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Saturday, January 22, 2005

black, white, cuban or asian

-- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer retells Frank Haith's inspiring story. The nicest (topical) compliment given to Haith in the piece? From South Carolina's Dave Odom: "He was very, very adept at recruiting. But he never sacrificed coaching for recruiting. He was a coach who also could recruit." A harbinger of the success Haith is having at Miami, no doubt.

-- J.P. Giglio and Lorenzo Perez of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer suggest that had it been North Carolina's Rashad McCants rather than Wake Forest's Taron Downey who made a throat-slashing gesture, media outcry would have been much more serve. They're right, of course. Though it wouldn't have been only "UNC beat writers, newspaper columnists, talk-radio hosts and message-board posters" who would have gone off, but bloggers too!

-- Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News considers the possibly that new coach Tim Floyd, expected to have only four plays returning next season (counting Lodrick Stewart, a perhaps NBA early entrant), will consider allowing Roy Smiley to play a fifth year for the Trojans. I would ask of Floyd, why not?

-- Backup center Darryl Watkins will be back soon for Syracuse. The Orange missed his inside presence against Georgetown.