The Family Circle Cup is increasing its prize money and changing the number of qualifiers who make the main draw this season.
Officials for the women's clay court tournament announced Friday that the total purse will grow from $711,000 to $749,160. In addition, there will be 12 players qualifying for the main draw this season instead of eight.
The qualifying tournament is held the weekend prior to the tournament's main draw start. The Family Circle Cup takes place from April 2-8 at the Family Circle Tennis Center. The tournament is in its 40th season.
The College of Charleston softball team was picked to be the Southern Conference runner-up according to a poll taken of the league's coaches. The coaches also picked two preseason all-conference teams and the Cougars put four representatives on the teams.
Last season, the Cougars made a spirited run through the SoCon tournament which landed them in the championship game. Charleston will have a tall order in replacing six regular starters and a highly influential senior class.
Chattanooga was named to be the favorite and received eight of nine first-place votes. The Mocs will be seeking their sixth consecutive regular season title.
Furman hired Jimmy Lindsey as its new defensive line coach.
Head coach Bruce Fowler made the announcement on Friday. Lindsey takes over for Ricky Logo, who accepted a similar position at Houston last month.
Lindsey spent the past two seasons as defensive line and special teams coach at Chattanooga. The Mocs led the Southern Conference in several defensive categories last fall, including points allowed (19.7 points a game) and fewest yards given up (305.3 per game).
Lindsey has also worked at Tennessee-Martin, Miami of Ohio and Gardner-Webb