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Pat Casey Named NCBWA Coach Of The Year
Oregon State head coach Pat Casey has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Coach of the Year. The announcement comes just hours before the Beavers are slated to open the College World Series against Cal State Fullerton Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. Casey has now been named the national coach of the year by at least one publication in four different years, earning the honor in 2005, 2006 and 2007 prior to Saturday's honor. The 23rd-year head coach - 30 overall including seven seasons at George Fox - has guided the Beavers to a school-record 54 victories this season. Twenty-seven of those 54 wins came during Pac-12 play, which set a conference record for the most wins in league action. OSU finished the season six games ahead of second-place Stanford, the largest winning margin in more than 30 years.
June 17, 2017

Henzman Named 2017 NCBWA Stopper of the Year
University of Louisville junior righthanded pitcher Lincoln Henzman was named the 2017 Stopper of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Saturday morning at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, becoming the second Cardinals player to capture the award since its inception in 2005. Saturday's announcement was made during the annual NCBWA awards news conference at the home of the College World Series. The news conference also included the announcement for NCBWA Coach of the Year, awarded to Oregon State's Pat Casey, and the NCBWA Wilbur Snypp Award as well as the official introduction of Louisville's Brendan McKay as the recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy. Louisville becomes just the third school to win both the Dick Howser Trophy and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year in the same season, since the Stopper debuted in 2005. The Cardinals join Texas in 2011 (Taylor Jungmann, Howser, and Corey Knebel, Stopper) and San Diego State in 2009 (Stephen Strasburg, Howser, and Addison Reed, Stopper) in winning both awards at the same time. Henzman earned All-American first team honors from the NCBWA to go along with All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team honors following a stellar regular season. He helped the Cardinals clinch their fourth College World Series berth with a Super Regional win over in-state rival Kentucky last weekend. Prior to Henzman, former Louisville closer Nick Burdi won the Stopper of the Year award in 2014. On Wednesday, Henzman was selected in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander enters play in Omaha with 16 saves, which ranked second nationally. He also owns a 3-0 record with a 1.77 ERA to go with 36 strikeouts in 35.2 innings worked this season. Thirteen of the Lexington, Kentucky native's 16 saves came against ACC foes, while opposing hitters are batting just .164 against him this season. Henzman's 16 saves are the third-most in a single-season by a Louisville pitcher and his 19 career saves are the third-highest total on the program's all-time charts. The remaining finalists for the Stopper of the Year award included Michael Byrne of Florida, Josh Hiatt of North Carolina, Colton Hock of Stanford and Kenyon Yovan of Oregon.
June 17, 2017

McKay Wins Dick Howser Trophy
University of Louisville junior lefthanded pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay was named Friday as the 31st recipient of the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. The announcement, presented by the Howser Trophy committee and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, was made during a live segment on MLB Network from TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
June 16, 2017

NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee Approves 2017-18 Changes
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced several slight rule changes ahead of the 2017-18 men's basketball season, most notably extending the coach's box to 38 feet.

The coach's box in previous years was 28 feet, but NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee members believe this will allow coaches to improve communication with their teams, especially when the teams are at the opposite end of the court.

The panel also approved a rule permitting a reset of the shot clock to 20 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the frontcourt after a foul by the defense. If more than 20 seconds remains on the shot clock, the shot clock will not be reset.

Next season, fans will also notice that throw-in spots will occur from more consistent spots in the frontcourt when the offensive team retains possession after a non-shooting foul or other stoppages in the game.

The location of all throw-ins in the frontcourt will be determined by an imaginary line drawn from the corner of the court to the intersection of the lane line and the free-throw line. If the stoppage of play is inside this area, the throw-in will occur on the end line 3 feet outside the lane line. If the stoppage occurs outside this area, the throw-in will be at the nearer sideline at the 28-foot mark. Deflections will continue to be put back in play at the nearest out-of-bounds spot. Throw-ins in the back court will continue to be at the nearest spot.

Additional Rules Changes:
- Referees can use the instant replay rule in the last two minutes of the second half or last two minutes of overtime to see if a secondary defender was in or outside the restricted-area arc but only when a call has been made. If the player is in the restricted area, a block will be called on the defender. If the secondary defender is in legal guarding position and outside the restricted area, a player-control foul will be called. The Big Ten and Mid-American conferences experimented with this rule last season.
- A mandatory minimum of 0.3 second will be taken off the game clock when the ball is legally touched, and an official immediately blows his whistle.
- A legal screen was redefined to require that the inside of the screener's feet be no wider than his shoulders.
- The cylinder rule was adjusted to allow more freedom of movement for the offense. If a defensive player straddles an offensive player's leg in a way that prohibits him from making a normal basketball move - which now includes pivoting - contact that creates a common foul will be called on the defensive player.

June 15, 2017

Oklahoma QB Mayfield avoids suspension
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be suspended for any games during the upcoming season despite his recent drunk-driving arrest. The university announced the sanctions for the Heisman Trophy finalist on Thursday and he will be required to complete 35 hours of community service and participate in an alcohol-education course before the fall semester. The community service will include work with law enforcement. Mayfield was arrested in Fayetteville, Ark., and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He tried to flee the scene and was tackled by a police officer. He pleaded not guilty in April. "As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team," Mayfield said in a statement released by Oklahoma. "I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position." New Sooners coach Lincoln Riley feels the lesson was learned. "Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program," Riley said in a statement. "He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and the team has every confidence in him going forward." Riley recently replaced Bob Stoops as coach. Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last season after passing for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award and Clemson signal caller Deshaun Watson was second.
June 15, 2017

CWS matchups set
The pairings and game times for the first two days of the Men's College World Series have been announced.

The 71st MCWS will take place at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 17-27/28.

The first game this Saturday is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. CT, and will feature Cal State Fullerton (39-22) against No. 1 national seed Oregon State (54-4). Saturday's second game features No. 4 national seed LSU (48-17) against Florida State (45-21), and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT.

The Sunday doubleheader features the No. 7 national seed Louisville (52-10) vs. Texas A&M (41-21) at 1 p.m. CT. In the evening game starting at 6 p.m. CT, No. 6 national seed TCU (47-16) will be squaring off against No. 3 national seed Florida (47-18).

The losers of Saturday's two games will play at 1 p.m. CT Monday, June 19. While Saturday's winners face off at 6 p.m. CT Monday, June 19. The losers of Sunday's games will play each other at 1 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 20. Sunday's winners will meet Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. CT.

The winners of the two brackets will play a best-of-three College World Series Finals, with the first game set for 6 p.m. CT Monday, June 26. The second game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 27, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, June 28.
June 12, 2017

Matt Reynolds named UMass head baseball coach
Two-time UMass graduate has been selected to lead the baseball program
May 26, 2017

North Carolina's Fedora gets contract extension through 2022
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is under contract at the school through the 2022 season after his extension was formally approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Thursday. Fedora's income will rise to slightly over $3 million for the final three years of the contract. His compensation package will be slightly below $2.3 million in 2017. "We are pleased that the Board of Trustees has approved the terms of Coach Fedora's contract, which will allow him to continue our fooll program's success into the next decade," North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "Under his leadership, our student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom, contributing positively to our community -- and competing for championships. "We know this was a lengthy process, but we wanted to make sure the terms were appropriate for both Coach Fedora and the university." Fedora is 40-25 in five seasons with the Tar Heels, including a 13-3 mark in ACC regular-season play over the past two seasons. Fedora and his staff also helped turn quarterback Mitch Trubisky from a reserve into the No. 2 overall pick in the recent NFL Draft. "I enjoy coaching at the University of North Carolina and I appreciate the trust Chancellor (Carol) Folt and Bubba Cunningham have shown in the leadership of our program," Fedora said in a statement. "Our staff and players have worked diligently over the last five years to build a program that encompasses all aspects of the student-athlete experience, while simultaneously achieving success on the field." Fedora's contract includes various bonuses, including $200,000 for a College Fooll Playoff appearance, $100,000 for a New Year's Six bowl and $50,000 for other bowl game appearances or National Coach of the Year honors.
May 25, 2017

Florida State WBB picks up Kiah Gillepsie
The Florida State Women's Baskell team added talented 6-foot-2 forward Kiah Gillespie on Wednesday morning after the former Maryland student-athlete officially filed her paperwork to the university. Gillespie (first name pronounced Kai-Uh) is a 2015 McDonald's All-American from Meriden, Conn., who spent her first two years with the Terrapins. Due to NCAA transfer rules, she will sit out the 2017-18 season but as a rising junior she will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. "I am very excited about Kiah joining our Seminole family,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She brings a multi-faceted skill set, good size and a high baskell IQ on the court. She will spend this season learning our system, working on her individual game and challenging our other players as a member of our scout team. Kiah has a great personality which is something we count on in building strong team chemistry." Gillespie was a heralded recruit out of Capital Prep Magnet, being named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year twice. She was rated the No. 14 overall player by Prospect Nation as well as the No. 2 player at her position. While at Maryland, Gillespie made an impact right away by starting her first collegiate game against UMass-Lowell, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds in 21 minutes. In her second career game against High Point, she recorded a career-best 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 22 minutes. As a freshman at Maryland, Gillespie averaged 5.1 points in 10.9 minutes per game, and averaged 4.1 points as a sophomore in the 2016-17 season. Gillespie is part of the growing trend of 6-footers who have extended range. She can knock down a 3-pointer or makes plays from the high post. While with the Terrapins, she once nailed three 3-point field goals against Detroit on Nov. 20, 2015. While in high school, Gillespie reached 1,000 career points in just three years and posted some memorable stat lines while dominating the amateur circuit in Connecticut. As a senior, she averaged 31.2 points and 16.2 rebounds and totaled 2,208 career points. As a junior, Gillespie averaged 22.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.1 steals and two blocks per game. She was honored as the New Haven Register Player of the Year as a senior. Gillespie could be in line to join a sizeable list of recent FSU transfers who have enjoyed great success with the Seminoles. Current rising seniors Imani Wright and Chatrice White are coming off years as impactful transfers, while point guard Leticia Romero finished her career as the first three-time All-American in FSU history. Other notable transfers from recent years include two-time All-American center Adut Bulgak and point guard Maegan Conwright, who was a key figure in FSU making a run to the 2015 NCAA Elite Eight. Gillespie comes to a program that is experiencing a great period of prosperity. Florida State has made three NCAA Elite Eight appearances over the last eight years, has been ranked in the Top 15 of the USA Today Poll for 49 straight weeks and has posted its three winningest seasons in ACC play in each of the last three years. Over the last three years FSU is also one of just six schools whom have finished in the Top 10 in scoring margin in each season. The Seminoles have reached the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 13 seasons, and have won their first round matchup in the tournament in each of their last 14 appearances. Gillespie joins a strong transfer class this offseason that includes graduate transfer and All-Big 12 point guard AJ Alix from TCU and Junior College All-American forward Hatty Nawezhi. She will join rising senior center Ama Degbeon (6-foot-2), forward Iho Lopez (6-foot-2), White (6-foot-3) and Nawezhi (6-foot-2) among the 6-foot players on the team.
May 24, 2017

Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett announces transfer
Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett says he's transferring. The third-year sophomore didn't say what school he planned to attend. Barrett, who is from Winter Garden, Florida, didn't play last season. He was the nation's No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in 2016 according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The battle for the starting job appears down to returnee Sean White and transfer Jarrett Stidham. Freshman mid-year enrollee Malik Willis also saw significant action in the Tigers' spring game. Barrett saw limited playing time in the spring game, completing both of his pass attempts for 14 yards. Reserve quarterback Tyler Queen has also left the program. He topped 2,000 passing yards and 1,400 rushing yards as a high school senior.
May 9, 2017