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    Dan Hurley says it wasn't a "leverage play" when he rejected a six-year, $70 million offer to coach the Los Angeles Lakers. The UConn coach says he had already agreed to a new contract with the Huskies. Hurley has led UConn to back-to-back national titles. He spoke Thursday on "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz" about what he called a difficult decision between leaving for the Lakers and staying at UConn. He says it would have been a thrill to coach LeBron James. But he added that he has a deal in place at UConn that would make him the nation's highest-paid college coach.

      LAWRENCE, Kan. — Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday in the rape trial of Terrence Shannon Jr. as jurors heard testimony from his accuser’s best friend and from a second-team All-American on the University of Kansas men’s basketball team, both of whom were at the crowded bar near KU’s campus the night of the alleged assault. Shannon, a Chicago native and University of Illinois men’s ...

      DENVER — Jon Cooper goes so far back with Sean Payton, he remembers when the Denver Broncos coach was the second-smartest guy in the room. “I watched him play football in high school (in Chicago), that’s how far back I go with Sean,” Cooper, associate general manager and senior draft analyst with the Ourlads scouting service, chuckled over the phone. “I know what kind of competitor he is. His ...

      LAWRENCE, Kan. — It was an emotional second day in Terrence Shannon Jr.’s rape trial as his accuser took the witness stand and described for a Douglas County jury the night she said the Chicago native and University of Illinois men’s basketball standout penetrated her vagina with his finger while at a crowded bar near the University of Kansas campus. “I was terrified,” the woman, now 19, told ...

      RALEIGH, N.C. — A group of players from N.C. State’s 1983 national championship basketball team are suing the NCAA for using their name, image and likeness without their permission or providing compensation, citing the 2021 Supreme Court antitrust case against the governing body. The lawsuit, filed in Wake County on Monday, says the NCAA used images and videos of the “Cardiac Pack” to ...

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      LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jury selection began Monday in the rape trial of Terrence Shannon Jr., the 23-year-old Chicago native and University of Illinois men’s basketball standout accused of grabbing an 18-year-old woman’s buttocks under her skirt and penetrating her vagina with his finger in September at a bar near the University of Kansas campus. Shannon faces one count of rape or an alternative ...

      ATLANTA — It’s not yet summer, as determined by the solstice. It is summer for college football, as determined by the calendar. It’s finally safe to assume that rosters are set now that nearly every coveted player in the college football transfer portal has picked a new team. Coaching staffs have been hired. Spring practices are over. It’s time to take stock of the top of college football. If ...

      SEATTLE — College sports is submerged in uncertainty. Or, perhaps, the more optimistic term is "opportunity." It all depends on your perspective. On Wednesday, Anne McCoy — the interim athletic director at Washington State — provided plenty, sitting for an extended interview at The Seattle Times newsroom. She did so during a tumultuous period both for her institution and the entire industry, ...

      LOS ANGELES — A lot of barking goes on in a college football locker room. Coaches barking at players. Players barking at each other. The entire team barking and howling just before bursting onto the field to begin a game. An actual dog once barked in the USC locker room. His name was Quebec, and since 2011 the yellow Labrador was the guide dog for Jake Olson, who became a national inspiration ...

      DENVER — Welcome to the Deion Sanders Era, where Colorado is last in the Pac-12 but first in irony. Because to hear scouts tell it, the notion that Shilo Sanders needs cash is … probably costing him money. “The bankruptcy and the fact that he has been playing under his father with the last two programs has not (helped),” Dave Syvertsen, longtime scout and senior draft analyst with the ...

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