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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
    Kansas, Self expect HS All-American to get NCAA clearance
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kansas coach Bill Self is planning to have McDonald's All-American and five-star center Cheick Diallo available for the 2015-16 season.

    • Diallo's eligibility is under NCAA review because of questions raised over the standards of academics and classwork completed at Our Savior New American. Located in Long Island, N.Y.

      "The thing about it is ... it's been mis-reported a lot, that there's been good news, bad news," Self said at a charity event. "There hasn't been any news because the NCAA hasn't told us 'no' on Cheick. They haven't told us 'yes.' But also we haven't wanted them to tell us anything yet, either, because I think it's nice to see how things play out with other kids who went to that school so we have a better angle of what we're trying to address, than just going in there cold saying, 'Here's your stuff, make a determination.'"

      Self told KUSports.com there is no fault on Diallo but didn't absolve the institution. The NCAA clearinghouse has questioned other players who attended the same school. Some were cleared, others were ruled ineligible for at least one semester.

      Self called Diallo a major difference-maker, and while not typically prone to hyperbole surrounding freshmen, said "the dude from rim to rim is as good as I've seen."

      The Jayhawks are likely to be a top team in the Big 12 with Diallo even after another offseason recovering from the loss of one-and-done players from the roster.

  • Monday, August 17, 2015
    Alabama lands highly rated guard Ferguson
    By The Sports Xchange

    Terrance Ferguson, a shooting guard at Prime U Academy in Dallas, announced on Twitter Friday that he has verbally committed to Alabama.

    • The 6-foot-6 Ferguson is ranked as the nation's 11th-best prospect in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com. He is rated No. 14 by ESPN.com and No. 18 by Scout.com.

      This is an important recruiting commitment for new Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson.

      Ferguson had an unofficial visit to Alabama on Aug. 6. He picked Alabama over Kansas, North Carolina, Baylor and Louisville.

      "I'm a man of faith, and have always been," Ferguson told USA Today. "I believe coach Avery is going to turn the program around and I want to be the big piece to the start of that legacy."

  • Saturday, August 15, 2015
    Illinois suspends F Paul
    By The Sports Xchange

    Junior forward Darius Paul was suspended from the Illinois basketball team on Saturday for violating team rules during the Illini's trip to France, coach John Groce announced.

    • The suspension reportedly is the result of Paul being arrested Friday in Deauville, France, and charged with vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest after authorities received reports of him damaging vehicles.

      "We have specific standards of behavior for every member of our team and when those expectations are not met there are consequences," Groce said.

      "Darius is returning home immediately, and we will evaluate his status with the team following our return."

      The 6-foot-8 Paul, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum, did not play in any games on the trip.

      Paul recently rejoined the team after missing last season because of two failed drug tests.

  • Thursday, August 13, 2015
    Wisconsin's Ryan reconsiders retirement
    By The Sports Xchange

    Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is backing away from plans announced in June to retire at the end of the 2015-16 season.

    • "Everybody kind of thinks they know when they're ready to retire; I'm not totally sure," Ryan said Wednesday at a golf tournament. "(Wisconsin athletic direct) Barry (Alvarez) said I could change my mind at any time. I haven't submitted any papers yet. I haven't submitted anything. ... So I might stay for another four or five."

      Ryan said he made the statement in June because he was not comfortable guaranteeing recruits he would be in Madison four more years.

      The 67-year-old Ryan, who is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances, said he considered retiring after the Badgers lost in the national championship game to Duke. Alvarez told him to take some time to think about it.

      "Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring," Ryan said in the June statement. "I've always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.

      "I've decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country."

      The Badgers knocked off the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in the national semifinals before losing to Duke in the title game.

      Ryan took at Wisconsin after Dick Bennett left in 2001. He is is 357-125 in his 14 seasons at Wisconsin.

      Under Ryan, the Badgers secured 14 NCAA berths and advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times.

      Prior to Wisconsin, Ryan spent two seasons at Milwaukee and was at Division III Wisconsin-Plattville for 15 seasons.

      Ryan, a native of Chester, Pa., has an overall coaching record of 740-228 in 31 seasons.

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015
    Muhammad transferring to Miami
    By The Sports Xchange

    San Jose State's leading scorer the past two years, Rashad Muhammad, is transferring to Miami.

    • He will sit out the upcoming season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

      Muhammad averaged 13.9 points per game last season to lead the Spartans, who finished the year 2-28 without a win against a Division I school. The year before as a freshman, he averaged 13.2 points per game.

      The 6-foot-6 guard is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves Shabazz Muhammad.

  • Thursday, August 6, 2015
    Syracuse, Boeheim settle defamation suit by ex-ballboys
    By The Sports Xchange

    Syracuse and basketball coach Jim Boeheim have settled the defamation lawsuit filed by former ballboys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, putting an end to the Bernie Fine scandal.

    • The terms of the settlement were not revealed.

      Davis and Lang sued Boeheim in 2012 for calling them liars and accusing them of extortion after they accused Fine, Boeheim's longtime assistant, of sexually abusing them when they were ballboys for Syracuse.

      In a statement Thursday, Syracuse and Boeheim said the coach "regrets that he made those statements and that he questioned the integrity of Bobby Davis and Michael Lang. Since then, he has publicly committed to focus his charitable efforts on providing assistance to victims of sexual abuse, which he continues to do."

      In their statement, Davis and Lang said they "have always sought above all to ensure that those who suffer the kind of childhood sexual abuse that we did feel unafraid to report it and to speak about it."

      In November 2011, Davis and Lang accused Fine of fondling them, starting when they were teenagers in the 1980s. The statute of limitations on prosecuting those charges had run out. Two others accused Fine of abusing them more recently, but both recanted.

      Fine denied all of the charges but was fired by Syracuse in 2011. In November 2012, federal prosecutors ended their investigation into an alleged 2002 incident, declining to charge Fine due to lack of evidence.

      The Fine case was the start of a tumultuous period for Syracuse and Boeheim.

      In 2014, the NCAA began an investigation into the school, which resulted in penalties handed down this past March for academic misconduct and providing improper benefits to players. The NCAA vacated 108 of Boeheim's 966 victories and took away 12 scholarships from Syracuse over the next four years.

      Less than two weeks after those sanctions were meted out, Boeheim announced that he will retire in 2018. In June, the school announced that assistant coach Mike Hopkins will inherit the program.

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    Austin Peay introduces Ivey as new AD
    By The Sports Xchange

    Austin Peay State University hired Ryan Ivey as it new athletic director.

    • The 34-year-old Ivey was previously the AD at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He was introduced at a news conference on the Clarksville, Tenn., campus on Tuesday.

      Ivey replaces Derek van der Merwe, who accepted another position at the school in March.

      He was a punter at Memphis from 2002-04 where he was the holder on extra points and field goals for current New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    Oregon settles rape lawsuit
    By The Sports Xchange

    A student who said she was gang-raped by three Oregon basketball players settled her lawsuit against the university for $800,000 and free tuition.

    • "I am very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received from students, faculty, and other organizations," the woman said in a statement Tuesday. "The response from the UO community has been remarkable, and I know that the increased awareness around these issues on our campus can only serve to help us."

      The woman alleged she was assaulted by basketball players Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin on March 9, 2014. The three players were not charged, but they were kicked off the team after the season and banned from attending the university for at least four years.

      According to a document filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, the woman known as Jane Doe and the university agreed to "the dismissal of all claims against defendant University of Oregon with prejudice and without fees or costs to any party."

      That dismissal was contingent upon the university agreeing to pay the cash settlement and waive all costs for tuition, housing and other fees for four years.

      The lawsuit accused the school of delaying action "while it prioritized winning basketball games over the health, safety and welfare of its students, including plaintiff."

      Ducks coach Dana Altman was included in the suit because the plaintiff claimed the coach knew Austin was accused of sexual assault in November 2013 while at Providence.

      Austin was dismissed from that school and transferred to Oregon, but Altman reportedly said last May that he wasn't fully aware of Austin's legal situation.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    Valpo's Fernandez receives extra year of eligibility
    By The Sports Xchange

    Valparaiso center Vashil Fernandez was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA after the school successfully appealed a ruling from Fernandez's freshman year, when he was declared ineligible but lost a season of eligibility anyway.

    • The reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, the 6-foot-10 Fernandez averaged 6.9 points, 5.9 boards and 2.9 blocks last season.

      "I am excited to be back and I am excited to see all the good things that God has in store for me, my family and the Valpo basketball program over the next year," Fernandez said.

      Said Valpo coach Bryce Drew: "Vashil has made a huge impact on our campus since his arrival. He is as good an example of a student-athlete as can be found anywhere in the country. Our basketball program and Valparaiso University are elated to have him back."

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Illinois again loses PG Abrams for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    For the second year in a row, Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams suffered a season-ending injury before stepping on the court for a game.

    • After missing last season with a torn ACL, Abrams tore an Achilles tendon while practicing on Monday in preparation for the Fighting Illini's European tour and will be out for the 2015-16 season, the school announced Tuesday.

      Surgery has yet to be scheduled, the school indicated. Abrams joins an Illinois injury list that includes freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (leg stress fracture) and junior forward Darius Paul (shoulder).

      "First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy," Illinois coach John Groce said. "He went through so much the last 10 months fighting back from a torn ACL to return to the court this summer in preparation for the upcoming season. So this is obviously a very difficult time for him right now.

      "But ... Tracy has the heart of a champion and I know that he will handle this latest setback with the same courage and resolve in making a full recovery."

      As a freshman in 2012-13, Abrams averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists. In 2013-14, he contributed 10.7 points and 3.2 assists per game as a sophomore.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Kansas, UCLA, Indiana to play in Maui Invitational
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kansas, UCLA, Indiana and UNLV are among the eight teams in the field for the 2015 Maui Invitational.

    • Kansas is scheduled to open the tournament against host Chaminade, the Division II school that has pulled some major upsets in past years. Included in the same bracket as Kansas are UCLA and UNLV.

      The tournament gets underway on Nov. 23 in Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii, and the championship game will be played Nov. 25. All games will be televised by ESPN.

      In the other bracket, Indiana takes on Wake Forest in the opening round and St. John's squares off against Vanderbilt.

      Indiana, Kansas, UCLA and Vanderbilt are projected to be among the Top 25 teams in the 2015-16 preseason college basketball rankings.

      Vanderbilt (1986), Kansas (1996), Indiana (2002) and UCLA (2006) have previously won the tournament title. St. John's and Wake Forest are in the field for the first time.

      Arizona won the Maui title last year, beating San Diego State in the final.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Tyndall to face NCAA infractions
    By The Sports Xchange

    Southern Miss can expect a notice of allegations from the NCAA for violations committed by former coach Donnie Tyndall as soon as this week.

    • CBS Sports reported Tyndall, who was 16-16 at Tennessee last season but was fired when the allegations surfaced in March, could face impermissible aid and academic misconduct charges and the university might be held partially accountable for the dreaded lack of institutional control.

      Tyndall coached Southern Miss from 2012 to 2014 before leaving for Tennessee, repacing Cuonzo Martin.

      The school and Tyndall have 90 days to respond upon receipt of the notice.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Three Arkansas players arrested, suspended
    By The Sports Xchange

    Three Arkansas players were arrested Wednesday after allegedly using counterfeit money to buy items at three locations near campus in Fayetteville, Ark.

    • Starting point guard Anton Beard, forward Jacorey Williams and junior Dustin Thomas were indefinitely suspended from the team, the school said in an announcement.

      The three were being held without bail Wednesday on suspicion of forgery. A Friday court hearing was scheduled.

      "We have become aware of a pending legal issue involving three men's basketball student-athletes," the school said in a statement. "The student-athletes have been suspended indefinitely from the men's basketball program. Our continued expectation is that our student-athletes conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times."

      According to Fayetteville police, the three were identified through a surveillance camera using counterfeit $20 bills last Friday and Saturday. Beard also allegedly exchanged six fradulent $50 bills for three $100 bills.

      Their arrests were in connection with a two-month investigation into counterfeit money. The players apparently told police that they weren't aware that the bills were fake.

      Beard started 16 games last season for the Razorbacks and was named to the All-SEC freshman team after averaging 5.7 points and 1.5 assists.

      Williams started seven games last season as a junior and averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Thomas transferred from Colorado to Arkansas in May.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    Hollis to head 2017 NCAA selection committee
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis was named Tuesday to chair the Division I men's basketball selection committee for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

    • Hollis will serve as vice chairman of the committee this coming season under Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione.

      "I love college sports. Over the past 35 years, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn and collaborate with a diverse collection of individuals through sports on campus," Hollis said in a statement. "Sharing the passion, integrity and dedication of the men and women serving on the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee, I look forward to continuing my commitment to the values of education and student-athletes.

      "College athletics provides amazing opportunities for today's students and value for our nation's collective future. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is a platform that allows us to share with the world a small glimpse of those broad educational, leadership, teamwork and athletic opportunities available to 460,000 student-athletes annually.

      "It is with great responsibility, humility and appreciation that I serve on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee, and I look forward to working with our committee, 2016 Chairman Joe Castiglione, Dan Gavitt and the rest of the NCAA staff over the upcoming seasons."

      While at Michigan State, Hollis has overseen a basketball program coached by Tom Izzo that has received 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament bids and advanced to the Final Four seven times, winning the title in 2000.

  • Monday, July 20, 2015
    NCAA tweaks tournament seeding process
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NCAA Tournament selection committee has been given more flexibility to create the best matchups for the first weekend of the event.

    • In a minor tweak to the seeding rules for the tournament, the NCAA announced Monday that the selection committee will be allowed to place the final four at-large teams according to overall seeding.

      Since the First Four round was institued in 2011, the final four teams voted into the tournament had been locked into the opening round. They always had played the bottom four conference tournament winners.

      Now, the last four at-large teams in the committee's overall seeding will play in the First Four.

      "It's a small, yet significant, alteration to the language outlining our seeding process," said Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, chairman of the men's basketball committee. "Making this change gives the committee the opportunity to properly seed every team."

      The NCAA also will allow the committee to move the fifth overall seed out of its natural geographic area to avoid meeting the top overall seed.

      The committee also tweaked procedures to avoid nepotism by committee members who have family members on teams or in athletic departments of teams being considered for the tournament.

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015
    Coach's son coming to Alabama
    By The Sports Xchange

    Avery Johnson Jr. is joining his father at Alabama.

    • The former Texas A&M point guard is transferring to Alabama to play for his dad, Avery Johnson, who was named the Crimson Tide's head coach in April.

      The younger Johnson will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

      The 5-foot-11 Johnson played in 13 games for Texas A&M as a freshman last season and averaged 1.4 points per game, scoring a career-high 10 points against Northwestern State.

      The Alabama coach said he's excited to have his son on the team.

      "I am thrilled as both a coach and a father for Avery Jr. to join our basketball program at the University of Alabama," Johnson said in a statement. "As a father, to have the opportunity to coach your son is something I am really looking forward to. As a coach, I am excited to have someone of Avery's skill set and character on our team.

      "I expect Avery to be a great representative of our program in three major phases: athletically, academically and as someone who will help sell my vision for this program."

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Penn State lands UConn transfer Samuel
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Terrence Samuel announced on his Twitter account that he will transfer to Penn State.

    • Samuel spent the past two seasons at the University of Connecticut, starting eight games last season and averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds. However, the long-term role for the 6-foot-4 combo guard was uncertain with Huskies coach Kevin Ollie adding strong backcourt recruits including Jalen Adams, Rodney Purvis, Sterling Gibbs and Sam Cassell Jr. the past two years.

      Samuel, who is 0-for-18 in his career from beyond the three-point arc, will be eligible to play for the Nitanny Lions for the 2016-17 season.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Wisconsin's Ryan to retire after upcoming season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announced Monday he will retire after the 2015-16 season.

    • The 67-year-old Ryan, who is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances, said he considered retiring after the Badgers lost in the national championship game to Duke. Athletic director Barry Alvarez then told him to take some time to think about it.

      Ryan said he will coach this season before stepping down and hopes longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him.

      "Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring," Ryan said in the statement. "I've always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.

      "I've decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country."

      The Badgers knocked off the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in the national semifinals before losing to Duke in the title game.

      Ryan took at Wisconsin after Dick Bennett left in 2001. He is is 357-125 in his 14 seasons at Wisconsin.

      Under Ryan, the Badgers secured 14 NCAA berths and advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times.

      Prior to Wisconsin, Ryan spent two seasons at Milwaukee and was at Division III Wisconsin-Plattville for 15 seasons.

      Ryan, a native of Chester, Pa., has an overall coaching record of 740-228 in 31 seasons.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Syracuse names Boeheim's 2018 successor
    By The Sports Xchange

    Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins will take over when coach Jim Boeheim retires in 2018, the school said Thursday.

    • Hopkins, a former Syracuse player, has been on Boeheim's staff since 1995 and had been his presumed successor.

      "For more than 25 years, Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty," Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. "He has contributed so much to the success of the Syracuse basketball program. I know Mike is ready to lead the program into the future and carry forward the success that has occurred under coach Boeheim."

      Boeheim's statement read: "Mike has truly earned this honor through his hard work, dedication and commitment to our program for more than 20 years. There is no one more ready or prepared to carry on the success of Syracuse basketball than Mike Hopkins."

      Hopkins said, "I'm honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity. Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater. I want to thank Chancellor Syverud, the Board of Trustees and Jim Boeheim for entrusting me with this great program. Coach Boeheim has created one of the most preeminent college basketball programs in the country, one that is committed to a standard of excellence and consistency."

      Boeheim's program has been tainted by an NCAA scandal this year, and he said in March that he will retire after the 2017-18 season. He has been coach at the school since 1976.

      Next season, he will sit out the first nine ACC games as part of his program's punishment by the NCAA for academic misconduct and providing improper benefits to players. The NCAA vacated 108 of his 966 victories -- dropping him from second to sixth in Division I history -- and took away 12 scholarships from Syracuse over the next four years.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Shooting guard chooses Kentucky
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kentucky reeled in a standout guard from Canada on Wednesday to add to its 2015 recruiting class.

    • Jamal Murray, ranked as a five-star shooting guard from Orangeville Prep in Ontario, joins an incoming group that includes Skal Labissiere, considered the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, and McDonald's All-American guard Isaiah Briscoe.

      Murray's commitment, which he announced on TSN in Canada, moves the Wildcats to the top of the team rankings according to most recruiting services.

      Oregon was considered one of the leading candidate to land Murray after he recently reclassified from the class of 2016. His stock has risen after scoring 30 points at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., against a U.S. team and then winning MVP honors with after collecting 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.

      Murray is the fifth member of Kentucky's class. The Wildcats lost seven of its top eight scorers from last season's team that went 38-1.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    NCAA proposal lets NBA draft entrants back in school
    By The Sports Xchange

    College underclassmen who declare for the NBA draft would be able to return to school if a proposal by the NCAA men's basketball oversight committee gets adopted.

    • The new proposal by the committee Wednesday in Indianapolis would need to be adopted by the NCAA membership in January.

      Committee chair Dan Guerrero, who is also the UCLA athletic director, told ESPN that if the proposal is implemented, it would be in place for the 2016 draft.

      The proposal to allow underclassmen an opportunity to return to school is a coordinated effort by the NCAA, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the NBA.

      If adopted, underclassmen may attend the Chicago pre-draft combine in May, get evaluated by team personnel and then be able to decide if they wanted to stay in the draft or return to school.

      The underclassmen, however, couldn't sign with an agent.

      With the current draft rules, underclassmen can't return to college once the player officially declares for the NBA draft.

      The NBA still would have an early-entry deadline of late April and an official withdrawal date of 10 days before the draft, as per the collective bargaining agreement.

      Under the new proposal, the NCAA would have its own withdrawal date moved up from the week after the Final Four to sometime in mid to late May, according to ESPN.

      "This is a positive development for student-athletes exploring their professional dreams,'' said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men's basketball. "This would give prospects and their families more appropriate time and unbiased info from the NBA to make important decisions. And it would probably lead some to go back to school."

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Former NMSU, Illinois coach Henson hospitalized
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former University of Illinois and New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson is in a Houston hospital awaiting test results stemming from a weakened immune system.

    • The 83-year-old Henson, who has battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma for more than a decade, suffered from dehydration last week and was admitted to a hospital in Champaign, Ill.

      After spending a few days in isolation at the Illinois facility, Henson went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

      It was unclear how long Henson, who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November, will remain in Houston, the Las Cruces Sun-News said.

      Henson compiled a 779-413 record in a career that spanned 41 years.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    New Cyclones coach fills out staff
    By The Sports Xchange

    Iowa State coach Steve Prohm filled out his staff on Monday, retaining one of Fred Hoiberg's assistants and bringing in two new coaches.

    • T.J. Otzelberger, an assistant under Hoiberg and who interviewed for the head coaching position after Hoiberg jumped to the Chicago Bulls, will remain on staff.

      Joining Prohm and Otzelberger will be former Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson and former Murray State assistant William Small.

      Robinson had been an assistant on Greg McDermott's Cyclones staff from 2008-10 before going to Loyola (Ill.).

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    Wofford player drowns
    By The Sports Xchange

    Wofford basketball player Jeremiah Tate died in a drowning incident early Monday morning, the school reported.

    • According to Greenville, S.C., TV station WYFF, the 19-year-old Tate's body was found around 4 a.m. in the lake by rescue divers.

      Tate, 19, was serving as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird.

      Two camp counselors jumped off the Buster Boyd Bridge around 2 a.m. and Tate did not come back to the surface, officials said.

      "The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate," athletics director Richard Johnson said in a statement.

      As a sophomore, Tate averaged 2.3 minutes per game.

      The other counselor was not injured.

      Tate was a rising junior majoring in accounting, the school said. He also a Bonner Scholar and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Pre-Law Society.

  • Friday, June 19, 2015
    North Carolina extends Williams' contract through 2020
    By The Sports Xchange

    The North Carolina Tar Heels have locked up head coach Roy Williams through 2020.

    • North Carolina announced Friday that the university and Williams agreed in principle to extend his contract through the 2019-20 season, and increase the compensation package for the Hall of Fame coach with two national championships.

      Williams' new contract includes a base salary ranging from $408,169 next year to $595,409 in 2019-20, deferred compensation ranging from $1.55 million next year to $1.75 million in 2019-20 and an annual expense account of $40,000. He also could earn an additional $1 million each season in NCAA Tournament incentives.

      Williams had three years remaining on his previous contract, according to ESPN.com.

      "I've said I want to coach another six to 10 years, so this contract takes me right to the edge of that, which is good," Williams said in a statement released by the university. "I appreciate the confidence Chancellor Folt and (athletic director) Bubba Cunningham have in my leadership of the basketball program. They've demonstrated that with this contract extension, and with their support over the past several years, which have been a challenge for all who love Carolina as I do. I thank them on behalf of our basketball program and me personally."

      Williams has a 332-101 record in his 12 seasons with the Tar Heels, with a career record of 750-22 in 28 seasons. He has led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, winning the title in 2005 and 2009. His UNC teams have won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown six times and the ACC tournament twice.

      "The University of North Carolina is fortunate to have Roy Williams directing its basketball program and we are proud to extend his contract through the 2020 season," Cunningham said in a statement. "His results on the court over 27 years as a head coach are among the most accomplished in the history of the sport, but his love for the University of North Carolina and the way he cares for his students are truly unmatched. Roy is a man of character and integrity and I have great respect for the way he leads our basketball program."

      The contract news comes amid an academic fraud scandal at North Carolina, which the NCAA charged earlier this month with five Level I violations. Williams is not identified in the allegations.

      The NCAA cited lack of institutional control over the manner in which the Tar Heels' athletics administration oversaw an academic department and its counselors who advised student-athletes.