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Sources: A&M Leaning Toward Turgeon To Replace Gillispie

Texas A&M is leaning toward offering the men's basketball job to Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon to replace Billy Gillispie, multiple sources close to the situation told ESPN.com Sunday night.

Turgeon still needs to agree to the terms of the contract before accepting the position. He is expected to meet with Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne Monday with a possible news conference Tuesday in College Station.

Via ESPN

Reports: Pelphrey To Take Over Arkansas Basketball Program

John Pelphrey will leave South Alabama to take over the Arkansas basketball program, according to reports.

FoxSports.com and CBS Sportsline.com, citing unidentified sources, reported Sunday night that Pelphrey will take the Arkansas job.

The Razorbacks have been without a coach since Stan Heath was fired March 26. They hired Dana Altman last Monday, but Altman changed his mind and returned to Creighton the next day.

Via AP

Durant, Parker Win Wooden Awards

Kevin Durant of Texas captured the John R. Wooden Award in a runaway Saturday, becoming the first freshman to win the trophy and completing a sweep of the top six national male player of the year honors.

Candace Parker, who led Tennessee to its seventh NCAA championship, won the women's Wooden Award. The 6-foot-4 sophomore beat out Duke senior Lindsey Harding and Oklahoma sophomore Courtney Paris.

Via AP

Monson To Coach Long Beach State

Dan Monson, who resigned after seven seasons at Minnesota, will become the basketball coach at Long Beach State.

Niall Adler, assistant director of media relations, confirmed the hire on Saturday.

Monson replaces Larry Reynolds, whose contract was not renewed despite a 24-8 record, the Big West Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament.

The 45-year-old Monson resigned in November after a 2-5 start at Minnesota. He was 118-106 overall and 44-68 in the Big Ten since the 1999-2000 season, joining the Gophers after leading Gonzaga to the Elite Eight.

Via AP

Michael Beasley To Memphis?

Michael Beasley was set. The high school senior signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Bob Huggins at Kansas State.

One problem. Huggins agreed this week to fill the coaching vacancy at West Virginia.

So now Beasley is faced with a decision. Does he honor his commitment to K-State, even though the coach who recruited him is no longer there? Or does he look to play elsewhere?

Eyewitness Sports Everywhere caught up with Beasley Friday as he prepares to play in the Nike Hoop Summit Saturday at FedExForum. Beasley told us he hasn't had a lot of time to think about his next move. But his roommate this week, Memphis Tiger signee Derrick Rose, has been in his ear.

"I've been kidding around with him, telling him to come (to Memphis)," says Rose.

Has Rose's recruiting pitch been effective? Maybe.

"I'm definitely interested in Memphis," says Beasley. The 6'9" forward likes the Tigers' up-tempo style of play.

One potential obstacle for Beasley, whether he decides to transfer to Memphis or elsewhere? Kansas State, which as of now is on record as saying they will not release any of their basketball players from their Letters of Intent.

Via Eyewitness News

Gillispie Takes Kentucky Job

According to sources, Billy Gillispie accepted Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart's offer late last night and will be introduced at a 1:15 p.m. EST news conference.

Gillispie agreed to a contract extension to remain at Texas A&M about a week ago after the Aggies put a lucrative deal together when Arkansas made a run at him.

Via Scout.com

Wildcats Approach Gillispie

Hours after Florida coach Billy Donovan politely told Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart he's happy in Gainesville, Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie emerged as a leading candidate to replace Tubby Smith.

Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne granted Kentucky permission to contact Gillispie about the opening late Thursday.

Via AP

Pac-10's Hawes And Williams Declare For Draft

Washington freshman center Spencer Hawes said Thursday he will declare for the NBA draft but won't hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Huskies.

Also leaving the Pac-10 will be Arizona forward Marcus Williams.  He will reportedly hire an agent, however.

"Everyone has kind of offered their advice, but no one has tried to sway me in one direction or the other," Hawes said. "I think it's just kind of been me sitting down and thinking about and focusing on my situation and the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong goal."

Via SI.com

Sources: Huggins Leaves K-State For West Virginia

Bob Huggins has resigned after one year as head coach at Kansas State to take over at his alma mater, West Virginia, according to a local newspaper. Huggins replaces John Beilein, who left West Virginia this week to become the head coach at Michigan.

Via aol.com

Barnes The Next Option For Kentucky?

With Billy Donovan saying that he will remain at Florida, Kentucky's next target will reportedly be Rick Barnes, head coach of Texas.

Sources said Thursday that that speculation is accurate and that Barnes will seriously listen to Kentucky's pitch.

Scott McConnell, Texas' media contact for basketball, said there has been no formal contact between Barnes and Kentucky.

Other rumored candidates include Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Memphis' John Calipari.

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart asked for patience.

"We have had productive conversations with various individuals over the last two weeks, and it's obvious that there are a number of outstanding coaches who could succeed at Kentucky," Barnhart said. "I'm confident we'll find the right man."

Via ESPN

Donovan Will Stay At Florida

Kentucky Receives Permission To Talk To Donovan

Summitt Surprises Assistants With $43,000 Mercedes Roadsters

Officer Hit By Car After Gators' Win Dies

Donovan Says He Would Think About Kentucky Job If They Make Contact

Goestenkors Leaves Duke For Texas

Lady Vols Win Women's NCAA Championship

The drought is over. The Tennessee Lady Vols win their seventh NCAA championship on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Michigan Hires John Beilein

Florida Repeats As NCAA Champions

Corey Brewer and the Florida Gators are NCAA champions once again

Durant Staying Silent On Plans

Florida Thinks They Might Beat A Bad NBA Team?

Florida plays Ohio State on Monday night for the NCAA championship, but some people believe the Gators could be a bad NBA team.

Win Or Lose, Conley Says He's Staying In Columbus

Sources: Beilein Offered Michigan Job

Ho-Hum: Another Durant Player Of The Year Award

Calipari Not Interested In Arkansas Job

Afflalo Will Consider NBA Jump

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