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03.31.06: ECU golfer shares C-USA honor ... UAB's Johnson to face Globetrotters ... Rockne to be remembered across the globe
03.30.06: Pirate Club leader moving up to new position ... ECU tennis duo gathering accolades ... Ex-Tar Heel gridder charged with sex crime ... Hoosiers tap N.C. native to guide hoops
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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J.P., air game in high gear in ECU scrimmage


No. 1 quarterback James Pinkney was among those receiving high praise from East Carolina coach Skip Holtz after a Friday night scrimmage in which the Pirate offense produced a 406-yard, two-touchdown passing performance, the school's athletics media relations office reported.

The ECU defensive unit also had its moments, forcing five turnovers while allowing less than three yards per carry during the team's second full intra-squad scrimmage at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

"It was a long scrimmage but a good day," head coach Skip Holtz said. "We had about 125 to 130 plays scripted and we really focused on the 1s and 2s. I was really pleased with the hitting, aggressiveness and overall team attitude."

With Pinkney, a senior, engineering ECU's top unit, the offense accounted for an early pair of long sustained drives which resulted in short touchdown runs by sophomore Dominique Lindsay and senior Brandon Fractious.

"James Pinkney has taken himself to another level with his play," Holtz said. "He is really understanding the weapons that he has and has a chance to be great."

Redshirt freshman QB Brett Clay led the second unit to two more passing scores during the second half.

"There was some good balance out there between both the offense and defense," Holtz added. "Yet, we really have to eliminate the small plays that get our offense off the field and our running game needs to really improve in an overall sense."

In all, the offense completed 35 of 64 passes and churned out 569 total yards — including 163 on the ground — an average of 4.7 yards per snap. The unit was intercepted four times.

Pinkney finished the contest with 10 completions in 22 attempts for 146 yards. Clay topped all quarterbacks with 148 yards on 15-of-21 passing, including 24-yard and 11-yard TD tosses to redshirt freshman Alex Taylor and Fractious, respectively.

Sophomore Patrick Pinkney connected on 7 of 13 throws for 81 yards and redshirt freshman Rob Kass was 3 of 8 for 31 yards in a limited role.

Lindsay rushed for a game-high 68 yards on 14 carries, which included a one-yard TD run and a 20-yard jaunt late during the scrimmage. Fractious picked up 48 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 4-yard run, while James Pinkney added 24 yards on just four attempts.

Senior Derehl Staton led all receivers with six catches for 68 yards while Taylor added 61 yards on five catches. Junior Steven Rogers logged a pair of grabs for 57 yards, including a game-high 49-yarder from James Pinkney late during the first half.

Defensively, junior linebacker Fred Wilson and redshirt freshman safety Chris Mattocks were credited with 10 stops each while junior lineman Nweike Osemene added nine hits and junior linebacker Danny Muhwezi contributed eight tackles.

Senior safety Jamar Flournoy picked off a Patrick Pinkney pass in the redzone and returned it 20 yards and junior cornerback Travis Williams stepped in front of a Clay attempt at the one-yard line.

The defense recorded a total of eight tackles for loss and five sacks.

"The safeties became involved in the running game which is something we do not want to happen very often," Holtz closed.

In addition to its four interceptions, the defenders also recovered a fumble and limited the offense to just six of 23 third-down conversions.

The Pirates will complete their spring drills next week, working Monday and Wednesday afternoon before playing the annual Purple-Gold Game on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Jury awards no dough in suit against Petrino

A Jefferson Circuit Court jury didn't take long to decide in favor of University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino on Thursday in a suit brought against him by former player Ryan Holifield, according to a Louisville Courier-Journal report.

The 12-member jury deliberated for just an hour before awarding no damages to Holifield, who was seeking about $123,000 for a football scholarship he said Petrino promised but did not deliver.

Redick reaps AP player of the year honor

J.J. Redick, whose 3-point shooting led Duke to a No. 1 ranking for most of the season, was selected the national player of the year by the Associated Press on Friday.

The senior guard was second in the nation in scoring this season, capping a career that saw him finish as the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leading scorer and Division I's most prolific 3-point shooter.

Redick is the record sixth Duke player to win the award, with five winners coming since 1992. The award was first presented in 1961, according to the ACC's web site.

On Tuesday, the United States Basketball Writers Association designated Redick and Gonzaga's Adam Morrison as co-recipients of player of the year honors.

Lightning strikes Tigers twice

For the second-consecutive season, Missouri dropped a game at Southeast Missouri State on a walk-off home run.

Last year it was Ernie Bracamonte's homer in the 10th inning that gave SEMO the win. On Wednesday, Daniel Schuh connected for a one-out home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Redhawks the 3-2 victory.

The loss was the first road defeat of the season for the Tigers, who entered the game 7-0 when playing away from home. On the season, Mizzou fell to 15-9 on the season, while Southeast improved to 7-14, according to

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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