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Pitt: Paul Evans' contract won't be renewed after this season even though he coached Pitt (13-12, 7-10) to five of the past seven NCAA basketball tournaments. Evans will stay through the Big East tournament and any post-season tourney the Panthers make. He is 147-96 since replacing Roy Chipman in 1986.

Dayton: Coach Jim O'Brien was fired, but will coach the last two regular-season games and in the Great Midwest Conference tournament. The Flyers are 6-18. "I'm not happy with the decision that the university has made to fire me. I believe it is a mistake," O'Brien said.

Creighton: Coach Rick Johnson resigned after a 7-22 record gave the team the most losses for a season in its 75-year history. "We were concerned about the program and the direction in which it was headed. We had to be satisfied that it was moving in the right direction," athletic director Tom Moore said. "We had a question of whether Rick was taking us in that direction."

Furman: Coach Butch Estes resigned after leading the team (9-17) through two consecutive disappointing seasons. Estes said he would remain with the team through the Southern Conference tournament, which begins Thursday in Asheville, N.C. Ninth-seeded Furman will face The Citadel in the first round.

New Mexico State: Guard Dwain Bradberry was suspended indefinitely. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Bradberry kicked a chair and was sent to the Aggies' dressing room after coach Neil McCarthy had Skip McCoy start the second half in place of Bradberry in Monday night's 77-69 loss to UC-Santa Barbara.

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