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News Nuggets, 05.26.05
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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches


05.25.05: ECU lands 6 on Wave-flavored all-league team ... A&M dumps baseball coach after 800-plus wins ... More...
05.24.05: Report: New Hampshire job offered to Herrion ... Historic Reynolds Coliseum damaged by fire ... Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball Polls ... More...
05.23.05: Former Cougar stars in 'Longest Yard' remake ... Final C-USA standings, scoreboard & brackets ... More...
05.22.05: Final C-USA standings, scoreboard & brackets ... Instant replay with a twist put forth by C-USA ... More...
05.21.05: TCU turns to Carolinas-bred leader as new AD ... 12th game reawakens Tulane-LSU series ... More...
05.20.05: Raft of decisions issued from C-USA meetings ... Clemson halts Hurricane hurler's streak at 24 ... More...
05.19.05: Dye, Nehlen anointed to College Football Hall ... South Carolina QB denied sixth year of eligibility ... More...
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 UC's bluff on shortened contract ... Temple football program moving to MAC ... Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball Polls ... More...
05.16.05: C-USA baseball standings, scores & schedule ... Tulane locks up piece of league baseball title ... More...

C-USA Tournament brackets, scores & schedule

Results through 05.25.05.

2005 C-USA Baseball Tournament
Presented by POWERade
Pete Taylor Park, Hattiesburg

(Seeds in parentheses; All times Eastern Time)


   1. (4) East Carolina 6, (5) Houston 5
   2. (1) Tulane 8, (8) UAB 6
   3. (2) Texas Christian 4, (7) Louisville 2
   4. (3) Southern Miss  5, (6) South Florida 3


   5. Houston vs. UAB 10:00 am
   6. Louisville vs. South Florida 1:30 pm
   7. East Carolina vs. Tulane 5:00 pm
   8. Texas Christian vs. Southern Miss 8:30 pm


   9. Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7 4:00 pm
  10. Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8 7:30 pm


  11. Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 10:00 am
  12. Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10 1:30 pm
  13. Game 11 teams play again, if necessary 5:00 pm
  14. Game 12 teams play again, if necessary 8:30 pm


   Championship 2:00 pm (CSTV & C-USA TV Network)


Friday-Sunday, June 3-5
   NCAA Regionals (Sites TBD)

Friday-Sunday, June 10-12
   NCAA Super Regionals (Sites TBD)

Friday, June 17-Monday, June 27
   College World Series (Omaha)

Compiled from staff, Conference USA and other reports.

'Cock-n-Fire' guru wows 'em in Gamecock Land

COLUMBIA — In six months on the job, Steve Spurrier has learned a lot of about South Carolina's football team — and its fans.

``I know our fans are among the best in college football. They're starving to win and we're going to do our best to put a championship team together as soon as possible,'' Spurrier said Wednesday evening. ``I don't know if it's going to be this year or next year. We've certainly got some building to do.''

And Spurrier's done it — mostly — with a smile on his face and an enthusiastic attitude.

Even when he's had to say goodbye to quality players such as defensive end Moe Thompson and receiver David Smith (both left school after being arrested), or fullback Antonio Lamar (left the team because of poor grades), Spurrier has kept a hopeful tone that fans have clung to.

Spurrier has calmly dealt with 11 arrests of past and current Gamecocks since he took over, pushing the notion that if someone chooses not to follow the rules, they must suffer the consequences that come with those decisions.

He's been a hit among supporters who have raised a record $13 million in Gamecock Club donations and filled banquet halls throughout the state to hear their latest football savior.

``So far nobody's booed,'' Spurrier says. ``So life must be pretty good for the Gamecocks.''

Especially with Spurrier leading the way. He's already told them this spring about his newly named ``Cock-n-Fire'' offense and how he plans to become the winningest coach in school history, and stood by it when he learned that leader Rex Enright had two stints as Gamecocks coach with 64 victories instead of 47.

Spurrier acknowledges he has brought hope for future success. He says Florida fans weren't nearly as giddy after Spurrier's Gators won the national title in 1996 as they were before his first season.

``In life we all got to have hope something better's happening than what's been happening,'' he said. ``And right now, if you're the Gamecocks, we've got hope. And that's encouraging, exciting for us as coaches.''

Spurrier's felt the excitement personally.

He wondered if he could sign 20 players in that first class after taking over for retired Lou Holtz last November. But Spurrier's pull and panache gained him 28 recruits that some analysts ranked among the top 25 classes in the nation.

``The response has been very good,'' he said. ``As our coaches have been out this month of May, we've got the interest of a lot of players now. We've got to continue recruiting, continue, continue, continue recruiting ... every day ... every year, and we'll be fine.''

His opener against Central Florida was moved from a Saturday to Thursday, Sept. 1, and picked up by ESPN. As part of the festivities, the network plans to originate ``SportsCenter'' from Columbia that night.

Spurrier says things may be rough at first.

``I got a feeling we may play a lot of freshman this year,'' he said. ``We're not a junior-senior team which some day you hope to be.''

He says the team had a good academic semester and so far, Lamar, a redshirt fullback, was the only one stung by grades.

Now, it's up to his players. Summer workouts start Tuesday and Spurrier is counting on upperclassmen offensive lineman Na'Shan Goddard and Jabari Levey, and wide receiver Noah Whiteside to gather teammates in down time, watch film and improve.

``You can learn a lot in the summer,'' he said.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from Associated Press and other sources. Copyright 2005 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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