Thursday, June 24, 2010

LSC Roundup 6-24

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NSU inquires about conference change 
Muskogee Daily Phoenix
Mike Kays

Conference realignment isn’t just a topic among Division I schools.

The Lone Star Conference om Division II appears to be on the way to a breakup as well and that could include Northeastern State, which on Wednesday sent a letter of inquiry to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), along with Central Oklahoma.

“Northeastern State University has submitted a letter of interest to the commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in an effort to learn more about this NCAA Division II conference and its member institutions,” NSU athletics director Jeff Konya said in a written statement issued on Wednesday.

“The dialogue that will occur over the next few weeks will allow NSU and the MIAA an opportunity to determine what is in the best interest of all concerned parties moving forward. We recognize there have been recent shifts in conference alignments in the NCAA over the past few weeks. It is important that NSU continues to seek opportunities which are in its best interest as an institution both academically and athletically.”


UCO to leave LSC?
Eric Spruill
CNHI News Service

EDMOND — Multiple news outlets are reporting that the University of Central Oklahoma along with fellow Lone Star Conference member Northeastern State University are leaving the conference to join the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Three other Oklahoma schools are reportedly also in discussions about leaving the conference if UCO and NSU leave. East Central, Southwestern and Southeastern, would likely jump ship. Cameron University would be the only Oklahoma school to remain in the LSC.


UCO sends letter of interest to MIAA


EDMOND — Central Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Muller issued a statement to lscscoop.com on Wednesday afternoon telling the website that the university had sent a letter of interest to the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

“The University of Central Oklahoma has submitted a letter of interest to the commissioner of the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association in an effort to learn more about the conference and it’s member institutions,” the statement read.

“The dialogue that will occur over the next few weeks will give UCO and the MIAA an opportunity to determine what is in the best interest of both parties moving forward. Given the shifts in conference alignment in the NCAA recently, it’s important that we continue to explore opportunities which are best for UCO, both academically and athletically.”



Hot topic: Will they stay or go?
Times Daily
Gregg Dewalt, Sports Editor


The future of the Gulf South Conference is sure to be a hot topic today as the conference meetings continued in Hoover.

Although commissioner Nate Salant doesn’t expect the six Arkansas schools to officially make their intentions known as to whether they are staying put or exiting the conference this week, the topic is expected to be broached today when the athletic directors meet and Friday when the presidents meet.






UCO's Shrum qualifies for U.S. Public Links Championship
Mike Kirk
UCO Sports Information

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 23) -- Central Oklahoma golf standout Colby Shrum earned a spot in the United States Amateur Public Links Championship Tuesday by winning a qualifying tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course(West).

Shrum had rounds of 68-70 for a two-round total of four-under-par 138 to take one of just two qualifying spots available in the tournament. Taylor Gooch, an Oklahoma State signee, finished a shot behind Shrum at 139.

Two other UCO golfers came up three strokes short, with both Andrew Green and Baer Aneshansley finishing with even-par 142 totals.

Shrum, a senior-to-be from Perry, advances to the U.S. Public Links Championship that will be held July 12-17at Bryan Park Golf Club in Greensboro, N.C.

A two-time All-American and the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year in both 2008 and '09, Shrum sat out a redshirt year with the Bronchos in 2009-10.


New WTAM recruit report
Running back Thomas Hampton rushed for more than 1,700 yards last year for the Mustangs.




ASU TRACK and FIELD: Sprint to nationals
San Angelo Standard Times
Mike Whitson


  — Angelo State University will be well represented this week on one of the biggest stages in the track and field world as five of its athletes are set to compete at the 2010 national championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Aisha Adams, Chrystal Ruiz, Andria Nussey and Celethia Byrd from ASU’s national champion women’s team, and James Howell of the men’s team, will line up against some of the top names in the country for their respective events.

This will mark the second appearance at the U.S. Track and Field Championships for Adams, who last year placed ninth in the heptathlon out of 19 competitors. She was the only Division II athlete in the field.

Five To Be Inducted Into Southeastern HOF
KTUL
Kevin King

Tulsa (AP) - Five new members will be inducted into the Southeastern Oklahoma State Athletics Hall of Fame, the school announced Tuesday.

The inductees include baseball coach Mike Metheny, former basketball coach Vicki Hudson, three-sport athlete Joanie Kitchens Goss, All-American baseball player Billy Jack Bowen and former Sports Information Director Harold Harmon.

"We are excited about the opportunity to honor these Southeastern greats," said athletic director Keith Baxter, "These people have built and maintained a high standard of success that the rest of us can aspire to."

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