Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Marquette hires Duke's Wojo as coach

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Marquette found its replacement for Buzz Williams in Mike Krzyzewski's coaching tree.

The Golden Eagles introduced Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski as their coach Tuesday, with Krzyzewski's long-time right-hand man saying he wants to follow his mentor's lead while bringing his new program to similar heights.

Krzyzewski "allowed me to understand just how fun and incredible the game of basketball is, but when used the right way, how it can change your life," Wojciechowski said. "I hope to do that here at Marquette."

University president-elect Michael Lovell called Wojciechowski, 37, "a winner on the court" who "has all the values that we expect at Marquette University."

Williams left for Virginia Tech last month.

Wojciechowski is the second Krzyzewski assistant in two years to land a head coaching job at a program in a major conference. Chris Collins just finished his first season at Northwestern.

"I wasn't going to leave (Duke) for just any job," Wojciechowski said. "I was only going to leave for a job that I thought is the perfect job for me, and I feel like Marquette is that place."

Interim athletic director Bill Cords said Wojciechowski was the only finalist who wasn't already a head coach, but said he came highly recommended by Krzyzewski and by Jerry Colangelo, the former owner of the Phoenix Suns and director of USA Basketball. Wojciechowski assisted Krzyzewski with the U.S. national team from 2006-12.

Wojciechowski described the 24 hours leading up to his introduction as "a whirlwind" but called it "the most proud day in my basketball life."

LSU: Leading scorer Johnny O'Bryant III, a two-time All-SEC first-team selection, will bypass his senior season for the NBA draft. The forward is projected as a late first-round or second-round pick. Freshman second-team All-SEC forward Jordan Mickey is undecided about whether to return.

coaching updates: Oregon assistant Brian Fish was named Montana State coach, replacing Brad Huse. His base salary is $145,000. … Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who is signed through 2019, is negotiating an extension that will likely substantially increase his annual salary of $1.7 million. … Tennessee is reworking the contract of coach Cuonzo Martin, who said Tuesday he intends to remain. Martin, whose contract runs through the 2015-16 season, spoke with Marquette then pulled out of consideration. Martin makes $1.35 million per year, which ranks in the bottom half of SEC coaches.

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