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09.21.05: Hurricane Rita threatens disruption of schedule ... Indian mascot ban extended to bowl games
09.20.05: Vandy sheds doormat image in breakout start ... C-USA Standings, Schedule, Scoreboard
09.19.05: Injured Clemson player has spleen removed ... College football headliners: stars & storylines ... C-USA Standings, Schedule, Scoreboard
09.18.05: Scoreboard [C-USA teams & ECU opponents]
09.17.05: Fed judge labels NCAA monopolistic, okays trial ... UTEP wins double OT thriller in C-USA debut ... C-USA schedule, standings, scores
09.16.05: Slive's contract with SEC extended until 2009 ... Conference USA Standings and Schedule
09.15.05: ECU football ticket sales picking up momentum ... Tulane teams on a mission to make impression
09.14.05: Dye headlines ECU's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 ... Ophelia shutters ECU; dormitories remain open
09.13.05: Conference USA Standings and Schedule ... Auburn player learns family escaped Katrina
09.12.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Conference USA Scoreboard and Schedule
09.11.05: SMU springs milestone upset of No. 22 TCU ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.10.05: Green Beret parachutist hurt in pre-game jump ... NCAA rebuffs appeal on Tulsa player's eligibility
09.09.05: Tulane-MSU game shifted out of harm's way ...
Ex-Marshall coach latest to pull out of BCS poll
09.08.05: CSTV, DISH satellite service finally strike deal
09.07.05: Pirates capture two of league's three awards ... Tulane teams to carry on at five host schools ... Two players jailed on murder charges
09.06.05: Conference USA Schedule and Scoreboard ... N.C. Central wins thriller in Aggie-Eagle Classic
09.05.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.04.05: Dave Odom brings back lessons from Kuwait ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.03.05: ECU's "Total Access" expected to launch today ... Uprooted Green Wave to "carry the torch" ... Storm-trapped sister of UCF player found safe ... Sun Belt evacuates New Orleans headquarters
09.02.05: Green Wave football team in limbo about future ... Southern Miss sets up ad hoc camp in Memphis ... Thursday night's college football scoreboard
09.01.05: Pirate QB's second shoulder surgery a success ... East Carolina fans on the verge of Total Access

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Compiled from staff reports and electronic dispatches

C-USA, NFL teams thrown off stride by Rita

HOUSTON — Rice and Houston postponed home games scheduled for Saturday, and Texas A&M has moved up its game against Texas State in anticipation of Hurricane Rita reaching the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend.

The Aggies will play Texas State Thursday night instead of Saturday.

Rice was scheduled to play Navy, but on Wednesday the game was rescheduled for Oct. 22. Houston was to play Southern Mississippi on Saturday. No makeup date was announced, but school officials said they were looking at Nov. 12 or 13.

To make room, the Southern Methodist-Houston game originally scheduled for Nov. 12 was postponed to Nov. 19, when both teams have an open date. Southern Miss plays at Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Rice, Houston and Southern Miss are members of Conference USA, which had already seen its schedule altered by Hurricane Katrina.

``We are getting a lot of practice addressing hurricane-related contingencies. Fortunately, we have had excellent communication and we are getting great cooperation from our members,'' C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said in a statement.

Southern Miss's Sept. 4 season opener with Tulane, also a C-USA member, was postponed by Hurricane Katrina.

The I-AA game between Northwestern Oklahoma and McNeese State scheduled to be played in Lake Charles, LA, was canceled.

A pair of NFL teams also were forced to scramble by Hurricane Rita.

The Houston Texans canceled Thursday's practice and asked all players to leave town immediately. Houston coach Dom Capers said the Texans, who have a bye this week, were looking at alternatives that include practicing next week in Cincinnati before the Texans' game on Oct. 2 against the Bengals.

The New Orleans Saints, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, are bracing to have their plans rearranged again. Coach Jim Haslett said team officials were considering flying to Minneapolis on Friday instead of Saturday to avoid any weather problems in San Antonio. The Saints play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

``We'll make that decision later, when we see where it's at,'' Haslett said.

The Category 5 storm, packing winds of 175 mph late Wednesday night, is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Gulf Coast of Texas early Saturday.

Conference USA schedule, standings  & scores


(Conference USA games in bold.)

Saturday, Sept. 24:

   East Carolina at West Virginia 12:00 PM
   Marshall at Central Florida 6:00 PM
   Memphis at Tulsa 7:00 PM
   Southern Miss at Houston POSTPONED
   Tulane at Southern Methodist 8:00 PM

   Navy at Rice POSTPONED
   New Mexico at Texas-El Paso 9:05 PM

STANDINGS (through games of Sept. 17, 2005)


TEAM                  C-USA  ALL
UAB                    0-0   2-1
East Carolina          0-0   1-1
Marshall               0-0   1-1
Memphis                0-0   1-1
Southern Mississippi   0-0   1-1
Central Florida        0-0   0-2


TEAM                  C-USA  ALL
Texas-El Paso          1-0   2-0
Southern Methodist     0-0   1-2
Tulsa                  0-0   1-2
Tulane                 0-0   0-1
Rice                   0-0   0-2
Houston                0-1   1-2


(C-USA teams in bold; ECU opponents in red.)

Friday, Sept. 16:

   Texas-El Paso 24, Houston 21 (2OT)

Saturday, Sept. 17:

   Wake Forest 44, East Carolina 34
   Texas A&M 66, Southern Methodist 8
   South Florida 31, Central Florida 14
   UAB 35, Jacksonville State 28
   Southern Mississippi 48, McNeese State 20
   Tulsa 54, North Texas 2
   Texas 51, Rice 10
   Memphis 59, Chattanooga 14
   Mississippi State 21, Tulane 14
   Duke 40, Virginia Military Institute 14
   West Virginia 31, Maryland 19

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from Associated Press and other sources. Copyright 2005 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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