Saturday, July 23, 2011

UNC’s McDonald Tears ACL, Out Indefinitely

North Carolina reserve guard Leslie McDonald has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and could miss the coming season.

The school said Friday that McDonald was injured during a summer league game in Durham on Thursday night.

McDonald averaged seven points per game off the bench and was second on the team with 51 3-pointers.

Surgery has yet to be scheduled and the rising junior is out indefinitely.

McDonald's injury could be a blow to North Carolina's depth, though the Tar Heels return all five starters from a team that reached the NCAA tournament's round of eight.

UNC's Davis To Release Personal Cell Phone Records

BUTCH DAVIS (Ethan Hyman/News & Observer)

(AP)—North Carolina coach Butch Davis plans to release his personal cell phone records to media outlets covering the NCAA investigation of the school’s football program.

The school had previously released records in June showing only few calls from Davis’ office and university-issued cell phone in 2009 and 2010. That prompted reporters to request records for any personal devices used for school business.

Speaking after the Pigskin Preview preseason luncheon with area coaches, Davis said the university had already reviewed records for a cell phone he’s had for about 10 years and that he intended to release them with the numbers for personal calls redacted.

“Anything that has absolutely anything to do with UNC and business, those will certainly be completely open for public record,” Davis said.

McAdoo Cheating Scandal Expands

MICHAEL MCADOO (Robert Willett/News & Observer)

When Michael McAdoo took legal action against the Suits From Indiana (Formerly Kansas) the previously private records of his honor code violations and subsequent hearings became public.

Now, needless to say, if a kid at Ohio State was accused of cheating the folks at Michigan would pour over every public document with a fine tooth comb.  So, to no one’s surprise, Wolfpack Nation jumped on the documents and quickly revealed the full scope of the McAdoo’s alleged honor code violations.

Now had McAdoo been a basketball player, we assume Coach K’s Kids over in Durham would have been all over this story, but since it is football “a sport at which this private university does not currently excel,” the heavy lifting was left to the folks over in Raleigh.

Evidently, McAdoo had a run in with plagiarism and the UNC honor court only considered one of four now rather obvious infractions.  Subsequently, on appeal, the honor court let McAdoo off presumably due to the fact that there was only one lone violation...yada, yada, yada.  
  
To read the sorrid details, click here.

Former Wahoo Coach Lands Pro Gig

By WHITELAW REID/Cavalier Insider

Perhaps the pro coaching ranks will be a better fit for the fiery Dave Leitao.

On Wednesday, the Portland Press Herald reported that Leitao, the former Virginia men's basketball coach, was expected to be named the new coach of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League.

Since leaving UVa two seasons ago under fire, there was a feeling that Leitao would eventually return to the college game, where he was, reportedly, a candidate for a handful of jobs. But apparently the pros had more appeal to Leitao, who could not be reached for comment.

According to the Press Herald, Leitao will replace Austin Ainge as the Red Claws’ coach. Ainge, the son of Boston Celtics executive Danny Ainge, was recently named the Celtics' Director of Player Personnel.
The Red Claws are affiliated with the Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats. Former Red Claw players who have been called up to the NBA include Bill Walker, Avery Bradley and Sherron Collins.

Leitao was 63-60 during his four-year tenure at Virginia. His best season came during the 2006-07 campaign when the Wahoos went 21-11 (11-5 in league) en route to a share of the ACC regular-season title. Leitao was named ACC Coach of the Year at season’s end.

However, Leitao led Virginia to a 17-16 mark the next season (with a forgettable trip to the CBI) and just a 10-18 showing the following season.

Quote Of The Day (Thursday)

“Needless to say, this came as a shock. Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.”

--  Steve Williams when he learned he had been terminated by Tiger Woods.

Despite being one of Woods’ best friends, Williams felt like an outsider the way he was kept in the dark about Woods’ schedule and recovery from leg injuries. Woods was annoyed when his caddie of 12 years chose to work for Adam Scott at the U.S. Open, then signed up to work for the Australian again at the AT&T National and the British Open.

One of golf’s most successful player-caddie partnerships ended in a board room at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia two weeks ago when Woods fired his caddie. They both kept the news private until Wednesday, when Woods announced on his website that he and Williams will no longer be working together.

Quote Of The Day (Friday)

“…Realistically I could look back, and I’ve wasted the last two years of my life because he’s played infrequently, he’s been injured and played poorly. I was prepared to hang in there through thick and thin, so I find the timing extraordinary.”

-- Steve Williams after being sacked by Tiger Woods.

Long story short, he ain’t happy.  To read more, click here

Pictures Of The Week

Riders ascend the Haute Catergorie climb of the Col Agnel on stage 18 of the Course Des Tricheurs de France in Galbier, France.  (Photo by Mike Powell/Sports Illustrated)
Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland celebrates winning the 140th British Open at Royal St. George.  (Photo by Thomas Lovelock/Sports Illustrated)
Japan’s Saki Kumagai scores the winning penalty kick goal against U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo to win the World Cup Final in Frankfurt.  (Photo by Thomas Bohlen/Reurters)
We don’t know what these people are doing, but it’s a cool photo.  Siaful Rijal of Indonesia kicks over the net against John Thao of the USA during their ISTAF Sepaktakraw World Cup round robin match at Titwagnsa Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Ryan Peirse/Getty Images/USA Sports)
Pants on the ground?  Shortly?  Digby Ioane of the Australian Wallabies makes a line break during the International Test match against Samoa at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Piranha eyes…hmmm.  Team Spain performs in the synchronized swimming Teams Free Routine at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai.  (Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA)

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