College basketball notebook: Stevens staying at Butler
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A source close to the situation said Friday that coach Brad Stevens will remain at Butler despite being the top target in UCLA's search for a new men's basketball coach.
In an earlier text message to ESPN, Stevens reaffirmed his coaching status at Butler, but he also left the door slightly ajar by saying he would not comment on “any other speculation or situation.”
“I'm the coach at Butler,” he wrote.
Ex 'Cuse assistant Fine suing ESPN
Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys' claims that the longtime coach sexually abused them.
A yearlong federal investigation that followed accusations that Fine abused team ball boys ended with no charges. Fine was Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim's assistant for 35 seasons.
ESPN reported the allegations on Nov. 17, 2011. Fine was fired 10 days later when a third man made similar claims.
In the court paperwork, Fine indicated he'll sue for defamation and seek undefined damages. The “summons with notice” was filed Nov. 15, 2012, in state Supreme Court in Onondaga County and sat unreported until Thursday, when The Associated Press asked the court clerk for a copy.
Tubby to Texas Tech?
Texas Tech officials met with former Minnesota coach Tubby Smith about the Red Raiders' vacant head-coaching position, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt and chancellor Kent Hance flew to North Carolina on Wednesday evening to talk with Smith about the position, and Smith was spotted in Lubbock on Thursday evening at Texas Tech's athletic facility. It is unclear whether Smith has been offered the job or whether he would accept the position if an offer was extended.
Smith, who won an NCAA title at Kentucky in 1998, was fired by Minnesota on Monday after six years at the school. The Golden Gophers went 21-13 this season, losing to Florida in the NCAA tournament round of 32.
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg turned down Minnesota and elected to stay with his alma mater, agreeing to a new 10-year, $20 million deal that will take him through the 2022-23 season.
Hoiberg had talked to Minnesota this week, according to sources.
The Gophers locked in on Hoiberg, who played and worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves, after they were spurned by VCU's Shaka Smart.
Wojcik to San Jose St.
San Jose State hired Boise State associate coach Dave Wojcik as its new head coach.
Wojcik spent the past three seasons at Boise State, helping the Broncos reach the NCAA tournament this season. This will be his first head coaching job.
Wojcik has extensive experience as an assistant, working at schools like James Madison, Xavier, Dayton and Wake Forest.
N. Iowa retains Jacobson
Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson signed a 10-year contract extension with the school, the coach told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.
Jacobson, who was considered a candidate for the opening at Minnesota, has coached the Panthers since 2006. Northern Iowa, which has won two Missouri Valley Conference titles under him, was 21-14 overall this season and finished third (11-7) in the MVC.
The Panthers advanced to the semifinal round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
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