Basketball Wire
Monday, August 14, 2006
1:44 p.m.

K-State senior suspended

Kansas State Athletics Director Tim Weiser planned to meet Monday with Tyler Hughes to discuss his recent suspension from the Wildcats' basketball team after it was learned that his name appears in a registered sex offender database.

Hughes, a 6-foot-11 forward, was suspended indefinitely Saturday, Weiser said.

The suspension came after Weiser learned that Hughes, of Olathe, appears on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation registered sex offender database. Hughes, 21, was registered May 5 for aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

10:28 a.m.

Arizona State's Krueger after drug, gun possession

Senior guard Bryson Krueger, Arizona State's second-leading scorer last season, has been kicked off the team following his arrest for possession of a gun and various drugs.

Krueger, 22, was taken into custody early Wednesday after Tempe police said two Ecstasy pills, a Xanax painkiller pill, four grams of cocaine and an unregistered, loaded .40-caliber handgun were found in his car.

Officers responded after receiving calls Tuesday night from a city resident who claimed Krueger and another person were threatening him over a $250 debt, said Sgt. Dan Masters, a Tempe police spokesman.

Authorities said Friday that Krueger's case has been referred to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, which is investigating and could file criminal charges.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006
10:08 a.m.

Nebraska expected to hire UTEP's Sadler

Nebraska is expected to announce Tuesday who it has hired to be its men's basketball coach, and it looks like Doc Sadler of UTEP is going to get the job.

Sadler was at the Devaney Sports Center on Monday. He toured the basketball area and met with athletics director Steve Pederson and associate athletics director Marc Boehm. Sadler greeted reporters outside the Devaney Center, but said he would have no comment.

Pederson will introduce the new coach at a news conference Tuesday.

Sadler would replace Barry Collier, who left Nebraska Aug. 1 to be athletics director at his alma mater Butler

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Monday, August 7, 2006
6:35 p.m.

Penn State extends DeChellis' contract

Penn State extended the contract of Coach Ed DeChellis two years, rewarding him for guiding the young team to the school's best record in five years.

The contract announced Monday replaces the pact signed in 2003 and keeps DeChellis in Happy Valley through the 2010-11 season. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

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10:12 a.m.

Nevada's Fox spurns Nebraska

Two days after meeting with Nebraska's athletic director, Nevada coach Mark Fox took himself out of the running to become the Big 12 school's next coach.

Fox notified Nevada officials Saturday of his decision to stay at the school, which he has led to back-to-back regular-season Western Athletic Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in his first two seasons as head coach.

Fox was on a recruiting trip when he met with Nebraska AD Steve Pederson on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Pederson is trying to replace Barry Collier, who resigned to become athletic director at Butler.

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Thursday, August 3, 2006
10:20 a.m.

Duke's McRoberts has back surgery

Duke forward Josh McRoberts, the Blue Devils' leading returning scorer from last season, underwent successful back surgery, the school said Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore had a lumbar diskectomy Thursday morning at Duke University Medical Center. McRoberts is expected to be ready for the start of the 2006-07 season after several weeks of rehabilitation, the school said.

McRoberts, who started in 31 of 36 games as a freshman for the Blue Devils (32-4), averaged 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.1 steals last season

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Thursday, August 3, 2006
1:05 p.m.

Iowa State center ineligible

Iowa State's Jiri Hubalek will miss the first six games of the season for receiving what the NCAA deemed to be improper benefits.

The 6-foot-11 center from the Czech Republic must also repay improper benefits totaling $1,688 to a charity of his choice to regain his eligibility.

Hubalek received the benefits in 2004-05 and 2005-06 from a Marshalltown family he met while at Marshalltown Community College, Iowa State said in announcing the findings of the NCAA on Wednesday.

11:30 a.m.

Maui Invitational announces bracket

NCAA runner-up UCLA will play host Chaminade in the opening round of the 2006 EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The matchups for the eight-team tournament to be held Nov. 20-22 were announced Thursday. The winner of the UCLA-Chaminade game will advance to a semifinal against the winner of the Kentucky-DePaul first-round game.

The other bracket has Oklahoma, under first-year coach Jeff Capel, against Memphis, and Purdue playing Georgia Tech.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006
10:29 a.m.

Ohio State must pay former coach

Ohio State must pay former basketball coach Jim O'Brien about $2.2 million plus interest for firing him for giving a recruit $6,000.

The award in the Ohio Court of Claims on Wednesday ends two years of controversy at Ohio State, which received NCAA sanctions for the money given to the recruit.

10:27 a.m.

Naismith, Wooden, Smith among first in college basketball hall of fame

James Naismith, John Wooden, Dean Smith, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell will be the first class inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

The new hall of fame will be housed in the Sprint Center arena being built in downtown Kansas City, expected to open next year. An induction ceremony will be held Nov. 19 at Kansas City's Crown Center Exhibit Hall.

10:25 a.m.

NIT cuts 12 teams from tournament

The field for the postseason NIT has been reduced to 32 schools from 40, its number for the last five years.

The six-member NIT Committee announced Tuesday that a study of team and fan feedback has shown the tournament would be best suited with four eight-team regions.

The new format is "easier to follow for fans and participants, more workable in bracketing, it allows more scheduling flexibility and it also eases the burden on travel," committee chairman C.M. Newton said.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
4:10 p.m.

Nebraska coach leaves for Butler AD job

Barry Collier resigned as Nebraska's basketball coach Tuesday to become athletic director at Butler, where he coached basketball for 11 years.

Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson announced the move and was to appear at a news conference later in the day with executive associate athletic director Marc Boehm.

Collier, who coached at Butler from 1989-2000, has declined comment. He was the Bulldogs' winningest coach and was inducted into Butler's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Thursday, July 27, 2006
3:50 p.m. Redhawks give coach three-year extension

For going on 11 seasons, Charlie Coles has been making his mark on the Miami of Ohio men's basketball program. His record of 175-126 (.581) is good for second in school history behind Darrell Hedric, who compiled a 216-157 record from 1970-84. He is 42 wins shy of becoming the schools all-time winningest coach, and Thursday the university rewarded Coles with a three-year extension.

The extension lasts through the 2008-09 season. Last season the Redhawks were 18-11, earning a second consecutive NIT appearence.

He has guided the RedHawks to three Mid-American Conference championships, a MAC Tournament title in 1997 and four bids to postseason play, including the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1999.

Led by current Boston Celtic Wally Szczerbiak, Coles and Miami reached the NCAA regional semifinals in 1999.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
3:15 p.m. Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball to leave Cincinnati

After playing sparingly in 22 games as a freshman, Bearcat guard Domonic Tilford has decided to leave Cincinnati and transfer to another Division I school.

The 2004-05 Kentucky Mr. Basketball averaged 20.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds while leading Jeffersontown High School to a 29-5 record and a berth in the regional finals.

The Louisville native averaged 2.4 points this past season, playing only seven minutes per game for Andy Kennedy and the Bearcats.

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3:05 p.m.

Cleveland St. sued by coach

Mike Garland had a career record of 23-60 as the head coach at Cleveland State, including 10-18 a year ago, which lead to his firing by athletic director Lee Reed.

Friday Garland sued the Ohio Court of Claims for the salary and benefits from the two years that remained on his contract when he was fired.

Garland claims he was pressured to resign and when he did not he was informed he was being terminated as the head basketball coach and reassigned to the newly created position of special assistant to the athletic director, from which Garland claims the school hoped he'd resign.

An attorney representing the university said that Garland never showed up for his reassignment and therefore forfeited the salary he was due.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
2:55 p.m.

Redick named ACC's male athlete of the year

Former Duke guard J.J. Redick was named the ACC's male athlete of the year Tuesday.

Redick received 33 of 73 votes to win the Anthony J. McKevlin Award that goes to the conference's top male athlete.

Redick was second in the country with 27.4 points per game behind Gonzaga's Adam Morrison. The Orlando Magic drafted Redick 11th overall in the June NBA draft.

Monday, July 24, 2006
10:20 a.m.

UCLA coaches agree to contract extensions

UCLA football coach Karl Dorrell and basketball coach Ben Howland each have agreed to new contracts that give them significant raises.

Dorrell, who guided the Bruins to a 10-2 record last year, will get a $250,000 raise to $850,000 for the upcoming school year, with possible incentives. His deal is for five years.

Howland, who steered UCLA to a 32-7 record and the NCAA championship game, gets a $220,000 hike for this season to $1.15 million, plus possible bonuses in his seven-year deal.

Howland also signed in 2003 and that contract paid him $900,000 plus bonuses, and guaranteed him a $10,000 raise each year. His new seven-year deal includes $1.15 million guaranteed for the 2006-07 season and builds to $1.6 million for the final season of the contract in 2012-13. He also can earn $235,000 in bonuses, same as in his previous contract.

The Bruins tied a school record by winning 32 games under Howland last season. They won 12 in a row to reach the NCAA championship game, where they lost to Florida.

Friday, July 21, 2006
9:55 a.m. Georgia player dies in car accident

Georgia guard Kevin Brophy died in a two-car crash on Georgia Highway 15 near Greensboro, authorities said.

Sgt. G.T. Jackson of the Madison post of the Georgia State Patrol said the Thursday afternoon wreck, which occurred around 4 p.m., was under investigation.

Weather was severe enough in the area at the time of the accident that Department of Transportation workers had to use heavy equipment to remove uprooted trees, but it is unclear whether the storm was a factor in the accident, Greene County Sheriff Chris Houston said.

The woman who was driving the other car had two broken arms and was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Jackson said.

Brophy, a 6-foot-1, 191-pound junior from Melbourne, Australia, was a walk-on as a freshman and also played for the Australian national team in the 2005 World University Games in Turkey, according to the university's sports information department.

Thursday, July 20, 2006
1:30 p.m. Kentucky reports secondary violations due to MySpace posts

Kentucky self-reported a secondary NCAA violation because of postings on a potential recruit's Web site, apparently by fans.

The postings on the site of West Virginia high school basketball star Patrick Patterson, who just completed his junior year at Huntington High School, tried to entice him to attend Kentucky, WLEX-TV in Lexington reported.

"Fans are not allowed to interact with recruitable student athletes," Kentucky athletics spokesman Scott Stricklin said Wednesday. "We had to report that to the NCAA."

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12:05 p.m. Afflalo out 6-8 weeks with foot injury

UCLA guard Arron Afflalo has a left foot injury that will keep the Bruins' leading scorer last season sidelined for six to eight weeks.

The All-Pac-10 player had been experiencing pain in his foot and an MRI revealed a stress reaction, coach Ben Howland said Wednesday. Afflalo is wearing a walking boot.

"Arron will do everything necessary to rehab and protect (his left foot)," Howland said. "He is being treated and monitored by our sports medicine staff and we expect a full recovery."

Afflalo withdrew from last month's NBA draft after deciding to return for his junior season with the Bruins.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
1:10 p.m. Oklahoma State dismisses Johnson

Torre Johnson has been dismissed from the Oklahoma State basketball team, coach Sean Sutton said Tuesday, explaining only that the move was "in the best interests" of Johnson and the program.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward from Milwaukee, played in 30 games for the Cowboys as a junior last season, starting one. He was the team's third-leading scorer at 10.1 points per game and averaged 4.2 rebounds per game for the Cowboys, who finished 17-16.

Johnson transferred to Oklahoma State from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, where he received National Junior College Athletic Association first-team All-America honors as a sophomore.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006
12:30 p.m. Colorado coach cleared of racial harassment

A University of Colorado investigation has cleared coach Ricardo Patton of racial harassment but found he violated school policy by failing to report a sexual harassment allegation against an employee.

Conclusions of the university Office of Discrimination and Harassment were released Wednesday after a three-month investigation into comments Patton reportedly made to players and into his handling of an employee whose sexual comments were overheard by a female employee.

Some players reported that Patton told them slave traders thought of light-skinned blacks as being weaker and less tough than dark-skinned blacks. The players said Patton was trying to motivate some team members.

Patton has denied using inappropriate racial language. He said he was trying to discuss black history with a player.

The Office of Discrimination and Harassment concluded the comment was an isolated incident and "not severe or pervasive enough to interfere with the student athlete's academic or learning environment," university spokesman Barrie Hartman said

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10:08 a.m. LSU agrees to contract extensions for Miles, Brady

LSU agreed Wednesday to long-term contract extensions with football coach Les Miles and basketball coach John Brady that would keep both on the sidelines in Baton Rouge for the next five seasons.

According to information released by the university, the new contract for Miles is a five-year agreement to expire after the 2010 season, while Brady's five-year deal runs through the 2010-11 basketball season.

Brady will earn a base salary of $250,000 per year, plus $650,000 for participation in radio, television and Internet programs. The radio/TV/Internet payment will escalate by $50,000 for each year of the contract. His total compensation in the first year of the contract will be $900,000.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
10:25 a.m. Former Fresno State player sentenced to life in prison

Former Fresno State basketball player Terry Pettis was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for murdering a teenage woman in a botched drug robbery.

The sentence was handed down in Fresno County Superior Court after a series of emotional speeches by Pettis, his father and the family of the victim, 18-year-old Rene Shannon Abbott.

Pettis, 21, was convicted May 26 of first-degree murder and armed robbery.

According to court testimony, Abbott, a Fresno City College student, sat in the driver's seat of her car as her boyfriend, Kent Wolf, and Michael Tunnell negotiated the sale of an ounce of marijuana.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
5:45 p.m. Report: Walker will stay at North College Hill

Bill Walker, the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2007, will remain at Cincinnati's North College Hill for the 2006-07 school year despite being declared ineligible to play basketball, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association ruled Walker used his a year of high school eligibility while he was an eighth grader at Ashland (Ky.) Rose Hill Christian, leaving him only three years of eligibility at North College Hill.

Walker also told the Enquirer he ruled out attending a prep school for the 2006-07 season.

Monday, July 10, 2006
1:27 p.m. Top recruit Walker ineligible

Bill Walker, the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2007, will not be allowed to play this year because he has used up all of his eligibility, state athletic officials said on Monday.

Walker, a 6-foot-6 forward who combined with O.J. Mayo to lead North College Hill to consecutive state championships, has completed his eight semesters of eligibility, the Ohio High School Athletic Association said.

Walker played a year as a ninth-grader at Rose Hill Christian in Ashland, Ky., before enrolling at North College Hill as an eighth-grader in February 2003, the association said.

10:09 a.m. Davis uses summer to slim down

Glen Davis' nickname doesn't even fit anymore.

In three months, college basketball's "Big Baby" has dropped nearly 45 pounds, gotten himself into better shape and has improved his quickness and agility.

Meet the new and improved Slim Baby.

"I'm just eating healthier, but it's tough especially for a college student," he said. "It's not like I eat crazy, it's just really, really difficult when you stay up late and do all that college stuff."

A year ago, Davis measured in at 6-foot-9 and a generously listed 310 pounds, but the extra padding rarely affected Davis' play.

He averaged 18.6 points and 9.7 rebounds, becoming the first SEC player to win both titles in the same season since Shaquille O'Neal in 1991. He was chosen conference player of the year, earned second team All-America honors and led the Tigers to their first Final Four in two decades.

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10:04 a.m. Kruger transfers to join dad at UNLV

Taking advantage of a new NCAA rule, fifth-year senior guard Kevin Kruger announced Friday that he is transferring from Arizona State to UNLV so he can play for his father.

Kruger, the Sun Devils' leading scorer last season, said he made the decision to play for Lon Kruger at UNLV after learning about the new rule, Proposal 2005-54.

The rule allows a player to transfer from one Division I program to another and play immediately if they have earned an undergraduate degree in four years and still have one year of eligibility left.

Friday, July 7, 2006
10:40 a.m. Regional sites set for 2009 tournament

Boston, Indianapolis, Glendale, Ariz., and Memphis, Tenn., will host regionals in 2009 for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Philadelphia, Miami and Minneapolis will hold first- and second-round games in 2009, along with Kansas City, Mo.; Portland, Ore.; Greensboro, N.C., and Spokane, Wash.

The opening-round game will remain at Dayton, Ohio, which also will host first- and second-round games in 2009. The Final Four will be at Detroit, a decision announced three years ago.

The committee unanimously approved a first-weekend return to New Orleans in 2010. It's the second time since Hurricane Katrina the tournament will be played in New Orleans, a longtime host of Final Fours.

Other 2010 sites are: Providence, R.I.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Oklahoma City; Milwaukee; San Jose, Calif.; Boise, Idaho and Buffalo, N.Y.

The regionals in 2010 will be played at Syracuse, N.Y., St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Houston. The Final Four is in Indianapolis.

Thursday, July 6, 2006
10:08 a.m. Former Temple star joins Georgia State staff

Mark Macon, who starred at Temple University and played in the NBA, was hired as an assistant to Georgia State head coach Michael Perry on Wednesday.

The former guard played at Temple from 1987-91 and is still the Atlantic 10 Conference's leading scorer with 2,609 points in 126 games, a 20.7 career average. He also is the conference's only four-time first-team player.

He was the eighth overall pick in the 1991 NBA draft and played six years with the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons, scoring 1,685 points in 251 games. He then played professionally for three years in overseas leagues.

Macon, 37, began his college coaching career at Temple with John Chaney and served three seasons before Chaney retired in the spring.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
5:26 p.m. N.C. State's Dickey dies at 79

Dick Dickey, who starred on North Carolina State's Final Four team in 1950 before playing briefly for the Boston Celtics, died at 79.

He died Monday night at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis from complications of recent lung surgery, the university said.

In his four years at N.C. State from 1947-50 the Wolfpack went 107-22. Dickey, a 6-foot-2 forward, was part of the team that lost to eventual champion City College in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

The 1947 Wolfpack team introduced to college the tradition of cutting down nets, a celebration that originated in Indiana high schools.

Monday, July 3, 2006
10:00 a.m. Cremins returns to coaching

Bobby Cremins is returning to college basketball as coach of the College of Charleston. He has not coached since retiring from Georgia Tech six years ago.

"I just really missed the game and I'm thrilled to get a second chance here," Cremins told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Cremins, who said he agreed to a six-year contract, met with the school's search committee Friday. He'll be formally introduced as the Cougars' coach on Monday.

Cremins spent 19 seasons with the Yellow Jackets, winning three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and reaching the Final Four in 1990. He has worked as a TV analyst on college basketball games since then.

Cremins takes over for Tom Herrion, who last month was bought out of the remaining four seasons of his contract with the Cougars for $787,000

Friday, June 30, 2006
2:46 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame cancels Tip-Off Classic

The Tip-Off Classic committee has decided to cancel it's annual tournament due to a lack of money and new NCAA scheduling rules that make it harder for the top teams to participate.

The deciscion ends the 27-year old tradition of one of college basketball's first games each season on Thanksgiving weekend.

In place of the Tip-Off Classic, a newly established ``Springfield Day at the Hall of Fame'' will be held Saturday, November 18. Youth clinics, contests and appearances by basketball celebrities are planned.

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1:10 p.m. Five-star Turner latest to join Matta in Columbus

When Ohio State named Thad Matta as their replacement for the fired Jim O'Brien, they knew they were getting a top-notch basketball coach. What they couldn't have known was just how good of a recruiter Matta would be for the Buckeyes.

After landing the No. 2 class in the country for 2006, including the top overall prospect, center Greg Oden, Matta is at it again for 2007.

The latest commit for Matta and the Buckeyes is Chicago 5-star prospect Evan Turner.

Turner is the No. 23 player in the country for 2007 according to, and had offers from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-6 small forward is the fourth commit for OSU, joining fellow five-star Kosta Koufos and two four-star commits.

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10:35 a.m. NCAA chooses not to expand March Madness

For the first time in years, the NCAA men's basketball committee met to discuss the possibility of expanding the March tournament.

The field is currently set at 65 teams, and the committee announced Thursday that it has decided to maintain the current format rather than expanding the tournament.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006
4:18 p.m. UCLA assistant takes over at Central Michigan

UCLA assistant Ernie Zeigler replaced Jay Smith as head coach of the Central Michigan basketball program on Thursday.

The 40-year-old Zeigler spent the last five seasons as an assistant to Ben Howland at Pittsburgh and then UCLA, helping the Bruins reach the NCAA title game in April.

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3:41 p.m. Marshall returns to Winthrop after being introduced at Charleston

Coach Gregg Marshall returned to Winthrop's basketball team Thursday, one day after his rousing introduction at the College of Charleston.

On Wednesday, Marshall pledged to bring his new school beyond even where it had gone under his mentor, coach John Kresse.

Instead, Marshall shocked both schools by returning to Winthrop a day later.

Marshall has led the Eagles to six NCAA tournament appearances in his eight seasons there.

9:41 a.m. Louisville sophomore granted release from team

Sophomore forward Chad Millard requested to be released from the Louisville basketball team last week so that he could transfer, and Wednesday his request was granted.

As a freshman Millard played in 32 games for the Cardinals. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds, but suffered from a number of injuries, including a broken jaw.

Millard has not yet announced where he plans to transfer to.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
12:38 p.m. Northern Iowa senior breaks wrist in freak accident

Northern Iowa's Grant Stout broke his wrist in a freak accident and will be examined to determine if surgery is needed, team officials said.

Stout, a 6-foot 8-inch forward, was pulling a branch out of a tree during a backyard fire on Saturday when he slipped and landed on his wrist, said UNI athletic trainer Don Bishop.

Bishop said Stout broke both bones in his forearm.

Bishop said Stout was expected to see a top wrist consultant at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., Tuesday or Wednesday to see if surgery is needed.

Stout will be a senior this fall. He was a first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference performer last season, averaging 12.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Monday, June 26, 2006
11:03 a.m. NCAA considers expanding tournament

College basketball coaches will urge the NCAA to expand the NCAA basketball tournament during committee meetings in Orlando, Fla., this week.

Coaches have asked for an expansion of the field to up to 128 teams.

"They'd love to see the tournament double to 128," said Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. "It's based on several things. First, there are a lot of good teams worthy of making the NCAA field, and second, the size of 64 or 65 has been in place for a number of years."

Other proposals supported expansion on a smaller scale such as adding three to seven teams.

Friday, June 23, 2006
1:50 p.m. Indictment returned in killing of USC basketball player

A man accused of killing a University of Southern California basketball player has been indicted in that slaying.

D'Anthony Norman Ford, 19, is being held without bond in the May 13 shooting of Ryan Francis, a USC point guard who played his high school basketball in Baton Rouge. The shooting occurred at an intersection about 3 a.m.

A grand jury on Thursday indicted Ford on a second-degree murder charge.

In an affidavit, police contend that two of the three people riding in the car with Francis viewed a police lineup and identified Ford as the man who fired the fatal shots. Francis was riding in the back seat of the car when he was killed.

Police said Ford was driving an SUV and pulled in front of the car carrying Francis after recognizing the car's driver as someone he had been involved in a dispute with earlier that night.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
3:45 p.m. Montana coach leaves for NBA

Montana coach Larry Krystkowiak resigned Wednesday to take an assistant coaching job with the Milwaukee Bucks, and assistant Wayne Tinkle was promoted to Grizzlies head coach.

"Larry has brought respect back to Grizzly basketball and for that we will be forever grateful," athletics director Jim O'Day said. "He was passionate in the way he coached for the University of Montana, and that was evidenced in the way our team played."

The 41-year-old Krystkowiak led Montana to a 42-20 record over the last two seasons, with two appearances in the NCAA tournament and a first-round win over Nevada this year.

1:40 p.m. Two South Dakota State players indicted on rape charges

Two South Dakota State University basketball players have been indicted on charges stemming from the reported rape of a female student.

Andre Gilbert and Mohamed Berte were suspended from the team after the woman went to civil court in Brookings on Jan. 25 and got a temporary protection order against them. In that document, she said they entered her Binnewies Hall dormitory room early in the morning on Dec. 15 and raped her.

The university put out a news release Feb. 1 that campus police were investigating allegations against the men.

Results of DNA samples were sent to Brookings County State's Attorney Clyde Calhoon two weeks ago and grand jurors indicted the men Friday.

The indictment was sealed until Tuesday, when Berte and Gilbert were arraigned.

1:36 p.m. Alford gets contract extension, raise

Steve Alford got his wish Tuesday: a contract extension and a pay raise.

Iowa athletic director Bob Bowlsby announced that Alford was given a one-year extension that keeps him under contract until June 30, 2010. The deal includes a bump in Alford's annual base salary to $500,000, an increase of 16.7 percent from the previous year.

When combined with endorsement deals, camps, apparel contracts and income from his radio show, Alford's annual salary is estimated at $925,000, according to the contract. The deal also includes $300,000 longevity bonuses paid in June of each year Alford remains in his position.

Last year Alford earned an estimated $1.15 million, putting him in the top tier of Big Ten coaches, Bowlsby said.

Monday, June 19, 2006
7:06 p.m. Cal extends Braun's contract

Coach Ben Braun agreed to a two-year contract extension Tuesday at California, keeping him with the men's basketball team through 2011.

Braun is 186-121 in 10 seasons at Cal, leading the Bears to five NCAA tournaments. Cal went 20-11 last season, finishing third in the Pac-10 and earning an NCAA berth.

Braun's future was thought to be in jeopardy before a good showing from last season's team, which included Pac-10 scoring leader Leon Powe and one of Braun's deepest rosters. The coach's sixth 20-win season at Cal was enough to earn an extension

Monday, June 19, 2006
2:25 p.m. George Karl's son pulls out of draft

Boise State guard Coby Karl, after trying out for his father's team and several other NBA teams, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.

Coby, who led BSU with 17.2 points and 4.0 assists per game, worked out with the Denver Nuggets, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks. George Karl coaches the Nuggets.

10:36 a.m. George Washington guard stays in draft

George Washington guard Danilo Pinnock hired an agent and will not return for his senior year, while point guard Carl Elliott withdrew his name from the NBA draft on Monday.

Pinnock averaged 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals. Elliott, who worked out for the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks, will return to the Colonials for his senior season.

Elliott led the Atlantic-10 in 3-point field goal percentage last season and was a second-team all-conference selection. The Colonials (27-3) went unbeaten in the A-10 in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

10:32 a.m. Shakur to play senior season at Arizona

Arizona point guard Mustafa Shakur has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season with the Wildcats.

Shakur announced his intention in a news release Sunday, the deadline for players who had declared for the draft to pull their names out. He did not sign with an agent so he had the option of returning to school.

"I received great feedback about my skills and my future,'' he said. "Right now, most of the talk about me was as an early to middle second-round pick. I feel that it is best for me to return to Arizona for my senior season because Coach (Lute) Olson will help me improve and become a first round pick."

10:29 a.m. Farmar's decision splits up UCLA backcourt

UCLA guard Jordan Farmar confirmed his decision to remain in the NBA draft Sunday, a move that will split up the Bruins' backcourt duo of Farmar and Arron Afflalo.

Afflalo announced Saturday that he had withdrawn his name from the June 28 draft. He did not hire an agent, so he will return for his junior season.

The deadline to withdraw was Sunday.

"It was really tough. It went down to the wire," Farmar said. "There were so many positives both ways."

Farmar said he plans to hire an agent within days. He worked out for five NBA teams, including Sacramento and New Jersey.

10:24 a.m. Gray returns to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh learned Sunday it would have its biggest weapon back this year when 7-foot center Aaron Gray withdrew his name from the NBA draft.

Gray took up until about an hour before Sunday's 5 p.m. Eastern deadline.

Gray was in Orlando, Fla., during last week's pre-draft NBA camp, but staged only a private workout. Because of his lack of speed and the fact he has played only one college season as a starter, Gray was seen as a possible late first-round pick

Sunday, June 18, 2006
12:37 p.m. Gibson tells TV station he will enter NBA draft

Texas guard Daniel Gibson said he will leave the Longhorns after two seasons to enter the NBA draft.

"I've decided I am going to pursue my dream and go after trying to make an NBA roster," Gibson told KRIV-TV on Saturday.

Gibson had already submitted his name for the draft but had not signed with an agent. Sunday is the last day for him to withdraw.

Gibson's departure will leave the Longhorns without a returning starter from last season's team that won a school record 30 games and reached the Atlanta Regional final in the NCAA tournament.

12:29 p.m. New Orleans hires Texas A&M assistant

New Orleans hired Buzz Williams as its head coach Saturday.

The 33-year-old Williams spent the past two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M.

"Buzz Williams is the right man at the right time for Privateers basketball," athletic director Jim Miller said. "He has a tireless work ethic, he knows the game, he is a diligent recruiter and he understands that we are here to graduate our student-athletes. We are very fortunate to have someone of Buzz's character and qualifications."

Williams replaces Monte Towe, who left the Privateers to become an associate head coach at North Carolina State.

12:27 p.m. Roby withdraws from draft

Colorado guard Richard Roby will return to the team next season instead of testing the NBA draft.

"I felt it was the best decision for me," Roby said in a statement released by the school. "I'm not a gambling man and I know coming back for my junior year can help me be a better player and show my leadership."

Although the 6-foot-6, 195-pound shooting guard participated in a number of NBA pre-draft camps, he did not hire an agent and therefore retained his eligibility.

Roby was the leading scorer the last two years for the Buffaloes, averaging 17 points per game

Saturday, June 17, 2006
11:35 p.m. Afflalo to return to UCLA

UCLA guard Arron Afflalo withdrew from the NBA draft Saturday, allowing him to return for his junior season.

Jordan Farmar, the other half of the Bruins' star backcourt, declared for the draft the same day in April as Afflalo. Neither player signed with an agent, so Farmar is eligible to return, too.

"He's still formulating his decision," coach Ben Howland said.

The deadline to withdraw from the draft is 5 p.m. EDT Sunday.

12:35 p.m. Lowry to remain in draft

Villanova point guard Kyle Lowry will remain in the NBA draft and forego his final two years of eligibility.

The sophomore had until June 18 to withdraw from the draft, which will be held June 28.

The quick 6-foot guard ranked third on the Wildcats in scoring (11 points per game) and rebounding (4.3) this season. He led the team in assists (3.7), and topped the Big East with 2.3 steals per game

Friday, June 17, 2006
5:45 p.m. Balkman hires agent

South Carolina forward Renaldo Balkman has hired an agent and will enter the NBA draft later this month.

The decision means Balkman will forego his senior season with the Gamecocks.

Balkman announced in April he was considering turning pro, but put off hiring an agent for nearly two months to maintain his college eligibility if he changed his mind.

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged less than 10 points and six rebounds a game this year. But some of his best moments came at the end of the year when he helped the Gamecocks win nine of their last 10, including a second straight NIT championship.

1:00 p.m. Lowe ready to take over at N.C. State

Sidney Lowe spent recent weeks juggling duties as an assistant coach for an NBA playoff team and preparing to take over at North Carolina State.

That likely means he's well-prepared for the busy months ahead at his alma mater.

Lowe officially starts at North Carolina State on Monday, about two weeks earlier than expected after completing coursework for his undergraduate degree.

N.C. State hired the Detroit Pistons' assistant as its head basketball coach in May, bringing the former Wolfpack player back to the school he led to an improbable 1983 NCAA championship under the late Jim Valvano. Lowe stayed with the Pistons through the end of their playoff run while meeting with his N.C. State assistants and staying involved with the Wolfpack program from afar.

12:55 p.m. Northwestern assistant named coach at Brown

When Northwestern assistant coach Craig Robinson was vying with almost 70 other applicants to become Brown's coach, he thought he didn't have a chance.

"It's just too perfect for me," said Robinson, a former star forward at Princeton, who played under Princeton coach Pete Carrill in the early 1980s.

On Thursday, Robinson got his perfect job.

"To be part of such a tremendous institution is an extreme honor," Robinson said at a news conference announcing his hiring.

Robinson, who has been at Northwestern for five years under coach Bill Carmody, succeeds Glen Miller, who replaced Fran Dunphy at Penn. Miller had a 93-99 record in seven seasons at Brown, including 54-44 in the Ivy League.

11:36 a.m. Heath withdraws name from draft

Brandon Heath, the Mountain West player of the year, is withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and will return to San Diego State for his senior season.

Heath didn't hire an agent or participate in NBA workouts, and the decision to withdraw before the June 18 deadline allows Heath to retain his eligibility.

11:34 a.m. Oden to have wrist surgery

Ohio State signee Greg Oden, the No. 1 recruit in the country, was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.

The 7-foot center from Indiana suffered the injury Feb. 28, but played with the sore wrist through the state high school tournament, leading Lawrence North to a third consecutive Class 4A championship.

Oden then played in two national all-star games - the McDonald's All-American Game on March 29 in San Diego and the Roundball Classic on April 9 in Chicago.

The surgery will come just days after he said the injury would force him to miss the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star game Saturday night at Bowling Green, Ky., and the rematch June 24 in Indianapolis.

Ohio State issued a statement confirming the surgery but did not offer a timetable for Oden's recovery.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
6:05 p.m.

Herrion, Charleston parting ways

College of Charleston coach Tom Herrion is negotiating a buyout that would end his four years with the Southern Conference school, an official with the college told The Associated Press Wednesday.

The athletic department official spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout is in the process of being worked out. Herrion has four more years left on his contract, with a base salary of $163,893.

"Our legal counsel is in discussion with coach Tom Herrion's representatives regarding his relationship with the College of Charleston," the school said in a statement.

The College of Charleston went 17-11 last season and lost in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Herrion took the Cougars to the NIT during his first season in 2002-03, but the team hadn't reached the postseason since. Herrion's record was 80-38 at the school.

3:28 p.m. Big East gets contract extension with CBS Sports

The Big East and CBS Sports agreed Tuesday to a multiyear contract extension to broadcast conference basketball games through the 2012-13 season.

An average of 14 Big East games will be shown, beginning with the 2007-08 season. Women's games also will be featured.

3:25 p.m. St. Louis center returns to school

Saint Louis center Ian Vouyoukas withdrew from the NBA draft Wednesday.

Vouyoukas entered the draft in April but didn't hire an agent. The deadline to withdraw from the June 28 draft is Sunday.

After a 9-21 season in 2004-05, Saint Louis improved last season to 16-13 overall and 10-6 in its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, tying for third place. The 2005-06 season was also a breakout for the 6-foot-10 Vouyoukas, who set a team record with 55 blocks.

He worked out for the Toronto Raptors in late May and attended the pre-draft camp.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
12:09 p.m. Redick arrested for DWI

Duke basketball star J.J. Redick was arrested early Tuesday on charges of driving while impaired. Court records show the 21-year-old was also charged with unlawful use of highways, and his drivers license was revoked for 30 days.

Redick was the Associated Press Player of the Year last season. He finished his college career as the leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference history and set the NCAA career for three-pointers. He also was named the ACC player of the year after averaging nearly 27 points a game.

Redick is expected to be a high first-round pick in the NBA Draft on June 28th.

Monday, June 12, 2006
8:00 p.m. Huggins signs contract with K-State

Kansas State coach Bob Huggins will earn at least $800,000 in guaranteed compensation the first three years of his five-year contract, provided he does nothing "which results in material injury to the reputation of the university."

The 52-year-old Huggins signed a contract with the Wildcats on Friday, ending two months of haggling between Huggins' attorney, Richard Katz, and university officials.

The contract was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

It will pay him $900,000 for the fourth year and $1 million in the final year, and includes an additional $1 million annuity payable upon completion of the five-year deal "as an additional incentive" for Huggins to remain at Kansas State

10:00 a.m. Regents approves Fox's new contract

Nevada coach Mark Fox received a hefty raise under a new five-year contract approved by state regents.

The pact gives Fox a base salary of $400,000 a year beginning July 1, and provides for annual increases of $25,000.

The 37-year-old Fox, the Western Athletic Conference coach of the year the past two seasons, had one year left on a three-year contract that would have paid him $270,000 next season.

He had reached a contract agreement with Athletic Director Cary Groth in April, but details weren't disclosed until approved by regents on Thursday.

Fox earlier said the deal would make his family "comfortable," and he was pleased to stay at Nevada. He and his wife, Cindy, an associate athletic director at the school, have two young children.

9:55 a.m. New Mexico State releases guard

New Mexico State granted guard Shon Caston a release from the team and decided not to renew the scholarships of three other players, Coach Reggie Theus announced Friday.

Theus said Caston, a junior from Duncanville, Texas, will transfer before the fall semester. Caston joined the Aggies last season as a sophomore and played in 18 games, including one as a starter. He finished the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds as a reserve guard.

The Aggies did not renew the scholarships of guards Shaun Davis of San Diego and Ted Knauber of Albuquerque's Sandia High and forward Supo Jegede of Aurora, Colo.

9:55 a.m. Sendek brings two assistants from N.C. State

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek named his staff Friday with two of his former assistants -- Mark Phelps and Archie Miller -- joining him from North Carolina State.

Sendek took the Sun Devils job on April 3 after posting a 191-132 record in 10 seasons with the Wolfpack and leading them to NCAA tournament appearances in each of his final five seasons.

Phelps has spent 11 years in college coaching, all under Sendek. Miller played for Sendek at North Carolina State from 1998-2002 and served as an assistant there last season.

Also named to the new Arizona State staff were assistant coach Dedrique Taylor and director of operations Scott Pera.

Friday, June 9, 2006
7:10 p.m. Fazekas will stay at Nevada

Nevada forward Nick Fazekas will stay with the Wolf Pack rather than entering the NBA draft, the junior announced Friday.

Fazekas, a two-time WAC Player of the Year and third-team All-American in 2006, withdrew from draft after it appeared he was not certain he would be e a first-round pick. ranked Fazekas as the 41st overall prospect in the draft.

He averaged 21.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 2005-06.

10:42 a.m. Student paper says no to anti-Tubby Smith ad

An anti-Tubby Smith ad won't run in the University of Kentucky student newspaper.

The Kentucky Kernel rejected the full-page ad sought by University of Kentucky adjunct professor Richard Cheeks that called for Smith's dismissal as the school's basketball coach.

Cheeks, a Jessamine County engineer and lawyer with two degrees from the University of Kentucky, said Thursday a group of between 500 and 1,000 fans have come to believe Smith is bad for the basketball program.

"We see the program in decline. ... We don't want it to decline the way the Louisville program did in the latter years when Denny Crum was there," Cheeks said. "So we decided that we were going to begin to get our message out."

Cheeks and a group called Concerned Fans For UK Basketball sought to buy a $1,700 ad in the Kentucky Kernel. The paper rejected the ad, prompting Cheeks to call other media outlets.

10:35 a.m. Texas forward transfers to Cincinnati

Former Texas forward Mike Williams is transferring to Cincinnati, Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said Thursday.

Williams will have to sit out the 2006-07 season and then have two seasons of eligibility left.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Williams played in 32 games for the Longhorns last season, starting three. He averaged 2.3 points and 3.1 rebounds. He earned Academic All-Big 12 second-team honors.

Williams had nine points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes in Texas' regional semifinal win over West Virginia in the NCAA tournament. Texas lost to LSU in the regional final.

Thursday, June 8, 2006
12:49 p.m. Brown leaves Michigan State for draft

Shannon Brown will keep his name in the NBA draft and skip his senior season at Michigan State, the shooting guard said Thursday.

Brown, who averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season, was regarded as an early second-round pick. But following strong workouts, he is a projected first-round pick.

Brown worked out for the New Jersey Nets, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls.

Brown said he got positive feedback, but no indication where he'll go in the June 28 draft.

The 6-foot-4 Brown, who shared team MVP honors with Paul Davis and Maurice Ager, had until June 18 to pull his name out of the draft.

9:55 a.m. All-Pac-10 guard ineligible for '06

Southern California guard Gabe Pruitt, who averaged 16.9 points and made the All-Pac-10 first team as a sophomore last season, will be academically ineligible for the fall semester.

The Trojans' other backcourt starter last season, freshman Ryan Francis, was shot and killed May 13 in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., apparently the unintended victim of a dispute between two other men.

The 6-foot-4 Pruitt will try to regain his eligibility and rejoin the Trojans in mid-December, about one-third of the way through the schedule but before conference play begins.

"I'm very disappointed in Gabe,'' coach Tim Floyd said Wednesday in a statement. "We have high expectations for our players in the classroom. This is a setback not only for Gabe, but for our entire team."

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
3:33 p.m. Former St. John's star McIntyre dies

Ken McIntyre, the MVP of the 1965 NIT for champion St. John's, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

McIntyre died May 31, said his brother, Bob, who played alongside him for the Redmen for two seasons.

Ken McIntyre scored 18 points and Bob had 16 in the 1965 NIT final against Villanova, the last game for Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick. Ken McIntyre had 42 points in the first-round win over Boston College and scored 101 points in the four games to close his senior season.

3:30 p.m. Florida guard to transfer

Florida freshman guard David Huertas has asked for and been granted a release from his scholarship, a Florida official confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

He joins center Jimmie Sutton as offseason transfers.

Huertas averaged 9.2 minutes and 2.5 points last season, but he did not play in the national championship game against UCLA after getting on the court in 35 of the previous 38 contests.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006
7:35 p.m. Maryland forward decides to return

Maryland junior forward Ekene Ibekwe has withdrawn from this year's NBA draft and is enrolled for summer classes, the school said Tuesday.

He had until June 18 to officially remove his name from the draft to preserve his college eligibility.

Ibekwe averaged 11.1 points a game last season and led the team with an average of 6.6 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, Ibekwe started 18 games and averaged 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.

Monday, June 5, 2006
6:40 p.m. UConn guard cleared to play after brain hemorrhage

Connecticut point guard A.J. Price received medical clearance to play, nearly two years after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Price fell ill in October 2004, his freshman year, and spent several days in the hospital. He was diagnosed with a vascular abnormality and has been under going treatment since then.

Off-court problems also kept Price off the team last year. He and teammate Marcus Williams were arrested last year for allegedly trying to sell stolen laptops.

Price was kicked off the team for a year and Williams for a semester. Both were granted a special form of probation that will result in their criminal records being erased if they successfully complete the program.

4:35 p.m. Indianapolis gets Big Ten tournament for five seasons

The Big Ten men's basketball tournament will be in Indianapolis for five years starting in 2008, ending a yearly rotation with Chicago.

The women's tournament, which has been played in Indianapolis all but once since it began in 1995, also will be at Conseco Fieldhouse through 2012, the Big Ten said on Monday.

Both Indianapolis and Chicago, site of the Big Ten headquarters, submitted bids to become the long-term host for the two tournaments.

The men's tournament was played in Chicago from 1998-01 and rotated between Indianapolis and Chicago from 2002-06.

As part of the winning bid, Indianapolis agreed to pay the Big Ten $400,000 each year to make up for a possible loss in ticket sales - Conseco Fieldhouse has about 5,000 fewer available seats than Chicago's United Center.

3:25 p.m. Boone to stay in draft

Forward Josh Boone will not return to Connecticut after announcing he will stay in the NBA draft. He said he would hire an agent in the near future.

Boone averaged 10.3 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior last season. ranked Boone as the No. 45 prospect this year.

Boone is the third UConn player to enter the draft, joining teammates Rudy Gay and Marcus Williams. Gay passed on his final two years of eligibility and Williams is not returning for his senior season.

Friday, June 2, 2006
1:36 p.m. Court says IU trustees did not break law in Knight firing

Indiana University trustees did not violate Indiana's Open Door Law when they met in separate groups to hear about plans to fire coach Bob Knight in 2000, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

The 3-0 ruling upheld a judge's decision last year saying that no more than four of the nine trustees not a quorum met at any one time with then-school president Myles Brand before he fired Knight in September 2000.

The appeals court said the General Assembly specifically defined "meeting" under the Open Door Law as a gathering of a majority of the governing body. "Thus, without a majority present, no meeting occurs for purposes of the Open Door Law," the ruling said.

The ruling also rejected claims by a group of 46 Indiana fans that Brand did not have the authority to fire Knight because the power to take such action alone had been delegated to previous school president Thomas Erlich, but not to Brand.

1:06 p.m. Chuck Driesell returns to Maryland

For the first time in 20 years, Maryland will have a Driesell on the sideline this winter.

Chuck Driesell, the son of former Terrapins coach Lefty Driesell, was named assistant basketball coach at Maryland on Friday.

Chuck Driesell played for the Terps from 1981-85 under his father, who coached at Maryland from 1969-86. Lefty Driesell was the winningest men's basketball coach in school history until Gary Williams broke his record last season.

Now Williams has called upon Lefty's son to help get the Terrapins back into the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence.

"Chuck has an outstanding basketball background and has coached at all levels," said Williams, who is entering his 18th season at Maryland. "He also has an outstanding knowledge of the local recruiting scene, and as a former Maryland player, has a great feel for the university."

Chuck Driesell replaces Rob Moxley, who is now an associate head coach at North Carolina-Charlotte.

1:06 p.m. New contract makes Fox Nevada's highest-paid coach

Nevada coach Mark Fox would be paid $400,000 the first year with $25,000 raises in each of the next four years under a new contract that will go before the state Board of Regents next week.

The deal would make Fox the highest salaried current Wolf Pack coach. Nevada football coach Chris Ault's new three-year contract for $360,000 annually was approved by the regents in March.

Nevada athletic director Cary Groth declined to discuss details of the contract when she announced the five-year deal in April. But the contract provisions are outlined in the agenda posted this week for the Board of Regents meeting at Truckee Meadows Community College on June 8-9.

In his two years leading the program, Fox twice has been named the Western Athletic Conference coach of the year while leading the Wolf Pack to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and a 52-13 record. He had one year left on the previous three-year contract that would have paid him $270,000 next season.

10:35 a.m. Basketball coaches return from Kuwait

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has returned from a second trip to Kuwait, where he coached and visited U.S. military personnel.

"I think it was good for me to get another dose of reality and get perspective back a little bit,'' Izzo said in a statement released Wednesday. "I've said it before, I've had a lot of great people to look up to, but the true heroes are the people over there. There's no question about it because of what they do on a daily basis and what they have a chance to give up.

"Life is a little different than what we have a chance to give up here."

Izzo was one of several basketball coaches who visited Kuwait in late May and led military teams in a basketball tournament.

Other teams were coached by Alabama's Mark Gottfried, South Carolina's Dave Odom, Charlotte's Bobby Lutz, Indiana's Kelvin Sampson, Texas' Rick Barnes, the U.S. Military Academy's Jim Crews, the U.S. Naval Academy's Billy Lange, Kentucky's Tubby Smith, Maryland's Gary Williams, former Air Force coach Reggie Minton and ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
12:45 p.m. Two former head coaches named assistants at Oklahoma

Former Ole Miss coach Rod Barnes and former South Carolina State coach Ben Betts were hired as assistant coaches at Oklahoma on Tuesday, completing first-year coach Jeff Capel's staff with the Sooners.

Barnes was 141-109 in eight seasons with the Rebels before he was fired in March. Betts coached South Carolina State to a 51-39 record in three seasons before leaving for Oklahoma. Betts served as an assistant under Capel at Virginia Commonwealth during the 2002-03 season.

12:40 p.m. Beilein cited for disorderly conduct

West Virginia coach John Beilein was cited for disorderly conduct at Pittsburgh International Airport after he refused to move his vehicle and berated a police officer, police said.

Beilein, 53, was cited and issued a parking ticket Tuesday for leaving his vehicle in a "No Parking" area outside the terminal, Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh.

Beilein disputed the account in a statement released by the school.

According to police, Beilein was parked illegally at about 1:35 p.m. He refused to move and told the officer he did not have to move because he was West Virginia's coach, Moffatt said. A crowd gathered and Beilein was given the citation and parking ticket, Moffatt said.

Beilein said in the statement that he and his family were in front of the baggage claim area and had just loaded luggage into their car. An officer asked him to move and he "attempted to comply with (the officer's) directive," he said.

"At no time was I disrespectful or disorderly in any way," Beilein said. "Coming from a family of police officials, there is no one who has more respect for the law than I do."

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
12:10 p.m. N.C. State center leaves for NBA draft

North Carolina State center Cedric Simmons will forfeit his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

A spokeswoman for N.C. State said Tuesday that Simmons has hired an agent.

Simmons has workouts scheduled with the New York Knicks, Philadelphia and Boston. He also is expected to attend a pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla.

The 6-foot-9, 233-pound Simmons led the Wolfpack in rebounds a game with 6.3 and was second in scoring, averaging 11.8 points.

The draft is June 28 in New York.

Monday, May 29, 2006
10:12 a.m. Arkansas' Brewer remains in draft

Arkansas star Ronnie Brewer has hired an agent, ending any chance of him coming back to the Razorbacks for his senior season.

Brewer's father, former Razorback Ron Brewer, said his son hired Chicago-based Henry Thomas on Friday.

"I think it's a lot easier now when an agent's involved, because he can do a little bit more upfront work in organizing and getting more of the details," Ron Brewer said. "Most GMs prefer working with an agent anyway."

Ronnie Brewer is ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in the draft, according to and

Friday, May 26, 2006
6:20 p.m. Kansas State suspends leading scorer, dismisses another player

Kansas State leading scorer Cartier Martin has been suspended indefinitely from the team for unspecified conduct violations.

Also, guard Mario Taybron was dismissed from the basketball team for violating the school's policy on substance abuse, athletics director Tim Weiser announced Friday.

Weiser said he and basketball coach Bob Huggins would not comment further and that details of the violations would not be released.

Martin, a forward, averaged 18 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds last year as a junior.

Taybron would have been a senior in the upcoming season. He transferred to Kansas State from Eastern Oklahoma State

4:46 p.m. Former Fresno State player convicted of murder

Former Fresno State basketball player Terry Pettis was convicted Friday of murdering a teenage woman in a botched drug robbery.

The 21-year-old faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison for first-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of Rene Shannon Abbott, a Fresno City College student who was behind the wheel of a car while her boyfriend sold marijuana in the seat next to her.

Pettis shoved a handgun through the open driver's window and demanded the drugs, witnesses said. The gun fired when Abbott, 18, tried to drive away.

Pettis showed no emotion as the verdict was read in Fresno County Superior Court and sentencing was set for July 11.

2:45 p.m. George Washington junior enters draft

George Washington guard J.R. Pinnock will stay in the NBA draft after signing with an agent, the school announced Friday.

Pinnock led the Colonials with 14.5 points per game and 2.5 steals per game.

He left George Washington after his junior season. The NBA draft is June 28.

12:35 p.m. Court upholds firing of Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson

Nolan Richardson lost his appeal on his claim that he was fired as Arkansas basketball coach because he is black and outspoken, with the court finding Friday the school decided to dismiss him before an outburst at a 2002 news conference.

Richardson said after a hearing at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that "they came after me" when he spoke out against racism at the Fayetteville school.

The appeals court said that by the time of Richardson's complaint, university administrators already wanted to fire the only man to coach Arkansas' basketball team to a national championship.

Richardson attorney John Walker said the coach was traveling and not available for comment.

University lawyer Scott Varady said the school "always said that coach Richardson was not terminated based on his race or the exercise of any First Amendment rights."

Thursday, May 25, 2006
3:02 p.m. NCAA places recruiting sanctions on IU's Sampson

New Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson will be prohibited from making recruiting phone calls and taking part in any off-campus recruiting for one year as a result of infractions by Sampson while serving as Oklahoma's coach, the NCAA ruled Thursday.

The NCAA found Oklahoma had made 577 impermissible phone calls to recruits, including 233 by Sampson, from 2000-04.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions said Sampson fostered an environment of "deliberate noncompliance."

Indiana issued a statement after the ruling indicating the school would not act on a portion of Sampson's contract allowing Indiana to take further action against the coach, including termination, if the NCAA imposes more significant penalties or sanctions than Oklahoma's self-imposed penalties.

The NCAA adopted Oklahoma's reduction of scholarships from 13 to 11 in 2005-06 and 12 in 2006-07.

3:00 p.m. Memphis' Williams enters draft

Memphis forward Shawne Williams, who led the Tigers to their first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, will enter the NBA draft.

The Conference USA freshman of the year hired an agent on Thursday and will stay in the draft. The 6-foot-9 Williams averaged 14 points and 6.0 rebounds this season. The Tigers lost to UCLA in the finals of the Oakland regional.

Coach John Calipari said Williams is well-suited for the NBA.

"Shawne is ready to take the next step in his professional basketball career without question," Calipari said

10:05 a.m. Nevada forward ineligible to start the season

Nevada forward Demarshay Johnson will miss at least the start of the 2006-07 basketball season because he has been declared academically ineligible for the fall semester, coach Mark Fox said Wednesday.

The 6-foot-9 Johnson started 16 games and appeared in all 33 as a junior last season. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his first year at Nevada after transferring from Diablo Valley College.

"We are very disappointed in Demarshay's efforts in the classroom. Once he has taken the proper steps to become eligible, we look forward to him joining us again," Fox said in a statement.

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