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East Carolina


Conference USA

July 23, 2006

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
— Accident claims life of Georgia hoops player
— Ex-Navy quarterback Owens spared jail time
— Former Gamecock gridder suing university

Reporting on Keith LeClair- The most rewarding and difficult assignment of my career
Greenville Daily Reflector

July 22, 2006

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

— Blue Devils name new lacrosse coach
— Former Duke back issues $1 million challenge
— Current Duke back Harris gets tube time
WNCT: Keith LeClair Memorial Service
WNCT: Talk of The Town (guest Paul Troth)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Players, coaches honor LeClair
  Grown, physically strong men who participate in baseball at a high level with testosterone-filled bravado often couldn't keep their emotions contained when their turn came to speak about former East Carolina baseball coach Keith LeClair on Friday evening during the Celebration of Life event held by ECU at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
-Community says farewell
  People tried to remain composed while describing the things former ECU baseball coach Keith LeClair held to be most important during his funeral service Friday. In the end, they were brought to tears when LeClair himself explained what he valued during a taped testimonial made about the time he was being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.
-A gallery of photos from Friday's ceremonies
-Leaf through a gallery of memories

LeClair's life honored on field
Raleigh News & Observer

Memorial held for Keith LeClair
Washington Daily News (AP)

Mincey commits to Pirates
  New Hanover ace will continue career at ECU
Wilmington Star News

July 21, 2006

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 273
— LeClair legacy puts faith into focus
-BVL: LeClair rites to be broadcast and live-streamed
-BVL: 2007 hoops recruiting thumbnails page launched

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
— Hoops recruiting thumbnail: Jontae Sherrod
— Tiger recruit says Irish used negative tactics
— Duke football hit by suspension, dismissals
— UK to report itself over Internet shenanigans
WNCT: Talk of The Town

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Public gets first chance to say goodbye to LeClair
  Hugs and handshakes preceded sincere offerings of condolences to the family of former East Carolina baseball coach Keith LeClair
ECU coach Stokes discusses Pirates' big incoming class
  The East Carolina men's basketball team is going to be seeing a lot of one another as it prepares for the upcoming season

LeClair inspired others to follow in his footsteps
  Cliff Godwin is one of Keith LeClair's former East Carolina baseball players. He also was among the last people to call LeClair.
Wilmington Star News

LeClair packed a lifetime of impact into 40 years
  It's hard to imagine how someone who had such a short stay here could have so large an impact on two Division I college baseball programs.
Rutland (VT) Herald

Future Opponent: Winning, Patriotism & Pageantry
  The Marketing of the Navy Football Tradition
Baltimore Press Box

July 20, 2006
Moon Day (Man's First Lunar Landing)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
— Coach's short life had no shortage of triumphs
-BVL: LeClair rites to be broadcast and live-streamed
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

— ECU to hold public "celebration" of LeClair's life
— LeClair rites to be broadcast and live-streamed
— Future Pirate Fields tallies 8 points in East loss
— C-USA announces staff additions, promotions
— UCF uses buyout; Vols host Wolfpack in 2008

Keith LeClair's "Celebration Of Life" Set For Friday At 6-00 p.m.

Support continues for LeClair family
  Complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis made going to bed an immensely difficult proposition for former East Carolina baseball coach Keith LeClair and his family.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Tracy struggling with mentor's death
  Chad Tracy was a quiet, introspective kid when he arrived at East Carolina in 1998, and LeClair became his father away from home.
San Jose Mercury News

LeClair leaves lasting legacy at East Carolina
  Complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis made going to bed an immensely difficult proposition for former East Carolina baseball coach Keith LeClair and his family.
Wilmington Star News

Opinion - They needed another angel
  The baseball Gods needed another angel.
Goldsboro News-Argus

Mainieri puts the pieces in place
  Godwin, a former standout himself at East Carolina, will serve as the offensive mastermind behind the LSU hitting attack and coaching up the catcher position
Tiger Weekly

July 19, 2006

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
— Seeds of faith sowed by LeClair in full bloom

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
— Irish fill baseball coaching vacancy
— Fork Union, Oak Hill getting review by NCAA
— Alabama cager denied fifth year of eligibility
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Few individuals like LeClair have ever been associated with ECU
  About 10 years ago when Keith LeClair was hired as East Carolina's new baseball coach, someone called me at The Daily Reflector, saying that the Pirates had better be warned.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Keith LeClair, Former ECU Baseball Coach, Dies After Extended Illness

Former ECU coach, 40, dies
Wilmington Star News (AP)

WCU Hall of Famer Keith LeClair dies; battled Gehrig's Disease
Smoky Mountain Sentinel

From The East Carolinian
-Former ECU baseball coach loses battle with incurable disease
-New Pirate Club Director settles in

July 18, 2006

-Myatt: LeClair, deceased at 40, leaves sweeping legacy
-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
— A man worth remembering
Bailey: From The Anchor Desk

— Coach's impact will endure
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

— ECU's Krog, Hauser recognized for academics
— Central Florida golfer fires record round of 60
— Rutgers drops six sports to trim athletic budget
WNCT-AM: Talk of the Town

-Keith LeClair, Former ECU Baseball Coach, Dies After Extended Illness
  Keith LeClair, East Carolina University's head baseball coach from 1997 to 2002, died at his home Monday following an extended illness.
Keith LeClair Tribute
-Lene Krog and Jessica Hauser Named To NGCA All-America Scholar Team

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Keith LeClair dead at 40
  Inspirational coach succumbs to ALS
-Friends mourn loss of coach
-LeClair inspired run in 2002 tournament

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A legacy of excellence
  Former East Carolina baseball coach Keith LeClair, who infused the Pirates with his determination and took the program to new heights, dies at age 40 after battling ALS.
-LeClair dared to dream big
  It's not easy to become a coaching icon at East
-Keith Leclair's impact
-Key moments- Keith LeClair

Leggett remembers ECU baseball coach
  LeClair had a five-year bout with ALS
Greenville (SC) News

LeClair's Battle Ends
  Former East Carolina coach was part of 13 regional teams as player and coach
Baseball America

Pirates lose a legend
  Local ECU grads agree that Pirate family lost a special person Gary Baldree summed up Monday succinctly. He called it a sad day for Pirate athletics.
New Bern Sun Journal

LeClair given the green light to steal home
Washington Daily News

Former WCU player, coach LeClair leaves winning legacy
Asheville Citizen-Times

WCU Hall of Famer Keith LeClair Dies After Extended Illness

Ex-ECU coach loses battle with ALS
  LeClair, who led Pirates to four NCAA tournaments, dies in Greenville at age 40
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Glenn Picks up Another Offer
  Broome defensive end/linebacker Antwane Glenn picked up an offer from Furman recently.  Glenn also has offers from East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Ex-South Rob gridiron star bringing NFL to Rowland
  Vonta Leach's football camp at South Robeson High on Saturday is expected to pump economic development dollars into his hometown of Rowland
The Robesonian

July 17, 2006
National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
Wrong Way Corrigan Day

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
— McFadden sets sights on succeeding Pinkney
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

— LSU paying baseball coach $450K per year
— Kruger uses rule change to play for dad
— MAAC adopts new hoops tourney format

UVA Football Sneak Peak- Game 6
  Virginia at East Carolina, Oct. 7
Charlottesville Daily Progress

2006 Opponent Preview - Virginia
  Quarterback is one of the biggest areas of concern.

Sports-based academy planned for K'ville
  Gary Newell, who played wide receiver at East Carolina University under Coach Pat Dye in the 1970s plans to establish an all-male high-school-level private academy in Kernersville designed to provide promising young athletes with focused training in both sports and academics.


July 23, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack turns focus to state
  N.C. State's in-state football recruiting has turned around this year.
-Swofford reflects on ACC's success

Emanuel picks Heels
  He gave a verbal commitment to UNC-CH on Monday, spurning an offer from East Carolina along with interest from other schools.
Outer Banks Sentinel

Clemson’s role as baseball host unfurls flag flap
  Black Coaches Association complaint prompts NCAA to review scope of ban in S.C.
Columbia (SC) The State

Can Clemson live up to all the hype?
Anderson Independent

July 22, 2006

2006 Preview- Virginia Cavaliers
Fox Sports

Gray feels ‘betrayed’ by USC
  But basketball recruit doesn’t blame coaches for admissions denial
Columbia (SC) The State

NCAA OKs Oak Hill, Fork Union
  An investigation of possible "diploma mills" no longer includes Oak Hill Academy...
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-McMillan likes his summer job
-Duke lacrosse chooses Danowski
-Canes keep building ranks

Hampton QB Tyrod Taylor picks Virginia Tech
The Virginian Pilot

July 21, 2006

Sugar Bowl victory silenced Big East critics
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Hokies have buzz, but Cavs may have beef
  With months of football recruiting still to go, the Cavaliers already have put together a class that analysts say is better, at least at this point, than what the Hokies are assembling.
The Virginian Pilot

Thompson suing USC over his ouster
  Ex-lineman says ‘punitive’ dismissal cost him chance to play elsewhere
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-WSSU's enters MEAC; further expansion could include NCCU
  WSSU Rams will compete for championships in 2010-11
-Dooley helps coaches get fans ready for football's return

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Paul right on point with USA Basketball
  USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski smiled and started to talk about point guard Chris Paul.
-UNC-CH lineman out for season
  Mitchell won't take classes, either.

July 20, 2006

Duke quarterback suspended for plagiarism
  Zack Asack, slated to return this fall as the starting quarterback for Duke's football team, has been suspended from school for the fall and spring semesters for plagiarism.
Durham Herald-Sun

USC denies Gray admission
  Star forward attended one of 22 high schools under NCAA review
Greenville (SC) News

Whoops - Chesapeake center on NCAA's banned list
  A program for learning-disabled students is erroneously included on the list of schools from which the NCAA no longer accepts transcripts.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Blue Devils sack Asack
  School suspends QB for plagiarism; plans to return in '07.
-Karmanos lifts another cup
  Hurricanes' owner wins on track, too.
-Lowe glows in spotlight
  Sidney Lowe performed before his first RBC Center crowd Wednesday. No one kept score, but he did have a winning way.
-All-Stars ponder the future

2006 Preview- NC State Wolfpack
Fox Sports

Thomas-led East squad falls just short in All-Star game
Greenville Daily Reflector

July 19, 2006

WVU picked as Big East's best
  Expectations for the upcoming college football season at West Virginia University are arguably the highest in school history
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Big East intent on bowling over its critics again
Providence Journal

NCAA declares open season on empty calorie schedules
Greenville (SC) News

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Stadium off to rocky start
  Granite beneath building site forces architects to tweak ballpark design
-USC athletics eyes move to coliseum
  WFU basketball team to take advantage of

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Prosser, Deacons heading to Bahamas
  WFU basketball team to take advantage of NCAA rule that allows foreign trip every four years
-North Carolina at Chapel Hill adds two to football class
  Manteo's Davis turns down scholarship offer from East Carolina

Prep schools concern NCAA
  The NCAA's red-flag list hits home with two Virginia institutions: Fork Union and Oak Hill Academy. The NCAA will visit the schools this week.
Winston Salem Journal

Shelby slugger will join Wolfpack
Raleigh News & Observer

Predators Swap Walker for Canes' Vasicek
Durham Herald-Sun

Monarchs' first commit for 2007-08- lanky, long-armed scorer from N.C.
The Virginian Pilot

July 18, 2006

Roger Williams Hired as Louisville's Pitching Coach

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Shortt sent to prison
  Doctor provided Panthers steroids.
-There's no place like home
  Duhon has raised more than $425,000 for storm-ravaged Slidell, La.
-Searcy commits to UNC-CH football

Hokies add yet another recruit
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Corrigan withdraws from Duke search
  Kevin Corrigan, the Notre Dame men's lacrosse coach, has withdrawn his name from consideration for Duke's vacant head coaching job.
Durham Herald-Sun

Odom stays optimistic about team
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Whitfield named Bobcats team president
Charlotte Observer

New signing time an old idea
  Some coaches say an early-signing period would take pressure off recruits, decrease backing out
Columbia (SC) The State

July 17, 2006

Clemson Impresses North Carolina Prospect
  TE Michael Byrd (6-5 230) of Thomasville, NC has a preference order right now of East Carolina (due to the offer), Clemson, North Carolina and Wake Forest.

Several recruits slip past Tigers, USC
  Quarterback Danny Dembry (6-3, 190) of Ahoskie, NC, has offers from USC, NC State, East Carolina, Buffalo and Kentucky. He’s favoring NC State.
Columbia (SC) The State

Hokies get four more commitments
  Oglesby, a 6-foot, 210-pound recruit from Garner High in Garner, NC, turned down offers from Wake Forest, NC State, East Carolina and UNC-CH.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Who says souvenirs have to be tasteful?
Charlotte Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Football Frenzy- NFL teams set to begin training camps next week
  The earliest camps will be opened by Cleveland, Philadelphia and Houston on July 23
-Pinehurst will hear pitter patter of little soft spikes soon
  The Southern Pines/Pinehurst area is rolling out the red carpet for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship



July 23, 2006

Giants release USM's Coley twins
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

July 22, 2006

2006 Southern Miss Football Preview
  To mere outsiders, Southern Miss' 7-5 record in 2005 may seem like a sub-par performance. Even to Head Coach Jeff Bower and his Golden Eagles, that record most definitely isn't one they were hoping for when preseason practice began.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall sets sights on season ticket record
Ailing QBs plotting comebacks

USM ticket sales behind '05 pace
Hattiesburg American

Sandy focused at linebacker
Orlando Sentinel

July 21, 2006

-2006 Rice Football Preview
  The casual fan may not know the place when he or she comes to Rice Stadium on Sept. 2 for the Game for the Bayou Bucket between Houston and the Rice Owls. New turf, a mammoth new scoreboard, new uniforms, and the removal of the hated wooden bleachers from the historic stadium will greet the crowd.
-2006-07 Conference USA Men's Basketball Prospectus

2006-07 UTEP Men's Basketball Preview

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd baseball coach moving to new job
  Marshall baseball Coach Dave Piepenbrink resigned Wednesday, leaving a program that has struggled with inadequate facilities in a new conference that's strong in the sport
-Herd gets four-star football prospect

Speculation over- Smith picks Herd
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

No. 1 quarterback on campus, asserts Bower
  And who says Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower has no sense of humor.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

MTSU official to lead Birmingham Bowl
  The Birmingham Bowl has landed an executive director. Mark Meadows, the assistant athletics director for marketing and corporate sales at Middle Tennessee, will run Birmingham's latest bowl attempt.
Birmingham News

July 20, 2006

-2006 UTEP Football Preview
-Marshall Baseball Coach Dave Piepenbrink Announces Resignation
-Philippi, Meisner Join Conference USA Staff

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Piepenbrink resigns as Marshall coach
  Dave Piepenbrink, who was involved with the Marshall University baseball program for nearly half his life, is leaving his position as the Thundering Herd's head coach.
-Chapman undeterred by coaching departure
-Marshall staff prepares for 'coaches camp'
-Billing hired as Herd assistant

Herd baseball coach resigns
Charleston (WV) Gazette

2006 Fantasy Rankings - CUSA
College Football News

From USA Today
-Around Conference USA- Basketball
-Around Conference USA- Football

From the Houston Chronicle
-Houston's bowl finds new TV home
  NFL Network acquires rights to Thursday game
-Three out of jobs at Rice
  The results of the ongoing facelift of Rice Stadium could pale in comparison to the wholesale changes in the athletic department once the fall semester commences.
-My Preseason C-USA football picks
-Coach, welcome to the hot seat...

From the Hattiesburg American
-Three question marks stick out with Southern Miss football
  Things are inching ahead on the Southern Miss athletic facilities front, but like all multi-million dollar projects, issues arise that slow the process.
-Martin joins Southern Miss baseball staff

TU staff pitching rise in Hurricane football
Tulsa World

All shiny and new- Dome's roof finished
New Orleans Times Picayune

July 19, 2006

2006 Houston Football Preview

Pitt, Central Florida come to new terms on series
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF moves ball in big-money game
  Money isn't exactly being picked off trees just yet, but the fund-raising at UCF that has brought record growth in several departments this summer hasn't bypassed the athletic department.
-UCF volunteers for buyout
  The Golden Knights pay $10,000 to erase a trip to Tennessee off the 2007 schedule.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-UCF pays Vols to cancel game
-Chicago point guard Derrick Rose starting to realize his potential -- Tigers already noticed

Young sweats more as No. 1
  A little more focus. A lot more film work. A ton of responsibility.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Bradshaw returns, teaches new crop
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TCU fans should begin to see network gamble pay off
  CSTV is also partnered with Conference USA -- which includes SMU, Houston, Rice and UT-El Paso
Fort Worth Star Telegram

July 18, 2006

2006 Memphis Football Preview

GMAC Bowl could take away bit of BCS hype
Birmingham News

College football conferences coming out infighting
USA Today

Defying tradition, ESPN plans 13-game Thursday package
Charleston (WV) Gazette

July 17, 2006

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Southern Mississippi preview
-Texas-El Paso preview

New recruits signal end of a depression
  TU's basketball newcomers raising the level of talent considerably.
Tulsa World

Calipari To Be Guest Host On Fox's Best Damn Sports Show Period Monday