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Going through my news outlets in reverse order today. We start with the latest on ODU and CUSA expansion:
"A potential 14th member, Old Dominion, won't be part of the unveiling, sources said late Thursday. School officials have requested time to mull an offer that would provide many benefits - most notably a higher national profile and membership in a Football Bowl Subdivision conference - but also a jump in expenses."
NORFOLK Five schools set to join Conference USA have scheduled news conferences for today, when the league is expected to announce expansion plans that will increase membership to 13.
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The Pilot on Deon Newsome:
"I think his dad let him make his mind up," Smith said. "He really didn't get in the mix too much. But I think he had those bloodlines in him."
BLACKSBURG Hampton High athlete Deon Newsome is following in his father's footsteps and coming to Virginia Tech in 2013. Newsome, whose father, Myron, was a linebacker at Virginia Tech from 1995-96, picked the Hokies over an offer from Virginia, Hampton
DD on the Sims transfer and UVA's QB roster:
"In the end, it would be smart to put some time between Watford and Rocco, and now Rocco and Sims.
If Sims does not play this season, then have Watford serve as the back-up in 2012 and redshirt him in 2013. That would put him on pace to start as a fifth-year senior in 2015, by which time Rocco and Sims both would have completed their eligibility."
UVa Insider blog: Veteran sports reporter Doug Doughty writes about UVa Cavaliers sports
Hokie Times on Marshall Wood recommitting to VT just days after getting released from his LOI:
"It kind of was an easy decision," said Wood, who averaged 24.1 points as a Rustburg senior this year. "I felt really comfortable with him and it was easy to recommit."
Marshall Wood asked for his release when the Hokies fired coach Seth Greenberg, but James Johnson persuaded him to stand pat.
I'll keep my thoughts on this to myself:
"The mother of murdered University of Virginia student Yeardley Love has filed a wrongful death suit in Louisa County Circuit Court claiming the coaches of UVa’s men’s lacrosse team could have prevented the death of her daughter."
the suit says.
A more positive Progress story on UVA lax:
"Over the next few weeks, Bocklet — who plays attack — could be a big factor in whether Virginia can win back-to-back NCAA titles for the first time in program history."
When most people talk about Virginia is reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner Steele Stanwick. But fellow senior Chris Bocklet can be just as lethal when he gets the ball in his stick.
"The Cavs are in the midst of a nine-day stretch with no games, returning to action Wednesday at home against High Point, and in some recent seasons the Cavaliers have struggled a bit after coming back from the break. Last season Virginia averaged 9.2 runs in the five games leading up to the exam period, going 4-1 in that stretch."
Just how will Virginias extended break for final exams affect the Cavaliers baseball team?
More baseball from Hootie:
"The achievement was monumental. Not only was it the first time Virginia had ever swept Miami but marked the Cavaliers’ ninth win in the last 10 meetings with the storied program, which has been to an amazing 39 straight NCAA regionals."
The Virginia baseball team has good bounce back and that is one thing that pleases coach Brian OConnor. After a heart-to-heart with his club after getting swept by UNC, beating Duke and Miami was significant.
RTD on how the Atlantic-10's membership moves would affect the U of Richmond:
University of Richmond basketball coach Chris Mooney hopes these developments influence VCU and GMU, currently members of the Richmond-based Colonial Athletic Association, to join the A-10. Speaking of UR and VCU, he said, "I think it would be exciting for both schools, for the rivalry, and for the A-10. I think it would be great."
If VCU and George Mason were waiting for some clarity in the Atlantic 10 Conference before deciding whether to pursue A-10 membership, this week has brought some.
Associated Press article on CUSA expansion:
"Charlotte is rejoining Conference USA, where it was a member from 1995-2005. The 49ers left C-USA for the Atlantic 10 because they didn't have a football team then. But Charlotte is building a new campus stadium and will begin playing football in 2013 as an FCS independent. Providing it can meet NCAA attendance standards, it will be allowed to move up to the FBS and become part of C-USA football in 2015-16. The 49ers football program is still in the start-up phase. It will practice this fall with their incoming freshman class - all to be redshirted - but not begin play until 2013."
According to Randy Edsall, "Things are great" at Maryland.
After a rocky first season that included 24 transfers and only two wins, you could understand if Randy Edsall's confidence was shaken. Instead, Maryland's coach is even more optimistic about the future.
UNC just hired ... Hubert Davis?
"I am elated that I can fill this spot with Hubert," Williams said in a prepared statement. "I helped recruit him to Carolina in 1988, coached him in the World University Games in 1991 and have always admired him on and off the court. I knew the day would eventually come when I would need to replace staff members as they moved on."
UNC coach Roy Williams had made it clear that his new assistant coach would have Tar Heels ties. Williams got his first option in former UNC guard Hubert Davis, who has spent the last seven years as an ESPN college basketball analyst.
The men's lacrosse selection show is coming up on Sunday night. Here's the schedule of games:
The NCAA men's lacrosse tournament field will be unveiled on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.
WaPo article on Jonathan Allen:
"Since then, however, the recruiting action has only increased. More than 45 coaches with interest in Allen visited Stone Bridge in the last two weeks, and so the junior took stock once again. On Thursday, Allen said he will focus on five schools: Florida, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State."
Stone Bridge DL Jonathan Allen, one of the countrys top recruits, is considering Virginia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Penn State and Ohio State.
Yeah, Smith sounds furious with us
I must break you!
How dare you dispute the reporting of some random Hokie source!
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