News Nuggets, 05.19.05
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releases beefed up national TV lineup ... Memphis joins
loaded field for preseason NIT ... Frosh guard bolting
Louisville for Washington ...
ECU strength boss reconnects with Holtz ... Huggins calls
UCs bluff on shortened contract ... Temple football program
moving to MAC ...
baseball standings, scores & schedule ... Tulane locks up
piece of league baseball title ...
USA weekend baseball scoreboard ... Spider assistants follow
Wainwright to DePaul ...
era about to come to an end at Cincinnati? ... Blue Devils'
Randolph to test NBA waters ...
hoops co-captain booked on weapons counts ... Tribute set
for former Cincy baseball coach ...
land Kentucky's 'Mr. Basketball' ... Heart problem caused
players sudden death ...
with N.C. ties no longer on Bearcats hoops team ... Clarke
leaving Billikens basketball program ... Tulane gears up to
host post-season baseball ...
player dies in hometown pickup game ... 5 UConn football
players charged in shooting ... Baseball America and
Collegiate Polls ...
baseball standings, scores & schedule ... Delaware strength
coach moving to Tulane ...
Baseball Tournament approaches sellout ... Valpo player
emerges from month-long coma ...
simmer over Marquette name change ... Sugar Bowl serves as
Sugar Daddy for Big Easy ...
Force coach succeeds Wainwright at Richmond ... Marquette
dodges Warriors in changing name ...
raids A-10 to launch 12-team football league ... Black Bears
football program to join Colonial ...
center Iti bolting after sophomore season ... New bowl has
sponsor, draws C-USA support ... Report: ACC strikes silent
deal to settle case ...
sports talk station adds Durham signal ... Baseball America
and Collegiate Baseball Polls ...
baseball standings, scores & schedule ... 12 C-USA, Carolina
players make Howser list ...
switch from ECU helps Crean seal Top 10 class ... 22-inning
marathon sets new NAIA mark ...
Dye, Nehlen anointed to
College Football Hall
Pat Dye, East Carolina's
head coach from 1974-79,
will be enshrined in the
College Football Hall of
Fame. (Photo: ECU SID)
NEW YORK — Former East Carolina and
Auburn coach Pat Dye and retired West Virginia coach Don Nehlen were among a
class of 13 gridiron greats named Wednesday to the College Football Hall of
Legendary Alabama linebacker Cornelius
Bennett, Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte and Southern California tailback
Anthony Davis join a group of 11 players that will be inducted along with
Dye and Nehlen at a December awards banquet in New York.
The class will be enshrined at the hall
in South Bend, Ind., next year.
Also entering the Hall of Fame are
Pittsburgh offensive lineman Mark May, Michigan defensive back Tom Curtis,
Penn State offensive tackle Keith Dorney, Ohio State end Jim Houston, Texas
fullback Roosevelt Leaks, Oklahoma running back Joe Washington, Stanford
defensive lineman Paul Wiggin and Illinois wide receiver David Williams.
Nehlen, the winningest coach in West
Virginia history, and Dye, who won four Southeastern Conference titles in 12
seasons at Auburn, are the only coaches in this year's class.
Nehlen was the 17th coach in Division
I-A history to win 200 games, finishing his career 202-128-8. During 21
seasons in Morgantown, WV, he won 149 games and turned the program into one
that could compete with the best in the nation.
Still, induction into the Hall of Fame
``I was looking for my wife's name as a
voter,'' Nehlen said. ``I figured she must have voted about 1,000 times.''
Dye's head coaching career started at
East Carolina, where he compiled a 48-18-1 record from 1974-79 after serving
an apprenticeship as a defensive coordinator under Hall of Famer Paul "Bear"
Bryant at Alabama. He spent a year at Wyoming before going to Alabama's
arch-rival Auburn in 1981.
He won three straight SEC titles from
1987-89, and nearly lured Bennett away from from his former Crimson Tide
``I committed to Auburn for a couple of
weeks until Coach Bryant came to my house and I kind of changed my mind,''
Bennett said. ``Coach Dye and I always have a laugh about that.''
2005 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF
PLAYERS (SCHOOL), POSITION, YEARS
Cornelius Bennett (Alabama),
Tom Curtis (Michigan), Defensive Back, 1967-69
Anthony Davis (USC), Running Back, 1972-74
Keith Dorney (Penn State), Offensive Tackle, 1975-78
Jim Houston (Ohio State), End, 1957-59
John Huarte (Notre Dame), Quarterback, 1962-64
Roosevelt Leaks (Texas), Fullback, 1972-74
Mark May (Pittsburgh), Offensive Tackle, 1977-80
Joe Washington (Oklahoma), Running Back, 1972-75
Paul Wiggin (Stanford), Defensive Tackle, 1954-56
David Williams (Illinois), Wide Receiver, 1983-85
COACHES - SCHOOL(S) (YEARS) - RECORD
Pat Dye - East Carolina (1974-79),
Wyoming (1980), Auburn (1981-92) - 153-62-5
Don Nehlen - Bowling Green (1968-76), West Virginia (1980-2002) - 202-128-8
South Carolina QB denied 6th year of eligibility
COLUMBIA — The NCAA denied
South Carolina quarterback Mike Rathe's request to reconsider his
application for a sixth year of eligibility.
The university announced the
NCAA's decision Wednesday and Rathe said he plans to appeal.
The NCAA had initially
rejected Rathe's request to extend the five-year window for football
Rathe attended the University
of San Diego and Mesa Community College before transferring to South
Carolina. He requested the additional year because he missed a full season
with a broken finger before he got to South Carolina.
``We have been waiting for
three months so I am disappointed,'' Rathe said in a statement released by
the university. ``But we are not dead yet because we have an appeal left.
``We will try to keep a
positive attitude until the end and hope for the best.''
The 23-year-old played in five
games in 2003, his first season with the Gamecocks, completing two passes
for 24 yards with two interceptions.
Last season he had his most
notable moment with South Carolina, tossing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Troy
Williamson with 1:28 to go in a 12-7 victory against Kentucky.
For his South Carolina career,
Rathe was 14 of 26 for 167 yards with two touchdown passes and three
Rathe was one of several
quarterbacks competing for the starting job during spring practice for new
coach Steve Spurrier.
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