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US Basketball: Coaches in the News

The National Basketball Association's lowly New York Knicks have extended the contract of coach Don Chaney. The length of the extension was not announced.

Team president Scott Layden and Madison Square Garden executive Steve Mills announced the move to team members on Tuesday before their morning shootaround. Coach Chaney has led the team to a record of 11 wins and 27 losses since replacing Jeff Van Gundy after he resigned late last year. The Knicks are in last place in their division.

Van Gundy resigned unexpectedly when the team had a 10-and-9 record, and the Knicks have been plummeting since. The Knicks have lost seven of their last eight games, leaving Chaney with the worst winning percentage (.290) of any coach in franchise history.

New York has the third worst record (21-36) in the Eastern Conference. Barring a complete turnaround, the Knicks will miss the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Chaney was the NBA's Coach of the Year in 1990-91 with the Houston Rockets and is in his 22nd season as an assistant or head coach. In nine seasons with the Clippers, Rockets, Pistons and Knicks, Chaney has a career mark of 276 wins and 418 losses.

The coach of DePaul University's college basketball team has resigned after a poor season in which the Chicago area team failed to qualify for the Conference USA tournament.

Pat Kennedy officially resigned after leading the Blue Demons to a nine win and 19 loss season record. Kennedy said he informed athletic director Bill Bradshaw Sunday, and called the decision the "single most difficult" of his career.

There was speculation about Kennedy's future Friday night when DePaul wrapped up its season with a loss at Marquette. It was the Blue Demons' second straight losing season. While Kennedy was able to recruit top players from Chicago, he was 67-and-75 in his five seasons.

Kennedy has a record of 393-and-276 overall in 22 seasons as a coach, and has made eight trips to the NCAA national championship tournament. He came to DePaul from Florida State, where he led the Seminoles to a 202-and-131 mark in 11 seasons.