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03.20.07: SMU tops first day at Pinehurst ... Health issues sideline Indiana football coach ... Durant faces decision on NBA after Texas loss
03.19.07: Depth prevails as Tigers advance to Sweet 16 ... Herd forms search committee for hoops coach ... Vols advance with 77-74 win over Cavaliers ... ECU women netters post pair of triumphs
03.18.07: Amaker dismissed as Wolverines hoops' coach ... Hibbert powers Hoyas over Boston College ... Weather puts quietus on East Carolina softball
03.17.07: Streaking Memphis moves ahead in NCAA ... Pack advances in NIT with win at Reynolds ... Tar Heels suspend RB Edwards indefinitely
03.16.07: Pirate men's tennis upends Coastal Carolina ... Fayetteville prep product lifts VCU over Duke ... Football powers horn in on March Madness ... Samford joins Southern Conference
03.15.07: ECU splits softball doubleheader ... Pack returns to Reynolds for NIT 2nd round ... NCAA-bound Arizona disciplines reserve guard
03.14.07: Conference USA honors Pirates hurler Hose ... Texas women's coaching icon retires ... Study shows Buckeyes losing in classroom
03.13.07: Lady Pirates' opponent will be Scarlet Knights ... East Carolina baseball returns to national polls ... ECU golfer Thorsen shares lead after 36 holes
03.12.07: Harrell sets KO mark as ECU softball streaks on ... Top seeds: Gators, Buckeyes, Jayhawks, Heels ... Memphis heads to Big Easy as 2nd seed
03.11.07: ECU's Frasure, Myers excel in NCAA indoor track ... ESPN plans weekday show for college football ... Vols' QB out of spring drills with knee injury
03.10.07: Chatman won't coach LSU women in NCAA's ... Ballots distributed for college grid hall of fame ... NCSU ends Duke's tournament supremacy
03.09.07: Camels plan to break ground on new stadium ... Fans invited to watch brackets with Lady Pirates ... ECU concludes second week of spring drills
03.08.07: Pirates announce Homecoming, special dates ... ECU women edge Wolfpack for golf title ... C-USA honors Rice's Almond, UCF's Speraw
03.07.07: NCAA designates four schools as unacceptable ... ECU soph is C-USA softball hitter of week ... Three make All-ACC as unanimous choices
03.06.07: Pirate softball notches another tourney title ... Krzyzewski denies intent on flagrant foul ... Illinois State gives hoops coach the boot
03.05.07: Lady Pirates take down Rice for C-USA title ... GMU playing for return trip to big dance ... East Carolina men's tennis halts losing streak
03.04.07: East Carolina women knock off UAB in semis ... Pirates put on pads for practice on Monday ... Patterson leaves Louisville to rejoin Tulsa staff
03.03.07: Wreck kills six aboard Bluffton baseball bus ... Cotton Bowl game leaving Cotton Bowl Stadium ... Fulmer gets two- year extension at Tennessee
03.02.07: ECU's Campbell sidelined by heart procedure ... Deacons sign Grobe through 2016 ... Glanville fills coaching vacancy at Portland State
03.01.07: Lady Pirates duo gets 2nd team C-USA honors ... Pirate golfers finish fourth in Wexford event ... Duke receiver charged in automobile fatality
02.28.07: Notre Dame's Quinn slides in draft projections ... Defensive back killed in arena football game ... C-USA recognizes UAB's Guzman
02.27.07: Memphis's Douglas-Roberts gets C-USA honor ... Baseball accolades go to Luna, Belanger ... ECU women receive bye for C-USA Tourney
02.26.07: Terps rally to deal Tar Heels 89-87 defeat ... Lady Blue Devils top seed for ACC Tournament ... Duke lacrosse resumes with pair of victories
02.25.07: Lady Pirates roll to 7th straight win ... Houston, Rice capture C-USA track titles ... ECU women's tennis hands Coastal its first loss
02.24.07: Young leads Lady Pirates to sixth straight win ... Lobos will make a coaching change in hoops ... Boise State rewards football coach
02.23.07: Lowe released from hospital after loss to Heels ... Host Houston a favorite in
C-USA indoor track ... Calipari a finalist for Phelan coach of year
02.22.07: East Carolina athletes making the grade ... ECU dominant in women's tennis win at Elon ... Pirate women's golf team captures third place
02.21.07: Appalachian to open 2007 season at Michigan ... ECU's Mills earns C-USA recognition ... Big effort from Houston's Lafayette not enough
02.20.07: Pirates third in Conference USA swimming ... Memphis' win streak reaches 15 games ... ECU track preps for C-USA championships
02.19.07: Wolfpack hammers Hokies, faces Heels next ... Net result an East Carolina victory at Davidson ... Southern Miss takes three wins in its tourney
02.18.07: Young keys Lady Pirates' upset of Tulane ...
C-USA women's hoops getting CSTV exposure ... Gators' win streak stopped at 17 games
02.17.07: Knight draws reprimand for criticizing officials ... Lady Pirate comeback sends UTEP to defeat ... Blazers name Mackin director of athletics
02.16.07: C-USA basketball tourney remaining in Memphis ... Morgan State coach cited, hold the mayo ... Football speed-up rules get makeover
02.15.07: Hokies stun UNC again, this time in Chapel Hill ... C-USA baseball honors go to Berry, Cesario ... Wolfpack rolls past ECU in men's tennis
02.14.07: Almond, Peppers recognized by Conference USA ... ECU women's soccer enlists seven recruits ... ECU softball lands two on All-Tournament team
02.13.07: Young lifts Lady Pirates to televised win at Tulsa ... ACC Tournament will be shown in HD ... Duke mired in longest losing streak since '96
02.12.07: USM heading to Greenville off big win ... WVU stuns second-ranked UCLA ... Depleted Zags notch 50th straight home victory
02.11.07: ODU selects Wilder as football coach ... NCAA announces record football attendance ... Mills leads Lady Pirates to victory at SMU
02.10.07: Cougars signing autographs after ECU game ... Duke women win battle of unbeatens ... USC looks into football recruit's comments
02.09.07: Camels edge ECU in women's tennis ... North Carolina lands premier lineman ... Tar Heels triumphant before Cameron crazies
02.08.07: ECU's Frasure selected for league honor ... ECU softball picked in tie for fifth in C-USA ... ACC football title game staying in Jax
02.07.07: Duo shares
C-USA weekly honors ... Trojans sell out women's game with UCLA ... Tests show Southern Cal kicker was drunk
02.06.07: Dolan, Frasure highlight ECU track efforts ... Seminoles edge Duke before Cameron crazies ... NCAA picks championship swim sites
02.05.07: Rice baseball opens with shutout victory ... Tar Heels laid Lowe by inspired Wolfpack ... Ex-NFL QB Leaf coaching college golf team
02.04.07: Friday night lights going on in Carrier Dome ... WCU gets verbal from state player of year ... Favre says he'll return as Packers QB
02.03.07: ECU women's golf coach back on Golf Channel ... Lady Pirates seek to rebound from OT loss ... Mauk's transfer leaves Wake QB job to Skinner
02.02.07: Pirates to unveil signing class at Murphy Center ... Conference USA baseball on tap this weekend ... ECU preparing for diamond opener
02.01.07: Ex-ECU coach Thompson returns to coaching ... UK makes Brooks a million dollar man ... Pac-10 games moved to Thursdays for ESPN

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East Carolina relief pitcher Shane Mathews and shortstop Dale Mollenhauer were named to the College Baseball Foundation national honor roll on Monday after helping the No. 22 Pirates extend their winning streak to nine games with sweeps of Radford and Michigan last week.

Mathews struck out seven of the 11 batters he faced in 2 2/3 innings and picked up his first win of the season as the Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of Michigan 3-2 in 12 innings Saturday. Mollenhauer batted .412 (7-for-17) while helping the Pirates to a perfect 4-0 week.

Texans on clock to match Giants' offer for Leach

Hoping to add a powerful lead blocker to their revamped backfield, the New York Giants signed Houston Texans three-year veteran fullback Vonta Leach to a restricted free agent offer sheet on Monday.

The Texans will have seven days to match the four-year offer sheet, which is worth a total of $8 million and includes $1.6 million in guarantees.

If the Texans match the offer sheet, they will assume the terms of the deal that the Giants negotiated with the former East Carolina standout. If the Texans decline to match the offer sheet, Leach will move on to the Giants.

Kansas aide named Redbirds hoops coach

Tim Jankovich was introduced as the new basketball coach at Illinois State on Tuesday. Jankovich has been an assistant at Kansas, which reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this past weekend.

He replaces Porter Moser, who was fired March 5 with a record of 51-67 over four years with the Redbirds, including 15-16 this year.

March 20, 2007

SMU tops first day of Pinehurst Intercollegiate

Southern Methodist shot a five-over par 293 in the first round of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate on Sunday to lead Mississippi by one stroke.

The 54-hole event at 7,035-yard, par 72 Pinehurst No. 8 is being co-hosted by East Carolina and Indiana.

The Hoosiers were tied with UNC-Greensboro for third place at nine-over par (297). East Carolina is tied with Marquette for 11th place after shooting an opening round of 18-over-par (306).

Health issues sideline Indiana football coach

Indiana has announced that football coach Terry Hoeppner will not participate in spring practice so that he may attend to personal health matters.

"Coach Hoeppner has indicated a need to take some time to regain his strength and energy and to receive proper medical care," Hoosier athletic director Rick Greenspan said.

Hoeppner underwent surgery last September and returned within days to lead Indiana for the balance of the season, recording victories over No. 13 Iowa, Michigan State and Illinois.

Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Bill Lynch will assume the day-to-day responsibilities for the football program in Hoeppner's absence.

Durant faces decision on NBA after Texas loss

Kevin Durant played the last game of his freshman season for Texas in an 87-68 loss to Southern California in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. Now, the question is whether the 6-foot-9 talent will opt for the NBA or stay in the Longhorns' program.

"In his mind, I don't think he's ever thought about leaving," Texas coach Rick Barnes told the Austin American-Statesman. "I know he's not in any hurry to decide. I think it's 50-50."

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was fined $30,000 on Sunday for excessive contact with Durant's family after sitting with Kevin's mother during last week's Big 12 tournament.

March 19, 2007

Depth prevails as Tigers advance to Sweet 16

A deep, versatile Memphis club neutralized Western Athletic Conference player of the year Nick Fazekas and Nevada when it counted Sunday and nailed down a 78-62 victory in New Orleans in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The win bumped the nation's longest winning streak to 24 in a row and advanced the Tigers to the Sweet 16.

Chris Douglas-Roberts led South Region No. 2 seed Memphis (32-3) with 16 points, but missed the final 8:11 with a left ankle sprain described by Calipari as mild-to-moderate. The Tigers overcame it thanks to the play at both ends of the court from guys such as Jeremy Hunt, Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier.

Hunt scored 16 points, Anderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Dozier had nine points, eight rebounds and most of the good defense on Fazekas. Backup point guard Andre Allen had yet another better-than-usual game in the NCAA Tournament with 10 points and four assists, and bruising big man Joey Dorsey was aggressive as ever underneath.

Now Memphis, which made the round of 16 last year with a very different lineup, is headed to San Antonio for a showdown Thursday against third-seeded Texas A&M. Once again, it'll be the toughest test yet for a team that's beaten only five teams that made the NCAA field — counting the two they've already knocked off.

Calipari is hopeful Douglas-Roberts will be ready to face the Aggies.

"He said he's playing Thursday, but we don't know," Calipari said. "If he can't go, he can't go. In that kind of game, you can't be at 70 percent. I feel bad, but we don't know yet. Will they move the game to Friday to try to accommodate that? I don't think so."

Nevada, seeded seventh, finished its season 29-5.

Herd forms search committee for hoops coach

Marshall athletics director Bob Marcum has announced the formation of an eight-person screening committee for the vacant head men's basketball coaching position.

The committee will assist in the search and forward recommendations to Marshall president Dr. Stephen J. Kopp.

Ron Jirsa was dismissed after four seasons as Thundering Herd coach. Marshall was 13-19 in 2006-07.

Vols advance with 77-74 win over Cavaliers

Virginia guard Sean Singletary missed a three-pointer in the final seconds, allowing fifth-seeded Tennessee to knock off the fourth-seeded Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Chris Lofton made four free throws in the last 12 seconds for Tennessee (24-10), which advances to face Ohio State, the top seed in the South regional.

ECU women netters post pair of triumphs

East Carolina posted 10 straight-set wins out of a possible 18 matches while recording consecutive 7-0 non-conference victories over Mount Olive and Barton in doubleheader action on Saturday afternoon at the ECU tennis complex.

The pair of triumphs improved the Lady Pirates' dual match record to 13-6.

March 18, 2007

Amaker dismissed as Wolverines hoops' coach

Tommy Amaker was dismissed as Michigan basketball coach on Saturday after failing to get the Wolverines into the NCAA Tournament in his six-year tenure.

Amaker, a former player and assistant coach at Duke, finished his career at Michigan with a 109-83 overall record (43-53 in Big Ten play) with one NIT title.

Hibbert powers Hoyas over Boston College

With 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, Georgetown topped former Big East adversary Boston College 62-55 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

The Hoyas are the region's No. 2 seed.

Weather puts quietus on East Carolina softball

Friday afternoon's scheduled non-conference game between East Carolina and Hofstra was cancelled due to inclement weather, as was the Hofstra University Invitational.

The Pirates will return home and face Akron on Monday in a doubleheader that gets underway at 4 p.m. On Thursday, the Pirates host UNC-Greensboro in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

March 17, 2007

Streaking Memphis moves ahead in NCAA

The Memphis Tigers made it 23 straight wins on Friday by beating North Texas 73-58 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Chris Douglas-Roberts had 16 points, Robert Dozier had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Joey Dorsey had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Tigers. Andre Allen added 14 points in the victory.

Wolfpack advances in NIT with win at Reynolds

N.C. State jumped out to a big lead in the first half, then held on through a second-half rally to advance to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals by beating Marist, 69-62, Friday night at raucous, sold-out Reynolds Coliseum.

Paced by a 15-1 scoring run midway through the first half, State (20-15) jumped out to a 33-19 at the break.

The Wolfpack now advances for a rematch with West Virginia, which beat coach Sidney Lowe’s squad 71-60 on Dec. 6 in Charleston, WV, in State’s second game without injured senior point guard Engin Atsur.

Tar Heels suspend RB Edwards indefinitely

North Carolina tailback Barrington Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from the Tar Heel football team for violating team rules and university policies, the school said Friday in a news release.

Edwards will not participate in spring practice but will remain on scholarship through the spring semester. Edwards gained 330 yards rushing last season in a back-up role.

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 2007 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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