News Nuggets, 01.22.04
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2003 was good year at ticket office for
named league's best, ECU picked for upper division... ..
Diener goes down in Marquette loss to 49ers... .. Pitino
assistant pleads guilty to DUI... .. Foes feasting on
depleted South Florida... ..
2004 football slate includes journey to Greenville... ..
Even Hawaii's mascot draws fire for loutish antics... ..
Five C-USA, Carolinas juggernauts gang up in AP Top 10... ..
dies during Wesleyan-Shenandoah game... .. Louisville
assistant nabbed for DUI... .. Memphis adds three years to
Calipari pact... .. C-USA basketball standings & scoreboard... ..
CEO resigns over secretive plot to change coaches... .. Nutt
demands on-air apology from 'goofball' Alberts... .. Drunken
fan cuffed after beheading mascot... ..
absent as Louisville makes quick turnaround... .. Southern
Miss staggers No. 21 Marquette in Green Bay... .. Kentucky
fan gets 27-year exile for web recruiting operation... ..
Hawaii kiss and make up... .. Southern Miss in danger at
'home' in Green Bay... .. Basketball rules changes delayed... ..
in the works for Hawaii Bowl brawlers... .. ECU-U of L
tickets: Get 'em while you can... .. Bearcats dispel doubts,
rip non-cream puff... ..
the Baseball Pirates' feast on deck... .. Coach with ECU
ties takes over at Citadel... .. USF AD Selmon sidelined by
health issue... .. NCAA reverses field on Argentine transfer... ..
guard honored for 'Demonizing' ECU, DePaul... .. Brindise,
McFarland hirings become official... .. Minter hooks up with
old boss Holtz... .. AP basketball poll... ..
considers sanctions for academic dawdlers... .. UAB's Finley
among candidates for Senior CLASS Award... .. C-USA
basketball standings, scores & schedule... ..
football-playing schools increased their collective home game attendance
average by more than 10 percent in the 2003 season.
Eight of the league's 11
members had more fans in the seats compared to the previous season. The
spinning of the turnstiles was led by a resurgent Memphis program, which
boosted its home attendance by more than 10,000 per game.
East Carolina, with a home
schedule that included visits by prominent non-league foes North Carolina
and West Virginia, upped its attendance by more than 3,300 per game despite
a 1-11 record.
Other schools with increases
at the gate were Texas Christian, Houston, UAB, South Florida, Southern
Mississippi and Louisville, while Army, Tulane and Cincinnati saw lower
Following are the team-by-team
2003 Avg. 2002 Avg. Inc./Dec.
29,257 + 11,405
Texas Christian 36,155 27,813 + 8,342
14,986 + 6,821
22,704 16,447 + 6,257
South Florida 30,512 26,403
East Carolina 33,012 29,629
Southern Miss 28,641 26,961
36,743 + 28
30,794 32,606 - 1,812
27,901 - 2,266
28,071 - 6,244
C-USA Averages 29,870 26,984 +
UNC-CH brings in former Nebraska assistant
Former Nebraska defensive backs coach
Marvin Sanders was hired by North Carolina as co-defensive coordinator and
defensive backs coach.
Sanders was one of seven assistants fired
earlier this month by new Nebraska coach Bill Callahan.
"Marvin Sanders has proven to be one of the
best college secondary coaches in the country over the past few years," Tar
Heels coach John Bunting said in a statement Wednesday. "He comes from a
great program at Nebraska and in just one year with the Huskers, he
developed one of the best defensive backfields in college football."
The Cornhuskers led the nation with 32
interceptions last season. The 36-year-old Sanders has also coached defense
at Colorado State and New Mexico State.
Sanders will share the defensive
coordinator duties with former Minnesota coach John Gutekunst, who was hired
by the Tar Heels earlier this month.
Diener on rebound after neck injury
Travis Diener's neck injury isn't serious
and the Marquette guard might be able to play Saturday against DePaul. He is
listed as day-to-day and it's unclear when he'll return to practice.
"All things considered, and having had a
chance to see on tape the forceful nature of the collision, we are extremely
thankful that Travis is going to be OK," coach Tom Crean said Wednesday.
Diener was re-examined Wednesday by
Marquette's sports medical staff after returning from Charlotte, N.C. He was
taken off the court on a stretcher during an 84-76 loss to Charlotte on
The junior was injured when Charlotte's
Calvin Clemmons went for a fake and came down hard on top of Diener on the
left wing with 13:03 left. Diener's neck appeared to snap back before he
fell hard to the floor.
Diener is averaging more than 17 points and
six assists this season. He has played in all 82 games since arriving at
Marquette in 2001.
Cards make Cincy's first loss a doozie
LOUISVILLE — Taquan Dean, showing no ill
effects of an injured groin, had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 5
Louisville to a 93-66 victory over previously unbeaten and sixth-ranked
Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
"When I lifted my leg this morning, I
couldn't even run," said Dean, who went 7-of-14 from the field, including
5-of-10 from 3-point range. "I wouldn't miss this game with one leg. I stuck
it out. My leg was throbbing."
Dean was in severe pain earlier in the day
and Louisville coach Rick Pitino had considered sitting him out.
Francisco Garcia added 19 points and seven
assists and Luke Whitehead had 18 points and eight rebounds as the Cardinals
(14-1, 5-0 Conference USA) beat the Bearcats for the fourth time in the last
Louisville's victory margin matched the
worst in Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins' 15 seasons there. The Bearcats lost
to North Carolina 90-63 in 1993.
"I don't ever want to get beat like this
again," Huggins said. "I'm embarrassed. I'd like to send a couple of our
guys down here for a couple of days and let Rick have them. That would open
The Cardinals went 29-of-42 from the free
throw line, while Cincinnati was 12-of-26, and U of L outrebounded
Cincinnati 42-38 while generating 19 points off the Bearcats' season-high 19
Louisville lost the rebound battle in three
of its first five games, but has outrebounded its last 10 opponents.
"I knew, if we were going to be a great
team, we were going to have to play great defense and rebound the ball
better," Pitino said. "We've become a pretty good team."
Jason Maxiell scored 14 points to lead
Cincinnati (13-1, 4-1), one of three undefeated teams in Division I coming
into the game.
The Bearcats scored only 26 points in the
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