Former Mississippi State basketball player and coach Joe Dan Gold has died after a lengthy illness. He was 68.
Mr. Gold, a Benton, Ky., native, averaged 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds from 1961-63 as the Bulldogs won or shared three Southeastern Conference titles. During his career, Mississippi State had a 65-13 overall record, including 36-6 in SEC play.
The 6-foot-5 senior was a team captain as a senior, leading the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1963, where they lost to Loyola of Chicago 61-51 in the first round. It was the first game Mississippi State played against black players.
The Bulldogs, who were coached by Babe McCarthy, had to sneak out of the state for the game because of an unwritten rule that state universities would not play integrated teams. Then-MSU President Dr. Dean Wallace Colvard also helped the Bulldogs make the trip, defying Gov. Ross Barnett and a court injunction by the Mississippi legislature.
Mr. Gold coached at Mississippi State from 1965-1970, with a 51-74 record over five seasons. Gold also coached at Paducah Community College and Mercer in the 1970s before entering into high school administration in Kentucky.
Selby entering draft
Kansas said Thursday star freshman guard Josh Selby is declaring for the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-3 Selby was rated the overall No. 1 prospect in the nation when Coach Bill Self signed him last year. He was suspended the first nine games by the NCAA for amateurism violations and missed several more with a foot injury.
Selby posted on his Twitter account Thursday: "I will not return to Kansas next year. Making my dream a reality." Kansas is also losing star twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, who are entering the draft.
Tar Heels sign point guard
North Carolina has signed Stilman White of Hoggard High School in Wilmington to a letter of intent, bringing in an AP All-State pick to bolster its point guard depth.
The Tar Heels were thin after Larry Drew II quit at midseason, forcing Dexter Strickland to take on more ball-handling duties behind starter Kendall Marshall. North Carolina will return at least four starters from a team that won 29 games.