Players at Minnesota State-Mankato refused to practice for their former coach yesterday, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job.
Todd Hoffner returned to campus for the first time since the arbitrator ruled that he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child pornography investigation that ultimately cleared him.
The Free Press of Mankato reported that Mavericks players came out for spring practice but were not in uniform. They read a statement saying they were unanimous in wanting Aaron Keen to remain as coach.
Athletic director Kevin Buisman said in a statement that players had “shared their concerns.” He said a meeting was scheduled for today between the players, Hoffner, Keen and the rest of the coaching staff.
• Orlando, Fla., officials announced the creation of the Cure Bowl, a game to be held at the Florida Citrus Bowl in December 2015 and feature teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences.
• Kentucky junior quarterback Jalen Whitlow will transfer after starting 15 games the past two seasons, coach Mark Stoops announced.
Two UCLA guards leaving early for NBA draft
UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft.
Anderson, a sophomore, and LaVine, a freshman, said that they will forego their remaining eligibility to start pro careers.
• Michigan State has signed 6-foot-7 forward Marvin Clark Jr. of Kansas City, Mo., to a letter of intent.
• Seven-foot center A.J. Hammons, a junior, said he will return for another season with Purdue.
• Kansas State coach Bruce Weber has received a one-year contract extension through 2018-19 after leading the Wildcats to 47 wins in his first two seasons.