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05.13.07: Black Knights to face Zips in new Patriot Bowl ... Hurricanes center granted another season ... New Mexico State gives Theus new deal
05.12.07: Hokies looking for offensive improvement ... Penalty shortened for former Buckeyes coach ... Davis, Flutie among gridders getting Hall call
05.11.07: Port City FM joins East Carolina football network ... Pirate softball takes Conference USA win in ten ... Miami's ADee stepping down after 15 years
05.10.07: ECU's Paisley is
C-USA's freshman of the year ... Pirate women's track signs Durham standouts ... Man gets life for killing TCU football player
05.09.07: ECU's Morman captures triple jump at Duke ... Pirates earn a bye in C-USA softball tourney ... ECU's Hose named C-USA pitcher of week
05.08.07: Omaha mulls replacing Rosenblatt Stadium ... Duke seeded No. 1 for NCAA lacrosse tourney ... JamesOn Curry cleared for NBA draft
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, 05.14.08
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The Memphis men and Rice women captured the 2007 Conference USA outdoor track and field championships at Rice.

East Carolina's men finished fourth with 114 points, while the Pirate women placed 11th with 34 points.

The ECU men won their first ever C-USA crown in the 4x100 meter relay with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 40.19 seconds. The relay squad was comprised of Adian Sanderson, Jarek Hewitt, David Rucker and Kevin Thompson.

Pirate softball falls in Conference USA final

A lone run by Houston in the bottom of the first inning proved decisive as East Carolina dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in the title game of the 2007 Conference USA softball tournament.

A pair of Pirate errors helped Houston score the lone run.

Green team rolls as Glanville era kicks off

The Jerry Glanville era at Division I-AA Portland (OR) State began on a soggy Saturday night at PGE Park in the annual spring game. The excitement was generated by the former NFL coach, his offensive coordinator, Mouse Davis, and their run-and-shoot scheme as the Green team defeated the White team 49-7.

The Green, consisting mainly of first stringer players, rolled to the easy win behind quarterbacks Brian White and Tygue Howland. The tandem — who are competing for the starting role in 2007 — combined to throw for 457 yards and five touchdowns.

May 13, 2007

Black Knights to face Zips in new Patriot Bowl

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has announced its newly created, owned and operated event, the Patriot Bowl, an annual college football game featuring a Mid-American Conference (MAC) team from Ohio and one of the service academies — Army, Navy or Air Force.

The inaugural game will pit Army against Akron at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1.

Each year, the game will take place over Labor Day weekend at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Surrounding the football game will be patriotic and civic events, including a tailgate, a Cleveland Firefighters vs. Cleveland Police flag football pre-game match and spectacular halftime show.

Hurricanes center granted another season

Miami center Anthony King has been granted a medical redshirt which would allow him to return for a fifth year of eligibility in 2007-08.

A native of Durham, King appeared in just eight games before suffering a wrist injury Dec. 6 versus Georgia Tech which sidelined him for the remaining 24 games of the 2006-07 season. Through eight games he averaged 9.3 rebounds, which lead the ACC at the time, 7.9 points and 1.8 blocks per game.

King's medical hardship waiver, granted by the Atlantic Coast Conference, was made possible by a recent change in NCAA legislature which allows injured student-athletes who have participated in no more than 30 percent — up from the previous 20 percent — of a team's competitions the possibility of redshirting.

New Mexico State gives Theus new deal

New Mexico State has reached an agreement on a restructured contract with basketball coach Reggie Theus.

The Aggies were the most improved team in NCAA Division I men’s basketball over the last two seasons (6-24 in 2004-05 to 25-9 in 2006-07; 19-win improvement).

Theus becomes one of the highest paid basketball coaches in the Western Athletic Conference.  The new contract, which includes $100,000 from the private sector, provides a continuation of the five-year rollover term and a buyout clause of two times Theus’ base salary if he leaves for another position in the next two years.

The financial package of the new contract is worth $466,000 per season and includes bonus opportunities that exist in his current contract.

May 12, 2007

Hokies looking for offensive improvement

For the past two seasons, Virginia Tech has had the No. 1 defense in college football. It's Tech's offense which must improve for the Hokies to live up to their preseason hype, according to a report at

"And it will improve," states Tech's offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. "What took place last season was a learning experience for a lot of us. Believe me, we went back and looked at every snap, every play, every call, over and over.

"At some positions, we weren't strong enough. Some guys weren't experienced enough. Basically, some guys just weren't ready.

"Take (quarterback) Sean (Glennon) for example. He's been motivated since the end of the Georgia game (bowl loss) and you could see it in his film study, in his strength and conditioning work, and his performance this spring. He's not the same quarterback you saw in his last game, and the reason is the work he's done since that game."

East Carolina opens the 2007 season at Virginia Tech on Sept. 1.

Penalty shortened for former Buckeyes coach

The Columbus (OH) Dispatch reported that former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien is closer to coaching again after the NCAA reduced but did not eliminate its show-cause penalty against him.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions shortened the penalty from five years to two years, meaning O'Brien could effectively find employment at an NCAA school beginning May 9, 2009.

Davis, Flutie among gridders getting Hall call

Two former All-America standouts of current Atlantic Coast Conference schools, linebacker Jeff Davis of Clemson and quarterback Doug Flutie of Boston College, have been selected for induction into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

May 11, 2007

Port City FM joins East Carolina football network

Rock 104.5 WRQR-FM in Wilmington will be carrying East Carolina football games this fall.

WRQR's signal, which according to is rated at 3,100 Watts, stretches along the coast from North Myrtle Beach, SC, to Sneads Ferry, NC, and to the north along the I-40 corridor past Wallace, NC.

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In addition, ESPN Radio 630 WMFD-AM will serve as the area's home for the weekly Skip Holtz Radio Call-In Show, which airs each Sunday night during the football season. rates WMFD's transmitter power at 800 Watts in the daytime and 1,000 Watts at night.

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Pirate softball takes Conference USA win in ten

Memphis starter Jenna Kubesch was perfect through eight and two-thirds innings, but East Carolina's softball team found a way to push across the only run of the game in the bottom of the tenth inning to defeat the Tigers in the Conference USA softball tournament at Central Florida.

Memphis (36-24) defeated Tulsa 2-1 in game one earlier in the day to advance and face the Pirates (39-18), who received a bye in the first round.

Miami's ADee stepping down after 15 years

Miami athletic director Paul Dee has announced his intentions to step down from his position effective June 1, 2008. Dee will remain athletic director for the next year and then become a member of the Miami faculty.

Dee's career at Miami began in 1981 as the university's vice-president and general counsel. He was named athletic director in 1993. When he steps down next year, the 60-year-old Dee will have served in his position for 15 years, tied with Jack Harding for the longest tenure of any Miami athletic director.

May 10, 2007

ECU's Paisley is C-USA's freshman of the year

East Carolina pitcher Toni Paisley has been named Conference USA's softball freshman of the year as announced by the league at its end-of-the-season banquet in Orlando, FL, Wednesday.

Paisley's honor was announced in conjunction with the naming of the All-Conference team on the eve of today's first pitch of the 2007 C-USA Softball Championship tournament presented by Coca-Cola and hosted by Central Florida. The all-league list included five Pirates: sophomore Jessica Johnson (first team), Paisley (second team and all-freshman team), senior Keli Harrell (second team), freshman Charina Sumner (second team and all-freshman team), freshman Kaui Tom (all-freshman team).

Johnson was also selected to the C-USA Softball All-Academic Team.

Paisley holds a record of 19-5 overall and 10-3 in conference play. The freshman has thrown 19 complete games this season and ranks in the top six among C-USA pitchers in ERA, wins, opposing batting average and strikeouts.

Pirate women's track signs Durham standouts

East Carolina's has landed a pair of prep stars from Durham, ECU head women's track and field coach Curt Kraft announced Wednesday.

"These athletes will help us continue to build on great North Carolina kids," said Kraft of Ericka Charles and Kia Haskins, who have formally signed National Letters of Intent with the Pirates.

Charles, a senior at the Durham School of the Arts, was the 2006 state runner-up in the outdoor 200-meter dash (2A) and was fourth in the 400-meter dash (2A). She is currently the state champion in the indoor 500-meter dash (1-3A) and her time ranks fifth all-time in North Carolina history. Charles was named Conference Track Athlete of the Year and was named to the 2006 All-State Cross Country team (2A).

Haskins is a senior at Durham Hillside High School. She is the 2005 state champion in the outdoor 400-meter dash (3A), and was seventh in the 200-meter dash (3A). Haskins was named team MVP and is currently ranked in the top ten in her graduating class at Durham Hillside.

Man gets life for killing TCU football player

A 42-year-old Conroe, TX, man received a life sentence Wednesday for fatally shooting Texas Christian freshman kicker Kasey Davis last year, according to various news reports out of Texas.

Police say Davis was gunned down in a car while heading home for Christmas break in January 2006 — in an apparently random shooting — by Jeffrey Clay Lasiter. Neither men knew each other.

Lasiter pleaded guilty Monday before the start of his trial. His attorneys had argued that he suffers from a mental illness.

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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