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Alabama basketball

INDIANAPOLIS — Avery Jukes, a 6-foot-8 freshman at Alabama, has transferred to Butler and will become eligible to play basketball in December.

Jukes, who averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds as a senior at South Gwinnett High School in Georgia, played three games for Alabama this season before deciding to transfer.

He will begin classes at Butler this week and have three years of eligibility remaining when he joins the team next season.

UAB football

BIRMINGHAM — New UAB football coach Neil Callaway will make $360,000 a year plus incentives for various achievements, including conference crowns and bowls.

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees Compensation Committee approved the five-year contract Tuesday.

The deal includes incentives for postseason appearances, academic performance of the UAB players and ticket sales. The biggest incentives are $150,000 if Callaway leads his players to the BCS title game, plus $50,000 if the Blazers win the game.

Other postseason incentives include $30,000 for a Conference USA East Division championship, $10,000 for a C-USA overall championship, $25,000 for a bowl appearance without a division title or C-USA championship and $10,000 for a bowl game win.

Hawaii football

HONOLULU — Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan withdrew from the NFL draft Wednesday and will return to school for his senior season.

Brennan on Monday filed the paperwork to make himself eligible for April's draft but said he needed more time to make up his mind. He had 72 hours to decide and ended up choosing another year running the Warriors' high-powered offense.

"I know what I'm passing up," Brennan said at a news conference. "My heart lies right here in Hawaii."

Brennan set an NCAA record with 58 touchdown passes this season, and led the nation in passing yards (5,549), passing efficiency (186) and completion percentage (72.6).

Arkansas football

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — David Lee is well aware of what he's getting himself into.

"I know there's a firestorm going on in Arkansas," the Razorbacks' new offensive coordinator said. "I'm ready for it. I spent four years with Bill Parcells."

And with that, Arkansas began moving on from the Gus Malzahn-Mitch Mustain era. Lee was named the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Wednesday. He'll return to Arkansas for a third tour of duty — he was on the Razorbacks' staff during 1984-88 and 2001-02.

This time, he's joining a program that's been jolted a bit. Malzahn, the previous offensive coordinator, left earlier this week to join the staff at Tulsa. Then Mustain, a touted freshman quarterback, asked for and received permission to transfer.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt had appeared to hold out hope Tuesday that Mustain might change his mind and stay with the Razorbacks. But by Wednesday, the coaches seemed to accept that he was gone.

Lee has worked a bit with Mustain in the past, but he said he understands Mustain and his family have made a decision and doesn't plan to interfere.

Nutt: Cleveland staying at Arkansas: Arkansas tight end Ben Cleveland has decided to stay at Arkansas, coach Houston Nutt said Wednesday.

Cleveland, a freshman from Springdale High School, had 12 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns this season. He was under scrutiny after Malzahn, his high school coach, and Mustain, his high school teammate, left the Razorbacks this week.

"He's excited about staying, and we're excited about him staying," Nutt said.

Cleveland caught the winning touchdown against Alabama in September.

SWAC sports

BIRMINGHAM — The Southwestern Athletic Conference is considering moving its headquarters from Birmingham, along with the football championship game and league basketball tournaments.

The league's council of presidents and chancellors discussed a possible move in a meeting Friday. Commissioner Robert Vowels said comments about the city's relationship with the conference were favorable, but they planned to meet again within 60 days for more discussions.

The SWAC moved to Birmingham from New Orleans in 1999.

Vowels said several cities have bid to host the league headquarters and the postseason football and basketball events. He declined to name the cities.

The SWAC is budgeted to receive $584,120 from the city in fiscal year 2007, said Terry Burney, Mayor Bernard Kincaid's chief administrative analyst.

- The Associated Press

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