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Amaker ready for the next level

Tommy Amaker's first game as coach at Seton Hall is more than eight months away, and he already has made the Big East record book.

The 31-year-old former Duke player and assistant coach was introduced by the school at a news conference Wednesday. Amaker becomes the youngest coach in conference history and only the second in its 17 years to hold that position with no prior experience.

Amaker, who signed what was believed to be a six-year contract, spent the past nine seasons on Mike Krzyzewski's staff at Duke.

"I've been through the process, been patient and wanted to make one move if possible," Amaker said. "That's why I stayed so long. I think I'm ready."

LSU: Rob Evans will remain coach at Mississippi and bypass an offer to become Louisiana State's coach. The decision leaves LSU athletic director Joe Dean still searching for someone to replace Dale Brown, who has retired. Dean had offered the job to Evans, 50, on Tuesday.

TENNESSEE, MEMPHIS: Both schools' search for a coach has stopped in Tulsa, where coach Steve Robinson reportedly is a candidate for both jobs. Robinson, 39, declined comment.

JAMES MADISON: The school will present Indiana State's Sherman Dillard, a member of the James Madison sports hall of fame, as its coach at a news conference today. He will replace Lefty Driesell, who was fired after nine seasons.

STETSON: Coach Randy Brown resigned after two losing seasons, at the request of AD Jeff Altier. University officials cited declining attendance, ticket sales and booster donations.

FRESNO STATE: The FBI and a federal grand jury are studying pawn shop records in investigating rumors that players shaved points, the Fresno Bee reported.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The board of trustees approved coach Eddie Fogler's $100,000 pay raise for remaining at the school. The agreement boosts Fogler's annual salary to $130,000, an increase of $10,000. The rest of the additional money will come radio and TV revenues.

MURDER-SUICIDE RULED: Memphis authorities ruled the deaths of former Memphis State player Baskerville Holmes and his girlfriend a murder-suicide.