Sheryl Swoopes, one of the top players in women's basketball history and a member of the Storm in 2008, is the new coach at Loyola of Chicago...

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CHICAGO — Sheryl Swoopes, one of the top players in women’s basketball history and a member of the Storm in 2008, is the new coach at Loyola of Chicago.

The school announced the hiring Friday.

A standout at Texas Tech in the early 1990s and the first three-time MVP in the WNBA, Swoopes will try to boost a program that has struggled in recent years but finished with a winning record this past season.

The Ramblers only finished higher than fifth in the Horizon League once under former coach Eric Simpson, who resigned after leading them to a 57-66 record in four seasons. They went 17-15 this past season and reached the Horizon championship game.

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A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Swoopes stopped playing in 2011, and spent the past season as a TV analyst for Texas Tech women’s games.

Bob Hurley would

consider Rutgers

NEWARK, N.J. — Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony’s High in Jersey City, N.J., would consider taking over the Rutgers men’s program on a caretaker basis for a year or two.

The 65-year-old Hurley told The Associated Press that he indicated he would do it on a short-term basis to stabilize the program that was rocked after a video was aired last week showing now fired coach Mike Rice kicking and grabbing players while uttering anti-gay slurs.

Rutgers had talked with Bob’s son, Dan, but Dan Hurley accepted an extension Friday with Rhode Island.


Reggie Theus, former coach of the Sacramento Kings, has taken over as the Cal State Northridge men’s coach.

• Mississippi men’s coach Andy Kennedy has his contract extended through the 2017 season and will pay him a base salary of $1.8 million annually, a raise of $500,000 per year.

• Saint Louis hired Jim Crews as the men’s coach, stripping his interim tag and making him the official replacement for Rick Majerus, who died last December.

G.G. Smith was promoted to head coach for the Loyola (Md.) University men’s program following a six-year run as an assistant.

• Texas guard Myck Kabongo is skipping his final two seasons to enter the NBA draft. In two seasons, he started 45 games and averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 assists.

• San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin is skipping his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

• Pittsburgh hired Suzie McConnell-Serio as its women’s coach. The 46-year-old McConnell-Serio went 123-68 in six seasons with Duquesne.

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