NCAA proposes rule change to allow ejection for hits above shoulders
The NCAA has proposed a rule change that would eject any player who targets and hits a defenseless opponent above the shoulders. The Football Rules Committee, which met this week in Indianapolis, unanimously voted to increase the penalty to include an automatic ejection in addition to a 15-yard penalty. The proposal still awaits approval by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6. "Student-athlete safety will always be one of our primary concerns," said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, the chairman of the committee. "We all have a role to embrace when making a positive impact on our game. Taking measures to remove targeting, or above the shoulder hits on defenseless players, will improve our great sport." The proposed rule will be similar to the the penalty for fighting. Violators would be ejected if the infraction occurred in the first half. But if the penalty took place in the second half, the offender would sit out the rest of the game and the first half of the following game. The actions that led to an ejection would be reviewable through video during the game by the officials. Among the committee's other proposals for next season were: adding a 10-second runoff with less than a minute remaining in either half when the sole reason for the clock to stop is an injury; establishing three seconds as the minimum amount of time required to be on the game clock in order to spike the ball to stop the clock; and allowing the Big 12 to experiment with using an eighth on-field official on the field in the backfield opposite the referee in conference games.
Cullen, Dashiell help Fla. women past Jacksonville
Kitty Cullen (McDonogh) and Brittany Dashiell (John Carroll) scored two goals apiece as No. 3 Florida rolled to a 15-4 victory over host Jacksonville (1-2) on Wednesday. Gabi Wiegan scored five goals for the Gators (2-0), and six players added assists. "I thought they did a fantastic job, I thought Gabi did a great job driving to the goal and Brittany drawing, too, and being able to distribute the ball. We got a lot of opportunities, a lot of shots and that's what we were looking for tonight," Gators coach Amanda O'Leary said. Florida controlled the tempo on both sides of the field, leading the game in shots (31-13), ground balls (19-8) and draw controls (13-8). Gilroy, Barry and senior defender Kayla Stolins (Loch Raven) led with three draw controls while Dashiell added two.
Division III men: The Landmark Conference's coaches have picked Goucher as the preseason favorite for the third straight season. The Gophers, who begin their schedule Saturday against Birmingham-Southern, were chosen to repeat by five of the six opposing head coaches; coaches could not vote for their own team. Drew received the remaining two first-place votes to finish second, while Scranton was third; Catholic and Susquehanna shared the fourth spot.
BCCC men cruise in opening round of MD JUCO tourney
Top-ranked Baltimore City Community College cruised past No. 16 Montgomery College, 99-70, in the opening round of the Maryland JUCO Conference men's basketball tournament Tuesday night at the BCCC Physical Education Center. The Panthers (19-8) take on No. 9 CCBC-Catonsville (11-13) at 5 p.m. Friday. Sean Farr At halftime, BCCC was up 51-33. In the second half, the Panthers maintained a double-digit lead the entire way and led by as many as 30 on several occasions. A dunk by Aaron Parham (Dunbar) with 2:08 left in the game put BCCC up 97-63. Phoenix Butler-Poole Mike Wilson led the Panthers with 18 points and added six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Will Adams finished with 14 points and six boards, while Akeem Echols (Kenwood) tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds. Kendal Williams had 13 points for BCCC, and Justin Kuntz (Glen Burnie) and Ronald Epps (Digital Harbor) scored 11 points apiece.
Women's gymnastics: Maryland sophomore Stephanie Giameo earned East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week honors, and junior Katy Dodds was named Specialist of the Week for the third time this season. This marks the fifth consecutive week a Terp has taken the Specialist of the Week honor. The 18th-ranked Terps host West Virginia and Rutgers for the annual Pink Meet on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Comcast Center.
Baseball: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced that UMES has been picked to finish third in the Northern Division this season. Delaware State was tabbed as repeat champion, and Norfolk State took second.
Softball: UMES freshman third baseman Trenece Nash was named MEAC Player of the Week after hitting .583 with three doubles and nine RBIs in four games. The Hawks went 3-1 on the weekend for their best start in 21 years. The wins ended UMES' 35-game losing streak, and Saturday's sweep of Saint Peter's was UMES' first since 2009.