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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001

Arizona, UF in Cancer Classic field

Arizona, which lost to Duke in Monday's NCAA men's championship game, and Florida will join Maryland and Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in November at Madison Square Garden.

Arizona will return four starters. Loren Woods, a 7-foot-1 center, was the only starting senior.

Florida advanced to the round of 16 of this season's NCAA Tournament. Maryland reached the Final Four for the first time, losing to Duke in the semifinals. Temple lost to Michigan State in the South Region final.

The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is Nov. 8-9.

LA SALLE: Maryland assistant Billy Hahn accepted the coaching job after what he called a "whirlwind" of interviews and visits after the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

Hahn, an associate head coach under Gary Williams the past 12 seasons, replaces Speedy Morris, fired last month after 15 years.

The Explorers were 12-17 this season and haven't had a winning record since 1993. Asked about their chance for improvement, Hahn said, "If it's been done before, it can be done again."

RUTGERS: Kent State coach Gary Waters met with his players and told them he was "about 75 percent sure" he would accept the Scarlet Knights' coaching offer.

"There are still a lot of (contract) things that need to be discussed," Waters said. His lawyers spent the day in New Jersey, and an agreement was expected Thursday night or today.

Rutgers athletic director Robert E. Mulcahy said he was optimistic a deal would be worked out.

TEXAS TECH: Coach Bob Knight, who dismissed three players for undisclosed rules violations, said he is working his four remaining scholarship players harder than they have worked before.

"I've been really pleased with the four kids," Knight said in comments published on the Dallas Morning News' Web site. "They have worked hard and will continue to work hard."

OBITUARY: Darrell Brown, a starter for Maryland in the early 1970s, was shot to death Tuesday in a Pittsburgh alley, police said. He was 50. Brown started from 1971-73 and played with Tom McMillen, John Lucas and Len Elmore. In Brown's junior year, Maryland won the NIT.

Police would not say if they had a motive. No arrests had been made.


TEXAS: Coach Jody Conradt resigned as women's athletic director to concentrate on coaching.

Conradt, the coach with the most wins in women's college history (766), became AD in 1992.

"Being athletic director ... was the right thing to do at the time," said Conradt, 59, named coach in 1976. "It's been my goal to get this program back to national prominence."

Texas won the national championship in 1986. It has lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons.

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