June 24, 2012
Jordan Scott will remain in South Carolina to finish his college basketball career.
The former Hartsville and Darlington standout is transferring to Division II Lander University after playing the past two years at the College of Charleston. Scott will have two years of eligibility left and can play this season.
“I am looking forward to getting into the flow of school and getting back on track with basketball,” Scott said. “Sometimes, things don’t work out as we plan and I decided that the best thing for me would be to transfer and play at another school.
“Lander has a great program, and the school is fantastic. I am looking forward to becoming a Bearcat.”
Scott, a guard, is the second area basketball player to be switching schools next season. Former Latta and Dillon standout Lashay Page announced Saturday he will be playing his senior season at South Carolina after spending the last two years at Southern Miss.
Scott played in 25 games and averaged 1.4 points a game as a freshman at College of Charleston. This season, he played in 29 games, 14 starts, and averaged 3.8 points a game.
Scott hit 34 percent of his 3-pointers and had a career-high 22 points against Morehead State in a nationally-televised game on ESPN.
In high school, Scott played at Hartsville before transferring to Darlington before his senior season. He averaged 15.6 points a game as a senior and shot 81 percent from the free-throw line in helping the Falcons to the Class 3A lower state finals.
Scott was ranked as the No. 4 player in the state his senior season by Scout.com and was an all-state selection.
Lander went 18-9 this season and tied for third in the Peach Belt East Division. The Bearcats lost to Columbus State in the first round of the PBC tournament.
Scott will get to play one game in the area this year when Lander travels to Francis Marion on Feb. 9.
June 23, 2012
The dominoes of conference realignment and the potential next wave of movement that threaten to impact the Southern Conference could include Elon University.
The Colonial Athletic Association, with commissioner Tom Yeager on the hunt to replenish its recently depleted membership, formally has contacted Southern Conference schools Appalachian State, Davidson and College of Charleston.
Reports surfaced this week naming Elon and Furman — and Stony Brook of the America East Conference — as additional replacement options for the CAA.
Furman, a Southern Conference staple of more than seven decades, has had no official contact with the CAA, per multiple sources.
Elon, which joined the Southern Conference nine years ago, publicly has taken a silent stance on the matter.
School spokesman Dan Anderson said Elon has no comment regarding its possible role in CAA expansion. School president Leo Lambert reiterated that no-comment position when approached.
The Southern Conference is hopeful that its member schools in play with the CAA will reach decisions — “we’re staying” or “we’re going” conclusions — by July 4.
So with that as a timetable, here are some dynamics worth considering:
-- The CAA’s losses last month of Virginia Commonwealth (to the Atlantic 10 in the fall of 2012) and Old Dominion (to Conference USA in the fall of 2013) came in the wake of Georgia State opting to move to the Sun Belt in 2013.
Those departures have sent the CAA into restocking mode.
-- Appalachian State, if it were to join the CAA, would be expected to abandon its well-known pursuit of climbing from the Football Championship Subdivision to the top tier Football Bowl Subdivision, because the CAA competes on the FCS level.
Such a concession from Appalachian State appears highly unlikely, given the investment the Mountaineers have made in growing football, already their flagship sports program.
-- Most indications point to Davidson staying put in the Southern Conference.
Davidson has earned eight postseason bids in men’s basketball during the last 11 seasons — highlighted by five trips to the NCAA Tournament — and the Wildcats seem comfortable with their overall sports niche in the Southern Conference.
But there is some speculation that Davidson has pushed for the inclusion of Elon and Furman in CAA realignment talks.
Hypothetically, sources said, if Davidson and College of Charleston brought Elon and Furman on board to the CAA, the schools could be partnered with CAA member UNC Wilmington in something of a Southern division.
-- That feeds into the theory of avoiding being left behind.
Elon or Furman, for example, could view jumping to the CAA as a proactive safety measure, given the CAA’s interest in Davidson and College of Charleston, plus Appalachian State and Georgia Southern’s aspirations to step up a level in football — all of which, of course, would mean leaving and thus weakening the Southern Conference.
-- Geographically, the CAA cuts a substantial swath from Wilmington to Virginia (George Mason, James Madison, William & Mary) to the Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Drexel, Towson) up to the Northeast (Hofstra, Northeastern).
That area expands for the CAA in football with associate members Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Travel costs certainly would need to be weighed for potential new CAA arrivals from the Southern Conference.
-- The Southern Conference’s exit fees are $600,000 for departing with less than two years’ notice and $300,000 for leaving after more than two years of declaring those intentions.
Post and Courier
June 23, 2012
College of Charleston athletic department officials were close-mouthed about reports that the Colonial Athletic Association has made overtures to get the Cougars to leave the Southern Conference.
Calls and text messages to athletic director Joe Hull on Friday were not returned, and College of Charleston director of athletics communications Marlene Navor sent out an email stating: “At this time, we do not have a statement/comment regarding the CAA.”
The Times-News of Burlington, N.C., is reporting in today’s paper that the CAA has made formal contact with the College of Charleston, Davidson and Appalachian State. Those three schools along with Elon and Furman reportedly are being targeted by the CAA.
Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have both indicated they are interested in taking their football programs from FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA) to Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I).
The CAA is losing three schools to larger conferences — Virginia Commonwealth to the Atlantic 10 immediately and Georgia State to the Sun Belt and Old Dominion to Conference USA, both in 2013.
Travel is a big concern. The footprint of the Colonial Athletic Association currently extends from UNC Wilmington to Northeastern, in Boston. The league recognizes 18 sports, including football.
Should the College of Charleston elect to leave the Southern Conference, the school would have to pay a $600,000 exit fee with less than two years’ notice or $300,000 with more than two years’ warning.
Live 5 News
June 23, 2012
AKRON, OH - The Cleveland Indians announced Friday that outfielder Jeremie Tice and right handed pitcher Tyler Sturdevant have been promoted to the Akron Aeros from the Single-A Carolina Mudcats. Both Tice and Sturdevant are expected to be in uniform when the Aeros open a four-game road trip at Altoona today.
Tice, 25, was a Carolina League All-Star this season, hitting .282, with 12 home runs and 47 RBI in 52 games with the Mudcats. He was tied for the league lead in home runs and ranked second in slugging percentage at .580. Tice was primarily used as the Mudcats' designated hitter, but has also appeared in left field and first base.
A sixth round selection in the '08 draft out of the College of Charleston, Tice, will be making his initial appearance at the Double-A level.
Tice played 1 season for the Cougars winning SoCon Player of the Year honors in 2008 after he batted .393 with 25 HR's and 83 RBI.
June 20, 2012
Rome Braves have added the following players to the roster:
RHP Ronan Pacheco comes to Rome from Lynchburg of the Carolina League.
Second round draft pick Alex Wood LHP joins the Rome Braves. Wood was ranked as No. 42 best prospect nationally for 2012 draft by MLB.com and No. 54 by Baseball America. Career record at the University of Georgia was 13-10 with a 3.57 ERA in 32 games, 30 starts, 204.1 IP, 180K and 47 BB. He posted a 2.73 ERA in 2012 which was the best by a Georgia starter in 24 seasons.
David Peterson, a right-handed relief pitcher from the College of Charleston is now a Rome Brave. Peterson was selected by Atlanta in the eighth round. He was converted to a closer in 2012 and finished with 10 saves, tops on the Charleston team. He was 1-3 with a 3.40 earned run average.
18th round selection Ross Heffley comes to Rome from Western Carolina. He is a second baseman and is the school’s all-time hits leader. Heffley, posted a career .379 batting average (3rd in school history) while getting 354 hits over four years,
The last addition to the Rome Braves roster is 17th round pick OF/C Chase Anselment from the University of Washington. Anselment led the Huskies with a .325 batting average this season, which was his first while playing catcher as his primary position. He spent last summer playing in the Cape Cod League.