New NCAA rules; Omaha, Vermont lose assistants; WCHA composite schedule; Radcliffe out of Olympic marathon; U.S. team takes a train to London

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, in a July 19 conference call, approved proposals aimed at increasing offensive opportunities for next season. That information is on the NCAA web site here.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press sums up the new rules here.

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais has lost assistant Brian Renfrew to the Winnipeg Jets scouting staff. Renfrew was interviewed at Minnesota Duluth a year ago when Jason Herter was hired as an assistant. The Omaha World-Herald has an update here.

And, as of Thursday morning, Shane Frederick has checked on the possibility of former Minnesota State-Mankato coach Troy Jutting becoming a Blais assistant, and it appears it is likely to happen. Stay tuned.

University of Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon has lost two assistant coaches recently. The Burlington Free Press has an update here.

College Hockey Inc. has undergone a number of changes in recent months, including its governing structure. College Hockey News has an update here.

The 2012-13 WCHA composite schedule is on the league web site here.

England’s Paula Radcliffe, women’s marathon world record holder, has withdrawn from the Summer Olympics race in London because of a sore foot. Athletics Weekly has a story here and Radcliffe’s official statement on her withdrawl is here.

Two-thirds of the American team, Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan, have been in Hulst, Netherlands, since July 23, but take a train today to London for Sunday’s marathon (5 a.m. on NBC).

Run Michigan has an update on the third member of the U.S. team, Desiree Davila, who has been battling a hip flexor injury. Davila trains with the Hansons-Brooks team in Rochester Hills, Mich. The story is here.

A photo in the Netherlands showing (clockwise) Kelly Grgas-Wheeler, Kara Goucher, Patty Wheeler, as they surround Kara’s nearly-two-year-old son Colt.

Photo: Just walking in the rain, trying to become poodles on our last night in Holland