Sports briefs

October 18, 2013

Salas out as coach

of Lumberton football

LUMBERTON — Seven games into his first season, Joe Salas is out as head football coach at Lumberton, several sources close to the situation confirmed to The Robesonian on Thursday morning.

Defensive coordinator Ron Cook will serve as interim coach over the final four games according to Lumberton athletic director Mackie Register. Public Schools of Robeson County athletic director Jason Suggs confirmed the decision but declined further comment.

“The team was notified during a meeting this morning,” Register said.

His players were surprised.

“We were shocked at first, but some people knew it was coming I think,” senior receiver Bryan Carpenter said. “I haven’t seen coach (Salas) all day.”

The Pirates are 0-7 this season and travel to Hoke County on Friday.

—Brad Crawford

Elon picked to win

Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Elon has been picked to unseat two-time Southern Conference men’s basketball champion Davidson this fall by league coaches and media.

The SoCon released its preseason rankings and all-conference teams Thursday.

Elon received seven of 11 first-place votes among conference coaches. Davidson was picked second with Western Carolina third and Appalachian State and Samford tied for fourth.

The league’s media had the same top three with Samford fourth and Wofford fifth in the 11-team league.

Davidson’s De’Mon Brooks was selected as the SoCon’s preseason player of the year. Brooks was last season’s conference tournament MVP. Elon had three players on the preseason team in guard Jack Isenbarger and forwards Ryley Beaumont and Lucas Troutman.

Almirola crew chief

suspended by NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance-abuse policy.

NASCAR announced its decision Thursday against Parrott, who works for Richard Petty Motorsports. The substance was not identified.

“We have an expectation of all RPM employees to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism and within the competitive confines as set forth by NASCAR,” said Sammy Johns, RPM’s vice president of operations and competition. “We are very disappointed that one of our employees did not meet our expectations and we completely support NASCAR, their policies and final decisions when it comes to the substance abuse policy.”

Johns will handle crew chief duties for the No. 43 Ford this weekend at Talladega and until further notice.

Parrott was the longtime crew chief for Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett when Jarrett was at Robert Yates Racing. He guided him to two Daytona 500 victories, in 1996 and 2000, and wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1996 and 1999.