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Arizona fires men’s basketball coach Sean Miller

Arizona fires men’s basketball coach Sean Miller

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April 7 (UPI) -- The University of Arizona has fired men's basketball coach Sean Miller, the school announced Wednesday. Miller posted a 302-109 record during his 12 seasons with the Wildcats, but also coached the team amid an NCAA investigation and FBI probe into corruption in recruiting at Arizona and other college basketball programs. Advertisement "After conferring with [Arizona athletic director] Dave Heeke since the season's end, it has become clear that our men's basketball program -- and our university -- needs to write a new chapter in our history, and that begins with a change of leadership," Arizona president Robert C. Robbins said in a news release. "Arizona basketball means so much to so many and, as stewards of the program, we must always act in the best interests of the uni...
Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart leaves for Marquette job

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart leaves for Marquette job

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March 26 (UPI) -- Texas Longhorns men's basketball coach Shaka Smart has been hired as Marquette's next head coach, the school announced Friday. Smart replaces former Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, who was fired last week after seven seasons leading the Golden Eagles. Advertisement "We undertook an exhaustive national search, during which we discussed our opening with a significant number of highly qualified coaches," Marquette athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. "Throughout the search, one individual continued to rise to the top and that was Shaka. "I am beyond excited for our current and future student-athletes who will have the great fortune of being mentored by Shaka. He is a great teacher of the game, while also being a great molder of young men." The 43-year-ol...
NCAA to allow fans at Division I men’s basketball tournament

NCAA to allow fans at Division I men’s basketball tournament

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Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans at the 2021 Division I men's basketball tournament, the governing body of college sports said Friday. NCAA officials said the decision to allow up to 25% capacity at tournament venues, with physical distancing, was made in conjunction with state and local health authorities in Indiana. Attendees will be required to wear masks. Advertisement Officials announced in January that the entire 67-game tournament will be held in Indiana to better control the environment for the event's participants amid the coronavirus pandemic. Selection Sunday, the annual day that teams find out if they earned a spot in the tournament, is planned for March 14. Tournament play starts March 16 and 17. The Final Four is scheduled for April 3 and 5. "We...
Basketball Hall of Fame delays Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan inductions to May 2021

Basketball Hall of Fame delays Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan inductions to May 2021

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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday that its star-studded Class of 2020 featuring Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will now be inducted in May at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The Hall of Fame said the induction festivities are scheduled for May 13-15, 2021. Advertisement Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of governors for the Hall of Fame, previously said the original and alternate enshrinement dates -- Aug. 28-30 and Oct. 10-12 -- were "just not feasible" because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "The decision to reschedule enshrinement into May of next year, along with diminished museum guest visitation and a very uncertain future regarding our multiple collegiate and high school basketball events this fall, ...
NCAA to allow resumption of voluntary on-campus activities in football, basketball

NCAA to allow resumption of voluntary on-campus activities in football, basketball

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May 20 (UPI) -- The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to allow the resumption of voluntary on-campus athletic activities in football and men's and women's basketball beginning June 1. After the coronavirus pandemic forced sports across the United States to suspend play, the NCAA council prohibited all on-campus workouts. That ban was set to expire at the end of May. The NCAA said it reached a decision after a virtual meeting Wednesday. The organization said the status of other sports will be decided through an electronic vote at a later date. "We encourage each school to use its discretion to make the best decisions possible for football and basketball student-athletes within the appropriate re-socialization framework," said council chair M. Grace Calhoun, the athletic director at ...