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Grgurich agrees to take UNLV job

Former UNLV assistant Tim Grgurich agreed Friday to take over the program he helped Jerry Tarkanian build into a powerhouse, capping a tumultuous week that rocked the university.

Grgurich reportedly will receive a three-year contract worth some $300,000 a year to take over the beleaguered program.

UNLV interim president Kenny Guinn confirmed late Friday afternoon that an "agreement in principle" had been reached and that Grgurich was expected to be on the floor today for the team's first practice.

Guinn said Grgurich had not signed a contract, but would do so either Friday night or this morning.

Former UNLV player David Rice told the Associated Press earlier that Grgurich had agreed to the job.

"It's a done deal," said Rice, who said he will be an assistant to Grgurich.

Prep star picks Vols

JACKSON, Miss. _ Piney Woods center Torrey Harris has decided to play for Tennessee, a program he predicts will take off under new coach Kevin O'Neill.

The 6-foot-9{, 210-pound Sardis native said he intends to sign Nov. 9, the first day of the NCAA's weeklong fall signing period.

O'Neill, who was hired in March, coached Marquette to two victories in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Tennessee hasn't finished above .500 in the Southeastern Conference since 1989-90.

Harris, who has met freshman eligibility requirements, visited Tennessee and the University of Florida, and canceled a trip to Clemson.

Prospect shuns 'Canes

JACKSON, Miss. _ Northeast Mississippi forward Dontae Jones, considered one of the nation's top junior college players, said he has ruled out Miami and will attend Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward committed to Miami a couple of months ago, but he said Thursday that was a mistake.

"The decision is final," Jones told the Clarion-Ledger. "The (commitment to UM) was a thing, it was my first time being in the situation with schools recruiting me. I didn't know how to handle it."