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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: UMass-Lowell announces move to Division 1

Posted By Jerry Spar On February 14, 2013 @ 7:57 am In Uncategorized | No Comments

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page [1] or click here for the top stories from our news wire [2].

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UMass at VCU, 9 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
College basketball: Northwestern at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Belmont at Tennessee State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: LSU at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Mason at Drexel, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
College basketball: Iowa at Penn State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UCLA at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: St. John’s at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at St. Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: USC at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Capitals at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ UMass-Lowell announced Wednesday that it will be moving to Division 1 [3] and joining the America East Conference, effective next season. The River Hawks, who have competed in Division 2 since 1975 (except for ice hockey, which will remain in Division 1 Hockey East), will give America East a Boston-area presence following the departure of Boston University to the Patriot League after this season.

UMass-Lowell teams will go through an NCAA-mandated four-year reclassification period before being eligible for postseason play in 2017-18.

“We knew we were in the same league as these other renowned institutions of higher education in so many ways,” UMass-Lowell chancellor Marty Meehan said in a statement. “Now, we will join them on the playing fields as well.”

♦ Following Wednesday night’s loss at UConn, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim teed off [4] on veteran ESPN reporter Andy Katz.

“I’ll answer anybody’s question but yours because you’re an idiot and a disloyal person,” Boeheim told Katz at the postgame press conference. “There are a few other things I could add, but I’m not going to go there.”

Boeheim reportedly was upset that Katz shared some information about forward James Southerland‘s recently completed six-game suspension on the air Wednesday. Katz, a Newton native, revealed that Southerland told him the player’s academic suspension was an issue related to two paragraphs he wrote in a paper. Apparently, Boeheim believed that information was off the record.

♦ Cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, is organizing an event in New York’s Catskills Mountains on June 1-2, and the 37-year-old said he wants the race to focus on amateur riders [5], not professionals.

“Professional cycling is organized crime,” Landis told USA Today. “I’m done with that.”

After years of denial, Landis admitting to cheating in 2010, and his testimony helped expose Lance Armstrong. Landis said the last three years of his life have been “a long process” as he deals with legal issues.

“I didn’t tell the truth for a long time, and it was hard for me to then tell the truth and watch people try to say that wasn’t the case,” Landis said. “I was a villain for people in cycling because I lied for so long.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 14, 2003, which Bruin set a record for the fastest two goals by one player from the start of a game when he scored 10 seconds in and again at the 27-second mark in a 6-5 road victory over the Panthers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not a bully. I don’t think I behave that way. You can talk to lots of people who will I think give you a slightly different impression.” — Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, during a Wednesday appearance on Dennis & Callahan [6], on how he’s portrayed in Terry Francona‘s book

STAT OF THE DAY: 71 – Points for the Celtics in Wednesday’s victory over the Bulls [7], their third-lowest total in a win since the shot clock was introduced in 1954

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nuggets forward Javale McGee finishes a three-quarter-court alley-oop from Andre Miller in Wednesday’s game vs. the Nets.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Knuble

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Rob Thomas was born on this day in 1972.


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URLs in this post:

[1] WEEI.com home page: http://www.weei.com/

[2] click here for the top stories from our news wire: http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp

[3] it will be moving to Division 1: http://www.goriverhawks.com/news/2013/2/13/letter.aspx?path=general

[4] teed off: http://larrybrownsports.com/college-basketball/jim-boeheim-andy-katz-idiot-disloyal/174945

[5] he wants the race to focus on amateur riders: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/cycling/2013/02/13/floyd-landis-pro-cycling-is-organized-crime/1916805/

[6] during a Wednesday appearance on Dennis & Callahan: http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2013/02/13/larry-lucchino-on-dc-terry-franconas-perceptions-mischaracterized-by-dan-shaughnessy/

[7] Wednesday’s victory over the Bulls: http://weei.stats.com/nba/recap.asp?lg=NBA&g=2013021302&ref=hea&tm=&src=

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