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Clemson expected to interview Szefc, report says

From Sun staff and news services
John Szefc's turnaround of the Maryland baseball program didn't go unnoticed by Clemson.

Clemson, which will interview College of Charleston baseball coach Monte Lee for its vacant position today, also is expected to interview Maryland coach John Szefc, Clemson assistant Bradley LeCroy and Virginia associate head coach Kevin McMullan, according to The Post and Courier of Charleston. Szefc, hired by Maryland in 2012, is 112-72 at the school and coached the Terps to their first NCAA tournament berth in 43 years last season. Maryland made the NCAA super regionals in 2014 and 2015. Clemson, a traditional baseball power, fired longtime coach Jack Leggett last week. The Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail also has reported that Szefc is a prospect to fill the vacancy.

Junior college baseball: Frederick Community College sophomore first baseman Chris Mattison was named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the Year after a season in which he batted .527 and had a slugging average of .859 with a nation-best 87 RBIs.

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MEAC, SWAC to compete in postseason bowl game

Football champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference will compete in an annual postseason bowl game beginning next season. The inaugural MEAC-SWAC bowl game will be played Dec. 19 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas said. Future games will be held at the city's new stadium that will be home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Called the Celebration Bowl, it will be televised at noon on ABC, according to a news release. The MEAC will forfeit its automatic berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, Thomas said, but retains the possibility of teams receiving an at-large berth. Morgan State, which last season captured a share of its first MEAC championship in 35 years, lost in the first round of the 2014 FCS playoffs.

Dave Fairbank, Tribune Newspapers

College softball: Maryland coach Courtney Scott Deifel has accepted the same position at Arkansas. The Terps were 27-27 in 2015 and earned a berth in the Big Ten tournament.

Women's college lacrosse: For the second straight season, Maryland junior Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) and senior Megan Douty were named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association National Midfielder and Defender of the Year, respectively. ... Hood named Molly O'Brien, a former assistant at Monmouth, its head coach.

College administration: Colonial Athletic Association commissioner Tom Yeager announced his retirement after 40 years in college athletics, including 31 in the CAA.

Varsity boys lacrosse: South River named Michael Hicks coach. Hicks, who has been with the program for a decade as an assistant coach, also teaches social studies at the school. He takes over for Paul Noone, who stepped down after guiding the Seahawks to three Class 4A-3A state championships in eight seasons. Noone was 128-22 at South River and led the Seahawks to the sttate semifinals this spring.

Glenn Graham

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