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02.05.06: Bass may be in line for new ECU post ... SMU AD Copeland calling it quits ... Bunting experiences technical difficulties ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.04.06: Here come Cougs and fully-cognizant Penders ... Wolfpack bats light up for A-Rod ... History of the NCAA now in print ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.03.06: FSU blue chipper says analyst advocated Irish ... Golden Eagles work the home front ... Pirate softball hurler gets preseason honor ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.02.06: Bailey heads for Starkville via Iraq ... Texas A&M gridders vie in "Big Splash" ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.01.06: Marshall crash will become film theme ... Memphis soccer faces professional team ... Green Wave gets Omaha rings ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.31.06: Signing Day extravaganza looms for ECU fans ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.30.06: Wolfpack sends cash to Southern Miss athletes ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.29.06: Diamond Bucs assign LeClair's No. 23 to Witter ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.28.06: Tigers eye UCF as next victim in climb up polls ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.27.06: Fun, not money, motivating DeAngelo Williams ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.26.06: Marshall springs shocker on No. 9 West Virginia ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.25.06: Loaded stogie nets trouble for Memphis player ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.24.06: C-USA slams refs for upholding 'T' on Penders ... NCAA to release RPI ratings for first time ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.23.06: Epic upset makes long bus ride home a journey of joy ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.22.06: Memphis auction includes trip to Dowdy-Ficklen ... Houston coach's collapse leads to technical ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.21.06: Bush summons '66 Miners to watch Glory Road ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.20.06: Innovative creator of I-formation passes at 92 ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.19.06: Southern Miss extends Bower pact through '09 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.18.06: Holtz, Moore, Whimper team up for Hula Bowl ... ECU reaches wide-ranging deal with ISP Sports ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.17.06: Katrina blows friendly faces into UAB crowd ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.16.06: C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.15.06: Hawaii on itinerary of ECU's Moore, Whimper ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.14.06: Former ECU assistant Berry joins staff at Miami ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.13.06: Southern Miss punter wins prestigious award ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.12.06: I-A coaches ponder replay, Friday night games ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.11.06: Fan day signals approach of baseball season ... Area radio stations announce T-shirt promotion ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.10.06: Injuries take toll on East Carolina hoops squad ... Tulane shifts baseball games to Zephyr Field ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.09.06: National title game drew blowout TV ratings ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.08.06: Memphis faces Winthrop in tune-up for ECU ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.07.06: N.C. Hall to enshrine ECU grad Charlie Adams ... Pirates announce '2-for-$20' hoops ticket deal ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.06.06: College baseball icon Rod Dedeaux dead at 91 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.05.06: Former C-USA chief Slive takes reigns of BCS ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.04.06: College career over for injured UAB star Eddins ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.03.06: Pirates, Deacs face off for first time since 1986 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.02.06: Rice lures Tulsa defensive guru as head coach ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.01.06: C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard

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Ole Miss coaching legend Vaught dies


John Howard Vaught, 96, who left an indelible mark during his 25 seasons as the head coach at Ole Miss, passed away Friday night at his residence at Hermitage Gardens of Oxford, MS.

"With the death of John Vaught, we lose an epic figure of Twentieth Century college football," said Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat, who played for Vaught. "Universally recognized as one of the great coaches in American football history, he brought dignity, intellect, creativity and vision to the game.

"The University of Mississippi has been shaped and influenced by Coach Vaught and we are a better place as a result of his leadership. His players admired and respected him, University administrators and faculty appreciated his commitment to academic excellence and football fans loved him. His was a life well-lived. He will be missed."

Vaught's first 24 teams won 185 games, lost 58 and tied 12, and that record — up to the time of his heart seizure in October of 1970 — was second-best nationally among active major college coaches.

He returned as the Rebels' head coach three games into the 1973 season when asked to replace Billy Kinard. Ole Miss went 5-3 during the remaining eight games to finish the year 6-5. When Vaught finally stepped down for good, his overall coaching record at the University of Mississippi stood at 190-61-12.

Vaught's teams won six Southeastern Conference championships from 1947-70 and only one other coach in the league had claimed that many titles at that time. He was selected SEC Coach of the Year six times by the Associated Press, twice by United Press International, twice by the Nashville Banner, and twice by the SEC Coaches.

In 1993, he was chosen by Ole Miss fans as the "Coach of the Century" (1893-1993) when the University of Mississippi celebrated the school's first 100 years of football.

His name is still a part of football Saturdays in Oxford. In 1982, Hemingway Stadium, the historic home facility of the Rebels, was renamed Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

C-USA guards in running for Cousy Award

A pair of Conference USA point guards are among the 16 finalists named for the 2006 Bob Cousy Award. The award is given to the nation's top point guard. UAB's Squeaky Johnson and Memphis' Darius Washington, Jr., are under consideration.

Johnson ranks 10th nationally in assists per game (6.3), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.64) among players with 50 or more assists and eighth in steals per game (3.1). He leads Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage, hitting on 52.9 percent (27-of-51). Johnson averages 7.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as well for the Blazers.

Washington, Jr., has helped lead the Tigers to a No.3 national ranking. The sophomore is averaging 13.8 points per game (7th) and 3.8 assists per game (9th). He was the C-USA Freshman of the Year last season and was a preseason all-league selection entering this year.

The winner will be announced at an April 3 press conference during the Final Four. Fans can vote at

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                 7-0   21-2
UAB                     6-1   16-4
Texas-El Paso           6-1   13-6
Houston                 5-3   14-6
Central Florida         3-3   9-10
Tulane                  4-4   8-12
Southern Methodist      3-4   11-9
Rice                    3-4   9-11
Marshall                2-5   9-11
Tulsa                   2-5   7-13
Southern Miss           1-6   7-15
East Carolina           1-7   7-14

----- SCORES -----

   No games scheduled.

   UAB 75, Central Florida 68
   Houston 64, East Carolina 60 (OT)
   Memphis 84, Rice 79
   Southern Methodist 58, Southern Miss 53
   Texas-El Paso 69, Tulsa 62
   Tulane 61, Marshall 36

----- SCHEDULE -----

   No games scheduled.

   Loyola (LA) at Tulane, 8 pm
   Houston at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 pm

   Rice at Marshall, 7 pm
   Tulsa at Southern Methodist, 8 pm
   Central Florida at Southern Mississippi, 8 pm
   UAB at Texas-El Paso, 10 pm

   No games scheduled.

   No games scheduled.

   Rice at Tulsa, 3:05 pm
   Memphis at Marshall, 4 pm
   Texas-El Paso at Southern Mississippi, 5 pm
   Tulane at Central Florida, 7:30 pm
   Southern Methodist at Houston, 8 pm
   East Carolina at UAB, 8:30 pm

   No games scheduled.

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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