Sports Digest for 7-17-12


LOCAL

Peter Cruz named new UAM volleyball coach

MONTICELLO — University of Arkansas at Monticello Director of Athletics Chris Ratcliff has announced the hiring of Peter Cruz as head volleyball coach on Monday.

Cruz replaces Casey Shingler, who resigned earlier in the month to become an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cruz comes to UAM with five years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently an assistant coach at The American University in Washington, D.C. for the 2011 season. He helped lead the team to a 23-11 overall record and a 13-1 conference record. American won the Patriot League regular season and postseason championships.

STATE

Three more Hogs named on preseason watch lists

FAYETTEVILLE — Three more Arkansas players were included on the preseason watch lists for national awards Monday.

Quarterback Tyler Wilson (Manning Award), linebacker Alonzo Highsmith (Butkus Award) and guard Alvin Bailey (Lombardi Award) continued a busy summer for the Hogs.

Wilson also is one of three Razorbacks, joining running back Knile Davis and receiver Cobi Hamilton, on the Maxwell Award watch list. Wilson also was named the preseason SEC first-team quarterback.

Bailey is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy and was named a second-team All-SEC pick this preseason. Highsmith also was named a second-team All-SEC pick.

Razorbacks’ first three games on national TV

The Southeastern Conference revealed its television schedule for the first three weeks of the season Monday morning and the Arkansas-Alabama game was selected for a CBS broadcast on Sept. 15.

The network will kick off its 2012 SEC coverage with the game between SEC West rivals in Razorback Stadium. In addition to the Alabama game, Arkansas’ season opener against Jacksonville State has been set for a pay-per-view broadcast with a 6 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 1. The Louisiana-Monroe game will be televised by ESPNU on Sept. 8 with kickoff set for 6 p.m.

Arkansas to continue ‘Razorback Live’ show

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will continue its one-hour football radio show, which is now named “Razorback Football Live with John L. Smith,” this season.

The first show with Smith will be on Aug. 29 and will continue each Wednesday through Nov. 21 with the exception of Oct. 17, the week of Arkansas’ open date.

Arkansas hire Schimmel as women’s S&D coach

FAYETTEVILLE — Sean Schimmel has been named head women’s swimming and diving coach at the University of Arkansas, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long announced Monday.

Schimmel joins the Razorback program after spending the last four seasons as the head coach at the University of Maryland. Prior to his tenure with the Terrapins, he was an assistant coach at LSU and at Harvard. in 2009-10 and 2010-11, he guided the Terps to a top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships on the women’s side.