New-look SEC adds intrigue to next season

...Michael White.The other newcomers are Tennessee's Rick Barnes, Mississippi State's Ben Howland and Alabama's Avery Johnson. Barnes reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times in his 17 seasons at Texas, Howland reached three consecutive Final...

New coaches could boost SEC basketball

...and experienced coaches Rick Barnes, Ben Howland and Avery Johnson in the room, Stallings also sensed that the league...is a guy who's had incredible amount of success. Avery Johnson has been an NBA champion as a player, has coached in...

Big-name coaches could improve SEC in basketball

...Rick Barnes.Alabama also made a run at a Final Four coach by pursuing Wichita State's Gregg Marshall before hiring Avery Johnson, who lacks college experience but has coached in the NBA Finals.All three are making at least $2 million per year...

Large crowd welcomes UConn after latest title

...clearly touched by a Duke play. The call was not reversed, and the Blue Devils went on to win 68-63. ALABAMA: Avery Johnson envisions leading the Crimson Tide deeper into the NCAA Tournament than they've ever been and ambitiously chooses...

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison apologizes for obscenity

...Roberts said pepper balls were used to break up one fight. ALABAMA: A person familiar with the negotiations says the school has offered its head coaching job to former NBA coach Avery Johnson. ESPN reported that he has verbally accepted.

Jason Collins receives warm welcome in Nets locker room

...who clearly doesn't share his country's anti-gay policies. Prokhorov isn't afraid to take chances, firing Avery Johnson last December after he'd been Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in November, and later hiring Kidd when he had...

Johnson, Karl are first to wear mics

...Listen up: NBA coach aren't too pleased about wearing microphones during nationally televised games. Dallas' Avery Johnson and Denver's George Karl became the first to clip on the little wires when their teams met in a game shown on TNT...

Pistons' search lags

...Pistons are still in the market for a head coach. And as of Friday, it still appears that former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson is the favorite to replace Michael Curry , a Glenn Hills graduate, with Cleveland Cavaliers assistant John Kuester...

Around the NBA

...listed as doubtful for Wednesday night's game against Indiana and will be day to day after that. MAVERICKS: Coach Avery Johnson was fined $25,000 for his actions during a game against the Indiana Pacers last week. Johnson was cited for failing...

Playoffs have familiar feel

...the NBA finals after their collapse against the Heat last year. "There's only one champion," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. "No matter what you do in the regular season, at the end of the day you've got to try to get it done in...