Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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UNF HIRES WRIGHT AS VOLLEYBALL COACH

Kristen Wright was hired as coach for the North Florida indoor and beach volleyball programs.

"We are extremely fortunate to have a coach with Kristen's qualities taking the lead with our volleyball programs," UNF athletic director Lee Moon said.

Wright comes to the Ospreys following a four-year stint leading the indoor and beach volleyball programs at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif. Wright started both programs and led the Spartans to five conference titles.

JU VOLLEYBALL COACH HIRED BY MISS. STATE

Jacksonville University volleyball coach Julie Darty was hired Friday to the same position at Mississippi State.

The Dolphins announced they would begin a national search for a successor.

"We are grateful and appreciative of the hard work that Julie has dedicated to our student-athletes and the program these last four years," JU athletic director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said in a statement.

Darty, 31, compiled a 58-60 record in her four seasons at JU and led the Dolphins to their third Atlantic Sun Conference title in 2014.

UCLA EXTENDS SUSPENSIONS FOR HILL, RILEY

UCLA has extended the suspensions of freshman basketball players Jalen Hill and Cody Riley through the end of the season as a result of their admitted shoplifting during the team's trip to China in November.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero and coach Steve Alford announced the decision in a joint statement released Friday. The Bruins left campus on Thursday ahead of their game against No. 7 Kentucky on Saturday in New Orleans.

Riley and Hill still won't be allowed to travel with the team or suit up for home games. However, they can begin participating in practices and team meetings starting Dec. 26.

LiAngelo Ball was suspended with Riley and Hall, but Ball's father took him out of school and he is now playing professionally in Lithuania.

Guerrero and Alford said the decision is in conjunction with "any disciplinary decision" by the university's Office of Student Conduct. The details and results of that process are being kept confidential because of school policy and student privacy laws. …

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