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03.23.06: Pirates fine-tune for Friday night scrimmage ... Alford seeks to defuse Indiana speculation ... Citadel forms hoops coach search committee
03.22.06: Southern Miss hurler shares national honor ... Iowa State finds its man ... Sweet 16 teams sweeten the conference pot
03.21.06: VanSant family visitation, memorial announced ... ECU makes strong start in outdoor season ... Webcasts supplement CBS tourney ratings
03.20.06: Memphis marches on ... Former Holland aide leads team into Sweet 16 ... Cowboy grapplers lasso NCAA title
03.19.06: Morgan in charge after Hampton coach quits ... Virginia Wesleyan wins Division III crown ... Report on Title IX goes to Congress
03.18.06: The Big Dance ... literally ... DePaul legend Meyer succumbs at 92 ... Morgan out at Iowa State
03.17.06: Jackie Robinson tops NCAA list ... UTEP out of NIT ... Bomb scare delays San Diego regional
03.16.06: Dean Dome designer dies ... Buckley bounced at Ball State ... Westphal dismissed at Pepperdine ... C-USA Hoops Tournament wrap-up
03.15.06: Seahawk cagers getting it done in classroom ... Title IX update due from government agency ... C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.14.06: Tulsa draws Wolfpack in women's regional ... Henderson out at Delaware ... Temple icon Chaney says it's time to step down ... C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.13.06: Memphis gets No. 1 seed ... Villanova's Ray expected to bounce back ...
C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.12.06: Memphis reigns as conference champ ... Pirates' Frasure 7th in NCAA weight throw ... Arizona State ousts basketball coach ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.11.06: Special days designated for football season ... Tulsa scrimmages under Thursday night lights ... Tigers' Carney, Calipari sweep C-USA honors ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.10.06: Koonce accepts position with Packers ... ECU spring football taking spring break ... K-State shows Woolridge the door ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.09.06: Frasure throwing his weight around ... Pirates top Tar Heels in softball ... O'Leary planning to stay at Central Florida ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.08.06: Hinnant makes All
C-USA freshmen team ... ESPN nixes Vitale's commentary on CBS ... Seahawks are dancin' ...
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.07.06: Rouse earns C-USA distinction ... Spring drills: Depth chart two-plus weeks away ... Marshall, Rice players share hitting honors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
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

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Western Carolina to retire LeClair's No. 23


The Western Carolina University Department of Athletics has announced it will retire the No. 23 jersey of baseball legend Keith LeClair in a special ceremony on April 11th. The ceremony will take place before the Catamounts' 7:00 pm game against nationally-ranked Clemson.

"Keith had a great career at Western both as a player and coach, and later as head coach at East Carolina," said WCU head coach Todd Raleigh, who both played with LeClair at Western and coached under him at Western Carolina and East Carolina. "He is very deserving of this honor. Also, it is appropriate to retire his jersey when Clemson comes to town so Jack Leggett can participate in the ceremony."

Leggett, current Clemson head coach, is the former WCU head coach who recruited and coached LeClair.

"While Keith may not be able to attend, we look forward to having his family, both immediate and extended, as well as former teammates back for this celebration," added Raleigh.

LeClair, who was inducted into the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002, came to Western in 1985 and helped lead the Catamounts to four consecutive Southern Conference Championships. He ranks among the top 10 in six different WCU hitting categories. Most notably, he batted .423 in 1988, which ranks seventh on the WCU single-season list, while his career .375 batting average ranks fourth on the WCU all-time list.

In 1988, LeClair was named MVP of the Southern Conference Tournament, as well as being a first team All-Southern Conference selection. During that 1988 season, he established a school record with 101 hits, which ranked fourth in the NCAA that season, and 179 total bases.

Memphis reaches Elite Eight, Duke bounced

Rodney Carney scored 23 points to lead top-seed Memphis to an 80-64 win over Bradley in the semifinals of the Oakland, CA, regional of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

Darius Washington Jr. had 18 points and Shawne Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds as Memphis won its seventh straight.

The Conference USA champs advance to meet the Gonzaga-UCLA winner on Saturday for a berth in the Final Four. Coach John Calipari's club improved to 33-3 for the season.

The Tigers were the only top seed to advance on Thursday night as Duke, the No. 1 team in the Atlanta regional, was knocked out by LSU, 62-54.

Cincinnati at hub of coaching moves

Former Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins has accepted a 5-year deal to take over the program at Kansas State. Huggins' interim replacement at Cincinnati, Andy Kennedy, has agreed to take over the reins at Ole Miss and the Bearcats have summoned Mick Cronin from Murray State to become their next hoops boss.

“I believe that Kansas State was the right opportunity for me because of the people, first and foremost,” Huggins said. “I am incredibly impressed with the athletics administration, and when I had a chance to meet with the university administration I was sold. They are great people who care about their student-athletes and that’s what I’ve been looking for."

Huggins, 52, has compiled a 567-199 (.740) in his 24 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at Walsh College (1980-83), Akron (1984-89) and Cincinnati (1989-2005). He ranks both eighth in winning percentage and total victories among active Division I head coaches.

Kennedy will be officially introduced at a news conference at Ole Miss at noon today.

Cronin is a former Cincinnati assistant who directed the Racers to the NCAA Tournament this season.

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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