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10.07.06: Amato continues mastery of Seminoles ... ECU volleyball triumphs at home over UAB ... Millican continues bid for spot on LPGA Tour
10.06.06: Big Ten announces fines, reprimands ... Central Florida wins late field goal battle ... Millican shoots 74 in qualifying event
10.05.06: Gold captures ECU World Series with 8-7 win ... Tulsa runs past Southern Miss ... Former ECU golfer Millican in LPGA qualifying
10.04.06: TV exposure continues for C-USA teams ... Former UVa stars make $1 million gift ... SMU takes two of three weekly league honors
10.03.06: Curry to receive Stagg award ... Inspired by fallen teammate, Rice whips Army ... ECU women's golf team finishes 11th
10.02.06: Takeaways, sacks mean good things for UVa ... Gators pull even with WVU in Harris BCS poll ... Swofford presented with Homer Rice Award ... Tulsa win streak continues at ECU's expense
10.01.06: Cavs blast Duke 37-0 in Durham ... Vols deal Memphis a resounding defeat ... Pirate women's cross country wins meet
09.30.06: Wave home after record road trip ... NIT selection committee adds two ... ECU women's golf gets underway
09.29.06: NCAA graduation rate inches higher ... ECU tennis alumni will hold Oct. 7 reunion ... Tulane's return home to be televised
09.28.06: ECU rolls out Mini Pack deal on football tickets ... O'Leary cites mistakes in loss to Southern Miss ... Finances major factor in Bunting's status
09.27.06: Struggling Cavaliers face winless Duke ... Upon further review: Review unwarranted ... ECU netters get singles wins in Port City
09.26.06: ECU diamond slate loaded with home games ... East Carolina 2007 Baseball Schedule ... Rice's Lloyd collapses at workout, dies ... Golden Knights-Golden Eagles collision on TV ... C-USA announces football players of week ... ECU gets tie in women's soccer
09.25.06: O'Brien: Buckeyes, Auburn, USC, WVU tops ... Ohio State, Southern Cal lead Harris BCS poll ... Blazers topped in OT for Bulldogs' first win ... Tulsa edges Navy on blocked kick ... UTEP tops East Carolina 3-0 in volleyball
09.24.06: Clemson recognizes 1981 national champs ... Ref gets assignment involving Stoops family ... ECU volleyball falls at Tulane, hosts UTEP
09.23.06: ACC football struggling despite expansion ... Cavs may have found their quarterback ... Southern Miss freshman setting records
09.22.06: Pirate baseball announces fall scrimmages ... Tulane football in ESPN spotlight today ... Southern Miss AD will chair NCAA group
09.21.06: Holland addresses crowd behavior ... WVU game at center of Pirate Club weekend ... AFCA cuts ties with Hula Bowl
09.20.06: Bad officiating costs Oklahoma against Oregon ... ECU women's hoops will travel to Cancun ... Pirate volleyball a shutout winner over A&T
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

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Jeff Blake bows out of hall of fame induction


Due to an unscheduled family commitment, former East Carolina quarterback and ECU Hall of Fame selectee Jeff Blake was unable to attend the school's 2006 Hall of Fame/Letterwinners' Banquet Friday night. Blake talked with ECU athletic department personnel this week to inform them of the situation, according to an ECU athletic media relations release.

Blake orchestrated the greatest season in Pirate football history, leading ECU to an 11-1 overall record and a final No. 9 national ranking in 1991. His 3,073 passing yards remains a single-season school record. Plans are in place for Blake to be formally enshrined into the hall of fame in 2007.

"I am touched and honored with this opportunity and I regret that I cannot attend this year," Blake said. "I certainly will be looking forward to coming back to East Carolina next fall and seeing everyone again."

The 2006 inductees — Pat Dye, Ted Gartman, Gaynor O'Donnell and Pat Watkins — were recognized at halftime of the Virginia-East Carolina football game on Saturday night, a contest which the Pirates won, 31-21.

NCAA's tax status under investigation

In a letter sent to NCAA President Myles Brand, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives requested answers to a variety of questions related to the NCAA’s status as a tax-exempt organization, according to a release at

The committee, led by California Republican Rep. Bill Thomas, has been investigating tax-exempt organizations since 2004. In that time, NCAA officials have met with committee members and responded to all requests for more information.

Thomas’ letter challenges a number of Association principles, including the amateur status of student-athletes, the validity of the Division I Academic Performance Program (including the Academic Progress Rate) and the educational purpose of intercollegiate athletics.

Thomas particularly questioned corporate sponsorships and the Association’s rights agreement with CBS for coverage of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship — questioning how those dollars are spent both by the Association and the member institutions and how much influence the networks have on NCAA decisions as a result of the contract.

The letter challenges the operation of athletics departments on individual campuses as well — particularly expenditures for football and men’s basketball, not simply the daily operation of the NCAA national office.

Trent Stamp, executive director of Charity Navigator — an online database that rates more than 5,000 charitable organizations — says that income derived from men’s basketball, and all NCAA sports, is perfectly acceptable for the Association.

“If I run an animal shelter, and have a big party and get everyone in town to come and there’s entertainment involved, and the local band plays and we raffle off tickets, that’s legitimate nonprofit income and I don’t have to tax it,” Stamp said. “I don’t think that’s any different then when Duke and North Carolina have their basketball games.”

The Association believes that the amount of revenue an organization generates should not influence its tax-exempt status. Instead, that status should be determined by how those funds are used to support an organization’s mission. The Association’s 1,200 member schools receive 95 percent of the NCAA’s revenue. The remaining funds are spent to maintain the day-to-day operations of the Association.

Charity Navigator rates institutions based on three criteria: program expenses, administration expenses and fund-raising expenses.

Program expenses are defined as the costs of fulfilling the organizational mission. Administrative expenses include clerical duties, accounting fees and legal fees, while fund-raising expenses include money spent to raise other money. The NCAA is not rated by Charity Navigator because it does not solicit donations, but Stamp said the Association would fare well — better than many other well-known nonprofit organizations.

“If the NCAA gives 95 percent of its revenue to its member institutions, that would be its program expense. I would argue that 95 percent is a very responsible number,” Stamp said. “It appears that the NCAA is doing what it’s chartered to do.”

Thomas requested the answers to all his questions by October 30.

North Dakota challenges NCAA mascot policy

North Dakota’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s mascot policy in a state district court, according to a release at

The policy, which prohibits institutions with Native American mascots deemed hostile or abusive from hosting NCAA championships, impacts North Dakota because of its Fighting Sioux nickname. Institutions on the list also are prohibited from participation in postseason play unless all references to Native Americans are removed from their uniforms.

North Dakota was retained on the list of institutions banned from postseason play after a final appeal to the NCAA Executive Committee was denied in April. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education authorized the lawsuit last summer.

The suit accuses the Association of breach of contract, unlawful trade restraint and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. It seeks an injunction against application of the policy and ultimately a determination that the policy is illegal.

In a statement on his Web site, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem alleged that the policy was applied in an “arbitrary and capricious manner.” He said the Association has a monopoly on intercollegiate athletics competition and has jeopardized the economic future of the University of North Dakota.

The Association has 20 days to respond.

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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