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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Roger Reid hasn't won a basketball game yet at Southern Utah, but he's already scoring points with billionaire Jon M. Huntsman.

Huntsman congratulated Reid on his new job as coach and sent a $50,000 check for the program -- the first of many.

"To have a guy like this on our team is really significant," Reid said in a statement Wednesday. "I'm very appreciative of my friendship with Mr. Huntsman over the years and I can't tell you how much this is going to help our program."

Huntsman said Reid, the former coach at Brigham Young, is "one of the finest men I know."

Reid was coach at Snow College before being hired to replace Bill Evans, whose contract was not renewed. He was 152-77 at BYU from 1989-96.

"We'll try to determine where it can best be used," Southern Utah spokesman Neil Gardner said of the gift.

It is the largest donation received by the basketball program, the school said.

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