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08.17.06: ECU kicker Lee selected to Groza watch list ... Another Pinkney gets plaudits for Pirates ... Individual ECU game tickets go on sale
08.16.06: Bucs have depth chart heading into scrimmage ... Calipari assistant named UTEP hoops coach ... Clemson gives Leggett new five-year contract
08.15.06: Get ready to "Meet the Pirates" ... Depth chart looms as Bucs continue drills ... Red Raiders dedicate season to fallen coach
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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Goal line work livens up flat practice for ECU


The East Carolina football team continued preparations for its second intra-squad scrimmage of preseason camp with a three-hour practice in full pads Thursday at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex, according to a report from the university's athletic media relations department.

After a light fine-tuning session Friday afternoon, East Carolina will head over to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday afternoon to engage in perhaps its most important internal test of the preseason, a scrimmage which will determine the depth chart heading into game-plan mode for the season opener at Navy on Sept. 2.

"I think that the excitement and the energy of the newness of camp has finally worn off," head coach Skip Holtz said. "Today we came out flat and did not have that zip we had earlier in the week. Today we wanted to have a lot of team sessions due to some players out with injuries."

The Pirates opened their workout with special teams drills and reviewed their option scheme before spending the remainder of the practice conducting scrimmage-like, team-on-team ball movement, which somewhat mirrored Wednesday's efforts. ECU capped off the session with its traditional goal line situational work.

"We had to cut the team portion of practice early and decided to work on goal line situations in hopes of firing up some of the guys," Holtz added. "I think that last session really woke some people up. Now we will go and look at the tape from today's practice and see who got better."

Senior offensive tackle Eric Graham (back), freshman offensive lineman Andrew Farr (ankle), junior receiver Derehl Staton (ankle) and senior receiver Bobby Good (leg) sat out Thursday's practice with injuries.

ECU welcomed back senior safety Jamar Flournoy (leg) and sophomore offensive lineman Paul Walsh after the pair had missed recent workouts.

The Pirates will take Sunday off after the scrimmage before conducting their final two-a-day practice of camp Monday morning and afternoon.

Saturday's 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. (dinner) and 7:00 p.m. (fan session, autographs) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Friday's practice time is from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

'Pack third sacker defects to Cowboys

Oklahoma State has added North Carolina State transfer Matt Mangini to its roster, it has been announced by Cowboys baseball coach Frank Anderson through the OSU athletic website.

A 6-foot-4, 222-pound third baseman, Mangini spent two seasons at N.C. State. He is a junior and eligible to play for the Cowboys in the upcoming 2007 season.

Mangini was recruited to N.C. State by former associate head coach Billy Jones, who is now a member of the OSU coaching staff and was instrumental in bringing the transfer to Stillwater.

“Matt adds a left-handed bat with a lot of pop to our lineup and is a guy who has a lot of experience against top competition having played in the ACC,” Jones said. “He had a tremendous sophomore season and followed that up by being one of the top players in the Cape Cod League over the summer, and we expect him to continue that type of production for us.”

As a sophomore for the Wolfpack in 2006, Mangini started 60 games and hit .343 with seven homers and a team-high 60 RBIs. He was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks as he started the season 27-for-37 (.730) with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs in his first 10 games.

Mangini followed his successful collegiate season with an all-star performance this summer in the Cape Cod League. He won the Thurman Munson Award as the CCL batting champion as he hit .310 for the Hyannis Mets.

In the summer of 2005, Mangini was named the top prospect in the Northwoods League after hitting .344 with six homers, 13 doubles and 43 RBIs. With that performance, he was named a Summer League All-American by Baseball America.

Mangini chose the Cowboys over Oregon State and Arizona State.

Indiana's Sampson in hot water with NABC

Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson has been reprimanded by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for recruiting violations when he directed the program at Oklahoma. According to a report at, Sampson is the first coach to be disciplined by the group.

A Robeson Country, NC, native, Sampson is a UNC-Pembroke alumnus.

Sampson's NABC membership was placed on probation for three years. During that time, Sampson — a former member of the group's board of directors — is prohibited from serving in an official capacity with the organization.

He is also ineligible for district and national coach of the year awards and will lose his Final Four ticket privileges through the NABC.

Sampson said he respected the group's decision.

The action comes nearly three months after the NCAA banned Sampson from calling recruits or making off-campus visits until next May because of excessive phone calls to recruits. The NCAA ruled Sampson and his Sooner assistants made 577 extra phone calls to 17 recruits between 2000 and 2004.

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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