Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
UConn will hold a press conference at 10:45 Friday morning to announce a contract extension for head coach Jim Calhoun.
His current contract pays him more than $1.6 million per season and expires in June.
The new five-year contract will be retroactive for one year at a new salary of about $1 million more annually, a source close to Calhoun said. He will have four more years running through the 2013-14 season.
“I feel very comfortable signing a new contract and I think the university feels very comfortable signing a new contract,” Calhoun recently told The Wall Street Journal.
Calhoun, who turns 68 on Monday, has been coach at the Big East school since 1986.
He is 572-220 at UConn, winning national championships in 1999 and 2004.
RICE OFFERS RICHARDSONNew Rutgers coach Mike Rice has offered Arizona assistant Book Richardson a prominent position on his staff, according to sources with knowledge.
Richardson is mulling the offer.
A former New York Gauchos head coach, Richardson has been influential in bringing New Yorkers Kevin Parrom and Lamont “Momo” Jones to Arizona. He also got the Wildcats involved with Queens guard Doron Lamb, who chose Kentucky, and Manhattan Rice senior forward Kadeem Jack, who is headed to South Kent (Conn.).
Richardson previously turned down a spot on Steve Lavin’s staff at St. John’s.
Former St. John’s assistant Chris Casey replaced Tim Cluess at Division 2 C.W. Post….Houston guard Desmond Wade, a product of Linden (NJ) High, secured his release and wants to transfer “closer to home,” said his father, Jeff Wade… Gregory Echenique won his medical hardship case and will have 2 1/2 years left of eligibility at Creighton. He transferred from Rutgers.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.