SWAC issues postseason bans for low APRThe Southwestern Athletic Conference has voted to ban Jackson State and Southern from competing in the league’s 2011 football championship game. The NCAA already hit both schools with a postseason ban because of low Academic Progress Rate scores, which were released last month. But the SWAC football championship did not apply because the NCAA considers the game an extension of the regular season. The league does not receive an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The SWAC also banned Southern and Grambling from competing in next year’s league basketball tournament because of low APR scores. Southern is the first NCAA program banned from the football and basketball postseasons because of low APR scores.
Hawaii governor: Money wasted on Pro BowlHawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said it’s “so stupid” that the cash-strapped state pays millions to host the Pro Bowl when the money could be used for education. Abercrombie said he opposes a deal the state made in 2009 to pay $4 million per game for the rights to hold the NFL’s all-star game in Hawaii this and next year. “You can’t do things like give 4 million bucks to a $9 billion football industry and not give any money to children,” Abercrombie said as he announced early childhood education and health plans. “You’ve got this spectacle of these multimillionaires and billionaires out there arguing about how they’re going to divide it up, and then they come and ask us to bribe them with $4 million to have a scrimmage out here in paradise.”
Lady Vols AD to oversee all sportsTennessee has announced new changes in its athletic department with a familiar face leading the transition. The university will merge the men’s and women’s athletics departments and longtime women’s AD Joan Cronan will serve as the interim director. She was named the interim vice chancellor and director of athletics, overseeing all sports, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said. Cronan also will be responsible for hiring the next Vols baseball coach. She has been an athletic director for 38 years and Tennessee’s women’s director for 28 and will be the first woman to manage men’s and women’s athletics programs in the Southeastern Conference.
Titans’ Britt arrestedTennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested again in New Jersey, a day after appearing in court for a previous arrest on traffic charges. Police said the former Rutgers star was charged with resisting arrest after two plainclothes officers suspected he was carrying a marijuana cigar and attempted to handcuff him at a Hoboken car wash Wednesday evening. Britt is charged with obstructing the administration of the law, resisting arrest and tampering with or fabricating evidence.
IndyCar driver injuredJR Hildebrand will be dealing with more than just the memories of his Indianapolis 500 crash when he races this weekend at Texas. He’ll also be contending with a left knee injury. The rookie who crashed in the final turn of IndyCar’s biggest race was injured during a fitness promotion Wednesday in Texas. His team, Panther Racing, confirmed the injury but did not provide details. The team says Hildebrand is expected to drive this weekend and has former 500 winner Buddy Rice in Texas if he’s needed.
Mathis leads St. Jude ClassicDavid Mathis matched his best round ever on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under 65 to grab the opening round lead at the St. Jude Classic. Robert Karlsson, who lost a four-hole playoff here a year ago, shot a 66 and was tied with John Merrick, Kris Blanks, Kevin Kisner and Colt Knost.
Kim leads LPGA eventMindy Kim shot a career-low 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill. Sarah Kemp and Jiyai Shin were tied for second at 6 under at the Panther Creek Country Club.
Murphy leaving Alabama for LSULSU has hired Patrick Murphy as its new softball coach. Murphy led Alabama to more 700 victories, seven Women’s College World Series appearances and six SEC championships. A news conference to introduce Murphy will be held Friday. From Wire Reports
SWAC issues postseason bans for low APR