Tyler Hansbrough, the reigning National Player of the Year and leader of the newly crowned No. 1 Tar Heels, will be sidelined indefinitely with a stress reaction in his right shin, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams announced in a statement. A stress reaction typically leads to a stress fracture, leading UNC to be overly careful with its star.
Hansbrough underwent an MRI Thursday that showed the stress reaction. The center who averaged 22.6 points per game last season has played in all of North Carolina’s 108 games in his three-year career.
How does this affect Duke’s season?
We’ll echo the wise words of a friend of the Sports Blog: “Doesn’t matter unless it’s March.”
Junior cornerback Leon Wright will miss Duke’s last five games of the season with a re-aggravation of a left hamstring injury sustained in the Blue Devils’ win over Vanderbilt Saturday, head coach David Cutcliffe announced Thursday.
Wright has started 18 of 29 contests in his career while recording five interceptions, including one this year. He also served as the team’s punt returner.
“We learned today that Leon will miss our final five games,” Cutcliffe said. “This news is very disappointing because he is a young man of excellent character who has a great understanding of what it takes to compete in our conference. We certainly will miss his contributions on the field and wish him the best in recovery.”
“Unrivaled Ambition,” the athletic department’s first strategic plan approved by the Board of Trustees in May, proposed a potential $325 million capital campaign for the athletic department. In 2006, the largest ongoing development campaign in the country was the University of Washington’s $300 million goal, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. And while Duke’s likely would not have been rolled out until the end of this year, at the earliest, it would have qualified as the most ambitious in the country.
After all, a $325 million capital campaign for the expansion of facilities and full endowment of scholarships would be almost impossible by what senior associate athletic director Tom Coffman called “transformational gifts.” These types of donations are bigger than Spike and Mary Yoh’s $5.5 million gift to build the Yoh Football Center—they’re more reminiscent of T. Boone Pickens’ $165 million donation to Oklahoma State’s athletic department, or the $63 million more he gave this week.
“In order to be successful, the athletic department will have to, in the future, identify people who are making those transformational gifts,” said Coffman, who is responsible for development and planning. “We think a lot about that. We need to position ourselves to find people who are passionate enough who can do that, and we will…. In order to compete in the world we’re in, we’re going to have to have those types of benefactors.” Continue reading →