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Albeck leaves Bradley after 3 losing seasons


Stan Albeck resigned yesterday as Bradley basketball coach after three consecutive losing seasons.

Athletic director Ron Ferguson said Albeck was not fired, but that the school thought the decision was the right one.

Albeck, 59, didn't attend the news conference but said in a statement that his decision was extremely difficult.

"Bradley, the Peoria [Ill.] community, and most importantly the players have made my tenure as coach of the Bradley Braves a very positive and rewarding experience," said Albeck, a former head coach of the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Albeck's best season was 1987-88 when the Braves, led by Hersey Hawkins, were 26-5. Bradley finished 8-20 this season, the second straight year the team lost 20 games.

* NEVADA-LAS VEGAS: National Collegiate Athletic Association investigators were back on the campus this week, with reports ** indicating the visit focused on failed efforts by the defending national champions to recruit California prep star Ed O'Bannon.

Jerry Tarkanian, coach of the No. 1-ranked Runnin' Rebels, said he had learned to expect the visits by NCAA investigators.

"They've been in 16, 17 times this year," Tarkanian said yesterday. "That's their job. . . . They came in and talked to a couple players and coaches about O'Bannon. There is absolutely nothing to it. We're not worried at all."


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