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MAJERUS WAS WARNED

Friends of Rick Majerus urged the Utah coach to get his weight and health in check long before his midnight flight to California to be treated for chest pains.

Majerus was resting and going through more tests at his cardiologist's home in Santa Barbara, Calif., friends said.

Longtime friend Jon Huntsman, a Salt Lake City billionaire whom the Utes' home arena is named after, said the coach came to his home late Tuesday after having chest pains while eating dinner. Majerus complained the pains had moved to his left arm.

"Rick puts basketball ahead of everything else. It's been very difficult for him to focus on his own health," Huntsman said. "We've been after him for years. This is a wonderful wakeup call for him."

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ARKANSAS: Lawyers for dismissed coach Nolan Richardson should be barred from questioning football coach Houston Nutt or other officials about Nutt's recent negotiations with the school for a new contract, university attorneys argued.

"The only reason that (Richardson) has for making any inquiry into these areas is to cause annoyance, oppression, harassment and embarrassment," read a brief filed in federal court.

Richardson sued the university and the Razorback Foundation after he was fired March 1, 2002. His suit claims he was fired because he is black and outspoken.

VANDERBILT: Coach Kevin Stallings apologized for comments he made about a fight that resulted in two players being ejected in a loss to South Carolina. Stallings had to pull guard Corey Smith off Renaldo Balkman after the Gamecocks forward hit Smith in the first half Wednesday.

"If somebody's going to hit you in the mouth, you need to wait a little while until you get a chance to knock some of their teeth out," Stallings said after the game. "But you don't need to do it right then. But I'd be worried about his teeth in the next game if that's what happened."

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