News Nuggets, 01.24.04
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Gator takes command of muscles and
fitness for ECU football
C-USA Senior Bowl mates on display for NFL scouts... .. Suit
claims Petrino reneged on scholarship... .. Majerus gets a
pass on discrimination charge... ..
was good year at ticket office for C-USA football... .. UNC-CH
brings in former Nebraska assistant... .. Diener on rebound
after neck injury... .. Cards make Cincy's first loss a
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... ..
The deal is done and East
Carolina has officially hired a veteran of the Florida Gators' strength and
conditioning staff to fill ECU's S&C position for football.
After serving the past seven
seasons as strength and conditioning coordinator for Florida's baseball team
and working extensively with the Gators football program, John Grieco (Grē-kō)
will be in charge of overseeing the physical training of the Pirates'
reported earlier this week that
Grieco was the leading candidate for the job, which was created when ECU
athletic director Nick Floyd and strength and conditioning coordinator Jim
Whitten launched a reorganization of the program Whitten has overseen since
coming to the Pirates from Virginia Tech after the 2001 season.
In an era when more credence
than ever is given to the role S&C regimens play in helping teams succeed on
the field, Grieco's hiring represents what appears to be an expansion of the
staff of ECU's strength and conditioning program and the first step in a
reshuffling of the way the supervisory duties of the program are divided.
In John Thompson, Grieco will
be working with a familiar face in his involvement with the Pirates'
football program. Thompson was defensive coordinator at Florida before being
named ECU's head football coach prior to last season.
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Alabama native Rivers finally plays at home
MOBILE — In these parts, Philip Rivers is
known as the one who got away — the quarterback who spurned Auburn and
Alabama for North Carolina State.
Well, he's back.
Rivers, who became one of the most prolific
passers in NCAA history, will finally play in his home state again in
Saturday's Senior Bowl, a showcase for NFL prospects.
"People are saying, 'I can't believe
Alabama and Auburn let you get out of here,", said Rivers, emphasizing that
the Wolfpack was always high on his list.
Rivers, who will play for the South,
headlines a quarterback group that includes Virginia's Matt Schaub and
Tulane's J.P. Losman. Michigan's John Navarre, Washington's Cody Pickett and
Bowling Green's Josh Harris will play for the North.
Even though most are regarded as legitimate
NFL prospects, the game will be missing the top two — Mississippi's Eli
Manning declined an invitation, and Miami of Ohio's Ben Roethlisberger was a
Rivers and the others get their chance to
impress the pro scouts.
"While it is somewhat of a comparison, I
think they want to see you and what you can do," said Rivers, an Athens, AL,
native whose 13,484 career yards trail only BYU's Ty Detmer in the NCAA
Asked what questions NFL teams had about
him, Losman said, "There's no question marks, just can he do what he does on
the field, can he do what everyone says he does? I don't have to prove
anything, just that I can do it. That's about it."
Rivers turned down a scholarship offer from
Alabama, which already had quarterbacks Andrew Zow and Tyler Watts. Auburn
already had a commitment from current starter Jason Campbell, and wanted to
look at Rivers at tight end or strong safety.
South coach Marty Schottenheimer of the San
Diego Chargers was familiar with Rivers even before arriving in Mobile.
Schottenheimer was on a hiatus from coaching at his Charlotte home during
Rivers' freshman season, "and you read about him all the time during the
fall in the local paper."
"I think that he's really an interesting
prospect," Schottenheimer said.
Phog Fieldhouse mystique doesn't faze Spiders
LAWRENCE — It became somewhat of a ritual
at Allen Fieldhouse, where a sign warns: "Pay Heed, All Who Enter: Beware of
Kansas would routinely dispatch an unranked
— and overmatched — opponent, who would then express gratitude for the
opportunity to play in the venerable limestone barn that ranks among college
basketball's most storied venues.
That scenario played out for 52 straight
games before Richmond ended the run Thursday night, upsetting the
12th-ranked Jayhawks 69-68 on Tony Dobbins' fadeaway jump shot with a second
It was the first win in Lawrence by an
unranked opponent since Nebraska beat the Jayhawks 64-59 on Feb. 10, 1999.
And while he said he was glad for the chance to play at Kansas, Spiders
coach Jerry Wainwright also seemed to tweak the Allen mystique.
"A building can't make a shot for you,"
It's not that Kansas hadn't been beaten
before. The Jayhawks are 11-3, with losses to Stanford and Nevada. But the
Cardinal are 15-0 and ranked No. 2, and Nevada was playing for the
championship of its own tournament.
Thursday's loss came to a 10-8 team that's
last in the Atlantic 10 West.
But with Kansas holding a share of the Big
12 lead and returning to conference play Sunday against Colorado, the
Jayhawks can't afford to dwell on the defeat.
"This loss, to tell you the truth, means
nothing," said junior swingman Keith Langford, who led Kansas with 18 points
against Richmond. "It's just a big disappointment to deal with the rest of
Kansas' third defeat had something in
common with the other two, though: horrible shooting from the 3-point line.
In their 64-58 loss to Stanford on Dec. 6, the Jayhawks were 3-for-20 from
long range. Against Nevada, they were 3-for-18.
And Thursday night, Kansas missed its first
eight shots from outside the arc and finished 2-for-11 (18 percent) — after
shooting 30 percent or better in three of their previous four games.
Richmond was 10-for-26 from long range,
with Mike Skrocki hitting four 3s and scoring 23 points. That undid the
Jayhawks' dominance inside, where they outrebounded Richmond 45-32 and
outscored the Spiders 36-18 in the paint.
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