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June 3, 2014 Updates

As for the idea that Brown may be leaving SMU anytime soon, he said he's happy where he is. Beyond the fact that his Mustangs team went from 15-17 in his first season to 27-10 in 2013-14, he's enjoying the unique chance to be near his son, L.J, who just finished his freshman year at SMU. "I'm just so thankful SMU gave me this chance," Brown said. "We have made such progress. We've got a bunch of young kids already committed for the future and I'd love to finish it out here. ... I'd love to see (the Lakers) get a great coach, because I love Mitch and I love that franchise. But I'm thrilled where I am. I feel so fortunate I've had this chance." USA Today Sports

May 28, 2014 Updates

Billy Donovan won’t guarantee he will be back at Florida next season. Five NBA jobs are currently open — including the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have reportedly shown interest in Donovan, winner of two NCAA titles with the Gators. “I think when you start making guarantees about life and start making guarantees about where you’re going to be, that’s not good because if for some reason I ever change my mind and did something, I wouldn’t want (people) saying, ‘Well, he promised, he guaranteed, he said this on record,’” Donovan said, according to the Associated Press. “I just think when you start doing that, that’s a mistake.” ZagsBlog.com

In February, Donovan got a three-year extension that raised his average salary to $3.7 million over the final six years of the deal, which runs through the 2018-19 season. “All I can say is I love Florida, I’m happy here … the school’s been great to me,” said Donovan, who turns 49 on Friday. “But at the same point, some of the NBA stuff, as I’ve said before, is intriguing in a lot of ways — the basketball part of it. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy here; that’s not the case at all.” ZagsBlog.com

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"I'm very pleased that we were able to agree to a new contract and that we'll be able to continue to build upon the success we've had," Ollie said. "It's a humbling experience to be around the UConn fans and the UConn family and to know that I am their basketball coach for the foreseeable future. I'm very proud of that. UConn is a place that I love and as I've told everyone throughout the season and through all the recent speculation, this is where my heart is. This is where I wanted to be. I'm very thankful to President Herbst and Warde Manuel for showing confidence in me and my coaching staff. It's the student-athletes who have sacrificed to uphold the standards we have set at UConn and done such a terrific job. I'm happy and excited to be able to continue to invest in their basketball careers and their lives." UConn Huskies

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Cleveland Cavaliers are aggressively mining the college ranks in their coaching search, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter

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Kevin Ollie is still the coach at UConn and Wednesday he reaffirmed that he does not expect that to change. "I love this university," Ollie said at the New York Athletic Club, where he was to receive the Winged Foot Award Wednesday night. "I'm not looking for another job. Of course, you listen to different things — I got two ears so I'm going to listen — but I'm not going out there soliciting any other job. I want to be here at the University of Connecticut." Hartford Courant

Since leading the Huskies to the championship April 7, Ollie has been mentioned as a candidate for several NBA teams, most often the Lakers. But Ollie, who has four years left on his UConn contract, remains in talks for a new deal with the school. "It's progressing," he said. "We're talking and hopefully we can get together once all this quiets down and me and [AD Warde Manuel] can have a nice talk and hopefully get everything situated." Hartford Courant

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