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08.08.06: Pirates shifting to full-gear practice mode ... Hattiesburg pro takes over USM golf program ... Sooners turn to Thompson to fill QB void
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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Lou's book says Skip was promised USC job


Had his career at South Carolina unfolded as planned, Lou Holtz would have stepped down after the Gamecocks’ second Outback Bowl victory over Ohio State and handed off the coaching reins to his son, Skip, according to a story by Joe Person published by The Columbia (SC) State.

The story came from a new book by Lou Holtz, and Skip Holtz confirmed that there was an agreement for him to follow his father as coach at USC. Skip Holtz is entering his second season as East Carolina's coach.

Holtz said former USC athletics director Mike McGee, ECU's football coach in 1970, persuaded him to stay and that McGee and other school officials later reneged on the promise to hire Skip Holtz.

Although Lou Holtz devotes only the final chapter — 16 pages — of his 318-page autobiography, “Wins, Losses and Lessons” (William Morrow, $25.95), to his six-year stint at USC, he provides a behind-the-scenes look at the awkward arrangement for his son to succeed him.

Humid weather doesn't dampen ECU drills

After preparing for its initial full-pad workout with four introductory sessions to open preseason camp, the Pirates put on full gear for the first time in the 2006 campaign and responded with a spirited two-and-a-half hour practice at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex on Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from the East Carolina athletic media relations department.

Despite heat indices that eclipsed the triple-digit mark, second-year head coach Skip Holtz was pleased with his squad's intensity while it completed another phase of preseason work. ECU wrapped up the practice with another 30-minute team session which included situational work such as third-and-long and redzone efficiency drills.

"I loved the intensity and energy," Holtz said. "We've still got a ways to go but today I felt a sense that we're starting to come together. We were able to get speed on speed, ones against the ones which will give us some good film to evaluate."

One of the highlights of the Pirates' third-and-long drills was a 60-yard scoring pass from redshirt freshman Brett Clay to senior running back Brandon Fractious. The Pirates utilized many offensive formations during the detailed team session which included a four-wide receiver set and a standard two-back, one tight end alignment among others.

"Our focus, especially considering the heat and humidity we've worked through, has been good," Holtz added. "With that said, now it's time to move ahead to our two-a-day schedule where the challenges only become greater."

The Pirates will work in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets during the scheduled two-hour morning session before returning to full gear in the afternoon. In addition to Wednesday's double action, ECU also plans to turn in a pair of workouts on Monday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Aug. 21.

The Pirates will have an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The contest, closed to the public, will be followed by the first off day of the preseason on Sunday.

Freshman defensive lineman Jay Ross appeared to have suffered the program's first significant injury of camp after going down with an undetermined knee ailment in the latter half of the practice. He is expected to undergo further testing and evaluations Wednesday morning before his status is determined.

Senior Eric Graham (T), freshman Terence Campbell (T), junior Josh Coffman (G), junior Matt Butler (G) and senior Thomas Wingenbach (C) all competed as members of the No. 1 offensive line during Tuesday's work.

'Bright House' will be home for Golden Knights

Bright House Networks has acquired naming rights to Central Florida's new football stadium slated to open next year, the university and cable provider announced today in an on-campus ceremony, according to a release on the Conference USA website.

UCF has begun construction on "Bright House Stadium," which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2007 home opener against Texas. According to the agreement, UCF will receive $15 million over 15 years for naming rights to the Golden Knights' stadium.

The 45,000-seat stadium will be in the intercollegiate athletics complex in the north end of the East Orlando campus. The complex includes the Convocation Center, which also is scheduled to be completed in fall 2007; the Nicholson Fieldhouse; the Wayne Densch Sports Center; other athletics fields; student housing; and retail space that will include restaurants and shops.

The estimated $47 million stadium is part of a total $60 million project that includes financing costs, reserve requirements, infrastructure, roads, parking and practice fields for football, soccer and baseball.

Construction and operation of the stadium will be funded through naming rights, revenues from suites and club seat leases, ticket and concessions sales, donations, corporate sponsorships and advertising. No public money or tuition will be used to build or run the stadium.

The university has raised about $29 million in private donations for the stadium, including Bright House Network's support and sales of the 25 suites and 800 club seats. The suites and club seats have already sold out.

Bright House Networks is the region's leading provider of home entertainment and information and serves more than 800,000 customers in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Marion, Sumter and Lake counties. The company's fiber-optic network offers digital cable, HDTV, digital video recorders, iCONTROL Video On Demand and Premium On Demand, digital phone and multiple high-speed Internet services.

Bright House Networks, which is owned by Advance/Newhouse Communications, also exclusively provides Central Florida News 13, the region's only 24-hour local news channel.

UCF has played at the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium near downtown Orlando since the football team's inaugural season in 1979. This past December, the Golden Knights hosted the inaugural Conference USA Championship at the Citrus Bowl. Nearly 52,000 fans attended.

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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