Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:55 pm

Source: UNLV to hire BYU assistant Rice

BYU associate head coach Dave Rice is expected to be announced as UNLV's next head coach in the next 24 hours, a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

Rice is a UNLV graduate who was part of Jerry Tarkanian's 1990 national championship team. The California native was an assistant at UNLV for 11 seasons under Tarkanian, Tim Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour. He joined the Utah State staff in 2004, then the BYU staff in 2005.

Rice was one of four candidates to interview for the UNLV job. The others were former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and current St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap. Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown expressed interest in the opening, according to SI.com. But a source told CBSSports.com he was never seriously considered.

"Dave is an outstanding teacher of the game and has always been part of successful programs both as a player and a coach," BYU coach Dave Rose once said of Rice. "Dave possesses a complete knowledge of the game and has done a terrific job coordinating our game plans and recruiting efforts. He is also a tireless worker and a great person."

Rice will replace Lon Kruger.

Kruger left to be Oklahoma's new coach.
Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:54 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2011 10:00 pm

Report: Brown interested in coaching UNLV

Larry Brown is interested in becoming UNLV's next coach and has even had conversations with UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood, SI.com reported Saturday. But the school has already announced the four finalists for the job are BYU assistant Dave Rice, former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap, meaning there's no indication Brown is being seriously considered.

"The list has been narrowed down to four outstanding candidates and I am looking forward to continuing the interview process," Livengood said in a statement. "We are looking forward to naming our new head coach very soon."

Rice and Theus, both of whom are former UNLV players, are considered the leading candidates.

UNLV is expected to hire one of them on Sunday or Monday.

Brown, 70, was fired by the Bobcats in December.

He hasn't coached college basketball since leading Kansas to the national title in 1988.
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 12:42 am

Did Washington just lose the Pac-10 title?

Washington seemed like a lock to win the Pac-10 one week ago.

Now the Huskies just seem like a mess.

They lost at unranked Washington State last Sunday, at not-even-close-to-being-ranked Oregon State on Thursday, and, most recently, at also-not-even-close-to-being-ranked
Oregon on Saturday. In other words, the Washington Huskies are impersonating the Washington Wizards, and now they're now 15-7 overall, 7-4 in the Pac-10. That record puts Lorenzo Romar's team third in the league standings -- behind Arizona (20-4, 9-2) and UCLA (16-7, 7-3) -- and means Washington is certain to exit the Top 25 (and one) when the rankings are updated Sunday afternoon.

And let's not attribute this downward spiral to the loss of Abdul Gaddy.

His torn ACL didn't help, no question. But the Huskies were 5-1 with wins over Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State and Oregon in their first six games without Gaddy. Now they're on a three-game losing streak thanks to back-to-back losses to the same Oregon State and Oregon teams they handled last month by an average of 25 points.

The good news?

The Huskies' next two games -- and five of their final eight -- are at home.

The bad news?

The Huskies are two games behind Arizona with a game at the McKale Center still to come, meaning they'll likely finish with at least five league losses. Arizona, fresh off a 3-OT win at Cal, is projected to finish with no more than four.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 10, 2011 7:57 am
Edited on: January 10, 2011 8:10 am

Former Gophers guard transferring to Oregon

Grassroots Canada coach Ro Russell told CBSSports.com early Monday that former Minnesota guard Devoe Joseph will enroll at Oregon and be eligible to play for the Ducks next December provided he remains academically eligible.

Russell is Joseph's former summer coach.

Joseph averaged 11.2 points in eight games for Minnesota this season but recently announced his desire to transfer after missing part of the schedule because of a suspension stemming from a violation of team rules. The 6-foot-4 junior should have three semesters of eligibility remaining.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 10:25 am

Report: Dunigan left Oregon amid investigation

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens has announced the school is working with the Pac-10 to investigate possible eligibility concerns of a former men's basketball player who was subsequently identified by Bob Cook and George Schroeder of the Oregon Register-Guard as Michael Dunigan.

The 6-foot-10 center left Oregon and signed with a professional team in Israel earlier this month despite having two years of eligibility remaining. The Register-Guard is reporting the exit was precipitated by an investigation into allegations that Dunigan's eligibility had been compromised by extra benefits provided to him in violation of NCAA rules. Dunigan was a top 30 national prospect in the Class of 2008. He was recruited to Oregon from Chicago by Kenny Payne, who is now an assistant for John Calipari at Kentucky.

Dunigan averaged 9.0 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Ducks last season.

His exit leaves first-year coach Dana Altman with just nine scholarship players for this season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 26, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2010 7:28 pm

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

Oregon's Dana Altman confirmed Wednesday that assistant Kenny Payne is leaving to join John Calipari at Kentucky.

"Kenny's gonna go to Kentucky,'' Altman said, according to the Oregonian newspaper. "He's done a great job for us, and I really wanted him to stay. It's been kind of an awkward start because I did not know Kenny when I got here a month ago, but after a week, I got very comfortable around him and offered him a job and wanted him to stay. But he had a number of offers on the table and investigated them all, and he went to Kentucky this past weekend and really liked it, felt like it was in his best interest and his family's best interest to go to Kentucky."

The hiring of Payne is notable because he's an elite recruiter and friends with William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with longstanding ties to Calipari. Payne replaces Rod Strickland, who was demoted after a recent drinking-and-driving arrest. UK's other assistants are John Robic and Orlando Antigua.
Posted on: May 23, 2010 8:32 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2010 8:46 pm

Oregon assitant Payne spends weekend visiting UK

Oregon assistant Kenny Payne visited Kentucky this weekend and is a candidate to join John Robic and Orlando Antigua on John Calipari's staff, Oregon coach Dana Altman told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

"Kenny's really good," Altman said by phone. "He works hard and does a good job. That's why Kentucky wants him."

A move by Payne to Kentucky would come as no surprise given that he's a close friend of William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with ties to Calipari. It's also worth noting that Payne has spent years recruiting Terrence Jones, a Portland native who committed to Kentucky last week. Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Payne's probable presence at Kentucky was a factor, though not the determining factor, in helping the Wildcats lure Jones away from Washington. Jones publicly committed to Washington last month but waffled in the wake of a phone call with Calipari. The McDonald's All-American signed a financial aid agreement with UK last week.

Altman said he plans to meet with Payne to discuss his future in the next 48 hours.
Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:02 am

McDonald's All-American Jones announcing Friday

Terrence Jones, the top unsigned prospect in the Class of 2010, will announce his college decision Friday, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels.

Jones is a 6-foot-9 McDonald's All-American from Portland.

He'll reportedly choose between Kansas, Kentucky, Washington, UCLA, Oklahoma and Oregon.

MaxPreps.com ranks Jones as the No. 6 prospect in the Class of 2010.
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