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American extends head coach Mike Brennan’s contract

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Mike Brennan has signed a contract extension with American, the school announced on Thursday. The contract is for six years, which would theoretically keep him in D.C. until 2020.

This is not surprising news.

The Eagles, who were picked ninth in the Patriot League heading into last season, won their first ten games in league play en route to a second place finish in the conference regular season and a conference tournament title.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent American University and excited to extend my time here at AU,” said Brennan. “The support from the athletic department and from the university has been tremendous and I look forward to building upon a successful year.”

The last American coach to win the first ten games in league play? Gary Williams. He ended up being pretty good.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.