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News Nuggets, 05.27.05
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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches


05.26.05: C-USA Tournament brackets, scores & schedule ... 'Cock-n-Fire' guru wows 'em in Gamecock Land ... More...
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...

Herrion lands head job  in familiar territory

Bill Herrion will lead
the UNH Wildcats.
(Photo: University of
New Hampshire)

Bill Herrion is returning to the conference his teams once dominated.

Forced out 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 Hampshire.

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.

Herrion’s 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."

Herrion 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.

Prior to 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 finishes.

His best 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 Tournament.

"I'm 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."

Following his success at Drexel, Herrion posted a 70-98 record at East Carolina, giving him an overall career mark of 237-169.

Despite 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, Final Four-bound 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.

Compiled from 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 controversy.''

``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 know about.''

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 slot.

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 public.''

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 Orange Bowl.

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 public.

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

Results through 05.26.05.

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 7, UAB 5
   6. South Florida 11, Louisville 1 [7 innings*]
   7. Tulane 16, East Carolina 3 [7 innings*)
   8. Texas Christian 8, Southern Miss 0

   *Note: Ended because of 10-run margin "mercy rule."


   9. East 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)

Compiled from staff, Conference USA and other reports.

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