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East Carolina


Conference USA

July 16, 2006
National Ice Cream Day

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

UTEP track athletes achieve in classroom
Former George Mason cager gives up on NFL
Jury hears tape of Navy quarterback's call

From the Jacksonville Daily News
-Haynes going to ECU
  Stallions defensive end makes early commitment
-Goldsboro’s Joyner just wants to win
  Among the colleges that have shown interest in the 17-year old include Application State, South Carolina, UNC-Greensboro, Wake Forest, Memphis and Elon with East Carolina already making him an offer to play on a full scholarship.

Vonta-ful experience
  Even though Vonta Leach has made it to the big time as an NFL football player, he hasn’t forgotten the people and places who helped get him there.
Fayetteville Observer

Filling a Need- Value of a dental school at ECU debated
Winston Salem Journal

July 15, 2006

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

GMAC Bowl in Mobile moves to January
Louisville ponies up to lock down Petrino
Tulsa names McCombs women's golf coach
WNCT: Talk of The Town

East Coast Invitational in Jacksonville again
  Three camp alumni went on to East Carolina, including Corey Rouse and Jeremy Ingram of Kinston.
Kinston Free Press

July 14, 2006
Birthday - President Gerald Ford (38th President)

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

N.C. prep hoops star re-routes to Memphis
ECU's Flye, Ray land in CPL All-Star Game
UNC-CH's Miller receives Clemens Award
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Mike Flye Selected To CPL American All-Star Team
  Flye Joins Fellow Pirate Jamie Ray In The Mid-Summer Classic

McFadden commits to East Carolina
  Independence High quarterback Darryl McFadden, an All-Observer pick as a junior last season, committed to East Carolina.
Charlotte Observer

Stephens cites family interests as reason for relinquishing post
  ...four-year standout James Beatty, a 5-11½ senior who plays both point and shooting expected to lead the young Wildcats, who will be big and inexperienced. He has already been offered a scholarship by East Carolina
Jacksonville Daily News

July 13, 2006
Embrace Your Geekness Day

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Thirty years later, Leo's decision still reverberates
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Logan to have daily show on "The Bull"
Marshall hires former Blue Devil as hoops aide
Redick 'backs' out of Team USA workouts
WNCT: Talk of The Town

ECU's Jamie Ray Selected To CPL All-Star Team
  Ray is batting .345 on the year with eight doubles and 21 RBI

Lawhorn puts bad luck behind him
  The former Pirate hopes to make his long-awaited professional debut Friday night after recovering from his third significant injury, a stress fracture in a leg that sidelined him for two months and caused the Cincinnati Reds to let him go -- the second major league-affiliated team to release him following injuries.
Wilmington Star News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Onward, upward
  Heart center rising one beam at a time
-Education dean moves to interim ECU post
  One of East Carolina University's longest-tenured deans has a new position.

July 12, 2006

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

C-USA unveils 2005-06 athletes of the year
Rape trial underway for former Navy QB
Clemson gridder on jet ski that killed coach
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Faces on the Field: Ryan Norwood
  Big first baseman making most of deja vu season with Chiefs

Sports in brief- Hill transferring to Cincinnati
  Michael Hill, a former Fairland High School standout baseball pitcher, has left East Carolina University and is enrolling at the University of Cincinnati
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Football players show progress in second Strongman Competition
The East Carolinian

620 The Bull Adds Steve Logan to Line-Up
  Durham station creates show for former ECU coach

MLS club hopes unity, good play pay off
  Dominant D.C. United focused on title, even if it must traverse playoffs to get it
Raleigh News & Observer

July 11, 2006
Birthday - President John Quincy Adams (6th President)

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
One slow month
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU recruiting thumbnail: D.J. McFadden
Uggla poised to make history in All-Star game
COSIDA recognizes former president Ford
Houston associate AD Sparks succumbs
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Pirates showcase strength, agility in heat of summer
  Pirates wide receiver Kevin Roach started off his senior year right.
Washington Daily News

Briele Ends Stellar Career
  With his prep career over, it’s time for Briele to focus on the collegiate level with the Pirates.
New Bern Sun Journal

Around Campus: Survey Ranks Top 25 Online Business Colleges
  Premiering at the number one spot as the most affordable online degree is East Carolina University (North Carolina) with a modest cost of $10,560 for an online degree

Recruiting - Hogs mining hidden gems at Kansas colleges
  East Carolina is getting ready Bell...
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription req'd)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-MOVIE REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean- Dead Man's Chest
-'Pirates' Sets Record With $135.6M Weekend

July 10, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
The time to be consumed by football approaches

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU alum Godwin to wear LSU's purple & gold
Tulane resumes baseball stadium renovation
Kelly rejoins O'Leary at Central Florida

Former Pirate has a taste for French hoops
  Erroyl Bing thought a language barrier would be the toughest obstacle to overcome when he signed to play pro basketball in France last September. But developing a taste for French food proved to be most difficult.
Greenville Daily Reflector

USC, Clemson battle over ‘08 recruit
  Quarterback D.J. McFadden (6-2, 220) of Charlotte committed recently to Skip Holtz at East Carolina. McFadden also drew some interest from USC.
Columbia (SC) The State


July 16, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Right moves have Canes strong vs. salary cap
  The Carolina Hurricanes' off-season looks as successful as its Stanley Cup-winning season from the vantage point of one of its top competitors in the Eastern Conference.
-NFL-Running down the best and worst of football

Jackson, Tripp part of East-West festivities
  Ayden-Grifton fullback Matt Tripp...felt a bit disrespected by East Carolina, which didn’t pursue him very hard.
Kinston Free Press

From Columbia (SC) The State
-The ploys of summer are in full effect
  Spurrier drops not-so-subtle hints about weight-room visits, rewards Davis for ‘commitment’
-Tigers loaded with options in backfield

After baby-sitting, two-a-days not so daunting
  Sweating away the offseason pounds with his N.C. State teammates in the Raleigh heat cannot compare, senior center Leroy Harris has learned, with herding a 9-month-old son on the verge of walking.
Raleigh News & Observer

July 15, 2006

Wardlow decides to go to N.C. Central
  O.C. Wardlow, who graduated in May from Mount Tabor, signed with Virginia but was denied admission along with six other recruits earlier this month.
Winston Salem Journal

Clemson reserve Mathis leaving Tigers for JUCO
  A native of Raleigh, Troy Mathis played sparingly last season as he averaged 2.9 points and 0.5 rebounds in 20 games last season.
Columbia (SC) The State

If you want to race stock cars, you come to Charlotte.
  Show would be racing's version of `Survivor'
Charlotte Observer

July 14, 2006

Focus key for WVU
  A college football team couldn't ask for a better scenario entering a season.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Major payer and 'a major player'
  Petrino deal sends a lot of messages
Louisville Courier-Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Shaw drops 3 sports
  Baseball team won CIAA title.
-Suit against coach revived
  An ex-UNC-CH women's soccer player's claim against coach Anson Dorrance proceeds.
-Duke isn't lax in search
-Stanley Cup on tour stops at Camp Lejeune
  When Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley strode into the barracks holding the shiny Stanley Cup, digital cameras whirred and more than two dozen injured men broke into cheers.

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Tigers do their best to comfort shaken friend
  Bennett, who had role in fatal watercraft accident, returns to practice field
-Football | High hopes
  Bona fide contender or trendy pick? Bowden says Tigers could live up to hype

Apps' goal is to win another I-AA title
  Dillman, the strength coach, has ASU players working hard in summer
Winston Salem Journal

Appalachian football coach goes to U.Va. for ideas after rough year
  Coach Jerry Moore's impromptu road trip at the end of the 2004 season gave Appalachian State a kick-start toward its 2005 Division I-AA football national championship.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Consorting with the enemy
   It sounds like a friendship few could support -- at least if you follow football in South Carolina.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Strong trios power Team USA and Duke
  With his USA Basketball responsibilities weighing on his mind, it's only natural that Coach Mike Krzyzewski would draw comparisons between his Duke team and America's team.
Durham Herald-Sun

Page defensive end picks Penn State
  If Kevion Latham signs his national letter of intent in February, he could become one of the first North Carolina football players to sign with a Big Ten school since 2004. According to, that's when Jamar Adams of Charlotte's Butler High School signed with Michigan.
Greensboro News-Record

Barbaro's valiant race could be on its final run
  If you want to see a tough guy turn tender, invoke Barbaro. America doesn't have a team, but it has a horse.
Charlotte Observer

July 13, 2006

Firebirds' Battle heading to Virginia Tech
  ... North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina and Clemson were also involved in recruiting Battle, but the Hokies offered the first scholarship. ...
Rocky Mount Telegram

Basketball | Starting over
  Bobby Cremins’ may be a big fish in a small pond, but the former Georgia Tech coach has never been happier and he is ready to build at the College of Charleston
Columbia (SC) The State

Bowden pleased with players' efforts
  During his youth football camp in early June, Tommy Bowden took a moment to watch his team start its own voluntary workouts.
Anderson Independent

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Tigers' hopes are high
  His arrival eight years ago was filled with fanfare and renewed hope as Tommy Bowden was promising great things at Clemson.
-Bowden talks about Tigers
  Three of Clemson's recruits are not yet on campus and safety DeAndre McDaniel will not be enrolling due to academics.

Panthers busy with rookie negotiations
  5 of 8 Carolina picks have agreed to terms; King is 1st to sign deal
Charlotte Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL - Canes begin countdown to Stanley Cup defense
-Canes' 2006-07 Schedule
-NFL- Panthers remain a safe bet

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Marion Jones linked to counterfeiting ring
  Former UNC-CH track star Marion Jones is being linked to a $5 million check-counterfeiting ring in which money passed through Norfolk, according to court records.
-HU loses men's basketball assistant coach

WSSU's Blount enduring a summer of discontent
Winston Salem Journal

July 12, 2006

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Craft in fatal accident owned by boosters
-College basketball | Cremins to face Kentucky, USC

Ellis Staying Close To Home
  DB Dominique Ellis (6-0 187) of Wendell, NC said Tuesday he had committed to NC State over offers from USC, East Carolina and North Carolina.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Grant's hearing postponed again
  Status of Wolfpack guard still up in air.
-Call adds mystery to lacrosse case
  In the middle of a Duke lacrosse party where a dancer said she was gang-raped for 30 minutes, a call was placed from her cell phone to a Durham escort service.
-Finnerty guilty in D.C. case
  Duke University lacrosse player Collin Finnerty was convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor simple assault and sentenced to probation after a judge found him guilty of threatening a Washington, D.C., man.
-Fox, TBS to pay almost $3 billion in TV deal
  Braves' airings to be reduced.

Recruit opts for 49ers after all
  After Big East search, forward Harmon commits to Charlotte
Charlotte Observer

July 11, 2006

Fry involved in fatal accident
  Clemson offensive lineman Roman Fry was driving the personal watercraft that struck and killed the school's assistant track coach last weekend.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Lacrosse player's assault trial opens
  A trial began Monday for Collin Finnerty, one of the defendants in the Duke lacrosse rape case, on a separate assault charge stemming from a November night of socializing in Georgetown.
-Recruit in midst of Pack
  NCSU, old coach vie for McMillan.
-Canes to play fewer games in preseason

Double Duty- WFU basketball commentator is also scout for San Antonio Spurs
Winston Salem Journal

Staal enjoying ride after Cup win
Durham Herald-Sun

July 10, 2006

Tigers assistant track coach dies
  A veteran Clemson University track and field assistant died Saturday night after suffering head injuries in a Jet-Skiing accident on Lake Keowee.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Don't Believe the (Preseason) Hype
  Since 1971, which teams have been the most overrated by the AP poll?
College Football News



July 16, 2006

USM projects slow to start
  Things are inching ahead on the Southern Miss athletic facilities front, but like all multi-million dollar projects, issues arise that slow the process.
Hattiesburg American

MU, Kansas State- Quite the rivalry
  Who knew Marshall would find a natural football rival in Manhattan, Kan.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Golden Knights lay it on line
  When you hear the statistic, it sounds impressive enough on its own: Not one missed snap in two years.
Orlando Sentinel

ISU prof invented first lateral knee brace designed to prevent injury
  It all began when Bob McDavid was teaching kinesiology at Southern Mississippi University.
Terre Haute Tribune Star

July 15, 2006

-2006 UCF Football Preview
-GMAC Bowl Announces Date Change
-Six C-USA Track and Field Teams and 17 Individuals Earn USTFCCCA Academic All-America Status

GMAC Bowl becomes more attractive
  It will be played on eve of BCS championship
Akron Beacon Journal

Dad’s also a tough coach: Benji Taylor watches his son and for Tulane recruits
  Taylor has attended the annual East Coast Camp for a couple of reasons. In addition to seeing (his son) Tyler play, he is also working, watching potential recruits.
Jacksonville Daily News

No changes yet in player's case
  Things are in a holding pattern for Southern Miss linebacker Mitch Craft and former USM receiver Antwon Courington.
Hattiesburg American

July 14, 2006

2006 SMU Football Preview

Roundup- Smith joins Rice staff as RB coach
  The Rice football program, which has undergone seismic changes over the past few months, announced another change Thursday. Head coach Todd Graham introduced Michael Smith as the new Owls running backs coach.
Houston Chronicle

GMAC Bowl moves to January
  Officials say higher-profile position on night before BCS Championship Game will help the bowl and Mobile
Mobile Register

Sun Bowl may be site of new all-star game
  El Paso could be the host site of two college bowl games soon.
El Paso Times

July 13, 2006

Later, Gators
  While the Memphis media got its first chance Wednesday to meet new Tiger basketball freshman Doneal Mack, Mack's high school coach, John Jordan, explained how his star player, who had originally signed with national champion Florida, turned up at Memphis.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Kragthorpe's Success At Tulsa A Double-Edged Sword
  He led the Golden Hurricane to the Conference USA title last season, the school's first league championship in over 20 years.

SMU 2006 Preview
FOX Sports

Byars Named Men's Basketball Director of Operations
  First full-time director of basketball operations in program history.

Rodriguez the veteran among league coaches
  ...clarification on which bowls have ties to the Big East (and Notre Dame) and Conference USA for this season....
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Fort Worth Bowl close to finalizing deal with sponsor
  This season’s Fort Worth Bowl will be played at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Amon Carter Stadium and will match teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA.
Ft Worth Star Telegram

July 12, 2006

USM players face vandalism charges
  A pair of Southern Mississippi football players - one former and one current - face vandalism charges stemming from an incident Saturday night in Hattiesburg.
Hattiesburg American

-UAB's defense to improve in 2006-07
-Lincoln Honored as C-USA Co-Male Athlete of the Year
-DeAngelo Williams Shares C-USA Male Athlete of the Year Honors

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Calipari excited by 'fluke' addition
-Williams earns C-USA honor

From the Houston Chronicle
-Locals recognized by C-USA
  Houston junior pitcher Brad Lincoln was named Conference USA's Co-Male Athlete of the Year, and Tulsa junior basketball player and Spring native Jillian Robbins earned the women's athlete of the year honor
-Conference USA Report
-The life of UH

Former Blue Devil joins Marshall staff
  Kenny Blakeney was named Tuesday by Marshall University men's basketball head coach Ron Jirsa as the Thundering Herd's new assistant coach.
untington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall names new assistant basketball coach
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Marshall-WVU Series Has Great, Short History

July 11, 2006

Former Memphis Star Dan Uggla to Make C-USA Baseball History
  Former Memphis infielder Dan Uggla will add to Conference USA's baseball history on Tuesday night when he becomes the first former student-athlete to play in C-USA and go on to play in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

TU's QB has busy summer
  Paul Smith's offseason hasn't been entirely focused on Tulsa football and studies.
Tulsa World

Pre-Season Mags Agree to Disagree On Herd

Former Eagle Kelly working as prep coach
  Jeff Kelly spent four seasons as a quarterback at the University of Southern Mississippi (1998-2001). After a short stint with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, Kelly took a position as head football coach at Satsuma High School in Satsuma, Ala.
Hattiesburg American

Florida recruit enrolls at U of M
Memphis Commercial Appeal

July 10, 2006

Move to Conference USA paying dividends for Marshall
  Even factoring in participation fees and conference dues totaling more than $384,000, Marshall pocketed $735,424 more in C-USA revenue sharing when compared to its final year in the Mid-American Conference.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

76ers' Rodney Carney signs contract
  A 6-foot-6, 240-pound forward, Carney averaged 17.2 points per game as a senior at the University of Memphis and holds the Tigers record for career three-pointers made (287, 3rd in Conference USA history) and finished third in career scoring (1,901 points) in 133 games.
Inside Hoops

Looks like Memphis for Mack
  Former Independence High player Doneal Mack is heavily favoring Memphis after being released from his scholarship at Florida, coach John Jordan said Sunday.
Charlotte Observer