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Florida State Seminoles sign basketball coach Leonard Hamilton to new five-year contract

Leonard Hamilton, who guided Florida State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998, received a new five-year contract that runs through the 2013-14 season, the school announced Monday afternoon.

Hamilton, who the Seminoles acknowledged talked to Memphis about its opening, had one year remaining on a deal that pays nearly $800,000 in total compensation, including about $200,000 in base pay. Financial terms of his new contract haven't been finalized. Last month, FSU president T.K. Wetherell said he envisioned Hamilton being at FSU for a long time and that Hamilton would be a "happy, happy, happy camper."

"I am very appreciative that our administration has shown a high level of confidence in me and in our staff," Hamilton said in a statement. "Much of the credit for our accomplishments goes to our staff and our players who have worked so hard to put us in position to be successful. I feel that the future is very bright for this program."

The Seminoles (25-10) won more ACC games (10) than they had since 1993 and advanced to the league tournament championship game for the first time. They landed a No. 5 seed in the NCAAs and lost the opener in overtime to Wisconsin. Hamilton, who has had a 100 percent graduation rate for players using up their eligibility, was named the ACC coach of the year and the national coach of the year by Basketball Times.

"Through a lot of hard work and dedication, Leonard has built the Florida State program into one that we are all very proud of," athletic director Randy Spetman said.

Xavier coach to 'Zona

Xavier's Sean Miller has accepted the head coaching job at Arizona, ending the Wildcats' sometimes frustrating search for a high-profile replacement for Hall of Famer Lute Olson.

The university announced the hiring after a confusing few hours in which it was first reported that Miller had turned down the job.

Miller, 40, met with Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski and informed the school he was leaving after five years, then told the players in a meeting later in the afternoon.

He was scheduled to be introduced today at a news conference in Tucson.

Memphis tabs Pastner

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis has hired Josh Pastner, an assistant under John Calipari, as the Tigers' new coach, a school spokesman said.

The university scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. today to introduce Pastner, 31, athletics spokesman Bob Winn said.

Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky last week after nine seasons with the Tigers.

Pastner, who is regarded as a strong recruiter, worked one year under Calipari after six years as an assistant at Arizona, where he also played.

BOSTON: Patrick Chambers, the associate head coach at Villanova, will be named the Terriers' next coach. He will be formally introduced on Wednesday to succeed Dennis Wolff, who was fired last month after 15 seasons.

WASHINGTON ST.: Portland State coach Ken Bone will become the new coach for the Cougars, replacing Tony Bennett, who last week left for Virginia. He will be introduced today as the school's 17th head coach.

WOODEN AWARD: Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair, Oklahoma's Blake Griffin and North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough are finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as the men's basketball player of the year. Connecticut's Maya Moore and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris are finalists for the women's award. The winners will be announced Friday.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Florida State Seminoles sign basketball coach Leonard Hamilton to new five-year contract 04/06/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 12:34am]

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