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Delany not shocked by FBI investigation

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NEW YORK (AP) Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says he wasn't shocked by the FBI investigation into college basketball because of the history of federal law enforcement intersecting with the sport.

At Big Ten media day on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, Delany said the conference has had no contact with the FBI about the investigation.

"We really don't have any facts other than what we've read," Delany said.


Louisville adds Paulus as assistant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville interim coach David Padgett has hired Greg Paulus as an assistant, the latest addition to the men's basketball staff.

"We've just been taking it one at a time," Padgett said Thursday. "There's a lot of moving parts to all this, so we're just happy to have Trent (Johnson) and Greg on board now. If and when we cross that bridge, we will."


Big Ten to pad league slate to 20 games

NEW YORK (AP) Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March.

"This is the mecca of basketball," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "It always has been. And I think it always will be."


Louisville trustees fire AD Jurich

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Tom Jurich was loyal to the coaches he hired at Louisville almost to a fault, supporting them through good and bad times during 20 years as the Cardinals athletic director.

None more than men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.


Clemson adds experience with transfers

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Brad Brownell believed his team needed some bulk and experience inside for this upcoming season. He thinks he's got it in transfers David Skara and Mark Donnal.

Skara is a 6-foot-8 transfer from Valparaiso who sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. Donnal is a 6-9 graduate transfer who played his first three seasons at Michigan.


Auburn mum on FBI probe at media day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Being involved in an ongoing FBI investigation limited what Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and his Tigers could say at Southeastern Conference basketball media day.

Pearl being Pearl meant the coach didn't stop selling his program as much as possible.


Experienced teams could topple Kentucky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kentucky opponents have trouble agreeing on what it takes to topple a program that annually brings in multiple future first-round NBA picks.

Yet a few Southeastern Conference teams may have stumbled across a winning formula the last couple of years. Experience matters against the talented, but young Wildcats.

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