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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman forward Kahlil Whitney says on Twitter that his time at the school “has not gone as I had hoped” and that he will leave the No. 15 Wildcats. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound high school All-American averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds and started eight of Kentucky's first 11 games. He hasn't played more than 11 minutes during the past seven and recorded just three points and three rebounds in that stretch.
BATON ROUGE, La (AP) — LSU says coach Ed Orgeron has agreed to a new contract extension worth more than $7 million annually and which runs through the 2026 season. The new six-year agreement comes on the heels of the Tigers' 15-0 national championship season that concluded earlier this month with a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the national title game in New Orleans. The 58-year-old Orgeron was the consensus 2019 National Coach of the Year. He has led LSU to a 40-9 mark since initially taking over on an interim basis in 2016. The contract remains subject to approval by the board of supervisors.
UNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference didn’t do much to help its basketball reputation the first two months of the season when it struggled through nonconference play. A chance to redeem itself comes this weekend. The SEC has plenty of possibilities for attention-getting victories Saturday during the Big 12-SEC Challenge. The most notable opportunities involve Florida hosting No. 1 Baylor and Tennessee visiting No. 3 Kansas. The Big 12 has three schools rated among the top seven teams in the NET rankings. The SEC has only one team higher than 24th.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert leads the South team into the Senior Bowl and Utah State's Jordan Love heads the North. The game Saturday in Mobile, Alabama showcases some of the top senior NFL prospects. Both Herbert and Love are trying to cement first-round status. Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, and Colorado's Steven Montez are also quarterbacks for the South. The other North passers are Washington State's Anthony Gordon and Michigan's Shea Patterson.
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