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June 25, 2006
America’s Kid’s Day

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Coal industry to sponsor Marshall-WVU series
Mountaineers extend Rodriguez deal to 2012
Vols add non-conference challenges

Goal to go: U.S. male soccer players suffering from Division I opportunities
  Title IX, football-heavy budgets credited with reduced chances to produce quality college male soccer players
Austin American-Statesman

Little lives for challenge
  He plans to visit Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, Duke and East Carolina and is working on arranging a trip to Southern California.
Raleigh News & Observer

Teaming up
  Gulley is interested in East Carolina, where she has already attended open house and is going to soccer camp this week.
Kannapolis Independent Tribune

Former HU star third in 400-meter hurdles
  LaShawn Merritt, the former Woodrow Wilson of Portsmouth and East Carolina runner takes second in 400m
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Bowman Close To USC Commitment
  Tennessee and East Carolina are next on Bowman's list

June 24, 2006
Saint John the Baptist Day

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Del Conte takes reins as AD at Rice
Contact at combine means fine for Emory
UNCW aligns with adidas for shoes, uniforms
WNCT: Talk of The Town (guest Jimmy Bass)

DC's Simms Builds a Career
  Putting Construction on Hold Paying Off
Washington Post

Around Campus: Students bracing for raise in rates
Greenville Daily Reflector

Around Campus: UNC (System) projects slip into budget
  Funding defended as not being new
Raleigh News & Observer

High school basketball- Varnado outdone by new roommate
  In his final high school competition, Liberty's Brandon Evans was outstanding for the West, finishing with a team-best 21 points.
Jackson (TN) Sun

High School Basketball- Neysmith's starring role
  Scholarship offers have already come from East Carolina, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College, among others.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

June 23, 2006
Midsummer Day/Eve Celebrations
Take Your Dog to Work Day

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report

Pirates uncover early treasure in recruiting wars
-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Nike alliance means new day for ECU 'brand'
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Witter starts professional ball with a flourish
Big Ben's little sister commits to Sooners
Deacon grid recruit faces felony charges
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Dental debate
  House, Senate negotiators eye feasibility study for ECU school
Greenville Daily Reflector

Shrine coaches get fined
  The coaching staff, led by Richmond County High School and former ECU coach Ed Emory, was fined a total of $400. Emory was reprimanded and placed on probation by the NCHSAA.
Raleigh News & Observer

Richard Morgan Joins Appalachian Men’s Basketball Staff
  Morgan, a former assistant basketball coach at East Carolina and Hampton, has accepted a job as an assistant at Appalachian State.

Mets well-armed
  Shane Mathews (East Carolina) surrendered four hits and one unearned run in six innings to earn the win, his first of the season.
Cape Cod Times

Recruiting: Culliver Bringing Friends To Clemson

June 22, 2006
Stupid Guy Thing Day

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 272

Red flag for coaches deserves challenge

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Big Ten scores momentous television deals
Former ECU diver Derr to coach at JMU
Grizzlies turn to Tinkle on hardwood
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Former Pirate Rob Derr Named Diving Coach At James Madison
  Derr Will Coach Both The Men's and Women's Teams

ECU to Just Do It
  School inks 5-year deal with Nike
The East Carolinian

Ron Cherubini's Pirate Time Machine #1: Tabari Wallace
  A Picture of Pirate Perseverance (originally published 10.06.01)

CFL: How to use Stokes?
  Argos still trying to find role for former Bomber
Winnipeg Sun

June 21, 2006
Summer Begins (Northern Hemisphere)
Summer Solstice

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Troth returns to the fold as ECU assistant
College of Charleston, Herrion settle on buyout
Another national award for Houston's Lincoln
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Paul Troth Joins East Carolina Football Staff
  Former Pirate quarterback to serve on Skip Holtz' staff as an offensive assistant
-Former Pirate Adam Witter Blasts Two Home Runs In Pro Debut
  Witter Helps Volcanoes open season with 10-3 rout at Spokane

Mazey takes job with TCU
Greenville Daily Reflector

It's not broken, don't fix it
  For more than 20 years the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been as good as sports gets....But starting this weekend, a process will begin that could expand the tournament and diminish its charms.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

June 20, 2006

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk

The legend of Drew continues
-BVL: ECU announces long-term pact with Nike
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU announces long-term pact with Nike
Pirates release women's soccer schedule
Three C-USA linemen on Outland Trophy list
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-East Carolina Athletics Signs Five-Year Agreement With Nike
  The East Carolina Department of Athletics and Nike, Inc. have entered into a five-year partnership beginning with the 2006-2007 academic year that will provide exclusive footwear, apparel and equipment coverage for all Pirates' sports programs.
-ECU Officials Release Women's Soccer Schedule
  Three games against 2005 postseason participants and home contests against in-state rivals Charlotte (Sept. 3) and UNC Wilmington (Sept. 15) highlight the 2006 East Carolina women's soccer schedule

Whitehead seems to be at home at ECU
  Trent Whitehead strolled around Clark-LeClair Stadium like he was at home.
Washington Daily News

Mazey joins TCU Baseball
  Former ECU coach will serve as an assistant coach on the staff

USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships: Running for the money
  As an increasing number of track stars leave college early to turn pro, some wonder if they're jumping the gun
Indianapolis Star

June 19, 2006
Emancipation Day

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

USM-Memphis game shifts to Sunday for ESPN
Tar Heels AD Baddour gets contract extension
U.S. Women's open to have heavy Duke flavor

Ron Cherubini's Pirate Time Machine #6: Pete Zophy
  A Pirate Couple: The Wide Receiver and the Cheerleader (originally published 12.01.01)

Future Opponent: West Virginia Preview
  Great Team, Better Schedule
College Football News

ECU Campus Notes- Nursing faculty member honored
Greenville Daily Reflector

June 25, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Passed ball helps Tar Heels pick up 4-3 CWS win
  Tar Heels one win away from first baseball title
-Canes don't trade up
  Team negotiating with coach; drafts Wisconsin-bound defenseman Jamie McBain with the 63rd pick and three junior forwards with their next three picks, Harrison Reed, Bobby Hughes and Stefan Chaput.

OSU down one
  Beavers in a familiar position after losing first game of series
Corvallis Gazette Times

Lack of aces reason Tigers fold at CWS
Anderson Independent

Spurrier waking program
  Once this story makes the rounds, the football team at the University of South Carolina is going to attract a lot more fans.
Greenville (SC) News

The big time- A day at sea in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
Fayetteville Observer

Bobcats pick up options on Felton, May
Charlotte Observer

June 24, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Heels, Beavers unfamiliar foes
  The coaching profession breeds connections. It's a fraternity where everyone seems to know everyone else. Or if not, coaches at least know someone in their business who knows anyone they don't know.
-Hurricanes agree to terms with Brind'Amour on 5-year deal
  The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with Rod Brind'Amour for a new five-year contract worth $18 million, keeping the veteran captain with the franchise he led to the Stanley Cup.

Leggett discusses Tigers' Omaha run, the future
  Clemson head coach Jack Leggett admits it's hard following the remainder of the College World Series since being eliminated Tuesday and it's tough not to wonder about who's coming back to play for him next season.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Woman altered stories of rape
  Hours after a March 13 Duke University lacrosse team party, the woman who said players raped her that night told police changing stories. An officer at Duke Hospital wrote in a report released Friday that the accuser said she was one of four women who danced at the party; every other account of that night says only two women danced.
-Kantola in the land of hockey firsts
  Forward raised in Raleigh laid back about possibility of being first Triangle player drafted.
-Tar Heels pitchers all kinds of relaxed
  UNC-CH gets extra rest for Oregon State.
-Heels run brings to mind 1955 Deacons

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Coastal names Nutt assistant basketball coach
-Football | Spurrier wants dedication
-Clemson sets kickoff times for 5 games
  Season opener will be at 1 p.m.; ABC to show one game; ESPN picks up two

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Moore gratified by ASU's success
  Coach, who is much in demand on banquet circuit, says fan interest is soaring
-Jordan says Bobcats must stop being cheapskates
  You've got to like Mike if he can pull this off.

NCAA rule means end of showcase at UNCW
  Count me among the people miffed at the NCAA for passing legislation aimed at one sport, which in essence forces the annual East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase off the UNC-Wilmington campus,...
Wilmington Star News

June 23, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Brind'Amour wins award as NHL's top defensive forward
  Three days after accepting the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour accepted the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward during the league's awards ceremony Thursday night.
UNC-CH bullpen helps Heels move into championship series
-Fox hears from fan who grabbed his home-run ball in '78 CWS

Spurrier wants dedication
  USC football coach says players need to make more of a commitment to summer workouts
Columbia (SC) The State

Jordan knows the problems. Can he fix them?
Charlotte Observer

UNCW athletic teams to sport Adidas wear
Wilmington Star-News

June 22, 2006

North Carolina’s greatest sports moments
  The Carolina Hurricanes became the first team from North Carolina to win a major professional sports title by capturing the Stanley Cup. Here’s our list of the state’s 10 other greatest sports moments.
Fayetteville Observer

NHL has chance to make inroads in state where ACC hoops rule
  In the short term, it's a great accomplishment, one that brought together Tar Heels, Blue Devils, Wolfpackers and even Pirates and Seahawks to root for a common goal.
Wilmington Star News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-WFU recruit indicted on four felony counts
  Godfrey, from Sanford, could face over 30 years in jail for rape, kidnapping
-N.C. State's recruiting class gets a lot smaller

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tar Heels reach championship series
  Jay Cox hits two home runs and makes a big catch as UNC-CH eliminates Cal State Fullerton 6-5 to earn a chance for the national championship. The Tar Heels' opponent in the championship series will be determined today when Rice and Oregon State play for a second consecutive day.
-Consistency carries Heels to final round
-Canes disclose injuries
  Pain-relief shots kept team together.
-Fish for free in North Carolina on July 4
  If you're new to the sport of fishing, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a great deal for you.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes parade Stanley Cup in town
  Before the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes rode in the big downtown parade and visited the State Legislature on Wednesday, they held one final, hurried press event together as a team.
-Cox homers twice to lead Heels
  Jay Cox put up some runs. Then he helped stop the opposition from doing the same. In the process, he ended a slump and helped the North Carolina at Chapel Hill baseball team earn a spot in the College World Series championship series for the first time in school history.
-Titans' bunt-and-run backfires
-A simpler off-season for Roy and Heels

Bowden says bull's-eye on Mountaineer football team
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Omaha stakes prove too high for Tigers
-Replacing Balkman challenges Odom

Tigers choose to look at season in a positive note
Anderson Independent

Clemson’s A.D. Phillips wins national award
Columbia (SC) The State

SEC studies own TV network
Birmingham News

June 21, 2006

From the Anderson Independent
-Heading home- Tigers fall thanks to Fullerton's late rally
  Early Tuesday evening, one by one, they made their way towards Rosenblatt Stadium’s third base line.
-Another rough day for Clemson's Berken
  Jason Berken’s postseason ended as one to forget.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Stanley Cup champs look to the future
  The first slaps of reality will hit the Carolina Hurricanes in 10 days. It won't be enough to knock the franchise off its Stanley Cup cloud. But it might sting a little bit.
-CWS notes- Tar Heels' secret weapon?
  Robert Woodard earned a place in North Carolina baseball history by throwing a three-hit shutout against Clemson on Sunday at the College World Series.
-Krzyzewski in midst of a busy year
  The task of maintaining an elite college basketball program has evolved into a 365-days-a-year undertaking. On top of that, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is tackling a task of Olympic proportions.

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Canes celebrate
  The party started Monday night inside the RBC Center when the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup. Tuesday, it spilled outside into the parking lot.
-Coach K- Turmoil will pass at Duke
  Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski speaks out on scandal at school.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Hurricanes Day
  An estimated 30,000 Carolina Hurricanes fans gathered under a scorching sun Tuesday for a Stanley Cup victory parade that had the trappings of a Southern summer festival.
-Canes' defense starts in earnest
  Team must dive into roster work.
-Heels chasing a title
  Bard ready for Titans' test today.

Can Hurricanes' win create thirst for hockey?
  This wasn't the expected ending for a talented squad that was seemingly peaking at the right time and came charging into Omaha full of confidence.
Charlotte Observer

Tigers will remember Titans
  This wasn't the expected ending for a talented squad that was seemingly peaking at the right time and came charging into Omaha full of confidence.
Spartanburg Herald-Dispatch

WVU back adds pounds, hopes to be more effective
  This wasn't the expected ending for a talented squad that was seemingly peaking at the right time and came charging into Omaha full of confidence.
Charleston Daily Mail

Tech hopes to sign Hampton QB as recruiting magnet
  Tyrod Taylor, widely considered among the nation’s best at his position, could be the catalyst that one day helps the Hokies fill the empty glass case in Blacksburg. The one reserved for a national championship trophy.
The Virginian Pilot

June 20, 2006

A Mighty Wind: Hurricanes win 1st Stanley Cup
USA Today

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Canes win Stanley Cup
  The Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup on Monday with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the RBC Center. It is North Carolina's first major league title.
-Cup stops here
  Hurricanes hold off Oilers to win NHL title / Led by rookie goaltender Cam Ward, Carolina ends road to respectability with Stanley Cup.
-Parade, presentations planned for Tuesday
-New foe for Nifong emerges
  The chairman of Durham County's Republican Party, criticizing the handling of the Duke University lacrosse rape investigation, is trying to get enough signatures to challenge District Attorney Mike Nifong in the November election.
-Omaha embraces the CWS
  Out here on the prairie, they delight in calling it "The Greatest Show on Dirt."

Put in context, just how big was Canes' Game 7?
  Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals was one of the biggest games ever played in North Carolina. Even if you don't like hockey, there's no way to suggest otherwise. Come on now. This was for the championship of an entire professional sport whose games this season were televised by OLN.
Charlotte Observer

Clemson takes on Cal State Fullerton today
Anderson Independent

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Tanner tells LSU thanks, but no thanks
  LSU AD Bertman hoped to bring USC skipper in for a job interview
-Leggett not enticed by LSU head job
  Former Leggett assistants in running for LSU post; Tigers try to fix bat woes
-Relax, say the Tigers
  Players, coaches agree that reaching CWS final after loss to UNC requires right mindset

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes claim Stanley Cup
-Ward saved Canes over and over
-CWS notes- Heels enjoying the ride

Wolfpack coach passes NCAA's recruiting test
Greensboro News-Record

June 19, 2006

Struggling Hurricanes have one last chance at parking-lot parade
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Their last chance
  The Oilers believe they can complete a historic comeback, becoming the first team to come from 3-1 down and win the finals since 1942. The Canes warn anyone -- the Oilers, the media, the fans -- against dismissing their chances.
-Canes are on the verge
  The Carolina Hurricanes have one final shot at claiming the Stanley Cup tonight in Game 7 of the Finals. To put their challenge in perspective, we asked area sports figures to describe what it's like to play or coach in that one game that decides everything.
-DA ought to hand off case
  There are two ways for Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong to get out of the mess otherwise known as the Duke lacrosse case.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes get one last chance to win Cup
  Sports history definitely is going to be made tonight at the RBC Center, and the only question is what kind of history it will be.
-Brind'Amour says as he goes, so go the Canes
  The first time Carolina faced elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Rod Brind'Amour responded with perhaps his finest hours as the Hurricanes' captain.
-Notebook- Cole 'comfortable' back on ice
  Erik Cole's return to the ice in Game 6 Saturday night dominated the questions during Sunday's press conference at the RBC Center.
-'Masterful' Woodard shuts down Clemson
  Mike Fox doesn't talk to Robert Woodard when he pitches. Neither do Woodard's teammates -- other than whoever is catching him that night -- if they can help it.

From Columbia (SC) The State
-UNC-CH puts Tigers on the brink
-Tigers must now take the hard way

UNC-CH blanks Clemson
  The cardiac Clemson Tigers finally ran out of miracles Sunday night.
Anderson Independent


June 25, 2006

-Calipari To Guest Host On Fox Sports National Show Monday
-Tulane's Gelhardt Named a Coca-Cola Community All-American

Celebration, revelry mark Marshall movie wrap
untington Herald-Dispatch

BSC players follow Shoop across town
  New UAB baseball coach Brian Shoop expects "five or six" of his former players or signees at Birmingham-Southern to follow him to the Southside to play for the Blazers.
Birmingham News

Grind and bear it- Williams helps cause
  Busy workout schedule may pay off on draft night
Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 24, 2006

Rice's chances for run to Omaha in '07 should be good
Houston Chronicle

Marchall Cheerleeder files suit
  A West Virginia coed who landed a cheerleading scholarship to Marshall University is suing the school for discrimination, claiming that she was subjected to a "pervasive environment of sexual harassment" and abuse at the hands of male members of the squad

Coming back strong for Southern Miss
  Lineman Merrill has to overcome surgery
Biloxi Sun Herald

Jirsa shows confidence
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Memphis forward positions for selection
New Orleans Times Picayune

Lincoln Recognized as 2006 National Player of the Year

From the Orlando Sentinel
UCF officials pleased with progress
  Take a glance around the UCF athletics department this summer, and it's easy to notice an avalanche of happenings.
-Center leaving Golden Knights
  Senior center Will Bakanowsky is leaving the Golden Knights basketball squad, UCF Coach Kirk Speraw announced Friday.

Speraw Announces Basketball Roster Changes

June 23, 2006

-Rice Season Comes To An End With 2-0 Loss To Oregon State
-Del Conte Named Director of Athletics at Rice

  Chris Del Conte, senior associate athletics director at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has been appointed Rice University's new director of athletics

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice Owls bow out from College World Series
  There was no magical comeback for No. 1 Rice. For the second consecutive night, the Owls failed to dent the scoreboard in their 2-0 loss to Oregon State at the College World Series.
-Rice picks Del Conte as new AD
  Owls new top man knows wins will bring out fans

The Hardwood Flash
  At the Conference USA spring meetings one year ago, Memphis coach John Calipari fought against the expansion of the league schedule from 14 to 16 games. And with good reason.

Blazers head for Bahamas
  The UAB men's basketball team will take a preseason trip to the Bahamas and open the regular season in the John Thompson Foundation Challenge in Milwaukee.
Birmingham News

From the Charleston Daily Mail
Manchin wants WVU-MU game on national TV
-No summer break for WVU

June 22, 2006

Oregon State Blanks 5-0 Wednesday At College World Series
  Down but not out, the top-ranked Rice University baseball team did not have an answer for Oregon State and fell by a score of 5-0 in a semifinal game of the College World Series before a record Rosenblatt Stadium crowd of 30,335 and national television audience on ESPN Wednesday evening in Omaha. The loss is only the Owls' first in Omaha, so Rice and OSU are slated for a rematch Thursday at 7 pm where a bid to the CWS' final championship series is on the line.

Rice offense vanishes in defeat at College World Series
  Owls barely mustered a fight against Oregon State, falling 5-0 Wednesday night before a record-setting crowd of 30,335 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
ouston Chronicle

Beavers dominate Owls
Corvallis Gazette Times

College games to rule airwaves on Sept. 3
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Marshall enjoying storm of publicity
  A movie, a reunion and a controversy combined for a perfect publicity storm for Marshall University athletics.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Shooting over for Marshall movie
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Giannini says Hansen void will be filled
Hattiesburg American

Green Wave snags two commitments
New Orleans Times Picayune

June 21, 2006

2006 Football Preview- Memphis Tigers

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice's Buchanan landed in an ideal spot
Rice second baseman Greg Buchanan has All-Americans to his right in shortstop Brian Friday and third baseman Josh Rodriguez, and a future first-round draft pick to his left in first baseman Joe Savery, yet he is regarded as the team's MVP.
-Oregon St. eliminates Miami, faces Rice tonight

Lady Tigers get a prize transfer; Tigers add Baseball Coach
  Just days after agreeing to a contract extension, baseball coach Daron Schoenrock on Tuesday announced the addition of former ECU assistant Allen Osborne as the Tigers' third assistant coach.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Thundering Herd's First-Round Match-Up In Great Alaska Shootout To Be Televised By ESPN2

June 20, 2006

Rice Defeats Miami (Fla.), 3-2, in College World Series
  Tyler Henley led off the game with a home run, closer Cole St. Clair pitched five solid innings in a rare start, and Rice held on in the ninth to beat Miami 3-2 in the College World Series on Monday night. The victory put the Owls (57-11) in the winners' bracket, and they need to win once more to advance to the championship series.
-Houston's Lincoln Named ABCA/Rawlings National Player of the Year
-Three C-USA Players on Outland Trophy Watch List

Owls Remain Unbeaten In College World Series With 3-2 Win Over Miami

Rice slams Miami at College World Series
  The Rice Owls survived a comeback by the Miami Hurricanes to win their second College World Series game 3-2 and advance in the winners' bracket.
ouston Chronicle

USM may get Arkansas star
  Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn says he's losing two players from the squad - freshman All-American second-baseman James Ewing, and sophomore part-time starter Clint Arnold.
attiesburg American

USM football recruit goes down for season with injury
  Pascagoula linebacker Domonic Hopson, one of the Golden Eagles' most highly-regarded signees, is expected to miss his freshman season after tearing his Achilles tendon.
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger

Kickoff times set for Golden Knights
  With a new on-campus stadium scheduled to open in 2007, UCF announced the kickoff times Monday for the final football season in which it will play home games at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Orlando Sentinel

Two Sunday football games for Memphis
  University of Memphis football coach Tommy West has a new recruiting pitch: Come to Memphis, and he'll guarantee an opportunity to play on Sunday.
Knoxville (TN) News

June 19, 2006

Rice proves football can mix with baseball
  There is little statistical evidence of the agonizing pain Rice outfielder Jordan Dodson has endured this season.
Houston Chronicle

Current, former Marshall players arrested
  Both a current and former Marshall University football player were arrested early Sunday morning on misdemeanor charges.
untington Herald-Dispatch

Westcott Field Undergoing Major Renovations
  New Playing Surface Being Installed for SMU soccer