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05.03.07: Graham signs as free agent with Panthers ... Tulsa tennis teams, Rice men get NCAA bids ... Florida State panel denies tight end's release
05.02.07: Pirate golfers accorded conference honors ... UAB's Osborn, Tulsa take golf titles ... Saint Louis becomes new challenge for Majerus
05.01.07: ECU's Lee, Roach get national academic honors ... Houston's Kolb leads C-USA draft selections ... Jordan's son plans to join Illini hoops program
04.30.07: ECU's Allison drafted in fifth round by Vikings ... Pirates split softball twinbill with Cougars ... Heels win first series at Doak Field since 2001... Duke captures ACC men's lacrosse title
04.29.07: ECU teams earn NCAA academic recognition ... NCAA acts on text messaging, baseball ... LSU quarterback goes No. 1 in draft as expected
04.28.07: Scholar-athlete honors go to Handsfield, Krug ... Sunday start for softball moves up one hour ... Rice, Tulane players on Howser list
04.27.07: Young named MVP for Lady Pirates hoops ... SMU golfer beats pros for Byron Nelson berth ... Pacers dismiss Carlisle after missing playoffs
04.26.07: ECU adds The Citadel to baseball schedule ... Pirates will buddy up with Challenger League ... Memphis nips Lady Pirates in C-USA golf
04.25.07: ECU's Paisley named C-USA pitcher of week ... Houston, Marshall players take league honors ... Michigan plans indoor practice facility
04.24.07: ECU softball routs UTEP for series triumph ... Tulsa sweeps Conference USA tennis ... Majerus meets with Saint Louis officials ... Tar Heel Wright to enter NBA draft
04.23.07: ECU wins nationally- televised softball game ... Dad Holtz coaches win in Irish spring game ... Throng turns out for Alabama spring game
04.22.07: Hokies coach invited to New York for NFL draft ... Iowa grants transfer release to super frosh ... Loss to Tulsa wraps up ECU's tennis season
04.21.07: Former ECU gridder playing in NFL Europe ... Texas- Oklahoma game remaining at Cotton Bowl ... La-Lafayette draws NCAA sanctions
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

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Kim Lewellen has been named women's golf coach at Virginia. She succeeds Jan Mann who announced her retirement in February.

Mann directed Virginia's program for its first four seasons, producing berths in the NCAA regional championships the past three years and a 13th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA championships.

Lewellen comes to Virginia after spending the past two seasons as the women's coach at East Carolina. She led the Pirates to the program's first ever Conference USA Championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish this season. Her 2006 squad qualified for the NCAA East Regional, the third time a team from ECU had reached NCAA postseason play.

Lewellen was a contestant on the Big Break program on the Golf Channel during her stint at ECU.

Marshall women get berth in preseason WNIT

Marshall women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick has announced that the Thundering Herd has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2007 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).

Marshall's appearance in the 2007 Preseason WNIT will be the Herd's first ever berth in either a preseason or postseason WNIT. The 16-team tournament, which guarantees at least three games per school, will be played entirely on campuses around the country.

Three-point shot getting a foot longer for men

The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has voted to recommend extending the three-point line by one foot to 20 feet, 9 inches starting with the 2008-09 season. The dimensions of the lane will remain unchanged.

Women’s basketball rules will maintain the current three-point line, which is 19 feet, 9 inches from the basket.

May 3, 2007

Graham signs as free agent with Panthers

East Carolina offensive tackle Eric Graham has signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers.

Graham will participate in the team's three-day mini-camp May 4-6 at the Panthers' practice facility at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

A Jacksonville (NC) native and product of Richlands High School, Graham recently completed his ECU career after starting 34 of 40 games on the offensive line. In all, he saw action on 2,320 snaps and was credited with a combined 183.5 knock-down blocks, dating back to his redshirt freshman season in 2003.

Graham, 23, was selected to both the coaches and media All-Conference USA squads (second team) as a senior in 2006 after helping lead the Pirates to their first winning season since 2000 and first bowl berth since 2001.

Tulsa tennis teams, Rice men get NCAA bids

Both Tulsa tennis programs will represent Conference USA in the 2007 NCAA tennis championships after receiving the league's automatics bids in reward for winning the conference crowns on April 22. The women will face Tennessee in Nashville, TN, in the opening round, while the men will face Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge, LA, in their opening match.

Rice's men's team will also represent C-USA after it received one of the 33 at-large bids handed out to the men's event. The Owls will face Texas A&M in Waco, TX, in the first round.

First- and second-round competition will be conducted Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12 or 12-13, with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I men's and women's tennis championships in Athens, GA.

Florida State panel denies tight end's release

A three-person faculty panel upheld Coach Bobby Bowden's decision to deny former Seminole tight end Brandon Warren a release from his Florida State scholarship. The panel, chaired by NCAA faculty representative Joe Beckham, cited Warren's inability to provide proof of "extraordinary hardship," according to a Tallahassee Democrat report.

As a true freshman, Warren had more receiving yards (301) than any FSU tight end since at least 1980. In June 2005, a year before Warren arrived at FSU, his mother, Deirdre, had a cancerous kidney removed. She said on Monday the cancer remains in remission and she continues to work.

Deirdre Warren said the family is still exploring its options and the next move. An FSU official said Warren has exhausted his appeals with the university. Without his release from FSU, Warren must pay his way for the next academic year to a Division I university, including nearby Tennessee where it is believed Warren wants to transfer.

May 2, 2007

Pirate golfers accorded conference honors

East Carolina junior Andre Thorsen has been named second-team All-Conference USA in golf and freshman Tripp Brizendine has been selected to the all-freshman team as voted upon by the league's 11 head coaches.

Thorsen posted the sixth-lowest 18-hole average among all Conference USA players with a 72.77. He recorded five top 10 finishes in nine events this season, including a pair of top three finishes. His best showing of the year came at the Palmetto Intercollegiate where he came in second.

Brizendine registered a trio of top 25 finishes, including a second place finish at the Bradford Creek Intercollegiate. He had the sixth-lowest scoring average among all C-USA freshmen entering this week's Conference USA championship.

UAB's Osborn, Tulsa take C-USA golf titles

With a key eagle on No. 12, UAB senior Garrett Osborn carded a 70 in the final round of the Conference USA golf championship and picked up medalist honors with a 212 for 54 holes.

Tulsa earned the team title after taking a comfortable lead following the first two rounds of the championship played on the par 72, 6,935-yard Texarkana (AR) Country Club.

Saint Louis becomes new challenge for Majerus

Rick Majerus has been named basketball coach at former Conference USA member Saint Louis. Prior to working as an analyst for ESPN for the last three years, Majerus amassed a 422-147 career head coaching record. When coaching a full season, he has missed the postseason just two times in 17 seasons.

May 1, 2007

ECU's Lee, Roach get national academic honors

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) have announced that former East Carolina student-athletes Robert Lee and Kevin Roach have earned selection to the inaugural NFF National Honor Society.

The NFF National Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 grade point average or better. A total of 345 players from 195 schools earned recognition as part of the inaugural class.

Houston's Kolb leads C-USA draft selections

Conference USA had a total of eight players selected in the 2007 NFL draft. Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb was the first player chosen from a C-USA school, going to the Philadelphia Eagles with the fourth pick of the second round, the 36th overall selection.

This year's draft the first time since 2003 that a C-USA player was not chosen in the first round.

Kolb was the third quarterback selected in the draft, behind LSU's JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders - No. 1) and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn (Cleveland Browns - No. 22).

Kolb finished his career as the most prolific passer in Houston history, rewriting almost every passing and total offense record, including pass completions (964), pass attempts (1,565), passing yards (12,964), total plays (2,037), total offense (13,715) and touchdowns responsible for (106).

Kolb was a consensus selection as the 2006 Conference USA offensive player of the year and a unanimous pick to the All C-USA first team.

Other C-USA selections:

  • Central Florida wide receiver Mike Walker to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round;

  • Texas-El Paso wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins to the Oakland Raiders in the third round;

  • Memphis cornerback Brandon McDonald to the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round;

  • East Carolina wide receiver Aundrae Allison to the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round;

  • Southern Methodist defensive end Justin Rogers to the New England Patriots in the sixth round;

  • UTEP quarterback Jordan Palmer to the Washington Redskins in the sixth round;

  • Marshall running back Ahmad Bradshaw to the New York Giants in the seventh round.

Jordan's son plans to join Illini hoops program

Jeffrey Jordan, a senior guard at Loyola Academy and Michael Jordan's son, has said he plans to play basketball at Illinois.

The 6-foot-2 guard, who twice made all conference, said he will be a preferred walk-on, meaning he won't be have a scholarship but that he is assured of a roster spot.

The younger Jordan declined a scholarship to Valparaiso to join the Big Ten program.

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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