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Former Trojan Clint Robinson claimed off waivers by Toronto

Former Troy Trojans slugger Clint Robinson was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays today. Robinson was drafted by the Kansas City Royals then traded this offseason to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he spent this spring training.

Robinson batted .200 (4-for-20) this spring with the Pirates. The Blue Jays optioned Robinson to Double-A New Hampshire.

In 2012, Robinson got four at bats in his debut. He went 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

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MTSU at Troy preview

Overview: Middle Tennessee State (16-11, 3-3 Sun Belt) makes its final trip to Troy (16-7, 3-3) as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders will join Conference USA in July. Troy holds the series advantage over MTSU, 24-19, including a 14-10 mark at Riddle-Pace Field. The Trojans enter the series after earning a series win over ULM then defeating Auburn on Tuesday. MTSU swept ULL last weekend then split with Memphis in a midweek road trip.


Friday – 6pm
Saturday – 6pm
Sunday – 1pm


What to Watch: The first game of the series is always crucial but even more so as the Troy-MTSU series is usually a dogfight. Troy’s offense struggled in Game 1 versus ULM and needs a strong start this weekend. Seven of Troy’s starting nine batters are hitting over .300. Danny Collins (.412) and Tyler Vaughn (.411) lead the way as the Trojans lead the SBC in average (.317) and extra-base hits per game (3.5). MTSU is no pushover at the plate either. The Blue Raiders lead the conference in doubles with 57.


Probable Pitchers:
MTSU at Troy
Hunter Adkins (4-3, 3.42) vs. Tanner Hicks (3-1, 4.36)
Johnathan Frebis (3-2, 3.41) vs. Will Starling (3-2, 6.31)
Zac Curtis (4-2, 5.34) vs. Shane McCain (4-0, 3.38)

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UPDATED: Sun Belt to add four schools in 2014

The official announcement came down today – March 27 – that Georgia Southern and Appalachian State will be joining the Sun Belt Conference in all sports on July 1, 2014. SBC commissioner Karl Benson announced that Idaho and New Mexico State will also join the conference at the same time.

The addition of the two FCS school will give the Sun Belt 12 football members. This will enable the Sun Belt to host a conference championship game.

Recent events have put a bulls-eye on the back of current SBC member Western Kentucky. It is expected that the Hilltoppers will get a phone call from Conference USA when Tulsa makes the jump to the Big East. Both of those moves seem imminent.

Outside of the schools mentioned above, no other institutions have been named as a possible replacement if WKU or any other school leaves. Social media chatter has named James Madison as a potential addition but that seems to be rumor mill material as of now.

2014 Sun Belt Conference (football)

South Alabama
Western Kentucky
Texas State
Georgia State
Georgia Southern
Appalachian State
Arkansas State
New Mexico State

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Phil Cunningham to be named Troy men’s basketball head coach

Multiple sources including Chad Bishop of the Bowling Green Daily News have confirmed that Western Kentucky assistant coach Phil Cunningham will be named Troy men’s basketball head coach on Tuesday.

With over 20 years of coaching experience, Cunningham has served as an assistant with Georgia State, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky.

Phil Cunningham’s BIO

Troy has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Trojan Arena to announce a new head coach. The new coach will replace Don Maestri, who retired after 31 seasons with the Trojans. Maestri won 500 games as Troy’s head coach. He announced his retirement on March 10.

N.C. State assistant Bobby Lutz was also mentioned as a potential candidate, but has not been confirmed as such.

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South Alabama at Troy preview

Overview: Troy (11-4) will open Sun Belt Conference play with a three-game home series versus in-state rival South Alabama (15-3) at Riddle-Pace Field. The Trojans are coming off a 9-3 loss to UAB on Tuesday. South Alabama defeated Alabama State 5-1 on Tuesday. The series will end an 11-game home stand for the Trojans. Troy head coach Bobby Pierce will also look to pick up career win No. 900.

Friday – 6pm
Saturday – 6pm
Sunday – 1pm

What to Watch: Both teams have won five of their last six games and come in with conference championship aspirations. Troy’s offense was silenced on Tuesday, but RF Danny Collins still leads the league in batting with a .471 average while 3B Logan Pierce is second batting .459. The Trojans are 10-2 on the year at home while South Alabama is 5-2 on the road.

Troy’s Tanner Hicks (3-0, 4.05) and South Alabama’s Jacob Noble (3-0, 1.57) will square off on Friday night. The pair were junior college teammates at Central Alabama Community College last season.

Will Starling (3-1, 5.82) will get the start on the mound for Troy in Game 2 on Saturday while Shane McCain (3-0, 3.32) will take the bump on Sunday.

Dustin Dalken (.366), Bud Collura (.347) and Cole Billingsley (.338) lead the South Alabama offensively.

Troy center fielder Ali Knowles has been throwing and could see some action. David Hall, who has been battling a foot injury, returned to action on Tuesday against UAB. Off the bench, Hall went 0-for-2 as Troy’s DH.


UPDATED: Troy spring schedule

Troy finally released its spring practice schedule here is the meat of what is on the athletics site. Also, Troy will not  scrimmage in Phenix City this year.


The Troy University football team will open spring practice on Thursday, March 21, in Veterans Memorial Stadium. All of Troy’s spring practices, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.

The Trojans will practice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday leading up to the annual T-Day Spring Game on April 20 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Practices will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on the weekend.