1-18-23 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school basketball and football, College basketball and football

By Richard Walker

Lincolnton High has a new head football coach after Jaden Angle was confirmed by the Lincoln County School Board on Tuesday night.

Jaden Angle

Angle, a 2011 Lincolnton High graduate, has been a Wolves assistant football coach since 2017.

A UNC Charlotte graduate, Angle teaches business and marketing classes at the school and also serves as a DECA and FCA advisor.

Lincolnton principal Scott Carpenter said this on a facebook post: “I am confident he will continue the successful tradition of Lincolnton Football. Coach Angle is tenacious, spirited, and displays the true grit of a champion.”

Lincolnton had a vacancy after David Byrd resigned in December after Lincolnton went 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the Catawba Valley Conference last season. The Wolves beat Randleman 37-36 in overtime in the first round of N.C. 2A playoffs – Lincolnton’s first postseason win since 2017 – before being eliminated 55-7 by Monroe in the second round.

The Wolves, whose 648 documented victories in school history make them among the top 10 in N.C. high school football history, have had a winning record since 2016.

Angle will become the fourth Lincolnton alumnus to coach the team, among them state championship-winning coaches Richard Smith (1987 to 1999 with a 1993 2A title), Scott Cloninger (2000 to 2014 with a 2007 2A title) and Byrd.








High school basketball

(Wednesday’s games)
Shelby 69, Bessemer City 58: Drew Hollifield had 21 points, Daylin Lee 19, Camden McGill 12 and Jakeith Hamiliton 10.

Piedmont CC 75, Apprentice Academy 36

Lincoln Charter 80, Bradford Prep 54

Cherryville 92, Pinnacle Classical Academy 59

Crest 69, Kings Mountain 51: A.J. Adams had 19 points, Tylik Briscoe 15 and D’various Surratt 11 for Crest and Bradley Floyd had 20 points for Kings Mountain.


Shelby 50, Bessemer City 38

Lincoln Charter 65, Bradford Prep 20

Cherryville 46, Pinnacle Classical Academy 28








Pro football

Could Sean Payton become the Carolina Panthers’ next head coach?

A former Panthers players who played for Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints thinks it would be a possibility.

And a national writer says Payton may have an answer for the Panthers’ quarterback question with another division rival in none other than all-time great Tom Brady.

Harper started (2006-13) and ended (2016) his career with the Saints and played two seasons (2014-15) for the Panthers.

On Tuesday’s episode of his podcast Bailey & Harper, the former safety told co-host Kyle Bailey that he thinks Payton could go to Carolina.

“Sean Payton will probably blow David Tepper’s mind away,” Harper said. “And up until yesterday … obviously there’s no way Sean Payton ends up with the Carolina Panthers. No way. But now, I’ve completely changed. I think, if I’m (New Orleans Saints general manager) Mickey Loomis, I make the trade.”

Since Payton is under contract with the Saints through the 2024 season, any team interested in the veteran coach would have have to request permission to interview Payton as well as convey compensation to New Orleans – likely in the form of draft picks.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio thinks a Payton-Brady combination for the Panthers makes “a lot of sense” and said Carolina owner David Tepper could make it happen.

“Enter the Panthers,” Florio wrote. “The last to officially join the Payton chase, Carolina has a very good defense, very good receivers, a solid running game, and an offensive line good enough to make it all go.
“They also have an owner who has been desperate for a great coach and a franchise quarterback. Even though Brady would be a short-term option, he’d fill the stadium and create a ton of excitement.
“Also, the NFC South currently is, to put it simply, not good. The Panthers would instantly become the favorites to win the division. They could fatten up their record enough to become one of the top seeds, especially with the schedule rotation having them face the teams of the AFC South and NFC North in 2023.”

Payton and Brady previously explored the possibility of teaming up before. Just last year, they looked into the possibility of coaching and quarterbacking the Miami Dolphins. Since the Dolphins violated NFL tampering rules by communicating with the two while they were still under their contracts with the Saints and New England Patriots, respectively.

In August 2002, the Dolphins were fined $1.5 million tampering and stripped of their 2023 first round draft pick.

The Panthers have either interviewed or requested interviews with 12 candidates – Payton, current Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks, former Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and Wake Forest head coach Jim Caldwell, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo.







College football

New Charlotte 49ers Biff Poggi continues to make news as the team landed a commitment on Wednesday via social media from quarterback Jalon Jones.

For Jones, a four-star prospect out of Richmond, Va., Henrico, in 2019, Charlotte will be his fifth college. After originally committing to Florida, he later played at Jackson State and Bethune-Cookman.

At Florida, he spent one semester in the Gators’ program before leaving the team after running into legal allegations and transferred to Jackson State.

There, Jones completed 54 of 111 passes for 882 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games and rushed 93 times for 395 yards as a true freshman in 2019.

Jones would then start the first five games at Jackson State in the 2021 spring season under new head coach Deion Sanders before he was replaced and finished the season with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions in his five games.

He transferred to Mississippi Delta Community College for the fall of 2021 before leaving for Bethune-Cookman where he passes for 2,275 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 575 yards and five touchdowns this past season.








Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets had a bittersweet night on Wednesday.

While the team won 122-117 at the Houston Rockets, a victory that makes head coach Steve Clifford the winningest coach in team history.

But Clifford, whose 208th victory in his two tenures as head coach surpassed Allan Bristow’s 207 victories, may again be without his best player for an extended period of time with another left ankle injury.

Ball, who missed the first 13 games of the season and 11 more games with left ankle injuries, left the game in the third quarter, was assisted from the court and did not return after teammate P.J. Washington stepped on his foot.

In the victory, Terry Rozier (26 points, 6 rebounds), Mark Williams (17 points, 6 rebounds 4 blocked shots), Washington (16 points, 8 rebounds), Ball (13 points, 4 assists) and Jalen McDaniels (12 points) led Charlotte.

Here’s the 2022-23 Charlotte Hornets schedule:

(12-34 record)
19 at San Antonio (W 129-102)
21 New Orleans (L 112-124)
23 at Atlanta (W 126-109)
26 at New York (L 131-134, OT)
28 at Orlando (L 93-113)
29 Golden State (W 120-113, OT)
31 Sacramento (L 108-115)
2 at Chicago (L 88-106)
4 at Memphis (L 99-130)
5 Brooklyn (L 94-98)
7 Washington (L 100-108)
9 Portland (L 95-105)
10 at Miami (L 112-117, OT)
12 at Miami (L 115-132)
14 at Orlando (W 112-105)
16 Indiana (L 113-125)
18 at Cleveland (L 122-132, 2 OT)
20 at Washington (L 102-106)
23 Philadelphia (W 107-101)
25 Minnesota (W 110-108)
28 at Boston (L 105-140)
2 Washington (W 117-116)
3 Milwaukee (L 96-105)
5 L.A. Clippers (L 117-119)
7 at Brooklyn (L 116-122)
9 New York (L 102-121)
11 at Philadelphia (L 113-131)
14 Detroit (L 134-141, OT)
16 Atlanta (L 106-125)
18 at Denver (L 115-119)
19 at Sacramento (W 125-119)
21 at L.A. Clippers (L 105-126)
23 at L.A. Lakers (W 134-130)
26 at Portland (L 113-124)
27 at Golden State (L 105-110)
29 Oklahoma City (W 121-113)
31 Brooklyn (L 106-123)
2 L.A. Lakers (L 115-121)
4 Memphis (L 107-131)
6 at Milwaukee (W 138-109)
8 at Indiana (L 111-116)
10 at Toronto (L 120-132)
12 at Toronto (L 114-124)
14 Boston (L 106-122)
16 Boston (L 118-130)
18 at Houston (W 122-117)
21 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
23 at Utah, 9 p.m.
24 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
26 Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
29 Miami, 1 p.m.
31 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
2 at Chicago, 8 p.m.
3 at Detroit, 7 p.m.
5 Orlando, 1 p.m.
8 at Washington, 7 p.m.
10 at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
11 Denver, 7 p.m.
13 Atlanta, 7 p.m.
15 San Antonio, 7 p.m.
24 at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
25 Miami, 7 p.m.
27 Detroit, 7 p.m.
1 Phoenix, 7 p.m.
3 Orlando, 7 p.m.
5 at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
7 at New York, 7:30 p.m.
9 at Detroit, 7 p.m.
11 Utah, 7 p.m.
12 Cleveland, 5 p.m.
14 Cleveland, 7 p.m.
17 Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
20 Indiana, 7 p.m.
23 at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
24 at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
26 Dallas, 1 p.m.
28 at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
31 Chicago, 7 p.m.
2 Toronto, 1 p.m.
4 Toronto, 7 p.m.
7 Houston, 7 p.m.
9 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.











College basketball

(Wednesday’s game)

Longwood 64, Gardner-Webb 59: The loss was the Bulldogs’ second straight and fourth in five games and drops G-W to 8-11 overall and 3-4 in the Big South Conference.

Belmont Abbey 83, King 75: Wade Jackson had 24 points to lead five double figure scorers as the Crusaders improved to 12-6 overall and 8-2 in Conference Carolinas.












Pro football

Here’s the 2022-23 NFL playoff schedule:

-Wild Card weekend
No. 1 Kansas City – bye
No. 5 L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville – Jacksonville 31-30
No. 7 Miami at No. 2 Buffalo – Buffalo 34-31
No. 6 Baltimore at No. 3 Cincinnati – Cincinnati 24-17

No. 1 Philadelphia – bye
No. 7 Seattle at No. 2 San Francisco – San Francisco 41-23
No. 6 N.Y. Giants at No. 3 Minnesota – N.Y. Giants 31-24
No. 5 Dallas at No. 4 Tampa Bay – Dallas 31-14

-Confererence semifinals
Jan. 21-22, pairings, times and dates TBA
No. 4 Jacksonville at No. 1 Kansas City, 4:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC)
No. 3 Cincinnati at No. 2 Buffalo, 3 p.m. Sunday (CBS)

No. 6 N.Y. Giants at No. 1 Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Saturday (FOX)
No. 5 Dallas at No. 2 San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. Sunday (FOX)

-Conference championship games
NFC, 3 p.m. on Jan. 29 (FOX)
AFC, 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 (CBS)

-Super Bowl
Feb. 12 at Glendale, Ariz., 6:30 p.m. (FOX)