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Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek declined a meeting with Iowa State officials about its head coaching vacancy through his agent, according to a report from CycloneFanatic.com, which sited a source close to the situation.

Hornacek, 52, has one year left on his contract with Phoenix and won't be replacing Fred Hoiberg in Ames after Hoiberg took the Chicago Bulls job. Hornacek played at Iowa State and his jersey is retired there.

Meantime, Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com reports that?Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood, Valpo's Bryce Drew, Murray State's Steve Prohm and Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger "remain under consideration." Parrish also lists Oregon coach Dana Altman as a possibility.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas officially named?Shaka Smart its?24th head basketball coach on Friday.

Smart will make?$2.75 million his first year in what is "most likely" a six-year deal, according to Kirk?Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman.

Smart has wasted no time in recruiting as he already offered Vermont Academy 2016 guard Bruce Brown.

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The Coaching Carousel is turning fast and furious with meetings and movement. Here's the latest:

**Texas is in talks with VCU coach Shaka Smart about its coaching vacancy, according to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. Texas parted ways with Rick Barnes over the weekend after 17 years, and Barnes wasted no time finding new employment by landing the Tennessee job.

**The other prominent name linked to Texas was Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, but ?Marshall spent seven hours on Monday with Alabama AD Bill Battle in Wichita, according to AL.com. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com reported the same thing.

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Former Eastern Kentucky coach?Jeff Neubauer?is the new head coach at Fordham and will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday at 2?p.m.

Neubauer, 44, had been the coach at Eastern Kentucky University since 2005.

He had taken EKU to the NCAA tournament twice and had a 188-134 record with the Colonels.

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By JOSH NEWMAN & ADAM ZAGORIA

SYRACUSE --?One day after the Austin American-Statesman reported? that Texas head coach Rick Barnes is being released by the school, the school made it official, saying the two sides had mutually agreed to part ways.

The Longhorns finished 20-14 this season and have not advanced beyond the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since advancing to the Elite Eight in 2008. Barnes had a record of 402-180 in 17 seasons with Texas, and 604-314 overall.

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Duke associate head?coach Jeff Capel is the frontrunner to replace the fired Herb Sendek at Arizona State.

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com cited a source saying that the job is "Jeff Capel's, if he wants it."

Capel, 40, coached Oklahoma for five years and VCU for four before that. His career record is 175-110 with three NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2007-08 Oklahoma team featured Blake Griffin and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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NEW YORK -- As Fordham conducts?its coaching search via the Parker Executive Search firm in Atlanta, star freshman guard Eric Paschall is considering taking visits to Villanova and Providence, his father told SNY.tv Tuesday.

"Looking at schools in the area that might be a good fit, of course Providence and Villanova would fall into that category," Juan Paschall told SNY.tv by phone.

"But have we set up an official visit to any of them? As of this moment right now, no. Will we be in the near future? Most probably, yes."

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mississippi State has fired coach Rick Ray.

The 44-year-old Ray posted a?37-60 record in three seasons at Mississippi State, including a ?13-19 overall mark and 6-12 in the SEC this season.

Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne?has already surfaced on Twitter as a popular potential replacement. Payne?interviewed for the job in 2012.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The DePaul coaching job is?"Ben Howland's to turn down," one?source close to the situation told SNY.tv.

A second source described the Big East school as "very interested" in the 57-year-old Howland, who is expected to interview for the job.

Howland spent this past year as an analyst with Fox Sports 1 after getting fired by UCLA in 2013.

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Tom Pecora was fired on?Wednesday?after spending five years at Fordham, the?school announced.

Potential replacements for Pecora will likely include Albany coach Will Brown, a Long Island native who has taken the Great Danes to five NCAA Tournaments; Iona coach Tim Cluess,?a Queens, N.Y., native who has guided the Gaels to two NCAAs and two NITs; Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, who has taken the Jaspers to two straight NCAAs and lost Tuesday night's play-in game to Hampton; and Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, who has taken that program to three NITs and two CBIs in the last six years. Columbia's Kyle Smith could also be a possibility.

"The decision was based on the fact that the University's men's basketball program has regrettably not achieved the desired results or made the sustained progress hoped for under Mr. Pecora's leadership, as measured by the won/loss record over five years, which was 44 ? 106 (29.3 percent), and the recruited student athlete retention rate over the past four years, which was 50 percent," the school announced.

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This is the time of year when the Coaching Carousel turns fast and furious, and we will be posting updates here as news warrants.

Among Monday's highlights:

**UNLV coach Dave Rice will get at least another year after his status seemed uncertain heading into Monday.

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Former UCLA coach Ben Howland is a "a very serious candidate" to replace Craig Robinson at Oregon State, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.

Howland, 56, led UCLA to three consecutive Final Fours from 2006-8 but was let go following the 2012-13 season.

He was in the mix for the openings at Marquette, Tennessee and Missouri, but did not land any of those jobs.

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Danny Manning is the new head coach at Wake Forest.

The No. 1 pick in the 1988 NBA Draft, Manning led Tulsa to a?21-13 mark this season, 13-3 in Conference USA, and an NCAA Tournament bid.

A year ago, Tulsa went 17-16 and qualified for the CBI.

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Marquette has hired Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski as its new basketball coach.

Coach Wojo?has worked with?Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for 19 years,?including 15 as an assistant.

He is?the second high-profile Coach K assistant to leave in the last two years, following Chris Collins, who took the Northwestern job.

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Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua?is the?new head coach at South Florida, the school announced Monday.

The news was first reported?by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.

?I said from the beginning of this search, we were looking for a great leader, a great communicator, a proven record of being able to recruit and develop players, and someone who will represent USF with exceptional energy and integrity,? USF AD Mark Harlan said in a statement on the school's website. ?We have found all of that and more in Orlando Antigua. He has tremendous passion and a unique and exciting background that includes being a key participant in one of the most successful recent runs in the college game. His work as the head coach of the Dominican National Team is also extremely impressive. Orlando?s incredible personal story is a powerful testament to his drive and determination that will serve our program well.?

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By JOSH NEWMAN & ADAM ZAGORIA

After it appeared that Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello taking the same position at the University of South Florida was a done deal, the entire thing blew up early Wednesday morning thanks to a major snafu.

The Tampa Tribune is reporting that a?previously undetected discrepancy in Masiello's background check came to light,?prompting South Florida to kill the deal, which was reportedly set for five years and $6.2 million.

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By JOSH NEWMAN Special to ZAGSBLOG

It's very early in the process, but the plot is already thickening as the University of South Florida searches for a new head coach.

After CBSSports.com reported on Saturday that Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello had emerged as a serious candidate for the position, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Florida head coach Billy Donovan both endorsed Gators assistant coach John Pelphrey for the job.

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By JOSH NEWMAN & ADAM ZAGORIA

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ATLANTA -- Rick Pitino said his son, Richard Pitino, is more than ready to coach in the Big Ten at Minnesota even though he's only been a head coach for one season at Florida International.

"I did not recommend Richard, Billy Donovan did," Pitino said here at the Final Four. "But I put in a call and I said I would not second that recommendation if I didn't think he could not only succeed but do great things. So you don't want your son in that situation, you want him to take his time.

"He is more than ready. I drove him harder than I drove Billy so he's more than ready. What he did this year at Florida International, I never thought anybody could do. He took walk-ons, eight new players, he turned around the bad academic situation and won 18 games and was a bucket away from going to the NCAA in his first year.

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Fiery Loyola (Md.) coach Jimmy Patsos will be introduced as the new Siena coach during a press conference on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., according to multiple reports.

The Albany Times-Union first reported the news.

"Congrats to Jimmy Patsos! Will do great job at Siena. Also a win for the Albany media guys lol," Tweeted Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey.

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Dunk City is coming to USC.

Just two days after UCLA hired Steve Alford as its new coach, crosstown rival USC answered by hiring Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield.

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LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) ? Texas Tech?coach Billy Gillispie has resigned because of health concerns, the university said Thursday, ending a disappointing one-year run at a program he had intended to turn into a powerhouse.

The university and fans had hoped that Gillispie, 52, could orchestrate a turnaround like the ones he put together at Texas-El Paso and Texas A&M. Instead, he led the Red Raiders to an 8-23 record last season.

Gillispie did not immediately return a call from the AP for comment.

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Former Rider coach Tommy Dempsey has been hired as the new coach at Binghamton, a source confirmed to SNY.tv.

Dempsey, 38, is?119-105 (.531) at Rider since becoming coach before the 2005 postseason.

Dempsey declined comment but is expected to speak later this week.

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Hall of Famer and Brooklyn native?Larry Brown?was officially named the new coach at SMU Thursday and the release from the school says nothing about a coach-in-waiting.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at SMU," said Brown, 71, who will join the Big East Conference with SMU in 2013. "I've built so many relationships in the basketball world and my success has been due to the coaches I've played for and the players I've coached. I want to thank them all. I always thought of myself as a college coach and this gives me a wonderful chance to get back where I started."

"Larry Brown?is one of the top coaches in the history of the game," said AD Steve Orsini. "He is a legend and has made every team he has ever coached a winner. As we transition into the nation's top basketball conference, the Big East, his leadership will be invaluable."

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Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson says he thinks Larry Brown is a great hire for SMU, which will join the Big East in 2013.

"I say congratulations," Woodson said Wednesday when informed that Brown had reportedly accepted the SMU job.

"He's a great coach," added Woodson, who worked under Brown in Philadelphia and Detroit and also followed him in the list of Knicks coaches. "He's won at every level. He knows what it takes to win in college."

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Marquette associate head coach?Tony Benford?was at SMU?Saturday interviewing for the head coaching vacancy and former NBA and college coach Larry Brown will interview Sunday, according to sources and The Dallas Morning News.

"I'd like to coach or be involved in basketball in some capacity," Brown told NBA TV on Saturday. "I feel like I have something to offer. I certainly would be interested in SMU."

Benford interviewed for the job -- created by the firing of Matt Doherty -- for the first time during the Final four in New Orleans, sources said.

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Former LIU coach Jim Ferry has taken the job at Duquesne and will be replaced by associate head coach Jack Perri.

Ferry?will be introduced at a press conference Thursday.

?I am truly thrilled to be named the next head men?s basketball coach at LIU Brooklyn,? said Perri, who spent a year as head coach at Division III Rhode Island College. ?I am honored that both Mr. [John]?Suarez [the AD] and Provost Gale Stevens Haynes have given me this tremendous opportunity to build upon what we, as a team, have already accomplished.

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Bashir Mason has assisted Dan Hurley at St. Benedict's Prep and Wagner College.

Now he gets his chance to follow Hurley and be his own head man.

Mason on Sunday was named the new head coach at Wagner, replacing Hurley who agreed last week to a six-year, $4 million deal with Rhode Island.

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Bobby Hurley wants to be a Division I head coach eventually, but for now he has chosen to bypass the offer to take over at Wagner College and follow his younger brother to Rhode Island instead.

"I was offered the job [at Wagner]," Hurley told SNY.tv in his first interview since his brother, Dan, accepted the Rhode Island job Tuesday.

"It was obviously a very difficult decision," added Hurley, the No. 7 pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. "I believe in the players that are in the program [at Wagner] and the kids that we have in the program. The people who I've worked with have been great over the last two years. It's been a great two years for me."

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LOUISVILLE,??Ky. -- Rhode Island has targeted Wagner's Dan Hurley to be its new basketball coach, but an online story suggesting Hurley has accepted the job is false, industry sources with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.

Hurley met with Rhode Island officials this past week at an off-campus location, but no deal has been struck.

The school is reportedly offering a multi-year deal worth more than $700,000 annually, significantly more than Wagner would seem to be able to match.

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LOUISVILLE, ?Ky.?-- Rhode Island officials met this week with Wagner head coach Dan Hurley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn is looking to end the search by the Final Four, industry sources told SNY.tv.

Hurley, 39, just completed his second season at the Staten Island school, turning around a program that went 5-26 two years ago and leading it to a 25-6 campaign.

Wagner lost in the Northeast Conference semifinals to Robert Morris and was not extended an NIT bid. The school declined opportunities to play in other postseason events.

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Former Rhode Island and Boston College coach Al Skinner and Wagner coach Dan Hurley are among those who could be targeted for the Rhode Island vacancy created by the firing of Jim Baron, the Providence Journal reported.

"He will have interest," one source close to Skinner said.

Skinner, 59, compiled a record of 138-126 in nine years at the school from 1988-97. Skinner twice took the program to the NCAA Tournament and later brought Boston College to the Big Dance seven more times before he and the school parted ways in 2010.

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Jeff Van Gundy confirmed that Texas A&M reached out to him about their coaching vacancy.

"[Texas A&M]?Bill Byrne did approach me," Van Gundy, a Houston native, told 1050TheGame in Houston. "I wouldn't really comment on his interest. He hasn't made an offer or anything like that. It was just a get to know conversation, see if you're interested.

"I really don't know where I stand."

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The Maryland coaching search hasn't quite rivaled N.C. State in terms of incompetence, but it seems to be getting there.

Seemingly every coach except Phil Jackson, Bob Knight and Kenny Reeves (pictured) turned down the N.C. State gig before Mark Gottfried accepted the job.

Now Maryland has swung and missed on Arizona's Sean Miller, Notre Dame's Mike Brey and Villanova's Jay Wright in just three days since Gary Williams announced his retirement Thursday.

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Mike Brey will reportedly meet with Maryland officials Sunday, one day after Arizona announced that head coach Sean Miller had agreed to an extension.

The Washington Post reported on its Website that Brey, the Notre Dame coach and a Maryland native, will meet today with Maryland officials about potentially succeeding the retired Gary Williams.

The Big East and National Coach of the Year, Brey is a Bethesda, Md., native, graduated from George Washington and coached for five years under Hall of Famer Morgan Wootten at Dematha (Md.) Catholic.

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Even as he is being wooed by Maryland to replace Gary Williams, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is working on an extension with the Irish, according to a report.

Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, citing a source, wrote that Brey "has a contract extension in the works to remain with the Irish."

Brey's last extension reportedly came in July 2008.

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Paul Hewitt is the new coach at George Mason, according to CBSSports.com, which first reported the story.

Georgia Tech fired Hewitt after 11 seasons, including five NCAA Tournament trips and an appearance in the 2004 national championship game. He was 190-162 during his tenure with the Jackets.

George Mason features several local products on its roster, including sophomore guard?Sherrod Wright of Mount Vernon, redshirt-freshman forward?Paris Bennett of Linden, N.J., and junior forward?Ryan Pearson of Christ the King.

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Jim Larranaga's move to Miami from George Mason could have an impact on several players from the New York/New Jersey area.

Sophomore guard Sherrod Wright of Mount Vernon, redshirt-freshman forward Paris Bennett of Linden, N.J., and junior forward Ryan Pearson of Christ the King are all on the George Mason roster.

Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino and St. Patrick assistant Rae Miller said it was too early to comment on how the coach's departure may impact those players.

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One day after saying he had no timetable to hire a new basketball coach, new Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst met Thursday with Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter, sources told SNY.tv.

The meeting likely took place in Wisconsin, not Miami, as my source originally indicated.

Jeter, 41, said Tuesday he had not been contacted about the job and had no comment.

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Louisville assistant Steve Masiello has agreed to a five-year deal to become the next head coach at Manhattan College, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv Sunday.

"It's done," said another candidate who was in the mix.

Masiello was a former Manhattan assistant under Bobby Gonzalez from 2001-5 before joining Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville, where he has successfully recruited the New York area and helped Louisville become a perennial Big East and national contender.

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Dave Rice is the new head coach at UNLV, according to multiple reports.

He will be introduced at press conference at 4 p.m. on Monday in the?Mack Board Room, according to Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun.

The BYU associate head coach for the past three seasons under Dave Rose, Rice was a reserve under Jerry Tarkanian on the 1990 national championship team and 1991 Final Four team. He then spent 11 years as an assistant at UNLV before Lon Kruger arrived in 2004.

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As the Coaching Carousel spins on, Manhattan, Miami and UNLV are still seeking coaches. Here's a brief rundown on where each school is at:

MANHATTAN: The school offered the job to LIU coach Jim Ferry, but the two sides could not agree on the financials. Sources said Ferry was seeking in the neighborhood of seven years at $350,000 per, and the school is willing to pay more like $175,000, plus about $200,000 for the staff.

The administration is now split between Rhode Island College coach Bob Walsh and Louisville assistant Steve Masiello, sources said.

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Texas assistant Rodney Terry is the new head coach at Fresno State, according to a report from the Fresno Bee.

Terry has been an assistant under Rick Barnes for nine years. In the last eight, Texas went 204-72 with eight NCAA Tournament appearances and one Final Four appearance. The Longhorns finished 28-8 this year after losing to Arizona in the West Regional.

Terry has been instrumental in recruiting players out of Canada and helped sign Grassroots Canada players Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph and Myck Kabongo, so Fresno may be in for some Canadians in the future.

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Just landed at LaGuardia after five days in Houston. Don't ever stay in the Crowne Plaza near Reliant Stadium, unless you like bugs and blood stains on the carpet.

To quote Bob Dylan, "I'm goin' back to New York City. I do believe I've had enough."

Here's a few quick hits from the Coaching Carousel:

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HOUSTON -- Former Princeton coach Sydney Johnson has left the Ivy League school to become the new head man at Fairfield University.

?I am very pleased to welcome Sydney Johnson as our next men's basketball coach,? Fairfield athletic director Gene Doris said. ?I think Sydney exhibits all the qualities of a successful head coach. He embraces the Jesuit philosophy, which is the cornerstone of Fairfield University, and exhibited a clear understanding of the University's mission during the interview process.

"He leads by example, something that is quite visible when you see the passion and enthusiasm he brings to everything he does. He has been a leader throughout his career, bringing teams to the NCAA tournament as a player and as a coach. He places strong value on academics, which is evident in the success his student-athletes have achieved in the classroom.?

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