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NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes.

If approved later this year, schools in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC could implement some rules on their own and would get more voting power over legislation that would affect every NCAA member school.

A formal vote on the recommendations is tentatively scheduled for the board's August meeting, and if it passes then, the transition could begin this fall.

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By MICHAEL MAROT. 5 hours ago

KU has two recruits in top six of Rivals’ class of 2014 basketball rankings

If you put much stock in basketball recruiting rankings, the rich continue to get richer in the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences.

Kansas features two players in the top six of Rivals’ final top 150 rankings for the class of 2014, which were released on Thursday morning. Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Chicago, was rated as the nation’s No. 4 overall recruit, while 6-foot-7 wing Kelly Oubre moved up to No. 6 in the final rankings.

Alexander and Oubre, both McDonald’s All-Americans, were the only players in the top 50 headed to Big 12 schools.

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By RUSTIN DODD. 7 hours ago

Taking stock of Missouri’s basketball coaching search as it nears one week old

There’s plenty of speculation about who Missouri will hire as its next men’s basketball coach, but only one candidate is known to have been contacted by someone affiliated with the Tigers’ search: Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson.

So, who else are the Tigers targeting to succeed Frank Haith, who flew to Tulsa one week ago? Truthfully, it’s hard to say anything with certainty, but here’s a look:

Definite interest

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By TOD PALMER. 4 hours ago

Shaka Smart has passed up other chances to leave VCU

Texas-El Paso’s Tim Floyd and Central Missouri’s Kim Anderson have been linked to Missouri’s open men’s basketball job.

But the list of coaches who say no one from MU or an intermediary has reached out is considerably longer. It includes Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood, a former Kansas State assistant under Bob Huggins and Frank Martin.

One name that has popped up on wish lists during Missouri’s search is VCU’s Shaka Smart.

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By TOD PALMER. yesterday

Video: Blair Kerkhoff discusses Missouri's coaching wish list

Is Kim Anderson just a fallback and is Gregg Marshall a realistic option? The Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff & CineSport's Noah Coslov discuss the latest on Missouri's basketball coaching search.

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Former K-State assistant Brad Underwood would listen if Missouri called

Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood has not been contacted by Missouri about its men’s basketball opening.

Underwood, a former Kansas State assistant under Bob Huggins and Frank Martin, said he’d listen if the Tigers called.

“That’s an unbelievable job,” Underwood said. “That’s my type of job. The basketball aside, it’s been a great spot for many years with a ton of great players. It’s a great university, but I’m still the coach at Stephen F.”

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By TOD PALMER. 2 days ago

Could Kim Anderson become the next Bo Ryan?

Kim Anderson isn’t alone in being passed up for a head coaching job by his alma mater. Anderson’s former Missouri teammate, Bill Flamack, draws a comparison with Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan.

Ryan was an assistant coach with the Badgers for eight seasons from 1976-84 Those were dark days — Wisconsin was 79-141 overall and 39-105 in the Big Ten. But in 1984, Ryan moved on to what would become a storied Division III career at Wisconsin-Platteville, where he won four national championships.

During the next 17 years, Wisconsin passed on bringing back Ryan three times. He interviewed for the job twice but was passed over for Stu Jackson in 1992 and for Dick Bennett three years later.

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By TOD PALMER. 2 days ago

Mizzou basketball program far from being pushed to the sidelines

With Missouri’s basketball coaching search in motion, now is a good time to dispel an idea that has gained momentum since about mid-February.

That is, Missouri has assumed a full Southeastern Conference flavor, which is to say football is such a priority as to dwarf interest in all other sports, including men’s basketball.

I’m not buying it.

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By BLAIR KERKHOFF. 2 days ago

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