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Holland beefs up rivalries with Wolfpack, Hokies

Less than five months after announcing major upgrades in East Carolina's future non-conference football slates, Terry Holland has further reinforced the scheduling agreements with a pair of important regional rivals.

The ECU athletic director said in a Monday press release that an additional game has been added to what had previously been announced as an eight-game series with Virginia Tech and a four-game series with N.C. State has been expanded to six.

The Wolfpack will replace Tech on ECU's schedule for next season, with the Pirates and Hokies commencing their new adjusted nine-game pact in 2007 in Charlotte.

"Virginia Tech worked with us to create room on our 2006 schedule to add N.C. State,” Holland stated. “They have been gracious to accommodate our scheduling needs and we look forward to a great nine-year series beginning in 2007.”

East Carolina and N.C. State will play in Raleigh in 2006, 2009 and 2013, with the Wolfpack traveling to Greenville in 2007, 2010 and 2016.

After their 2007 match-up in the Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium, ECU and Tech will play four games each in Greenville and Blacksburg. The eight-game home-and-home portion of the series will begin at VPI's Lane Stadium in 2008, followed by a trip to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium by the Hokies in 2009.

With the changes, ECU’s 2006 non-conference schedule now consists of home games against Virginia and West Virginia and road dates at N.C. State and Navy.

In 2007, the Pirates will host both N.C. State and North Carolina, play a road game at West Virginia and meet the Hokies on middle ground in Charlotte.

With no nearby rivals in its league, Conference USA, the enhanced non-conference schedules are expected to be a boon to ECU's season ticket sales campaigns in future years.

The associated road games will also be welcomed by fans who have clamored for games against respected regional opponents within driving distance.

Revised ECU Non-Conference Schedules (2006-2010):


West Virginia
at Navy
at N.C. State


North Carolina
N.C. State
Virginia Tech (Charlotte)
at West Virginia


West Virginia
at Virginia Tech
at Virginia


Virginia Tech
at West Virginia
at North Carolina
at N.C. State


N.C. State
at Virginia Tech
at North Carolina

From an ECU Athletics release.

ECU's Lee makes semifinal cut for Groza Award

The names on the paired down list of those still under consideration for the Lou Groza Award indicate there is no shortage of quality kicking specialists in Conference USA.

Four of the 20 players to make the semifinal cut are from C-USA schools, including East Carolina junior Robert Lee, who has made an immediate impact for the Pirates after transferring from Trinity Valley (TX) Community College.

Through eight games, Lee has nailed 12 of 14 field goal attempts and converted all 21 of his PAT opportunities, scoring 57 total points.

Lee is joined on the semifinal list, which was announced Monday by the Palm Beach County (FL) Sports Institute, by fellow C-USA players Brad DeVault of Tulsa, Darren McCaleb of Southern Mississippi and Reagan Schneider of Texas-El Paso.

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, recognizes the top place-kicker in NCAA Division I-A football. Voters for the award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous Groza Award finalists.

The three finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 21, and will be honored at the 14th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. The recipient of the award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 8, during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando.

The award, now in its 14th year, is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

2005 Lou Groza Award Semifinalists:

(Players from Conference USA schools in bold)

Mike Barrow, Idaho            11  13  84.6  50  46
Dan Beardall, Utah            13  14  92.9  47  68
Kenny Byrd, New Mexico        12  14  85.7  46  67
Brandon Coutu, Georgia        17  22  77.3  58  76
Mason Crosby, Colorado        16  21  76.2  58  78
Jad Dean, Clemson             20  25  80.0  47  87
John Deraney, N.C. State      11  13  84.6  48  53
Brad DeVault, Tulsa           12  13  92.3  52  66
Connor Hughes, Virginia       16  19  84.2  50  73
Josh Huston, Ohio State       16  19  84.2  47  81
Robert Lee, East Carolina     12  14  85.7  51  57
Darren McCaleb, Southern Miss 14  16  87.5  47  67

Brandon Pace, Virginia Tech   14  17  82.4  44  79
Garrett Rivas, Michigan       17  22  77.3  47  74
Jason Robbins, Toledo         10  10 100.0  35  70
Kyle Schlicher, Iowa          13  16  81.3  52  70
Reagan Schneider, UTEP        14  15  93.3  49  72
Alexis Serna, Oregon State    22  24  91.7  47  94
Clint Stitser, Fresno State   10  11  90.9  44  59
Sam Swank, Wake Forest        18  22  81.8  51  81

C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Through games of Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005)



TEAM                  C-USA  ALL
Central Florida        5-1   6-3
Southern Miss          3-1   4-3
Marshall               3-2   4-4
Memphis                3-3   4-4
UAB                    2-3   4-4
East Carolina          2-3   3-5


TEAM                  C-USA  ALL
Texas-El Paso          5-1   7-1
Tulsa                  4-2   5-4
Houston                2-3   4-4
Southern Methodist     2-4   3-6
Tulane                 1-5   2-6
Rice                   0-5   0-8



[C-USA teams in bold; ECU opponents in red.]


   UAB 37, Memphis 20


   West Virginia 45, Connecticut 13


   Southern Methodist 27, Rice 7
   Central Florida 31, Houston 29
   Texas-El Paso 41, Tulsa 38
Navy 49, Tulane 21
   Clemson 49, Duke 20
   Georgia Tech 30, Wake Forest 17


[C-USA teams in bold; ECU opponents in red.]


   Southern Mississippi at Marshall 7:30 pm


   West Virginia at Cincinnati 7:30 pm


   Memphis at Tennessee 2:00 pm
   East Carolina
at Tulsa 3:00 pm
at Rice 3:00 pm
   Central Florida
at UAB 4:00 pm
Texas Southern at Texas-El Paso 9:05 pm
   Miami (FL) at Wake Forest 3:30 pm


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