Tulane releases women’s schedule

Tulane announced its 2014-15 women’s basketball schedule Friday as it gears up for its debut in the American Athletic Conference. The Wave will host 15 games inside the Devlin Fieldhouse, starting with its season opener Nov. 14 against Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m.

Tulane will play eight teams that finished within the top-100 RPI and nine squads that made NCAA or WNIT tournament appearances, including defending national champion UCONN.

“We are very excited to start competition in this competitive basketball conference,” said Tulane coach Lisa Stockton. “Of course, playing the national champion and perennial power UCONN twice will be a great opportunity for our team.”

NCAA extends

Ga. Tech’s probation

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said Friday he hopes the school’s extended NCAA probation announced this week is “the last time we go down this road.”

Georgia Tech had its NCAA probation extended two years, to June 13, 2017, after coaches were found to have made hundreds of impermissible calls and texts to recruits in 2011 and 2012. The NCAA on Thursday announced its ruling that Georgia Tech “failed to monitor its sports programs.”

In 2011, Georgia Tech was forced to vacate its 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference football championship and placed on probation for four years because of NCAA rules violations.

The NCAA said coaches made at least 478 impermissible calls and sent at least 299 impermissible text messages to a total of 140 prospects. The NCAA said there were violations in nine programs in 2011 and 2012, most in the men’s and women’s basketball and football programs.

The NCAA decision noted there were impermissible phone calls made by men’s basketball coaches only three days after Georgia Tech appeared before the NCAA committee for major violations in its football and men’s basketball program in April 2011.

Compiled from the AP.