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09.23.05: NCAA okays instant replay in all 28 bowl games ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
09.22.05: C-USA, NFL teams thrown off stride by Rita ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
09.21.05: Hurricane Rita threatens disruption of schedule ... Indian mascot ban extended to bowl games
09.20.05: Vandy sheds doormat image in breakout start ... C-USA Standings, Schedule, Scoreboard
09.19.05: Injured Clemson player has spleen removed ... College football headliners: stars & storylines ... C-USA Standings, Schedule, Scoreboard
09.18.05: Scoreboard [C-USA teams & ECU opponents]
09.17.05: Fed judge labels NCAA monopolistic, okays trial ... UTEP wins double OT thriller in C-USA debut ... C-USA schedule, standings, scores
09.16.05: Slive's contract with SEC extended until 2009 ... Conference USA Standings and Schedule
09.15.05: ECU football ticket sales picking up momentum ... Tulane teams on a mission to make impression
09.14.05: Dye headlines ECU's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 ... Ophelia shutters ECU; dormitories remain open
09.13.05: Conference USA Standings and Schedule ... Auburn player learns family escaped Katrina
09.12.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Conference USA Scoreboard and Schedule
09.11.05: SMU springs milestone upset of No. 22 TCU ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.10.05: Green Beret parachutist hurt in pre-game jump ... NCAA rebuffs appeal on Tulsa player's eligibility
09.09.05: Tulane-MSU game shifted out of harm's way ...
Ex-Marshall coach latest to pull out of BCS poll
09.08.05: CSTV, DISH satellite service finally strike deal
09.07.05: Pirates capture two of league's three awards ... Tulane teams to carry on at five host schools ... Two players jailed on murder charges
09.06.05: Conference USA Schedule and Scoreboard ... N.C. Central wins thriller in Aggie-Eagle Classic
09.05.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.04.05: Dave Odom brings back lessons from Kuwait ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.03.05: ECU's "Total Access" expected to launch today ... Uprooted Green Wave to "carry the torch" ... Storm-trapped sister of UCF player found safe ... Sun Belt evacuates New Orleans headquarters
09.02.05: Green Wave football team in limbo about future ... Southern Miss sets up ad hoc camp in Memphis ... Thursday night's college football scoreboard
09.01.05: Pirate QB's second shoulder surgery a success ... East Carolina fans on the verge of Total Access

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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

Big names helping UNC-P restore grid program

PEMBROKE — The field where North Carolina-Pembroke's football team last played five decades ago is gone, overlaid by progress at a growing school first founded to educate American Indian teachers.

The school thinks it's time to bring the sport back.

The Division II school — with help from Oklahoma basketball coach and UNC-P alumnus Kelvin Sampson and former NFL player Dwight Clark — has begun work to restart the program after a 54-year hiatus. UNC-Pembroke is raising money to build new facilities and has started searching for a coach to lead the Braves back onto the field in 2007.

The latest step came Thursday, when the school launched a fund-raising drive for $4 million to cover the cost of a new field house and press box at the Belk Athletic Complex.

``I see this as something like a snowball,'' Sampson said. ``Get it rolling, and it's got to start somewhere.''

The school — founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School — hasn't played a football game since 1951, when the school was known as Pembroke State College. The program was disbanded for a variety of reasons, including money and a lack of interest, said Kevin Rhodes, director of media relations for the athletic department.

But the school has grown steadily in six years under chancellor Allen C. Meadors, reporting a record enrollment of 5,632 students for the fall semester. That represents a 12 percent increase from last fall and nearly 90 percent since 1999.

UNC-Pembroke has also announced plans to expand its athletics program, adding women's golf next fall and football the following year as the 15th and 16th varsity sports.

School officials have said adding football could improve school pride, increase publicity and even provide economic benefits to Robeson County in the southeastern part of the state, a region where high-school football has a strong following and could provide a ready-made recruiting base.

``We wanted to make UNC-P as complete of a university campus as we can make it,'' Meadors said. ``And I think most people who have been around a university will tell you that the fall experience includes football.''

Students certainly seem to agree. The school reported that 92 percent of 1,000 students surveyed last September supported establishing a football program, even though it meant increasing a student athletics fee to help pay for the annual operating cost of about $1 million.

Rhodes said the school has already added bleachers to increase seating to about 1,500 at the Belk Field, home to the school's soccer and track and field programs. The soccer program will eventually move across campus to a separate facility.

``We don't want to build a 10,000-seat stadium and have only 3,000 people show up,'' he said. ``We want to make sure we build what is adequate but leaves room for growth.''

Now school officials are looking for donations to pay for the new facilities. And they figured it couldn't hurt to turn to notable names like Sampson — a 1978 graduate who played baseball and basketball here — and Clark — a Kinston native and Charlotte resident best known for making ``The Catch'' to lift the San Francisco 49ers past the Dallas Cowboys and into the Super Bowl in 1982.

Sampson was so excited by the football plans that he took a day out of a busy recruiting stretch to return to his alma mater for a news conference and campus pep rally, which marked the official start of the fund-raising drive.

``It takes time,'' Sampson said. ``It's like stock. You go up and down with it, but if it's solid and it's a good stock, it will pay off. This is a good investment. For this community and this county, I think it is absolutely the right thing to do.''

Conference USA schedule, standings  & scores


(Conference USA games in bold.)

Saturday, Sept. 24:

   East Carolina at West Virginia 12:00 PM
   Marshall at Central Florida 6:00 PM
   Memphis at Tulsa 7:00 PM
   Southern Miss at Houston POSTPONED
   Tulane at Southern Methodist 8:00 PM

   Navy at Rice POSTPONED
   New Mexico at Texas-El Paso 9:05 PM

STANDINGS (through games of Sept. 17, 2005)


TEAM                  C-USA  ALL
UAB                    0-0   2-1
East Carolina          0-0   1-1
Marshall               0-0   1-1
Memphis                0-0   1-1
Southern Mississippi   0-0   1-1
Central Florida        0-0   0-2


TEAM                  C-USA  ALL
Texas-El Paso          1-0   2-0
Southern Methodist     0-0   1-2
Tulsa                  0-0   1-2
Tulane                 0-0   0-1
Rice                   0-0   0-2
Houston                0-1   1-2


(C-USA teams in bold; ECU opponents in red.)

Friday, Sept. 16:

   Texas-El Paso 24, Houston 21 (2OT)

Saturday, Sept. 17:

   Wake Forest 44, East Carolina 34
   Texas A&M 66, Southern Methodist 8
   South Florida 31, Central Florida 14
   UAB 35, Jacksonville State 28
   Southern Mississippi 48, McNeese State 20
   Tulsa 54, North Texas 2
   Texas 51, Rice 10
   Memphis 59, Chattanooga 14
   Mississippi State 21, Tulane 14
   Duke 40, Virginia Military Institute 14
   West Virginia 31, Maryland 19

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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