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
Will the AAC be a shock to Wichita State? (Sports Illustrated)
Perhaps the most talked-about story of the offseason has been Wichita State’s egress from the Missouri Valley for the AAC. SI’s Joan Niesen wrote a three-pronged piece about Wichita State’s upcoming move and how they will try and cope with it, a key departure and the new challenges all of these components will bring.
Anthony Lamb’s heartwarming gesture (NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk)
Everyone knows that Vermont’s Anthony Lamb is a star on the court, but this story from Terrence Payne shows that he’s an excellent guy in the real world as well. Lamb returned to Rochester to take a girl named Alexandra Hammell to a senior ball. As Payne wrote:
Lamb was Alexandra Hammell’s date to the school’s senior ball. Hammell suffers from Rett syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder that is more often found to affect females than males. The disorder keeps her from speaking and bounds her to a wheelchair.
This story is incredibly touching, and it’s very nice that Lamb could help make this senior ball very special for Hammell.
Why the Watson recruitment is extra important for Gonzaga (The Slipper Still Fits)
If you’re an avid reader of the “Mid-Major Minutes,” then you remember that yesterday’s edition featured a link about Gonzaga’s recruitment of Anton Watson. Peter Woodburn of The Slipper Still Fits is extra excited about the recruitment because of what it means for Gonzaga’s standing in the state of Washington.
MWC presidents alarmed over lack of basketball success (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
It’s no secret that the Mountain West Conference has been bad over the past few seasons, and Mark Anderson of the Review-Journal wrote about how the issue dominated recent conference meetings.
Reportedly, Craig Neal was mistakenly given extra money (NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk)
Speaking of Mountain West futility, this reported accounting error ensured that Craig Neal was paid an extra $150,000 dollars by New Mexico. As Terrence Payne wrote:
...according to Daniel Libit of NMFishBowl.com, he was mistakenly paid an extra $150,000, an error the school did not notice for a year.
If the Lobos are giving money away, then they should...uhhhh...hire me...
Tweets of Interest
Man, the Lobos are going to have a major height disparity next year. What’s that? This is a youth camp? Oh. Well, camps are in full swing now.
Our first camp of the summer is in full swing this morning! #GoLobos pic.twitter.com/bJhetgRzbW— Lobo Basketball (@UNMHoops) June 5, 2017
Dickie V knows who OSU needs
A waste of time thinking Sean Miller / Shaka Smart r interested in Buckeyes job / get real go after @TomCrean https://t.co/gtHG3jcAXZ— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) June 6, 2017
Seth Davis is playing with fire
The entire basketball world is sleeping on Eric Mika and I am the only one who knows it. cc: @OldTakesExposed— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) June 5, 2017
Our buddy Eli has a new blog. Give it a read!
Proud and excited to announce that I am unveiling my first college basketball blog, Heat Check! Check it out here: https://t.co/1IJy1SXYCr— Eli Boettger (@boettger_eli) June 6, 2017
Beatles— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) June 5, 2017
News on the transfer epidemic front
Texas Southern grad transfer Zach Lofton tells me he has received his release. Averaged 16.8 PPG. Will be in demand.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 5, 2017
Nevada F Leland King II (RS JR) is leaving the program. Will graduate & is eligible immediately. https://t.co/lxZdB4ln0c— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 2, 2017
Former Illinois State F Deontae Hawkins is transferring to Boston College. (HT @JonRothstein) https://t.co/Pg7ZD7A1E0— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 6, 2017