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08.04.06: Judge: Buckeyes owe ex-coach big bucks ... Marshall takes preseason volleyball accolades ... Conference USA adds administrator to staff
08.03.06: Four Hurricanes will miss opener with FSU ... Report says Sooners QB canned ... Tigers' Tate takes aim on Women's Amateur
08.02.06: Kragthorpe lassoes new pact, new transfers ... ACC champ to Orange; makeup policy defined ... Blazers launching prep baseball league
08.01.06: C-USA releases schedule of televised games ... 'The Voice' adds morning duties on local AM's ... Huskers, Huskies set dates in 2010, 2011
07.31.06: Blue Edwards' twins' team seeking AAU title ... Bower suspends USM LB for two games ... Preseason honors piling up for Houston QB ... SMU grid luncheon will feature Forrest Gregg
07.30.06: Love, smitten with UCLA, spurns Tar Heels ... Wake won't enroll indicted football signee ... Slippery Rock backpedals after Title IX ruling
07.29.06: Whimper, Williams get multimillion-dollar deals ... Blazers DE nabs C-USA preseason honor ... TCU coach resigns over phone infraction
07.28.06: Navy game tickets available to Pirate Clubbers ... ECU grants extension, raise to Baldwin-Tener ... League football coaches visit New Orleans ... C-USA football media blitz set for CSTV
07.27.06: ECU recruiting thumbnail: Devon Wallace ... USM soph on Mackey watch list ... Scribes pick Miami to win ACC title ... New post-college football league in the works
07.26.06: "Meet the Pirates" shin-dig set for Aug. 19 ... Leukemia claims former UAB football star ... ACC honors Dukie Redick, Terp Infante
07.25.06: ECU last in poll; Allison, Graham get respect ... Former Pirate Ward joins Bulls baseball staff ... NCAA's impact lucrative for Indianapolis
07.24.06: Miami football player shot at off-campus residence ... 'Star-crossed' defensive back leaving Auburn ... Admission denied for Gamecock hoops signee
07.23.06: Accident claims life of Georgia hoops player ...
Ex-Navy quarterback Owens spared jail time ... Former Gamecock suing university
07.22.06: Blue Devils name new lacrosse coach ... Former Duke back issues $1 million challenge ... Current Duke back Harris gets tube time
07.21.06: Hoops recruiting thumbnail: Jontae Sherrod ... Tiger recruit says Irish used negative tactics ... Duke football hit by suspension, dismissals ... UK to report self over Internet shenanigans
07.20.06: ECU to hold public "celebration" of LeClair's life ... LeClair rites to be broadcast and live-streamed ... Future Pirate Fields tallies 8 points in East loss ... C-USA announces staff additions, promotions ... UCF uses buyout; Vols host Wolfpack in 2008
07.19.06: Irish fill baseball coaching vacancy ... Fork Union, Oak Hill getting review by NCAA ... Alabama cager denied fifth year of eligibility
07.18.06: ECU's Krog, Hauser recognized for academics ... UCF golfer fires record round of 60 ... Rutgers drops six sports to trim athletic budget
07.17.06: LSU paying baseball coach $450K per year ... Kruger uses rule change to play for dad ... MAAC adopts new hoops tourney format
07.16.06: UTEP track athletes achieve in classroom ... Former George Mason cager gives up on NFL ... Jury hears tape of Navy quarterback's call
07.15.06: GMAC Bowl in Mobile moves to January ... Louisville ponies up to lock down Petrino ... Tulsa names McCombs women's golf coach
07.14.06: N.C. prep hoops star re-routes to Memphis ... ECU's Flye, Ray land in CPL All-Star Game ... UNC-CH's Miller receives Clemens Award
07.13.06: Logan to have daily show on "The Bull" ... Marshall hires former Blue Devil as hoops aide ... Redick 'backs' out of Team USA workouts
07.12.06: C-USA unveils 2005-06 athletes of the year ... Rape trial underway for former Navy QB ... Clemson gridder on jet ski that killed coach
07.11.06: ECU recruiting thumbnail: D.J. McFadden ... Uggla poised to make history in All-Star game ... COSIDA recognizes former president Ford ... Houston associate AD Sparks succumbs
07.10.06: ECU alum Godwin to wear LSU's purple & gold ... Tulane resumes baseball stadium renovation ... Kelly rejoins O'Leary at Central Florida
07.09.06: Fitzgerald takes bittersweet promotion ... Paper defuses report on Mayo to USC ... More national acclaim for Houston's Lincoln ... SMU golfer wins Greater Cincy title
07.08.06: Former ECU slugger Hastings joins BC staff ... Tar Heel baseball stars transition to pros ... Rice's Britton packing to play in Philippines
07.07.06: Report: No. 1 prep hoops star choosing USC ... Motorcycle wreck claims Georgia Southern star ... NBA exhibition games coming to Dean Dome
07.06.06: Owls' St. Clair chosen for Team USA baseball ... Houston, Rice rookies make all-frosh team ... Case-era Pack hoops legend Dickey passes
07.05.06: National honors piling up for Houston's Lincoln ... Wade's wallet now packs a wallop ... Duke gets QB from prestigious prep program
07.04.06: Howard joins ECU media relations staff ... Bertman leads college baseball hall's first class ... Temple gets prized hometown grid recruit
07.03.06: Paper: C of C and Cremins come to agreement ... Four depart Oregon in search of playing time ... Gator recruit wins national prep QB award
07.02.06: College of Charleston hires Bobby Cremins ... Duke gets pair of football commitments ... Georgia Tech baseball coach gets extra year ... Big Sky Conference expands by one
07.01.06: columnist rates O'Leary among best ... Bogdan, Floyd get top awards in C-USA track ... Northwestern mourns passing of Walker

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Holtz likes what he sees as camp starts


East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz, who led the Pirates to their highest win total since 2001 during his initial season at the helm last fall, officially welcomed his 105-man preseason camp roster for a morning walk-through on Friday before guiding ECU through its first workout of the season, a three-hour afternoon session in helmets and shorts at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.

East Carolina will have single workouts at the practice facility through Tuesday before conducting the first of three two-a-day periods Wednesday, Aug. 9, according to a release from the university's athletic media relations department.

The Pirates are scheduled to put on shoulder pads for the first time Sunday before following with full gear Tuesday per NCAA rules. ECU's preseason practice schedule will culminate Sept. 2 when the Pirates travel to Navy for a season-opening 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

"Personally, I've been ready to get back out here for a few months now," Holtz said. "I'm excited about the season because of the level of commitment and leadership I've seen during the spring and summer workouts. I was pleased with what I saw today in a setting that was high-tempo with everyone flying around. I thought we got a lot accomplished.

"One of the first things that jumped out at me was that everyone was communicating very well," Holtz added. "It appears we were able to carry over a lot of the mental aspects of what we're trying to do from the spring, and that's encouraging."

The Pirates return seven offensive starters and six off the defensive side of the ball while welcoming back a total of 45 lettermen, including senior quarterback James Pinkney, senior wide receiver Aundrae Allison and a pair of senior defensive backs in safety Pierre Parker and cornerback Kasey Ross.

Pinkney, who will operate East Carolina's offense out of the same scheme in back-to-back years for the first time since assuming the starting job in 2003, completed 222-of-366 passes for 2,773 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2005 and will enter his final campaign as the program's third-leading all-time passer with 5,390 yards. Allison will look to surpass a record-setting debut last year when he became the first ECU pass-catcher in history to eclipse the 1,000-yard milestone (83-1,024).

The Pirates also return leading rusher Chris Johnson, who as a sophomore ran for 684 yards on 176 carries, and junior wide receiver Phillip Henry after a 28-catch, 428-yard performance a year ago. In addition to the return of several other key skill performers, ECU also welcomed back two of five starters on the offensive line - senior tackle Eric Graham and junior guard Matt Butler.

Defensively, sophomore All-Conference USA selection Marcus Hands (DE) and a deep secondary are expected to key a Pirate unit which finished among the top 20 nationally in pass defense last season. In addition to Hunt, East Carolina returns Parker, Ross, tackle Brandon Setzer and nose guard Mark Robinson. ECU also brings back battle-tested seniors Kyle Chase (SS), Jamar Flournoy (FS), Markeith McQueen (CB) and junior Travis Williams (CB) in a secondary that picked off 15 passes a year ago - the team's best since 1999.

Holtz was also encouraged by the return of five members of the program's projected depth chart who missed the spring practice period because of injury. Allison (knee), Johnson (neck), Hands (shoulder), linebacker Pierre Bell (foot) and center Drew Sutton (ankle) were all cleared to play during the late summer and actively participated during Friday's practice.

On the other hand, the Pirates opened camp without starting defensive end Shauntae Hunt and center Fred Hicks. Hunt is expected to return to the ECU lineup in October after suffering a freak knee injury during a non-football related event during the summer while Hicks is also nursing a knee injury.

Buckeyes pegged as team to beat; WVU #7

For Ohio State, it has been four years and a series of public embarrassments since their last national football title. The Buckeyes are projected to return to the top of the college football world this fall, according to a USA Today report.

The Buckeyes, behind the electrifying offensive talents of quarterback Troy Smith and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., are No. 1 in the USA TODAY Coaches' preseason poll released Friday, their first time in the top spot since the end of the 2002 season.

No Conference USA teams are ranked. Among East Carolina opponents, West Virginia is No. 7. ACC teams include Florida State at No. 10, Miami at No. 11, Virginia tech at No. 16 and Clemson at No. 18.

Groh reinstates senior safety Tony Franklin

Virginia football coach Al Groh said that senior safety Tony Franklin has returned to the team and will participate in all team activities, according to the university's athletic website. Senior offensive guard D.J. Bell, who was not in school last season, has also returned this season and will participate in all team activities. Neither player participated in spring drills.

The Cavaliers play at East Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.

Virginia has added a transfer from Tulane, Cary Koch, who played as a true freshman for the Green Wave last year. He appeared in all 11 of Tulane's games and was fourth in receiving with 23 catches for 308 yards and two scores.

Junior safety Nate Lyles, who was injured against Georgia Tech in the ninth game last year and missed the remainder of the season, has been cleared by the medical staff to practice. He underwent surgery following his injury and missed the spring minicamp.

Sophomore linebacker Jon Copper and fullback Josh Zidenberg were put on scholarship during the summer. Virginia safety Ryan Best and safety Byron Glaspy have recently been put on scholarship as well.

Running backs Jason Snelling, Michael Johnson, Cedric Peerman and Mikell Simpson will alternate on a day-by-day basis throughout training camp so a determination can be made about the playing rotation according to Groh.

Groh indicated that freshman Darnell Carter would begin training camp at inside linebacker, while fellow freshman John-Kevin Dolce would begin at outside linebacker.
Freshman John Bivens will open at safety according to Groh, who said "nature" would determine where he will eventually play. "He could be a big safety or grow into a linebacker," said Groh.

First-year walkon players include Isaac Cain, a lineman from Hampton, Va.; Job Staton, a wide receiver/cornerback from Austin, Texas; Nathan Rathjen, a punter from Lovettsville, Va.; Patch Duda, a quarterback from Winnetka, IL and Zach Mendez-Zfass a wide receiver from Richmond.

Additional transfers include junior tight end Arthur Singleton who previously played at Marist, and Pete Bladel, a defensive lineman who played at Christopher Newport. Davon Robb also returns to the roster after not playing last season.

Four from C-USA on Thorpe Award watch list

Conference USA has four players that have been named as preliminary candidates for the 2006 Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the top defensive back in college football each season. Memphis senior Wesley Smith, UCF sophomore Joe Burnett and Tulsa teammates Bobby Blackshire and Nick Graham represent C-USA on the 33-man list, according to an announcement on the league website.

The 2006 watch list was derived through a point system based on 10 pre-season All-America teams. The only player to be named a first team All-American on all 10 lists was Miami (Fla.) strong safety Brandon Meriweather. Other top point getters were LaRon Landry, LSU free safety; Michael Griffin, Texas strong safety; Michigan cornerback Leon Hall; and California cornerback Dameion Hughes.

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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