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College of Charleston clobbers Wofford 79-50

College of Charleston clobbers Wofford 79-50

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Trent Wiedeman scored 17 points and College of Charleston stormed to a 21-point halftime lead in a 79-50 rout of Wofford Saturday night in Southern Conference play.

The Cougars (14-7, 6-3) crushed Wofford (8-13, 2-6), which suffered its fourth loss in five games.

Wiedeman, who came off the bench to score his 17, got bench help from Theo Johnson. His 12 points included three 3-pointers. Anthony Stitt chipped in 11 points, hitting three treys.

The Cougars, who used an early 12-0 run to help build a 34-13 halftime lead, were 11 of 21 on 3-pointers. Wofford was 5 for 16.

Wofford got 24 points from its starters. Karl Cochran was 2 for 16 from the floor, missing all five of his 3-point attempts. Lee Skinner shot 1 for 8 from the field.

Jarell Byrd, who came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points, was Wofford's only double-figure scorer.

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Bullets/Wizards legend, Hall of Famer Wes Unseld passes away at 74

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Bullets/Wizards legend, Hall of Famer Wes Unseld passes away at 74

Wes Unseld passed away at the age of 74 Tuesday. 

The Bullets/Wizards legend and basketball Hall of Famer was surrounded by his family and died peacefully in the hospital, according to a statement released by the Unseld family. 

"It is with profound sadness that we share that our adored husband, father and grandfather Wes Unseld passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family following lengthy health battles, most recently with pneumonia," the family wrote. "He was the rock of our family, an extremely devoted patriarch who reveled in being with his wife, children, friends and teammates. He was our hero and loved playing and working around the game of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C., he proudly wore on his chest for so many years."

Unseld spent the entirety of his basketball career with the Bullets/Wizards franchise. He played from 1968-81, made five All-Star games, won the MVP award as a rookie and helped bring Washington its only NBA championship in 1978. He remains the franchise's all-time leader in minutes, games and rebounds and is top five in franchise history in field goals, assists and points.

After his playing career, he coached the Bullets from 1988-94 and then took over as general manager from 1996-2001 and then again from 2001-03.

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One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

No one will look at the Redskins' quarterback situation and call it superb or even settled, but with a slimmer and more experienced Dwayne Haskins positioned as starter and ex-Panthers signal caller Kyle Allen reuniting with his old staff as depth, fans can at least reasonably hope that things will work out under center in 2020.

NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris, though, doesn't envision a positive outcome for Washington's passers this year. During an interview on the Redskins Talk podcast, he explained why.

First, Norris gave his opinion on Allen. When the Burgundy and Gold initially acquired the former Carolina QB, some asserted that Allen would actually beat out Haskins for the top job. Norris, however, flat out doesn't believe Allen has that kind of talent.

"My lowest moment of 2019 was that two-month span where people tried to make Kyle Allen a starter in the NFL," Norris told Redskins Talk. "It was bogus. It was so ridiculous."

"I understand the production was there and he went on some starting streaks and they won some games," he continued. "But he's at best an NFL backup."

In the end, Norris compared Allen to Colt McCoy. Yes, most rosters need someone like McCoy — hell, he just left the area after a six-year run with the franchise and he's now a Giant, so he's clearly valued — but those kinds of guys aren't the ones coaches want running their offenses for more than a few quarters or so.

Now, here's the part where it gets dispiriting: While Norris doesn't think much of Allen — in addition to the McCoy comparison, Norris labeled Allen inaccurate and too susceptible to pocket pressure — he still expects him to start for team in 2020. That stems from Norris also doubting what Haskins will be able to do in his second season as a pro.

"We still don't know who he is," Norris said of the 2019 first-round pick.

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Yes, Haskins improved as a rookie in a situation that was largely a catastrophe, so it's not crazy to conclude he should continue to ascend now that the organization is more settled. Norris himself acknowledged the growth Haskins made.

However, even with that maturation, as well as Norris' positive feelings about Ron Rivera, Scott Turner and many other aspects of Washington's potential turnaround, the analyst still sees a glaring weakness that'll directly affect Haskins and could contribute to a less-than-stellar campaign for No. 7.

"What is possibly the most important part of quarterback success is offensive line play, and I think it's fair to question the Washington Redskins' offensive line right now, especially the left tackle spot," Norris said.

In the end, Norris anticipates Haskins having issues for a certain number of weeks, Allen stepping in after and the Redskins overall being unhappy with their collective output at QB. 

"We've seen NFL storylines repeat themselves," he said. "A [staff] goes to a new organization and brings a quarterback that may not be starting caliber but understands exactly what they want to do and he ultimately ends up starting a handful of games because of that, because they want to stabilize the situation as much as possible."

How stable does that really sound? The answer, of course, is not at all. 

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