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06.23.06: Witter starts professional ball with a flourish ... Big Ben's little sister commits to Sooners ... Wake Forest football recruit faces felony charges
06.22.06: Big Ten scores momentous television deals ... Former ECU diver Derr to coach at JMU ... Grizzlies turn to Tinkle on hardwood
06.21.06: Troth returns to the fold as ECU assistant ... College of Charleston, Herrion settle on buyout ... Another national award for Houston's Lincoln
06.20.06: ECU announces long-term pact with Nike ... Pirates release women's soccer schedule ... Three C-USA linemen on Outland Trophy list
06.19.06: USM-Memphis game shifts to Sunday for ESPN ... Tar Heels AD Baddour gets contract extension ... U.S. Women's open to have distinct Duke flavor
06.18.06: Rice rallies in its College World Series opener ... Houston's Lincoln gets 2006 Howser Trophy ... C-USA's top scorer backs away from NBA draft
06.17.06: ECU grad Millican wins N.C. women's amateur ... College World Series: Tigers win in comeback ... LSU's Carter sweeps national track honors
06.16.06: Ex-ECU assistant named Campbell grid coach ... Pirate softball ace Keli Harrell named All-State .. Report: Back woes nix Redick draft workouts
06.15.06: Camels expected to name football coach ... Rice leads C-USA contingent on A-A team ... K-State, UCLA announce football dates
06.14.06: ECU's Smith among 7 C-USA All-Americans ... Duke star Redick charged with drunk driving ... UAB selects Shoop to guide baseball program
06.13.06: Owls carrying C-USA banner to Omaha ... ECU's Ray shares Coastal Plain League honor ... Terms of Huggins' K-State contract reported
06.12.06: ECU ticket office temporarily relocates ... Irish safety's ring debut: Bell rung quickly ... Miners seventh in NCAA men's track
06.11.06: Miami loses Berry- recruited QB to baseball ... Clemens award finalists have C-USA flavor ... Buckeyes announce series with Toledo
06.10.06: ECU network announces blowtorch flagships ... "The Buzz" remains in Pirate broadcast lineup ... Former LSU athlete turned pro wrestler dies
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

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Del Conte takes reins as AD at Rice

Chris Del Conte, senior associate athletic director at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has been appointed Rice's new athletic director, according to an announcement on the Conference USA web site.

Del Conte succeeds Bobby May, who announced his retirement in April. May led Rice to status as one of the most-respected intercollegiate sports programs in the nation after becoming athletics director in 1989.

When Del Conte joined the University of Arizona's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in December 1999, he oversaw all aspects of athletic fund development, including raising revenue to support completion of a $13-million athletics pavilion and over $6.5 million for student-athlete scholarships.

In 2002, Del Conte's responsibilities were expanded to include overseeing the ticket office, marketing, corporate sales, and trademarks and licensing. He implemented a capital campaign known as "Campaign Arizona for the Student-Athlete," which has raised more than $120 million.

In 2003, Del Conte was named one of three senior associate athletics directors, and his duties were further expanded to include overseeing media relations, business operations and external affairs and helping co-manage the day-to-day operation of the university's 19 sports programs. He became responsible for the supervision of all areas of external operations, which now generate $28 million in annual revenue.

Del Conte worked directly with all coaches, department heads and staff and participated in the hiring of coaches and other personnel. He also oversaw all contracts, including corporate sponsorships, broadcast rights, sporting events and Web-site agreements.

Contact at combine means fine for Emory

Richmond County High football coach Ed Emory has been placed on a year's probation by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and his Shrine Bowl coaching staff has been fined $400.

The penalty was for allowing contact, a violation of NCHSAA rules, during a Shrine Bowl combine which brought potential Shrine Bowl players together for a workout in Chapel Hill.

Emory, this year's North Carolina Shrine Bowl head coach, is a former head coach at East Carolina.

The 2006 Shrine Bowl game is scheduled for Dec. 16 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.

UNCW aligns with adidas for shoes, uniforms

The Wilmington Star-News has reported that UNC-Wilmington has a five-year agreement with adidas for shoes, uniforms and apparel.

The worldwide sportswear manufacturing entity will outfit each of the school's 19 athletic teams with practice gear and footwear through the 2010-11 season.

"This is a major step in the overall branding process for our athletic program," UNCW athletic director Mike Capaccio said.

Capaccio said the school would have access to the company's clothing line before the catalog hits retailers. UNCW coaches can also order accessories, such as travel gear, for their programs at a discount.

UNCW joins 25 other schools under the adidas umbrella, including Notre Dame, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kansas, Louisville, Indiana, Pittsburgh and UCLA.

The UNCW-adidas announcement comes shortly after Seahawks' regional rival East Carolina reached terms on a similar affiliation with Nike.

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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