- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 20, 2002

From combined dispatches
Nolan Richardson's future as basketball coach at Arkansas will not be decided until at least today.
B. Alan Sugg, president of the university system, is "considering matters presented by Mr. Richardson in their meeting … and does not anticipate reaching his decision until he has conducted a thorough review," his office said yesterday.
Sugg is trying to decide whether to overturn Chancellor John White's decision to buy out the last six years of Richardson's contract for $500,000 a year.
On Monday, Richardson supplied a stack of documents that he hoped would persuade Sugg to reverse a decision to dismiss him.
Sugg and Richardson met for three hours Monday to discuss Richardson's attempt to stop the termination of his annual contract of $1.03million.
Later, the former coach released more than 100 pages of documents. The coach said the papers show Sugg and the chancellor held him in good standing less than two weeks before the contract termination.
At a news conference Monday, Richardson said he believed Sugg was "unaware of the … evidence that would discount the recommendation" of White to buy out Richardson's pact. White announced the buyout March1 after consulting with athletic director Frank Broyles.
Richardson said he was certain Sugg was "under tremendous pressure to uphold this earlier decision to terminate me."
WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia received permission to talk with Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins about its vacant basketball coaching job.
"We know that West Virginia has a great interest in Bob Huggins," Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin said. "What has yet to be determined is how high Bob Huggins' interest is in the West Virginia position."
Huggins said Monday night he had talked with Goin but had not talked with anybody from West Virginia. Goin declined to say if he has meeting with Huggins this week.
Huggins won his 500th game Friday and finished his 13th season as Cincinnati's coach on Sunday when the Bearcats lost to UCLA 105-101 in double overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Huggins was born in Morgantown, W.Va., played for West Virginia, graduated from the school and began his coaching career there in 1977 as a graduate assistant.
OBITUARY: Walter A. "Babe" Wood, a Tennessee tailback from 1936-38 and coach at N.C. State, Maryland and Texas Tech, died at 89.
Wood, a native of Shells Ford, Tenn., died Monday in Shelbyville, Tennessee athletic department officials said. The cause was not given.
In Volunteer football history, he is most known for scoring the final touchdown in a 17-0 win over Oklahoma in the 1939 Orange Bowl.
N.C. STATE: N.C. State and New Mexico will play in the Black Coaches Association Bowl on Aug.24 in Raleigh, N.C.
"This is a great opportunity for us to play a solid team from a major conference," New Mexico coach Rocky Long said. "This will make for a long football season, but I think the players are excited."
The Black Coaches Association has two games scheduled for the upcoming season. In the other game, Arizona State will play Nebraska in its annual Black Coaches Association Classic.


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