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UNC to skip White House over scheduling

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(TSX / STATS) -- The defending national champion North Carolina men's basketball team is not visiting the White House but the school said Saturday it is because of a scheduling conflict and not due to President Donald Trump.

"We couldn't find a date that worked for both parties," a North Carolina spokesman told the Raleigh News and Observer. "We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn't work out that date, we couldn't work out that date, so we would have liked to have gone, but (we're) not going."

Before and after beating Gonzaga in the championship game on April 3, Williams did not offer any commitments if the school would accept an invitation to visit Trump.


Huskers fire AD for 'on-field' struggles

(TSX / STATS) -- Nebraska fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, five days after the football program's embarrassing home loss to Northern Illinois.

Eichorst has been under heavy criticism for many things, including the hiring of third-year coach Mike Riley, who is just 16-13 after the 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois.


Houston gets waiver to aid flood victims

(TSX / STATS) -- University of Houston officials were granted a special waiver by the NCAA to begin distributing items to victims affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Cougars athletics director Hunter Yurachek told ESPN that NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck sent him a text message Saturday morning to notify him that the waiver had been granted to get the donated T-shirts and shoes to people, including high school student-athletes.


Ex-Villanova coach Massimino dies at 82

(TSX / STATS) -- Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to an improbable national championship in 1985, has died at the age of 82.

Keiser, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday that Massimino had passed away at his home in Florida. He had served as the coach of the school's men's basketball team for the past 10 years.


Magic Johnson honors memory of Heathcote

(TSX / STATS) -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson honored the memory of Jud Heathcote on Tuesday, one day after his former collegiate coach at Michigan State died at the age of 90.

Heathcote guided the Johnson-led team to a national championship in 1979. He battled a number of ailments that kept him from returning to East Lansing in his later years.


OU's Doolittle banned for fall semester

(TSX / STATS) -- Oklahoma sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle has been suspended from the university for the fall semester, the school announced.

Doolittle started 25 games during his freshman season, averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Sooners.


4 college hoops teams OK in Spain attack

(TSX / STATS) -- U.S college basketball teams Arizona, Clemson, Oregon State and Tulane reported that they are safe after a terror attack in Barcelona, Spain that killed at least 13 and injured at least 50 others on Thursday.

The four programs are touring Spain and were unharmed in the incident in which a van jumped on to a busy Barcelona sidewalk and plowed into tourists and citizens on the street. Police quickly called it a terror attack.

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