Fanfare-Colleges: Wednesday's college and other sports news in brief
Williams ‘tired’ of Hairston saga
GREENSBORO — North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams says he’s “tired” of talking about suspended guard P.J. Hairston.
Williams spoke briefly to reporters after his round at the Wednesday pro-am at the Wyndham Championship.
When asked about Hairston’s situation, he said he’s “tired of reading about it, tired of talking about it” and declined to discuss it further.
Williams suspended Hairston from the team July 28 after receiving his third traffic citation of the summer.
That came after Williams said Hairston would face “serious consequences” following a prior arrest.
Hairston previously had been cited twice in a month’s span while driving a rental vehicle linked to a convicted felon.
He averaged a team-leading 14.6 points for the Tar Heels last season and returned for his junior season instead of entering the NBA draft.
Duke tackles under the knife
DURHAM — Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced Wednesday that redshirt freshman offensive tackle Tanner Stone has undergone surgery to repair a broken right ankle.
Cutcliffe also announced that redshirt freshman offensive tackle Casey Blaser will undergo surgery today to repair a broken right hand.
Duke said Stone is out for the year. No timetable was announced for Blaser’s return.
Both Stone and Blaser are backups.
Also, redshirt sophomore Sam Marshall (6-7, 285), who appeared in seven games last season at defensive tackle, has moved from the defensive front to offensive tackle.
UNC adds swim/dive aide
CHAPEL HILL — Aaron Workman has joined the North Carolina swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach.
Workman, most recently an assistant coach at Penn State, will be UNC’s primary coach for speed-oriented swimmers as well as working with all aspects of the Tar Heel aquatics program.
Workman joined the Nittany Lion staff in 2010-11. He coached previously at four other schools after a decorated swimming career of his own at the University of Kentucky.
Ex-Heel jumps into booth
CHAPEL HILL — Ethan Albright, a four-year North Carolina letterwinner and a 16-year NFL veteran, will join the Tar Heel Sports Radio Network as a football analyst at home games in 2013.
A native of Greensboro, Albright was part of Mack Brown’s second signing class in 1989 and began his career as a tight end. He later moved to offensive tackle where he earned first-team All-ACC honors in 1993.
Undrafted out of college, Albright was signed by the Miami Dolphins as a deep snapper and played in 10 games in 1995. He spent five years in Buffalo, nine seasons in Washington and one in San Diego before retiring in 2010.
Spurrier: Star DE Clowney to face UNC
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Get ready, North Carolina. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says a slightly banged-up Gamecocks All-American Jadeveon Clowney will play against the Tar Heels on Aug. 29.
Clowney had missed a scrimmage on Saturday and practice Monday with a bruised shoulder. Spurrier had said Monday night if Clowney’s sore shoulder didn’t improve, he might sit the defensive end for the season opener.
Clowney returned to practice Tuesday.
Ex-Blue Devil Brittany Lang in Cup field
PARKER, Colo. — Duke University two-time All-America Brittany Lang and the United States squad is set to open the 2013 Solheim Cup on Friday at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo.
Lang and the U.S. will face the European squad Friday through Sunday.
Lang, an All-America with the Blue Devils in 2004 and 2005, is participating in her third Solheim Cup.
Duke set for GameDay, twice
DURHAM — The Duke men’s basketball team has been selected for a pair of ESPN College GameDay appearances this season as announced by ESPN Wednesday.
The Blue Devils face Syracuse on Feb. 1 with the GameDay crew on hand and then host the event on March 8 prior to its season finale against North Carolina.
Duke has appeared on ESPN College GameDay nine times. The Blue Devils are 4-5 overall with a 3-2 mark in their last five College GameDay appearances.
Canes stars bike for charity
RALEIGH — Carolina Hurricanes players Cam Ward, Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, Kevin Westgarth and Nicolas Blanchard and assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour will be among the 250 cyclists participating in the Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s 24-Hour Bike Challenge beginning Friday at 5 p.m.
Riders bike in teams to complete 24 consecutive hours of stationary cycling at the event, which benefits the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ’N Community Foundation. Donations can be made in a rider’s name at www.formstack.com/forms/?1511685-DQmyqh8NKi.