American University basketball coach Jeff Jones surely is a happy man today.Stephen Lumpkins, the Eagles leading rebounding during the 2010-11 season, plans on returning to the program this upcoming season after taking a year off to pursue a professional baseball career, the school announced on Tuesday.The 6-foot-8 forward played in 94 games during his three years at American, starting 56. AnAll-Patriot League Second Team performer as a junior, Lumpkins averaged 13.5 points, led the conferencein field goal percentage (59.3 percent) and ranked second in rebounding (8.2 rpg) during the 2010-11 campaign. Being away for a year made me realize how much I miss basketball," said Lumpkins, who was selected as a pitcher by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 MLB draft." I enjoyed my three years on the AU team very much and I am hopeful I can play again in my final year. Pitching in the Arizona rookie league for theAZL Royals, Lumpkins posted a 19.64 ERA in over 3 2-3 innings in 2012 and was 2-1 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 appearances during the 2011 campaign.Lumpkins remains withing the NCAA five-year eligibility window. Though the California native stillmust receive approval from the Patriot League in order to compete in basketball during the 2012-13 season, Jones is optimistic."NCAA rules permit student-athletes who have participated with a professional team in one sport to remain eligible in a different sport," said Jones, who lost five seniors off last season's 20-win team including leading scorers Charles Hinkle and Troy Brewer.
When Virginia opens the season on Sept. 3 against Richmond, they will have a new quarterback starting under center. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall named junior transfer Kurt Benkert the starting quarterback on Wednesday morning over seniors Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, according to multiple reports.
Benkert was expected to start for ECU just last season, but a knee injury in preseason forced him to miss the entire year. He is considered the most mobile of the three, which given Mendenhall's history with dual-threat quarterbacks, likely was a major factor in the head coach's decision.
As a junior, Benkert was the only candidate with two years of eligibility remaining, a prospect hat reportedly "intrigued" Mendenhall. If Benkert is able to hold on to the position and start next season as well, it would represent a measure of stability Virginia has not known for quite some time.
Overall, UVA has had same Wk 1 starter in back-to-back years just once since 2005… Benkert is 10th diff Wk 1 starter during that stretch.— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) August 24, 2016
What likely helped Benkert was the fact that his head coach at ECU, Ruffin McNeill, is now an assistant as UVa. By coming into a school with an offensive system Benkert was familiar with, it eliminated the learning curve most transfers go through with their new teams.
Benkert will replace Johns who was the team's starter last season and co-starter the season before. The fact that the competition was a three-man race at this point in the summer despite Johns' experience was a clear indication that his ability to win back the starting job was in clear jeopardy.
In addition, Mendenhall also announced Johns and Brewer were still competing for the backup role.
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A big-time game deserves a big-time uniform.
Virginia Tech delivered on that claim aturday as they revealed their look for the upcoming Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee.
The Sept. 20 non-conference game between the border rivals will be played in the infield of Bristol International Speedway in is what expected to be the largest crowd in college football history.
The official reveal was made via a video posted on YouTube:
Other views of the uniforms were also posted on Twitter:
The famous Hokie Stone was the inspiration for the look. The Hokies Stone is a type of rock found in Western Virginia almost exclusively in a nearby quarry owned by the school. It has become an iconic symbol of the school as several building on campus were built from the stone. Players will tap a Hokie Stone that hangs over the tunnel as they enter Lane Stadium during the football season.
The uniform's primary color scheme of black and grey pays homage to the team's history as those were the official colors of Virginia Tech before the school adopted the classic burnt orange and Chicago maroon we recognize today. The color grey was also chosen because it is a prominent color of the Corps of Cadets, according to a statement on the school's athletics website.
And boy do they look sharp. What do you think? Be sure to let us know!
The Battle at Bristol against Tennessee will take place on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
For the seventh time since the start of the 2010 season, the Georgetown Hoyas are losing a player to transfer.
On Thursday, the school's athletic department announced rising junior Paul White — a small forward by trade — will be leaving "The Hilltop" to continue his basketball career at another school.
Hampered by a nagging hip injury during the Hoyas' 2015-16 season which saw them finish 15-18, White will try to make a name for himself in another uniform. Last year, he averaged 1.6 ppg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 apg in seven appearances before calling it a year with season-ending surgery.
White began his career in a promising manner, putting up 5.0 ppg and 2.8 rpg as a freshman in 2014-15. But a wealth of talent at the forward position and an lingering injury meant White spent more time on the bench than on the court. After averaging 18.4 mpg in his freshman campaign, he averaged just 9.6 mpg as a sophomore.
White has a smooth mid-range game and his long frame allows him to play in multiple spots on the floor, providing a matchup problem for opposing defense. But the Hoyas just have too many players at forward. With L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, Marcus Derrickson, Reggie Cameron and Louisville transfer Akoy Agau all competing for solid minutes, there just isn't enough time to go around for White.
The Chicago native was a four-star Class of 2014 forward from Whitney Young High School who received offers from Miami (Fla.), Arizona, UConn, DePaul and Minnesota in addition to Georgetown. He was ranked No. 34 in ESPN's Top 100 for the class of 2014.