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From left to right, moderator Tarik Turner, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard; St. John's coach Chris Mullin; Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing; DePaul coach Dave Leitao; and Xavier coach Chris Mack chat during Big East NCAA college basketball media day in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Montello)

Villanova picked by coaches to win Big East again

- Associated Press

Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are giving the Big East an old-time feel. The Hall of Famers, who helped put the conference on the basketball map in the mid-1980 as players, are trying to bring back the glory days to their alma mater as coaches.

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) **FILE**

Louisville fires Rick Pitino amid federal investigation

- Associated Press

Louisville’s Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men’s basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe.

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2016, file photo, Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall calls for a two-point conversion during the second half of an NCAA football game against Richmond in Charlottesville, Va. With a 3-1 record and coming off a bye week, Virginia turns its attention to recent nemesis Duke. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff, File) **FILE**

Virginia not resting on early season success

- Associated Press

Coach Bronco Mendenhall had his players work in full pads every day during the bye week, and they got an early start on preparing for Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Duke.

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall after having a meeting with the university's interim president Greg Postel, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Louisville. Ky. Louisville announced Wednesday that they have placed Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation. (Michael Clevenger/The Courier-Journal via AP)

Louisville board OKs firing of Rick Pitino in hoops scandal

- Associated Press

Louisville’s interim president was authorized Monday to fire Rick Pitino because of a federal bribery investigation, a scandal that has shaken the university and brought down one of the most prominent coaches in college basketball.

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Basketball player files lawsuit against University of Oregon

Associated Press

A University of Portland basketball player has filed a lawsuit against the University of Oregon claiming the basketball coach and staff members were negligent during an official visit that resulted in an injury.

New Washington men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins addresses media members during the team's media day Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Hopkins brings new defense, culture to Washington

- Associated Press

First-year Washington men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins hopes to install more than the trademark zone defense he learned during his long tenure as an assistant at Syracuse.

Correction: Indiana-Statues story

Associated Press

In a story Oct. 17, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bob Knight was not chosen for one of the five statues that will be placed inside Assembly Hall. Knight requested that he not be honored that way and the school granted his wish.

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, right, talks with quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Louisville, Ky. Boston College won 45-42. Toss out automatic wins against Kent State and Murray State and Louisville is 2-3 against Power Five competition, after finishing last season with three straight losses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Midseason checkup: SEC twofer in playoff?

- Associated Press

To mark the halfway point of the college football season, a sampling of statements that seemed true a month and a half ago but no longer do:

South Carolina preseason pick to win 5th straight SEC title

Associated Press

South Carolina is the preseason favorite to win its fifth straight Southeastern Conference women's basketball crown while Gamecocks center A'ja Wilson is projected to win her third consecutive SEC player of the year award.