News Nuggets, 07.22.03
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Greenville startup hops aboard
sports radio waves
raid draws attention of Congress... .. West taps into Clemson
connections for assistant coach... .. Arena football player
dies on bench... ..
mingle and eat with the Pirates... .. Date dampens demand for
WVU-VPI ducats... .. Non-BCS CEO's sign up in big numbers for
Cowen summit... .. Monetary affairs discourage in-state
rivalry... .. 49ers lose one, keep one... ..
formally shifts into football mode... ..
up close and personal with J.T... .. Key U of L football
players banished... .. Gators get head start in rejecting ACC... ..
Physician admits torching dead player's medical data... .. LSU
football coach survives aquatic knockout plunge... ..
East Carolina names new ticket operations boss... .. Dollar
draws NCAA wrath... .. Athletes' rights crusader gains
steam... .. Banished football program seeks new life... ..
Blood clot stymies Buckeye lineman again...
GREENVILLE — A pair of
broadcasting industry professionals have leveraged their local ties and
sports interests into a new venture to acquire and operate an existing radio
station. Pirate Media Group, LLC, has announced it will purchase WGHB 1250AM
through a partnership with Conner Media. The station is located in the Pitt
County town of Farmville and broadcasts at 5000 watts. Troy Dreyfus and
Jonathan Ellerbe, each of whom graduated from East Carolina University,
founded the Pirate Media Group in March 2003, and will be managing partners
of the company.
Both Dreyfus and Ellerbe
served stints for Henry Hinton at New East Communications before Hinton
entered into an agreement several months ago to sell his radio stations —
long associated with coverage of local news and politics and East Carolina
Pirates sports — to Archway Broadcasting Group. Dreyfus spent 8 years at New
East and is best known for his years as co-host with Hinton of "Talk of the
Town," a program which airs daily on WCZI 98.3 FM and Greenville Cable 7 TV.
According to a press release,
Pirate Media Group will take over the management and day-to-day operations
of its newly-acquired station effective immediately. In addition to Pitt
County, WGHB's signal reaches into Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe, Nash, Beaufort,
Lenoir and Craven Counties. The station currently carries ESPN programming
and, according to Dreyfus, additional program offerings are planned. The
station will be a part of the Pirate Sports Radio Network, carrying East
Carolina football, basketball and baseball games and coaches shows. In
addition, the station is an affiliate for the NFL Carolina Panthers and has
plans to carry other new programming as well, said Dreyfus.
Houston player's injury-plagued
career extended by NCAA
HOUSTON — The NCAA has granted Houston tight end Jonathan Pritchett an
extension of his five-year period of eligibility, thus allowing the
Friendship, TX, senior to play this fall for the Cougars. Pritchett, who
graduated in December of 2002 and will attend graduate school this fall,
played for UH in 1998 and 1999 before missing the entire 2000 (broken leg)
and 2001 (knee) seasons with injuries. He played in 11 games last season,
including seven starts, and recorded a career-high seven catches for 103
Marquette legend joins Crean staff
MILWAUKEE — A three-time All-American who was the leader of Hall of Fame
coach Al McGuire's Marquette national championship team of 1977 has
rejoined his alma mater's basketball staff, Golden Eagles head coach Tom
Crean has announced. Ellis will be serving his second stint as an assistant
coach in the program, his previous tenure having spanned 10 years (1988-98).
One of only five players whose jerseys have been retired by Marquette, Ellis
has served as the head coach at Chicago State for the last five seasons. "In
the 26 or 27 years since Bo Ellis played here, there is no doubt that his
legacy here with his leadership is fully intact," Crean said. "We look
forward to taking that to a whole new level and into a few new chapters here
as Bo joins our staff."
Rattlers promoted to I-A
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The NCAA has approved Florida A&M's application to move
its football program to Division I-A and the historically black university
could be playing at college football's highest level by 2004. No other
historically black college is in Division I-A. The school, which submitted
its application to move up from Division I-AA in June, had been in Division
I-AA since the classification was created in 1978. That year, the Rattlers
won that level's first football national championship. The move makes the
Rattlers ineligible for the 2003 Division I-AA playoffs and the 2003
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football title. The status of Florida A&M's
other sports will be decided by the MEAC Council of Presidents.
Murder charge lodged against Dotson
CHESTERTOWN, MD — The former
roommate of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was charged
Monday with murder, authorities said. The warrant naming Carlton Dotson was
issued by police in Waco, TX, where Dennehy has been missing since mid-June,
Chestertown Police Chief Walter Coryell said. No body has been found. Sgt.
Ryan Holt, a Waco police spokesman, told the Dallas Morning News that Dotson
confessed to killing Dennehy and gave a description of where he left the
body. He told the newspaper that police were searching that location Monday
night, but declined to elaborate. Dotson was to have another hearing
Tuesday. If he waives extradition, he will be returned to Texas, Coryell
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