Veteran coach Mickie DeMoss is leaving Pat Summitt's Tennessee staff to take a position with the WNBA's Indiana Fever.
She is a 35-year veteran including eight years as head coach at Kentucky and Florida. DeMoss spent the past two seasons at Tennessee and 18 years previously with the Lady Vols. She said in a news release from Tennessee she's always wanted to coach in the WNBA.
Summitt, 59, announced in August she has early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Summitt has said she wants to coach as long she can.
The decision of whether Summitt returns for her 39th season or step down solely belongs to Summitt. She has two years left on her contract, and Tennessee officials have said they will support her in whatever she chooses.
Auburn hires coach
Terri Williams-Flournoy, who led Georgetown to the past three NCAA Tournaments, is taking over as women's basketball coach at Auburn.
Auburn announced Monday that Williams-Flournoy will replace Nell Fortner, who resigned after the season.
The Tigers are trying to match her success in getting to the NCAA tournament, which they haven't managed since winning the 2008-09 Southeastern Conference title.
Auburn will formally introduce Williams-Flournoy at a Tuesday news conference.
The former Penn State player led Georgetown to the program's best four-year run starting in 2008, going 93-41 and winning at least one game in all three NCAA Tournament trips during that span. The Hoyas made it to the regional finals in 2011.
Ray promises success
New Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Ray doesn't sound like a man ready for a long rebuilding process.
"We will be successful," Ray said. "I don't know how to lose. All if have known is winning my whole life."
Ray was introduced as Mississippi State's head basketball coach on Monday at Humphrey Coliseum after a nearly three-week coaching search. He promised to bring a hard-nosed approach to a program that has struggled with discipline.
The 40-year-old spent the last two years as the top assistant at Clemson. He's also spent time as an assistant coach at Purdue, Northern Illinois and Indiana State.
Ray replaces Rick Stansbury, who retired in March after 14 seasons leading the program.
Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been named one of three recipients of a special community service award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Calhoun, along with Phoenix Suns guard Grant Hill, and Dr. Richard Lapchick, founder and director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics In Sport at the University of Central Florida, will receive the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award on Sept. 6, prior to this year's Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies.
Around the nation
Ohio: The Bobcats are expected to introduce Jim Christian as their next basketball coach Tuesday.
Christian will be returning to the Mid-American Conference, where he had a lot of success with Kent State. He won at least 20 games in each of his six seasons there from 2002-08, leading the Golden Flashes to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2008 before moving to TCU.
The Bobcats reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament under Coach John Groce and took North Carolina to overtime before losing. Groce then was hired as coach at Illinois.
Canisius: Recently fired Rhode Island coach Jim Baron is returning to western New York after signing a five-year contract to take over the struggling Canisius men's basketball program.
Texas: Guard J'Covan Brown says he will skip his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. Brown, the Big 12 scoring leader this season, announced his decision in a statement from the university Monday.
North Carolina: Kendall Marshall has won the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation's top point guard.
The award was presented on Monday in New Orleans.