throwing his weight around ... Pirates top Tar Heels in
softball ... O'Leary planning to stay at Central Florida ...
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
C-USA freshmen team ... ESPN nixes Vitale's commentary on
CBS ... Seahawks are dancin' ...
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
earns C-USA distinction ... Spring drills: Depth chart
two-plus weeks away ... Marshall, Rice players share hitting
honors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
Bucs set for late-night joust with UCF ... ECU spring
drills: pads on, snap exchange off ... C-USA Scoreboard &
experience technical difficulties ... Huggins returns for
Cincinnati's seniors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament
to strap on pads today ... Lady Pirates eliminated by Tulsa
... Briefs: More coaching exits; Tourney action ... C-USA
Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
Pirates nip UAB in C-USA Tournament ... UAB stuns Memphis to
boost dance prospects ... Mile High hosting in-state rivals
... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
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
Hurricane starts spring workouts ... Tulane's 'refugee' grid
team returning home ... Cage coaching merry-go-round speeds
up ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
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
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
will open new stadium against Navy ... UTEP men, Houston
women capture track titles ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
state honors K-State football icon ... Switzer endorse
Osborne for Neb. governor ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard &
home hoops finales bring promotions ... Juco hoops coach
climbs to 1,000-win plateau ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
charge filed against Navy football star ... Finn finished
with Musketeers ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
suit could be costly to NCAA ... Big C-USA hoops matchup on
tap tonight ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
plucks UNC-Chapel Hill assistant ... Hurricanes, Sooners to
clash in 2007, 2009 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
working on Marshall film title ... NCAA announces plush digs
at Final Four ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
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Koonce accepts position with
Continuing to add what he calls "Packer
people," Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy has named George Koonce director
of player development, according to an announcement on the NFL team's
The 37-year-old Koonce, a former East
Carolina star who most recently held a position in his alma mater's athletic
department, spent eight NFL seasons in a Packers uniform (1992-99).
In his new position, the ECU hall of
fame member will assist players in acclimating to their roles as Green Bay
Packers, both on and off the field, especially in terms of their expected
contributions to their teammates, the community and team chemistry. The
Packers organization considers Koonce's job important in the promotion of
locker room cohesiveness and overall player health.
The former linebacker also will oversee
the Packers' wide range of programs designed to meet the needs of players
and their families in today's NFL environment. The department provides a
framework of assistance within which players and their immediate family
members can address the pressures created by daily life and complicated by
the demands of playing professional football.
A fan favorite as an eight-year starter
who helped the Packers return to dominance in the 1990's, Koonce had
launched his pro career in humble fashion. One year before Ron Wolf and
current General Manager Ted Thompson brought him to Green Bay, Koonce took
part in Falcons training camp with Brett Favre after signing with the
Falcons as a nondrafted free agent. Waived by Atlanta in the preseason, he
spent the following spring in the World League before following Favre to
Given an early opportunity by then
defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, Koonce went on to start 102 of 112 Packers
games during a memorable run that included the team's first Super Bowl
championship in 29 years.
An unrestricted free agent, Koonce
closed his nine-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, who had hired
Thompson as vice president of football operations. The linebacker started
every game for Seattle in 2000, and finished with 720 career tackles (447
solo), nine sacks, one forced fumble, five fumble recoveries and five
interceptions — two of which he returned for touchdowns — in 128 NFL games
Following his retirement, Koonce spent
two years in private business before returning to his alma mater, East
Carolina, in pursuit of his master's degree in sports management. He also
spent most of two academic years (2004-06) as special assistant to East
Carolina's athletic director, a role in which he was in charge of program
Koonce is the team's fourth director of
player development. He replaces Turner Gill, who became head coach at the
University of Buffalo Dec. 16. Edgar Bennett (2001-04) and Gill Byrd
(1999-2000) previously headed up the department.
spring football taking spring break
Calling it a "respectable" start, East
Carolina head football coach Skip Holtz wrapped up the second week of spring
workouts by guiding the Pirates through a 140-minute practice, according to
a release from the university's sports media relations department.
The session, conducted Thursday
afternoon at the Cliff Moore complex, was ECU's sixth of the spring and the
fourth conducted in pads.
The Pirates completed their first phase
of the spring with detailed individual and team drill work, and will begin
emphasizing offensive and defensive schematics upon returning from the
Spring Break holidays.
Holtz cited the continuation of strong
senior leadership as one of the positive experiences coming out of the first
two weeks of work.
"Although we weren't as sharp the last
two days as we were during the first four practices, I remain pleased with
the leadership and on-the-field coaching our seniors have provided," Holtz
said. "Every senior class has its own identity and I'm confident that they
will continue to take ownership of this team."
Another area on the Pirates’ offensive
unit which is wide open this spring is the tight end position where departed
seniors Shawn Levesque and Sean Harmon accounted for all 10 catches recorded
out of that particular slot a year ago. The void of returning experienced
personnel has opened the door for four-way competition between junior
walk-on Stanley Bryant (6-5, 254), sophomore converted quarterback Davon
Drew (6-4, 242), junior Jay Sonnhalter (6-5, 246) and red-shirt freshman
walk-on Martin Tanski (6-3, 231).
Sonnhalter, who transferred into the
ECU program from Wingate prior to the 2004 season, experienced significant
action on the offensive side of the ball last spring before contributing as
a key special teams performer during the 2005 campaign. Drew was officially
moved to tight end over the winter and has earned praise from Holtz for his
work in the weight room preparing himself for the position change after
spending the first two years at quarterback.
“Davon has responded very well to
everything we've asked him to do,” Holtz said. “He has really come on strong
and made a significant amount of progress since we opened camp. Jay has been
solid to say the least, providing us with stability and consistency in that
Thursday's practice preceded an 11-day
layoff for the Pirates, who will return to open their third week of workouts
Monday, Mar. 20, and start preparations for ECU's first full intra-squad
scrimmage scheduled for Friday, Mar. 24 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
shows Woolridge the door
Kansas State Athletics Director Tim
Weiser has announced that the contract of head basketball coach Jim
Wooldridge will not be renewed and that a national search for a new coach
will begin immediately, according to the school's athletic web site.
"We appreciate all the hard work Jim
and his staff have put in while at Kansas State and we thank them for their
efforts," Weiser said. "The bottom line is that we have very high
expectations for our men's basketball program and we believe that a change
in the direction of the program is warranted at this time in order to
achieve those goals.
"We believe that there is a solid
foundation in place. We have good young talent in this program and we
believe that Kansas State is an attractive coaching opportunity for the
Weiser said he informed Wooldridge of
his decision following the Wildcats' loss to Texas Tech in the first round
of the Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship Thursday.
"I am grateful for the opportunity
Kansas State gave us to coach and lead this program," Wooldridge said. "We
wish we could have accomplished more, but it was a great experience and I
appreciate the players, staff, administration and our great fans for all
they have done to support us."
Wooldridge, 50, was named Kansas
State's 20th basketball head coach on March 13, 2000, and compiled an 83-90
(.480) record with the Wildcats. He produced two winning seasons during his
tenure in Manhattan — leading K-State to a 17-12 mark in 2004-05 and a 15-13
record in 2005-06 — but was unable to guide the Wildcats into the postseason
since taking the helm.
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
through Thursday, March 9, 2006)
----- SCHEDULE -----
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, MAR. 8-11
FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
(10) Southern Methodist 61, (7) Rice 59
(11) Southern Miss 66, (6) Tulsa 61
(8) Tulane 64, (9) Marshall 58
(5) Central Florida 65, (12) East Carolina
(2) UAB 69, (10) Southern Methodist 55
(3) Texas-El Paso 66, (11) Southern Miss 47
(1) Memphis 75, (8) Tulane 56
(4) Houston 71, (5) Central Florida 52
(1) Memphis vs. (4) Houston, 4:30 pm
(3) Texas-El Paso vs. (2) UAB, 7:00 pm
Championship Game, 11:35 am (CBS)
FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
Memphis 13-1 27-3
Texas-El Paso 11-3 19-8
Southern Methodist 4-10 12-15
----- 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
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