NEW YORK (AP) — George Fant spent most of his college days at Western Kentucky shooting basketballs and grabbing rebounds as a physical power forward with big-time hoop dreams. He had no idea then that football would ultimately be his path to stardom. Fant signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Jets in March after four seasons in Seattle as a backup and sometime starter. It's uncertain if Fant will play left or right tackle after New York drafted Mekhi Becton in the first round. But Fant believes he can be an All-Pro caliber player at whichever spot he plays.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr says he's transferring to Kentucky. The move gives the Wildcats a veteran 7-footer after the team's entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft. Sarr is a 255-pounder from France who was the Demon Deacons' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season. He announced his decision to play for the Wildcats on social media. He also called former Demon Deacons coach Danny Manning and his staff “family.” Manning was fired last month and replaced by Steve Forbes. Sarr will seek a waiver for immediate eligibility because of the coaching change.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State is promoting Jason Shay to fill the head coaching vacancy that arose when Steve Forbes left for Wake Forest. Shay was an assistant on Forbes’ staff at ETSU the last five seasons. The Buccaneers went 130-43 during that time for the program’s best record over a five-year stretch in school history. ETSU went 30-4 this year, set a single-season school record for victories and won the Southern Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles. Shay had been serving as interim head coach since Wake Forest hired Forbes to replace the fired Danny Manning last week.