Digest For 05-02-13


STATE

Former Rutgers PG chooses Auburn

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson’s goal of adding more guards for the 2013-14 season isn’t going as planned.

Former Rutgers point guard Jerome Seagears announced Wednesday he will transfer to Auburn for his final two seasons of eligibility. The 6-foot-1 Seagears chose the Tigers after visiting Arkansas last weekend.

“I Will Be Attending Auburn University To Finish My Student Athletic Career!!! War Eagle,” Seagears posted on his Twitter page.

Seagears - who averaged 6.5 points a game at Rutgers last season — may not have to sit out the 2013-14 season under NCAA transfer rules because of the scandal at Rutgers involving Mike Rice. The former coach was fired earlier this month after video evidence surfaced showing he physically abused players.

The NCAA has not made a determination on the status of Seagears or other Rutgers transfers. Guard Eli Carter announced he was transferring to Florida on Tuesday.

Seagears was one of several guards the Razorbacks recruited in the late signing period. Junior college guard Jamal Jones, an Arkansas native and former Ole Miss player, announced he was heading to Texas A&M earlier this spring. Desmond Lee of New Mexico Junior College also announced he will attend North Carolina State.

NATIONAL

Bucks fire Boylan

Milwaukee — The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jim Boylan on Wednesday.

Boylan was promoted to interim head coach on Jan. 8 after Scott Skiles and the Bucks mutually decided to part ways.

“At this time we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team,” Bucks general manager John Hammond said. “We appreciate Jim’s efforts not only in his time as head coach, but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best.”

The Bucks compiled a 22-28 record under Boylan and made the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They were swept by Miami in the first round, however.

Boylan had been the lead assistant coach for the Bucks the past four seasons, joining the team after finishing the final 56 games of the 2007-08 season as the interim head coach of the Chicago Bulls, where he went 24-32.

Milwaukee will begin a search immediately for a new head coach.

Blackmon suspended four games

New York — Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended without pay for the team’s first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns during his rookie season in 2012.

The 23-year-old Blackmon will be eligible to return to the Jaguars’ active roster on September 30 following the team’s September 29 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Blackmon released the following statement on Tuesday:

“I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and preseason with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”