Oregon gives Altman extension
Oregon rewarded coach Dana Altman with a new seven-year contract worth $18.45 million.
Altman, who has led the Ducks to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, agreed to a deal that runs through the 2022-23 campaign.
“Dana is one of the top coaches in the country and has quickly built an elite program,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said Friday in a statement. “We are excited about the present and future of our program under Dana’s leadership.”
Altman led Oregon to the Elite Eight last season, took the Ducks to the Sweet 16 in 2013 and has a team this year that is favored to win the Pac-12. He has won at least 20 games in all six of his seasons in Eugene while compiling a 156-64 record. No. 18 UConn upset: Mike Aaman and Romone Saunders scored 15 points each to lead Wagner to a 67-58 upset of No. 18 UConn in the season opener for both teams.
Corey Henson added 10 points for the Seahawks, who handed the Huskies their first loss in a home opener on campus. UConn came in 27-0 in such games. London eligible: Chattanooga forward and Xavier transfer Makinde London received a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play immediately for his new school rather than sitting out the 2016-17 season.
London, a 6- foot-10 sophomore, averaged 1.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 5.3 minutes for Xavier last season after redshirting in 2014-15. He was rated as a top-100 prospect by multiple recruiting services when he arrived at Xavier. Gak good to go: Florida freshman center Gorjok Gak was ruled eligible and was available for the Gators’ season opener Friday night against Florida Gulf Coast in Jacksonville, Fla.
The NCAA had ruled during the summer that the 6-foot-11 Gak was ineligible due to questions about the number of games he played at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla., after arriving from Australia.
The university’s compliance office appealed and a waiver restoring Gak’s eligibility was granted.