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03.03.06: Lady Pirates nip UAB in C-USA Tournament ... UAB stuns Memphis to boost dance prospects ... Mile High hosting in-state rivals ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.02.06: Lady Pirates Young, Mills collect accolades ... Cover boy Redick and Duke tripped by hex ... Marlins need 9th-inning rally to edge Miami ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.01.06: Golden Hurricane starts spring workouts ... Tulane's 'refugee' grid team returning home ... Cage coaching merry-go-round speeds up ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.28.06: ECU's Smith captures C-USA hitting honor ... Cravens forced out as Wildcats hoops coach ... MRI brings positive news for 'Nova star ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
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
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
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
02.17.06: NCAA panel aiming to shorten football games ... Wolfpack star diagnosed with ligament sprain ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
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
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
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
02.13.06: Marshall assistant heading for Louisiana Tech ... Missouri, Snyder reach settlement ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
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
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
02.10.06: East Carolina steps up football schedule ... Play ball! Pirates, Terps open baseball season ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.09.06: Circuitous journey finds Erickson back in Idaho ... Colorado State athletic director steps down ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.08.06: Carter joins East Carolina football staff ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.07.06: Key suspensions deplete Pirates' ranks ... ACC officiating crew benched for botched call ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
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
02.02.06: Bailey heads for Starkville via Iraq ... Texas A&M gridders vie in "Big Splash" ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.01.06: Marshall crash will become film theme ... Memphis soccer faces professional team ... Green Wave gets Omaha rings ...
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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

Pirates to strap on pads today


East Carolina conducted its second spring workout with a 2.5-hour practice late Friday afternoon, according to a report from the university's media relations department.

After opening camp with a pair of introductory workouts in shorts and helmets, Pirate head coach Skip Holtz and his staff will direct the Pirates' first full-pad session this morning.

ECU continued to stress positional fundamental work throughout Friday's practice, which was held in cool and breezy conditions with temperatures hovering in the mid-50s, a stark contrast to the 80-degree weather which greeted the Pirates during Thursday's opener.

After opening the practice with traditional individual work, both units engaged in team drills for the remainder of the session and re-introduced concepts of Holtz' offensive and defensive schemes.

"We got in a lot of reps in the two days with shorts," Holtz said. "Things have moved very quickly but I expect things to slow down a little beginning tomorrow when we come out in pads. I think we're all excited to move on and get back to playing football again."

Before closing the practice with a brief special teams kicking period, the Pirates wrapped up the team portion of the workout with an 11-on-11 drill which featured all four quarterbacks on the team's active roster and involved short-to-mid-range passing exercises along with plays utilizing the running backs and receivers.

"Perhaps what has impressed me the most so far has been all of the coaching that's been done on the field by our seniors," Holtz added. "One of the keys to our success and chemistry will be our leadership, and although it's awful early, I've been exceptionally pleased with what I've seen in the first two days. This group appears to have that ability, and that is special."

Saturday's session is set to begin at 10:00 a.m.  The Pirates will begin their second week of workouts Monday and will also conduct sessions Wednesday and Thursday before departing for Spring Break next Friday.

Lady Pirates eliminated by Tulsa

DALLAS — Point guard Kara Pongonis-Paslay tied a championship record with 10 assists and Tulsa's four other starters all reached double figures as the top-seeded Golden Hurricane defeated No. 8 East Carolina (17-12), 77-60, in the first quarterfinal of the 2006 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship at Southern Methodist's Moody Coliseum on Friday.

Tulsa (23-5) forward Emily Jaskowiak registered a double-double with game-highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Jasmine Young, who moved into fourth place on the single-season three-pointers made list (50), led East Carolina with 16 points. LaCoya Terry added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for ECU.

Briefs: More coaching exits; Tourney action

• Rod Barnes will not be returning as basketball coach at Ole Miss, according to reports, and Danny Nee has resigned as coach at 3-23 Duquesne, effective at season's end.

• The Penn Quakers prolonged their season with a 57-55 win over Yale for the Ivy League tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

• Eighth-seeded Appalachian State kept its NCAA tourney hopes alive, stunning Southern Conference regular season champion Georgia Southern in the league tournament quarterfinals on Friday in North Charleston, SC.

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Friday, March 3, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                12-1   26-3
Texas-El Paso          12-2   19-7
UAB                    11-2   21-5
Houston                 9-4   19-7
Central Florida         6-7  12-14
Tulane                  6-7  11-15
Marshall                5-8  12-14
Rice                    5-8  11-15
Tulsa                   5-8  10-16
Southern Methodist      4-9  12-14
East Carolina          2-11   8-18
Southern Miss          2-11   8-20

----- SCORES -----


   No games scheduled.


   UAB 80, Memphis 74


   Marshall 73, Central Florida 61
   Houston 74, Rice 71
   Tulane 50, Southern Mississippi 47
   Texas-El Paso 49, Tulsa 45

----- SCHEDULE -----


   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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