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01.25.06: Loaded stogie nets trouble for Memphis player ...
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01.23.06: Epic upset makes long bus ride home a journey of joy ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.22.06: Memphis auction includes trip to Dowdy-Ficklen ... Houston coach's collapse leads to technical ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.21.06: Bush summons '66 Miners to watch Glory Road ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.20.06: Innovative creator of I-formation passes at 92 ...
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01.19.06: Southern Miss extends Bower pact through '09 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.18.06: Holtz, Moore, Whimper team up for Hula Bowl ... ECU reaches wide-ranging deal with ISP Sports ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.17.06: Katrina blows friendly faces into UAB crowd ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.16.06: C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.15.06: Hawaii on itinerary of ECU's Moore, Whimper ...
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01.14.06: Former ECU assistant Berry joins staff at Miami ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.13.06: Southern Miss punter wins prestigious award ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.12.06: I-A coaches ponder replay, Friday night games ...
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01.11.06: Fan day signals approach of baseball season ... Area radio stations announce T-shirt promotion ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.10.06: Injuries take toll on East Carolina hoops squad ... Tulane shifts baseball games to Zephyr Field ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.09.06: National title game drew blowout TV ratings ...
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01.08.06: Memphis faces Winthrop in tune-up for ECU ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.07.06: N.C. Hall to enshrine ECU grad Charlie Adams ... Pirates announce '2-for-$20' hoops ticket deal ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.06.06: College baseball icon Rod Dedeaux dead at 91 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.05.06: Former C-USA chief Slive takes reigns of BCS ...
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01.04.06: College career over for injured UAB star Eddins ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.03.06: Pirates, Deacs face off for first time since 1986 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.02.06: Rice lures Tulsa defensive guru as head coach ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard ...
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Fun, not money, motivating DeAngelo Williams


AP Sports Writer

MOBILE, AL — DeAngelo Williams is stressed out. The former Memphis tailback isn't fazed by working against some of the nation's top college defenders under the scrutiny of NFL scouts, coaches and executives at the Senior Bowl.

But he had to buy 60 tickets to Saturday's game for family and friends.

"I just spent $330 on tickets," Williams grumbled Thursday, shaking his head.

The nation's leading rusher doesn't have too many other complaints about the weeklong audition, making an impression with NFL types for both his running and his ability to charm and get along with his teammates.

It's not just about business for Williams, though he's expected to be among the first few tailbacks — and possibly the first few players — drafted.

"I still have a passion burning inside me to play football," he said. "Right now I play for passion, not for a paycheck.

"It's supposed to be fun and once it stops being fun, I don't want to play anymore."

Williams and Washington State's Jerome Harrison — the nation's top two rushers — lead the Senior Bowl tailbacks. Williams will play for the South and Harrison for the North.

Not present are Southern Cal's Reggie Bush and LenDale White or Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun — all juniors leaving school early for the NFL and not eligible for the game.

If Harrison and Williams were overshadowed during the season by Bush and White, they don't seem too perturbed.

"People fall for the hype," Harrison said. "A lot of these people on the East Coast, they're usually sleeping when I'm playing."

But, he adds, "I'm self-motivated. All that other stuff doesn't bother me. It's politics."

Williams points out that the nation's media is fickle, focusing on Bush entering the Rose Bowl and Texas quarterback Vince Young after he led his team to victory and the national title.

Both Williams and Harrison have packed their resumes with impressive credentials. They were two of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back. Bush won the award.

Harrison ran for 1,996 yards as a senior, more than double his previous season's numbers after transferring from junior college.

Williams was a three-time Conference USA offensive player of the year whose 6,026 career yards rushing ranks fourth all-time in Division I-A.

His 238 yards rushing in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit pushed him past Harrison to finish atop the season rushing charts. It also was his 34th career 100-yard game to break a tie with former Heisman Trophy winners Archie Griffin and Tony Dorsett for the NCAA record.

Harrison, a Michigan native, saw it in person — with tickets compliments of Williams.

"He's probably one of the reasons I performed the way I did in the Motor City Bowl," Williams said. "Before the game I saw him in the stands and he waved at me. He's a great running back and to be able to perform well in front of him and getting his approval was fantastic."

Williams got an early — but not unexpected — potential setback when NFL teams found out he's only 5-foot-8 at the weigh-in on Monday. That's two inches shorter than his listed height at Memphis.

The 215-pounder brushes off that number like a would-be tackler, saying "size isn't anything." Williams has tried to go about proving that in practices.

"I've just been myself since I've been here," he said. "I've done what I've done the last four years at Memphis, and that's play football.

"I don't know if I've impressed anybody since I've been here, but I've had fun."

Williams earned at least one admirer in South coach Mike Nolan of the San Francisco 49ers. Nolan praised him as "a good chemistry player" who's befriended his teammates easily. He was high on Williams' running ability too.

"He's got great balance, he's got great vision," Nolan said. "The sign of a good back is his ability when he sees a hole, he can make the cut and not stumble through it.

"A running back that runs like a low-profile race car is what you're looking for, and that's what he runs like."

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                 4-0   18-2
Texas-El Paso           4-0   11-5
UAB                     4-1   14-4
Central Florida         3-1    9-8
Southern Methodist      3-2   10-7
Rice                    3-2    9-9
Tulsa                   2-2   7-10
Houston                 2-3   11-6
Marshall                1-3    8-9
Southern Miss           1-4   7-13
Tulane                  1-4   5-12
East Carolina           0-5   6-12

----- SCORES -----

   Memphis 73, UAB 66

   Central Florida 64, East Carolina 59
   Marshall 58, West Virginia 52
   Rice 67, Southern Mississippi 61
   Houston 82, Tulane 57

   Southern Methodist 84, Texas-Pan American 54

----- SCHEDULE -----

   No games scheduled.

   Central Florida at Memphis, 1 pm
   Tulsa at East Carolina, 7 pm
   Tulane at Rice, 7:05 pm
   Marshall at Houston, 8 pm
   Southern Mississippi at UAB, 8:30 pm
   Southern Methodist at Texas-El Paso, 9:05 pm

   No games scheduled.

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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