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News Nuggets, 03.03.05
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C-USA roundup: 49ers, Cards collide; SLU stuns Tigers


03.02.05: Tulane, with an eye on ECU, faces Cincinnati ... South Carolina rushing star gets the boot ... C-USA standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
03.01.05: Self-recrimination mounts for iconic Temple coach ... Louisville, Charlotte, Cincy climb in hoops poll ... C-USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.28.05: Mother nature stops baseball Pirates' weekend roll ... College baseball coach wins 1,400th game ... C-USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.27.05: Merritt makes splash at C-USA Indoor meet ... C-USA roundup: 49ers, Cards on collision course ... C-USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.26.05: Hapless Campbell searching for end to futility ... Suspended players off Tar Heel football team ... C-USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.25.05: WVU, new league foes spice up ECU football slate ... High-flying Charlotte ready for Southern Miss ... Marquette gets sour taste of life without Diener ... Conference USA standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.24.05: C-USA roundup: Charlotte gains share of first place ... Tough 'break' in practice ends Diener's season ... Conference USA standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.23.05: No. 21 Charlotte hosts Memphis in pivotal league matchup ... Diener, DePaul prevail over South Florida ... Conference USA standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.22.05: State turns defense over to former Syracuse assistant ... Mountain West adopts instant replay for 2005 ... Louisville, Charlotte advance in AP hoops poll ... More...
02.21.05: Fourth-and-10 for legislator's anti-BCS bill ... C- USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.20.05: C-USA roundup: Ailing Bearcats fight off UAB ... C-USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.19.05: South Carolina fined by SEC for fans rushing court ... Shocker boosts Hokies hoops to new pinnacle ... C-USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...
02.18.05: Cards escape Milwaukee with win after Marquette collapse ... Former juco coach charged with conning Louisville ... C-USA basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... More...

A night after Saint Louis ambushed Memphis to shake up the status quo in Conference USA, the league's real headline matchup will unfold Thursday night in Louisville.

Rick Pitino and Bobby Lutz recognize the enormity of the showdown between ninth-ranked Louisville and No. 18 Charlotte at Freedom Hall (7 p.m., ESPN2).

``Probably the biggest home game we've had since I've been here,'' Pitino said.

``Probably the biggest of any regular season game we've played,'' Lutz added.

Pitino's Cardinals (24-2, 12-2) and Lutz's 49ers (21-4, 12-2) are tied for first place with two games to play. The winner will capture at least a share of the conference crown and secure the No. 1 seed in the upcoming C-USA tournament.

``They're an outstanding ballclub, we're an outstanding ballclub,'' Pitino said. ``So it should be a heck of a game. And with something this big at stake, it should be.''

Louisville will close out the regular season at DePaul on Saturday, while Charlotte finishes up at South Florida.

The battle between the 49ers and Cards will be the only one on the C-USA slate Thursday night, with most of the league's midweek action having played out Wednesday night, including the stunning 70-61 win by Saint Louis over Memphis.

In other games Wednesday night, Marquette whacked Houston 76-55, UAB nipped DePaul 81-80, Texas Christian defeated South Florida 70-53 and No. 22 Cincinnati walloped Tulane 77-56.

Burglary rap adds to latest turmoil at USC

COLUMBIA — Two South Carolina players have been suspended indefinitely from the team after police said two televisions were stolen from university dorm rooms, the latest in a string of disciplinary problems involving the Gamecocks since late last season.

Defensive end Moe Thompson, a junior, and tackle Kevin Mainord, a redshirt freshman, were suspended, athletics spokesman Kerry Tharp said Wednesday.

Mainord was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of simple larceny.

Thompson has not been arrested or charged in the incident, university spokesman Russ McKinney said.

Mainord and Thompson entered a room about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 23 while the female residents were sleeping and Mainord admitted to taking a television and DVD player as well as $12, according to an arrest warrant.

A second arrested warrant states Mainord entered another dorm room and stole a television with another person, but it does not name Thompson.

``We're all extremely embarrassed by these allegations,'' South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said in a statement.

``I apologize to everyone who loves the University of South Carolina," Spurrier stated. "I have said many times as a coach I personally can't control what our players and former players do all of the time. But I can assure you that if these charges prove to be true those involved will never wear the garnet and black and represent our university on the football field.''

Thompson had 24 tackles and three sacks in 11 games last season. He is one of six players suspended for the Gamecocks season-opener against Central Florida on Sept. 3 for his part in an on-field brawl against Clemson last season. He also was one of several players not allowed to work out with the team last summer because of poor classroom attendance.

Mainord's arrest comes one day after Spurrier dismissed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team for violating athletics department policy. The (Columbia) State reported Wednesday, citing anonymous sources, that Summers failed two drugs tests. The (Charleston) Post and Courier, also citing anonymous sources, reported that Summers tested positive for marijuana more than once.

``We've had some misfortune over the past several days with some of our student-athletes,'' Tharp said. ``However I can assure you this athletics department and football coaching staff will handle this situation decisively and appropriately.''

Last month, six other South Carolina players were charged after a total of $18,000 worth of computer and video equipment and framed photographs were taken from South Carolina's stadium Nov. 22. The theft occurred shortly after the team was told they would not go to a bowl game as punishment for the fight with Clemson.

C-USA standings, scores, schedule & TV

STANDINGS (through Wednesday):

TEAM               CONF      ALL
Louisville         12 2     24 4
Charlotte          12 2     21 4
Cincinnati         11 4     23 6
DePaul             10 5     18 8
UAB                 9 6     19 9
Houston             9 6    18 11
Memphis             9 6    16 13
Texas Christian     8 7    18 11
Marquette           7 8     19 9
Saint Louis        5 10     8 20
South Florida      4 11    11 15
East Carolina      4 11     9 18
Tulane             3 12     9 17
Southern Miss      1 14    10 17


DePaul 53, Saint Louis 49
Cincinnati 89, Texas Christian 74
Charlotte 81, Southern Miss 58
Houston 76, East Carolina 72
UAB 87, Tulane 58
Louisville 53 Memphis 44


No games scheduled.


No games scheduled.


No games scheduled.


Cincinnati 77, Tulane 56
Marquette 76, Houston 55
Texas Christian 70, South Florida 53
Saint Louis 70, Memphis 61
UAB 81, DePaul 80


Charlotte at Louisville 7 PM (ESPN2)


No games scheduled.


Louisville at DePaul 12 PM (ESPN)
Saint Louis at Marquette 1 PM (ESPN+)
Cincinnati at Memphis 4 PM (ESPN)
Texas Christian at Southern Miss 5 PM
Charlotte at South Florida 7 PM
UAB at Houston 8 PM
East Carolina at Tulane 8 PM


C-USA TOURNAMENT, Mar. 9-12, Memphis, TN

Compiled from Conference USA and wire reports.

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