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Carrier Classic will return to Yorktown in 2013

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Carrier Classic will return to Yorktown in 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The Carrier Classic will return to the USS Yorktown to open the college basketball season despite last weekend's cancelled contest between Ohio State and Marquette.

Morale Entertainment President Mike Whalen said Monday his group and the Patriots Point Development Authority have agreed to hold the event again next year despite the game being called because of continuing condensation on the court made it too dangerous for the players.

Whalen said he and organizers believe they have an engineering solution to keep the surface dry for next season.

``We're trying to do some good and we think we can continue to do that,'' Whalen said.

There were no complications earlier Friday when Notre Dame women defeated Ohio State 57-51 in a Top 25 matchup on the carrier's converted flight deck.

Whalen said the format would remain the same with both a women's and a men's game.

``There are a lot of women in the military, a lot of women veterans,'' he said. ``It's important that we do this.''

Whalen said he has had heard from about 10 schools since Saturday who were still interested in playing aboard the carrier.

The Carrier Classic wasn't the only outdoor game affected by the weather. The Georgetown-Florida game on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville was called off after halftime because of condensation. On Sunday, Syracuse defeated San Diego State 62-49 on the decommissioned carrier USS Midway, a game that was delayed two days because of the threat of rain.

Activities on the Yorktown were moving along as planned Friday until Ohio State and Marquette began warmups. Players began slipping on the surface and struggling to gain their footing. Referee John Cahill delayed the start to give organizers the chance to dry the court.

Still, the moisture continued and the game was eventually cancelled about an hour after it was supposes to tip off.

Ohio State and Marquette players mingled with fans and military personnel following the cancellation. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta and Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams both said they'd take part in games like this in the future, if possible.

Whalen said the fans and military he spoke with were disappointed the game wasn't played, but understood the reason why.

``There was not one boo when the cancellation was announced,'' Whalen said. ``I think that's important.''

The first Carrier Classic was held outside San Diego in 2011 when North Carolina and Michigan State played on the USS Carl Vinson, a game attended by President Barack Obama.

This year's games were held to benefit the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Several of the biggest names and programs in college basketball were referenced in the Yahoo! report, including former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports was the primary handler dishing out incentives, which included cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other players referenced in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice "Bam" Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama were also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA released this statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.

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