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    CREIGHTON University basketball coach Greg McDermott has been suspended after telling players to "stay on the plantation." The University announced on Thursday that the Nebraska coach was suspended following the remark. 6Creighton University basketball coach Greg McDermott has been suspended after her told players to 'stay on the plantation'Credit: Getty Images - Getty 6McDermott is seen talking to players on January 27, 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty McDermott said in a note posted to Twitter that he made "a terribly inappropriate analogy" after an "emotionally tough loss" during an away game on February 27. In the remark, he said: "Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can't have anybody leave the plantation." The coach said in his apology that he "immediately recognized" the mistake, addressed it with the team and is "deeply sorry. "I have never used...
    By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University suspended basketball coach Greg McDermott on Thursday night for using racially insensitive language while addressing the team after a game last weekend. McDermott publicly apologized Tuesday and again Wednesday for urging his players to “stay on the plantation” after the 14th-ranked Bluejays' 77-69 loss at Xavier. McDermott coached in the Bluejays' 72-60 loss at No. 10 Villanova on Wednesday night. Assistant coach Alan Huss will serve as interim head coach for the home game against Butler on Saturday. Athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said he and university president the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson met with senior administrators Thursday to determine disciplinary action against McDermott. “Coach McDermott and the team have accepted that, effective immediately, he is suspended for all team activities, including Saturday's home season finale against Butler.” Rasmussen said additional sanctions are under consideration, none of which will be...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University suspended basketball coach Greg McDermott on Thursday night for using racially insensitive language while addressing the team after a game last weekend. McDermott publicly apologized Tuesday and again Wednesday for urging his players to “stay on the plantation” after the 14th-ranked Bluejays’ 77-69 loss at Xavier. McDermott coached in the Bluejays’ 72-60 loss at No. 10 Villanova on Wednesday night. Assistant coach Alan Huss will serve as interim head coach for the home game against Butler on Saturday. Athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said he and university president the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson met with senior administrators Thursday to determine disciplinary action against McDermott. “Coach McDermott and the team have accepted that, effective immediately, he is suspended for all team activities, including Saturday’s home season finale against Butler.” Rasmussen said additional sanctions are under consideration, none of which will be made public. “Coach McDermott and...
              The behavior of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) basketball has caught the ire of their congresswoman. Freshman Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-TN-01) criticized the basketball team on Thursday after the team’s practice of kneeling in protest to the national anthem was made known. ETSU Head Coach Jason Shay supported his team’s decision, stating that the country’s soldiers and people of color have experienced similar levels of “sacrifice, fear, pain, anxiety, [and] loss.” I’m disappointed to see the ETSU basketball team take a knee during the national anthem. This is disrespectful to everyone who fought or died to protect our freedoms. We should stand proud with our hands on our hearts or saluting the flag during the anthem https://t.co/DufPtNLSVV — Diana Harshbarger (@DHarshbargerTN1) February 19, 2021 Harshbarger told The Tennessee Star that there are better ways to raise awareness for causes and issues than taking a knee...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — The Towson University men’s basketball team is pausing all activities after a player tested positive for COVID-19. The result came from a test taken Monday, the University said. RELATED: Capitol Riot Suspect From Howard County Accused of Assaulting Police Pleads Not Guilty, Asks Judge To Release Him To His Mother’s Home CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines As a precaution, this weekend’s game against Drexel is postponed. RELATED: Maryland House Bill Aims To Legalize Cannabis, Expunge Convictions The University is now working with the Baltimore County Health Department for contact tracing. The status of future games are still up in the air. MORE: Bill Portlock Reflects On Career Photographing, Studying The Chesapeake Bay For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Several high school basketball teams woke up early Monday morning to honor legendary Temple University basketball coach John Chaney. Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School’s basketball team was one of many honoring Chaney. Coach Chaney was known to hold early morning basketball practices. So the Hawks and some other schools are paying tribute to Chaney with their own early morning practices. Chaney died on Jan. 29 at the age of 89. He spent 24 seasons patrolling Temple’s sidelines, compiling a 516-253 record during his Hall of Fame career. He was an institution in Philadelphia for decades. Chaney took the Owls to the NCAA tournament 17 times, including going into the 1988 tournament as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. Chaney’s teams reached the Elite Eight five teams. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The court at The Liacouras Center...
    Getty Legendary former Temple University basketball coach John Chaney died on January 29, 2021 at age 89. Legendary former Temple University basketball coach John Chaney died on January 29, 2021, as first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Jensen. He was 89. While coaching the Temple University basketball team, he won a total of 741 career games and took the team to the NCAA tournament 17 times, and reached the Elite Eight five times. Before retiring in 2006, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2006, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2019, Chaney joked about his old age. He told The Athletic, “The worst thing about getting old is that all the people you knew die. So you have to make new friends.”
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ UConn says it has postponed its next two men’s basketball games, including Thursday’s scheduled contest with No. 3 Villanova after learning that an official who worked its Tuesday night win over Butler has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Huskies have been placed in a daily testing protocol and a modified quarantine that also will prevent them from traveling to New York for a game at St. John’s on Sunday. The school says it won’t play another game until it is deemed safe by medical professionals and other postponements are possible. These will be the ninth and 10th games on the Huskies schedule that have been either postponed or cancelled because of concerns related to the novel coronavirus. ___ The University at Albany men’s basketball team has been placed on a temporary pause following...
    Ben Jordan, Kentucky baseball and basketball player, dead at 22 https://t.co/INtxp3IzEA pic.twitter.com/UY4Y4AGEhn – New York Post (@nypost) January 12, 2021 Ben Jordan, a young man who was 6 feet 9 inches tall, died suddenly at age 22, announced the University of Kentucky, where he played baseball and basketball. No cause of death has been provided, which occurred on Monday the 11th. The lush young man was over 2 meters tall and weighed 250 pounds (113 kilos). As a baseball player, he was a right-hander for the Wildcats and joined the powerful basketball program last season amid a player shortage. “Our hearts are broken”, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said yesterday in a statement issued by the school. “It is difficult for me to express and put into words the tragedy of losing a young man too soon. Ben impacted our team last season in many ways with his good...
    New York : Ben Jordan, Kentucky baseball and basketball player, dead at 22 https://t.co/INtxp3IzEA pic.twitter.com/UY4Y4AGEhn – New York Post (@nypost) January 12, 2021 Ben Jordan, a young man who was 6 feet 9 inches tall, died suddenly at age 22, announced the University of Kentucky, where he played baseball and basketball. No cause of death has been provided, which occurred on Monday the 11th. The lush young man was over 2 meters tall and weighed 250 pounds (113 kilos). As a baseball player, he was a right-hander for the Wildcats and joined the powerful basketball program last season amid a player shortage. “Our hearts are broken”, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said yesterday in a statement issued by the school. “It is difficult for me to express and put into words the tragedy of losing a young man too soon. Ben impacted our team last season in many...
    TOWSON, MD. (WJZ) — Towson University pauses all activities for the women’s basketball team after a coaching staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test result came back Tuesday morning after a PCR test was conducted Monday morning, the athletics department said. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Towson contests between James Madison University on January 5, Elon on January 9 and 10 and at UNCW on January 16 and 17 have been postponed. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston University basketball team has a new addition to its uniforms this season. The Terriers are wearing masks while on the floor. Boston University players were masked up when they took the court for their season opener at Holy Cross on Monday, a policy the school put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It didn’t seem to bother Boston University players, as the Terriers won the game, 83-76. Boston University wearing masks during its season-opener today at Holy Cross. As I reported, both teams will have to wear masks tomorrow when the two teams play at BU. pic.twitter.com/TIVoIIto9r — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 4, 2021 Holy Cross players were not wearing masks during Monday’s game, but they will be on Tuesday when the two play again in Boston. BU has mandated that opponents wear masks when playing on campus. It is believed that Tuesday’s...
    The University of Arizona has self imposed a one-year postseason ban on its men's basketball team two months after the NCAA levied misconduct allegations against the program related to the 2017 federal probe into improper payments to recruits and coaches. The NCAA may still choose to tack on further punishment on top of the ban, which will deprive Arizona's athletic department of lucrative postseason television revenue for the 2020-21 season. The punishment stems from the FBI probe into corruption in college basketball recruiting circles. The investigation, revealed in 2017, resulted in the arrest of 10 individuals, most of whom were apparel company representatives, sports agency employees, and assistant coaches, such as Arizona's Book Richardson. Richardson was fired by the university and later pleaded guilty to accepting $20,000 in bribes from aspiring business manager Christian Dawkins. He was sentenced to three months in prison in 2019. Arizona was accused of nine...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A member of the Towson men’s basketball team tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, leading the organization to stop all team activities, the university said Tuesday. The team has also postponed all of its games through January 10. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The positive test is the latest coronavirus-related headache for the team, which saw multiple games postponed earlier this month after a support staff member tested positive. Stay with WJZ on this developing story. To get breaking news alerts, download our app now!
    Loading the player... On Thursday, University of Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson revealed that the entire roster – 15 players – at one time or another tested positive for coronavirus including members of his coaching staff. As reported by The Washington Post, over one-third of his team returned to practice from Tuesday to Thursday after a recent outbreak of positive cases stalled basketball workouts on Dec. 8. Sampson, 65, remained at home and hasn’t been present for a game since Dec. 5 after coming in contact with his son and assistant coach Kellen Sampson, who tested positive for coronavirus. (Credit: University of Houston Men’s Basketball/social media) He said that he’s hopeful for additional players returning in time for a scheduled Sunday game between the Cougars and Alcorn State. Read More: 1 in 5 prisoners in the US has had COVID-19, 1,700 have died “The benefit is...
    University of Houston's men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson on Thursday shared that his entire roster has tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 15 members of the team and some members of the coaching staff have also tested positive for the virus over the course of this year the coach reported, according to the Washington Post. Some of the team attended practice on Tuesday, following a recent outbreak that caused a pause in practices. Only six players were at practice Tuesday through Thursday this week, though Sampson said that he hopes to have eight or nine return in time for Sunday's game against Alcorn State, the Post reported. “The benefit is just trying to get some rhythm going into conference play,” Sampson said during a media call on Thursday, according to the news outlet. “The guys that are healthy are healthy, there’s no reason why they can’t play. Most of them...
    (CNN)Keyontae Johnson, the University of Florida men's basketball player who collapsed mid-game on Saturday, is now breathing on his own, talking with family and in stable condition according to his parents. In a Tuesday statement, Nika and Marrecus Johnson revealed that their son made a FaceTime call with his teammates. "We feel so much love and support from everyone, and we're beyond grateful for the care and attention that Keyontae has received throughout these past several days," the parents said.Johnson was walking onto the court after a timeout early in Saturday's game against the Florida State Seminoles when he collapsed, according to ESPNU broadcasters. He was taken off the floor on a stretcher and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where a team spokesman announced Johnson was in critical but stable condition. Johnson's parents traveled to Tallahassee to be with their son Sunday, joining Florida head coach Mike White and associate...
    FULLERTON (CBSLA) — Cal State Fullerton will try for a third time to open its men’s basketball 2020-21 season Friday evening after two games were canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests. The Titans are scheduled to play against the University of San Diego, their original season-opening opponent. T The two teams were originally scheduled to meet on Nov. 25 in Seattle’s Husky Classic but the game was canceled after Cal State Fullerton announced that a player had tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the team to quarantine for 14 days and the player to self-isolate for 10. Following the positive test, USD announced its men’s basketball program would pause all team activities for 14 days as a result of a positive COVID-19 test result within their program. Most recently, the Titans were scheduled to open their season on Wednesday against Bethesda University but the game was canceled due to a positive...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Towson University announced on Saturday all activities for the men’s basketball team have been temporarily suspended due to a player testing positive for COVID-19. The positive test came on Friday during morning testing for the team and was confirmed via PCR test on Saturday, the University said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Following COVID-19 safety guidelines, Towson’s home contests against George Washington on Dec. 7, La Salle on Dec. 16 and Morgan State on Dec. 19 have all been postponed. Towson will attempt to reschedule some or all of these games, the University said. The Tigers’ next scheduled game is on Dec. 22 at George Mason.
    Jason Preston isn’t your run-of-the-mill basketball player. The Ohio Bobcats point guard worked his tail off to get a chance to play Division I basketball, and his backstory went viral Friday as his team took on No. 8 Illinois. NO. 7 WISCONSIN ROLLS PAST ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 92-58 ESPN broadcasters shed light on his story during the game. Preston’s mother died about five years ago and while his father was not in the picture, he went to live with his mom’s best friend’s son in Orlando, Fla., as his legal guardian lived in Jamaica. He didn’t have plans to play college basketball, but one of his friends convinced him to play in an AAU tournament and a coach convinced him to go to prep school before attending college. At Believe Sports Academy, he started out on the C-level basketball team and made it to the A-level team before being demoted again....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Temple University’s men’s college basketball season has been put on pause before it even got underway. Temple announced on Thursday it’s pausing all men’s basketball activities after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19. The Owls will begin a 14-day quarantine while the individual who tested positive will isolate for at least 10 days, Temple said. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is always the number one priority with our program. Our medical staff and administration have done an incredible job of creating a safe environment for our team,” Temple head coach Aaron McKie said in a statement. “Through our daily testing we work to mitigate the spread of the virus, but nothing is foolproof. This is not the way we anticipated opening our season, but we will follow our medical professionals’ guidance in preparation for restarting practice in two weeks.”...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A ‘Mask’erade Ball fundraiser for Coppin State University’s women’s basketball team will be held on Nov. 20. Former Ravens player and WJZ contributor Torrey Smith will be the speaker at the 7:30 p.m. event as well as Kristi Toliver and former Head Coach Derek Brown. A $25 ticket will get you access to the virtual event plus a Coppin State mask. All viewers are encouraged to wear a mask — either COVID style or masquerade style. Proceeds will benefit the women’s basketball team providing meals after training, pay for two assistants, help them get the technology needed to document and record the team and provide other assistance for the student-athletes. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, click here.   
    Syracuse University has pressed pause on getting ready for the upcoming men's basketball season after legendary coach Jim Boeheim tested positive for COVID-19. The school announced on Sunday, Nov. 15 that Boeheim, 75, had a positive case confirmed, though he has yet to experience any symptoms and has already entered quarantine. "As part of our routine COVID-19 health and safety protocols, I, along with my team and staff, are tested for COVID-19 multiple times each week,” the longtime coach said. "Following our most recent testing, I was informed that I had tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately began my isolation period at home. “I am not experiencing any symptoms at this time, and will continue to monitor my health closely as advised by the medical staff,” he continued. “Thank you for the well wishes. I look forward to getting back on the court with my team.” Syracuse...
    LOWELL (CBS) – The University of Massachusetts Lowell announced that its men’s basketball team paused activities last week after two members of the program tested positive for COVID-19. UMass Lowell said on Friday night that the positive tests occurred during routine testing. The university also said the team immediately followed its isolation and quarantine protocols after the two tests came back positive. UMass Lowell has continued testing its members, and there have been no new positive cases. “The health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the university community are our top priority,” said UMass Lowell Director of Athletics Peter Casey. “Our testing and other protocols are in place for this reason. We’ve been working with the NCAA, America East Conference and the university to prepare for a safe season.” The team is expected to resume practices on Wednesday, November 18, which is the end of their 14-day quarantine...
    The Iowa Hawkeyes reportedly have several coronavirus cases. According to KCRG, the school announced Monday that the Hawkeyes currently have 30 cases of coronavirus within the athletic department. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) It’s not specified what sports teams have been hit the hardest. The Hawkeyes are currently scheduled to play Minnesota this Friday night.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by University of Iowa Football (@hawkeyefootball) on Nov 7, 2020 at 10:45am PST What I’m about to say might sound a little insensitive, but I’m going to say it anyways. As long as it’s not the football team and men’s basketball team that have issues, then it’s not a reason to panic. At the end of the day, the only two college sports that truly matter are football and men’s basketball. That’s not to say you can’t...
    U.S. college basketball Hall of Fame coach John Thompson, the Washington, DC native who transformed Georgetown University into a national basketball power and was the first Black coach to lead a team to the national championship, has died at the age of 78. Thompson’s death was announced in a statement released by his family through Georgetown University. It said, “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else.” No cause of death was provided. Thompson, who used basketball to lift himself out of humble beginnings, was a life-long advocate for the underprivileged. An imposing figure at two meters, eight centimeters tall, he did not hesitate to speak his mind or stand up for what...
    Coach John Thompson, who led the Georgetown University Hoyas basketball team to victory at the 1984 national championship, has died at age 78. Thompson, who was the first black coach to win the title, is credited with boosting minority representation in college basketball during the 1980s. He recruited over 20 players who went on to join the NBA, and four who - like him - are in the sport's Hall of Fame. Thompson was also known for protesting against racial injustice as a coach. Known to fans and players as Big John, Thompson was raised in Washington DC and played professionally for the Boston Celtics when the team won the championship in 1965 and 1966. He was hired in 1972 to coach Georgetown University, a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington DC. His appointment led to controversy. University faculty and fans rallied around him after he was met with racial...
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