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 By AARON BEARD    Sports    January 14, 2022

Big-name women's basketball programs returning to prominence

Kellie Harper is working to return the Tennessee women's basketball program back to being a title contender and has the Lady Vols closer to their traditionally elite status. She's got company at other big-name programs, too. The Lady Vols are ranked...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    May 21, 2021

Duke's King embraces being role model as Black woman AD

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Nina King knows she faces a big responsibility in taking over as Duke's athletics director later this year. It's not just about managing a 27-sport program in a marquee league. King will become only the third Black woman AD in...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    March 12, 2021

Positive COVID-19 tests derail Kansas, Virginia tourney runs

A year to the day after COVID-19 brought the college basketball postseason to a halt, the pandemic continues to disrupt the sport, with three premier programs forced to abandon their conference tournaments because of positive coronavirus tests. No....

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    June 5, 2020

NCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption case

Oklahoma State has become the first school to be punished by the NCAA in the fallout from the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. The school plans to fight — and likely won't be the only one. The Cowboys' men's basketball...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    June 4, 2020

Study: College sports trail pro leagues in diversity hiring

A diversity report for racial and gender hiring across college sports found overall improvement yet still reported grades lagging behind the professional ranks. Wednesday's report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    March 25, 2020

Dayton double: Flyers' Toppin, Grant claim AP top honors

Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant spent the season transforming Dayton from an unranked team that wasn't even picked to win its conference into one of the nation's best, complete with the most wins in program history. The pair behind the Flyers' remarkabl...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    March 1, 2020

Providence, Texas strengthening NCAA chances entering March

Providence and Texas are headed into March with wins, momentum and improving resumes for the NCAA Tournament. Both the Friars and Longhorns have spent significant stretches looking little like a team that would earn a bid. But they have each won...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    January 26, 2020

Baylor remains No. 1 in AP Top 25 with few changes at top

Baylor is No. 1 for a second straight week in an AP Top 25 poll that had no major changes at the top, a rare bit of stability in a wildly unpredictable season. The Bears stayed well ahead of No. 2 Gonzaga in Monday's poll, part of an unchanged top...

 

Kansas faces test of holding onto No. 1 spot in AP Top 25

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville have each spent time at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll only to lose quickly. The challenge now falls on Kansas to avoid the same fate. The Jayhawks reached...

 

NCAA suspends response deadlines in hoops corruption cases

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA is suspending its deadlines for schools to respond to charges levied by the governing body in the wake of college basketball's corruption scandal. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press in a public-records reques...

 
 By Aaron Beard    Sports    April 5, 2019

Texas Tech's Beard named AP men's college coach of the year

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Beard of Texas Tech had a cheering, boisterous audience as he took stage Thursday to accept the trophy as The Associated Press men's college basketball coach of the year — his players and family filling the front row to c...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    March 29, 2018

Who is No. 1? Top college player often not top NBA prospect

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Arizona's Deandre Ayton and Oklahoma's Trae Young are certain high NBA draft picks, one of them could easily be the top overall selection. Still, that doesn't make any of them the best player in colleg...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    March 1, 2018

Study: little progress in minority hiring in college sports

A diversity report released Wednesday on college sports finds little progress in improving racial and gender hiring practices. The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida says NCAA member schools co...

 

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

New details of payments to players in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport's basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption. Bank...

 

Corruption scandal threatens eligibility for college players

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal fraud and bribery scandal shaking college basketball has led to a key question of what will happen to recruits who received money linked to attending certain schools. It could mean the permanent loss of college...

 

NCAA pulls 7 postseason events out of NC due to LGBT law

The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release...

 

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