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USF basketball draws tough Big East schedule

TAMPA — USF learned its home and away Big East opponents for men's basketball on Wednesday, with Georgetown, Louisville, West Virginia, Syracuse and Marquette among the teams coming to the Sun Dome in the spring.

The Bulls, 3-15 in the league last season, got a tough draw, as USF's three "mirror" opponents — which get a home and away game to fill out an 18-game schedule — are Louisville (tied for second in league), West Virginia (tied for fifth) and DePaul (tied for 12th). Those three finished higher in the league standings than any other Big East team's three mirror foes.

"We've got a tough draw, but we won't back away from the challenge," coach Stan Heath said in a statement. "We have a tough slate in front of us, but knowing the schedule we have will make us work harder."

Dates for conference games have not been released.

Indiana out two more scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will give up two basketball scholarships for this season in anticipation of penalties related to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, assistant athletic director Frank Cuervo said.

The APR is a percentage score over a rolling four-year period that measures retention and eligibility of players. Teams can lose scholarships if their score is subpar and they have a player who left school early and would not have been academically eligible had he remained. Indiana already has given up one scholarship for 2008-09 due to a phone-call scandal under former coach Kelvin Sampson. Indiana is awaiting the NCAA's decision on allegations against Sampson.

UK museum closes: The University of Kentucky Basketball Museum, envisioned as a shrine to the college basketball program when it opened in 1999, closed Monday, millions of dollars in debt. The nonprofit company was not affiliated with the university.

Vols' Fulmer, Pearl get raises

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee signed football coach Phillip Fulmer and basketball coach Bruce Pearl to new deals that run through 2014.

Fulmer's deal is worth an average of nearly $3-million over the next seven seasons, and the nearly $1-million raise makes him the fourth-highest paid coach in the SEC.

Pearl was previously signed through 2013 and made $1.3-million last season. His new deal increases his salary to an average of $2.3-million a year.

Baseball: FSU catcher Buster Posey was named the Brook Wallace national player of the year, an award celebrating a former Texas Tech player and coach.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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