East Carolina

Pirates top C-USA

Conference USA champion East Carolina led the all-conference football team, placing seven players on the first team and earning 12 total selections.

The Pirates' first-team selections included four defensive starters. Defensive linemen Linval Joseph and C.J. Wilson were joined by defensive backs Emanuel Davis and Van Eskridge.

Offensive lineman Sean Allen and punter Matt Dodge earned first-team honors. Junior Dwayne Harris made the first team as a wide receiver and the second team as a kick returner.

Second-team picks for the Pirates were offensive lineman Terence Campbell, linebacker Nick Johnson, place-kicker Ben Hartman and Harris.

ECU defensive lineman Michael Brooks was selected for the all-freshman team.

More football

Junior college tight end picks Duke: Duke has received a commitment from 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end Cooper Helfet of Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College. Helfet said he also received scholarship offers from Iowa State, Utah State and Texas State and was being recruited by Louisville.

"Duke has this big passing game," Helfet said. "The junior college I was at, all we did was throw the ball. Even in high school, I was a receiver. I've got to learn how to get in a three-point stance and block, but the position I played in junior college was like a tight end for the pass routes."

Helfet said he plans on enrolling at Duke for the second semester this school year to participate in spring practice. He will have two years of eligibility.

As a junior college sophomore, he caught 40 passes for 657 yards and seven TDs while part of a four-receiver offense. Duke, though, recruited him to play tight end.

Stan Olson

Shaw's Smith honored: Shaw cornerback Quintez Smith has been selected for the American Football Coaches Association and Daktronics Inc. NCAA Division II All-American first teams.

Smith was voted the CIAA defensive player of the year. He tied a Division II record, returning four interceptions for touchdowns, and tied for first in Division II with nine interceptions.

From college new release

Strong likely pick at Louisville: Florida associate coach Charlie Strong is expected to be the new coach at Louisville, The Associated Press and several other news outlets reported.

Strong would replace Steve Kragthorpe, who was fired on Nov. 28 following three disappointing seasons.

The hiring must be approved by the Louisville Athletic Association's board of directors, which is scheduled to meet today.

Strong and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich spoke several times this week about the opening. The two met in Florida on Sunday and talked by phone on Monday.

Top assistant: Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart won the Broyles Award on Tuesday as the nation's top assistant coach.

The Associated Press

Women's soccer

Dorrance sets record: With a 1-0 victory over Stanford on Sunday in the championship game of the Women's College Cup, North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance became the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history in a single sport by capturing his 20th national title.

Dorrance's 20 titles exceed the 19 won by UCLA's Al Scates in men's volleyball (1970-2006) and the 19 Captured by John McDonnell of Arkansas in men's indoor track and field (1984-2006).

From college news release

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