Duke may not have won the NCAA Championship last year, but the Blue Devils have a reason to celebrate anyway. Head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 23 for his successes in ACC and NCAA Basketball over the last 20 years.
Krzyzewski enters his 20th season at Duke with an overall record of 542-214 and two national championships (won in 1991 and 1992). Last year, Duke was ranked No. 1 for much of the season, but came up short in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Connecticut in the title game.
Two from ACC at top of Heisman Poll
Suddenly, ACC football is more than just Peter Warrick's playground. After a spectacular performance in Georgia Tech's 41-35 loss to Warrick's top-ranked Florida State squad, Yellow Jacket quarterback Joe Hamilton has reserved at least one place on the swing set.
After not receiving any votes one week ago, Hamilton vaulted himself to third place in Geoff Ketchum's weekly Heisman Trophy Poll at www.Heisman.com, by landing on 12 of 30 ballots and receiving one first-place vote. He remains behind Warrick and running back Ron Dayne of Wisconsin.
FSU's McDougall named award finalist
USA Baseball has announced its five finalists for the 1999 Golden Spikes Award, amateur baseball's most prestigious award. Among these finalists is Florida State senior second baseman, Marshall McDougall.
The consensus All-American batted .419 with 28 home runs in leading FSU to the national championship game. McDougall led the country with 126 hits and 106 RBI. He also won the ACC Triple Crown - leading the ACC in batting average, home runs and RBIs. McDougall was named ACC player of the year.
Bird announces plans for retirement
After a storied career as a player and a coach, Larry Bird will be saying goodbye to basketball for the final time at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Bird said he plans to retire from his job as Indiana Pacers coach when his contract expires next year.
Bird coached the Pacers for only three years, but he said he never expected to stay any longer.
"I said that when I came in," Bird said in a satellite interview with ESPN from his summer home in Naples, Fla. "Three years is enough for a coach in any one place."
Bird was named NBA Coach of the Year in his rookie season.
se season ends early
Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston will miss the rest of the NFL season because of further complications stemming from his 1997 neck surgery.
The three-time Super Bowl champion admitted the injury may end his career.
"It is going to be a tough decision," Johnston said in a press release. "That will be considered at the end of the season ... the strange thing is I thought after making it through last season, I'd be okay."