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First Aid, CPR certifications to hopefully become the norm for college coaches

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Sadly in the history of college basketball there have been instances of players suffering cardiac arrest during either a practice or a game, and schools have attempted to take steps to ensure that they do everything possible to keep athletes safe. Some of those steps include more in-depth physical exams, and making sure there’s an automatic external defibrillator (AED) at the ready.

On Thursday it was reported by Andy Katz of that the NCAA has amended a rule to make sure that schools have a staff member who is certified in first aid and CPR present at any “physical countable athletic activity on campus.” A byproduct of this move is that college basketball coaches are being encouraged to get certified in both first-aid and CPR, as well as learning how to use an AED should there be a need to do so.

Of course schools will have athletic trainers and medial staff to deal with these issues but it certainly doesn’t hurt to make sure coaches also have the knowledge needed to make sure their players remain safe. And this measure is one that the coaches quoted in the story are in favor of.

“I think it’s a great rule,” said Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, whose pacemaker, which was inserted after he had heart surgery in 2005, was replaced last month.

“It could affect the health and well-being of the student-athletes. Several sports don’t have a trainer at every practice, so this empowers the coaches in catastrophic situations. And, yes, I am certified.”

With the NCAA approving autonomy for its five most powerful conferences and the verdict of the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit being learned, it’s been a busy week in collegiate athletics. Yet when it comes to the welfare of the athletes, Thursday’s move to make sure coaches are better equipped to address a serious medical issue should not be overlooked.

North Carolina to wear black jerseys December 19 vs. UCLA

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While there have been some alterations made to North Carolina’s basketball uniforms over the years, there haven’t been too many drastic shifts. Of course there was the move to the Alexander Julian-designed argyle print during the 1990’s, and there were also those jerseys in 1999 that had the interlocking “NC” logo as opposed to “North Carolina” on the front.

Friday the program announced a major uniform change for its game against UCLA December 19 in Brooklyn. North Carolina will be wearing black jerseys for the first time in school history. Senior guard Marcus Paige showed off the new look to his teammates, and it’s safe to say that they’re happy with the new uniforms.

Traditionalists probably won’t like the uniforms, and that’s fine. Changes such as these tend to focus more on the younger crowd (especially recruits), which in some instances like the status that can come with having something that’s both new and exclusive.

Villanova forward to undergo hip surgery

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Two-time defending Big East champion Villanova will be down a man in its front court, as the program announced Friday that freshman forward Tim Delaney will undergo hip surgery. According to the release a torn labrum in Delaney’s left hip is the reason for the surgery, and it has yet to be determined how long the freshman will be sidelined.

“I’m disappointed for Tim,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in the release. “Tim had a great summer and preseason. He’s a very coachable young man and was picking up everything we do. The good news is that the doctors tell us this is an injury that can be fixed and we know Tim will be fully committed to his rehab.”

Villanova’s front court rotation will be led by senior Daniel Ochefu, who averaged 9.2 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game in 2014-15. Junior Darryl Reynolds and sophomore Kris Jenkins will also see minutes in the front court, with redshirt freshman guard/forward Mikal Bridges factoring into the competition as well.

Villanova also has Fordham transfer Eric Paschall, but he isn’t eligible to compete in games this season.