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08.20.06: No updates on this day while implementing site network changes
08.19.06: Note to readers: Sunday content to be limited ... Pirates set to scrimmage, meet fans today ... Marshall hires NCSU aide as baseball coach ... Stitt leaving WSSU for hometown post
08.18.06: Goal line work livens up flat ECU practice ... 'Pack third sacker defects to Cowboys ... Indiana's Sampson sanctioned by NABC
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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Irish 'bump' into possible NCAA infraction


The South Bend Tribune has reported that Notre Dame is checking into whether some of its athletes may have inadvertently violated an NCAA rule by participating in "bumps" during a local sports talk television show.

A bump is a short piece of tape coming in or out of a commercial. In the bumps in question, the Notre Dame athletes said to the effect, "You're watching 'Sports Dogz' on WSBT."

WSBT-TV news director Meg Sauer said the student-athletes she was asked about by senior associate athletics director John Heisler were basketball players Luke Zeller and Kyle McAlarney as well as All-America football player Tom Zbikowski — all of whom did bumps for the show in the past year. ND athletes apparently have been doing bumps on the show for several years.

"I've spoken with John Heisler several times tonight," Sauer said. "I was shocked to hear it was a problem. We're certainly not going to hold up the process of the investigation."

The NCAA became involved when Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reporter Michael Rothstein witnessed a WSBT sports reporter filming Irish running back Darius Walker doing a bump for the new "Irish Sports Report'' TV show after practice earlier this week. "Irish Sports Report'' debuts Sunday in the old 11:30 p.m. Sunday time slot of "Sports Dogz.''

Tribune sports reporters will be regular guests on "Irish Sports Report'' as they had been on "Sports Dogz.'' The Tribune and WSBT-TV are both owned by Schurz Communications.

After witnessing the bump and talking to WSBT's Todd Bella, Rothstein then called the NCAA to see if it was a violation.

"We're looking into it," was Heisler's response. "I have no idea what (Rothstein) is talking about. But it's no different than anything else. If someone says there's an issue, we report it to our compliance people."

The case is reminiscent of one involving former Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart, whose appearance in a promotional spot for ESPN last December violated an NCAA rule. The USC quarterback had his eligibility quickly restored without missing a game.

The Trojans reported the violation to the NCAA and petitioned for Leinart's reinstatement. According to the NCAA's Kent Barrett, Leinart's actions were "unintentional and inadvertent. This was the type of thing where it was obvious the student-athlete was not attempting to become an endorser of a network."

There may be some gray area in that Leinart's situation was a promo shown outside the show and the "Sports Dogz" bumps are contained within the confines of the show and are never shown to promote the show itself.

Barrett told ESPN that athletes may take part in practice and team and school activities while reinstatement petitions are considered by the NCAA.

Offense produces in ECU's second scrimmage

East Carolina's offensive units combined to score three touchdowns and three field goals during the Pirates' second intra-squad scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, according to a report from the university's athletic media relations department.

Similar to last week's simulated contest, senior starter James Pinkney led all signal-callers by guiding the No. 1 team to four scores in seven possessions, which included an 11-yard TD pass to junior receiver Phillip Henry and a seven-yard scoring run by junior Chris Johnson.

Redshirt freshmen Rob Kass and Brett Clay also led the Pirates to a touchdown and field goal, respectively, while splitting time with the No. 2 units. Kass connected with junior receiver Michael Hickman on a 16-yard strike to account for the only other touchdown in the contest. Including sophomore quarterback Patrick Pinkney, the quartet accounted for 368 passing yards on 32 completions.

After being whistled for a total of 14 penalties a week ago, East Carolina was flagged only three times during the contest. In fact, the Pirates were stopped only once on the offensive side of the ball during the 126-play game.

"The main thing we tried to do today was get the two's a lot of work," head coach Skip Holtz said. "A lot of the freshmen that we have in the two-deep need as many scrimmage reps as we can give them. I think we got them almost 70 today."

Senior starting cornerback Kasey Ross recorded the defensive unit's only take-away with an interception of a James Pinkney pass midway through the 19-possession scrimmage.

Johnson, sophomore Dominique Lindsay, senior Brandon Fractious and sophomore transfer Brandon Simmons carried the bulk of the work load in the backfield, combining on 33 of the team's 58 carries and 187 of the unit's 204 rushing yards.

"The two's are really starting to develop some depth at the tailback position," Holtz added. "I love the five freshmen linemen and the work ethic they bring but they are not ready to be starters. But, they have to always realize that they are just one play away from becoming a starter. They need to be ready both mentally and physically.

"I'm satisfied with the work habits of the team but I'm a coach and I'm impatient," he continued. "I want it to happen now and we are not there yet. I just wish there was a pill to make the freshmen become juniors and seniors."

Senior Lou Groza Award watch list member Robert Lee tallied field goals from 52, 53 and 41 yards out while redshirt freshman Ben Hartman converted 53 and 41-yard three-pointers.

Defensively, freshman defensive lineman C.J. Wilson (seven, one sack), sophomore end Zach Slate (six, two sacks) and senior cornerback Markeith McQueen (six) were among the Pirates' tackle leaders.

The Pirate defense took another hit Saturday as projected starting defensive end Scotty Robinson suffered an apparent knee injury during the second half of the scrimmage. He will undergo additional testing and evaluations Sunday and Monday before his status is fully determined.

Last week, ECU lost one of top linebacking candidates when senior Orlando Farrow went down with the lower leg injury. Farrow may be out for the season.

The Pirates will take a day off from practice Sunday before turning in its final two-a-day schedule of preseason camp Monday morning and afternoon. Monday's practice times are 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The season opener is at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Navy.

Herd extends Snyder's contract through 2013

Marshall football coach Mark Snyder's contract has been extended through 2013, according to an announcement by university president Stephen J. Kopp on the Marshall athletics website.

Kopp cited Snyder's commitment to the program and the direction he believes it is headed in making his decision to extend Snyder's contract.

"I have tremendous confidence and respect for Mark Snyder," Kopp said. "I admire his character and work ethic, not only as our head football coach, but also as a leader. He challenges and prepares the young men who come to Marshall University as student athletes to excel on the playing field, in the classroom and in life."

Snyder, a native of Ironton, OH, coached Marshall to a 4-7 record in 2005, his first year with the Thundering Herd. Marshall opens the 2006 season on Sept. 2 at West Virginia.

"I am extremely honored and humbled that the administration feels like our program is headed in the right direction," Snyder said. "We have an outstanding president and athletic director here, and it means a lot for them to show this type of commitment to me and my family. This is my alma mater and my home and, thanks to the administration's belief in us, I know we will be here for many years to come."

Athletic director Bob Marcum said that Snyder, in his first 16 months on the job, has demonstrated all of the necessary qualities to be an outstanding football coach.

"This commitment reflects his ability to lead our football program," Marcum said.

Snyder came to Marshall in April 2005 from Ohio State, where he spent four years as an assistant coach under Jim Tressel. In Snyder's four years with the Buckeyes, OSU posted a 40-11 record and was 3-1 in bowl games.

ECU nipped in women's soccer scrimmage

East Carolina fell to Longwood 2-1 in a women's soccer scrimmage at the new Athletics Complex in Farmville in front of 175 fans on Saturday, according to a university athletic media relations report.

Longwood broke the 1-1 tie in the 73rd minute when Lexi Torrice assisted Anna Gravely. The teams played three 30-minute periods instead of the normal two, 45-minute periods.

The Lancers got on the board first when Brenda Cary got her own rebound and drilled it past a corner post at 35:08. The Pirates' lone goal came by a freshman tandem, when Sarah Kirkley assisted Alexis Foltz, who put the ball in the right side of the net past goal keeper Anne Whitmore.

Amber Campbell and Jen Kurowicki each allowed a goal in net, while Kurowicki made one save. ECU managed six shots, but only two on net.

East Carolina will gear up for its first official game on Friday, Aug. 25 when it travels to Norfolk to play Old Dominion in the start of a three game road trip. At the conclusion of the trip, the Lady Pirates will host Charlotte at 1 p.m. on Sept. 3.

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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