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04.13.07: Change, addition made to ECU baseball slate ... NCAA football timing returns to 2005 procedures ... Boyle spurns chance to return as Duke coach
04.12.07: Purple-Gold game up next for ECU football ... Charges dropped against Duke lacrosse players ... Navy, Pitt resume series with ESPN matchup ... LSU lures WNBA coach to guide women's hoops
04.11.07: Effort at ECU earns Rice's Berry national honor ... Durant says adios to Texas, hello to NBA ... Turgeon taking reigns of Texas A&M hoops
04.10.07: Imus apologizes but critics still want him axed ... ECU, UNCW reschedule softball doubleheader ... Ex-Spartan gridder charged with murder
04.09.07: Marshall brings Jones home as hoops coach ... NCAA denies ESPN contention on Toledo betting ... Spartans reign after Frozen Four thriller
04.08.07: Freshman leads ECU softball past UAB ... Pitino adds son to staff at Louisville ... Texas' Durant captures Wooden Award
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, 04.14.08
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East Carolina completes its spring football practice today with the playing of the annual Purple-Gold Game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Similar to last season, the two teams will be divided up as "East Carolina" and "Pirates." However, unlike coach Skip Holtz' first two spring clashes, which pitted the program's first offensive unit against the top defensive unit, today's rosters were compiled in true draft fashion with alternating picks by ECU's coaching staff.

With the exception of the top three quarterbacks on the depth chart, all players have been selected to a particular team. Junior Patrick Pinkney and sophomores Rob Kass and Brett Clay are expected to rotate at quarterback between the two squads in order to get the maximum amount of repetitions.


Hoyas duo testing NBA draft status

Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III announced Friday that juniors Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert have decided to submit their names for the NBA draft.

"Both young men have worked extremely hard to position themselves for this opportunity," Thompson said. "They have begun a process of information gathering which is necessary for them to make educated decisions." Neither will retain (agents) until after the early withdrawal deadline (if necessary)."

Pirate netters sweep Mount Olive, N.C. Central

The East Carolina men's tennis squad posted its first doubleheader sweep since the opening weekend of the season with a 6-1 win over Mount Olive and a 7-0 shutout of North Carolina Central on Friday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.

April 13, 2007

Change, addition made to ECU baseball slate

The schedule for this weekend's Conference USA baseball series between East Carolina and Marshall has been altered due to the threat of inclement weather.

The two teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 3 p.m. and then play a single game Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, WV.

The Pirates are currently in sixth place in Conference USA with a 4-5 league record, while Marshall is 0-6 and in ninth place.

It was also announced Thursday that the Pirates have added Elon University to the 2007 schedule to complete their 56-game season. The game, which will be played on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium, was added to compensate for the cancellation of the scheduled March 16 game between ECU and Michigan due to inclement weather.

NCAA football timing returns to 2005 procedures

NCAA football rules will go back to 2005 standards regarding a couple of changes instituted last season to shorten the time of games.

First, the clock will start on the snap after a change in possession, as opposed to the 2006 rule which started the clock when the referee signaled the ball ready for play. The committee also returned its rules on free kicks to 2005 standards, starting the clock on kickoffs only when the ball is legally touched in the field of play.

Two major changes intended to control overall game times include moving the kickoff to the 30-yard line, which should result in more returns, and limiting the play clock to 15 seconds in televised games following commercial timeouts.

The new rules will also limit charged team timeouts, during televised games only, to 30 seconds plus the 25-second play clock. Conference or institutional contractual media agreements shall supersede this policy. This will not affect non-televised games.

Boyle spurns chance to return as Duke coach

In a surprising move, California coach Joanne Boyle didn't take Duke up on its offer to have her replace women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors, according to a Durham Herald report.

The former Blue Devils player and longtime Goestenkors assistant interviewed in Durham on Monday, meeting with athletics director Joe Alleva and men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, among others.

She decided Wednesday that her heart was in Berkeley.

April 12, 2007

Purple-Gold game up next for ECU football

East Carolina finished the practice portion of its spring schedule in cool and damp conditions Wednesday.

While the spirited full-pad session completed the Pirates' weekday workout slate, it also served as a final tune-up for the program's annual spring game that kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m. at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

"There have been many positives that have come out of the spring and I'm pleased with that," said ECU Head Coach Skip Holtz. "We've made a lot of progress but understand that we still have the summer workouts and fall camp ahead of us. There's a lot of work left for us to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together and get guys healthy before we can even entertain the idea of getting ready to play."

Holtz and staff have spent the last few days defining their current depth chart to identify the first and second units and conducted a player draft Wednesday morning to select roster positions for the Purple-Gold game.

Similar to last season, the two teams will be divided up as "East Carolina" and "Pirates" and each will feature either the No. 1 offense or the top defense in order to display competition between equal units of the two-deep.

Holtz also indicated the format of the scrimmage will resemble a true game as much as possible with the utilization of a game clock throughout all four quarters with live hitting permitted in all positions. The only exception to the norm will be the elimination of kickoff, punting and return situations. The scrimmage plans contemplate that the Pirates will attempt all extra-point and field goal tries.

"As is the case every year, we're all looking forward to Saturday," Holtz continued. "The opportunity to have another scrimmage situation, lining up and playing in a game-day environment is critical to our continued development because of the inexperience we have in many key areas."

Along with the game and festivities of the two-day Pirate Purple/Gold pigskin Pig-Out Party, many former Pirate greats and current or retired National Football League performers such as Earnest Byner, Reggie Branch, Tony Collins, Brian Rimpf and Jody Shulz, along with former coach Ed Emory, will be in Greenville this weekend and present at the game.

Charges dropped against Duke lacrosse players

The Durham Herald reported Wednesday afternoon that state attorney general Roy Cooper is dropping kidnapping and sexual assault charges in the Duke lacrosse case because the three players are innocent and were the victims of a "tragic rush to accuse and failure to verify" the allegations.

Cooper said the accuser in the case, one of two women hired to perform a strip show for team members during a party last spring, wanted to continue with the case. But her accounts didn't match up with any evidence investigators have turned up, or with the account offered by any other witness to what occurred at the party.

Navy, Pitt resume series with ESPN matchup

Pittsburgh's first football game with Navy in 18 years will be a national ESPN telecast on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, the contest was moved to Wednesday after ESPN officials expressed an interest in making the Pitt-Navy game an exclusive national broadcast, kicking off four consecutive days of college football programming by the network.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. The matchup will be the only college football telecast by the network that evening.

LSU lures WNBA coach to guide women's hoops

LSU named Van Chancellor as its women's basketball coach on Wednesday. Chancellor, who will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September, resigned from the WNBA Houston Comets in January after winning four WNBA titles with the team from 1997-2000. Before that, he was Ole Miss coach from 1978-97 and took the Lady Rebels to 14 NCAA Tournaments and four elite eight finishes.

Chancellor, 63, replaces Pokey Chatman, who resigned following implications that she had an improper relationship with a player.

April 11, 2007

Effort at ECU earns Rice's Berry national honor

Rice freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Berry and Missouri sophomore right-handed pitcher Rick Zagone were named national co-pitchers of the week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Berry won his only start of the week on the road at 22nd-ranked East Carolina on Apr. 6. The right-hander from Humble, TX, allowed just four singles and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 in seven shutout innings in a game the Owls won 4-0.

He faced 24 ECU batters and held the Pirates to a composite .167 batting average on his way to his fifth victory of the season. Only three ECU hitters faced by Berry reached scoring position.

South Carolina junior second baseman Travis Jones was named hitter of the week.

Durant says adios to Texas, hello to NBA

Texas swingman Kevin Durant intends to declare himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft and will begin the process of hiring an agent, he announced Tuesday.

The first freshman in NCAA history to earn consensus national player of the year honors, Durant led the Big 12 Conference in scoring (25.8 ppg), rebounding (11.1 rpg) and blocked shots (67). He was the only player to rank in the Top 10 nationally in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fourth).

Durant is the first player in Texas history to declare for the NBA draft following his freshman year. The 2007 NBA draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 28 in New York City.

Turgeon taking reigns of Texas A&M hoops

Former Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon has been named basketball coach at Texas A&M.

In seven years as head coach at Wichita State (2000-07), Turgeon built the Shockers into one of the premier teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, culminating in a conference title and NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006.

In the 2006 NCAA Tournament, WSU knocked off Seton Hall and Tennessee before falling to eventual Final Four participant George Mason. Turgeon was named the 2006 MVC coach of the year.

He built a 128-89 record (.590) at WSU, third most wins in school history. He posted a 104-56 record (.650) in his final five seasons, an average of 20.8 victories per year. He led the Shockers to three straight NITs from 2003-05 in addition to the 2006 NCAAs, the first time WSU had four straight postseason appearances in 40 years.

April 10, 2007

Imus apologizes but critics still want him axed

USA Today has reported that talk show host Don Imus apologized again Monday for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team a bunch of "nappy-headed hos" last week, but critics continued to press for his firing.

And his two major outlets, CBS Radio, which syndicates his morning show, and MSNBC, which simulcasts it, said Monday they're suspending the shock jock for two weeks starting April 16. NBC News said in a statement that Imus has professed "profound regret" and said its future relationship with the entertainer would be determined by his behavior.

The East Carolina women's basketball team was handily defeated by Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights went on to advance to the tournament finals, where they were beaten by Tennessee.

ECU, UNCW reschedule softball doubleheader

The non-conference softball doubleheader between East Carolina and UNC-Wilmington has been postponed from Wednesday, April 11, to Tuesday, April 17, in Wilmington due to questionable weather and scheduling conflicts.

The first game of the rescheduled doubleheader is slated for 4 p.m.

Former Spartan gridder charged with murder

Former Michigan State football player Hubert D. Thompson, 28, once rated as a top pro prospect at defensive end, is charged with murder for allegedly throwing a neighbor to his death from a third-floor apartment balcony.

Thompson has said he thought the man was trying to poison him, according to reports. Thompson told the Chicago Tribune that he was being poisoned by James Malone, 66, who resided in the same suburban Chicago apartment complex.

Friends and family said Thompson suffers from mental illness.

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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