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08.13.06: Dye goes into college football hall of fame ... ECU scrimmage helps shape depth chart ... Memphis works out at Liberty Bowl
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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New thumbnails: Freeney, McNeil, Perryman


DARRYL FREENEY (5-10, 184), WR, Nansemond River High, Suffolk, VA ... Has run 40 yards in 4.47 seconds, done shuttle drill in 4.41 and elevated 35 inches in vertical jump. Those performances turned in at Southeastern (VA) combine in May. ... Akron, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia Tech showed interest in Freeney, who committed to the Pirates on Aug. 3. ... Caught 27 passes for 540 yards with seven touchdowns for Coach Brian Maus' team. ... Also had one rushing touchdown for the Warriors. ... Had three interceptions at cornerback last season but projects as a receiver at ECU. ... "He runs great routes and catches about everything you throw at him," Maus said. [Posted 08.14.06]

DARONTE McNEIL (6-2, 227) RB, Elizabeth City Northeastern ... Ran for 2,574 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior en route to conference player of the year and all state honors. ... Louisville and Virginia made offers but ECU's proximity and the opportunity to play early in his career were influential in McNeil's commitment on Aug. 9. ... Also attracted interest from UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Nebraska, Penn State and Boston College. ... Coached by Antonio Moore, who said McNeil may carry as many as 30 times per game after averaging 19-20 rushes in 2005. ... Northeastern has also produced ECU wide receivers Javon Brumsey, a February, 2006 signee, and Phillip Henry, who caught 28 passes for 428 yards for the Pirates as a sophomore in 2005. [Posted 08.14.06]

CLIFF PERRYMAN (6-1, 218) OLB, Richmond (VA) Hermitage High ... Comes from a program with multiple Division I-A prospects but Perryman's ability to penetrate and make stops is apparent to college coaches examining tape of his teammates. ... Got the attention of Maryland, Syracuse and Virginia before accepting an offer from East Carolina. ... Coached by Patrick Kane, who speaks positively of Perryman's range and character. ... Covers 40 yards in 4.6 seconds. ... Committed to ECU on Aug. 1. [Posted 08.14.06]

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Blazers hold first scrimmage on Sunday

The UAB football team held its first scrimmage of the preseason Sunday afternoon, and to no one's surprise, there were both positives and negatives in the two-hour workout, according to a report on the UAB athletic website.

The Blazers were initially supposed to scrimmage on Saturday but Coach Watson Brown changed the schedule due to showers on Saturday.

"It looked like a first scrimmage," Brown said. "I thought it was a good solid day. The kids got after each other and played hard. We had some mistakes, too many penalties. You'd like not to see that many in a scrimmage. I'm disappointed in that and we've got to get more disciplined."

Still, Brown seemed pleased overall and said he was anxious to look at tape from the scrimmage to take a closer look at his team's performance.

Brown thought his trio of quarterbacks — Sam Hunt, Chris Williams and Joseph Webb — all had their bright moments on the field despite a hint of inconsistency.

"The good thing was we didn't throw an interception," said Brown of his signal-callers. " I thought the quarterbacks threw the ball to the right place. They didn't throw on time all the time, they held the ball too long some and had to start scrambling. I thought those guys played pretty well, but were a little inconsistent."

Williams, Hunt and Webb combined for 266 yards through the air, hitting 21-of-36 passes. Individually, Williams, the only one of the three with experience — though limited — as a Blazer hit 7-of-11 passes for 109 and a touchdown. Hunt, a junior transfer from Middle Tennessee, connected on 6-of-13 for 84 while the redshirt freshman Webb was 8-of-12 for 73 yards and a touchdown. Hunt also rushed for 32 yards with Webb running for 26.

In the rushing department, UAB's quartet of seniors all saw fairly limited action with Trey Chaney leading the way among the foursome that also includes Dan Burks, Corey White and Marculus Elliott. Chaney ran for 32 yards on eight carries. Elliott carried five times for 25 yards while White had 18 on 6 carries and Burks 14 yards on 5 carries.

The top ground-gainer was junior Tony Shepherd who rushed for 37 yards on only six attempts.

Senior wide receiver Nick Coon was the top receiver with four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown before leaving early with a shoulder injury. Steven Brown had three grabs for 34 yards and Norris Drinkard had three for 33 yards. True freshman Courtney Smith had four receptions for 23 yards.

The Blazers will return to the practice field Monday for a single session in the morning.

UAB opens its 2006 season on Sept. 2 when the Blazers take on fifth-ranked Oklahoma at Norman, OK. Game time is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised nationally on TBS.

East Carolina opens its Conference USA schedule at UAB on Sept. 9. The Pirates had meetings and a weight lifting session on Sunday. ECU has two practices scheduled for today.

NCAA clears Snider to play this season at Tulsa

Snider gets NCAA exception to play immediately at Tulsa

Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe has confirmed that transfer Zach Snider's request for an NCAA waiver has been granted, thus making him immediately eligible for the Golden Hurricane, according to a release on the university's athletic website.

Snider was granted an Administrative Review Subcommittee (ARS) waiver that allows for an exception to the standard application of NCAA legislation.

Snider (6-3, 240) transferred to Tulsa from the University of Arkansas this semester. He played in 10 games as a red-shirt freshman defensive end at Arkansas last year, where he totaled 11 tackles and 2.5 stops for -11 yards.

Snider is listed on the Tulsa depth chart at the tight end position.

As a prep athlete, Snider played at Tulsa Union High School where he tallied 401 career tackles at linebacker. Snider was rated as the No. 10 player in Oklahoma by and was named the Tulsa World State Player of the Year his senior season.

Snider was also named all-state by the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman after leading his team to the state semifinals and a 12-1 finish as a senior. He was credited with 153 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries in leading his team to a 14-0 record, state title and a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today his junior campaign.

Tulsa, the defending Conference USA champions, play East Carolina in Greenville on Oct. 14.

Kansas officials undergo NCAA grilling

Representatives from Kansas University met with an NCAA committee on infractions for six and a half hours on Sunday in Baltimore to give their side of the story on 11 violations that were self-reported last summer, according to a Lawrence Journal-World report.

“I want to thank the committee for giving us a fair, thorough hearing," KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said in a released statement. "The committee was cordial, inquisitive and very business-like. It was clear they had prepared well.

“We reaffirmed to the committee our absolute commitment to NCAA rules compliance. We felt the committee asked good questions, took their time, listened well and allowed us to fully explain our answers.

“I don’t think it would be productive to speculate on how the committee reacted to our presentation. The focus now is that this chapter is over. We can now move forward, confident that the changes we have made in the area of compliance will help prevent us from going through this again.”

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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