Former Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins has landed a new job a week after getting fired.
Dawkins will be the next head coach at UCF, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. ESPN.com previously reported that Dawkins was expected to be hired by the university.
UCF fired Donnie Jones earlier this month after six seasons with the program.
Dawkins had been the head coach at Stanford for eight seasons, but he was fired after being unable to get the Cardinal back to the NCAA tournament after reaching the Sweet 16 in 2014. He’s a former point guard and assistant coach at Duke, and the connection here is that UCF’s AD is Danny White, one of the sons of Duke AD Kevin White.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis is launching an investigation into whether athletic director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest while negotiating basketball coach Josh Pastner’s 2013 raise and contract extension.
University President David Rudd said in a statement Tuesday the school is “aware of the accusations” and is “retaining an outside source to conduct the review.”
The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal first reported the investigation, noting that Pastner and Bowen were once both represented by Joey McCutchen’s NextLevel Sports. Bowen told the newspaper he ended NextLevel’s representation in 2012.
Pastner received a raise from $1.7 million to $2.65 million in 2013. Under terms of that raise, Memphis would have owed Pastner $10.6 million if it had fired him this month.
Rudd and Bowen issued a joint statement Friday saying Pastner would be retained.
N.C. State point guard Cat Barber will put his name into the NBA Draft and sign with an agent.
The Wolfpack junior told Pack Nation in a text message about his decision to move on.
“I feel like it’s time for me to move on and take my game to the next level,” he wrote. “I want to be able to provide for my family. I enjoyed my time at NC State. I want to thank my coaches for giving me the opportunity. Most importantly I want to thank my teammates and the fans. I want everyone to know I gave it 100% every night. I will forever be a part of WPN.”
Barber could have elected to not sign with an agent and worked out for NBA teams and attend the NBA Combine before deciding to stay in or withdraw from the draft while retaining his eligibility under new NCAA legislation. Initially, that appeared to be his plan, but instead, he’s charging forward to the professional ranks.
Barber had a tremendous junior season for N.C. State, averaging 23.5 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 boards, but he’s projected as a mid-to-late second round pick.
Kris Dunn is headed off to the NBA, a decision that should not surprise anyone.
He’ll be signing with an agent, according to ESPN.com.
Dunn returned to Providence last season in order to earn his degree. The redshirt junior did just that, and while he’s leaving school with a year of eligiblity remaining, he’s now completed his fourth season in college; Dunn redshirted his freshman season due to surgery on his shoulder.
As a junior, Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and while he shot an improved 37 percent from three, although he still committed 3.5 turnovers per game.
The Friars went 23-10 on the season before losing to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Georgia standout Dominique Wilkins and Doug Collins of Illinois State headline the eight-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.
Wilkins played three seasons for the Bulldogs before embarking on a standout NBA career, making nine All-Star games while playing for the Hawks, Clippers, Celtics, Spurs and Magic.
Collins scored 2,240 points during his three-year career with the Redbirds, and was the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft. He was a four-time All-Star before beginning a long career as a coach.
Joining them in this year’s class are DePaul’s Mark Aguirre, Kansas State’s Bob Boozer, LaSalle’s Lionel Simmons and UCLA star Jamaal Wilkes, along with coaches Hugh Durham and Mike Montgomery.
The induction ceremony is Nov. 18 in Kansas City.
Todd Simon will be the next head coach at Southern Utah, a source told NBCSports.com.
Simon spent the second half of this season as the interim head coach at UNLV, replacing Dave Rice. He won the first three games of his tenure, the Rebels went just 9-8 under his watch. Simon joined the UNLV program in 2013 as an assistant coach. He had previously been the head coach at Findlay Prep, a prep school in Las Vegas.
UNLV opted not to remove his interim tag. They’re currently pursuing Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin.
Simon will replace Nick Robinson at Southern Utah. Robinson was 29-90 in his four seasons there. He went 5-24 last season and finished tied for last place in the Big Sky.