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NCAA basketball notebook: Ernie Kent out as Oregon coach

Oklahoman Modified: March 17, 2010 at 4:44 am •  Published: March 17, 2010
He originally called the injury a sprained wrist and wore a splint in Missouri’s first-round loss to Nebraska in the Big 12 Tournament last week.

Bowers spent most of the season as a reserve. He has started the past four games in place of injured forward Justin Safford, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and faces off-season surgery.

DePaul ready to make coach one of Big East’s richest
DePaul is serious about restoring a once-proud program and is prepared to make its next men’s basketball coach one of the richest in the Big East.

Athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto says whoever gets the job could have a salary that "would definitely be in the top half and it would be comparably close to the very top” in the conference.

It’s a sign that DePaul is ready to make a big push after getting knocked around the past few years.

Ponsetto says DePaul has several candidates who are currently head coaches in successful programs. No one has interviewed for the job.

DePaul lost its final 13 games this season to finish at 8-23.

After trying season, Smith rewarded with NCAA bid
In 19 seasons as a coach, Tubby Smith has won a national title and taken his team to the NCAA Tournament 16 times.

His latest trip may be his most satisfying yet.

Despite losing his two best recruits to legal entanglements and his starting point guard to an academic suspension, Smith has guided Minnesota to the 11th seed in the West Region. The Golden Gophers will play sixth-seeded Xavier in the first round in Milwaukee on Friday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Smith calls this the most challenging season of his career. His father died before the season. After an up-and-down regular season, the Gophers defeated Penn State, Michigan State and Purdue to reach the Big Ten Tournament finals and earn at at-large NCAA bid.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



Kent out at Oregon

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