Missouri-Kansas City's Hall accepts post as UMBC AD
UMBC announced the appointment of Tim Hall as athletic director, effective July 8. Hall has served as AD at Missouri-Kansas City since February 2007. He succeeds Charles Brown, who will retire June 30 as the longest-tenured NCAA Division I director in state history. Under Hall, the Kangaroos won conference championships in men's soccer, men's golf, men's tennis and softball. This spring, he led Missouri-Kansas City athletics into a new era, announcing it will join the Western Athletic Conference on July 1.
NCAA: Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson will be part of a council of 10 ADs who will meet regularly with president Mark Emmert and his senior staff starting next month, The Wall Street Journal reported. The goal is to move decisions about issues such as recruiting rules away from college presidents and into the hands of ADs.
Men's college basketball
Hoyas' Whittington might miss 2013-14 with ACL tear
Georgetown junior forward Greg Whittington, a former Oakland Mills star, has torn an anterior cruciate ligament and could miss the 2013-14 season. "Greg will return when he is 100 percent healthy," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said in a statement. "I feel for Greg because he's worked extremely hard to prepare for the coming season, on and off the court. I'm confident this is just another setback that in the end will make him even stronger. At this point, there is no specific timetable for his return." Whittington averaged 12.7 points and seven rebounds during a sophomore season that lasted just 13 games before he was ruled academically ineligible. The 6-foot-8 forward was a Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team player in 2011.
More college men: Former Calvert Hall forward Jon Graham will transfer from Penn State, the school's athletic department announced. "Jon and I have had several meetings to discuss his future and he has decided to seek opportunities to continue his playing career elsewhere," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a news release. "Jon is a terrific young man. We thank him for his hard work and wish him the best moving forward." Graham appeared in 31 games as a redshirt sophomore last season, averaging 1.9 points and 2.7 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played in 58 career games with the Nittany Lions, starting 25. Graham, a two-time All-Metro first-team selection, averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Baltimore Catholic League champion Cardinals in 2010. ... Former Edmondson forward Stanton Kidd is transferring to Colorado State after an All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference junior season at North Carolina Central. Kidd, who averaged 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Eagles last season, picked the Rams over Kent State, Mercer, Rhode Island, Towson and Utah State. He will sit out the 2013-14 season as a transfer and have one year of eligibility remaining.
Other men: Syracuse forward and Bowie native Jerami Grant (DeMatha) was one of 12 players named to the U.S. under-19 World Championship squad early Tuesday morning. The FIBA U19 World Championship will be held Monday through July 6 in Prague. Joining Grant on the U.S. roster will be Michael Frazier (University of Florida/Tampa, Fla.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville/Tarboro, N.C.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Elfrid Payton (University of Louisiana at Lafayette/Gretna, La.); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University/Flower Mound, Texas); Jarnell Stokes (University of Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.); Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke University/Houston, Texas); Mike Tobey (University of Virginia/Monroe, N.Y.); Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep/Happy Valley, Ore.); and Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S./Houston, Texas).
Reports: Ohio TE Gray is 5th member of Terps' 2014 class
Andrew Gray of Chardon (Ohio) High, ranked the 47th-best tight end nationally and 76th-best recruit in Ohio by 247Sports, chose Maryland last weekend over offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Louisville, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan, according to multiple reports. Gray is the fifth member of coach Randy Edsall's 2014 recruiting class. He joins quarterback Will Ulmer, running back Johnathan Thomas, offensive lineman Jared Cohen (McDonogh) and defensive lineman David Shaw. Gray's decision is significant in that the 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end is Edsall's first commitment from a Midwestern state. No player on the current roster, including the incoming 19-member 2013 recruiting class, hails from the region. According to Ohio's News-Herald, Gray caught 12 passes for less than 200 yards in 12 games last season. Gray's coach at Chardon High, Mitch Hewitt, told the newspaper that Gray's blocking prowess drew the attention of college coaches.
N. American Lacrosse League
Down to one team, league folds after two seasons
The indoor North American Lacrosse League has announced that it is suspending league operations after only its second season, Kentucky Stickhorses owner Anthony Chase wrote on the team's Facebook page. Three of the league's four franchises — the Baltimore Bombers, Boston Rockhoppers and Rhode Island Kingfish — previously have said they could not continue because of financial constraints. The league completed its season in March, with the Bombers folding before the season ended. "We simply cannot afford the resources to continue, year after year, to rebuild from the ground up. ... It is my personal opinion that lacrosse as a professional sport will be an enormous success some time in the future," Chase wrote. "The growth of the sport has been astounding, but we are yet to see the level of corporate support required to sustain a professional sport."
—From Sun staff and news services