CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Reports have surfaced claiming that during his checkered Marshall career, Iowa State star DeAndre Kane once punched a teammate, had unusual latitude in regard to team rules and was dismissed after an assistant coach threatened to leave.
Those allegations and more were made in a Sports Illustrated article posted online Wednesday, written by Luke Winn and headlined "Iowa State's Kane making the most of his second chance." Many articles have been written about Kane's resurgence in the Big 12, but that may be the most striking.
While the article centers on Kane taking advantage of his second chance, it also looks at Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg's willingness to take on players with a tainted reputation. It also tells in detail of Kane's closeness with his father, who died during the 2011-12 season.
But Thundering Herd followers, suffering through their team's 8-15 season, likely will be drawn by several stories of his time at MU. Some allegations were well discussed in the Huntington community but were never confirmed.
Three unnamed witnesses say that during a 2011 preseason scrimmage at Miami (Ohio) - remember, such scrimmages are to be "unpublicized," by NCAA rule - Kane punched teammate Robert Goff. That alleged incident prompted RedHawks coach Charlie Coles to pull his team off the floor while MU coaches restored order.
Kane denied punching Goff, who was 5 inches taller and 40 pounds heavier as listed on that season's roster. Goff acknowledged it, though, telling SI, "I wasn't focusing enough on the game."
Those same three witnesses also told SI of an incident after the Herd's 103-76 loss March 2, 2013 at Houston, in which Kane threw a nearly full bottle of Gatorade at an undergraduate manager for messing up a food order.
That came toward the end of an unexpected 13-19 campaign in which Marshall won just two games on the road. Some were unbelievably lopsided - a 37-point setback at Ohio and a historic 56-point shellacking at Southern Mississippi.
In the Ohio game, Kane tried to come back despite an injury to his stronger hand, one which prompted the Bobcats' D.J. Cooper to defend aggressively on that side and make Kane use his left. After Kane scored only six points on 3-of-10 shooting, the speculation was almost inevitable over whether he punched something.