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Morgan takes another hit as Coly decides to go pro; UMES seeks 2nd strike

The Baltimore Sun

Boubacar Coly, Morgan State's 6-foot-9 defensive enforcer, will forgo his last year of NCAA eligibility to pursue a pro basketball career, Bears coach Todd Bozeman said this week.

Coly, who played this season as a 24-year-old graduate student, leaves as reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He led the MEAC in rebounds (10.9 per game) and blocked shots (84).

A native of Senegal, Coly transferred from Xavier University, where he played in only a handful of games while undergoing two knee surgeries. He earned a degree in mass communication there, and that enabled him to play his first season at Morgan in 2006-07.

The Bears will also lose leading scorer Jamar Smith, the MEAC's player of the year, from a 22-11 team that played in the National Invitational Tournament, the school's first Division I postseason bid.

UMES goes for two

With the school's first NCAA national title in its pocket, the UMES women's bowling team will attempt to add a crown in Wichita, Kan., this weekend. In what amounts to a turf war, the Hawks will compete in the U.S. Bowling Congress intercollegiate team championships, composed primarily of college club teams. UMES is the only NCAA team entered.

"A lot of [club] teams don't want us there," UMES coach Sharon Brummell said. "They cannot participate in the NCAA, so they feel we should not participate in their tournament."

Monroe due extension

UMBC athletic director Charles Brown said he expects to wrap up a long-term contract extension shortly for basketball coach Randy Monroe, who took the men's team to its first NCAA tournament this season.

Brown gave Monroe the task of rebuilding UMBC's program in 2004 after 10 years as an assistant.

"I think he landed a lot of good recruits, and I think he will continue to do so," Brown said.

Terps lose coach

Pat Santoro, who this year led Maryland to its first Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling championship since 1973, has accepted the head coaching job at Lehigh University. A nine-year assistant at Lehigh before arriving in College Park in 2003, Santoro produced 15 All-ACC wrestlers and nine individual titles in his five seasons at Maryland.

Loyola gains coach

Katherine Remy Vettori, 33, a former All-America player and onetime assistant coach at Maryland, was named women's soccer coach at Loyola yesterday. She succeeds John Byford, who took the head coaching job at Villanova in February after leading the Greyhounds to the NCAA Women's College Cup.


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