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Nebraska giving coach Tim Miles one-year contract extension

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Tim Miles has been given a one-year contract extension through 2020-21 after leading the Cornhuskers to their most conference wins in a season.

The Huskers were 22-11 and played in the National Invitation Tournament. Their 13-5 record in Big Ten play was good for fourth place, tied with national runner-up Michigan.

“That type of performance certainly merits an extension of Tim’s contract as the leader of our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Bill Moos announced Tuesday. “I have been very impressed with the energy and passion Tim provides … as well as his commitment to his staff and the young men on our team.”

Miles is 97-97 with one NCAA Tournament appearance in six years after coming to Nebraska from Colorado State.

“We have great young guys in our program,” Miles said. “Our spring workouts are going well, and we are excited for next season. As this past season showed, we are building in the right direction.”

Miles is set to earn $2.375 million in 2018-19 and $2.5 million in 2019-20. No salary was announced for 2020-21.

Under Miles, the Huskers have had high player turnover due to transfers, and last week he lost one of his top assistants in Kenya Hunter, who left to take an assistant’s job at Connecticut under new coach Dan Hurley. That prompted Xavier Johnson, the top prospect in Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class, to ask for a release from his letter of intent.

The Huskers went into 2017-18 off three straight losing seasons and finishes of no higher than 11th in the Big Ten. Former athletic director Shawn Eichorst chose not to extend Miles’ contract after each of the last two seasons.

The Huskers beat Michigan by 20 points in Lincoln in January but lost by 19 to the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament. The Huskers were 16-1 at home, with the only loss by 1 point to Kansas, which also went to the Final Four.

The NCAA selection committee didn’t deem the Huskers’ resume strong enough for an at-large bid. They went to the NIT and lost at Mississippi State in the first round.

Nebraska is the only school from a power conference that has never won an NCAA Tournament game, and the last time the Huskers claimed even a share of a regular-season conference title was in 1949-50.

Swofford expects ‘substantive’ findings from Rice commission

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says he expects “substantive” recommendations from the committee seeking ways to reform college basketball amid a federal investigation of corruption in the sport.

Speaking Tuesday at a regional Associated Press Sports Editors meeting, Swofford said he doesn’t know what the commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will conclude next week when it is expected to present its report to the Division I Board of Directors and Board of Governors.

Swofford said it is “hard to argue against the need for substantive change.”

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, speaking at a similar meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday, hopes for an “impactful outcome” when Rice’s committee releases its recommendations.

The FBI’s corruption probe led to criminal charges against assistant coaches, agents, apparel company employees and others. The Justice Department arrested 10 people, including four assistant coaches from Arizona, Southern California, Auburn and Oklahoma State, in a case tied to hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged bribes and kickbacks designed to influence recruits on choosing a school or an agent.

Sankey said the investigation received “an appropriate level of concern and attention” during the season.

“I did not mean and would not imply that I think it’s just business as usual,” Sankey said. “I’ve seen some observations that, ‘Oh wow, we’re just back to business as usual. I don’t think that’s the case. I don’t (get) that sense from our programs and programs nationally.

“I don’t think there’s a time when you can settle in and say, ‘OK, everything’s fine. We’re moving forward,'” he added. “I think the attention’s been raised and the attention will be raised again when that report is released. And then there will probably be a lot of new work in determining how we meet whatever new expectations may exist.”

Swofford also called it “aggravating” to have two ACC schools — Louisville and North Carolina State — involved in the federal investigation.

N.C. State was one of the latest schools to become swept up in it, with prosecutors last week accusing an Adidas representative, who no longer works for the company, of agreeing to funnel $40,000 through an unidentified coach to the father of former player Dennis Smith Jr. The scandal also led to Rick Pitino’s ouster at Louisville before the season.

Swofford said having that two of his schools two ACC schools involved is “the last thing, from my chair, you want to see, and it’s the thing that upsets me the most, aggravates me the most.

“So when you have all those emotions tied to it, you need to find a way to do something positive,” he added. “I think college basketball is so good, even with its current problems, that it will be resilient. I think it will come out of this better and hopefully stronger than ever. … It might not be fun getting there.”

South Carolina G Beatty granted release from men’s program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Reserve guard David Beatty has been granted a full release from South Carolina’s men’s basketball program.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Beatty’s status on Monday.

Beatty, a 6-foot-2 guard from Philadelphia, played in 29 games off the bench this year, averaging less than 12 minutes a game. Beatty had a reputation as a scorer in high school, but shot just 25 percent this season (30-of-118).

Martin thanked Beatty for all he did for the program while here and wished him the best “on and off the court moving forward.”

Beatty is the third South Carolina reserve to leave the team since the season ended. Earlier, sophomore 7-foot forward Khadim Gueye and freshman 6-6 forward Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia announced their intentions to transfer.

Vic Bubas, who coached Duke to three Final Fours, dies at 91

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DURHAM, N.C. — Former Duke coach Vic Bubas, who led the Blue Devils to three Final Fours in 10 seasons, died at 91.

School spokesman Jon Jackson says family members told him Bubas died on Monday. No cause of death was given.

“Duke Basketball lost a true legend earlier today,” said Krzyzewski. “When I first arrived at Duke, Coach Bubas gave me the best advice. Essentially, he told me to be myself and to focus solely on Duke, while not getting caught up in everything going on around us. We have tried to honor him over the years by playing a level of basketball that lived up to his very high standards, and to those of the program he built here in the 1960s. We offer our deepest sympathy to the Bubas family, particularly to his wife Tootie, as well as their friends and the multitude of great players who attended this university during Coach Bubas’ tenure. He was a terrific coach, and more importantly, a special leader who will be missed greatly.”

Bubas went 213-67 with the Blue Devils from 1959-69 and won the first of his four Atlantic Coast Conference titles in his first season. He led Duke to Final Fours in 1963, 1964 and 1966.

He played on North Carolina State’s Final Four team in 1950 and served as commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference for 14 years.

Auburn hires Wes Flanigan as men’s basketball assistant

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has hired former Arkansas-Little Rock head basketball coach Wes Flanigan as an assistant.

Tigers coach Bruce Pearl announced the hiring of the ex-Auburn point guard on Monday.

Flanigan was a four-year starter at Auburn from 1993-97 and led the Southeastern Conference in assists as a junior.

He was fired from Arkansas-Little Rock in March after two seasons following a 7-25 season that set a program-record for losses in a season.

Flanigan was an assistant under Greg Beard for the 2015-16 team that went 30-5 and won its first outright Sun Belt Conference title.

He has also worked on the staffs at UAB, Nebraska and Mississippi State.

Purdue forward to transfer

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue forward Jacquil Taylor plans to transfer after he earns his degree in May.

Coach Matt Painter made the announcement Wednesday.

The 6-foot-10 junior will be eligible to play next season and could be granted a second year of eligibility.

Taylor fought injuries throughout his career with the Boilermakers and backed up big men such as Isaac Haas, Matt Haarms and Caleb Swanigan.

But when Haas went down with a fractured right elbow during last month’s NCAA Tournament, Taylor’s playing time increased. He played in 19 games last season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds and blocking seven shots.

In 38 career games at Purdue, he scored 72 points, had 58 rebounds and 15 blocks.

Taylor is from Cambridge, Massachusetts.