News Nuggets, 04.13.05
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Odom pours cold water on Virginia speculation
Gaylord Perry set for ECU mound duty ... Baseball America &
Collegiate Baseball Polls ...
Houston players make waves at pre-draft event ... C-USA
baseball standings, scores & schedule ...
sizes up DePaul's Leitao as candidate ... Aussie beats out
Reddick for Wooden award ...
coach signs up for 2nd tour at UNC-G ... Garcia taking NBA
route with Pitino's blessing ...
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 ...
COLUMBIA — South Carolina's Dave Odom
has seemingly squashed all the rumors that had him pegged to be the next
head coach at Virginia.
``It is my intention to finish out my
coaching career at South Carolina. I hope to do that. I expect to do that,''
Odom said Tuesday at a news conference.
Odom, a former Virginia assistant whose
coaching resume includes head coaching stops at Wake Forest and East
Carolina, talked with Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage at the
Final Four and the rumors have been swirling since.
Just days after his team won the NIT
championship on a last-second shot, attention quickly turned to whether Odom
would return for a fifth season with the Gamecocks.
Odom said last week he and Littlepage
discussed Virginia's place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and what the
school might do to succeed, but they never talked about Odom becoming coach.
``I do have an interest in Virginia,
only in that I want them to get the best coach possible, which is not me,''
But Odom said he would never say he had
``no interest'' in the Virginia job because he didn't want ``to be made out
to be a liar'' and didn't want to hurt his Virginia fans and friends.
``I can look everybody in the eye and
say, 'I am not a candidate nor have I been a candidate for University of
Virginia's job,''' Odom said.
Things could change, ``but by the same
token, who knows?'' he said.
Odom said he and Littlepage haven't
spoken since last Sunday, but the two have exchanged voicemails, including
one Littlepage left for Odom: ``David, I'm sorry things got out the way they
got out. It is absolutely a mess.''
Virginia officials interviewed DePaul
basketball coach Dave Leitao for the Cavaliers' vacancy on Friday, but still
no decision has been made. Virginia is seeking a replacement for Pete
Gillen, who resigned after seven seasons and just one NCAA tournament
Odom said last week that he assumed his
other coaches, players and fans were upset after all the rumors, but he said
the fallout hasn't been all that bad.
``I walked around my neighborhood and a
lot of people were not upset,'' Odom said. ``They were, 'I hope you don't
Odom also said he made recruiting
visits to shore up any doubt that he might not be back next fall and his
current players and staff ``are fine'' as well.
Indicating he may lose another
assistant or two, Odom said he has deferred interviewing candidates for an
assistant position that became available when Ricky Stokes left to become
East Carolina's coach.
South Carolina assistants Rick Duckett
and Barry Sanderson have expressed interest in Coastal Carolina's
head-coaching vacancy, and Odom said he didn't want to hire someone with the
future of his current staff still unclear.
Odom, who has three years left on his
contract, also said he has not spoken with school officials about an
NCAA voids results of six D-II baseball teams
PRINCETON, WV — Six West Virginia
Conference baseball teams have been stripped of 25 results this season
because they did not meet the NCAA's criteria for regulation games, the
league announced Monday.
Games lost by WVIAC schools included
Salem International, nine; Concord and Davis & Elkins, five apiece; the
University of Charleston, three; West Virginia Wesleyan, two; and West
The NCAA baseball rules committee said
the Division II schools cannot count those games in official standings or
statistics because the games were scheduled as a seven-inning contest or did
not meet the NCAA's definition of a legal doubleheader.
NCAA rules only allow for a
seven-inning game as part of a scheduled doubleheader, which must be between
the same two teams. The second game of a doubleheader must begin no more
than 30 minutes after the first game.
The doubleheader rule is in the current
version of the NCAA Baseball Rules Book but was not in the 2004 version. All
the games took place during spring-break trips.
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