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March 28, 2015 Updates
March 27, 2015 Updates

University of Nevada-Las Vegas freshman guard Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected in the near future, sources said. The 6-foot-6 Vaughn has a chance to ascend into a first-round draft choice with a good pre-draft process, but most teams see him currently as a second-round pick. Yahoo! Sports

Former St. John’s and NBA legend Chris Mullin, Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley and Manhattan coach Steve Masiello are among the leading candidates to replace Steve Lavin, sources told SNY.tv. It could be an old-school vs. new-school thing where the old-school guys want Mullin, and the new-school guys prefer Hurley, or possibly Masiello. ZagsBlog.com

One source said Mullin would have an edge, but it remains unclear if he wants the job. “He’s the most famous person in the school history, he’s going to have a decided edge on whatever name comes up,” the source said. “Whether he takes it or not, I don’t know. At one point there was mutual interest but that guy’s got a pretty good damn life.” ZagsBlog.com

March 26, 2015 Updates

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. “It just continues my amazement of him,” said Karl, the Sacramento Kings coach who played for Smith from 1970 to 1973 and is sixth all-time in wins (1,139-767). “The combination of his humility, and just to do the right things and treat people the right way. He was a big meal guy. He liked sharing ideas over a good dinner at a good restaurant, and fortunately I was blessed to have many of those opportunities with him. I’m tearing up a little bit, to be honest with you. That’s Coach Smith right there.” For The Win

March 25, 2015 Updates

Two-time NBA head coach Eric Musselman has been selected to coach the Nevada men's basketball team and a five-year contract will be presented to the Board of Regents for their approval at a meeting on Thursday, athletics director Doug Knuth announced today. Musselman, 50, returns to Reno after spending the last three years as an assistant coach at a pair power five schools, first at Arizona State and most recently helping the LSU Tigers to the NCAA Tournament this season. He spent the 2010-11 season in Reno, coaching the NBA D-League's Bighorns and leading them to the only Western Conference title in franchise history. He has been a head coach with seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07), and has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340). Nevada Wolf Pack

March 24, 2015 Updates

Karlito has become a bit of a celebrity in Lexington — despite his imaginary status. After the Wildcats beat Florida to complete their 31-0 regular season, Towns was asked what size celebratory T-shirt Karlito would wear. "Baby small," Towns said. There's even a @LittleKarlito Twitter account, featuring photoshopped images, with more than 3,000 followers. USA Today Sports

Former Georgia Tech star and NBA point guard Mark Price has been offered the UNC Charlotte job, sources close to the situation said. Price, 51, is currently an assistant coach in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets. He was a standout at Georgia Tech from 1982 to 1986, and he played 12 years in the NBA, where he was a four-time All-Star. ESPN.com

Sources told ESPN that Price has been offered a five-year deal and is mulling whether to accept it. Price would replace Alan Major, who parted ways with the school last week after five seasons in which he took a pair of medical leave of absences. Major was 67-70 personally, and the school was 75-81 in his time at the school. ESPN.com

That leaves us with Musselman - whose name surfaced as early as last week and since then we have heard his name mentioned several times by people associated with the University. No one has gone on record saying he is the top target. But the talk is there. The son of former NBA coach Bill Musselman, Eric has paved his own path in the game of basketball coaching since 1988. His career has spanned all across the country and even to the international level. MyNews4.com

March 23, 2015 Updates

One, Ron Hunter is 50; if he’s going to make a big move, he needs to make it soon. Two, his son R.J. is apt to leave for the NBA. Three, he’s making $425,000 at Georgia State — his salary gets bumped to $500,000 next season because the Panthers made the NCAA tournament — which is less than half of what Brian Gregory is being paid to coach Georgia Tech. Four, Hunter can really, really coach. But hold your horses. Here’s what Hunter said Sunday: “I am 50, and quality of life means more to me. That’s not to say if there’s a job for me — a no-brainer — than I’d say no to looking at that, but there aren’t many of those. I don’t have to chase money. My happiness means a lot more to me.” Then this: “I love where I’m at. I love what I’m doing.” Then: “Me just taking a job for the money, I’m not going to do that.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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