Monday's area sports roundup
Williams discusses tragic accident, life after
Former Duke star Jay Williams will be featured in a segment of tonight’s episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (10 p.m., HBO), talking about his life since a 2003 motorcycle accident ended his NBA career.
Now 31 and an ESPN studio analyst, Williams has emerged from a suicidal fog with new purpose and views his accident as a blessing.
“I didn’t want to be here, ...” Williams said about contemplating suicide. “Yeah, I went from being the second pick in the draft and the guy that took Michael Jordan’s locker to a guy that may not be able to walk again. In a heartbeat. Tough to swallow.”
Williams, the 2002 Naismith Player of the Year, talks about leaving Duke after his junior year and role Coach Mike Krzyzewski played in the decision.
“He didn’t try to force my hand,” Williams said of conversations with Duke’s hall of fame coach. “He said, ‘Jay, ultimately this is your decision, I want you to do whats best for you ... but I dare you to be different; I dare you to be more.’ ...
“I never would’ve been able to think like that if I wasn’t surrounded by a guy like that and my family.”
ACC All-Academic teams
BASEBALL — North Carolina placed five players on the ACC All-Academic Team on Monday, led by two-time honorees Benton Moss and Chris Munnelly, while Duke had three athletes honored.
Moss and Munnelly were joined by freshman Trent Thornton, sophomore Michael Russell and junior Kent Emanuel.
Representing Duke on this year’s squad are senior Jeff Kremer, junior Robert Huber and sophomore Trent Swart. The honor is the second for both Huber and Swart, while Kremer is one of four players on the All-ACC Academic Team to earn the accolade three times, joining Georgia Tech’s Brandon Thomas, Maryland’s Kyle Convissar and N.C. State’s Ethan Ogburn.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
SOFTBALL — Junior Lori Spingola and freshmen Erin Satterfield and Jenna Kelly represent North Carolina on the ACC All-Academic softball team, which was announced Monday.
Florida State junior Kelly Hensley was named the ACC softball scholar-athlete of the year
UNC’s Levy named coach of year
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina Coach Jenny Levy has been named the national coach of the year by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, the organization announced on Monday.
Levy led the Tar Heels to their first NCAA championship this spring, capturing the national title with a 13-12 triple-overtime win over top-seeded and previously undefeated Maryland in the final. It was the program’s seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament semifinals and its second national title game berth in 18 seasons, all under Levy.
Levy is the fourth coach to win an NCAA title as both a player and a head coach and is the sixth-winningest coach in NCAA women’s lacrosse history (in number of wins). The Tar Heels went 18-3 in 2013, setting a new UNC record for most victories in a season.
Duke women’s track/cross country rank 14th
DURHAM — The Duke women’s track and field and cross country program ranked 14th in the final USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Program of the Year standings.
The team collected 100.5 total points after impressive finishes in the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
Duke’s top team finish came in the fall with a seventh place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The team was led by sophomore Kelsey Lakowske and redshirt junior Juliet Bottorff, who both earned first-team All-America accolades after finishing 20th and 27th, respectively.
Bottorff continued her dominance on the track, finishing seventh in the 5,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.