Jeff Eisenberg

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of the Dagger. Prior to joining Yahoo! Sports in Feb. 2010, Eisenberg worked for 4 1/2 years at The Press-Enterprise covering everything from UCLA basketball, to USC football, to the Los Angeles Lakers. If he's not watching basketball, you'll usually find Eisenberg enjoying the California sunshine, sampling craft brews or cooking on the grill.

  • Caleb Swanigan's commitment creates a challenge for Matt Painter

    Purdue will certainly be bigger after landing a McDonald's All-American for the first time in 19 years on Tuesday afternoon.

    Whether the Boilermakers will also be drastically better will depend on Matt Painter's ability to turn a logjam at center into a strength rather than a weakness.

    Five-star prospect Caleb Swanigan is a strong, sure-handed low-post scorer who is most comfortable in the paint on both ends of the floor. He joins a frontcourt that already possesses a pair of centers with similar skill sets — 7 footers A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas.

    For that arrangement to work, Swanigan is probably going to have to spend the majority of his time at power forward.

    The upside will be that Purdue will frequently have two dominant rebounders and low-post threats on the floor, which should create mismatches against smaller opponents who play only one true big man at a time. The downside will be that Swanigan will have to prove on defense that he can stay in front of more nimble Big Ten

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  • Illinois women's basketball hit with allegations of player abuse

    At a time when the Illinois football program is already under investigation for alleged mistreatment of players, the school's women's basketball coaches also face similar accusations.

    Parents of three of the four Illinois players who have left the program since the end of the 2014-15 season sent letters to university officials alleging misconduct by head coach Matt Bollant and associate coach Mike Divilbiss. The Champaign News-Gazette published copies of the letters, which accuse Bollant and Divilbiss of creating racial tension on the team, emotionally and verbally abusing players and jeopardizing their health by forcing them to play through major injuries.

    Many of the issues appear to stem from alleged favoritism shown by Bollant and his staff toward players he recruited as opposed to holdovers as he tried to establish a new culture within a program that hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 2003. Bollant attempted to instill toughness in his players after replacing Jolette Law in

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  • In big win for new coach Mike White, Florida retains top recruit

    Michael White's first big victory at Florida arrived months before he'll coach the Gators in a game for the first time.

    The former Louisiana Tech coach persuaded highly touted shooting guard prospect KeVaughn Allen to honor his pledge to Florida.

    Allen, Rivals.com's No. 67 prospect in the class of 2015, had been wavering since Billy Donovan jumped to the NBA to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder. His stepfather John Curry told Arkansas radio host Bo Mattingly a couple weeks ago that Allen intended to seek a release from his letter of intent, but White was able to gain Allen's trust on Monday after meeting with him in person.

    Allen's decision to attend Florida ensures that White will retain three out of the four members of Donovan's final recruiting class. Forward Keith Stone and forward Kevarrius Hayes will join Allen in Florida's 2015 class, but forward Noah Dickerson received his release from his letter of intent last week.

    Of the four signees, Allen could be the most critical next

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  • Buzz Williams cracks up reading mean tweets about himself

    One thing is clear after watching the above video of Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams reading mean tweets about himself.

    He doesn't take himself too seriously.

    Williams laughs at himself constantly while borrowing an always funny bit from the Jimmy Kimmel Show. He chuckles at someone insisting he has the "fattest neck" they've ever seen. He howls when someone says his hoarse voice sounds like he gargled with barbed wire. He even smiles when someone compares one of his ties to a Super 8 bedspread.

    The only other takeaway from the video: How does Williams not know who actor Channing Tatum is? Take a couple hours off from recruiting this summer, Buzz, and go watch 21 Jump Street.

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  • Top transfer Sterling Gibbs elevates expectations for UConn next season

    The outlook for UConn improved dramatically over the weekend when the Huskies landed maybe the most accomplished graduate transfer to change schools this spring.

    Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall's leading scorer this past season, announced he has chosen UConn over Ohio State, Pittsburgh and a handful of other top suitors.

    The addition of Gibbs, fellow graduate transfer Shonn Miller and a pair of top 100 recruits gives UConn hope of bouncing back from a 20-15 campaign last season that ended with an opening-round NIT loss. The Huskies have enough talent to potentially crack the preseason top 25 despite the graduation of star guard Ryan Boatright.

    There's no bigger reason for optimism than Gibbs, who should replace Boatright as UConn's main perimeter threat to score himself or create for others. The 6-foot-2 rising senior averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 assists and shot 43.6 percent from behind the arc this past season for a Seton Hall team that ascended into the top 25 in early January but

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  • Roy Williams surprises bullying victim with heartfelt letter

    At a time when Drew Summerlin felt the lowest, the 11-year-old with Asperger's received a morale boost from his favorite basketball team.

    University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams sent Summerlin an autographed team picture and a heartfelt letter last week encouraging him to remain strong despite months of torment from bullies at his school.

    The team photo Williams sent Summerlin (via Facebook)The team photo Williams sent Summerlin (via Facebook)The envelope from Williams arrived about two weeks after a group of boys attacked Summerlin during lunch at Iroquois Middle School in Rochester, N.Y. Summerlin sustained a concussion severe enough that he had to stay home from school the next few days.

    "I'm so sorry and upset with what you have been going through," Williams wrote. "Someday those kids will realize how terribly they acted and will be ashamed.

    "Drew, I want you to know that I am so proud for how you have handled things and know you are a kind person and anyone would be lucky to be your friend. Although life is not always easy, don't ever give up and continue to be the person that

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  • Maryland-North Carolina highlights 2015 Big Ten-ACC challenge

    The Big Ten-ACC challenge will again provide maybe college basketball's most anticipated non-league game next season.

    It will be Maryland at North Carolina on Dec. 1 in a potential preseason No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. 

    The Tar Heels are a strong candidate to begin the season atop the polls thanks to the return of four starters from a 26-win Sweet 16 team. All-American candidate Marcus Paige, potential breakout star Justin Jackson and talented big men Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks each might have been selected in this year's NBA draft had they opted to declare.

    Maryland also is a contender for preseason No. 1 if its returning standouts mesh with some promising new arrivals. High-scoring point Melo Trimble and versatile forward Jake Layman return from last year's breakout season, while elite freshman center Diamond Stone, talented former Georgia Tech power forward Robert Carter and ex-Duke shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon are the best of the crop of newcomers.

    Great as the North

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  • Ex-North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge dead at 77

    Three months after the passing of one of college basketball's coaching icons, the man who worked by his side for three decades has also died.

    Bill Guthridge, former North Carolina coach Dean Smith's longtime assistant and eventual successor, died Tuesday night at age 77. North Carolina confirmed the news Wednesday morning.  

    Guthridge and Smith were nearly lifelong friends who grew up 90 minutes apart from one another in Kansas. Their coaching careers took them to different places for awhile until 1967 when Smith asked Guthridge to leave his alma mater Kansas State and come work for him as an assistant coach at North Carolina.

    Over the next 30 years, Guthridge remained by Smith's side, turning down head coaching opportunities at Arkansas and Penn State to stay at North Carolina. He helped Smith lead the Tar Heels to 30 seasons of 20 or more wins, 11 Final Fours and two national championships, the first in 1982 and the second in 1993.

    When Smith retired unexpectedly in 1997, he pushed

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  • Calipari's extension is a preemptive strike against NBA speculation

    It's probably no coincidence that word of John Calipari's imminent contract extension at Kentucky leaked out Tuesday evening hours after a potentially attractive NBA gig opened up.

    This was likely a strategic move from the Wildcats aimed at quashing the Calipari-to-the-NBA speculation that pops up every spring.

    Many of the beat writers covering Kentucky reported within minutes of one another Tuesday that school officials were close to finalizing a one-year, $8 million contract extension with Calipari that would run his deal through 2022. Like previous contracts, this one also includes a $1.6 million bonus if Calipari is still the coach of Kentucky on July 1, an extra incentive for him to remain in Lexington.

    Whereas Calipari's previous extensions have been formally announced once they became official, word of this one came the same day as the New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams despite 45 wins and a playoff appearance. That gig could be intriguing to Calipari if New Orleans

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  • Clemson lands last year's NEC freshman of the year

    Having failed in its bid to land Alabama graduate transfer Ricky Tarrant this spring, Clemson missed its best chance to address its lack of perimeter scoring in time for next season. 

    Instead the Tigers will have to settle for adding a fellow transfer who won't be eligible to play for them until the 2016-17 season.

    Ex-Robert Morris guard Marcquise Reed, last year's Northeast Conference freshman of the year, announced Monday that he will transfer to Clemson. Reed had also reportedly visited USC, UMass and Tulsa before deciding on the Tigers.

    The addition of Reed should eventually help shore up Clemson's biggest weaknesses — its inability to score efficiently and its lack of perimeter shooting.

    The 6-foot-1 Reed averaged 15.1 points per game and shot 41.3 percent from behind the arc for a Robert Morris team that lost to Duke in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. He was at his best against the toughest teams he faced too, lighting up the Blue Devils for 22 points, erupting for 24

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