Virginia Tech's season opener against two-time defending national champion Alabama, at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, has sold out. ...
Old Dominion canceled a 2014 game at Charlotte, one of its future rivals in Conference USA, in an effort to strengthen its schedule, officials told The Virginian-Pilot.
ODU is scheduled to host Charlotte on Nov. 16 in its final 2013 home game and had been scheduled to play a return game in Charlotte on Oct. 25, 2014.
But ODU exercised a cancellation clause in the contract Monday and must pay Charlotte $60,000, senior associate athletic director Bruce Stewart told the Pilot.
When the series was planned, both teams were slated to be in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2014, Stewart said. But ODU becomes a Football Bowl Subdivision team next year while Charlotte, which plays its first season this fall, remains an FCS program in 2014. ...
A package that includes a ticket to Virginia's first two home games of the season, against Brigham Young (3:30 p.m. Aug. 31) and Oregon (3:30 Sept. 7), is on sale at five price levels: $80, $83, $87, $96 and $99. The package features a savings of $9 to $14 off the single-game price. ...
William and Mary junior wide receiver Tre McBride garnered third-team preseason FCS All-America honors from Phil Steele, and Richmond wideout Ben Edwards, a York High graduate, was named to the fourth team.
W&M players on Steele's All-Colonial Athletic Association preseason honor roll included McBride and defensive back Jerome Couplin III on the first team, linebacker Josh Rhodes on the second team and defensive end Mike Reilly on the third team. Richmond linebacker Aaron Roane, from West Point High, also made the CAA third team.
VCU and Florida State will meet each other in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off event Nov. 21. It will be their first clash since a memorable Sweet 16 victory in 2011 by the Rams on their way to the Final Four.
The Rams and Seminoles are in the bracket with Long Beach State and 2013 NCAA runner-up Michigan.
William and Mary coach Ed Swanson announced the addition of Kara Powell to the Tribe staff as the director of basketball operations.
Powell, who started 120 of her 123 games with the Richmond Spiders, spent last season as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart.
“She is one of the up-and-coming coaches in the profession, and I am looking forward to working with her in building the William and Mary program,” Swanson said.
During her first season with Sacred Heart, the Pioneers were 22-11 and made their first WNIT appearance. Sacred Heart finished second in the Northeast Conference at 13-5 and advanced to the conference semifinals.
Powell was in charge of day-to-day operation, worked with team travel and the budget, on-court development for guard workouts, assisted the recruiting coordinator and oversaw film exchange and the breakdown of film on the Pioneers and opponents.
With UR, Powell had 695 points, 307 assists (10th on the Spiders’ all-time list) and 120 steals.Copyright © 2015, CT Now