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09.14.06: NFL rosters filled with C-USA alums ... Southern Miss coach Bower calls Pack "scary" ... Rice goalkeeper McClintock gets national honor
09.13.06: Pirate punter Dougherty on Guy watch list ... ECU golfers finish ninth at Mid Pines ... East Carolina sweeps Campbell in volleyball
09.12.06: WVU, Pirates to be shown on ESPN 2 ... UAB's Felder honored for game- saving strip ... C-USA volleyball accolade for Pirates' Krug
09.11.06: Buckeye cheerleader drinks, drives, hits veep ... Houston's Kolb sets school mark in rout ... Krug sets ECU volleyball assists mark
09.10.06: Aundrae Allison on Biletnikoff watch list ... SEC's artificial noise penalties reinstated ... ECU volleyball falls to North Florida
09.09.06: UAB focuses on covering Aundrae Allison ... Ga. Southern mourns death of Erk Russell ... Shelby named to ECU women's hoops staff
09.08.06: NCAA's Brand calls for 80 percent grad rate ... ECU women's soccer gets regional ranking ... Soccer Buzz recognizes ECU's Nicole Moore ... Pirates get volleyball sweep over UNCW
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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Amato post-Akron comments fueling reactions


North Carolina State football coach Chuck Amato opened a can of worms when he implied his team's 20-17 loss to Akron last Saturday happened, in part, because the Zips can accept players who initially did not meet NCAA minimum academic eligibility standards, according to a report in the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger.

"(Akron) is in a conference that allows non-qualifiers in school, non-qualifiers," Amato told reporters Monday. "Ya'll need to look that one up to write stories.

"The Boise States, the Fresno States, the Louisvilles — before the new rules now — that can allow non-qualifiers in school ... You know what kind of players non-qualifiers are usually? They're inversely proportional to what their grade-point average is. They can make a big difference."

It's a charge that Southern Miss — N.C. State's opponent this Saturday — has heard in the past, and one that upsets Golden Eagles coach Jeff Bower.

Under Bower, USM has had 12 consecutive winning seasons and appeared in eight bowl games in the past nine postseasons.

But some have suggested the success has come, in part, because the USM roster is studded with partial- or non-qualifiers, talented players who could not gain admission to other programs because of deficiencies in their high school transcripts or standardized test scores.

"People ought to know the facts and know the truth," Bower said.

Partial qualifiers meet a portion of the NCAA's academic requirements. They are allowed to practice and receive financial aid but not play in games in their first year. Non-qualifiers are not allowed to receive athletic financial aid or participate with the team in their first year.

Two non-qualifiers are on USM's roster are receiver Chris Johnson and defensive end Shadler Manning. From 2002-06, USM has played four partial qualifiers — offensive guard Travis Cooley, twins Kevis and Trevis Coley and linebacker Naton Stewart.

The institutions named by Amato responded quickly to his comments.

According to The Herald-Sun of Durham, Boise State has no non-qualifiers on its roster this year. Louisville has two. Fresno State has not taken a non-qualifier since 2002.

The Akron Beacon-Journal said the Zips had six non-qualifiers in 2005 and three this season.

N.C. State's conference, the Atlantic Coast, does not allow non-qualifiers. The Southeastern Conference allows its schools to take eight non-qualifiers in a given academic year, four in men's sports — but no more than two in football.

Conference USA has no league-wide policy, permitting each school to set its own guidelines, but USM athletic director Richard Giannini intends to propose legislation at the C-USA spring meetings that would restrict the number of non-qualifiers that could be signed in a year's period.

"I think not only does that send a statement, but it also makes for a hard, fast rule that we can share with other institutions," Giannini said.

Stabbed N. Colorado punter watches team

The Greeley (CO) Tribune reported on Thursday evening that Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza attended practice with the team for the first time today, three days after reserve punter Mitch Cozad allegedly stabbed him in his kicking leg.

Mendoza stood on the sidelines on crutches and talked with head coach Scott Downing. He also met with his personal doctor and team doctors. Team officials have not said how long he will be out.

Mendoza issued a statement that said he will not answer any questions about the stabbing pending investigation of the incident and his return to school.

"I would like to wish my team good luck this weekend in their game against Texas State,” Mendoza said in the statement. “My biggest concern right now is getting healthy enough to return to school and to my team. I want everyone to know I am doing well and recovering.”

Cozad faces charges of second-degree assault for stabbing Mendoza on Monday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Crescent Cove Drive. Cozad started his college career at Wyoming.

Mendoza was treated and released from North Colorado Medical Center on Monday.

Downing hinted on Wednesday he expects to be without Mendoza for about two weeks. Police described Mendoza’s wound as one inch in width and three-to-five inches in depth.

Pirate volleyball topped by Thundering Herd

East Carolina's volleyball team fell 3-1 to Marshall on Thursday night in the opening match of the 2006 ECU Classic. The match was the first in Conference USA play for both teams.

Marshall (6-6, 1-0 C- USA ) won 30-28, 30-26, 23-30 and 30-26, according to a release from ECU's athletic media relations department.

Kelley Wernert had 18 kills, five digs and two solo blocks. Stephanie Turner led the Pirates defensively with 14 digs, while setter Heidi Krug tallied 53 assists.

The Pirates face Wisconsin-Green Bay at 7 p.m. tonight at Minges Coliseum in day two of the ECU Classic.

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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