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San Diego St considers Big East and Mountain West

San Diego St considers Big East and Mountain West

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) San Diego State is planning to attend the Big East's meetings on Friday, but the school has been talking to the Mountain West about possibly staying in that conference rather than switching leagues.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday he doesn't anticipate San Diego State will have a decision at the upcoming meeting in Dallas.

``Every indication is they want to stay,'' he said after attending a BCS commissioners meeting. ``Whether they will or not we still don't know. We're still talking.

``If I had to guess, it would shake out in a couple of weeks.''

San Diego State has committed to join the Big East as a football-only member in 2013. The school plans to have the rest of its sports compete in the Big West.

The Aztecs joined the Big East along with Boise State, when the rebuilding conference was attempting to put together a coast-to-coast football league. But the Broncos backed out last month after the most recent Big East defections and struck a deal to stay in the Mountain West. Now SDSU is looking into doing the same, but the MW has to decide if it wants the Aztecs back.

The Mountain West recently restructured its television deal with CBS Sports Network, which allowed the conference to cut a deal with Boise State that could allow the Broncos and their powerful football program to make more revenue than the rest of the schools in the league.

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said conference leaders have been trying to get San Diego State up to speed on the new TV deal, while considering whether to go to 12 members or stick with 11.

``We're just trying to understand how the league is going to work,'' he said. ``Trying to understand what their wants, desires, concerns might be and then our board would get together and say, `Yeah, we can live with that,' or otherwise.''

Part of the Boise State deal with the Mountain West was an agreement that the conference would first consider San Diego State it if did look for another member. The agreement set an exclusive window for San Diego State that closes Jan. 31.

``The reason for that deadline is I took 10-team (football) schedule last week and tore it up,'' Thompson said. ``Before we go to the computer and ask it to create an 11-team schedule we ought to see if it's going to be a 12-team schedule.''

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Bradley Beal passing Wes Unseld on Wizards' scoring list a reminder of his place among franchise greats

Bradley Beal passing Wes Unseld on Wizards' scoring list a reminder of his place among franchise greats

WASHINGTON -- John Wall, Bradley Beal, Wes Unseld. That's how the Wizards' all-time scoring list reads from No.'s three through five after Monday's Wizards win over the Pistons, as Beal moved into sole possession of fourth place with a good chance of passing Wall before the season is over.

Unseld remains the most accomplished player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history as an NBA champion, 1977-78 Finals MVP, 1968-69 league MVP and rookie of the year plus a Hall of Fame induction. But Beal passing him is another reminder he already has a place among Wizards and Bullets luminaries.

"That's an honor because that list is full of greats, true Wizards and Bullets legends. To be a part of that is an honor," Beal said. 

Within the context of Wizards franchise history, Beal has already separated himself as one of the best to ever suit up. In addition to being fourth in points, he is the all-time leader in three-pointers, sixth in assists, seventh in steals and 10th in win shares. He also has the single-season record for threes. That's not bad for a guy who is 26 years old. 

The Wizards/Bullets franchise, of course, doesn't have the same historic success as others like the Celtics and Lakers, but it has been around for 59 seasons. During that time 444 different players have appeared in a game for them.

The franchise goes all the way back to 1962 when they were known as the Chicago Packers. Along the way, there have been more losses (2597) than wins (2142), but many All-Stars and decorated players have come through.

Continuing to make his mark on the Wizards/Bullets franchise seems to be genuinely important to Beal. During his halftime interview with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller, he mentioned the team's Baltimore days when discussing the Unseld feat. Back when he signed his contract extension in October, he explained the decision partly in terms of creating a legacy in Washington and taking the franchise to places it hasn't been in a long time.

On Monday, he alluded to those goals again.

"I never would have dreamt of that or thought of that coming here. To still be here is an honor, too. I'm just taking it in full stride. I've still got a lot more basketball to play, so who knows where I'll end up," he said.

Beal is well on his way to being widely known as one of the best players in Wizards/Bullets history. If he plays many more years in Washington and doesn't leave on bad terms, he will likely have his jersey retired someday.

But in order to reach the true top tier of Wizards/Bullets greats, he will have to lead them to some playoff success. Getting to the conference finals, where Washington hasn't been since the 1970s, would certainly stand out.

Still, if you were putting together a roster of the best players in Wizards/Bullets history, he would already be included.

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DeMatha basketball coaching legend Morgan Wootten in home hospice care

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DeMatha basketball coaching legend Morgan Wootten in home hospice care

DeMatha Catholic announced on Monday that former head basketball coach Morgan Wootten had been moved to home hospice care following a series of health problems for the 88-year-old.

Wootten, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, coached the Stags from 1956 to 2002. Under his guide, DeMatha won 33 WCAC championships, 22 D.C. titles and five mythical national championships. He was the first basketball coach at any level to reach 1,200 wins.

More than 150 of Wootten’s players went on to play at the college level, including 12 who made it to the NBA. Wootten himself was highly sought after by many college programs, but he declined them all to stay in Hyattsville, Maryland, and coach DeMatha.

While he hasn’t coached in nearly two decades, Wootten’s legacy lives on at WCAC rival program Bishop O’Connell, where his son Joe is the head basketball coach and athletic director.

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