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06.09.06: ECU's "Voice" revving up for benefit "Ride" ... Pirates bow out at NCAA track & field meet ... ODU makes plans to add I-AA football
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 network announces blowtorch flagships


East Carolina's sports radio network is poised to receive a jolt of new energy.

The university's athletic department and ISP Sports have reached a deal with one of Eastern North Carolina's most powerful radio stations to serve as the FM anchor for the Pirate ISP Radio Network's football broadcasts beginning this fall.

WSFL-FM, a 100,000-watt New Bern station which bills itself as Classic Rock 106.5, will be the FM flagship for Pirate football for the next five years, according to a Friday release from the ECU athletic media relations office.

WSFL is a property of the Florida-based Beasley Broadcasting Group, which also owns WNCT-AM Talk 1070, a Greenville station that ECU and ISP announced will serve as the AM flagship for the network and provide exclusive coverage of ECU men's basketball and baseball.

Talk 1070 is transitioning from a 10,000-watt analogue daytime broadcast to a 50,000-watt high-definition signal that is expected to enhance the station's reception, particularly within many of the communities towards Interstate 95 and the North Carolina coast.

WSFL's signal reaches Wake County to the west and nearly the entire coastline of the state to the south and east, noted ECU's news release.

In recent years — in the face of mergers, acquisitions and subsequent management turnover and strategy changes affecting many stations within ECU's target markets — the in-house-run Pirate Sports Radio Network has struggled annually to assemble an assortment of lower-power AM and FM stations. The dilemma has led to complaints of inadequate broadcast reception from fans in many areas of the state, including large swaths of the region east of I-95 the Pirates call home.

The network's boost comes less than five months after athletic director Terry Holland predicted "a new day in ECU athletics" in announcing in January a deal with ISP Sports to become the multimedia rights holder for Pirate sports.

The new arrangement appears to have validated Holland's expectation.

"We are delighted to join with ISP Sports and the Beasley Broadcast Group ... in providing this outstanding flagship partnership beginning with the upcoming football season," Holland said in a statement. "Interest in our athletics program has never been higher and our fans are deserving of the best possible radio coverage. WSFL's 100,000-watt FM signal adds significantly to our football coverage and the addition of 50,000-watt AM as our basketball and baseball flagship station is a very positive step in that direction as well."

Officials with the broadcasting conglomerate that owns WSFL and WNCT were equally enthusiastic with the announcement.

"We are very excited about the new affiliation between Beasley Broadcast Group, East Carolina Athletics and ISP Sports," Bruce Simel, Beasley's vice president and market manager, stated. "Beasley is dedicated to providing Eastern North Carolina the best in local programming and information and ECU athletics play an important role in that effort."

"Having always had a strong presence in the Eastern Carolina market, we are delighted that Classic Rock 106.5 WSFL-FM and Talk 1070 WNCT-AM will be the home to Pirates' football," stated George G. Beasley, the company's chairman and CEO. "Under the leadership of Terry Holland and his team, ECU is poised for a great future and we want to be a part of it."

The Beasley Group, headquartered in Naples, FL, owns 26 FM and 15 AM stations, according to the company's Web site.

A Winston-Salem-based company, ISP Sports is a collegiate sports marketing company with a nationwide presence, including partnerships with 27 major college sports programs, according to ISP's Web site.

'The Buzz' remains in Pirate broadcast lineup

Live game broadcasts of East Carolina football, as well as the popular weekly call-in show featuring Pirate head coach Skip Holtz, will continue to air on WRBZ-AM sports radio 850 during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

The official announcement of a new two-year agreement with the station know as "The Buzz" was made by officials of ISP Sports and WRBZ, and released by the ECU athletic media relations department.

"We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with ECU and the always enthusiastic Pirate fans," WRBZ general manager Brian Maloney stated.

In addition to the full football schedule, WRBZ will be the Triangle home for selected live broadcasts of Pirate men's basketball during the next two years.

"We are very pleased that 850 The Buzz will remain as the home for ECU Sports in the Raleigh-Durham area for two more years," ISP radio network affiliate manager Taylor Durham stated. "We know that Pirate fans in that region get their sports news from the station on a daily basis, so it's a natural fit for them to stay tuned to 850 for coverage of their favorite team as well."

ISP Sports is the exclusive multimedia rights-holder for East Carolina athletics.

Former LSU athlete turned pro wrestler dies

Former LSU wrestler John Tenta, known professionally as "Earthquake" as a competitor in the World Wrestling Federation, has died at the age of 42, according to an announcement on LSU's athletics web site.

Tenta, a massive man who lettered for the Tigers in the early 1980's when wrestling was a nationally-renowned varsity sport at LSU, died after a lengthy battle with bladder cancer. He is survived by his wife and three children.

“Big John,” as he was known at LSU, also participated in football for the Tigers. Born in Surrey, British Columbia, he weighed 11 pounds, 3 ounces at birth. Recently he measured 6-6 and weighed in at over 400 pounds.

After leaving LSU, Tenta took up sumo wrestling in Japan for a period of time before going into pro wrestling. He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1989 and gained fame as “Earthquake” as he feuded with Hulk Hogan.

Tenta performed for both World Wrestling Entertainment and World Championship Wrestling throughout the 1990's. He made multiple appearances on wrestling’s grandest stage, participating in matches at WrestleManias VI, VII, VIII, X and X-Seven.

Tenta, who in recent years had lived in Florida, also performed under a number of other identities as a professional wrestler.

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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