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Arizona's Kevin O'Neill Reassigned

Arizona assistant basketball coach Kevin O'Neill has been reassigned to serve as an assistant athletic director until the end of the department's fiscal year on June 30th. Wildcats athletic director Jim Livengood says in a statement that he and O'Neill will "sit down in mid-June to determine the next step."

The 51-year-old O'Neill was hired last spring. He took over as interim head coach when Lute Olson took a personal leave of absence. But after Olson returned in March, he announced that O'Neill would no longer be a part of his staff.

In December, Livengood announced that O'Neill would succeed Olson after the 73-year-old Hall of Famer retires.

O'Neill had a contract for this year and a verbal agreement to serve as an assistant coach next season.

During his tenure as interim head coach, O'Neill led Arizona to a 19-and-15 record and the school's 24th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. That's the nation's longest active streak.


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