Former North Carolina State basketball star Lorenzo Charles, the muscular forward whose last-second dunk gave the underdog Wolfpack the 1983 national collegiate championship, was killed Monday when a bus he was driving crashed, a company official said.
Elite Coach general manager Brad Jackson said Charles, 47, worked for the company and was driving one of its buses on Interstate 40.
Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said no passengers were aboard.
Charles secured his spot in N.C. State lore 28 years ago in the final moments of the Wolfpack's matchup with Houston in the national championship game.
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He grabbed Dereck Whittenburg's 30-foot shot and dunked it at the buzzer to give N.C. State a 54-52 win and its second national title, sending coach Jim Valvano spilling onto the court, scrambling for someone to hug in what has become one of the lasting images of the NCAA tournament.
Charles played one season in the NBA, averaging 3.4 points in 36 games with the Atlanta Hawks in 1985-86, and played internationally and in the Continental Basketball Association until 1999.
* Former Kansas guard Greg Gurley was named director of development for KU's Williams Education Fund. Gurley played at KU from 1992-95 and was an All-State player from Shawnee Mission South.
* Goddard alumnus Rory Hamilton was named Region 8 girls coach of the year in Oklahoma after leading Mount St. Mary's of Oklahoma City to its league championship and a school-best 22-4 record. Hamilton was an All-Class 5A player at Goddard, graduating in 1993.
The KCAC placed four players on The Sporting News preseason NAIA All-American team.
Ottawa wide receiver and Wichita Southeast product Clarence Anderson was selected, as was McPherson wide receiver Joe Middleton and Bethany running back Theron Allen. McPherson linebacker J.L. Gomez was also selected.
* Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder says college players should be able to sell their game jerseys — something he "hypothetically" did when he played for the Florida Gators.
Crowder discussed the subject Sunday during the debut of his new two-hour weekly talk show on WQAM radio in Miami. He said hypothetically he didn't have any of his Florida jerseys, because some Jacksonville businessmen really liked his play.
Crowder expressed support for quarterback Terrelle Pryor in connection with the scandal at Ohio State. Pryor left the program and coach Jim Tressel resigned amid an NCAA investigation into players' trading of signed equipment, championship rings and other memorabilia to a tattoo-parlor owner for cash and discounted tattoos.
A person close to the situation says Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer is out as a potential buyer of the financially troubled Phoenix Coyotes.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said Monday night that Hulsizer has withdrawn for good from talks with the city of Glendale over a new lease.
Hulsizer's decision leaves no publicly identified potential buyer for the franchise, which was purchased by the NHL out of bankruptcy in the fall of 2009.