In a move that had been anticipated by USF coaches, sophomore point guard Blake Nash, whose playing time diminished with the emergence of freshman Anthony Collins, announced Wednesday he is transferring.
Nash, who averaged 3.4 points and 12.2 minutes, is the second backup to seek minutes elsewhere after sophomore Lavonte Dority left in December and is now headed to Valparaiso. Nash said he's looking to find a school close to his family's home in Arizona, and that a family illness may allow him to obtain a hardship waiver and play immediately at his new school rather than having to sit out a year.
USF coach Stan Heath had foreseen Nash's departure when he brought in two recruits for official visits last weekend — prep guard Sam Cassell Jr. and Florida Atlantic graduate transfer Kore White — when he had one remaining scholarship at the time.
DENVER: Boston College assistant Kerry Cremeans was named women's coach.
KENT ST.: Memphis assistant Danielle O'Banion was named women's coach.
N.C. STATE: Standout men's forward C.J. Leslie is returning for his junior season.
TEXAS SOUTHERN: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, a former star at USC and with the defunct Houston Comets of the WNBA, was named women's coach, leaving North Carolina-Wilmington.
TOLEDO: The men's team will be banned from next year's postseason because of past academic problems after the NCAA denied the school's appeal.
POT CONTROVERSY: Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said the Ducks actively work to address possible illegal substance use by student-athletes. A report in ESPN The Magazine estimated that 40 to 60 percent of the team smoked marijuana.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Running back Austin White, tight end Joe Sawicki and receiver Daniel Harris were kicked off the team after being charged with crimes.