Mass. College Sports: Mid-Week Notebook (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan 

Happy July 1st, everyone!

The summer is usually a slower period, but also a time where some news and links are shared about the collegiate sports world. So, we have decided to initiate a once a week mid-week notebook to share stories and news. This will be a weekly post for the next few weeks before our fall sports preseason coverage begins.

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* In yesterday’s Boston Herald, we learned that UMass Boston honored former Boston State men’s ice hockey head coach, Ed Barry.

* Babson College alum,  Jenn Gottberg, will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. As noted in the release, “She will become the first player in program history to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015 ceremony at the DCU Center on August 8.”

* As noted in the Wheaton College Athletics’ Summer Baseball Update (Week 4), Mike Gibbons, a New York Mets draftee that is pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, picked up his second minor league victory on the bump. Chris Denorfia – also a Wheaton Baseball Alum – went 6-for-14 last week with the Chicago Cubs.

* The Northeast-10 Conference produced its 2014-15 highlight reel, which you certainly will want to check out! Lots of great highlights and moments from the past school year, enjoy!

* Smith College announced the hiring of Katie Moore, who has been named head coach of the lacrosse team for the 2016 season.

* The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced Westfield State University has named Colleen Bannister as the new head women’s softball coach.

Report: Former Wheaton Baseball Alum – Chris Denorfia – Signs With Cubs

By Matt Noonan 

The first day of 2015 will go down as an important date in Wheaton College (Mass.) history as  Chris Denorfia – an alum and former member of the Lyons’ baseball team from 1999-2002 – has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to reports.

On Wednesday, December 31, FOX Sports‘ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Denorfia was conversing with the ball club about a one-year deal.

Additional tweets and reports about the acquisition followed, but on Thursday, January 1, the Chicago Tribune tweeted and confirmed that the Cubs had signed the former San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners outfielder.

Prior to the Chicago Tribune‘s post about the signing, John Baker – a former catcher for the Cubs – initially broke the news of the signing, which was picked up by various media outlets, including Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Denorfia entered the majors as a member of Cincinnati Reds in 2005. He played in 18 games and made 44 plate appearances, recording 10 hits, three doubles, one home run, two RBI, and one stolen base. He also played for the Oakland A’s (2008, 2009), Padres (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), but was traded last summer to the Mariners (2014).

In nine years in the majors, he’s recorded 271 runs, 530 hits, 92 doubles, 16 triples, 38 home runs, 178 RBI and 56 stolen bases.

Buckner Named The Chicago Cubs Class A Hitting Coach

Bill Buckner will return to Boise, Idaho, and act as the team's hitting coach this season! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

ESPNChicago.com confirmed on Wednesday that Bill Buckner will be the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate, (Boise Hawks) this summer, and won’t be returning to Fenway Park to assist the Boston Red Sox newest manager, Bobby Valentine.

Originally, there had been rumors swirling around Boston that Valentine and Buckner, who have known each other since their playing days with the Los Angles Dodgers in ’68, would reunite as coaches. However, ESPNBoston.com learned that the Red Sox front office was “resistant toward it.”

Bucker spent the past spring and summer coaching the Brockton Rox in the Can-Am League, and led the squad to a 51-42 record. However, the eventual league champions, Quebec Capitales, swept the Rox in the opening round of the playoffs, which ended his stint as the team’s manager.

Buckner’s last job held in the big leagues was with the Chicago Sox in ’96-’97, as the hitting coach.

Daily Noontime – December 16, 2011

Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons flew past Jacksonville on Thursday, 41-14! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Good Friday to all, and welcome into yet another tremendous rendition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, and news to jump-start the day! 

Headlines: 

* Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns on Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, which helped the Atlanta Falcons win their ninth game of the season, 41-14.

* According to reports — former Dallas Cowboy and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is expected to face drug charges1000 pounds of marijuana per week.

* After losing to the Falcons on Thursday, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew expressed that this particular game was “embarrassing.”

* According to an article from the Denver Post, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has apparently inspired office workers and bosses to be a tad bit nicer these days.

* The Chicago Cubs are heating up their interest in pursuing former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.

* NHL.com has confirmed that Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Chris Pronger is expected to be out for the remainder of the season, as well as the playoffs too.

Games to Watch: 

* Toronto at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Dallas at New Jersey (NHL) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Chicago (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s another stupendous video about Tim Tebow, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – December 1, 2011

More information continues to be revealed about Jerry Sandusky! (Photo Credit: Global Grind)

Happy Thursday and of course, Happy December too! Let’s kick-off the final month of 2011 with some headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to a recent report regarding Jerry Sandusky, a new victim recently admitted that he was abused 100 times by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

* Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was handcuffed and detained on Wednesday after a misunderstanding due to a $142 cab fare.

* According to a report from the Cleveland Dealer — Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs admitted that he’s tired of being associated with a losing team.

* The Chicago Cubs have officially signed former Oakland Athletics outfielder David DeJesus, who agreed to a two-year deal, but according to a report via Yahoo! Sports, his wife admitted that she’s a “tad bit happy” that he’s headed to the Windy City.

* Washington State has officially agreed to terms with former Mike Leach to be their head coach of the football team next season.

Games to Watch: 

* Pittsburgh at Washington (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Ottawa at Dallas (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Nothing  better than seeing a young boy smooth talk Heidi Watney!

Daily Noontime – November 17, 2011

Vince Young doesn't seem to be a happy camper these days!

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some kick-butt news, headlines and much more! 

Headlines: 

* After deeming the Philadelphia Eagles the so called, “dream team,” back-up quarterback Vince Young has admitted that he’s not happy with his current situation.

* According to Gorden Edes of ESPNBoston.com — the Chicago Cubs have made an offer to Dale Sveum to be their manager for the upcoming season.

* Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona admitted that he won’t manage a ball club next season.

* According to Yahoo! Sports — NBA commissioner David Stern will be hosting a conference call on Thursday to discuss with team owners the next phase in the lockout.

* More information was revealed late Wednesday evening about the entire Penn State saga in regards to a lawyer’s client is planning to testify against Jerry Sandusky.

* Former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson, who is now a free agent, is looking for a six-year, $120 million contract for the upcoming season.

Games to Watch: 

* Columbus at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia Tech (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Detroit at San Jose (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is probably one of the most bizarre interception you’ll ever see! 

Daily Noontime – November 3, 2011

Could Dale Sveum become the next Manager for the Red Sox?

It’s Thursday, which means… the weekend is almost here, wahoo! Here’s the most recent edition of the Daily Noontime, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith recently turned down a contract extension, which possibly means the organization could “clean house” once the season concludes on January 1, 2012.

* The Boston Red Sox managerial search continues, but according to recent repots – former third base coach Dale Sveum appears to be a possible favorite.

* Due to an increasing amount of concussions in football, the NFL has apparently decided to educate their referees on various symptoms, so they’ll be aware of future head injuries.

* Sports Illustrated confirmed on Wednesday evening that the Chicago Cubs fired manager Mike Quade.

* University of Georgia’s football team will be without leading rusher Isaiah Crowell Saturday against New Mexico State , who was suspended for failing a recent drug test.

* Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brett Connolly recently scored his first goal of the 2011-12 season, and it was felt around the world.

Games to Watch: 

* New Jersey at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Florida State at Boston College (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at San Jose (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is rather cool – shattering a goal camera!