News Nuggets, 01.15.04
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Punishment in the works for Hawaii Bowl brawlers
the Baseball Pirates' feast on deck... .. Coach with ECU
ties takes over at Citadel... .. USF AD Selmon sidelined by
health issue... .. NCAA reverses field on Argentine transfer... ..
guard honored for 'Demonizing' ECU, DePaul... .. Brindise,
McFarland hirings become official... .. Minter hooks up with
old boss Holtz... .. AP basketball poll... ..
considers sanctions for academic dawdlers... .. UAB's Finley
among candidates for Senior CLASS Award... .. C-USA
basketball standings, scores & schedule... ..
looming for Hawaii Bowl brawl... .. Saban assistant takes
over UCF defense... .. Hundreds bitten by bogus Sugar Bowl
tickets... .. Redick one shot away from new record... ..
Vegas Bowl ponders overthrow of Liberty Bowl arrangement...
.. Clemson duo plans to play for pay... .. Bulldogs' Croon
picks up a 'Beamer'... .. Amputee expected to see action in
Shrine game... ..
Rivers among pass-happy QB's in Senior Bowl... .. Houston AD
fingers Hawaii for donnybrook... .. Tulane cracks Top Ten in
preseason baseball poll... ..
station plans gold-clad student section for U of L game...
.. Sugar Bowl bombs in boob-tube ratings... ..
takes over Gamecocks' offensive line... .. ECU 'Wild Dogs'
founder quits Longhorns... .. Carroll headlines AFCA
coaching awards... .. Former Army QB makes East-West Shrine
roster as LB... ..
off time adjusted for ECU-Charlotte Bobble Head game... ..
AP trophy presentation seals title split... .. Grantland
Rice trophy also goes to USC... .. BCS title game takes
tumble in TV ratings... .. AP basketball poll... ..
night for LSU profitable one for Saban... .. New life sought
for defunct Seattle Bowl... .. Rose Bowl ratings made huge
leap... .. Concussion study equates football collisions to
car wrecks... ..
The fur flew at the conclusion
of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Day, with a
fist-throwing, helmet swinging donnybrook
breaking out between between the teams after Hawaii defeated Conference USA
member Houston 54-48 in a triple-overtime heart-pounder.
Now the hammer is about to drop on some Houston players, even though C-USA
and Houston officials have indicated they believe the free-for-all was
precipitated in part by a volatile atmosphere not brought under control by
"We have completed our review of the post-game incident at the Sheraton
Hawaii Bowl, involving the University of Hawaii and University of Houston
football teams," said C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky in a Wednesday
statement. "This review included analysis of all available videotapes.
"Following our review, Conference USA, in conjunction with the University of
Houston, has identified several student-athletes who will be subject to
disciplinary action, including suspension from competition. The individuals
involved and the specific nature of the penalties will remain unspecified."
Banowsky's statement also included favorable words about Houston coach Art
Briles and expressed support for Houston athletic director Dave Maggard's
previously declared contention that the fight was not started by Houston
"Although we feel as if the hostile environment contributed to this
situation, we take issues of this nature very seriously. We appreciate the
leadership exhibited by Coach Art Briles and the University of Houston
administration and we consider this matter closed."
Banowsky, Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson and Hawaii
athletic director Herman Frazier had
agreed last week that suspensions
for both teams were in order.
ECU-U of L tickets: Get 'em while you can
As of Wednesday afternoon, East Carolina's
ticket office had only 400 ducats remaining for tonight's ECU-Louisville
game. The tickets will go on sale today at 9 a.m.
A Wednesday rush on tickets by students
depleted the allotment set aside for them. The final few hundred will be for
sale to the public until 5 p.m., with any tickets still available after that
time made available for student pickup.
The ECU ticket office is located in the Old Pirate Club Building on the
south side of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. After 5 p.m., tickets will be available
from the Minges Coliseum box office only. For information, call
Tip-off time for the for the Conference USA
battle, which will be televised by ESPN2, is 9 p.m.
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Bearcats dispel doubts, rip non-cream
MILWAUKEE — Cincinnati used its pressure
defense to offset any homecourt advantage Marquette may have had.
Tony Bobbitt scored 18 points and Nick Williams added a season-high 16 to
lead No. 10 Cincinnati to an 85-73 victory over No. 21 Marquette on
Wednesday night, only the Golden Eagles' second loss in 40 home games.
The convincing win answered
any questions critics had about how
Cincinnati would fare once it moved beyond a relatively soft early-season
It was the first time the Bearcats (12-0, 3-0 Conference USA) played a
ranked team this year and they proved they were up to the task, scoring 24
points off Marquette's season-high 23 turnovers.
"There's no doubt we were ready to play," Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins said.
"We were looking for a challenge."
Marquette's Travis Diener scored 19 points, but missed seven of 11 shots,
and Steve Novak added 17 points for Marquette (11-3, 2-1), which had a
four-game winning streak snapped. The only other loss for the Golden Eagles
at the Bradley Center during the past 40 games was 73-70 to Louisville on
Feb. 15, 2003.
"We knew what we had to do to win, but we just didn't execute as a team,"
It was the biggest game of the year for the Bearcats, who had their streak
of seven consecutive Conference USA championships snapped last year by
Marquette. It was the only regular-season game between the teams this year.
"They have something that we feel belongs to us and that's the conference
title," Williams said. "They're the best team we've played all year and
they're conference champions. They have something we want."
Marquette practiced its offense against seven defenders to get ready for
Cincinnati's pressure. It mattered little as the Golden Eagles had trouble
with the Bearcats' tall, athletic players most of the game.
"We were our own worst enemy against the press," Marquette coach Tom Crean
said. "We didn't strike first. They did."
Cincinnati used a 14-4 run to take a 50-35 lead on Field Williams' 3-pointer
with 12:23 left. After a timeout, Marquette used full-court pressure to
cause two turnovers on defense, and the Golden Eagles scored seven
consecutive points, capped by Scott Merritt's two free throws, to pull
within 50-42 with 10:08 to go.
Bobbitt, though, scored seven points in the next 2½ minutes, including a
3-pointer with 7:30 left, as Cincinnati opened a 62-48 lead.
Marquette fouled in the closing minutes, and the Bearcats missed nine of 21
free throws in the final 6:04 to allow the Golden Eagles to stay within
Marquette got within 77-70 on Merritt's three-point play with 1:01 left, but
Field Williams made two free throws for a 79-70 lead with 56 seconds to go.
Joe Chapman then missed a 3-pointer for Marquette and Karon Bradley's shot
was blocked on the Golden Eagles next possession to seal the victory for
Sophomore Eric Hicks set a career high with 15 points and tied a career high
with 10 rebounds for the Bearcats. Merritt scored 16 points for Marquette.
Cincinnati's defense helped it take a 34-25 halftime lead. Marquette
committed 16 turnovers leading to 14 Bearcats' points, and Diener missed
five of six shots. Cincinnati, though, missed 22 of 32 shots in the half.
It was the closest game of the year for the Bearcats, who won their first 11
games by an average of 26.2 points.
Cincinnati starting forward Armein Kirkland missed the game with a left knee
injury. The sophomore is averaging 6.8 points.
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