After long miles at So. Miss., Eustachy to replace Miles
FORT COLLINS Larry Eustachy is set to take over as Colorado States basketball coach, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal only is agreed upon and not finalized.
The embattled coach will take over for Tim Miles, who left for Nebraska last month after leading the Rams to the NCAA Tournament. Eustachy is coming off a season in which he guided Southern Mississippi to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991.
Its been a long road for Eustachy, who has rebuilt and restored his career in eight seasons at Southern Miss. Eustachy was a coach at Iowa State over a decade ago before his dramatic downfall. He resigned in 2003 shortly after photos of him partying with students surfaced.
Eustachy went through rehabilitation to treat alcoholism and was given a second chance at Southern Miss, where he steadily built the program into a Conference USA contender by providing a home for castoffs from other programs and junior college transfers.
He will inherit a Rams program thats rapidly on the rise, improving in each of Miles five seasons in charge. CSU went from 7-25 in Miles first year to 20-12 last season. The Rams were bumped from the tournament by Murray State in their tournament opener.
The 56-year-old Eustachy once was viewed as one of the best young coaches in the country. He took Iowa State to the elite eight in 2000 and was selected the AP Coach of the Year.
Hall of Fame announces its potentials for Class of 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Wendell Scott and Rusty Wallace are among the five new nominees announced Wednesday for the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
Also added to the nominee list was Anne Bledsoe France, wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. She was NASCARs first treasurer and secretary and is the first woman nominated for the Hall of Fame.
Engine builder Ray Fox also was nominated, as was sponsor executive Ralph Seagraves.
Scott won the 1963 race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., for the only victory of his 495 career starts. A former taxi driver, he became the first black driver to become a full-time competitor in NASCAR.
Wallace was the 1989 Cup champion and is eighth on the career list with 55 victories.
The Hall of Fame voting panel will elect five members from the list of 25 nominees into next years class May 23.
The MLS in Raleigh, N.C.? That would make an even 20
RALEIGH, N.C. The president of Major League Soccer said hes a firm believer there are markets in the Southeast that would support a team from his league.
Mark Abbott spoke Thursday to a fan forum of about 100 during his visit to the Raleigh area.
Abbott said MLS wants to add a second team in the New York metropolitan area to join the Red Bulls and give the league 20 teams. He said the league has no timetable for expansion beyond that.
Tour of Utah gets 5 big-time commitments from the elite
SALT LAKE CITY Five of the worlds top 15 international cycling teams have committed to the 2012 Tour of Utah.
Utahs event is set for Aug. 7-12 and is the first major weeklong stage race after the Tour de France and London Olympics.
Tour of Utah officials said Tuesday that Liquigas-Cannondale, RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, BMC Racing Team, Rabobank Cycling Team and Garmin-Barracuda have confirmed participation. Three other pro continental teams also have confirmed, with the full field of 16 teams to be set in May.
The Tour of Utah was elevated in 2011 to a 2.1-rated stage race by the sports governing body. It is one of four such rated in North America this year.