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05.19.07: C-USA moves toward 6th bowl partnership ... Tar Heels extend Williams' contract ... Rice's Savery semifinalist for Dick Howser honor
05.18.07: East Carolina women's hoops adds Georgia star ... Gastonia Ashbrook high jumper heading for ECU ... Va. tennis standout joins ECU women's team
05.17.07: Weatherbee: ECU football tix may get scarce ... Cougars face La-La in NCAA softball opener ... Southland Conference star pulls out of NBA draft ... Pa. justices hear arguments on Paterno's salary
05.16.07: Winthrop guard in coma following car wreck ...
C-USA announces track honors... Conference reaches agreement in 'Summit' talks
05.15.07: ECU's Krog heads for NCAA golf championship ... Prep guard Jai Lucas chooses Gators... Miami present Pata's degree to family members
05.14.07: ECU men win C-USA 4x100-meter relay ... Pirate softball falls in Conference USA final ... Green team rolls as Glanville era kicks off
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

News Nuggets, 05.20.08
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After winning the regular season Conference USA championship for the second straight season, top-ranked Rice (45-11, 22-2 C-USA) will be the No.1 seed at the 2007 Conference USA Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville.

The Owls will face Central Florida (26-30, 7-17) in the second game of the tournament on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The Knights punched their ticket to the tournament with a dramatic comeback victory on Friday night over Marshall.

The tournament will get underway at 9 a.m. on Wednesday when No. 5 seed Memphis (33-23, 12-12) takes on No. 4 seed Houston (28-26, 12-12).

Red-hot Southern Miss, winners of 10 in a row, earned the No. 3 seed and opens its tourney play against No. 6 seed UAB at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Tulane (32-24, 9-15) earned the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 seed and tournament host East Carolina (36-20, 14-9) in the final game of the first day at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The championship game of the tournament on Sunday, May 27 will be televised on a same-day tape delay basis by CSTV. The title game will air on CSTV at 9:30 p.m.

The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Southern Miss' Eustachy gets raise, extension

Southern Miss basketball coach Larry Eustachy has received a four-year extension of his contract which will run through the 2010-11 season.

Eustachy, who has coached the Golden Eagles for three seasons, will get a raise of $5,000 in his base salary to $135,000 annually.

Other considerations push the contract's potential value up to $380,000 annually. Southern Miss is coming off of a 20-11 season, bringing Eustachy's record at USM to 41-49. His career mark is 301-194.

Houston slams Aggies in NCAA regional softball

Laura Durham ripped a grand slam with two out to cap a six-run fourth inning as Houston's softball team captured an 8-1 victory over No. 7 Texas A&M in a winner's bracket game at the NCAA College Station regional on Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M.

May 19, 2007

C-USA moves toward 6th bowl partnership

Conference USA has concluded its annual spring meetings in Destin, FL, during which a favorable view was expressed about a potential new bowl partner.

A number of recommendations adopted at the meetings will be forwarded to the board of directors during their meetings next month for final approval.

Recommendations included:

  • Adding the Texas Bowl in 2007 as one of the league's bowl partners, giving C-USA six contracted bowls.

  • Holding the 2008 C-USA women's basketball championship in Orlando, with games to be held at the new $113-million UCF Convocation Center.

  • Awarding 12 postgraduate scholarships to C-USA student-athletes.

  • Implementing new academic improvement initiatives.

Heels extend Williams' contract through 2015

The Winston-Salem Journal has reported that UNC-Chapel Hill has signed Roy Williams to a four-year contract extension that will keep him as the school's basketball coach through the 2015 college basketball season.

Williams will earn a base salary of $325,000 under the new contract terms and have a $30,000 expense fund. He will receive supplemental income from the school that will pay him $1.2 million to $1.5 million each year.

Rice's Savery semifinalist for Dick Howser honor

Rice junior pitcher/first baseman Joe Savery has been named to the list of 16 semifinalists for the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.

Houston's Brad Lincoln won the Dick Howser Trophy last season, becoming Conference USA's first recipient of the award.

Savery, an Owl star as both a hitter and a pitcher, was the preseason Conference USA player of the year and is a two-time All-American. He currently ranks fourth in the league in hits (72), sixth doubles (15) and seventh in total bases (100). The Houston native is batting a team-best .353 with three home runs, two triples and 43 RBI. On the mound, Savery has a 2.38 ERA and owns a 7-1 record in 14 starts. In 68.0 innings pitched, he has struck out 44 and held opponents to a composite .237 batting average.

May 18, 2007

East Carolina women's hoops adds Georgia star

East Carolina women's basketball coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener has announced the signing of Kimberly Gay of Eastman , GA.

A 6-foot-2 forward from Dodge County High School, Gay averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocks per game as a senior. She earned first-team All-State honors after leading Dodge County to a 22-7 record. Her team reached the 4-AA regional championships and a No. 9 ranking in the state of Georgia.

Gastonia Ashbrook high jumper heading for ECU

Taylor Connor, a four-year high jumper for Gastonia (NC) Ashbrook High will join the women’s track and field team at East Carolina this fall, announced ECU coach Curt Kraft.

“We are very excited about Taylor being a part of East Carolina’s track and field program,” Kraft said. “She is another example of what we look for in a North Carolina lady. She is both a good student and a great athlete. We look forward to her representing ECU in a positive manner.”

Va. tennis standout joins ECU women's team

Kristin Gordon, a four-year letterwinner and co-captain for John Handley (VA) High School will join the women's tennis program at East Carolina.

Gordon had over 140 wins in singles and doubles during her high school career. She earned a No. 7 United States Tennis Association (USTA) 16 and under ranking in the state of Virginia. She posted four consecutive district singles and doubles titles for coach Terry Ewell.

May 17, 2007

Weatherbee: ECU football tix may get scarce

For the second consecutive year, East Carolina Department of Athletics will open the football season with a school-record mark in season ticket sales, according to a release from the school.

ECU has received orders for 16,476 season tickets, surpassing the previous record of 16,318 sold in 2006. Pre-summer orders have exceeded last year's milestone by nearly 40 percent with over 4,700 additional season tickets sold compared to the 11,713 generated by mid-May last year.

"There has been a lot of excitement around this team and the direction Coach Holtz is moving the program," said Scott Wetherbee, ECU's Assistant Director of Athletics for Tickets and Marketing. "When you combine that with the caliber of opponents we face at home this year, it's easy to see how ticket sales have improved."

Highlighting the Pirates' 2007 home schedule are games with in-state Atlantic Coast Conference members North Carolina (Sept. 8) and N.C. State (Oct. 20.) Defending Conference USA East Division champion Southern Miss, Central Florida, UAB and Tulane will also pay visits to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

"At the rate season tickets are selling, few single game tickets may be available later in the year," Wetherbee added, indicating that the option to pay for tickets with a monthly plan and the convenience of ordering online have helped with the soaring sales rate as well.

Cougars face La-La in NCAA softball opener

Houston will represent Conference USA in the 2007 NCAA softball tournament after receiving the league's automatic bid for winning the conference tournament.

The Cougars (42-16) will face Louisiana-Lafayette (46-16) in opening round action at College Station, TX, in the regional hosted by Texas A&M. The Aggies (40-10) and the Sam Houston State Bearkats (37-24) round out the four regional participants.

Southland Conference star pulls out of NBA draft

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball player Chris Daniels has removed his name from the NBA Draft to be held June 27.  He had earlier declared for the draft, but did not hire an agent.

The San Antonio native was named the 2007 Southland Conference player of the year after averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.

Pa. justices hear arguments on Paterno's salary

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments this week on whether undisclosed salaries of Penn State employees, including football coach Joe Paterno, should be released to the public.

Penn State does not disclose the salaries of its administrators and employees. The university has not responded to attempts by the Patriot-News of Harrisburg in regard to the salary of Paterno and several high administrators.

May 16, 2007

Winthrop guard in coma following car wreck

DeAndre Adams, a 5-8 point guard for Winthrop from Austell, GA, is recovering in an Atlanta hospital with head injuries from a single car accident that occurred near his home on Saturday morning.

According to Winthrop basketball coach Randy Peele, the accident occurred around 4 a.m. as Adams was driving home following a basketball game in the Atlanta Summer League. A tree that had apparently fallen across the roadway during a thunderstorm, forced Adams to swerve his car, causing it to flip and crash into another tree. He was reportedly wearing his seat belt.

Peele says that Adams is in an induced coma. The primary concern at this point is the head injury and swelling of the brain. The player did not suffer any broken bones, according to the reports that his coach received.

C-USA announces outstanding track performers

Conference USA announced six individual award winners following the league's track and field championships.

Women's coach of the year went to Rice's Jim Bevan who guided the Owls to a sweep of the track team honors this year by winning the outdoor and indoor crowns.

First-year head coach Kevin Robinson of Memphis led his Tigers to the 2007 men's outdoor crown, earning him men's coach of the year accolades.

Houston's Ebonie Floyd was the female performer high scorer of the meet. Memphis senior Brandon Winbush was the male high scorer of the meet, while his teammate, Steffen Nerdal, was voted male freshman of the year.

Rice's Pablo Solares raced to one of the greatest middle-distance doubles in Conference USA history Saturday to earn C-USA to earn the award for male performance of the meet. The senior won the 1500-meters in 3:43.69 and, less than 90 minutes later, out-kicked pre-meet favorite Dominic Tanui of Texas-El Paso to take the 800-meters in 1:47.69.

Solares established championship records in both events and became just the second athlete to win both titles at the same meet.

Central Florida and Tulsa distance runners Jenny Clausen and Ashlea Gilfillan were named co-female freshmen of the year.

C-USA male and female athletes and newcomers of the year honors will be announced following the NCAA outdoor championships in June.

Conference reaches agreement in 'Summit' talks

Effective June 1st, the Mid-Continent Conference will be renamed The Summit League. The conference began in 1982 as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities. In 1989, it changed its name to the Mid-Continent Conference.

Conference members are Oral Roberts, IUPUI, Valparaiso, Centenary, Oakland of Michigan, Southern Utah, Western Illinois and Missouri-Kansas City. Valparaiso is leaving the league after this school year.

IPFW, South Dakota State and North Dakota State will become conference members on July 1st.

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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