College basketball Notebook: Bone to remain Wash. St. coach

2013-03-29T00:00:00Z College basketball Notebook: Bone to remain Wash. St. coachThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SPOKANE, Wash. - Ken Bone will return as basketball coach at Washington State next season.

Bone said Thursday that he had a meeting with athletic director Bill Moos on Wednesday and was told he will lead the Cougars for a fifth season.

Bone had been on the hot seat after the Cougars finished 13-19 overall, and just 4-14 in the Pac-12. It was Bone's first losing season with the team.

Bone is 70-65 in his first four seasons at Washington State, with two last-place finishes in the league.

"There's no doubt we need to win more basketball games," Bone said. "I don't think the players or myself or anyone in Cougar Nation is excited about the number of wins we had."

Ex-Syracuse assistant to sue ESPN

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys' claims that the longtime coach sexually abused them.

A yearlong federal investigation that followed accusations that Fine abused team ball boys ended with no charges. Fine was Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim's assistant for 35 seasons.

ESPN reported the allegations on Nov. 17, 2011. Fine was fired 10 days later when a third man made similar claims. In the court paperwork, Fine indicates he'll sue for defamation and seek undefined damages.

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