Wednesday's college roundup
Source: Former Miami coaches misled probe
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The NCAA believes former Miami assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe into the Hurricanes’ athletic department.
The NCAA said all three violated “principles of ethical conduct” as part of the notice of allegations served against the Hurricanes, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the allegations have not been released publicly.
Hurtt and Hill were members of Miami’s football staff. Fernandez worked on the men’s basketball staff.
Several other coaches are named or referenced in the allegations, including Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, who is alleged of failing “to promote an atmosphere for compliance.” But only Hurtt, Hill and Fernandez are facing the ethical-conduct charge, commonly known as NCAA Rule 10.1.
Hurtt is currently on the staff at Louisville. Hill is not working as a coach at this time, and Fernandez spent last season as an assistant at Marshall, resigning last May.
The notice of allegations was delivered to Miami on Tuesday, and the university is facing the charge that it had a “lack of institutional control” — one of the worst things the NCAA can levy against a member school. The charge revolves around how the school allegedly failed to monitor conduct of Nevin Shapiro, a rogue booster and convicted felon who provided cash, gifts and other items to players on the football and men’s basketball teams.
University President Donna Shalala said Tuesday night that the Hurricanes have suffered enough already through self-imposed sanctions. Through a university spokesman, she declined further comment Wednesday.
DURHAM — There are no longer tickets available for N.C. Central’s basketball doubleheader against rival North Carolina A&T on Saturday at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
The women’s game will begin at 2 p.m., while the men’s contest is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. Doors to McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium will open at noon.
Fans without tickets may watch the pay-per-view video stream available online at www.NCCUEaglePride.com.
Eagles top Davidson, still unbeaten
DURHAM — Three N.C. Central pitchers combined on a four-hitter to give the Eagles their first win over Davidson 3-1 on Wednesday.
Jordan Quinn, Jacob Russell, Gavin Guarrera and Carter Williamson pitched for the Eagles, with Quinn picking up the win and Guarrera a save.
NCCU (3-0) had lost the previous nine games against Davidson.
Davidson’s lone run came on a homer by Lee Miller in the sixth inning.
Duke records fall at ACC meet
GREENSBORO — The Duke women set two program records Wednesday on the first night of the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.
In the opening event of the four-day meet, the 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Megan McCarroll, junior Christine Wixted, junior Lauren Weaver and freshman Kathryn Eckhart raced to a fifth-place finish in eclipsing the program record with in 1:39.80.
The Blue Devils also set a program record in the 800 freestyle relay, as freshman Chelsea Ye, freshman Kiera Molloy, junior Kelly Hagerty and sophomore Ali Horn combined for a time of 7:22.12 in a seventh-place showing.
Following the first two events of the ACC Championships, the Blue Devils are currently tied for fifth place out of nine squads with a total of 52 points. Five-time reigning ACC champion Virginia leads the field with 70 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 66, Miami and N.C. State 64. North Carolina is ninth with 26 points.
Blue Devils pin Pack
RALEIGH — The Duke wrestling squad turned in a strong all-around performance to post a 22-9 victory at over ACC foe N.C. State on Wednesday at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Blue Devils (8-9, 1-4 ACC) captured seven individual bouts en route to their first ACC win of the season.
The win is just the third for Duke over N.C. State since the Wolfpack program was established in 1975.
NCAA sues over Pa. law
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The NCAA wasted no time in challenging a new Pennsylvania law designed to keep the $60 million Penn State fine over the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the state, filing a federal challenge to the legislation hours after Gov. Tom Corbett signed it Wednesday.
State and congressional lawmakers have objected to use of the NCAA fine to finance child abuse prevention efforts in other states.
The complaint asks a federal judge to throw out the Pennsylvania Institution of Higher Education Monetary Penalty Endowment Act, saying it violates provisions of the U.S. Constitution. It also asks for an injunction to prevent the law from being enforced.
Defendants in the lawsuit are Corbett and three state officials who would be involved in handling or monitoring the money: the auditor general, treasurer and chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Corbett believes the bill “makes sense and is the right thing to do,” spokeswoman Janet Kelley said. The lawsuit is under review, she said.