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Hardaway: Former NBA coach Sam Mitchell joins Memphis' staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Penny Hardaway has finalized his coaching staff at Memphis by hiring veteran NBA coach Sam Mitchell.

Hardaway said in a statement Thursday that Mitchell is a veteran who has coached at the game's highest levels.

Mitchell, 54, joins Mike Miller and Tony Madlock as assistants. Mitchell played 13 seasons in the NBA with Minnesota and Indiana, including 59 playoff games. He started coaching as an assistant with Milwaukee in 2002 and also worked as an assistant coach with New Jersey and Minnesota. He was hired as Toronto's head coach in 2004 and was named NBA coach of the year for the 2006-07 season.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 12
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Virginia (65)31-21,6251
2Villanova30-41,5542
3Xavier28-51,3833
4Kansas27-71,3799
5Michigan State29-41,3044
6Cincinnati30-41,2308
7Michigan28-71,2137
8Gonzaga30-41,1996
9Duke26-71,1795
10North Carolina25-101,10012
11Purdue28-61,04710
12Arizona27-791815
13Tennessee25-877113
14Texas Tech24-971614
15West Virginia24-1066318
16Wichita State25-760411
17Ohio State24-860017
18Kentucky24-10528-
19Auburn25-750116
20Clemson23-943919
21Houston26-743021
22Miami (FL)22-913424
23Florida20-1210223
24Nevada27-79322
25Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-57120

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