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Brackman mows down 12 Heels in 7 innings as the Pack stuns
Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer notes that saying you’re sorry is a good first step.
Hunter reaches his goal: Head Coach. Congrats
Tiger joins Wachovia Championship field.
Caulton Tudor says that with the loss of Larry Hunter, NC State is now looking for a salesman to replace the tactician.
Tim Kawakami says that it is time for the Lakers to trade Kobe. Good luck with that one, Tim.
UNC players begin preparations for the draft. Who the team really needs next year is this kid. If nothing else, he sure looks the part.
Ric Flair's son faces charges after an altercation during a high school wrestling match. You won't believe how much of a money grab this is. What a joke.
This is great: Ex Caddie sues LPGA player saying that he was an "unwitting" sperm donor. Hmmmmm.
John Delong of the Winston Salem Journal says that it's time for the Panthers and the NFL to come clean on the steroid issue.
Terps football will strive to set a new tone in '05 if the Fridge has anything to say about it.
Dave Fairbank of the Virginia Daily Press says that the BCS has plenty of time to meddle.
A great story on the cousin who saved Zo's life.
The Redskins work out The "U"s center in BASKETBALL, Will Frisby. Hmmmmmmm.
The biggest sailing championship in NC is a three weekend event that starts this weekend in New Bern. The sailing clubs in the Pamlico Sound area instituted, three years ago, an Interclub Regatta, with events in New Bern in the Spring, Oriental in the Summer, and Bath in the Fall. The three events are combined for an overall winner who keeps a really cool trophy for one year.Sounds like fun. If you're on the coast you should check it out.
So North Carolina will not repeat as national champs, will not return to the Final Four and may struggle merely to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Much hinges on the program's four incoming freshmen: Marcus Ginyard, Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Bobby Frasor.I never thought of coffee breath as being strong, but upon further review, I guess it is.
The latter three are McDonald's All-Americans, and having seen Ginyard play several times, I can assure you that if he's the weak link, the class is stronger than coffee breath.
Unofficially, this move has already occurred. The Panthers' longtime equipment guru, Jackie Miles, thought so highly of Mills that he hasn't assigned No. 51 to any other Carolina player since Mills retired after the 1997 season. The only Panther he ever thought might deserve to wear No. 51 was Dan Morgan, Miles said.Undrafted TA McClendon lands with the Falcons. Wow.....not sure how I missed that he didn't get drafted. More ACC ballers sign as free agents as well.
"Marquie failed to abide by a set of standards we set for our basketball team," Greenberg said in the release. "We wish Marquie well in the future."
That lineup will scare no one among the nation's top 15 to 20 teams. But the 2005-06 season will be more about learning, listening and improving than about intimidating opponents. Even so, Williams made it clear Friday that there will be no backing down from tradition. "If the program was devastated, I'd be leaving with [the underclassmen], 'cause I'm too old to have to go through that kind of stuff," Williams said. "... The fans of the other teams in this league are all champing at the bit because they think they are going to go after the Tar Heels. ... You may beat me, but you're not going to beat me by hitting me in the back."Carolina fans express sense of loss, and pride regarding the decisions of the Carolina players. Wolfgang, are you playing on the phones again?
1) The party's over.As I'm sure you all know Carolina has lost its top seven (7) players off this years national championship team. Ray-Ray, Sean May and Marvin all declared today. (Roy Williams is said to be in stable but serious condition in UNC hospital after crying himself dehydrated.)
2) Would the last one out of Chapel Hill please...
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How about some Big East action from the Pitt Sports Blather Blog: A subjective ranking of all 16 basketball coaches in the Big East for '05-'06. Get over there!
Phog Blog is reporting that, apparently, Dwight Lewis has not committed to playing for the Jayhawks after all....or maybe he has....or...ohh whatever. Get over there!!
State Fans Nation brings us Another ACCeptional Year detailing the ACC's supremacy in college basketball this year and in past seasons. Get over there!!!
From the Sports Frog, Nomar and the curse that follows him. Groin muscle torn from the bone!!!!!!!!!! YIKES. Get over there!!!!
Your head piece from the Sports Law Blog: More on the cheating smell of LASIK eye surgery. Seems that Birkel was on point, again. Get over there!!!!!
The last day of Remembering Big House. For those interested, the funeral and viewing have been moved from the WSSU campus to the LJVM Annex as they are expecting more than 4,000 people to show. The viewing and visitation starts at with the service starting at . I'll be there.
A call from Big House paid off big for a poor scholar stuck in
Sam Mills kept pounding until the end.
The Bobcats have Marvin Williams on the brain. Interesting.
Rick Bonnel of the Charlotte Observer gives the good and the bad of the Bobcats first season.
For you racing heads: NASCAR Trophies, the biggest and best in the business. Good read.
Larry Brown hopes this playoff run isn't his last. If so, it was a very good run.
The guessing game ends today: Three Tar Heels decide this afternoon at the
Several Clemson players likely to be drafted as the NFL Draft kicks off.
Never fear, Tar Heel fans,
Duke held its annual team banquette last night in
Area players relax for Saturday’s NFL Draft and aren't quite sure where they will land.
From The Territory: Grading FSU's quarterbacks in '05.
Q&A with NC State Junior Running Back, Reggie Davis.
The Capital Classic is in trouble after Brand
Bunn North Carolina Quarterback Garrett Sutphen is drawing attention from Wake Forest, among other Division I programs.
Virginia Linebacker Darryl Blackstock is ready for the NFL. It seems that he was motivated by the history of UVa. and their seniors
has a strong history of getting senior guys hurt," Blackstock said at the NFL Combine. "It was time for me to go." Virginia
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Our own 'Remembering Big House'. Get over there! (Picked up nationally by CHN)
According to the Sports Economist, the Yankees are focusing on infrastructure subsidies from the city and state of
From the Sports Prof: NASA offers to purchase
GT Sports Blog with a few words on the chances of Paul Hewitt heading to the Knicks. Get over there!!!!
From Turtle Soup, the Anti Duke Manifesto. This cat has a lot of time on his hands. Wow. Get over there!!!!!
Easley supports move for NASCAR Hall of Fame in
More positive reports on former FSU quarterback Adrian McPherson: A tall Michael Vick?!?!?! Wow....that's a lot to put on that fella, don't you think?
Did anyone know that Pat Ewing Jr. was considering UNC as a possible transfer site? Apparently, he will instead follow his pop's lead and go to
Jeff Carlton of the Greensboro News and Record predicts a run for the gates by the three remaining players considering the Draft at the
Looks like Herb might have to start looking for a player if Brackman continue to pitch like this.
Miami Corner Antrel Rolle is ready for the next step.
NBA beckons Heels.
If you have $45,000 to pony up, you too can watch the Pack play football from the new Vaughn Towers. 5-6 won't cut it anymore over in
Frank Dascenzo of the Durham Herald Sun has 10 things he would like to say to Matt Doherty as he starts his new gig at FAU.
UNC is going to need their new guys to man up immediately as some papers are saying that the exodus is a done deal.
Looks like Rayshawn Terry is growing up and maturing right before our eyes. This could be key to keeping UNC out of the second division next year.
Notes from the Richmond Times Dispatch on Spring Football developments at UVa.
Ryan Best drops his soccer scholarship at UVa. to chase his dream of carrying the pigskin for the other football team.
Virginia Tech's Bryan Randell says 'Once a quarterback, always a quarterback', as he politely refuses to run pass routes for NFL teams.
Former FSU Quarterback Adrian McPherson may be worth the risk according to many NFL scouts.
FSU is recruiting an OL prospect out of
Since then, scores of pro athletes have had laser eye surgery, known as LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis). Many, like Woods, have upgraded their vision to 20/15 or better. Golfers Scott Hoch, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, and Mike Weir have hit the 20/15 mark. So have baseball players Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Cirillo, Jeff Conine, Jose Cruz Jr., Wally Joyner, Greg Maddux, Mark Redman, and Larry Walker. Amare Stoudemire and Rip Hamilton of the NBA have done it, along with NFL players Troy Aikman, Ray Buchanan, Tiki Barber, Wayne Chrebet, and Danny Kanell. These are just some of the athletes who have disclosed their results in the last five years. Nobody knows how many others have gotten the same result.Interesting.
Does the upgrade help? Looks that way. Maddux, a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, was 0-3 in six starts before his surgery. He won nine of his next 10 games. Kite had LASIK in 1998 and won six events on the Champions Tour over the next five years. Three months after his surgery, Irwin captured the Senior PGA Tour Nationwide Championship.
Everybody who meets me or knows me tangentially through the Basketblog knows that I’m a dyed in the wool
That “guy” was Clarence “Big House” Gaines.
Let me be perfectly honest. My buddy’s dad, Sam Cary, was friends with Coach Gaines at the time and a coaching legend in his own right. Mr. Cary was also my dad’s high school basketball coach, leading
But he didn’t have to do it, and he did. I’ve only gotten chills on a basketball court in three venues: every time Coach Gaines opened that gym for us at WSSU, whenever I put on the blue and gold in Carver High School's gym, and every time I took the court at the Smith Center during my year on the freshman team at Carolina (I actually cried the first time out of the tunnel of the Smith Center, but that’s for another day). The feeling was exactly the same: disbelief, excitement, and a feeling that there was a certain way I had to conduct myself in the home of a giant. Basketball had to be played a certain way: the right way.
He didn’t open the gym up every time we asked. Sometimes he shooed us away like the 8 year old pests that we were. But when he did open those doors for us, man, I could see myself in the red and white of
The fact that he played for Coach Gaines and my favorite team sealed the deal.
“Boy, you’re too big to be letting those little fellas take the ball from you like that. You gotta keep the ball high.” Yep, that was the lesson he boomed down on my head one day as he quietly watched us play from the landing in the C.E. Gaines Complex. Scared me to death….I thought we’d never get back in the gym again. The rules were simple:
We had to try to shoot it with our left hand when shooting from the left side of the basket. We couldn’t double dribble or walk with the ball.
We couldn’t carry the ball.
We couldn’t jack shots from our waist so that we could “pretend” to shoot a long range jumper. Close shots at the goal is how he insisted we do it.
As you can imagine, there were lots of rebounds from the bottom of the rim. When he watched, we played the right way. When he would see us start playing “our” way, he’d say “ok, you boys are tired. Time to lock it up.”
That was the end. In time, the message got across: my way, or the highway. That was Big House Gaines. Sometimes he was curt. Sometimes he could be downright mean. Most of the time, he was unapologetic. More times then not, he was right. All of the time, he was a legend in the making. I often wondered why the people of
As with any iconic figure, I’m sure there were those who didn’t like his methods, his frankness, or his intimidating stature. Certainly there were those who didn’t like the fact that he won so early and so often. There were others who would never allow his accomplishments to equal, in the public eye, anything that a coach at
I remember hearing the snide comments made about him during his last two years at the helm of WSSU when it was apparent that, perhaps, he had held on for too long. I also remember the feeling of awe I had when one of my friends, a three point specialist from
“You’re going to play for BIGHOUSE”, I remember telling him.
Yes, indeed. For me,
Before Worthy, there was Wilkins.
Before Tar Heels, there were Rams.
Before euphoria at the
Before there was Coach Smith, there was Big House Gaines.
Thanks for making a boys dream come true, Coach, even if only for a few afternoons a year.
Ed is REALLY sad about this, and still a fish out of water in
Last year, the BCS unveiled its new formula in mid-July. The BCS was faced with something of a worst-case scenario last year when Southern California, Oklahoma and Auburn all finished the regular season unbeaten. The system, which was implemented in 1998 and has been tinkered with almost every year since, is devised to match the consensus top two teams in the nation. USC and Oklahoma earned those spots and played in the Orange Bowl for the BCS title last season. The Trojans beat the Sooners to finish No. 1 and Auburn, which completed a 13-0 season in the Sugar Bowl, ended up No. 2.Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers says that Marcus Vick is the #1 QB because he earned it.
"If a young man, after one year of college, has the opportunity to earn $16 million, I'm not going to stand in his way -- good for him," said Brand, who has made a strong push for academic reform. "But I'm going to stand right in front of him and say, 'Good luck, but come back and finish your degree. Take advantage of it while you're young. You're not going to have very many opportunities. Come back and get your degree. I don't care how much money you make. Nothing substitutes for a degree.'"The three remaining Tar Heel stars are now on the clock: A news conference is set for Friday at the Smith Center.
"Today's sports stars believe being welcomed into expensive restaurants and high-class hotels is just part of the benefits of being a good ballplayer," Gaines writes. "The young men I coached in the '40s, '50s, and '60s knew better." He meshes sporting memories with charming personal vignettes of growing up in Paducah, Ky., with a father who cooked for local hotels and a mother who ran the household of a white family. It's a weighty reminiscence, a bit sprawling and unfocused. And while the writing style is unadorned, it works. Like the book's subject, it's amiable, unpretentious—and winning.Not a bad thing upon which to be remembered. I'm sure Ed will have his own comments but I want to send out my condolences to Coach Gaines' family and friends. What a sad moment. You can't see the lump in my throat, but I hope it comes through in this posting.
Its official: Matt Doherty will be the next coach at
NC State's TA McClendon is ready to take his home town of
Norman Chad of the Washington Post says if they can do they job, let the kids enter the NBA Draft
Personal Note III: I started earning a sports writing paycheck at 16. My first written words as a professional: "Larry Bird might be the best shooter in all of French Lick, but his total basketball game is so lacking, it appears he's either on the road to nowhere or on the road to Burger King."
With center Eric Williams also planning to make himself available for the NBA Draft - without hiring an agent, leaving open the option of returning to Wake Forest - the Deacons will be a vastly different team from the one that set a school record with 27 victories in 2004-05.Good on ya, Coach Prosser.
They will certainly be without guard Taron Downey and forwards Jamaal Levy and Vytas Danelius, all of whom were seniors and thus exhausted their eligibility. The departure of Williams, then, would mean that Wake Forest would lose four starters (Paul, Williams, Levy and Danelius), its leading rebounder (Williams), its leader in assists (Paul), and five of its six leading scorers.
It's Leitao time at
Felton may be ready by Friday to reveal his plans for next year.
This Spring, Assistant Coach Marc Trestman brought a focused business like approach to the Wolfpack offense.
Photos of the new Vaughn Towers at Carter Finley. Looks really nice.
The "U" rips Carolina 17-7 in baseball on 10 early runs.
Former Duke Baseball players report that steroid use was encouraged in the program. Coach Hillier denies the claims. Wow....
In today's Red and White scrimmage at NC State, the D plans to dominate.
Prosser: Basketball will still be played at Wake Forest next season with whoever is present! Bravo, Coach.
There is a new attitude taking hold at the other USC as the 'Ol Ball Coach makes his presence known.
The Fridge is back to his old ways at
Michael Adams resigns his post with the Mystics to join Gary Williams at
The QB battle at Virginia Tech has Hokies fans excited about the Maroon and Gold game.
First year Clemson Defensive Coordinator Vic Koenning brings a ball hawking attitude to the Tigers.
All eyes will be on the O-Line during the Georgia Tech Spring game.