The Dallas Morning News
Report: Tech, Adams settle
$3.9M pact comes after coach made ‘racially insensitive comments’
Texas Tech and former head men’s basketball coach Mark Adams have agreed to a settlement, the Lubbock Avalanchejournal reported.
The two sides agreed that Adams will be paid $3.9 million, according to the report.
The Red Raiders suspended Adams for “racially insensitive comments” related to a Bible verse in an attempt to make a player more open to coaching.
Adams had just completed the first season of a five-year contract extension paying him $15.5 million over the next five years. Under the terms of the contract, he would have been owed 60% of the remaining amount if he were fired, or about $7.5 million. But because Adams resigned, he ended up earning a little more than half what he would have made had he been fired.
Construction prompts ‘half-court’ A&M spring football game: Texas A&M’S spring game on April 15 at Kyle Field will have a different feel this year, thanks to construction on the south end zone stands as A&M adds suites in time for the 2023 season. Think half-court basketball.
According to a news release from A&M: “The 2023 (spring) game will look different than in the past with only the north half of the field available due to construction in the stadium.”
The Aggies will divide into two teams in the week before the 3 p.m. game with team captains drafting players. A&M fans should catch their first glimpse of five-star running back Rueben Owens in action, after he graduated early from El Campo High and enrolled at A&M in January.
Houston Chronicle Ex-alabama player indicted on capital murder charges: Former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles has been indicted by a grand jury on capital murder charges for the January shooting death of a 23-year-old woman near campus, his lawyer confirmed to The Associated Press.
Michael Davis, who is also charged in the shooting death of Jamea Harris, was also indicted, defense lawyer Mary Turner told the AP. Turner represents only Miles.
Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb told Al.com that the indictments against Miles and Davis, who’ve been held without bond since their arrest, were issued on Wednesday. Harris was sitting in a car when she was struck by a bullet. A police investigator testified last month that Miles provided the handgun Davis allegedly used in the shooting.
During a court hearing last month, Turner suggested Miles was in a defensive posture when he told Davis where the gun was located. But prosecutors maintained there was ample evidence to pursue charges in the shooting, which happened early Jan. 15 on “The Strip,” a district of bars and restaurants near the Tuscaloosa campus.
Pastner ousted 2 years after ACC tourney win: Josh Pastner was fired Friday as Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball coach, two seasons after he guided the Yellow Jackets to a surprising Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title.
Pastner, who is from the Kingwood area of Houston, was dumped after seven seasons, his fate sealed by a second straight losing season and few signs of progress in a program that was once a national powerhouse. The Yellow Jackets capped a 1518 campaign Wednesday with an 89-81 loss to Pittsburgh in the second round of the ACC Tournament. They finished 1220 last season.
St. John’s releases men’s coach: St. John’s fired men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson, a day after his fourth season in charge ended with an overtime loss to No. 6 Marquette in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.
Athletic director Mike Cragg announced the move in a news release, saying the school has begun a national search for a new coach to lead the program. The decision comes just two years after Anderson was the Big East coach of the year, earning him a contract extension through the 2026-27 season.
Even before Anderson’s ouster became official there was speculation St. John’s would target Iona coach Rick Pitino as a replacement.
Anderson has never had a losing season in 21 years as a Division I head coach at UAB, Missouri, Arkansas and St. John’s. He was a longtime assistant for Nolan Richardson, who won the 1994 national title at Arkansas.
AROUND THE NATION
South Florida: Men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory was fired, one day after the Bulls (14-18) lost to East Carolina in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament. Gregory went 79-107 over six seasons at USF.