Pack's Leslie top rookie

State forward wins ACC award for third time

From ACC news releaseJanuary 11, 2011 

N.C. State freshman forward C.J. Leslie was selected the ACC men's basketball rookie of the week on Monday.

Leslie earned the honor for the second time in three weeks and third time this season.

Leslie averaged 19.0 points and 7.5 rebounds and shot 65 percent (13-of-20) as the Wolfpack won twice. He opened the week with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance in an 87-72 win over Elon on Wednesday. In Saturday's 90-69 victory over visiting Wake Forest, Leslie had 19 points and six rebounds as the Wolfpack extended its winning streak to five games.

Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen was the player of the week after scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the Hokies' 71-59 victory over Florida State.

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CIAA honor: St. Augustine's freshman guard Joel Kindred was selected the league's rookie of the week after averaging 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two Falcons games.

From CIAA news release

Football

Pitt hires Tulsa's Graham: Todd Graham has agreed to leave Tulsa and become Pitt's third football coach in a month, a move designed to quickly bring stability to a program rocked by former coach Mike Haywood's arrest last month.

Graham had a 36-17 record in four seasons at Tulsa, including a 10-3 record this season.

Hornung Award: Stanford fullback-linebacker Owen Marecic has won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award.

The award given out by the Louisville Sports Commission honors the most versatile player in college football.

Injury fund established: In the wake of a spinal cord injury to Eric LeGrand of Rutgers, a group of football and business leaders has established a fund to support players who have sustained serious injuries through college football.

The College Football Assistance Fund will provide help to ease the burden of medical costs associated with injuries such as joint replacement, spine treatment, neurological care and other related expenses.

The nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Dallas says the fund was conceived by a group of college coaches and athletic administrators concerned about the limited resources available to injured football players and their families.

Miles likely to talk to Michigan: LSU's Les Miles says he anticipates meeting with representatives from Michigan to discuss the team's coaching vacancy.

Associated Press

Baseball

Pack to honor trio: Turtle Zaun, Brian Bark and Tom Sergio will be inducted into the N.C. State Baseball Hall of Fame at the First-Pitch Banquet, set for Feb. 11 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh.

Individual tickets are $75. Sponsor tables, which include eight tickets, can be purchased for $750. The deadline for purchasing tickets will be Feb. 4. No tickets will be available at the door.

Zaun was the 1988 ACC player of the year after batting .399 with 19 doubles, 25 home runs and 87 RBIs. He was a three-time first-team All-ACC selection (1986-88).

Bark (1987-90) was a pitcher and outfielder and is one of just four players in school history to earn All-ACC honors four times. Bark pitched in the major leagues for the Red Sox in 1995.

Sergio (1994-97) was ACC rookie of the year in 1994 and a three-time all-conference selection. He was a third-team All-American in 1995 and a first-team All-American in 1997.

Sergio still holds N.C. State season records for runs scored (85 in 1997), walks (51 in '97) and on-base percentage (.526 in '97) and is the school career record-holder for runs scored (290) and stolen bases (73).

From N.C. State news release

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