on his team, the Crusaders' head man won't rule out the possibility either. "I hate to speak directly about Dorial because I don't know him," Illum said in a phone interview Monday night. "But every year there's 100 Division I kids looking to transfer for one reason or another. And any time you have that opportunity (to add a Division I player) you have to look at it. But there's always a reason someone is transferring too, and in Dorial's case that reason is obvious."

Springfield News-Leader

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Parker's NBA decision imminent


07:53 AM ET 04.15 | For another day, the Duke faithful will wait. Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year. The All-American was in Oklahoma City with his parents to accept the Wayman Tisdale Award as college basketball's top freshman. He says his decision will be based on where he can grow the most. "I don't know where that is right now," Parker said. "I'll talk to coach about it and lay out my options, but I'm just really glad I get the best of both worlds." Parker was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history (19.1 per game) and is the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding. The draft is June 26.

USA Today

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UK recruit could grow to 7-foot-3


07:53 AM ET 04.15 | Already a big deal, Kentucky-bound center Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. will become that much bigger. [Towns] met with a kinesiologist last week to learn more about the field he plans on studying in college. The 7-footer, who is already on the NBA radar, walked out of the meeting also having learned he could grow three more inches. "Growing up, I've always been that tall kid and now I can be that taller kid," Towns said. "If I could play the way I play now with that height, it would be really great." Towns, 17, was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 21.5 points, 13.7 rebounds and 6.4 blocks as a senior this past season for St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen, N.J. The member of the Dominican Republic National Team played for the World Team during Saturday's Hoop Summit.

Yahoo Sports

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Fan pays $11K to coach Arkansas State


07:52 AM ET 04.15 | Yes, getting fans closer to the action, particularly those willing to pay a premium, has come to this. Arkansas State sold the rights on Monday to coach its spring game to a bidder who paid $11,700 on eBay. The bidder, 25-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur Nick Bhardwaj, has no affiliation with the program whatsoever, but thought the idea of immersing himself into the world of big time college football was intriguing. "I dropped out of San Jose State and didn't have a chance to enjoy the full college experience," Bhardwaj told ... Bhardwaj, CEO of a San Francisco based company called Beyond Games, will wear a headset, team gear and make the call on plays for the defending Sun Belt Conference champs in this Friday night's matchup against themselves.

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