KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart believes the criticism former men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin encountered this season won't hinder the Volunteers' search for a successor.
Martin led Tennessee to an NCAA regional semifinal during a season in which disgruntled fans circulated a petition calling for the return of former coach Bruce Pearl, now at Auburn. Martin left Tuesday to take over California's program. Hart acknowledged Martin faced plenty of "distractions" this season.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber has received a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 school year after leading the Wildcats to 47 wins in his first two seasons, the most victories by any coach in his first two years in school history.
Kansas State athletic director John Currie announced the extension Wednesday, citing Weber's 47-21 record since taking the helm in March 2012, including two straight NCAA tournament appearances. Lon Kruger is the only other Wildcats coach to have led the team to NCAA appearances in his first two seasons.
MILWAUKEE (AP) New Marquette basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski says he thinks the underclassmen that he inherited will all stay with the program.
Wojciechowski spoke to reporters Tuesday night before a team banquet. He says he told players he wanted to develop a relationship, and to see where it led. The former Duke assistant says it's a fresh start for the Golden Eagles two weeks after he took over for Buzz Williams.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) A more relaxed fan base, milder weather and a chance to coach at the top-rated public university in the country added up to Cuonzo Martin making the decision to leave Tennessee for California.
Cal hired Martin as the 16th men's basketball coach in school history Tuesday, a decision that stunned Volunteers administrators and players after he had reaffirmed his commitment to Tennessee just two weeks ago. Martin said it was a difficult move but the opportunity at Cal was too much to pass up.