Fanfare-Colleges: A look at Saturday's local college sports action
Ex-UNC grid aide John Shoop moves on to Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue has hired former five-year UNC aide John Shoop as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“Coach Shoop is a great guy and a smart coach that understands the team culture we’re building at Purdue,” Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said. “He has a ton of experience at the highest levels of football, having served as an offensive coordinator in both the NFL and college. I love what his knowledge and expertise brings to Purdue, but I really value his notion of family and team-building that will play a vital role for us.”
While at UNC under since replaced Butch Davis and later interim coach Everett Withers, Shoop helped lead the Tar Heels to four consecutive bowl games from 2008 to 2011, and Giovani Bernard became the Heels’ first 1,000-yard rusher in 14 seasons when he finished with 1,253 yards on the ground in 2011.
Prior to UNC, Shoop spent the previous 12 years of his career in the professional ranks with four different National Football League teams.
UNC sweeps Duke in home pool dual meet
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina swimming and diving teams stopped rival Duke Saturday at UNC’s Koury Natatorium.
On senior day for 12 Carolina swimmers and divers, the Tar Heel women prevailed 166-127 while the UNC men won 164-128.
UNC won 10 women’s events, with nine Tar Heels winning individual events. Senior Stephanie Eisenring won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:50.26 while senior Katie Nolan won the 200-yard individual medley in a clocking of 2:06.01.
UNC’s men won 12 of 16 events. Senior Brett Nagle finished his home career with wins in the 1,000 freestyle in 9:16.86 and had the fastest unshaved 500-free of his career with a winning time of 4:30.53.
Tar Heel freshmen Logan Heck and Mitch DeForest also won two events each. Heck won the 50 and 100 free and DeForest the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke.
For Duke, Hunter Knight and Christine Wixted swept the men’s and women’s 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events and Nick McCrory was first in men’s 1 and 3-meter springboard diving.
Duke netters advance in ITA Kick-Off Weekend here
DURHAM — Sophomore Ester Goldfeld cruised to an easy singles victory on court three to lead the third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team to a 6-0 win over No. 74 Wisconsin on Saturday in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
With the win, the Blue Devils are set to face the winner of the match between College of Charleston and Wyoming in the championship match today at 4 p.m. for a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Women’s Team Indoor Championship next month at Virginia.
UNC women at Canes after loss at Maryland
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — North Carolina looks to rebound from its first loss in almost seven weeks today when the Tar Heels face Miami at 2 p.m. at BankUnited Center.
Carolina is 18-2 on the season and 6-1 in ACC play following an 85-59 loss at Maryland on Thursday. Miami is 14-5 (5-3 in the ACC) after a 79-78 win over Wake Forest on Thursday.
UNC is ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Miami is unranked, but the Hurricanes are receiving votes in both polls.
Duke women host BC; honor 2003 title team
DURHAM — The No. 4 Duke women’s basketball team (17-1, 7-0 ACC) host Boston College (8-10, 2-5) today at 1 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Tickets will be available at the door and the game will be televised live on Fox Sports South.
Duke will be playing its third game in seven days and the Blue Devils will honor their 2003 ACC Championship and NCAA Final Four team.
Duke has won 33 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents, the loss coming to Maryland on Feb. 17, 2008.
Duke wrestlers stop BU for 2nd straight
DURHAM —The Duke University wrestling team turned in a dominant performance Saturday night for a 30-13 victory over visiting Boston University.
The Blue Devils got pins in four weight classes to avenge last season’s loss to the Terriers.
Duke pushed its win streak to two and improved to 4-5 overall and 2-0 at home. The victory over Boston University is the first in the program’s three meetings with the Terriers (5-4).
Tar Heels fall to Tennessee in Illinois
URBANA, ILL. — No. 19 Tennessee avenged a 2012 NCAA second round loss to No. 18 North Carolina as the Volunteers defeated the Tar Heels 4-1 Saturday night in the championship game of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend hosted by the University of Illinois. Carolina suffered its first loss of the season to go to 3-1 while the Vols improved to 9-0 and clinched a spot in the ITA Team Indoor Nationals February 15-18 in Seattle, Wash.
Led by a victory by 26th-ranked Mikelis Libietis and Jarryd Chaplin over 44th-ranked Nelson Vick and Esben Hess-Olesen at No. 1 doubles, the Vols sprinted to an early 1-0 with wins at the top spot as well as at No. 3.
The Volunteers extended their lead to 3-0 with straight set wins at No. 4 and No. 6 singles as Brandon Fickley beat UNC’s William Parker and Edward Jones defeated Carolina’s Maik Ulrich.
Carolina sophomore Oystein Steiro got the Tar Heels back into the match with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over John Collins of the Volunteers at No. 5 singles, cutting UNC’s deficit to 3-1. At that point in time, the Tar Heels needed a remarkable comeback as the Volunteers had won the first set at the top three singles positions in the lineup. Eventually, 40th-ranked Hunter Reese clinched the match for UT as he defeated Carolina’s Nelson Vick 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
The Vols had beaten tournament host Illinois (No. 16) 4-0 on Friday in the semifinals while the Tar Heels had prevailed with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over 24th-ranked Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane bounced back to beat Illinois 4-2 in Saturday’s consolation match.