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06.01.06: Pirates announce kickoff times, TV games ... ECU excels among C-USA's academic elite ... Rice's Degerman makes Academic All-America
05.31.06: Owls, Herd, Pirates pace C-USA academics ... ECU's Witter inks baseball deal with Giants ... Hamrick discusses NCAA baseball selections
05.30.06: Rice leads four CUSA teams into NCAA playoffs ... ECU's Cotto hurdles to NCAA title meet ... 'Horns' title ring goes on, then off eBay
05.29.06: Rice rolls in Conference USA baseball finale ... ECU 4x100 relay qualifies for NCAA title dash ... Huggins takes disciplinary action at K-State
05.28.06: O'Leary gets lengthy deal at Central Florida ... City rivals set for C-USA baseball showdown ... Duke women golfers defend NCAA title
05.27.06: Alumnus Wharton returns to lead Pirate Club ... Sampson subjected to NCAA sanctions ... C-USA athletes selected for leadership forum
05.26.06: SMU's Turner to co-chair Knight Commission ... Blazers golf recruit wins national juco title ... Former ECU player Kilgore inks with UTEP
05.25.06: Large Houston recruiting class becomes larger ... Duke women's lacrosse supports men's team ... Wolfpack hands Heels ACC Tournament loss
05.24.06: Jake Smith headlines ECU's all-league picks ... ECU softball's Krista Jessup inks pro deal ... SMU football gains award for 100% grad rate
05.23.06: Hart may nix FSU recruit's grant after arrest ... Memphis, Rice players take weekly awards ... Lady Vols coach rewarded with fat new deal
05.22.06: Rice hosting C-USA baseball; ECU starts early ... Inman gets two-game suspension at UGa ... Tide linebacker booked on multiple charges
05.21.06: 'Ride with The Voice' fundraiser set for June ... Ga. Tech to host Irish and ESPN Game Day ... Smith, Bowden, Paterno headed for I-A Hall
05.20.06: 'Big House' set for $226 million makeover ...
C-USA lands seven on preseason football list ... Decades-long coaching career ends for Sutton
05.19.06: Holland heads up hoops scheduling task force ... Houston, Rice hurlers on
10-man Clemens list ... Tucker turns away from Texas, retains agent
05.18.06: Navy, NCSU limit tickets for ECU fans ... C-USA trio invited to USA Baseball tryouts ... Wolfpack's Brackman to sit out rest of season
05.17.06: Houston hurler gets national pitching honor ... Former UVa grid coach Blackburn dies at 93 ... Three players leaving Ole Miss hoops program
05.16.06: Former ECU slugger Tracy inks mega-deal ... C-USA announces weekly baseball awards ... Third Duke lacrosse player indicted
05.15.06: Frasure, Cotto pace ECU in C-USA track & field ... Tulsa headed to Fresno softball regional ... Texas RB nabbed with pot-filled backpack
05.14.06: Southern Cal cager shot and killed ... ECU's Hewett moves into C-USA sprint finals ... Tulsa wins softball crown on walkoff homer ... Black college football pioneer Robinson dies
05.13.06: ECU's Eric Frasure wins C-USA hammer throw ... ECU's Jake Smith in running for Bench Award ... Houston boots Pirates from softball tourney ... Illini plan major renovations of football stadium
05.12.06: Pirates still alive in C-USA softball tournament ... ECU women tied for 20th in golf regional ... St. John's receives ruling on infractions
05.11.06: Harrell makes first team All C-USA ... Danger of spearing in football cited ... Prep star says dream led him to Jayhawks
05.10.06: Vols sign multi-sport standout Mattingly ... 2006 College Football Hall class announced ... Ducks tab Casey Martin to guide golf team
05.09.06: ECU's Harrell honored on eve of tournament ... Washington's Romar to guide USA under-18's ... Cavs, Terps take aim on NCAA lacrosse title
05.08.06: Mountaineers to be recognized in Raleigh ... Towe to join Lowe at NCSU ... 'Noles edge Deacs in record setter
05.07.06: N.C. State's long hunt officially over ... ECU gains berth in C-USA Softball Tourney
05.06.06: Hoops rule committee looks at 3-point distance ... Blue chipper makes late commitment to Duke ... Colorado cage coach faces season in limbo
05.05.06: Lowe and behold, Pack fills its vacancy ... Horns, Sooners extend deal with Cotton Bowl ... Mascot lands 7th-seeded Illini on the road
05.04.06: ECU's Harrell snares another C-USA award ... 'Bama okays hefty new contract for Shula ... Downey heading from Bearcats to Gamecocks
05.03.06: ECU's Chris Moore signs deal with Saints ... NCSU represented on World Cup team ... Politics: Shuler projected to face Rep. Taylor
05.02.06: ECU's Baker inks free agent pact with Steelers ... ECU women golfers headed for East regional ... UAB's Hackney signs with Browns
05.01.06: Giants take ECU's Whimper in fourth round ... Memphis back Williams selected by Panthers ... More names popping up in N.C. State search

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Bucs' new pitching coach has LeClair pedigree


Bill Jarman has been named pitching coach at East Carolina, according to a press release from the school's athletics media relations office.

Prior to his appointment, Jarman served as head coach at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, for one year where he led the Bearcats to a 31-22 overall record and a No. 25 national ranking in Division II. Among his highlights at Lander were a victory over No. 1 Georgia College & State University, a pair of wins over No. 7 Armstrong Atlantic and a doubleheader sweep of No. 12 USC-Aiken.

"Our baseball program is excited about Coach Jarman joining the Pirate family," Godwin said in a statement. "With his recruiting experience, knowledge of the game and ability to develop players, we believe this addition is going to give us the best opportunity to compete at the highest level in college baseball and help us reach our goal of playing in the College World Series in Omaha."

Jarman served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Coastal Carolina from 1995-2005. Under his direction, the Chanticleer pitching staff was among the best in the nation, finishing near the top in earned run average, including seventh in 1999 and eighth in 2002. From 1995 to 2005, his staffs averaged over 40 wins a season, including a Big South-record 50 victories in 2005.

During the 2005 season, three of Coastal's pitchers — Ricky Shefka, Byron Binda and Jake Hurry — were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

"I am very excited about this opportunity," stated Jarman. "East Carolina has been known traditionally for being very good and competitive in baseball and other sports. I am originally from North Carolina, so I'm excited about getting back to the state and being a part of the Billy Godwin era at ECU."

Prior to his arrival at Coastal, Jarman spent six years as an assistant at Western Carolina University where he and former Pirate skipper Keith LeClair were assistant coaches from 1989 to 1991. When LeClair took over the reigns as the Catamounts head coach in 1991, Jarman stayed on as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In six seasons he helped Western Carolina compile a 226-137 (.659) overall record.

Jarman began his coaching career as the pitching coach at Pembroke State (now UNC-Pembroke) in 1988, where he received his physical education certificate.

He earned his undergraduate degree in parks and recreation from Wingate University in 1986, and his master's from Western Carolina in 1991.

The 42 year-old Richmond County native has a six-year-old son, Dock.

Three gridders depart West Virginia program

The Charleston (WV) Gazette has reported that two contributors to West Virginia’s Sugar Bowl champion football team — junior backs Pernell Williams and Tyler Benoit — are no longer with the program.

Williams saw action as a true freshman at running back. In seven games as a sophomore, he rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He was tried at cornerback during spring drills.

Benoit, a converted defensive back, was tried at running back in the spring and had 47 yards rushing on 13 carries in the Gold-Blue scrimmage.

Also gone is sophomore Chad Mayse, recruited from Mentor, OH, as a linebacker before being moved to the defensive line.

All three of the players were said to have failed program standards.

The Mountaineers play at East Carolina on Sept. 23 (ESPN) at a time to be announced.

ECU announces blue chip tennis signees

A two-time state champion and a four-year all-conference performer have signed national letters-of-intent to play men's tennis at East Carolina University, head coach Shawn Heinchon announced Thursday via

Whit Whitwell from Little Rock, AR, and Greg Simon, a hometown Greenville product, have joined the Pirate program and will enroll at ECU this fall.

Whitwell, who has earned a No. 1 United States Tennis Association state ranking in the 18's Division after compiling a No. 2 rating in the 16's, captured a singles title for Little Rock's Lutheran High School as a sophomore while competing in Arkansas' 2-A prep classification. As a freshman, he played a key role in leading Lutheran to a state doubles championship. He also reached the Sweet Sixteen at the National Copper Bowl, one of the nation's most prestigious Junior Tennis tourneys.

Currently rated as the second-highest prospect in Arkansas by, Whitwell has posted a 25-6 national record against opponents designated in a similar classification or lower. He also holds a top 30 regional rank and is listed among the top 175 players nationally after attending Newk's Tennis Academy in Texas over the past two years.

Simon, who earned four tennis letters as an all-conference standout at J.H. Rose High School, is listed among the state's top 15 players in the USTA's 18's and currently holds a North Carolina rank of 29th by

He helped Rose reach the finals of the Class 4-A state doubles championship with an improbable run as the tourney underdog before falling in three competitive sets. While serving as team captain, Simon also was selected as the program's most valuable player and received Rose's coaches and leadership awards. In addition to his four-year all-conference accolades, he was chosen as the league's player-of-the-year.

Simon and Whitwell will join early signees Sam McSpadden (Little Rock, AR), Bryan Oakley (Statesville) and Matt Peeler (Lexington) on the Pirates' roster next fall.

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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