Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Miami sees Clemson game as key moment

MIAMI — Going through some adverse times is hardly uncommon for Miami.

Handling them well, that also has been uncommon.

The primary focus of this season has been winning the ACC's Coastal Division, a goal considered too meager by some fans and former players but among the current Hurricanes is viewed as the first real step toward getting back to national prominence. Miami (4-2, 1-1 ACC) is looking for a breakthrough and gets another chance at making a big splash when it hosts No. 6 Clemson (6-0, 3-0) today.

And if Miami coach Al Golden sees a weakness in the Tigers, he isn't divulging.

"It's a complete team," Golden said. "Worthy of where they are, certainly, from a ranking standpoint."

Miami needs a win to stay somewhere near the top of the race in the Coastal, and Clemson is looking to enhance its resume as a national-championship contender. If Miami loses, it could be as much as 21/2 games out of the lead in the division with only five games left.

"We can't pay attention to the noise," Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya said, repeating a familiar refrain for the Hurricanes.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney won't be taking Miami lightly.

"If you watch their games from the beginning to the end in sequence, it's very obvious to see that their confidence has grown and they're improving," Swinney said. "I think that they have figured some things out personnel-wise, they have people in the right places and they're playing their best football of the season."

Georgia: Running back Nick Chubb is expected to make a full recovery after having surgery on his left knee. Coach Mark Richt said he's optimistic the sophomore can return next season.

Basketball: McGee resigns amid scandal

Andre McGee resigned as assistant coach at University of Missouri-Kansas City, saying he could no longer do the job as he fights "false" allegations by an escort that he hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players while he was an assistant coach at Louisville.

Also, Louisville coach Rick Pitino — McGee's former boss — said he would skip ACC media day next week in Charlotte, N.C., on the advice of counsel because of the allegations.

"I do not want the allegations we are facing to negatively impact the other 14 institutions on what should be a great event to talk about the approaching basketball season," Pitino said.

In his resignation letter, McGee said: "The university deserves a full-time assistant coach and I am not able to provide that to the basketball team while the false allegations against me are being investigated.''

The escort, Katina Powell, appeared on ABC's The View on Friday with her daughters. Powell wrote in Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen that McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows from 2010-14 with many taking place at the players' dormitory.

Powell and daughters Shay, Lindsay and Rod Ni — all of whom Powell writes performed shows with her — appeared on the show with Powell's attorney Larry Wilder.

Powell described her involvement as "fun" and shrugged off criticism of including her daughters in the shows. Rod Ni Powell said that "going to the dorm and being around the basketball players was fun."

CRITICISM FOR COACH K: The mother of Rasheed Sulaimon spoke for the first time publicly about how she considered it unfair that he was the first player kicked out of Duke's program under Mike Krzyzewski,

"He's not the kind of kid who backed down and that was a problem with Coach K," Angela Sulaimon said. "I taught him to have a voice and to have an opinion. He has always been a very competitive kid. Some people might take it wrong, but he just likes to compete."

She "felt like Rasheed was sacrificed" — specifically, that Krzyzewski didn't want to deal with sexual assault allegations involving her son, who is now at Maryland. Charges were never filed against Sulaimon. A Duke investigation was unable to substantiate the allegations. Neither could a separate investigation conducted by Maryland to vet Sulaimon, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Krzyzewski never elaborated on the reason for Sulaimon's January dismissal, citing Sulaimon's "failure to live up to standards required to be a member of (Duke's) program."

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