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NC State’s Terry Henderson out 6-8 weeks with ankle injury

The news that NC State head coach Mark Gottfried’s contract had been extended gave way to disappointment, as the Wolfpack not only lost decisively to William & Mary but lost a key contributor as well. Guard Terry Henderson, who sat out last season after transferring in from West Virginia, suffered an ankle injury in the loss that is expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks. (NBC Sports)

Marquise Gaddy, WSSU player who suffered neck and spinal injury, makes return to Bowman Gray Stadium

Marquise Gaddy entered the Winston-Salem State locker room and everybody stopped. Then, everybody cheered. Gaddy, a freshman defensive back who was seriously injured Sept. 23, was back at Bowman Gray Stadium. He was an honorary team captain, and he delivered a simple message in the locker room for the Rams’ game with Fayetteville State. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Gonzaga-Pittsburgh game in Japan canceled due to slippery floor

For the third time in three years, college basketball has had a game prematurely end due to slippery conditions on the court. But unlike previous cancellations, this game wasn't played outdoors/on a United States Naval ship. The Armed Forces Classic tilt between Gonzaga and Pittsburgh was held under a roof in Japan, at the United States Marine Corps' Camp Foster, in Okinawa. (CBS Sports)

Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel, Battling Cancer, to Retire After Season

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, who supported the boycott by his players that helped prompt the resignation of university president Timothy M. Wolfe, announced Friday that he would resign at the of the season because of health concerns. Back in May, Pinkel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but continued coaching. (Slate)

MAC head of officials says referee was mistaken in calling out Central Michigan band, cheerleaders

Central Michigan football's 28-23 loss to Toledo on Tuesday night took an odd turn late in the third quarter when the Rockets reached the Chippewas' red zone while clinging to a four-point lead. Referee Anthony Cannella stopped the game with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter and announced a warning to the CMU band and cheerleaders for making too much noise or "interfering with the snap." (Central Michigan Life)

NC State inks Gottfried to contract extensions through 2020

North Carolina State University on Friday announced that it has signed men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried and women's basketball coach Wes Moore to contract extensions through 2020. Gottfried's deal takes his annual pay from $2.06 to $2.48 million. Through Gottfried's first four years, NC State has averaged 23 wins per year and 10 wins in ACC play. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tacko Fall has been freed!

Tacko Fall has been cleared to play for Central Florida this season. Fall is a 7-foot-6 freshman from Senegal that had a bit of a rough road during his high school career. He bounced around schools during his first year in the US before landing at Liberty Christian Prep, where he spent his final two years of high school. The problem was that the school is currently under evaluation by the NCAA. (NBC Sports)

T.J. Leaf commits to UCLA; De'Aaron Fox commits to Kentucky

One-time UNC basketball recruiting targets T.J. Leaf and De'Aaron Fox have made their college choices. Leaf will be attending UCLA, while Fox will be going to Kentucky. (T.J. Leaf commits to UCLA; De'Aaron Fox commits to Kentucky)

ACC Basketball: Dennis Smith Jr. to enroll early at N.C. State

High school senior Dennis Smith Jr., who signed with N.C. State's basketball program Wednesday, announced Thursday night that he'll graduate early from Fayetteville's Trinity Christian School and begin college in January. Smith, who is listed as the No. 4 overall prospect and No. 1 point guard in ESPN's Class of 2016 rankings, had surgery Aug. 7 to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. (Fayetteville Observer)

Chinanu Onuaku's underhand free throw looks funny but is working

At first, I thought it was a joke. At the end of a recent Louisville basketball practice, the players spread around to different hoops in the practice facility to work on their free throw shooting. There, by himself, was Chinanu Onuaku, shooting the ball underhanded. “That’s how he’s doing it now." Louisville coach Rick Pitino explained. A 6-foot-10, Division I basketball player going straight-up granny style at the free throw line? (

ESPN President John Skipper on His Decision to Shutter Grantland

Say what you will about ESPN president John Skipper, but the guy knows how to come clean. Ever since ESPN announced the immediate shutdown of its revered Internet-writing showcase, Grantland, on October 30, there has been, apart from a terse initial statement, little clarification from the network’s Bristol headquarters about why it happened, when it happened, and what it all means. Now that has changed. (Vanity Fair)

Miami taking fresh look at Butch Davis

A Miami official who was close with former president Donna Shalala said it was obvious speaking to her that she felt strongly that Butch Davis should not be considered if the UM job opened. But with Shalala now working at the Clinton Foundation, UM has been taking a fresh look at Davis, examining the circumstances that led to his firing at North Carolina and evaluating his viability as a candidate. (Miami Herald)

Leonard Fournette's jersey auction raised over $100K for South Carolina flood relief

After Hurricane Joaquin forced LSU and South Carolina to play their October 10 game in Death Valley and not at Williams-Brice like originally planned, Leonard Fournette put on a career performance and then offered to auction off his jersey for charity in a postgame interview. Immediately after the interview, however, questions arose as to whether or not he’d actually be allowed to back that up. (USA Today)

The football Cam Newton chased down to give away went to a 6-year-old who recently lost his father

Every time the Carolina Panthers score a touchdown, Cam Newton celebrates by giving the ball away to a fan. It turns out when he did it on Sunday, it had a little more meaning than it typically might. After a second-quarter touchdown, Newton gave the ball to a young Panthers fan in the stands. (SB Nation)

Coach Jerod Haase paying $46K to assist UAB basketball programs

After UAB could not cover the full cost of attendance for its student-athletes this year, coach Jerod Haase decided to pay the bulk of those stipends -- for both the men's and women's basketball teams -- out of his own pocket. Sources said Haase's donation was $46,000, or $23,000 to each program. He did not initially want to speak to ESPN for the story but did confirm that he and his wife made a donation to the school that was earmarked for the players on both teams. (

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