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04.05.06: Thirteen C-USA alums in big leagues ... UAB interviews Davis ... Rondo departs Kentucky
04.04.06: ECU hurler Taylor earns league's weekly honor ... Pirates prepare for Purple- Gold Game ... Wooden watches final from hospital
04.03.06: Bruins go for record 12th NCAA hoops title ... Throng watches Texas spring game ... Pirates make strong showing in Florida
04.02.06: Sendek may become a Sun Devil ... Brownell departs UNCW for Wright State ... San Diego State star opts for NBA
04.01.06: J.P., ECU air game in high gear ... Jury awards no dough in suit against Petrino ... Redick reaps AP player of the year honor ... Lightning strikes Tigers twice
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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Pirates hold final session before Purple-Gold


East Carolina wrapped up the practice portion of its spring schedule in near-perfect weather conditions Wednesday at both the Cliff Moore Practice Complex and Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, working for two hours under abundant sunshine with temperatures in the low-70s, according to an ECU sports media relations release.

The lively full-pad session completed the Pirates' weekday workout slate and served as a final tune-up for the annual spring game scheduled for Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m.

"I believe we made a lot of progress this spring," said ECU Head Coach Skip Holtz. "I think we all want to be in a position to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together but we missed arguably four of our most productive players this spring in Pierre Bell (LB), Marcus Hands (DE), Aundrae Allison (WR) and Chris Johnson (RB). At the same time, it forced a lot guys to step up at those particular positions. There were many
positives that came out of the spring and I'm really pleased about that."

Holtz and staff will refine their current depth chart Thursday morning to identify the first and second units in an effort to establish rosters for Saturday's contest. Similar to last season, the two teams will be divided up as "East Carolina" and "Pirates" and each will feature either the No. 1 offense or the top defense in order to stage competition between equal units of the two-deep.

Holtz also indicated the format of the scrimmage will resemble a true game as much as possible with the utilization of a game clock throughout all four quarters with live hitting permitted in all positions. The only exception to the norm will be the elimination of kickoff, punting and return situations. In addition, the Pirates will attempt all extra-point and field goal tries.

"I think we're all looking forward to Saturday," Holtz said. "We really need another scrimmage situation with live tackling, executing our offense and defense. Lining up and playing in a game-day environment is critical because there are so many new faces in our two-deep."

Along with the game and festivities of the two-day Pirate Purple-Gold Pigskin Pigout Party, many former Pirate greats and current or retired National Football League performers — including Rod Coleman, Terrance Copper, Damane Duckett, Vonta Leach, Brian Rimpf, Vinson Smith and Keith Stokes — will be in Greenville this weekend and present at the game.

Tickets, which are priced at $5.00 for the contest or $10.00 with the addition of a plate of barbeque from the Pirate Purple-Gold Pigskin Pigout Party, can be purchased at the ECU Athletics Ticket Office or by calling (252) 328-2300 locally or (800) DIAL-ECU outside the Greenville area.

Pressler resigns as Duke lacrosse coach

Duke athletics director Joe Alleva announced Wednesday that Mike Pressler has resigned as men’s lacrosse coach, effective immediately.

“Coach Pressler offered me his resignation earlier this afternoon, and I accepted it,” said Alleva, according to “I fully support President Brodhead’s decision to cancel the remainder of the season as well as his outrage at the latest developments involving the men’s lacrosse program. I believe this is in the best interests of the program, the department of athletics and the university.”

Pressler spent 16 seasons at Duke, compiling a 153-82 record with three ACC championships, 10 NCAA Tournament berths and an appearance in the 2005 national championship game. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year and the 2005 USILA National Coach of the Year, Pressler’s overall head coaching ledger stands at 229-102 in 22 seasons.

Division I athletes face summer drug tests

The NCAA plans to conduct drug testing on Division I athletes this summer, according to a report in The NCAA News, which was summarized at

The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports reportedly wants the focus this year on football and baseball players, but any Division I athlete could be subject to testing.

"This has been coming for some time," Mary Wilfert, the NCAA's associate director of education outreach and staff liaison to the committee, was quoted as saying in the report. "We've previously been hesitant to test into the summer months, because of concerns about extending student-athletes' participation in a sport beyond a traditional season and also logistical considerations.

"But the reality is that student-athletes don't take the summer off."

The NCAA News reported that testing probably will occur even if athletes are not on campus, meaning tests could take place at homes, jobs or other locations.

Wilfert said that NCAA rules allow for testing at any time of the year, and athletes sign forms that tell them a test can take place from the beginning of the academic year through Aug. 31 of the following year.

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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