Ginyard still can't practice

UNC forward's return uncertain

The Associated Press; From St. Augustine's News Release; Ken Tysiac; From Duke News ReleaseJanuary 27, 2009 

North Carolina forward Marcus Ginyard still has not returned to basketball practice, and no decision has been made about when -- or if -- the senior defensive stopper will return this season.

"Marcus and I talked yesterday, he still did not practice yesterday, and we're going to look at him and talk to the doctors more a little more this week, so there hasn't been any decision made on him," coach Roy Williams said Monday.

Ginyard has played in three games since surgery on his left foot in October but was shelved by Williams roughly two weeks ago to try to get him back to 100 percent.

If last season's starting small forward does not play in another game, he could apply for a medical redshirt and fifth year of eligibility. But Williams has said he thinks UNC will need Ginyard this season.

ZELLER UPDATE: Williams also said there is a chance freshman forward Tyler Zeller could return this season, "but I think it's awfully stupid," he said. "He's not been released to play yet, if he comes back and plays one game, he loses a whole year."

Zeller broke his left wrist the second game of the season.


NEW TOURNAMENT: A new men's postseason tournament has been scheduled in March by for 16 teams not chosen for the NCAA and NIT tournaments. The single-elimination tournament will be held at campus sites, with teams chosen by a 14-member committee that includes nine former college head coaches.

To be eligible, a team must have a winning record against Division I opponents. Priority will be given to schools in conferences that have fewer than half their teams in the NCAA and NIT.

KENTUCKY'S HARRIS CLEARED: Kentucky forward Ramon Harris has been cleared to return to practice by doctors two days after fainting during halftime of a game at Alabama on Saturday.

GOTTFRIED RESIGNS: Mark Gottfried resigned as Alabama's coach Monday, leaving in the middle of his 11th season. The school said Gottfried will be replaced by assistant coach Philip Pearson.

ACC HONORS: Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech and Reggie Jackson of Boston College (rookie) earned the league's weekly honors.


SCRANTON COACH WINS 700TH: Mike Strong earned his 700th win Sunday when Scranton beat Drew. He became the second Division III women's coach to accomplish the feat, joining former St. John Fisher College coach Phil Kahler.

CIAA HONOR: Keyona Bryant of St. Augustine's was chosen the CIAA rookie of the week for the seventh time this season.


RECEIVER COMMITS TO DEVILS: Duke has secured a high-profile commitment from wide receiver Tyree Watkins of Camden (N.J.) High, who had committed to Virginia last summer.

Watkins, who is ranked the 15th-best player overall in New Jersey by, had been recruited at Virginia by Mike Groh, the former offensive coordinator who no longer is with the Cavaliers after a shakeup on the staff led by his father, coach Al Groh.

Camden coach Tom Hanson said that although Virginia continued to recruit Watkins, he didn't feel as comfortable there after Mike Groh's departure.

Although Watkins was recruited as a wide receiver by Duke, his most impressive statistics came on the defensive side of the ball in his senior season. He made 44 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks.


FORMER DUKE COACH DIES: Former Duke swimming and diving coach Bob Thompson died on Sunday. He was 66.

"The entire Duke community mourns the loss of Coach Thompson today," Duke athletic director Kevin White said.

Thompson served as the head swimming and diving coach at Duke for 27 years before retiring in May 2005.

Thompson is survived by his two daughters, Jill and Tracie.

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