Monday's college roundup
Pack welcomes ex-assistant Moore
RALEIGH — N.C. State has welcomed back Wes Moore to lead its women’s basketball program.
Moore spent two years as an assistant to late Hall of Famer Kay Yow, giving him roots in a tradition-rich program that has fallen off in recent years. It’s his job to build the Wolfpack back up again to a team that routinely finishes in the top half of the ACC and makes the NCAA Tournament.
Moore said during a news conference Monday that Yow’s successful run proves the Wolfpack can win consistently.
“Coach Yow, obviously I wouldn’t be here today without her influence and her support throughout all the years,” Moore said. “She is who made Wolfpack women’s basketball special, and I owe a lot to her.
“Because of my experiences with Coach Yow, I can come in here with my eyes wide open. I know what’s it’s going to take for us to be successful.”
Yow’s sister, athletic director Debbie Yow, says Moore’s link to the program is “icing on the cake” compared to his successful resume.
The school announced Friday it had hired Moore from Chattanooga, where he reached nine NCAA tournaments in 15 seasons.
NCCU 6, N.C. A&T 0 — In senior Olesya Palko’s final home match, the N.C. Central women’s tennis team swept N.C. A&T 7-0 to tie the Lady Eagles season win record of 11 on Monday on the NCCU Tennis Courts.
In doubles, Palko and rookie partner Aissa Muamba won the No. 2 flight over A&T’s April Burrage and Jayla Scott 8-0. The sophomore duo of Ekaterina Nekrasova and Rebecca Wood defeated the Lady Aggie combination of Kimberly Stallings and Victorea Austin 8-3 to give NCCU (11-7, 5-1 MEAC) the doubles point.
In singles, Muamba (6-0 MEAC) cleared the courts first in the No. 3 spot with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Austin.
DUKE SENIORS LEAD — Seniors Tim Gornik and Adam Sumrall posted matching 70s (-2) Monday to move into a tie for first in The Trojan at Walnut Creek Country Club near Goldsboro.
The Duke tandem is one shot clear of Newberry’s Dixon Walker after 18 holes of play.
Duke sophomore Turner Southey-Gordon is tied for 12th after posting a 73 (+1), while Michael Ricaurte is tied for 28th with a four-over 76 as the Blue Devils are competing individually in the event.
DUKE’S HUBER POW — Duke junior right-hander Robert Huber was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in his career on Monday.
Huber threw his second consecutive shutout Sunday to lead the Blue Devils to a series-clinching 3-0 win over No. 15 Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech entered the weekend as the nation’s leading club in batting average, slugging percentage and home runs per game, but Huber scattered five hits, issued one walk and struck out seven for his third victory in as many starts.
Moton, Ingram honored
DURHAM — N.C. Central men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton received the MEAC co-coach of the year award and junior guard Jeremy Ingram was honored as the league’s most valuable player according to CollegeInsider.com.
The Eagles (22-9, 15-1 MEAC) went on a 16-2 run that included an 11-game winning streak, the longest by NCCU since the 1995-96 season.
Moton was a finalist for three coaching awards that included the Ben Jobe national coach of the year given annually to the top minority coach in the nation, the Hugh Durham award for the top mid-major coach across the country and the BoxtoRow national coach of the year presented to the top HBCU coach nationwide.
Ingram finished the regular season second in the MEAC in scoring at 15.7 points a game, sixth in free-throw percentage (79.8 percent), third in three-point percentage (39.4 percent), and fourth in three-pointers made (2.0 per game).
Former Rutgers AD getting $1.2M, iPad
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Former Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is getting $1.2 million in salary, plus an iPad, car allowance and more than two years of health insurance coverage under a settlement agreement.
The Associated Press obtained details of the settlement Monday through an open records request with Rutgers. The Star-Ledger had previously reported some details.
Pernetti resigned last week after a video was made public showing former men’s basketball coach Mike Rice shoving players and berating them with anti-gay slurs. Pernetti suspended Rice last December. The coach was fired last week.
Under his agreement, Pernetti is to be paid his base salary of $453,000 per year through June 2014 and a one-time payment of $679,500 in the next month. He gets the money even if he takes another job.
He also gets his $12,000 per year car allowance through June 2014 and health insurance and pension payments through October 2015.
Pernetti also gets to keep his Rutgers-issued iPad and laptop computer.
Clemson hires Smith as women’s coach
Clemson has hired UAB’s Audra Smith as its new women’s basketball coach.
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich announced the hiring Monday. Smith spent past nine seasons with the Blazers, where she went 138-138.
Smith teams were 57-39 over the past three seasons, however, and finished in the top-50 nationally in scoring defense.
Smith takes over for Itoro Coleman, fired last month after going 25-63, 10-38 ACC.