Wade hired by VCU to replace Smart
Virginia Commonwealth hired former Rams assistant Will Wade to succeed Shaka Smart as its basketball coach.
The 32-year-old Wade was the first assistant Smart hired six years ago. He spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Chattanooga, where he went 40-25.
VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin said last week, after Smart left for Texas, that he wanted a coach who would continue the fast-paced, pressuring style the Rams used with great success under Smart. He got that in Wade, who oversaw the press when he was with the Rams.
Former NBA player and coach Avery Johnson will be introduced Wednesday as the new coach at Alabama, fulfilling what he called “a lifelong dream” to work in college basketball.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Johnson was receiving a six-year contract worth about $2.8 million annually plus incentives.
Minnesota sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. , an All-American and the Big Ten player of the year, declared for the WNBA draft.
Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the first game next season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The league announced the suspension without pay without saying when the violation occurred.
Blount was arrested last August on suspicion of possession of marijuana while with Pittsburgh.
Steelers running back L e’Veon Bell was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and DUI in the same traffic stop.