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08.07.06: Pirates strap on shoulder pads ... Ex-Duke lacrosse coach has new program ... NIT will trim field from 40 to 32 teams
08.06.06: Media day no day off for Pirates ... Drew-Skip check goes to Greenville Rec. Dept. ... Coordinator of ACC refs hanging up whistle
08.05.06: Holtz likes what he sees as camp starts ... Buckeyes pegged as team to beat; WVU #7 ... Groh reinstates senior safety Tony Franklin ... Four from C-USA on Thorpe Award watch list
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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Pirates shifting to full-gear practice mode


East Carolina completed its final tune-up before engaging in full gear work with a three-hour practice in shorts and shoulder pads at the Cliff Moore Practice Facility on Monday afternoon, according to a release from the ECU athletic media relations department.

Beginning Tuesday, the Pirates will don full pads for each of their traditional workout sessions, which includes the preseason camp's first of two official two-a-day practices scheduled for Wednesday.

"I'm excited about taking one more step," head coach Skip Holtz said. "The upperclassmen have done a great job of working together and I've been pleased with the tempo that we've established up to this point. It's not like we're going into a live scrimmage mode by any means Wednesday but it's another measuring stick. The talent remains in place but we still have a long way to go for us to become a good football team."

Somewhat similar to Sunday's workout, ECU conducted a live 30-minute scrimmage-like team session at the end of practice which matched all levels of the Pirates' depth chart. Senior quarterback James Pinkney found junior running back Chris Johnson and senior wide receiver Aundrae Allison on a pair of 55-yard TD strikes to lead the offense while redshirt freshman linebacker Jeremy Chambliss netted a late interception off a deflection for the defense.

As has been the case each night, the East Carolina coaching staff conducted two hours of team, special teams and position meetings after Monday's workout before dismissing the squad for a 9:00 p.m. dinner at Todd Dining Hall.

The team's practice today is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in preparation for the Sept. 2 opener at Navy, which is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.


Holtz announced two additions to the Pirates' 105-man preseason camp roster. They are freshman offensive lineman Travis Bastin of Newport and East Carteret High School and place kicker Nathan Przestrzelski from Black Mountain Charles D. Owen High.


In addition to defensive end Shauntae Hunt, who is out with a knee ailment and center Fred Hicks, who is also recovering from minor knee surgery, two other members of ECU's preseason roster have been sidelined with injuries and subsequently have missed the opening four days of camp. Defensive lineman Matt Newman and signee Doug Polochak, an offensive lineman, are both scheduled to continue rehabilitation work on respective shoulder injuries until they join the program in earnest on the first day of classes Aug. 23.


Several players have been involved in position changes. True freshman Chris Atkins has moved from linebacker to defensive end while sophomore transfer Wayne Hunter has switched from quarterback to wide receiver. Signee Melvin Patterson, a three-year, two-way (wide receiver/safety) standout at Santa Fe High School in Alachua, FL, has opened camp as a member of the Pirates' defensive backfield.

Wide receiver Derehl Staton made a uniform number switch from 46 to 84.

Hattiesburg pro takes over USM golf program

Jerry Weeks, director of golf at the Hattiesburg Country Club for the last 25 years, has been named men's golf coach at Southern Mississippi, according to a release on the Conference USA website.

Weeks, a quarter century member of the PGA of America, has played in the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic five times, the Club's Professionals Championship, a 10-time member of the Mississippi Cup and participated in the Gulf States section match play championship.

A two-time winner of the Horton Smith Award for the Gulf States PGA section, Weeks also garnered the Professional of the Year by the Mississippi PGA in 1984 and for the Southeast Region presented by Golf Industry Magazine in 1991.

Weeks was nominated in 1990 as overseeing one of the "Best 100 Golf Operations in the United States" by Golf Shop Operations Magazine and was a previous winner of the Gulf State s Section "Merchandiser of the Year" for private clubs.

He was selected as submitting one of the "Top Ten Golf Tips of All Time" by Golf Magazine and served as a past panelist for Golf Digest course rating along with being a rules official for numerous tournaments for the Gulf States PGA. He also had eight of his former assistants go on to become head golf professionals throughout the United States.

Sooners turn to Thompson to fill QB void

USA Today has reported that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops named senior Paul Thompson his starting quarterback after incumbent Rhett Bomar was kicked off the team for receiving excessive compensation for a summer job at a local car dealership.

The Sooners begin the season No. 5 in the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, though ballots were cast before Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn were dismissed.

Bomar set a school freshman record last year with 2,018 passing yards. Thompson, a fifth-year senior who lost the job to Bomar last season in the second game and converted to receiver, was a backup quarterback in 2002 and 2003.

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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