S. Utah basketball gets another big gift

S. Utah basketball gets another big gift

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- The chief executive of Black & Decker Corp. is donating $250,000 to the Southern Utah men's basketball program, matching a gift from billionaire industrialist Jon M. Huntsman.

The athletic department "has never before seen such financial support: $500,000 over the next five years," President Michael Benson said in a statement Wednesday.

Nolan Archibald and new Southern Utah coach Roger Reid have been friends since they played at Weber State in the 1960s.

"The support that Jon Huntsman and I are extending to SUU basketball is a vote of confidence in the ability of Roger and his staff to build a winning tradition in Cedar City," Archibald said.

"We hope our gifts will encourage others to support what Roger has planned for Thunderbird basketball," he said.

Huntsman recently said he was giving $50,000 a year to the basketball program over five years. He said Reid is "one of the finest men I know."

Reid, the former coach at Brigham Young, was hired at Southern Utah after two seasons at Snow College.

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