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Sunday / April 21.
  • By BETH RUCKER

    AP Sports Writer

    Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl is working without a contract while the NCAA investigates his staff’s recruiting practices.

    Pearl’s contract was terminated on Sept. 9, the day before he revealed to the public that he had provided incorrect information during an interview with NCAA investigators, Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton said Thursday.

    Tennessee officials presented Pearl with a new contract two weeks ago with a reduced salary, and attorneys are working to complete the deal. Pearl was to make $12.5 million over four seasons before athletics director Mike Hamilton reduced it by $1.5 million as part of his punishment for misleading the NCAA.

    Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello are teammates at Westchester (N.C.) Country Day school, and beginning next year they will be teammates at Baylor University.

    Both players announced Thursday on ESPNU.

    “I will be taking my services to Baylor University,” said Bello, who also considered Louisville.

    “And I’ll be taking my services to Baylor also,” added Miller, who said he also considered Louisville, Duke and Oklahoma.

    Quincy Miller, Deuce Bello and LeBryan Nash are all slated to announce their colleges choices at 5 o’clock EST on ESPNU.

    As reported here earlier this week, the 6-foot-9 Miller (pictured) is expected to pick Baylor after Louisville dropped out of his recruitment and he didn’t take his visit to Duke last weekend.

    Bello could join Miller at Baylor since the two are teammates at Westchester (N.C.) Country Day and have often spoken of playing together.

    The 6-7 Nash is down to Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State and recently said Oklahoma State was his leader.

    The Knicks fired radio play-by-plan man Gus Johnson, the voice of the team since the 1997-98 season, according to the New York Post.

    “Over the last two seasons, Johnson, 43, had annoyed MSG Network shot-callers by missing many games to work outside TV gigs, including CBS’ college basketball and Showtime boxing,” the Post reported.

    “Johnson’s primary replacement is expected to be Mike Crispino, an MSG TV and radio multi-tasker since 1992. Johnson, in 1997, replaced Mike Breen, who moved to MSG TV.”

    The Knicks also let go of talented young writer Mike Slane, who covered the team for the Knicks’ official website. Sources said the team is looking to reorganize the site.

    In other Garden news, the 2010-11 college hoops schedule was released and, as usual, it features some tremendous events and matchups.

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