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News Nuggets, 07.18.03

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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

ECU names new ticket operations boss

GREENVILLE — East Carolina announced Thursday the hiring of Scott Wetherbee for the newly created position of Assistant Director of Athletics for Ticket Operations. A Michigan native, Wetherbee comes to ECU from San Diego State University, where he served as Assistant AD/Director of Ticket Operations.

Dollar draws NCAA wrath

SEATTLE — Washington's men's basketball program was docked one scholarship and placed on probation for two years by the NCAA on Thursday because of recruiting violations by an assistant coach. The Huskies also were placed under recruiting limitations and were ordered to develop a comprehensive educational program on NCAA legislation because of the violations by assistant Cameron Dollar.

Crusading multi-sport star expands fight for student-athletes

BOULDER, CO — Colorado football player and Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom, already pushing a lawsuit against the NCAA, is now campaigning for state-by-state legislation to bring new benefits to college athletes. Bloom said earlier this week he plans to contact 160 to 170 legislators in other states by next week in hopes of spreading his "Student-Athletes' Bill of Rights." Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in the California Legislature supporting increased rights for student athletes.

Banished NAIA program seeks new life under new coach

WILBERFORCE, OH — Central State has a new football coach, but still no team. Theo Lemon was hired Thursday to help the former NAIA powerhouse restart its program that was shut down by the NAIA in 1997 for two years for using ineligible players. Lemon's first task will be to raise the money needed to field the team. The Marauders won three NAIA national championships in the 1990s before running afoul of the NAIA.

Former teammate quizzed in disappearance of Baylor athlete

CAMBRIDGE, MD — Former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was questioned Thursday by law enforcement authorities about the mysterious disappearance of one-time teammate Patrick Dennehy. Dotson contacted the Dorchester County sheriff's office on his own and, accompanied by a family member, ``voluntarily surrendered himself'' to two sheriff's deputies Thursday afternoon, his attorney said.

Razorback football player faces battery charge

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Arkansas fullback Brandon Kennedy has been arrested for misdemeanor battery stemming from a traffic dispute. Kennedy was arrested Wednesday, the same day that coach Houston Nutt named him the likely starter for the season opener. Nutt was not immediately available to comment on Kennedy's status following the arrest.

Buckeye lineman loses another season to blood clots

COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio State offensive tackle Ivan Douglas will sit out this season after doctors discovered a blood clot near his chest. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound senior missed the 2001 season because of a clot in his lung. He returned in 2002 to start 12 of 13 regular-season games, but was sidelined during the Fiesta Bowl because of a sprained ankle.

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