Truth & Rumors: March 14, 2007

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UCLA point guard Darren Collison suffered a sprained ankle near the end of practice Tuesday but is listed as probable for Thursday's game with Weber State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, a school spokesman said. -- Los Angeles Times

Utah has zeroed in on its top candidate to become its next men's basketball coach - and could hire him as early as today. Athletic director Chris Hill and university officials interviewed Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Larry Krystowiak Tuesday and they are believed to have offered him the job, sources said. -- Salt Lake Tribune

Long Beach State's appearance in the NCAA tournament will not have any bearing on whether Coach Larry Reynolds gets a contract extension, 49ers Athletic Director Vic Cegles said Tuesday. -- Los Angeles Times

O.J. Mayo was cleared of wrongdoing Monday when a Cabell County (W.Va.) magistrate dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana citation against the USC basketball signee. -- Los Angeles Times

Georgia Tech's spring football practice was supposed to be a wide-open race to see who would succeed Reggie Ball at quarterback. Then came the Gator Bowl, and everything changed. Ball's ineligibility and Taylor Bennett's record-setting performance as a fill-in starter transformed what was supposed to be a competition for the top job into a competition to see who will be No. 2. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Villanova guard Mike Nardi suffered a setback yesterday when he left practice because of lingering discomfort in his sprained left ankle. Villanova officials said last night that Nardi was listed as day-to-day and was still expected to play in Villanova's first-round game, against Kentucky, Friday night. -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Marquette guard Jerel McNeal will miss the first round of the NCAA tournament because of an injured right thumb. The sophomore has been sidelined for Marquette's last three games and won't play in the Golden Eagles' game against Michigan State on Thursday. -- Chicago Tribune

George "Tic" Price, one of three finalists for the University of South Florida men's basketball job in 1996, is trying again to become the Bulls' coach. -- Tampa Tribune

Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge is scheduled to undergo knee surgery Monday morning, and the plan is for surgeons to repair his torn meniscus. Ainge should be back by July at the latest, his father, Doug Ainge, said, and there's a chance he could be back as early as June. Doug Ainge also had the Boston Celtics' doctors examine his son's MRI. His brother, Danny Ainge, is the Celtics' executive director of basketball operations. -- The Tennessean

Cedar Hill (Texas) defensive tackle Jarvis Humphrey said Tuesday that he has orally committed to Texas. Humphrey (6-2, 290), one of the state's top defensive line prospects, picked Texas over Oklahoma State. -- Dallas Morning News

Vanderbilt running back Jeff Jennings worked out with the team after missing the entire 2006 season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Coach Bobby Johnson said Jennings is fully healthy and welcomes the new competition in the backfield with fellow running backs Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Jared Hawkins. -- The Tennessean