Sports news and notes, 12/25
The funeral arrangements for Maurice “Mo” Stanfield begin Tuesday, Dec. 26. Visitation is Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., at Clark Funeral Home in Kannapolis. His funeral is Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Rock Hill AME Zion Church in Indian Trail. The burial is later that day at 1 p.m., VA National Cemetery in Salisbury. Mo was a popular radio personality – calling games for St. Augustine’s and Heritage Sports Radio Network – but he was an even better person. He will be missed.
“He was one of the most generous and kind human beings I’ve ever met,” Athletics Director George Williams said. “I am saddened and heartbroken but God knows best. His voice was golden. I know he is in heaven now announcing for God.”
Morgan State penalized
The NCAA has bitten another HBCU. Morgan State reportedly “improperly certified the eligibility of 94 student-athletes in 10 sports”: football, women’s and men’s tennis, softball, women’s and men’s track, women’s and men’s bowling and women’s and men’s basketball. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Why are non-revenue producing sports cheating? You ain’t producing no revenue. Anyway, the NCAA reports the infractions took place over four years.
“Over the same period, the university improperly provided financial aid to student-athletes in nine sports. Due to the university’s lack of monitoring and control, student-athletes practiced and completed while ineligible. This included those who had not yet received their eligibility certification or met the eligibility standards. Other student-athletes competed while enrolled less than full-time, without meeting their progress toward degree requirements or after their eligibility was exhausted,” the report stated.
For their “crimes,” the Bears have been put on a four-year probation through De. 18, 2021; a one-year postseason ban for softbal, tennis and football; recruiting restrictions for the 10 spots; and a 5 percent reduction in scholarships in the 10 sports for next season.
New Hampton football coach Robert Prunty signed three recruits during the early signing period. Read about them here.
- Texas Southern guard Joyce Kennerson is the nation’s leading scorer with 26.6 points per game as of Dec. 21.
- Grambling State guard Shakyla Hill is averaging 5.22 steals per game, second-best in the nation. And speaking of steals, Jackson State is also second in the country in steals as a team with 16.1 per game.