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DETROIT — Harvard hired Tommy Amaker to coach its men's basketball team, less than a month after he was fired by Michigan.

"I called today and accepted the offer," Amaker told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "It's a terrific opportunity for me. I've been fortunate to be associated with some of the finest academic institutions in the country, and none is greater than Harvard."

Amaker, who played at Duke and was a Blue Devils assistant, has been a head coach at Michigan and Seton Hall.

Frank Sullivan's contract with Harvard was not renewed after the Crimson went 12-16 overall and 5-9 in the Ivy League last season, and 178-245 over 16 years. Harvard hasn't played in the NCAA tournament since 1946.

South Alabama

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz has been granted permission to talk to South Alabama officials about the school's head coaching job.

Charlotte spokesman Ryan Rose on Wednesday confirmed South Alabama asked and received permission from athletic director Judy Rose to speak to Lutz, who is 168-112 in nine seasons with the 49ers.

South Alabama, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, is looking to replace John Pelphrey, who was named head coach at Arkansas on Monday.


TULSA, Okla. — High school senior Glenn Andrews signed a letter of intent with Tulsa on Wednesday, the first day of college basketball's spring signing period.

A 6-foot-3 guard, Williams averaged 18 points to help T.C. Williams High School to the Virginia state quarterfinals last season. He shot 45 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range, for a team that held the No. 1 state ranking much of the season and finished 25-4.

"We're excited to have Glenn join our basketball program," Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik said. "Glenn is an exceptional shooter who will fit in nicely with our returning team. He's an athletic player who has a scorer's mentality."


BIRMINGHAM — UAB signed junior college forward Reggie Huffman on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Huffman is a Birmingham native who spent the past two seasons at Western Oklahoma Community College. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds for the junior college.

"Reggie is going to be a great player," UAB coach Mike Davis said. "He is strong, athletic, quick and mature. He is going to step in and immediately help us next season.

"He is someone who has been in the Air Force and then played at a community college. So he comes to us as a mature leader and that is something we need. We are excited to have him on this team."

- The Associated Press

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