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02.16.06: Nation's champs meet nation's chief ... Mizzou officials deny Snyder was forced out ... Report: Indiana hoops coach on the way out ... Ousted Ohio State coach O'Brien wins lawsuit ... Cowboys switch Suttons ...
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02.15.06: D-III slugger accomplishes cycle — times two ... Rice rookie gets national hitting honor ... SIU coach Kill tells of kidney cancer surgery ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.14.06: Frasure rewriting ECU record book ... Another weighty matter for the Pirates ... ECU softball duo gets C-USA honors ... Sutton benched for season after DUI citation ...
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02.13.06: Marshall assistant heading for Louisiana Tech ... Missouri, Snyder reach settlement ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.12.06: ECU-Maryland rainout spawns Sunday twinbill ... Spurrier staff undergoes renovations ... Sutton misses game after auto accident ... Throng flocks to Lambeau for college hockey ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.11.06: McMahon departing ECU for Saints ... NCAA may grant replay challenges to coaches ... Snyder steps down, Watkins steps up at Mizzou ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.10.06: East Carolina steps up football schedule ... Play ball! Pirates, Terps open baseball season ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.09.06: Circuitous journey finds Erickson back in Idaho ... Colorado State athletic director steps down ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.08.06: Carter joins East Carolina football staff ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.07.06: Key suspensions deplete Pirates' ranks ... ACC officiating crew benched for botched call ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.06.06: Ole Miss coaching legend Vaught dies ... C-USA guards in running for Cousy Award ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
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 ...
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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 ...
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News Nuggets, 02.17.06
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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

NCAA panel aiming to shorten football games has reported that changes proposed this month by the NCAA football rules committee include several aimed at shortening games, including a recommendation that halftime be cut from 20 minutes to 15.

The committee has noted that games routinely exceed 3½ hours and often run longer than four hours. During the 2005 season, three conferences — the Big 12, Mountain West and Western Athletic — reported average lengths of more than 3½ hours for TV games.

The new guidelines, however, would allow for a longer halftime if both participating schools agree.

In addition to reducing halftime, the committee proposed:

  • Following a change of possession, the clock will start when the ball is marked for play rather than on the snap.

  • On kickoffs, the clock will start when the ball is kicked instead of when it is touched by the receiving team.

  • The kicking tee will be reduced to 1-inch high in an effort to limit touchbacks.

The measures were announced at the same time as a uniform instant replay system, a potential game-lengthener.

Wolfpack star diagnosed with ligament sprain

Tony Haynes of reported that the good news for Ilian Evtimov and the N.C. State basketball team is that a late night MRI taken on Wednesday confirmed the results of an X-ray taken earlier: there is no fracture in his injured foot.

The senior forward left Wednesday night's game against Florida State late in the first half, complaining that he felt a pop in his foot while trying to chase down a rebound.

In an update provided on Thursday morning, Evtimov has been diagnosed with a sprain of the Lisfranc ligament in his foot. His status for future games is undetermined and will continue to be evaluated.

At the time Evtimov removed himself from the line-up on Wednesday, N.C. State was in the process of doing most of the damage that would lead to its 86-64 victory.

The native of Bulgaria, an excellent defender and a deadly 3-point shooter, is averaging 11.5 points and four rebounds per game.

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                 9-0   23-2
Texas-El Paso           9-1   16-6
UAB                     8-2   18-5
Houston                 7-3   17-6
Rice                    5-5  11-12
Tulane                  4-6   9-14
Central Florida         4-5  10-12
Tulsa                   4-5   9-13
Southern Methodist      3-7  11-12
Marshall                3-7  10-13
Southern Miss           2-8   8-17
East Carolina           1-9   7-16

----- SCORES -----

   No games scheduled.

   Houston 78, Central Florida 71
   Marshall 75, Southern Methodist 72 (OT)
   Rice 62, East Carolina 54
   UAB 87, Tulane 82

   Memphis 80, Southern Mississippi 41
   Texas-El Paso 60, Alabama A&M 44

----- SCHEDULE -----

   No games scheduled.

   UAB at Southern Mississippi, 3 pm
   Marshall at East Carolina, 7 pm
   Tulsa at Houston, 8 pm
   Central Florida at Southern Methodist, 8 pm
   Memphis at Tulane, 8 pm
   Rice at Texas-El Paso, 9:05 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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