January 27, 2012

Former Oakland Star Benson Returns to Sioux Falls

Keith Benson
Former Oakland standout Keith Benson, a two-time Summit League Player of the Year and 2010 Lou Henson Award winner as the nation's top mid-major player, is returning to the city where he helped lead the Golden Grizzlies to back-to-back Summit League Championships. The Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA's D-League acquired Benson, who is expected to be in uniform for tonight's game. A second round draft choice of the Atlanta Hawks in June, Benson was named as one of The Summit League's Top 30 Distinguished Contributors. Click on the links to read more from the Skyforce and Oakland.

OU's Carnago Invited to ProHoops Free Agent Camp

After being identified as one of the top senior players in the country, Brittany Carnago was invited to participate in the 2012 ProHoops Free Agent. Carnago, who ranks seventh in the nation in blocked shots per game was invited to the camp, which will showcase the talents of some of the top players in country in front of scouts, coaches and General Managers from the WNBA ahead of the draft in April.
Carnago is known across the nation for her shot-blocking abilities, which included 11 in one game this season against UIC. She has already had 60 blocks this season and is on pace to become Oakland’s all-time leader in blocked shots. Carnago has already set the school record with 89 blocks in a season and last year posted 80 rejections. 
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January 24, 2012

IPFW's Touloute Signs with Wichita Wings

Former IPFW men's soccer standout Max Touloute has signed a three-year deal with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Touloute becomes the fourth IPFW men's soccer player to sign a professional contract, joining head coach Mike Harper (two years, ESL), assistant coach Bronn Pfeiffer (nine years, NPSL/MISL) and Jeff Richey (seven years, NPSL/MISL).

Touloute will team up with Fort Wayne native Jamar Beasley on the 17-man Wing roster.

A four-year player for the Mastodons, Touloute solidified his name in the IPFW history book with 32 goals, 14 assists, 218 shots and five game-winning goals. He competed in 67 career games for the Royal Blue and White. 

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January 23, 2012

Former Centenary Baseball Star Becomes Youngest Division I Head Coach

Michael Tompkins
Michael Tompkins, the second-year assistant coach at Alabama A&M, had his career plan all figured out. He'd get a few years under his belt as an assistant coach, move around some and, with any luck, a he'd get his shot at head coaching position right about the time he turned 29 or 30 years old. On Jan. 5, those plans went out the window.

It was then that Tompkins was told by A&M head coach Ed McCann that he was thinking about resigning for health reasons. Tompkins was concerned about McCann's health ... then was worried about who would lead the baseball program. It was the man in the mirror, all of 24 years old -- a designation that makes him the youngest baseball coach in Division I.

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