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04.07.07: Rice basketball player dies from stabbing ... Gillispie departs Aggies to take reins at Kentucky ... K-State moves fast after Huggins goes to WVU
04.06.07: League tournament shifted to Greenville ... Pirates take break before Purple-Gold game ... Grambling coaching legend Robinson succumbs ... ECU posts net win over Division II power Barton
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, 04.08.08
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A two-run homer in the fifth inning by freshman Charina Sumner gave the East Carolina softball team the lead for good in a 3-2 victory over UAB Saturday afternoon at George Ward Park in Birmingham.

ECU improved to 29-14 overall and 7-5 in Conference USA and maintained a hold on second in the conference standings.

Pitino adds son to staff at Louisville

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has made three revisions to his staff.

Richard Pitino, an assistant coach at Duquesne University for the past year and the son of the Louisville coach, will join the staff as an assistant coach.

Eric Scott, an assistant coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville for the past two years and a former Cardinals assistant, will become the director of basketball operations.

Matt Morris, a program assistant at Louisville last year, will become director of video operations.

Texas' Durant captures Wooden Award

Texas freshman swingman Kevin Durant has been named the winner of the 2007 John R. Wooden Award. Durant is the first freshman to win the award, which was first presented in 1977.

Durant is the second Konghorn player to receive the honor, joining T.J. Ford who garnered the accolade in 2003.

April 7, 2007

Rice basketball player dies from stabbing

Rice is mourning the loss of Jonathan Bailey, a junior who was stabbed to death Thursday in College Station, TX, where he had just celebrated his 22nd birthday with his twin brother.

Jonathan was a walk-on member of the Owls basketball team, and head coach Willis Wilson met with Jonathan's mother and another brother in Houston the morning after the incident.

"Obviously, we are shocked at this tragedy," Wilson said in a Rice release. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jonathan's family. Every member of our athletics community is grieving at the loss of a teammate and a friend."

Bailey transfered to Rice for the start of the 2005-06 season from Texas State and redshirted. He played in four games for the Owls this past season, playing a total of 10 minutes. He scored all of his four points in the opener against Paul Quinn College.

Gillispie departs Aggies to take reins at Kentucky

Kentucky has named Billy Gillispie as its basketball coach, filling the void left by Tubby Smith's departure to Minnesota and in quick response to Billy Donovan's decision to remain at Florida after directing the Gators to a second straight NCAA Tournament championship.

Gillispie agreed to a seven-year contract with the Wildcats. Gillispie leaves Texas A&M after directing the Aggies to a 27-7 record in 2007 and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16.

K-State moves fast after Huggins goes to WVU

The Manhattan (Kansas) Mercury has reported that Kansas State has promoted Frank Martin to basketball coach, replacing Bob Huggins, who resigned Thursday to go to West Virginia.

According to a release by K-State athletic director Tim Weiser, Huggins assistant coach Dalonte Hill has also been promoted and will remain with the Wildcat program as associate head coach.

April 6, 2007

League tournament shifted to Greenville

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.

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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