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Badgers' Ryan retiring after next season

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(AP) -- Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights.

After 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year's national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old Ryan has only one more season left in him.

Ryan surprised the college basketball world Monday when he announced that he plans to retire after next season as he looks to pass the torch after molding the Badgers into a national power. And were it not for some cajoling from Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Ryan said he would have called it a career in April after the Badgers lost to Duke in the national title game.


Vols' Barnes: 'No legs' to Texas probe

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says he doesn't have reason to be concerned about a Texas investigation into allegations of academic misconduct in its men's basketball program.

Texas hired an outside investigator following a Chronicle of Higher Education report that mentioned potential allegations involving three former men's basketball players dating back to 2006. Barnes had coached Texas the last 17 seasons before getting fired in March.


Krzyzewski to receive Lapchick Award

NEW YORK (AP) More honors for a couple of Coach Ks.

Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to five national championships and is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000 victories, and women's basketball pioneer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award for 2015.


Calipari backs Confederate flag removal

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari believes Confederate flags should be taken down.

During a Southeastern Conference coaches conference call Monday, Calipari said that "obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That's how I feel. It may offend, so I'd say do it."


New coaches, freshmen has SEC excited

(AP) -- Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are confident their league won't take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era.

Donovan left for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder in April after leading Florida to two national titles and four Final Four appearances in his 19-year tenure. Donovan was replaced by Louisiana Tech's Michael White, one of four new coaches in the league.


Ex-coach Henson to start chemotherapy

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Former Illinois and New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson has been released from a Texas hospital and is scheduled to soon begin chemotherapy treatments, according to his wife.

Henson's wife, Mary Henson, told The News-Gazette in Champaign ( ) on Friday that the 83-year-old retired coach is staying with family in Houston.


Moore to lead Vols through transition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee forward Armani Moore's college career has offered him lessons on the importance of adapting to change and responding to adversity.

As the Volunteers' top returning player in nearly every major statistical category, Moore is ready to spend his senior year applying what he's learned from all the upheaval. Moore and his teammates are adjusting to their third coaching staff in as many seasons.


Ex-asst. coach shot before fatal crash

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) A former college assistant basketball coach was one of the two men killed in a fatal crash that's being investigated as a double homicide.

The Journal News ( ) says 26-year-old Kevin Shaw coached Concordia College during the 2010-2011 season. He left to pursue a master's degree in business.


Hopkins to succeed Boeheim at Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse men's basketball assistant Mike Hopkins has been formally given the title of head coach designate to succeed Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim after the 2017-18 season.

A former Orange captain, Hopkins has served on Boeheim's staff for 19 seasons. Syracuse won the NCAA title in 2003.


Colorado senior G Johnson tears Achilles

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado senior guard Xavier Johnson underwent surgery to fix his torn left Achilles tendon.

There's no timetable for his return after he suffered the injury in an offseason workout earlier this month, the school announced Thursday.

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