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Tennessee hires Southern Mississippi's Tyndall (Yahoo Sports)
Tennessee's coaching position had just become available when Donnie Tyndall received a text message urging him to pursue the job. This particular message did not come from Tyndall's agent. HINT, HINT.'' ''Certainly this is a job that was on my radar - and Gracie's too,'' Tyndall said Tuesday at his introductory press conference as Tennessee's coach. Tyndall agreed to a six-year contract worth $1.6 million per year to replace Cuonzo Martin, who went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee before California hired him on April 15.
Tennessee hoops loses guards from recruiting class (Yahoo Sports)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has granted guards Larry Austin Jr. and Jordan Cornish releases from their letters of intent, cutting the Volunteers' incoming freshman class in half.
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)
Kentucky forward Julius Randle took a lot of time and talked to a lot of people before deciding to leave after one season for the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. With five days left before the deadline for underclassmen to declare, the 6-foot-9 Dallas native announced the decision many expected even before he arrived as part of Kentucky's best recruiting class ever. Projected as a lottery pick from the outset, Randle solidified his draft stock by leading Kentucky (29-11) to the NCAA final behind a string of double-doubles despite being double- and triple-teamed. ''Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart, but growing up as a kid, there's always been my dream to play in the NBA, and there's no better opportunity for me to achieve that goal than now,'' Randle said at a news conference attended by his mother, Carolyn Kyles, and teammates Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, who rode in on a scooter.
Vandy assistant Cason joins Smart's staff at VCU (Yahoo Sports)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Vanderbilt assistant basketball coach David Cason has joined Shaka Smart's staff at Virginia Commonwealth.
Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA (Yahoo Sports)
Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes - regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. One day before the board of directors meets in Indianapolis and two days before Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on creating college sports' first union, the NCAA president told The Associated Press that a new governance system could solve many problems by providing more opportunities for college athletes and their families. The list could include adding the full cost-of-attendance in scholarships, expanded health insurance, additional help with academic and career counseling, and providing money for the families of athletes to travel to NCAA tournament events.