UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings

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Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)

Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings.  (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)

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Notre Dame Football could see 3 players taken in NFL Draft’s 1st round


Three former Notre Dame football players could go in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, with a few more Domers also being picked in later rounds. For the sake of this post, we’re going to spotlight three: Louis Nix III, Zack Martin and Stephon Tuitt.

I enlisted the help of a couple Notre Dame football experts and got them on the phone; Nick Shepkowski of WSCR 670 The Score Chicago, and Craig Williams, formerly of 95.7 The Fan, South Bend. 

Here’s where I have the three Notre Dame players going in my NFL mock draft. (Here’s the full mock draft)

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Scout’s Beth Long talks Illini, Notre Dame, Northwestern recruiting (AUDIO)


Sports Bank Podcast returns. On this episode Beth Long of Scout.com, Fox Sports talks Illini, Notre Dame and Northwestern recruiting. As well as national recruiting, the McDonald’s All-Americans and shares a unique, insightful perspective on the Cliff Alexander craziness of last fall.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Yes, I know the 2014 NCAA Tournament just ended but I’m already thinking ahead to next March.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi four of the past five years.  

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014-15 preseason Top 25 rankings

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FINAL 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/16/14)


Happy Selection Sunday!  The NCAA Tournament brackets will be revealed at 5:00 PM CST today.  Here is a projection of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi three of the past four years.  

UPDATED: 3/16/14 4:45 PM CST

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Brian Kelly FINALLY talks about Prince Shembo, Lizzy Seeberg case


Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly finally speaks publicly about the death of Lizzy Seeberg.

The case was never tried in court, but it is once again being heard in the court of public opinion after former Notre Dame football player Prince Shembo admitted that he was the player investigated for sexually assaulting her. Shembo claimed innocence at the NFL Scouting Combine, and the coverage of his remarks led to Tom Seeberg, the father of Lizzy Seeberg to speak with the media about the case and how Notre Dame handled it.

But now, four years later, we finally hear from Brian Kelly on the situation.

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Lizzy Seeberg’s father, Tom Seeberg talks about Prince Shembo, ND


Regarding the death of Lizzy Seeberg, no one was ever tried in court. However, the case is again being heard in the court of public opinion now after former Notre Dame football player Prince Shembo admitted that he was the player being investigated for sexually assaulting her. Shembo admitted that he was the player in question during media availability at the NFL Scouting Combine this past weekend.

This public revelation of information everybody knew but couldn’t say just once again paints a picture of Notre Dame football and the University of Notre Dame being the bigger villain than Shembo. This despite the fact that Shembo himself is certainly no sympathetic character. But my opinion is pretty insignificant when compared to the opinion of Tom Seeberg, father of Lizzy Seeberg.

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Notre Dame the bigger villain than Prince Shembo in Lizzy Seeberg case


When you search for “Prince Shembo” in Google, do you know what comes up in the auto-complete function?

“Prince Shembo rape.”

When I entered “Prince Shembo” into WordPress (the software I use to create this site) when commencing this article, the exact same thing occurred. In Bing, the auto-complete shows “Prince Shembo Arrest” and in Yahoo! you get “Prince Shembo sexual assault.”

Shembo has never even been charged let alone convicted of rape or sexual assault in his life, but this internet reality is what Shembo has had to live with the past three and a half years. Now that doesn’t mean Shembo is the victim here. You already know who the true victim is. Shembo showcased some of that repugnant “blame the victim” mentality in his first public comments about Lizzy Seeberg at the NFL Scouting Combine this past weekend.

However, he’s also not the most heinous villain in this situation either. This is literally an instance where “the cover up is worse than the crime.”

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Notre Dame football players at Combine: Draft stock evaluation


Notre Dame football produced nine players who were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine which we are currently in the midst of. This includes three likely first round picks in May’s NFL Draft: OG/T Zack Martin, NT Louis Nix III and DL Stephon Tuitt. The other six Notre Dame football players at the combine are: OG Chris Watt, WR TJ Jones, OLB Prince Shembo, CB Bennett Jackson, RB George Atkinson III, TE Troy Niklas.

ND has the third most combine invitees of any school, and when you add that to the 8 they add last year, the 17 over a two year period is the fifth most in all of college football. We’ll breakdown where we think each player might be picked.

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Prince Shembo admits involvement in Lizzy Seeberg investigation


Who was the alleged perpetrator in the Lizzy Seeberg incident involving a Notre Dame football player?

Anyone who covers Notre Dame football has known the answer to this question since it happened in the fall of 2010. This was a poorly kept secret. And it wasn’t just a secret within media close to the program, anyone who cared to Google the name Prince Shembo would eventually stumble across the rumors that he was indeed the player who supposedly committed the sexual crime against Lizzy Seeberg, right before she committed suicide. Notre Dame police didn’t interview Shembo until 15 days after Seeberg’s death.

Of course, legally, no one in media could publish his name- until now.

Prince Shembo said at the NFL Scouting Combine today that he has nothing to hide, nothing to be ashamed of. And obviously the local authorities felt the same way since he has never been charged with a crime. Shembo addressed these allegations publicly for the first time as potential NFL teams interviewed him at the combine.

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Ex Bears practice squad QB Zak Kustok to testify in father’s murder trial


Zak Kustok, former practice squad quarterback with the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers has been subpoenaed, and is on the list of potential witnesses for the murder trial of his father, Allan Kustok. He is on trial for murdering his wife Jeanie Kustok. Opening arguments begin today at Bridgeview County Courthouse.

Zak Kustok is the brother of Sarah Kustok, a current Brooklyn Nets presenter formerly of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. According to an exclusive interview I had with Sarah Kustok in January of 2010, Zak Kustok today is…

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Notre Dame OT Zack Martin to Miami Dolphins makes sense


OL Zack Martin is shaping up to be one of the most interesting NFL Draft prospects to come out of Notre Dame in a couple years. Because of the the position he plays, and the lack of glory and void of media coverage that comes with it, we haven’t heard the name Zack Martin very much.

But between now and may 8th (the NFL Draft is moved back a couple weeks this year), we certainly will.

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