—UE’s softball doubleheader went off without a hitch Wednesday, but the Aces’ sports administration and campus security had extra measures in place anyway after what happened the day before, when a threat made via Twitter forced cancellation of a home baseball game. Courier & Press news reporter Richard Gootee also tackled the police side of the situation as far as social media threats.
—Coach Mark Redburn’s softball team, still recovering from a shaky start to the season, won its third straight series Wednesday in that doubleheader, sweeping Southern Illinois with scores of 8-7 (game one) and 4-2 (game two). Expecting inclement weather today, the athletic department already canceled a scheduled single game against Southern Illinois Edwardsville. UE heads into a weekend road series against Missouri State 17-24 overall.
—UE’s women’s basketball program is expected to announce the rest of coach Oties Epps’ 2013 recruiting class today. The Aces got a letter of intent on Wednesday from Hamilton Heights High School guard Dakota Weatherford, who talked about her signing with the Courier & Press, and Inkster (Mich.) High School guard Paris McLeod’s paperwork should follow.
—Look for more on this in the paper this weekend, but wow: UE set a record for student-athletes tallying service hours this year with a total 4,042.5 of them across 24 organizations. The women’s soccer team racked up more hours than any other single program — 881 — with 515.5 of those coming solely from senior Danielle Langness.
—In counting down the top Indiana All-Stars of all time, the Indianapolis Star profiled former UE volume scorer Larry Humes on Monday at No. 61 on the list. Humes, of course, held the program’s all-time scoring record until Colt Ryan set a new mark this season.
—UE dedicated its new Charles Braun Family Golf Facility on Wednesday afternoon. Housed in the armory, it’s the first on-campus home ever for the men’s and women’s golf programs. And it looks nice, with putting greens and swing analysis tools both available. The golf setup is another addition made much in part to the efforts of cross country coach Don Walters, who’s renovated most of the building using his construction background.
—Ahead of Friday’s official announcement about Loyola entering the Missouri Valley Conference, a guest writer at MVCFans.com penned this piece on why it’s a good choice: The Ramblers’ fan base is older, rich, and wants to see a renewed commitment to athletics.
—There are more than 250 Division I players looking to transfer this offseason, but one who’s drawn some buzz from UE fans is Indiana’s Remy Abell. The 6-foot-4 guard fits the profile of what the Aces are looking for during the spring signing period. He averaged 3.5 points in 10.7 minutes per game for the Hoosiers’ Big Ten Conference championship team last season.
—One player UE’s staff is absolutely looking at is Hopkinsville (Ky.) High School guard Jordan Majors, a Kentucky All-Star who plans to visit UE this weekend. Majors biggest asset may be his 7-foot wingspan, which Hopkinsville coach Tim Haworth said creates scoring opportunities for a player who tallied 31 in a 2013 state tournament game.
—”The Financialist” blog tallied up the NCAA units earned by each league in the 2013 tournament, and the MVC is on par with the Southeastern Conference. The $1.71 in units won by Wichita State and Creighton will be with the league over a six-year period, paying a near even split to the MVC’s 10 members. It’s important money for a conference without a major TV contract.
—Five of six singles teams won Wednesday, and UE women’s teams swept doubles competition in an 8-1 win at crosstown rival University of Southern Indiana.