News Nuggets, 04.06.05
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The day after: High times in the Dean Dome
soaks in the moment as Tar Heels deliver... Drew top QB on
ECU's spring depth chart... 2005 ECU spring depth chart ...
Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball Polls ...
game preview: Roy Williams' time has arrived ... Card return
to elite status after 4-year climb ...
men come up big as Heels, Illini head to showdown ... Cops
unleash tear gas on disruptive Michigan State fans ...
coach beats out Herrion for Siena job ... Terps assistant
Dickerson named coach at Tulane ... 'P.H.D.' Pitino gets
life in perspective at U of L ...
capture NIT title in thrilling finish ... Coaches pushing
for more distant 3-point arc ...
in place for closed ECU scrimmage ... Texas legislature
maneuvers to reign in BCS ... NIT master Odom leads USC into
title game ...
football on the menu for Pirate fans ... Gamecocks top Terps
to reach NIT title game ... Hawks halt Memphis in NIT
semifinal battle ...
Carolina southpaw takes Conference USA honor ... Beale
Street helps Memphis star cure the blues ...
helps Heels seal the deal over Badgers ... Scintillating
finishes supercharge TV ratings ...
Illini mount monumental rallies to reach Final Four ...
Terrapins dump TCU to win Garden date with South Carolina
... Sunday preview: North Carolina vs. Wisconsin ...
State bite the dust; Heels survive ... Louisville, WVU
rumble for spot in Final Four ... Fires plague Morgantown
after tourney win ... Players nabbed for passing fake
named to powerful USA Basketball panel ... ECU fans to have
rooting interest in NIT semis ... Triangle's Sweet 16 teams
converge at RDU ... Another DUI charge embarrasses
CHAPEL HILL The North Carolina Tar
Heels returned home Tuesday to celebrate the program's fourth national title
with about 15,000 frenzied fans less than 24 hours after closing the
season with a 75-70 win over Illinois in St. Louis.
In a festive atmosphere in the Smith
Center that included the team serenading the crowd, Coach Roy Williams and
his players thanked the fans for their support and talked about how good it
felt to win North Carolina's first national title since 1993.
It was a title made even sweeter by the
program's struggles in recent years, which included an 8-20 season in 2002
and an ugly coaching change a year later that brought Williams back to his
``It's been a long journey, it really
has,'' said senior Jackie Manuel, a freshman on that eight-win team coached
by Matt Doherty. ``But I think the one thing I can say is we're back. We're
Thousands of fans many already
wearing championship T-shirts poured into the stands and onto the arena
floor before the team's flight had even landed at nearby Raleigh-Durham
The fans waited and cheered as they
watched season highlights on the video boards, located high above the
scoreboards reading ``Carolina 75, Illinois 70.''
That score sent a crowd of about 45,000
onto Franklin Street for a post-game celebration that lasted into Tuesday's
early hours. But the fans hardly seemed partied out by the time the team's
flight landed around 3:40 p.m.
As the fans waited patiently for the
team to arrive, TV stations followed the team bus on its trip to campus.
The team arrived around 4:30 p.m., and
was greeted by a roar from the crowd as they walked to the podium with
junior David Noel carrying the trophy.
It was the first title for Williams,
who was an assistant to Dean Smith for 10 years before spending 15 seasons
at Kansas. He reminisced about how good it felt to watch the Tar Heels win
the title 12 years ago, and now he finally has one of his own in just two
``I can tell you the thrill of a
lifetime other than my wife and two children was being the leader and
coach of our alma mater,'' Williams told the crowd.
Several of the players talked of
returning for a similar party next year, though it's unclear just how many
of these players will be around. In addition to losing senior Manuel, Jawad
Williams and Melvin Scott, Williams said earlier Tuesday that he expected
McCants to enter this year's NBA draft.
In addition, juniors Sean May the
Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and Raymond Felton, and freshman
reserve Marvin Williams are weighing a possible jump to the pros.
Near the end of the hourlong gathering,
the team thanked the fans by performing a call-and-reponse song. With Noel
leading a group jokingly dubbed the ``Tar Heel Travelin' National
Champions,'' the team sang a repeating chorus of ``Don't even worry, we're
gonna make it.''
It seemed the appropriate close for the
Multiple murder raps highlight police blotter
Former Arizona State running back Loren
Wade was indicted Tuesday by a Maricopa County (AZ) grand jury for
first-degree murder in the death of another former player, while a pair of
former Louisiana Tech players were held in custody in West Monroe, LA, in
connection with a fatal shooting in that state.
The Arizona grand jury indicted the
21-year-old Wade for the March 26 shooting death of Brandon Falkner, 25.
Witnesses told police they saw Wade
approach Falkner's car and exchange words with him before a single gunshot
Falkner, a defensive back, was a
three-year letterman who saw action in 26 games for the Sun Devils from 1999
Wade, from Los Angeles, started the
first three games for Arizona State as a sophomore last season, then was
suspended for the remainder of the schedule while the school investigated
whether he received improper benefits from a university employee.
The university found that an assistant
in the school's compliance and recruitment department put her name on a line
of credit to pay an overdue utility bill for Wade. The compliance officer
As a redshirt freshman in 2003, Wade
broke the school freshman rushing record and finished fifth in the Pac-10
with 773 yards and an average of 5.7 yards per carry.
In the Louisiana case, the two former
Louisiana Tech football players were facing charges Monday in a fatal
Johnny Jackson, 22, turned himself in
Monday morning. He was booked with second-degree murder. Myron Hawthorne,
22, was arrested a day earlier and was booked with attempted second-degree
murder and illegally carrying a weapon.
The shooting at a Waffle House
restaurant early Sunday followed an altercation at a nightclub, deputies
said. Hawthorne, who is from Dallas, and Jackson had gone to the restaurant
from the club.
Then Kevin Honeycutt, 25, and Arrigo
Adams, 27, arrived at the restaurant, deputies said.
Honeycutt allegedly hit Hawthorne in
the head with a large pipe, and Hawthorne responded by pulling a gun and
attempting to fire, but the pistol jammed, authorities said.
People ran for the parking lot, where
Adams and an unidentified person attempted to drive away in a pickup truck,
according to police.
As they left, several rounds were fired
at Adams. He was hit him in the upper body, and the truck swerved off the
roadway. Adams died at a local hospital later Sunday.
Honeycutt was booked with one count of
aggravated battery for allegedly striking Hawthorne.
Hawthorne, a tight end, and Jackson, an
outside linebacker from Aliceville, Ala., were on the Bulldogs' 2004 roster.
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