Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LSC Scoop Afternoon Update 7-12

Scout.com is reporting that Josh Fralick will transfer from the University of Wyoming to Abilene Christian. Fralick, a 2010 walk-on did not log any playing time last year, so he should have 4 years of eligibility remaining.

HoopDirt.com is reporting that Bobby Taylor will be named assistant men's basketball coach at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Taylor has coached the last few seasons in the Arena Football League.

Baseball Signs T-M Brother Duo - TAMK Sports
Texas A&M-Kingsville head baseball coach Jason Gonzales signed brothers Clint and James Wallace to join the Javelina squad for the 2011 season on Tuesday.

Both Wallace brothers attended Tuloso-Midway High School and Paris Junior College. Clint is a 6-0 catcher who played one year at Paris. James is a 6-2 third baseman-pitcher who played two years at Paris before red-shirting at Southern Arkansas in 2011. He hit .236 with 16 doubles and 28 runs batted in as a freshman and then earned all-conference honors as a sophomore. He hit .344 with 12 doubles and 27 RBI’s while going 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a save on the mound.

"We are extremely excited to have both James and Clint become part of our program,” said Gonzales. “Both young men come from good high school and junior college programs. James will be expected to help us both as a third baseman and pitcher, and Clint will be expected to compete for time behind the plate. Both are quality young men who will make our program better, not just by their athletic ability, but by the type of young men they are off the field."

NCAA accepts McMurry's application to transition to Division II - McMurry Sports
ABILENE, Texas – The NCAA officially announced that it accepted McMurry University into NCAA Division II candidacy period Tuesday morning bringing back scholarship athletics to the institution for the first time since the 1976-77 school year.

Careful planning, research and strategy for the transition began more than a year for the school, and the university's board of trustees approved the application process to move from NCAA Division III to Division II Dec. 17.

“It's a great day for McMurry, and we have been excited about planning for the move, but now the pins and needles feeling is over,” said athletic director Ron Holmes. “We're ready to move forward in official capacity, and now we're closer to getting our teams eligible for the NCAA Division II playoffs.”

Acceptance by the NCAA means that McMurry begins its candidacy period in 2011-12, and would be eligible to compete in NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in 2014-15.

The War Hawks will compete one final year in Division III as a member of the American Southwest Conference in 2011-12.

The board's approval of the process was based on the impact on the entire McMurry community. From recruiting, admissions, athletics and academics, the board, along with university president Dr. John Russell concluded the move for the athletics program would benefit the entire institution.

After Tuesday's announcement, Russell reiterated his excitement for the positive impact expected for the university.

“We started down this road because of the impact the Division II transition has had on the academic profile of those schools who had journeyed before us. And while that motivated our initial investigation, we've learned of the variety of benefits that accrue a successful transition to NCAA Division II,” said Russell. “We are eager to get underway and are appreciative of the confidence placed in us by the McMurry Board of Trustees, the Heartland Conference and the NCAA.”

During the candidacy process, the Heartland Conference accepted McMurry as a member beginning in 2012-13. That would allow for 12 of the War Hawks' 19 intercollegiate sports to be sponsored by the Division II conference that features schools from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Football, men's & women's indoor and outdoor track along with men's and women's swimming will compete independently.

In the first year of the candidacy period, and McMurry's final year in the NCAA Division III and ASC, the institution will begin work required by the NCAA to move forward towards a minimum of one probationary year. The two-year candidacy period for McMurry begins this school year in its final year with Division III.

Between now and June 1, 2012, McMurry must complete the following tasks: visit a Division II campus selected by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee, conduct a Division II Institutional Self-Study Guide, demonstrate involvement and commitment of the McMurry president in the Division II membership process, receive an on-campus assessment conducted by an NCAA-approved outside group to determine the readiness of McMurry to become an active member, and produce an annual report of McMurry's strategic plan for moving forward in Division II.

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