5-25-10 NCAA TV schedule; other news

MAY 25 2010 UPDATE



On Thursday, the Washington-Oklahoma game will be televised ESPN2 at 7pm.  The Michigan-Tennessee game will be television ESPN at 730.

On Friday, Washington –Oklahoma will be televised ESPNU at 530pm; a what-if game will be on ESPN2 at 8pm, if necessary.

On Friday, Georgia-California will be televised on ESPNU at 2:30pm.
On Friday, Arizona-BYU at 330pm on ESPN2.

On Friday, Michigan-Tennessee will be televised at 430pm, ESPNU; what-if at 7pm.

No ESPN broadcast has been scheduled for Friday’s Alabama-Hawaii game at 530pm.

At noon Saturday, Georgia-California will be televised on ESPN.

On Saturday, ESPN will broadcast Missouri-Oregon at 130,Alabama-Hawzii at 4pm.

On Saturday, ESPN2 will broadcast Arizona-BYU at 130pm.

On Saturday, UCLA-ULL will be on ESPN2 at 6pm.

On Saturday, Florida-Arizona State will be on ESPNU at 730pm.

At noon Sunday, ESPN will broadcast Missouri-Oregon.

At 1230 Sunday, ESPN2 will broadcast UCLA-ULL (could move to 4pm telecast)

ESPN has not announced a time for Florida-Arizona State on Sunday.

An updated bracket showing TV times is available on Cindy Bristow’s web site.  info@softballexcellence.com




Minneapolis – University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Joel Maturi announced today that the contract for Golden Gopher softball co-head coaches Lisa Bernstein and Julie Standering would not be renewed and that new leadership would be sought for the program. The contracts for both coaches are set to expire on June 30.

“I want to thank Lisa Bernstein and Julie Standering for their commitment to Minnesota softball,” Maturi said.  “They have put their heart and soul into this program and we appreciate all that they have done. However, at this time, I feel that new leadership is needed to achieve the level of success, in all areas, that we expect for Golden Gopher athletics.”

Assistant and pitching coach Piper Marten will also not be renewed for the 2011 season.

Bernstein and Standering each came to Minnesota in the fall of 1991, and first took the field in the 1992 season. Each came from the University of Arizona, where Bernstein was an assistant and Standering was the starting shortstop on the 1991 National Championship team. In that 1992 season Bernstein became the fourth head coach in program history, while Standering joined the staff as an assistant.

In five seasons under Bernstein, the Gophers finished in the top four of the Big Ten four times, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 1996. In 1997, Standering was promoted and the two shared the title of co-head coaches together leading the Gophers to four more NCAA Tournaments over the next seven years and winning a Big Ten Tournament title in 1999.

“Our staff has enjoyed our time in Minnesota,” Bernstein said. “The team is filled with hard working softball players who excel in all facets, including in the classroom, and represent the University of Minnesota to the utmost. We wish them nothing but success in the years to come.”

Together, Bernstein and Standering, have won nearly 600 games and guided six players to All-America status. A total of 34 of their players have earned All-Region laurels from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), while 39 have been recognized with All-Big Ten accolades. Furthermore, three of their players have garnered Academic All-America honors, while 104 have been named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.

The coaching duo was also instrumental in the vision of Jane Sage Cowles Stadium, which opened in 2000, giving Gopher Softball one of the finest facilities in the nation. Cowles stadium hosted the NCAA Regional in 2002, and saw one of the best attendance numbers in the field’s history when 612 watched the Gophers open tournament play with a 2-1 win over Princeton.

Five players in the Bernstein-Standering era went on to play professionally after their collegiate careers, highlighted by Steph Klaviter, who was the Women’s Professional Softball League Pitcher of the Year in 2000.

The Golden Gophers finished the 2010 season with a 16-37 overall record and a 2-17 mark in Big Ten play.

According to Maturi, a national search for the next Golden Gopher softball coach will begin immediately.


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Sparks, MD – The Dynasty 6,a team of six professional-level players that travels across the country taking on teams of all-male challengers, will make its season debut against the PGFD Softball Team, it was announced today. The game will take place at 5p.m. June 12 at the Robert E. Taylor Softball Stadium at the University of Maryland. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to The Burn Center at Washington Hospital Center and towards the advancement of breast cancer research.
The Dynasty 6 is a team of select women from the traveling U.S. Professional All-Stars, which also will be competing that same weekend in College Park, that includes 2008 College Player of the Year Angela Tincher, U.S. National Team members Katie Cochran and Ashley Charters and U.S. Futures Team member Jenae’ Leles. These six players will compete against full teams of male challengers in charity events around the country. This group, created in honor of the hugely successful King and His Court and Queen and Her Court/Maids teams that toured the country for years, will take on local firefighters, police, military personnel, celebrities, professional athletes from other sports and so on.
The Burn Center at Washington Hospital Center is the only adult burn treatment center in the Washington metropolitan area. “The Burn Center has saved the lives of numerous civilians and firefighters throughout the Washington metropolitan area,” said Christian Wargo, team captain for PGFD Softball. “We are very appreciative of the hard work and expertise that Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jeng have provided to us over the years and are happy to continue to raise funds for the Center.”
The Dynasty 6 – PGFD game is part of a fastpitch festival weekend that will consist of a Friday night game featuring the U.S. Professional All-Stars against a team of collegiate all-stars. That contest will get underway at 7 p.m. Those two teams will meet again Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., followed by the Dynasty 6 charity game at 5 p.m. Players will be available throughout the event to sign autographs and answer questions from players, parents and coaches, and there will be several mini-clinics with the pros beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Tickets, which cost $5 per person for each individual game or $10 for a weekend pass that includes admission to all three contests, can be purchased by calling 410-472-3500 or at www.USAllStarTeam.com. Players and coaches interested in participating in the mini-clinics also should call that number.
The PGFD Softball Team was formed more than 35 years ago by many of the current players’ fathers. The team plays in multiple events throughout the year, including the annual Las Vegas Fire Department Softball Tournament in which they took 2nd place this year. The team also hosts The International Association of Fire Fighters MDA Softball Tournament where over one hundred teams of firefighters and paramedics come together from across North America to play softball and raise money to fight neuromuscular diseases. Over the years, the Prince George’s County Professional Firefighters have donated over $1.6 million dollars to Jerry’s Kids.






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