News Nuggets, 03.01.04
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Pirates sail through LeClair tourney
towards Top 25
launch LeClair Invitational in style... .. Ex-ECU assistant
takes over U of L defense... .. Houston jockeys to drop LSU
for Oklahoma... .. Sycamores retire Larry Bird's No. 33... ..
LeClair Invitational schedules first pitch for today... ..
SMU dismisses ECU alum Dement... .. Hot Tigers stalk cold
Cardinals... .. Coaches rebuked after frostbite incident... ..
hop aboard for LeClair Invitational... .. Updated C-USA
basketball standings, scoreboard & schedule... .. NCAA gives
green light to instant replay for Big Ten... ..
prime candidate for Kent head coaching job... .. USM
elevates Derrick Nix to tight ends coach... .. Great West
Football Conference born... .. Whaley quits Bearcats... ..
Latest C-USA scoreboard, standings, schedule... ..
tightens grip on first place... .. Updated C-USA
standings... .. Judge guts Big East claims against ACC... ..
Tulsa beefs up football schedule... .. Ticket broker guilty
of fraud... ..
rings up Player of Week accolade... .. West named Tennessee
coach of the year... .. AP Hoops Poll... .. Baseball
America, Collegiate Baseball Polls... ..
football player charged with gun-dealing... .. Tar Heels
coach has near-fainting episode... .. Cards' Garcia makes
finalists' cut for Naismith Award... .. C-USA standings,
scoreboard, schedule... ..
for C-USA tourney berths tightens... .. Just call him 'Coach
Harbaugh'... .. Report: Honor code violations get four BYU
players booted... ..
assistant progressing after lung transplant... .. Stumbling
C-USA heavyweights collide... .. Saban officially hits the
recognized for off-the-field deeds... .. Wells leaving SID
post... .. Bonnies sentenced to three years... .. Ex-players
speak up for beleaguered Barnett... ..
East Carolina methodically
dispatched of both No. 11 Clemson and Georgia Southern for the second day in
a row on Sunday to cap off an unblemished four-game run through the
First Annual Keith LeClair Invitational
and extend its season-opening start to 12-0.
The bats of the Lawhorn
brothers were pivotal in the Pirates' positive outcomes on the tournament's
Darryl Lawhorn went 3-for-5,
including a home run, and had three RBI's in ECU's 6-4 win over Clemson in
an afternoon game, while Trevor Lawhorn also rang up a homer and was 2-for-4
with two runs scored and one RBI in the Pirates 7-4 victory over Georgia
Southern in the evening matchup.
Despite the first pitch of the
tournament being delayed from Friday until Saturday because of icy weather,
Al Myatt reports that the truncated
event turned out to be a big hit on all fronts for ECU, setting the stage
for an expanded and prestigious field next season when the LeClair
Invitational will be staged in a long-planned new stadium.
In combination with its
triumphs over the Tigers and Eagles on Saturday,
ECU's Sunday success should be enough to gain the attention of the
previously unconvinced voters in the Baseball America and Collegiate
Baseball polls, both of which failed to rank the Pirates in
last week's Top 25.
Clemson blanked Georgia
Southern 9-0 in Sunday's first game of the round-robin competition, which is
sponsored by Trade Mart Stores and Wachovia Bank.
Following are the results for
both days along with links to the box scores for each of the games in which
East Carolina was involved:
Saturday, Feb. 28
Clemson 4, Georgia Southern 0
East Carolina 7, Georgia Southern 1 [Box
East Carolina 3, Clemson 2 (11) [Box
Sunday, Feb. 29
Clemson 9, Georgia Southern 0
East Carolina 6, Clemson 4 [Box
East Carolina 7, Georgia Southern 4 [Box
comprehensive account of the
tournament action on ECUPirates.com, the official website of Pirate
National pitching honor named after
HOUSTON — An award recognizing the top
pitcher in Division I college baseball has been named for Astros pitcher
Voters for the Roger Clemens Award will include college coaches, baseball
writers and broadcasters. The winner will be announced July 15.
The award was organized by a Houston nonprofit organization called College
Baseball Pitcher of the Year. It replaces the Rotary Smith Award, which the
Houston Rotary Club stopped organizing in 2003.
Bulls AD Selmon steps down
TAMPA — Lee Roy Selmon resigned last week
as South Florida's athletic director, citing health problems that he would
Selmon, a member of the college and pro football halls of fame, said he will
remain with the university as its chief athletic fund-raiser. The former
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end said at a news conference he wanted a job
with less stress.
Selmon was the first-ever draft pick of the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 out
of Oklahoma. He played nine seasons for the team and remains the club's
career sack leader with 78½. A Tampa area expressway is named in his honor.
He was instrumental in the establishment of South Florida's football
program, which the school started from scratch in the 1990's. The Bulls
began play in Conference USA last season and are scheduled to move into the
Big East when the league expands.
C-USA basketball standings, scoreboard
STANDINGS THROUGH 02.28.04
Conference All Games
W L PCT W L PCT
Cincinnati 11 3
.786 20 5 .800
3 .786 20 5 .800
4 .714 18 7 .720
10 4 .714 17 8
10 4 .714 17 8
6 .571 18 7 .720
Saint Louis 8 6
.571 15 10 .600
Texas Christian 7 7 .500 11
8 .429 15 10 .600
Southern Miss 5 9 .357
12 13 .480
East Carolina 4 10 .286
12 12 .500
4 10 .286 11 14 .440
3 11 .214 9 16 .360
South Florida 1 13 .071
7 18 .280
LAST WEEK'S SCOREBOARD
Memphis 74, Southern Miss 56
DePaul 60, Louisville 58, OT
Tulane 74, UAB 69
Charlotte 94, Texas Christian 86, OT
Cincinnati 77, Saint Louis 52
Marquette 70, South Florida 63
Louisville 66, Memphis 60
East Carolina 69, South Florida 60
DePaul 80, Southern Miss 51
UAB 87, Marquette 69
Cincinnati 75, Charlotte 67
Texas Christian 71, Houston 65
Saint Louis 76, Tulane 65
REMAINING REGULAR SEASON
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Charlotte at Houston
East Carolina at Marquette
Louisville at Saint Louis
Texas Christian at Memphis
Tulane at Southern Miss
UAB at South Florida
Cincinnati at DePaul
Houston at Saint Louis
DePaul at South Florida
East Carolina at Southern Miss
Louisville at Marquette
Memphis at Cincinnati
Texas Christian at UAB
Tulane at Charlotte
Wednesday-Saturday, March 10-13
Conference USA Tournament
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