VT recruit Harrell granted scholarship release

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VT recruit Harrell granted scholarship release

The butterfly effect continues in Blacksburg.Virginia Tech released highly regarded basketball recruit Montrezl Harrell from his scholarship on Wednesday, several outlets have reported.Harrell, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed with the Hokies last November and was the top member of the incoming class recruited by former coach Seth Greenberg. The school replaced Greenberg last month with former assistant James Johnson. The news of Greenberg's dismissal reportedly broke before the school had informed the longtime coach of the change.Since then, last year's top freshman recruit Dorian Fnney-Smith announced his intentions to transfer. Now, the Hokies are losing Harrell, selected as the MVP of last month's Capital Classic, The departure leaves Johnson with only eight scholarship players entering next season, including incoming freshman forward Marshall Wood.Harrell's status among power forwards in the 2012 class rose dramatically during the past year. Reportedly, prominent programs including Kentucky and Louisville began showing interest in thehigh-riser late in the recruiting process. The two Bluegrass schools are said to be on Harrell's short list along with Florida, NC State and Alabama. Virginia Tech has not placed any restrictionsregarding Harrells choice of schools, per the Daily Press.Tech also announced on Wednesday UNC-Wilmington transferAdam Smith will join the program for the 2013-14 campaign. The 6-1 guard averaged 13.7 points per game last season as a freshman.He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next seasonper NCAA transfer rules.Smiths addition helps the long-term outlook for the program, but in terms of the 2012-13 campaign, the Hokies are hurting. Time will tell how much.

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.

After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season. 

For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes. 

Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.

Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's. 

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VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.

No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.

On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.

According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent. 

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small. 

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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few. 

In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.