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Odom Says He's Staying at S.C.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005; Page D02

South Carolina's Dave Odom has seemingly squashed all the rumors that had him pegged to be the next basketball coach at Virginia.

"It is my intention to finish out my coaching career at South Carolina. I hope to do that. I expect to do that," Odom said at a news conference yesterday.

Jaromir Jagr has re-signed with a Russian team, just in case the NHL lockout continues. (Joel Richardson -- The Washington Post)

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Odom, a former Virginia assistant and head coach at Wake Forest, talked with Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage at the Final Four and the rumors have been swirling since.

Just days after his team won the NIT championship on a last-second shot, attention quickly turned to whether Odom would return for a fifth season with the Gamecocks.

Odom said last week he and Littlepage discussed Virginia's place in the ACC and what the school might do to succeed, but they never talked about Odom becoming coach.

"I do have an interest in Virginia, only in that I want them to get the best coach possible, which is not me," he said. . . .

Valparaiso center Kenny Harris collapsed during a workout and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Harris, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, was in the athletic center's weight room when he fell ill Monday afternoon, Athletic Director Mark LaBarbera said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was still being treated.

LaBarbera said the family has asked that no further information be released.

Harris has fought weight problems and health issues since he enrolled at Valparaiso. His weight ballooned to more than 400 pounds by the start of his freshman year. He was listed on last season's team roster at 310 pounds. He also has had operations on his gall bladder and for a herniated disk. . . .

Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton was in critical condition and on a ventilator in a Norfolk hospital after being diagnosed with a rare nerve disease. However, a complete recovery is expected. . . .

Pittsburgh point guard Carl Krauser, the team's leading scorer this past season, is making himself available for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent in case he changes his mind and returns to school. . . .

San Diego State Athletic Director Mike Bohn has agreed to take the same post within Colorado's troubled department, a source told the Associated Press. Bohn will be introduced as the replacement for Dick Tharp today.

HOCKEY: Jaromir Jagr has re-signed with Russian team Avangard Omsk and will play there if the NHL lockout continues into next season. His agent in Russia, Jaroslav Zidek, said Jagr got a one-year deal.

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