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News Nuggets, 05.19.05
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05.18.05: League releases beefed up national TV lineup ... Memphis joins loaded field for preseason NIT ... Frosh guard bolting Louisville for Washington ... More...
05.17.05: New ECU strength boss reconnects with Holtz ... Huggins calls UCs bluff on shortened contract ... Temple football program moving to MAC ... More...
05.16.05: C-USA baseball standings, scores & schedule ... Tulane locks up piece of league baseball title ... More...
05.15.05: Conference USA weekend baseball scoreboard ... Spider assistants follow Wainwright to DePaul ... More...
05.14.05: Huggins' era about to come to an end at Cincinnati? ... Blue Devils' Randolph to test NBA waters ... More...
05.13.05: UVa hoops co-captain booked on weapons counts ... Tribute set for former Cincy baseball coach ... More...
05.12.05: Bearcats land Kentucky's 'Mr. Basketball' ... Heart problem caused players sudden death ... More...
05.11.05: Pair with N.C. ties no longer on Bearcats hoops team ... Clarke leaving Billikens basketball program ... Tulane gears up to host post-season baseball ... More...
05.10.05: Basketball player dies in hometown pickup game ... 5 UConn football players charged in shooting ... Baseball America and Collegiate Polls ... More...
05.09.05: C-USA baseball standings, scores & schedule ... Delaware strength coach moving to Tulane ... More...
05.08.05: C-USA Baseball Tournament approaches sellout ... Valpo player emerges from month-long coma ... More...
05.07.05: Dissenters simmer over Marquette name change ... Sugar Bowl serves as Sugar Daddy for Big Easy ... More...
05.06.05: Air Force coach succeeds Wainwright at Richmond ... Marquette dodges Warriors in changing name ... More...
05.05.05: CAA raids A-10 to launch 12-team football league ... Black Bears football program to join Colonial ... More...
05.04.05: Charlotte center Iti bolting after sophomore season ... New bowl has sponsor, draws C-USA support ... Report: ACC strikes silent deal to settle case ... More...
05.03.05: Raleigh sports talk station adds Durham signal ... Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Polls ... More...
05.02.05: C-USA baseball standings, scores & schedule ... 12 C-USA, Carolina players make Howser list ... More...
05.01.05: Burke switch from ECU helps Crean seal Top 10 class ... 22-inning marathon sets new NAIA mark ... More...

Dye, Nehlen anointed to College Football Hall

Pat Dye, East Carolina's
head coach from 1974-79,
will be enshrined in the
College Football Hall of
Fame. (Photo: ECU SID)

NEW YORK — Former East Carolina and Auburn coach Pat Dye and retired West Virginia coach Don Nehlen were among a class of 13 gridiron greats named Wednesday to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Legendary Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett, Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte and Southern California tailback Anthony Davis join a group of 11 players that will be inducted along with Dye and Nehlen at a December awards banquet in New York.

The class will be enshrined at the hall in South Bend, Ind., next year.

Also entering the Hall of Fame are Pittsburgh offensive lineman Mark May, Michigan defensive back Tom Curtis, Penn State offensive tackle Keith Dorney, Ohio State end Jim Houston, Texas fullback Roosevelt Leaks, Oklahoma running back Joe Washington, Stanford defensive lineman Paul Wiggin and Illinois wide receiver David Williams.

Nehlen, the winningest coach in West Virginia history, and Dye, who won four Southeastern Conference titles in 12 seasons at Auburn, are the only coaches in this year's class.

Nehlen was the 17th coach in Division I-A history to win 200 games, finishing his career 202-128-8. During 21 seasons in Morgantown, WV, he won 149 games and turned the program into one that could compete with the best in the nation.

Still, induction into the Hall of Fame humbled him.

``I was looking for my wife's name as a voter,'' Nehlen said. ``I figured she must have voted about 1,000 times.''

Dye's head coaching career started at East Carolina, where he compiled a 48-18-1 record from 1974-79 after serving an apprenticeship as a defensive coordinator under Hall of Famer Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama. He spent a year at Wyoming before going to Alabama's arch-rival Auburn in 1981.

He won three straight SEC titles from 1987-89, and nearly lured Bennett away from from his former Crimson Tide boss.

``I committed to Auburn for a couple of weeks until Coach Bryant came to my house and I kind of changed my mind,'' Bennett said. ``Coach Dye and I always have a laugh about that.''



Cornelius Bennett (Alabama), Linebacker, 1983-86
Tom Curtis (Michigan), Defensive Back, 1967-69
Anthony Davis (USC), Running Back, 1972-74
Keith Dorney (Penn State), Offensive Tackle, 1975-78
Jim Houston (Ohio State), End, 1957-59
John Huarte (Notre Dame), Quarterback, 1962-64
Roosevelt Leaks (Texas), Fullback, 1972-74
Mark May (Pittsburgh), Offensive Tackle, 1977-80
Joe Washington (Oklahoma), Running Back, 1972-75
Paul Wiggin (Stanford), Defensive Tackle, 1954-56
David Williams (Illinois), Wide Receiver, 1983-85


Pat Dye - East Carolina (1974-79), Wyoming (1980), Auburn (1981-92) - 153-62-5
Don Nehlen - Bowling Green (1968-76), West Virginia (1980-2002) - 202-128-8

South Carolina QB denied 6th year of eligibility

COLUMBIA — The NCAA denied South Carolina quarterback Mike Rathe's request to reconsider his application for a sixth year of eligibility.

The university announced the NCAA's decision Wednesday and Rathe said he plans to appeal.

The NCAA had initially rejected Rathe's request to extend the five-year window for football eligibility.

Rathe attended the University of San Diego and Mesa Community College before transferring to South Carolina. He requested the additional year because he missed a full season with a broken finger before he got to South Carolina.

``We have been waiting for three months so I am disappointed,'' Rathe said in a statement released by the university. ``But we are not dead yet because we have an appeal left.

``We will try to keep a positive attitude until the end and hope for the best.''

The 23-year-old played in five games in 2003, his first season with the Gamecocks, completing two passes for 24 yards with two interceptions.

Last season he had his most notable moment with South Carolina, tossing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Troy Williamson with 1:28 to go in a 12-7 victory against Kentucky.

For his South Carolina career, Rathe was 14 of 26 for 167 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions.

Rathe was one of several quarterbacks competing for the starting job during spring practice for new coach Steve Spurrier.

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