East Carolina

College notes: Pack men forfeit soccer victory

After allowing an ineligible player to play because of a rules misinterpretation, N.C. State's men's soccer team forfeited a Sept. 27 win over Boston College, school officials said Wednesday.

NCAA soccer rules mandate that any player must serve a two-game suspension after receiving his second red card (ejection) of the season. The N.C. State player, Tyler Lassiter, served the first game of his suspension in a previous game.

N.C. State associate athletics director for external affairs Dick Christy said school officials were led to believe Lassiter was able to play against Boston College.

"That doesn't absolve us of responsibility," Christy said. "In the end, you take your medicine and you move forward."

An N.C. State official contacted ACC media relations officials and was given an inaccurate opinion that Lassiter could play. Christy said rules officials should have been consulted instead.

Later, coach George Tarantini discovered the two-game suspension should have applied, and N.C. State self-reported the violation.

The Wolfpack's record is 3-6-1.


DUKE PLAYERS ON BALLOT: Three former Duke players -- Thomas Kain, John Kerr and Jason Kreis -- are among 32 players on the ballot for fan voting as the NCAA Men's College Cup chooses its NCAA Division I men's soccer 50th anniversary team. Voting, which ends Wednesday, is being conducted on the NCAA Web site, www.ncaa.com.


ECU SUSPENDS RECEIVER: East Carolina junior wide receiver Jamar Bryant has been suspended indefinitely, the team said Wednesday.

Bryant, whose 18-game consecutive start streak will end Saturday when East Carolina (3-2) plays Virginia (2-3) in Charlottesville, Va., had been the Pirates' second-leading receiver, with 19 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a streak of 19 games with a reception.

"Jamar Bryant has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy," fourth-year coach Skip Holtz said in a statement.

Holtz did not address specifics of the suspension but said "there is an expectation of conduct associated with being a member of the Pirate football program."

ST. AUG'S PLAYERS, COACH HONORED: St. Augustine's tackle Marcus Kennedy was the defensive lineman of the week, Lester Graham was the linebacker of the week and coach Michael Costa was the coach of the week in CIAA honors announced Monday. The Falcons defeated crosstown rival Shaw 27-16.

AUBURN FIRES COORDINATOR: Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin on Wednesday just seven games into his tenure, pulling the plug after the Tigers' rocky attempt to adapt to his spread offense. The 20th-ranked Tigers (4-2) have struggled offensively after entering as the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division.



D'NOVO MEN'S ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Duke's Kiril Dimitrov and N.C. State's Jay Weinacker each fell one victory shy of qualifying for the main draw when they lost their final qualifying matches in Tulsa, Okla.

Weinacker lost 6-4, 6-7(0), 6-0 to Balazs Novak of Ohio State.

Dimitrov, who ranked No. 103 in the preseason ITA singles rankings, beat two ranked opponents to get to the final round of qualifying but could not sustain the momentum, falling to Abdullah Magdas of Southern California 6-4, 6-1.

Duke will have one player in the main draw, which runs today through Sunday. No. 39 Reid Carleton qualified based on his ranking.