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05.06.07: Duke bows out of hosting state title grid games ... Pirate basketball under the gun in academics ... Graduation exercises include 43 ECU student-athletes
05.05.07: Virginia, Southern Cal to collide on Aug. 30 ... Louisville re-signs Pitino through 2013 ... Three from
C-USA on Rimington watch list
05.04.07: Lewellen leaving East Carolina for Virginia post ... Marshall women get berth in preseason WNIT ... Three-point shot getting a foot longer
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

News Nuggets, 05.07.08
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Having clinched the second seed in the upcoming Conference USA softball tournament by virtue of Tulsa's loss to Texas-El Paso on Saturday, the East Carolina softball team kept momentum on its side on Sunday in Hattiesburg as it completed a three-game sweep of Southern Miss 8-4.

The Pirates finish the regular season with a 38-18 overall record and a 14-9 mark in conference play.

The conference tournament is Thursday through Saturday in Orlando.

UAB, UNLV lose football scholarships

The NCAA has released its three-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data, in which only 112 of 6,100 Division I sports teams lost scholarships or were publicly sanctioned for failing to meet acceptable standards. But officials warned that significantly more teams in the major sports could be in trouble next year, according to

According to the data, 44 percent of men's basketball teams, 40 percent of football teams and 35 percent of baseball teams had three-year APR scores below the 925 cut under which schools can be penalized. Many avoided sanctions due to "squad-size adjustments," the NCAA's margin-of-error factor.

Beginning next year, when the NCAA will for the first time have four years of data for each school, squad-size adjustments will be eliminated, putting any team below 925 in danger.

Among 12 Division I-A football schools receiving sanctions, UAB, from Conference USA, lost one scholarship and UNLV, where former East Carolina athletic director Mike Hamrick is AD, lost three.

Prosser heading to Kuwait for USO operation

Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser, is heading to Kuwait May 22 as part of Operation Hardwood IV. Prosser and some of his colleagues will be on a military base for six days coaching teams of service members.

The tour is sponsored by the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE). Equipment and uniforms for the tour are being provided by Nike.

Joining Prosser on the trip will be Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Ed Conroy (The Citadel), Jim Crews (Army), Dennis Felton (Georgia), Fran Fraschilla (ESPN analyst and former St. John's head coach), Mike Lonergan (Vermont) and Reggie Minton (NABC).

May 6, 2007

Duke bows out of hosting state title grid games

The Fayetteville Observer has reported a change in the rotation of the state NCHSAA championship football sites with Duke bowing out of hosting any of the games.

Wake Forest requested that it host two games each year while N.C. State and the North Carolina will fill the void left by Duke and host three games each.

The schedule for 2007 calls for the 3-AA, 3-A and 1-AA games to be played at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. The 2-AA, 2-A and 1-AA games will be at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

Groves Stadium in Winston-Salem will host the 4-AA and 4-A games.

Pirate basketball under the gun in academics

The NCAA has released 2006 Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures and 18 of East Carolina's 19 intercollegiate sports programs are currently in compliance with the association's guidelines.

The ECU men's basketball team fell below the mandated "cutoff" mark of 925 with a multi-year score of 849, thus receiving a public warning from the NCAA which could result in future scholarship reductions and other recruiting and practice time penalties.

To avoid future penalties for the program, East Carolina must record yearly APR scores above 925 and maintain progress towards a four-year composite of 925.

Graduation exercises include 43 ECU athletes

East Carolina announced that 43 current and former student-athletes participated in commencement exercises on Saturday morning.

The football team led all other teams with 12 graduates this spring. Women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving and men’s track and field and cross country will each graduate four student-athletes.

May 5, 2007

Virginia, Southern Cal to collide on Aug. 30

Virginia will open its 2008 football season at home against Southern California on Aug. 30. The second game in the series will be during the 2010 season at The Los Angeles Coliseum on Sept. 11.

The 2008 match-up will be the first meeting between the Cavaliers and Trojans in football.

Louisville re-signs Pitino through 2013

Louisville has extended the contract of basketball coach Rick Pitino three years — through the 2012-13 season.

The only coach in NCAA history to take three different teams to the Final Four, Pitino had three years remaining on his current contract, through the 2009-10 season.

The new agreement will take Pitino into the first three years of the new downtown arena being constructed on the Louisville riverfront. The new facility is scheduled to open for the 2010-11 season.

Three from C-USA on Rimington watch list

A trio of Conference USA standouts appears on the preliminary 2007 watch list of candidates for the Rimington Award, which honors the top center in college football. Marshall senior Doug Legursky, Rice junior Austin Wilkinson and Texas-El Paso junior Robby Felix are on the 46-player preseason watch list.

May 4, 2007

Lewellen leaving East Carolina for Virginia post

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.

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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