• Former Verdigris standout Rotnei Clarke: No hard feelings about Arkansas departure

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn't change the former Verdigris star's opinion of Arkansas, though. Clarke, who has signed a 10-month contract to play his second season in Belgium for Okapi Aalstar, lives in Fayetteville, Ark., told an Arkansas newspaper that he's still a "huge fan" of the Hogs. BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn’t change his opinion of Arkansas, though. “I still look at Fayetteville as my home,” Clarke said Friday afternoon. “I had a great time when I played here. It’s an awesome place to live, and I can definitely see myself ending up here when I’m done playing basketball.” Clarke, who lives in Fayetteville with his wife, the former Patricia Elliott, participated in the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club’s golf scramble in Bella Vista on Friday. The 25-year-old — who is a few months removed from a successful start to his professional career — revisited his time with the Razorbacks before playing a round of golf with a few family members in the event. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/sports/clarke-no-hard-feelings-toward-hogs#sthash.1Vxc75pR.dpuf

  • Arkansas State extends contract of Brian Boyer

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State has announced that women's basketball coach Brian Boyer has agreed to a new three-year contract. ASU athletic director Terry Mohajir says Boyer's new contract extends through the 2016-17 season. ASU went 22-12 last season and 14-4 in the Sun Belt Conference and won the SBC regular season title outright for the first time in school history. Boyer was named SBC Coach of the Year after the season. The Red Wolves lost in the finals of the Sun Belt Conference women's tournament and played in the WNIT.

  • Indiana women's basketball coach resigns

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Curt Miller spent two seasons rebuilding the Indiana women's basketball team. He won't be around to direct the finished project. On Friday, Miller surprised many by resigning as the Hoosiers coach because of health and family reasons. "As you know, this was a most difficult decision but the right one for me and my family at this time," Miller wrote in a letter sent to athletic director Fred Glass. "Thank you for the opportunity to resurrect the program. I will always cherish my time as a part of the Hoosier Nation. I wish nothing but continued success for the players, coaches and the program." School officials did not provide any details about Miller's health, citing privacy laws.

  • UALR hires assistant baseball coach from OSU

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced the hiring of a volunteer assistant baseball coach from Oklahoma State University. UALR baseball coach Chris Curry announced Roland Fanning as the Trojans' newest assistant coach on Friday. Fanning joins the UALR staff after serving as a volunteer assistant at OSU and five seasons as an assistant coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State. Fanning played collegiately at Carl Albert State College and Northern Oklahoma-Enid before finishing his career at Southeastern Oklahoma where he graduated in 2005.

  • Big East to hold 2015 baseball tournament in Omaha

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Big East Conference will hold its 2015 baseball tournament at TD Ameritrade Park. The conference announced Friday that athletic directors had approved championship sites for 16 sports in 2014-15. The baseball tournament is set for May 21-24. TD Ameritrade Park hosted the Big Ten tournament in May. The 24,000-seat downtown stadium is site of the College World Series. This will be the first time the stadium has hosted the Big East tournament. Host institution Creighton is entering its second year in the Big East. The Big East tournament champion receives an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

  • Cardinals to face Kentucky, Cal in non-league play

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville will prepare to enter the Atlantic Coast Conference with a non-conference schedule featuring Final Four participant Cal and in-state rivals Kentucky and Western Kentucky. The Cardinals will face seven 20-win teams among 11 postseason participants last spring. Louisville opens on Nov. 14 at IUPUI, a WNIT participant, before starting a six-game home stand Nov. 16 with UT-Martin, which went 24-10. A Nov. 20 meeting against Belmont begins a five-game stretch over 10 days and includes Ball State, WKU (Nov. 25), Lafayette and at Valparaiso. Louisville hosts Iowa on Dec. 4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before hosting Kentucky three days later. After facing Old Dominion on Dec. 15, Louisville

  • UALR names assistant baseball coach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball coach Chris Curry has named Russell Raley the Trojans' new assistant coach. Raley has spent the past six seasons on the staffs at Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Incarnate Word. Curry says Raley will coach infielders and hitters. Raley coached infielders, outfielders and was hitting coach at Incarnate Word and Texas Tech after serving as an assistant to the Oklahoma hitting coach for four seasons. Raley also played at OU and spent two years in the New York Yankees minor league system.

  • College of Charleston president orders second investigation of Doug Wojcik

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell has ordered a second investigation of embattled basketball coach Doug Wojcik based on new allegations of a physical confrontation with a player and verbal abuse of athletic department staff. One of the allegations in the new report includes a physical confrontation between Wojcik and former Cougar guard Trevonte Dixon, which occurred during a game in the 2012-13 season, multiple sources told The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. A source also said a video of the confrontation between Wojcik, a former coach at Tulsa, and Dixon is part of the report.

  • Lady Vols coach wants a stronger finishing touch

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Holly Warlick believes Tennessee's bid to return to national title contention is more a mental hurdle than a physical test. The Lady Vols were rolling going into last season's NCAA tournament. The momentum carried only so far and Tennessee lost in a regional semifinal. Warlick wants to make sure her team doesn't peak too early again. "I think our team needs to have a little bit more togetherness," the Tennessee coach told The Associated Press. "We have to have a little bit more discipline, a little bit more toughness. I thought we were tough at times, but not all the time. I thought sometimes when our back got against the wall, we folded a little bit." Tennessee has shown plenty of grit at tim

  • Rogers State coach signs 6 in recruiting class

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Rogers State University women's basketball coach Bobby Cope has announced the six players who make up his first recruiting class heading into the 2014-15 season. Jordan Evans, from Tulsa; Amari Jones, also from Tulsa; Jalissa Felici, from Bellevue, Nebraska; and Taylor Koelsch, from Owasso; all join the Hillcats as transfers. Kelsy Byrd, from Ketchum and Madison Dearmin, from Balko, come to RSU from the high school ranks. The Hillcats are entering their second year in the Heartland Conference, beginning their second year in the NCAA's Division II membership process. For more information on the school's women's basketball program, visit www.rsuhillcats.com .

  • Gail Goestenkors quits WNBA job, enters hoops hall

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    This was a roller-coaster weekend for Gail Goestenkors. On the day she resigned as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, it was announced she would enter the women's basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. "I thought the timing was absolutely perfect if there is such a thing," said Goestenkors, who built Duke into a national power, guiding the Blue Devils to four Final Four appearances and seven straight seasons with at least 30 wins. "It epitomizes the business of women's basketball. It's a series of highs and lows. ... I think I've been so blessed and fortunate over the years to make so many great memories. I've had so many messages that were congratulations and I'm sorry about the LA situation.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Kurt Budke elected to Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

    By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, who died in a 2011 plane crash, has been posthumously elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining Budke in the class are four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors and longtime Oregon high school coach Brad Smith. The group will be inducted next June at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. The Immaculata teams that won championships from 1972-74 will receive the Hall’s trailblazer award. Budke was a successful coach at Louisiana Tech before arriving at Oklahoma State in 2005. He was 80-16 while in charge of the Lady Techsters, leading them to three

  • Leslie headlines 2015 women's Hall of Fame class

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday. She is joined by former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors, longtime Oregon high school coach Brad Smith and Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in 2011. The Immaculata teams that won championships from 1972-74 will receive the Hall's trailblazer award. Leslie also won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and was the league's MVP three times. She helped the U.S. win gold medals at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics. The group will be inducted next June at the Hall of

  • College athletics: Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione to head NCAA Men's Basketball Committee in 2015-16

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    On Friday, Joe Castiglione added one of the most important, high-pressure gigs in college athletics to his future agenda. The OU athletic director was named as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee chair for the 2015-16 season. He’ll serve as vice-chair during the upcoming year.

  • Trial date moved in ex-Lady Vols officials' suit

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The trial date for a lawsuit filed by former Tennessee associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches against the university has been moved to June 23, 2015. U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves granted Tennessee's motion to continue a trial originally set for April 21, 2015. Former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings has a lawsuit against the university with an April 27 trial date. The school's motion said having two trials so close together would create "an undue burden on the university and its counsel.

  • Charleston Southern extends Lake's contract

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston Southern has signed baseball coach Stuart Lake to a four-year contract extension through 2019. The school announced the new deal for Lake on Thursday. Lake has been with the Buccaneers for six seasons and led them to a 30-26 mark this past spring for the team's most wins since 2000. Lake is third in school history with 134 career victories. Charleston Southern did not disclose financial terms of the contract. Lake thanked the school's administration for its commitment and says he's excited about the chance to keep building the Buccaneers' program. Lake was the 2011 Big South Conference coach of the year. The team has finished third in the league's South Division the past

  • MACJC confirms changes for baseball in 2015

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is changing scheduling and playoff formats for the 2015 baseball season. The association says in a news release that each junior college team in the state will play each other once in the regular season and play a 28-game schedule. Those games will be played in 14 doubleheaders. League opponents will play Wednesdays and Saturdays. The North and South divisions will remain, with the top two teams from each division earning an automatic berth to the MACJC state playoffs. The remaining four playoff spots will go to the teams with the best league records, regardless of divisions.

  • Lady Vols' Massengale eager for comeback

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is preparing to welcome back a senior point guard while monitoring the status of an ailing post player. Ariel Massengale is looking forward to returning for her senior season after missing the final 16 games of the 2013-14 season with a head injury. Massengale, who also underwent offseason surgery on her right knee, said her head feels better now and that she's hoping to be 100 percent by the start of the school year next month. While Massengale awaits her return, sophomore center Mercedes Russell is recovering from offseason surgery to her right foot. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said Russell is "out kind of indefinitely right now" and was uncertain whether the injury would affect the 6-f

  • UCLA's Holiday retires due to head injuries

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Lauren Holiday is ending her college basketball career after just 12 games over two seasons because of repeated head injuries. The younger sister of former Bruins star and NBA player Jrue Holiday averaged 3.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Holiday, a redshirt freshman, will remain with the team as an undergraduate assistant and continue pursuing a sociology degree. Coach Cori Close made the announcement on Tuesday. Holiday, from nearby Calabasas, began her career at UCLA in 2012-13, when the first of four head injuries ended her first season after she played in just three games. Last season, Holiday sustained three other head injuries and a broken nose.

  • Mid-America announces D'Shala Culberson to roster

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Mid-America Christian University women's basketball team has announced that the team is adding D'Shala Culberson to this year's roster. The sophomore forward comes to MACU from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Culberson averaged two points and 1.3 rebounds in limited action as a freshman at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, on a team that went 24-7 and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Culberson will be joining a team that won its most games overall and conference games under first-year coach Marcus Moeller since joining the NAIA in 2007.