CBS Sports.com Conference Catchup: A-10 brings in longtime small-league ruler - UMass Athletics

CBS Sports.com Conference Catchup: A-10 brings in longtime small-league ruler

CBS Sports.com writer Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) posted a conference catchup piece on the Atlantic 10 for men's basketball.

He mention's Derrick Gordon announcing he was gay as one of the top offseason story lines...
1. Derrick Gordon becomes first active men's D-I player to announce his homosexuality
It's one of the three or four biggest headlines of the offseason, and how often can we say the A-10 contributes that? Big news. Positive news. And you can't help but wonder how this story plays out once the games begin in November (hopefully in the best way). This headline of course reverberated beyond college hoops. And maybe it speaks to the news cycle, how long this offseason can feel, or how accepting -- generally speaking -- society has grown with the subject, but doesn't Gordon's story feel four of five months old? In fact the news broke less than two months ago. Gordon, who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds last season, followed in the footsteps of Michael Sam. And his decision to announce he's gay will likely encourage others in the sport to eventually do the same. Gordon will be a junior next season. He'll also likely start and be a key factor in getting UMass back to the NCAA Tournament.

He also summarizes each team in 140 characters or less. Here's what he posted about the Minutemen...
UMass: Gone is the team's best player, Chaz Williams. Minutemen fans got a taste of real success. Next season's team has questions galore but burgeoning talent.


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