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06.07.06: ECU's track elite at NCAA meet in Sacramento ... Super region pairings pit Rice against Sooners ... Cleared USC quarterback says he's rejoined team
06.06.06: NCAA change on grad transfers gets reaction ... Duke reinstates men's lacrosse with conditions ... Cardieri resigns as baseball coach at USF
06.05.06: Owls carry C-USA banner against Bears ... Laval steps down as LSU baseball coach ... Date of "Civil War" changed for TV
06.04.06: C-USA players reap All-America honors ... "Flesh- eating" germ claims Tulsa gridder ... Blazers baseball coach hangs up cleats
06.03.06: ECU's Jake Smith named 2nd-team All-America ... Pirates get first signee in McPhaul golfing era ... Duke men's lacrosse program to be reinstated
06.02.06: Bucs' new pitching coach has LeClair pedigree ... Three gridders depart WVU program ... ECU announces blue chip tennis signees
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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Smith selected by A's, Mathews by Giants


East Carolina's Jake Smith and Shane Mathews were selected in the 2006 Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday.

Smith, a finalist for the Johnny Bench award given to the top collegiate catcher, was taken in the 21st round by the Oakland Athletics. He led the Pirates in seven offensive categories including average, hits, doubles, RBI's, total bases and slugging percentage and was second on the team in home runs with 13.

The Greensboro native became the eighth Pirate to earn first-team All Conference-USA honors on May 23. Earlier in the season Smith took home C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week honors on Feb. 27 after collecting a then-best five RBIs against Duke in a 19-5 win. He finished his collegiate career with 29 home runs and 135 RBI's, which ranks in the top 12 on ECU's all-time charts.

Mathews, a native of Conover, was taken in the 26th round by the San Francisco Giants. The redshirt sophomore posted a 5-3 record with a 4.73 ERA in 19 appearances and led the team with 75 strikeouts. During the regular season, he established a new career-high in strikeouts with 9 against Stony Brook. In the 2006 C-USA Tournament, he set a new personal best for innings pitched, 8 1/3 versus Tulane, and was subsequently named to the all-tournament team.

Mathews recorded the lone save of the his career against the Green Wave on May 24, working an inning and two-thirds of hitless relief, fanning two of the six batters he faced.

Smith and Mathews are the 13th and 14th Pirate draft picks since the 2003 season.

ECU's Hunt, Krug take Scholar Athlete honors

East Carolina's Heidi Krug was recognized in volleyball and Sara Virginia Hunt shared honors in women's swimming and diving as Conference USA named its recipients of the 2005-06 Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards on Wednesday. The awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.

Krug, a 5-foot-8 rising senior from Kildeer, IL, helped ECU to a 20-11 overall mark and 9-6 record in conference play in 2005 as setter with a team high 1,510 assists.

Hunt, a senior from Goldsboro, was all conference for four years during her ECU career.

Tulsa produced a conference-best four Scholar Athlete Award winners, Rice and Texas-El Paso had three student-athletes selected, and four other schools had two recipients apiece.

Southern Miss senior baseball player Marc Maddox is the only repeat winner. Nine of C-USA's 12 institutions produced at least one scholar athlete winner, with co-winners named in men's golf, softball and swimming/diving.


Baseball - Marc Maddox, Southern Miss
Men's Basketball - Miguel Ayala, Texas-El Paso
Women's Basketball - Kara Pongonis-Paslay, Tulsa
Men's Cross Country - Stephan Samoei, Texas-El Paso
Women's Cross Country - Daniele Riendeau, Memphis
Football - Garrett Mills, Tulsa
Men's Golf - Sam Korbe, Tulsa & Parker LaBarge, Rice
Women's Golf - Ashley Grier, Central Florida
Men's Soccer - Matt Wiley, Tulsa
Women's Soccer - Courtney Baines, Central Florida
Softball - Charity Butler, Southern Miss
             Jenna Kubesch, Memphis
Women's Swimming/Diving - Sarah Virginia Hunt, East Carolina
             Flavia Rigamonti, Southern Methodist
Men's Tennis - Sebastian Falk, UAB
Women's Tennis - Blair DiSesa, Rice
Men's Track & Field - Mickael Hanany, Texas-El Paso
Women's Track & Field - Callie Wells, Rice
Volleyball - Heidi Krug, East Carolina

NCAA nixes course credits from 'diploma mills'

USA Today has reported that four South Florida schools, including now-closed University High in Miami, are among 15 the NCAA has initially targeted in a crackdown on so-called diploma mills that provide prospective college athletes with questionable class credits.

The association's action raises questions about the college eligibility of players, most in basketball and football, coming out of those schools and needing a minimum number of credits from core high school courses to satisfy NCAA academic standards. The NCAA says it no longer will count credits from those 15 schools and others it's examining and expects to identify later this month.

The list of schools released on Wednesday, according to USA Today:

American Academy (Miami)
Celestial Prep (Philadelphia)
Einstein Charter School (Morrisville, PA)
Goliath Academy (Miami Lakes, FL)
Hawaii Electronic School (Honolulu)
Martinez Adult Education (Martinez, CA)
North Atlantic Regional High (Lewiston, ME)
Paradise Christian Academy (Paradise, CA)
Philadelphia Christian Academy (Philadelphia)
Ranch Academy (Canton, Texas)
Rich Township H.S. Phoenix Camp (Park Forest, IL)
Sagemount School (Miami)
Tazewell City Career and Tech Center (Tazewell, VA)
University High School (Miami)
Virginia Beach Central Academy (Virginia Beach, VA)

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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