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Bobby Rosinski & Chris Allison look at five topics in the world of sports.
1)With Greg Hardy's case being dismissed, should the Panthers bring him back?
Bobby - I don’t think you can risk it with Greg. We don’t know all the facts to his case and will probably never know, but I don’t see how you give him any long-term deal. I would be fine with a 1 year deal but Hardy can probably get more on the open market.
Chris - I'm sure the coaching staff would like to have Hardy's talents back on the field. But is he worth the risk? I say no. At the very least he made decisions in May that cost him his right to play for almost all of the 2014 season. And yet the Panthers were on the hook for his $13.1 Million dollar salary. Time to move on.
2) How would you grade the 1st half of the Charlotte Hornets season?
Bobby – A major disappointment. The Hornets brought in Lance Stephenson to make the Big 3 of Lance, Kemba & Big Al but it’s been a disaster. Lance may survive the season but I doubt he’s back for the 2015-2016 season. The good news for the Hornets is the team is in the Eastern Conference and should still make it, but barely.
Chris - The Hornets certainly crashed and burned in the first quarter of the season. Starting 4-15 was unacceptable. I give them credit for digging out of the hole, and placing themselves back in the playoff picture. Ironically it was during their best stretch of the season that injuries hit them the hardest. The goal to make the playoff is still right there in front of them. Hopefully this break will do them well.
3) Who has the best shot to win a National Title from the ACC?
Bobby – Duke. While UVA is very talented I don’t see them having enough fire power to win six straight games in the NCAA tourney. Defense wins championships, but you can’t do it with any offense. Duke is the most talented team in the ACC and you saw what they can do win they dismantled Notre Dame this past weekend.
Chris - I like Virginia's defense. They will earn a very high seed and win games in the Tournament. But do they have enough offense to win the title? I say no! I'm going with Duke! They feature the best player in the country, along with experienced guard play with Quinn Cook. Tyus Jones will only continue to improve, and who can discount the advantage Coach K brings to the sideline? If they avoid injuries, this is the team I think has the best chance to dance on the first Monday in April.
4) If you’re Rich Cho do you trade Lance Stephenson at the deadline?
Bobby – No because I don’t think there will be anything to get in return. Cho should wait out the season and see if he can drum up business in the off-season. Everyone in the league knows Charlotte wants to see Lance leave so the chances of getting a player back that’s worth something is slim during the season.
Chris - I would trade Lance if I had the right deal. I wouldn't just dump him for a second round pick, or for a player that only helps me this season. I will say his inability to shoot surprises me, and his uncanny ability to turn the ball over while trying to be "cute" often frustrates me. I don't ever see Lance being a viable part of the Charlotte Hornets. But the off-season might be the best time to ship him off.
5) Will DeAngelo Williams return to Carolina for the 2015 season?
Bobby – No, while the Panthers won’t save a ton of money by releasing D Will, it times for this team to move on. Jonathon Stewart showed he’s capable of handling the running back load, plus with Tolbert & Fozzy you don’t need a contract with D Will size on the team.
Chris - The Carolina Panthers all-time leading rusher looks to me to be finished, at least in the Queen City. Jonathon Stewart proved in 2014 that he can be the go-to back, and backup Fozzy Whitaker impressed when given the opportunity. DeAngelo does not appear to have a roll with the Panthers in 2015.
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Charlotte 49ers HC Alan Major will take an indefinite leave of absence following due to health conditions.
More details in a release from the University:
CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte 49ers head men’s basketball coach Alan Major will be taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, effective immediately. Major, who took a similar medical leave during the summer, approached Director of Athletics Judy Rose to request the leave due to a return of health conditions.
“This is an extremely difficult basketball decision for me to make, but more importantly, it’s a life and health decision,” said Major. “It will be difficult being away from the team but I’ll maintain contact with the guys on a regular basis. I have the best staff in the country and those guys are fully-prepared to take our team into battle. I look forward to attacking this recovery process and getting back to leading this program into the future.”
“Alan’s health and welfare become a priority at this point,” said Rose. “His love for this program and his student-athletes is beyond reproach. It is extremely difficult for him to step away, but he understands his health must come first and we are here to offer our full support. ” While Major will not be attending practices or games, he will continue to work in support of the program.
Associate head coach Ryan Odom will assume interim head coaching duties and will be assisted by Desmond Oliver and Orlando Vandross, who like Odom, have been at Major’s side since Major became the 49ers head coach five years ago.
“We believe that Ryan, Des and Orlando provide a sound framework for our basketball program,” Rose added. “They have been with our team under Alan throughout and are well-equipped to lead our team in the interim.”
There is no timetable for Major’s return, at this point. Out of respect for Major’s privacy, no further details will be released
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App State announced today they will travel Beaver Stadium in 2018 to face Penn State. Here's the release from the school:
App State to Open 2018 Football Season at Penn State
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football will open the 2018 season against longtime national power Penn State, the schools announced . The contest is scheduled for at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.
The matchup will be the first-ever between Appalachian State and Penn State and continues Appalachian’s trend of annually scheduling some of the nation’s most recognizable programs. The Mountaineers also have future matchups slated at Clemson (2015), Tennessee (2016) and Georgia (2017) and have traveled to LSU (2005, 2008), Michigan (2007, 2014), Florida (2010) and Virginia Tech (2011) over the past decade.
“We’re very excited to add Penn State to our football schedule for the first time,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasleysaid. “Many thanks go to Penn State athletics director Sandy Barbour, associate athletics director Rick Kaluza and head coach James Franklin for giving us the opportunity to visit Happy Valley. It will be a special day for our student-athletes, coaches and all of App Nation.”
The 12th-winningest program in NCAA Division I FBS history (734 all-time victories), Penn State will join Michigan as the only Big Ten Conference teams that Appalachian State has ever faced on the gridiron. The Mountaineers made history on Sept. 1, 2007 when they stunned No. 5 Michigan, 34-32, in Ann Arbor, Mich. to become the first NCAA Division I FCS team to ever beat a nationally ranked FBS squad. Appalachian is now in its first season as a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference.
“This is another great non-conference matchup for our program,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “We have a lot of respect for Coach Franklin and the tradition of success at Penn State and look forward to taking the Mountaineers and App Nation back to Big Ten country.”
The 2018 opener at Penn State could also attract the largest crowd to ever witness an Appalachian State game. The current attendance record for a contest involving the Mountaineers is the 109,218 that was at Michigan Stadium for App State’s upset win in 2007. The official capacity for Beaver Stadium is 106,572 (making it the second-largest stadium in the western hemisphere and the fourth-largest in the world). However, the Nittany Lions routinely draw crowds exceeding 109,000, including a stadium-record 110,753 for a win over Nebraska in 2002.
With the addition of Penn State, Appalachian State’s 2018 non-conference schedule is nearly complete. In addition to Penn State, the Mountaineers travel to Charlotte () and host Southern Miss () in ‘18 and need just one more non-conference home game to finish off the slate. App State’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 non-conference schedules are already complete.
The Carolina Panthers made four roster moves today including placing LB Chase Blackburn on the IR. More from the team:
The Carolina Panthers have signed safety Robert Lester to the active roster from the practice squad and signed offensive tackle Mike Remmers to the active roster from the St. Louis practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.
To make room for Lester and Remmers, the Panthers have placed linebacker Chase Blackburn on injured reserve and waived running back Darrin Reaves.
Remmers, 6-5 and 300 pounds, has spent time on the practice squads of Tampa Bay, Minnesota and St. Louis. He has also spent time on the active rosters of San Diego and Minnesota, playing in one game for the Chargers in 2013. He entered the NFL with Denver in 2012 as an undrafted free agent from Oregon State.