Former Virginia Tech, Davidson coach dies

CLEMSON -- Former Virginia Tech and Davidson head coach Bobby Hussey died Tuesday, officials at Clemson said.

Hussey, 67, spent his final three seasons as an assistant for Tigers coach Larry Shyatt. Clemson officials said in a news release that Hussey was in a medical facility in Charlotte when he died.

Shyatt, now assistant coach for the Florida Gators, said he was fortunate to work with Hussey. "He was everything you would want in a coaching mentor and friend," Shyatt said. "He had a positive impact on so many of our players on and off the court."

Hussey's Division I head coaching career began at Davidson, where coached eight seasons. He posted 20-win seasons in 1985-86 and 1986-87, winning the Southern Conference tournament in 1986 to reach the NCAA tournament.

Hussey first came to Clemson on Cliff Ellis' staff in 1989-90 and left to join Bill Foster at Virginia Tech two years later.

When Foster retired, Hussey was promoted to Hokies coach for the 1997-98 season, lasting two years with the program.

Hussey then returned to Clemson with Shyatt.

After Shyatt was dismissed after the 2002-03 season, Hussey stayed around campus advising coaches and working at camps.

• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- Raymond Harrison was named the head of an academic services program for the University of South Carolina's athletic department.

Harrison was named acting director of Academic Services & Life Skills after Harold White retired following 36 years in the department.

Harrison became director of academic support in the fall and has overseen a renovation project for a football study hall in the campus library. He is also on the planning committee for the new Academic Enrichment Center set for 2009.

Harrison had previously worked in academic support positions at Louisville and Cincinnati.

• TOUR DE FRANCE -- The Tour de France won't accept riders who refuse to sign a new anti-doping charter.

Cycling's governing body, the UCI, introduced the charter June 19 and asked all 600 ProTour cyclists to sign. Tour director Christian Prudhomme said the race will, if necessary, go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try to reject riders who refuse to sign.

"We will oppose the presence at the start of the Tour de France of riders who have not signed the UCI's anti-doping charter," Prudhomme said in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde published Tuesday. The Tour starts July 7.

The UCI asked riders to pledge they are not involved in doping and that they will submit DNA samples to Spanish authorities probing a massive doping ring there. In the statement, cyclists also pledge to pay a year's salary on top of their two-year ban if found guilty of drug use.

• BASKETBALL -- LeBron James will wear the red, white and blue this summer after all.

Cleveland's All-Star forward ended uncertainty about his status with the U.S. national team on Tuesday night by saying he will play in next month's FIBA America's Tournament, where the Americans will try to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Southern Conference athletic directors have voted to shift the dates of the league's basketball tournaments.

Both the men's and women's tournaments will end on Monday, March 10, next season, the league said. The SoCon champions had typically been decided the previous weekend with this year's winners, Davidson for the men and Chattanooga for the women, finishing their victories on Saturday.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn think it's a no-brainer: Barry Bonds deserves to be on the NL All-Star team.

"Yes, there's a shadow that's hanging over top of him. The commissioner and Hank Aaron are torn whether they should celebrate the breaking of the all-time home run record," Ripken said Tuesday. "But when I think of Barry, I think of him as an All-Star player."

Bonds began Tuesday with 749 homers, six shy of Aaron's record. After hitting 11 homers in his first 76 at-bats for the San Francisco Giants, he has four in 109 at-bats since.