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There's more controversy at UNLV

Turmoil continues to grip UNLV's program, with coach Jerry Tarkanian mulling a possible fight to stay at the university and players voting to sue in an attempt to get in the NCAA Tournament.

Attorneys for Tarkanian confirmed Wednesday they have sent UNLV administrators a letter charging them with breaching Tarkanian's resignation agreement, a scenario that could open the door for Tarkanian to fight to keep the job he is scheduled to leave when the season ends March


But Tarkanian said he hasn't decided whether to try and rescind his resignation, which he offered last summer after a newspaper published photos showing former UNLV players in a hot tub with convicted sports fixer Richard Perry.

"I've been approached by people for about a month, but I haven't decided what to do," Tarkanian said. "I haven't made any decision yet on that."

UNLV president Robert Maxson: "Coach Tarkanian submitted his resignation, the university accepted that resignation, and the matter is closed. There is no need for any additional discussion."

UNLV's players, meanwhile, voted 8-2 Wednesday to sue the NCAA in an effort to get into the tournament. The Rebels were banned from the tourney as a resolution of a 13-year dispute between Tarkanian and the NCAA.

Tarkanian said the vote, taken by Las Vegas attorney Steve Stein, was not final and that a decision would be made by today. And Tarkanian said even if the Rebels made the tournament, he would not coach.

"I've already said I'd stay out if they did go," said Tarkanian, whose 12th-ranked team is 23-2 and riding a 20-game winning streak.

Stein said the players were paying his legal fee. Asked what the fee was, he replied, "That's nobody's business."

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported that swingman J.R. Rider, UNLV's leading scorer, is having serious academic difficulties and probably won't return next season.

Stetson 91, Centenary 88: Rob Wilkes, the son of coach Glenn Wilkes, scored five consecutive points in the final two minutes to lift host Stetson (10-14, 5-6) to the Trans-America Athletic Conference victory over Centenary (9-15, 4-7). Wilkes hit a three-pointer with 1:45 left to give the Hatters an 87-86 lead, then sank two free throws with 35 seconds left to increase Stetson's lead to 89-86.

Oklahoma State's Sutton hospitalized: Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was in good condition at a Tulsa hospital after suffering chest pains Wednesday night. Sutton, 55, complained of chest pains after he had finished his radio show following Wednesday's loss to Oklahoma. Doctors found a small problem in one of the arteries, but it is something that can be treated with medicine, the school said.