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Auburn, coach Bruce Pearl agree to new 5-year contract

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Auburn and basketball coach Bruce Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract. The deal announced Friday, which is worth about $20 million, runs through the 2023-24 season. Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson says Pearl will be paid $3.8 million next season with a $125,000 increase in salary annually. The deal includes an $8 million buyout clause that begins next year and decreases by $2 million each year after that.
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LSU, Will Wade, NCAA officials meet without immediate resolution

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

LSU officials say their first meeting with suspended basketball coach Will Wade has taken place but that there is not yet a resolution regarding Wade’s long-term status. A written statement from the university says “it is unlikely LSU makes any decisions today regarding Coach Wade.” Friday’s meeting included NCAA compliance officials and marked the first face-to-face communication between all parties since LSU suspended Wade for initially refusing to meet with administrators on March 8.
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Steve Alford says he’s in Nevada for the long haul

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

New Nevada coach Steve Alford says he’s hungry for the chance to take the Wolf Pack to the next level. About 300 supporters joined cheerleaders and a pep band at the Lawlor Events Center as Nevada formally introduced Alford as the successor to Eric Musselman, who left for the head coach’s job at Arkansas. Alford got a 10-year deal and he said he intends to finish his career with the Wolf Pack.
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Arizona State working on contract extension with Bobby Hurley

Arizona State and basketball coach Bobby Hurley are working on a contract extension to keep him in the desert. Hurley made the announcement on Twitter, thanking school President Michael Crow and athletic director Ray Anderson for entrusting him to lead the program. Hurley has led the Sun Devils to consecutive NCAA Tournaments
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Nevada quickly hires Steve Alford to replace Eric Musselman

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Nevada moved quickly to replace one big-name coach with another. Nevada hired former UCLA coach Steve Alford three days after Eric Musselman left for Arkansas. Alford returns to the Mountain West Conference, where he had some of his biggest successes. He spent six seasons in Albuquerque, leading the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament three times, including a trip to the third round in 2012. He was fired by UCLA in December in the middle of his sixth season.
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Duke’s Cam Reddish turns pro, hires agent

Cam Reddish is the latest Duke freshman to leave school for the NBA draft. Reddish announced his decision on social media Thursday, the day after teammate RJ Barrett said he was entering the draft. School spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Reddish has hired an agent. Reddish averaged 13.5 points and hit 33 percent of his 3-pointers. His decision leaves AP player of the year Zion Williamson as the last Duke freshman starter yet to announce his plans for next season.