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09.19.06: Memphis ousts defensive coordinator Dunn ... ECU's Kasey Ross earns
C-USA weekly honor ... Sept. TV calendar filling up for
C-USA teams
09.18.06: Mountaineers have some things to work on ... New Jersey will test prep players for steroids ... ECU women's soccer falls 1-0 to Penn
09.17.06: Knife trouble nothing new at Northern Colorado ... South Carolina QB will rejoin team ... Pirate volleyball sweeps Grambling State
09.16.06: Yahoo report says Bush accepted benefits ... Pirate volleyball gets fourth shutout ... ECU women's soccer edged by Seahawks
09.15.06: Amato post-Akron comments fueling reactions ... Stabbed N. Colorado punter watches team ... Pirate volleyball topped by Herd
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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Bad officiating costs Oklahoma against Oregon


History will decide how Oklahoma’s 34-33 loss to Oregon will be viewed, but the uproar from Saturday’s controversial ending had not subsided by Monday, according to a report in the Norman (OK) Transcript.

The day began with Oklahoma president David Boren sending a formal and public letter to Big 12 Conference Commissioner Kevin Weiberg, asking to him to pursue striking the game from the record books. Boren also insisted that Pacific-10 Conference officials involved in the game be suspended for the rest of the season.

“To describe the lapses in accurate officiating at the Oklahoma-Oregon football game last Saturday as constituting an outrageous injustice is an understatement,” Boren wrote.

The controversy surrounds two calls made in the final minute.

Down 33-27, the Ducks attempted and were ruled to have recovered an onside kick. But television replays indicate an Oregon player illegally touched the kick before it traveled the required 10 yards. Replays also showed OU’s Allen Patrick had recovered the ball and no Oregon player was officially credited with the recovery.

More controversy ensued one play later when OU’s Darien Williams was called for pass interference on a pass that replays clearly show was tipped at the line of scrimmage by the Sooners’ C.J. Ah You. By rule, there can be no pass interference following a tipped pass.

Both plays were given lengthy reviews by replay official Gordon Riese, but neither was overturned.

The Pac-10 Conference agreed with Boren and the entire crew was suspended for one game Monday.

“The fact that the errors on the onside kick altered the outcome of the game is most unfortunate and unsettling,” Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen said. “…It should be noted that not all of the seven officials were directly involved in the play in question, but the entire crew bears responsibility for every play. Game officials and replay officials have positions of great responsibility and must be accountable for their actions.

“Errors clearly were made and not corrected, and for that we apologize to the University of Oklahoma, Coach Bob Stoops and his players. They played an outstanding college football game, as did Oregon, and it is regrettable that the outcome of the contest was affected by the officiating.”

Stoops accepted the apology, but said it couldn’t bring back what was lost.

The loss knocked the Sooners down to No. 17 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. Their chances of getting back into the national title hunt are slim at best.

Stoops believes Riese, who elected not to overturn the calls, should have faced a much stiffer penalty.

“I find it still absolutely inexcusable and unacceptable,” Stoops said. “In particular the people who had an opportunity to review it all and look at it and get it right. They chose not to.

“You discern whether a one-game suspension is appropriate for those individuals. I’m not talking about people in the heat of the moment out there in the middle of the chaos. I’m talking about people who, like every viewer at home, had an opportunity to see it. It’s not for me to decide what is appropriate, but I think it’s fair to say that a one-game suspension compared to the way our season now is altered, I don’t know if that fits the situation.

“Like I said, I’ve made a million mistakes. In a game I’d love to have a chance to replay it and do it over. They get that opportunity, we don’t. To me again it’s just unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Pac-10 referees and replay officials were used in the game. It has been common practice in games between major conferences to use officials from the road team’s conference. But the Pac-10 has a rule that says only its officials will be used in Pac-10 non-conference home games.

Boren’s letter said the Big 12 should fight to have that rule changed.

“It is unfortunate that this incident marred a great college football game,” Weiberg said. “I can understand the disappointment of Coach Bob Stoops and his team, and we will continue to work for the national improvement of officiating programs.”

Whether those rules are changed will be determined at a later date. The one thing that remains clear is that Oklahoma lost 34-33 to Oregon, with the game-winning play coming when Oregon’s Brian Paysinger beat Sooner safety Nic Harris on a pass play with 46 seconds left.

What Stoops will never get over is that Harris had to answer all the questions about his mistakes, but the game officials have gone unquestioned.

“I get a 19-year-old kid who’s out there in front of the whole country and out there in front of 60,000 people who makes a mistake and gives up a play at the end,” Stoops said. “He’s got to talk to (media) and he’s a man and walks in the tunnel and talks to everybody and explains (himself). All parties involved should have to explain their actions to some degree, you would think.”

Thus far, only the players and coaches have.

ECU women's hoops will travel to Cancun

Seven games against 2006 post-season participants and a trip to Cancun highlight the 2006-07 East Carolina women's basketball schedule released Tuesday by head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener through the ECU athletic media relations department.

The Lady Pirates begin their fifth season under the guidance of Baldwin-Tener on Sunday, Nov. 12, when they travel to Harrisonburg , VA, to take on 2006 NIT participant James Madison.

ECU will participate in its first preseason tournament, taking part in the Nov. 17-18 Vermont Tournament, where they will face Harvard and either Holy Cross or Vermont.

The Lady Pirates will make trips to 2006 NCAA Tournament qualifier Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth late in November before opening the home portion of the schedule against Florida A&M on Nov. 26.

ECU will remain in Greenville during the opening weekend of December, hosting the annual Lady Pirate Invitational, Dec. 2-3, at Williams Arena inside Minges Coliseum. East Carolina will play host to North Dakota State in the opening game, while Fairfield squares off against 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Florida State in the other matchup.

After hosting former CAA foe UNC-Wilmington on Dec. 6., ECU will travel to Raleigh on Dec. 10 to face in-state rival North Carolina State, another 2006 NCAA Tournament participant.

The Lady Pirates will head to Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 19-20, to participate in the 2006 Caribbean Classic where they will play Pittsburgh, a 2006 NIT Final Four team, in the first game, before facing Detroit-Mercy in the second contest.

East Carolina will face its final non-conference opponent when it returns home on Dec. 29 for a meeting against Long Island.

The Lady Pirates open the Conference USA portion of the schedule on Jan. 2 as Marshall comes to Greenville. The 2007 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament will be March 1-4 at Reynolds Coliseum, on the campus of the University of Tulsa.


November-12, at James Madison; 17-18 at Vermont Tournament; 21, at ODU; 24, at Virginia Commonwealth; 26, Florida A&M.

December-2-3, Lady Pirate Invitational; 6, UNC-Wilmington; 19-20, at Caribbean Classic; 29, Long Island.

January-2, Marshall ; 5, Southern Miss; 7, Central Florida; 10 at Houston ; 14, Rice; 18, at UAB; 20, at Memphis ; 28, at Marshall.

February-1, UAB; 3, Memphis ; 9, at Southern Methodist; 11, at Tulsa ; 15, Texas-El Paso; 17, Tulane; 22, at Southern Miss; 24, at Central Florida.

March-1-4, Conference USA Tournament (Tulsa, OK).

Pirate volleyball a shutout winner over A&T

East Carolina's women's volleyball team swept in-state foe North Carolina A&T Tuesday night at Minges Coliseum. The win marks ECU's sixth shutout of the season, and the third straight.

The Pirates improve to 9-6 on the year heading into the gauntlet of Conference USA action, while North Carolina A&T falls to 6-4, according to an ECU athletic media relations release.

Mignon Dubenion paced the Pirates for the fourth straight match, tallying 15 kills, hitting .591 on the night. Heidi Krug led the team defensively, putting up 10 digs and adding 38 assists for the double-double. Krug, Dubenion and Kim Jefferson each had three blocks in the win.

East Carolina travels to New Orleans on Friday to take on Tulane for its first road conference match of the season. Match time is set for 8 p.m. EDT. The Pirates return to Minges Coliseum on Sunday to face Texas-El Paso at 1 p.m.

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 electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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