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NCAA's stance against one and done — 'We don’t want you' — doesn't make sense
The decision by McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley to forego college at Syracuse and play a year in the NBA’s G-League before entering the draft was met with approval Thursday across college sports. But like much of what the NCAA does, its misguided virtue has turned to insufferable sanctimony when it comes to the one-and-done culture they’re fighting to root out.
Tiger Woods Meets Fan Battling Cancer at the Masters
Tiger Woods met a fan battling cancer at the Masters on Thursday. Jordan Miller's stepdad, Shane Caldwell, dreamed of attending the Masters and meeting Woods. After a family friend got tickets for Caldwell, who is battling Stage 4 lung cancer, Miller told Yahoo Sports, "What are the chances these two are going to be in the same place at the same time again?"
2018 Masters: Jack Nicklaus cries 'like a baby' as grandson's ace becomes new No. 1 moment
Jack Nicklaus cried "like a baby" on Wednesday after his grandson G.T. aced the 9th hole to shut down the day at the Par 3 Contest. A 15-year-old singer, songwriter and solid junior golfer, G.T. had planned to hit the shot for a few days and said he took a few practice swings on the range to make sure he could make a move on the ball in a caddie bib.
Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV declares for NBA draft, hires agent
On Wednesday, Miami Hurricanes guard Lonnie Walker announced he is declaring for the NBA Draft. Walker is hiring an agent, so his college career is now over. This should come as no surprise to Miami fans who watched Walker this year and have heard of his elite talent for some time. A 5-star recruit, Walker was one of the highest rated recruits to ever commit to Miami.
Boston College stars Jerome Robinson, Ky Bowman to enter the 2018 NBA Draft; won't hire agents
According to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, both stars from Boston College’s backcourt have declared for the NBA Draft. Junior Jerome Robinson and sophomore Ky Bowman — both North Carolina natives — will enter the draft but won’t hire agents. Robinson and Bowman started all 35 games for the Eagles this season; the two combined to average over 38 points per game.
Duke's Gary Trent Jr. to enter 2018 NBA Draft
Duke will have to replace its entire starting backcourt next season. Freshman Gary Trent Jr. declared for the NBA Draft Saturday morning, becoming the third Blue Devil starter to leave Durham after just one year. It was not made clear in the team's announcement whether Trent is hiring an agent, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski suggested he is not expecting him back.
Kentucky's Kevin Knox to enter 2018 NBA Draft
Kentucky’s leading scorer and the SEC Freshman of the Year, Kevin Knox, has decided to put his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and sign with an agent, which would end his collegiate career. The NBA Draft is June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Kentucky’s top-rated recruit led the team in scoring his freshman season averaging 15.5 points per game.
Which North Carolina College Football Program is the Most Successful?
The Wolfpack have been good under Dave Doeren, but good enough to be “North Carolina’s football team” is a bold claim. After all, the state boasts UNC, Duke, Appalachian State, Wake Forest, East Carolina as competitors to that claim as well (sorry, UNC-Charlotte). There is only one metric that can be used to determine which program is the cream of the crop in the state: wins
Alabama’s Collin Sexton is headed to the NBA
Collin Sexton made the announcement that we all expected on Friday: He is declaring for the NBA draft and planning on signing with an agent. A top ten recruit coming out of high school, Sexton averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists as a freshman. He is a potential top ten pick and thought to be one of the best guards in the draft, along with Trae Young of Oklahoma.
One-and-done is right move for Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr.
Kylia Carter and her husband made clear from the beginning of their son’s recruitment that he was a one-and-done freshman. Sunday’s loss marked the end of a college ride she had come to enjoy. “It feels like I’m losing more than a game,” she said tearfully. During her son’s freshman year, Carter became a careful observer of the big-time basketball universe in which he operated.
Is Larry Brown the right hire for Penny Hardaway?
Memphis shouldn’t hire Larry Brown as an assistant because all three programs he led wound up with NCAA sanctions. Memphis should hire Brown because he’s an awesome basketball coach. Memphis shouldn’t hire Brown because he misled investigators during his last coaching gig, at SMU. Memphis should hire Brown because he’s an awesome basketball coach.
NCAA Championship Game Ratings Drop 28 Percent From 2017
According to Monday's television ratings, 28 percent fewer viewers gave a darn about this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Championship (which saw Villanova smoke Michigan) than 2017's title game (which saw North Carolina sneak past Gonzaga). This year's contest was simultaneously aired on TBS, TNT, and truTV, and acquired 16.5 million viewers.
Joe Dooley introduced as ECU's new head basketball coach
ECU's new head basketball coach was introduced Thursday during a press conference. ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton called new coach Joe Dooley to the podium to be presented with a pirates jersey. Dooley took questions with many focusing on this being the coach's second time at the helm of the Pirates basketball team and having family here in Eastern North Carolina.
ACC Announces 10-Year Extension with Charlotte as Football Championship Game Host Site
The ACC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have reached a 10-year agreement that will keep the ACC Football Championship Game in Charlotte through the 2030 season, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday. The ACC Football Championship Game will continue to be played at Bank of America Stadium, site of seven of the last eight ACC title games.
Malik Newman to leave Kansas, enter NBA draft
Malik Newman plans to leave Kansas and enter the NBA draft after leading the Jayhawks to the Final Four in his only season playing for them. The sophomore guard says he plans to sign with an agent. Newman sat out the 2016-17 season after transferring from Mississippi State and started 33 of 39 games this season, earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors.