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CREMINS OUT FOR YEAR

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Bobby Cremins' assistant says the veteran basketball coach hasn't looked well the past few weeks and Friday evening the College of Charleston announced Cremins will miss the rest of the season because of a medical problem.

Mark Byington, who will take over as coach, was still surprised when Cremins, 64, called him Friday morning with the news. "The despair in his voice ... I knew something was wrong," Byington said.

The college did not specify Cremins' medical condition or put a time frame on his return.

Athletic director Joe Hull did say Cremins' condition was not life threatening.

The Cougars started 10-2 but have lost six of their past eight.

MIAMI EXTENSION: Coach Jim Larranaga received a three-year extension, keeping him under contract with the Hurricanes through April 2019. He is 11-7 in his first season in Miami since coming from George Mason.

SYRACUSE: Coach Jim Boeheim said 7-foot center Fab Melo will miss his third game today and could be out longer because of academic issues, SportingNews.com reported.

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