News Nuggets, 04.09.05
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ECU-bred coach signs up for 2nd tour at UNC-G
Bowl pits C-USA against WAC on Christmas Eve ... Sold out
Tulane-LSU game set for national TV ...
Badiane finish among national leaders ... CBS draws best
title game ratings in six years ...
day after: High times in the Dean Dome ... Multiple murder
raps highlight police blotter ...
soaks in the moment as Tar Heels deliver... Drew top QB on
ECU's spring depth chart... 2005 ECU spring depth chart ...
Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball Polls ...
game preview: Roy Williams' time has arrived ... Card return
to elite status after 4-year climb ...
men come up big as Heels, Illini head to showdown ... Cops
unleash tear gas on disruptive Michigan State fans ...
coach beats out Herrion for Siena job ... Terps assistant
Dickerson named coach at Tulane ... 'P.H.D.' Pitino gets
life in perspective at U of L ...
capture NIT title in thrilling finish ... Coaches pushing
for more distant 3-point arc ...
in place for closed ECU scrimmage ... Texas legislature
maneuvers to reign in BCS ... NIT master Odom leads USC into
title game ...
football on the menu for Pirate fans ... Gamecocks top Terps
to reach NIT title game ... Hawks halt Memphis in NIT
semifinal battle ...
Carolina southpaw takes Conference USA honor ... Beale
Street helps Memphis star cure the blues ...
East Carolina alum Mike Dement was
hired Friday as the UNC-Greensboro basketball coach, returning to the school
he coached from 1991-95 when it first moved to Division I.
He replaces Fran McCaffery, who was
named Siena's coach last week.
Dement, who graduated from ECU in 1976
and later served a stint as a Pirates assistant, led the Spartans to the Big
South regular-season title in 1995.
He took over the Southern Methodist
program the following season and guided the Mustangs until February 2004,
when he was fired after going 138-120 in nine seasons and failing to reach
the NCAA tournament.
``I am really excited about being back
here,'' Dement said. ``I like this team. Having seen them at practice and in
games this past season, I know them very well. This team has chemistry, and,
as a coach, you get excited working with a team like that.''
Dement started his college coaching
career as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1982-83, then
served on the staffs at Cornell and ECU.
He got his first head coaching job with
Cornell in 1986 and was named coach at UNC-Greensboro in 1991.
Garcia taking NBA route with Pitino's blessing
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP)
— Francisco Garcia will forgo his senior season at Louisville and enter the
``There's no going back. I think I can
be a lottery pick,'' Garcia said Thursday in a conference call with the
The 6-foot-7 forward, who was born in
the Dominican Republic but went to high school in New York, said he will
participate in several training camps to prepare for the June 28 draft.
``I know my abilities and I'm confident
I can make it,'' he added.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino said
Thursday before the announcement that Garcia was ready to turn pro.
``I want him to go pro. I do not want
him coming back,'' Pitino said. ``Fans will say, 'Is he crazy?' Probably.
But it's a dream of his and the young man wants to go. He's ready for it.''
This season, Garcia led the Cardinals
in scoring (15.7 points a game), assists (148), steals (65) and blocks (56)
as they made the Final Four for the first time since their 1986 national
Garcia also said he will play with the
Dominican Republic in the upcoming Tournament of the Americas in Santo
Domingo in August and September.
``It's always wonderful to represent
your country. I've had that honor several times, but the world championship
qualifier will be a very special event for me,'' he said.
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