Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 3:31 pm

Smart rejects N.C. State, staying at VCU

HOUSTON -- Shaka Smart agreed to a new and extended contract with VCU on Monday after rejecting a multiyear offer from North Carolina State, multiple sources have told

The news was first reported by's Gregg Doyel.

"[N.C. State] talked to [Smart] and made an offer," VCU athletic director Norwood Teague told the Charlotte Observer after Doyel's initial report. "We countered and he is staying."

Smart, 33, led VCU to its first Final Four this season.

The Rams lost to Butler here in Houston on Saturday night.

N.C. State is searching for a replacement for Sidney Lowe. Sources have told that the school has seriously pursued many candidates already -- among them Texas' Rick Barnes, Arizona's Sean Miller, UCLA's Ben Howland, Xavier's Chris Mack, Memphis' Josh Pastner and Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon. All have decided to pass on the opportunity to work under athletic director Debbie Yow, whose reputation within the coaching community is hindering her ability to find a marquee coach.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 3, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: April 3, 2011 11:20 am

Utah hires former Montana coach Krystkowiak

Utah has filled its head coaching vacancy by hiring New Jersey Nets assistant Larry Krystkowiak, the school's sports information director, Liz Abel, told early Sunday.

Krystkowiak will be introduced at a Monday afternoon press conference, Abel said.

Krystkowiak coached Montana for two seasons from 2004 to 2006 and made the NCAA tournament both years. The 46 year old then left to be assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and later became the head coach for parts of two seasons. He's been an assistant with the Nets since July 2010.

Utah fired Jim Boylen last month.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 11:16 pm

Source: Dayton hires Arizona assistant

Arizona assitant Archie Miller will be Dayton's next head coach, a source confirmed to late Saturday.

An official announcement is expected Sunday.

Miller is the younger brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller. The N.C. State graduate has also worked under Herb Sendek at Arizona State and Thad Matta at Ohio State. He's 32 years old.

Miller is replacing Brian Gregory.

Gregory left Dayton to be the head coach at Georgia Tech.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 5:09 pm

Former Memphis coach Finch dies

Larry Finch, who led Memphis (then Memphis State) to the 1973 Final Four and later coached the Tigers for 11 seasons, died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

He was 60.

Finch is the winningest coach in school history.

He coached the Tigers from 1986 to 1997 and made six NCAA tournaments.

His health had been poor since suffering multiple strokes in 2001.

"My thoughts are with the friends and family of former Memphis player and coach, Larry Finch," former Memphis coach and current Kentucky coach John Calipari Tweeted Saturday just hours before he was to coach Kentucky against Connecticut in the Final Four.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:36 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 2:57 pm

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

UNLV's Lon Kruger will be named Oklahoma's next men's basketball coach, according to the Oklahoman.

The newspaper reported Friday afternoon that Kruger and OU have agreed in principle on a contract worth more than $2 million annually after running a headline Thursday night that read "Scratch off Bruce Weber, Lon Kruger as OU candidates." Reached by phone, Kruger told that he had not yet seen the report. When told what it said, he declined comment.

Kruger, 58, has taken UNLV to four NCAA tournaments in seven seasons.

He is a native of Kansas.

Oklahoma fired Jeff Capel last month.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:11 pm

Source: Wyoming hires Florida assistant

Florida assistant Larry Shyatt has reached a deal to become Wyoming's next men's basketball coach, a source told on Thursday. reported Wednesday that Shyatt had interviewed with Wyoming officials and was expected to be named the head coach within 48 hours. This will be Shyatt's second stint as head coach of the Cowboys. He led the school to a 19-9 record in the 1997-98 season, then took the Clemson job when Rick Barnes left the ACC for Texas. Shyatt was the head coach at Clemson from 1998 to 2003. He had been on Billy Donovan's staff since 2004 and was instrumental in Florida's back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.

Wyoming fired Heath Schroyer last month.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 3:34 pm

Washington's Thomas entering NBA Draft

Isaiah Thomas announced Thursday that he will enter his name in the NBA Draft. Through a statement, the junior guard suggested he has no plans to return to Washington even though he said he will not hire an agent "at this time."

"Although it was a tough decision, I have decided to forego my senior season and enter my name into this year’s NBA Draft," Thomas said. "Over the past three years I've enjoyed every single minute of my Washington Husky career. I am very thankful to have played for a great coach like Coach [Lorenzo] Romar and our entire coaching staff. I have just over two quarters left to earn my degree, and I fully plan on finishing school. Also, I would like to take the time to thank all of my teammates and Husky fans for their support and the unforgettable memories."

Thomas averaged 16.8 points and 6.1 assists for the Huskies this season.

"Isaiah Thomas has had an unbelievable impact on our program during his time with us," Romar said. "We will definitely miss him, but we are behind him in his quest to fulfill a lifelong dream to play in the NBA."

(Click this link to see which underclassmen have already declared for the NBA Draft.)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:12 pm

Williams signs new deal with Marquette

Buzz Williams has reached an agreement on a new and extended contract to remain at Marquette, the school announced on Wednesday.

“I was given an opportunity beyond my wildest dreams 1086 days ago and my entire family is extremely humbled and grateful by the opportunity to continue this journey,” Williams said. “Too much attention is given to my position, but I assure you, it’s the collective ownership of all of those who impact our program daily, who have developed the culture we currently have. I am thankful to all of those who work so diligently to make our program the success it is today."

Details of the contract were not disclosed, but a source told that Williams' new deal is worth more than $2 million annually. Williams has led Marquette to three straight NCAA tournament appearances since replacing Tom Crean, most recently the Sweet 16 thanks to wins over Xavier and Syracuse. His name had been connected to the opening at Oklahoma primarily because he's from Texas.
Category: NCAAB
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