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Colorado State picks McElwain to lead football program

 

Jim McElwain (courtesy of Colorado State athletics)

The Colorado State Rams have hired Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain to be their new football coach.

The 49-year-old Montana native replaces Steve Fairchild, who was fired on December 4 after a record of 16-33 in four seasons.

McElwain will make $1.5 million a year.

He played quarterback at Eastern Washington University from 1980-83.

Colorado State is a member of the Mountain West Conference.

McElwain will stay with Alabama to coach the offense in the BCS championship game against LSU.

 

Info compiled from Colorado State athletics, Radio & TV news

OSU soccer product Robertson named assistant at Montana

Lauren Robertson (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Lauren Robertson, one of the most prolific goalkeepers in Ohio State women’s soccer team, has been hired as an assistant coach at Montana.

A native of Mission Viejo, California and a graduate of Santa Margarita High School, finished her four-year career at OSU in 2009 and recorded 29 shutouts, second most in Big Ten history.

Nicknamed “Taz”, she was drafted in the 5th round of the 2020 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & soccer news

Dayton wins thrilling double-overtime game against New Mexico Lobos

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


Chris Wright drives past New Mexico (photo by ism media courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Dayton men’s basketball team opened 2011 with non-conference play with a thrilling double-overtime 76-73 win over New Mexico at UD Arena.

Four Flyers accounted for 64 of Dayton’s 76 total points as each scored over 15, led by senior forward Chris Wright with his sixth double-double of the season on 17 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career-high rebound mark.

Paul Williams, Josh Parker and Chris Johnson each drained four 3-point field goals. Williams and Parker finished with 16 points and Johnson chipped in with 15. It is the first time this season that UD has had four players with 15 points or more.

The Flyers shot 45 percent (13-29) from the three-point line to New Mexico’s 4-of-16 shooting from long range. Dayton out-rebounded the 18-7 on the offensive rebounds.

Dayton improves to 12-3 and extended its winning streak to five games. The Lobos fall to 11-3.

New Mexico guard Dairese Gary led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

The game marked the sixth time that Dayton has come back to win after trailing at the half and the third win after trailing by at least 12 this season. New Mexico led 38-32 at the break with a 46 shooting percentage and making 13-of-16 free throw attempts. Of the Flyers 32 first-half points, 21 came from 3-point range.

Dayton opened the second half with a 12-4 run, topped off by a put-back slam dunk from Wright to tie the game at 44-all. Sophomore Matt Kavanaugh gave the home team their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 11 minutes remaining after completing an old-fashioned 3-point play.

New Mexico used a 6-0 run to force the second overtime of the season for Dayton.

The two teams tied at 71 at the end of the first overtime.

Dayton took control in the second overtime. Paul Williams’ 3-pointer proved to be the only field goal from either team of the period. As UD outscored New Mexico 5-2 for the second overtime win of the season.

NEW MEXICO LOBOS GAME NOTES

* Steve Alford, the former Indiana point guard, is the head coach at New Mexico. He is 87-29 in his 4th year.

* The Lobos are 11-3 overall, 7-0 at home and 3-2 on the road.

* The series with Dayton is tied 2-2.

* The Lobos are 13-10 vs. Atlantic 10 Conference teams. Dayton is a member of the A-10.

* Kendall Williams is one of the top freshman players in the country with 12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 4.6 apg.

* New Mexico has not lost a home game in December since December 22, 2004 vs. #5 Wake Forest, 64-61. Alford is 16-0. Overall, its 20 straight home games in a row.

* Dairese Gary is 4th on the Mountain West Conference assists list with 448, trailing Richie Williams of San Diego State University who played from 2005-2009.

* Dairese Gary has started 109 straight games for New Mexico.

* Steve Alford record of 87-29 .757 winning percentage and 2 conference titles is better than that of past Lobos coaches: Norm Ellenberger, Gary Colson and Dave Bliss in four years on the job.

* The Lobos 27-16 63% on the road under Steve Alford. They were 10-2 in 2009-10. In the Mountain West Conference is 16-8 with a winning percentage of 67 %.

* The Lobos are predicted to finish 3rd in the Mountain West behind San Diego State and BYU.

* The Lobos are in their 108th season, having been established on February 2, 1900. Actually, it’s the 111th season, but they had no teams in 1900-01, 1903-04, 1917-18 and 1920-21. But they’ve been playing regularly since 1921-22 with 1,350-1,025 with a winning percentage of .568, has 29 postseason bids, 11 NCAA 11 NIT.

* In 2009-2010, the Lobos were 30-5, 14-2 in the MWC. They played in the NCAA, beating Montana and losing to Washington.

* The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque.

* Steve Alford has signed a deal that will keep him at New Mexico until 2020.

* Dairese Gary is the only senior.

* the Lobos only lost two players after last season, Darlington Hobson and Roman Martinez.

* Steve Alford in 3 years in the Mountain West Conference, has finished 3rd, 1st place tie and 1st.

* Coach Alford’s seven figure salary is rare at a Mountain West Conference school. But ticket sales and donations have gone up from $5.4 million to $7.1 million since he took over the basketball team.

* Coach Alford is just five wins away from 400 in his career.

DAYTON FLYERS GAME NOTES

* The Flyers rank 24th in the NCAA in rebounding and lead the Atlantic 10 Conference with 41.0 rebounds per game.

* Chris Wright is the most widely-recognized Flyers player. He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the 2010-11 Naismith Trophy, 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and John Wooden Award. Wright leads Dayton in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg).

* Chris Wright was a member of this past summer’s USA Basketball Select Team, Chris Wright has 1,333 career points and has passed Chip Hare for 23rd place on UD’s all-time scoring list. He is also second all-time in blocks with 126 and 15th in rebounding.

* Head coach Brian Gregory is 36-20 in the month of January since he became the head coach at Dayton.

* Dayton is picked to finish 4th in this season’s Atlantic 10 Conference race behindĀ  Temple, Xavier and Richmond.

* Head coach Brian Gregory, believe it or not has moved into third place on the Flyers all-time coaching wins list with 163 wins. He trails UD Hall of Famers Don Donoher (437) and Tom Blackburn (352).

* The Flyers are tough at home, especially over the past four years on Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena at 72-8. The 72 wins are the fifth-most in the NCAA since the 2006-07 season. Ahead of Dayton are Kansas (81), Ohio State (78), Pittsburgh (77) and Syracuse (75) and Florida is tied with Dayton.

POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE FROM DAYTON FLYERS LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file click on the link)

46 264 Chris Wright Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

46 270 Josh Parker Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

46 278 Josh Benson Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

Western Athletic Conference will be expanding in 2012

(courtesy of Western Athletic Conference)

The Western Athletic Conference will adding a Texas flavor to their lineup to offset the loss of Boise State.

The WAC announced that it has added Texas-San Antonio and Texas State to their football lineup that will lose the Boise State Broncos next year and Fresno State and Nevada in 2012.

The two Texas schools and Denver, which doesn’t have football, will join the WAC in 2012. The current expansion plan gives the WAC eight football members.

Texas-San Antonio is starting a football program that will begin play next year under former University of Miami coach Larry Coker.

There had been reports that Montana would join the WAC. But school officials decided to stay in the Big Sky Conference and the Football Championship Series instead of moving up and joining the WAC.

compiled from staff & Western Athletic Conference news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Monday November 8, 2010, Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Monday, November 8, was the 312th day of 2010. 53 days remain before 2011 begins.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

State capitol building at Helena. Montana was admitted as the 41st state on this date in 1889 (courtesy of Montana via Wikipedia Commons)

* On November 8, 1960, Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.

* In 1889, Montana became the 41st state of the United States.

* In 1923, Adolph Hitler launched his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich which became known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.”

* In 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover for the presidency.

* In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush won the presidential election, defeating Michael Dukakis, the Massachusetts Governor.

* In 1994, midterm elections resulted in Republicans winning a majority in the Senate and gaining control of the House for the first time in 40 years.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

83 Patti Page, singer.

79 Morley Safer, CBS newsman.

60 Mary Hart, Entertainment tonight.

43 Courtney Thorne-Smith, actress from the TV show, According to Jim.

35 Tara Reid, actress

27 Chris Rankin, actor from the Harry Potter films.


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