News Nuggets, 05.27.05
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New Hampshire job offered to Herrion ... Historic Reynolds
Coliseum damaged by fire ... Baseball America & Collegiate
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turns to Carolinas-bred leader as new AD ... 12th game
reawakens Tulane-LSU series ...
of decisions issued from C-USA meetings ... Clemson halts
Hurricane hurler's streak at 24 ...
Nehlen anointed to College Football Hall ... South Carolina
QB denied sixth year of eligibility ...
releases beefed up national TV lineup ... Memphis joins
loaded field for preseason NIT ... Frosh guard bolting
Louisville for Washington ...
ECU strength boss reconnects with Holtz ... Huggins calls
UC's bluff on shortened contract ... Temple football program
moving to MAC ... Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball
baseball standings, scores & schedule ... Tulane locks up
piece of league baseball title ...
Herrion lands head job in familiar territory
Bill Herrion will lead
the UNH Wildcats.
(Photo: University of
Herrion is returning to the conference his teams once dominated.
as East Carolina’s head coach at the end of last season, Herrion has
resigned an assistant’s position he held at Arkansas for the last several
weeks to take over the basketball program at the University of New
UNH is a
member of the America East Conference, a league Herrion’s Drexel teams used
as a springboard to gain three NCAA tournament appearances and an NIT bid in
his tenure at the school from 1991-99.
hiring was announced Thursday by Wildcats athletic director Marty Scarano.
“ … Bill
absolutely embodied everything we looked for in this search,” stated Scarano
in a news release. “He showed a vision for excellence that we aspire to in
all of our athletic offerings. We are confident that he will take our
basketball program to new heights."
knows all about excellence, despite the struggles he experienced as head
coach at ECU from 1999-2005, a period marked by the Pirates’ difficult
transition from the Colonial Athletic Association to Conference USA.
his stint at ECU, Herrion authored one of the most successful coaching
tenures in America East basketball history, picking up four coach of the
year awards along the way as he guided Drexel to a 167-71 record that
included five consecutive 20-win seasons and 7 first or second place league
season at the reigns of the Dragons was 1996, when the team compiled a 27-4
record and stunned heavily-favored Memphis in the first round of the NCAA
obviously very excited about the opportunity to be head coach at UNH,"
stated Herrion in the release. "It's a great opportunity to get back into
America East, a league that I'm very familiar with and have a lot of respect
for. We are looking forward to moving this basketball program in the right
direction and to compete for the championship in America East."
his success at Drexel, Herrion posted a 70-98 record at East Carolina,
giving him an overall career mark of 237-169.
the lackluster record, the Pirates were considered a dangerous club during
Herrion’s stay in Greenville — especially when playing in the school’s
raucous home arena. Among the victims were
Louisville in 2002 and a 9-ranked,
Marquette team in 2003.
Herrion, whose annual
salary at the Durham, NH, school will be $130,000, is a 1981 graduate of
Merrimack College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history.
staff reports and a
UNH Athletics news release.
Football coaches relent on disclosing final ballot
California coach Jeff
Tedford got what he wanted: From now on, balloting in the final
regular-season coaches poll will be made public.
Grant Teaff, executive
director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Thursday the
decision was best for the game. The change comes after a public outcry last
season, when the Golden Bears lost a shot at a Bowl Championship Series
game, in part because they got dropped in the final coaches poll.
Tedford and Pac-10
commissioner Tom Hansen have said voting should be made public. Tedford was
on vacation Thursday and unavailable for comment.
Though most coaches didn't
want to release the votes because of the scrutiny it would bring, Teaff said
they decided to vote for the change to quell any ``uncalled-for
``Our coaches were under no
obligation to do this,'' said Teaff, a former coach at Baylor. ``The good
news is that somebody out there thinks that transparency is good for the
system, and our coaches said, 'OK we hear you and we're going to join in and
do our part.'''
Teaff added there are no
circumstances in which the group would allow their in-season voting to be
made public. The coaches poll helps determine the teams that will play in
the BCS championship game.
``The in-season polls are just
a barometer,'' Teaff said. ``The final poll that determines the two teams
that play in the national championship seems to be the one everyone wants to
Kevin Weiberg, the Big 12
Conference commissioner and BCS coordinator, has said voting by coaches has
taken on greater importance since The Associated Press asked to have its
poll removed from the formula used to determine BCS matchups.
However, Teaff said that
viewpoint had no effect on the coaches' decision. He said the group
discussed the issue at its meeting in January and then voted in a survey
sent out in late February.
Last season, California
finished fourth in the coaches poll, but six coaches inexplicably dropped
them below No. 6 on the final ballots — four at No. 7 and two in the eighth
In the previous week's poll,
nobody picked Cal lower than sixth. The vote came after Cal's 26-16 win at
Southern Mississippi on Saturday night — a close game, but a tough road
contest that wasn't in doubt in the final minutes.
The BCS drop caused Cal to
miss out on the school's first Rose Bowl in 45 years. The Golden Bears got a
meeting with Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl instead, while Texas got into
the Rose Bowl.
Texas coach Mack Brown
initially was against making the coaches' votes public, but said Thursday he
will continue to participate next season if asked. He said it's appropriate
that just the final regular-season votes are released.
``I've always been a firm
believer that the polls start too early in the season and that we shouldn't
be voting on a Top 25 before October,'' Brown said. ``By then, we have more
information to work with in determining who the best teams are.''
In December, Tedford said,
``One of the worst things that could happen is the votes being kept secret.
If we had it to do all over again, I would hope that we'd make them
Auburn also got left out of
the championship game despite finishing undefeated. The Tigers finished No.
3 in both polls, and settled for the Sugar Bowl while Oklahoma and Southern
California — both undefeated — played for the national championship in the
The BCS has announced it will
establish a replacement for the AP poll, which started in 1936 and is the
longest-running poll in college football. The AP poll makes its votes
Previously, the AP and
coaches' polls each counted for one-third of the BCS formula, with computer
rankings accounting for the final third. BCS officials want another human
poll to keep that formula intact.
Teaff said the coaches have
unanimously supported the concept of a championship game because they do not
want to go back to the old system where there was a ``so-called mythical
championship, which did not have the two best teams playing.''
The BCS, which includes the
Fiesta, Rose, Orange and Sugar Bowls, will expand to five games and 10 teams
starting with the 2006 season. The No. 1 vs. No. 2 BCS title game will be
played a week after the bowls and rotate between the four existing sites.
A total of 62 coaches vote in
the USA Today/ESPN poll.
C-USA Tournament brackets, scores & schedule
2005 C-USA Baseball
Presented by POWERade
Pete Taylor Park, Hattiesburg
(Seeds in parentheses; All times
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
7, UAB 5
6. South Florida 11, Louisville 1 [7 innings*]
Tulane 16, East Carolina 3 [7
8. Texas Christian 8, Southern Miss 0
*Note: Ended because of 10-run margin "mercy rule."
Carolina vs. Houston 4:00 pm
10. South Florida vs. Southern Miss 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)
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