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  • Cavaliers coach leans on biblical principles

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, March 16, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- The Virginia Cavaliers began the regular season unheralded and unranked. They ended it as the No. 1 team in the country and a favorite going into this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament -- with many giving credit to their faith-fueled coach.

    Tony Bennett has been around basketball for much of his life, due in part to his father and retired coach Dick Bennett.

    But a love of basketball is not all the elder Bennett passed down. Tony Bennett watched his father develop a way to coach basketball that honored Christ. And he has built the Virginia program around the biblical principles of "humility, passion, unity, servanthood and thankfulness" -- what he calls the "Five Pillars." Read More

  • NCAA scandal spurs warnings against sports idolatry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Amid news of an NCAA basketball scandal involving alleged illegal payments to recruits, two Southern Baptist-linked high schools known for producing elite players have underscored the need for a God-focused perspective in athletics.

    "We've got a couple of young men that are being actively recruited" by college basketball programs, said David Conrady, boys basketball coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy, a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. "I expressed to them [that] it all starts with your foundation of what you believe in. Read More

  • NCAA, ACC challenged by N.C. over HB 2 lobbying

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (one year ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- With March Madness in full swing, Republican state legislators in North Carolina are alleging the NCAA and the ACC violated their federal tax-exempt status by attempting to provoke a repeal of the Tar Heel State's transgender restroom law.

    GOP state Rep. Mark Brody filed the Athletic Associations Accountability Act (HB 328) in the state legislature March 13. Read More

  • NCAA & ACC: 'breathtaking hypocrisy' cited in N.C.

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist state legislator Paul Stam, Charlotte pastor Clint Pressley and evangelist Franklin Graham are among those calling the NCAA hypocritical for its decision to withdraw seven championship events from North Carolina over the state's antidiscrimination law.

    Two days after the NCAA's Sept. 12 move, the Atlantic Coast Conference followed suit by stating it would move all neutral-site championships for the coming academic year out of North Carolina, including the football conference championship game in December. Read More

  • NCAA tourney pulled from N.C. over restroom bill

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina's pro-family leaders are decrying the NCAA's decision to pull seven championship athletic events from the state during the 2016-17 academic year in response to a state law requiring individuals at public agencies to use restrooms corresponding to their biological sex.

    "There is an expectation of privacy when women and children go into the shower or locker room, and it's more than an expectation -- it's a right," Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, said in a statement. "And our elected officials have a duty to protect that right. The NCAA is punishing the state of North Carolina because it dares to stand up for the commonsense notion that everyone has a right to privacy, decency and safety in bathrooms, showers and locker rooms." Read More

  • NCAA pressed to defend transgender athletes

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 18, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As March Madness begins, a homosexual advocacy group is pressuring the NCAA to exclude from its membership all schools with federal government approval to "discriminate" against transgender individuals on religious grounds.

    Southern Baptist seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. predicted the NCAA eventually will succumb to pressure from activists and grant the request to ban schools with a biblically orthodox view of human sexuality from America's most prominent college athletics association. Read More

  • March Madness wagers, critics say, not harmless

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 20, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "NASHVILLE (BP) -- Putting $10 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament office pool may seem harmless, but some contend it violates federal and state laws as well as biblical principles.

    "Christians would be wise to refrain from gambling on the NCAA Tournament," said Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy and research at Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "That is the best way to make sure they are not violating their responsibilities before God and their fellow man. They should share their convictions with others and encourage them to refrain as well." Read More