Cougars In The News (October 17-24, 2011)
Post and Courier
October 24, 2011
SPARTANBURG -- The College of Charleston women rolled to a 3-0 win over Wofford on Sunday afternoon to guarantee the Cougars a home game in the opening round of the Southern Conference soccer tournament.
The Cougars (11-6-1, 7-2-1) led 1-0 on Haley Hutchens' goal in the 13th minute. Charleston's other strikes came from Hope Atkinson, whose goals in the 49th and 73rd minutes gave her six on the season. Cricket Wise had two saves in the shutout. Wofford fell to 8-6-2, 2-6-2.
--Furman (10-7-2, 5-3-2) scored two second-half goals to pin a 2-1 loss on The Citadel (4-11-3, 2-6-2) in Greenville.
The Bulldogs' Jaslene Thiara scored her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute. The Furman goals came in the 70th and 79th minutes, with Ali Simpson scoring the game-winner.
College of Charleston women's players Christin Newman and Kelly Kamboureli both lost in the round of 32 at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. They suffered straight-set losses to top 10-seeded opponents.
--The College of Charleston claimed two of three doubles flights and four singles flights against Gardner-Webb on the final day of the C of C Invitational.
Mickael Trintignac was undefeated in three Flight 1 singles matches over the weekend.
Post and Courier
October 22, 2011
College of Charleston returned to TD Arena with an outstanding performance, sweeping Southern Conference-leading Appalachian State, 3-0, in a volleyball matchup Friday night.
The Cougars are 7-2 in conference play and moved to 16-9 overall. App State is 15-8, 7-2. The win extended Charleston's home conference match winning streak to 17, dating to 2009.
The Cougars' Sarah Havel led the way with a season-best eight blocks and added eight kills. Sloane White led Charleston with nine kills.
--Western Carolina (10-15, 5-4) posted a 3-0 victory over The Citadel (7-15, 0-9) in a SoCon match at McAlister Field House.
The Catamounts won, 26-24, 25-16, 25-17. Amanda Rudnik led the Bulldogs with eight kills.
The College of Charleston (10-6-1, 6-2-1) and Furman (9-7-2, 4-3-2) played to a 2-2 tie in a SoCon women's game in Greenville.
Hannah Gmerek scored both goals for the Cougars, making it 1-0 in the fifth minute and tying it in the 79th minute to force overtime. Charleston is third in the conference standings.
Two College of Charleston women won in singles to advance to the round of 32 at the USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolina Regional Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C. Christin Newman and Kelly Kambourelis will next face players from Duke and North Carolina, respectively.
--One doubles team and seven singles players for the College of Charleston men claimed flights on the opening day of the C of C Invitational. The Cougars all faced players from UNC Charlotte.
Post and Courier
October 21, 2011
It was the news College of Charleston basketball fans have been waiting and hoping for since 6-9 Adjehi Baru signed with the school almost 10 months ago.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, the NCAA sent word that the Cougars' highly touted recruit from Africa's Ivory Coast was eligible for the upcoming basketball season.
The news first came to Otto German, the school's assistant athletic director for compliance, who was in the academic affairs office when his cell phone rang. Almost as soon as German got off the phone, Baru happened to walk up.
"He said, 'Please Mr. German, don't joke with me.' I said, 'No, you are now officially eligible to compete. One of the first things Adjehi did was call his mother," German said.
A short time later, German said he received a visit from men's basketball coach Bobby Cremins, who came into his office and gave German a hug.
Baru came to the U.S. and spent one high school semester each in Miami and in Maryland before meeting with the Branin family of Richmond, Va., who took him in. Baru and Patrick Branin both were stars on the Steward School basketball team and both signed with the College of Charleston last December. Baru was rated the third best big man by ESPN College Basketball Recruiting and No. 46 overall prospect.
He enrolled in summer school, passing two classes, and had been working out and practicing with the team. But getting approval to play from the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly known as the Clearinghouse) is no easy task for foreign-born players, who must provide documentation of their previous schooling.
German said there were a lot of people involved and he didn't want to take the credit.
"This was such a high-profile kid. It was a situation where you want to be very, very careful. Dot all your I's, cross your T's and put the periods at the end of the sentence. I'm just pleased with the outcome," German said.
October 20, 2011
Baru, the 6-foot-9 native of the Ivory Coast who is ESPNU's No. 59 recruit
in the 2011 class, has been cleared to play by the NCAA, the school announced
Baru's academic record had come under scrutiny and left his availability unclear while he practiced with the team, but now the Cougars have their prized recruit as they hope to get back to the top of the Southern Conference standings.
"I am very happy for our team and Adjehi Baru," coach Bobby Cremins said in a statement. "Adjehi Baru is an outstanding young man and an excellent student. Our director of compliance, Otto German, did a great job of gathering information and we are very appreciative of the NCAA's decision."
Charleston is missing its top three scorers from last season's team -- including NBA draft pick Andrew Goudelock -- that tied Wofford at the top of the Southern Conference, but fell short of the NCAA tournament.
With Baru and his 7-foot-5 wingspan, the Cougars gain their most celebrated incoming recruit in the program's history. As a senior at The Steward School in Richmond, Va., he averaged 19 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals.
Baru being cleared comes at a time when fellow top-100 recruits Wayne Blackshear of Louisville and Jahii Carson of Arizona State await word from the NCAA.
Live 5 News
October 20, 2011
SC - College of Charleston's Adjehi Baru has been cleared to play by the NCAA.
Baru, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound freshman big man out of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, is the highest-ever rated player in program history. As a senior at The Steward School in Richmond, Va., he averaged 19.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.
Baru was rated the No. 26 overall prospect by Rivals.com, No. 29 overall prospect by Scout.com and No. 46 overall prospect and the third highest-rated big man in the Class of 2011 by ESPN College Basketball Recruiting. He possesses a 7-foot-5 wingspan and has already been tabbed Southern Conference Newcomer of the Year by several preseason polls and annuals.
"I am very happy for our team and Adjehi Baru," CofC Head Coach Bobby Cremins said. "Adjehi Baru is an outstanding young man and an excellent student. Our director of compliance, Otto German, did a great job of gathering information and we are very appreciative of the NCAA's decision."
The Cougars will open up the 2011-12 season with an exhibition game scheduled against Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena.
October 19, 2011
Heading into his sixth season as head basketball coach at the College of Charleston Bobby Cremins admits he still gets a little on edge. “I get a little nervous, not quite like I did when I was younger. I guess I get more anxious than I do nervous, but I definitely get anxious and nervous at the same time. Initially when the season is over I enjoy the break especially if it’s been a good year. But not long after I get anxious for the fall season. Summer basketball camps and recruiting only help feed my frenzy.”
Cremins recalls back in 2006 when he accepted the position as head coach. “There was a lot of excitement surrounding me coming here. The school, the students, and the fans were very excited about me taking the job.” According to Cremins some didn’t realize he suspended a self proposed six year retirement to get back into coaching. “I was surprised how many people didn’t realize I wasn’t coaching at the time. There were a few who assumed I was coming here straight from Georgia Tech.”
Truth is until the ideal opening came along at CofC, Cremins had been idle from the sidelines since 2000, having spent the prior 19 years with the Georgia Tech, including a trip to the NCAA Final Four. Cremins wasn’t totally removed from the game having acted as a television analyst during the coaching hiatus. “It’s all about timing, especially in sports. When Charleston came knocking I was ready to get back in the game.”
Two major determinants came into play making Cremins decision easier. “John Kresse was a major factor. I have great respect for him and what he’s done at the college. John was making a strong case for me. And he and others here told me they had plans for a new arena. All in all I was very excited about coming to a school that had a strong tradition for men’s basketball. I knew since they didn’t have a football program, basketball was their main focus.”
A lot has transpired since Cremins took the reigns at CofC. “My coaching staff, the players, and myself, we all set goals before the beginning of the season. Last year we had a pretty good run.” Charleston captured the regular season Southern Conference title which brought an automatic bid into the NIT Tournament. “We played well in the NIT, and I’m proud of what we achieved last season. But for me it’s all about making it into the NCAA Tournament.”