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04.07.06: 1070 airing Purple-Gold Game programming ... SMU dismisses Tubbs ... Tulane hoops star invited to Portsmouth event ... Colorado College becomes C-USA women's soccer affiliate
04.06.06: Pirates hold final session before Purple-Gold ... Pressler resigns as Duke lacrosse coach ... Division I athletes face summer drug tests
04.05.06: Thirteen C-USA alums in big leagues ... UAB interviews Davis ... Rondo departs Kentucky
04.04.06: ECU hurler Taylor earns league's weekly honor ... Pirates prepare for Purple- Gold Game ... Wooden watches final from hospital
04.03.06: Bruins go for record 12th NCAA hoops title ... Throng watches Texas spring game ... Pirates make strong showing in Florida
04.02.06: Sendek may become a Sun Devil ... Brownell departs UNCW for Wright State ... San Diego State star opts for NBA
04.01.06: J.P., ECU air game in high gear ... Jury awards no dough in suit against Petrino ... Redick reaps AP player of the year honor ... Lightning strikes Tigers twice
03.31.06: ECU golfer shares C-USA honor ... UAB's Johnson to face Globetrotters ... Rockne to be remembered across the globe
03.30.06: Pirate Club leader moving up to new position ... ECU tennis duo gathering accolades ... Ex-Tar Heel gridder charged with sex crime ... Hoosiers tap N.C. native to guide hoops
03.29.06: Lou Holtz speaks to East Carolina gridders ...
C-USA baseball on television ... Duke lacrosse in limbo ... Redick, Morrison unanimous choices
03.28.06: Duke president speaks out on lacrosse scandal ... USM, Houston off to unbeaten league starts ... Auburn sweeps NCAA swimming
03.27.06: UConn shocked, by George! ... ECU's Frasure earns outdoor qualifications ... Winona State takes Division II hoops title
03.26.06: Bruins end Memphis' run ... Scrimmage moves Pirates toward two-deep .. East Carolina cagers to transfer
03.25.06: Orsini jumps from Central Florida to SMU ... Orr walks the plank at Seton Hall ... USC's Booty sidelined, may face surgery
03.24.06: Western Carolina to retire LeClair's No. 23 ... Memphis reaches Elite Eight, Duke bounced ... Cincinnati at hub of coaching moves
03.23.06: Pirates fine-tune for Friday night scrimmage ... Alford seeks to defuse Indiana speculation ... Citadel forms hoops coach search committee
03.22.06: Southern Miss hurler shares national honor ... Iowa State finds its man ... Sweet 16 teams sweeten the conference pot
03.21.06: VanSant family visitation, memorial announced ... ECU makes strong start in outdoor season ... Webcasts supplement CBS tourney ratings
03.20.06: Memphis marches on ... Former Holland aide leads team into Sweet 16 ... Cowboy grapplers lasso NCAA title
03.19.06: Morgan in charge after Hampton coach quits ... Virginia Wesleyan wins Division III crown ... Report on Title IX goes to Congress
03.18.06: The Big Dance ... literally ... DePaul legend Meyer succumbs at 92 ... Morgan out at Iowa State
03.17.06: Jackie Robinson tops NCAA list ... UTEP out of NIT ... Bomb scare delays San Diego regional
03.16.06: Dean Dome designer dies ... Buckley bounced at Ball State ... Westphal dismissed at Pepperdine ... C-USA Hoops Tournament wrap-up
03.15.06: Seahawk cagers getting it done in classroom ... Title IX update due from government agency ... C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.14.06: Tulsa draws Wolfpack in women's regional ... Henderson out at Delaware ... Temple icon Chaney says it's time to step down ... C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.13.06: Memphis gets No. 1 seed ... Villanova's Ray expected to bounce back ...
C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.12.06: Memphis reigns as conference champ ... Pirates' Frasure 7th in NCAA weight throw ... Arizona State ousts basketball coach ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.11.06: Special days designated for football season ... Tulsa scrimmages under Thursday night lights ... Tigers' Carney, Calipari sweep C-USA honors ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.10.06: Koonce accepts position with Packers ... ECU spring football taking spring break ... K-State shows Woolridge the door ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.09.06: Frasure throwing his weight around ... Pirates top Tar Heels in softball ... O'Leary planning to stay at Central Florida ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.08.06: Hinnant makes All
C-USA freshmen team ... ESPN nixes Vitale's commentary on CBS ... Seahawks are dancin' ...
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.07.06: Rouse earns C-USA distinction ... Spring drills: Depth chart two-plus weeks away ... Marshall, Rice players share hitting honors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.06.06: Tourney: Bucs set for late-night joust with UCF ... ECU spring drills: pads on, snap exchange off ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.05.06: 49ers experience technical difficulties ... Huggins returns for Cincinnati's seniors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.04.06: Pirates to strap on pads today ... Lady Pirates eliminated by Tulsa ... Briefs: More coaching exits; Tourney action ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
03.03.06: Lady Pirates nip UAB in C-USA Tournament ... UAB stuns Memphis to boost dance prospects ... Mile High hosting in-state rivals ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.02.06: Lady Pirates Young, Mills collect accolades ... Cover boy Redick and Duke tripped by hex ... Marlins need 9th-inning rally to edge Miami ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.01.06: Golden Hurricane starts spring workouts ... Tulane's 'refugee' grid team returning home ... Cage coaching merry-go-round speeds up ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard

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Purple-Gold stage is set


East Carolina will officially complete its spring season Saturday with the playing of the annual Purple-Gold Game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium beginning at 3:00 p.m., according to a release from the ECU media relations department.

Head coach Skip Holtz fine-tuned his depth chart Friday morning and identified the first and second units to establish game rosters for Saturday's contest.

The two teams will be divided up as "East Carolina" and "Pirates." In order to promote competition between equal units of the depth chart, the "East Carolina" squad will feature the program's first offensive unit and the remaining non-starters on defense. On the other side, the "Pirates" will field
the top defensive unit and the second, third and fourth levels of the offensive two-deep.

Holtz identified the "East Carolina" offensive unit as Bobby Good (WR), Phillip Henry (WR), Kevin Roach (WR), Steven Rogers (WR), Alex Taylor (WR), Dominique Lindsay (RB), Patrick Dosh (FB), James Pinkney (QB), Davon Drew (TE), Matt Butler (OL), Terence Campbell (OL), Josh Coffman (OL), Eric Graham (OL) and Thomas Wingenbach (OL).

Players selected to head up the "Pirates" top defensive efforts include Shauntae Hunt (DL), Mark Robinson (DL), Scotty Robinson (DL), Brandon Setzer (DL), Jeremy Chambliss (LB), Quentin Cotton (LB), Durwin Lamb (LB), Kyle Chase (S), Jamar Flournoy (S), Pierre Parker (S), Kasey Ross (CB), Stacy Walls (CB) and Travis Williams (CB).

The contest will feature many similarities of a regular season game in regards to scoring, officiating and an operative clock, and live hitting will be permitted on all positions.

In addition to a handful of players who have sat out the spring season for rehabilitation assignments, Holtz indicated that linebacker Brandon Floyd, defensive lineman Craig Harper, wide receiver Michael Hickman, linebacker Julius Hill, defensive lineman Matt Newman, linebacker Ryan Howard, tight end Martin Tanski and linebacker Jarrett Wiggins will also miss the contest because of injuries.

In a special pre-game ceremony, Holtz and each position coach will recognize the most improved player from their respective unit and cite individuals who have displayed an outstanding attitude, effort and leadership skills during spring drills.

"This is certainly an event we all really look forward to," Holtz said. "Anytime we have the chance to play in front of the greatest fans in the country, it's a tremendous and overwhelming experience."

Seating for the public will be on the south side of the stadium and fans are asked to enter through Gate 2. Game tickets will be available Saturday for $5.00, or $10.00 with the addition of a plate of award-winning barbeque from the 23rd Annual Great Pirate Purple-Gold Pigskin Pigout Party.

Barbeque will be served beginning at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine, at the big white tent located adjacent to the Clark-LeClair Stadium parking lot off Charles Boulevard. For convenience in case of rain, there will also be a drive-thru pick-up location in the same area.

As a courtesy to fans, complimentary roster flip-cards containing a listing of players by uniform color (offense and defense), will be available at all entrance gates.

Davis returns to native state as UAB coach

Mike Davis has taken the reins of the UAB basketball team as the native Alabamian and former head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers was named Friday as the fourth head basketball coach in the program's 28-year history.

Blazers interim athletic director Richard Margison made the announcement Friday in the Green and Gold Room at Bartow Arena, according to the Conference USA website.

"Mike brings a tremendous amount of energy and success to our program," Margison said. "His ability to recruit, play a demanding schedule and his style of play have proven to be a winning formula that I know our fans will appreciate and support."

Davis has been the head coach for Indiana University the past six years, compiling a 115-79 record. His Hoosiers teams were 7-4 in the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the national championship game in 2002.

"UAB is a program that has been in the national spotlight and I look forward to the opportunity to make that spotlight shine even brighter," Davis said. "The support the fans and administration have shown for this program is tremendous. I and my players will do everything we can to grow that support and demonstrate it is deserved."

"Mike has a history of recruiting excellent young men who perform well not only on the basketball court, but also in the classroom and in everyday life," said UAB President Carol Garrison. "I am confident he will take our program to unprecedented heights."

Davis is a native of Fayette, AL, and played collegiate basketball at the University of Alabama, where he was a four-year standout.

After playing in Europe and in the Continental Basketball Association, Davis began his coaching career in Birmingham at Miles College in 1989. After one season, he headed to Venezuela, coaching the country's national team for two summers as well as professional teams there. He returned to the United States to coach in the Continental Basketball Association for five years, garnering the league championship once.

He then joined the University of Alabama staff as an assistant coach for two years (1995-97) before heading to Indiana and serving three years as an assistant under Bobby Knight (1997-2000) before taking over the program.

Davis, 45, is married to the former Tamilya Floyd. The couple has one son, Antoine. Additionally, Davis has another son, Mike, Jr., and a daughter, Lateesha.

Davis earned a degree in telecommunications from Thomas Edison College in Trenton, NJ.

Army women's basketball coach dies at age 28

Army women's basketball coach Maggie Dixon, 28, died Thursday night, April 6, at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.

Coach Dixon collapsed Wednesday during an afternoon tea and was taken immediately to Keller Army Community Hospital. She was then airlifted to Westchester.

West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. William J. Lennox, Jr., said the entire community is heartbroken by her death.

"From the time Maggie arrived here, her enthusiastic 'no limits' approach earned her the respect and love of everyone," he said. "She consistently displayed great leadership and served as an outstanding role model for those both on — and off — her team. She was a leader of character with a commitment to excellence who set the example in all she did."

"Her joy in coaching these young women made them believe in themselves and depend on each other," said Army athletic director Kevin Anderson. "Her guidance not only helped them excel here, it will help them become better, more compassionate leaders."

That sentiment was echoed by one of Army's star basketball players, guard Cara Enright.

"I just loved the energy that coach brought to practice every day and the way she never gave up on us, always believed in us," Enright said. "She would tell us to 'use what you've learned here at the academy and apply it to basketball.'

Coach Dixon made us love the game even more and we played our hearts out every single time we stepped on the court. "She showed us how to be winners on the field and off."

And that winning legacy will always be remembered, Lennox said.

"Maggie has been a credit to herself and to the mission of the U.S. Military Academy. Her presence here enriched the lives of everyone," he said. "I will never forget the image of the cadets carrying her on their shoulders as they celebrated the team's Patriot League championship."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and we will be forever grateful for all she has given us, both on the playing field and off," Lennox added.

Dixon arrived just 11 days before the start of the season and took over as coach of the Army women's basketball team. She guided them to their first Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, earning West Point its first trip to the NCAA tournament at the Division I level.

Complications from an enlarged heart were determined to have been the cause of Dixon's untimely passing.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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