News Nuggets, 04.15.05
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Talk 1070 to air Purple-Gold 'Pigout' coverage
Carolina lures Peterson as hoops coach ... Unraveling of
juggernaut title team begins ...
pours cold water on Virginia speculation ... NCAA voids
results of six D-II baseball teams ...
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 ...
Greenville station WNCT-AM Talk 1070
will air pregame coverage of the annual East Carolina Purple-and-Gold Spring
Game this Saturday.
The show, which will broadcast live
from the "Fort Gameday" platform behind Scales Field House, is scheduled to
begin airing at 11:00 a.m. and will lead into the the Pirate Sports
Network's coverage of the East Carolina-Louisville baseball game at 1:00
WNCT personality Patrick Johnson and
Bonesville.net columnist Denny O'Brien will host the program, and will be
joined by several guests throughout the show. Johnson and O'Brien tag-teamed
to host 1070's football pregame show last fall.
East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz
is among the guests tentatively scheduled to make a live appearance during
the broadcast along with other ECU athletic department staffers and members
of the media.
Marshall hires former Herd star as grid coach
HUNTINGTON — Ohio State defensive
coordinator Mark Snyder was hired as Marshall's football coach Thursday,
returning to the university where he set a school record for interceptions.
He received a five-year contract and
succeeds Bob Pruett, who retired in March after nine seasons. Marshall went
6-6 last year and lost to Cincinnati in the Fort Worth Bowl. It was the
school's first non-winning season in 21 years.
``We want to be the class of college
football,'' Snyder said. ``We will be the class of college football. Thank
you so much for bringing me home.''
Snyder takes over as Marshall prepares
to play in Conference USA after eight seasons in the Mid-American
``Our goal is simple to do this: We
want to win the conference championship. We want to get to a (Bowl
Championship Series) bowl game,'' he said. ``We want to graduate all our
Snyder's contract features a base
salary of $144,200 a year. With promotional work and incentives, he could
earn up to $478,000 a year. He also received a $50,000 bonus from a booster
Larry Kueck had served as interim coach
after Pruett retired. He also interviewed for the job and ran the team's
spring practices. Pruett and several former players, including quarterback
Chad Pennington, wanted Kueck to be hired.
Snyder was Ohio State's defensive
coordinator last season and its linebackers coach for three years before
that. He also was an assistant at Minnesota, Central Florida and Youngstown
State, where he served under current Ohio State coach Jim Tressel from
Snyder lettered one season at Marshall,
1987. He still holds the school record for interceptions in a season with
He was on the Buckeyes' staff when Ohio
State won the 2002 national championship. He coached against Marshall last
fall when Ohio State beat the Thundering Herd 24-21 on Mike Nugent's 55-yard
field goal with no time left.
Snyder also was with Youngstown State
when it won the 1991 and 1993 I-AA title games against Marshall and lost to
the Thundering Herd in the 1992 championship game.
Snyder said the success of Marshall
football will hinge in part on fan support.
``We need that 12th man out there every
Saturday in that stadium,'' he said.
Doherty heads Florida Atlantic candidates list
BOCA RATON — Former North Carolina
coach Matt Doherty interviewed for the vacant position at Florida Atlantic
and appears to be the front runner of the school's five finalists.
Doherty toured the campus and met with
athletic director Craig Angelos and school president Frank Brogan on
Wednesday. It isn't known when the school expects to announce a new coach.
Doherty's name was speculated on in
connection with East Carolina's recent coaching search, which
culminated in the hiring of South
Carolina assistant and former Virginia Tech head coach Ricky Stokes.
The 43-year-old Doherty succeeded Bill
Guthridge at North Carolina in 2000, but he lasted just three seasons, going
53-43 before resigning after the 2002-03 season.
He had previously served as head coach
at Notre Dame for one season (22-15), and was an assistant for seven seasons
at Kansas under current North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
Those previously interviewed by Florida
Atlantic were former Brigham Young coach Roger Reid, Georgia Southern's Jeff
Price and Norfolk State's Dwight Freeman. Former Tennessee coach Buzz
Peterson had been slated to interview before he
accepted the head job at Coastal Carolina
Florida Atlantic is searching for a
replacement for Sidney Green, who was fired last month after his third
straight losing season.
Angelos said he and Brogan, both of
whom are on the search committee, will meet to discuss the candidates.
``Everything will be put into the pot,
mixed around, and contemplated,'' Angelos said.
Catamounts in the market for new hoops coach
CULLOWHEE — Steve Shurina will not
return for a sixth season as basketball coach at Western Carolina, the
school said Thursday.
Shurina has been reassigned to a
teaching position for the duration of his contract, which expires at the end
of the 2005-06 season, assistant athletics director Mike Cawood said.
Shurina was appointed coach in April 2000 and compiled a 48-97 record over
The announcement comes after the school
conducted a review of the program's direction, athletics director Chip Smith
Shurina's first contract ran through
the end of the 2003-04 season, but he signed a 2-year extension. The
Catamounts went 8-22 this season, ending with a 69-57 loss to Georgia
Southern in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament.
The school will launch a national
search for Shurina's replacement.
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