Kenrich Williams cuts ‘iconic’ look, team has mixed reactions

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Linkedin Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas + posts Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/center_img Kenrich Williams points out the back of his head where he cut the shag out of his offseason. (Photo By Garrett Podell) Guard Josh Parrish said, “The shag was his sauce, and he lost his sauce, so he might need it next year, we’ll have to see.”Parrish’s roommates, Desmond Bane, Jaylen Fisher and Koaut Noi agreed.“He might need to come back with the shag to finish the next season strong because it’s his signature cut, he’s got to have it,” TCU guard Jaylen Fisher said. “He [Kenrich Williams] should’ve held onto to it, it has to come back,” TCU guard Desmond Bane said. Garrett Podell Desmond Bane (right) and the rest of Kenrich William’s teammates touch “the shag” after Williams was announced as the NIT’s Most Outstanding Player. (Photo Courtesy of GoFrogs.com)Dalton Dry, a teammate of Williams’ for every season he’s been on the team, echoed the freshmen’s thoughts.“It’s a disappointment because I feel like that was the key to the triple doubles and double-doubles,” Dry said. “I don’t know if he can do all that without it.” Williams totaled TCU’s first triple-double in the NIT quarterfinals against Richmond with 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.However, other TCU basketball players don’t think the lack of shag will affect Williams’ game.“He’ll be even better next year, and I don’t believe in stuff like that,” TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky said.TCU senior forward Chris Washburn concurred.“When it’s time, it’s time, and no it won’t affect him,” Washburn said.  It’s always time for the shag to come back why not.The emotional leader for the Horned Frogs in the 2016-2017 season, guard Brandon Parrish, sees the possibility for a new style to arise.“It was a very iconic shag, and the shag was good for us, but it won’t affect him on the court,” Parrish said. “He might gain some powers from something new.”A few of Williams’ teammates predict the shag will return.“It’s an awesome look that I think he’ll grow it back,” TCU forward Karviar Shepherd said.Fellow forward JD Miller believed basketball will be more enjoyable to Williams with “the shag.”“I think he’ll grow it back when I think he’ll realize playing basketball is better with it,” TCU forward JD Miller said.But the shag might make another comeback.“I’ll wear it in season, but only during the season,” Williams said.TCU basketball players, coaches and fans alike can rest easy knowing they’ll see the same Kenrich Williams next season. TAGSKenrick Williamsplayer news Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Previous articleOffense stays hot, Frogs extend win streak in 13-2 win over Murray StateNext articleDancer’s positive mindset allows her to return to the stage Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Facebook Twitter printTCU basketball guard Kenrich Williams showed up Saturday with the rest of the team to take photographs and sign autographs at the TCU football spring game, but something was missing.The shag. The old school haircut that went out with the mullet was his signature style throughout the season.Kenrich Williams signs autographs at the TCU football spring game without “the shag” in the back. (Photo By Garrett Podell)“The shag is a business in the front, party in the back style that started in Dallas but moved its way to the Metroplex and Waco where I’m from,” Williams said earlier this season.Not many people rock the look. Williams said he ditched it because of its low approval rating.“I cut it because all the girls and some of my friends don’t like it,” Williams said. His teammates joked that the cut could hurt Williams’ on-court performance next season.“You’ve seen Space Jam, right?” TCU guard Alex Robinson Jr. said. “We’ve gotta find that hair or else he might lose his superpowers.” In the movie Space Jam, aliens steal the basketball abilities of NBA players Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues.“That’s [the shag] what allowed him to jump, and I don’t know if he can dunk now,” TCU guard Michael Williams said. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

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first_img— Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout participated in the Los Angeles Angels’ first workout of summer camp, but says he hasn’t made a final decision on playing this year. Trout and wife Jessica are expecting the couple’s first child in August. The outfielder said his mindset is to play in the virus-delayed season, but a lot will hinge on how he feels the next couple weeks. The three-time AL MVP continues to have discussions with general manager Billy Eppler and manager Joe Maddon. Trout wore an N-95 mask throughout the two-hour workout at Angel Stadium on Friday. Trout did leave open the possibility of possibly not playing until the baby arrives.—Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work after all. The 27-year-old Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic. But he says it wasn’t difficult to start playing again after the players’ agreement with Major League Baseball included their full pro-rated salaries. Snell says most of what he said in May was “correct.”— Atlanta Braves left-hander Cole Hamels is feeling good as a long layoff has helped him recover from a sore left shoulder. Hamels hopes he’ll be ready for the start of the 60-game season i less than three weeks. He says he is interested in logging quality innings, even if he’s not able to pitch deep into games. The Braves opened their summer training at newly renamed Truist Park. A sore left shoulder could have forced Hamels to miss two months if the season started on time. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic ended spring training in mid-March and allowed Hamels to have a more relaxed approach to his rehabilitation.— The Texas Rangers have opened their summer camp in their new home. Their first official workout in their new stadium with a retractable roof came three weeks before they expect to finally play a game there. Left-hander Brett Martin was away from the team after he tested positive for COVID-19 during intake testing this week. Martin was already at higher risk because he has Type 1 diabetes. The pitcher had some mild symptoms with congestion and fatigue.— Prized shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. wore a facemask throughout the reboot of spring training for the San Diego Padres, who reported that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. Pham will be able to return when he clears the protocol. Pham was obtained in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Tatis and outfielder Franchy Cordero appeared to be the only players who wore a mask through the whole workout at Petco Park. -A person familiar with the request says agent Drew Rosenhaus has asked the Cleveland Browns to trade tight end and former first-round draft pick David Njoku. The person who spoke on condition of anonymity says the Browns have no plans to move Njoku. Rosenhaus told ESPN that “it is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.” Njoku has caught 93 passes and scored nine touchdowns in three seasons.MLB NEWSMLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home of the Braves since 2017. The Sept. 12 game between Lafayette College and Navy is the latest game to be canceled. Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent. Several other games have already been wiped from the schedule. Those include the Southern-Tennessee State game in Detroit on Sept. 5 and the annual Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis on Sept. 12, featuring Jackson State versus Tennessee State.RACIAL INJUSTICE-OKLAHOMA STATEOklahoma State’s Gundy takes pay cut in wake of T-shirt flapSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has taken a hit financially as part of an internal review prompted by sharp criticism from his star running back for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL NEWSRedskins, Indians to review nicknames amid race debateWASHINGTON (AP) — -The Cleveland Indians have announced that they too are reviewing their contentious nickname. The team released a statement on Friday night saying it is committed to making a positive impact in their community and that they embrace their responsibility to advance social justice and equality. Athletic director Mike Holder says it was Gundy’s idea to take a $1 million pay cut and shorten his contract by a year. The rollover deal now covers four years instead of five. Two weeks ago, Chuba Hubbard lashed out at Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting One America News Network.F1-HAMILTONHamilton picks up where he left off on 1st day of F1 seasonSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — World champion Lewis Hamilton has picked up where he left off on the first day of the Formula One season, by setting the fastest times in the first two practices for the Austrian Grand Prix. The previous time Hamilton drove competitively was on Dec. 1 when he dominanted and won last season’s finale at the Abu Dhabi GP. He had already secured a sixth title to move one behind Michael Schumacher’s F1 record. Seven months later, including a four-month suspension because of the pandemic, Hamilton looks typically assured. The British driver twice finished ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas while rival Ferrari lacked speed. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Bryson DeChambeau tied for early 2nd-round lead in DetroitDETROIT (AP)— Bryson DeChambeau chose to compete in the Rocket Mortgage Classic while many of the PGA Tour’s top players skipped the tournament in Detroit. He’s aiming to take full advantage of the relatively weak field and course. DeChambeau had four birdies on his back nine Friday to close with a 5-under 67, giving him a share of the lead among the early starters in the second round. Matthew Wolff, Seamus Power and Mark Hubbard also were in front at 11-under 133 after the first wave of players finished their second round.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VIRUS OUTBREAK CANCELATIONSNavy-Lafayette joins lists of college football cancellationsUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is already impacting the 2020 college football schedule. — The Seattle Mariners kicked off summer camp trying to figure out how to get pitchers ready in just three weeks. One way the Mariners hope to combat worries about putting strain on pitchers’ arms is by going with a six-man rotation for the full 60-game season. The Mariners most likely already have the six starters set between Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, Kendall Graveman, Justus Sheffield, Justin Dunn and Taijuan Walker. They may end up averaging just one start per week during the shortened season. — A top Canadian government health official says the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t guaranteed to get an exemption for the regular season. The Blue Jays got one to hold training camp in Toronto this week. But the regular season will require players to frequently travel back and forth between the United States. The official noted that a lot of American states that have teams are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. — The Chicago Cubs were glad to be back on the field. . New manager David Ross said he felt like a “12-year-old thinking about baseball” and how much he missed it. With the season cut from 162 games to 60, the Cubs are gearing up for a sprint they hope ends in the playoffs after missing out for the first time since 2014. Chicago went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last season and finished behind St. Louis and Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Cubs kept their roster largely intact. But they made one big change when they hired Ross to replace Joe Maddon. — Baseball’s return to Comerica Park meant Michael Fulmer was back on the mound in Detroit. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery and missed the whole 2019 season. He said this was his first time throwing off the game mound at Comerica Park in about a year and a half. — Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech missed the start of the team’s summer camp due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn’t have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.center_img The pandemic had already delayed opening day from March 26 to July 23 or 24. This will be the first time since 1945 that no game will be held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Boston’s Fenway Park from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season. In other MLB news:— The Washington Nationals showed up to training camp hoping to follow manager Dave Martinez’s mantra on the way to winning the World Series: go 1-0 every day. Baseball’s defending champions got camp underway with 57 healthy bodies and a 2020 first-round pick on the way. Martinez learned depth catcher Welington Castillo was joining Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross in opting out of the 60-game major league season. But aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked sharp on the first day of workouts, and there’s plenty of hope ahead as long as the Nationals can remember all the protocols in place.— New Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is busy on and off the field this week. Cole and his wife, Amy, celebrated the birth of their first child on Tuesday. Cole has been working out at Yankee Stadium. After a near-miss in the World Series last year with Houston, the All-Star right-hander is hoping to help pitch the Yankees to their first championship since 2009. He signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract that set a record as the highest for a pitcher. Cole says the delay caused by the pandemic might benefit the Yankees because it allowed many to heal. The Yankees open on July 23 at Washington. NBA RESTART-TOP SEEDSBucks, Lakers look to shed rust or rest for playoffs?MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have all but guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a balancing act when the NBA returns to action. While other teams will be fighting for a postseason berth or playoff seedings when they play the final eight regular season games in Florida, the Lakers and Bucks will be looking to shake off the rust after a 4 ½-month hiatus and staying as healthy as possible. Milwaukee owned the NBA’s best record at 53-12 and the Lakers were No. 1 in the West at 49-14 when the pandemic halted play in mid-March. The club said it plans to review a nickname it has had since 1905. In 2018, the Indians removed their Chief Wahoo logo from caps and jersey worn by the team. The red-faced mascot, however, remains on some team merchandise.The move mirrors one made by the NFL’s Washington Redskins, who Friday said they are embarking on a “thorough review” of their name. FedEx on Thursday called for the Redskins to change their name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. In other NFL news: -The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings. The NFL club acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. In other NBA news:— Plenty of aches and pains around the NBA have healed in the almost-four-month span since the league had to suspend its season because of the pandemic. That means the 22 teams that will be arriving at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida next week should be coming in with mostly healthy rosters. Keeping players healthy once they get to Disney will be another challenge, as workloads ramp up quickly for the July 30 resumption of games. But at least at the start of camps, rosters will be deeper than they were when the league shut down on March 11.— A person with knowledge of the situation says that the Miami Heat have closed their training facility after a second player tested positive for coronavirus. The Heat will have players at the arena over the coming days to satisfy their NBA-mandated testing requirements but will not reopen the gym for individual workouts before leaving for the Disney complex near Orlando on Wednesday. The second player’s identity was not released by the team. Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last week.— The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement that the timing of the league’s restart and Oladipo’s lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult for the guard to commit to play “at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.” GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC July 3, 2020 _The Cincinnati Reds resumed with a familiar scene: hitters slapping batting-practice pitches around Great American Ball Park while a mash-up of disco, rap and Motown reverberated. It looked and sounded like baseball but felt very different in many ways. Manager David Bell hadn’t slept well the last few days, anxious over how to hit a restart button on a shortened season while keeping players safe from COVID-19. Outfielder Nick Senzel is worried about whether major league players will be cautious when they go out in public, so not to catch and spread the coronavirus.— Carlos Carrasco is making another comeback. The popular Indians pitcher is eager to get back on the mound after missing most of last season while battling leukemia. The 33-year-old is in remission but he’s at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Carrasco has the blessing of the team’s medical staff to play as baseball resumes, and he’s thankful his teammates will look out for him. Carrasco spent the months since baseball was paused by working out at his home in Florida. He even installed a mound near his front yard so he could throw.— Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He will have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.— Most of the Los Angeles Dodgers were masked men when they gathered to restart spring training. Players arrived and departed Dodger Stadium at staggered times. They worked in groups divided between pitchers and position players while maintaining a safe distance. Clayton Kershaw says he trusts his teammates to take precautions when they’re away from the ballpark in order to complete the shortened 60-game season. Testing has shown an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California. -Mets’ Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom ran sprints by himself in shallow right field and then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound. No hugs or handshakes or good-natured ribbing with teammates close by — because there weren’t any. Players kept a safe distance even while simply walking across the diamond at Citi Field, adapted from home ballpark to spring training site as the Mets prepare for opening day in three weeks. Welcome to Major League Baseball in the age of the coronavirus. Elsewhere in F1 Racing: — Rival teams still want answers about whether Ferrari’s engine last season was legal or not, after an investigation was closed following a private settlement with governing body FIA. Questions were raised as to whether Ferrari’s fuel-flow exceeded its maximum permitted amount of 100 kilograms per hour. Teams argued that this may have been a key reason for Ferrari’s notably superior speed on long straights and its remarkable run of six straight pole positions. The FIA is now prepared to share its conclusions but needs Ferrari’s permission and the Italian manufacturer is refusing.last_img read more

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