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08.22.06: End of preseason camp in sight for Pirates ... ECU's Ray gets honor for summer league play ... Miami, Northwestern set tribute to Walker
08.21.06: Irish 'bump' into possible NCAA infraction ... Offense produces in ECU's second scrimmage ... Herd extends Snyder's contract through 2013 ... ECU nipped in women's soccer scrimmage
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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Camp behind them, Pirates refocus on Navy


The second preseason camp in the Skip Holtz coaching era at East Carolina is history. The Pirates wrapped up the NCAA-specified 20-day preseason period with a physical two-and-a-half-hour, full-pad workout on Tuesday afternoon at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex, according to a university athletic media relations release.

With the start of classes on Wednesday, ECU will return to its in-season schedule which regularly will include daily 4 p.m. practices on Tuesday through Thursday with an off day each Monday.

"In short, camp is over," Holtzs said. "We hit Navy really hard yesterday and today, working a lot with the scout teams to learn what they do, and they do a lot both offensively and defensively.

"Navy gives you problems on what they do offensively," he added. "By the same token, what they do defensively is much different then our defense, so to our offense, it's learning a whole new scheme of things."

The Pirates will now focus their attention toward the final scrimmage of the preseason, set for Friday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. After an off-day Saturday, East Carolina will begin its game-week schedule in earnest with a Sunday night workout in helmets and shorts beginning at 8:30 p.m.

"We're approaching the scrimmage on Friday as if we are playing the game against Navy," Holtz continued. "Our scout teams have done an unbelievable job at trying to simulate them but I don't think you can ever copy the same exact speed at which it's going to come at you on game-day."

Holtz indicated that Friday's scrimmage will afford him and his staff one last opportunity to evaluate personnel on both sides of the ball before releasing his first official in-season depth chart.

"It will be played like a game," Holtz said. "We will put the coaches upstairs and make this a dry-run. This is will be our dress rehearsal for our opener."

Senior wide receiver Bobby Good (foot) returned to action Tuesday after missing the last few days of work. Reserve quarterbacks Brett Clay, Rob Kass and Patrick Pinkney experienced the majority of the snaps during the contact portion of Tuesday's session in order to give senior James Pinkney a slight rest before heading into game-week mode.

True freshman Dwayne Harris (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and sophomore transfer Wayne Hunter (Manteo, N.C.) took turns guiding the scout team offense at quarterback.

The Pirates will conduct walk-on tryouts at the conclusion of Thursday's practice.

ECU's matchup against Navy will open a four-game series between the two programs. The Pirates and Midshipmen are scheduled to meet again in 2010 (Greenville), 2011 (Annapolis) and 2012 (Greenville). This year's season opener at Navy is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 2.

ECU checking student body for diamond talent

Open tryouts for walk-ons will be held by the East Carolina baseball program on Sept. 11-12 at Clark-LeClair Stadium starting at 6:30 p.m., according to an announcement from the university's athletic media relations department.

All participants must complete a health history questionnaire and return it to the athletic training room on the first floor of the Ward Sports Medicine Building no later than 48 hours before tryouts begin.

All interested ECU students should contact the baseball office at (252) 737-1985 for more information.

Potential Pirate softball players will also have an opportunity at open walk-on tryouts on Sept. 8 at the ECU softball field starting at 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to come out for the team must have a completed medical release form completed prior to tryouts.

All interested ECU students should contact the softball office at (252) 737-1428 or email to confirm a tryout spot.

Buckeyes' bank account $wells in 2005-06

Ohio State is No. 1 in both the coaches (USA Today) and writers (Associated Press) preseason football polls but the hometown Columbus Dispatch also has reported that the Buckeyes are apparently No. 1 in another sense.

The Ohio State athletics department totaled $101.5 million in proceeds during the 2005-2006 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to documents requested by the newspaper.

OSU might be the first to reach $100 million in revenue, but Dennis Howard, a professor in the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, said "there are others that are close behind," including Texas, which trailed OSU in revenue by only $50,000 during the 2004-2005 school year.

Fiscal results for the Longhorns’ most-recent season won’t be completed until the end of this month, but an official of the Austin school said its revenue should total about $94 million.

OSU athletics director Gene Smith said reaching $100 million in revenue is "a great milestone" for the program. He projected future revenue growth of 5 percent to 6 percent annually. The sports program receives no university funding and contributes millions to the Ohio State general fund.

With strong financial support for Buckeye football, the overall sports program netted a $2.9 million surplus for last school year.

Despite several off-the-field financial hits related to NCAA penalties and a lawsuit by former basketball coach Jim O’Brien, the fiscal results were significantly better than 2004-05, when the OSU department lost $920,000 on $88.8 million in revenue.

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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