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03.23.07: Pirates to stage first scrimmage ... Hoosiers capture Pinehurst golf; ECU 12th ... Dukie McRoberts opts for NBA draft ... Burning couch gets former OSU student jail time
03.22.07: Easley presents Yow with highest honor ... Heels football coach undergoing chemotherapy ... Mountaineers send Wolfpack packing in NIT
03.21.07: Mathews, Mollenhauer earn national recognition ... Texans on clock to match Giants' offer for Leach ... Kansas aide named Redbirds hoops coach
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

News Nuggets, 03.24.08
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Three quarterbacks took turns as the running game received emphasis during East Carolina's first scrimmage of spring practice at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.

The controlled scrimmage consisted of a series of 10-play possessions and closed with goal line situations.

"I thought today went pretty well, especially the way the weather cooperated with us," head coach Skip Holtz said. "We ran about 135 plays, which was probably the most complete scrimmage we have had since I have been here. In general terms, it was a good one but it also showed that we are a very young team. One of our goals was for everyone to have
an opportunity to get in and see some action and I think we accomplished that."

Sophomores Rob Kass and Brett Clay and junior Patrick Pinkney took turns guiding the Pirates' offensive unit during the succession of series, which also employed a total of 15 ball carriers and 13 pass receivers.

Senior tailback Chris Johnson, who spent the second half of the 2006 campaign lined up as a slot receiver, accounted for the game's only touchdown, rushing for a scrimmage-long 27-yarder on his second attempt of the contest while splitting time with junior Dominique Lindsay on the No. 1 offensive unit. Lindsay produced a pair of 23-yard runs and was on the receiving end of a six-yard pass thrown by Kass.

Kass guided ECU's top offense to a total of 11 first downs and helped convert six-of-10 third down situations. He also completed his first four passes of the scrimmage, which included a 17-yard strike to sophomore Jamar Bryant on his second attempt of the afternoon.

Pinkney recorded the longest completion of the day, connecting with junior transfer Ricky Johnson on 23-yarder.

Clay led all quarterbacks in rushing with 20 yards on four carries.

Prosser announces two players leaving Deacs

Freshman forward Casey Crawford and sophomore guard Shamaine "Joe" Dukes will leave the Wake Forest basketball program at the conclusion of the spring semester, coach Skip Prosser has confirmed.

Crawford and Dukes, both reserves this past season, will transfer to other schools with hopes of continuing their respective basketball careers. Neither has committed to another program at this time.

Gophers bring in Tubby Smith to direct hoops

Minnesota has named Tubby Smith its new basketball coach. Smith comes to Minnesota after having spent the past 10 seasons (1997-2007) as coach at Kentucky. During his tenure in Lexington, Smith, 55, led the Wildcats to the 1998 national championship, four “Elite Eight” appearances, five Southeastern Conference titles, five SEC Tournament titles and six “Sweet Sixteen” finishes.

March 23, 2007

East Carolina to stage first scrimmage today

East Carolina conducted a two-hour workout Wednesday afternoon and completed preparations for its first official intra-squad scrimmage today. The Pirates were off last week for spring break and returned to practice Monday.

The session was ECU's seventh practice of the spring period. Eight more workouts are scheduled, including two scrimmages and the annual Purple-Gold spring game set for April 14.

"Right now, it's hard to see the big picture," ECU coach Skip Holtz said. "We haven't been real sharp or crisp since getting back from the break. There's certainly talent and speed out there but we're not a very good team. It's been difficult to put it together because of our inexperience.

"There has been a lot of individual work done and now we're starting to put the team aspect together which sometimes is a slow process. The key will be for us to make that transition from start to finish."

Hoosiers capture Pinehurst golf; ECU 12th

Indiana finished with a 16-over par 880 to claim the team title at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate golf tournament. The Hoosiers entered the final round tied with Michigan at 14-over par, but carded a four-over par to capture the title. The Wolverines shot nine-over on the final 18 holes.

East Carolina tallied a three-round total of 909 (306-296-307) to finish in 12th place at plus-45.

Dukie McRoberts opts for NBA draft

Duke forward Josh McRoberts has declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA draft that will be held on June 28 in New York City.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he and McRoberts' family concurred with the player's decision.

During his sophomore season, McRoberts was Duke's second-leading scorer (13.0) while also leading the team in rebounds (7.9 rpg.), blocks (2.5 bpg.) and field goal percentage (.502 – 164-of-327).

Burning couch gets former OSU student jail time

A former Ohio State student was sentenced to 21 days in jail for setting a couch on fire after the Ohio State-Texas football game last fall.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien told The Lantern, the campus newspaper, that Jeffrey Peters moved the couch from a porch onto Summit Street and then set fire to it. Peters entered a guilty plea to criminal damaging.

March 22, 2007

Gov. Easley presents Yow with highest honor

North Carolina governor Mike Easley presented legendary N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow with the Laurel Wreath Award, the state's highest sports recognition, prior to the Wolfpack's 78-72 overtime win over Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night.

Yow is a 1964 graduate of East Carolina, majoring in English.

Heels football coach undergoing chemotherapy

North Carolina’s new head football coach Butch Davis is taking a “business as usual’’ attitude about spring practice, despite undergoing chemotherapy treatments to treat a cancerous growth in his mouth, according to a report by Sammy Batten of the Fayetteville Observer.

Davis, 55, had the growth removed from his gum last month after a routine dental checkup in Cleveland where he resided before taking the UNC job in November. Pathology tests at the Cleveland Clinic revealed the growth to be non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Mountaineers send Wolfpack packing in NIT

West Virginia connected on a flurry of three-point shots in the NIT quarterfinals on Tuesday night to end N.C. State's season by a 71-66 margin in the NIT quarterfinals.

Hitting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, senior Frank Young scored 25 points and Alex Ruoff added 15, boosting West Virginia (25-9) to its second win over the Wolfpack (20-16) this season before 11,215 vocal fans at West Virginia Coliseum.

The Mountaineers advance to the NIT semifinals on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York against Mississippi State, an 86-71 winner over Florida State.

March 21, 2007

Mathews, Mollenhauer earn national recognition

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.

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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