TAMPA — USF pitcher Cristi Ecks has been cleared to return to full participation and competition with the softball program.
On April 1, Ecks collapsed on the USF softball practice fields and was resuscitated by an automated external defibrillator. Three days later, she had a cardioverter defibrillator implanted in her chest and was held out of competition for the remainder of the season.
Ecks, who turns 21 on Aug. 28, was 11-7 with a 0.73 ERA as a sophomore in 2007. The Fairfax, Va., native was 7-3, 1.21 ERA in 19 appearances before her season was cut short in 2008.
Georgia Tech: Coach Paul Johnson said quarterback Josh Nesbitt will recover quickly from a shoulder bruise the quarterback sustained in Wednesday morning's practice. Nesbitt wore an ice pack on his right shoulder, but the school's medical staff cleared the sophomore to practice in the afternoon. "You get hit in football," Nesbitt said.
Illinois: Starting defensive tackle Sirod Williams will miss the season with a right knee injury sustained Saturday during practice. He is expected to take a medical redshirt and return next season.
Kentucky: Rich Brooks says the offense has regressed in the past two days. The coach said he likes what he has seen from quarterback Mike Hartline but needs the sophomore to start making more plays. Receiver remains a logjam behind Dicky Lyons and DeMoreo Ford, though Brooks said freshmen Matt Roark and Eric Adeyemi are showing signs of progress.
OKLAHOMA: Austin Box, expected to start at linebacker, could miss the opener against Chattanooga because of surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
TROY: Josh Jarboe, one of the nation's top receiver recruits who was kicked off the Oklahoma team two weeks ago, will enroll at the Alabama school. In an Internet video he rapped about guns and shooting people. Troy is trying to determine if he can play this season.
OLD SPICE CLASSIC: Tickets for the third annual tournament at Disney's Wide World of Sports go on sale Friday. Eight teams will compete Nov. 27-28 and Nov. 30: Georgetown, Gonzaga, Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Siena, Tennessee and Wichita State. Cost for all 12 games is $90. Go to ticketmaster.com.
JIMMY V CLASSIC: Four teams that made runs in the NCAA Tournament will meet in the 14th annual event on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden. West Virginia and Davidson play the opener followed by Texas against Villanova. Both games will be on ESPN. The seventh annual Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic on Dec. 8 will pit Georgia at Rutgers on ESPN2.
CONNECTICUT: Coach Jim Calhoun has finished a summer of radiation treatments for skin cancer. He is thinner, weaker, temporarily unable to taste food — and ready to get back to work. "It's not a way I would recommend losing weight," he said jokingly. "I lost about 20 pounds, but beyond that I'm feeling fine."
N.C. STATE: Point guard Marques Johnson, who started six games last season after transferring from Tennessee, is transferring. He did not say where he plans to go. Coach Sidney Lowe said Johnson "felt it would be in his best interest to take advantage of an opportunity somewhere else."