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08.25.06: ECU announces Metcalf in compliance post ... ECU women's soccer starts season at ODU ,,, Pirate volleyball hosts invitational
08.24.06: Former ECU standout joins Godwin staff ... It's not the Fort Worth Bowl anymore ... Brown lightens up on banged up Blazers
08.23.06: Camp behind them, Pirates refocus on Navy ... ECU checking student body for diamond talent ... Buckeyes' bank account $wells
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

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Top Pirate units overwhelm scout teams


East Carolina's top offensive unit turned in a balanced attack which quickly erased a 7-0 deficit with 35 unanswered points, while the Pirates' top defensive unit allowed just a field goal in the last seven possessions during ECU's final full intra-squad scrimmage Friday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, according to a release from the university's athletic media relations department.

In a game which matched Pirate starters and top reserves against scout teams emulating first opponent Navy's offensive and defensive schemes, East Carolina's No. 1 offense picked up two rushing scores off 181 ground yards and netted three passing touchdowns off 192 air yards.

Although ECU's first defensive unit did not record a turnover during the contest, the Pirates tallied three tackles for lost yardage and held the scout unit to just four-of-14 third down conversions.

"Overall, I didn't think we were as sharp and crisp as we needed to be," second-year head coach Skip Holtz said. "This is the first time that we have seen a lot of Navy's stuff coming at us. I just don't think we responded well as a team. I'm not sure if it is that we are at the end of camp, tired, or if we need a couple of days off to come back mentally. But we didn't come out and play with the energy that we need."

Senior quarterback James Pinkney, who completed 11-of-16 passes for 114 yards, hooked up with junior receiver Phillip Henry for 30 and eight-yard TD strikes during first half action. Redshirt freshman Rob Kass accounted for the game's only other aerial score, connecting with junior Steven Rogers on a 15-yarder in the third quarter.

"James Pinkney and the receiving corps have been a bright spot this camp," Holtz added. "James has been throwing the ball well and feeling comfortable behind center. It is a matter of everyone being in the same offense for another year. At the same time, it is also all of the hard work that everyone put in during the summer, throwing on their own. The passing game is all about timing and you have to keep working on it."

Senior running back Brandon Fractious led all rushers with 83 yards on eight carries, which included a three-yard scoring run, while sophomore quarterback Patrick Pinkney accounted for the other score with a 17-yard rush.

After surrendering a touchdown during the scout team's second possession of the contest, the Pirate defensive starters and top reserves allowed just a Ben Hartman 31-yard field goal during the remaining seven series. Junior linebacker Fred Wilson and junior tackle Wendell Chavis recorded 12 stops each while sophomore end Zach Slate and sophomore linebacker Pierre Bell contributed nine and seven tackles each, respectively.

Bell left the contest midway through the third quarter after suffering an apparent shoulder injury. Additional tests and evaluations are scheduled to be performed over the weekend before his game status will be revealed. Senior center Drew Sutton also left the game prematurely after suffering a knee injury early in the first half.

"We have some bumps and bruises and I am a little worried from an injury standpoint with a couple of guys," Holtz said.

The Pirates will take Saturday off before heading into game week preparations Sunday. ECU will open its against the Midshipmen on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

Coach Holtz ready to take to the air ... waves

The Skip Holtz television show premiers throughout Eastern North Carolina on Sunday at noon on WITN-TV 7, the official station of the Pirates, according to a release from the university's athletic media relations department.

The weekly half-hour show with host Jeff Charles and Coach Holtz will give viewers an inside look at East Carolina football. The program is produced by local NBC affiliate WITN-TV. WITN Sports Director Billy Weaver and sports reporter Brian Meador will each contribute feature pieces throughout the season.

In addition to WITN's coverage each Sunday at 12 noon, the Skip Holtz Show can also be seen on the following stations on a weekly basis throughout the year:

  • Sunday, 1:00 PM, WRPX, Raleigh
  • Sunday, 1:00 PM, WFPX, Fayetteville
  • Thursday, 7:00 PM, ECU-TV (Channel 99), Greenville
  • Thursday, 8:00 PM, Suddenlink Channel 68, Greenville
  • Thursday, 8:00 PM, Suddenlink Channel 13, Rocky Mount
  • Wednesday, 9:30 PM, Time Warner Cable, Morehead City
  • Saturday, 11:30 AM, WGSR, Greensboro

The Skip Holtz radio call-in show will also make its debut Sunday at 7 p.m. Coach Holtz will be joined by host Charles. The program will feature in-depth game-by-game analysis from Holtz and a question-and-answer segment for fans.

The show is available online to ECU Total Access subscribers at and it can be heard on Talk 1070 AM and WSFL 106.5 FM.

ECU volleyball victorious in season opener

The East Carolina volleyball team opened the 2006 season with a 3-1 win over William & Mary in the second match of the ECU Invitational, sponsored by City Hotel & Bistro. Junior outside hitter Kelley Wernert tallied a career-high 10 digs while adding 17 kills to record a double-double, according to a university athletic media relations release.

The Pirates came out strong, winning the first two games 30-25 and 30-17. William & Mary battled back to win the third game 30-25, but ECU was too much for the Tribe, as they won the fourth and final game 30-21.

Sophomore middle blocker Kim Jefferson and junior outside hitter Mignon Dubenion each equaled their career-highs in kills on the night, with 15 each. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Turner tallied 10 kills in her first match as a Pirate. Sophomore libero Trish Monroe added 11 digs, while senior setter Heidi Krug added 55 assists.

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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