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NCAA to make announcement on 2020-21 College Basketball Season by mid-September

Dan Gavitt (file photo)

 

NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt released the following statement in August:

“As we prepare for the 2020-21 college basketball season, we have exercised patience and discipline in monitoring the effects of COVID-19 and making decisions regarding the season. We have learned a great deal over the course of the summer, and with health and safety being our priority, we have developed and studied contingency plans for alternatives to the scheduled Nov. 10 start date.

In the coming weeks, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees will take the lead with me in a collaborative process of finalizing any recommendations for consideration by the NCAA Division I Council for the start of the college basketball season. By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic.

We recognize that we are living and operating in an uncertain time, and it is likely that mid-September will be just the first milestone for many important decisions pertaining to the regular season and the NCAA basketball championships. While circumstances may warrant flexibility resulting in a different and perhaps imperfect season, the ultimate goal is to safely provide student-athletes and teams with a great college basketball experience.”

 

STATEMENT COURTESY OF THE NCAA

 

Former Wright State basketball star Bill Wampler signs professional contract with Ehingen Urspring

Bill Wampler (1) goes around a pick set by Loudon Love against Northern KY (courtesy wsuraiders.com)

Monday, August 31, 2020

For Immediate Release

 

Wampler joins former Raiders Grant Benzinger & Matt Vest in the German league

 

DAYTON, OH – Former Wright State standout and two-time All-Horizon League player Bill Wampler has signed with Ehingen Urspring to begin his professional career. Ehingen Urspring is based in Ehingen, Germany and plays in the ProA, the second German division.

“I’m excited to continue my career professionally. It wouldn’t have happened without the opportunity I was given to play at Wright State,” Bill Wampler said. “Coach Nagy and the staff have prepared me to prepare like a professional. I’m ready to continue playing games, and representing Wright State in a positive way.”

“We are excited for the opportunity for Bill to continue playing,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “We are very appreciative of what he was able to accomplish at Wright State and look forward to watching him throughout his professional career.”

Wampler was named an NABC All-District performer and earned his second consecutive second team All-Horizon honor this spring after averaging 15.6 points per game and shooting 43 percent from the floor overall as a senior. He tallied 23 double-digit scoring games in 2019-20, including a season-high 27 points against Weber State last November as he passed the 1,000-career point milestone. Wampler ended his collegiate career with 1,006 points scored at Wright State and 1,414 total collegiate points between the Raiders and Drake.

ProA is the second-tier level league of professional club basketball in Germany. The league comprises 16 teams. Officially, ProA is part of the 2. Basketball Bundesliga, which consists of the two hierarchical leagues: ProA and ProB. Ehingen previously won ProB, Germany’s third tier league, twice, in 2011 and 2016.

Benzinger has played two professional seasons, both with Uni Baskets Paderborn of the ProA league, while Vest has played six professional seasons, all in the ProA league, and was with Science City Jena during the 2019-20 campaign.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Nick Phillips; COURTESY WRIGHT STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Georgetown Hoyas Community mourns the death of legendary basketball coach John Thompson Jr. at age 78

 

John Thompson, Ronald Reagan, Patrick Ewing posing for cover of Sports Illustrated in White House map room. 11 12 84 By Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

WASHINGTON – With a heavy heart, Georgetown University Athletics and the entire Georgetown community mourns the passing of legendary coach and Hall of Famer John Thompson Jr., who served as the head coach of the Hoya basketball team from 1972 to 1999. More than a coach, Thompson pioneered the modern era of the Georgetown men’s basketball program, bringing the University to unprecedented success culminating in the sport’s most prized possession: an NCAA championship in 1984. He passed away late on Sunday evening at the age of 78. He is survived by his three children John, Ronny and Tiffany and his five grandchildren.

SUCCESS ON THE COURT
Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame (1999), John Thompson Jr. was no stranger to success on the court. In his tenure, the Hoyas advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1982, 1984, 1985) in four years, capturing the national title in 1984. His teams earned 24-consecutive postseason berths, 20 to the NCAA Tournament.

Following the championship in 1984, he was named Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Sporting News. Following a return to the national championship game in 1985, the National Association of Basketball Coaches tabbed him Coach of the Year and globally, United Press International bestowed the title upon him following the 1986-87 season.

Ushering in a new era of college basketball, Thompson’s Hoyas were one of the original teams of the newly-formed BIG EAST Conference in 1989. During his reign, Georgetown captured six BIG EAST Tournament titles, seven regular season titles and six BIG EAST Player of the Year awards. On three occasions, the conference named him its Coach of the Year.

He had success on a global scale as he was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988, winning a bronze medal, and was part of two gold medal efforts, first in 1976 as an assistant coach and again in 1984 as a member of the selection committee for the team.

Thompson coached eight players who were first round NBA Draft selections including current Head Coach Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson, all whom are now enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

On October 6, 2016 Georgetown opened the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center.  The Thompson Center transformed the athletics experience at Georgetown with a facility that now supports the demands student-athletes face on a daily basis. It was built adjacent to McDonough Arena and, with roughly 144,000 square feet of space, houses practice courts, locker rooms, team meeting rooms, lounge areas and coaches’ offices for men’s and women’s basketball, sports performance and sports medicine facilities, a student-athlete academic center, the Hoyas Forever Hallway to honor the University’s rich athletic tradition and history and a courtyard for student-athletes that has a comfortable meditation area with a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

SOCIAL JUSTICE & ACTIVISM
Thompson’s efforts on the court were matched only by his efforts in social justice and speaking out against racism. Thompson was often lauded as the first Black head coach to win an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Many times he would show his displeasure with the assertion as he felt it implied he was the first Black coach with the intelligence to accomplish the feat and would clarify that he was instead the first Black head coach with the opportunity to do so. His continued effort to shed light on inequality and racism helped define his career.

He spoke out against racism directed at  himself and his players, often shielding his teams. Known for his most outspoken gesture of walking out against Proposition 42 in 1989, a rule that he found to be attacking Black youth and their opportunity at an education, it was only one instance in a lifetime of speaking on the importance of education as well as shedding light on constructs that work against the Black community and finding ways to fix the system.

In 2000 he established The John Thompson Charitable Foundation to help improve the quality of life for underserved children within the District of Columbia and other communities. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that enhance children’s lives, provide for continuing education, or support rehabilitation. Thompson was a consultant, spokesman and board member to Nike, along with serving as Coach Emeritus and Presidential Consultant for Urban Affairs at Georgetown. The University awarded him for his lasting commitment to the Hilltop community with its two highest honors: the President’s Award and the Patrick Healy Award.

BACKGROUND
Coach Thompson’s Bachelor’s degree from Providence College was in economics and he also held a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia. He received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, St. Peter’s College, Wheeling College and the University of the District of Columbia. Prior to his arrival at Georgetown, Thompson was a highly successful high school coach, amassing a record of 122-28 at St. Anthony’s High School in Washington, D.C. Before entering the coaching ranks, he played on two Boston Celtic World Championship teams under the tutelage of fellow Hall of Famer Red Auerbach. While attending Providence College, Thompson led the Friars to the NIT Championship in 1963 and was named “New England Player of the Year” the following season. During his high school career, Thompson led John Carroll High School to 55 consecutive victories and two city championships and was named an All-American.

REMEMBERING COACH THOMPSON

Patrick Ewing, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
“Georgetown University, the sport of basketball and the world has lost someone who I consider to be a father figure, confidant and role model. He has done so much to impact my life and the people he has coached and mentored along the way. However, his reach went well beyond just those who he knew personally, he changed the world and helped shape the way we see it. He was a great coach but an even better person and his legacy is everlasting. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.”

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF GEORGETOWN ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Atlantic 10 announces Men’s Basketball Pairings for 20-21 Season; Dayton Flyers looks to defend title

 

Anthony Grant on bench coaching (photo by Erik Schelkun, courtesy Dayton Athletics)

Flyers To Host Next Four Teams Who Finished Behind Them In Last Year’s Regular Season Standings

 

 

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the seventh straight year, the Atlantic 10 Conference will play an 18-game conference men’s basketball schedule as the league announced the 2020-21 schedule pairings on Thursday.

The University of Dayton men’s basketball team plays Duquesne, George Washington, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and VCU home-and-home, and will also host George Mason, La Salle, Richmond and Saint Joseph’s.  Dayton will visit Davidson, Fordham, Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure.

Dayton was the 2019-20 Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion, and the next four teams in the standings – Richmond, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and Duquesne – will visit UD Arena in 2020-21.  The Flyers will also play host to five of the other six teams to win at least 18 games last year.

The complete 2020-21 conference schedule with dates and times as well as national television information will be released later in the year.

The 2021 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be played March 10-14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dayton was 29-2 in 2019-20, setting the school record for most wins even though UD did not get a chance to play any post-season games.  Dayton ended the year ranked third in the nation and will carry a 20-game win streak into 2020-21, the longest active streak in Division I.  UD won its third Atlantic 10 regular season championship in the last five years, but this season went undefeated (18-0) for the first time.

Flyer head coach Anthony Grant was the consensus national Coach of the Year, earning that honor from the Atlanta Tip-Off Club (Naismith Trophy), the NABC, the USBWA (Henry Iba Award), the Associated Press, The Sporting News, Fox Sports and CBSsports.com.

2020-21 DAYTON ATLANTIC 10 PAIRINGS
Home:  Duquesne, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, VCU

Away: Davidson, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, VCU

2020-21 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Pairings


Davidson
Home: Dayton, George Washington, Richmond, St. BonaventureDuquesne, Fordham, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, VCU
Away: George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, Saint Louis, Duquesne, Fordham, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, VCU

Dayton
Home:  George Mason, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Duquesne, George Washington, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU
Away: Davidson, Fordham, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, George Washington, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU

Duquesne
Home: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, VCU, Davidson, Dayton, Fordham, George Washington, St. Bonaventure
Away: George Mason, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Louis, Davidson, Dayton, Fordham, George Washington, St. Bonaventure

Fordham
Home: Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts
Away: George Mason, Rhode Island, Richmond, VCU, Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts

George Mason
Home: Davidson, Duquesne, Fordham, La Salle, George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, VCU
Away: Dayton, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, VCU

George Washington
Home: Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, VCU, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, St. Bonaventure
Away: Davidson, La Salle, Rhode Island, RichmondDayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, St. Bonaventure

La Salle
Home:  Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, Rhode Island, Fordham, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
Away: Dayton, George Mason, St. Bonaventure, VCU, Fordham, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis

Massachusetts
Home: Davidson, Dayton, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Rhode Island, Saint Louis
Away: Duquesne, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, VCU, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Rhode Island, Saint Louis

Rhode Island
Home: Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Davidson, Dayton, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s, VCU
Away: Duquesne, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Louis, Davidson, Dayton, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s, VCU

Richmond
Home: Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, Rhode Island, George Mason, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, VCU
Away: Davidson, Dayton, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s, George Mason, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, VCU

St. Bonaventure
Home: Dayton, George Mason, La Salle, VCUDuquesne, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
Away: Davidson, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode IslandDuquesne, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis

Saint Joseph’s
Home: Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Louis, VCUDavidson, George Mason, La Salle, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure
Away: Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, Davidson, George Mason La Salle, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure

Saint Louis
Home: Davidson, Duquesne, George Mason, Rhode Island, Dayton, La Salle, Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure
Away: Fordham, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, VCU, Dayton, La Salle, Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure

VCU
Home: Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Saint Louis, Davidson, Dayton, George Mason, Rhode Island, Richmond
Away: Duquesne, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Davidson, Dayton, George Mason, Rhode Island, Richmond

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF Atlantic 10 Conference & Dayton Media Relations

 

Atlantic Coast Conference announces plans for 2020 Fall Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference recognizes the uncertain and challenging environment all areas of our society are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Intercollegiate athletics is just one area that we must address as we work to return to our campuses, bring back students and faculty when possible, and pursue our academic missions and goals as part of higher education. The health, safety and well-being of all our campus constituents is at the forefront of all decisions.

With this in mind, the ACC Board of Directors announced that if public health guidance allows, all seven ACC sponsored fall sports will begin competition during the week of Sept. 7-12. The announcement follows several months of discussion and scenario planning among the league membership and Medical Advisory Group. Each decision is based on the best available medical guidelines and coincides with our universities’ academic missions.

“As we look ahead to the fall, the safety of our students, staff and overall campus community continues to be our top priority,” said Kent Syverud, Chancellor of Syracuse University and the Chair of the ACC Board of Directors. “Today’s announcement outlines a specific path for ACC fall sports to return to intercollegiate athletic competition using comprehensive protocols put forward by our ACC Medical Advisory Group. As a league, we understand the need to stay flexible and be prepared to adjust as medical information evolves in conjunction with local and state health guidelines.”

“Today’s decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”

The ACC’s Medical Advisory Group, which has been meeting weekly since the spring to share information on the impact of COVID-19 on ACC campuses and intercollegiate athletics, has recommended minimum standards for each campus to follow as fall sports return.  Among those recommendations are weekly testing for close contact sports, standards for reporting positive test results, and protocols for cleaning and sanitizing competition areas. The full report is available HERE.

Information specific to 2020 competition for both football and the league’s Olympic Sports is included below. The league’s leadership, and its medical advisory group, will continue to meet on a weekly basis to share information and discuss medical issues related to the ACC’s return to play. Should any future adjustments be necessary, the ACC Board of Directors will do so at the appropriate time.

ACC Football:

  • The season’s first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12
  • The 2020 scheduling model includes 11 games (10 plus one: 10 conference and one non-conference)
  • All non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC
  • The 11 games will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates
  • There will be one division
  • Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game
  • All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame’s home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions
  • The ACC Football Championship Game will be played on either December 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the top two teams based upon highest conference-game winning percentage
  • All 15 teams will continue to be part of the ACC’s bowl selection process; should Notre Dame win the ACC Football Championship Game they would be eligible for the Orange Bowl, if not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinal team
  • The 2020 ACC Football week-by-week schedule and television selections will be released in the future

ACC Fall Olympic Sports:

  • Fall Olympic Sports competition may begin on Thursday, Sept. 10
  • Team sports will play a conference schedule that meets the NCAA minimum amount of games: field hockey (6), women’s soccer (6), men’s soccer (6) and volleyball (10)
  • Schools will continue to schedule regular season cross country competitions at their discretion
  • Any additional games against conference opponents or non-conference opponents are at the respective school’s discretion and all opponents must meet the ACC’s medical standards
  • Any additional games against conference opponents that are beyond the conference-mandated schedules would not count in the ACC standings
  • The schedule for ACC Fall Championships
    • The cross country championships will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on October 30, and include all fifteen member schools
    • The field hockey championship will be held at Duke University on November 5, 6 and 8
    • The women’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on November 6 and 8, as previously announced
    • The men’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on November 13 and 15
  • Television selections via the ACC’s partnership with ESPN and ACC Network will be made in the future

ACC Winter and Spring Olympic Sports:

  • Competition in the sports of swimming and diving, indoor track and field and fencing will be postponed until at least September 10
  • Fall competition in the sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, rowing, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball has been canceled
  • Student-athletes in golf and tennis continue to be eligible to compete unattached
  • Teams in all sports may continue practice at their institution’s discretion

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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