Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Huggins not ready to say Bryant will play Saturday

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West Virginia coach Bob Huggins says he doesn't know yet whether point guard Darryl Bryant will be available for the Final Four.

Bryant broke his right foot in practice last Tuesday and has sat out the Mountaineers' last two NCAA Tournament games.

Bryant said yesterday on Twitter that he was fitted for a special orthotics shoe in the hopes he could return to the court.

Huggins says he has no idea what will happen until he sees Bryant at practice today. West Virginia (31-6) plays Duke (33-5) on Saturday night in Indianapolis.

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Noteworthy

* Fran McCaffery was introduced as Iowa's new coach, ending a 13-day search to replace the fired Todd Lickliter, who went 10-22. McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena and made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. McCaffery, a star guard at La Salle High, played at Wake Forest and Penn. McCaffery also coached Lehigh for three seasons.

* Kevin Willard was named as the new men's coach at Seton Hall, and Anne Donovan will leave her job as coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty after this season to coach the women's team.

* Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he is happy where he is after a report that Oregon, with financial help from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, would try to hire him with the richest coaching coach ever.

* Central Florida has hired Donnie Jones as its new head coach. Jones went 55-41 in three seasons at Marshall. He replaces Kirk Speraw, who was fired after 17 years.

* Louisiana-Lafayette has hired former Sam Houston State coach Bob Marlin as the new head coach.

* Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin will interview with St. John's, a person close to the situation told the Associated Press. Lavin has been an ESPN analyst since UCLA fired him in 2003.

* Davidson coach Annette Watts has stepped down after nine seasons and a career record of 144-121.

* Former Clemson star Itoro Umoh Coleman was hired as women's coach.

* Kansas center Cole Aldrich and Michigan star Manny Harris will enter the NBA draft.

* California guard D.J. Seeley and Rutgers forward Patrick Jackson intend to transfer from their respective programs. *

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