Men's Basketball

Michigan's Burke, Miami's Larranaga top player, coach

Trey Burke, the sophomore point guard who led Michigan to the Final Four, has been selected The Associated Press' college basketball Player of the Year.

Burke joins Cazzie Russell in 1966 as the only Michigan players to win the award. The Big Ten player of the year, Burke was the leader of a team that at times had four freshmen on the court with him. He averaged 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He shot 40.1 percent from behind the three-point line.

Burke received the honor from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was second and Victor Oladipo of Indiana was third. The voting ended on Selection Sunday.

Coach of Year: Jim Larranaga, who led Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles and a No. 2 ranking, has been selected The AP coach of the year.

Jim Crews of Saint Louis was second and Mark Few of Gonzaga came in third.

The 63-year-old had a 29-7 record in his second season with the Hurricanes and they were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The New York native led George Mason to the Final Four in 2006.

Head Pac-12 ref resigns

Ed Rush has resigned as the Pac-12 Conference's coordinator of officials following comments that he targeted Arizona Coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the league tournament.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told the AP a day earlier that Rush made an "inappropriate joke" before the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals offering a group of officials $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if they called a technical foul on Miller, but that every official interviewed confirmed "nobody thought they were getting a reward."

Around the nation

Minnesota: A day after his son Richard Pitino agreed to become the next head coach at Minnesota, Rick Pitino proclaimed the 30-year-old "more than ready" for the challenge. Richard Pitino only has one year of head coaching experience, but he has served as an assistant under his father at Louisville and under Billy Donovan at Florida.

"I drove him harder than I drove Billy so he's more than ready," Rick Pitino said Thursday in Atlanta. "What he did this year at Florida International, I never thought anybody could do. He took walk-ons, eight new players, he turned around a bad academic situation and won 18 games and was a bucket away from going to the NCAA (Tournament) his first year. ... I feel bad that I drove him that hard, now I'm happy I did."

Mississippi: Guard Marshall Henderson says he'll return for his senior season. Marshall averaged 20 points and helped the Rebels reach the NCAA Tournament.

The player seemed to regret his on-court antics in an open letter to Ole Miss fans:

"I need to be a leader for my teammates both on and off the court. ... I take responsibility for my actions this season and apologize to anyone I offended.."

Old Dominion: Jeff Jones, who played at Apollo High in Owensboro, was introduced Thursday as the new head coach at Old Dominion.

Jones, 52, compiled a 212-182 record in 13 seasons at American. Four of his last six teams won at least 20 games.

Rutgers: An assistant men's basketball coach has resigned amid a scandal over the way his ex-boss treated players.

The Star-Ledger reported that Jimmy Martelli was seen in a video shoving a player during a practice. Martelli is the son of St. Joseph's Coach Phil Martelli.

Meanwhile, more than 50 faculty members called for the dismissal of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and an explanation from President Robert Barchi for why he didn't fire Coach Mike Rice last year when he learned of a video showing Rice's behavior.

Western Kentucky: Former Hilltoppers assistant Jake Morton has resigned as director of basketball operations.

The NCAA in February said Morton committed three recruiting violations as a Miami assistant between October 2008 and April 2009. The sports' governing body also said he accepted at least $6,000 in supplemental income from convicted felon and Miami booster Nevin Shapiro between October 2007 and October 2008.

Houston: Guy Lewis, coach of Houston's Phi Slama Jama teams in the 1980s, finally got the call from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The 91-year-old won 592 games in a 30-year career at Houston.

Memphis: Forward-guard Adonis Thomas plans to forgo his final two seasons and declare for the NBA Draft.

  Comments