FUN WHILE IT LASTED: Virginia Tech builds a double-digit lead in the first half but cannot hold it, as No. 14 Miami rallies for a 73-64 victory at Cassell Coliseum. Berman has the details here. The Hokies (11-9, 2-5) have dropped seven of nine and will travel to UNC on Saturday for a noon game on WDBJ.
ONE-MAN SHOW: Tech point guard Erick Green, the nation’s scoring leader, tallied 30 points last night. More importantly, he did it on on 11 of 20 shooting. What we are witnessing from him is pretty amazing. Green is the focus of every opposing defense, yet he’s scoring 25.5 points per game on 49.8 percent field goal shooting. He’s hitting 38.5 percent of his 3-pointers. Would be nice if he had some help.
THAT WAS FAST: One day after announcing the departure of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to the Eagles, UVa announces the hiring of Steve Fairchild to fill that role. Doug has the story here. Fairchild was the head coach at Colorado State until 2011, when he was fired and became a Chargers assistant. He’ll make $450,000. Say this for this for the Cavs: They are sparing no expense to surround Mike London with experienced aides.
WHAT ARE THEY GETTING? I know our sports editor Steve Hemphill, a native of the Rocky Mountain State, watched plenty of Colorado State games when Fairchild compiled a 16-33 record there. Maybe he’ll chime in today with some thoughts, because I can’t offer much. Jeff White of virginiasports.com asked Fairchild to describe his offensive philosophy. Fairchild said: “I think we’d like to establish a very physical offensive group that can wear you down running the football and then get some big plays in the passing game.”
THRILLAH ON THE NEW RIVAH: VMI standout Stan Okoye scores VMI’s final 16 points as the Keydets rally to beat Radford 70-69. Ray has the details here.
OPEN MINDED: More brilliance from football players at the Super Bowl. San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver shares these thoughts on the potential of gay players in the league: “I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.”
BATS ON THE WAY: The warm weather of the past two days has got me thinking some baseball. Here is the U.S. roster for the World Baseball Classic, which starts March 2. R.A. Dickey is the ace of a rotation that lacks a lot of star power, but the offense (Mauer, Braun, Jones, Stanton, Wright, Teixeira) ought to be pretty good. Looking forward to that event. I might be the only one.
HOAX OPERA: One part of the paper I never miss is the TV listings on page 2 of the sports section. Today the categories include Golf, Men’s Basketball, NBA, NHL, Soccer, Women’s Basketball, and…wait for it…”Manti Te’o Hoax.” That’s a category! Anyway, if you’re interested, part one of Dr. Phil’s interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is 4 p.m. on WSLS.
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: No. 5 Duk tops Wake Forest 75-80…Michael Snaer hits another late 3-pointer to lift FSU over Maryland 73-71…That Michigan-Indiana game on Saturday is going to be awesome.
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