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S. Carolina gets Odom from Wake

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2001


COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After 12 years at Wake Forest, Dave Odom was restless. He said Tuesday he found a new challenge at South Carolina after a whirlwind courtship that made him the coach after two others turned the school down.

In front of more than 200 cheering fans, Odom took the job after what he said were just hours of negotiations with athletic director Mike McGee.

Odom, 58, signed a five-year deal worth about $750,000 a year, which compares to what he made with the Deacons. Incentive clauses could increase Odom's pay to nearly $1-million.

South Carolina settled on Odom after a four-week search to replace Eddie Fogler, whose contract was not extneded for a fourth season. Kentucky's Tubby Smith and Connecticut's Jim Calhoun turned down the job.

DUKE: Point guard Jason Williams will return for his junior season and enter the 2002 NBA draft, the Charlotte Observer reported, citing his mother.

f,ILLINOIS: Frank Williams said he plans to stay for his junior year.

KANSAS: A few weeks after reports that Drew Gooden was considering leaving for the NBA draft, the forward said he will return for his junior season.

Women PURDUE: A man faces several charges, including theft and rioting, in connection with fires set after the team lost to Notre Dame in the NCAA final.

Joshua Neeley, 20, who is not a Purdue student, surrendered to police Monday night. Police said video shot during the April 1 melee shows Neeley involved in several acts of vandalism.

Also Tuesday, Purdue officials announced the expulsion of a second student and the suspension of another for either starting or helping set trash fires during the disturbance.

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