Calipari, Kentucky agree to terms on long-term contract

Sports 04/01/19, 18:12

Kentucky has agreed to a long-term contract with coach John Calipari that will allow him to finish his career with the Wildcats.Calipari's current deal was amended in March 2017 to run through the 2023-24 season, with a base annual salary of $8 million plus incentives. Men's basketball spokesman Eric Lindsey ...

Source: California hires Mark Fox as new head coach

Sports 03/29/19, 14:17

California has hired Mark Fox as its new men's basketball coach.A person familiar with the hiring said Friday that Fox got the job five days after Wyking Jones was fired. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not made a formal announcement. Stadium first reported Fox ...

New Alabama coach Nate Oats says, ‘We can make a Final Four’

Sports 03/28/19, 16:09

Nate Oats was a high school coach and math teacher making a five-figure salary six years ago.Then he made a rapid ascent as a Buffalo assistant and head coach and is now set to lead Alabama . The men's basketball program hasn't kept pace in the Southeastern Conference, which has ...

Source: Kyle Smith hired as Washington State coach

Basketball 03/27/19, 16:36

Washington State has hired Kyle Smith as its new men's basketball coach following the disappointing tenure of Ernie Kent.A person with knowledge of the hiring said Wednesday that Smith was given a six-year deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the hiring had ...

Alabama hires Buffalo’s Nate Oats as its mens’ hoops coach

Basketball 03/27/19, 15:39

Alabama has hired Nate Oats, who led Buffalo to three NCAA Tournaments in four seasons, as its new men's basketball coach.Crimson Tide athletic director Greg Byrne announced the hiring Wednesday, three days after parting ways with Avery Johnson.Oats was the Mid-American Conference coach of the year each of the past ...

Arkansas fires Mike Anderson after eight-year tenure

Basketball 03/26/19, 16:22

Arkansas has fired men's basketball coach Mike Anderson after an eight-year tenure in which he made three NCAA Tournament appearances.Athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement Tuesday that "I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men's basketball program for future success."Anderson posted ...

Strong opening week for CBS, Turner with NCAA hoops tourney

Basketball 03/26/19, 14:59

One week into March Madness, CBS is feeling good.Based on ratings from the nation's largest media markets, the Nielsen company said CBS and the Turner Networks had the second best performance over the last 29 years for the first four games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The only year ...

Money Madness: analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts

Basketball 03/26/19, 02:44

Powered by Ja Morant's no-look passes and Dylan Windler's step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference.The league placed two teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time in 32 years. Then Morant's Murray State Racers and Windler's Belmont Bruins both won ...

Money Madness: analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts

Sports 03/26/19, 02:42

Powered by Ja Morant's no-look passes and Dylan Windler's step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference.The league placed two teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time in 32 years. Then Morant's Murray State Racers and Windler's Belmont Bruins both won ...

Cal fires coach Wyking Jones after 2 8-win seasons

Basketball 03/24/19, 16:56

California has fired basketball coach Wyking Jones after winning just eight games in each of his first two seasons.Athletic director Jim Knowlton announced the decision on Sunday, days after reports emerged that Jones had been told he would return to Cal for a third season.Knowlton thanked Jones for his dedication ...

Vandy fires coach Bryce Drew after 9-23 year, winless in SEC

Sports 03/22/19, 09:57

The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt men's basketball has cost coach Bryce Drew his job.Vanderbilt went 9-23 and was the first team in 65 years to go winless in the Southeastern Conference. Drew had a 40-59 record in three seasons with the Commodores.The announcement Friday by new athletic ...

-NORC Poll: US divided on college vs pro sports betting

Basketball 03/20/19, 12:27

Scrambling to fill out a March Madness bracket? Betting lunch money that you can pinpoint the Final Four better than co-workers or family?Good luck! You're among about one-third of Americans who at least occasionally bet on sports among friends or through an office pool, according to a poll released Wednesday ...

LSU says Wade still suspended; coach seeks to resume duties

Basketball 03/14/19, 12:11

LSU says Will Wade won't resume his duties as men's basketball coach unless he speaks to university officials about the reports of an FBI wire-tap that resulted in his suspension.The statement from the school Thursday comes amid reports that Wade wants to resume his duties as the ninth-ranked Tigers prepare ...

Auburn suspends hoops assistant amid bribery allegations

Basketball 03/13/19, 17:08

Auburn has suspended assistant men's basketball coach Ira Bowman indefinitely amid allegations that he was involved in a bribery scheme during his time at the University of Pennsylvania.The university sent a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension, saying "we continue to gather information regarding a situation that recently arose." Auburn didn't ...

Washington’s Thybulle named Pac-12 player of the year

Basketball 03/12/19, 11:40

The Pac-12 player of the year award often goes to the highest scorer or the best player on the best team.Washington's Matisse Thybulle took home the honor by being a disruptive defensive force for the Pac-12 regular-season champions.Thybulle was named Pac-12 men's basketball player of the year by The Associated ...

LSU suspends head men’s basketball coach Will Wade

Sports 03/08/19, 20:57

What could go down as LSU's most successful basketball season in about four decades has been tarnished by the suspension of coach Will Wade amid concerns about whether his recruiting tactics violated NCAA rules.LSU Chancellor F. King Alexander and athletic director Joe Alleva announced Friday that they suspended Wade indefinitely ...

NTSB blames jammed part for accident at Michigan airport

Sports 03/07/19, 14:44

Investigators say a plane carrying the University of Michigan men's basketball team skidded off a runway in 2017 after a jammed part prevented pilots from tilting the nose upward during takeoff.The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that the pilots could not have recognized the mechanical problem on the Boeing ...

DA: SU’s Jim Boeheim at or near speed limit in fatal crash

Sports 02/26/19, 21:39

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says the investigation into the fatal crash last week involving Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim is nearly complete and speed was not a factor.Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Tuesday night the accident reconstruction has determined Boeheim was traveling within the speed limit ...

Ole Miss players kneel in response to Confederacy rally

Sports 02/23/19, 16:46

Eight University of Mississippi men's basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena.Minutes before the game against Georgia, both teams formed lines for the anthem. As soon as "The Star-Spangled Banner" began, six players from the Rebels took a knee and ...

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