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Louisville trustees fire AD Jurich

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Tom Jurich was loyal to the coaches he hired at Louisville almost to a fault, supporting them through good and bad times during 20 years as the Cardinals athletic director.

None more than men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Jurich and Pitino faced many embarrassing transgressions during the coach's 16-year tenure, but the negative attention generated by a federal investigation of college basketball was the last straw for Pitino - and ultimately Jurich.


Auburn mum on FBI probe at media day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Being involved in an ongoing FBI investigation limited what Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and his Tigers could say at Southeastern Conference basketball media day.

Pearl being Pearl meant the coach didn't stop selling his program as much as possible.


Experienced teams could topple Kentucky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kentucky opponents have trouble agreeing on what it takes to topple a program that annually brings in multiple future first-round NBA picks.

Yet a few Southeastern Conference teams may have stumbled across a winning formula the last couple of years. Experience matters against the talented, but young Wildcats.


Calipari cautious on recruiting changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Latest on Southeastern Conference men's basketball media days (all times Eastern):

5:35 p.m.


Ewing back, but 'Nova Big East favorite

NEW YORK (AP) Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are giving the Big East an old-time feel.

The Hall of Famers, who helped put the conference on the basketball map in the mid-1980 as players, are trying to bring back the glory days to their alma mater as coaches.


24 schools to play for disaster relief

The NCAA says at least two dozen Division I basketball programs are taking advantage of a waiver that allows teams to play an extra exhibition game if the proceeds go to disaster relief.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told The Associated Press via email that the governing body is aware of 24 programs that have elected to take part in one of the games. Many of the games are benefiting people affected by recent hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, while at least one is helping people affected by the California wildfires and the Las Vegas mass shooting.


Manning, Wake look to keep climbing

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has come a long way in a relatively short time with Danny Manning.

The Demon Deacons reached their first NCAA Tournament since 2010. They helped develop a solid player into a first-round draft pick. They picked up their highest-rated recruit in nearly a decade - and positioned themselves to win more of those recruiting battles in the future.

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