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News Nuggets, 01.19.04

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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

Ref dies during Wesleyan-Shenandoah game


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01.12.04: NCAA considers sanctions for academic dawdlers... .. UAB's Finley among candidates for Senior CLASS Award... .. C-USA basketball standings, scores & schedule... .. More...
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WINCHESTER, VA — College basketball referee Tony Herndon collapsed while officiating a Division III game and later died.

The 43-year-old Herndon had an apparent heart attack about six minutes into the second half of a game between North Carolina Wesleyan and Shenandoah on Saturday night.

He collapsed after making an out-of-bounds call. While athletic trainers and medical staff assisted Herndon, players on both teams huddled in prayer at their benches. Herndon was then taken to Winchester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said Sunday.

Louisville assistant nabbed for DUI

LOUISVILLE — Louisville assistant basketball coach Kevin Willard was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Willard, 28, was arrested about five hours after Louisville's victory win over Tulane at Freedom Hall, police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. Willard failed several field sobriety tests, she said.

Willard, the son of Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard, was due to be arraigned Tuesday.

"Even though he is close to me, he will be dealt with just as anyone else on my staff or team would be," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "Whatever legal penalty he may or may not face, the penalty within our basketball program will be dealt with in a serious manner."

Memphis adds three years to Calipari pact

MEMPHIS — Memphis basketball coach John Calipari received a three-year contract extension Sunday through 2010.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Calipari, who had two years left on his original contract, is 81-35 in four seasons at Memphis, including a 10-4 mark this season. In 12 college seasons, his teams are 274-106. He also coached the NBA's New Jersey Nets.

C-USA basketball standings & scoreboard


                 Conference   All Games
Team             W  L   PCT  W  L   PCT
Cincinnati       4  0 1.000 13  0 1.000
Louisville       4  0 1.000 13  1  .929
Saint Louis      3  1  .750 10  5  .667
Charlotte        2  1  .667 10  4  .714
UAB              2  1  .667  9  5  .643
Marquette        2  2  .500 11  4  .733
DePaul           2  2  .500  9  6  .600
Southern Miss    2  2  .500  9  6  .600
Texas Christian  2  2  .500  6  9  .400
Memphis          1  2  .333 10  4  .714
Houston          1  3  .250  7  7  .500
South Florida    0  2  .000  6  7  .462
Tulane           0  3  .000  6  7  .462
East Carolina    0  4  .000  8  6  .571


Friday's Games:
   Southern Miss 83, Marquette 61

Saturday's Games:
   DePaul 75, UAB 64
   Memphis 91, Charlotte 69
   Saint Louis 70, South Florida 52
   Cincinnati 85, TCU 57
   Louisville 79, Tulane 58
   Houston 55, East Carolina 53<

Sunday's Games:
   No games scheduled



Monday, January 19:
   Centenary at Houston

Tuesday, January 20:
   DePaul at Texas Christian
   Marquette at Charlotte
   Memphis at Tulane
   South Florida at UAB

Wednesday, January 21:
   Cincinnati at Louisville
Saturday, January 24:
   Cincinnati at Southern Miss
   DePaul at Marquette
   East Carolina at Saint Louis
   Houston at Memphis
   Savannah State at Tulane
   UAB at Charlotte

Sunday, January 25:
   Louisville at Tennessee

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