LSU’s Jolly earns victory in Palmer Cup

SURREY, England — LSU’s junior All-American Stewart Jolly wrapped up Thursday’s morning foursomes with a victory in the final match before dropping his four-ball match in the afternoon as the United States ended the day facing a 5.5-4.5 deficit to the Europeans at the 2014 Palmer Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club.

Jolly and SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau evened the score at 2.5-2.5 following the morning foursomes as they scored a 1-up victory over Scotland’s duo of Jack McDonald and James Ross in the final match.

Jolly will go against Ross for the third straight match in the first round of singles matches to highlight Friday’s action.

Ten singles matches are on tap Friday with Jolly and Ross teeing off in the sixth match of the day.

Nicholls State signs Opelousas’ Boutte

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University football has signed defensive back Christian Boutte, coach Charlie Stubbs announced Wednesday.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound native of Opelousas, Boutte originally signed with the University of Memphis earlier this year before committing to the Colonels.

Boutte was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports, and was a two-star prospect on Rivals and Scout. Along with Memphis, Boutte had an offer from Louisiana Tech.

McNeese taps Vaz as assistant coach

LAKE CHARLES — McNeese State baseball coach Justin Hill kicked off his first full offseason by naming former All-American Roberto Vaz as an assistant coach for the Cowboys.

Vaz replaces Matt Collins who accepted a similar position at Stephen F. Austin.

Vaz’s duties at McNeese will include serving as the team’s hitting coach, working with the outfielders and coaching third base. He will also assist with recruiting.

Vaz, a native of Brooklyn, New York, comes to McNeese after serving three seasons as assistant baseball coach at LSU-Eunice.

La. Tech completes basketball staff

RUSTON — Two days after filling one vacant assisting coaching position, Louisiana Tech men’s basketball coach Michael White quickly found himself having to fill another.

White’s search concluded Thursday with former Wofford assistant coach Darris Nichols, who joins Dusty May and recently hired Jordan Mincy in rounding out the coaching staff.

In one season with the Terriers, Nichols helped guide the team who was picked to finish sixth in the league by the coaches to a 20-win season and a Southern Conference championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Before joining Wofford, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky where he helped transition the Norse from Division II to Division I.

Compiled from university news releases.