SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Kellie Harper, fired two weeks ago by N.C. State, was hired Wednesday as coach at Missouri State.
The university said Harper agreed to a five-year contract paying $145,000 annually, plus $60,000 for radio and television shows. The contract also includes performance incentives.
“My first priorities are the team, the staff and our signees,” Harper said. “We’ll get started on those things right away.”
Athletics director Kyle Moats said Harper, 35, “comes from a great basketball pedigree, and she is widely regarded as a great tactician.” She played for her father at White County High in Sparta, Tenn., then was a point guard for three national championship teams under Pat Summitt at Tennessee.
Harper has a 167-129 record in nine seasons. She was 97-65 in five seasons at Western Carolina, and 70-64 in four at N.C. State.
STORRS, Conn. The Connecticut Huskies returned to campus wearing warm-up jackets with “Gr8ness” printed on the back and carrying the program’s eighth NCAA championship trophy. More than 2,000 fans gathered on a plaza across from Gampel Pavilion, the basketball arena, for a ceremony to welcome the team home.
“This is the reason why I came here,” said Ellen Machalick, 20, a sophomore from Norwich, who grew up watching the Huskies win titles. “Just to be part of a school that is so proud to wear their sweatshirts and wear the Husky on their hats. It’s a great thing to be a part of.”
The team, which beat Louisville 93-60 Tuesday night, boarded double-decker buses for a “victory lap” around campus, before heading to the ceremony.
“We’ve got (10) players on our team and they were just like those students were last night,” coach Geno Auriemma said. “This is what they hope and dream of when they go to college.” AP