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09.07.06: Tigers, Pack, Deacs highlight ECU hoops slate ... Record contradicts Tressel's poll vote claim ... Winston- Salem State coach gets extension
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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NCAA's Brand calls for 80 percent grad rate


NCAA president Myles Brand called for Division I athletics programs to graduate 80 percent of their student-athletes in remarks this week at a symposium hosted by Elon University, according to a release at

“Based on elevating the bottom 15 percent of the teams to be more in line with the rest of the Division I membership, it should have a result that yields an 80 percent average Graduation Success Rate overall," Brand said. "Four out of five student-athletes graduating; that would be remarkable!

“In fact, I am setting that — an 80 percent Graduation Success Rate for all Division I student-athletes — as a meaningful, realistic goal for academic reform.”

The current Division I GSR is 76 percent. That rate measures graduation rates for all student-athletes, including transfers. The annual study mandated by the federal Student Right-to-Know Act does not measure transfers.

Brand's remarks came as part of a symposium on the past, present and future of intercollegiate athletics. Other participants included Joe Crowley, author of “In the Arena/The NCAA's First Century”; Miami (FL) basketball coach Frank Haith; and Debbie Yow, athletic director at Maryland.

ECU women's soccer gets regional ranking

East Carolina women's soccer team is ranked 14th in the Southeast Region by Soccer Buzz, the exclusive collegiate publication for women's soccer, according to an ECU athletic media relations release.

ECU (3-1) has three straight shutouts against in-state opponents Campbell, Western Carolina and Charlotte.

The ranking is the highest for ECU since 1999, when they were ranked 10th going into the final week of the season. That team finished 11-5.

Florida State (3-0), is currently ranked first in the Southeast Region followed by North Carolina (4-1), Duke (3-1), Florida (2-1-1) and Wake Forest (3-1). Charlotte (2-1-1, 13th) and N.C. State (3-0-1, 15th) round out the six North Carolina schools ranking in the top-15.

The Pirates have scored eight goals this season, each by a different player. Five of the goals were scored by freshmen. ECU has also yet to allow a goal during regulation in all four of its contests.

Goalkeeper Amber Campbell has played in all but 17 minutes of one game, tallying two shutouts and combining with Jen Kurowicki on the third.

Soccer Buzz recognizes ECU's Nicole Moore

Soccer Buzz, the exclusive collegiate publication for women's soccer, has named East Carolina defender Nicole Moore to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team Of The Week, according to an announcement on the Conference USA website.

The Pirates shut out three consecutive in-state opponents, bringing their record to 3-1-0 on the season. ECU blanked both Western Carolina and Charlotte, 2-0.

Moore, a sophomore from Springdale, NC, tallied one assist during the second game of the season, a 5-0 win over Campbell.

"Nicole Moore made two huge plays in our win over Charlotte, clearing one ball out from the sideline and making a potential goal saving slide tackle," said Pirate head coach Rob Donnenwirth. "Nicole works hard all the time and especially during practice. She is a very driven player. All of our defenders have been playing very well together the entire season."

As a freshman, Moore was named to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team after she started all 21 games for ECU. Moore was tied for third on the team in assists with three. During last year's C-USA Tournament, Moore played a big role in holding No. 2 Southern Methodist scoreless.

Pirates get volleyball sweep over UNCW

East Carolina swept intra-state rival UNC-Wilmington in volleyball on Wednesday night at Minges Coliseum.

Kelley Wernert led the Pirates with 13 kills while Mignon Dubenion recorded 10, according to an ECU athletic media relations release.

The Pirates won in convincing fashion, picking up their first shutout win of the season, 30-14, 30-25, 30-18.

With the victory, ECU improves to 4-3 on the season, 2-2 at home. UNC Wilmington drops to 5-4. The outcome marks the Pirates' 10th straight win over the Seahawks.

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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