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Michigan hires Juwan Howard as basketball coach

UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan. The former member of the Fab Five basketball team has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Wolverines. Michigan is giving the Miami Heat assistant coach his first shot at being a head coach, other than during the NBA’s summer league. He replaces John Beilein, who left to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Notre Dame’s Mike Brey: Transferring players need ‘deterrent’

UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey says the NCAA is granting too many waivers that allow players who transfer to compete immediately. He calls the requirement that players sit out a year a useful “deterrent” to players switching schools. Brey made his comments at a meeting of the Knight Commission, a nonprofit that pushes for reform in college sports. He says the ease of getting a waiver is making players more eager to transfer.

Sports >  Gonzaga basketball

Ex-Zag Zach Collins proving he belongs in NBA

UPDATED: Sun., May 19, 2019, 11:39 p.m.

Zach Collins didn’t know what to expect when he joined up with the Portland Trail Blazers as a gangly 7-foot rookie in the summer of 2017. Would he play right away? Ride the bench? Would he be up to the challenge? In over his head? Almost two years later, the answers are evident. And yes, he belongs.
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Yale basketball coach James Jones signs extension through 2025-26

Yale men’s basketball coach James Jones has signed a contract extension to keep him at the school through the 2025-26 season. Jones is coming off a 22-8 record and an Ivy League championship. He has 310 wins over 20 seasons at Yale. He’s tied with former Penn coach Fran Dunphy for the second most in Ivy League history.
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UNLV adds graduate transfers Vitaliy Shibel and Elijah Mitrou-Long

UNLV has added graduate transfers Elijah Mitrou-Long from Texas and Vitaliy Shibel from Arizona State. Both players will be eligible during new Runnin’ Rebels coach T.J. Otzelberger’s first season in 2019-20. Mitrou-Long played 36 games for the Longhorns as a junior last season, averaging 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. Shibel had a limited role with the Sun Devils last season.
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NCAA to consider allowing athletes to profit from names

The NCAA says it is forming a working group to consider how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses. NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors say Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman will head the new federal and state legislation working group.
Sports >  Gonzaga women

Guard Cierra Walker will transfer from Vanderbilt to Gonzaga

UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Gonzaga’s outside shooting game is going to get more help, though perhaps not until the fall of 2020. Former Vanderbilt guard Cierra Walker, one of the top perimeter shooters in the Southeastern Conference this year, announced via social media on Monday afternoon that she’s transferring to GU.
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In “new world” of college basketball, Gonzaga has mastered roster retooling

There was a time not all that long ago when Gonzaga’s roster was reasonably stable annually, typically stocked with several experienced players, perhaps a sit-out transfer and an incoming recruiting class. Nowadays, prominent coaches across the country fret over the possibility of losing key players to the NBA draft while scanning the transfer portal in search of potential immediate and long-term replacements.