Wake Forest assistant place on leave
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Wake Forest University has placed an assistant basketball coach on leave after police said he punched a New York City tourist who later died.
Athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement Friday that he spoke with assistant Jamill Jones and the coach agreed that the decision was appropriate under the circumstances.
Meanwhile, the parents of the Florida man who died say they don’t accept the coach’s condolences. Bob and Donna Kent told NBC’s “Today” show that Jones should have tried to save their son Sandor Szabo’s life after punching him early Sunday.
“If you’re this good father, son, husband, why not try to take him to the hospital and see if you could save his life?” Bob Kent said.
Police say Szabo banged on Jones’ SUV window, apparently thinking the vehicle was his Uber ride.
A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on car windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly.
Police say Jones got out, punched Szabo and sped off. Szabo fell and hit his head. He never regained consciousness and was taken off life support Tuesday.
Coach K speaks on NCAA
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t believe the NCAA went far enough with its reforms when it comes to how the changes were coordinated.
Speaking two days after the governing body announced numerous changes following a high-profile corruption scandal in college basketball, Krzyzewski on Friday said he approves the intent behind the changes but added that “they don’t have a plan of execution.”
“I think the single biggest thing that I would have done different is coordination,” he said. “I don’t think it’s coordinated. …And I think before you put something that big out, how are we going to execute it?”
To punctuate his point, Krzyzewski showed a photograph of a 2005 summit that included leaders from the NCAA, NBA, National Association of Basketball Coaches, the AAU and others.
“What I would say is, before you do something like that, you should have one of these,” Krzyzewski said, gesturing to the photo.
“I’m not being critical of what was done,” he added. “I’m being somewhat critical of the coordination and the implementation, the process of getting there and the process of making it happen. Who is doing that?”
Among the notable changes, the NCAA included provisions allowing agent relationships.
The NCAA proposes that a few high school players identified as elite prospects by USA Basketball be allowed to sign with agents beginning July 1 before their senior year. But the NBA would have to change its age-limit restrictions.
Also, college players who sign with agents may return to school if undrafted, but only if they sought NBA advisory evaluations and participated in the league’s scouting combine. That also would require tweaks to NBA and players’ union rules.
“They’re all well-intentioned, but they’re not coordinated in how you do it,” Krzyzewski said. “Like, no one wants to identify those elite players. The thing about undrafted players coming back, that’s OK, but we’re talking maybe a half a dozen. Maybe 10 at the most. And those kids wouldn’t come back, probably, because if they went to the (NBA) combine, they’ve kind of gone down that road.”