Stan Van Gundy reportedly agrees to deal to become next head coach of Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly found their guy. Stan Van Gundy has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the Pelicans, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Andrew Lopez. The deal is for four years, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Van Gundy last served as the coach of the Detroit Pistons from 2014 to 2018. Prior to that, he coached the Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012 and the Miami Heat from 2003 to 2005.

Van Gundy has experience when it comes to leading teams deep into the postseason. He led the Heat to the Eastern Conference finals in 2005 (they lost to the Detroit Pistons in seven games) and his Orlando Magic team made it to the NBA Finals in 2009 where they lost to the Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers in five games. The Magic also made it back to the conference finals in 2010.

Williamson is a potential generational superstar, if he can stay healthy. Knee injuries prevented the No. 1 overall pick from making his debut until Jan. 22 and severely limited his availability in the seeding games during the season restart in Orlando. In his 19 appearances prior to the hiatus, the Pelicans operated like a playoff team, outscoring opponents by 10.4 points per 100 possessions with Williamson on the floor.

Likewise, Ingram captured Most Improved Player honors, emerging as an All-Star after arriving in New Orleans as part of the trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. A restricted free agent this offseason, the lanky 23-year-old forward is expected to sign a maximum contract extension or close to it. 먹튀검증

At age 30, Holiday is the veteran leader of the Pelicans. He has ingrained himself into the New Orleans community since arriving in 2013, ranking as one of the NBA’s most underrated guards during that tenure. With one year plus a player option left on his contract, he is an asset both as a potential playoff contributor or possible trade chip. Pelicans general manager David Griffin also has a cache of draft assets to deal.

New Orleans also has some young talent behind Williamson and Ingram. Chief among them is Lonzo Ball, who came with Ingram in the Davis trade. The former No. 2 pick made strides as a shooter in his third season. He is a high-end facilitator with tremendous upside if Van Gundy can help him unload the baggage that followed him from L.A. The Pelicans job is an ideal fit for a coach with a history of player development.

The question is whether Van Gundy’s history of defensive success will translate to a talent group that leans offensive-minded as a small-ball outfit. He orchestrated top-10 defenses in Miami, Orlando and Detroit, largely with traditional centers Shaquille O’Neal, Howard and Andre Drummond as his defensive anchors.

Van Gundy will take over for the outgoing Alvin Gentry, who won better than half his games with the Pelicans just once in his five-year tenure, when Davis led them to the Western Conference semifinals in 2018. New Orleans has never gotten further than the second round in the franchise’s 18-year history.

Gentry was one of four Black head coaches to lose his job at season’s end. Gentry joined Luke Walton’s Sacramento Kings staff as a lead assistant earlier this month. Following the hirings of Bjorkgren and Van Gundy, only two head coach openings have been filled by Black coaches. Doc Rivers left the Los Angeles Clippers for the Philadelphia 76ers, and fellow former champion Tyronn Lue replaced Rivers in L.A. Lue was a finalist for the Pelicans position before taking the Clippers job, as were Jamahl Mosley and Will Weaver.

Georgia State vs. Charlotte game mistakenly postponed because of 'errors in reading COVID-19 test results'

Georgia State didn't need to postpone its game on Saturday at Charlotte after all.

On Sunday, the school announced that the postponement was the result of COVID-19 tests that were read incorrectly.

The game has not been rescheduled.

Georgia State received the incorrect results from Thursday's tests as it was preparing to leave for Charlotte on Friday, prompting the postponement of the game. The incorrect results showed four positive individuals and contact tracing identified 17 others, including one coach, who would require quarantining. 먹튀검증

According to Georgia State athletic director Charlie Cobb, those in question were retested on Friday, and that night all their results came back negative. Thursday's swabs were restested and came back negative as well.

“Out of an abundance of caution for the rest of our team and Charlotte, we could not in good conscience put our team on the bus and play a game,” Georgia State athletic director Charlie Cobb said.

However, it was later determined that a “human error” on Friday morning “caused the error in test results.” Cobb said the school re-tested the individuals who came up positive later on Friday. By Friday night, the lab the school uses informed the school that “none tested positive,” Cobb said.

“As part of our protocols, we tested the individuals again Friday afternoon and were informed by our lab Friday night that none tested positive. They also retested the swabs from Thursday and all tested negative as well. It was at this point that the lab director informed our medical staff that a human error Friday morning caused the error in test results,” Cobb said.

“The disappointing news is that we could have played on Saturday. More importantly, the positive news is we are not dealing with an outbreak at this time. We appreciate the professionalism shown by [Charlotte Director of Athletics] Mike Hill and Coach [Will] Healy throughout the past 48 hours.”

Georgia State will return to practice on Monday to begin preparing for its home game against East Carolina next Saturday. The Panthers have played one game so far in 2020, a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana on Sept. 19.

Memphis suspends football activities after COVID-19 outbreak, player denies party bus was to blame

At least 20 people have tested positive while at least another 20 are in quarantine

Memphis played one of the first games of the 2020 college football season in Week 1 with a 37-24 win over Arkansas State. The Tigers' next game, against Houston on Sept. 18, appears to be in jeopardy, however, following an outbreak of COVID-19 within the program.

The university announced on Friday that it had paused practices and other group activities while it dealt with the outbreak. An announcement about the Week 3 game against Houston would be made next week, according to the release.

The University of Memphis has announced that a number of individuals connected with the Tigers' football program tested positive for COVID-19. These positive tests, along with contact tracing efforts, dictate that a significant number of individuals enter quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Due to these circumstances, the football team has paused all practice and group activities and will unfortunately not be able to participate in today's Unity Walk hosted by the University of Memphis.

There are no serious cases at this time, but all student-athletes and staff affected are being closely monitored. The positive tests and subsequent contact tracing indicate that the majority of cases have been primarily linked to social events outside of official football activities.

More detail, including the status of the game against the University of Houston scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, will be provided early next week after consulting with the AAC COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group.

One of those “social events outside of official football activities” was a party bus that members of the team boarded after their season-opening win over Arkansas State last weekend, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Memphis has reportedly attributed its dramatic uptick in positive tests to that party bus, but at least one player has a different theory.

Memphis senior defensive lineman O'Bryan Goodson tweeted that no one on the team had been partying, bus or not, and that the positive tests could be coming from Arkansas State players. 먹튀검증

Lies Dog! Nobody Had A Party Nor Was On A Party Bus!!! Arkansas St needs to be the ones Tested❗️ We’ve been doing what we’re supposed to do, all this came after we played them! t.co/5YPJBw2Dx4

— OB Goodson Jr. #️⃣1️⃣ (@OBryanGoodson) September 11, 2020
There have been no announcements or reports about such an outbreak at Arkansas State, and the team still seems poised to play against Kansas State this Saturday. Per Arkansas State’s own numbers, there are 54 coronavirus cases among students living on campus, 124 among students living off campus and 9 among employees, out of an enrollment of about 14,000 students at its Jonesboro campus.

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