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06.08.06: MLB Draft: Smith selected by A's, Mathews by Giants ... ECU's Hunt, Krug take Scholar Athlete honors ... NCAA nixes course credits from 'diploma mills'
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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ECU's "Voice" revving up for benefit "Ride"


The third annual "Ride With The Voice" motorcycle excursion benefiting the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf is ready to roll this Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at J&E Harley Davidson in Greenville with the ride, led by "Voice of the Pirates" Jeff Charles, commencing at 10 a.m. The ride will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Ron Ayer Motorsports.

The cost of the ride is $10 per motorcycle, according to a release on

All riders will received complimentary breakfast from Krispy Kreme and lunch provided by Domino's and Logan's Roadhouse. The first 200 riders will each receive official "Ride With The Voice" t-shirts.

Over the past two years, 200 motorcyclists have joined Charles, East Carolina's play-by-play announcer, in support of the athletic programs at the the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. The school is one of only two deaf schools in the state of North Carolina and serves the entire region of eastern North Carolina.

Interested patrons should contact Ron Ayer Motorsports at 758-3084 for more information.

Pirates bow out at NCAA track & field meet

A release from the university's athletics media relations reported that East Carolina's track and field season came to an end as hurdler Hector Cotto, thrower Eric Frasure and the Pirates' 4x100 relay team did not advance during first day action at the 2006 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento.

Cotto, who earned qualification to the championships by recording a time of 13.66 during a third-place finish at the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro two weeks ago, stood ninth in one of three preliminary heats and 26th overall with a time of 14.57. A total of 18 athletes advanced to the semis after besting the cut-off mark of 14.19.

Frasure missed the cut by one spot, finishing 13th of 26 competitors in the hammer throw after an effort of 62.46 meters. The junior Charlotte native posted a 62.40 mark during his second attempt and fouled on this third try, coming just 0.81 meters short of the 12th and last qualifying spot held by Montana State's Josh Henigman (63.27).

ECU's 4x100 relay squad also turned in a 13th-place standing during preliminary competition, five slots behind final qualifier and eighth-place overall finisher Houston. The unit, which consisted of senior DeAndre Hyman and freshmen Jerek Hewett, David Rucker and Kevin Thompson, recorded a time of 39.86 to earn a third-place heat finish — ahead of Florida (40.00), Alabama (41.03) and Florida State (DQ), but behind Texas-El Paso (39.21) and Oregon (39.45).

ODU makes plans to add Division I-AA football

Old Dominion University officials have announced the school will start a Division I-AA football program, with the first team taking the field in 2009, according to a release on the Monarchs' athletics web site.

The announcement culminated months of analysis and deliberation that began last summer when ODU president Roseann Runte and the Board of Visitors first tackled the issue of reviving football after a more than six-decade absence of the sport from the campus.

The board agreed to the possibility, provided three criteria were met: a consultant's report indicating community support for a program, the acquisition of land to meet practice and other athletic needs, and pledges of at least $8 million for a football endowment.

The first criterion was met in December when consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers released a market assessment report indicating a wide and strong base of support for football, particularly among alumni.

The report also indicated that the university would meet its financial goals, and development officials have already raised more than $5 million prior to the start of an official campaign. Projected donations in the amount of $1.5 million a year, student fees, ticket sales and concessions will also help sustain the new program.

In April, an agreement was announced between the university and the city providing land to ODU for two football practice fields and additional women's sports teams.

According to athletic director Jim Jarrett, the university will hire an assistant athletic director for football this fall and a head coach during the 2007-08 school year. Also, six full-time and one part-time assistant coaches will be hired. The first group of recruits, mostly freshmen and junior college students, will enter the university in fall 2008.

Jarrett also noted that as many as 33 support people in ticketing, marketing, athletic training and other areas will be added over the next three years.

ODU's football program will be a member of the school's current sports conference, the Colonial Athletic Association.

The 20,000-seat Foreman Field, which was built in 1936, will be refurbished as the home stadium for the new football program. Bleacher seating will be replaced with stadium-style individual seats, suites will be added at the south end of the field, and a new building housing locker rooms will be constructed, among other renovations.

Currently, ODU's women's field hockey and lacrosse teams play at Foreman Field. Under the agreement with the city, the university will build a new field hockey/lacrosse stadium on city land near 38th Street and Powhatan Avenue. Old Dominion will lease the area, which will also be the site for two football practice fields, football locker rooms and training facilities, and a softball stadium.

To comply with Title IX requirements, Old Dominion will add women's crew in 2007-08, women's softball in 2010-11 and women's volleyball in 2014-15. There are also plans to add a marching band program.

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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