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Pitino influence will guide ASU's Balado


Staci Vandagriff | The Sun

New Arkansas State men's basketball coach Mike Balado displays a jersey with his name after being hired on Monday.

By Matthew V. Roberson, Sun staff writer

JONESBORO — Mike Balado spent the last four years at one of the most prestigious programs, learning from one of the most respected coaches in college basketball.

It's only natural he'd bring a similar style . . .


BIC picks Ballard as new coach

By Kevin Turbeville, Sun staff writer

JONESBORO — Brandon Ballard is ready for a new role at Buffalo Island Central.

Ballard, who helped lead BIC to a state championship as a senior guard in 2005, was hired Thursday as the school's head basketball coach. He . . .