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News Nuggets, 06.02.05
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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches


06.01.05: Mom's illness prompts UTEP star to leave school ... Green Wave reigns supreme over both polls ... More...
05.31.05: Regional tickets up for grabs today in Tempe ... Tulane top dog in postseason pecking order ... More...
05.30.05: Regional host picks should boost Pirates' hopes ... Washed-out title game produces co- champions ... Conference USA Baseball Tournament Wrap-Up ... More...
05.29.05: Grambling loses control over its famous 'G' logo ... MWC sanctions Lubick over scheduling remarks ... C-USA Tournament brackets, scores & schedule ... More...
05.28.05: Calipari spurns approach by Cleveland Cavaliers ... 'Voice' rallying cycles to support School for Deaf ... C-USA Tournament brackets, scores & schedule ... More...
05.27.05: Herrion lands head job in familiar territory ... Football coaches relent on disclosing final ballot ... C-USA Tournament brackets, scores & schedule ... More...
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...

New Orleans Regional lands television package

Television rights to the NCAA Baseball New Orleans Regional hosted by Tulane have been acquired by Jumbo Sports Network, and all of the region's games will be televised live locally and throughout the state of Louisiana, with some of the contests set for showing in Alabama and other states.

The games, to be played at Turchin Stadium, begin on Friday at 2:30 p.m. when the top-seeded Green Wave take on fourth-seeded Southern. No. 2 seed Alabama will take on third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette at 6:30 p.m.

The games continue Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., with a final game, if needed, Monday at 6:30 p.m.

WNOL WB38 will televise the games in the New Orleans area, while KZUP in Baton Rouge, KLAF in Lafayette and KPXJ in Shreveport will bring the games to those parts of the state.

All of the Crimson Tide's games will be carried live in Alabama on WVUA in Tuscaloosa and WOTM in Birmingham.

Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast, a network that broadcasts to 12 states and five million homes, will carry Friday's Tulane-Southern game live and will show Alabama's contest with UL-Lafayette on tape delay at 11 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday. The cable broadcaster will air the Crimson Tide's Saturday game on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday at 11 a.m. (CDT).

The winner of the New Orleans Regional advances to a Super Regional where it will play a three-game series vs. the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional for the right to advance to the College World Series.


Friday, June 3
Game 1: No. 1 Tulane vs. No. 4 Southern, 2:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 UL-Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 4
Game 3: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 5
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, June 6
Game 7: Game 6 teams play again, if necessary, 6:30 p.m.

Compiled from a Tulane Athletics report.

Indoor practice palace going up at Louisville

Construction has begun on the University of Louisville's Trager Center Indoor Practice Facility just north of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the school announced this week.

The Trager Center, an $8 million project, is the result of many supporting gifts, including a $2 million lead contribution from the Trager Family of Republic Bank.

The facility is expected to be completed by December 2005.

The center will feature a 120-yard FieldTurf field, 100-meter four-lane sprint track, pole vault and long jump pits and batting cages for baseball and softball. It will also be equipped for use by the Cardinals' soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams.

The 90,068 square foot facility will have 85,440 square feet of playing surface with 5,168 square feet of building support, consisting of restroom facilities, offices and a lobby. The building will have a clear width of 202 feet, a clear length of 402 feet and will stand 65 feet tall. It will be heated by natural gas-fired units, and ventilation will be a push/pull system via dampers and ventilating fans.

Compiled from a Louisville Athletics report.

Young FIU football program hit with probation

MIAMI — Florida International's 3-year-old football program was placed on three years probation this week by the NCAA after an internal investigation revealed an assistant coach committed off-season football workout violations.

The unidentified assistant coach — fired by the school — supervised and conducted offseason practice, illegal under NCAA rules. The sanctions don't include any loss of scholarships or reductions in postseason play or television appearances.

``It is my sense that the NCAA's decision was to give us one year of probation for each of the seasons in which a violation occurred,'' FIU athletic director Rick Mello said. ``We are relieved to have all of this behind us and that no student-athletes will be negatively impacted.''

The violations will also not affect FIU's plans to move into Division I-A, Mello said. The Golden Panthers are in the second year of a transition period into college football's upper echelon and will join the Sun Belt Conference in football this fall.

FIU will hire two assistants to help deal with student-athlete development and athletics compliance. The name of the fired assistant won't be revealed because it is an internal school matter.

``It was very important to our institution as we went through this procedure that we set a serious tone for the future of our program,'' Mello 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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