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Texas coach Smart gets raise, extension

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas is giving men's basketball coach Shaka Smart a contract extension and pay raise.

Smart's first team finished 23-10 and the Longhorns lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The school considered that good enough to give him an extra year on his original contract with an additional $100,000 per season.

With the changes, Smart will earn $3 million next season and his contract now runs until 2023. The changes were approved Thursday by university regents, which discussed the contract behind closed doors.

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UK F Willis won't miss games for arrest

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says senior forward Derek Willis won't miss any game time despite his June arrest for public intoxication.

A Boone County deputy arrested Willis in Union on June 11 after finding him asleep and lying outside the open driver's side door of a car. The arrest citation said the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Willis, who had slurred speech when awakened. Willis was arrested for a first and second offense and released after posting $50 bond.

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Calipari holds game for flood victims

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari will donate proceeds from a charity softball game featuring Karl-Anthony Towns to Louisiana flood relief.

The coach says his foundation is working with the American Red Cross to help flood victims through a text campaign. Calipari expressed sadness Thursday about the level of damage he's seen, saying "no donation is too small" for the relief effort.

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Bonnies' Schmidt extended until 2021-22

OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt has agreed to a one-year contract extension that locks him up through the 2021-22 season.

Athletic director Tim Kenney announced Wednesday that Schmidt and his staff have also earned pay raises, which are being funded through private donations.

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Arizona F Denny tears ACL, season over

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona senior forward Talbott Denny will miss the season after tearing the ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.

The school said Wednesday that the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Lipscomb will have surgery.

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Louisville AD: No update on NCAA probe

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says his department has to "just wait" while the NCAA investigates an escort's book allegations that former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.

In a radio interview Wednesday with Louisville station WKRD 790-AM, Jurich said he doesn't know any more about the NCAA's investigation of Katina Powell's allegations in "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen." Several investigations are ongoing, but the school last winter self-imposed sanctions including a postseason ban after its investigation determined that a violation occurred.

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Tennessee can hire AD before Hart leaves

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The terms of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart's retirement allow the school to hire his replacement before his scheduled June 30 exit date.

Hart announced Thursday he would retire effective June 30.

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ETSU G Johnson dismissed from team

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) East Tennessee State has dismissed guard Shemar Johnson from its basketball team.

Buccaneers coach Steve Forbes said Monday that Johnson was no longer part of the team. Forbes said in a statement that "being a Buc is a special opportunity and at ETSU we provide our student-athletes with a tremendous experience. With that privilege comes accountability and Shemar failed to meet the expectations I have to be a player in our program."

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SMU hires Forrest as assistant coach

DALLAS (AP) Shawn Forrest has been named an assistant basketball coach at SMU, his third school since the end of last season.

Mustangs coach Tim Jankovich announced Forrest's hiring Tuesday.

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Tide's Johnson donates to flood victims

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson has donated a truckload of supplies to help flood victims in Louisiana.

The New Orleans native and Southern University graduate filled a rented 18-wheeler with items such as soap, towels, clothes and water to help flood victims. The truck departed Tuscaloosa on Thursday for Baton Rouge.

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