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Virginia hires Bennett away from Washington State


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One year after turning down the Indiana job a year ago, Washington State coach Tony Bennett is heading to Virginia.

According to sources close to Bennett, the 39-year-old coach accepted the job on Monday in a move that virtually came out of nowhere.

The names prominently mentioned for the job were Minnesota's Tubby Smith and Oklahoma's Jeff Capel.

Bennett is 68-30 in his three seasons since taking own for his father, ****. He went to the NCAA tournament each of his first two seasons before going 16-13 this past season and losing in the first round of the NIT.

Bennett replaces Dave Leitao — who was forced to resign earlier in the month after a 63-60 mark in four years.

Virginia was 10-18 overall this season and 4-12 in the ACC.

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