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04.16.07: Weather curtails Southern Miss spring game ... Two C-USA players taken in USBL draft ... Wake football gets rings, presents awards
04.15.07: Kass displays big arm in Purple-Gold game ... ECU women's tennis matches record win total ... Accusing LSU assistant submits resignation ... One Buckeye dad says NBA decision not made
04.14.07: Quarterbacks will rotate in ECU's spring game ... Hoyas duo testing NBA draft status ... Pirate netters sweep Mount Olive, N.C. Central
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, 04.17.08
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The East Carolina track and field teams competed in the Carolina Fast Times this past weekend at UNC-Chapel Hill.

On the women's side, the Pirates took home 17 top ten finishes, including Chelsea Salisbury's victory in the hammer throw (58.62 meters).

On the men's side, the Pirates brought home three top ten finishes. John Loehr came in 3rd in the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:45.03); Richard Armstrong (1:54.03) came in 10th in the 800 meter run; and Akintunde Abisogun (6.72)was 10th in the long jump event.

ECU softball splits with Tigers, heads for UNCW

Due to inclement weather in Greenville, Sunday's Conference USA softball series finale between East Carolina and Memphis was cancelled.

The two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday. The Tigers took game one 8-3 while the Pirates bounced back to capture the nightcap, 5-0. In game two, Toni Paisley threw a complete game shutout while also matching her career-high in strikeouts with 11.

ECU returns to action today with a rescheduled doubleheader at UNC-Wilmington.

UCF, Rice standouts take weekly C-USA honors

Central Florida sophomore righthander Kyle Sweat has been named the Conference USA pitcher of the week, while Rice sophomore second baseman/designated hitter Jess Buenger earned hitter of the week honors for the period ending April 15.

Against No. 17 Florida, Sweat had the best performance by a Golden Knight pitcher this season. The sophomore shut down the Gators, giving up just two hits and walking only two, keeping them scoreless over eight innings of work.

Buenger had one of the best weeks of any Owl all year, leading Rice with a composite .556 batting average as the team went 3-1. He went 10-for-18 with a home run, four doubles, seven runs scored and four RBI's.

April 16, 2007

Weather curtails Southern Miss spring game

Heavy rains and high winds through the Hattiesburg area on Saturday morning forced Southern Miss to cancel its annual spring football game. The scrimmage was set for a 1 p.m., start at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

The game will not be made up. Instead, the Golden Eagles will use their final allowable practice session of the spring today at the Joe P. Park practice facility.

Two Conference USA players taken in USBL draft

Houston senior guard Oliver Lafayette and Tulsa senior forward Charles Ramsdell were both selected in the United States Basketball League (USBL) draft.

Lafayette, a 6-foot-2 guard and a two-time All-Conference USA second team selection, was the 15th overall pick and drafted in the second round by the Kansas Cagerz.

The 6-foot-10 Ramsdell was selected in the fourth round by the Oklahoma Storm. He was the seventh pick in the fourth round and the 37th pick overall in the draft. This past season, Ramsdell averaged 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while helping the Golden Hurricane post a 20-11 overall record.

Wake football gets rings, presents awards

The Wake Forest football team received its 2006 ACC championship and 2007 Orange Bowl rings at its postseason banquet on Saturday evening at Groves Stadium.

Sophomore punter/placekicker Sam Swank was voted the team's most valuable player in a vote by his teammates. Junior Kenneth Moore won the most outstanding back award, senior Steve Vallos earned the Bill George award as best lineman/linebacker, and senior Josh Gattis was selected most outstanding special teams player.

April 15, 2007

Kass displays big arm in Purple-Gold game

The heir-apparent to James Pinkney as East Carolina's starting quarterback flashed passing talents reminiscent of Pinkney in the team's spring game Saturday in Greenville.

Sophomore Rob Kass passed for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a game-winning 77-yarder to classmate Jamar Bryant early in the fourth quarter, to highlight the annual Purple-Gold intra-squad battle Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Kass, who completed 10 of 21 passes while splitting time with both teams, also opened the scoring by connecting with senior wide receiver Phillip Henry on a 55-yard toss on the game's fifth play from scrimmage to spark "East Carolina" to a 20-13 win over the "Pirates."

After the Pirates rallied from a 13-6 deficit to tie the contest on freshman Kevin Gidrey's one-yard scoring plunge with 24 seconds to play in the third quarter, Kass capped a brief three-play, 88-yard drive by hitting Bryant on a deep route during ECU's first possession of the final quarter.

The three quarterbacks on ECU's current depth chart played on a rotating basis for each squad throughout the contest. Junior Patrick Pinkney completed eight of 24 passes for 67 yards with an interception while sophomore Brett Clay was 10 of 21 for 96 yards.

As East Carolina's signal-caller, Kass found a receiver on six of 11 throws for 174 yards, which included the two long TD strikes.

ECU women's tennis matches record win total

The East Carolina women's tennis team extended its winning streak to a season-high four matches in impressive fashion with a 7-0 non-conference victory over N.C. Central at the ECU Tennis Complex on Friday.

The win enabled ECU (19-8) to tie a team single-season record for victories, matching its total set last spring. Since taking over the ECU women's tennis program in 1999, head coach Tom Morris has now equaled or surpassed the standard on four occasions (16 in 2003, 17 in 2005 and 19 in 2006 and 2007).

Accusing LSU assistant submits resignation

Before returning to her alma mater, LSU women’s basketball assistant coach Carla Berry distinguished herself in mobile phone sales. Six years later, after excelling in the art of recruiting some of the nation’s best players, she’s returning to the business sector, according to a Baton Rouge Advocate report.

Berry, who first brought allegations of improper conduct with former players by former LSU head coach Pokey Chatman to the attention of LSU administrators, resigned Friday.

“I have enjoyed my years at LSU as a player and a coach, and I have memories I will cherish for a lifetime,” Berry said in a prepared university statement. “I am excited about the future of LSU women’s basketball, and I know the Lady Tigers will do great things with our new head coach, Van Chancellor. I will always be a great fan of LSU Lady Tiger basketball.”

The 37-year-old Berry, who has not spoken publicly since Chatman stepped down March 7, did not return a message seeking additional comment.

One Buckeye dad says NBA decision not made

Mike Conley, Sr., has told The Columbus (OH) Dispatch that he is "100 percent confident" that Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jr., and Daequan Cook have not decided whether to leave Ohio State for the NBA.

He indicated that all three freshmen could at least enter the draft to give themselves more time to assess their status.

College underclassmen have until April 29 to enter the draft and until June 18 to withdraw. The draft is June 28. The Indianapolis Star reported Friday that Oden's father, Greg, Sr., said his son would enter the draft, in which he is the presumptive No.1 pick. The story did not say, however, whether Greg, Sr., who lives in Buffalo, was told that by his son or how else he came by the information.

April 14, 2007

Quarterbacks will rotate in ECU's spring game

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.

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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