With NFL prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay, CSN’s Jen Daniels sat down with Villanova basketball head coach, Jay Wright, to discuss former Wildcat, Will Sheridan, who did the same thing after his playing days were over.
While Sheridan came out to the public after his playing days, his teammates knew while they were on the court.
“We had that experience here with Will Sheridan,” Wright explained. “I was surprised, but I was [most] surprised that the guys knew. They knew all the time when they were playing with him.
“Whatever your sexual orientation is I don’t think has anything to do with whether [your teammates] respect you on a team because when you’re on a team what they care about is ‘Does this guy work hard every day with us and does this guy compete for us?’ With Will, that was paramount because he was a great competitor."
In four years at Villanova, Sheridan averaged 5.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 133 games.
“I remember when he called me to tell me he was going to do it (come out) and that was my first thought, ‘I’m proud of you man.’”
This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.
For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.
Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.
Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.
Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.
After its signature win over Ohio State on Saturday night, Penn State finds itself ranked for the first time since 2011.
The Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) are ranked No. 24 in the latest AP poll. The Lions stunned the Buckeyes, 24-21, on Saturday in a White Out at Beaver Stadium (see game story).
With the loss, Ohio State drops from No. 2 in the country to No. 6 (see full poll).
While head coach James Franklin sidestepped the signature win question after the game (see story), there is no question the Ohio State win is one that has been lacking in the Franklin era at State College. Even junior cornerback Grant Haley, who scored the go-ahead, 60-yard touchdown off a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter, believes it was much-needed too.
“It’s just a game that put Penn State back on the map," Haley said. "We needed that signature win, and we did it tonight."
Penn State heads to Purdue next Saturday for a noon kickoff against the Boilermakers.