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News Nuggets, 12.20.03

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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

Weather-bitten ECU-Seton Hall game deferred until next season


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The East Carolina-Seton Hall basketball game, originally scheduled for Dec. 6 at Continental Airlines Arena but postponed when ECU's flight arrangements to the Northeast were disrupted by a snowstorm, will not be made up.

"Despite our best efforts to find a date that worked for us this year, we are unable to reschedule the East Carolina game this season," Seton Hall athletic director Jeff Fogelson said. "It is our intention to work together with East Carolina to schedule a game at Continental Airlines Arena for next season."

ECU coach Bill Herrion had indicated his strong desire to reschedule the game in the future if a suitable date could not be identified during the current season.

Herrion, who served as head coach at Drexel until joining the Pirates five years ago, focuses significant recruiting efforts on the Northeast. His current roster includes freshman Japhet McNeil from nearby Brooklyn and freshman Mike Cook from Philadelphia.

Fans who purchased individual tickets to the game will be able to exchange their seats for another game or receive a refund check, according to Seton Hall officials.

Pirates seal the deal with trio of jucos

Three junior college football players whom reported recently had made verbal commitments to East Carolina have signed on the dotted link.

Safety Zach Baker and tight end Willie Metcalf, both of Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., and offensive lineman Joel Renaud of California's Reedley College, have made their pledges formal, according to a Friday announcement by Pirates head coach John Thompson.

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Ole Miss gobbles up Cotton Bowl tickets

OXFORD — Instead of receiving Cotton Bowl tickets in the mail, some Mississippi fans who placed an order will be getting a letter stating the tickets were sold out. Sans Russell, assistant athletic director for ticket operations, said the university mailed approximately 17,700 Cotton Bowl tickets early this week.

``Our original allotment was for 17,000 tickets, but we were able to secure an additional 700,'' Russell said, adding that his office received more than 22,000 ticket orders. ``Had the tickets been available, I really believe we could have sold over 25,000,'' Russell said.
No. 16 Ole Miss and No. 21 Oklahoma State will meet for the first time on Jan. 2 at the 68,252-seat stadium in Dallas. The game is a sellout.

Bowl results/TV schedule for C-USA teams

New Orleans Bowl
Memphis 27, North Texas (Sun Belt) 17
(ESPN 2) 7:00 pm

(14) Miami (OH) (MAC) 49, Louisville 28

PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl
(19) Texas Christian vs. (16) Boise State (WAC)
(ESPN) 7:30 pm

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Houston vs. Hawaii (WAC)
(ESPN) 8:00 pm

AXA Liberty Bowl
Southern Miss vs. (25) Utah (MWC)
(ESPN) 3:30 pm

All times Eastern.

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