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05.21.07: Tulsa takes NCAA regional golf title ... Purdue plans $82 million expansion of arena ... Criminal activity in program leads to coach's exit
05.20.07: C-USA baseball pairings set, ECU faces Tulane ... USM's Eustachy gets raise, extension ... Houston slams Aggies in softball regional
05.19.07: C-USA moves toward 6th bowl partnership ... Tar Heels extend Williams' contract ... Rice's Savery semifinalist for Dick Howser honor
05.18.07: East Carolina women's hoops adds Georgia star ... Gastonia Ashbrook high jumper heading for ECU ... Va. tennis standout joins ECU women's team
05.17.07: Weatherbee: ECU football tix may get scarce ... Cougars face La-La in NCAA softball opener ... Southland Conference star pulls out of NBA draft ... Pa. justices hear arguments on Paterno's salary
05.16.07: Winthrop guard in coma following car wreck ...
C-USA announces track honors... Conference reaches agreement in 'Summit' talks
05.15.07: ECU's Krog heads for NCAA golf championship ... Prep guard Jai Lucas chooses Gators... Miami present Pata's degree to family members
05.14.07: ECU men win C-USA 4x100-meter relay ... Pirate softball falls in Conference USA final ... Green team rolls as Glanville era kicks off
05.13.07: Black Knights to face Zips in new Patriot Bowl ... Hurricanes center granted another season ... New Mexico State gives Theus new deal
05.12.07: Hokies looking for offensive improvement ... Penalty shortened for former Buckeyes coach ... Davis, Flutie among gridders getting Hall call
05.11.07: Port City FM joins East Carolina football network ... Pirate softball takes Conference USA win in ten ... Miami's ADee stepping down after 15 years
05.10.07: ECU's Paisley is
C-USA's freshman of the year ... Pirate women's track signs Durham standouts ... Man gets life for killing TCU football player
05.09.07: ECU's Morman captures triple jump at Duke ... Pirates earn a bye in C-USA softball tourney ... ECU's Hose named C-USA pitcher of week
05.08.07: Omaha mulls replacing Rosenblatt Stadium ... Duke seeded No. 1 for NCAA lacrosse tourney ... JamesOn Curry cleared for NBA draft
05.07.07: ECU softball seeded No. 2 for C-USA tourney ... UAB, UNLV lose football scholarships ... Prosser going to Kuwait for USO operation
05.06.07: Duke bows out of hosting state title grid games ... Pirate basketball under the gun in academics ... Graduation exercises include 43 ECU student-athletes
05.05.07: Virginia, Southern Cal to collide on Aug. 30 ... Louisville re-signs Pitino through 2013 ... Three from
C-USA on Rimington watch list
05.04.07: Lewellen leaving East Carolina for Virginia post ... Marshall women get berth in preseason WNIT ... Three-point shot getting a foot longer
05.03.07: Graham signs as free agent with Panthers ... Tulsa tennis teams, Rice men get NCAA bids ... Florida State panel denies tight end's release
05.02.07: Pirate golfers accorded conference honors ... UAB's Osborn, Tulsa take golf titles ... Saint Louis becomes new challenge for Majerus
05.01.07: ECU's Lee, Roach get national academic honors ... Houston's Kolb leads C-USA draft selections ... Jordan's son plans to join Illini hoops program
04.30.07: ECU's Allison drafted in fifth round by Vikings ... Pirates split softball twinbill with Cougars ... Heels win first series at Doak Field since 2001... Duke captures ACC men's lacrosse title
04.29.07: ECU teams earn NCAA academic recognition ... NCAA acts on text messaging, baseball ... LSU quarterback goes No. 1 in draft as expected
04.28.07: Scholar-athlete honors go to Handsfield, Krug ... Sunday start for softball moves up one hour ... Rice, Tulane players on Howser list
04.27.07: Young named MVP for Lady Pirates hoops ... SMU golfer beats pros for Byron Nelson berth ... Pacers dismiss Carlisle after missing playoffs
04.26.07: ECU adds The Citadel to baseball schedule ... Pirates will buddy up with Challenger League ... Memphis nips Lady Pirates in C-USA golf
04.25.07: ECU's Paisley named C-USA pitcher of week ... Houston, Marshall players take league honors ... Michigan plans indoor practice facility
04.24.07: ECU softball routs UTEP for series triumph ... Tulsa sweeps Conference USA tennis ... Majerus meets with Saint Louis officials ... Tar Heel Wright to enter NBA draft
04.23.07: ECU wins nationally- televised softball game ... Dad Holtz coaches win in Irish spring game ... Throng turns out for Alabama spring game
04.22.07: Hokies coach invited to New York for NFL draft ... Iowa grants transfer release to super frosh ... Loss to Tulsa wraps up ECU's tennis season
04.21.07: Former ECU gridder playing in NFL Europe ... Texas- Oklahoma game remaining at Cotton Bowl ... La-Lafayette draws NCAA sanctions
04.20.07: East Carolina's Mathews on relievers watch list ... ECU women's tennis finishes with 19-10 record ... Report: Ohio State's Oden will make jump to NBA
04.19.07: Pirates place 182 on Conference USA honor roll ... ECU softball overpowers Seahawks for sweep ... Duke women's hoops lures Michigan State coach ... NCAA proposes end to text message recruiting
04.18.07: Virginia Tech adjusts spring sports schedule ... Golden Eagles complete spring workouts ... ECU softball at UTEP on pay-per-view
04.17.07: ECU's Salisbury wins hammer throw at UNC-CH ... ECU softball splits with Tigers, heads for UNCW ... UCF, Rice standouts take weekly honors
04.16.07: Weather curtails Southern Miss spring game ... Two C-USA players taken in USBL draft ... Wake football gets rings, presents awards

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Seventh-ranked Texas A&M jumped out to a pair of early leads and never looked back claiming 13-2 and 5-0 softball victories over Houston during the NCAA College Station regional at Texas A&M.

Houston finished 44-18 while Texas A&M (44-11) advances to the NCAA super regionals against No. 19 Florida next weekend. The 44 wins by the Cougars is a program record.

C-USA weekly honors go to Belanger, Luna

After setting the tone for a three-game sweep at Houston with a brilliant performance on Thursday night, Southern Miss senior righthander Ryan Belanger has been named Conference USA pitcher of the week.

Hitter of the week honors went to Rice sophomore outfielder/designated hitter Aaron Luna, who had an outstanding weekend at the plate as the Owls increased their winning streak to 18 games with a three-game sweep of Memphis and a non-conference win over Baylor.

Belanger pitched the first complete-game of his two-year Southern Miss career and limited Houston to four hits, one walk and struck out eight batters to lead Southern Miss to a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in game one of the series at Cougar Field on Thursday night. This is the second time this season that Belanger has been named C-USA pitcher of the week.

Luna batted .500 (7-of-14) with three multiple hit games, drove in a team-high six runs and shared the team lead with five runs scored to help the Owls go 4-0 on the week. Luna slugged a double and a home run for a .786 slugging percentage. This is Luna's second C-USA hitter of the week honor this year.

Duke plows through Heels to lacrosse Final Four

Top-seeded Duke rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat eighth-seeded North Carolina, 19-11, in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament quarterfinals as 10,438 fans watched at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

The second-ranked Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the year and will meet fourth-seeded and top-ranked Cornell in the national semifinals next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The national semifinal berth will be the third for Duke, which made previous appearances in 1997 and 2005. North Carolina ends the season at 10-6.

Zack Greer posted seven goals and three assists while Matt Danowski chipped in four goals and six assists as the pair combined for 20 total points for the Blue Devils.

May 21, 2007

Tulsa takes NCAA regional golf championship

The 17th-ranked Tulsa men's golf team will head into the NCAA championships (May 30-June 2) with plenty of momentum after posting a three-round total of 895 to hold on for the NCAA Central Regional title at the par-72 Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course in Sugar Grove, IL.

After building a seven-stroke lead over Louisville at the end of day two, TU carded a 310 for the final round to hold off third-ranked Alabama, which finished second with a three round total of 898. Rounding out the top-five were No. 23 Louisville (899), No. 7 Lamar (900) and No. 14 Tennessee (904).

Purdue plans $82 million expansion of arena

Purdue has announced plans for an $82 million renovation of its basketball home, Mackey Arena, which would include building practice facilities, expanding space for sports medicine and a larger weight training and conditioning area.

An architectural firm has been approved for expanding the 40-year old arena. The project cost is about one-third that of building a new arena and separate facilities for other uses.

Criminal activity in program leads to coach's exit

Mike Kramer's seven-year tenure at Montana State as football coach is over.

"Looking at the football program as a whole and in light of the recent criminal activities of former student-athletes connected to it," athletic director Peter Fields said, "I believe there is something broken with our football program, and we need to take decisive steps to fix it."

Kramer compiled a 40-43 record at Montana State. He led the Bobcats to three of Big Sky championships (2002, 2003, 2005), and three NCAA playoff appearances. The 2006 Bobcats recorded the school's first post-season win in 22 years, and finished the season ranked 10th in the NCAA football championship subdivision (Division I-AA).

MSU has dealt with a series of criminal events related to its football program in recent years, beginning with the arrest of assistant coach Joe O’Brien on drug-related charges in 2003.

May 20, 2007

C-USA baseball pairings set, ECU faces Tulane

After winning the regular season Conference USA championship for the second straight season, top-ranked Rice (45-11, 22-2 C-USA) will be the No.1 seed at the 2007 Conference USA Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville.

The Owls will face Central Florida (26-30, 7-17) in the second game of the tournament on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The Knights punched their ticket to the tournament with a dramatic comeback victory on Friday night over Marshall.

The tournament will get underway at 9 a.m. on Wednesday when No. 5 seed Memphis (33-23, 12-12) takes on No. 4 seed Houston (28-26, 12-12).

Red-hot Southern Miss, winners of 10 in a row, earned the No. 3 seed and opens its tourney play against No. 6 seed UAB at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Tulane (32-24, 9-15) earned the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 seed and tournament host East Carolina (36-20, 14-9) in the final game of the first day at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The championship game of the tournament on Sunday, May 27 will be televised on a same-day tape delay basis by CSTV. The title game will air on CSTV at 9:30 p.m.

The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Southern Miss' Eustachy gets raise, extension

Southern Miss basketball coach Larry Eustachy has received a four-year extension of his contract which will run through the 2010-11 season.

Eustachy, who has coached the Golden Eagles for three seasons, will get a raise of $5,000 in his base salary to $135,000 annually.

Other considerations push the contract's potential value up to $380,000 annually. Southern Miss is coming off of a 20-11 season, bringing Eustachy's record at USM to 41-49. His career mark is 301-194.

Houston slams Aggies in NCAA regional softball

Laura Durham ripped a grand slam with two out to cap a six-run fourth inning as Houston's softball team captured an 8-1 victory over No. 7 Texas A&M in a winner's bracket game at the NCAA College Station regional on Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M.

May 19, 2007

C-USA moves toward 6th bowl partnership

Conference USA has concluded its annual spring meetings in Destin, FL, during which a favorable view was expressed about a potential new bowl partner.

A number of recommendations adopted at the meetings will be forwarded to the board of directors during their meetings next month for final approval.

Recommendations included:

  • Adding the Texas Bowl in 2007 as one of the league's bowl partners, giving C-USA six contracted bowls.

  • Holding the 2008 C-USA women's basketball championship in Orlando, with games to be held at the new $113-million UCF Convocation Center.

  • Awarding 12 postgraduate scholarships to C-USA student-athletes.

  • Implementing new academic improvement initiatives.

Heels extend Williams' contract through 2015

The Winston-Salem Journal has reported that UNC-Chapel Hill has signed Roy Williams to a four-year contract extension that will keep him as the school's basketball coach through the 2015 college basketball season.

Williams will earn a base salary of $325,000 under the new contract terms and have a $30,000 expense fund. He will receive supplemental income from the school that will pay him $1.2 million to $1.5 million each year.

Rice's Savery semifinalist for Dick Howser honor

Rice junior pitcher/first baseman Joe Savery has been named to the list of 16 semifinalists for the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.

Houston's Brad Lincoln won the Dick Howser Trophy last season, becoming Conference USA's first recipient of the award.

Savery, an Owl star as both a hitter and a pitcher, was the preseason Conference USA player of the year and is a two-time All-American. He currently ranks fourth in the league in hits (72), sixth doubles (15) and seventh in total bases (100). The Houston native is batting a team-best .353 with three home runs, two triples and 43 RBI. On the mound, Savery has a 2.38 ERA and owns a 7-1 record in 14 starts. In 68.0 innings pitched, he has struck out 44 and held opponents to a composite .237 batting average.

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 electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2007 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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