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11.30.06: T.H. issues direct appeal to fans for ticket sales ... New recruiting thumbnail: Maurice Mercer ... Dougherty, Johnson first team All-Conference ... Five from ECU on C-USA All-Freshman team
11.29.06: C-USA bowl slate sends ECU to Birmingham ... SMU's Needham a finalist for Hermann Trophy ... Bearcats coach bolts for Michigan State
11.28.06: ECU's Roach on
C-USA academic team ... Wager on Clemson-South Carolina turns deadly ... Shula era comes to end at Alabama
11.27.06: C-USA title game features UH-USM rematch ... Bunting farewell to press a succinct one ... ECU announces swimming, diving signees
11.26.06: Pirates add Lugo to 2008 baseball class ... VCU prevails over ECU in women's hoops ... Tulsa gains momentum for postseason trip
11.25.06: ECU-bound Herlocker paces Charlotte Catholic ... Miami enters search mode for football coach ... BC out of ACC title contention
11.24.06: Herd takes ECU hopes to Hattiesburg ... Gonzaga has a Garden party in NIT semis ... Iowa State search eliminates two candidates
11.23.06: Yow taking leave of absence for treatment ... Marshall's Bradshaw nabs
C-USA weekly honor
11.22.06: Pirates face Houston if Marshall wins ... Former teammates push Raye for MSU coach ... SMU's Wideman named academic player of year
11.21.06: Duke, Wake athletes named Rhodes scholars ... UAB captures Conference USA volleyball ... Old Dominion stuns Georgetown on the road
11.20.06: Ohio State-Michigan rematch possible ... Video helps inspire Tar Heels to beat State ... Cords stepping down as AD at Marquette
11.19.06: Cougars to host USM or ECU in C-USA title game ... ECU falls in women's hoops to Vermont ... Pirate swimming teams in seventh place
11.18.06: ECU baseball bringing in 10-man class ... UTEP edges Pirates in C-USA volleyball ... West Virginia steamrolls Pitt
11.17.06: Pirates reschedule hoops contest with NCCU ... ECU volleyball places 3 on all- league team ... Top-ranked SMU goes down in NCAA soccer
11.16.06: Paterno's hall of fame induction postponed ... Tressel downplays his dominance vs. Michigan ... ECU softball announces pair of signees
11.15.06: Pirates control their fate in East Division ... Pinkney in star game, playing for Buddy Ryan ... ECU's Lee named special teams player of week
11.14.06: ECU-NCSU kickoff moved to 7 p.m. for TV ... Butch will succeed Bunting at UNC- Chapel Hill ... Conference USA coaches make debuts ... Pirates seeded sixth in C-USA volleyball ... Lady Pirates drop hoops opener to JMU
11.13.06: Houston clinches
C-USA championship berth ... ECU volleyball slips in regular season finale ... Grad rates: Athletes outperform student body
11.12.06: ECU announces women's hoops signees ... Miners extinguish Blazers' bowl hopes ... Mustang duo in contention for Hermann Trophy
11.11.06: Rutgers kicks Cards out of title picture ... Roach selected for district academic honor ... Krug getting it done on court, in classroom
11.10.06: Pirates prepare for Saturday hoops opener ... Houston's Kolb makes cut on O'Brien award list ... UNC-CH officials mum on Davis' status
11.09.06: Former star QB to represent N.C. in Congress ... Homicide unit probing death of Miami player ... Krog's 73 puts her in top five at Augusta
11.08.06: UK's win over Payne's charges not flawless ... SMU, UAB gain NCAA men's soccer berths ... Three C-USA women's teams get NCAA slots
11.07.06: Two Marshall players get C-USA honors ... UAB women capture C-USA soccer title ... Punter faces attempted murder charge
11.06.06: Pirate volleyball takes down Memphis ... Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot ... ECU swimmers, divers perform well ... Paterno recovering from fractured leg
11.05.06: Promotions aplenty for ECU-Marshall game ...
Ex-Tulsa great Largent gets humanitarian honor
11.04.06: Dougherty a semifinalist for Ray Guy Award ... Butch Davis deal with Tar Heels imminent? ... Cardinals talking national title, again ... Honors abound for ECU women's soccer team
11.03.06: Boise State rolls past Bulldogs ... Reale, Pirates earn seconds at Kitty Hawk ... ECU softball's Kozlowski promoted
11.02.06: Mustangs a win away from bowl eligibility ... Hunt, Icenhower lead East Carolina divers ... ECU's Moore earns academic honor with 4.0
11.01.06: Kragthorpe curtails Tar Heel speculation ... Pirates in C-USA women's soccer tourney ... Backup QB Lee to start for FSU against Cavs
10.31.06: Kickoff return nets
C-USA honor for Johnson ... Pirate volleyball streaks to school record ... Mountaineers on fringe of national title picture
10.30.06: ECU's Williams: 'I just wanted it more' ... Stokes plans to give Wynn time to develop ... Central Florida's 530 yards of offense not enough
10.29.06: ECU women's volleyball extends streak ... Pirate swimmers leave Towson behind ... UTEP takes muddy victory in Grimesland
10.28.06: Cougars quarterback piling up the numbers ... ECU vs. USM part of pay-per-view twinbill ... Hokies tame Tigers in key ACC battle
10.27.06: Rice's Almond named Wooden candidate ... Pirates hosting C-USA cross country ... ECU freshman Bools shares C-USA honor
10.26.06: Tickets for Troops promotion expands ... Another C-USA honor for ECU's Icenhower ... Report: Davis would have interest in Heels
10.25.06: Ex-Pirate Adams attempts PGA qualifying ...
C-USA names football players of week ... Tar Heels will retain many football recruits
10.24.06: New thumbnails: Baker, Byrd and Thompson ... Ore golden in Hokies' win over Southern Miss ... Unbeaten start for ECU swim teams ... Tar Heels picked first in ACC hoops
10.23.06: Jenkins' three lifts Gold in scrimmage ... ECU volleyball takes sixth straight C-USA win ... Bools finishes sixth in Lady Pirate golf
10.22.06: Pirates volleyball on record streak ... Mountaineers handle Huskies, stay unbeaten ... Georgia golfer gets call to play in South Africa
10.21.06: Report: UNC-Chapel Hill's Bunting to resign ... Coaches' challenges yield few reversals ... Southern Miss prepared for Hokies
10.20.06: ECU's Roach nominated for Draddy Award ... Memphis picked first in C-USA basketball ... 4th-ranked UTEP runners coming to Greenville

News Nuggets, 12.01.06
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C-USA announces football players of year

Conference USA has announced its 2006 players of the year, as selected by a panel of media members in each conference city.

Houston senior quarterback Kevin Kolb was named offensive player of the year. He has completed 68.2 percent (247-of-362) of his passes for 3,165 yards and 25 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

Defensive honors went to Marshall sophomore defensive end Albert McClellan. A first team All-Conference USA selection, McClellan leads C-USA in sacks with 11.5, in tackles for loss with 19 and ranks second in forced fumbles with four. He has been credited with 77 total tackles.

The special teams player of the year award went to Texas-El Paso senior punt returner/kicker returner Johnnie Lee Higgins. He should shatter the conference's single-season average for punt returns of 17.7, as he averaged 23.4 yards per return this season. Higgins has returned two punts for touchdowns, tied for second-most in a season in C-USA history.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Willis of Southern Methodist was named the league's freshman of the year. He re-wrote the Mustangs single-season passing records during his first year on the Hilltop, setting a new school record for touchdown passes with a league-high-tying 26. For the year, he completed 182-of-270 for 2,047 yards and just six interceptions, ranking 10th in the nation in passing efficiency.

C-USA will stage its second annual championship game this Friday night when Houston hosts Southern Miss (8 p.m. EST on ESPN2).

Rice's Graham gets coach of year award

After leading his team to the biggest improvement in Division I-A this season, Rice's first-year coach Todd Graham has been named the Conference USA coach of the year, as selected by a panel of media members in each conference city.

Graham took over the reigns of the Rice football program on Jan. 1. Less than one year later, he has transformed a team that finished 1-10 last season into a squad that will play in the school's first bowl game in 45 years. On Dec. 22, the Owls will play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, ending the second-longest bowl drought in college football.

Rice will enter its bowl game on a six-game winning streak, the longest in Conference USA. After opening the season at 0-4 and dealing with the tragic death of freshman DB Dale Lloyd on Sept. 24, the Owls posted an emotional 48-14 victory at Army on Sept. 30.

Following a loss at Tulane on Oct. 7, Rice has not lost a football game since. Three of its victories during that time came on its final offensive play, including a dramatic field goal that sealed an 18-17 win over East Carolina on Nov. 18.

After being picked to finish in last place in the West Division, the Owls finished in second place with a 6-2 league ledger. Only a one-point loss on opening day against Houston prohibited the Blue and Gray from playing in the C-USA championship game.

ECU's Krug lands All-America honor

Senior setter Heidi Krug of East Carolina has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America women's volleyball first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Krug, a senior biology major, is a three-time Conference USA commissioner's academic honor roll and commissioner's academic medal recipient, while compiling an overall GPA of 4.00. In addition, she was named the 2005-06 Conference USA scholar athlete of the year and has placed on the Academic All-District team for the past three seasons, including being named to the first team last year. She was also named to the All-America third team last season.

On Oct. 13 at Southern Miss, Krug passed Lisa Donovan to become ECU's all time leader in assists, and finished her career with 4,439 total assists.

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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