Tag:Wake Forest
Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 3:02 pm

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

I just watched the "Today" story on the woman who accused Wake Forest's Gary Clark of sexual assault in 2009.

I don't know what to make of it.

The woman, Maggie Hurt, says she performed oral sex on Clark because he told her to and because she was too scared to not do what he said. Clark, obviously, says it was consensual. No charges were ever filed because there were no witnesses or physical evidence to back her story. So what we have is a classic he-said-she-said situation with the character of each party under attack. Clark's attorney, for example, has told the newspaper in Winston-Salem (N.C.) that Hurt had sex in a hotel bathroom with a male cheerleader just hours before the alleged incident. That comment, presumably, was designed to suggest Hunt is promiscuous, which may or may not be true. Either way, it doesn't mean she wasn't also sexually assaulted. So here we are, just running in circles.

My only issue with the "Today" show story is this: Host Meredith Vieira set up the piece by saying "some schools are turning a blind eye" to sexual assault, and -- though it might be true in general -- that just seems incredibly unfair as it pertains to this case. Again, I have no idea whether Clark sexually assaulted Hurt. If he did, it's a shame he's getting away with it. But the bigger shame would've been punishing Clark based on nothing more than the word of a woman, because though men get away with sexual assaults all the time, men are also falsely accused of sexual assaults all the time, and I can't see a way for Wake Forest or police to punish or charge Clark with sexual assault in this case given the lack of witnesses and physical evidence.

Bottom line, it's an uncomfortable and sad story all the way around.

But I don't think anybody turned a "blind eye."

The only alternative to not charging Clark would've been to charge him without witnesses and physical evidence.

And that, to me, would've been much, much worse.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 11, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 3:44 pm

Looking to enroll a criminal? Woods is available

Wake Forest has granted Tony Woods a release from its basketball program so that the 6-foot-11 center can "pursue other options," the school announced Monday. So if you're a coach looking for a junior who last month pleaded guilty to assault after an incident during which he allegedly caused his girlfriend to suffer a fractured spine, well, today is your lucky day.

"We wish Tony the best of luck in all his future endeavors," said Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik. "Tony and I met a number of times and we felt this was the best course of action for him."

Woods averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds last season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:59 am
Edited on: April 12, 2010 2:12 am

Bzdelik acknowledges Monday meeting with WFU

Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik acknowledged to his team that he will meet with Wake Forest officials Monday but denied multiple reports -- including one from CBSSports.com -- that he has already accepted the ACC vacancy, saying he hasn't even been offered the job.

Still, sources insisted Sunday that the Monday meeting is nothing more than a formality, and that a deal with Bzdelik was basically done Friday afternoon. Barring a major change of plans -- like athletics director Ron Wellman caving under pressure from fans who have publicly criticized the decision -- the sources said Bzdelik will be introduced as Dino Gaudio's replacement later this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. Bzdelik claiming he hasn't even been offered the job is "semantics," a source told CBSSports.com.

Bzdelik is 36-58 in three seasons at Colorado.

Before that, he won 24 and 26 games in consecutive seasons at Air Force.

Before that, he was the head coach of the Denver Nuggets.

He was 73-119 in the NBA.
Posted on: April 11, 2010 12:31 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 12:37 pm

Source: Wake Forest, as expected, to hire Bzdelik

Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik, as expected, will be named the next head coach at Wake Forest, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Sunday.

CBSSports.com reported Friday that a deal between Bzdelik and Wake Forest was "all but done."

A formal press conference could come as early as Monday.

Bzdelik won 24 and 26 games in two years at Air Force before taking the Colorado in 2007. He's had three consecutive losing seasons in the Big 12. But that's something Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman was willing to overlook in hiring the former NBA coach to replace Dino Gaudio, Skip Prosser's former assistant who was fired last week after consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

Colorado assistant Steve McClain is an obvious candidate to replace Bzdelik.

McClain is a former head coach at Wyoming.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 8:52 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2010 8:39 am

Sources: WFU close to reaching deal with Bzdelik

Wake Forest is nearing a deal that could make Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik the Demon Deacons' next men's basketball coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Friday.

One source described the situation as "all but done."

Another said "it's close but not quite there yet."

Bzdelik is a former NBA coach who has been at Colorado the past three seasons.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 7, 2010 3:12 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2010 3:29 pm

Report: Gaudio out at Wake Forest

Wake Forest has fired basketball coach Dino Gaudio, according to a report at WXII12.com in North Carolina.

Gaudio coached Wake Forest for three seasons, taking over after the sudden death of Skip Prosser. He made the NCAA tournament in each of the past two years, but still underachieved in the eyes of some considering he had three NBA players on last season's roster (James Johnson, Jeff Teague, and Al-Farouq Aminu) but still lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Those three players are now gone. Gaudio is, too.

This development means two ACC jobs are open.

Clemson opened Tuesday when Oliver Purnell left for DePaul.
Posted on: April 1, 2010 9:10 am
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Posted on: April 1, 2010 9:10 am

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Wake Forest sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu announced Thursday morning that he wil enter the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward will hire an agent and forfeit his amateur status.

"This was a difficult decision," Aminu said. "But after talking it over with my family and my coaches, I believe now is the right time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA. I want to thank Wake Forest and the basketball program for all they have done for me the past two years. I have had some great experiences and will miss the friends that I have made here. I'm excited to take the next step and begin my professional career."

Aminu averaged 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

DraftExpress.com projects him as a top five pick.
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