Joe Scott takes over at University of Denver

DENVER (AP) Princeton coach Joe Scott will take over as head coach at the University of Denver, Princeton's athletic director confirmed Tuesday night.

``Joe Scott spent three years as the head coach at Princeton and gave a lot of blood, sweat and tears to Princeton basketball. Unfortunately, it might not have worked out the way he had hoped,'' athletic director Gary Walters said in a written statement. ``We wish him the best at Denver.''

Telephone messages left by The Associated Press on Scott's cell phone were not immediately returned.

``It's a great opportunity here,'' Scott told earlier Tuesday night. ``It's a really good opportunity professionally. There's a commitment here. I think it's a good place and a good fit. The school and myself are a good fit. Obviously they feel the same way.''

DU spokesman Erich Bacher declined to confirm or deny the report.

But the school scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon ``for a special announcement regarding our men's basketball program.''

Scott posted a 38-45 record at Princeton, including an 11-17 record this past season. The Tigers finished last in the Ivy League with a 2-12 record, their worst finish in the conference.

That was a sharp falloff for a program that has won 25 Ivy titles and along with the University of Pennsylvania has won or shared 46 league crowns in the last 49 years.

Scott would replace Terry Carroll, who was fired after six seasons at Denver, where the Pioneers went 4-25 this season and finished last in the Sun Belt West Division at 3-15.

Scott has roots in Colorado. Before taking over at Princeton, he led Air Force to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1962 in 2004, and all the current Falcons seniors were his recruits. Air Force faces DePaul in the NIT quarterfinals Wednesday night.

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