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Florida State WBB picks up Kiah Gillepsie
The Florida State Women's Basketball 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 basketball 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

ODU womens coach moving on
Old Dominion University women's basketball head coach Karen Barefoot has accepted the head coach position at UNC Wilmington
May 3, 2017

Miami Beach Bowl leaving FL after being acquired by ESPN
The American Athletic Conference announced ESPN Events has acquired the Miami Beach Bowl and the game will move out of Florida. The Miami Beach Bowl was created by the American and has been played at Marlins Park the past three seasons. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the new site will be announced soon, but it appears to be heading to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the home of FC Dallas of the MLS and the FCS national championship game.
April 21, 2017

NCAA imposes 2-year show cause against ex-Alabama assistant
The NCAA has imposed a two-year show cause penalty against former Alabama assistant coach Bo Davis for recruiting violations. The NCAA findings show Davis knowingly violated rules in a meeting with four prospects that was arranged by a booster. The report said Davis denied the recruiting activity and booster's involvement when asked both by the university and the NCAA enforcement staff. That ''substantially exacerbated'' the seriousness of the case, the NCAA said. The NCAA issued a public reprimand and censure for Alabama, which had already self-imposed penalties. Alabama had self-imposed a $5,000 fine, disassociated the booster and suspended Davis from a 2015 game. Alabama fired Davis in April 2016. The show cause extends through April 13, 2019. Davis is currently the defensive line coach for Texas-San Antonio.
April 14, 2017

Former Navy coach Wayne Hardin dies at 91
Former Navy coach Wayne Hardin, who led the Midshipmen to two top-five finishes in the AP poll, has died. He was 91. Hardin suffered a massive stroke on April 11. Temple, where he also coached, said Hardin had attended alumni day festivities the previous weekend. Hardin went 38-22-2 with the Midshipmen and led to the 1961 Orange Bowl and 1964 Cotton Bowl. He coached Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963). His 1960 Navy team ended the season ranked fourth by the Associated Press, and his 1963 team finished second in the AP poll. Hardin also went 80-52-3 in 13 seasons (1970-1982) at Temple and is the winningest coach in school history. He led the 1979 team to the Garden State Bowl, where the Owls defeated California for their first bowl win. The 1979 team set a record for victories with 10 and finished the season ranked No. 17 in the AP Top 25 poll. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
April 13, 2017

Spike Dykes, revered former coach at Texas Tech, dead at 79
Spike Dykes, the folksy West Texas native who led Texas Tech to its only Cotton Bowl when that game was reserved for the Southwest Conference champion, has died. School spokesman Matt Dowdy said Dykes died Monday in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, near Austin. Dykes gave Texas Tech coaching stability after the Red Raiders had been spurned by David McWilliams, who left Texas as an assistant to become Tech's head coach in 1986 only to return to Austin a year later when Fred Akers was fired.
April 10, 2017

Virginia self-reports football violations to NCAA
Virginia has been penalized after it self-reported Level II violations of NCAA bylaws by its football program. The school says football coaches posed for photographs with prospects during an "evaluation period" when the only approved contact with prospects was a simple greeting. The NCAA views posing for photographs as going beyond a greeting and is impermissible because it gives the school an unfair recruiting advantage. Virginia worked with the NCAA and will pay a $5,000 fine. The school also self-imposed restrictions limiting its off-campus contact with the prospects who were photographed, reduced its spring 2017 evaluations from 168 to 150, and will further educate its staff on NCAA rules. The school says 32 improper contacts took place during in April and May in 2016.
April 7, 2017

Wichita State leaving Missouri Valley for American Athletic
Wichita State accepted an invitation Friday to join the American Athletic Conference, ending a relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference that dated back 72 years. The presidents of the AAC's 12 member schools voted unanimously to admit the school in all sports but football. The school, which has been a member of the MVC since 1945, does not have a football program but it is a powerhouse in men's basketball. Wichita State has been to six straight NCAA tournaments and reached the Final Four in 2013. It will officially join the AAC on July 1. "Here we go!," the school tweeted in announcing its decision The AAC currently has 12 members for football: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. Navy is a football-only school, so the Shockers would give the conference 12 members in both football and basketball. "The addition of Wichita State in basketball and Olympic sports extends our conference's national footprint, enhances our national profile and strengthens our position as a leader in intercollegiate athletics," said Mike Aresco, the conference's commissioner. Aresco acknowledged that the addition will strengthen the conference's upcoming negotiations for a new national TV deal. Its current contracts with ESPN run out after the 2019 football season and 2019-20 basketball campaigns. The move could also help both the conference and the Shockers when it comes to seeding in basketball for the NCAA Tournament. Wichita State received just a 10 seed in this year's tournament, despite a 30-4 record - the fourth time in five years the Shockers have had at least 30 wins. They ended up losing in the second round to Kentucky, 65-62, in one of the tournament's best games. The AAC, meanwhile, got just two bids into the tournament. Both conference champion SMU and Cincinnati were seeded sixth in their regionals and lost in the first round. Our players "want to play the best," Shockers basketball coach Gregg Marshall said. "They want to compete against the best, because they ultimately want to be the best. So this will be a welcome change for us." Wichita State President John Bardo said joining the conference will not only improve the school's athletic standing, it also will allow it to improve academics by making new connections with other top research universities. "We are competing for championships and at the end of the day, we are a rising national university," he said. Bardo said the decision also puts any thoughts of the school returning to football, which it stopped playing in 1986, on a back burner. "This is as big a deal as we could possibly have had, and now is the time to focus on it," he said. The Missouri Valley Conference said the departure represents another stage in the evolution of the league. Creighton left the league for the Big East in 2013. "The Valley has always been resilient and progressive in the face of these changes, and we have never been defined by a single institution," the league said in a statement. Because it did not give the required two-year notice for leaving the MVC, Wichita State will have to forfeit its share this year's conference revenue distribution. Aresco said having 12 members in all sports will make scheduling easier for the AAC, bit added there are no plans to divide the league into two basketball divisions. He said a 12-team league also makes future expansion easier. But the league, he said, does not want to get into a situation where it has multiple schools that do not participate in one of its major sports, noting that was a reason for the troubles that broke up the old Big East. He said the AAC is not currently in negotiations with any other school. "We're done for now," he said.
April 7, 2017

Former Baylor assistant drops lawsuit, moves to arbitration
A former Baylor University assistant athletic director is dropping his lawsuit against the school and several regents and will pursue his claims in arbitration, his lawyer indicated Thursday. Colin Shillinglaw's lawyer, Gaines West, informed the Dallas civil trial court of the move but vowed to continue to try to prove Shillinglaw's claims of libel, slander and conspiracy. Baylor officials had used Shillinglaw's case to reveal text messages that they said showed former head coach Art Briles and other officials trying to cover up sexual assaults by players and improperly handling assault reports.
April 6, 2017

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