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UConn in talks to return to Big East

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to leave the American Athletic Conference and return to the Big East for basketball and other sports.

The official confirmed Saturday that there have been talks with the Big East, but said they were not aware any invitation had been extended. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

The school released a statement saying it is "our responsibility to always be mindful of what is in the best interest of our student athletes, our fans and our future. With that being said, we have been and remain proud members of the American Athletic Conference.

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Calipari signs 10-year, $86M extension

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a 10-year contract extension through 2029 worth $86 million that includes an option in the sixth year to step down and become a special assistant to the athletic director or university representative.

The 60-year-old Calipari and the school previously announced an agreement to a long-term deal in April. The 11th-year coach will earn $8 million each of the next two seasons before his salary increases to $8.5 million annually in 2021 and $9 million annually in 2025. Beginning with the 2024-25 season, Calipari has the option to step down and into the university position that will pay $950,000 annually.

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At least 6 programs to face allegations

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A key NCAA official says six schools are going to be facing allegations of Level I violations as early as next month, the latest fallout in the college basketball corruption scandal.

Stan Wilcox, vice president for regulatory affairs for the NCAA, tells CBS Sports two high-profile programs will be notified in early July, the others at a later date.

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Idaho fires coach Verlin after probe

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) Idaho has fired basketball coach Don Verlin after he was placed on administrative leave following a consultant's report that found potential NCAA violations.

Idaho announced the firing Friday. Verlin was placed on administrative leave May 28. The school said the decision was made after consultation with current university president Chuck Staben and incoming president C. Scott Green.

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Kansas lands coveted recruit Wilson

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas has landed small forward Jalen Wilson, the last remaining top-50 prospect, to polish off a recruiting class that will finish among the top 20 in the country.

The 6-foot-8 Wilson was a longtime commit to Michigan, but he reopened his recruitment when coach John Beilein left the Wolverines for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wilson took visits to North Carolina and Kansas before making his pledge to the Jayhawks public on Wednesday.

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UConn F Diarra to end playing career

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Chronic knee problems have forced UConn forward Mamadou Diarra to end his playing career.

The school says the 6-foot-8 junior has been granted a medical disqualification. He'll remain with the program during the upcoming season as a student assistant coach.

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Bellarmine to join Div. I's Atlantic Sun

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bellarmine University, a private Catholic college in Louisville, is moving to NCAA Division I and joining the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The move will elevate most of the university's athletic programs to Division I status beginning in the summer of 2020.

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Hurricanes hire Courtney as assistant

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Bill Courtney has been hired as assistant basketball coach at the University of Miami, where he'll be reunited with coach Jim Larranaga.

Courtney also worked on Larranaga's staff at Bowling Green in 1996-97 and at George Mason in 1997-2005.

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New-look Virginia faces new challenge

Tony Bennett's first offseason as a national champion coach has come with benefits on the recruiting trail. His first season at Virginia after winning the title, however, will bring challenges.

Five players who helped Virginia beat Texas Tech to capture the first basketball title in school history are gone, and that's four more than expected. Center Jack Salt graduated, and guards De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy declared for the NBA draft. Seldom-used Marco Anthony transferred.

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Iowa having chaotic offseason

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa coach Fran McCaffery's tradition of quiet offseasons was shattered this spring. It does not mean the Hawkeyes are in trouble next season.

Iowa (23-12, second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19) lost star Tyler Cook to the NBA draft, Isaiah Moss as a surprise graduate transfer to Kansas and program anchor Jordan Bohannon to a hip injury that has left his status for his senior year in serious doubt.

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