East Carolina’s football team will be assigned to the East Division in the American Athletic Conference when the league expands to 12 teams for 2015 season.
The Pirates will make their AAC debut in 2014 after spending the last 17 years as a member of Conference USA.
The AAC will be made up of 11 schools next season, but will expand to 12 in 2015 when Navy comes aboard. The addition will allow the AAC to conduct a football championship game, which requires 12 member schools under NCAA rules.
East Carolina will be joined in the East Division by Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida and Temple. The West Division will be made up of Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. Fayetteville Observer
• The kickoff time for East Carolina’s nonconference game at South Carolina on Sept. 6 has been set for 7 p.m. to accommodate a live ESPN2 or ESPNU broadcast.
N.C. State: Simon Earnshaw, who has guided his programs to an NCAA Division II record nine national championships, was named as head women’s tennis coach at N.C. State. Earnshaw arrives in Raleigh after 15-year run as head men’s and women’s coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he directed its women’s program to six national titles, and its men’s program to three.
North Carolina: Coleman Scott, a four-time All-America performer at Oklahoma State and the 2008 NCAA champion at 133 pounds, has been named an assistant coach with the Tar Heels.
Duke: Sophomore Celine Boutier, senior Laetitia Beck and freshman Yu Liu were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America teams for Division I.
Boutier and Beck received first-team honors for the first time, while Liu was named to the second team. The trio led the Blue Devils to their sixth NCAA championship last week in Tulsa, Okla.
Track and Field
N.C. Central: Senior hurdler Anthonia Ballard ended her college career by placing 39th in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary Championships on Friday at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Philadelphia native posted a time of 13.86 seconds to place seventh in the second heat of the event. She needed to finish among the top 24 hurdlers (out of 48 in the field) to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.