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02.27.06: Diamond Deacs stun top-ranked Gators ... Pairings set for C-USA women's tournament ... Davis wins last home game at Indiana ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.26.06: Stanford will open new stadium against Navy ... UTEP men, Houston women capture track titles ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.25.06: Home state honors K-State football icon ... Switzer endorse Osborne for Neb. governor ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.24.06: ECU home hoops finales bring promotions ... Juco hoops coach climbs to 1,000-win plateau ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.23.06: Rape charge filed against Navy football star ... Finn finished with Musketeers ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.22.06: Scholarship suit could be costly to NCAA ... Big C-USA hoops matchup on tap tonight ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.21.06: Spurrier plucks UNC-Chapel Hill assistant ... Hurricanes, Sooners to clash in 2007, 2009 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.20.06: Producers working on Marshall film title ... NCAA announces plush digs at Final Four ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.19.06: Miami brings back Olson to run offense ... Mississippi College Choctaw mascot gets OK ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.18.06: ECU alumni take court prior to Marshall game  Report: Top three apparent for NFL draft ... DUI charge lodged against Sutton ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.17.06: NCAA panel aiming to shorten football games ... Wolfpack star diagnosed with ligament sprain ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
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 ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
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 ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
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 ...
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

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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

ECU's Smith captures C-USA hitting honor


East Carolina catcher Jake Smith was named Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week by the league office on Monday.

The recognition marks the first player of the week award this season for an ECU player.

Smith is the first Pirate to be named hitter of the week since Ryan Jones earned the recognition May 3, 2004.

A senior from Greensboro, Smith led the Pirates to three victories last week, batting 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles, a home run and 10 RBI's. He hit safely in each game and drove in all of his 10 runs during ECU’s three wins.

Smith opened the week by going 3-for-6 against Duke with two doubles, a career-high five RBI's and three runs scored. He went 5-for-12 during the Keith LeClair Classic, hitting his second homer of the season while collecting four RBI's in a 3-for-5 performance against UNC-Wilmington.

On the year, Smith is second on the team with a .375 average. He leads the Pirates in most offensive categories, including homers (2), RBI's (14), doubles (3), hits (15), total bases (24) and slugging percentage (.600).

In addition to his success at the plate, Smith has gunned down eight attempted base-stealers through the Pirates’ first 10 games.

From an ECU Athletics release.

Cravens forced out as Wildcats hoops coach

Weber State University announced Monday that Joe Cravens has been released from his duties as head basketball coach following back-to-back losing seasons.

The announcement comes just days after the team lost its final four games to finish with a 10-17 overall record and last in the Big Sky Conference at 4-10.

The Wildcats failed to qualify for the conference tournament for the first time since 1981. The number of wins was the fourth-lowest total in the program’s history.

MRI brings positive news for 'Nova star

Villanova senior guard Allan Ray underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed he suffered a mild sprain of his left knee in Sunday's 89-75 loss to Connecticut.

Officially listed as day-to-day, Ray is questionable for Wednesday evening's final regular season home game against St. John's at the Pavilion.

"When I saw (athletic trainer) Jeff (Pierce) walk into the office with an x-ray, I was preparing myself for the worst," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "But this turned out to be great news."

"It was a big relief," stated Ray.

Ray was injured in a fall late in the second half of Sunday afternoon's game at Connecticut. He is second to Randy Foye in scoring (18.9 ppg) among the Wildcats, who enter play against the Red Storm with a record of 22-3 overall, 12-2 in the Big East.

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Monday, Feb. 27, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                12-0   26-2
Texas-El Paso          11-2   18-7
UAB                    10-2   20-5
Houston                 8-4   18-7
Central Florida         6-6  12-13
Rice                    5-7  11-14
Tulane                  5-7  10-15
Tulsa                   5-7  10-15
Marshall                4-8  11-14
Southern Methodist      4-9  12-14
Southern Miss          2-10   8-19
East Carolina          2-11   8-18

----- SCORES -----


   No games scheduled.


   No games scheduled.


   Tulane 66, East Carolina 53
   Marshall 62, Southern Mississippi 57
   Central Florida 77, Rice 64
   UAB 73, Southern Methodist 68
   Memphis 78, Tulsa 67
   Texas-Paso 69, Houston 63

----- SCHEDULE -----


   Central Florida at Marshall, 7 pm
   Rice at Houston, 8 pm
   Southern Mississippi at Tulane, 8 pm
   Tulsa at Texas-El Paso, 9:05 pm


   Memphis at UAB, 9:30 pm


   East Carolina at Southern Mississippi, 5 pm
   Southern Methodist at Rice, 7:05 pm
   Texas-El Paso at Central Florida, 7:30 pm
   Tulane at Tulsa, 8:05 pm
   Marshall at UAB, 8:30 pm
   Houston at Memphis, 9 pm

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 other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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