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03.24.06: Western Carolina to retire LeClair's No. 23 ... Memphis reaches Elite Eight, Duke bounced ... Cincinnati at hub of coaching moves
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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Orsini jumps from Central Florida to SMU


Steve Orsini, athletic director at Central Florida, has been named to the same position at Southern Methodist, according to an announcement on the Conference USA web site.

Orsini takes over for Jim Copeland, who in February announced his retirement effective May 31. Orsini brings over 25 years of experience in athletic administration, with the last four coming as an AD.

Orsini, named AD at UCF in June of 2002, guided the Golden Knights to Conference USA membership and established the UCF Athletics Association, Inc., a private, non-profit, direct support organization of the University of Central Florida.

As part of a 70 percent increase in the department's budget during his tenure at UCF, Orsini increased funding for all sports and helped the Golden Knights achieve immediate important successes.

During the 2004-05 academic year, six UCF teams advanced to NCAA play, including the men's basketball squad, which made its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Competing in their last season in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Golden Knights swept the league's all-sports awards, given to the top program in the conference, for the third straight year.

UCF followed last year's achievements by advancing to the inaugural C-USA Football Championship Game and its first-ever bowl appearance in the fall of 2005 after winning the league's East Division crown.

In all, 25 teams competed in postseason play during Orsini's time at UCF, and the Golden Knights posted their highest-ever NACDA Cup finishes in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Orr walks the plank at Seton Hall

Seton Hall will not offer basketball coach Louis Orr a contract extension and will immediately begin the search for a new head coach, it was announced Friday by Pirates athletic director Joe Quinlan. Seton Hall will fulfill the remaining terms of Orr’s contract, according to the university's athletic web site.

“I have evaluated the basketball program thoroughly and discussed it with Louis,” Quinlan said. “As a result, we could not agree on critical issues related to the management of the program.

“Seton Hall holds Louis, his character and his faith in the highest personal regard. For all he and his staff have accomplished, we stand grateful."

“We now begin the search for a new coach. My focus will be to attract candidates who share our vision and can position Seton Hall basketball to achieve consistent success in the nation’s best conference,” Quinlan stated.

Orr was 80-69 in five years as Seton Hall’s head coach, with a record of 37-41 in Big East Conference play. He came to SHU in 2001 after one year as head coach of Siena. The Pirates finished 18-12 in 2005-06 and lost to Wichita State on Mar. 16 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

USC's Booty sidelined, may face surgery

The Los Angeles Times, citing Southern California coach Pete Carroll, has reported that USC quarterback John David Booty, who was regarded as the front-runner to succeed Matt Leinart as the team's starter, missed practice Thursday because of back spasms and could face surgery if the condition causing the spasms does not correct itself.

Booty injured his back during the Trojans' first spring workout Tuesday but completed the practice. On Wednesday, however, he had an MRI exam and Thursday received an epidural injection.

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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