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Names in the games: Hicks, Wojcik, Browns

Hicks added to State baseball coaching staff

West Virginia State baseball coach Sean Loyd announced the hiring of longtime Hurricane coach Billy Joe Hicks as an assistant on Tuesday.

Hicks graduated from DuPont and went on two play junior college ball in Arizona and for two years at Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston. He later spent three years as a volunteer assistant under State coach Cal Bailey before a year at George Washington and a long stint with the Redskins (1996-2008).

Hicks led Hurricane to a Class AAA state title in 2002, a state runner-up finish in 1999 and picked up over 300 wins.

“He brings high energy every day,” Loyd said. “Our players and program will benefit from Billy being with us and I am looking forward to working with him.”

College of Charleston fires Doug Wojcik

College of Charleston men’s basketball coach Doug Wojcik was fired Tuesday, more than a month after the school said it was investigating Wheeling native, who players, assistant coaches and staffers in the athletic department said he verbally abused them.

By firing Wojcik with cause, the school is trying to avoid paying the $1.2 million still owed him for the final three seasons of his five-year contract. Wojcik’s attorney Scott Tompsett said in a statement that the College of Charleston did not make a good faith attempt to reach a settlement in the matter and became desperate to invent a reason to fire a coach.

Browns wearing boxing gloves in practice

To prepare for the NFL’s crackdown on defensive holding, the Cleveland Browns are making their cornerbacks and safeties wear boxing gloves during training camp practices.

The smaller, mitten-like gloves prevent players from latching on to the jerseys of wide receivers, an allowable tactic in the past.

— From staff, wire reports

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