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Weber not out of work long; hired at Kansas State

 

Bruce Weber while at Illinois (2010 photo by PhotoVandal via wikipedia commons)

Bruce Weber’s days at Illinois where numbered the day that the school hired athletic director Mike Thomas away from the University of Cincinnati.

Rumors across  Big Ten country, Champaign, Illinois and Chicago said that Thomas wanted his own coaches and was waiting for something to go wrong with the football program under Ron Zook and basketball program under Weber.

Well both have been fired.

Weber has been hired at Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, who left to take the South Carolina job.

Weber was let go with three years on his contract and after going 210-101 in nine seasons at the University of Illinois. He led the Illini to six trips to the NCAA Tournament and had a national runner-up finish in 2005.

The Illini went 17-15 overall, 6-12 in the Big Ten.

Weber and Kansas State have agreed to a five-year, $8.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and an additional $100,000 each remaining year.

 

 

Info compiled from Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas 8th in pre-season poll

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team is ranked eighth in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 poll.

 

The Razorbacks return 19 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished with a 40-22 record and won the SEC Western Division championship. Arkansas returns five position starters from last year’s team, including freshman All-American Dominic Ficociello, who hit .335 with four homers and 50 RBI in 2011.

Dominic Ficociello (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

On the mound, the Razorbacks return 10 pitchers, led by junior DJ Baxendale, who earned second-team All-SEC honors after going 10-2 with a 1.58 ERA last year. The Razorbacks also bring back freshman All-Americans Barrett Astin and Nolan Sanburn. Astin went 5-2 with three saves a 2.72 ERA last season, while Sanburn posted a 2-4 record with a team-high eight saves and a 3.62 ERA.

 

The SEC was well represented in the poll with six league teams among the top 40. Joining Arkansas in the top 10 are Florida at No. 1 and defending national champion South Carolina at No. 2. LSU (No. 12), Georgia (No. 18) and Vanderbilt (No. 23) are also ranked in the poll. Two of Arkansas’ non-conference opponents in 2012 were among the top 40 as Texas (No. 5) and Oklahoma (No. 16) were included in the rankings.

 

Arkansas opens the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17, when it hosts Villanova at Baum Stadium.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

 

Sullinger leaves Ohio State’s game vs. South Carolina for foot X-ray

 

Jared Sullinger (0) ready to rebound (courtesy of WAXXTV.com)

Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger left the basketball court early in the first half against South Carolina in Columbia, after getting kicked in the left foot.

Sullinger limped to the locker room less than five minutes into the game at Colonial Life Arena.

Sullinger missed two games with back spasms and returned on Wednesday night against South Carolina Upstate.

 

Info compiled from radio broadcast

RBC becomes new sponsor for Heritage Classic

(file photo)

The Heritage Classic golf tournament has found a new sponsor for the next five years.

RBC will be the new title sponsor.

RBC is the name used by the umbrella company that includes the Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries.

Officials have announced that the PGA tournament on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island will be renamed the RBC-Heritage through 2016.

Tournament officials have been looking for a title sponsor since Verizon pulled out after last year’s tournament.

 

compiled from Radio, TV & Heritage Classic news

Yarborough, Waltrip headed to NASCAR Hall of Fame

NASCAR Hall of Fame (courtesy of NASCAR)

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has called the names of Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip.

The Championship-drivers are getting in on their third try, headlining the third five-member class. They’re joined by eight-time series champion crew chief Dale Inman, nine-time Modified champion Richie Evans and pioneering driver and owner Glen Wood.

Cale Yarborough ran 560 races over 31 years in the NASCAR series. He won 83 races, finished 319 times in the top-10 and had 70 poles. The 72-year-old South Carolina native was the first NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

64-year-old Kentucky native Darrell Waltrip ran 809 races over 29 years. He won 84 races, earned 390 top 10′s and had 59 poles.

 

Info courtesy of NASCAR, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Radio & TV news

 

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