Equipment failure scuttles opener

The Associated PressAugust 29, 2009 

No helmets. No pads. No game.

Two days before St. Paul's College was supposed to open the 2009 football season, the Tigers canceled Saturday's contest with West Virginia Wesleyan. The reason, West Virginia Wesleyan athletic director Ken Tyler said Friday, was a lack of equipment.

Tyler said St. Paul's AD Leroy Bacote called him with the news Thursday, less than 24 hours before the Wesleyan team was scheduled to travel 341 miles to play the game in South Hill, Va.

Division II St. Paul's of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association had ordered helmets and pads -- but the shipment hasn't arrived.

"He couldn't guarantee that they would be there in time," Tyler said. The game won't be rescheduled.

More football

NCCU scrimmage: Already bitten by the injury bug, N.C. Central has canceled its scrimmage scheduled for today as part of "Meet the Eagles" day.

The meet-and-greet session with the Eagles football players and coaches will be held at 11 a.m. at the practice field inside the track and field facility.

N.C. Central opens the season Sept. 5 at Hampton.

Men's basketball

Moseley promoted: John Moseley, who spent last season as East Carolina's director of basketball operations, has been promoted to assistant coach, coach Mack McCarthy said Friday. Moseley, a 1998 ECU graduate, replaces Darryl LaBarrie, who left to pursue other career opportunities.

Men's soccer

Wake's Opara on U.S. team: Wake Forest junior defender Ike Opara was one of 21 players selected to the United States U-20 men's national team for the U-20 World Cup next month.

Opara, from Durham Jordan High, was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

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