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08.12.06: ECU recruiting thumbnail: Ben Herlocker ... Pirates tune up for Saturday scrimmage ... Blazers preparing for opener with Oklahoma ... SMU golfer qualifies for U.S. Amateur
08.11.06: Pirates dodge heat with nighttime drills ... ECU's Thorsen claims Norwegian amateur title ... Manning pledges $1 million to Vols
08.10.06: Thursday 'Nuggets' sacked by network glitch
08.09.06: Lou's book says Skip was promised USC job ... Humid weather doesn't dampen ECU drills ... 'Bright House' will be home for Golden Knights
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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Dye goes into college football hall of fame


Former East Carolina coach Pat Dye (1974-79) was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Dye, who went on to coach at Wyoming and Auburn after his tenure in Greenville, compiled a 48-18-1 record in six seasons at ECU.

Dye is scheduled to be inducted into the ECU athletic hall of fame on the weekend of Oct. 7, when the Pirates host Virginia in football. Dye was selected for induction into the ECU hall last year but was prevented from attending because of health reasons.

The list of 2006 College Football Hall of Fame inductees included 20 former student-athletes and coaches from all levels of NCAA football. The Enshrinement Festival Activities began Thursday in South Bend, Indiana, home of the Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation.

This year's induction class joins 900 legendary players from all NCAA divisions and subdivisions.

Players inducted included Cornelius Bennett, Alabama; Tom Curtis, Michigan; Anthony Davis, Southern California; Keith Dorney, Penn State; Jim Houston, Ohio State; John Huarte, Notre Dame; Roosevelt Leaks, Texas; Mark May, Pitt; Joe Washington, Oklahoma; Paul Wiggin, Stanford; David Williams, Illinois; Kevin Dent, Jackson State; John Friesz, Idaho; Ronnie Mallett, Central Arkansas; and Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State.

Coaches enshrined included Dick Farley from Williams College; John Gagliardi, who began his career in 1949 at Carroll College and currently coaches at St. John’s University (Minnesota); Vernon “Skip” McCain from Maryland State; Dye; and Don Nehlen who split his head coaching career between Bowling Green and West Virginia.

The celebration included a golf event, parade and dinner ceremony.

ECU scrimmage helps shape depth chart

An efficient offensive rushing attack and a physical, turnover-forcing defensive unit highlighted East Carolina's first intra-squad scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, according to a report from ECU's athletic media relations department.

The controlled contest, which was played in pleasant conditions under sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 70's, consisted of 12 10-play possessions and a brief series of goal line situations.

The Pirates' top offensive unit, engineered by senior quarterback James Pinkney, turned in the day's most impressive effort as it drove into the redzone on three of its four possessions and cashed in two of the drives with a field goal and a two-yard touchdown run by junior Chris Johnson.

ECU's defense kept the second and third offensive levels out of the endzone and netted four of its five turnovers during those matchups, which included interceptions by sophomore Leon Best and freshman Melvin Patterson, and fumble recoveries by rookie Chris Atkins and junior Durwin Lamb.

"We wanted the second and third teams to get a bunch of work to help us develop our depth chart," head coach Skip Holtz said. "This scrimmage will allow us to get more reps and focus specifically on the first and second teams as we head into next week as well as starting our preparations for Navy (season opener at Navy, Sept. 2)."

Redshirt freshman Brett Clay guided the second unit while sophomore Patrick Pinkney and redshirt freshman Rob Kass each took turns leading the Pirates' third team during the 10-play series.

"I thought the hitting on defense was good," Holtz added. "We didn't give up too many big plays, which was encouraging. On the flipside, we still missed a lot of tackles and had some costly penalties. Those are things that we are going to work on."

In all, the second and third defensive units surrendered just two plays over 20 yards with the longest coming on a 59-yard strike from Patrick Pinkney to redshirt freshman Alex Taylor during the scrimmage's opening possession. Two of the Pirates' 14 penalties, a pair of holding calls, negated long touchdown runs by senior Brandon Fractious.

Johnson, Fractious and sophomore Dominique Lindsay averaged over five yards per carry on a combined 32 attempts to pace a revitalized ECU rushing attack.

"I thought our running backs did a great job today," Holtz summed up. "Chris Johnson broke some big tackles and is looking really good. We were able to run the ball north and south for about 4-5 yards a carry. Brandon Fractious and Dominique Lindsay also ran extremely well. Right now we have three good running backs on our two deep and that obviously will make for some good competition."

Sophomore Quentin Cotton led a defensive effort with 10 stops and recorded three of East Carolina's total of eight tackles which resulted in lost yardage.

The Pirates will take a day off from the field Sunday before returning to the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Monday for their second two-a-day schedule of camp. ECU will conduct the pair of workouts beginning at 8:45 a.m. and 3:50 p.m.

Memphis works out at Liberty Bowl

The Memphis Tigers donned shoulder pads and shorts Saturday for an early morning practice at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, according to a report on the university's athletic website.

It was the Tigers' third preseason workout in preparation for their season opener at 4:30.p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3 at Ole Miss (ESPN). East Carolina will play Memphis in the Pirates' first home game of 2006 at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16.

At Memphis on Saturday, the squad split off for drills early on and then the offenses and defenses worked a bit against each other with light contact.On Monday, the Tigers are expected to be in full pads.

The team worked out for 18 periods before breaking for six periods of specials teams work. Following practice, the players went back to the Murphy Athletic Complex for photos that will be used for this season's game program and for television broadcasts.

Coach Tommy West expressed some displeasure in the focus of the team today in their first trip to the stadium.

"This team is going to have to be close to perfect to be good," West said. "We are going to have to be extremely disciplined."

West did single out sophomore defensive lineman Clinton McDonald for his work ethic.

A native of Jacksonville, AR, McDonald was one of six true freshmen to see action last season. He played in all 12 games and totaled six tackles after working on the defensive front and as a dominant special teams player.

The squad will practice Sunday afternoon and Monday morning before the first two-a-day session on Tuesday.

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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