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PITTSBURGH -- Dan Bylsma couldnt avoid speculation about his status as the Penguins coach in the days following Pittsburghs four-game pratfall against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals, even in his own house. Shortly after the Bruins swept the Stanley Cup favourites out of the playoffs last week, Bylsmas son Bryan asked his dad if he still had a job. "I would be lying to say that I was able to block all that stuff out," Bylsma said. Now he wont have to. The Penguins signed the second-winningest coach in franchise history to a two-year extension through 2016 on Wednesday, a very public vote of confidence after Pittsburghs quest for a Stanley Cup to bookend the one it captured in 2009 ended with four miserable losses to the Bruins. "I have a very good coach moving forward that I want to lead this team," general manager Ray Shero said. "I want to reward him with an extension that shows him and shows people that hes my coach and I believe in him." Its a belief Shero stressed was not shaken despite a fourth straight spring without a Cup for one of the NHLs most talented teams. Assistants Tony Granato and Todd Reirden will also be retained after the Penguins decided it wasnt time to change course following a regular season in which the Penguins posted the second-best record in the league. Shero, who met with owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle earlier this week, was prepared to go to bat for Bylsma, who is 201-92-25 since taking over for Michel Therrien in February, 2009. Turns out, Shero didnt have to step up after Lemieux and Burkle told him they were fully on board with keeping Bylsma in the fold. "They were 100 per cent supportive," Shero said. Even if the Penguins are just 3-4 in post-season series since captain Sidney Crosby raised the Cup after beating Detroit in Game 7 of the 2009 finals. Pittsburgh has fallen to a lower-seeded team each time, though the fourth-seeded Bruins hardly qualified as a major underdog. Boston didnt play like one, never trailing as the Penguins were swept for the first time in 34 years. Most galling was a 6-1 defeat at home in Game 2 that changed the tenor of the series. Pittsburgh regrouped and played well in a double-overtime loss in Game 3 and a 1-0 loss in Game 4, pretty clear evidence Bylsma had not lost the dressing room. He certainly didnt lose Shero. "We did some very good things over the course of the season," Shero said. "We won the Atlantic Division championship. We won 15 straight games that put us in position to have home-ice (advantage)." Those accomplishments and Bylsmas solid relationship with stars Crosby and Evgeni Malkin proved more powerful than the sting of disappointment. Malkin is entering the final year of his contract and the Penguins are intent on keeping him. Having the coach who helped turn Malkin into the league MVP a year ago certainly wont hurt. Shero understands the lure of blowing things up. It happens frequently in Pittsburgh. Bylsmas 319-game run is the longest since the franchise was founded in 1967. Bringing in a new face didnt make sense to Shero, who pointed to the stability of franchises like the Detroit Red Wings as the key to being a consistent Cup contender. Besides, while the new deal brings a sense of momentary calm, it hardly assures a sense of long-term security. Therrien was fired halfway through the 2008-09 season even though he signed a three-year extension a few months earlier. Shero also cautioned the deal doesnt absolve Bylsma or the players of what happened against the Bruins. It also doesnt mean the window for this group has closed. "Weve been to the conference finals three times in the last six years," Shero said. "We want a Cup. We want to get back there." Bylsma in particular. He called the extension "important" and in some ways a relief. He traded texts with his brothers assuring them he was "OK" after the loss to the Bruins. Now he can head into the off-season trying to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. His first order will be finding a new goaltending coach. Longtime goaltending coach Gille Meloche will move into a scouting role and whoever inherits his position will have to find a way to restore the confidence of Marc-Andre Fleury. The former No. 1 pick imploded in the opening round against the New York Islanders and lost his job to Tomas Vokoun. Bylsma and Shero insist the 28-year-old Fleury remains a part of the teams future. "Does he understand situation hes in? I think he does," Bylsma said. "Going forward there is not repair work to do with Marc-Andre Fleury and the coach and our team. Hes a good goalie ... hes going to win the majority of the games for us." With Bylsma at the helm. "We want to put ourselves into situations to win the Stanley Cup every year," Bylsma said. "We felt weve done that with our team." 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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- JaQuan Lyle scored 10 points and dished out 11 assists on Wednesday night in Ohio States 78-47 blowout win over Jackson State in the Global Sports Invitational.Marc Loving and Kam Williams led the Buckeyes (5-0) in scoring with 19 and 15 points, respectively. Paris Collins led the Tigers (1-4) with 19 points, 14 in the first half.After a slow start to the season, Lyle turned it around in the past three games and even made an impact on the defensive end. The Buckeyes were 23 points better with Lyle on the floor in the first half and plus-33 for the game.I think Im just trying to be the best leader on this team I can be, Lyle said. First two games I let my teammates down, the university down, fan base down completely. I dont want that feeling again because I mean I was like totally out of it those two games and I didnt feel good as a person.For much of the first half, Jackson State hung tight with the Buckeyes. Leading scorer Edric Dennis hit a 3 over Marc Loving from well beyond the arc, and then Paris Collins hit his second 3 of the game to put the Tigers up 15-9.As the leading returning scorer for Jackson State, Collins ignited the 13-2 run in which the Tigers took their only lead of the game. He had 14 points in the first half.Hes always one of our better players. Hes a sparkplug for our team, said Jackson State head coach Wayne Brent. He fought through it but we didnt have four or five other guys that could fight through it.OSU freshman forward Andre Wesson checked into the game with Lyle and the Buckeyes went on a 14-0 run, and then capped the half with a 17-3 run, heading into the break leading by 17.JSUs Collins was held to just five points in the second half.Williams was 5 for 5 in the first half, and Lovving went 3 for 5 from 3 in the second 20 minutes.dddddd The Tigers had a 37-32 edge on the boards, but OSU had 20 assists on 26 made field goals to JSUs nine assists.Loving had struggled for much of the year before tonight. He said that seeing the ball finally go through the basket was a big confidence boost for him.It was good to see a couple shots go down for him, said OSU head coach Thad Matta. We need him playing well, theres no question.Ohio State shot 55 percent from the field while holding the Tigers to just 30 percent.BIG PICTUREJackson State: The Tigers lost their fourth straight and have a more challenges remaining on their nonconference schedule, including trips to Memphis and No. 20 Baylor.Ohio State: Keita Bates-Diop sat the bench with an ankle injury for the second straight game. He injured his ankle last Thursday against Providence. Bates-Diop is one of the longest players in OSUs lineup, as well as one of the teams leading rebounders and scorers. Without the 6-foot-7 forward on the floor, OSU is 2-0, and has held the opponents to an average of 42.5 points per game.I think first and foremost, we got to get Keita Bates-Diop back as quick as we can, Matta said. 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