In a promising sign for Phoenix basketball 2015-16, Green Bay players have swept the first Horizon League player of the week awards. Carrington Love was the leading scorer in the Phoenix’s 93-89 loss to Stanford, torching the Pac-12 opponent for 32 points and six 3-pointers in the game, which established new career highs. On the women’s side Kaili Lukan posted a very impressive 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Phoenix’s 75-55 Kress Center victory over Marquette. For more on the honors, go to.
The Phoenix women welcome in-state rival Marquette for their season opener at 7 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 13) at the Kress Events Center. Coach Kevin Borseth’s Green Bay team has high hopes again, and rightfully so: The program has posted 38 consecutive winning seasons (trailing only Tennessee, 42); won 17 straight Horizon League titles, recorded 16 consecutive 20-plus win seasons, and is coming off its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance last spring. For more on tonight’s game.
Prior to tipoff, former UW-Green Bay women’s basketball player, Ellen Edison, will receive the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, the Horizon League’s most prestigious award given out annually to one male and one female student athlete who exemplify academic achievement and the dignity and high purpose of the league and its membership.
For the eighth consecutive season, the Green Bay women’s basketball team will enter the season as the Horizon League preseason favorite, as announced by the league office during its media day event on Wednesday. Receiving pre-season recognition for the Phoenix were first-team all-Horizon designees Tesha Buck and Mehryn Kraker. For more.
Former Phoenix basketball star Keifer Sykes was released by the San Antonio Spurs as the NBA team’s preseason came to an end. Sykes said he would sign with the Spurs’ NBA D-League affiliate in Austin (Tex.), in hopes of being called back to next year’s camp when it is expected the team will have fewer guaranteed contracts and more open roster spots. Horizon League fans will note that among the guards the Spurs kept was former Detroit Titans star Ray McCallum Jr., a three-year NBA vet.
The Green Bay volleyball team continued its recent hot streak over the weekend, with a three-set sweep of in-state rival UW-Milwaukee at the Kress Center. At 14-7 and 5-3 in the Horizon League, Coach Sean Burdette’s team is hoping to make a run at the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since its only trip in 2003. The Phoenix will be back at the Kress Center for three more matches over the next week, beginning with a date against defending-champion Oakland at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Green Bay men’s basketball team is predicted to finish sixth in the Horizon League, according to a coaches/media/staff ballot announced Wednesday at the annual media day. Jack-of-all-trades forward Jordan Fouse, a senior from Racine, was voted to the preseason first team. Coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons, the Phoenix will deal with the loss of senior starters and contributors from last year. Coach Linc Darner, who is a year removed from leading Florida Southern to a 36-1 record, a No. 1 overall ranking and the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship last season, leads his new team into exhibition play with a Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31, game with UW-Stout at the Resch Center.
Cheenuj Shong, a senior from Milwaukee, had scored a single goal in his Phoenix men’s soccer career before Wednesday night. Returning to his hometown, Shong got two at UW-Milwaukee in a nice 2-0 victory that gave Green Bay the Chancellor’s Cup for another year. Coach Jeremy Bonomo’s Phoenix evened its Horizon League record at 2-1-2 (4-5-3 overall). For details.
Gary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been appointed a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. He will begin his three-year term Aug. 1, 2015.
Miller is the first sitting Division I president or chancellor to serve on the committee, the NCAA has confirmed.
“I consider it a great honor to be chosen to serve in this capacity,” Miller said. “I am a firm believer in the value of Division I athletics to UW-Green Bay, the NCAA’s mission as an organization, and our shared duty as member institutions to help ensure academic and competitive integrity.”
The Division I Committee on Infractions is an independent group composed of representatives from the membership and the public charged with deciding NCAA infractions cases. The committee reviews prehearing procedural matters, conducts hearings, finds the facts of the case, and determines what, if any, penalties are appropriate. After it issues a decision, the committee monitors institutions on probation to ensure compliance with penalties and terms of probation. The committee also hears appeals of Level III decisions issued by NCAA staff.
Miller’s appointment as a current chancellor reflects the NCAA’s ongoing, stated efforts to increase presidential involvement in all facets of the NCAA governance structure.
Since 2011 the NCAA has gradually expanded the committee from 10 to 24 members. Previously regarded as one of the NCAA’s more time-intensive assignments — which tended to discourage top administrators from volunteering — the committee can now use its larger size to create panels of five to seven randomly-chosen members. The change allows cases to be heard more quickly and efficiently with fewer burdens on individual committee members.
Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed for a maximum of three terms. In addition to participating in those cases assigned them, members convene as the full Committee on Infractions at least twice annually to review cases across panels and check for consistency in the way NCAA guidelines are applied.
Jon LeCrone, who heads the intercollegiate athletics conference that includes UW-Green Bay, describes Miller’s appointment as prestigious recognition for the chancellor, the University, Green Bay Athletics and the league.
“We are thrilled for Chancellor Miller’s appointment to the NCAA Infractions Committee,” says LeCrone, Horizon League commissioner. “Since arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, he has been an excellent addition to our Board of Directors, working on behalf of Green Bay and the Horizon League’s student-athletes. I know that he will represent Green Bay and the Horizon League well on the committee.”
The committee chair is Gregory Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Other prominent members include Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky; Michael F. Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, former University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi; and former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins. Nominations to serve come from the NCAA membership and include academic and athletics administrators past and present, independent professionals with relevant legal, athletics or academic experience, and former coaches.
Miller, who assumed his duties as UW-Green Bay chancellor on Aug. 1, 2014, has extensive career experience as an administrator and educator, all with NCAA Division I universities.
He came to Green Bay from the chancellorship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was previously provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, Dean of the College of Pacific at the University of the Pacific, and a faculty member at both Weber State University and Mississippi State University.
The chancellor serves on the local board of directors of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Council of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Board of Directors of The Campus Compact, the Workforce Development Panel of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and a national steering committee focused on post-collegiate outcomes.
Miller’s appointment to the infractions committee is UW-Green Bay’s second high-profile NCAA appointment this summer. Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie was notified earlier this year she will become the first individual from any Horizon League school to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, starting Sept. 1.
Ellen Edison, a May 2015 UW-Green Bay graduate and standout student-athlete for Green Bay women’s basketball received the Horizon League’s highest individual honor yesterday — the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor. The Coleman Medal of Honor is presented annually to the league’s top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the League and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Edison graduated summa cum laude with honors in the Human Biology major. Read more.