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Louisville, ex-AD Jurich settle at $4.5M

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville reached a $4.5 million settlement with former athletic director Tom Jurich, who was fired in the wake of a national federal corruption investigation of college basketball.

Jurich disputed his firing on Oct. 18 for cause after nearly 20 years as AD and had considered suing the school. The University of Louisville Athletic Association and Board of Trustees on Friday approved the settlement. Jurich's employment ended "without cause" as a result of his resignation, also described in the settlement as "retirement."

He'll also receive another $2.6 million in accrued employment benefits, along with home game tickets and parking for Louisville football and basketball for 20 years.

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Georgia hires Abdur-Rahim as assistant

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Tom Crean has completed his staff, hiring Amir Abdur-Rahim as his third assistant.

Abdur-Rahim spent the last four seasons at Texas A&M and has worked at the College of Charleston, Georgia Tech and Murray State.

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NCAA lifts events ban on gambling states

The NCAA is opening a door for states with legalized sports gambling to host NCAA championship events and officials in Nevada are already set to get in the game as soon as they can.

The governing body for college sports on Thursday announced a "temporary" lifting of a ban that prevented events like college basketball's NCAA Tournament from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games. The move comes three days after the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that barred most states from allowing gambling on professional and college sporting events.

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ACC to propose 72-team NCAA Tournament

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference wants to expand the NCAA Tournament and change several college basketball rules.

Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday the league will propose legislation to expand the NCAA Tournament from 68 to 72 teams. That would create a second set of First Four games in the western half of the country to go with the tournament-opening ones in Dayton, Ohio.

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Louisville escort arrested for forgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Police have arrested the self-proclaimed "escort queen" at the center of a sex scandal involving the University of Louisville's basketball team.

News outlets report Katina Powell was arrested Thursday, moments after the court told her to vacate her Louisville home, for allegedly cashing stolen and forged checks.

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Liberty leaving Big South for A-Sun

Liberty University is moving 17 of its athletic programs from the Big South to the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The school made the announcement Thursday. It says the only three sports not joining the new conference are football, field hockey and women's swimming and diving.

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Calhoun expects to coach D-III program

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Noreaga Davis acknowledges being a little star struck when Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun came to see him play high school basketball.

The 6-foot-3 very small forward from Notre Dame-Fairfield in Connecticut, is one of about a dozen players Calhoun has recruited as he helps build a new basketball program for the tiny University of Saint Joseph, a Division III school located in suburban Hartford.

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Michigan at 'Nova in NCAA final rematch

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Villanova will host Michigan in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Tournament final on Nov. 14 as part of the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games are an early-season series matching Big East programs against Big Ten schools. The event is named in honor of Big East founder Dave Gavitt.

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S. Dakota grad Mooney joins Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) South Dakota graduate Matt Mooney is transferring to Texas Tech, where the guard will be eligible to play immediately next season.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced Mooney's signing on Tuesday.

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Minnesota adds Pittsburgh transfer Carr

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota men's basketball coach Richard Pitino says Pittsburgh's Marcus Carr will join the Gophers.

Pitino announced the transfer on Saturday. The university says the 6-foot-1 Toronto native played one season at Pittsburgh and will have three seasons of college eligibility at Minnesota.

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