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05.07.07: ECU softball seeded No. 2 for C-USA tourney ... UAB, UNLV lose football scholarships ... Prosser going to Kuwait for USO operation
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, 05.08.08
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Omaha mayor Mike Fahey is actively pursuing the option of building a $50 million-plus ballpark in the so-called NoDo area between the Creighton University campus and the Qwest Center Omaha, according to an Omaha World-Herald report.

A tentative decision to build a 9,000-seat stadium with the ability to expand to 25,000 seats for the College World Series could come by the first pitch of this year's series. The NCAA's baseball committee will be in Omaha when the series opens June 15.

For several years, a two-stadium option — Rosenblatt as the CWS home and a smaller NoDo stadium for the Omaha Royals and Creighton — has been batted about.

"There is no way we want to own two stadiums," Fahey said last week.

Sentimental attachment may be on the side of the 59-year-old Rosenblatt, but practical considerations and the biggest bang for the buck appear to be propelling the city toward a new stadium.

Fahey and community leaders want to extend to 2020 the agreement with the NCAA that makes Omaha the home of the college baseball championships. The current CWS agreement expires in 2010.

Duke seeded No. 1 for NCAA lacrosse tourney

Led by number one seed Duke, the Atlantic Coast Conference placed four teams in the 2007 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament. Virginia received the No. 2 seed, while Maryland and North Carolina are seventh and eighth-seeded, respectively.

The Blue Devils, winners of nine in a row and owners of a 14-2 overall record, will make their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the squad hosts Providence College on Saturday, May 12, at Koskinen Stadium in Durham.

Saturday's tilt will mark the first between the Blue Devils and Friars. Face-off is set for noon for the game, which will be televised live on ESPNU.

JamesOn Curry's paperwork cleared up for draft

Oklahoma State basketball player JamesOn Curry was added to the list of early entry candidates for the NBA draft after a paperwork mystery was solved, according to a Tulsa World report.

The NBA released its official list of early entry draft candidates Thursday and Curry's name was not on the list.

That came as a surprise since the Pleasant Grove, NC, product announced last week that he was making himself eligible for the draft. Shortly after the list was unveiled, an NBA spokesman indicated Curry would not be eligible for the 2007 draft because the necessary paperwork was not received from the Cowboy guard before an April 29 deadline.

However, after dialogue between OSU's compliance department and the NBA, it was determined that Curry's paperwork had simply been misplaced.

The NBA sent out a revised list of early entry candidates and Curry's name was on the list.

Curry said last week that he would not hire an agent, thus leaving open the option of returning to the Cowboys for his final season. Curry initially signed with North Carolina but his subsequent drug-related arrest and the arrival of Roy Williams as Tar Heels coach resulted in his enrollment at OSU.

May 7, 2007

ECU softball seeded No. 2 for C-USA tourney

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.

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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