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08.14.06: New thumbnails: Freeney, McNeil, Perryman ... Blazers hold first scrimmage on Sunday ... NCAA clears Snider to play this season at Tulsa ... Kansas officials undergo NCAA grilling
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

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Get ready to "Meet the Pirates" on Saturday


The 12th annual "Meet the Pirates Night," East Carolina's preseason football fanfest, is set for Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, according to an announcement from the university's athletic media relations department.

Pirate football fans are invited to bring their families for a catered meal and to get to know the 2006 ECU football team along with head coach Skip Holtz and staff. Players and coaches will be seated among fans in a relaxed dinner setting.

The event will be held under the north (upper deck) side of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Entrance at Gate 7 will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. Meal tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and ECU students with valid student ID's. Advance reservations are required.

Seating is limited and fans are encouraged to make their reservations by Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis.

Following the dinner, a photo and autograph session with the ECU football team is scheduled on Bagwell Field starting at approximately 7:00 p.m. Football posters and schedule cards will be given away and officially licensed ECU souvenirs will be available at special promotional pricing. There is no admission charge for this portion of the evening.

Fans attending the photo and autograph session must also enter the stadium through Gate 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets may be ordered by calling the ticket office at 1-800-DIAL-ECU. ECU Students can come by the ECU Ticket Office or call 1-800-DIAL-ECU to purchase tickets.

The Pirates will open the 2006 home schedule September 16 against the Memphis Tigers. Season tickets are still available and can be purchased online at or by calling the ticket office.

Depth chart looms as Bucs continue drills

After conducting their first scrimmage of the season Saturday and taking off on Sunday, East Carolina coach Skip Holtz and the Pirates returned to work Monday with a pair of workouts at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex, according to a university athletic media relations release.

The twin sessions marked the second of three two-a-day practices scheduled during preseason camp. In all, ECU has seven more workouts remaining, including Saturday's scrimmage, prior to the start of classes on Aug. 23.

Holtz reaffirmed his evaluation after Saturday's scrimmage, noting noting the session was designed to make personnel decisions and put people in the right place to enhance repetitions as the season opener against Navy approaches.

"I thought they did a nice job fighting through soreness and fatigue today," Holtz said. "We stressed the passing game in the morning and had a very physical afternoon working on the run. We're much farther along with our ones, but at the same time, we're a little behind with our twos and threes. I remain impressed with our attitude and the effort we're getting."

East Carolina suffered its first significant setback of the preseason on Saturday when senior linebacker Orlando Farrow went down with a lower leg injury. He may be lost for the season, according to athletic training officials. Farrow signed with the Pirate program last December after leading Lackawanna (PA) College in tackles with 62 during the 2005 campaign.

The Pirates will return to a single workout schedule for the rest of the week leading up to the playing of the second scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday afternoon, which will determine the depth chart heading into official game preparation efforts for the season-opener against Navy on Sept. 2.

The Saturday scrimmage will be followed by the 12th Annual "Meet The Pirates Night," ECU's preseason football fanfest, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

ECU closed out Monday's shells-only morning practice with two-minute drills while the afternoon session, which was held in full pads, finished with a walk-through.

Because of Farrow's injury, Holtz announced that redshirt freshman Van Eskridge (6-0, 206) was moved to linebacker from his defensive back position prior to Monday morning's practice.

Wide receiver Derehl Staton also missed Monday's workouts because of an injury (knee) suffered during last Saturday's simulated game. His return will be determined after additional testing.

ECU's first depth chart of camp is expected to be released after Tuesday's workout.

Tuesday's practice time is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. After the session, one phase of the Pirates' preseason camp will come to a close Tuesday as team members will check out of their preseason dorm rooms and move into their regular season lodging accommodations.

The season opener at Navy is slated for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 2.

In other notes from ECU's athletic media relations office:

GAME DAY CHANGED FOR TITLE MATCHUP ... Conference USA officials announced that the C-USA football championship game has been moved from Saturday, Dec. 2 to Friday, Dec. 1, with a kickoff time of 8:00 p.m (ET).

ECU PLAYERS GET P.R. TUTELAGE ... At the conclusion of Monday's practice, ECU players participated in a media training session conducted by Trone Public Relations, which provided a hands-on lesson to help the Pirates gain an understanding of success in the public eye and promoting a positive image.

Red Raiders dedicate season to fallen coach

Texas Tech players are dedicating their 2006 season to Dave Brown, the Red Raiders cornerbacks coach who died in January of a heart attack at the age of 52. The school has also established two scholarships in his name.

Brown, a 2006 candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame, twice earned first-team All-America honors in ‘73 and unanimously in ‘74 while helping lead Michigan to three Big Ten championships as a defensive back.

After his college playing days, Brown began a 16-year professional career in 1975, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. He participated in the Steelers' Super Bowl X win against the Dallas Cowboys and went on to spend 11 seasons with the Seahawks. A 1984 All-Pro selection, Brown holds the all-time Seattle record with 50 interceptions and is enshrined in their Ring of Honor.

Brown played his final four seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

A five-year veteran on the Red Raider coaching staff, Brown coached the cornerbacks since his arrival in 2001. Previously, he had spent seven years as a cornerbacks coach with the Seahawks.

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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