Thursday, March 31, 2011

LSC Roundup 3-31

Mysterious ways send coach into odd place - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
When someone drops the "G-word" on you, the discussion is officially over. If God is telling you to do something, there is no need for old Nick to tell you not to do it. How can creation argue with his creator? How can a guy who can't explain the holy trinity debate someone who is the holy trinity? God knows everything. I can't figure out my new office telephone.

So when Grant McCasland suddenly tells everyone that God wants him at Abilene Christian, all I can really say is "adios" and pray that the voice he is hearing is the right one.

But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

In fact, I think this whole deal sucks — which I understand is pretty much the same way McCasland's wife felt when she heard the news. This coach spoiled us with two wonderful basketball seasons at Midwestern State. I knew it wouldn't last forever. Good coaches are going to get good job offers.

But Abilene Christian?

This has been college-basketball hell for a long time.

Abilene Christian University denies any move to Division I athletics - Joey Richards, Abilene Reporter News
Once again, rumors are swirling that Abilene Christian University will be making the jump to Division I.

One rumor suggested that Grant McCasland, who was hired as men's basketball coach Wednesday, was lured away from Midwestern State on the promise that ACU would become Division I in two years.

McCasland said ACU made no such promise, and Jared Mosely, ACU's director of athletics, said the university has made no decision about going to Division I.

"Our stance on the Division I talks are exactly where they have been," Mosely said. "There's ongoing conversations, and we're taking a look at all options, but there's not been any decisions made or any projected decisions made, certainly no guarantees, as we go through this hiring process.

"There's just as much of a chance that we'll remain Division II forever. We've got to hire a coach where we're at right now, and I certainly feel coach McCasland gives us a great opportunity to quickly vault our program to the level we desire."

Unless ACU wanted to go Division I as an independent, the Wildcats must be invited into a Division I conference, and Mosely said no such offer has been made.

"There's been zero conversation with any conference or from any conference," he said.

Religious philosophy drew McCasland to ACU basketball - Joey Richards, Abilene Reporter News
For Grant McCasland, the decision to leave Midwestern State for Abilene Christian University was as much about faith as it was about basketball.

"For me, people can say a lot about what's important to them. But when you make decisions based on your relationship to God and your family, that's where it's at for me," said McCasland, who was introduced as ACU's men's basketball coach Wednesday. "It's not that Midwestern State wasn't the right fit in that right time. But when God opens doors that fit your family, then we're going to walk through them. So that's where were at and why we're here, because it's an open door and opportunity for me."

And much of that right fit includes ACU's Christian philosophy. Now McCasland — the son of a Baptist minister — can be more open about his beliefs in his every day job — a job that just so happens to be coaching basketball

MSU’s athletic director is looking for ‘absolute best fit’ - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
Charlie Carr said “the sooner, the better” as he began his search for a new men’s head basketball coach on Wednesday.

But the Midwestern State athletic director still wants to take enough time to find the right fit in replacing Grant McCasland.

“I had 20 voice mails on my phone this morning from people who want to apply for this job,” Carr said, just a couple of hours after Abilene Christian University held a news conference announcing McCasland as its new head coach.

Carr also has two assistant coaches just down the hall seeking promotions.

“My plan is already in place. If you have done this as long as I have, you keep a list of people you are interested in,” he said. “But I would be a moron if I didn’t realize the caliber of excellence that has taken place over the last couple of years. That certainly enters into the equation.”

McCasland begins tenure at ACU - ACU Basketball


Mustangs open South Central Region rankings at No. 2 - MSU Softball
Midwestern remains third in NFCA Division II Top 25 - MSU Softball
Wildcats Debut at No. 8 - ACU Softball
Lady Buffs Move to #15 in Newest NFCA Top 25 Poll - WTAM Softball


DSU Sweeps Wildcats - ACU Baseball
Storm Baseball Splits with OBU - SOSU Baseball
Baseball Team Makes Debut in National Poll - SWO Baseball


Rams Finish Practice No. 5 - ASU Football
SAN ANGELO - The Angelo State football team conducted its fifth practice of the spring at the LeGrand Sports Complex Wednesday.

The Rams continued work on their new offensive and defensive schemes during the two-hour practice session, which closed with a handful of touchdown hauls in the team portion by Angelo State's receivers. Mackenzie Hurt and Brian Ferrell each caught nifty passes in the end zone, and Dakarai Pecikonis danced thorugh the defense for a touchdown on a screen pass. caught up with the Rams running backs after the two hour session.

Javelina Pro Day - TAMK Football
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville hosted their annual football Pro Day on Wednesday at Javelina Stadium with scouts from nine National Football League franchises in attendance.

The professional scouts put 13 Javelinas and a pair of Angelo State football players through the NFL combine drills. Javelina linebacker Tressor Baptiste (New York, NY/Curtis HS) and wide receiver Ryan Lincoln (Bastrop/Bastrop HS) had the most impressive performances of all who participated.

“Coach (Bo Atterberry) told me there would be some scouts here, but I was surprised there were so many,” said Lincoln.

Lincoln graduated in December from Texas A&M-Kingsville and has been working out at Sports Performance in Dallas for the last six weeks where he was one of only two NCAA Division II athletes training for the combine with numerous Division I starts. “When I got there everyone thought I was from a Division I school because of how well I did in the drills,” said Lincoln. “The hard work I put in with the Javelinas has really prepared me well to take the next step.”

“Pro Day is a great thing,” said Javelina head coach Bo Atterberry. “It is one last chance for our guys to get looked at and the reason the scouts are here is because of what the guys did on the field in the fall.”

Atterberry also talked about what his current crop of Javelina players can learn from watching the Pro Day. “It shows our guys that you need be prepared physically and mentally when you are given the chance.”

(Participants included Delashaun Dean (limited to bench press due to knee rehabilitation), Gene Clayborne, Tressor Baptiste, Corey Robertson, Ryan Lincoln, Sifa Pinomi, Trent Perkins, DeIra Glover, Dondi Cooks, Charles Simmons, Kendrick Matthews, Josh Luck, Connell Davis, Fred Winborn, Garrett Tidwell and John Norcott).


Incarnate Word's Banda enjoying transition from football player to student coach - San Antonio Express-News

New University of the Incarnate Word student coach Ephraim Banda knew his playing career was over the instant he went down with a knee injury in a game against Texas A&M-Kingsville last Sept. 25.

Running up the field to block on a kickoff return, Banda was hurt in a collision that left him with a badly damaged left knee.

“It was just a random, freak play,” Banda said. “It was a contact injury. It's kind of nice to know that it wasn't my body that broke down.”

A few weeks shy of his 29th birthday when he was injured, Banda has been the Cardinals' “elder statesman” since resuming his football career eight years after his senior season at Taft High School. Banda, a junior safety last year, has embraced the transition to coaching with the same passion that defined him as a player.

“It's hard work and a lot of hours, but I love it,” said Banda, who will coach UIW's strong safeties. “I have a new-found respect for coaches because of all the time they put into the job. I always knew I wanted to coach. That's why I came here.”


ASU TRACK: Men's track team can go the distance - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
A year ago, the Angelo State University women's outdoor track and field team made history with its first national championship in school history.

This season, it could be the men's team that has one of — if not the — best seasons in school history. If the preseason rankings by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association are any indication.

Those rankings, released Tuesday, have the Rams pegged at No. 4 in the country in Division II.


Rambelles Show Improvement at Lady Otter Invite - ASU Golf

LSC Golf Weekly Release: ACU's Carpenter, WT's Sriyai earn weekly honors - LSC Office
Abilene Christian's Alex Carpenter and West Texas A&M's Hammerli Sriyai were tabbed Lone Star Conference Golfers of the Week for their efforts, league officials announced today.

Click here for the complete release

Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian University, So., Little Rock, Ark., Arkansas Baptist HS
Carpenter returned to collegiate action to win his 11th tournament in two years ... The sophomore took the Dallas Baptist University Invitational title shooting two-subpar rounds finishing at 5-under for a two-stroke victory … he shot a tournament low in Monday’s first round with a 65 as he finished at 205 in three rounds … Last week, Carpenter made his first PGA Tour appearance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill where he narrowly missed the cut, after battling back to shoot 3-under in Friday’s second round.

Hammerli Sriyai, West Texas A&M University, Jr., Bangkok, Thailand
Sriyai led the Lady Buffs with a 153 (75-78) to place 14th overall at the Monterey Bay Lady Otter Invitational. The junior finished the tournament with 27 pars.


Caldwell To The Rescue - UCO Tennis
Aggie Women Come Up Short Against Bronchos - CU Tennis

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