NCAA: Mid-major conferences

Jaime White hired as new coach at Fresno State

Gonzaga hires Lisa Mispley Fortier

Gonzaga has tabbed assistant coach Lisa Mispley Fortier as their replacement for Kelly Graves. Fortier has been with Gonzaga for seven years - she focused on defense for the Bulldogs.

Rumor: Fresno State to announce new head coach soon, possibly today

Per sources, it's rumored that Fresno State will be making an announcement of who their next head coach will be - possibly as soon as today. Two possible finalists for the job is current associate head coach Hanna Howard and Texas State head coach Zenerae Antoine.

USA Volleyball selects BYU's Jennifer Hamson for U.S. Collegiate National Team

USA Volleyball has selected 36 athletes to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis...After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

From USAV Selects Roster for U.S. Collegiate National Team-GJNC via

6-foot-7 BYU center and 2014 WNBA draft prospect Jennifer Hamson has been selected for the U.S. Collegiate National Team, which will compete this summer. Hamson has said publicly that she plans to return to BYU this fall to use her final year of volleyball eligibility after redshirting this season to focus on basketball.

For more on 2014 WNBA prospects, check out our WNBA draft prospect watch storystream.

Rumor: Kelly Graves most likely to become the next Oregon coach

Per multiple sources, it is rumored that Kelly Graves will most likely be the next head coach of Oregon. One source said that it was "basically a done deal." Earlier last night, Lindsey Schnell reported that Graves would be interviewing with the Ducks sometime today. This would be a huge hire for Oregon if Graves is named its next head coach. Stay tuned.

Louisiana Tech head coach, Tyler Summitt, hires Mickie Demoss as Associate Head Coach

Guest blog: No shame in ending season at UConn

Although St. Joseph's lost by a wide margin to the nation's top team, junior guard Natasha Cloud has nothing to feel embarrassed about.

Tyler Summitt hired as head coach at Louisiana Tech

Alysha Clark won’t return to MTSU’s staff next season

Alysha Clark won’t return to Middle Tennessee as an assistant women’s basketball coach next season in order to concentrate on her WNBA playing career.

Guest blog: Deserving to win & coping with loss

UT Martin had plenty of reason for disappointment after coming so close to an upset of North Carolina. But senior Heather Butler isn't letting that loss define who she is.


A "Moment of Noise" for Prairie View

Here's one fan's take, and grievance on how ESPN mocked the team before their first round game in the NCAA Tournament against UConn.

Guest blog: JMU doesn't see tourney win as upset

James Madison senior Nikki Newman fills us in on the team's mindset as they head to the first round as well as the importance of cheerleaders, her parents, and making memories with her teammates during this journey.

Guest blog: How St. Joe's prepared for UConn

After a team win against Georgia in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, St. Joseph's junior Natasha Cloud reflects on how the team has mentally prepared to face undefeated UConn in her latest blog for Swish Appeal.

The complement to BYU's center of attention

Although 6-foot-7 Jennifer Hamson will likely be the center of attention for the BYU Cougars, their Sweet 16 run highlights the complementary value of junior forward Morgan Bailey.

Photos: James Madison's upset of Gonzaga

A gallery of photos from James Madison's 72-63 upset of Gonzaga in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

BYU becomes third #12 seed to advance to Sweet 16

So I know some people believe that knowing your stuff in sports means never admitting surprise at an outcome, but I'm stunned that BYU is in the Sweet 16 after an 80-76 win over Nebraska.

It's certainly no fluke: they're playing some of their best all-around basketball right now and have outplayed two opponents that seemingly underestimated them.

BYU (12 seed) upsets Nebraska (4 seed)

Huskers trying avoid BYU's upset bug

After being the lowest seed to advance, BYU wants to continue their tournament run a little farther, but first must take on a good Cornhuskers squad.

When the best laid schemes fall short

A tribute to UT-Martin, who played the numbers against North Carolina and almost pulled off a major upset

#11 James Madison upsets #6 Gonzaga, 72-63

Another mid-major program scored a first in their 2014 NCAA Tournament opener as James Madison beat Gonzaga 72-63: it was their first tournament win since 1991. And again, it was one that was predictable based on the two teams' performance during the season despite the seeding disparity. The Dukes will advance to face the Texas A&M Aggies in the second round. You can read the full recap of the game at The Breeze. For more on JMU, check out Nikki Newman's guest blog here at Swish Appeal.

Guest blog: St. Joe's well-prepared for Georgia

St. Joe's star Natasha Cloud blogs about facing a SEC school in the first round, preparing for their game against Georgia, and seizing the moment.

Guest blog: JMU's Nikki Newman playing for respect

2014 CAA Defensive Player of the Year Nikki Newman blogs about her excitement over getting to the NCAA Tournament and James Madison earning the respect they deserve.

Guest blog: UT-Martin's Butler on making the NCAAs

UT-Martin star Heather Butler offers a guest blog about making the tournament and rising to the challenge of facing a bigger program.

BYU's upset a victory for mid-majors, WCC

BYU didn't look like a mid- anything in a major upset over the fifth-seeded N.C. State Wolfpack on the biggest of stages, representing the growing strength of the WCC with a well-timed team effort.

#12 BYU upsets #5 N.C. State

The photo above shows BYU forward Morgan Bailey, which is appropriate given how this game unfolded: Bailey's defense on N.C. State center Markeisha Gatling was a huge factor in BYU pulling off this upset, the first major one of this tournament. BYU now moves on to face #4 Nebraska. Their reward for another win? A likely Sweet 16 match with UConn.

Should conference tourney winners get NCAA bids?

One reason why it shouldn't is because top mid major teams could get left out of the NCAA Tournament if they are upset in the conference tournament.

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