Nola, Cajuns earn All-America honors
Former LSU pitcher Aaron Nola was named to first-team all-America squads by Baseball America magazine and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Wednesday, while Louisiana-Lafayette second baseman Jace Conrad and outfielder Caleb Adams were named to the first team by Baseball America and shortstop Blake Trahan was tabbed to the second team.
Conrad was also a first-team second baseman on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association team, while Adams was selected as a second-team outfielder
Nola, who also received first-team all-America honors last month from Collegiate Baseball newspaper, signed a contract Wednesday with the Philadelphia Phillies after he was selected in the first round (seventh pick overall) last week’s Major League Baseball draft.
Nola is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and for the Dick Howser Trophy, and earned first-team all-America recognition for the second straight year.
The Cajuns had two first-team All-Americans for the first time in program history, and Conrad was also named a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which goes to the breakout player of the year.
Tulane’s Dvorak honored by C-USA
Tulane women’s tennis player Emily Dvorak was one of the 16 student-athletes to receive the Conference USA Spring Spirit of the Service Award, conference commissioner Britton Banowsky announced Wednesday.
The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season, with these honorees representing C-USA’s spring sports.
Dvorak is one of the 16 spring recipients, along with Louisiana Tech softball player Janine Godwin.
Phillips resigns; Leak steps in at Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned, prompting coach Will Muschamp to turn the job over to former Gators standout quarterback Chris Leak.
Leak will coach receivers for the 2014 season.
Phillips said in a statement Wednesday that he stepped down for “personal reasons.”
“I’m thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons,” Phillips said.
Phillips joined the Florida staff in December 2012 and spent one year coaching Florida’s receivers.
Before that, he was Kentucky’s head coach for three seasons (2010-12).
Texas, OU extend Cotton Bowl to 2025
DALLAS — Texas and Oklahoma will play annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas until 2025.
The schools have agreed to a five-year extension at the historic stadium in the city’s Fair Park neighborhood.
The annual “Red River Showdown” draws tens of thousands of fans during the State Fair of Texas, with Sooner red and Longhorn burnt orange split at the 50-yard line.
Tight end Scheffler to retire from NFL
Tony Scheffler is retiring from the NFL.
Scheffler told The Associated Press on Wednesday that having three concussions over the past four years had “a lot” to do with his choice.
He had 258 receptions for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns in his eight-year career. The Detroit Lions released Scheffler in October. He later had workouts with Chicago and Kansas City and said there was “moderate” interest in him as a free agent this offseason.
Denver drafted him in the second round in 2006 out of Western Michigan and traded him four years later to Detroit.
Scheffler said his plans include becoming a real estate agent and assistant football coach at the high school in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan.
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