Saint Louis hired Rick Majerus yesterday, a move that signals the school's intentions of becoming a Top 50 national program.

Father Lawrence Biondi, the school president, announced the hiring in a statement. Majerus, a college basketball analyst for ESPN the last 3 years, has a career record of 422-147 with 15 postseason appearances.

The school will introduce Majerus at a news conference Monday morning.

"I am extremely excited about having a person of Rick Majerus' stature and reputation at the helm of our men's basketball team," Biondi said. "I know that we are now headed to take our men's basketball team to the next level."

The school and Majerus had been negotiating for several days, beginning not long after Brad Soderberg was fired after failing to lead the school to the NCAA Tournament in any of his five seasons. Saint Louis hasn't been to the NCAAs since 2000.

Noteworthy

* Jeffrey Jordan, the son of basketball legend Michael Jordan, said he plans to play basketball at the University of Illinois next year as a walk-on.

The younger Jordan, a 6-2 senior guard at Loyola Academy prep school in Wilmette, Ill., just north of Chicago, was primarily a recruiting target of midmajor schools. He said in a news release that he chose to enroll at Illinois, with no scholarship, over Valparaiso University in Indiana.

* Akron coach Keith Dambrot, whose team tied a school record for wins last season, with 26, but was snubbed by the postseason tournaments, agreed in principle to a 7-year contract. The deal makes Dambrot among the top paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference, Akron athletics director Mack Rhoades said.

Dambrot has a 68-27 record, including 38-14 in the MAC, in three seasons with the Zips.

* LSU assistant women's coach Christie Sides will not return to the Lady Tigers' staff for the 2007-08 season.

Sides joined the LSU staff before the 2004-05 season as an assistant to Pokey Chatman before Chatman's first full season as head coach. Chatman resigned March 7 amid allegations of improper conduct with a former Lady Tigers player.

* Florida men's coach Billy Donovan and Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt will receive the 12th annual New York Athletic Club Winged Foot Award on May 23. Donovan has coached the Gators to consecutive NCAA titles and Summitt guided the Lady Vols to their seventh women's crown. *