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Pacers hire head coach

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers hired Nate Bjorkgren as their new coach Tuesday.

Bjorkgren’s hiring ends a two-month search that began when the Pacers fired Nate McMillan on Aug. 26, just weeks after giving McMillan a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

He comes to Indiana after spending two seasons as an assistant on Nick Nurse’s staff in Toronto. There, Bjorkgren helped the Raptors capture their first NBA championship in 2018-19 and was part of a team that earned the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed each of the past two seasons.

He also won a G-League title while working for Nurse in 2010-11 with the Iowa Energy.

Problem with school song

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Tom Herman said Monday there is no mandate that his players stay on the field for the post-game singing of the school song, an issue that has erupted into controversy among Longhorns fans.

Herman was forced to answer more questions about the song after athletic director Chris Del Conte last week called it an expectation that players stay together on the field for “The Eyes of Texas.” A group of players said they would no longer sing it or stay on the field because of concerns over the song’s links to racist elements in the school’s past.

The controversty has lingered and got more attention Oct. 10 after Texas lost to Oklahoma when photos posted online showed quarterback Sam Ehlinger still on the Cotton Bowl field during the song but no other players standing near him.

The Associated Press

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