Jerry Sloan dies at 78

Longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan dies at age 78Jerry Sloan, tenacious as a player for the Chicago Bulls and coach of the Utah Jazz, died Friday at the age of 78.

The Jazz announced that Sloan died from complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia, which he had revealed diagnoses for in April 2016.

"Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz. He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss," the team said in a statement. "We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise.

"... Like [John] Stockton and [Karl] Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization. He will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the entire Sloan family and all who knew and loved him."

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How close are we to live sports? Where the world's biggest leagues stand right now…

A SKELETON STAFF of about 150 gathered inside the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia, for the Professional Bull Riders two-day Gwinnett Invitational. It was March 15 -- just days after the NBA and NHL suspended their seasons indefinitely and hours after the NCAA canceled the men's and women's basketball tournaments. Still, cowboys from around the country would compete before a television-only and digital streaming audience in one of the last professional sporting events to be held in the United States before the PBR, too, shut down.

But just 4½ weeks later, the PBR announced it would hold a for-TV-only event April 25-26 at Lazy E Arena and Ranch located on 167 fenced acres near Guthrie, Oklahoma. Just like at the Gwinnett Invitational, no fans would be present. One of the last sports to close would become one of the first to return.

"That's when the phone started ringing," PBR CEO Sean Gleason says.

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Five college basketball coaches whose jobs may have been saved by the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 crisis has cost millions of Americans their jobs. But it appears to have saved a few in college basketball.

Several schools that were positioned to consider coaching changes after the 2019-20 college basketball season have opted instead to retain their coaches amid a pandemic that has forced athletic departments to constrict their budgets.

Wake Forest became the first major-conference school to fire a coach in this year's cycle when it parted with Danny Manning in April. But for many institutions, the prospect of paying a multi-million dollar buyout and conducting a thorough coaching search amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis is impractical.

That's good news for a handful of coaches who could use another season to get their programs back on the right track. These five in particular might have the unprecedented times to thank for saving their jobs.

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Top 10 veteran college basketball coaches next in line to win the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

The biggest dangling question from the unprecedented halt to the 2019-20 college basketball season: who would have won the 2020 NCAA Tournament? 

Would it have been a coach who finally broke through and won his first title? You know, in a given year, there's a good chance of that.  

Dating back to 2005, of the 15 national championship-winning coaches in that span, seven of them (Roy Williams, Billy Donovan, Bill Self, John Calipari, Kevin Ollie, Jay Wright, Tony Bennett) were first-time winners. So who's most likely to be next? Our friends on the college football side at CBS Sports recently put together their list of the five most likely names, but I'm going to double that for college basketball given the sport's much larger postseason structure and propensity for more unpredictability.  

To narrow down the candidate pool just a bit, I wanted to highlight accomplished coaching veterans who are still highly regarded but have yet to take the biggest crown. There are two pieces of criteria. The first is you need to have been a head coach for at least a decade at the D-I level. True vet status. (So this eliminates an obvious candidate: Texas Tech's Chris Beard, who otherwise easily makes the list.) The second criterion: you need to have an Elite Eight at minimum on the résumé. I wanted all 10 coaches to have at least flirted with a Final Four, if not outright made at least one national semifinal. 

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7 college basketball records (we think) will never be broken.

We dove into the NCAA Division I Football record book and identified seven individual records that will (probably) never be broken. Now, we assigned ourselves some more light reading and did the same for men's college basketball.

Of the most popular team sports, basketball is likely the sport that can be most influenced by one individual. What individual DI records are so impressive that they'll likely never be broken?

Here are seven we think will never be bested.

100 points in a game – Frank Selvy, Furman (1954)

First off, let's acknowledge that the individual record for points in the DI men's basketball game and an NBA game is the same: 100 points. Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game (and the famous picture of him holding a white piece of paper with "100" on it) are well-known but odds are you haven't heard of former Furman great Frank Selvy, who went on to be the No. 1 pick in the 1954 NBA Draft.

It is worth noting Alliant International's Kevin Bradshaw holds the record for points scored against a DI opponent with 72 against Loyola Marymount. Selvy's 100 points were against Newberry.

Even with the addition of the three-point line, Selvy's record is untouchable.

The 2018 national champion, Villanova, which also had the country's most efficient offense, scored at least 100 points just four times last season – as a team.

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Here is ANDY KATZ first Power 36 look at the 2020-21 season. The NBA draft is likely going to extend deep into the summer, possibly the fall. So rosters may not be set until school starts, hopefully with the fall semester.

What’s to like about these teams?

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