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10.05.05: C-USA reshuffles games in wake of hurricanes ... Memphis player booted after Beale Street incident
10.04.05: Tip-Off Classic pits UAB against Massachusetts ... Conference USA standings, schedule & scores
10.03.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Conference USA standings, schedule & scores
10.02.05: Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
10.01.05: BCS poll's shaky start signals same ol', same ol' ... Katrina-forced transfer cleared to play at Cincy
09.30.05: Bowles in line to head 16-campus UNC system ... End of VPI-WVU series dampens fiery traditions
09.29.05: Schnellenberger faces program he helped build
09.28.05: Storm-weary USM starts tough stretch at ECU ... ECU Letterwinners/Hall of Fame Weekend schedule
09.27.05: Paper: Liberty Bowl seals deal with C-USA, SEC ... Busted legs deplete Memphis quarterback corps
09.26.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Conference USA standings, schedule & scores
09.25.05: Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.24.05: Big names helping UNC-P restore grid program ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
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

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Dye's ECU Hall homecoming tripped up by illness

In a year of multiple high honors for Pat Dye, East Carolina's turn to pay tribute in person to its former football coach will be delayed because of unexpected health issues encountered by Dye.

The winningest coach percentage-wise in the modern era of Pirate football, Dye was voted into the incoming class of the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame. He was to have been honored along with three others at the annual Hall of Fame/Letterwinners Banquet Friday night and recognized at Saturday's ECU-Rice game. The other members of this year's Hall of Fame class are Gail Sykes-Clayton, Larry Crayton and Latonya Hargrove.

According to an ECU news release, Dye notified the athletic department earlier this week that he would be unable to attend because he has not fully recovered from minor surgery he recently underwent. Plans have been made for Dye to be formally enshrined in the hall in 2006, the release indicated.

Having been selected earlier this year for entry in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN, Dye received an additional accolade last month when Auburn named the playing field at Jordan-Hare Stadium Pat Dye Field.

Dye guided Auburn to lofty success as head coach from 1981-92. The former defensive coordinator under "Bear" Bryant at Alabama launched his head coaching career with a six-year stint at East Carolina from 1974-79.

Dye compiled a record of 48-18-1 with the Pirates, winning the 1976 Southern Conference championship and the 1978 Independence Bowl along the way.

From staff reports and an ECU Athletics release.

Utah coach sanctioned for slamming ACC refs

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mountain West Conference reprimanded Utah coach Kyle Whittingham on Wednesday for comments he made about Atlantic Coast Conference officials in Saturday's loss at North Carolina.

The Utes were penalized 12 times for 101 yards, including a roughing-the-passer call that nullified an interception return for a touchdown. Whittingham was still angry about the officiating Tuesday during the MWC conference call.

``We've been very good penalty-wise up until this game,'' Whittingham said. ``All I can say is I'm quite thankful we don't have to play a game with an ACC refereeing crew again this year. That was miserable and I'll leave it at that.''

Whittingham also noted the Utes didn't help themselves with five turnovers and by allowing a kickoff return for a score.

Although Whittingham's comments were directed at the ACC crew, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said they violated MWC sportsmanship standards.

Whittingham issued a statement after the reprimand was announced.

``My comment regarding ACC officials was unfortunate and poor judgment on my part. You can't beat a good team when you commit five turnovers,'' Whittingham said.

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