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Post-Season Turmoil Continues In ACC And Beyond

This year it’s just off the hook.

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Duke v North Carolina
 CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 06: Patrick Tape #12 of the Duke Blue Devils attempts a shot against Day’Ron Sharpe #11 and Kerwin Walton #24 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half of their game at Dean E. Smith Center on March 06, 2021 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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It’s going to be a while before things settle down for college basketball as transfers and coaching changes continue to roil the sport.

Let’s start locally: Duke’s Patrick Tapé has committed to San Francisco. We hope he does well there.

UNC’s Garrison Brooks has decided to enter the portal himself but hasn’t announced a destination yet.

Meanwhile, Virginia’s Casey Morsell has chosen to move to NC State which should make trips to Virginia interesting.

However, Virginia got a transfer from Indiana in Armaan Franklin. The 6-3 guard is an outstanding three point shooter.

Clemson’s Clyde Trapp heads up the road a bit and will now play for Charlotte.

Here’s where we are: Miami is celebrating a couple of players who didn’t transfer. However, Earl Timberlake is off to play for Penny Hardaway at Memphis.

At Georgia Tech, Josh Pastner is negotiating an extension while David Didenko, surprise, will transfer.

Also, Florida State’s Scottie Barnes, to no one’s surprise, is off to the NBA.

Beyond the ACC there’s more news.

On Friday, apparently without much of an explanation, Cincinnati fired John Brannon. The AD, John Cunningham, is facing withering criticism. Brannon was fired after a review that led football coach Luke Fickell to text to Brannen, “[t]his is bullshit and the way it’s being handled is bullshit as well.”

That opens what should be a coveted job but it’s not going to be easy to find a good coach who would take a job when his predecessor was apparently treated so shabbily.

There was a bit of a player rebellion so clearly there’s a lot we don’t know. But whatever happened, Cunningham seems to have handled this extraordinarily poorly.

In Tucson, Greg Hansen, America’s Worst Columnist, has a confusing column up about what he thinks about how Arizona handled the firing and what their odds are of finding a suitable replacement. Read this and see if you think it makes any sense.

However, it’s possible he’s correct that Arizona prefers Tommy Lloyd to the various other candidates and is certainly more likely than Eric Musselman.

The way things are going though we wouldn’t rule anything out.