Sports roundup: UNT coach Dan McCarney suffers a stroke … Texas A&M students take a stand against SEC policy … WVU settles Big East lawsuit, will join Big 12
In recovery: North Texas football coach Dan McCarney has suffered a stroke and remains hospitalized, he told the Des Moines Register this morning. The 58-year old McCarney, who coached at Iowa State from 1995-2006, says he suffered a stroke after a workout Sunday, and then was rushed to a hospital via helicopter. McCarney remains hospitalized and is undergoing a battery of tests. He says doctors expect a full recovery and no permanent damage. McCarney, who is entering his second season at North Texas, says he expects to be out of the hospital "in a couple days." LSU is scheduled to open the 2012 season against North Texas in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 1.
Newcomers making waves: As part of Texas A&M's 12th Man tradition, students stand throughout the game in a show of readiness to join the team on the field if called upon. But as FoxSportsSouthwest.com reports, some of the same students who cheered so vigorously for Texas A&M to join the SEC could be cheering from farther away because of the move. SEC policy does not permit student seating behind the visiting team's benches. Texas A&M's student senate passed a bill Wednesday night voicing displeasure with the SEC's policy, according to a report in The Battalion, the school's student newspaper. The SEC rules require that the first 25 rows of seats behind the opponent's bench, between the 30-yard lines, cannot be occupied by students. That area at Kyle Field has historically not only included student seating, but also Texas A&M's marching band. LSU plays at Texas A&M on Oct. 20.
Breaking up is hard to do: West Virginia University announced today it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July, in time for the fall football season. Athletic Director Oliver Luck says the terms of the deal were confidential and that WVU wouldn't release details. However, Luck says no state, taxpayer, tuition or other academic dollars will be used in the settlement. A person familiar with the agreement says the settlement totals $20 million, but did not know how much money would come from the university and how much the Big 12 may contribute. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not announced with the agreement. The Associated Press has the full story here.
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