News Nuggets, 06.10.05
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headline super regional hosts ...
football television times falling into place ... Region
recaps involving C-USA, Carolinas teams ...
goes the high-tech route for instant replay ... Region
recaps involving C-USA, Carolinas teams ...
football legend succumbs to cancer ... Region recaps
involving C-USA, NC and SC teams ...
Carolina hoops gets major talent infusion ... Region recaps
involving C- USA, NC and SC teams ...
nemeses on first-team All-America squad ... Tulane baseball
stadium set for major facelift ... USM fans to get Internet
TV of regional opener ...
Orleans Regional lands TV package ... Indoor
practice palace going up at Louisville ... Young FIU program
hit with probation ...
illness prompts UTEP star to leave school ... Green Wave
reigns supreme over both polls ...
tickets up for grabs today in Tempe ... Tulane top dog in
postseason pecking order ...
host picks should boost Pirates' hopes ... Washed-out title
game produces co- champions ... Conference USA Baseball
Tournament Wrap-Up ...
loses control over its famous 'G' logo ... MWC sanctions
Lubick over scheduling remarks ... C-USA Tournament
brackets, scores & schedule ...
spurns approach by Cleveland Cavaliers ... 'Voice' rallying
cycles to support School for Deaf ... C-USA Tournament
brackets, scores & schedule ...
Godwin leaves JUCO powerhouse to join Mazey
East Carolina didn't have to look long
or far to find a new mentor for its stable of pitchers, turning to Louisburg
College baseball coach Billy Godwin to fill the position vacated earlier
this week with the
resignation of Tommy Eason.
Godwin, a Rocky Mount native with an
ECU graduate degree, was announced Thursday as the Pirates' pitching coach
by head coach Randy Mazey.
Louisburg, long a power in the junior
college baseball ranks, compiled a 262-85 record during Godwin's six-year
stretch at the school, a span marked by multiple postseason appearances,
including a 2002 trip to the JUCO World Series.
Godwin was named Region X coach of the
year after his 2005 team finished the regular season with a 49-13 mark and
ranked 6th in the nation, winning the region's regular season and tournament
After taking the helm at Louisburg in
the fall of 1999, Godwin kept the school's baseball program in the national
spotlight, averaging 43 wins a season.
Perhaps his best team was in 2002, when
the Hurricanes finished 51-11 and made their 10th trip to the College World
Series in Grand Junction, CO. Godwin was selected North Carolina College
Coach of the Year after the school-record 51-win season.
Prior to his tenure at Louisburg, he
spent two seasons (1998-90) as an assistant at N.C. Wesleyan under current
UNC-Chapel Hill coach Mike Fox. That period included the Bishops' 1989
Division III national championship.
Godwin served as athletic director and
head baseball coach at Enfield Academy from 1991 until accepting the same
positions in 1997 at Cary Academy, where he was responsible for setting up
the then-new school's athletic programs.
A prep baseball star at Northern Nash
high school, Godwin signed an athletic scholarship in 1982 with Atlantic
Christian, where he compiled a stellar pitching career under Bulldogs coach
Dave Jauss, who has since served stints as a Major League coach and scout.
Godwin was Atlantic Christian's team
captain in 1986, his senior year, and was honored with the Kiwanis Award for
the school's most outstanding male student athlete.
Godwin, 41, is married to the former
Sharon Smith of Rocky Mount. They have a daughter, Mallory.
From staff and
ECU Athletics reports.
Recruiting scandal trial sidetracked by new twist
MEMPHIS — A federal judge delayed
sentencing for a businessman convicted of paying a high school coach to
steer a football player to Alabama following a newspaper report Thursday
that the player's family got a big cut of the payoff.
The sentencing hearing for Logan Young,
a longtime Crimson Tide booster, began Thursday afternoon but will continue
Monday so new testimony can be received from his chief accuser, former high
school coach Lynn Lang.
Defense lawyer James Neal said an
article in The Commercial Appeal of Memphis casts doubt on whether defensive
lineman Albert Means, the player at the heart of a recruiting scandal, was a
helpless victim or a payoff recipient.
Federal sentencing guidelines could
call for stronger punishment for Young if he was the prime architect of a
payoff conspiracy and Means was a ``vulnerable victim.''
``You cannot be a vulnerable victim if
you're a willing participant,'' Neal said in asking U.S District Court Judge
Daniel Breen to continue the hearing.
The Commercial Appeal quoted Lang as
saying the Means family got about $60,000 of the $150,000 he says Young paid
to have Means sign with Alabama five years ago.
Breen gave Neal permission to call Lang
into court to say if the newspaper article was accurate. Defense lawyers
also filed a request for a new trial based on the article. No date was
scheduled for a hearing on that request.
Neal said prosecutors portrayed Means
as a victim at Young's trial and evidence that Means got a large amount of
money from Lang could have changed the jury's verdict.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Godwin
said Means was a victim of the recruiting conspiracy even if his family got
some of the money. Godwin described Means as a naive teenager from a
low-income, broken home who trusted his high school coach.
In its article, The Commercial Appeal
quoted Lang as saying he was tired of talk that he kept all of the money for
``I took care of that family,'' Lang
told the newspaper, ``and I took care of Albert all through his senior year
and up until he went to Alabama.''
Means, who has consistently refused to
talk about the scandal, declined comment on Lang's allegations.
Young was convicted in February on
money laundering and racketeering charges. Godwin indicated in court that
sentencing guidelines call for 24 to 30 months in prison.
The judge can deviate from those
guidelines, and defense lawyers can seek a sentence that does not include
prison time. Such a sentence could include a fine, probation or house
At the beginning of the sentencing
hearing, the defense called medical witnesses who said Young suffers for
kidney disease and needs a transplant.
The government countered that Young
could get dialysis and other medical care in prison.
Lang was the main prosecution witness
at Young's trial. Lang said then that he helped the Means family financially
but did not indicate that large amounts of money were involved.
Prosecutors and the NCAA said Means was
unaware Lang was shopping him around to college recruiters.
Lang testified that other universities,
including Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi, Michigan State
and Tennessee, offered him money or jobs to get Means.
No charges were filed against anyone
from those schools. Three former coaches, Rip Scherer of Memphis, Jim Donnan
of Georgia and Ivy Williams, an Alabama assistant, testified Lang was lying.
Means' recruitment became part of an
NCAA investigation that led to sanctions against Alabama in 2002, costing
the Crimson Tide scholarships and bowl appearances.
After the scandal emerged, the NCAA
allowed Means to transfer from Alabama to his hometown school, Memphis,
without having to sit out a year. Means finished his career with the Tigers
Lang, former head coach at Trezevant
High in Memphis, testified against Young while waiting to be sentenced on a
guilty plea to crossing state lines as part of a racketeering conspiracy.
Lang later was sentenced to two years
probation and 500 hours of community service work after prosecutors
supported his request to avoid prison.
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