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Kyle Smith replaces Rex Walters as San Francisco basketball coach

Doug Feinberg Associated Press

NEW YORK – Kyle Smith is the new men’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco, the school announced Wednesday.

He replaces Rex Walters, who had coached at San Francisco for eight seasons. Walters was let go earlier this month by the school.

Smith led Columbia to the Tournament title Tuesday night. That capped off one of the best seasons in school history as the Lions went 25-10.

Smith, who won 101 games in his six years at Columbia, is familiar with the West Coast Conference having spent time as an assistant at Saint Mary’s from 2001-10 and before that at San Diego.

The Dons were 15-15 this past season.

The Lions became the first New York City school to win a postseason title since St. John’s won the NIT in 2003 and later vacated that championship.

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