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03.06.06: Tourney: Bucs set for late-night joust with UCF ... ECU spring drills: pads on, snap exchange off ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.05.06: 49ers experience technical difficulties ... Huggins returns for Cincinnati's seniors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.04.06: Pirates to strap on pads today ... Lady Pirates eliminated by Tulsa ... Briefs: More coaching exits; Tourney action ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
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 ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard

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Rouse earns C-USA distinction


East Carolina senior forward Corey Rouse has been named to the All-Conference USA second team as voted upon by the league's 12 head coaches and a panel of selected media voters.

Rouse becomes the first Pirate to earn all-conference honors since ECU joined the league in 2001-02.

The Kinston native led the conference in rebounding (10.6 rpg) and double-doubles (16), while he ranked among the top 10 in scoring, field goal percentage and blocks. Rouse also led the league in rebounding as a junior a year ago.

This season he joined some elite company, ranking among the league's all-time leaders in rebounds and double-doubles. He is one of 13 players in league history to record 27 double-doubles in his career and stands two rebounds shy of becoming the 13th player in conference annals to reach 700 rebounds in his career.

After leading No. 3 Memphis to its first-ever outright Conference USA title, senior Rodney Carney and sophomore Darius Washington Jr. were named to the 2006 C-USA First Team. The Tiger duo is joined on the first team by seniors Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson of UAB and John Tofi of Texas-El Paso and junior Morris Almond of Rice.

Carney finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in scoring at 17.0 ppg and sixth on the league's career scoring chart with 1,801 points. Despite playing with an injury most of the season, Washington Jr. averaged 13.9 points and 3.43 assists per game. It is the third consecutive year that a pair of teammates was named to the first team. Last season, Carney was named to the second team, and Washington Jr. was named to the third team.

Johnson earned the first all-conference recognition of his four-year career and is ranked in the Top 10 nationally for assists (6.37 per game) and steals (2.81). The Blazer senior and Washington Jr. are also both finalists for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard. In their first seasons in C-USA, Tofi and league scoring leader (21.6 ppg.) Almond were named to the first team. Tofi was averaging 13.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game when he suffered a career-ending ACL injury on Feb. 22.

Houston placed two players on the second team in senior Ramon Dyer and junior Oliver Lafayette. The Cougars are joined by UAB's Marvett McDonald and UTEP's Jason Williams along with Rouse.

Five different schools were represented on the all-conference third team. Houston junior Lanny Smith and Memphis freshman Shawne Williams received third team honors as the Cougars and Tigers had the most all-conference winners with three apiece. Southern Methodist senior guard Bryan Hopkins and senior post players Quincy Davis of Tulane and Mark Patton of Marshall were also named to the third team.

Spring drills: Depth chart two-plus weeks away

The East Carolina football team resumed spring practice Monday afternoon, conducting a two-hour workout at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex. The session was the Pirates' fourth overall and second in full pads.

While focusing on offensive and defensive fundamentals, ECU coach Skip Holtz and his staff continued the process of developing the spring's first official depth chart.

According to an ECU sports information release, the depth chart will be released after ECU's initial full intra-squad scrimmage, scheduled for Friday, March 24.

Holtz indicated that he would like to identify the Pirates' top two units after the first three weeks of work in order for selected personnel to take the majority of the repetitions during the last two weeks of drills, including the Purple-Gold Spring Game April 8.

"I thought we had another good day and I remain satisfied with the attitude of the team," Holtz said. "We're working hard and getting better, and really, that's all I can ask for at this point. We have a lot of guys who are extremely focused and that usually leads to positive results."

After an off-day Tuesday, the Pirates will return to work Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m. before closing the week with another session Thursday.

Marshall, Rice players share hitting honors

Marshall earned its first C-USA baseball honor as Thundering Herd infielder Brendan Murphy was been named co-Hitter of the Week after his big weekend against Buffalo. He shares the honor with Rice's Josh Rodriguez, whose clutch-hitting led to two victories over No. 7 Cal State Fullerton.

Pitching honors went to Houston's Brad Lincoln, who shut down No.8 LSU in Baton Rouge.

Murphy, a junior from Chattanooga, TN, hit .462 with 1.308 slugging percentage and .588 on base percentage as the Herd won three-of-four from Buffalo. He homered in three of the games and had at least two RBI's in each, finishing with 12 RBI's.

Rodriguez, a junior from Houston, hit .400 for the week with an .800 slugging percentage while driving in five runs and scoring five times. He hit walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning for a 3-2 victory over No. 7 Cal State Fullerton on Friday night and less than 24 hours later clubbed a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the 8th to break a 2-2 deadlock on the way to a 6-2 win over the Titans.

Lincoln, a junior from Clute, TX, won his second straight start in the series opener at No. 8 LSU last Friday night. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, surrendered just four on the evening and gave up just two runs while striking out seven and walking only one.

C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule

(Updated through Monday, March 5, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                13-1   27-3
UAB                    12-2   22-5
Texas-El Paso          11-3   19-8
Houston                 9-5   19-8
Central Florida         7-7  13-14
Rice                    6-8  12-15
Tulane                  6-8  11-16
Tulsa                   6-8  11-16
Marshall                5-9  12-15
Southern Methodist     4-10  12-15
Southern Miss          3-11   9-20
East Carolina          2-12   8-19

----- SCORES -----


   Southern Mississippi 74, East Carolina 56
   Rice 68, Southern Methodist 66
   Central Florida 66, Texas-El Paso 55
   Tulsa 63, Tulane 59
   UAB 82, Marshall 61
   Memphis 69, Houston 62

----- SCHEDULE -----


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  (7) Rice vs. (10) Southern Methodist, 1 pm
  (6) Tulsa vs. (11) Southern Miss, 3:30 pm
  (8) Tulane vs. (9) Marshall, 7 pm
  (5) Central Florida vs. (12) East Carolina 9:30 pm

  7/10 Winner vs. (2) UAB, 1 pm
  6/11 Winner vs. (3) Texas-El Paso, 3:30 pm
  8/9 Winner vs. (1) Memphis, 7 pm
  5/12 Winner vs. (4) Houston, 9 pm

  Semifinal No. 1 (Highest Remaining Seed) 4:30 pm
  Semifinal No. 2 7:00 pm

  Championship Game 11:35 am (CBS)


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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