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Casual Links: Early Hoyas Preview, Recruiting News, Classless Cuse Coach and Bruce Rocks Fenway

In the words of Biggie, hump days in August are the worst days. Or something like that. As always, enjoy the links.


Otto Porter Set To Lead Lanky Georgetown Hoyas | Jon Rothstein " CBS New York
A year ago as a freshman, Georgetown's star forward was viewed as talented but unproven. Twelve months later, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Porter is the Big East's Preseason Player of the Year -- he's that good.

Kennedy Meeks Updates Recruitment
"I would say NC State, Georgetown, and Louisville are recruiting me the hardest," Meeks told "But I’m also hearing from Kentucky, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and everyone else in the ACC but Duke."

More links after The Jump:

Report: Eastern Michigan's Rob Murphy leaving for job with Orlando Magic -
(Casual Note: Murphy is a former Syracuse assistant)
This development comes at an awful and unusual time for Eastern Michigan. It's rare for a program to need to hire a new head coach in June, let alone halfway through August.

Report: Shabazz Muhammad ineligible for UCLA's China trip -
The NCAA has been investigating Shabazz Muhammad potentially receiving improper benefits during his recruitment, and it will not be resolved soon. Muhammad was ruled ineligible for the team's preseason trip to China next week.

Big East hire reveals league's stakes - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Until this point, only Larry Scott (Pac–12) -- a former professional tennis player, manager of ATP Properties and Chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association -- veered even remotely from the mold. Thanks to the Big East, that mold has officially been broken.

SLAM ONLINE | " Greg Monroe Preparing to Play Power Forward Next Season
Greg Monroe’s summer – which he enthusiastically calls ‘a very productive summer for me’ – has been at least partially devoted to preparing to play power forward in case the two 7-footers lock up available minutes at center.

Celtics still expected to sign Jeff Green: InsideHoops
Let’s start with the obvious here: Jeff Green (still) isn’t formally a member of the Boston Celtics. Yes, his deal has been termed imminent since early July and, yes, a month later, there’s still wrinkles to be ironed out.

High-energy Bruce Springsteen concert is an instant Fenway classic - The Boston Globe
Three and a half hours later, Springsteen parted with an announce­ment that was hard to ­believe: "We’ll be back tomorrow night!"

August 14 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA

The Promised Land
Out in the Street
We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
Spirit in the Night
The E Street Shuffle
Jack of All Trades
Atlantic City
Because the Night
Johnny 99
Darlington County
Working on the Highway
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
Boom Boom
Drive All Night
The Rising
Thunder Road
* * *
We Are Alive
Born to Run
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Dirty Water
Twist and Shout