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Duncan, Starbird top players

Tim Duncan of Wake Forest and Kate Starbird of Stanford were chosen winners of the Naismith player of the year awards Sunday.

Roy Williams of Kansas was selected men's coach of the year, and Geno Auriemma of Connecticut was picked as women's coach.

Duncan, a 6_foot-10 senior, averaged 20.9 points and 14.3 rebounds this season.

Starbird, a 6-2 guard, is averaging just under 22 points for the Cardinal, which plays Georgia in the West Regional final tonight.

Williams led Kansas to a 34-2 record and a spot in the NCAA round of 16. Auriemma's Huskies are 33-0 and meet Tennessee in the Midwest Regional final tonight.

RUTGERS: Texas coach Tom Penders said he will meet with Rutgers officials Tuesday to discuss their coaching position. Athletic director Fred Gruninger confirmed he will speak with Penders but declined further comment.

Penders is the leading candidate to replace fired Bob Wenzel, and officials will make a strong push to get him, the Dallas Morning News reported.

COLORADO: Coach Ricardo Patton is removing his name from consideration for Memphis' coaching job, a newspaper reported.

The Rocky Mountain News reported Patton "is not comfortable" with several aspects of the salary and benefits package Memphis offered.

Patton, who this season led Colorado to its best record (22-10) and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 28 years, would not confirm the report.

"I'm still in the negotiating process with different schools," he said.

Patton was considered the leading candidate to replace Larry Finch, who resigned at the end of the season.

Patton has said he wants to remain in Colorado but only if the school makes a strong commitment to the program.

DIVISION III: Illinois Wesleyan (29-2), which lost six seniors and four starters from a team that finished third last year, capped this season by beating Nebraska Wesleyan (25-6) 89-86 for the national championship at Salem, Va.

NJCAA: Indian Hills, Iowa, in its first title game, beat four-time champ San Jacinto, Texas, 89-80 to win the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament at Hutchinson, Kan. Tallahassee beat North Idaho 121-116 in overtime to take third.

TENNESSEE: Clemson coach Rick Barnes has turned down an offer to become the school's coach, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported in today's editions.

Vols athletic director Doug Dickey offered the job to Barnes on Friday, and it was rejected, the newspaper said. Dickey asked him to reconsider, and Barnes gave him the final word Saturday.

GEORGIA: Coach Tubby Smith said he has no interest in any other job and will remain with the Bulldogs "for the long haul." Ohio State asked Georgia for permission to talk with Smith about replacing Randy Ayers, fired March 10. Smith said he had no interest in discussing the vacancy.

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