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Gamecocks' Martin not surprised by alleged corruption in college hoops

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COLUMBIA - South Carolina head coach Frank Martin isn't surprised by allegations of corruption in college basketball, though he was stunned one of his friends and former assistants was among the 10 arrested in the national federal investigation of the sport.

"Any coach in this business that tries to act like there weren't some shenanigans going on the way it was reported, they're not being honest with you," Martin said.

Martin spoke for the first time Thursday since Lamont Evans was among those charged with corruption and bribery last month. Evans and three assistants at other schools, along with an Adidas executive and five others were charged by the Department of Justice. Evans worked with Martin had Kansas State and later at South Carolina.

Martin didn't provide details about what shenanigans he was referring to and when asked why if he suspected illegal practices were going at other schools he did not report them to the NCAA, he indicated it wasn't his responsibility.

The Gamecocks head coach defended himself against accusations he should have known what Evans was doing since he gave Evans his first basketball job at Kansas State in 2008 and brought him to South Carolina to coach with him until 2016.

Clemson adds year to Lee's contract

CLEMSON - Clemson head baseball coach Monte Lee got an additional year added on to his contract that ties him to the Tigers through the 2023 season.

The school's board of trustees' compensation committee approved the deal Thursday. Lee will make $450,000 this year. His total compensation will grow to $500,000.

Lee has won 40 or more games in each of his two seasons since taking over for Hall of Famer Jack Leggett after the 2015 season. The Tigers won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Lee's first season.

Dannon cuts ties with Newton following 'sexist' comments

CHARLOTTE - Dannon, the maker of Oikos yogurt, cut ties with spokesman Cam Newton on Thursday following what the company perceives as "sexist" comments the Carolina quarterback made to a female reporter.

Company spokesperson Michael Neuwirth released a statement saying it was "shocked and disheartened" at the former league MVP's behavior and comments toward Jourdan Rodrigue, a Charlotte Observer reporter.

When Rodrigue asked Newton about wide receiver Devin Funchess' route running Wednesday, Newton laughed and said, "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny."

Newton apologized on Thursday.