Good morning! If you’re reading this, you’re clearly starting your day off right with an effort to better yourself by becoming more educated about the goings-on in the mid-major world.
In a landscape so dominated by the biggest schools and conferences, it’s quite hard to winnow down the information you want and need to hear about your favorite mid-major programs.
Thankfully, Mid-Major Madness is here to aggregate the news and links for you, providing you with a brand-new, daily post about the world of mid-major hoops.
#Content to Read
UNLV’s new logo is here (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
That’s about the nicest thing I can say about this logo. While there are many things wrong with it, from the hodgepodge of shapes and lines to the fact that it takes a minute for your eyes to adjust and see the mustachioed rebel within it, perhaps its greatest fault is that it’s so unnecessary.
I’m serious. UNLV’s logo was already great, and it was iconic. Its Yosemite Sam-esque visage was incredibly unique and recognizable. Now we have this nightmare to live with.
The newspaper posted the following image explaining the logo:
Now, I’m no graphic design expert, but shouldn’t the purpose and general, oh, I don’t know, look of your logo be pretty clear?
Why Tim Cluess hasn’t landed a big job...yet (FanRag Sports)
Friend of the site Jon Rothstein wrote a lengthy post exploring why Tim Cluess — noted sideline patroller and success-haver at Iona — has been there for so long. Now, Rothstein certainly has a point. After all, Cluess has spent many seasons with the Gaels proving himself as a coach who clearly has what it takes to win.
Rothstein even points this out:
The 58-year old Cluess has led the Gaels to four NCAA Tournament appearances since 2011 while never winning less than 20 games in each of his seven seasons in New Rochelle, a feat that no other men’s basketball coach in the history of the MAAC has been able to achieve.
In the three years — 2011, 2014, 2015 — that Iona didn’t reach the field of 68 under Cluess, it lost in the MAAC Tournament title game.
Cluess deserves his shot at the big time, but if he’s content with Iona, so be it. Let him be happy!
BYU lands a solid commitment from a JUCO guard (Vanquish the Foe)
Kajon Brown, a guard who spent the last year in New Orleans, is headed for a bit of a different climate as he has decided to join Dave Rose & Co. at BYU. The Cougars are picking up a solid role player who can assist BYU in its attempt to unseat the WCC’s de facto 1 & 2 for 2017: Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.
As Robby McCombs observed:
Brown brings athleticism and depth to BYU’s backcourt. An explosive leaper, Brown will counted on to bring more versatility off BYU’s bench. More than just jumping, Brown will also be expected to use his athleticism to beef up BYU’s defense.
Tweets of Interest
Cal Extreme Ben Goren fanboy lost his bet with Ben
June 28, 2017
Gen Boren TBH— BEN GOREN FAN ACCOUN (@barashdavid) June 28, 2017
Multiple Belmont players were discussing the Rick Byrd photos post, arguing about whom he yelled at most.
Mostly yelling at you— Evan Bradds (@EasyBreezy_35) June 28, 2017
Hey! That’s a nice jersey!
Blessed to say the least but this marathon is far from over. #AllGloryToGod pic.twitter.com/gShjdPeoCH— Nigel Williams-Goss (@NigelWG5) June 28, 2017
I’m here for every UNLV logo joke. Even the ones about regional automotive repair shops that I’m not familiar with. Especially those.
Hey #UNLV , Rebel Automotive wants their logo back. pic.twitter.com/bsDDHVxW8M— Heather (@HeatherrRae) June 28, 2017
My state is wild
This might be the most Kentucky thing I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/mfLgRt08zi— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) June 26, 2017
I found SOMEONE who actually likes the UNLV logo. No clue if they work for the athletic department or not.
Great update by @UNLVathletics. Nice use of the #Vegas star and the negative space. @sportslogosnet @conradburry @ToddRadom @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/AOa2Hm7qO9— Dusty_Tweet (@DustinLong1984) June 28, 2017
Set those DVRs
Catch #49ersMBB Director of Basketball Ops @tannersmith5 on Good Day Charlotte @FOX46News tomorrow at 7:30am☀️talking about @TannersTotes!— Charlotte Basketball (@49ersBasketball) June 29, 2017
Tough break for the Flyers
Dayton's Ryan Mikesell will redshirt during the 2017-18 season due to hip injuries, per release.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 28, 2017
Good for Jameel Warney, a favorite of ours!
Jameel Warney is on the Dallas summer league roster. https://t.co/pQWicGfKiz— John Templon (@nybuckets) June 28, 2017
These campers are learning from the best!
Great having some of our #ProRaiders back in the Boro to help out at camp this week! pic.twitter.com/xrch4lYQvW— MT Basketball (@MT_MBB) June 28, 2017
Robert Morris just picked up a commitment from Tennessee State graduate transfer Xavier Williams, per a source.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 28, 2017
2018 Garfield Heights (OH) F Donovan Forte has committed to Jacksonville. (HT @sonnyjohnson32) @D1_Kidddd https://t.co/D3MAPM2NRa— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 29, 2017
@ParisJC MBB Tereke Eckwood @KingEckwood has signed w/ Mississippi Valley State. All 6 of our Sophs graduated 5 and signed DI #DragonNation pic.twitter.com/gAmuHrSGkm— Bobby Taylor (@BT_ODoubleU) June 28, 2017
Grambling State C Noah Cummings (FR) is leaving the program. (HT @TXRecruited) https://t.co/bfbvuAaZvd— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 29, 2017
Zeno Lake (6'7, F, 2017) of East LA College has committed and signed with Cal State Northridge @ElacBball— JucoRecruiting.com (@JucoRecruiting) June 28, 2017
Former Northwestern State G Josh Boyd is transferring to Tallahassee CC (JUCO). https://t.co/qD0vMOT4hO— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 28, 2017