Friday, July 15, 2011

Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) Clobber Georgia Tech

The NCAA announced the finding from a probe of the Georgia Tech football and basketball programs relating to issues involving players from the 2009 ACC Championship and improper basketball recruiting under former head coach Paul Hewitt.

The news was not good for the Yellow Jacket faithful, as the NCAA is looking for the football program to vacate the 2009 ACC Championship.

The Yellow Jackets are facing four years of probation, a loss of their 2009 football ACC title, limitations of their basketball official visits to 10 for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, and a loss of two recruiting days. Georgia Tech, which will be on probation from July 14, 2011, to July 13, 2015, also received a $100,000 fine.

Georgia Tech president G.P. "Bud" Peterson responded to the NCAA allegations in a press release.

"Georgia Tech is committed to the integrity of its athletics program, including full cooperation and support of the NCAA," Peterson said. "Given the information we had at the time, I believe we took reasonable and appropriate steps to determine the proper course of action and acted in good faith. Looking back, there are things we could have done differently. Because of our unwavering commitment to NCAA compliance, we have already taken a number of steps to address perceived shortcomings, hopefully ensuring that our programs remain beyond reproach."

The Yellow Jackets could appeal the loss of the ACC Championship title, which they claimed when they beat Clemson 39-34 in Tampa to win their first outright ACC title since 1990.

Thomas and Burnett were ineligible for the final three games of the 2009 season.

The reason the Jackets were stripped of the title was because of their interference with the investigation, according to NCAA.

NCAA investigators hinted the football allegations would have been secondary violations had the Jackets fully cooperated.

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Quote of the Day

Not the real judge.
“The university sought the restoration of the plaintiff’s eligibility, advocated for it and filed an appeal on his behalf. But in the end, the university lost. As an NCAA member institution, UNC-Chapel Hill now has no choice but to respect the NCAA’s determination or face what the plaintiff concedes are `harsh and draconian’ consequences.”

 -- N.C. Attorney General’s office in a filing opposing former Tar Heel Michael McAdoo’s request for his NCAA football eligibility to be reinstated.  McAdoo had been declared permanently ineligible for academic misconduct by the NCAA.

In a hearing Wednesday, Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson denied a petition by McAdoo seeking to compel the university to reinstate him while preventing the NCAA from interfering in that process or punishing the school if he returned. McAdoo sought the court ruling so that he would be able to return to the football team in time for the start of his senior season this fall.

“It will make it very, very difficult to make that happen in light of this ruling,” said Noah H. Huffstetler III, one of McAdoo’s attorneys.

Huffstetler had argued that McAdoo was losing the opportunity to play college football as well as the chance to possibly turn that into a professional career. But in denying the request, Hudson said McAdoo “will not likely suffer irreparable loss if the injunction is not imposed or issued.”

McAdoo attended the two-hour hearing with his mother and grandmother. He had no visible reaction to Hudson’s ruling and filed out of the courtroom with his attorneys through a side door without comment.

Things That Make You Go…

Hmmm…

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke putts on the 10th green, on the second day of the 140th British Open Golf championship at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent, south east England, on July 15, 2011.

(Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Pictures Of The Day

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens stops to autograph a baseball as leaves the U.S. District Court after the judge declared a mistrial, on July 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. The judge presiding over Clemens' perjury trial declared a mistrial over statements introduced to the jury by the prosecutor that were not suppose to be heard. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Umm…North Korea, you might want to feed these guys.  Here, North Korean divers practice their routine for the FINA Swimming World Championship men’s synchronized 10 meter springboard event in Shanghai, China.  The winners get a pizza.  (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)
Gerco Schroeder of the Netherlands competes on his horse Eurocommerce New Orleans (not kidding, who names their horse that?  Evidently...a guy named "Gerco.") during the second round of the Nations Cup team jumping competition in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Tom Lewis, 20, shoot the lowest round (65) by an amateur in the history of the British Open as his namesake Tom Watson watches.  Lewis was tied for the lead with Thomas Bjorn after the opening round.  (Photo by Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Picture Of The Day

Revelers (if that’s what you want to call ‘em) run next to El Pilar’s ranch fighting bulls during the seventh day of the San Fermin running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.  (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ACC in MLB All-Star Game

RYAN BRAUN (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Former baseball standouts from two ACC schools will be among the Major Leaguers taking the field for Tuesday night’s 82nd All-Star Game in Phoenix.

 Miami alumni Ryan Braun and Gaby Sanchez will suit up for the National League All-Stars, while former Hurricane Chris Perez will play for the American League. Former Georgia Tech All-America catcher Matt Wieters is also part of the AL squad. Braun, a starting outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, will start for the National League. Braun sports a team-high .320 batting average on the year with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. 

Sanchez, named to the team as a reserve first baseman, heads into the All-Star break batting .293 with 10 homers and 50 RBI.

Perez has successfully closed 21 games in 22 save opportunities for the Cleveland Indians. He sports a 2.43 ERA and has limited opposing hitters to a collective .203 batting average in his 36 appearances.

Wieters, the starting catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, is batting .264 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 78 games.

The Steve Dill “Course Des Tricheurs En France” Update

Georgia Tech Guard Brian Oliver Transfers To Seton Hall

(AP) Swingman Brian Oliver (#11) has transferred from Georgia Tech to Seton Hall.

Oliver, a 6-foot-6, 226-pound native of Glassboro, N.J., averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 58 games with the Yellow Jackets. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds last year, as Georgia Tech finished 13-18.
A 3-point specialist, he connected on 6-of-11 shots from long range and scored a game-high 32 points in a 80-76 loss to Syracuse on Nov. 27.

As a freshman, Oliver appeared in every game for Georgia Tech and averaged nearly 20 minutes in ACC action.

Oliver played four years at William Penn High School in New Castle, Del.

The Pirates finished 13-18, as well, last season.

Wake Forest Suspends Two

TY WALKER
Wake Forest's quest to improve on a disappointing 2010-11 basketball season ran into an obstacle Monday with the announcement that Melvin Tabb and Ty Walker were suspended indefinitely for unspecified violations of athletic department rules.

Walker, a 7-foot senior center, played in 32 games with nine starts last season. He averaged 3.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game.

As a freshman last season, Tabb played in 14 games and averaged 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Pictures Of The Day

Riders jockey for position during the Motocross World Championship in Teutschenthal, Germany.  (Photo by Imago/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Competitors "jockey" for position during the 2011 Camel Cup in Alice Springs, Australia.  (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Yankee infielder Robinson Cano hit 12 home runs in the finals to win the Home Run Derby prior to tonight’s MLB All-Star Game in Pheonix, AZ.  Cano’s father, former Houston Astros pitcher Jose Cano, was on the mound.  (Photo by John Blever/Sports Illustarated)
Derek Jeter celebrates hitting a home run to get his 3,000th hit.  Surprisingly, Jeter is the first Yankee to achieve the 3,000 hit milestone.  (Photo by Chuck Solomon/Sports Illustrated)
Robert “Robo” Sprague and his wife Rawni, who got married at the Redneck Games in 1998, dive into the mud during the 15th Annual Redneck Games in East Dublin, Georgia.  The games began in 1996 in conjunction with the Atlanta Summer Olypmics.  Proceeds go to charity.  (Photo by Bill Frakes/Sports Ilustarated)
IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute hits Jean-Paul Mendy of France in Bucharest Romania.  Bute knocked out Mendy and defended his title.  (Photo by Vadim Ghirda/AP Photos)

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