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Air Force

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy didn't look far to find its new men's basketball coach, promoting assistant Jeff Reynolds on Tuesday.

Reynolds will replace Jeff Bzdelik, who left for Colorado two weeks ago. The 50-year-old Reynolds is the seventh head coach in the academy's history and the fourth in the past five years.

"My job here is to sustain the success of the program and take it to the next level," Reynolds said.

His five-year deal will be worth about $350,000 a season, about the same figure Bzdelik made with the Falcons. The contract also includes a $500,000 buyout clause, just in case other teams want to lure Reynolds away. Bzdelik's buyout was a comparatively small $270,000.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois coach Theresa Grentz resigned Tuesday, less than two months after she sought a contract extension.

Grentz, 10th in career victories among Division I women's coaches, said during a news conference the decision to step aside was her own.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana forward D.J. White will return for his senior year after leading the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding last season.

White, a second team All-Big Ten selection, averaged 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds for an Indiana team that finished 21-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Oral Roberts

TULSA, Okla. — Oral Roberts basketball coach Scott Sutton agreed to a seven-year contract extension, a move that comes less than a week after he withdrew from consideration for the Wichita State job.

Sutton is the second-winningest coach in school history with a 144-102 record in eight seasons. The Golden Eagles have averaged more than 21 wins the past four seasons and have made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS — Basketball coach Brad Soderberg was fired Tuesday after five seasons at Saint Louis despite the school's first 20-win season since 1998.

The school said the success of its new campus arena, scheduled to open for the 2008-09 season, was contingent on a team that could contend for conference championships.

South Alabama

MOBILE — Ronnie Arrow was named head coach at South Alabama on Tuesday, returning to the school that once abruptly fired him from the same position.

The former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach replaces John Pelphrey, who left to become head coach at Arkansas.

Arrow coached the Jaguars from 1988-94, going 114-93 and leading the team to two NCAA tournament appearances.

He was fired early in the 1994-95 season after his team started 1-3 and allowed 100-plus points in four consecutive games.

Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Southern California junior Nick Young will pass up his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

Young announced his decision Tuesday at a news conference on campus. He said he will hire an agent, making his decision irrevocable.

- The Associated Press

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