Once regarded as a can't-miss talent and potential No. 1 draft pick, Sidney sat out his freshman season at Mississippi State due to an NCAA suspension, as well as the first nine games of his sophomore season. He brawled with teammates, displayed poor conditioning and declared for the 2012 draft. No team picked him.
Pass the turkey
Grinnell College's Jack Taylor shattered the NCAA scoring record with 138 points Tuesday in a Division III game against Faith Baptist, hoisting a mind-boggling 108 attempts — or one shot every 20 seconds — in eclipsing the previous record by 25 points. He then properly thanked his teammates for being so unselfish. Hero or turkey? Tough call. These others, not so much...
The Morehead State coach just beat the buzzer to make it into our list, earning a spot with his sideline behavior with some of his players in November. The most notable incident was on Nov. 21, when Woods made contact with and berated Devon Atkinson after the guard fouled out in a loss to Kentucky. The incident nearly brought Atkinson to tears, drew instant outcries from across the sports landscape, and instigated an investigation by the school.
Duke and Mizzou
The Blue Devils and Tigers both entered the NCAA Tournament in March as No. 2 seeds and both bowed out in the second round. Lehigh ousted the Blue Devils 75-70, while Norfolk State defeated Missouri 86-84.
Hey, there's no denying the Pac-12 is getting its swagger back at the end of this year, with the new-look Bruins ranked and five teams unbeaten entering Thanksgiving. But there's also no denying just how bad the conference was in the season that ended in 2012. While the Mountain West was getting four teams into the tournament, the Pac-12 got all of two teams into the dance — fewer than the West Coast Conference and the same number as conferences like the MAAC and Conference USA (and one of the Pac-12 teams was conference tournament winner Colorado). The conference went 1-2 in the tournament and was done by the time the first weekend was over.
It's not easy being the son of Michael Jordan, but Marcus was making a name for himself at Central Florida ... until he began making more headlines for his behavior off the court and then quit the team in January.
Thomas' failures coaching the Knicks have been well documented, but he was almost as lousy coaching Florida International, going 26-65 in three seasons before being fired in April.
Talk about an up-and-down year. 2012 certainly did not get off to a flying start for the Tigers, not with their NCAA Division I-record losing streak getting into the 40s. But on Jan. 28, Towson did the unthinkable — beat UNC Wilmington 66-61 to end the streak at 41 games. The Tigers would then lose the final nine games of the season to begin to return things to normal, then made sure 2013 would be primed for another stinker when they were banned from the 2013 postseason for failing to meet NCAA academic standards.
Gillispie worked wonders at UTEP and Texas A&M, but he lasted just a year and a half at Texas Tech, resigning amid allegations that he mistreated players.