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Virginia sizes up DePaul's Leitao as candidate
coach signs up for 2nd tour at UNC-G ... Garcia taking NBA
route with Pitino's blessing ...
Bowl pits C-USA against WAC on Christmas Eve ... Sold out
Tulane-LSU game set for national TV ...
Badiane finish among national leaders ... CBS draws best
title game ratings in six years ...
day after: High times in the Dean Dome ... Multiple murder
raps highlight police blotter ...
soaks in the moment as Tar Heels deliver... Drew top QB on
ECU's spring depth chart... 2005 ECU spring depth chart ...
Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball Polls ...
game preview: Roy Williams' time has arrived ... Card return
to elite status after 4-year climb ...
men come up big as Heels, Illini head to showdown ... Cops
unleash tear gas on disruptive Michigan State fans ...
coach beats out Herrion for Siena job ... Terps assistant
Dickerson named coach at Tulane ... 'P.H.D.' Pitino gets
life in perspective at U of L ...
capture NIT title in thrilling finish ... Coaches pushing
for more distant 3-point arc ...
in place for closed ECU scrimmage ... Texas legislature
maneuvers to reign in BCS ... NIT master Odom leads USC into
title game ...
football on the menu for Pirate fans ... Gamecocks top Terps
to reach NIT title game ... Hawks halt Memphis in NIT
semifinal battle ...
Carolina southpaw takes Conference USA honor ... Beale
Street helps Memphis star cure the blues ...
RICHMOND University of Virginia
officials interviewed DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao for the Cavaliers'
coaching vacancy Friday, DePaul's sports information director said.
Scott Reed said Friday night that
Virginia contacted DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto ``within the
last 24 hours'' and received permission to talk to Leitao, who was attending
a basketball tournament for NBA prospects in Portsmouth, VA.
Reed said Leitao attended the
Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to watch two DePaul seniors, Drake Diener
and Quemont Greer. He said Leitao talked to Virginia officials Friday
morning and was back on the Chicago campus by afternoon. He said Leitao said
nothing about the meeting.
Virginia is seeking a replacement for
Pete Gillen, who resigned after seven seasons and just one NCAA tournament
appearance. Athletic director Craig Littlepage refused to comment Friday
night on the search, including the Leitao interview.
Leitao has compiled a 58-34 record in
three seasons at DePaul.
He also has been a head coach at
Northeastern, where he was 23-35 in two seasons, and served as an assistant
to Jim Calhoun at Connecticut from 1986 to 1994 and again from 1996 to 2002.
The Huskies won the national championship in 1999.
South Carolina coach Dave Odom, a
Virginia assistant during the tenure of longtime Cavs coach Terry Holland,
denied a published report earlier this week that he had been offered the
Odom, whose resume also includes
head-coaching stops at East Carolina and Wake Forest, met with Littlepage
during the Final Four in St. Louis but has said they did not talk about his
``potential interest'' in the Virginia job.
Aussie beats out Reddick for
LOS ANGELES Utah's Andrew Bogut
barely heard of John Wooden while growing up in Australia. He knows a lot
more about the coaching great now.
Bogut was the runaway winner of the
John R. Wooden award, presented Saturday to college basketball's player of
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, who
received the legends of coaching award, filled in some details about Wooden
``I'd heard the name before. College
basketball isn't very big in Australia,'' Bogut said. ``He's a legendary
coach one of the best of all time.''
The award was first presented in 1977
two years after Wooden retired as the coach at UCLA, where he led the Bruins
to 10 NCAA championships in his last 12 years on the job. The first winner
was UCLA's Marques Johnson.
Now 94, Wooden didn't attend the award
ceremony, but was expected at a banquet Saturday night.
Bogut, a 7-foot sophomore, became the
first non-American to win the men's award, collecting 4,314 points from a
national panel of more than 1,000 voters of sports media members and college
basketball experts. Duke's J.J. Redick was second with 3,552 points.
``It's very special just to have my
name engraved on that trophy with the likes of Larry Bird, Michael Jordan
and Tim Duncan,'' said Bogut, who is giving up his final two years of
college eligibility to enter the NBA draft, where he's expected to be one of
the top picks.
``I think he's going to be a great pro
and have a long career as many years as he wants to play the game,'' Utah
coach Ray Giacoletti said.
The 20-year-old Bogut averaged 20.4
points and 12.2 rebounds in leading the Utes to a 29-6 record this season.
``Bogut is a phenomenon,'' Calhoun
said. ``The greatest thing he has is a feel for the game.''
Dee Brown of Illinois finished third in
the voting with 3,003 points, followed by Sean May of NCAA champion North
Carolina with 2,806; Wayne Simien of Kansas with 2,707; Chris Paul of Wake
Forest with 2,659; Salim Stoudamire of Arizona with 2,395; Hakim Warrick of
Syracuse with 2,257; Francisco Garcia of Louisville with 1,178, and Deron
Williams of Illinois with 1,016.
The votes had to be in March 28. May
probably would have finished higher than fourth had the deadline had been
after the Final Four, where he was the MVP.
``You can pick any one of these guys.
We're all winners,'' May said.
May, a junior, said Tuesday a day
after North Carolina beat Illinois 75-70 to win the NCAA championship that
he would return next season.
He hedged a bit Saturday.
``I'll sit down and talk with Coach
(Roy Williams) and weigh my options,'' May said. ``It's not set in concrete
that I'll return for my senior year. I love college, I love playing college
basketball. I'll make my decision soon.''
LSU's Seimone Augustus, a 6-1 junior
guard, received 422 points from a panel of more than 200 voters to win the
women's award. Monique Currie of Duke was second with 155 points.
Duke's Alana Beard won the inaugural
women's award last year.
``It's at the top because it has John
Wooden's name on it,'' Augustus said. ``He's a basketball icon as well as a
Augustus averaged 20.1 points in
leading LSU to a 33-3 record and a second straight Final Four appearance.
Kendra Wecker of Kansas State finished
third in the women's voting with 130 points; followed by Janel McCarville of
Minnesota with 94 and Jessica Davenport of Ohio State with 92.
The top five in both the men's and
women's categories attended the nationally televised ceremony at the Los
Angeles Athletic Club.
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