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Driesell hired at Georgia State

Lefty Driesell, 17 wins shy of 700, took over the least successful college program Wednesday when he was hired by Georgia State.

The 65-year-old Driesell will guide a team that has had three winning seasons in its 34 years.

"It's a good challenge," he said. "It should be a lot of fun."

Driesell replaces Carter Wilson, who stepped down after going 31-50 in three seasons.

Driesell was fired by James Madison on March 5, a day after he said next season would be his last. The university then decided not to renew Driesell's contract, citing a lack of success on the court and in academics.

FRESNO STATE: As far back as late January, a large, illegal bookmaking ring in the San Joaquin Valley took bets from gamblers who detailed the workings of the entire alleged point-shaving scheme at Fresno State, the Los Angeles Times reported in today's editions. The Times said its report resulted from a three-week investigation.

SW MISSOURI STATE: Coach Steve Alford agreed to a four-year contract that increases his salary, media payments and bonuses. But he said he has left open the door for Ohio State if it is interested in him.

RUTGERS: Bill Herrion, who led Drexel to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the past four years, is expected to be named coach today after Texas coach Tom Penders' rejection of the school's offer, the New York Daily News reported.

TENNESSEE: Illinois State's Kevin Stallings was offered the Volunteers' job Tuesday night, will tour the campus today and then make a decision, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.