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04.20.07: East Carolina's Mathews on relievers watch list ... ECU women's tennis finishes with 19-10 record ... Report: Ohio State's Oden will make jump to NBA
04.19.07: Pirates place 182 on Conference USA honor roll ... ECU softball overpowers Seahawks for sweep ... Duke women's hoops lures Michigan State coach ... NCAA proposes end to text message recruiting
04.18.07: Virginia Tech adjusts spring sports schedule ... Golden Eagles complete spring workouts ... ECU softball at UTEP on pay-per-view
04.17.07: ECU's Salisbury wins hammer throw at UNC-CH ... ECU softball splits with Tigers, heads for UNCW ... UCF, Rice standouts take weekly honors
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

News Nuggets, 04.21.08
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A total of 12 players from Conference USA schools appeared on the opening day rosters of NFL Europe teams as the league began its 15th season this past week.

Eight of C-USA's 12 schools have players in NFL Europe.

East Carolina is represented by linebacker Richard Koonce, who is playing for the Rhein Fire.

Texas-Oklahoma game remaining at Cotton Bowl

The Texas-Oklahoma football game will remain at the Cotton Bowl through 2015, Dallas television station WFAA and the Dallas Morning News reported.

Dallas Mayor Laura Miller announced from the 50-yard line at the 75-year-old landmark that the historic game will remain at its current location.

The reports also indicated that Grambling and Prairie View will extend their annual game through 2015. Both games will remain key events during the State Fair of Texas.

Louisiana-Lafayette draws NCAA sanctions

The NCAA put Louisiana-Lafayette on probation for two years with stipulations that the Ragin' Cajuns will lose two basketball scholarships. The measures resulted from a basketball player's correspondence course and the football program's mandatory summer workouts.

The athletic program will forfeit 90 percent of its first year's money from the Sun Belt Conference for playing in the NCAA basketball tournaments in 2004 and 2005.

April 20, 2007

East Carolina's Mathews on relievers watch list

Three Conference USA relief pitchers have been named to the 40-man midseason watch list for the NCBWA stopper of the year award, given to the nation's top collegiate baseball reliever.

East Carolina junior Shane Mathews, Southern Miss senior Patrick Ezell and Tulane senior Daniel Latham are C-USA's three representatives.

Mathews is in his first season in the Pirates bullpen after starting 25 games in his first two full seasons. He leads Conference USA and ranks fifth nationally with 10 saves. Mathews has posted a 2-3 record in 23 appearances, striking out 33 and walking 17 in 28.1 innings pitched. He has thrown three innings or longer on five occasions, while earning three saves in one-run games.

ECU women's tennis finishes with 19-10 record

In Thursday's opening round match of the 2007 Conference USA women's tennis championship at Tulsa, No. 8 seed Central Florida downed No. 9 seed East Carolina, 4-0.

Central Florida advances to face No. 1 Tulsa at 10 a.m. on Friday in the first quarterfinal match-up and improves to 11-7 on the spring. East Carolina concluded its season at 19-10.

Report: Ohio State's Oden will make jump to NBA

Greg Oden is leaving Ohio State for the NBA. Freshman teammates Mike Conley, Jr., and Daequan Cook could join him, according to a Columbus Dispatch report.

A source close to the three players said that they will issue a statement through Ohio State declaring their intent to enter the NBA draft. Two sources said there will be no turning back for Oden, who will sign a representation agreement with an agent and is expected to be the No. 1 choice on June 28.

April 19, 2007

Pirates place 182 on Conference USA honor roll

A total of 1,773 student-athletes have earned recognition to the Conference USA commissioner's honor roll during the 2006-07 academic year. Requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

East Carolina had a total of 182 student-athletes to achieve honor roll status. Central Florida placed the highest number of student-athletes on the honor roll, producing 190 members. Southern Methodist followed closely behind with 188, while Rice ranked third with 183 student-athletes on the list.

ECU softball overpowers Seahawks for sweep

The East Carolina softball team pounded out 24 runs, 29 hits and eight home runs on Tuesday, breaking out of a recent offensive slump and sweeping a doubleheader from host UNC Wilimington at Boseman Field.

The Pirates improved to 32-15 overall while the Seahawks dropped to 18-27. ECU prevailed 9-1 in the first contest and 15-2 in the five-inning second game.

Duke women's hoops lures Michigan State coach

Joanne P. McCallie has been named women's basketball coach at Duke and will be introduced at a press conference on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Fans are welcome to attend.

McCallie comes from Michigan State were she spent the past seven seasons leading the Spartans to a 149-75 mark. She guided the program to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, four consecutive 20-win seasons and an appearance in the NCAA Championship game in 2005. Her record was 81-23 the last three years.

Council proposes end to text message recruiting

The Divisions I, II and III management councils of the NCAA met earlier this week in Indianapolis with the Division I Council voting to eliminate text messaging in recruiting, a proposal that now goes before the board of directors next week.

April 18, 2007

Virginia Tech adjusts spring sports schedule

In light of the tragedy on April 16, the Virginia Tech athletic department has made the following decisions regarding its athletics teams:

The remainder of Tech's spring football session, including Saturday's spring game, has been canceled. Tech was scheduled to practice Wednesday and Friday before holding the spring game on Saturday.

In addition to Tuesday's softball game between Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State, Wednesday's non-conference baseball game at English Field between Tech and William & Mary has also been canceled.

The athletic department has also decided that the three home ACC events — baseball, softball and lacrosse — will go on as scheduled. The baseball team will host Miami on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The lacrosse team hosts Maryland on Saturday at noon, and the softball squad hosts Maryland on Saturday and Sunday.

The five athletic teams scheduled to compete at various conference championships — golf, men's and women's outdoor track and field, and men's and women's tennis — will still compete as scheduled.

All Monogram Club events scheduled around the spring game, as well as the baseball alumni tailgate, have been canceled.

Golden Eagles complete spring workouts

Southern Miss completed its spring football drills on Monday with a two-hour workout at M.M. Roberts Stadium. The practice was the final one of 15 allowed by the NCAA during the offseason period.

East Carolina plays its Conference USA opener against Southern Miss at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Greenville.

The Golden Eagles had planned on finishing their spring campaign, Saturday, April 14, but heavy rains and winds during the morning hours forced cancellation of the annual spring game.

Golden Eagle coach Jeff Bower thought that his program accomplished most of its goals over the last month in preparation for the 2007 season and was pleased with the effort of the team during this time.

"I thought we did well," Bower said. "We found out a lot about our personnel and where we have to get better. We found out a lot about our young kids and made some steps with them."

Bower also announced the most improved players of the spring campaign. Ralph Turner of Cottonwood, AL, won the offensive award, while Michael McGee from Magee, MS, won the defensive award.

Former offensive lineman Travis Cooley from Waynesboro, MS, won the Heart of the Eagle Award, presented to a Southern Miss player from the previous year that has excelled not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in the community.

East Carolina softball at UTEP on pay-per-view

East Carolina's softball game at UTEP on Saturday at 3 p.m. will be shown as a pay-per-view event on CSTV. The registration site is Cost is $9.95.

April 17, 2007

ECU's Salisbury wins hammer throw at UNC-CH

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.

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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