North Carolina has two players each on the preseason watch list for the men's and women's MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award in collegiate soccer.
On the 50-player women's list, North Carolina was represented by senior midfielder Ali Hawkins and sophomore midfielder Amber Brooks.
Nine ACC players were on the list, including three from Boston College, two from Florida State, one from Maryland and one from Virginia.
On the men's list, senior midfielder Michael Farfan and junior forward Billy Schuler represented the Tar Heels on a 39-player list.
Duke sophomore defender Andrew Wenger, the ACC freshman of the year in 2009, was on the watch list.
The ACC had seven players on the list, including two from Virginia and two from Maryland.
Elon senior keeper Clint Irwin and UNC Wilmington senior defender Indy Smith were also on the men's list.
The men's and women's Hermann Trophy will be announced on Jan. 7 in St. Louis.
Two from ECU honored: East Carolina seniors Amanda Broz and Bailey Wilcox have been chosen to the preseason All-Conference USA team in a vote by the league's 12 coaches.
Broz helped the Pirates post six shutouts last season as a defender. Wilcox led the Pirates with seven goals in 2009.
Griffin hired as Shaw assistant: Anita Griffin has been hired as an assistant coach at Shaw, the school announced on Wednesday.
Griffin most recently served as director of intramurals at N.C. A&T. Before that, Griffin was an assistant women's basketball coach at Winston-Salem State.
Trojans suspend star prized freshman: Dillon Baxter, Southern California's prized freshman running back, has been suspended for next month's season opener at Hawaii for violating team rules, Coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday.
"This is a very, very severe punishment but it was imperative to make a strong message, especially to our first group of freshmen our first year here, and potentially the most talented player on the team, that we have high standards for our players on and off the field," Kiffin said.
Baxter, from San Diego, enrolled at USC in January and made several highlight plays during spring practice. He has figured prominently in the Trojans' plans.
Kiffin declined to say what team rules Baxter had broken. Baxter was unavailable for comment Wednesday, one day after he spent two practices on the sideline going through a series of punitive conditioning drills.
Kiffin said he decided to suspend Baxter after "examining his seven months here."
"I looked at it as a total package and felt that this was an extremely strong message to him, to our team, and the freshman class of our expectations," the coach added.
Los Angeles Times
Quinnipiac to add women's programs: Quinnipiac plans to keep its women's volleyball team and its competitive cheer squad as it follows a court order to bring its athletics programs into compliance with federal gender-equity requirements.
Under a plan filed in federal court on Wednesday, the university also proposes adding women's golf and rugby teams to provide more athletic opportunities for female students.
The Associated Press
St. Aug's adds two coaches: Marquita Davis and Carlitta Moore have joined the St. Aug ustine's athletic staff, the school announced Wednesday.
Davis has been hired as an assistant track and field coach and Moore as an assistant athletic trainer.
Davis was a nine-time All-American hurdler for the Falcons from 2004 to 2007.
From college news release