Virginia Tech will move to full conference membership in the Big East one year earlier than expected, after a unanimous vote of Big East Conference presidents yesterday in Philadelphia.
The decision came after University of Miami President Edward Foote said his school is committed to remaining in the Big East, after talking informally with the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Virginia Tech, which previously had been a member only of the Big East football conference, will become the conference's 14th full-time member July 1.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford said Saturday the conference has put expansion "on a back burner" indefinitely and acknowledged approval of expansion had been unlikely by seven of the nine schools, the required number needed for approval.
Miami's recommitment to the Big East was considered vital to the conference's long-term survival. The conference now will operate with two seven-team divisions. According to published reports, each men's basketball team will play 16 conference games annually--two each within the division and four games against teams in the other division, or twice every three years.
A source said longtime rivals Georgetown and Syracuse will be in the same division.
SOCCER NEWS: Senior Carey Dorn and sophomore Mary-Frances Monroe scored for No. 9 Connecticut, which defeated visiting Georgetown, 2-0, in a Big East women's soccer quarterfinal. The Huskies (14-6) outshot the Hoyas (8-10-2) 19-1 and led in corner kicks 11-0. . . .
Ninth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth defeated No. 8 seed American, 3-2, in sudden death overtime in the opening round of the Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer championship in Virginia Beach. VCU senior MF Darcy Roy headed in the game-winner off a free kick from senior Annie Sullivan (Loudoun County). American finished the season 8-10-0, while VCU improved to 3-14-2. George Mason faces UNC Wilmington in a quarterfinal game today at noon. . . .
William & Mary F Missy Wycinsky (Gar-Field) was named the CAA women's soccer player of the year for the second consecutive season. Other area players on the first team include Richmond junior Jaclyn Raveia (W.T. Woodson), JMU's Christy Yacono (Hylton), William & Mary's Kim Newell (Woodbridge) and Michelle Horbaly (Bishop Ireton), and George Mason University's Jaime Ricker and Katy Robertson.
WYATT DISCIPLINED: Bethune-Cookman football coach Alvin Wyatt was reprimanded, censured and placed on probation for 11 games by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for criticizing officials following a 19-18 loss to North Carolina A&T.
The one-year probation starts with Saturday's game against Hampton, the MEAC said yesterday.
MEAC Commissioner Charles Harris said Wyatt apologized to the conference for his remarks, which came Saturday after North Carolina A&T kicked a 25-yard field goal with 26 seconds left.
REDMOND RETURNS: J.R. Redmond is resuming his role as football team captain at Arizona State after his one-game suspension for accepting improper benefits from a woman he married three months ago and now is divorcing.
"J.R. met the team as we arrived home Saturday night. He reported to meetings on Sunday and went out and practiced with us," Coach Bruce Snyder said Monday at his weekly news conference. "He led the team in warmups as a captain would."
Redmond declined to talk about the specifics of the case yesterday after practice.
MAKING AMENDS: Laveranues Coles, who was kicked off Florida State's football team last month for his role in a shopping scam, apologized to school officials yesterday and signed with a professional sports agent.
"Sometimes you make mistakes and have to get on with your life, and that's what I'd like to do," said Coles, who was accompanied by lawyer Henry Hunter and sports agent Gene Burrough of Jacksonville. "I regret what has happened the last two years."