Published on March 7, 2015 at 4:14 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb RALEIGH, N.C. — Jim Boeheim walked past a pair of PNC Arena police officers after Syracuse’s loss to North Carolina State before entering the coaches’ locker room.“If I knew we were going to shoot like that, I would’ve played you guys,” Boeheim told them.That was all reporters would hear him say immediately after the game.In place of Boeheim, Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins emerged through the doors to the PNC Arena interview room to address the media following the Orange’s 71-57 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday afternoon.“The only reason Coach Boeheim is not here right now is because he doesn’t want to answer, “No comment,” Hopkins told the group of reporters as he sat down. “I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions about the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThirteen seconds of silence ticked away before the next question was asked.SU’s (18-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) loss to the Wolfpack (19-12, 10-8) came one day after the NCAA released its report following an eight-year investigation of SU Athletics. The report handed down sanctions that included the loss of 12 scholarships over four years, a five-year probationary period, the vacation of wins, a nine-game ACC suspension for Boeheim starting next season and fines.Before the game, SU chief communications officer Joe Giansante was asked if the athletic program would like to further comment on the NCAA’s decision and he said that the program is still thinking about it.After the game, a statement from Boeheim was handed to reporters in the media room. In it, the 39th-year head coach referred to the statement issued on his behalf on Friday night that expressed his disappointment with the NCAA’s rulings.In Boeheim’s statement Saturday, he stated his desire to keep postgame discussions about the team, which will not be playing in the postseason due to its self-imposed one-year ban.Hopkins didn’t deviate from Boeheim’s plan. When asked about if he used his own playing experience — Hopkins was a senior guard on the 1992-93 SU team that was banned from the postseason by the NCAA — to relate with the current players, he kept the focus of his response on their challenges this season, citing injuries to forwards DaJuan Coleman and Chris McCullough.“It’s tough. A lot of adversity. A lot of adversity,” Hopkins said. “… These guys just kept fighting. Coach kept asking them to bring it every night and they did and they fought. They played hard, they played together. We just didn’t make enough shots.”The assistant coach declined to discuss NCAA matters when asked about the SU coaches’ and players’ reactions to the report and when asked how the loss of scholarships will affect the Orange. Hopkins also declined to answer a question about when he was told he’d be addressing the media instead of Boeheim.This was the first time he’d done that.“This is my first,” Hopkins said. “Am I doing OK? A couple tears almost.”When asked about how tough it’s been to see Boeheim deal with all that happened this season, Hopkins responded, “Coach is a warrior. He’s a superhero,” before pausing for seven seconds. “Superhero.”When asked about envisioning a day Syracuse wouldn’t have Boeheim, Hopkins — the next head coach of the Orange — reflected on the head coach’s influence on SU.“He’s a legend,” Hopkins said, “and when people ask me, ‘You’ll be the next head coach at Syracuse,’ I used to always say, ‘I’m going to put an unbelievable fence around it and try to protect his legacy and what he’s created’ because what he’s done, not too many people — I don’t think anybody will be able to do that again.“He’s a special guy and it’s going to be hard (to replace him), I can tell you that. He’s a legend.”Staff writer Jesse Dougherty, email@example.com, contributed reporting to this article. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s season keeps rolling along with only six games left in the regular season and less than a month until the 2015 Big Ten tournament.The Badgers’ next game is Wednesday where they’ll travel to State College, Pennsylvania to take on the Nittany Lions. Wisconsin and Penn State met earlier this season in Wisconsin’s Big Ten opener — a game in which the Badgers won 89-72.Here’s what you need to know before Wednesday’s matchup:Wisconsin (23-2, 11-1 Big Ten)The Badgers notched yet another double-digit conference win Sunday — their ninth of the season — this time taking down Illinois at the Kohl Center. National Player of the Year front-runner Frank Kaminsky paced Wisconsin with 23 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore guard Bronson Koenig (15), sophomore forward Nigel Hayes (14) and junior forward Sam Dekker (10) rounded out the Badgers in double figures for scoring Sunday.Four players — Hayes (21), Kaminsky (18), Dekker (17) and currently-sidelined senior guard Traevon Jackson (16) — hit double figures for the Badgers in their first meeting against the Nittany Lions this season. Kaminsky also grabbed 12 rebounds to lead UW. Overall, Wisconsin shot 63.8 percent which included a 70 percent-mark in the second half to outlast Penn State.Big Ten: 11-1, 1st place, 2.5 games over Purdue and MarylandLast Game: Defeated Illinois at home, 68-49Probable Starters: G – Bronson Koenig (6-4, 7.5 ppg), G – Josh Gasser (6-4, 7.3 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.4 ppg), F – Sam Dekker (6-9, 13.0 ppg), F – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 17.6 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Duje Dukan, F – Vitto Brown, G – Zak ShowalterPenn State (15-11, 3-10 Big Ten)The Nittany Lions have lost four of their last five Big Ten games including their last two games against No. 23 Ohio State and No. 17 Maryland.Against Maryland Saturday, Penn State held tough with the Terrapins, falling by only three points at home 76-73. Senior guard D.J. Newbill had a game-high 25 points for the Nittany Lions in the loss.Newbill is the Big Ten’s leading scorer, averaging 20.8 points per game. The 6-foot-4 guard is also hauling in 4.8 rebounds a game and dishing out 3.1 assists per game. Against Wisconsin Dec. 28, Newbill dropped a game-high 29 points, going 11-for-18 from the floor.As a team, Penn State ranks toward the bottom of the Big Ten in both scoring offense and defense, ranking 10th in the conference in offense (68.1) and second-to-last in defense (65.9).Big Ten: 3-10, 12th placeLast Game: Loss to Maryland at home, 76-73Probable Starters: G – D.J. Newbill (6-4, 20.8 ppg) G – Geno Thorpe (6-3, 8.3 ppg), G – Shep Garner (6-1, 9.2 ppg), F – Brandon Taylor (6-6, 10.0 ppg), C – Jordan Dickerson (7-1, 2.3 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Ross Travis, F – Payton Banks, F – Donovon JackGame VitalsWho: No. 5 Wisconsin at Penn StateWhen: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.Where: State College, Pennsylvania; Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)TV: Big Ten Network
Former Ghana coach Guissepe Dossena is tipping the Black Stars, who are yet to click into gear-to reach the final of the 2013 Africa Cup Nations.The Italian led the Black Stars to a quarter-final berth at the 2000 tournament which was co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria.Dossena, a member of Italy’s 1982 FIFA World Cup winning squad, believes the Black Stars will rediscover their playing style as the tournament progresses.“Ghana has become a power house and on paper can go all the way, but I still think their level and calibre is not as high as compared to the team we saw at the World Cup 2010,” Dossena said.“I have seen them in their first Afcon match and it was a below average performance in my opinion but once they wake up they will be unstoppable – they have it in themselves.”Ghana need just draw against Niger in their final Group B match on Monday to secure a quarter-final berth.
The Liberia National Federation of Cooperative Societies (LNFCS) in collaboration with Farmer to Farmer of the ACDI–VOCA, recently trained 64 farmer representatives from across Nimba County on prevention of gender based violence.According to the LNFCS, there had been instances of gender based violence among farmers’ organizations in Nimba County, depriving many females of participating or playing leadership roles in farming organizations.The training focused on the importance of gender balance in every organization, especially the farming organization, and in the community at large, said Mr. Patrick Yattol, Director of Farmer to Farmer of ACDI – VOCA .“This workshop is intended to improve gender balance and good relationship, build the farmers’ agricultural strength and also develop their skills in financial management in order to improve their community,” said Joseph Wallace of the Cooperative Development Society.“The workshop is the first of its kind to be held for farmers in Nimba,” one farmer commented.The workshop brought together 36 farming groups from across Nimba. It was organized by the LNFCS, and the training was provided by ACDI – VOCA.The farmers participating in the training workshops provided their own food and lodging support the workshop and reduce their dependence on donor support for everything including lodging, feeding and transportation.The chief trainer, Priya Dhanani, expressed satisfaction for the level of corporation received from the participants.She said since she started training across Africa, the Nimba workshop was among the best.“We now know that in every organization, women and men have to work side by side in order to foster developments in their community,” said one of the participants. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)