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News Feed - April 13, 2009

News and notes from around the country:

Maryland sophomore guard Marah Strickland has announced her plans to transfer. Strickland started 23 games for the Terrapins, whose season was ended by Louisville in the NCAA tournament round of eight. She averaged 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. As a freshman, Strickland was named an honorable mention ACC all-freshman pick after finishing second in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. This past season, Strickland was seventh in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (37.5 percent). Her departure means that the Terrapins will need to replace three starters from this past season.

The Syracuse Post-Standard is reporting that Orange guard Jonny Flynn plans to sign with an agent and forgo his final two college seasons. With Flynn, Syracuse likely would have been a top 10 team next season. Without Flynn and juniors Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf (who also are likely to turn professional), the Orange will be hard-pressed to repeat its Sweet 16 performance.


John Calipari's eight-year, $31.65 million deal to coach the Kentucky men's basketball team will mean escalating contracts...for college football coaches
, according to Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart. Because college football produces more revenue than college basketball, expect some big-name college football coaches to seek Calipari money.

Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News has Georgetown ranked No. 14 in his pre-preseason poll, saying the Hoyas won't miss DaJuan Summers much. But what if Greg Monroe also throws his name in the NBA draft pot?

Speaking of too-early crystal balls, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has put up his predicted field of 64. For 2010. Maryland is one of his last four teams in, while Virginia Tech is one of his second four teams out.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  April 13, 2009; 1:43 PM ET
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