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03.29.06: Lou Holtz speaks to East Carolina gridders ...
C-USA baseball on television ... Duke lacrosse in limbo ... Redick, Morrison unanimous choices
03.28.06: Duke president speaks out on lacrosse scandal ... USM, Houston off to unbeaten league starts ... Auburn sweeps NCAA swimming
03.27.06: UConn shocked, by George! ... ECU's Frasure earns outdoor qualifications ... Winona State takes Division II hoops title
03.26.06: Bruins end Memphis' run ... Scrimmage moves Pirates toward two-deep .. East Carolina cagers to transfer
03.25.06: Orsini jumps from Central Florida to SMU ... Orr walks the plank at Seton Hall ... USC's Booty sidelined, may face surgery
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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Pirate Club leader moving up to new position


East Carolina University Educational Foundation Executive Director Dennis Young has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director, according to an announcement from Athletics Director Terry Holland.

The ECU Educational Foundation, better known as the Pirate Club, is the booster organization devoted to raising funds for athletic scholarships and capital projects.

Young's primary responsibility in his new position will be the planning and execution of all major fund-raising efforts to meet the department's future capital and endowment needs.

"Dennis is a valuable addition to our leadership team as this department faces an ever-changing and challenging environment," Holland stated in a press release issued by the university's sports media relations office. "Our goal is to compete at the highest level in Division I so it is imperative for our athletic program to establish itself as a leader in the quest for major gifts."

Under Young's leadership, the Pirate Club has raised more than $35 million in capital gifts to fund the expansion of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, build the Murphy Center and construct the state-of-the-art Clark-LeClair Baseball Stadium. During his 15 years as Executive Director, the Pirate Club annual fund campaigns have experienced a rise from $500,000 to nearly $4 million for athletic scholarships.

Young, a former East Carolina athlete, will begin his new duties as a member of the athletic department's leadership team on July 1. He has served as Executive Director of the Pirate Club since 1991.

Holland cited Young's experience and effectiveness with the Pirate Club as major strengths for the new position.

"Dennis Young is a former football player and a true Pirate in every sense of the word," Holland stated. "He knows and understands our donor base and is nationally respected and honored for his fund-raising abilities. Allowing him to focus his considerable skills on major gifts will pay huge dividends for ECU Athletics."

A native of Winston-Salem, Young earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from East Carolina in 1969. He lettered in football in 1966-67 during the tenure of ECU Hall of Fame football coach Clarence Stasavich.

The Pirate Club Executive Committee will establish a search committee to identify a replacement for Young immediately, noted the press release.

ECU tennis duo gathering accolades

The East Carolina doubles team of Gillie Bailey and Kirstin Buchanan share this week's Conference USA women's tennis player of the week honors.

Bailey and Buchanan earned the Pirates' first doubles national ranking in the program's history last Tuesday, coming in at No. 48 in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The tandem extended its winning streak to 11, playing at the No. 1 position and helping ECU record a pair of C-USA wins over Memphis and UAB last week in Myrtle Beach.

Bailey is a senior from Launceston, Tasmania. Buchanan is a senior from Benoni, South Africa.

Included in their string of wins, which began Feb. 16 versus Elon, was an 8-7 (7-2) triumph over No. 45 Meg Fanjoy and Austin Smith of North Carolina on March 13. In all, Bailey and Buchanan have posted a 12-3 (.800) mark this spring and won 16 of 22 overall matches this season after recording a 4-3 mark during fall tournament play.

Ex-Tar Heel gridder charged with sex crime

Former UNC-Chapel Hill defensive back Robert Williams was dismissed on Monday from his positions as an assistant teacher and assistant coach at Gastonia Hunter Huss High School, according to a Charlotte Observer report.

Williams was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student on school grounds and was released from the Gaston County Jail after posting a $20,000 bond.

Williams, a Shelby High School football star with a brief professional career, had been an in-school-suspension assistant teacher since Aug. 18. He also was an assistant junior varsity football coach and an assistant track coach.

Police and school officials say Williams coaxed the teenage girl into having sex with him in a car on school property one day after school in December.

Williams kept teaching at Hunter Huss until Friday, when the girl's father went to police. School officials suspended Williams with pay on Friday and fired him Monday.

Police would not disclose other information, citing the age of the victim.

Hoosiers tap N.C. native to guide hoops

North Carolina native Kelvin Sampson, a two-time national coach of the year who led Oklahoma to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, three Big 12 Tournament titles and a share of the 2004-05 regular season league crown, has been named head basketball coach at Indiana, according to the university's athletic website.

Sampson replaces Mike Davis, who stepped down at the end of the 2005-06 season after leading the Hoosiers to the NCAA Tournament.

A Lumbee Indian, Sampson grew up in Robeson County and was educated at Purnell Swett High School and Pembroke State University. He guided Oklahoma to three Sweet 16, two Elite Eight and one Final Four finishes during his 12-year Sooner tenure.

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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