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Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

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Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.

The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.

Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

NCAA finds no evidence of rule violations in Mo Bamba case

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NCAA finds no evidence of rule violations in Mo Bamba case

AUSTIN, Texas -- The NCAA announced Tuesday that Texas basketball recruit, and Westtown School product, Mo Bamba remains eligible after reviewing the assistance the incoming freshman received from a Detroit financial adviser.

Bamba's older brother, Ibrahim Johnson, released a Facebook video last month in which he said that Greer Love gave Bamba money and gifts. Love previously worked in New York and was involved in youth sports in Harlem, where he got to know Bamba's family.

"After evaluating all available information, the NCAA determined the assistance Greer Love provides to Mohamed Bamba does not violate rules," NCAA officials said. "Bamba remains certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center."

Bamba, a 6-foot-11 forward, is rated as the nation's No. 2 overall prospect in the incoming freshman class according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports .

Johnson claimed that Love gave his brother $200 a week, paid credit card bills and paid for a trip to California. Johnson, a former Division II player at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, also complained of a falling out with his brother and said Bamba wouldn't help him get into graduate school at Texas.

NCAA officials said Bamba was in fourth grade when he developed a relationship with Love through an after-school mentoring program.

"Although the mentoring program had both an academic and athletics purpose, their relationship was not established based on (Bamba's) ability or reputation as an athlete," NCAA officials said. "Further, the pattern of communication between (Bamba) and Mr. Love has been continuous and the benefits provided to (Bamba) have been consistent since the establishment of their relationship."

NCAA officials also noted that Love had a pattern of offering comparable benefits to other people in the mentoring program, including students who weren't pursuing athletic careers or opportunities.

The NCAA also found no evidence that Love met its definition of an agent.

Wizards center Daniel Ochefu carries Villanova pride with him in NBA

Wizards center Daniel Ochefu carries Villanova pride with him in NBA

Members of any championship team will tell you they have a bond for life with that particular group.

That’s certainly the case for former Villanova champs Daniel Ochefu and Kris Jenkins, who are both playing with the Washington Wizards this summer.

“It would be real big for us,” Ochefu said to CSNPhilly.com in Las Vegas of possibly making the Wizards’ final roster with Jenkins. “We’ve both got to work to get to that point, but that would be real cool. It would be a real good story to tell.”

The story for Ochefu right now is simply hard work. He’s back in summer league action after spending the 2016-17 season with the Wizards. The big man played in 19 regular-season games and averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 3.9 minutes a night. Ochefu also made four appearances during the postseason.

Despite limited playing time throughout the season, the 6-11 center has shown growth in Vegas. Ochefu posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Wizards’ 91-88 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Sin City last Saturday. He also added five blocks and three assists in 30 minutes.

Ochefu followed that performance up with six points on 3-for-3 shooting and two boards in 20 minutes during a 91-87 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday.

“I’m a guy that deserves to be on the roster for the rest of the year next year and got better over the summer,” Ochefu said of what he hopes to show the Wizards. “I’m just gonna continue working.”

That work ethic — and Villanova pride — are things Ochefu plans to carry on his entire career.

“Being able to go out with a national championship, I’ve got love for that place forever,” he said.