VCU assistant Mike Rhoades agreed to a five-year deal to become Rice’s head coach, multiple sources reported Tuesday.
That made Rhoades the fourth aide to Shaka Smart to gain a current Division I head-coaching job, joining Mike Jones of Radford, New Kent High graduate Jamion Christian of Northeast Conference tournament champ Mount St. Mary’s and Will Wade of Chattanooga.
Rhoades previously was Randolph-Macon’s head coach from 1999-2009. ...
VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin confirmed that Smart remained the Rams’ coach, a day after mostly Milwaukee-area media reports erroneously stated that Smart would take the Marquette job.
Smart reportedly told his incoming recruits and their coaches that he was remaining at VCU. His incoming class is rated one of the nation's best by some recruiting services. ...
Guards Wayne Sparrow, a fourth-year junior who started 21 of 33 games this season, and little-used Tim Singleton will not return to Richmond’s team, the Times-Dispatch reported. The Spiders might have six new scholarship players next season.
Phoebus High graduate Terri Williams-Flournoy, who coaches the Auburn team that won 82-59 at home against Old Dominion in the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Monday night, will travel to Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State for an 8 p.m. Thursday game in the round of 16.
William and Mary’s Michael Katz was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Player of the Week after batting 9-for-12 with three homers, two doubles, 12 RBI and nine runs. ...
The Tribe's game against VMI was postponed indefinitely because of weather.
The Tribe pitching staff could use a break, as W&M lost 16-15 Monday to Brown in a game of wild fluctuations at Plumeri Park. ...
Old Dominion’s Joey Burney, a senior from Gloucester High, was named the Conference USA Player of the Week.
He batted .500 in a series at Louisiana Tech, with all but one of his hits going for extra bases. He had three home runs, a double, 10 RBI and three walks as ODU won the series 2-1. ...
Because of Tuesday’s weather and the forecast, Wednesday’s second “Key Dog Classic,” Old Dominion vs. VCU at Hampton’s War Memorial Stadium, was canceled.
William and Mary (2-7) beat visiting Longwood 16-3 in a wintry mix of precipitation as senior Taelor Salmon matched her career highs with seven points and five goals. Kaleigh Noon added three goals and two assists.
Virginia’s men were ranked fourth and the U.Va. women third on the new Intercollegiate Tennis Association list. ...
Mary Washington sophomore Shelby Harris of Newport News was named the Capital Athletic Conference women’s Player of the Week.
The former Hampton Roads Academy standout was 2-1 at No. 2 singles and 3-0 at No. 1 doubles for the Eagles, who are ranked 22nd nationally. ...
W&M juniors Will Juggins and Aaron Chaffee were named the CAA Doubles Team of the Week for the second time this season. They were 3-0 for the week, winning their matches against New Jersey Institute of Technology, No. 34 Dartmouth and James Madison.
Women’s track and field:
W&M sophomore Meghan McGovern was named the Colonial Athletic Association Track Athlete of the Week after winning the 1,500-meter race in 4:32.87 at the Tribe Invitational in her first attempt at the event. ...
James Madison freshman Kennedy King, a Phoebus High graduate, was named the first CAA Field Athlete of the Week this season.
She took second place in the long jump with a personal-record of 5.90 meters (19 feet, 4 inches) at the Virginia Cup in Charlottesville, qualifying for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship meet and moving into fourth place on JMU's all-time list.
Men’s track and field:
W&M sophomore Taylor Frenia of Virginia Beach was named the CAA Field Athlete of the Week after winning the shot put (53 feet) and discus (151 feet, 4 inches) and placing second in the hammer throw (159-3).
Sophomore Matt DiSalvo tied for third place individually at the West Cup in Murrieta, Calif., leading Christopher Newport to seventh place among 18 teams.
DiSalvo backed up his opening-round 1-under-par 71, his first collegiate under-par round, with a 73 and 80 for an 8-over 224.
In the two-day tournament, the Captains shot 940 as a team, firing a 311 in the first two rounds and finishing with a 318. Redlands (Calif.) won the tournament at 40 over par, while spots two through seven were separated by just 28 strokes. ...
Apprentice finished fifth of nine teams at the Lynchburg College Invitational in Forest. The Builders shot 333 Monday to finish at 667.
They were led by senior Ben Hunter, who shot 77-76 to tie for fifth at 9-over-par 153.
SUNY Delhi’s “B” team won the event by 10 strokes over its “A” team.