BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Darnell Williams underwent surgery Thursday on his right knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and the senior swingman is expected to begin rehabilitation as soon as he gets out of Christ Hospital.
Williams, a three-year starter at XU, injured his knee while playing in Italy for the NIT All-Star team. He is expected to be sidelined 6-to-12 months.
Team orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Turba, who performed the surgery, said the operation confirmed the ACL tear, which he diagnosed after an examination Tuesday.
"(Williams) will be in the hospital a couple days and begin rehabilitation immediately," Turba said through a Xavier spokesperson. "This phase of his recovery went well."
Michael Bobinski does not officially start as XU's athletic director until mid-August. But he already has work to do.
Mike Hermann, Xavier's associate athletic director for marketing who has served as acting AD since April, is expected to be named athletic director at Niagara University today.
Hermann, also offered the AD job at St. Francis (Pa.), is expected to start work at Niagara in July. The school, just north of Buffalo, N.Y., has 280 student-athletes in 17 sports with an enrollment of 2,200 undergraduates.
"I'm happy to have this opportunity," said Hermann, also a finalist to replace Jeff Fogelson at XU. "It's an exciting time there. I got the chance because of some of the experience I had at Xavier."
Bobinski said he will talk with XU administrative vice president John Kucia today about replacing Hermann.
Xavier's men's basketball recruiting class has been ranked seventh in the country by Van Coleman's FutureStars and tied for ninth by Clark Francis' HoopScoop. FutureStars has Cincinnati at No. 8. HoopScoop ranks the Bearcats' class seventh.
NEW WOMEN'S COACH:
The XU women's basketball program added Toby Metoyer to its coaching staff. Metoyer, 23, is a former player at Long Beach State and Duquesne who was coached by Xavier assistant Tricia Cullop at Long Beach. It is Metoyer's first college coaching job.
Kristin Schneider was promoted to the No. 2 assistant's spot, where she'll be able to recruit off campus, after Monique Greene's departure in April.
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