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Long-time NFL defensive mastermind Monte Kiffin, father of ex-FAU football coach, dies at age 84

TAMPA — Long-time NFL assistant coach Monte Kiffin, whose Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenses routinely ranked among the league’s best, died Thursday. He was 84. One of the architects of the ultra successful Tampa 2 defensive scheme, Kiffin spent 13 seasons as defensive coordinator of the Bucs under former coaches Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden from 1996 to 2008 and helped the franchise win the first of its two Super Bowl titles. The Old Miss football program announced on the social media platform X that Kiffin, once the head coach at North Carolina State, died surrounded by family and friends in Oxford,...

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FAU hires Baylor associate head coach John Jakus as its coach, gives him 5-year deal

By TIM REYNOLDS (AP Basketball Writer) Florida Atlantic is hiring Baylor associate head coach John Jakus as its coach, a move that comes four days after Dusty May capped his six-year run with the Owls and took over at Michigan. Jakus and the school have agreed on a five-year contract. Financial terms were not immediately released and the school was planning to hold an introductory news conference on Friday. “This program has been in such great hands, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Dusty May, his staff, and the players have accomplished,” Jakus said. “FAU has been one of the...

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Coach Dusty May going to Michigan, leaving FAU after 6 seasons

BOCA RATON — Dusty May is going to Michigan and leaving Florida Atlantic after six seasons that were highlighted by a Final Four run in the men’s NCAA Tournament last season Michigan President Santa Ono, in a social media post, announced the hiring on Saturday night. May and the Wolverines were in the process of finalizing details of what was expected to be a five-year contract, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Michigan had yet to announce the terms of the deal. “I am thrilled to welcome Dusty May to the University of Michigan as our new...

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Temple, with a losing record, stuns FAU in American Athletic Conference semifinal

By The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Hysier Miller had 21 points in No. 11 seed Temple’s 74-73 victory against second-seeded Florida Atlantic on Saturday night in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Temple, which has won a season-best five games in a row and eight of its last 10, plays No. 4 seed UAB in the championship game on Sunday. The Blazers won 100-72 at Temple in the only regular season meeting between the teams. Miller added four steals for the Owls (16-19). Joran Riley added 16 points while going 5 of 10 and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line and grabbed 10 rebounds. Shane...

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No. 24 FAU wins battle of the Owls, topping visiting Temple 80-68

By COLBY GUY (Associated Press) BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Johnell Davis scored 17 points, Alijah Martin and Brandon Weatherspoon each had 16 and No. 24 Florida Atlantic beat Temple 80-68 on Thursday night in a battle of the Owls. FAU (20-5, 10-2 American Athletic) pulled away with an early 15-2 run. Weatherspoon hit two 3-pointers during the spree, and Nick Boyd had four 3-pointers in the half. Boyd and Vladislav Goldin each finished with 12 points. “Weatherspoon is an emotional leader,” Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May said. “It was awesome to see him getting his production back up and I thought...

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Davis scores 24, No. 20 Florida Atlantic rolls past Tulsa 102-70

BOCA RATON — Johnell Davis scored 24 points, Alijah Martin and Vladislav Goldin each scored 18 and No. 20 Florida Atlantic easily topped Tulsa 102-70 on Saturday night for its seventh consecutive win. Nick Boyd finished with 13 and Bryan Greenlee added 11 for Florida Atlantic (18-4, 8-1 American Athletic Conference), which remained tied with Charlotte and South Florida atop the league standings. Charlotte pulled away to beat East Carolina earlier Saturday and USF won at North Texas. PJ Haggerty scored 25 and Cobe Williams added 16 for Tulsa (12-9, 3-6). The Golden Hurricane scored 27 points...

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Martin makes last-second free throws to lift No. 24 FAU over Tulane, 85-84

NEW ORLEANS — Alijah Martin hit two of three free throws after being fouled by Tulane’s Jaylen Forbes on a desperation 3-point attempt that was not close to going in with less than a second left, and No. 24 Florida Atlantic escaped with a 85-84 victory over the Green Wave on Thursday night. Martin missed the second free throw, but made the third to secure a result that helped FAU avoid what would have been a second straight loss after being upset at Charlotte — where they fell 70-68 on free throws with 1.7 seconds left. Nick Boyd tied a career high with 21 points to lead FAU (12-4, 2-1 American...

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No. 17 Florida Atlantic pulls away late, tops East Carolina in AAC opener

By TIM REYNOLDS BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic saved its best for the end of its American Athletic Conference debut. Johnell Davis and Alijah Martin each scored 20 points and No. 17 FAU used a 14-0 run in the closing minutes to finish off a 79-64 win over East Carolina on Tuesday night. Bryan Greenlee scored 13 off the bench and Vladislav Goldin finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Owls (11-3, 1-0). The big run at the end turned a two-point edge into a 16-point lead. “Nice to get back home and start conference play, begin a new chapter in the American Athletic Conference and start...

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Zach Anderson scores 21 as Florida Gulf Coast hangs on to shock No. 7 Florida Atlantic 72-68

By TIM REYNOLDS (AP Basketball Writer) FORT MYERS — Zach Anderson scored 21 points, Dallion Johnson added 18 and Florida Gulf Coast beat No. 7 Florida Atlantic 72-68 on Saturday night for the Eagles’ most significant win since their run to the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Cyris Largie scored 12 and Franco Miller Jr. finished with 10 for FGCU (6-9), which never trailed in the game’s final 34 minutes. The Eagles came into the game as 17-point underdogs and most recently needed overtime just to beat NAIA member Florida Memorial last week. But none of that mattered on Saturday. Vladislav...

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Davis’ 35 points lead No. 14 FAU to 96-95 win over No. 4 Arizona in double OT

By MARK ANDERSON (AP Sports Writer) LAS VEGAS (AP) — With Florida Atlantic and Arizona going back and forth Saturday, forcing one overtime and then a second, it didn’t feel like an early-season tournament game. These teams could wind up facing each other again in March with much more on the line than the Desert Classic. If so, they will have a difficult time topping the No. 14 Owls’ 96-95 victory over No. 4 Arizona for FAU’s first win over a top-10 team. Johnell Davis scored 35 points, just one short of his career high, and had nine rebounds. “It felt like a high-level basketball game,” FAU...

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