An assistant football coach at East Carolina is accused of submitting more than $11,000 worth of fraudulent expense receipts, according to police in Greenville, N.C.

Defensive line coach Donnie Thompson was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Thompson created and submitted false receipts to be paid back $11,373.70, an amount he claimed he spent while recruiting players, but he was not entitled to reimbursement, according to a warrant filed by university police.

Thompson was released on an unsecured $10,000 bond.

He was suspended with full pay in accordance with university policy. Athletic director Terry Holland said the school will begin a search immediately to find a new defensive line coach, but he declined to comment further.


* Heisman Trophy winners Tim Brown (Notre Dame) and Doug Flutie (Boston College) are among 75 players and eight coaches up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame. Brown and Flutie are eligible for the first time. The class will be announced today.

* Slain Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata will receive a posthumous degree from university president Donna Shalala during commencement exercises on campus Friday.

* A former Illinois football player accused of stealing wallets, computers and electronic devices will stand trial this month on burglary and theft charges in Urbana, Ill. Derrick McPhearson was given a May 21 trial date.

Co-defendant Jody Ellis agreed to plead guilty to a single burglary count, and the judge set a June 11 plea hearing.

McPhearson and Ellis were Illini wide receivers when they were arrested March 2. *