Brad Stevens is content to keep coaching the Butler way.
The 33-year-old coach, who came within a buzzer-beating shot of winning the NCAA men’s basketball championship, signed a 12-year deal Thursday that extends through the 2021-22 season.
Team spokesman Jim McGrath declined to say how much the deal was worth, though Stevens had a total compensation package of $750,000 last season. Athletic director Barry Collier acknowledged Tuesday that Stevens was in line for a pay raise.
Oklahoma hoops cleared
An external audit of Oklahoma’s athletic department found no major issues with the school’s policies on practices as it tries to move out of an NCAA-imposed probation for major violations by the football and men’s basketball programs. However, the audit did not extend to the Sooners’ football team. According to the documents, Oklahoma’s compliance department planned new procedures to monitor the football program’s activities starting this spring.
Southern California coach Kevin O’Neill has promoted Bob Cantu to associate head coach and hired Dieter Horton as an assistant. Cantu has been an assistant the past nine seasons. Horton spent the last four years at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif. …
Fred Hill appears to be out as Rutgers basketball coach after four seasons. Hill was informed Thursday by the university that he wouldn’t be retained because of multiple violations of the conduct clause in his contract, The Home News of New Brunswick, N.J., reported, quoting a source close to the situation. The newspaper said that Hill has been offered a buyout and was deciding whether to accept it. …
Tim Cluess, who coached NCAA Division II C.W. Post for four years, was hired as the new coach at Iona. …
Oklahoma guard Willie Warren plans to enter the NBA draft, skipping his final two seasons of eligibility with the Sooners. …
Others who plan to enter the draft include 6-foot-11 Vanderbilt junior center A.J. Ogilvy, Penn State junior guard Talor Battle and Lipscomb forward Adnan Hodzic, the nation’s second leading scorer last season.
No more Fighting Sioux
A state Supreme Court ruling and a Board of Higher Education decision have retired for good the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname after a four-year legal battle.
The court ruled Thursday that the board had the authority to dump the nickname at any time. The court rejected an appeal that sought to delay action.
A motion later Thursday at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting in Mayville to reconsider its vote in May to retire the nickname died after nobody seconded it.