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09.05.06: Holtz discusses loss to Navy, challenge at UAB ... UAB pleased with performance vs. Sooners ... U of L's Bush has surgery for broken leg
09.04.06: Ole Miss survives Memphis in Sunday opener ... Blazers narrowly miss upset bid at Oklahoma ... Early showdown tonight for 'Canes, 'Noles ... Cavaliers turn back Pirates in volleyball final
09.03.06: NCAA president Brand at Elon on Wednesday ... Pirate volleyball 2-0 after topping Georgetown ... National honor for Memphis soccer player
09.02.06: Miners prevail over Aztecs in season opener ... East Carolina has Wright stuff in volleyball ... ECU women's soccer gets another shutout
09.01.06: UAB game off limits to Peterson's Dad ... Tulsa rolls past Stephen F. Austin in opener ... Pirates announce nine women's track signees
08.31.06: Ex-Buc Witter hits home run to complete cycle ... Herd player helps team to international win ... UAB takes aim on opener, plans to honor Tuck
08.30.06: Army six wins away from San Diego trip ... Rivers will get starting assignment for Chargers ... With Campbell in goal, ECU shuts out Camels
08.29.06: Holtz indicates Pirates are ready ... C-USA teams face stiff season-opening tests ... Three C-USA QB's on O'Brien watch list
08.28.06: Herd loses top receiver Moore for WVU opener ... Memphis puts more walk-ons on scholarship ... Hokies claim title in ECU volleyball event
08.27.06: Butkus watch list features seven from C-USA ... UAB substitution scrimmage pleases Brown ... Host ECU volleyball team falls to Furman
08.26.06: Top Pirate units overwhelm scout teams ... Coach Holtz ready to take to the air ... waves ... ECU volleyball wins season opener
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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Holland featured speaker at power lunch


East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland will be the featured speaker at the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce's Power '06 Lunch series today at
Harvey Hall inside the Murphy Center, according to an announcement from the ECU athletic media relations department. The Murphy Center is adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Holland will discuss the impact that ECU athletics has on the economy of Greenville and the Pitt County area beginning at 12 noon.

The public is invited to attend but reservations must be made by contacting Frances Faust at the Chamber via phone (252-752-4101) or by e-mailing Faust at

Lunch is priced at $12 for Chamber members and $17 for the general public.

Full video and audio coverage of Holland's remarks will be posted on late this afternoon.

College games shorter after rule changes

Major college football games played during the season's opening week — employing clock and other changes aimed at picking up the pace — lasted an average of 3 hours, 3 minutes, a notable drop from last year's opening-week average of 3:20, according to a USA Today report by Steve Wieburg.

Thirty-one of the 72 games involving teams in NCAA Division I-A, going into Monday night's Florida State-Miami (Fla.) matchup, were completed in three hours or less. Only four lasted as long as 3½ hours.

A year ago, only five of 52 opening-week games finished in three hours or less. Thirteen went 3½ hours or longer.

Faster games were the intent of the NCAA's football rules committee. The clock starts on kickoffs this season rather than when the receiving team touches the ball and, after a change in possession, restarts as soon as the ball is marked ready for play rather than on the ensuing snap. Kicking tees also were shortened by an inch to limit the number of clock-stopping touchbacks.

Full day in C-USA includes Pirates-Blazers

Saturday is the first of just three times this season that all 12 Conference USA schools will be in action on the same day, according to the league website.

Highlighting the action are a pair of conference games. UAB hosts East Carolina and Houston welcomes Tulane for the Green Wave's season opener. CSTV will air the Texas Tech at Texas-El paso contest nationally, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

View Saturday's complete C-USA schedule along with the current league standings and last week's scores.

C-USA names football players of the week

Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb has been named offensive player of the week in Conference USA, defensive back Quintin Demps of Texas-El Paso received defensive player of the week honors and defensive tackle Marquay Love of Houston got the league's special team recognition for the opening week of the 2006 season, according to the C-USA website.

With Houston trailing by 16 points late in the third quarter, Kolb rallied Houston past Rice, 31-30, in the annual Bayou Bucket game. Kolb completed 22-of-35 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. In the fourth quarter Kolb engineered two touchdown drives to take the lead from the Owls, connecting with Vincent Marshall and Anthony Alridge on a pair of eight-yard TD passes.

Demps recorded two interceptions for 37 yards in UTEP's win at San Diego State. His second pick — good for 24 yards — came midway through the fourth quarter after the Aztecs cut a 24-point deficit down to three points, and set up the Miners' game-clinching final touchdown drive. UTEP scored touchdowns off both of Demps' interceptions. He also had six tackles, including five solos, in the game.

Love added to his Houston career lead in blocked kicks, as the senior rejected Rice's fourth PAT attempt and provided the margin of victory for the Cougars in their come-from-behind win. Love now has a UH-best six blocked kicks in his career.

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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