Maryland women's basketball coach Chris Weller has been named Naismith national Coach of the Year, in voting conducted by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.
Weller, who was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year this season for the second time in her 17-year caeer, guided the Terps to a 25-6 mark and a berth in the Mideast Regional final game, where Maryland was defeated by Western Kentucky 75-70 last Saturday.
The Terps began the year ranked 15 in national polls, but steadily climbed and spent four weeks at No. 1. This year's record is Weller's fifth-best overall, but her best mark in the past three years. During her career, all of it at Maryland, Weller has a record of 353-135, with eight ACC titles and three Final Four appearances.
Weller succeeds Virginia's Debbie Ryan, last year's Naismith coach. Cavaliers senior guard Dawn Staley won her second consecutive Naismith Player of the Year award.
* SYRACUSE: Conrad McRae was arrested for fighting with two police officers outside a campus restaurant during a melee that involved more than 100 people.
McRae, 21, a 6-foot-10 junior, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and criminal mischief, police said. The first two charges are misdemeanors and punishable by up to a year in jail.
McRae, who spent the night in jail, remained quiet except to plead innocent during an arraignment in city court. He was released on his own recognizance.
* KENTUCKY: Rodrick Rhodes, a 6-foot-7 high school All-American from Jersey City, N.J., is academically eligible to play after scoring better than the NCAA minimum of 700 on his latest attempt at the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
* LOUISIANA STATE: Shaquille O'Neal, the 7-foot-1 center who dominated play during three years at Louisiana State, is expected to take his game to the pros next season, according to ESPN and The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.
O'Neal called a news conference for 2 p.m. today at Fort Sam Houston, the U.S. Army base in Texas where his father is stationed. He is expected to announce that he will bypass his senior year at LSU and enter the NBA draft.
* TULANE: Coach Perry Clark, who took a team that didn't exist three years ago to a berth this year in the NCAA tournament, signed a new multi-year contract.
Clark, 40, was named national Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He coached the Green Wave to a 22-9 season, including a victory over St. John's in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional. It was the university's first appearance in the tournament.
* SOUTHERN CAL: George Raveling has agreed to a multi-year contract to continue as coach, the school said. Raveling was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year after his Trojans tied a school record with 24 victories.