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College Sports Morning Headlines-6/20/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 6/20/11.

Bear Foundation Enjoys Record-Breaking Year - More than $7.6 million contributed to Baylor Athletics in 2010-11.  Thanks to the continued generosity of its loyal fans and friends, the Baylor Bear Foundation enjoyed a seventh straight record-breaking year, raising more the $7.6 million in support of the school's 19-sport intercollegiate athletics program during the 2010-11 fiscal year.  "This has been a special year for Baylor Athletics and another record year Bear Foundation," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "We ask much from our loyal donors and they have responded with overwhelming support. Baylor Athletics and our student-athletes are experiencing great success competitively and academically as a direct result of the financial support of Bear Foundations members."   READ MORE

Canion Earns Spot On Team USA - Canion one of 18 players named to the USA Softball Women's National Team.  Whitney Canion was one of 18 players named to the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced on Friday. Canion becomes the first player in program history to play for Team USA.  "This is a dream come true for me," Canion said. "To represent my country and school in a game I truly love is the pinnacle and I know I am blessed to be given this opportunity."  Canion is one of four pitchers on the team, three of which come from the Big 12 Conference, as Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma and Chelsea Thomas of Missouri join her on the staff.   READ MORE

Athletic Performance to Host Fourth Annual Clinic - The Baylor University Athletic Performance team will host its fourth annual strength and conditioning clinic on Saturday, June 25th, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Simpson Athletic and Academic Center at Baylor's Highers Athletics Complex.  The clinic, which is open to all coaches, will feature Mike Carter, Head Strength and Conditioning/Offensive Line coach at Allen (Texas) High School, as well as members of Kaz Kazadi's Baylor Athletic Performance Team. While at Allen, Carter was a member of a 2008 state championship team and received Samson's Strength Coach of the Year. He has also coached at Garland and North Garland, winning a state crown at Garland in 1999.   READ MORE

Florida beats Texas 8-4 in CWS opener - They arrived with a message, the coaches who convened at the College World Series.  College baseball is now about pitching and defense in this era of dead metal bats, especially at TD Ameritrade Park, new home for the two-week event.  Florida players must not have been listening very closely, though. The Gators knocked Texas ace Taylor Jungmann out of the game in the fifth inning, defeating the Longhorns 8-4 in front of 25,521 fans in the opening game for both teams.  The Longhorns (49-18) move into the losers' bracket, where they face North Carolina on Monday at 1 p.m.   READ MORE

Shooting the three: one easy way Rick Barnes can improve his offense - Sadly, the basketball off-season is here.  The NCAA tournament ended a couple of months back, and the NBA season just finished up.  It is a good time for thinking about some broader topics related to basketball. Lately, I have been thinking some about how a basketball offense works, and how style of play influences outcomes.  To put more of a Texas spin on this, there is a lot of desire among Texas fans for Rick Barnes to take his offense to the next level.  Now, I believe that Rick Barnes already gets pretty good results on the offensive end, but to give Texas the best chance at a championship the offense probably needs to get better.   READ MORE

Happy Father's Day from the College World Series - The Longhorns prepared for their Monday matchup with North Carolina but also took time to acknowledge the significance of the men in their lives.  The Texas Longhorns spent Sunday afternoon on the artificial turf of Creighton University’s ballpark. Preparation for their NCAA Men’s College World Series elimination matchup against North Carolina included – no surprise here – fielding and hitting.  But the Longhorns also found time to acknowledge the significance of the day. Sunday was Father’s Day.  Some Longhorns were even fortunate enough to have their fathers in town, including freshman infielder Alex Silver, whose father, Steven, took in practice from the first-base dugout. Steven, also a UT graduate, says that baseball has been part of his son’s life from the very beginning.   READ MORE

Aggies drop Game 1 of College World Series - Texas A&M followed the same script as its rival in the College World Series. The Aggies, who lost 5-4 to South Carolina on Sunday night, jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against the Gamecocks. Only to have South Carolina counter with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.  Neither team scored again until the ninth, when Robert Beary led off the inning with a double off of the right-field wall against A&M reliever Kyle Martin. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a single to left off of reliever Nick Fleece, moving Beary to third. Evan Marzilli drew a walk, loading the bases.   READ MORE

Aggies drop first College World Series game to South Carolina - Scott Wingo drilled a bases-loaded single off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to give defending national champion South Carolina a 5-4 victory over Texas A&M at the College World Series on Sunday night.  South Carolina (51-14) advanced to a Bracket 2 winners' game against Virginia on Tuesday night. The Aggies (47-21) play California in an elimination game that afternoon.  Wingo's winning hit against Nick Fleece capped his career-best four-hit night, and he reached base five times.   READ MORE

For some Aggie fans, it's Father's Day at the baseball game - Dawn Pounds knew what to get her husband for Father's Day when the Texas A&M baseball team beat Florida State to reach the College World Series for the first time in 12 years. She told Ray Pounds to take their 6-year-old son Aaron to Omaha to see the Aggies play South Carolina compliments of her and the three daughters, ages 15, 13 and 8.  "We're just having a great time," said Ray Pounds as they exited the concession stand. "It's just a great experience."  Aaron had a baseball glove on one hand and a hamburger in the other. He was wearing a maroon Texas A&M No. 12 baseball jersey with matching maroon shorts and an Aggie hat.  Ray Pounds had a white A&M polo golf shirt and Aggie hat. The 1989 Aggie graduate works in Houston for Accenture, a management consulting firm.  "I was a baseball fan at A&M. We had some pretty good teams back then," he said.  But this was his first trip to Omaha, which became more memorable when he was joined by his father, Herb Pounds, Class of '65, who flew in Sunday afternoon. Herb Pounds made the trek to Omaha the last time the Aggies were at the CWS, which was 1999.   READ MORE

Floren, Smith Named To Golfweek Magazine All-America Team - Smith collects the first All-American honor of his career.  Senior men's golfers Nils Floren and Matt Smith earned their third postseason individual honors as both earned All-American status from Golfweek Magazine.  Floren led the way for Texas Tech as he was named to the third team while Smith picked up honorable mention honors.   READ MORE

Beebe talks state of Big 12 - Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe called into the Lubbock radio show "Tech Talk" with Brandon Rawe and's Aaron Dickens on Double T 104.3 FM Friday to talk about the changing landscape of Texas Tech's league.  With Nebraska and Colorado officially out of the Big 12, Beebe said he is optimistic about the league's potential as a 10-team conference and the brand itself will continue as it is.  "Ten is greater than 12 in some ways with the ability of our institutions to play a round robin," Beebe said. "We've won championships and competed for championships under that banner.   READ MORE

Texas Tech Volleyball Announces 2011 Schedule - Red Raiders will play 11 matches in the United Spirit Arena, including the Texas Tech Invitational.  The Texas Tech volleyball program will play 11 matches at the United Spirit Arena next season, according to the 2011 schedule announced Thursday afternoon by first-year head coach Don Flora.  With only nine Big 12 Conference schools now participating in volleyball, Tech will play a record 16 non-conference matches, with 13 of those being played on the road or at neutral sites.  "The team is really looking forward to the upcoming season," said Flora, who was hired from New Mexico State in January. "This schedule gives us a mixture of quality volleyball styles that will prepare us for the Big 12."   READ MORE

2011 Houston Football Tailgating Information - Cougar Football Season Opens Sept. 3.  Make sure you don't miss a minute of action during the 2011 Houston Football season and reserve your tailgating spot now with the Cougar Pride office.  Houston Athletics and Cougar Pride offer tent, ticket and food packages to make easier for you to prepare for the big game. No set up... No preparations... No clean up... No hassles. Now you can spend more time getting ready for the next Cougar victory.  Packages include two tailgating parking passes, plastic table covers, two garbage cans and labor cost for setup and break¬down of the event. The reserved Cougar tailgating area is in the parking lot adjacent to the west side of Robertson Stadium.   READ MORE

Chris Carter Named Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year - Senior jumper swept all horizontal jump titles this year.  Senior Chris Carter has been named the 2011 Conference USA Male Outdoor Field Athlete of the year as announced by the league office. Carter swept this year's C-USA Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year awards.  Carter qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the long jump and triple jump this past season and took All-American status in the triple jump with his 16.14m/52-11.5 mark.   READ MORE

Volleyball Announces 2011 Schedule - Cougars Open Season With Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup.  Five teams that reached the postseason in 2010 highlight the 2011 University of Houston volleyball schedule released Friday by head coach Molly Alvey. In addition, the Cougars will face nine teams that finished the season ranked in the top 75, including five in the top 50. Houston will also meet four opponents during the 2011 season for the first time in program history.  "Another tough preseason schedule awaits us this season," Alvey said. "My plan for this season was to schedule extremely tough competition for the first three weekends of play. This competition will prepare our team for our Conference USA opponents and it will put us in the best possible position to be an NCAA tournament team."  "With this season's schedule, we start with three tournaments that we will have to prepare and play very well in to put our team in the position to win."   READ MORE

Owls miss grandeur at College World Series - This is the byproduct of ridiculous expectations, the envy borne of extreme standards befitting a program familiar with the mountaintop.  As the coaches of the eight participants in the 2011 College World Series gushed and awed over T.D. Ameritrade Park, the new Omaha home for the NCAA Baseball Championship, one couldn't help but to ponder exactly how long it had been since Rice coach Wayne Graham graced the dais with his curmudgeonly charm. Venerable Rosenblatt Stadium, its reverence honored last June before technology and the necessity of a state-of-the-art downtown facility expedited its demise, is in the process of being stripped like a retail mannequin, the memories of CWS past pared away with the Blatt's scoreboard and rainbow-colored bleachers.   READ MORE

Pitching coach David Pierce leaving Rice - "Consistency is the reason we're consistent."  Immediately after uttering that statement Rice coach Wayne Graham acknowledged its redundancy. But the beauty of its repetition was the fundamental truth serving as the foundation for the theory. Rice has consistently succeeded at a high level because continuity is a hallmark of the program under Graham, particularly over the past half-decade.  Before pitching coach David Pierce resigned to succeed the retired Mark Johnson at Sam Houston State on Thursday, the Owls' staff had remained unchanged since 2006, when former Rice catcher Pat Hallmark joined as the volunteer assistant.   READ MORE

Madanay Receives C-USA Spirit of Service Award - Dedicated Many Hours to Volunteer Projects.  Rice University track and field athlete Farrah Madanay has received the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.  Madanay, may not be a Houstonian by birth, but you would not know it by the amount of volunteer hours she has accumulated in the city of Houston. A sophomore and a native of Honolulu, Hawai'i, Farrah has performed a variety of community service hours during the 2010-11 school year, including the Houston Health Museum, Holocaust Museum of Houston, Beacon Soup Kitchen, Rice Sallyport VISION for welcoming students, and the Rice Golf Classic fundraiser.  She is a distance runner on head coach Jim Bevan's track and field and cross country teams. At the recently concluded Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, Madanay placed ninth in the grueling 10,000m run. Farrah is the daughter of Lynn and Lauri Madanay.   READ MORE

Ten SMU Football Games Set For Television - More Selections Could Follow In Coming Weeks.  Even television networks are taking note of the Mustang football program's rise, as Fox Sports and CBS Sports have selected 10 SMU football games for broadcast in 2011, it was announced today.  SMU will open the season on Fox Sports, playing at Texas A&M on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. before returning home to host UTEP, also on Fox, on Saturday, Sept. 10.  The Mustangs will then have an early wake-up call for an 11 a.m. kickoff at Memphis on Fox on Sept. 24. SMU's game at TCU has been moved to Friday, Sept. 30, and will kick at 7 p.m. CT on CBS Sports. Continuing the five-week run of TV games, the Mustangs also have the home UCF game (Oct. 15/Fox/TBD) and road Southern Miss (Oct. 22/CBSSN/7 p.m. CT) and Tulsa (Oct. 29/Fox/TBD) games set for broadcast.   READ MORE

Transformation Continues For SMU Golf Programs - Enloe, Von Ins Arrive On The Hilltop.  The transformation of the SMU golf programs continue on the Hilltop, as the Mustangs have added a pair of new assistant coaches. Following the hiring of former National Coach of the Year and two-time NCAA Championship coach Josh Gregory to lead the men's team and former two-time Regional Coach of the Year and four-time conference Coach of the Year Jeanne Sutherland to lead the women's golf team, the men have hired Jason Enloe as an assistant coach, while the women have added David Von Ins to the staff.  Enloe, an SMU alumnus, returns to SMU after a 14-year professional golf career, playing on the PGA/Nationwide Tour, the Canadian Tour, Golden Bear Your and the Adams Tour. He won the Nationwide's Fort Smith Classic in 2009 and the Pete Dye Classic in 2006. He played on the 1997 U.S. World Amateur Team and has twice reached the latter stages of match play at the U.S. Amateur. Enloe was also a four-year letterman for the Mustang golf team, playing alongside Gregory.   READ MORE

SMU Football: Athlon Sports Picks SMU To Win C-USA West - Selects Nine To All-C-USA Teams.  SMU Wide Receivers, Offensive Line And Defensive Line Units Also Deemed Best In C-USA - Athlon Sports preseason football magazine selected SMU to finish first in Conference USA's Western Division. The publication also named nine Mustangs to its preseason All-C-USA squads. In addition, the SMU wide receivers, offensive line and defensive line units were all deemed best in C-USA. The Mustangs enter 2011 on the heels of consecutive bowl berths and Conference USA Western Division Championships.   READ MORE

Football Opponent Overview: Tulane - October 15th sees Coach Bob Toledo and the Tulane Green Wave roll into El Paso for a C-USA west division showdown. Coach Toledo (76-97) will bring 14 returning starters leading his best team in five years. Last year, Tulane finished last season at 4-8 and is looking for their third consecutive year of an improving record.  The Miners will be looking to avenge their tough loss last year in the Crescent City. Tied in the fourth quarter, Tulane parlayed two fourth quarter scoring drives and two late Miner interceptions into a 34-20 win.  Ryan Griffin, (6-feet, 5-inches and 215 pounds) their big strong-armed quarterback, leads the offensive. Last year, Griffin was hampered by shoulder and wrist injuries; still he threw for 2,371 yards with 14 touchdowns and only eight picks. Ryan Grant has his top receiver Joe Kemp to turn to this year. Kemp finished last year with 33 receptions averaging 15.5 yards and four touchdowns. Kemp, the former quarterback, was moved to receiver last year and made significant improvement during the year. This should be Tulane’s best offense in years.   READ MORE

Americas Running Back Commits to Boise State - It was down to two.  After receiving scholarship offers from Division 1 Universities like Texas A&M, Rice, UTEP, New Mexico State, New Mexico, and Boise State, Americas Senior-to-be Jack Fields chose Boise State over UTEP.  Fields, an all-district and all-city running back in 2010, chose Boise State because of their style of offense.  He liked the downhill approach by the Broncos over the spread offenses of the other schools.   READ MORE

Softball Hosts Camps in July - To register for either camp please contact the Professional and Public Programs at (915) 747-5142.  UTEP softball will hold its annual summer All-Skills Camp and Pitching & Catching Camp the last week of July.  The All Skills Camp is scheduled for July 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for ages 6-12 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 13-18. The cost of registration is $100 on or before July 21 and $115 after July 21.  Campers interested in the Pitching and Catching Camp can attend on July 30 and 31. UTEP softball will host children ages 6-12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and ages 13-18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost on or before July 23 is $100 and $115 after July 23.   READ MORE

Evans And Kelton Receive Preseason Notice - TCU seniors will be in their fourth year as starters this fall.  TCU placekicker Ross Evans and punter Anson Kelton have been named to watch lists for their respective positions by the College Football Performance Awards.  At the close of each season, the CFPA recognizes the top players in college football.  Evans and Kelton, both seniors, will be in their fourth year as starters this fall.  READ MORE

Eight Frogs Appear On Dave Campbell's All-Texas College Team - Carder tabbed the State's Defensive Player of the Year.  Eight TCU players, including linebacker Tank Carder as the State's Defensive Player of the Year, have been named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football 2011 All-Texas College Team.  Carder, also tabbed the Best Linebacker in Texas, is joined on the All-Texas College first team by tailback Ed Wesley.  Representing TCU on the second team are wide receiver Josh Boyce, linebacker Tanner Brock, offensive guard Kyle Dooley, placekicker Ross Evans, punter Anson Kelton and defensive end Stansly Maponga.  Carder was a first-team All-American last season and the Rose Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player. Carder is one of six returning defensive starters for TCU. The Horned Frogs have led the nation in total defense each of the last three seasons.   READ MORE

Matt Purke Update - Despite the fact that an injury-plagued sophomore season caused him to slip to the 3rd round of the MLB Draft, it appears that Matt Purke may not necessarily be ready to jump into pro baseball. According to Federal Baseball, a Washington Nationals fan blog, the Nats have serious concerns about Purke's signability. They also quote Nolan Ryan as saying that the reason the Rangers passed on Purke this year was because his monetary demands were actually higher than they were two years ago when he was their 1st round pick.   READ MORE

Thinking about the contributions of the Geezles - I had been in Denton just a little while a few years ago when I first heard of an old fraternity called the Geezles while sitting bleary-eyed at one of those brutally early Hall of Fame breakfasts at UNT.  "The What-els?" I said.  It wasn't until later that I came to realize the huge impact this batch of guys has had on UNT history.  The latest example came this week when the Geezles granted me an interview or two to talk about the remarkable gesture they made by donating a huge chunk of change to purchase an eagle statue that will go in the new stadium.  The statue is going to be beautiful. It ought to be considering the members of the old fraternity dropped a couple hundred grand on it.   READ MORE

A story on a great project for the new stadium and a recruiting note - I am going to save the blog I am going to write about the Geezles and the project they have undertaken for UNT's new football stadium for tomorrow.  I have spent the day putting the paper together and want to catch some sleep, but be sure to pick up today's paper or read the story here: The Geezles and their eagle statue.  It really is a remarkable tale of how a group of people have remained dedicated to UNT and its athletic program through the years and how they have made a remarkable gesture that will last a lifetime.   READ MORE

UNT mailbag -- Responding to Positive Poenine - I can't help it, Positive Poenine got my goat with the following comment:  "You keep saying UNT. It is now being branded as North Texas Athletics. I actually disagree with you about this upcoming season. Dan McCarney didn't inherit anything. He came in and created a whole NEW Football program with a whole new staff. As a proud business leader in the Denton Community, I think we need to be reporting a more positive spin on the stadium. The more interests we can peak, the more people we have coming to town, spending money in our community. I'm sure you wouldn't mind more people coming to town, picking up a Denton Record Chronicle, and reading your blog, right?"   READ MORE

Survival is WAC’s Leading Goal - The most damning statement regarding the future of the WAC came from Big Sky commissioner Doug Fullerton, who told The Idaho Statesman that his conference “is in a better place” than the much-maligned F.B.S. league. Fullerton’s comments come on the heels of a report that six Big Sky universities – Montana, Montana State, Cal Poly, U.C. Davis, Sacramento State and Portland State – had been contacted by the WAC in an effort to replenish its depleted ranks, which currently includes only eight football programs. One member, Boise State, is already gone; three more, Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii, join the Broncos in the Mountain West in 2012.   READ MORE

Cunningham Ties For Fourth At NCAA Championships, Earns First-Team All-America Honors - Sophomore Logan Cunningham tied for fourth place in the pole vault Wednesday evening at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, with a height of 5.25 meters (17-02.75) to claim a spot on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association First-Team All-America squad.  "I came in ranked 17th so to tie for fourth exceeded my expectations a little,” Cunningham said. “I really just wanted to PR and see where that would get me. I just tried to go out there and do the best that I could."  Not only did Cunningham have to deal with nerves but weather also posed as an unfortunate factor throughout the event.   READ MORE

Texas State Baseball: 2011 Season In Review - The 2011 Texas State baseball team left its mark on the program's history after winning both the Southland Conference regular season and tournament championships, qualifying for an NCAA Regional and tying the team record for wins in a season.  The Bobcats began the season strong, going 19-7 through the team's first 26 games, including a stretch of seven straight wins from late February to early March. That early success set the pace for a Bobcat team that finished the regular season with a 35-20 overall record and 24-9 Southland Conference mark to earn the program's third consecutive SLC regular season championship.  Along the way, Texas State had a 13-2 victory over No. 16 Baylor and six series sweeps – Akron, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston, Sam Houston State, UTSA and Nicholls. The Bobcats also earned a spot in a top-25 national poll during the last three weeks of the regular season, ranking No. 25 in the Baseball America poll.   READ MORE

Men's basketball inks pair to National Letters of Intent - UTSA head men’s basketball coach Brooks Thompson announced Thursday that Michael Hale III (Federal Way, Wash./North Idaho College) and Kannon Burrage (East Moline, Ill./Des Moines Area [Iowa] CC) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Roadrunners for the 2011-12 season.  Hale III, a 5-10 point guard, earned first-team All-Scenic West Conference (SWC) and second-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors the past two seasons for head coach Jared Phay at North Idaho College. The Federal Way, Wash., native averaged 17.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and a pair of steals this past season to help the Cardinals to a 23-9 record, the Region 18 semifinal round and a No. 1 national ranking at one point during the season. As a freshman in 2009-10, Hale III posted 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest to guide North Idaho, which is located in Coeur d’Alene, to a 27-5 mark, the SWC Championship and the Region 18 final.   READ MORE

Gibson, Jewasko named Southland Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year - Devin Gibson (men's basketball) and Kelsey Jewasko (volleyball) were two of 24 student-athletes that were selected as 2010-11 Southland Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the league office announced on Thursday.   READ MORE

Roadrunners add pair of transfers to football roster - UTSA head football coach Larry Coker announced Monday that defensive lineman Lekenwic Haynes (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry HS/Mississippi) and offensive lineman Patrick Hoog (Castroville, Texas/Medina Valley HS/Oklahoma State) have transferred to the Roadrunners program.   READ MORE


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