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May 18, 2010 at 4:05 AM

Ex-Husky Coach Lynn Nance Takes LSU Assistant Job

Former Washington coach Lynn Nance (left) has been hired as an assistant coach at LSU by his former UW assistant, Trent Johnson.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Trent Johnson again,” Nance told the Times Picayune. “I know we will continue the great relationship that we have enjoyed for many years. Our thoughts are very similar when it comes to the fundamentals of the game of basketball. I’m excited about coaching again in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC is a great league. LSU basketball has a history and tradition that speaks for itself, and I am looking forward to coming to Baton Rouge and joining the LSU staff.”
It’s Nance’s first Division-I college coaching job since he was fired after the 1992-93 season amid accusations of racism by several African-American players. He vehemently denied the claims as did other black players on the team.
Nance, who played two seasons at UW (1964-65) was 50-62 in four years as a coach from 1989-93. He ranks ninth on the school’s all-time wins list. He has a 302-224 coaching record in 19 seasons at Iowa State, Fresno State, St. Mary’s College and D-II Missouri Central.
Kentucky added two players, but are believed to still be hot on the trail of Portland recruit Terrence Jones, who verbally committed to Washington.
Junior G/F Darnell Dodson will return to the Wildcats, which also received a commitment from 6-11 recruit Eloy Vargas. Kentucky has five players returning, five commits and three scholarships available.
I spoke with a UK observer who believes it Jones were to sign with the Wildcats, he’d start at power forward alongside newcomer F/C Enes Kanter. Seemingly Vargas would be the backup at both positions and they would split time equally.
The signing period ends Wednesday.
Kentucky coach John Calipari posted a tongue-in-cheek tweet responding to a Monday story in the Chicago Tribune, which reported a representative is packaging him and free agent LeBron James to several NBA teams.
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Several NBA and college basketball analysts have refuted the story and it seems far fetched to believe a free agent, even a superstar such as James, would package himself as the Tribune story describes.
— It appears as if Calipari has more interest in Oregon other than Jones. According to the Courier-Journal, the Kentucky coach’s top three candidates to fill an assistant spot on the coaching staff includes Oregon’s Kenny Payne, Arizona’s Book Richardson and Illinois’ Jerrance Howard.
Jon Wilner at the Mercury News explains why the ACC’s new TV deal likely kills Pac-10 expansion plans. He also reports the conference is looking to double its $43M TV deal that it has with Fox and says ESPN losing the NCAA tournament contract may help the Pac-10.
— Sophomore Josh Crittle, a 6-8 power forward, is leaving Oregon and transferring to the University of Central Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Crittle’s departure weakens the Ducks after Drew Wiley transferred to Boise State and Matt Humphrey left the team. Oregon has two or three open scholarships, depending on the outcome of senior center Joevan Catron’s appeal for a medical redshirt after a back injury limited him to four games last season.
Oregon State signed 6-11 center Chris Brown from Sugarland, Texas.
— It appears Seattle University was close to securing Vargas before he signed with Kentucky, which is impressive for former UW assistant Cameron Dollar, the Redhawks coach. Vargas’ final list included UK, Arizona and Seattle U.
— On its subscription site, takes a look at UW recruit Jabari Brown, describing him as the best shooter in the 2011 class. Brown, a 6-5 guard from Oakland, is playing in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in Houston.

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