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Miami football recruiting: Four-star WR Nathaniel Joseph commits to Hurricanes

The hits just keep on coming for Miami on the recruiting trail. Nathaniel Joseph, a four-star wide receiver out of Edison High School in Miami, committed Tuesday to the Hurricanes over several Power Five suitors including Louisville and Clemson.

“I love everything about Miami,” Joseph said, according to 247Sports. “Even when I sit down and watch film with [offensive coordinator] coach [Josh] Gattis and go over how he wants to use me — he breaks it down like no other. He lays it out plain and clear how he wants to use me and shows me how I can make an impact in his offense. I mean, it’s just great.”

News of Joseph’s commitment to the Hurricanes comes just two days after Jaden Rashada, a four-star quarterback out of Pittsburg, California, chose coach Mario Cristobal’s program over Florida.

Joseph is ranked No. 105 overall and is the 17th-ranked wide receiver in the current recruiting cycle. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder is slated to play in the All-American Bowl after the season. Andrew Ivins, southeast recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on the newest member of the Miami recruiting class.

“A playmaking slot receiver with an elite burst that doubles as a dangerous return man,” Ivins wrote. “Can attack the flats and turn short little drive routes into long gains. Ability to quickly start/stop makes it difficult for defenders to corral him. Makes up for his smaller catch radius with his overall feel for the position as he understands how to beat zone coverage and work for his quarterback. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and owns rather reliable hands. Not much context available when it comes to top-end speed, but was able to break 4.2 in the short shuttle the spring before his junior season and has outran plenty of talented defenses under the lights down in South Florida. 

“Has experience lining up in the backfield and could be utilized on jet sweeps or quick swing passes following pre-snap motion. Will need to develop some core strength once he reaches the next level as it won’t be as easy to slip away from college-sized linebackers and safeties.”

Joseph is the ninth player to commit to the Hurricanes in the current recruiting class. That class is currently ranked No. 36 overall in the 247Sports composite Class of 2023 team recruiting rankings.

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2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule: Duke vs. Ohio State, UNC vs. Indiana lead rankings of each game

In one of the truest signs that the college basketball offseason is approaching a quicker end than you might expect, the ACC and Big Ten dropped the matchups for next season’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. All 14 games will be played over a three-day span (Nov. 28-30) serving as an appetizer to conference play for both power leagues.

As usual, the matchups are hilariously loaded, but in the case of 2022 they are backloaded. Minnesota vs. Virginia Tech and Pitt vs. Northwestern will open play on the first day of the event. Ohio State-Duke and Indiana-North Carolina are among the headliners on the third day. Sandwiched between them are some underrated matchups that include Louisville-Maryland and Virginia-Michigan. It’s hard to set fair matchups, but overall this year should be pretty even.

The ACC still owns a decisive advantage in the ongoing series that began in 1999 — it has won 12 of the 23 events, tied in three of them and lost eight — but the Big Ten is gaining ground with a swiftness. Three of the last events were won by the Big Ten and 11 of the last 13 were either tied or outright wins for the league. After the ACC won the first 10 (!) times from the event’s inception, it has only won twice — in 2016 and 2017 — since. Oh, the drama!

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To get you prepped for this year’s challenge, here is a ranking of all 14 games in order from most appealing to least appealing. Rankings for each team derived from the CBS Sports never-too-early Top 25 (And 1)

Duke fell 71-66 on the road to Ohio State last season in its first loss of the season (and only loss before January). This one figures to not only set up as a revenge game for Duke but doubles as one of the first marquee matchups inside Cameron Indoor Stadium for new Blue Devils coach Jon Scheyer, who is taking over the program from the legendary Mike Krzyzewski. The talent level in this game combined with the guarantee of an elite college hoops game atmosphere bumps this one to No. 1 in my rankings over UNC-Indiana. 

A tough call for me, bumping UNC-Indiana to No. 2 on this list — the reigning national runner-up in UNC taking on a rejuvenated blueblood in Indiana inside the cathedral that is Assembly Hall is sweet theater — but this reflects my skepticism more about Indiana than anything. Getting Trayce Jackson-Davis, Xavier Johnson and Race Thompson back, among others, is significant, but the majority of this core that was in place last season was barely good enough to be an NCAA Tournament team. Jalen Hood-Schifino might be the swing piece that helps IU grow from fringe tourney team to fringe Big Ten contender, assuming Jackson-Davis continues his development as one of the best talents in the college game. 

Purdue is the ranked team and FSU is not, but allow me to predict a way-too-early betting line for this one: FSU -3. The Seminoles are notoriously a tough out at home under Leonard Hamilton. They’ve assembled a really nice incoming class mixed with high schoolers and transfers that, combined with the return of Caleb Mills and Matthew Cleveland, could make this one a sneaky great matchup. Purdue isn’t short on talent, though, and even after losing Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams, a team centered around Zach Edey is a team that will inherently present major mismatch problems in the post. 

Higher than you might expect given the names, but love this matchup and think it should be pretty close. The two teams are 1-1 when facing each other since Steve Pikiell took over at Rutgers. Miami’s had a dramatic offseason in retaining Isaiah Wong and acquiring Nijel Pack to build upon a roster that peaked in March last year. 

Virginia and Michigan both had down years by their own standards last season so this should be a nice litmus test to see where they both stand ahead of league play. Virginia returns Kihei Clark and Jayden Gardner as part of its lengthy list of returners, while Michigan brings back Hunter Dickinson while aiming to replace the production left behind by former five-stars Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate. 

This game doesn’t have the same luster it might’ve had if Blake Wesley, Gabe Brown and Max Christie returned, but Tom Izzo vs. Mike Brey is generally appointment viewing. It’ll be two well-coached teams with tons of talent in a great setting to see how young guns JJ Starling (five-star ND signee) and Kaxon Kohler (four-star MSU signee) fare on the big stage. 

Illinois has consistently performed as a top-20 program under Brad Underwood but may be in for a build-back season after losing Kofi Cockburn, Andre Curbelo, Jacob Grandison, Alfonso Plummer and Trent Frazier. But maybe not, depending upon how Texas Tech transfer Terrence Shannon Jr. and his development. Either way this should be a solid game with Jim Boeheim leading Syracuse into a likely raucous atmosphere.

One of the first major tests for new Maryland coach Kevin Willard after a long and successful stint at Seton Hall. Not an ideal setup — Louisville has never lost at home in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game — but the Cardinals are also debuting a first-year coach in Kenny Payne. 

After losing a ton of NBA talent — Wisconsin with Johnny Davis and Wake Forest with Jake LaRavia and Alondes Williams — this game on paper lacks some real juice. But this could be a fantastic platform for some potential breakout stars to make their mark. Wisconsin’s Chucky Hepburn and Wake Forest’s incoming transfer Tyree Appleby going head-to-head could be quality viewing. 

Penn State guard Jalen Pickett quietly possesses the star power necessary to will the Nittany Lions into the bubble conversation next season, so facing off against a Clemson team that lost a ton of talent in the backcourt could be a great spot for him to shine. Clemson has been vulnerable on its home court of late in this ACC/Big Ten Challenge series, too. 

Remember Hunter Cattoor, the Virginia Tech guard who blasted Duke for 31 points in the ACC Tournament last postseason? He’ll be a feature piece for the Hokies this year next to Justyn Mutts after losing Keve Aluma. Should be an interesting matchup against a mish-mash unit of Minnesota that includes former five-star Dawson Garcia and Jamison Battle.

After losing Keegan Murray to the NBA, Iowa looks to rebuild behind his brother, Kris Murray, who himself has breakout potential for the Hawkeyes in 2022-23. He’ll be the main attraction for this game as he helps lead Iowa against a Georgia Tech team that will likely rely heavily on transfers Lance Terry and Javon Franklin.

These two teams faced off both in 2019 and 2020, with Pitt taking both games — most recently in a close 71-70 win. Both head coaches (Jeff Capel at Pitt and Chris Collins at Northwestern) may be facing more scrutiny this year than in recent years. Northwestern hasn’t had a winning season in several years and Pitt still hasn’t had a season above .500 since Capel took over. 

This doesn’t profile as a particularly appealing matchup. Nebraska was the worst team in the Big Ten last season and Boston College was one of the worst in the ACC. And losing Bryce McGowens to the NBA Draft stings for the Cornhuskers. Boston College returning its three leading scorers from last year, including Makai Ashton-Langford,  could make the Eagles (and this game) interesting. . . maybe. 

2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule

Monday, Nov. 28
Minnesota at Virginia Tech
Pitt at Northwestern

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Syracuse at Illinois
Maryland at Louisville
Penn State at Clemson
Virginia at Michigan
Wake Forest at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Iowa

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Ohio State at Duke
Purdue at Florida State
Rutgers at Miami
North Carolina at Indiana
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Boston College at Nebraska 

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Big 12 targeting Brett Yormark to replace Bob Bowlsby as commissioner, sources say

The Big 12 is targeting Brett Yormark to be its next commissioner, sources told ESPN on Monday night, confirming a Sports Illustrated report.

Yormark is COO of Jay Z’s Roc Nation, having been promoted in January. He was previously co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified, a global licensing division within the agency, along with his brother, Michael.

It would mark an out-of-the-box hire for the Big 12 amid the vastly changing collegiate landscape. Yormark has little experience at the college sports level. He did, however, spend nearly 15 years with Barclays Sports and Entertainment, including as CEO, before leaving for Roc Nation in 2019.

Yormark would replace Bob Bowlsby, who announced in April that he was stepping down as commissioner.

Bowlsby was appointed to the role in 2012, following defections from Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado and Texas A&M to other leagues. He added TCU and West Virginia and was able to maintain the Big 12’s role as a Power 5 league, and he reinstated the conference’s football title game in 2017.

During Bowlsby’s tenure, the Big 12 has won 25 NCAA team national championships, including the past two men’s basketball titles by Kansas and Baylor.

But it’s also a conference in transition. Last year, Texas and Oklahoma announced they were bolting for the SEC. Bowlsby steadied the league and engineered the additions of BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston, which will join no later than the 2024-25 academic year. Texas and Oklahoma have publicly said they will remain until their Big 12 rights expire in 2025.

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College field hockey rules, explained

With 2020 and the next round of Summer Olympics just around the corner, there’s no better time to get familiar with some more obscure sports than now. 

(Note: NCAA field hockey follows the International Hockey Federation’s field hockey rule book.)

The Field 

The dimensions of a standard field hockey field are similar to soccer, with a few variances that are very specific to the sport. The pitch is about 100 yards (91.4 meters) long and 60 yards (55 meters) wide. 

There is a halfway line, as well as two lines that sit at about the 25-yard (23 meters) mark from each end of the pitch. 

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Field hockey goals are 7 feet high and 12 feet wide. There are shooting circles that surround the goals — a semi-circle extending from the goal line, out to about 16 yards (15 meters), and then back to the goal line. These circles are the only area players are allowed to shoot the ball from. Any shot that goes in the goal outside of these semi-circles does not count. There is also a dashed circle that runs parallel to the shooting circle, which runs about 5 meters outside of the shooting circle. 

Other proponents that make up the pitch include the penalty spot, a mark 7 yards (6.4 meters) from the goal, the penalty corner marks, two foot-long dashes about 5.5 yards (5 meters) and 11 yards (10 meters) from the center of the backline for offensive and defensive players and the long corner mark, a foot-long dash on the sideline about 5.5 yards (5 meters) from the backline. It’s important to note that in NCAA field hockey the long corner mark is no longer used. It may still appear on the field, but it is not utilized in any way. 

Field hockey is typically played on water-based astroturf. The sport can also be played on regular astroturf.

Gameplay

The goal of each field hockey match is to score more goals than your opponent before time runs out. The game is broken up into four quarters, each being 15 minutes long. If the game is tied after time runs out in the fourth quarter, it results in a draw. Extra time, overtime and shootout specifics, and when they would take place, differ from match to match and tournament to tournament. 

When a shootout does take place, a single offensive player is put up against a goalie, similar to ice hockey. The offensive player then has eight seconds to try and score the goal. They can shoot as many times as they want as long as they have possession and as long as it is within the eight seconds. 

To start a match, 11 players from each team take the pitch, as play begins when one team starts with the ball at the halfway line. 

The team in possession of the ball will try to move the ball towards the opposing team’s goal via a variety of moves — passing, lifting or dribbling.

Passing is a direct transfer of the ball between two teammates, lifting is an airborne pass typically directed towards another teammate and dribbling is light touches to oneself to move the ball downfield. 

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Field hockey rules

One key difference between dribbling a puck in ice hockey and dribbling a ball in field hockey is that in field hockey the player is only allowed to touch the ball with one side of their stick — the flat side. The other side of the stick is known as the rounded side. If a player touches the ball with the rounded side, the other team is rewarded possession. 

Defensive play is quite similar to soccer or ice hockey, with a few exceptions. Defenders are allowed to try to steal the ball with their stick from either the side or the front of an offensive player. Defenders are not allowed to try and steal the ball, also known as tackling, from behind. 

Substitution

Substitution is another important aspect of field hockey any potential fan should know. Unlike soccer, field hockey is allowed an unlimited amount of substitutions. As long as the substitute comes on the field after the player being substituted comes off, the moves can happen at any time. 

Penalties

Severe penalties are divided up into three categories — green cards, yellow cards and red cards. These penalties are typically given out when a player commits a dangerous play foul. Sometimes green cards are distributed for more common fouls such as substitution violations, intentionally delaying the game or being within a five-meter radius of the ball when attempting to defend a free hit. 

Dangerous play fouls include excessive body contact with another player, misuse of the stick in a dangerous manner, lifting the ball within five meters of another player or playing the ball above shoulder height when perceived as dangerous. 

  • Green cards: Once a player receives a green card, they are suspended from playing for two minutes. 
  • Yellow cards: Once a player receives a yellow card, they are suspended from playing between five minutes and ten minutes depending on what the umpire decides. 
  • Red cards: Once a player receives a red card, they are permanently suspended from the game without substitution. 

Another way field hockey distinguishes smaller penalties is through free hits. Free hits are awarded to a team when a player on the opposing team hits the ball with anything that is not the flat part of the stick, including kicking and hitting the ball with other body parts. 

Free hits are also rewarded if a team commits third-party obstruction. Third-party obstruction is similar to a pick or screen in basketball and football — something that is illegal in field hockey. A player is not allowed to use their body to shield the ball from another player. 

Corners & Penalty Strokes

There are two types of corners in field hockey — long corner and penalty/short corner.

Instead of taking place at the long-corner mark, long corners in the NCAA take place on the 25-yard/23-meter line in line with where the ball crossed the goal line. This happens when a defender unintentionally hits the ball behind their own goal line.

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Defenders lined up ready to defend a penalty corner

Penalty corners, also known as short corners, take place on the penalty corner mark on the goal line. These take place when a defender intentionally hits the ball behind their own goal line or commits a foul that isn’t stopping a legitimate chance of a goal inside the shooting circle. All offensive players and defensive players must be out of the shooting circle until the ball is put back into play. The ball is typically hit to a player close to the top of the shooting circle, stopped and then shot onto goal. 

Penalty strokes, which are much different than what happens in a penalty shootout mentioned earlier, takes place when a defender commits a foul against a player who has a legitimate chance to score in the shooting circle. The ball is placed at the penalty spot in the shooting circle and the shooter, similar to soccer and ice hockey, only has one shot to sneak it past the goalie. 

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2019 Division II field hockey championship bracket unveiled

INDIANAPOLIS The NCAA Division II Field Hockey Committee has selected the six teams that will be participating in the 2019 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.  Three teams were selected from the Atlantic and East regions. Two preliminary rounds will be on campus sites Saturday, November 16. Saint Anselm and West Chester will receive first round byes in the six-team field. Kutztown will travel to Southern New Hampshire for a first-round contest at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The winner will meet in a semifinal match-up against West Chester. East Stroudsburg will host Assumption in the first-round contest at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The winner will advance to play St. Anselm.

CHAMPIONSHIP INFO: View the 2019 bracket | Buy tickets | Broadcast schedule | Selection show

Semifinals will be played at 2 and 5 p.m. November 22 at Biemesderfer Stadium on the campus of Millersville University of Pennsylvania. The final will be played at 1 p.m. November 24 at Biemesderfer Stadium on the campus of Millersville.

Atlantic Region DII record In-region record
1. West Chester 18-1 18-1
2. East Stroudsburg 18-2 18-2
3. Kutztown 14-6 14-6
East Region DII record In-region record
1. St. Anselm 19-2 18-1
2. Southern N.H. 17-4 15-3
3. Assumption 16-4 15-4

The complete 2019 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship bracket is available here.

FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Full NCAA.com fall selection show schedule | Future championship sites

Links to selection criteria data for each region are listed below:

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