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Some Big East previews have come out, and Frank Martin is taking an admirable stand.

"I ask our state leaders to do away with those antiquated symbols that represent hate and oppression to so many people."
"I ask our state leaders to do away with those antiquated symbols that represent hate and oppression to so many people."
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Looking ahead: Butler Bulldogs - Men's College Basketball Blog - ESPN
Butler was a complete shock last year. Many media sources (including this one) had them finishing down around DePaul at the bottom of the Big East. Instead, Chris Holtmann shed his interim coach tag in taking them to the NCAA tournament.

Looking Ahead: Providence Friars - Men's College Basketball Blog - ESPN
Kris Dunn elected to remain in school and pass up a certain multi-million dollar payday, but he's just about all that the Friars return. There are recruits aplenty to replace the departed, but finding someone to score like LaDontae Henton is going to be a big challenge.

Looking ahead to 2015-16: St. John's Red Storm - Men's College Basketball Blog - ESPN
Chris Mullin! Depending on who you ask Chris Mullin is either destined for success because he's from New York, or he's way in over his head. Mullin has never coached on any level before and has just seen his roster gutted, but I'm sure he'll overcome this with his New Yorkiness and 1970s haircut.

Ex-Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall: 'I'm not giving up on my dream' - CBSSports.com
The natural human inclination, one that Gary Parrish has succumbed to, is to feel bad for Donnie Tyndall for losing his dream job. On the other hand, it's possible that cheating and attempting to cover it up has consequences. Of course, with the NCAA it's hard to know exactly what those will ever be.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin releases statement, asks for confederate flag removal | CollegeBasketballTalk
Congratulations to Frank Martin for using his notoriety to do something good. This entire statement is well worth reading.