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Men's basketball hires strength coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Darby Rich, Texas A&M's strength and conditioning coach the past six seasons, is joining University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway's staff in a similar capacity.

A former University of Alabama basketball player, Rich served as men's basketball strength and conditioning coach at Oklahoma (2004 to 2009) and South Carolina (2002 to 2004) before taking the Texas A&M job.

At Oklahoma, Rich worked with Blake Griffin, selected first overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. After the 2008-09 season, he left to work as personal strength coach for pro golfer Anthony Kim, winner of the 2010 Shell Houston Open.