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Texas moved quickly to hire a new women's basketball coach, luring Vic Schaefer away from powerhouse Mississippi State on Sunday.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte announced the move by tweeting a picture of himself with Schaefer and his family holding up the "Hook 'em Horns" hand signal.

The move comes two days after Texas dismissed eight-year coach Karen Aston, who had only one losing season in her tenure and had led the Longhorns to the Sweet 16 or further four times. Aston had reached the end of her contract.

Schaefer, 59, was 221-62 games at Mississippi State, and the Bulldogs lost in the NCAA tournament championship game in 2017 and 2018. Mississippi State was 27-6 and ranked No. 9 before last season was cut short. He also led Mississippi State to one of the greatest upsets in women's basketball history when the team beat UConn in the Final Four in 2017, ending the Huskies' 111-game winning streak.

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UMD dropping sports information director

Bob Nygaard, who has been the Minnesota Duluth sports information director since 1983 and is the longest-serving staff member of the UMD athletic department, will leave that job May 1.

The move is part of budget cuts announced by the school in December. Nygaard, a Duluth native, is a member of the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame.

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