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The disappearance of the black coach: African-Americans shut out of college basketball

The disappearance of the black coach: African-Americans shut out of college basketball
 
Just a handful of years after the tumultuous, racially charged era of the 1960s, Georgetown coach John Thompson peered over his shoulder during a game at McDonough Gym in Northwest. What the coach saw he’d never forget. Neither would many others. “Thompson the [N-word] flop must go,” the racist banner read.
 
“Today, this generation doesn’t even know who John Thompson is,” said Brian Ellerbe, a Capitol Heights, Maryland, native and former NCAA Division I men’s basketball coach who worked at several schools including George Washington University in Northwest.
 
Like many, Ellerbe, 50, laments the glaring absence of African-American coaches in Division I basketball. Ellerbe stopped short of accusing anyone of racism and admits that a black coach today probably wouldn’t have to endure the bigotry faced by the legendary Thompson in the 1970s.

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‘Dude, was that Hank Aaron?’

‘Dude, was that Hank Aaron?’
We haven’t been co-hosting a sports show long enough to take anything for granted or consider as routine the new access we’ve had to visit with some iconic sports personalities of the highest order. We don’t feel jaded, we feel unbelievably blessed.
 
That’s why before and after interviewing one of the greatest baseball players in history, the Gen X’er and the Baby Boomer looked at each other, smiled and said something like, “Dude did we just interview Hank Aaron?”  Unbelievable.

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Angelo Smith – the first of many!

Angelo Smith – the first of many!
Angelo Smith is the first Booker T. Washington High School graduate under head basketball coach Antonio Harris to sign an official Letter-of Intent to play college basketball. 
 
Next season, Angelo will take his athletic talents to Dyersburg State Community College and perform for the Eagles. Of course, he will always be a BTW Warrior at heart; however, this is simply part of the process as he develops his craft.

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Pastner’s view of the ‘State of the Tigers’

Pastner’s view of the ‘State of the Tigers’
The 2013 basketball season was one of the most electrifying seasons University of Memphis fans have experienced under the leadership of head basketball coach Josh Pastner.
 
Prior to last year’s season, the Pastner-led Tigers had racked up a high volume of wins. Unfortunately, none of those wins were against the country’s top 25 teams. With five such victories, not only did the most recent version of the Tigers get over the hump, they were able to sweep their historical rival Louisville Cardinals.
 
That was last year. With the 2014 season will come a new set of challenges for Pastner, whose team lost four quality guards. Pastner addressed those challenges during a Rotary Club luncheon at the University Center this week.

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  • Written by Christopher Hope
  • Category: Original

Did the Grizzlies meet their needs in the draft?

 Did the Grizzlies meet their needs in the draft?
Going into Thursday night’s NBA draft, many fans of the Memphis Grizzlies
thought they knew exactly what their hometown team needed.  A perimeter shooter and a back-up at the small forward position would have rounded out the roster and given the Grizzlies a more competitive edge.
 
Then the Grizzlies used their No. 22 pick overall in the 2014 NBA Draft to select UCLA shooting guard Jordan Adams. Later, they acquired native Memphian and University of Tennessee forward/center Jarnell Stokes, who was originally selected No. 35 by the Utah Jazz.  Memphis dealt away a 2016 second round draft pick for the rights to Stokes.
 
So how will a small forward and a big shooting guard meet the needs of a perimeter shooter and a small forward?

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Redskins & rednecks

Redskins & rednecks
 
“A Little R&R on Sports” is the only network syndicated sports radio show with co-hosts of two different generations. This makes for lively exchanges, good-natured barbs and friendly disagreement on a great many subjects.
 
However, there is absolutely no disagreement between my co-host Larry Robinson and me on the question of whether or not Washington’s National Football League team should change their nickname. They should.  No diggity, no doubt (Is that still current?). 

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It’s not crazy for African-American World Cup fans to root for Ghana

 It’s not crazy for African-American World Cup fans to root for Ghana
Dear Race Manners:
 
In Team USA’s World Cup game against Ghana, I found myself cheering for Ghana. On Twitter I was accused of being unpatriotic, including by some people I respect. It’s hard to explain, but what can I say? I wanted the African team – or maybe the brown(est) team – to win (I’m black). Am I wrong? – World Cup Worries
 
If your friends are going to commit to tweeting accusations about patriotism at those who cheer for squads other than Team USA, they’ll be busy. I used the social network to ask, “Raise your hand if you cheer for World Cup teams playing against Team USA because of something to do with your racial/ethnic identity,” and received a chorus of affirmative responses, like this one:

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