Multiple unnamed sources told SI that Kane rarely was punished over misdeeds such as late arrivals, missed buses and verbal altercations. One former Herd player told SI: "When Kane had a positive vibe, we almost always won, because we fed off that energy. But when he was negative, we almost always lost, and eventually he was so negative he hurt the team."
Multiple sources told SI that one assistant coach threatened to leave if Kane wasn't dismissed. Eventually, the latter came to pass and Kane was dismissed. By several accounts, an air of relief came over those in the MU program.
Marshall coach Tom Herrion has consistently declined comment on Kane's situation at MU, and that was the case on Thursday. "I haven't seen [the article], I have no comment," he said during his team's trip to Southern Miss.
With a business degree in hand, Kane was able to transfer to Iowa State without penalty. While Kane denied alleged incidents such as punching Goff, Hoiberg told SI that Kane took accountability for his past, saying, "If he would've blamed everybody but himself, that's a red flag."
Playing point guard, where he averaged nearly seven assists in 2012-13 at Marshall, he is a near-lock for All-Big 12 honors and is making a case for All-America designation. He averages 16.5 points, 6.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds for the 17-4 Cyclones, who last won at Oklahoma State in three overtimes.
His signature game came Jan. 7 at Baylor, where he rung up 30 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals in 37 minutes. The Cyclones won 87-72.
Kane will return to the state of West Virginia when the Cyclones visit the Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Monday. That game airs on ESPNU.
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