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Ex-Wolfpack star to return as coach
By GREG AUMAN
Published May 5, 2006
DETROIT - Pistons assistant Sidney Lowe will take over as basketball coach at N.C. State, where he won a national title, the Associated Press and Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported. An announcement is expected Saturday.
Lowe was the point guard on the 1983 title team and is second all-time at the school in assists and third in steals. Lowe, 46, declined to comment when asked if he had interviewed but said earlier this week he would be interested in the job.
He replaces Herb Sendek, who took over at Arizona State. Lowe, who has never coached in college, went 79-228 in three-plus seasons as coach of the Timberwolves and Grizzlies.
FLORIDA: Lance Thomas, among the last top unsigned seniors, commited to Duke after considering the Gators. The 6-foot-8 forward, who went 56-3 at Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's, also considered Rutgers.WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Harry Elifson, the top assistant who helped Jose Fernandez lead USF to its first NCAA Tournament berth, won't be back. USF issued a one-sentence release stating his contract would not be renewed. Elifson did not return calls, and Fernandez declined to elaborate.
"This was really a surprise," junior guard Rachael Sheats said. "If there were any problems, I wasn't aware of anything."
A year ago, Elifson, who coached at Boca Ciega High for 11 seasons, withdrew from consideration for the head coaching job at Saint Leo, where he was believed to be the front-runner.
FOOTBALL: Texas and Oklahoma agreed to an extension to keep their annual game at Dallas' Cotton Bowl through 2010.WOMEN'S TENNIS: Florida's Boglarka Berecz, Alexis Gordon and Diana Srebrovic were selected for the NCAA singles tournament and Gordon and Whitney Benik for the doubles tournament. USF's Gabriela Duch and Neyssa Etienne were selected for doubles and Courtney Vernon a singles alternate. The 64-player, 32-team event is May 23-28 in Stanford, Calif.MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: UCLA beat Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 30-25, 30-23, 30-28 in a national semifinal. Saturday, it faces host Penn State, which beat UC-Irvine 32-30, 30-23, 31-33, 27-30, 15-13.
--Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.