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Southern Conference to keep championships in North Carolina (Yahoo Sports)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:14:28 PDT

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The Southern Conference will keep four league championships in North Carolina despite the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference withdrawing championships because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. The league said it will honor commitments for these tournaments: men's soccer in Greensboro, men's and women's basketball in Asheville and men's golf in Pinehurst. ''We don't want to punish the local host communities by pulling the championships out of the state this year,'' Commissioner John Iamarino said Friday.



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Men broke key race barrier, now back on Vanderbilt campus (Yahoo Sports)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:29:12 PDT

Two men who helped integrate college basketball came back to Vanderbilt University this week to share provocative views on the pace of change, take up matters they rarely dared to address as students, and describe the racism they encountered on their journey - indignities they once endured in silence on the Southern campus. The return of Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, part of a candid conversation unfolding this year at Vanderbilt, marks the latest milestone in the school's long, sometimes painful history with race relations. It had been 50 years since Wallace and Dillard huddled together in the locker room at halftime of a freshman game in Starkville, Mississippi, holding hands and trembling after rival fans spat, yelled slurs and threw things at them on the court.



Pitt, West Virginia to renew hoops rivalry in 2017 (Yahoo Sports)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:06:11 PDT

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The basketball version of the ''Backyard Brawl'' is back. Pittsburgh and West Virginia announced Thursday that the regional rivalry between the two schools long known as the ''Backyard Brawl'' will resume in 2017, when the men's basketball teams begin a four-year series. The Panthers will host the Mountaineers in 2017 and 2019, with West Virginia welcoming Pitt in 2018 and 2020.



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Richmond promoted on Mullin's staff (Yahoo Sports)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:23:15 PDT

Mitch Richmond has been promoted on the staff of fellow Naismith Hall of Famer Chris Mullin at St. John's. Richmond's move from special assistant to assistant coach Thursday comes just before the start of Mullin's second season at his alma mater. Richmond, a five-time All-NBA selection, played three seasons alongside Mullin with Golden State and won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.



NC State waiting on NCAA answer on Yurtseven's eligibility (Yahoo Sports)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:49:37 PDT

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For now, all North Carolina State freshman Omer Yurtseven can do is work on his game and be patient. With all the attention on possible one-and-done freshman Dennis Smith Jr., the Turkish 7-footer gives the Wolfpack a second five-star prospect on an overhauled and potential-filled roster. ''I can't control it so I'm trying not to think about it,'' Yurtseven said Thursday during the team's preseason media day.



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GW names Joseph interim coach, replacing fired Lonergan (Yahoo Sports)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:56:46 PDT

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George Washington named Maurice Joseph its interim basketball coach on Tuesday, replacing Mike Lonergan, who was fired after an investigation into his conduct. Joseph had been an assistant on Lonergan's staff for the past five seasons.



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Abdul-Jabbar writing book about UCLA coach John Wooden (Yahoo Sports)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:41:44 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's next book will be a fond look back at his long friendship with John Wooden, the celebrated basketball coach at UCLA.



Indiana uncertain how long Hartman will be out after surgery (Yahoo Sports)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:43 PDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana forward Collin Hartman had surgery on his left knee, and coach Tom Crean says he's uncertain how much time the senior will miss.



New Florida AD Stricklin embraces task of following Foley (Yahoo Sports)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:56:46 PDT

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Born and raised in Mississippi, and with stops at Auburn and Kentucky on his resume, Scott Stricklin has spent more than two decades in the Southeastern Conference. Florida hired Stricklin as its athletic director Tuesday, giving him a six-year deal worth $1.076 million annually to succeed Foley. Stricklin is leaving his alma mater, Mississippi State, and taking on a massive facilities upgrade in Gainesville.



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Northwestern to play 2017-18 home games in Rosemont (Yahoo Sports)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:12:29 PDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern says it will play home games during the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont while its on-campus arena undergoes a $110 million renovation.