Temple's Dunphy wins A-10 Coach of Year


Temple's Dunphy wins A-10 Coach of Year

Fran Dunphy was in an appreciative kind of mood during the Atlantic 10 teleconference Monday morning.

Not only did the Temple head basketball coach express gratitude that his team was able to capture the programs first outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title in 22 years, he also thanked the other coaches for the awards heaped upon his squad Monday.

For the second time in three years, Dunphy was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, while senior Ramone Moore, junior Khalif Wyatt and senior Juan Fernandez were named first, second and third team all-conference, respectively. (Check out the full list of winners).

Its meaningful stuff for the kids, Dunphy said. Its terrific and were appreciative because of how tough the league is.

As far as my own situation, Im appreciative of the vote of confidence by my fellow coaches. They certainly did not have to do that. It was a stroke of good luck. Its never the head coach; its the players and assistants that do all the work and we take the lead. You certainly cant do anything without good people around you.

Moore, who ranks second in the league in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game, was joined on the first team by Chaz Williams of UMass, St. Bonaventures Andrew Nicholson, Brian Conklin of Saint Louis and Xaviers Tu Holloway.

Many people thought Moore would have a chance to earn A-10 Player of the Year honors but he lost out to Nicholson.

I cant sit here and say Im disappointed, Dunphy said. Could Ramone have been the player of the year? Absolutely. But I feel Andrew Nicholson is a great basketball player and a great representative of our league.

The other Philly schools did well for themselves, too. Saint Josephs, especially, had a impressive showing, with C.J. Aiken named the defensive player of the year, Ronald Roberts sixth man of the year, Langston Galloway second team all-conference and Carl Jones and Halil Kanacevic honorable mention.

That puts a lot of pressure on the coach because now you have to answer the question, How does that guy lose seven conference games? St. Joes coach Phil Martelli said. I will rest a lot easier because all of those guys are back next season. So the future is bright. But for us right now, the future is Tuesday night.

St. Joes opens play in the A-10 tournament by hosting Charlotte in Tuesdays first round. La Salle, which hosts Richmond the same night, also reeled in some honors with senior Earl Pettis being named the leagues most improved player, Ramon Galloway joining Langston Galloway and Wyatt on the second team and Jerrell Wright earning a spot on the all-rookie team.

Im usually not a huge guy on individual honors, La Salle coach John Giannini said. I dont talk about it a whole lot but I really challenged our players to make the all-defensive team this year. That would have been a huge deal. But Im obviously very pleased.

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Baylor to fire football coach Briles, re-assign president

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Baylor to fire football coach Briles, re-assign president

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University's board of regents said Thursday that it will fire football coach Art Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr amid questions over the school's handling of sexual assault complaints against players.

The nation's largest Baptist university said in a statement Thursday that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor.

The university also placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation.

Baylor asked a law firm last year to conduct a review of its handling of sexual assault cases following allegations that the football program mishandled several cases of players attacking women.

The university's statement said the review revealed "a fundamental failure."

Baylor has faced increasing criticism in recent months for its handling of reports of rape and other violent incidents involving football players and students. One victim has sued the university, saying it was deliberately indifferent to her allegations against a former player who was eventually convicted of sexually assaulting her.

Starr ordered an investigation last year but has been mostly silent amid mounting criticism over the school's handling of the complaints, which erupted under his leadership. He took over as the university's president in 2010, about a decade after the former prosecutor investigated former President Clinton's sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewisnky.

The football team, whose players were at the center of the upheaval, enjoyed unprecedented success under Briles' tenure, including two Big 12 championships in the last three years. That success brought a financial windfall, and in 2014, Baylor opened a new, $250-million on-campus football stadium. But Briles' program has also been criticized for recruiting or accepting transfer players without regard to the harm they might cause fellow students.

Starr rode the waves of the program's success, and often ran on the football field with Baylor students in pregame ceremonies. But as investigations began into the school's handling of sexual assault allegations against players, Starr provided only brief comments, even as criticism of the school mounted.

In a February statement issued by university, Starr said "our hearts break for those whose lives are impacted by execrable acts of sexual violence." And at a prayer breakfast last month, Starr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "I am in favor of transparency. Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake."

Baylor's Board of Regents was recently briefed by a law firm hired to investigate how the school responded to assault incidents, and the school on Thursday released a summary of its findings. Starr initiated the review in 2015, after former football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a female soccer player.

Ukwuachu, who was convicted in 2015, transferred to Baylor after he was dismissed from Boise State. Ukwuachu's former girlfriend testified during his rape trial in Texas that he had struck and choked her when he attended Boise State.

Ukwuachu's former coach, Chris Peterson, now the coach at Washington, said he "thoroughly apprised" Briles about the circumstances of Ukuwachu's dismissal. Briles disputed that account, saying he talked with Peterson and there was no mention of the incident.

The school is also facing a federal lawsuit from a former student claiming the school was "deliberately indifferent" to rape allegations levied at a former football player Tevin Elliott, who was convicted in 2014 of sexually assaulting the woman.

The uproar following Ukwuachu's conviction caused Baylor to initiate the review by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, and to announce a $5 million effort to improve efforts on how it responds to sexual assault, including adding another investigator and more staff.

But the Ukwuachu case was just the start of months of revelations of football players being involved in violent incidents with little or no repercussions. At least seven other woman have publicly come forward to say the school ignored their sexual assault allegations.

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Josh Hart discusses NBA draft process, returning to Villanova


Josh Hart discusses NBA draft process, returning to Villanova

Josh Hart said the decision wasn’t easy.

But he’s happy with it.

After withdrawing his name from the NBA draft to return to school (see story), Hart is excited to focus on Villanova, graduation and then the NBA dream.

“I love the school, I love the teachers, the student body, the support, my teammates that we have coming back,” the 6-foot-5 guard said Wednesday on Comcast SportsNet’s Philly Sports Talk. “So it was a tough one and I just thought at the end of the day, I think going back for my senior year would be in the best interest of my parents and myself.”

As a junior, Hart helped Villanova win its second national championship in program history by leading the Wildcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.

Hart received plenty of feedback from NBA teams. He said shooting and ball handling are what he hopes to improve.

As far as his draft stock …

“There were teams interested maybe in the first [round], and then there were teams that said they would take me in the second,” Hart said. “But there’s a whole month before the draft, a lot of teams didn’t know exactly what they were doing with their picks — whether they were trying to trade up for a pick, trying to trade down, trying to trade a pick for a player. Several teams said that they would take me.”

For more from Hart on the draft and Villanova, watch the video above.

Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

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Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

Delaware has its new head basketball coach in Martin Ingelsby.

Ingelsby, a native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, comes from Notre Dame, where he played from 1997-2001 and coached for 13 seasons, seven as an assistant.

Ingelsby played his high school ball at Archbishop Carroll and is the son of Tom Ingelsby, who played for Villanova from 1970-73.

Delaware is coming off a 7-23 season and 2-16 mark in CAA play, which led to the firing of head coach Monte Ross.

The Blue Hens, who announced the hire Tuesday, will formally introduce Ingelsby in a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bob Carpenter Center Auditorium.