Men’s basketball: Van Vliet ruled ineligible for 2015-16 season

first_imgFreshman forward Andy Van Vliet has officially been ruled ineligible for the 2015-16 season after the NCAA upheld their initial decision following an appeal by UW.Van Vliet has sat on the end of the bench through Wisconsin’s first two games of the regular season, waiting patiently for a decision to be made regarding his eligibility, and with the decision now final, that is where he will remain for his freshman year.“I saw it coming,” he said.Men’s basketball: Freshman Andy Van Vliet’s eligibility pending for 2015-16Andy Van Vliet didn’t suit up for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s exhibition game Wednesday night against UW-River Falls due Read…The issue arose as a result of the 6-foot-11 forward from Belgium playing in Europe last year as an amateur, and NCAA rules state that potential student-athletes have a one-year window to enroll in a college following their high school graduation.It was the Belgian education system that ultimately put the freshman in the precarious situation, as had he not stayed, he would have moved into a lower tier of education.That education was something Van Vliet valued and he decided to stay as a result.“I really wanted to stay in the second tier because of reasons to go to a big program like this, to be able to still go to Wisconsin, but also for my own education,” Van Vliet said. “It’s always better to end up in the second tier than the third tier. Education is a really important thing to me.”Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was aware of the risks involved when recruiting Van Vliet, but that still didn’t stop him and many other coaches around the country from recruiting the big man out of Belgium.Ryan expressed his displeasure with the rule and his obvious disappointment after UW’s 78-64 win over North Dakota.“You sit a year because you’re trying to get a better education?” Ryan said. “And you know how I am about some of those other rules. But this one? It doesn’t make any sense.”Not only will Van Vliet not play this season, but he will also lose a year of eligibility despite never being able to see the court. He has no plans on leaving the school and will enter next season eligible to play once again as a sophomore.“This is a great opportunity for me to get stronger,” Van Vliet said. “It’s tough but you got to try to make the best out of it and help the guys on the team as much as I can.”last_img read more

Clippers give Coach Doc Rivers contract extension despite missing playoffs

first_imgThe Clippers made official Wednesday what was generally assumed since the regular season ended April 11. They announced they agreed with Coach Doc Rivers on a contract extension six weeks after their streak of consecutive playoff appearances ended at six.That didn’t mean the season was not a success for the injury-depleted Clippers (42-40), though. The Clippers remained in playoff contention until the season’s final weeks, after a string of injuries to key players, including guards Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Milos Teodosic.The Clippers also remained competitive in spite of trades of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets last summer and Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons last winter. Rivers earned praise around the league for keeping the Clippers in the thick of the race despite a shorthanded lineup.Rivers used a league-high 37 different starting lineups in 2017-18. He guided the Clippers through a turbulent period in which the players nearly revolted in the wake of racist comments made by then-owner Donald Sterling to a girlfriend. Sterling could be heard in an audio recording scolding V. Stiviano for bringing African-Americans to games as her guests.TMZ released the recording of the conversation in April 2014, as the Clippers were set to begin the playoffs. The league investigated, fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him from the league for life and forced his wife to sell the team to Ballmer for a record $2 billion in August 2014.The possibility of a players boycott was raised before Game 4 of the Clippers’ first-round series against the Golden State Warriors but then dismissed. Instead, the players wore their warmup jerseys inside out in protest of Sterling’s comments.Rivers’ tenure with Ballmer as the Clippers’ owner has been far smoother. The Clippers have not advanced past the second round of the playoffs and their postseason streak ended this season, as did their streak of five consecutive seasons of winning 50 games or more. Rivers’ arrival coincided with the Clippers’ continued rise after they acquired Paul in a blockbuster deal before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. The Clippers won a franchise-record 57 games in Rivers’ first season, in 2013-14, followed by victory totals of 56, 53, 51 and 42.Related Articles Luka Doncic injured, Kawhi Leonard dominant; Social Media reacts after Clippers 130-122 victory over Mavs Video highlights, social media reaction after Clippers’ 118-110 victory over Mavericks “Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA, coming off one of his finest seasons since joining the Clippers,” team owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “We trust Doc to lead a competitive, tough, hard-working team while upholding a culture of accountability expected to resonate throughout the organization.”Rivers, 56, has one more season remaining on his existing contract, which pays him more than $10 million, so the extension won’t kick in until 2019-20. The Clippers did not reveal the terms of the new deal in announcing the extension.“I am proud of the success we have had here over the last five seasons, but there is more work to be done,” Rivers said in a statement. “We are coming off a year where our team battled through many challenges and much adversity, proving deep talent and even greater potential.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I am looking forward to getting back to work on the court to develop our players and compete with the NBA’s elite.”Rivers has a 259-151 record with the Clippers, the best mark in franchise history. He is 846-624 overall in a 19-season NBA coaching career with the Clippers, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. He led the Celtics to two NBA Finals appearances, winning the 2008 championship.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie last_img read more