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East Carolina


Conference USA

October 2, 2005

-Game Center: Southern Miss 33, East Carolina 7 - 10.02
Rivalry? I beg to differ - 10.02
   East Carolina could do a lot to improve its rivalry with Southern Miss — if that's what you want to call the annual showdown between the two schools.
Pirates self destruct - 10.02
   East Carolina succumbed Saturday to the same problem that plagued it last season
-BVL: ECU-Southern Miss Box Score - 10.02
BVL Audio: Holtz & Hudson Post-game Remarks - 10.02
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.02
Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents

-ECU Falls To Southern Miss 33-7
   East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz saw plenty of improvement in the Pirates' 33-7 loss to Southern Mississippi on Saturday, he said, but ECU slid backward in the area that matters most -- turnovers.
-Women's Soccer Drops C-USA Opener To Rice 3-0
   The East Carolina women's soccer team dropped its Conference USA opener Friday night to Rice, 3-0 at the Rice Track/Soccer Stadium.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Costly fumbles haunt Pirates
   East Carolina forgot to get the football into the end zone before booting it back to Southern Miss on Saturday night
-The Sideline- Southern Miss 33, ECU 7
   'Don't look in the past
-Miminal factor- Allison makes just 4 catches
   Nobody is bigger than their team, but when East Carolina's Aundrae Allison disappeared Saturday night against Southern Miss, his team went with him.
-Glum game doesn't kill Pirate spirit
   Kevin Stormer watched with a twinkle in his eye as the thunderous boom of the cannon and the exploding purple smoke signaled the start of ECU's battle with Southern Mississippi on Saturday night.

Southern Miss tops East Carolina 33-7
   After avoiding a lot of turnovers in its first three games, East Carolina was tormented by turnovers
Winston Salem-Journal

Pirates drop the ball to lose C-USA opener
   Skip Holtz wasn't seething Saturday night after a 33-7 home loss to Southern Mississippi.
Fayetteville Observer

Turnovers sink Pirates' ship | Photo Gallery
   Five turnovers send East Carolina tumbling to third straight loss.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Washington (NC) Daily News
-Military are honored guests at Pirates' game
   Fighter, battleground, war -- all are metaphors commonly used to describe football players, the field on which they play and the game itself.
-Pirates take first conference loss
   One in a row would have sounded so sweet.

Southern Miss routs East Carolina
   From the outset, whatever could go wrong for East Carolina went wrong.
Kinston Free Press

Southern Miss trounces East Carolina in both teams' C-USA openers
New Bern Sun-Journal

Southern Miss. 33, East Carolina 7
   East Carolina made it even easier for the Golden Eagles with five turnovers.
Durham Herald-Sun

Call it domination
   East Carolina's Pirates gave a little Saturday night, and Southern Mississippi's Golden Eagles took a lot. ...
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger
-Unleashed Almond chews up Pirates
   Southern Miss senior quarterback Dustin Almond was more than ready to get back on the field after seeing yet another football game postponed by a hurricane.
-Southern Miss 33, East Carolina 7

Football Wins C-USA Opener In Big Fashion, 33-7 Over Host East Carolina

October 1, 2005

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 09.30
BCS poll's shaky start signals same ol', same ol'
Katrina-forced transfer cleared to play at Cincy
WNCT: Live Pregame & Postgame Programming - 09.30
WNCT: Talk of the Town Archive (both hours) - 09.30

Football Gameday
Southern Miss @ ECU
6 pm ET
Greenville, NC

- ECU Game Day Central
- Weather Forecast - Greenville
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WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed


From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates, Golden Eagles expected to bring the blitz
  Fight fire with fire is not just a rallying cry for East Carolina in its most important football game of the young season this evening against Southern Miss.

-Pirates savor opportunity to honor military personnel
  ...a home East Carolina University football game might be one of the safest places in the world, thanks in large part to ticket holders from places like Fort Bragg, Cherry Point, Seymour Johnson AFB, Pope and Camp Lejeune...

Pirates' objective for C-USA opener is a complete game
   Coach Skip Holtz will get his first taste of Conference USA football tonight when East Carolina plays Southern Mississippi at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ...
Winston Salem Journal

USM can't afford early loss
   You want to get off to a good start in conference play and this is the first test...
Mobile Register

East Carolina opens C-USA slate against Golden Eagles
   East Carolina's football team faces its most important test to date when the Pirates host Southern Miss today
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Kinston Free Press
The Pirates' shuffle
  Through the first three games this year, East Carolina has had 29 different starters.
-Allison an immediate hit
  Allison, a native of Kannapolis, transferred to East Carolina after playing two years at Georgia Military Academy
-Pirates face Golden Eagles
  The nonconference slate is over, and it's now time for the second season as teams across the country begin conference play.

Nothing in the way this time
  Finally, after two failed opportunities to open Conference USA play, Southern Miss will tee it up with East Carolina today
Biloxi Sun-Herald

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Southern Miss at East Carolina
-Guest view
   Nelson Smith: Garner High School head coach, former ECU offensive lineman.

Marshall Volleyball Hands ECU First C-USA Loss, 3-0

Eagles open C-USA play
  Finally, it's a Conference USA game day for the University of Southern Mississippi football team.
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger
-Golden Eagles anxious to hit somebody else
  Fight fire with fire is not just a rallying cry for East Carolina in its most important football game of the young season this evening against Southern Miss.

-Spotlight on...
  Aundrae Allison

-Three keys for USM
  Fight fire with fire is not just a rallying cry for East Carolina in its most important football game of the young season this evening against Southern Miss.

September 30, 2005

-Sammy Batten: Football Recruiting Report - 09.30
O-line of the future starts with a survivor
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 09.30
Bowles in line to head 16-campus UNC system
End of VPI-WVU series dampens fiery traditions
WNCT: Talk of the Town (both hours) - 09.30
WNCT: Pirate Talk with Denny O'Brien - 09.30

Linkmeister Note:  Pirate place-kicker Robert Lee is 13-of-13, including six field goals and seven points-after-touchdowns. He booted three field goals in the 20-15 loss at West Virginia, and ranks seventh nationally in field goals made.

Fundamentals key to Pirates
  The act of 'crossing face' in football sounds like something worthy of a 15-yard flag. But instead, it's a good thing, something East Carolina needs to do more of on defense and special teams.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates brace for league opener
  While one game doesn't necessarily make or break a season, the East Carolina Pirates are well aware of the importance of Saturday's game

Kinston Free Press

USM faces a much-improved East Carolina
Mobile Register

Southern Miss Completes East Carolina Preparation

Williams just wants to win
   ECU CB says close isn't good enough.
Raleigh News & Observer

Almond leads Golden Eagles offense into Greenville
New Bern Sun Journal

A healed Hendrix ready to snap back
Biloxi Sun-Herald

A Purple Fever Fantasy
  One of the most electrifying moments in all of ECU sports occurs on select Saturdays in the fall. The only place to experience this moment is in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and the moment doesn�t last long.

The East Carolinian

Herd volleyball hosts ECU
Huntington Herald Dispatch

September 29, 2005

-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 09.29
Holtz regime gets its shot at breaking the hex
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 09.29
Schnellenberger faces program he helped build
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 09.29
WNCT: Chalkboard Chat - Logan & Steele - 09.29

-Coach Holtz Press Conference Quotes
   Head Football Coach Skip Holtz Discusses The Upcoming Southern Miss Game
-Lady Pirate Tennis Notches 26 Victories At Wolfpack Fall Invitational

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Speed Reading- Coaches want Pinkney to quicken his read progressions
   Three of the Mountaineers' six sacks last Saturday afternoon could have been nipped in the bud
-ECU nets basketball recruit
   Blair, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Hope Christian Academy in Kings Mountain, gave a verbal commitment to ECU

Pinkney-Allison connection still strong
   ... While some are asking about East Carolina quarterback James Pinkney's one-target approach, quarterback's coach Phil Petty doesn't see it that way. ...
Washington Daily News

ECU to see if its BCS tests worked
  Encouraged but yet frustrated - that's the way East Carolina head football coach Skip Holtz describes the first three weeks of the 2005 season

New Bern Sun Journal

Many positives for ECU
...The East Carolina football team's hopes of an undefeated season came to an end two weeks ago with a 44-34 loss to Wake Forest...

Kinston Free Press

Take a ride- Top 5 college ATS teams
Here’s a team that isn’t getting the press it deserves for coming out of the gates like its locker room was on fire.

Football Continues Preparations For East Carolina

A healed Hendrix ready to snap back
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Challenges await Eagles
Hattiesburg American

Rice Soccer Returns To Action With Home Match vs. East Carolina Sept. 30
For the first time in 12 days (since Hurricane Rita) the Rice soccer team (4-4-0) returns to game action with a home match...

Maginnes, Greensboro PGA event at the cross roads
Durham native and ECU Alum John Maginnes is enduring a forgettable year on the PGA Tour...

Durham Herald-Sun

September 28, 2005

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat - 09.28
"Skinny-legged country boys" still high on Dye
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 09.28
Storm-weary USM starts tough stretch at ECU
ECU Letterwinners/H.O.F. Weekend schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 09.28
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 09.28

-ECU To Play Game In Support Of C-USA Relief Fund
  In support of the Conference USA Relief Fund, the East Carolina baseball team will conduct a 100-inning intrasquad game to help raise money for those victimized by Hurricane Katrina.
-Pirates Win Fifth Straight With 3-0 Win Over Camels
-Steele Tops Pirates In Wins At UNC Fall Invitational
-Men's Golf Finishes In 15th At The Adam Cup Of Newport Tournament

ECU secondary helps turn tide with turnovers
  Rick Smith is an icon for the football players he coaches, and has become so by following the most basic of the game's tenets.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates getting ready for Conference USA opener
   Coach Skip Holtz is still looking for a complete game from his East Carolina team.
Winston-Salem Journal

Pirates building on showing in close loss to Mountaineers
   It's amazing how much difference one little "e" can make.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Pirates are on verge of breaking through
...They have every right to be frustrated because they easily could be undefeated...

New Bern Sun Journal

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates' D-Line up to the test Southern Miss provides
   You ain't seen nothin' yet.
-Pirates' baseball team looking to help hurricane victims

Horizon is storm-free
  A look at the National Hurricane Center's latest storm map shows no hurricanes near North Carolina.

Hattiesburg American

Bower tries to keep team focused
  Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower joked with the media Monday during his weekly press conference. The veteran coach is doing his best to keep a positive light on things following two games played and two postponed during the first four weeks of the season.

Biloxi Sun-Herald

Bower wants better QB play
  Bower and Almond hope to see improvement when USM plays its first Conference USA game on Saturday against East Carolina

Mobile Register

Football Set To Open Conference USA Action At East Carolina

September 27, 2005

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 09.27
What a difference a week makes
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 09.27
Paper: Liberty Bowl seals deal with C-USA, SEC
Busted legs deplete Memphis quarterback corps
WBVL: Holtz press conference, commercial free - 09.27
WNCT: Talk of the Town, both hours - 09.27
WNCT: Holtz press conference - 09.27
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show, with 'Rock' Roggeman - 09.27

-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
-Pirate Golfers Named C-USA Players-of-the-Week

-Head Coach Jeff Bower’s Weekly Press Conference
  I’m impressed with East Carolina.
-Twin Perspectives With Kevis and Trevis Coley
  On yet another game postponed by a hurricane, what they do in their free time and their thoughts on the team’s first Conference USA game of the season against East Carolina this Saturday

Defensive adjustments highlight ECU's improvement
  East Carolina coach Skip Holtz was talking progress Monday afternoon, despite saying a 1-2 record was nothing short of disappointing given his football team's chances in its last two games
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates seek consistency in all phases of the game
  East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz is waiting for his team to play a complete game.
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates hitting brakes
  ECU defense tries to slow rushing.
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates to honor military personnel at Southern Miss game
Washington Daily News

Mountaineers got caught looking ahead against Pirates
  "Maybe that could have been the case," admitted senior linebacker Jeff Noechel. "I was trying not to. ECU is a good team."
Parkersburg News

Things Of That Nature - ECU
  Head coach Rich Rodriguez, though disappointed in his team’s play against East Carolina, was still taking a matter-of –fact approach after reviewing tape ... (

September 26, 2005

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights - 09.26
Organizational shakeup producing results
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 09.26
College football headliners: stars & storylines
Conference USA standings, schedule & scores

COMMENTARY- Pirates gave WVU all it could handle
  With one of their toughest games on the schedule now in the past, the Pirates brought home a losing record from their trip to West Virginia. But these are much different men than the ones who hopped off the plane last year. Same end result, different team. Much different.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Who's Hot & Not

Copper returns one kickoff in Cowboys' win
  Terrance Copper ran off the field with a smile on his face, as he saw his Dallas Cowboys rally for a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Washington Daily News

From the Beckley Register-Herald
-WVU special teams gives enough to get the win
  ... On Saturday, special teams gave more than it took and it was enough for West Virginia to get a 20-15 victory over East Carolina in a game that had all the ...
-Rodriguez sees some good things in victory over East Carolina
  “We had a couple missed assignments, and we also had some misreads at times,” the coach added. “I think you’ve got to give ECU some credit, too.”

-Dickerson's Two Goals Give Pirates A 3-1 Win Over Saint Joseph's
-Pirates Top UTEP In Conference USA Opener, 3-1

Volleyball: Miners let close match slip away
El Paso Times

October 2, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons find a way
   Randolph fires three touchdown passes, runs for another score in his return to QB
-WFU Notebook
   Cramp doesn't keep Barclay down long
-The Citadel outlasts Western Carolina

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Navy's big play sinks Duke
   With a true freshman quarterback calling the shots and many of Duke's top playmakers injured on the sidelines, the Blue Devils earned every yard on a dramatic game-tying drive Saturday afternoon against Navy.
-Asack a breath of fresh air for Duke
  ... Roof's got a decision to make. He can turn back to Schneider, who couldn't get Duke a win in the opener at East Carolina, or go the rest of the way with Asack. ...
-Tar Heels' defense makes a stand vs. Utes
  Utah overloaded, so Brandon Tate unloaded. The result was a big bang for the North Carolina football team.

North Carolina pulls off must win
   With a string of top 25 teams (Louisville, Virginia, Miami and Boston College) on its schedule over the next four weeks, the chances that UNC could pick up one or two wins appeared remote before the Utah game.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels wrap up Utes
   The defense comes up with five turnovers and produces four sacks
-Devils fall short
   Time runs out on Duke's final drive.
-If Canes thrive, so will hockey league
   Strange to think the future of professional hockey might depend on the Carolina Hurricanes.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Trick play backfires for Tigers
   After responding all week to questions about offensive strategy, Coach Tommy Bowden left himself vulnerable Saturday night to further second-guessing.
-Auburns rolls over USC
   Spurrier looking for suggestions

Cock ’n’ Misfire
   Poor communication and penalties lead to what Spurrier calls ‘one of the worst’ games of his career
Columbia (SC) The State

October 1, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Journal
-Criticism becoming growing pain for Pack
   'Don't look in the past
-Heels mad about Utes
   As far as losses go, it's tough to find one more painful
-Duke prepares for different strokes
   On the field, the often-undermanned Midshipmen count on the opposition not being as disciplined and precise.

College football predictions
Fayetteville Observer

'Fresh Deacs' getting plenty of attention
   Clemson may wonder what's going on at Groves Stadium today if they hear a group of Wake Forest players yelling "Fresh Deacs! Fresh Deacs!"
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Fighting for fans' attention
   It doesn't look like much on paper, but this is another important day for college football in the state of North Carolina.
-Pack beats out Heels in battle of NFL smarts
   It doesn't look like much on pa
-Future opponents
-Canes close preseason with win
   Friday, it was for kicks. Wednesday, it's for real.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Duke still seeking right formula
   Duke cooked up a recipe for disaster last week, mixing turnovers with kicking-game mistakes
-Deacs taking a new tack
   Trying to create a spark, Grobe shakes up lineup

USC puts trust in Heffner
   Freshman quarterback Antonio Heffner was matter-of-fact about his role in his first college start
Greenville (SC) News

September 30, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Journal
-Big Four's football woes no new deal
   Big Four football is down, in case you didn't know that. But the truth is it has been that way for a long time, and whether there's light at the end of the tunnel depends upon to whom you listen.
-Notebook- Duke defenders back on track
   A pair of Duke defenders who missed much of last season with injuries aren't missing a beat so far this season.
-Coach K on the air on satellite
   Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is adding "talk radio host" to his resume thanks to a deal with XM Satellite Radio announced Thursday.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Heffner’s start a minor milestone
   He is set to become first black quarterback to start for Spurrier in his 21 years as a head coach
-Deacons’ Vallos a demon in trenches

Pack fans see glasses as half empty in football
   In his signature wraparound sunglasses, Chuck Amato always looks like someone who just walked out of a 3-D movie and forgot what he was wearing.
Charlotte Observer

Region colleges- Oklahoma to give UNCP feel for football
   When the NCAA began allowing Division I basketball programs to play exhibition games against Division II and Division III opponents a couple of years ago, Oklahoma men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson immediately thought of UNC-Pembroke, his alma mater.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels to run patient defense
   UNC gave up 669 yards to Utah's spread attack last year.
-UNC's McGill wants to play Louisville

Tweaking his method
   There will always be a lot of psychology involved in coaching, and Tommy Bowden's even-tempered demeanor has earned him a master's in helping his teams avoid total collapse in times of trouble.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Death Valley discontent looks misplaced
   This has been another of those weeks of discontent at Clemson University, thanks to the football team.
   University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and his staff aren't done making changes in their starting lineup.

Deacs turn to Randolph for offensive spark
   With sophomore Benjamin Mauk at quarterback, the offense has sputtered.
Greensboro News-Record

September 29, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Randolph to start at quarterback Saturday
-Up on the Corner
   Confident Smith has been bright spot in Deacons' season

Wake a hard team to forget
Columbia (SC) The State

Wolfpack fans starting to fall out of love with Amato
   I admit it, I drank the Chuck Amato Kool-Aid.
Wilmington Star-News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Canes down to final decisions
   Roster must lose three more players.
-Greensboro faces stiff competition
   It's a busy sports weekend in N.C.

Duke's Bailey a wild man on game day
Durham Herald-Journal

September 28, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Amato takes a turn
  Coach says Pack has made progress.
-Pregame conflict still unclear
  Heels, Pack have own versions of what happened Saturday.
-NHL: Young Ladd signs three-year deal with Hurricanes

Grobe shaking up Wake Forest, starting behind center
   Some changes were inevitable at Wake Forest. After three losses in the first four games, coach Jim Grobe had a more drastic plan in mind.

Sagging Deacs eye Randolph handoff
Greensboro News-Record

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-For Heels, beating Pack was nice ... but consistency would be better
-Navy's invasion could be trouble

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Spurrier’s offense enters Twilight Zone
  DESPERATE TIMES CALL for desperate measures. Steve Spurrier will introduce a running quarterback to his offense when South Carolina plays Saturday at Auburn. The apocalypse truly is upon us.
-Identity crisis plagues Clemson offense
  In quest for balance, Tigers haven’t lit up scoreboard or found a playmaker

September 27, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Some Pack fans restless
  UNC loss spurs criticism, but Fowler '100 percent behind' his coach.
-Keeping assistants would aid Amato
 Since 2002, when Chuck Amato had his most successful season as N.C. State's football coach, he has lost more than just games.
-NCCU advised to go I-AA

Asack may get a chance at QB start for Devils
Durham Herald-Sun

Quarterback a question mark at Duke
Richmond Times Dispatch

WVU Notebook- Rivalry vs. Hokies coming to an end
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Stress stretch has Tigers longing for a winning breather
  Close finishes make great TV but wear down the players
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Phoenix A.D. set to retire in May
  Elon announced Monday that White's 27th year as the school's athletics director will be his last.
Greensboro News-Record

UNCP's search for a coach narrows
  After sifting through about 80 resumes, the search committee for UNC-Pembroke's head football coach has narrowed the field to about 40 candidates.
Fayetteville Observer

September 26, 2005

Hokies bracing for West Virginia
  Unpleasant memories of its last trip to Morgantown has Virginia Tech focused heading into the last meeting of the teams.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Third and nothing- Tigers drop another OT loss
  Clemson coach Tommy Bowden isn’t asking for wholesale changes.
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons' frustration is growing
  Offensive problems continue to plague 1-3 team
-ACC Stew- UNC win is a big stir in the pot

Pack has to pick itself up
  N.C. State players bemoan penalties, mistakes vs. UNC.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-Has Jake lost his mojo- Maybe so
  The haunted look in Jake Delhomme's eyes Sunday afternoon reminded me of how he appeared right after the Super Bowl.
-Thrown away
  Panthers turn winning FG over to Dolphins MIAMI -- For just a second, the tunnel looked wide open.
-USC's 40-year-old catches on
  It was just a simple hitch pass during trash time. But to 40-year-old South Carolina walk-on Tim Frisby, Saturday's catch was yet another goal achieved in a remarkable life.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Mitchell ‘doubtful’ for Tigers
  If Steve Spurrier is to win his first SEC game as USC’s coach this week, he might have to do so without his starting quarterback.
-Bowden harbors deep thoughts
  Tigers coach wants to stretch the field vertically more often


October 2, 2005

Saturday Football Roundup

Date for USM-Houston game could be set this week
  USM knows it will visit the Cougars on the weekend of Nov. 12-13. Whether it will be Saturday or Sunday is contingent on when USM plays at Marshall.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Golden Knights win again
  George O'Leary went with a hunch, and UCF owns something it hasn't seen in a while -- a winning streak.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Weekend for Bernie
  Morris rallies Marshall in fourth quarter, overtime
-Herd hopes comeback win can be start of something big
-Marshall football notebook
  Phantom whistle from stands stops Herd in its tracks

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Bernard Morris pleases faithful with comeback victory in OT
  ... That enthusiasm likely will continue when C-USA teams like Southern Miss, Alabama-Birmingham and East Carolina come to town
-Herd runs down Mustangs
  Armed with scrambling ability, timely passing and poise, Bernie Morris came of age before the home crowd Saturday evening.

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH trips up Tulsa
   Cougars cap lengthy stay with 30-23 victory
-Rice makes gains but losing streak hits nine
   Poor tackling, turnovers hurt in C-USA debut against UAB

From the El Paso Times
-Lightning delays game's start
-Mistakes doom UTEP
   UTEP loses its first game of the season, 27-20 to Memphis
-UTEP stumbles through setback
-Ugly play catches up with UTEP

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Better late...
   The injury-plagued University of Memphis football team may not have starting quarterbacks Patrick Byrne and Will Hudgens. But the U of M still has senior All-America running back DeAngelo Williams and a less-heralded defensive back Derek Clenin, both of whom stepped up big.
-DeAngelo's wild run supplies Tigers' winning magic
   DeAngelo Williams took the direct snap from Blake Butler.
-Memphis Postgame

October 1, 2005

From the Birmingham News
-Brown expects Rice to be ready
  UAB head football coach Watson Brown looks at what the Rice football team went through the past two weeks and he sympathizes with Owls head coach Ken Hatfield.
-SEC, C-USA paired up in Liberty Bowl
  The Liberty Bowl and the Southeastern Conference reached an agreement this week to pair teams from Conference USA and the SEC for the next four seasons

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Few SMU fans making the trek to MU
  I know Southern Miss will bring a lot of fans. East Carolina and schools on the East Coast will bring more fans
-Herd looking for another fast start against SMU
   Big Four football is down, in case you didn't k
-Marshall needs convincing win today

Herd ready to bounce back from loss to UCF
Beckley Register-Herald

Marshall looks to shake off loss, limit turnovers
Ft Worth Star Telegram

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Marshall-SMU game capsule
-Must-win already?
   Big Four football is down, in case you didn't k

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Steep Price
   Big Four football is down, in case you didn't k
-U of M's Barefield has leg up... for now
-Other Conference USA games
The rundown: The Green Wave leads the nation in total defense, allowing just 176 yards per game. The teams are meeting for the first time since 1951

UCF road game is disconcerting
Orlando Sentinel

Houston Chronicle

SLU, Tulane to meet in Tiger Stadium
   It was supposed to be a homecoming game where the home team was on the road.
Baton Rouge Advocate

September 30, 2005

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Hendrix raring to go
   Hurricanes have given USM defensive back more time to heal hamstring injury
-Bower likes bowl's C-USA, SEC link

Weakley is vital part of Eagles' run game
Hattiesburg American

Southern Miss Announces Football Season Ticket Numbers
  Southern Miss Director of Athletics Richard Giannini today announced that 22,562 season tickets were distributed for 2005

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Herd fans adjusting TV habits
  Marshall University football followers are learning that exclusivity comes with a price.
-Morris hoping to play a complete game
-K-State, Herd could become regular opponents
  The natural fit that is the Marshall-Kansas State football series will likely continue beyond 2006.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-SMU’s versatile spread offense tough to figure
-MU notebook- Spann sitting out season
  Pinched nerve sidelines Newsome against SMU

Fearless Predictions: C-USA | Part 2
College Football News

UCF looks to avoid getting thumped again
Orlando Sentinel

Blazers' McElveen won't let wrist injury keep him sidelined
Birmingham News News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
Injuries testing Tigers' offense
  Coordinator tailors plan to suit Barefield
'Midnight' Madness will be televised

Sept. 29 Men's Soccer Notebook

September 29, 2005

Storms create chaos with recruiting efforts
  University of Southern Mississippi assistant football coach Lytrell Pollard's job got tougher when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast Aug. 29.
Hattiesburg American

Hendrix back in the saddle
  the return of cornerback Caleb Hendrix may help when USM travels to East Carolina Saturday
Mobile Register

Case Athletic Complex Groundbreaking Set for Saturday

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-USM's Green Coliseum roof, court in need of repair
  Katrina left her mark on USM basketball
-Liberty Bowl's restriction senseless

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Weight finally off UCF's back
-Williams enjoys his stints at QB
  Williams has lined up in the shotgun formation on several occasions this season, including five times in last weekend's 37-31 Conference USA overtime loss
-Tigers on TV, but who is watching?
  RC Johnson is thrilled with Conference USA's six-year deal to broadcast its athletic events on the fledgling College Sports Television network...

Lindsey prefers show over tell
  ... "I don't want to call him our go-to guy because that's not what we want to do," UAB head coach Watson Brown...
Birmingham News

TV options for UTEP fans varied, confusing
  ... "Our TV opportunities this year have increased greatly due to joining Conference USA"...
Birmingham News

Herd Football Hosts SMU Saturday at 4 p.m.

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Wideouts to make debuts for Herd this weekend
-MU line looks to be complete for first time

SMU still trying to recover
  Mustangs haven’t been the same since hit by 1987 NCAA sanctions
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Bennett- SMU QB status has changed again
Dallas Morning News

Green Wave Host Southeastern Louisiana On Saturday

Tulane to play in Aillet
  ..."Tulane's football team calls Louisiana Tech and Ruston home and now they will play a home football game there as well...
Monroe News Star

UAB Football Readies For C-USA Opener Saturday

Rice Notebook- Rita causes uneasy weekend for Owls
Houston Chronicle

UCF Ranked No. 37 in Collegiate Baseball Recruiting Poll

Fall Baseball Begins on Monday

September 28, 2005

-Conference USA Announces Future Bowl Partnerships
  League Extends Contracts With All Five Current Partners
-CSTV Adds SMU-Marshall To National TV Schedule

From the Ft Worth Star Telegram
-C-USA extends agreement
-Fort Worth Bowl extends deal with Conference USA

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
USM special teams are anything but ...
-C-USA, SEC get Liberty deal
-Standings and schedule
-Players of the week

After two hurricane postponements, Southern Miss faces tough road
Macon Telegraph

Long after death penalty, SMU still lifeless
  At Southern Methodist University, Land of Diminishing Football Expectations, the Mustangs are getting ready for a road game, which is another way of saying they are preparing for another defeat.
Dallas Morning News

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Construction starts on new weight room
  Work is under way to provide Marshall University's football program some elbow room.
-Morris to start against SMU
  ... Marshall head coach Mark Snyder doesn't plan to rotate Morris and Skinner in Marshall's first-ever league home game in Conference USA. ...

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-C-USA retains ties to Liberty Bowl
  Conference USA’s longtime relationship with the Liberty Bowl has not been given death after all.
-Giving it away
  Turnovers hurting Marshall again

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Possible Liberty matchups limited
  In announcing a deal Tuesday to match Conference USA with the Southeastern Conference for the next four years, AutoZone Liberty Bowl president Steve Ehrhart promised matchups that make geographic sense.
-Injuries give freshman Barefield opportunity to guide Tigers' offense
  Before he made his debut two weeks ago against 1-AA Chattanooga, it was there.
-QB injuries start domino effect at WR

Tigers insist they'll be balanced
  Memphis head coach Tommy West may not want to visit Las Vegas or buy a lottery ticket any time soon.  His luck hasn't been very good lately.
El Paso Times

From the Houston Chronicle
-UAB coach has fond memories of stint with Owls
-Tulsa time worries Briles

Owls on wing of triple option
Birmingham News

College Football Notebook- Big East bust
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

September 27, 2005

Golden Eagles go back to work after rare break
  Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower usually doesn't give his team an entire weekend off during the college football season, but he thought it was the smart thing to do...
Mobile Register

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Storms wreak havoc with USM's schedule
  Aggravating and exasperating. That's been the 2005 football season for Southern Miss so far.
-Make that 'take 3' on C-USA opener
  Like it or not, Southern Miss has had a nice break in its schedule.
-Nelson catches on quickly as Eagles tight end
  For Shawn Nelson, it's all about the smiles.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Liberty lands SEC for '06
  Conference USA vs. East or West team
-Tigers in QB bind, so call goes out to Avery
  Maurice Avery has heard this before. Avery, a senior receiver from Atlanta, has had his name tossed around as a University of Memphis reserve quarterback previously.
-West left wondering why replay not used
  Did he or didn't he get the first down? In OT...
-First look at this week's college football games

From the
-Football Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook
-C-USA Volleyball Player and Setter of the Week

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Conference USA notebook
  MU eager to move past C-USA opener
-C-USA finalizing basketball TV deal
  As per the first year of its new agreement with Conference USA that runs through 2011, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to carry six regular-season men’s basketball games and the C-USA tournament championship
-O-line given a boost
  Inman’s return gives Herd its regular starters

Herd loss to UCF offers no silver lining; Plus MU notebook
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Marshall, SMU unsettled at quarterback
  Elon announced Monday that White's 27th year as the school's athletics director will be his last.
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Snyder says turnovers a real problem for Marshall
Beckley Register-Herald

UCF still has room for improvement
Orlando Sentinel

Tulane Athletics Disrupted By Hurricane -- Again
  The volleyball team was supposed to open the Conference USA portion of its schedule over the weekend

September 26, 2005

Around Conference USA
USA Today

Tiger QB Hudgens finished for rest of year
  Word quickly spread throughout the University of Memphis locker room after Saturday's 37-31 Conference USA overtime loss at Tulsa.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

This week for Southern Miss
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-SMU also looks to bounce back
  Forget SMU’s upset victory over then-ranked Texas Christian. Since then, the Mustangs (1-3, 0-1 Conference USA) have lost to Texas A&M 66-8 and Tulane 31-10. ...
-Strategy- Blocking might help
  WHILE PONDERING whether this will be the worst Marshall team to have a goal post ripped down on it, try to digest this Smock Market Report. Shake that Pepto bottle well.

Passion missing, SMU's Bennett says
  SMU athletic director Jim Copeland expressed concern that several players noted a lack of competitiveness on the football field following Saturday's loss to ...
Dallas Morning News

Pass defense needs work
  The Horned Frogs are better on defense, but it looks like the unit is still susceptible to the big play. ... wasn't some recent development. Oklahoma, SMU and Utah each had opportunities for ...
Ft Worth Star Telegram

Fans get big assist in UTEP victory
El Paso Times

-Men's Soccer Roundup
-Women's Soccer Weekend Roundup