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Pitino officially fired amid FBI probe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rick Pitino has been able to roam the sidelines as Louisville's iconic men's basketball coach, even defiantly at times, holding onto his job amid a series of highly embarrassing missteps off the court.

Things looked bleak this time around, with a seemingly inevitable departure looming in the weeks since the latest scandal became public. But even after the school was linked to a federal bribery investigation , no one completely counted Pitino out. Not until Monday.

The university had seen enough and decided to finally cut ties with the Hall of Famer.

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Probe prompts soul-searching across NCAA

The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the downfall of one of the sport's best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including internal reviews by more than two dozen schools of their own prominent programs.

At stake is the future of a business that, over the span of 22 years ending in 2032, will produce $19.6 billion in TV money for the NCAA Tournament, known to the public, simply, as March Madness.

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Wichita ready to say hello to big cities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wichita State is set to say goodbye to the small towns and hello to the big cities.

The Shockers are ready for their call up.

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Iowa adds 2 young bigs in Garza, Nunge

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa nearly made the NCAA Tournament last season despite playing without a traditional center.

The Hawkeyes figure to have a pair of freshman big men capable of providing a presence in the post.

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Nebraska names Moos as AD

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska football fans longing to recapture the Cornhuskers' glorious past can be assured that the school's new athletic director knows his history.

One of the first anecdotes Bill Moos told at his introductory news conference Sunday was about tuning into those classic Nebraska-Oklahoma games when he was growing up on a ranch in eastern Washington in the 1960s.

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UNC set to move past academic probe

North Carolina can move forward, closing one of the most embarrassing chapters in the school's history now that the long-running NCAA academic case has ended with UNC facing no penalty.

Still, even with what had to be the best possible outcome - a weight being lifted that has loomed over the Chapel Hill campus for years - school officials greeted the news more with cautious relief than exuberance.

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Kansas' Self: Adidas case a 'dark cloud'

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self had come to know James Gatto well over the years, along with just about everyone else involved with the college basketball side of the athletic apparel giant Adidas.

It comes with the territory as one of the company's flagship schools.

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