High School Football

West Brunswick grad Alfy Hill transfers to East Carolina

Former West Brunswick (N.C.) High School standout linebacker Alfy Hill has enrolled at East Carolina less than a week after he was ruled an academic nonqualifier at Alabama.

Alabama had said the NCAA's eligibility clearinghouse didn't accept certain classes Hill took as core courses for certification. East Carolina says Hill's high school is working with the NCAA to appeal the decision, though Hill will likely sit out this season.

Hill was a four-star prospect on Scout.com and was the first player from North Carolina to sign with the Crimson Tide since the 1980s.

College athletics

The Big South Conference and ESPN have reached a new three-year television deal, which will expand the number of Big South events on the ESPN family of networks.

The deal - which allows for up to 14 events to air annually on an ESPN platform - runs through 2013 and extends the longstanding partnership that began in 1991.

The Big South men's basketball championship game will continue to air on either ESPN or ESPN2, while ESPNU will continue to be the television home of the conference's men's basketball semifinals that first began in 2006.

Two additional Big South events will air on ESPNU each year of the agreement. Select conference events - determined on an annual basis - will also be aired online at ESPN3.com, including three football games this year.