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09.06.06: Holland featured speaker at power lunch ... College games shorter after rule changes ... Full day in
C-USA includes Pirates vs. Blazers ... C-USA names football players of the week
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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Tigers, Pack, Deacs highlight ECU hoops slate


East Carolina will host defending Conference USA champion Memphis for a second consecutive season as part of its 29-game regular season basketball schedule, which includes road dates at N.C. State and Wake Forest, according to a release from the ECU athletic media relations department.

The Pirates' non-conference schedule includes road games against 2006 NCAA Tournament participants UNC-Wilmington (Dec. 5) and N.C. State (Dec. 28), and a home date against Big South champion Winthrop (Dec. 21) in the team's final game before the Christmas break.

ECU will its first trip to Richmond (Nov. 14) since 2001 when both teams were members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Other non-conference road games include trips to UNC-Greensboro (Nov. 18) and Liberty (Dec. 2).

For a second consecutive season, the Pirates will usher in the new year at Wake Forest (Jan. 2).

Along with its non-conference home game against Winthrop, ECU will host former C-USA rival South Florida (Dec. 9) in one of eight Saturday games inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

ECU's non-conference home slate also includes games against Limestone, North Carolina Central and Chowan.

Conference USA returns to a 16-game conference format this season, which will create a home-and-home series for the Pirates with mirror opponents Marshall, Rice, Tulane, Southern Mississippi and Central Florida.


Nov 11     Morgan State
Nov 14     at Richmond
Nov 18     at UNC-Greensboro
Nov 21     Limestone
Nov 25     N.C. Central
Dec 02     at Liberty
Dec 05     at UNC-Wilmington
Dec 09     South Florida
Dec 18     at Morgan State
Dec 21     Winthrop
Dec 28     at N.C. State
Jan 02     at Wake Forest
Jan 06     Chowan
Jan 10     at Tulsa
Jan 13     Rice
Jan 17     Tulane
Jan 20     Memphis
Jan 24     at Southern Miss
Jan 27     UAB
Jan 31     at Marshall
Feb 03     at Rice
Feb 07     Central Florida
Feb 10     at Houston
Feb 14     Southern Miss
Feb 17     at Southern Methodist
Feb 21     Marshall
Feb 24     Texas-El Paso
Feb 28     at Tulane
Mar 03     at Central Florida
Mar 07-10  Conference USA Tournament
           Memphis, TN

Source: ECU Athletics Media Relations

Record contradicts Tressel's poll vote claim

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is on record saying that he voted Saturday opponent Texas No. 1 in the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, according to a report by the national newspaper.

However, Tressel's official ballot on record at USA TODAY shows he did not vote for the Longhorns as No. 1.

USA TODAY's policy is that when a vote is made public and the paper knows it to be inaccurate, then USA TODAY, in its oversight role as administrator of the poll, will set the record straight to protect the integrity of the poll, according to Jim Welch, deputy managing editor for sports. The newspaper's policy is to not reveal coaches' ballots, except in the final regular-season poll under an agreement with the American Football Coaches Association.

USA TODAY editors became aware of the apparent contradiction when a story appeared on Gannett News Service by the (Mansfield, OH) News Journal quoting Tressel at the luncheon saying he voted the Longhorns No. 1 because "I think they deserve that."

A transcript on the Ohio State athletics website confirmed Tressel's words, including him saying, "I've got them ranked No. 1 on our ballot."

Ohio State is No. 1 with 41 first-place votes, Texas No. 2 with 14.

Stan Jefferson, OSU director of player development, told The News Journal the Texas vote was a case of miscommunication between Tressel and him.

"When it came time to vote on the preseason poll, we voted Texas No. 1 and us No. 3 after talking about it as a staff," Jefferson told the paper. "When I called in his poll (Tuesday), he did not tell me to put Ohio State No. 1. I put that down because we were No. 1 in the preseason poll. ... I did not have time to get with him (Tuesday) before the press conference. It was an honest mistake on our part. It was not meant as a psychological ploy."

A coach can have another person call in his vote as long as the head coach is the one making the selections.

Winston-Salem State coach gets extension

A few years ago Winston-Salem State coach Kermit Blount almost left his alma mater to fill the coaching vacancy at Howard, according to a Winston-Salem Journal report detailing his contract extension.

Now, Blount has been rewarded for his hard work and dedication to the Rams. The announcement came following one of the biggest wins in his 14-year career at WSSU, a 41-14 blowout of North Carolina A&T.

Blount's contract, which is close to $100,000 a year, was extended for three more years and takes him through 2010, the first year the Rams will be eligible for the MEAC championship. Before the extension, the contract ran through 2007.

WSSU is adjusting to a step up from Division II to Division I-AA and athletic director Chico Caldwell said having Blount in place will add stability to that transition.

Blount is 78-58-3 in his career at WSSU. He needs three more wins to tie Tank Conrad for second most in school history.

His teams won CIAA titles in 1999 and 2000 and played for the title in 2001 but lost to Virginia Union in the championship game.

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