February 16, 2012

Nugent, Flanigan Interviewed by ESPN for Upcoming Cory Weissman Feature

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The inspirational story of Cory Weissman, the Gettysburg senior basketball player who returned from a stroke to score the only point of his collegiate career last Saturday, will be featured on ESPN's College Game Day on February 25th. As part of the story, ESPN interviewed Washington College head coach Rob Nugent and freshman guard Sean Flanigan about their roles in a truly heart-moving tale.

While he had not be cleared for full contact, Weissman started Saturday's contest, which was the Bullets' Senior Day, before being subbed out immediately after the opening tip. With Gettysburg holding a sizable lead with under a minute to play, Gettysburg coach George Petrie re-inserted Weissman into the line-up. In the final moments of the game, Nugent called a timeout and instructed his players to foul Weissman and send him to the free-throw line.  Flanigan, who was guarding Weissman at the time, informed the official of the plan and lightly tugged on Weissman's jersey once he received the ball. Weissman went to the free-throw line and, after missing his first attempt, swished his second free-throw to cap off a long road back from the stroke he suffered as a freshman.

Weissman's free throw was also featured on today's SportsCenter Top 10 on ESPN.

In addition to the planned ESPN piece, Weissman, Petrie, and Nugent will all be guests on tonight's episode of Hoopsville, the online NCAA Division III talk show.

Weissman's story has received a growing amount of media attention, including the following:

ESPN.com
Frank Deford for National Public Radio (NPR)

"The Dagger," Yahoo Sports NCAA Basketball Blog

Deadspin.com
New York Times College Sports Blog
The Newark Star-Ledger Front Page
The Baltimore Sun sports section
The Philadelphia Daily News sports section
The Harrisburg Patriot-News sports section
The Sacramento Bee sports section
The Mankato Free Press editorial page
Huffington Post "Top 5 Sports Stories"
Len Berman's "Sports Timeout" on Buzz60
Newscast on ABC 2 in Baltimore, MD
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sports Blog
NCAA.org
NCAA.com
D3Hoops.com 
Hoopsville
The Kent County News
The Chestertown Spy
Pete Barrett's New York Sports Cookie