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News Nuggets, 09.01.03

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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

TV capsules for Labor Day C-USA games


08.31.03: College football scores of interest... .. Sunday TV Capsules for C-USA Teams... .. Construction alters access to Nippert Stadium... .. More...
08.30.03: Holtz in full worry mode... .. Saturday TV capsules for C-USA and Carolinas teams... .. Heralded quarterback transfers to Tulane... .. More...
08.29.03: ECU, U of L coaches establish new pre-game traditions... .. Pirates' Dougherty, Houston's McClary on Guy Award list... .. TCU establishes separate baseball booster organization... .. More...
08.28.03: Muse pushes Pirates' cause with ACC chief... .. Nix wins national coaching honor... .. Revered former TCU football coach passes... .. More...
08.27.03: Logan teams up with Hinton on weekly sports show... .. Injury no barrier to recognition for Art Brown... .. Southern Miss, LSU schedule two-game series... .. More...
08.26.03: J.T. set for Cyberspace hookup with fans... .. Early TV exposure plentiful for C-USA teams... .. Nevels wins scramble for Army starting QB job... .. Green Wave elects team captains... .. Attrition depletes Billikens' projected hoops roster... .. More...
08.25.03: Southern Miss 'community blitz' package includes ear of corn... .. Tough Louisville hoops slate heavy on national TV exposure... .. More...
08.24.03: USM-Cal game selected for HD-TV telecast... .. ECU-Houston game celebrates region's military bases... .. Charlotte slate features two Final Four teams... .. More...
08.23.03: New ECU depth chart packed with answers... .. Butkus committee eyes seven C-USA players... .. Hawaii Bowl lands new title sponsor... .. More...
08.22.03: Pirate offense percolates, QB battle heats up... .. Bearcats offer incentives for fans to attend ECU game... .. Cincinnati player penalized for unapproved game... .. More...
08.21.03: Michigan programs oppose schedule shifts to Friday night... .. Clock ticking on ECU starting position battles... .. More...
08.20.03: Private money rolls in for TCU basketball palace... .. Bearcats' hoops slate loaded with heavyweights... .. Berry starts unraveling Army QB logjam... .. More...
08.19.03: Muse taps in-house talent to buy time for AD search... .. C-USA saddled with another Friday night game... ..  League official Teter accepts Cincinnati position... .. More...
08.18.03: Work ethic reaps dividends for USM walk-ons... .. Tigers take preseason trip to Liberty Bowl... .. More...

East Carolina (0-0) at Cincinnati (0-0), Noon, ESPN

Opening Line: Cincinnati by 8.
Series Record: East Carolina leads, 12-3.
Last Meeting: 2002, Cincinnati 42-26.

What to Watch: Cincinnati QB Gino Guidugli threw four touchdown passes the last time these teams met, clinching a share of the Conference USA title for the Bearcats. Guidugli will have to adjust to a nearly all-new WR corps. East Carolina's Desmond Robinson won the starting QB job in fall practice by a hair over Paul Troth, and could be on a short leash. With Art Brown out for the season, RB Marvin Townes, who shared playing time with Brown last year will take over. Freshman Robert Tillman could also see time. WR Terrance Copper will be Robinson's top target. Cincinnati's defense is led by DEs Trent Cole (five sacks) and Andre Frazier (six). It's the coaching debut for East Carolina's John Thompson, who previously served as defensive coordinator at Florida.

Streaks, Stats and Notes: The Bearcats have won five straight Conference USA games. ... The Bearcats are coming off their third straight bowl appearance for first time in school history. ... East Carolina OL Brian Rimpf is an Outland award candidate. ... Cincinnati was last in Conference USA in fourth-down conversion percentage (7-of-24, 29.2 percent) in '02. ... Guidugli ranks third in school history in passing yards (6,116) and second in career TD passes (39). ... ECU's 4-8 mark last year was the first losing record since 1997 for the Pirates.

No. 25 TCU (0-0) at Tulane (0-0), 8 p.m., ESPN

Opening Line: Texas Christian by 7½.
Series Record: TCU leads, 7-3.
Last Meeting: 2002, TCU 17-10.

What to Watch: A matchup to anticipate: Tulane RB Mewelde Moore against the Horned Frogs' rushing defense. Six TCU starters return for a unit that led the nation, allowing 65 yards rushing per game, and was second with 42 turnovers. They're led by NT Chad Pugh and DE Bo Schnobel. Moore, meanwhile, enters this season with 3,449 career rushing and 5,182 all-purpose yards, tops in the nation among returning players. The Green Wave also feature QB J.P. Losman, who has thrown just 13 interceptions in 565 career attempts. TCU has Conference USA freshman of the year Lonta Hobbs at RB and QB Tye Gunn was 4-0 as a starter before a season-ending knee injury in October. Backup Brandon Hassell is expected to see time, too.

Streaks, Stats and Notes: The Green Wave's eight wins last season were the school's most since a 12-0 season in 1998. ... The preseason ranking is the Horned Frogs' first since 2000, but second since 1960. ... Last season's league title was TCU's third in four years. The Frogs won WAC championships in '99 and '00. ... TCU won last year's meeting by holding the Green Wave to 115 total yards. ... Tulane won the last game played at the Superdome, 48-22, in October 2001. ... TCU was the only team in the country to yield fewer than two yards per carry at 1.98 last season. ... Last year was just the second 10-win season since 1938 for the Horned Frogs, who also won 10 games in 2000.

Labor Day Weekend scores of interest

Games listed involve teams from Conference USA and the Carolinas, as well as other teams that appear on East Carolina's 2003 schedule:


Louisville 40, Kentucky 24


Alabama 40, South Florida 17
California 34, Southern Miss 2
UAB 24, Baylor 19
Memphis 40, Tennessee Tech 10
Houston 48, Rice 14
South Carolina 14, UL-Lafayette 7
Florida State 37, North Carolina 0
Georgia 30, Clemson 0
Wake Forest 32, Boston College 28
N.C. State 59, Western Carolina 26
Virginia 33, Duke 0
Wisconsin 24, West Virginia 17


Miami 48, Louisiana Tech 9

Logan takes talents to Campbell

Nate Logan, the younger son of former East Carolina football coach Steve Logan, has transferred from ECU after redshirting as a freshman last season. He has accepted an athletic grant-in-aid to Campbell. Logan is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder. He helped Greenville Rose to a 26-2 record as a high school senior, hitting .420 and compiling a 5-0 record in earning All Big East 4-A Conference honors.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically from staff, ECU, Conference USA and its member schools, and from Associated Press and other reports. Copyright 2003 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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