MJ's random thoughts: Pearl back on trail
— C-U’s favorite coach, Bruce Pearl, is back in the college game, and the new Auburn head coach is on quite the recruiting roll. Since his show-cause penalty from the NCAA expired last week, Pearl has landed a pair of commitments. The former Tennessee coach got four-star forward Horace Spencer and Maryland transfer Trayvon Reed to pledge to the Tigers. A day before his penalty was lifted, Pearl got a commitment from another Top 75 player in Danjel Purifoy. After lying to the NCAA about recruiting violations with the Volunteers, Pearl was allowed to observe prospects but was banned from contacting them until last week. He’s free now, and it appears the momentum will only continue to grow.
— If you watch BTN’s “The Journey,” then you likely saw the story last season that Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman’s 7-year-old son Avery has been battling leukemia. Avery is in the midst of his third bout with the hideous disease. But last week, after 23 days in the hospital and intensive chemotherapy, Harriman told Avery he could go home in a tear-jerking video posted to YouTube. But it’s only a brief stint home. Avery will be back in the hospital in a few days undergoing more tests. There’s only so much the 55-pounder’s body can take. So while the Cornhuskers’ basketball program continues to fight its way toward the top of the Big Ten, remember Avery and Harriman and the battle they’ve been fighting for five years.
— Most programs around the country are focusing now on making sure guys are in shape and going through workouts to be certain that their teams are ready to go once practice begins in early October. At the College of Charleston, they’re still looking for a head coach after Doug Wojcik was fired early this month after the university investigated multiple claims of verbal and physical abuse of players. Charleston was close to hiring alum Anthony Johnson, but it was revealed that Johnson was involved in a domestic incident with his now-ex-wife three years ago. Not exactly the revelation the school is looking for after dealing with Wojcik. It’s a bad situation for a program that shouldn’t have this much trouble finding a coach. They’ll get someone good, but the longer this goes on, the tougher it becomes for the Cougars to have a successful season.