Monday's college roundup
Lowe arrested on tax charges
RALEIGH — Former N.C. State basketball coach Sidney Lowe was arrested Monday and charged with failing to file his North Carolina state income taxes for three years.
Lowe, currently an assistant with the NBA’s Utah Jazz, didn’t file returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011 — the last three years he coached the Wolfpack, according to the state Department of Revenue. He was booked at the Wake County jail Monday and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond on the misdemeanor charges.
Lowe was not with the Jazz when they returned to practice Monday night after the All-Star break, but head coach Tyrone Corbin said Lowe would be with the team Tuesday when it faces Golden State in Salt Lake City.
At N.C. State, Lowe was paid a base salary of around $210,000 per year. That was boosted to $760,000 with television and radio commitments, and with bonuses and endorsements could have been up to $900,000 a year. A contract settlement after his 2011 resignation was expected to pay Lowe around $900,000, athletic director Debbie Yow said then.
No. 1 UNC tops Coastal Carolina
CHAPEL HILL — No. 1 North Carolina scored in each of the first three innings en route to a 7-1 win over Coastal Carolina on Monday at Boshamer Stadium.
UNC jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three frames with single runs in the first and third innings. Colin Moranplated Chaz Frank with a sacrifice fly in the first before Cody Stubbs added a sacrifice fly of his own in the third.
The Tar Heels broke the game open in the second when Stubbs opened with a line-drive double over the right fielder’s head and Landon Lassiter walked. The pair moved into scoring position when Parks Jordan dropped a sacrifice bunt.
After a Brian Holberton walk that loaded the bases, Matt Roberts hit a shallow fly to left field but not deep enough to score Stubbs from third.
Frank delivered the big hit of the inning when he turned on a Tyler Poole offering and sent a ball down the right-field line for a three-run, stand-up triple.
UNC women fall to Gators
CHAPEL HILL — The top-ranked North Carolina women’s tennis team suffered its first dual match loss of the season Monday, falling to No. 2 Florida 4-2 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
UNC (9-1) took the doubles point with a tiebreak victory on court two but was unable to sustain the momentum, losing on four of six singles courts. Caroline Price was the lone singles winner on the day, scoring a straight-set victory on court five.
UNC’s Zoe De Bruycker and Gina Suarez-Malaguti had a chance to clinch the doubles point on court two with a match point at 7-6. But Florida’s Danielle Collins and Olivia Janowicz fought it off, and the two teams entered into a pair of marathon games. At 7-7, Florida spoiled multiple game points before breaking to take an 8-7 lead. After spoiling a Florida match point, De Bruycker hit a backhand winner down the line to force a tiebreak.
Neither team could gain any separation in the tiebreak until Suarez-Malaguti’s winner clinched the tiebreak 7-5 and gave Carolina the opening point.
Duke’s Johnston has surgery
DURHAM — Duke senior Abby Johnston, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s 3-meter synchronized diving event, will miss the remainder of the season after having shoulder surgery, diving coach Drew Johansen announced Monday.
The procedure was performed on Feb. 13 by Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Duke’s director of sports medicine.
Johnston is a three-time All-American and claimed the first national title for the Duke women’s swimming and diving program in 2011 on the 3-meter springboard. She has won five ACC titles in her career, in addition to being named the ACC Diver of the Year and the ACC’s Most Valuable Diver.
UNC slips to 10th
RIO GRANDE, P.R. — North Carolina fell three spots to 10th place among 15 teams after shooting an 8-over-par 296 on Monday at the Puerto Rico Classic.
UNC is at 11-over-par 587 for the tournament heading into today’s final round.
UNC senior Patrick Barrett scored a 1-over in the second round and is tied for 53rd. Barrett was 3-under-par after nine holes but finished his last three holes 3-over.
Alabama and SMU both shot 10-under for the day, but Oklahoma an 11-under-par. Alabama and Oklahoma share the lead at 19-under 557, while SMU is third at 11-under 565. Georgia is fourth at 570, followed by Georgia Tech at 571.
Oklahoma’s Eduardo Castiello and Virginia Tech’s Mikey Moyers share the individual leaderboard at 7-under 137. N.C. State’s Albin Choi moved his way into a tie for fourth after shooting 3-under on the day.
Miami fires back at NCAA investigation
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Calling the NCAA’s investigation “unprofessional and unethical,” Miami President Donna Shalala lashed out at the governing body for college athletics on Monday, insisting that their long probe of the Hurricanes not only come to a swift end but result in no other penalties against her school.
“We have been wronged,” Shalala said.
Her statement came shortly after the embattled NCAA said it was pressing on with the case against Miami, even after the acknowledgment Monday of “missteps” that led to the replacement of its enforcement department and the throwing out of all ill-gotten information gleaned from two depositions that could have been very damaging for the Hurricanes.
The NCAA said it paid Maria Elena Perez, the attorney for former booster Nevin Shapiro, more than $19,000 for work she performed, primarily using subpoena power to ask questions on the association’s behalf and doing so under the guise of a bankruptcy case. The NCAA does not have subpoena power and was not involved in Shapiro’s bankruptcy proceedings.
And this all comes with Miami expecting to finally receive its notice of allegations — the list of wrongs that the NCAA will claim it found — as early as today, a long-awaited step that will usher in the start of the sanction phase of the process.
“Sadly the NCAA has not lived up to their own core principles,” Shalala wrote. “The lengthy and already flawed investigation has demonstrated a disappointing pattern of unprofessional and unethical behavior. By the NCAA leadership’s own admission, the University of Miami has suffered from inappropriate practices by NCAA staff.”