Harvard star player Siyani Chambers tears ACL, out for the season

Star guard for Crimson will also leave school altogether

CBSSports.com reported on Wednesday morning that senior Siyani Chambers tore his ACL in practice and is out for the season.

The school’s press release also mentioned in the article that he is taken a voluntary leave from school.  Only the Ivy League has such a rule for student-athlete rules, since they do not give out scholarships to begin with.  In other words, Chambers cannot redshirt, i.e., continue enrolling in classes while accepting a scholarship year.  So in order for him to remain eligible in basketball for 2016-17, he has to delay his coursework for this entire academic year.

He was quite the steady workhorse for Tommie Amaker’s bunch since being recruited as a freshman, logging an average of over 35 minutes per game the last three years which ended up having the Crimson appear in the NCAA Tournament each time.  This past season, his game averages were 9.9 ppg while compiling 4.3 assists per game.

What a blow to one of college basketball’s great schools in recent memory.  Expect Yale and possibly Princeton to vie for Ivy League supremacy come 2016–more on that in my annual Season Preview in late October.

Syracuse-Georgetown agree on a game date

The former Big East rivals agree to play December 5 at the Verizon Center in Washington.  Syracuse will play host during the final two seasons of legendary Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim’s tenure and Georgetown will again play host in December 2018.  Wonder by that time if the current First Fan of College Basketball will be settling in courtside to do some candid commentary since President Obama is slated to leave the White House on January 20, 2017.  That, my online friends–is another topic for another day.

Sun Belt conference to add Coastal Carolina

The Chanticleers, dominant players of the Big South for several years will be joining the Sun Belt conference in all sports except football in 2016-2017.  A CBSSports.com article mentioned that when UAB rejoins in 2017, the Chanticleers will not be eligible for any type of bowl until the 2018 season.

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