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Ex-Auburn assistant avoids jail time

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NEW YORK (AP) Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and NBA star Chuck Person's lifelong generosity may have driven him to the poorhouse, but it saved him from the jailhouse Wednesday when a judge sentenced him in a bribery scandal that touched some of the biggest college basketball programs.

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska cited Person's "random acts of charity that happened all the time" as she explained why he won't be locked up for taking bribes to steer top college players toward a financial adviser who was cooperating with the government's investigation.

"The worst thing you have to say is that you were charitable to a fault," she told Person, who wiped tears from his face repeatedly. "Keep up the good work."


Payments from settlement set to begin

More than 50,000 former college athletes next month will begin collecting portions of a $208 million class-action settlement paid by the NCAA in a case that challenged its caps on compensation.

Hagens Berman, the law firm representing the plaintiffs in Alston vs. the NCAA, said Wednesday 53,748 FBS football players and Division I men's and women's basketball players who competed between March 2010-March 2017 are eligible to receive compensation.


Seton Hall hires alumnus Felt as AD

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) Bryan Felt has been hired as the athletic director at Seton Hall.

The Big East Conference school announced Thursday that Felt will replace Pat Lyons, who was promoted to executive vice president and chief of staff at the university.


UNC transfer Woods happy at S. Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina guard Seventh Woods can't take a few steps around town these days without someone telling him it is good he came home. The former North Carolina player is happy with his latest choice, too.

"It's been great," Woods said Friday. "Family's here, friends here. I've been getting along well with the players and the coaches."


Florida lands ex-Cleveland St. G Appleby

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has landed a third transfer in the last three months by signing former Cleveland State point guard Tyree Appleby.

Appleby averaged 17.2 points and 5.6 assists as a sophomore in the Horizon League last season. He has to sit out the 2019-20 season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining. The Gators had a scholarship available after forward Isaiah Stokes transferred this month.


Michigan adds Smith to Howard's staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has hired Jay Smith to be on Juwan Howard's basketball staff as director of player personnel and development.

The move was announced Monday.


Kentucky AD named NCAA men's hoops chair

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has been selected to lead the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee.

It was announced Friday that Barnhart would work with committee chairman Kevin White, Duke's athletic director, during the upcoming season before succeeding him in the 2020-21 season. Barnhart says being asked to serve in the role by his colleagues on the committee is one of the highest honors he has received.


Cleveland St. fires Felton after 2 years

CLEVELAND (AP) Dennis Felton's stay at Cleveland State was short, and anything but sweet.

Felton was fired Friday after just two seasons with the program, which hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2009.


UNC returning for 1 game at Carmichael

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's men's basketball team is returning to its old home court for one game.

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Thursday that the Tar Heels' game against Wofford on Dec. 15 will be played at the 6,822-seat Carmichael Arena - the first regular-season game there since 1986.


NCAA charges NC State with 4 violations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The NCAA has charged North Carolina State with four violations, accusing a former assistant coach of providing payments and benefits connected to the recruitment of one-and-done basketball player Dennis Smith Jr.

The school said Wednesday that its notice of allegations was received Tuesday, and now has 90 days to respond.

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