VT's Finney-Smith leaving hoops program

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VT's Finney-Smith leaving hoops program

Virginia Tech rising sophomore Dorian Finney-Smith, a top-25 national recruit last season, intends on transferring out of the program according to multiple reports.The decision comes on the heels of the school replacing former men's basketball coachSeth Greenbergwith first-year coach James Johnson. According to Johnson, Finney-Smith's plan to leave Blacksburg was in the works before the coaching change.Former Hokies assistant coach John Richardson, Finney-Smith's primary recruiter, left Virginia Tech this off-season for a similar job with Old Dominion. Adding the springy 6-foot-8 forward and arguably the most highly regarded recruit in the program's history was a coup for Greenberg.Virginia Tech's overall 2011 classranked among the best nationally by some recruiting sites. Finney-Smith earned a place on the all-ACC freshman team after averaging 6.3 points and seven rebounds per game last season. He recorded a double-double in his first college game (10 points and 16 rebounds against East Tennessee State) and early in the campaign, the Portsmouth native was leading the ACC in rebounding. However, his numbers dipped as the season progressed and struggles offensively kicked in.There are no immediate reports on Finney-Smith's future plans. According to the Washington Post, Finney-Smith originally chose Virginia Tech over Florida and Old Dominion, where his older brother Ben Finney played.

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.