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Roy Williams, Jim Calhoun among coaches headed to college hoops Hall Kentucky’s Tionna Herron recovering from open-heart surgery Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri. Roy Williams and Jim Calhoun will join John Beilein and Lon Krueger in an all-star team of coaches who will be inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame in November.

Another longtime coach, Jerry Krause of Eastern Washington, will join the quartet along with players Richard Hamilton of the University of Connecticut, Larry Miller of North Carolina, Frank Selvie of Furman and Jimmy Walker of Providence.

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No date has been announced for the induction ceremony, but it usually coincides with the classic Hall of Fame, which is scheduled for November 21-22 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Williams retired in 2021 after leading two college basketball players, Kansas and North Carolina, with a total of 903 wins – third for a Division I coach – and nine Final Four appearances. He spent his first 15 seasons with the Jayhawks before returning to his alma mater in 2003, where he led the Tar Heels to three national championships in 18 seasons.

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Calhoun won three national championships at UCLA, the first with Hamilton, who was named Final Four MVP after the Huskies beat Duke for the 1999 title. Calhoun’s other championships came in 2004 and 2011, making him one of six coaches in Division I history to win at least three national titles.

Calhoun won 920 games for UConn, Northeast and Division III Saint Joseph, where he retired in 2021.

Beilein won 829 games between stops at Erie Community College, Nazareth, Les Moines, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan. It was in the latter that he became the best coach of the school and twice appeared in the Final Four.

Kruger also made two trips to the Final Four, first to Florida and then to Oklahoma, while managing five programs in the NCAA Tournament.

Krause spent 17 seasons in Eastern Washington, taking the program from NAIA status to the Division I level.

Among players, Miller starred in Dean Smith’s first two Final Four teams in North Carolina in the 1960s and remains one of only three players in ACC history to win Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in consecutive seasons. Selvi led Division I in scoring in 1953 and 1954 when he averaged 41.7 points per Furman. Walker led Providence to a couple of NCAA tournaments in the 1960s, earning All-American honors twice while averaging 25.2 points over his career.

LEXINGTON, Kentucky. Kentucky coach Kira Elsie says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot, 4-year-old mail carrier learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received different opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior coach Courtney Jones said in a press release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elsie said that Herron “is the epitome of a warrior” and everyone is grateful to be on the other side of the player’s operation. Herron is expected to return to campus early next month and continue rehab until she is allowed to return to normal activities.

“Her will and determination to eventually get back on the court is inspiring and it is this attitude towards the game that makes her the perfect fit for our program,” Elsie said in a press release. “We are so excited to have Tionna back in our dressing room; it’s not the same without our whole team.”

Herron moved to Kentucky during the early signing period last fall, is rated a four-star prospect and is among the top 70 players in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference tournament and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Michigan. Emony Bates, a former basketball prodigy who moved to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, has been charged with two felony charges after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

Bates, 18, was unable to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a gun was found during a search, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the car and gun did not belong to Bates.

“I hope people can hold back on judgment and understand that there is a benefit of the doubt,” Haney said. “It was not his car. It wasn’t his gun. … We are still gathering facts.”

Bates was charged with concealed carry and altering the markings on firearms. He was released after his lawyer pleaded not guilty. The next hearing in the Bates case will take place on October 6.

“This is his first run-in with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot Bates moved to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points per game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of the situation with one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to collect more details and will provide additional comments when more information becomes available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the 2020 high school basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year award, defeating Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Last year, Detroit selected Cunningham with the first overall pick, two picks before the Clevelands took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago but later backed out and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, which ended 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed most of the season with a back injury before appearing in two games in the NCAA Tournament in Memphis.

In 2019, as a freshman in high school, the slender and experienced quarterback led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan Division I Player of the Year by the Associated Press. His second season was interrupted by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy in his junior year, his last year of high school.

STORRS, Connecticut. On Thursday, UConn announced that it had agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination lawsuits related to his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to more than $11.1 million in back wages that Ollie has already paid off after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was wrongfully fired under the school’s agreement with the professors’ union.

“I’m grateful that we were able to come to an agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am glad that this issue has now been completely and finally resolved.

Ollie, the former UConn point guard who led the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was fired after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him on his contract, citing multiple NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on two-year probation, and Ollie was subject to individual sanctioning for violations that the NCAA determined occurred between 2013 and 2018. the purpose of firing Ollie “for a good reason”.

The school argued that Ollie’s misdeeds were serious and that his individual contract superseded these union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers argued that white coaches, including Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Jeno Oriemma, also committed NCAA violations but were not fired, and indicated that they planned to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement on Thursday that they have settled the matter “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who has faced three years of NCAA restrictions on becoming a college basketball coach again, currently coaches the Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top non-college prospects for the pros.

TUCSON, Arizona. – Atlanta Dream guard Ari McDonald returns to Arizona to work under coach Adiya Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald would be recruiting director, continuing his commitment to the WNBA. She will oversee all recruitment logistics, assist with campus visits, and manage recruitment information and social media content in Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after he moved from Washington in his sophomore year. She was the 2020-21 Pac-12 Player of the Year and All-American Player of the Year, leading the Wildcats to a national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

COLOMBIA, South Carolina. South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Don Staley canceled a series of home games with BYU due to a recent racially motivated incident in which a Cougars fan shouted insults at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on November 7 and then play on the Utah campus for the 2023–24 season.

But Staley cited last month’s BYU home volleyball game as the reason for the series’ cancellation.

“As head coach, my job is to do the best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The BYU incident made me re-evaluate our house and home and I don’t feel like now is the right time for us to be in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racist slurs from the stands during the game.

BYU…



Source: collegebasketball.nbcsports.com

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