—News of the day comes out of Chicago this morning, where the University of Loyola Chicago will announce it’s accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference. The MVC will live stream the event, and for those who can’t watch, I’ll be tweeting some updates out of the news conference. Follow along at @ECP_Lintner.
—The Evansville Police Department on Thursday made an arrest in connection to the Twitter account that threatened shooting up both a UE sporting event and EPD facility on Tuesday, forcing cancellation of the Aces’ baseball game against Austin Peay. Naquan Powell, 24, was scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. today.
—According to UE’s baseball schedule, the Aces have in fact added a second game Wednesday at Austin Peay to make up for this past week’s canceled one at Braun Stadium. First pitch for the doubleheader will come at 4 p.m. in Clarksville, Tenn.
—UE’s women’s basketball program announced the signing of Hamilton Heights High School guard Dakota Weatherford on Thursday. Soon to follow should be that of Inkster (Mich.) High School guard Paris McLeod, who I featured in a story for Friday’s paper.
—Coach Oties Epps’ recruiting tactics made a bit of national news when a Yahoo! sports blog picked up word that UE received a commitment from an Indianpolis seventh grader, Katlyn Gilbert. It’s important to remember in these situations that the commitment is real, and likely aimed just as much at the coach as the institution the coach may or may not be working for that far down the line.
—Division I women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer and former Missouri State player Jackie Stiles will return to the Bears’ sidelines next season as an assistant coach, the school announced Thursday. Stiles has a year of coaching under her belt after spending last season with Loyola Marymount. She scored 3,393 points during her college career.
—After a day hiatus on the UE sports calendar — the Aces’ softball game Thursday was canceled due to expected inclement weather — the baseball team opens a three-game road series against Wichita State at 6:30 p.m. today. Coach Wes Carroll’s squad will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak.
—For any coaches out there, UE’s Marty Simmons and Saint Louis’ Jim Crews will both speak a week from today at the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Spring Clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star has all the details.