UE News and Notes for April 22, 2013

—UE’s coaching staff remained in tact Sunday — at least for now — after an assistant was reported a finalist for the Kentucky Wesleyan College head coach position. KWC tabbed longtime Georgetown (Ky.) College coach Happy Osborne for the position instead. Reports never named which UE assistant showed interest.

—What are blogs for? Leftovers. I posted some from a conversation with UE coach Marty Simmons earlier this week, taking a look at some guys beefing up this offseason as well as Simmons’ opinion on Loyola’s entry to the Missouri Valley conference.

—This past weekend served as an evaluation period for NCAA coaches at certified AAU events around the country. No news of new scholarship offers leaked through Twitter — UE’s coaches keep that information secret — but they’d be looking for class of 2014 players (current juniors) or younger.

—Kirk Wessler, columnist for the Peoria Journal-Star (Bradley market), published about the best column I’ve seen regarding Loyola’s invitation to the MVC. Wrote Wessler: “Valley leaders hold their breath and hope the league’s relative strength will elevate Loyola, that the new member will rise to the challenge and become an annual championship contender, thereby eventually making the MVC stronger.”

—Following up on news that UE’s student-athletes set a record for service hours completed in a year, I profiled the efforts of women’s soccer player Dani Langness, who tallied 515.5 of them as a senior.

—UE’s baseball program has won just one baseball series at Wichita State since entering the Missouri Valley Conference. A 6-5 Shockers win over the Aces on Sunday ensured that trend would continue. The series loss moved UE to 15-25 overall and 6-6 in the MVC.

—The Aces softball team is on its best roll of the season having won four straight series. UE capped the latest Sunday with a 6-3 win at Missouri State that pushed its MVC record over .500, at 10-9.

—Coach Nick Mueller’s women’s tennis team ran its record to 10-10, completing the regular season with a home victory over Creighton on Sunday at Wesselman Park. Now it’s off to this weekend’s MVC championships, where sophomore Marketa Trousilova enters with a 15-1 singles record mostly at the No. 2 spot.

—The Terre Haute Tribune-Star’s Todd Golden reported over the weekend that the Sun Belt Conference inquired about Indiana State as a potential Football Bowl Subdivision member. The Sycamores say they aren’t ready for that leap, and even if they made it, a change in leagues would likely be just for football.

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