News, thoughts and more from the world of college sports across the nation and Long Island.
What goes around comes around is probably the statement of the week.
We’ll start with Ohio State, which hardly ever plays any of its in-state rivals (Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati). The NCAA Tournament selection committee changed that temporarily as the No. 6 Buckeyes squared off against 11th-seeded Dayton in a second-round game on Saturday.
Call what you want; a case of the basketball...Read more »
It was the seventh inning stretch and Stony Brook's Frankie Vanderka figured he could do it. The senior righthander was just nine outs away from the third no-hitter of his career.
The MacArthur High School graduate got it done in grand fashion as he induced two groundouts and struck out Billy bullard for the final out in the ninth inning of Stony Brook's 7-0 win over Albany in the first game...Read more »
For the first time since he could remember, Tyler Badamo decided not to throw a baseball for nearly three months.
“From mid-August to about mid-December, I did everything as far as strength and conditioning goes, but I didn’t throw a ball at all,” said the Dowling College senior ace. “I gave my arm a break so I would be ready to go this season.”
It’s early, but it appears that was a...Read more »
It’s worked for Bob Vlahakis in the past. Now, after two seasons of building the women's lacrosse program at St. Joseph’s (LI), the coach believes he has enough quality players to play multiple lines, rotate players and maintain fresh legs on the field.
Vlahakis, who previously won four state girls lacrosse titles while implementing shifts in playing time at Shoreham-Wading River High School,...Read more »
The coaching carousel is in full swing as 22 coaches were either fired or stepped down. Three schools have already filled positions, with Bruce Pearl the latest, replacing Tony Barbee at Auburn. Russ Pennell took over for Clarence Finley at Central Arkansas and former Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap replaced Max Good at Loyola Marymount.
New coaches are listed in parenthesis.
Appalachian State...Read more »
March Madness brings with it one of sport's unique cliche dichotomies. That bracket looks like this:
"In the NCAA Tournament, it's all about matchups" vs. "There's always a 12-seed upsetting a 5-seed."
There's an inherent contradiction there, but so be it. Hence, the "madness" of this month, which actually is scheduled to last into the following month as well.
One of those 12 vs....Read more »
For the St. John's women, it will be the fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the second straight for coach Joe Tartamella. Fordham will be in the dance for the first time since 1994, while Marist will be a part of the post season for the ninth straight year.
There is also Army, which is back in the tournament for the first time since the late Maggie Dixon led the program...Read more »
Need a few pointers on how to jump conferences without missing a beat? You probably should make an appointment to see VCU coach Shaka Smart.
VCU hasn't slipped once since leaving the CAA for the Atlantic 10. The Rams, who knocked off George Washington in an A-10 semifinal on Saturday, ended their time in the CAA following the 2011-2012 season.
VCU captured the country's attention with...Read more »
Tobacco Road may lead to Barclays Center.
Negotiations to bring the Atlantic Coast Conference postseason basketball tournament to the Brooklyn arena are all but completed, multiple college athletics sources confirmed.
Sports Illustrated first reported the multi-year deal that could begin as early as 2017.
The Atlantic-10 Conference has a deal to hold its postseason tourney at Barclays...Read more »
LIU Post senior guard Alexis Peters had one thing on her mind after stealing an inbound pass with 1.1 second and her team trailing by one point yesterday in an NCAA Division II regional quarterfinal: hit the shot.
Peters did just that, sinking a runner as time expired to push the third-seeded Pioneers past No. 6 Assumption 60-59 at the Dana Athletic Center in Waltham, Mass.
Post, which...Read more »