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Nevada hires former LSU head coach Johnny Jones as associate head coach

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Nevada added an experienced coach to its staff on Wednesday as former LSU head coach Johnny Jones will be joining the staff of the Wolfpack as associate head coach.

A former head coach with LSU, North Texas and a season at Memphis, Jones has three NCAA tournament appearances while compiling a 295-234 career record.

Head coach Eric Musselman gets an associate head coach who has run a program plenty of times while also adding the recruiting prowess that Jones has showed during his time as an assistant and head coach at LSU.

Jones previously had Musselman on his staff at LSU for a season as he’ll help replace some spots opened up by former assistant coaches Dave Rice and Yanni Hufnagel.

“We are absolutely thrilled that coach Jones has joined our staff,” Musselman said in a release. “I saw the leadership and basketball knowledge he possesses when we worked together at LSU. He’s going to be a very important part of many more tournament runs here at Nevada.”

Report: San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher retires, replaced by assistant Brian Dutcher

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San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher has retired and longtime assistant coach Brian Dutcher will take over the Aztecs after being the team’s coach-in-waiting since 2011, according to a report from Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune.

Tuesday will feature the formal news conference that will introduce Dutcher, who has been with Fisher since the coach’s tenure at Michigan. Fisher’s son, Mark, is also expected to remain with the program as a special assistant, according to Zeigler’s report.

Fisher finishes his 18-year career at San Diego State with a 386-209 mark and a 168-114 record in Mountain West play. The Aztecs made eight NCAA tournament appearances and two Sweet 16s with Fisher.

Also famous for his national-title winning tenure at Michigan, Fisher won the title in 1989 and had two Final Four appearances vacated as head coach of the famous “Fab Five” in 1992 and 1993. Fisher lasted nine seasons at Michigan before leaving and spending one season as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings.

The 72-year-old Fisher finishes with a career record of 495–288.

Dutcher has been an associate head coach under Fisher at both Michigan and San Diego State since 1989. A noted recruiter who is partly responsible for landing the “Fab Five” the 57-year-old Dutcher gets his first chance to be a Division I head coach with San Diego State.

Mountain West issues statement on Colorado State/New Mexico altercation

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The Mountain West issued a statement on Monday in response to the altercation that happened after New Mexico’s win at Colorado State on Saturday.
Following the Lobos’ 84-71 road victory, Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal captured an incident on video between Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo and the New Mexico coaching staff.
Both sides claimed that the other was the instigator and the incident didn’t make anybody in the video look good.
For as bad as things might have looked, the Mountain West has decided not to hand down any sort of punishment. After an investigation, the conference could not truly determine the root cause of all the drama saying in the release, “A number of conflicting perspectives have emerged and, in some cases, there is no definitive proof as to the responsible party or parties.”
What has been determined is the entire incident created an undesirable athletic competition environment, and did not reflect favorably upon either basketball program, either member institution or the Conference. There were a number of errors in judgment throughout the course of the afternoon and poor decisions made by various individuals. Such conduct is unacceptable.
The Colorado State and New Mexico athletic departments have already initiated follow-up conversations with all appropriate parties to address the events of this past Saturday. Those will continue, with the institutions taking corrective measures they deem appropriate and advising the Conference office accordingly.
The Mountain West Board of Directors and Joint Council have been adamant in their emphasis on good sportsmanship and appropriate behavior. Those involved with this most recent incident will be under close scrutiny going forward – as will all Mountain West constituents.

Obviously there is a lot to sift through with this incident but hopefully these two teams don’t have any further incident when they play at New Mexico on Feb. 21st.

Beehive Classic features Utah, BYU, Utah State, Weber State

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State will play in a December basketball tournament called the Beehive Classic starting this season and running through 2019. The event will be held at the home of the Utah Jazz.

Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, the ownership branch of the Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena, announced the tournament Thursday.

It will feature one night of two games each year with every team playing the other two over the span of three years.

BYU will play Weber State and Utah State faces Utah on Dec. 9, 2017. On Dec. 8, 2018, it’s Utah State vs. Weber State followed by Utah vs. BYU. On Dec. 14, 2019, it’s Weber State vs. Utah and BYU vs. Utah State.

Utah, San Diego St headline field for Diamond Head Classic

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HONOLULU (AP) Utah and San Diego State headline the eight-team field for the 2016 edition of the Diamond Head Classic.

Hawaii, the host school, announced the bracket on Thursday.

The other teams are Illinois State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin.

The tournament will be played on Dec. 22, 23 and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.

ESPN2 will broadcast the championship game along with five other games. ESPNU will carry four games. ESPN3 will carry two.

Wooden Legacy bracket announced

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Thursday morning the match-ups for the 2016 Wooden Legacy were announced, an eight-team event that includes programs such as UCLA, Dayton, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Of the eight teams in the field just two made NCAA tournament appearances last season, Dayton and Texas A&M. Both were eliminated by eventual Final Four participants, with Dayton falling to Syracuse in the first round and Texas A&M losing to Oklahoma in the Sweet 16.

The Wooden Legacy will run from November 24-27, with each team being guaranteed three games and the event taking a day off Saturday, November 26. The first two days of games will be played at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, with the final round scheduled for the Honda Center in Anaheim.

There will also be one unbracketed game in the Wooden Legacy, with UCLA hosting CSUN Sunday, November 13 at Pauley Pavilion.

Thursday, November 24 (all times Eastern)
2:00 p.m.: Texas A&M vs. CSUN
4:30 p.m.: New Mexico vs. Virginia Tech
8:30 p.m.: Dayton vs. Nebraska
11:00 p.m.: Portland vs. UCLA

Friday, November 25
3:00 p.m.: Consolation #1
5:30 p.m.: Semifinal #1
9:30 p.m.: Consolation #2
Midnight: Semifinal #2

Sunday, November 27
2:00 p.m.: 5th Place Game
4:30 p.m.: 3rd Place Game
8:30 p.m.: Championship Game
11:00 p.m.: 7th Place Game