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News Nuggets, 10.06.04
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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

Reported dispute with coach nets suspension for ECU's Fox


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East Carolina, off to an 0-4 start and desperately searching for a win, will have to figure out a way to live up to its rare favorite's role in Saturday's homecoming game with Tulane without the services of one of its best and most experienced players.

Senior wide receiver Damarcus Fox has been suspended indefinitely from the team for a violation of team rules, ECU coach John Thompson announced Tuesday afternoon.

Fox told the Kinston Free Press that ""Coach Thompson and I had a disagreement. We weren't on the same page. He called me into his office and we decided this was best for all sides."

The newspaper's account of the suspension appears in today's edition of the Free Press.

Fox, a former prep star at Greenville's D.H. Conley High School, has been the Pirates' leading receiver in overall receiving yards (267), average yards per reception (20.5) and receiving yards per game (89.0). He stands number two on the team in catches with 13.

Thompson indicated in a press release issued by ECU's sports information office that the suspension was effective immediately.

No reason was indicated for the sudden suspension, which occurred only hours after all appeared normal earlier in the day when Fox was out and about with other members of the team.

Compiled from staff, ECU and Kinston Free Press reports.

Holtz sanctions receiver over academic issues

COLUMBIA — South Carolina starting wide receiver Matthew Thomas has been suspended for academic reasons.

Thomas will be suspended for at least three weeks because of issues related to class attendance and other academic matters, coach Lou Holtz said Tuesday.

``People who come to school here are going to be student-athletes,'' Holtz said.

Sophomore Noah Whiteside will move into the starting lineup, Holtz said.

The 25th-ranked Gamecocks (4-1) play Mississippi at home on Saturday.

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