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04.05.07: Beilein bolting Morgantown for Michigan ... ECU women netters on a roll with win at UNCW ... Krog finishes second for Lady Pirates in golf
04.04.07: Spring football practice enters fifth week ... Barton's Nosewicz captures Bradford Creek golf ... Tennessee tops Rutgers for women's hoops title ... Goestenkors leaves Duke for challenge at Texas
04.03.07: Lady Vols, Rutgers play for women's crown ... Good weekend for Pirate track at Western ... NCAA names SMU site for 2008 men's soccer
04.02.07: NCAA could be big loser in anti-trust suit ... Toledo player charged with point shaving ... Duke's Goestenkors named AP coach of year
04.01.07: Buckeyes, Gators meet in rematch of BCS final ... Donovan, Calipari attract interest from suitors ... ECU softball splits with Tulsa
03.31.07: East Carolina men's tennis wins at Richmond ... UCF names new women's hoops coach ... Jagodzinski announces frosh QB's exit
03.30.07: ECU announces home kickoff times, CSTV dates ... Naismith honors bestowed on Yow, Knight ... Mountaineers ascend to NIT summit
03.29.07: State coach's son facing serious charges ... Tigers, Mountaineers match up in NIT final ... Tar Heel women returning to Final Four
03.28.07: Tigers, Calipari agree to pact through 2011-12 ... ECU football depth chart set for release ... ECU's Eldridge named C-USA hitter of week
03.27.07: PSU's Paterno pacing sideline again ... Thorsen leads Pirates to fifth in Furman tourney ... San Diego names Gonzaga aide hoops coach
03.26.07: Tar Heels fold, Hoyas move on to Final Four ... Alford moving from Hawkeyes to Lobos ... ECU women's tennis tops Charleston Southern
03.25.07: Barton captures Division II national hoops title ... Tar Heels student mascot in critical condition ... Knicks sign Kentucky center Morris
03.24.07: Kass, Clay, Pinkney take turns at QB ... Prosser announces two players leaving Deacs ... Gophers bring in Tubby Smith to direct hoops
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

News Nuggets, 04.06.08
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The 2007 Conference USA baseball championship, originally scheduled for May 23-27 at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, will be held at East Carolina's Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Due to continuing renovations at Turchin Stadium since Hurricane Katrina, the facility will not be completed in time to host the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

"We were disappointed to learn that Turchin Stadium will not be ready to host the 2007 C-USA Baseball Championship, since we expect it will be one of the finest college baseball facilities in the country when it is completed," said Commissioner Britton Banowsky.

East Carolina was originally scheduled to host the 2008 championship. Tulane and ECU will now switch years, with next year's event to be held at Turchin Stadium.

"We certainly appreciate East Carolina stepping up and hosting the 2007 championship," said Banowsky. "ECU has an outstanding baseball facility and enjoys tremendous fan support. We know they will do a great job of hosting the championship and we are certain that the Pirate Nation will turn out in large numbers for this event."

The 2007 tickets will be priced at $60 and may be ordered online at, beginning Monday, April 9. The ECU ticket office will be open at 9 a.m. EDT on Monday to answer customer inquiries. Individual session tickets, if available, will be priced at $10, and will go on sale the week of the tournament.

Pirates take break before Purple-Gold game

East Carolina closed out its fifth week of spring drills a few days early by utilizing a split venue for its 13th practice. The Pirates worked an hour on the artificial surface of Hight Field within the Cliff Moore practice complex before completing the final phase of the workout in full scrimmage mode on Wednesday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

East Carolina will be taking a long weekend off in observance of Good Friday and Easter before resuming its schedule April 11. That workout will mark the Pirates' final tune-up in preparation for the Purple-Gold Game on April 14.

Coach Skip Holtz put a heavy emphasis on the passing game during the scrimmage portion of Wednesday's practice, which was highlighted by a pair of touchdown passes by sophomores Rob Kass and Brett Clay.

Kass capped the opening possession by connecting with Alex Taylor on a 14-yarder before Clay closed the contest by finding Taylor in the back of the endzone with an 11-yard toss. Kass also hooked up with redshirt freshman Dwayne Harris on a 35-yard non-scoring pass play during the scrimmage.

"We really wanted to focus our attention on the passing game today," Holtz said. "We tried to get in as much pass situational work as we could, emphasizing third-and-short, third-and-medium and third-and-long in drop-back and ball control calls with ones going against ones and No. 2s against No. 2s."

While the tone of the scrimmage featured a strong aerial presence, the Pirate rushing attack also continued to make an impact as junior Dominique Lindsay and redshirt freshman Norman Whitley recorded runs of 74 and 83 yards, respectively. Lindsay added a 17-yard touchdown dash, junior quarterback Patrick Pinkney contributed a four-yard scoring rush and junior Brandon Simmons had a long effort of 42 yards.

The scrimmage wasn't without some big plays on defense as junior Zach Slate recovered the game's only fumble and senior Travis Williams returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown late during the action.

"There have been a lot of positives this spring," Holtz commented. "However, the one thing we don't have at this point is a level of consistency."

After next Wednesday's full-pad practice, East Carolina's coaching staff will conduct a player draft to select roster positions for the Purple-Gold Game, which is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff.

Tickets, which are priced at $5.00 for the contest or $10.00 with the addition of a plate of barbecue from the Pigskin Pig-Out Party, can be purchased online at or by calling (252) 328-2300 or (800) DIAL-ECU outside the Greenville area.

Grambling coaching legend Robinson succumbs

The Grambling State University family lost one of its biggest patriarchs and ambassadors to the world late Tuesday night as legendary head football coach Eddie G. Robinson, Sr., passed away at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, LA$.

According to a Grambling release, Robinson spent 57 seasons consistently fielding stellar football teams and guiding his young charges to success both on and off the gridiron. The second “winningest coach in the history of college football” always remained humble, crediting his players, his family, his loving wife Doris, the media and football fans from all over the world for making the name “Eddie Robinson” synonymous with the best that college football has to offer.

On October 7, 1995, Robinson became the first college football coach to break the 400-win barrier, a mark once thought to be unreachable until Grambling’s version of the Energizer Bunny just kept on going and going and winning and winning. The 42-6 win over Mississippi Valley State came before a national television audience on ESPN2.

“Nobody has ever done or will ever do what Eddie Robinson has done for this game,” Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. “Our profession will never, ever be able to repay Eddie Robinson for what he has done for this country and the profession of football.”

ECU posts net win over Division II power Barton

East Carolina used four singles wins, three coming in convincing fashion, and the doubles point to post a 5-2 non-conference men's tennis victory over Barton on Wednesday evening at the ECU Tennis Complex.

The win improved the Pirates' record to 8-11 while Barton, ranked No. 31 nationally at the NCAA Division II level, fell to 11-4.

East Carolina opened the match by sweeping doubles play and capturing the opening point. Matt Peeler and Brian Walters defeated Nikola Andjelic and Robert Jenner 8-2 at the No. 2 flight before Aleksey Kochetov and Stephen Whitwell handed Brent Ching and Dan Mascall an 8-5 loss at No. 1 to seal the outcome.

The Pirates continued their strong play in the singles competition, winning four of the six matches. Kochetov rallied past Ching (4-6, 6-1, 6-0) at No. 1 and Whitwell handled Andjelic (6-4, 6-1) at No. 3 before Bryan Oakley and Walters added 6-1, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-4 victories over Chris Martel and Mascall at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

The Pirates' match against Gardner-Webb, scheduled to be completed earlier Wednesday as part of a doubleheader, was canceled because of expected inclement weather and potential travel difficulties.

East Carolina will close out its three-match homestand when it welcomes UNC-Wilmington to Greenville on Saturday at 1 p.m.

April 5, 2007

Beilein bolting Morgantown for Michigan

John Beilein told his West Virginia players on Tuesday that he was leaving the program in Morgantown to fill the basketball coaching vacancy at Michigan.

Beilein, 54, has amassed a 551-318 career record in his 29 years. He has produced 26 winning seasons and 14 20-win campaigns at four different levels: junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I.

Beilein has taken 10 different teams to a postseason tournament – four NCAA and six NIT. He has compiled a 20-10 all-time record during postseason play and is 6-4 in NCAA play with two Sweet 16 appearances (2005, '06) and an Elite Eight appearance (2005). He is 14-6 in NIT play, winning the 2007 NIT crown with West Virginia.

ECU women netters on a roll with win at UNCW

Visiting East Carolina won the doubles point and captured the final four singles matches to down UNC-Wilmington 5-2 in non-conference women's tennis action at the UNCW courts.

ECU improved to 17-8 with the victory and avenged a 4-3 loss to the Seahawks last year in Greenville. East Carolina notched its third win in its last four outings and captured its sixth triumph over an eight-match span.

UNCW had a three-match winning streak snapped and now stands 16-11 on the season.

The Lady Pirates won the doubles point when sophomore Varinia Soler converted a short volley to lift her and fellow Spaniard Mireia Gol to a tiebreaker win over UNCW's Molly Molony and Priscilla Roberts at No. 1 doubles.

Krog finishes second for Lady Pirates in golf

East Carolina sophomore Lene Krog carded a final round of 72 to finish tied for second at the 2007 John Kirk/Lady Panther Invitational in the 36-hole tournament at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, GA.

Krog, who recorded her 14th career top-10 finish, posted a 36-hole tournament score of 141 (69-72) finishing one stroke behind Memphis' Stacey Tate (68-72=140). ECU was fourth among six teams in the team scoring.

April 4, 2007

Spring football practice enters fifth week

East Carolina officially began its fifth week of spring workouts with a two-hour session Monday afternoon on Hight Field within the Cliff Moore practice complex.

The Pirates returned to action in full pads after conducting their second intra-squad scrimmage of the season Friday afternoon. After turning in its 12th practice of the spring period Monday, ECU has just two more workouts scheduled before closing camp with the Purple-Gold game on April 14.

After Wednesday's session, which will include a partial scrimmage at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, East Carolina will take a long weekend off in observance of Good Friday and Easter before finishing its in-week slate seven days later.

"At this stage of the spring, we simply can't get enough team work in," ECU coach Skip Holtz said after having a chance to review film of the scrimmage. "While I thought the physical part of it was there, we're now at the point where you look for execution, decision-making skills and people who consistently make plays and perhaps rise above others out there."

Barton's Nosewicz captures Bradford Creek golf

Barton's Nick Nosewicz shot a four-under 68 on Tuesday and finished with an 11-under 205 (67-70-68) to claim individual medalist honors at the 2007 Bradford Creek intercollegiate golf tournament in Greenville.

The tournament was held at the 7,151-yard, par 72 Bradford Creek course.

Radford took home the team title with a three round total of 17-under 847 (286-279-282), one stroke ahead of second place Furman (286-281-281=848).

Host East Carolina finished in third place with a 54-hole team score of nine-under 855 (295-272-288). Barton placed fourth with a seven-under 857 (285-289-283) followed by Kennesaw State with a six-under 858 (288-292-278).

ECU freshman Tripp Brizendine recorded the best finish of his career as he shot an eight-under 208 (66-71-71) to earn a tie for second place.

In addition to Brizendine, the Pirates had three other players earn top 10 finishes. Senior Robin Smith and juniors Chris Ault and Andre Thorsen all tied for seventh place with a four-under 212's.

Tennessee tops Rutgers for women's hoops title

Tennessee was a 59-46 winner over Rutgers in Cleveland to claim the seventh women's NCAA basketball tournament championship for the Lady Vols program.

Candace Parker scored 17 points to lead the win. Tennessee finished 34-3 while Rutgers was 27-9.

Goestenkors leaves Duke for challenge at Texas

Gail Goestenkors won five ACC championships and reached four Final Fours at Duke in 15 seasons as coach of the Blue Devils women's basketball program. Her performance attracted an offer to replace legendary coach Jody Conradt at Texas, and, on Tuesday, Goestenkors announced that she had accepted the Longhorns' offer.

Goestenkors, 44, a seven-time ACC coach of the year, has a 396-99 career record.

April 3, 2007

Lady Vols, Rutgers play for women's crown

Tennessee (33-3) and Rutgers (27-8) play for the women's NCAA basketball championship in Cleveland tonight. Tennessee is bidding for its seventh national title while Rutgers is looking for its first.

The Lady Vols used a 20-2 run over the last eight minutes to beat North Carolina 56-50 on Sunday night. Rutgers routed LSU, 59-35 to reach the final.

Good weekend for Pirate track at Western

East Carolina's track and field teams dominated the Western Carolina Invitational over the weekend, earning 12 first place finishes. In total, the Pirates brought home 46 top 10 finishes.

NCAA names SMU site for 2008 men's soccer

The NCAA has announced the selection of the NCAA men's and women’s college cup sites for 2008 and 2009.

Hosted by N.C. State, the town of Cary, and the Capital Area Soccer League, the 2008 NCAA women’s college cup will return December 5 and 7 to SAS soccer park in Cary. Texas A&M will serve as the 2009 host December 4 and 6, marking the third time it has hosted since 2005.

Conference USA member Southern Methodist will host the men's competition in 2008 and N.C. State will host the men in 2009.

April 2, 2007

NCAA could be big loser in anti-trust lawsuit

Has the NCAA illegally fixed the price of an athletic scholarship below the cost of a college education? Or, is the NCAA trying to protect amateurism and competitive balance for its member schools?

Those questions are posed by Lester Munson, writing for

A jury in Los Angeles will answer the questions in a trial that will begin on June 12. The jury's answer could be expensive for the NCAA, according to Munson. Very expensive.

Lawyers representing all Division I football and basketball players (there are 11,500 of them) claim that the athletes are shortchanged an average of $2,500 a year because of an arbitrary NCAA limit on scholarships.

If they're right, the athletes are entitled under anti-trust laws to triple damages, a potential liability for the NCAA of more than $86 million for a single year, $344 million if the calculation is based on four years.

NCAA officials claim the scholarship must be limited in order to produce a balance of competition among Division I schools and to protect amateurism.

Toledo running back charged with point shaving

The U.S. Attorney's Office brought a criminal complaint Friday against a Toledo football player, accusing him of taking bribes from a Sterling Heights (OH) gambler to affect the outcome of football games and recruiting other football players and members of the men's basketball team to do the same thing, according to a Detroit news report.

Running back Harvey "Scooter" McDougle Jr., 22, is charged with participating in a bribery scheme to influence sporting contests. He was arraigned in federal court in Detroit late Friday afternoon and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

McDougle, who appeared in court wearing gray sweatpants, a gray sweatshirt and black Nike shoes, is to return to court April 20 for a preliminary examination.

Duke's Goestenkors named AP coach of year

Duke coach Gail Goestenkors has been named college women's basketball coach of the year award by the Associated Press.

Goestenkors, who has won nearly 400 games in her career at Duke, had 40 votes. North Carolina State's Kay Yow – a 1964 East Carolina graduate who returned from treatment for breast cancer – had six votes. Goestenkors said she was accepting the award for Yow.

"My job is easy compared to what she has been through," Goestenkors said of Yow.

Goestenkors guided the Blue Devils to a 29-0 record in the regular season – the first ACC team to do so and 14th in NCAA history. She also led Duke to an NCAA-record seventh straight 30-win season.

The Blue Devils suffered their first loss in the ACC tournament semifinals, falling to N.C. State. Her team was No. 1 in the AP poll for the season's final nine weeks and the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Duke's season came to an abrupt end when the Blue Devils fell to Rutgers 53-52 in the Greensboro Regional semifinals.

A seven-time Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year, the 44-year-old Goestenkors is the top candidate for the vacancy at Texas, where Jody Conradt announced her resignation March 12, Goestenkors interviewed with the Longhorns on Wednesday.

April 1, 2007

Buckeyes, Gators meet in rematch of BCS final

Ohio State reached its first national title game since 1962 with a 67-60 victory over Georgetown on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Mike Conley led the Buckeyes with 15 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Greg Oden, who was limited by foul trouble, added 13 points — all in the second half — and eight rebounds in 20 minutes.

Ohio State will meet defending champion Florida, a 76-66 winner over UCLA as Corey Brewer scored 19 points for the Gators.

Florida beat the Buckeyes for the national title in football in the BCS final for the 2006 season.

Donovan, Calipari attract interest from suitors

Even as Florida was preparing to play UCLA on semifinal Saturday in Atlanta, ESPN reported that Kentucky will offer Gators coach Billy Donovan a guaranteed $2.8 million annual contract once Florida's season ends.

In other coaching news, Memphis has granted Arkansas permission to talk to Tigers coach John Calipari about the Razorbacks' basketball coaching vacancy.

ECU softball splits with Golden Hurricane

The East Carolina softball team welcomed defending Conference USA champion Tulsa to the ECU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with the Golden Hurricane. The Pirates bounced back to take game two 3-0 after dropping the first contest 3-1 in nine innings.

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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