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Seton Hall hires Duke's Amaker

Tommy Amaker, part of Duke's run of seven Final Four appearances over nine years as a player and an assistant coach, was hired as Seton Hall coach Tuesday.

Amaker, 31, replaced George Blaney, fired this month after compiling a 38-48 record over three seasons, including 10-18 this year.

Amaker never has been a head coach. He served Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski as a graduate assistant in 1988 and has been with Krzyzewski in a full-time capacity since, the past two seasons as associate head coach.

The school scheduled a news conference today to introduce its new coach.

Pirates captain Levell Sanders said he would expect to see Amaker use some of Duke's plays at Seton Hall.

"That's the system he's been in all his life, so I think he's probably comfortable with it. I don't think he's going to try to make us a Duke, though, because we don't have the players for that," Sanders said.

INDIANA: G Neil Reed said he will not return for his senior season to play for coach Bob Knight, who he said made it clear he was no longer welcome in the program.

"If the choice were mine, I would have returned to Indiana University," Reed said in a statement. "But the choice was not mine. Coach Knight has made it clear that in making those decisions about my future, he is accountable to no one."

Knight told Indianapolis television stations he met with juniors Reed, Andrae Patterson, Richard Mandeville and Robbie Eggers to discuss their futures with the program. He said all four players were told what was expected of them next season and that each was given an invitation to play elsewhere.

"I've told them in each case what I think, and they've thought it over and have told us what they would like to do," Knight told WISH-TV, "and we'll just take that and go from there."

MICHIGAN: The school has hired an Overland Park, Kan., law firm to investigate allegations of impropriety in its program, university president Lee Bollinger said.

Bond, Schoeneck & King will investigate whether a Detroit man gave cash and gifts to current and former players, among other allegations.

The investigation will begin immediately, Bollinger said.

CINCINNATI: Coach Bob Huggins won't say whether he's interested in the head coaching job at Ohio State, but he denies reports he has tried to drum up support from influential Buckeyes boosters.

"I haven't called anybody," the former Ohio State assistant said. "I've been trying to win games."

Huggins' eighth year as coach of the Bearcats ended Saturday with a 67-66 loss to Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati ended its season 26-8 after being the Associated Press' preseason pick to win the national championship.

The Ohio State job opened March 10 when athletics director Andy Geiger fired Randy Ayers and women's coach Nancy Darsch.

Huggins said he has had no contact with the university about the opening.

CLEMSON: Coach Rick Barnes has hired St. John's assistant Brian Cousins to replace associate head coach Larry Shyatt, who is leaving to become Wyoming's head coach.

Cousins, 28, will start after Clemson concludes its play in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers play Minnesota in San Antonio on Thursday.

EX-PLAYER HOLMES DEAD: Baskerville Holmes, who took his name from a Sherlock Holmes story and played for Memphis State in the 1985 Final Four, was found shot to death in Memphis, Tenn., with his girlfriend in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Holmes, 32, and Tanya Franklin were dead when police arrived at their home Tuesday morning.

Family members told WHBQ-TV that Holmes was upset after being laid off from his job at a trucking company.

Holmes played for Memphis State from 1982-1986 and was a member of the 1985 squad that lost to Villanova 52-45 in the semifinals.