Home Not sure why UVA schedules South Carolina State
Sports

Not sure why UVA schedules South Carolina State

Contributors

uva basketballSouth Carolina State might have felt like John Paul Jones was home, considering, The Bulldogs opened the 2014-2015 season on the Left Coast with big losses at Pac-12 member Washington and then at San Francisco.

Charlottesville, Va., is just across the street from Orangeburg, S.C., relatively speaking.

South Carolina State is in the business of traveling the country this time of year to get its head kicked in for the purpose of collecting a paycheck to help pay for its basketball operations budget.

Why a team coming off an ACC title, #1 NCAA Tournament seed and Sweet Sixteen run, with aspirations to do more this year, schedules a team like South Carolina State is a good question.

It’s hard to see what UVA gets out of this one other than a win. There isn’t a player on the South Carolina State roster who would see the floor for Tony Bennett, and not many other coaches in the ACC.

No offense to South Carolina State or its kids intended there. But we know what State gets. That paycheck to go toward its bottom line. And the kids get to test themselves against a top-flight ACC program.

The road opener at JMU was at least a game in a putatively hostile environment. Norfolk State had given UVA fits a couple of times in recent years.

Nobody in Charlottesville should be bothered if we lose South Carolina State’s contact information to prevent any future dates from occurring.

– Column by Chris Graham

Contributors

Contributors

Have a guest column, letter to the editor, story idea or a news tip? Email editor Chris Graham at [email protected]. Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple PodcastsSpotifyPandora and YouTube.

Latest News

missing person
Local

Police: Charlottesville family concerned about 23-year-old man last seen in May

college world series
Sports

Live Coverage: UVA, UNC tied at 1-1 in the sixth in 2024 College World Series opener

UVA (46-15), the #12 national seed, faces North Carolina (47-14), the #4 national seed, in the opening game of the 2024 College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha.

elijah gertrude
Sports

Breaking News: UVA finally confirms Elijah Gertrude out for 2024-2025 season

It’s finally official: UVA Basketball announced Friday, in a conveniently timed news dump, with the focus of the UVA Athletics fan base on the College World Series, that Elijah Gertrude is out for the season after a scooter accident on April 30.

family concept two boys IVF twins
Health, Politics, U.S. & World News

‘How dare you?’: Senate Republicans reject legislation to protect IVF access

woman inside her home with hand fan
U.S. & World News

Beating the extreme heat: Funds available for AC for families in public housing

richard sanders and weapons seized
Local

Charlottesville: Man arrested with machine gun in Tonsler Park

road work
Local

Traffic alert: Travel lane shifts in Harrisonburg on westbound Route 33 begin June 18