Virginia announces halt to ECU ticket sales ... Polling
company unveils official BCS voters list
West angling for clearer path to BCS
Press preseason college football poll
signs $1.7 million per year deal with UVa
West tidying up postseason deals
1070 touts Pirates, Panthers, new shows ... Fort Worth Bowl
embraces Mountain West, TCU... NYC schools reap windfall
from NCAA-NIT deal
inks football coach to long-term pact ... NCAA, NIT
apparently come to terms in lawsuit
takes stand in NCAA-NIT legal clash
decree has some schools on war path
sheriff brings law and order to Gatorville
2005 College Football Hall of Fame class
Bend at odds with Hall of Fame over $$$
Stadium among 'shrines' on pigskin 'tour'
offense may stay in holster awhile
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Transgression nets suspension for Flournoy
With its opener against Duke less than
two weeks away, the prospect of one of East Carolina's top defenders playing
in that game or any other game has been thrown into doubt.
Senior linebacker-turned-safety Jamar
Flournoy, the Pirates' third-leading tackler in 2004, has been suspended
from the team for a breach of team rules, ECU head coach Skip Holtz
A press release from the school's
athletic media relations office, citing Holtz, characterized the suspension
as being "until further notice" and noted that Holtz would "discuss future
options" with Flournoy during a scheduled meeting today.
Today is the first day of classes of
ECU's fall semester.
Flournoy, who recorded 75 tackles last
season, was beginning his second season with the Pirates after transferring
from Hutchinson (KS) Community College. He opened preseason camp as the
projected starter at free safety after moving from outside linebacker to the
secondary during spring drills.
Cincinnati will enter Big East without Huggins
CINCINNATI — Bob Huggins' days as the
Cincinnati Bearcats' basketball coach are down to one.
The volcanic coach who won more games
than anyone else in Cincinnati history has been shown the door by an
academically minded school president who doesn't like Huggins' history or
The university sent Huggins an
ultimatum Tuesday, ordering him to resign as coach or be fired at 2 p.m. on
Wednesday. Huggins was out of town when the ultimatum was faxed to his
lawyer, giving him a 24-hour window to choose his exit.
Huggins returned to town Tuesday night,
but didn't immediately make a decision.
School president Nancy Zimpher pointed
to the history of poor graduation rates and player arrests during Huggins'
16-year stay at Cincinnati. Also, Huggins was convicted of drunken driving
``We expect to recruit very strong
students, both on the court and in the classroom,'' Zimpher said
emphatically. ``We expect our coaches to be role models, and we expect our
students to be role models. I will not apologize for setting high
Tensions between Huggins and Zimpher —
two strong-willed people with conflicting views of athletics — have been
building since Huggins' drunken driving conviction. The videotape of Huggins
staggering through his field sobriety test was shown nationally,
embarrassing the school.
The stakes escalated last May, when the
school decided not to give Huggins an automatic contract extension. Without
the roll-over provision, Huggins had only two years left, a lame-duck status
that made it difficult to recruit.
Huggins' lawyer repeatedly approached
the school about an extension this summer, but was rebuffed.
``We've been discussing with them for
the last six or eight weeks an extension of the contract,'' lawyer Richard
Katz said. ``It appeared he wasn't going to be able to fulfill the remaining
two years of the contract because he couldn't recruit, he was running into
obstacles at the university. It would not have been appropriate for that to
Zimpher was willing to let Huggins, 51,
coach this season, the Bearcats' first in the Big East. She wasn't willing
to give him anything more.
``It was in acknowledgment of his rich
history here that we wanted to give him an opportunity to coach in the Big
East and to have a wonderful sort of termination of his career at the
University of Cincinnati,'' Zimpher said. ``Obviously that didn't turn out
to be a viable option for him, but I'm optimistic about the future of our
The short-term outlook is bleak. By
waiting until less than two months before the start of the season, Zimpher
left the Bearcats in chaos for their move into one of the toughest
basketball conferences in the country.
Athletic director Bob Goin hasn't
decided who'll be the interim coach. Whoever takes the job will be handling
players who came to Cincinnati to play for someone else. Recruits won't be
interested in the school until a new coach is hired after the 2005-06
The basketball program could feel
repercussions for years, but Zimpher said Huggins' removal would help the
university in the long run. She noted that the school has been improving in
national academic rankings.
``The only variable that we have
stagnated on is our national reputation,'' Zimpher said, blaming the
Huggins went 399-127 in 16 seasons at
Cincinnati, rebuilding it into a nationally prominent program. His teams
made 14 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, and reached the
Final Four in 1992.
The program went on two years'
probation in 1998 after the NCAA concluded there was a lack of institutional
VPI poised to pony up to keep Beamer, staff
Virginia Tech believes it recognizes a
good thing when it sees it and is willing to back up that belief with money.
Tech has offered football
coach Frank Beamer a new contract that would boost his average annual
compensation from $1.3 million to more than $2 million for the next seven
``The university and myself
believe that Coach Beamer is the one who built this program, and we
absolutely want Coach Beamer to be here for the very rest of his career,''
athletic director Jim Weaver said Monday night on the weekly ``Hokie
Hotline'' radio show.
Weaver said he hoped the deal
could be completed before Virginia Tech's Sept. 4 opener at North Carolina
State. The holdup is Beamer's refusal to agree to any new contract that
doesn't include raises for each of his nine full-time assistant coaches.
``That's all I'm looking
for,'' Beamer said Saturday. ``I don't need all the other stuff.''
Weaver said Beamer and his
agent, Jimmy Sexton of Memphis, TN, asked him and other university officials
to examine assistant coaches' salaries at other top programs and pay
Beamer's aides accordingly. He said that analysis is in progress.
``I'm not sure when we'll get
to the end of the line, but we're committed to getting there,'' Weaver said.
Beamer, 58, who is starting
his 19th season as Tech's coach, signed his current contract in 2000.
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