YU officials mum on firing of hoops coach Jonathan Halpert after 42 years.
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In January, Yeshiva University’s basketball coach Jonathan Halpert published his memoirs, “Are You Still Coaching?” In February, the answer is “no,” with Halpert fired after 42 years and more than 400 victories (seventh most in the history of New York men’s basketball).
On Jan. 5, Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor. In the process, the redshirt freshman made history twice.
Mitchell Marcus, the student with a developmental disability who became an Internet phenomenon after scoring his basketball team’s final basket of the season, got a chance to tell his story again yesterday on Ellen, the talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys' basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost in quadruple overtime in the state semifinals.
Facing a torrent of criticism from other politicians for his choice of Purim costume, Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn on Monday insisted that coloring his skin and wearing an afro wig to look like a black basketball player should not be taken as offensive.
Jewish sports fans may have a hard time choosing a favorite team in one conference of college basketball when the 2012-13 NCAA season opens next week. Three of the head coaches in Conference-USA are Jewish.
The traditional dynamic of black-Jewish relations in sports and entertainment is pretty straight-forward, and nothing to brag about: African Americans make the product, Jews sell it. You don't need to dig too deep into history to find relevant examples: Lyor Cohen and Rick Rubin ran the show at Def Jam, the hip-hop label juggernaut, until only recently. And David Stern still happily resides over the NBA.