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Brown may be leaving Cal U

| Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Tuesday was a day of contrasts for California University's two head basketball coaches.

Coming off winning a national championship, Darcie Vincent was in Harrisburg with her women's team and other school officials to tour the Capitol and have lunch at the Governor's Residence with Gov. Ed Rendell and others including state Rep. Peter J. Daley of California.

Daley presented the California contingent with House citations and the governor took them on a private tour of the building.

"We are all extremely proud of you and the honor you have brought to California University and all of Pennsylvania," said Daley. "The coaching staff of this team really deserves a lot of credit. Coach Vincent is extremely talented and we are lucky to have her at the university."

Bill Brown, meanwhile, was at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky., being interviewed for the job held the last 16 years by Ken Shields.

Shields, who had an overall 306-170 record and took the Norse to two national championship games, announced his retirement prior to the season.

Northern Kentucky ranks among NCAA Division II powers with seven tourney appearances in the last 10 years.

Northern Kentucky is in the process of building a 10,000-seat gym and there's talk of the Norse joining Division I's Horizon Conference made up of Youngstown State University, Butler University, Cleveland State University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University (Illinois), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wright State University.

Brown has posted an overall 175-60 record in eight years and was named the PSAC West Coach of the Year after leading the Vulcans to the West title and a 23-7 mark.

Brown is one of four finalists.

The others are Cal Poly Pomona coach Greg Kamansky, St. Bonaventure assistant John Brannen and Northern Kentucky assistant Dave Bezold.

Kamansky has posted a 79-34 record in four seasons at Cal Poly Pomona including 21-7 in 2004 after going to the Elite Eight the previous year.

Brannen was with the Bonnies last season after three years as an assistant at Eastern Kentucky University.

Bezold has been a long-time assistant on Shields' staff.

Northern Kentucky is expected to name its coach next week.

California University athletic director Tom Pucci has mixed emotions when it comes to Brown.

"I'd hate to see him leave because he's done a tremendous job here," said Pucci.

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