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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt is looking for a new men's basketball coach for the first time since 1999.

The Commodores must replace Kevin Stallings, who was announced Sunday as Pittsburgh's new coach after 17 seasons with Vanderbilt.

Stallings had been the dean of Southeastern Conference coaches since taking over for the 1999-2000 season. He went 332-220, becoming Vanderbilt's winningest coach, but was 19-14 with a NCAA Tournament loss this season.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University says it will cooperate with a federal investigation launched this month into allegations of discrimination against female athletes.

The Daily News Journal says it obtained a copy of a letter sent to the federal Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. The letter reportedly asserts that female athletes at MTSU are not being treated equally with male athletes.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis is launching an investigation into whether athletic director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest while negotiating basketball coach Josh Pastner's 2013 raise and contract extension.

University President David Rudd said in a statement Tuesday the school is "aware of the accusations" and is "retaining an outside source to conduct the review."

Chancellor defends UTK against 'false' allegations

Mar 21, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek says any assertions that his university doesn't take sexual assault seriously enough "is simply not true."

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the university stating that Tennessee violates Title IX regulations and creates a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes. Eight unidentified women are plaintiffs.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The insurmountable zone of Syracuse ground Middle Tennessee State's magical March ride to a halt, and the No. 10 seed Orange beat the No. 15 seed Blue Raiders 75-50 on Sunday night to advance to the Sweet 16.

Michael Gbinije poured in 23 points, Tyler Lydon added 14 and the Orange (21-13) used a 21-2 charge midway through the second half to crack open a close game and join five other ACC schools in advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

After teetering on the bubble a week ago, they'll play No. 11 seed Gonzaga on Friday in Chicago.