Warriors coach Steve Kerr praises Bulls’ Alex Caruso: ‘Happy to see him go to the Eastern Conference’

SAN FRANCISCO — Having worked himself into one of the league’s premier role players after going undrafted out of Texas A&M, Alex Caruso recently revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t exactly work hard to retain him this past offseason, leaving him essentially no choice but to sign a four-year, $37 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.

So far he’s has earned every penny of that contract, and then some, for the 8-4 Bulls. In addition to Chicago fans, one person happy that Caruso no longer plays for the Lakers is Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

The Warriors used a huge third-quarter run to throttle the Bulls on Friday night, 119-93, in Chicago’s first game this season without All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. But before the game, Kerr showered Caruso with praise when asked about his defense, particularly against Steph Curry.

“Caruso’s great. I was really happy to see him go to the Eastern Conference,” Kerr said. “He’s an excellent defender on and off the ball — tough, smart. Great pickup for the Bulls.”

Our Brad Botkin went into detail about how Caruso has been wreaking havoc on the defensive end so far this season, particularly when paired with Lonzo Ball. NBA matchup data is essentially useless when it comes to Curry, because his off-ball movement necessitates constant defensive switches that defy one-on-one battles, but the eye test shows that Caruso at least gives Curry a hard time, which is all you can really ask against one of the best offensive weapons of all time.

Here’s an example from Friday night, when Curry was attempting to create the last

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Launch Esports Announces Inaugural Future of College Esports Conference, November 11, 2021

HOUSTON–(Enterprise WIRE)–Start Esports™, a joint undertaking between leading esports event software and administration firm Mainline and Steel World Esports – an affiliated enterprise of university multimedia rights holder Metal Curtain U, right now declared the agenda and verified speakers for the inaugural Future of Higher education Esports, a one-day govt conference centered on the newest developments in the burgeoning collegiate esports market.

The celebration, which is remaining co-offered by Launch Esports in affiliation with Electronic Media Wire’s Long term of Tv, is built to supply a roadmap for stakeholders, together with athletic directors, coaches, players and group representatives, to launch and expand collegiate esports programs and how to detect the alternatives to do the job with manufacturer marketers, digital platforms, influencers, broadcasters, and professional groups while preparing college students for professions in the esports business.

The event consists of 6 periods on the following subjects:

  1. The Point out of Esports: Current Traits & Upcoming Expectations
  2. The Exploding New Industry For Identify Picture & Likeness: Prospects for University Esports Athletes and Manufacturer Entrepreneurs
  3. The Potential of Higher education Esports Productions: Streamers, Influencers and Shoutcasters
  4. The Building of a Collegiate Esports System
  5. Video games & Esports Lifestyle & Life style Information: The Chance for Makes, Companies and Marketers
  6. The U.S. Armed Forces & Esports: A Blueprint for Engagement & Recruitment

Confirmed speakers contain:

  • Billy Sprout, Director of Collegiate Esports, Mainline
  • John Daniel Depa, Two-Time Emmy Award Profitable Esports Broadcast Producer
  • Che Chou, Senior Director of Esports, Ubisoft
  • Damon Lau, Head of Esports, United Expertise Company
  • Doug Scott, Co-Founder & Chief Controlling Director, Subnation Media
  • Jaci Hays, Main Functions Officer, FaZe Clan
  • Brett Marks, Affiliate Director, Organization Growth & Gaming Guide, Columbia Data
  • Travis Lynn, Head Esports Coach, Shawnee Condition College
  • Jeffrey Schick
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Sun Belt expansion: Southern Miss, Old Dominion join conference with Marshall, FCS power expected to follow

The latest domino in the realignment bonanza has fallen, and the future of Conference USA is severely in doubt. Old Dominion announced Wednesday that it has accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference with the move coming no later than July 1, 2023. The Monarchs join Southern Miss, which announced its move to the Sun Belt on Tuesday.  

“While C-USA has proven to be an excellent home for ODU Athletics during our transition from FCS to FBS, and we thank the C-USA membership and leadership for such an outstanding partnership, the chance to enhance the overall athletic experience for the student-athletes, fans and alumni of ODU in the SBC with regional rivalries represents the perfect opportunity for the continued growth and evolution of ODU athletic programs in our pursuit of national prominence,” Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig said in a statement. 

Old Dominion joined Conference USA as it transitioned to the FBS level during the 2014 football season. The program played football for a brief period in the 1930s, but ultimately folded before restarting a football team at the FCS level in 2009. Bobby Wilder led the program from inception until 2019, posting a 77-56 record between FCS and FBS, including a 10-win season in 2016. 

The program has struggled since the breakout season, however, posting an 11-32 record since 2017. Former Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne took over the program in 2020, but ODU opted not to play football during the pandemic season. A move to the Sun Belt — along with the potential rise of James Madison from the FCS ranks — gives the Monarchs significantly more regional partners in the Carolinas and Georgia. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Old Dominion University to the Sun Belt. ODU brings a host of strengths to our

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