Nate Oats, the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year each of the past two seasons, has left his job at Buffalo to become head coach at Alabama.
“I have been watching Coach Oats for the last few years as he has led the University at Buffalo to unprecedented heights,” Greg Byrne, Alabama’s athletic director, said Wednesday. “His commitment to developing the student-athlete both on and off the court was what really stuck out.”
Oats, 96-43 in four seasons at Buffalo, succeeds Avery Johnson, who was 75-62 in four seasons at Alabama.
• UNLV has hired South Dakota State’s T.J. Otzelberger as its head coach. He succeeds Marvin Menzies, who was fired after three seasons.
Otzelberger was 70-33 in three seasons at South Dakota State.
Trouble for Hokies? Virginia Tech’s Ty Outlaw, one of the top 3-point shooters in the country, has been charged with possession of marijuana, potentially jeopardizing his status for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament.
Outlaw was charged March 21, the day after he and the Hokies arrived in San Jose for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia Tech plays top-seeded Duke on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Briefly: San Diego State forward Jalen McDaniels (15.9 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game) and UCLA forward Kris Wilkes (17.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg) will forgo their remaining college eligibility to enter the NBA draft, their schools said. … Stanford will play in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo., in November, along with Butler, Missouri and Oklahoma. … In the NIT quarterfinals, Dylan Osetkowski scored 15 points to lead four Texas players in double figures as the host Longhorns (19-16) prevailed 68-55 over Colorado (23-13), and Garrison Mathews scored 44 points as Lipscomb (28-7) won 94-93 at North Carolina State (24-12).
Vols making change
Tennessee fired head coach Holly Warlick, who had a 172-67 record over seven seasons.
Warlick led the Lady Vols to regional finals in three of her first four seasons but her team didn’t advance beyond the second round the past three years.
“While it certainly stings to make this decision, I am charged with doing what I believe is best for this storied program,” AD Phillip Fulmer said in a statement. “It’s important to all of us that Lady Vols basketball maintains its status among the elite.”
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