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Delany not shocked by FBI investigation

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NEW YORK (AP) Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says he wasn't shocked by the FBI investigation into college basketball because of the history of federal law enforcement intersecting with the sport.

At Big Ten media day on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, Delany said the conference has had no contact with the FBI about the investigation.

"We really don't have any facts other than what we've read," Delany said.


Louisville's Padgett promotes Evans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville interim coach David Padgett has promoted R.J. Evans to acting assistant coach to "unofficially round out our staff."

The announcement of Evans' promotion Friday comes a day after Padgett introduced Greg Paulus as an assistant coach. Evans worked under Rick Pitino, who was fired earlier this week. Evans was given on-court responsibilities after assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair were placed on paid administrative leave.


Big Ten to pad league slate to 20 games

NEW YORK (AP) Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March.

"This is the mecca of basketball," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "It always has been. And I think it always will be."


Boeheim excited over young Orange team

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim admitted that the beginning of his 42nd year as head coach at his alma mater feels a little different, and it has nothing to do with his age.

Longtime assistant Mike Hopkins is no longer there to lean on. After 22 years on the bench alongside his mentor, Hopkins jumped at the chance to become head coach at Washington in March, passing up the opportunity to take over for Boeheim as planned.


Louisville trustees fire AD Jurich

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.


Clemson adds experience with transfers

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Brad Brownell believed his team needed some bulk and experience inside for this upcoming season. He thinks he's got it in transfers David Skara and Mark Donnal.

Skara is a 6-foot-8 transfer from Valparaiso who sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. Donnal is a 6-9 graduate transfer who played his first three seasons at Michigan.


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.

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