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09.27.05: Paper: Liberty Bowl seals deal with C-USA, SEC ... Busted legs deplete Memphis quarterback corps
09.26.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Conference USA standings, schedule & scores
09.25.05: Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.24.05: Big names helping UNC-P restore grid program ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
09.23.05: NCAA okays instant replay in all 28 bowl games ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
09.22.05: C-USA, NFL teams thrown off stride by Rita ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
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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Storm-weary USM starts tough stretch at ECU

JACKSON, MS — Southern Mississippi vows to play anyone, anywhere, anytime. Two hurricanes have put that slogan to the test.

The Golden Eagles had two games postponed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To squeeze in the makeup dates, the schedule was shuffled and two bye weeks were scrapped.

Now, if they reach the Conference USA title game on Dec. 3, they will play 10 games in 10 weeks.

``Like our motto says, that's how we're going to approach it,'' quarterback Dustin Almond said Tuesday night. ``As a football team, we like challenges, and it's going to be a challenge.''

The team's two-month test of endurance begins Saturday in its league opener at East Carolina.

``We're going to get into a stretch where we are going to play a lot of games without time off,'' coach Jeff Bower said. ``I think the players have handled it well. Our practices have been good. They know there's nothing anyone could've done about the games being canceled. We know we are going to play and they will be excited about playing.''

When the schedule was announced, Southern Miss had three weekends off in November. Two sandwiched a weeknight game, and the third fell between the season finale and the league title game.

The schedule was rearranged after the storms ravaged the region.

Katrina blew through Hattiesburg late last month, knocking down trees and power lines, sending the football team to a Memphis hotel for a week and forcing officials to postpone the Sept. 4 opener against Tulane.

Southern Miss played Alabama and McNeese State in consecutive weeks before Rita threatened the Texas Gulf Coast and convinced the league to push back the Sept. 24 game at Houston.

The Golden Eagles will visit the Cougars either Nov. 12 or 13 and will face Tulane on Nov. 26. The moves give Southern Miss a backloaded schedule with four straight road games and one game each week through November.

``Coach tells us once you get tired, it's all in your mind, so we'll get ready to play every week,'' cornerback John Eubanks said. ``If we have to play four on the road, that's what we're going to do.''

The Golden Eagles weren't supposed to play during the first two weekends in November because they're scheduled to visit Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 8 — a few days before the makeup date with Houston.

Conference USA and Southern Miss officials are considering switching the game in Huntington to Nov. 5 to allow the team enough time to prepare for the Cougars.

``Our preference would be to move the Marshall game to Saturday and then play the following Saturday against Houston,'' Bower said. ``Whether or not that can be worked out, I don't know.''

ECU Letterwinners/H.O.F. Weekend schedule

FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2005

9:30 am – 10:15 am
• Registration 9th Annual Letterwinners’ Golf Tournament
• Location: Brook Valley Country Club
• Golf Shop: (252) 756-5500

10:30 am
• Shotgun Start Golf Tournament
• Box lunch provided
• Awards Presentation following Tournament

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
• Check-in and Social for Letterwinners/Hall of Fame
• Location: Murphy Center

7:00 pm
• Hall of Fame/Letterwinners Banquet
• Location: Murphy Center (Harvey Hall)
• Induction of 2005 Hall of Fame Class
• Dress: Business Casual

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2005

3:15 pm – 5:30 pm
• Tailgate for Letterwinners’/Hall of Fame Guests
• New Location: Pirate’s Cove
• Meal catered by Longhorn Steakhouse

6:00 pm
• East Carolina vs. Rice, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
• Halftime:
      Recognition of Hall of Fame Inductees
      Recognition of Hall of Fame Members
      Recognition of Letterwinners
      Special recognition to the Pat Dye era


Gail Sykes Clayton, Golf, 1968-1971.
Larry “Pumpsie” Crayton, Baseball, 1958-1961.
Latonya Hargrove, Women’s Basketball, 1988-1992.
Pat Dye, Football Coach, 1974-1979.

From ECU Pirate Club.


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