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Cal hires Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as coach (Yahoo Sports)
A more relaxed fan base, milder weather and a chance to coach at the top-rated public university in the country added up to Cuonzo Martin making the decision to leave Tennessee for California. Cal hired Martin as the 16th men's basketball coach in school history Tuesday, a decision that stunned Volunteers administrators and players after he had reaffirmed his commitment to Tennessee just two weeks ago. Martin said it was a difficult move but the opportunity at Cal was too much to pass up. I got off the plane and I just said, 'Ahhh,''' Martin said during his introductory news conference in Berkeley.
Tarkanian feeling better after heart attack (Yahoo Sports)
Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is up and moving around at a Las Vegas hospital and could go home this weekend after suffering a heart attack and contracting pneumonia. ''He's feeling much better,'' Tarkanian's son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said Tuesday. Doctors determined the 83-year-old had pneumonia and tests later revealed he also had a heart attack. Diamant said Tarkanian will likely undergo a catheterization to determine if anything else needs to be done in the next couple of days and could go home after that.
Creighton signs Boston U. guard Maurice Watson Jr (Yahoo Sports)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Boston University point guard Maurice Watson Jr. is transferring to Creighton.
Duke's Parker to decide Wednesday on going pro (Yahoo Sports)
Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year. The All-American was in Oklahoma City with his parents to accept the Wayman Tisdale Award as college basketball's top freshman. Self recently had two freshmen, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, declare for the draft and last season had a one-and-done player in Ben McLemore.
Michigan State's Gary Harris entering NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)
Gary Harris is going pro, thanks in part to coach Tom Izzo's recommendation. The Michigan State shooting guard is entering the NBA draft, choosing to skip his last two years of college. ''It's time to follow my dream,'' Harris said in a statement released by the school.