Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday ACC Basketball Scoreboard

AUSTIN RIVERS (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
#7 DUKE 86, Washington (Huskies, 42,907 students, Seattle, WA) 80 -- Freshman Austin Rivers scored 18 points and the seventh-ranked Blue Devils overcame a 27 for 44 performance at the line to beat Washington.

The Blue Devils (9-1) seemed in control, taking a 19-point lead three times in the second half. But the Huskies (4-4) shook off a terrible first half and started chipping away at the deficit. They were able get as close as six points late when Duke, which entered the game shooting 67.4 percent from the line, made just 12 of 18 free throws over the final 2:30, including a stretch where the Blue Devils made 1 of 2 on four consecutive trips.

Arizona (Wildcats, 30,346 students, Tucson, AZ) 63, CLEMSON 47 -- After a sluggish start Saturday afternoon at Arizona's McKale Center, Clemson gave it everything it had in to pull within seven points late in the second half. However, the Tigers ran out of gas in the last four minutes as Arizona charged back with eight straight points to seal a victory in the 27th Annual Fiesta Bowl Classic.

The Tigers fell to 4-4 with the loss, while Arizona improved its record to 7-3. 

GEORGIA TECH 65, Savannah State (Tigers, 4,552 students, Savannah, GA) 45 -- Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller dominated both offensively and defensively, scoring 12 points and blocking four shots as the Yellow Jackets defeated Savannah State 65-45.

Brandon Reed added 16 points for Georgia Tech (6-4). The win is the Yellow Jackets' second straight, with both victories coming on the road against in-state opponents. Georgia Tech defeated rival Georgia 68-56 on Wednesday.

The Yellow Jackets leveraged their size advantage inside to disrupt Savannah State's offense and force the Tigers (3-7) to become a jump-shooting team. Savannah State shot a season-low 28.3 percent from the floor (17 of 60) and went 4 of 20 from 3-point range. 

HENSON (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
#6 NORTH CAROLINA 84, Long Beach State (49ers, 27,437 students, Long Beach, CA) 78 -- John Henson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Bullock added 15 points off the bench to spark the decisive spurt, helping the Tar Heels beat Long Beach State on Saturday night.
Henson, a 6-foot-10 forward, has long been a defensive specialist who uses his long arms to pull down rebounds in traffic or swat away shots. But he made 12 of 17 shots for the Tar Heels (8-2), many on long jumpers. Meanwhile, Bullock scored eight in a row to help ignite a 13-2 run that gave North Carolina some breathing room against Casper Ware and the 49ers (4-5).

West Virginia (Mountaineers, 29,306 students, Morgantown, WV) 77, MIAMI 66 -- Darryl "Truck" Bryant scored a career-high 27 points and West Virginia's defense put the clamps on Miami Saturday night.

For the Mountaineers (6-2), it was their second straight victory in about 48 hours after upsetting Kansas State in double overtime Thursday night. Miami (5-4) lost for the fourth time in its last five contests. The Hurricanes started the season 4-0.

Bryant, a senior, was 9 of 12 from the field and 5 of 7 from the 3-point line to eclipse his 24-point performance against the Wildcats.

(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Bryant was one of three Mountaineers in double figures. Deniz Kilicli totaled 18 points and Kevin Jones, the team's leading scorer, had 

Seton Hall (Pirates, 5,245 students, South Orange, NC) 68, WAKE FOREST 54 -- Seton Hall used a 14-1 run midway through the first half and held Wake Forest at bay at the Prudential Center.


Travis McKie led Wake Forest (6-4) with 17 points and seven rebounds. C.J. Harris joined him in double figures with 12 points. Harris has scored in doubles every game this season.

Tony Chennault scored nine points and had two assists, while Carson Desrosiers finished with eight points.

VT Killer Identified

ASHLEY
Police are trying to determine why a 22-year-old part-time Radford University student fatally shot a police officer on the campus of nearby Virginia Tech on Thursday afternoon, and then turned the gun on himself.

The gunman, identified by police late Friday as Ross Truett Ashley, of Spotsylvania County, had no apparent connection to Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse, 39, who was slain as he sat in his cruiser.

According to police,  the day prior, Ashley is suspected of walking into a real estate office in Radford with a gun, demanding car keys and stealing a white Mercedes SUV. That car was found Thursday on Virginia Tech’s campus.

Radford University officials said in a statement that Ashley was enrolled part-time as a business management major, but declined further comment.

Exactly what led to the string of violence remains unclear, but police have said they think Ashley acted alone. They are working to piece together his movements in the hours before the shooting, which occurred just after noon.  Police said Ashley, dressed in a maroon hoodie and gray hat, walked up to Crouse’s cruiser and opened fire.

“Motive is very much a fundamental part of this investigation,” said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State police.

Ashley appears to have graduated from Spotsylvania High School in 2007 and was a running back on the football team. He won numerous academic awards, according to published reports at that time.

“He was a good kid,” said Barry Perry, who knew Ashley when he was an athlete at Spotsylvania High. “An average kid. Somebody that seemed to be a good member of the community.”

That said, a Radford grad student told the iPad news agency The Daily that Ashley had recently shaved his head and had the odd habit of running down the hallways of the apartment building where he lived.

Hokies Support Slain Police Officer’s Family

(Sam Dean/Roanoke Times/Roanoke.com)
(Roanoke Times edited)   A Virginia Tech student launched an effort that as of late Friday had raised more than $34,000 for the wife and family of fallen Virginia Tech police Officer Deriek Crouse.  Crouse was remembered Friday by family and friends as a devoted father, a dedicated and unflappable public servant.

Virginia Tech senior Bethany Darnley created a Facebook event Thursday night after hearing of Crouse's death and the family he left behind.

"It just made my heart melt. I thought that they deserved to have a Christmas just like everyone else," she said.

On Friday, she merged her venture with a fund established at National Bank of Blacksburg. All donations to the fund set up by Darnley will be kept by the bank in an account in the name of Crouse's wife.

"I thought it was going to be a couple of friends, a couple of hundred dollars max," she said. "This turned to be something much bigger."

Darnley had never met Crouse nor spoken with his wife or children.

It was unclear Friday how much had been raised in donations made directly to the bank.

How to donate

Donations are accepted in person at the National Bank of Blacksburg or by mail to:

Deriek Crouse Memorial Fund
National Bank of Blacksburg
Attn: Dana Sutphin
P.O. Box 90002
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9002.

To make a donation online, visit Hokies for Crouse at https://sites.google.com/site/hokiesforcrouse.

Things That Make You Go...

(Michael Albans/AP Photo)
Hmmm…

A man walks into a bar. Not just any man or any bar, but the T.A.H. Worldwide Media mogul Publisher and Editor.  After a nice dinner out with friends, we adjourned to the bar for an after dinner drink and there on the television was a college football game.

Nothing terribly odd about that, but it is late in the season, the bowl games are set, all that’s left is Army  v. Navy and it’s Friday night…

What gives?

We check out the score, and we see that Montana is throttling Northern Iowa.  Down at the bottom of the screen we see this word “quarterfinals.”

What is this word “quarterfinals?”

What does it mean?

In basketball, we know that quarterfinal is the round of eight remaining teams in the NCAA basketball tournament that annually determines the National Champion.  But, there is no tournament in NCAA college football, and according to the B.C.S. and the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas), a FBS football playoff is simply impossible.

Odd, this quarterfinals…

We will consult with the crack T.A.H. Research Department and get back to you on this quarterfinals mystery later…

Have a nice weekend.  – The Editor.

Things That Make You Go…


WTF?

Gloria Sinclair’s daughter and her grandson were watching TV in their Newark, NJ home when a Nissan Pathfinder drove into Sinclair’s townhouse.  Literally.

But thankfully the two were not in the room when the Nissan busted through the brick wall on the SECOND FLOOR.

Happily, no one was injured.

“I just thought the whole house was caving in,” she said.

News reports did not identify the Pathfinder’s driver.

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Pictures Of The Day

Steeplechase 1: Barry Geraghty riding Shakalakaboomboom (R) clear the last to win the Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Steeple Chase from Mon Parrain (L) at Cheltenham racecourse on December 09, 2011 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Steeplechase 2: Competitors jump into the water during the Malinowski Mens 3000m Steeple during the 2011 Zatopek Classic at the Victorian Athletics Centre on December 10, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Norway's Vibeke Skofterud (2nd), Marit Bjoergen (winner) and Therese Johaug (3rd) react during the podium ceremony of the women's nordic skiing FIS Cross-country World Cup 15km free individual race on December 10, 2011 in Davos.  (Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
Marco Bortoliami of Aironi wins the line out during their Heineken Cup match vs. Ulster Rugby at Ravenhill in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Rikke Moeller Pedersen of Denmark competes on December 10, 2011 in the women's 100-meter breaststroke heat during the European shortcourse swimming championships in Szczecin.  (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP)

Friday, December 9, 2011

VT Police Officer Identified

CROUSE
(Edited from Roanoke Times)  The victim in yesterday’s Virginia Tech shooting has been identified as 39-years-old Deriek W. Crouse of Christiansburg.  A member of the VT Police Department since 2007, Crouse is survived by his wife, five children and stepchildren, his mother and a brother.

Crouse made what university officials described as a routine traffic stop in the Cassell Coliseum parking lot. In the midst of the stop, Crouse was shot to death in front of witnesses. University officials said the shooter was not the person stopped, but was a man who approached while the stop was taking place. Questions remain about where the shooter came from and why Crouse was shot. 

Crouse, a U.S. Army veteran, was a member of the Virginia Tech Police Emergency Response Team and served in the patrol division, according to a university news release. He received an award in 2008 for his commitment to the department's Driving Under the Influence efforts, the university release said. He is survived by his wife, five children and stepchildren, and his mother and brother.

Witnesses saw Crouse's shooter flee on foot toward the Cage, a university parking lot down Washington Street from the Coliseum, Tech officials said. Officers soon found a second body there, a man who had also died of a gunshot wound. That person is believed to be Crouse's killer.

(Matt Gentry/Roanoke Times)
Authorities had not released the identity of the second body Thursday night, but in a conference call, state police confirmed that the man found dead in the Cage lot was seen in video from Crouse's patrol car with the weapon that is believed to have been used in Crouse's killing.

Authorities also said during an afternoon news conference that the man found in the Cage was not shot by a law enforcement officer.

Tech President Charles Steger issued a statement Thursday night saying that he felt "a deep - and regrettably familiar - sense of sadness" at Crouse's death.


Thursday Night ACC Basketball

ANDERSON (Stew Milne/AP Photo)
Providence (Friars, 3,850 students, Providence, RI) 64, BOSTON COLLEGE 57 – Freshman LaDontae Henton scored 21 points as Providence defeated BC.  It looks like it's going to be a long season for the Eagles...

Vincent Council added 17 points and eight assists for the Friars (8-2) and Gerard Coleman had 12 points.
Ryan Anderson, California's Mr. Basketball last season, led BC with a career-high 16 points. Patrick Heckmann had 12 and Dennis Clifford added 10.

But the Eagles (2-7) shot just 33 percent from the field. Providence's defense was led by Brice Kofane, who finished with seven blocks.

UNC To Make Fedora Hire Official

(Steve Coleman/AP Photo)
North Carolina announced Thursday afternoon that Larry Fedora will be the Tar Heels' new head football coach. Fedora, 49, comes to UNC after four years at Southern Mississippi, where he guided the Golden Eagles to the Conference USA championship this season.

 Word leaked Wednesday that Fedora's hiring was imminent. It will become finalized after UNC's board of trustees gives its final approval in a meeting that will begin today at 9 a.m.

A news conference formally introducing Fedora as the Tar Heels' coach is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Concourse Club at the Loudermilk Center, which is attached to Kenan Stadium. The event will be open to the public.

On Thursday, both the UNC-CH Board of Trustees and the university system's board of governors gathered in separate meetings behind closed doors. They formally discussed hiring Fedora at the meetings, which both lasted about an hour, and adjourned without debate.

To read more, click here.

Happy Friday! We Give You Elektrosjokkfotball

Yesterday was a tough day, so we thought we’d provide you with some laughs – a bunch of them.

Norwegian soccer TV show host s Johan Golden and Henrik Elvestad test how giving electric shocks given by the opposition might impact a soccer game.  We have no idea what spawned this bizarre idea or how the the two ever got anybody to agree to participate.

Alas, some soccer players did agree and most of them were well known in Scandinavian soccer circles…

You might want to click on the “cc” button for English subtitles as it helps you understand what they are up to and it gives you an opportunity to learn the Norwegian version of some common profanity which could come in handy at some point…

Trust us, it’s well worth your time!

Bizzare Quote Of The Day

OBLIVIOUS or DELUSIONAL?
"I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue," she said. "We don't know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue."

– Jerry Sandusky’s wife Dottie making her first public statement claiming all ten accusers are lying.

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Picture Of The Day

(Matt Gentry/Roanoke Times)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

VT Shooting: Second Dead Body Likely That Of Shooter

(Matt Gentry/Roanoke Times/AP Photo)
By Sabrina Tavernise, Timothy Williams, and J. David Goodman/New York Times

Two people, including a police officer, were shot and killed Thursday afternoon on the campus of Virginia Tech, the scene of a 2007 massacre in which 33 people were slain, the authorities said. The campus police officer, whose name was not released, was shot at close range by a man who had walked up to him as the officer was making a traffic stop in a school parking lot at about noon, the police said.

The shooter then fled the scene, the authorities said, leading to a university-wide lockdown of students and staff in campus buildings, the activation of the school’s emergency notification alert system and hundreds of police officers hurrying to respond.

The second victim, whose identity has not been released, was found dead from a gunshot wound, about a quarter of a mile from where the officer had been shot.

The authorities would not say whether the second victim was the man who shot the officer, but by late Thursday afternoon the police had lifted the campus lockdown, saying there was “no longer an active threat,” and allowed people to go home.

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The authorities also said that they had found a gun near the body of the second man, and said officers had not shot him. But they would not say if the man had died from a self-inflicted wound. The police said they did not think the shooter knew the person who had been pulled over by the officer.

“We do not believe the gunman was related in any way to the traffic stop,” said Gene Deisinger, the deputy chief of police at Virginia Tech.

No classes were in session on Thursday because students had been given a day off to prepare for finals, but there were still thousands of students, staff and faculty members on campus at the time, officials said. The exams have since been postponed.

Charles W. Steger, the president of the university, described the shooting as a “wanton act of violence,” but the authorities would not discuss a possible motive or disclose other key details about what had happened, saying that they were continuing to investigate.

Update: Statement from Virginia State Police

(Posted: 4:48 p.m.) Virginia State Police responded to Virginia Tech in reference to a shooting in reference to a Virginia Tech police officer being shot and killed while on a traffic stop at the Cassell Coliseum parking lot on Spring Road. Virginia Tech police requested that the Virginia State Police assume primary responsibility for the investigation of the incident.

The individual fled that crime scene in the direction of a second crime scene a quarter of a mile away, where a male body was found at that location with a gunshot wound. 

 Read the full statement

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Shooting Leaves Two Dead At Virginia Tech

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According to various news sources, a man killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday at Virginia Tech, sending a shudder through campus as students and faculty were told to stay inside and police searched for the gunman, school officials said.

It was the first gunfire on campus since 33 people were killed in 2007 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The deaths came on the same day university officials were in Washington appealing a fine that federal officials gave them over the school's response five years ago.

The campus was swarming Thursday with heavily armed officers walking around campus. Caravans of SWAT vehicles and other police cars with emergency lights flashing patrolled nearby. Students hunkered down in buildings.

"A lot of people, especially toward the beginning were scared," Brumfield said. "A lot of people are loosening up now. I guess we're just waiting it out, waiting for it to be over," said Jared Brumfield, a 19-year-old freshman from Culpeper, Va., who was locked in the Squires Student Center since around 1:30 p.m.

The school said a police officer pulled someone over for a traffic stop and was shot and killed. The shooter ran toward a nearby parking lot, where a second person was found dead.

Various alerts were sent out to students and the university is sending updates about every 30 minutes, regardless of whether they have any new information, school spokesman Mark Owczarski said.

"We deployed them all, and we deployed them immediately to get the word out," he said.

The suspect was described as a white man wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with neon green brim, a maroon hoodie and backpack.  



To read more, click here, and there is a live news feed at the bottom of the page. 

Wednesday ACC Basketball

RIVERS (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
#7 DUKE 87, Colorado State (Rams, 21,953 students, Fort Collins, CO) 64 – Freshman Austin Rivers scored 17 points and Andre Dawkins added 15 first-half points for the Blue Devils (8-1), who were playing their first game since last week's lopsided loss at Ohio State. Duke had no trouble knocking down shots and finished the game shooting 56 percent, with Dawkins and Mason Plumlee helping the Blue Devils build a 17-point halftime margin.

Greg Smith scored 18 points to lead the Rams (5-4), who had stretches of offensive success to keep the game from getting completely out of hand.

GEORGIA TECH 68, Georgia (Bulldogs, 34,855 students, Athens, GA) 56 – Jason Morris had 15 points, all in the second half, as Georgia Tech (5-4) beat the Bulldogs (4-5) after trailing by seven points in the first half. Kammeon Holsey, Brandon Reed and Glen Rice each had 12 points for the Yellow Jackets, who ended their 13-game losing streak in Athens.

First-year coach Brian Gregory led Georgia Tech to its first win at Georgia since Nov. 26, 1976.

VIRGINIA TECH 78, Rhode Island (Rams, 14,546 students, Kingston, RI) 67 -- Erick Green, who did not start due to a coach's decision, came off the bench to score 24 points to lead the Hokies (6-3).  Virginia Tech had four players in double figures, including 15 points by Eddie and a career-high 12 points by Cadarian Raines. Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 points for the Hokies. Nikola Malesevic scored 23 points to lead the Rams (1-8).

Tech shot 54.5 percent from the field for the game, including 65.4 percent in the second half. The Hokies made 11 of their 13 free throw attempts and were good on seven of 16 three-point attempts.

WAKE FOREST 87, High Point (Panthers, 4,200 students, High Point, NC) 83 – Wake Forest overcame a raucous home crowd and an explosive performance by High Point's Nick Barbour to escape with a road win at the Millis Center.

The Deacs (6-3) were paced by a career-high 20 points by sophomore guard Tony Chennault, who also tied his career-best with six assists. He was matched by junior C.J Harris' 20-points on a crisp 7-for-8 shooting night, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Travis McKie also added 18 points, while redshirt senior Nikita Mescheriakov pitched in with 12 more.

STOGLIN (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
Barbour had a season-high 35 points and seven of the Panthers' 15 3-pointers. High Point is 2-6.

MARYLAND 77, Mount St. Mary's (Mountaineers, 2,100 students, Emmitsburg, MD) 74 – It wouldn’t have been the end of the world if the 1-7 Mountaineers had upset the inconsistent Terps, but with football players lining up outside Randy Edsall’s office seeking transfers, Terp Nation would have been way out of sorts had Mark Turgeon’s squad ended up on the wrong end of this one.

That said, Terrell Stoglin scored 23 points, James Padgett had 15 and Maryland blew a 16-point lead before rebounding to beat in-state foe Mount St. Mary's.

The Terrapins (5-3) trailed 70-69 with 2:53 remaining against a team that lost to Marquette by 54 points and to Minnesota by 29.

Stoglin put Maryland up with a jumper, and Mychal Parker and Sean Mosley made clutch free throws.
The Mountaineers are 1-21 against ACC teams, including 0-7 against the Terps.

Florida State Wins Bowl Sellout Race

Florida State fans needed just two days to buy all 15,900 FSU was allotted and requested for the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.  The match-up with Notre Dame was announced Sunday evening around 9 p.m. and as of Tuesday evening, the complete allotment plus the extra tickets requested were sold out according to FSU assistant AD for ticket sales and operations Ben Zierden.

The Noles have had plenty of success filling the stands at the Florida Citrus Bowl in the past. FSU and Notre Dame drew a then-record crowd of 72,868 when the teams met in Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl in 1994. The game is still the third-highest attended football game in stadium history. 

ACC Football News Flash: UNC Tabs Fedora

(Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina’s next football coach, two people familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

They said the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn’t final yet. Both spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school isn’t commenting publicly on its search.

Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles (11-2) to a school record for wins, with the last coming over the weekend against unbeaten Houston in the Conference USA championship game.

Football Links: Get ‘Em While There Hot, They Won’t Be Around Much Longer

FEDORA (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

A formal announcement on North Carolina's next head coach could come Wednesday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

There has been no official comment from either school about Larry Fedora as the top candidate.

Just in case, here's a closer look at Fedora's resume.

Several young players got significant reps for Clemson in the ACC title game.

Georgia Tech began its bowl practices, but is Vad Lee getting a little homesick?

BEAMER (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Maryland coach Randy Edsall has already released six players from their scholarships.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said injury, attrition and depth have caused the recent lull in offensive production.
Who has the advantage in the bowl games this year?

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer isn't apologizing to anyone for his team's trip to the Sugar Bowl.

The next three weeks of practice at Virginia are important for more than just the bowl game.

Penn State Scandal Update:

THE CREEPIEST SANDUSKY PHOTO SO FAR (Deadspin.com)
Former Nittany Lion assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested again after two more victims –  #9 and #10 – testified before a grand jury.  This happened just a few days after Penn State accepted a bowl game invitation and announced that their $1.5 million in bowl money will be donated to two advocacy groups.

University president Rod Erickson promised the donation Thursday morning, a day after he and other administrators faced pointed questions at a student-organized town hall forum.
Erickson told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that the Big Ten bowl revenue, which usually goes back to the athletic department, will go to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

"This presents an excellent opportunity for Penn State to raise the national visibility of this issue," Erickson said. "Our students and fans are focused on a cause to play for, to cheer for."

Meanwhile, he claims bring the number of Sandusky's criminal accusers to 10 and he now faces more than 50 charges stemming from accusations he molested boys for years on Penn State property, in his home and elsewhere.

(AP File Photo)
The scandal has raised questions about whether Penn State officials did all they should have to stop.
Sandusky, 67, was first arrested last month and has said repeatedly that he is innocent. The latest charges were brought after new accusers were questioned by a grand jury, which issued another report detailing chilling new allegations of abuse.

Sandusky lawyer Joseph Amendola said after the arraignment Wednesday that he had not yet read the latest grand jury report, but said he has no reason to doubt Sandusky's claims of innocence.

Sandusky was unable to immediately post a $250,000 bail and was taken to jail.

As he left his arraignment Wednesday in Bellefonte, Sandusky did not say anything or make eye contact with about two dozen reporters and photographers. Agents from the state attorney general's office then drove him to the Centre County Jail after he was unable to post bail.

The new conditions ordered by Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott are a stark contrast to the $100,000 unsecured bail Sandusky was granted last month by a local judge.

Also Wednesday, The Second Mile said in a statement that it has lost significant financial support and that some employees will be laid off over the next several months. It didn't say how many staffers would be cut.

Happy freakin’ holidays…

Almost ACC Sex Scandal Update

FITZPATRICK (Aman Ali/Reuters Photo)
Onondaga County, NY District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said he will not pursue a state case against fired Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine  because the statute of limitations has passed.  However, he did not doubt the credibility of two of the alleged victims.

"On almost every single criteria, Bobby Davis came out as a credible person," the district attorney said. "Mike Lang also comes across as a credible person."

That said,  Fitzpatrick has given federal investigators records that may call into question the story of 23-year-old accuser Zach Tomaselli of Maine.  The statute of limitations has not expired on Tomaselli's allegations.

Fitzpatrick also said Orange head coach Jim Boeheim isn’t to blame because he didn’t know about the allegations.

Davis and Lang have accused Fine of molesting them for years starting in the 1980s. The 65-year-old Fine, who had been Boeheim's top assistant since 1976, has adamantly denied wrongdoing.

At his news conference to explain that the statute of limitations would keep him from conducting an investigation, Fitzpatrick addressed Davis directly.

"Bobby, I'm sorry it took so long," he said. "I wish I had met you as a prosecutor in 2002. Even more importantly, I wish I had met you as a prosecutor back in the 1980s. We wouldn't be here today."

To read more, click here.

Whatever Happened to Mike McQueary?

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Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary found himself in the news as much or more than Jerry Sandusky when the Penn State child sex abuse scandal broke.  McQueary’s testimony to the grand jury led one to believe that he did not stop Sandusky when he encountered the now infamous shower incident.

McQueary, facing death threats, then led various media outlets to believe that he did break up the incident prior to retreating to his office to contemplate his next move. An assertion law enforcements, perhaps covering their own negligence or unwillingness to take on the PSU-Joe Paterno football machine, now deny.

Temporarily relieved us his duties at Penn State, McQueary has completely disappeared from the news cycle.  

A search run yesterday revealed no new news since November 20.  The graph depicts the level of interest and then non-interest. 

Pictures Of The Day

The Yellow fleet in the Laser class start the first race of the day on the Parmelia Course during day five of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on December 4, 2011 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Boston College's Luke Kuechly poses with the Lombardi Award on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Houston. Kuechly won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top collegiate lineman Wednesday night, beating out Alabama linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont'a Hightower and Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin for the award.
Cameron Crazies heckle Colorado State’s Kaipo Sabas during last night’s game in Durham. (Photo by Gerry Broome/AP Photos)
Sam Spreadborough of Snyder, Texas is tossed off Rhubarb during the saddle bronc competition at the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Jim Jacobson/AP Photos)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Political Correctness Runs Amok In State Championship Football Game

With time running out in the Massachusetts Division 4A championship game, Cathedral High's Matthew Owens ran the QB keeper. Rolling to his right, Owens blew through the defense and sprinted 56 yards for the go-ahead score. He handed the ball to the ref, and that's when he saw the yellow flag.

Owens had raised his left fist a brief moment as he crossed the 20 yard line. In the eyes of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association official working the game, he had celebrated and thus had taunted his opponent.

The play was called back with Cathedral penalized 15 yards. They would not score before time expired, and fell to Blue Hills by a score of 16-14. A senior, Owens's high school football career ended with a loss.

The rule is a new one, implemented just last summer. It's adapted from the NCAA's rulebook and forbids "unsportsmanlike conduct or any act that interferes with orderly game administration."

Now, safe to say, there will be much debate about how this rule should be enforced.

All we have to say, is the officials should have taken a page out of the NFL playbook and huddled together to discuss the play.   Did they really want to decide the championship over a kids hand in the air for one second (maybe less?).  If all the refs huddled together and reached consensus, so be it. But that’s not what they did. One guy made the call and changed the outcome of the game.

And one other thing: The opposing coach should have run onto the field and said “You can’t possible call that a penalty.”  Maybe he did, but, if he didn't, what a crappy way to win a championship game.   

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T.A.H. Tequila Christmas Cake Recipe


Once again this year, we've had requests for our famous T.A.H. Tequila Christmas Cake recipe so here it is. Seriously, it's not as complicated as it looks. 

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup water, 1 tsp. salt, 1 cup brown sugar, lemon juice, 4 large eggs, nuts, 1 bottle tequila and 2 cups dried fruit.

1.) Sample the tequila to check quality.
2.) Take a large bowl out of cabinet then check the tequila again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
3.) Repeat, but without the bowl, it’s already out.
4.)Turn on the electric mixer.
5.)   Beat one cup of butter in a large 'fluffy' bowl.
6.)   Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
7.)   Beat again.
8.)   Make SURE the tequila is still OK. Test another cup just in case.
9.)   Turn off the mixerer thingy.
10.)      Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck iin the cup of dried fruit.
11.)      Pick the fruit up off the floor.
12.)      Mix on the turner.
13.)      If the fried druit get as stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver.
14.)      Sample the tequila to test for tonsisticity.
15.)      Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something.
16.)      Check the tequila.
17.)      Now shift the lemon ice strain your nuts.
18.)      Add one table.
19.)      Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
20.)      Greash the oven.
21.)      Turn the cake tin 360s and try not to fall over.
22.)      Don't forget to beat off the turner.
23.)      Throwl the bowl through the window, eny one will do.
24.)      Finish the tequila and wipe the counter with the cat.
  
Cherry Mristmas!

Lik we sed, it’s looks as complecateed as it’s not…

Three More Terps Abandon Edsall’s Ship

WILSON (Photo by marylandfb.blogspot.com)
According to a UM Press release, head coach Randy Edsall announced Tuesday that running backs Rahsaan Moore and Jeremiah Wilson, as well as defensive back Titus Till, will not return to the football team in 2012.


All three redshirt freshmen have been granted releases and indicated they will transfer to another institution at the end of the semester.
Wilson had 12 carries on the year gaining 16 yards. His longest run was 9 yards.  He also had one catch for three yards and a non-descript punt return and five kickoff returns for 122 yards.
Till played in 11 games logging 27 solo tackles and 20 assists.
What Edsall said: “We appreciate the effort of all three of these young men and wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.”
What he meant: “Screw ‘em, bunch of malcontent quitters.”
Other players who have decided to transfer: RB D.J. Adams, RT R.J. Dill and DL David Mackall.

ACC Tuesday Night Basketball

BULLOCK (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
#4 NORTH CAROLINA 97, Evansville (Purple Aces, 2,900 students, Evansville, IN) 48 -- Timing is everything and the timing of the Purple Aces arrival in Chapel Hill was rather poor.  The Heels had played three tough games against ranked opponents so they were unlikely to be looking past their Missouri Valley foe.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points to help North Carolina win its first of nine straight home games that will keep the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill until opening ACC play.

Reggie Bullock added 15 points off the bench for the Tar Heels (7-2), who had an easy time bouncing back from their loss at top-ranked Kentucky. North Carolina ran off 12 straight points midway through the first half to blow the game open, then pushed a 30-point halftime lead to as many as 51 points in the second half.

Evansville shot 26 percent for the game, including 6 for 27 from 3-point range.

ZEGLINSKI (Andrew Shurtleff/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA 68, George Mason (Patriots, 32,562 students, Fairfax, VA) 48 -- Sammy Zeglinski scored a season-high 18 points and Virginia won its sixth game in a row Tuesday night.

Mike Scott, Joe Harris and Jontel Evans added 11 points each for Virginia (8-1), which led 33-22 at halftime and opened the second half with a 12-4 burst. The Patriots never again got closer than 10, becoming the ninth consecutive team held under 58 points by Virginia’s defense.

George Mason (6-3) had won four straight under first-year, former-Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, but had two long scoring droughts in the first half leading to double-digit deficits. 

The Cavaliers shot a season-best 60.5 percent (26 of 43) and hit 7 of 14 3-point tries.

#21 Memphis (Tigers, 17,693 students, Memphis, TN) 71, MIAMI 54 -- Will Barton set career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds as he helped No. 21-ranked Memphis overcome a poor night of outside shooting to beat the Canes.

The Tigers, who sank 15 3-pointers in a rout three nights earlier, went 1 for 12 from beyond the arc. But they repeatedly worked the ball inside in the second half.

Memphis (5-2) fell behind 7-0 but pulled away in the second half to win its third game in a row.

The Hurricanes (5-3) lost in their first game against a ranked team, and the defeat snapped a streak of 27 consecutive non-conference home victories.

ACC Football Links


By Heather Dinich/ESPN 

Jim Young is a funny guy. Here are some of his bowl thoughts.


It was an entirely different ending in Charlotte than the one Clemson experienced a year ago.

Would a win over Virginia have put Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl? Every game matters.

Randy Edsall's job is safe, but what about his assistants?

When it comes to BC football, it's all about perspective.

UNC thought it was heading to D.C. for its bowl. Everett Withers wasn't the only one.

NC State AD Debbie Yow is hoping the bowl appearance is just the start of good things for the Pack.

Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield's decision to return this year has paid off.

David Teel has shed no tears for K-State's Sugar Bowl snub.

(Photos by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Pictures Of The Day

Who are these guys?  Jackson Simmons (FR, Webster, NC) #21, Patrick Crouch (SR, Asheville, NC) #30 and Desmond Hubert (FR, Cream Ridge, NJ) #14 head down court during the second half of North Carolina’s victory over Evansville last night in the Dean Dome.  (Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Goalie Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings watches with teammates from the bench after coming off for an extra skater as the Kings try to tie the score in the final seconds against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on December 6, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks won 3-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Stephon Marbury of Beijing Ducks (by way of Georgia Tech) dribbles during a game against Xijiang of the Chinese Basketball Association in Beijing on December 2, 2011. Marbury was supposed to be washed up after 13 gruelling years in the NBA, but the one-time bad boy point guard has reinvented himself in China as the superstar of the Ducks. (AFP Photo)
Durand Scott of Miami is defended by Tarik Black of Memphis during their game at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, FL. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
This was "this" close to being a "Hmmm" item...Unified Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Amir Khan stands for a photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building on December 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. Did he haul his belts around so people would recognize him?  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Coach K SI Sportsman Of The Year


Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski were selected Monday as Sports Illustrated’s sportswoman and sportsman of the year.

The two Hall of Famers are the winningest coaches in women’s and men’s college basketball.

Tennessee’s Summitt announced in August she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She pledged to keep coaching and show others they can live their lives with the disease. She earned her 1,075th career victory Sunday.

Duke’s Krzyzewski passed mentor Bob Knight on Nov. 15 when he won his 903rd game.

Time Inc. Sports Group editor Terry McDonell lauded Summitt and Krzyzewski as “transcendent figures.”
“The voices of those who have been inspired by Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski echo from everywhere and will continue for decades,” he said.

The magazine said they joined UCLA’s John Wooden in 1972 and North Carolina’s Dean Smith in 1997 as the only college basketball coaches to receive the honor.

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