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Former Arizona State coach Kush dies
College Football Hall of Famer Frank Kush, who won a school-record 176 games as Arizona State's coach, died on Thursday, the school confirmed. He was 88. Kush served as Sun Devils' coach from 1958-79 before a controversial exit. He also coached the NFL's Colts from 1982-84, the first two years in Baltimore and the final season coming after the franchise's move to Indianapolis. Kush was fired by Arizona State in 1979 due to an incident during a 1978 game in which he punched punter Kevin Rutledge and shook his face mask during a game. There was originally a coverup before some players and assistant coaches supported Rutledge's claims. Then-athletic director Fred Miller cited the coverup as part of the reason for Kush's firing. Kush was 176-54-1 during his 22 seasons with the Sun Devils. During Kush's tenure with the Colts, the franchise drafted John Elway with the No. 1 overall pick in 1983 but the quarterback refused to play for Kush and owner Robert Irsay. Elway was eventually traded to the Denver Broncos. Kush compiled an 11-28-1 record with the Colts. Kush was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1995.
July 6, 2017

McKay Wins Golden Spikes Award
Brendan McKay added another prestigious honor to his impressive resume Thursday as the lefthanded pitcher and first baseman from the University of Louisville received the 2017 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the United States and presented in partnership between USA Baseball and the Rod Dedeaux Foundation.
June 29, 2017

Basketball season starting date moving up?
Basketball games could be played three days earlier on the calendar if a proposal by the NCAA's Division I Council is adopted. The proposal, which could go into effect as soon as the 2018-19 season, allows games to be played as early as the Tuesday before the second Friday in November. That would be three days earlier than the current allowable scheduling of a game. To offset the earlier start, the Council also proposed that the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern conferences adopt a mandatory three-day break from athletic activities for basketball players during a school's winter break. The council could vote on these changes as early as January.
UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero, chair of the Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, saw a widespread benefit to adopting the changes. In essence, a mid-week start would give basketball a tip-off to its season without directly competing for attention with a college football weekend. "We hope to strike a balance between creating optimal attention for the start of basketball and providing the best scheduling model for student-athletes," he said in a news release. "And I think these proposals do that."
The three days away from athletics activities during a school's winter break is supported by a majority of players who responded to a 2016 NCAA survey asking about time demands.
The Council also proposed several changes to the women's basketball calendar. One change would move the first practice date to 42 days prior to the game first (allowing 42 days to stage 30 practices). The current calendar calls for 30 preseason practices to come within a 40-day period.
June 28, 2017

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