Tag:Venoy Overton
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:45 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 2:24 am

Venoy Overton story is quite a bombshell

By Matt Norlander

We have never seen a story like this in college basketball, right? A player arrested for being a pimp? Not essentially being a pimp: purely and definitively being a pimp. Carrying the cane of female distribution and disrespect while under scholarship. Doing it while the cloud of controversy over his senior year followed him to the point where his misdeeds and creepy behavior encroached into the public domain.

He has not been charged yet, but it's not looking good.

Just to reset, for the sake of clarity and emphasis, Overton was busted because his girlfriend got sniffed out by local authorities, who suspected foul play. This was learned, willing, repeated behavior from Overton and his female business partner he had posing as his girlfriend, reportedly.

Overton is due in court Friday for what should be the first of many appearances. If he's found guilty, he faces up to five years in the clink and a fine of $10,000.

If college basketball wasn't so damn irrelevant between May and September, this might actually have a ripple effect or cause a conversation that stretches beyond Seattle. Maybe it will. Probably not, though. Overton didn't matter much to his team, let alone to his conference or college basketball as a whole. Outlier or not, this is almost as bad as college athletics can get away from the arena. It's halting.

The saddest part about Overton's case is that, ultimately, I can't say I'm tossed-to-the-floor shocked about this. That's speaks to Overton's character and history, not my cynicism, which I try to keep in check as often as possible. Had Washington State law not state a 16-year-old was considered a legal, consenting adult, it's possible Overton could've been charged and facing trial over statutory rape and furnishing alcohol to minors. (Sexual charges were never pressed.)

It was only after Overton's case went public that Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar suspended the senior for the Pac-10 tournament. It was discipline that stemmed from off-the-court actions earlier in the season, clearly. Many speculated in quiet quarters that Overton was going to be suspended earlier in the season. Plenty held the belief he didn't deserve to be on the team anymore. But Romar was patient -- some will call it spineless; not sure if that's fair, as you never know how much a coach knows, or wants to know, or allows himself to know -- and let Overton come back and play in the NCAA tournament, where he didn't do Washington much good in its third-round game against North Carolina.

Here's what Romar said in a statement that I'm fairly surprised wasn't 10 or 15 words shorter.

"I have been informed of the arrest of Venoy Overton and I am extremely disappointed. My staff and I spent an extraordinary amount of time and energy attempting to mentor Venoy prior to his recent graduation, so this news is especially troubling."

I'd go with alarming, if we're free to pick adjectives here. Washington and Romar will escape most criticism because this happened after the season (but was it happening during, that is the question, and will we learn those details should a trial come to pass?) with a player who will be seen as a rogue missile. Overton will likely get his comeuppance in the coming days, weeks and months. Romar and Washington will distance themselves immediately and dodge a lot of criticism over keeping a player with character flaws that go beyond the typical slews of issues so many college basketball players carry with them today.

Photo: AP
Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 4:09 pm

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Posted by Chip Patterson

CHARLOTTE -- We've got more controversy in regard to officiating. It was a dogfight, all the way down to the very end. North Carolina and Washington had the feel of an Elite Eight game, not a second-round pod matchup. Roy Williams' teams are often well-known for their offense, but on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte it was their defense that advanced the Tar Heels to the Sweet 16. North Carolina withstood a barrage of attempts by the Huskies to reclaim the lead that they lost in the final minutes of the second half. But possession after possession, the Tar Heels came up with either a turnover or defensive rebound to seal the victory.

After showing no fear the entire game, the Huskies looked overwhelmed in the final minute. With an 84-80 lead and the ball, Barnes worked the shot clock down before driving the lane and falling short on an attempt to ice the game. Terrence Ross got the rebound and quickly pushed the ball to Thomas. Thomas found Scott Suggs for three to bring the Huskies within one and take all of the air out of the arena.

Things only continued to surge as Kendall Marshall missed the front end of a one-and-one. Possessing the ball down one with 15 seconds left, things got strange.

Instead of putting the ball in the hands of Isaiah Thomas, the Huskies' giant-killer, Venoy Overton drove the lane and fell short on a layup. But the ball was knocked out of bounds on the Tar Heels, so Washington was still alive.

John Henson stands at a long 6-10. But guarding the inbounds pass with seven seconds left, he appeared 15 feet tall. Henson tipped the inbounds pass up in the air and Dexter Strickland recovered. After making both free throws, the Huskies had one last chance with five seconds left.

Once again, instead of getting the ball to Thomas, Overton took charge. He let a runner fly from around 35 feet to try and send the game into overtime. The attempt fell way short, but Henson (who had just supposedly saved the day) touched the ball before it went out of bounds. With .5 seconds, they finally put the ball back in Thomas' hands for three on the baseline, only Thomas had a foot inside the line. His attempt fell short, and speculation about whether Henson goaltended Thomas' shot bubbled up. Didn't matter though: the shot was a two-pointer.

Keep it here at CBSSports.com for more reaction from Charlotte, where the story has become more about another wild, controversial ending than the team that got the victory.

Photo: US Presswire

More NCAA tournament coverage
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 8:54 pm

Coach suspends Venoy Overton for Pac-10 tourney

Posted by Matt Norlander

A few hours after a judge officially charged Washington senior guard Venoy Overton with providing alcohol to a minor Tuesday afternoon, head coach Lorenzo Romar decided to suspend his starter for the entirety of the Pac-10 tournament.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times tweeted the news of Romar's decision. Brewer is also reporting Romar will reinstate Overton, should they make the NCAA tournament.

Overton is facing a maximum of one year in jail if he's found guilty of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
His suspension comes two months after a 16-year-old girl alleged she was sexually assaulted by a then-unnamed Huskies player. Washington decided to keep the guilty party in question anonymous as the case played out.

Overton is averaging 6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.

The Pac-10 tournament begins Wednesday in Los Angeles. Washington's first game is Thursday against Washington State.

Photo: AP
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