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New LSU AD throwing support behind Wade

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) New LSU athletic director Scott Woodward began his tenure at his alma mater by asserting he would throw "100 percent support" behind recently reinstated basketball coach Will Wade - unless he's presented with new information that forces him to reconsider.

"I have not met with Will," Woodward said during his formal introduction as LSU's top athletics official on Tuesday afternoon. "We've seen each other in group meetings. I need to be briefed and I need to find out what's going on. Coach Wade is LSU's coach and until then he's going to have my 100 percent support."

Woodward agreed last week to leave Texas A&M and take over at LSU for Joe Alleva, who has been reassigned within the university in the wake of a troublesome episode for the basketball program.

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Prosecutor: Greed fueled coaches' bribes

NEW YORK (AP) A scandal in which college basketball coaches were bribed to steer NBA-bound players to favored agents and money managers was motivated by greed, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday - before defense lawyers criticized the case as an FBI-led setup.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark said at the opening of a criminal trial that Christian Dawkins cheated to elevate prospects for his fledgling sports management company.

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Michigan G Poole to stay in NBA draft

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan says guard Jordan Poole is staying in the NBA draft.

The school announced earlier this month that Poole, Charles Matthews and Iggy Brazdeikis were declaring for the draft, although they still had the option of coming back to the Wolverines. Since then, Matthews has announced that he would indeed be leaving school, and now Poole is departing as well.

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Ex-Florida F Stone transferring to Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Former University of Florida forward Keith Stone is transferring to the University of Miami for his senior season.

The 6-foot-8 Stone, a South Florida native, expects to graduate this summer and will be eligible to play for the Hurricanes in 2019-20.

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Ex-Kansas G Moore transfers to DePaul

CHICAGO (AP) Former Kansas guard Charlie Moore is returning home to Chicago to play for DePaul.

Coach Dave Leitao announced the move Tuesday, making DePaul Moore's third school. He began his career at California and played one season at Kansas.

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Siena's Pickett to test NBA waters

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Jalen Pickett had a hard time getting schools to notice him before he signed with Siena a year ago. Now, he already has workouts scheduled with NBA teams after entering his name into consideration for the upcoming draft.

"I'm going to go out there and see where I stand with all the great college players, see if I can play at the next level, just get some feedback on my game," Pickett said Tuesday. "I always wanted to get to the NBA later on. I didn't think it was going to come so fast. To get this type of acknowledgement so early ... is just a dream come true.

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Lipscomb hires Acuff as head coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Lipscomb has hired Lennie Acuff away from Alabama-Huntsville to become its basketball coach.

Acuff compiled a 437-214 record with 11 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 22 seasons at Alabama-Huntsville. He has 550 career wins in 29 seasons overall.

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Kansas C Azubuike back for senior season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas center Udoka Azubuike will return for his senior season, giving coach Bill Self the 7-foot center he hoped to build his offense around last season.

Azubuike averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery last season. The Jayhawks went on to finish 26-10 and lose in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Georgia Tech C Banks declares for draft

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech center James Banks is entering the NBA draft.

The school said Monday the 6-foot-9 junior has submitted paperwork for the June 20 draft.

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SEC's Sankey: Waivers cause difficulties

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says it's too early to tell for sure if the transfer portal is a net positive for college athletics.

He doesn't need more data to see that the NCAA is not denying as many waiver requests for athletes wanting to head to another school.

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