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Buddy Hield Returns To Oklahoma For Senior Season

Apr 24, 2015 11:52 AM

Buddy Hield announced Friday morning that he will return to Oklahoma for his senior season.

Hield was named the Big 12 conference player of the year last season.

"It was a tough decision, and I obviously took it near the deadline," Hield said. "But I just went through the process. I listened to Coach Kruger, I listened to my mentors back home, my high school coach, and my mom and my family. I did a lot of research on players and the history of the NBA Draft. I just did what I felt was best for me and my family. I feel like if I come back I'll be in a better situation next year."

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Tags: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Caris LeVert Returns To Michigan For Senior Season

Apr 21, 2015 11:28 AM

University of Michigan men's basketball junior guard Caris LeVert will return for the 2015-16 season with the Wolverine basketball program.

"Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future," said LeVert. "My family and I, along with the coaching staff, gathered as much information as possible. After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will return for my senior year. Coming back allows me to keep working towards my Michigan degree and take the next steps in my development as a player, teammate and a leader of our program.

"Michigan is a very special place and the college experience only comes once. The future is bright and I am blessed to be part of it."

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Tags: Caris LeVert, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Bobby Hurley To Become Head Coach At Arizona State

Apr 9, 2015 5:58 PM

Bobby Hurley has agreed to become head coach of Arizona State.

Hurley spent the past two seasons at Buffalo. Hurley is 42-20 in two seasons at Buffalo and won the East Division championship in each year and the conference tournament title in 2015.

Hurley will replace Herb Sendek.

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Tags: Buffalo Bulls, Arizona State Sun Devils, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Avery Johnson Agrees To Deal For Alabama Coaching Job

Apr 6, 2015 2:57 AM

Avery Johnson has agreed to a deal to become the new head coach of Alabama, according to sources.

Johnson has coached the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets in the NBA.

Johnson's son, Avery Johnson Jr., is also a point guard in the SEC.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Shaka Smart Leaves VCU For Texas

Apr 3, 2015 1:10 AM

Shaka Smart has agreed to become the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns.

Smart, who won at least 26 games in each of his six seasons at VCU, had become one of college basketball's most coveted coaches since leading the Rams to the Final Four in 2011.

Smart will replace Rick Barnes.

Terms of Smart's contract were not immediately released. Barnes made $2.62 million last season. Smart made $1.8 million with the Rams.

At VCU, Smart took over a program that had great success under Jeff Capel and then Anthony Grant.


Tags: Texas Longhorns, VCU Rams, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Rick Barnes Finalizing Deal To Become Head Coach At Tennessee

Mar 30, 2015 4:32 PM

Rick Barnes is expected to become head coach at Tennessee. 

Barnes was let go by Texas after 17 seasons over the weekend.

The Longhorns made a trip to the Final Four in 2003, but his last Sweet 16 appearance came in 2008.

Barnes previously coached at George Mason, Providence and Clemson. 

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Tags: Texas Longhorns, Tennessee Volunteers, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Texas Fires Rick Barnes After 17 Seasons

Mar 29, 2015 5:21 PM

Texas has fired Rick Barnes after 17 seasons with the school.

Barnes revealed that he had been told by athletic director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

"The wins and losses are fleeting, but it's the relationships that matter," Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference. "We know as a coach, this whole thing is about players. We've been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives."

Two coaches interested in the Texas opening and who will be in the mix to replace Barnes are Wichita State's Gregg Marshall and VCU's Shaka Smart, according to sources.

One source told ESPN that Patterson could go for an outside-the-box hire with NBA ties. Patterson has NBA connections as a former executive with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.


Tags: Texas Longhorns, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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St. John's Parts Ways With Steve Lavin, Interested In Chris Mullin

Mar 27, 2015 3:52 PM

St. John's and Steve Lavin have mutually agreed to part ways after five seasons.

Lavin and the school were previously deep into extension talks. Lavin led St. John's to the second round of the tournament.

"Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way," St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch said in a statement Friday. "We appreciate his commitment to the program and to our student-athletes over the past five years."


St. John's is interested in former NBA player and St. John's star Chris Mullin as Lavin's replacement. Mullin, who led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, works as an adviser for the Sacramento Kings.


Tags: Sacramento Kings, St. John's Red Storm, NCAA, NBA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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