Purdue senior forward Drey Mingo has been honored by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) as the 2012 recipient of its Courageous Student-Athlete Award. The award as announced in connection with today's 25th anniversary of National Student-Athlete Day. Mingo's honor was one of several "Giant Steps Awards" announced by the NCAS in observance of the occasion.
Eastern Michigan University Head Women's Basketball Coach AnnMarie Gilbert has announced her decision to resign, effective Friday, April 6, 2012.
“I would like to thank AnnMarie for the success she has brought the program,” said Dr. Derrick Gragg, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “AnnMarie has worked hard to help our student athletes succeed, and I wish her well in her future endeavors.”
The weekend's results in six of the eight of the sub-regional pods feeding into the Des Moines Regional results followed the NCAA seeding line.
Baylor (1), Tennessee (2), Delaware (3), Georgia Tech (4), Georgetown (5) and De Paul (7) all held serve. Sunday's two relatively modest upsets swept the Big Ten's representatives out of the Des Moines bracket, providing further evidence that the Big Ten was neither as strong nor as deep this year as the Selection Committee seemed to think.
The last of the mid-major conference tournaments wrapped up Sunday and another interesting assortment of mid-major teams have emerged to take their places on the main stage that is the NCAA Tournament. Obviously, the seeds assigned by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the match-ups between each team and its opponents and the sites at which the games will be played are all factors that will play significant roles in how each team fares. But as we await the Monday's announcement of the actual pairings, here are some of the teams to watch out for.
The anatomy of the biggest upset in the history of the women’s Pac-12 tournament starts in the spring of 2007 when June Daugherty was let go by the University of Washington after 11 seasons. Athletic Director Todd Turner felt Daugherty’s run had hit its plateau a few years back and he cited slipping attendance figures as the biggest reason for releasing Daugherty. So despite six NCAA appearances and a share of one Pac-10 title Daugherty was released because her program had a “lack of buzz.”
The last three mid-major conferences tournaments are due to tip off on Thursday and Friday, as the Colonial, Big Sky and Big South join the 20 others whose championship tournaments are either underway or already completed. Including the three "newcomers" a total of 15 mid-major conference tournament titles will be settled on the court this Saturday and Sunday.
On Monday, two more mid-major conferences-- the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Horizon league -- join the 12 others whose conference tournaments have already gotten underway. Still others have wrapped theirs up over the weekend as Florida Gulf Coast University (Atlantic Sun Conference) and Tennessee Martin (Ohio Valley Conference) joined the list of teams whose NCAA tournament fates are now known, thanks to winning their conferences tournament championships and with them, automatic bids to the NCAA tourney.