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St John's to unveil Carnesecca statue

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NEW YORK (AP) St. John's plans to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame basketball coach Lou Carnesecca this fall in the on-campus arena that bears his name.

Commissioned by the university, the statue will be placed across from the main entrance of Carnesecca Arena. A public unveiling ceremony is scheduled as the opening event for homecoming weekend on Oct. 22, with a dedication ceremony the following day.

"We're thrilled to install the statue of Coach Carnesecca in the arena lobby," athletic director Mike Cragg said in a statement Wednesday. "Coach is the reason that so many of our supporters first fell in love with St. John's basketball, so it will be fitting that he greets fans as they walk in the door for a game."


VCU extends Rhoades through 2026-27

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball coach Mike Rhoades has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him on the Rams' sideline through the 2026-27 season.

Athletic director and vice president Ed McLaughlin made the announcement Thursday.


Missouri, AD Sterk agree to part ways

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk will step down once a replacement is found, ending a five-year tenure that was marked by school-wide social unrest, millions of dollars in facilities upgrades and key coaching hires in football and basketball.

The school said in a statement Monday that the 65-year-old Sterk had "mutually agreed" to part ways with Missouri once a nationwide search identifies the Tigers' next athletic director. The leadership change comes amid a major landscape shift in college sports, where athletes can now benefit from their image and likeness and conferences could soon realign.


UConn's NCAA probation comes to end

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The two-year probation imposed on UConn men's basketball for NCAA violations under former coach Kevin Ollie has ended.

The governing body informed the school it has met all NCAA regulations, the university said Friday.


Longtime Creighton AD Rasmussen retiring

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Bruce Rasmussen, the Creighton athletic director who oversaw the rise of the men's basketball team and the school's transition to the Big East Conference during his tenure over the past 27 years, will retire next month.

Rasmussen, 70, announced his retirement Monday, roughly a month after he and the school were sanctioned by the NCAA for the only major rules violation of his tenure. The NCAA found that a former assistant basketball coach accepted cash from a management agency. Rasmussen conducted his own investigation into the matter but kept the findings private until the FBI released details of a corruption scandal that involved several big-name schools.


Group licensing way for athletes to earn

With college athletes able to profit from their fame for the first time, North Carolina opened a new path Tuesday for its players to cash in: group licensing for official Tar Heels merchandise.

North Caorlina is believed to be the first school in the nation to launch a group licensing program for current athletes. Under the partnership with The Brandr Group, athletes will receive a cut of net revenue for merchandising opportunities pursued by TBG with products that include the school's official trademarks and logos.


Small business owners sorting out NIL

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Bret Oliverio says he wants college athletes to endorse his Sup Dogs restaurant along the main Franklin Street drag steps from the University of North Carolina.

He is just being patient before jumping into a brave new world.


Emmert: Time to 'rethink' college sports

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday the time is right to consider a decentralized and deregulated version of college sports, shifting power to conferences and campuses and reconsidering how schools are aligned.

Emmert said the recent Supreme Court ruling against the NCAA along with the lifting of restrictions on athletes monetizing their fame should be a catalyst to "rethink" what college sports is about.


St. John's adds Rutgers asst. Vetrone

NEW YORK (AP) St. John's has added veteran assistant coach Greg Vetrone to its basketball staff.

Coach Mike Anderson announced the hiring Friday. Vetrone, who was the head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson for four seasons, spent the past seven years as an assistant at Rutgers.


G Powell sues Seton Hall for knee injury

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Basketball player Myles Powell has sued Seton Hall, coach Kevin Willard and a staff member, accusing them of failing to diagnose a knee injury during his senior season that led to physical and financial damage.

Powell was the Big East Conference player of the year in the 2019-20 season.

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