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East Carolina

Carolinas/Region

Conference USA

October 9, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Game Center: East Carolina 41, Rice 28 - 10.09
-O'Brien:
'Captain Comeback' to the rescue - 10.09
-AP:
Pinkney recharges East Carolina - 10.09
-BVL: ECU-Rice Box Score - 10.09
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Post-game Remarks - 10.09
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.09
Scoreboard and Conference USA standings

From ecupirates.com
-Pinkney Throws for Three Scores as East Carolina Defeats Rice, 41-28
  James Pinkney passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as East Carolina defeated Rice 41-28 on Saturday. Pinkney completed 22-of-34 passes for a career-high 355 yards and also ran for a team-high 32 yards.
-Pirate Soccer Falls To UAB In C-USA Match-Up
  The East Carolina men's soccer team dropped its second Conference USA game of the season Friday night falling to UAB 4-0 at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates pop feisty Owls
  East Carolina shrugged off its sluggish offensive tendencies Saturday and won a battle of oneupmanship with Rice by way of a James Pinkney
-The Sideline- Rice at East Carolina
  The only thing keeping the Pirates from an A on offense was their struggles to run the ball.
-Hands on- Pirate sophomore making a habit of sacking the QB
  It might be worth hiring someone at East Carolina University just to make Marcus Hands mad on Fridays.
-Newest East Carolina Hall of Fame class introduced
  Gail Sykes-Clayton, Larry "Pumpsie" Crayton and Latonya Hargrove were recognized as the newest class for East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame
-Kicker awaiting approval
  Skip Holtz said the status of East Carolina football hopeful Robert Grant is pending a review by the NCAA.
-Rains drench Pitt County, causing some flooding
  The good Lord must be an ECU fan
-Molly Broad- Colleges must attract more students
  The state's universities must boost the number of young people going to college if North Carolina is to win the economic battle with other states,

Pinkney helps Pirates outlast Owls 41-28
  Playing Rice is like running against a diesel engine, and it took a while for East Carolina to overtake the Owls for a 41-28 win
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates swat Owls
  For the fourth game in a row, the Pirates’ fans got to watch their team battle from behind in the fourth quarter -- this time with a different outcome.
-Receiver’s score gets Pirates on the move
  After missing three games because of a pulled hamstring suffered in the Pirates opener versus Duke, wide receiver Bobby Good made a triumphant return to action Saturday against Rice.

Comeback kids
 Mired in a three-game losing streak overall and four-game losing streak in Conference USA, Rice was a welcome site for East Carolina.
Kinston Free Press

Pinkney tosses three touchdown passes; Pirates get second win
 James Pinkney threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead East Carolina to a 41-28 victory over Rice
New Bern Sun Journal

ECU cooks Rice with the pass
 Pirates end slide, beat Owls
Raleigh News & Observer

Rice fails to capitalize on chance to end skid
 E. Carolina uses air attack to extend Owls' slump to 10
Houston Chronicle

October 8, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.08
Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
WNCT: Live Pregame & Postgame Programming - 10.08
WNCT: Talk of the Town Archive (Friday) - 10.08

Football Gameday
Rice @ ECU
 Saturday October 8th, 6 pm ET
Greenville, NC

- ECU Game Day Central
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Game Notes
- Weather Forecast - Greenville

WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed

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Gametracker

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates' Hewett hopes success carries over to the gridiron
  Hewett came to East Carolina as both a hopeful on the football team and a decorated speed demon bent on tackling Conference USA's tracks as well.
-Pirates prep for Rice's option attack
  Pirates will be taken on a ride through football obscurity today

Rice struggling, but Owls' option worries Holtz
  ...when a team doesn't see a lot of option, defending it can be difficult
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates petition for kicker
 Grant was on NFL Europe roster in 1999
-Rice at ECU

From the New Bern Sun-Journal
-Free for all up front- Pirates’ front seven hopes to impact Rice’s option
 The Pirates’ defensive linemen and linebackers took things a little differently this week, hoping the secondary won’t have to do much today.
-Pirates, Owls both looking for first conference win
 When the East Carolina football team ho

Owls still on the road, still looking for first victory
Lexington (NC) Dispatch

From the New Bern Sun-Journal
-ECU takes on winless Rice team
 When the East Carolina football team hosts Rice University today, it won't be a secret what the Owls will try to do on offense - run the ball
-In Good Hands
 Last season, as the East Carolina football team struggled through a 2-9 season, Marcus Hands was forced to sit in the stands

Holtz still believes his 1-3 Pirates heading in right direction
 While they got better each week, Holtz says their opponents were that much tougher.
wwaytv3.com

East Carolina, Rice looking for some positives
 That's the storyline for East Carolina and Rice, who face each other at 6 pm today at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Kinston Free Press

RICE AT EAST CAROLINA
  East Carolina, under first-year coach Skip Holtz, seeks its first C-USA win against a team other than Army since Oct. 9, 2004
Houston Chronicle

From ecupirates.com
-Pirate Volleyball Defeats UCF, 3-0
-Meet Records Fall In Annual Intrasquad Competition
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ECU's 100-Inning Baseball Game For C-USA Relief Fund Postponed

October 7, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-O'Brien: College Notebook No. 14 - 10.07
Commissioner proves critics wrong
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.07
Coley twins mean double trouble for USM foes
Golden Eagles hoops squad loses leading scorer
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.07
WNCT: Pirate Talk with Denny O'Brien - 10.07

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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New foe means success for ECU
 The Pirates have claimed six of their last eight debut games with new opponents.
-Homecoming, Halloween expected to stretch police resources
  A larger-than-usual crowd is expected downtown after the Saturday night football game

Pirates favored for first time as Rice comes to Greenville
  First-ever meeting for Pirates, Owls
The East Carolinian

Owls' DE Syptak still trying to find his groove
  Syptak said traveling is an adjustment, but the team is used to it. In the WAC, Rice had a similar trip, except in the other direction to take on the University of Hawaii.
New Bern Sun Journal

Rice Football Practice Report #22
  Rice will be without senior defensive end Rob Daniel when the Owls meet East Carolina Saturday evening.
riceowls.com

It’s the same tradition with a different feel
  As the coach who hopes to build a proud program mingled with fans, it was hard to ignore the symbolism present.
Washington Daily News

October 6, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 10.06
Hoops recruit Blair proven under fire
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.06
Dye's ECU Hall homecoming tripped up by illness
Utah coach sanctioned for slamming ACC refs
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 10.06
WNCT: Chalkboard Chat: Logan, Steele & Hinton - 10.06

Pirates Set To Jump Into Season With Purple-Gold Meet
ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Veal adds bite to the Pirates' running game
  Piece by piece, Skip Holtz has hammered out the offensive line he likes the best, and the anchor behind that line – fullback Jermarcus Veal – is helping to drive East Carolina toward a more fearsome running attack
-East Carolina swimmers hit pool for Purple and Gold meet
  East Carolina swimming coach Rick Kobe has one of the most successful programs in the country and it doesn't seem to be coming to an end anytime soon

Miners in hunt for pair of basketball recruits
  Bronson and Kilgore transferred from fellow Conference USA school East Carolina in January.
El Paso Times

Allison looks to rebound in Rice game
  Aundrae Allison turned in his least productive game at East Carolina University when he hauled in just four catches for 20 yards in the Pirates' 33-7 loss to Southern Miss last Saturday.
New Bern Sun Journal

Rice (0-3) At East Carolina (1-3)
  couple of teams trying to end similar losing streaks collide at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this Saturday, as the Rice Owls tussle with the East Carolina Pirates
Click 2 Houston.com

October 5, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat - 10.05
Offensive menu grows as new talents emerge
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.05
C-USA reshuffles games in wake of hurricanes
Memphis player booted after Beale Street incident
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 10.05
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 10.05

From ecupirates.com
-ECU's Cliff Moore Practice Facility Almost Complete
  Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the last of three new fields at the East Carolina University's Cliff Moore Practice Facility
-Pirates Shutout UNC Wilmington, 3-0
  East Carolina won its fifth straight non-conference volleyball match with a 3-0 sweep on UNC Wilmington Tuesday night at Hanover Hall.
-Reale Cards Final Round 68 To Finish Tied For 33rd
  East Carolina University finished tied for 12th in the inaugural Mattaponi Springs Shootout after carding a final round 291 Tuesday afternoon.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's Baker questionable for Rice game with kidney injury
  East Carolina strong safety Zach Baker was passing blood earlier this week following a hit from behind against Southern Miss, and now is waiting to see if he passes a doctor's examination Thursday.
-Pirates ready for basketball practice
  It's been six weeks since the East Carolina men's basketball team began its limited preseason workouts, and it seems as if it can't end soon enough for first-year coach Ricky Stokes.

Rice may be bland, but seats need to be filled
   ... The honeymoon is over for first-year East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz and the Pirates face a crucial home game Saturday when they host Rice at 6 pm. ...
Kinston Free Press

ECU focusing on future, forgetting the past
   That's the message East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz is preaching as the Pirates prepare for Saturday's Conference USA game against the Rice Owls at 6 pm
Kinston Free Press

Rice not answering when opportunity knocks
  Heading into a must-win game at East Carolina (1-3, 0-1 Conference USA) on Saturday, the Owls (0-3, 0-1) are ranked last among 119 Division I-A schools in turnovers forced.
Houston Chronicle

October 4, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 10.04
Fighting for progress, one fumble at a time
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.04
Tip-Off Classic pits UAB against Massachusetts
Conference USA standings, schedule & scores
WBVL: Holtz press conference, commercial free - 10.04
WNCT: Talk of the Town, both hours - 10.04
WNCT: Holtz press conference - 10.04
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show; guest Darrell Harrison - 10.04

Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
  East Carolina University head football coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Rice.
ecupirates.com

Ken Hatfield's Monday Quotes
   Rice Coach comments..."We seem to be bringing out the best in everybody."
riceowls.com

ECU's Holtz taking nothing for granted about Rice
  East Carolina is in no position to overlook any opponent, and Coach Skip Holtz said yesterday that it is up to him to get it through to his players ...
Winston Salem Journal

Rice's option doesn't leave Pirates' defense with many
  The East Carolina football team has personnel issues.
Washington Daily News

Winning will boost Pirates confidence
  "...I don't want to say its getting fragile - but I think this football team, as hard as they work, they would like to see some success..."
New Bern Sun Journal

Road swing's an albatross for Owls
  Now, instead of potentially carrying a 1-3 record into this weekend's game at East Carolina, Rice is mired in a nine-game slump.
Houston Chronicle

Pirates still can't beat Southern Miss
  The drought continues.
Goldsboro News Argus

Holtz- ECU needs more offensive options
Lexington (NC) Dispatch

Pirates fumble away C-USA opener to Southern Miss
Wilson Daily Times

Eagles shut down Pirates' primary offensive weapons
Hattiesburg American

Game recaps, thoughts, schedules and more from College Football News
-East Carolina
-Rice

October 3, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Hinton: Henry's Highlights - 10.03
Season of redemption still within reach
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.03
College football headliners: stars & storylines
Conference USA standings, schedule & scores

From ecupirates.com
-Stopa's Late Goal Lifts Pirates Over Houston, 1-0
   Women's soccer team defeated Houston Sunday afternoon, 1-0, at Robertson Stadium for its first win in Conference USA play.
-Pirates Fall In Conference Opener To South Carolina, 5-2
   Men's soccer team fell to South Carolina Sunday afternoon at Bunting Field
-Thundering Herd Downs Pirates, 3-0
   Volleyball falls to Marshall for the second time in three days
-Women Golfers Finish In Sixth At The Wildcat Fall Invitational

Pirates learned some hard lessons in loss
   East Carolina should have been sitting on a surprise lead in the second quarter Saturday night, again defying the betting lines and non-believers.
Greenville Daily Reflector

East Carolina struggles to hold on to the ball
   Heading into Saturday's night with Southern Miss, the East Carolina football team had done a solid job protecting the football. ...
New Bern Sun-Journal

Southern Miss - East Carolina Postgame Notes
southernmiss.com

 

October 9, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Cardinals carve up Heels' D
  Jarwar-ski Pollock stayed behind in Chapel Hill to have surprise surgery. Even more surprising, his teammates also went under the knife.
-Miami stifles depleted Devils
  On a hot and humid autumn afternoon even by south Florida's sultry standards, Duke and Miami both dug deep into their depth charts Saturday at the Orange Bowl.

Cards rout Tar Heels in lopsided victory
  So much for payback.
Lexington (KY) Herald Leader

Tar Heels red-faced
 North Carolina is shell-shocked after record-setting, 'embarrassing' loss.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Tar Heels, Deacs lose
  WFU is hit by Carr, 6-6 FSU receiver
-Paladins stun Mountaineers 34-31
  Appalachian State comes up short in frantic final minute for its first SoCon loss
-Wake Forest Notebook
  Barclay moves to No. 14 on the ACC rushing list
-Gamecocks rout Wildcats; A&T wins in OT

USC gives Spurrier first SEC victory
  Gamecocks turned in their best offensive performance in Spurrier's short tenure
Greenville (SC) News

Gamecocks rout Kentucky, but team’s flaws, strengths are unchanged
  Four Wildcat turnovers give Spurrier his first SEC victory at USC
Columbia (SC) The State

October 8, 2005

College football predictions
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Cardinal truth
  Louisville builds a football program that commands respect
-Canes give fans a reason to return
  On Friday night, 18,787 hockey fans tested the doors of the RBC Center and found them no longer locked.
-Today's big games
  The Seminoles needed a fourth-quarter prayer to escape Winston-Salem with a win last season.
-Duke at Miami
-Wake at FSU

Ever the optimists, fans face more futility in S.C.
  Today is a big day for South Carolina football. One of the big two -- Clemson and South Carolina -- has a chance to win a conference game.
Charlotte Observer

Paladins face SoCon challenge
  Appalachian has 3 straight wins in series
Greenville (SC) News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Out of the frying pan ...
  Buoyed by win over Clemson, Wake Forest to face No. 4 FSU on the road
-Wolfpack, with a taste of victory, now wants more
-As usual, Furman vs. ASU is big for both
-Duke will be looking for major upset against Miami
-Tar Heels hoping McGill gives lift

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Despite Duke's woes, senior Greene won't stop believing
  Duke's group of talented freshman football players committed to a struggling program for the chance to play early and often
-Pollock a record catch for UNC
  ...enters today's game at Louisville five receptions short of UNC's career record of 165
-Canes Ward off Penguins
  Carolina topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in its home opener

October 7, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack picks one off
  Heath's interception in final minute secures victory at Georgia Tech
-Wellman- Wake fans need to be 'nice'
  A Clemson fan wrote to say that she and several other visiting Clemson fans would never return after several Wake student fans treated them poorly during the Tigers' loss.
-UNC toughens steroid policy
  School goes zero-tolerance on anabolic drugs in new code.
-NFL: Canes want buzz back
  Carolina would like it to be like '02.
-NFL: Rivers sparked Brees' surge
  Ex-NCSU star 'never had a chance' to unseat Chargers' QB.

Clemson days as an ACC power are over
 HERE WE GO again. Tommy Bowden is on the hot seat.
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC tries to plug leaks
 
Offensive line allows 17 sacks in first 5 games
-Paladins' nemesis returns
  Williams leads more balanced Mountaineers
-Clemson's Grant out for season

Heels wants more payback
  Saturday, the Tar Heels face Louisville (3-1), which blanked them 34-0 last season at Kenan Stadium.
Durham Herald-Sun

Grading the Tigers at midseason
  Five games into the 2005 season, Clemson is below .500, searching for answers and leaving fans restless for what was expected to be an improved team.
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Lots of Game
  Boldin came to WFU because he had the option of offense or defense
-ASU vs. Furman means a down-to-the wire finish
-Pack rallies past Jackets
  Davis throws 2 touchdown passes as Wolfpack ends a six-game losing streak against ACC teams

October 6, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Amato era hasn't improved Wolfpack
  Crunch the numbers until the calculator punts, and the conclusion you reach is that Chuck Amato hasn't advanced the N.C. State football program much within the ACC.
-State still searching
  Questions loom as Wolfpack travels to Georgia Tech for key ACC contest.
-Lightning flashes by Canes in opener
  Carolina can't keep up with Stanley Cup champions in new NHL.

Purnell excited about upcoming season
  Clemson men’s basketball coach Oliver Purnell made what he felt was an important public statement Wednesday, nine days before the start of preseason practice.
Anderson Independent

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Georgia Tech Looks for Fifth Straight Win Over Pack
  Amato has never finished higher than fourth in the league, and now he has lost back-to-back games to the Tar Heels.
-Sympathy for the Devils' field?
  The goal posts have come down at Wallace Wade Stadium for the fourth straight season, but this time they've come down before the excitement rather than after it.

Wolfpack trying to salvage season
  Despite an 0-2 start in Atlantic Coast Conference play and a 1-2 record overall, the N.C. State Wolfpack still can salvage a successful season.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Right tackle Vallos has displayed the grit that epitomizes Wake
  Jim Grobe likes his victories sweet and his linemen salty.
-West, Apps will try for sweep
  Appalachian State travels to Furman for a key Southern Conference matchup
-Coffee? College to play twice on Saturday

From the Charlotte Observer
-Amato drops and gives himself 20
  Coach does drill to admit his mistakes
-North Carolina kicker battling slump
  Barth has missed 5 of 8 attempts this season

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tyler a big hit on USC's defense
  Tyler had just seven tackles in USC's first four games
-USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
-Purnell looks for improvement in ACC
-CLEMSON FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

October 5, 2005

Will anyone watch 'improved' NHL?
  The longest offseason in the history of professional sports ends tonight when the puck drops and the Carolina Hurricanes take on the still-defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning
Fayetteville Observer

Tiger AD Phillips feeling
  School's athletic director said Tuesday that he feels "good about our future" under seventh-year coach Tommy Bowden.
Greenville (SC) News

Bowden runs Tigers extra
  Tommy Bowden made sure his players understood Tuesday that overcoming a string of close losses isn’t going to come cheap.
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Deacs can't afford to relax
  Coming off win over Clemson, Wake heading to FSU.
-McGill ready to roll
  UNC tailback will make 2005 debut.
-NHL: Canes put faith in Laviolette
  Hurricanes hope coach can lead them back to playoffs.

Spurrier laments Gamecocks' lack of fire
  In reference to remarks allegedly made in the past by Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, Steve Spurrier said the one thing he won't do is blame South Carolina's defeats squarely on lack of talent.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Orr else
 Sick of USC’s uninspired play, Steve Spurrier issues a warning: The next player he sees ‘going through the motions’ might find himself cast off the team
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Charlotte Observer
-Up-and-down Panthers raise questions
  A few times in every NFL season, a game comes along for the Carolina Panthers that offers enough drama to generate almost a whole week of conversation.
-NBA: Bobcats' plan- Outwork other teams
  Effort isn't a product you can bottle with no expiration date. Try convincing the Charlotte Bobcats.
-49ers land Calif. shooting star
  Phaler, once a UCLA recruit, plans to transfer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-SoCon Notebook
  Race for league crown is expected to be close until the end
-Numerous Deacons will be going 'home'
  Wake Forest travels to tough Florida State
-One down, one to go for improving Heels
  UNC will try to avenge loss to Louisville

October 4, 2005

No excuse for Tiger ups, downs under Bowden
  Playing Tuesday morning quarterback still fighting a hangover from the devastating defeats suffered by the Palmetto State's two major college football teams.
Anderson Independent

A Struggle- 1-4 Devils are trying to stay positive
Winston Salem Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Devils taking big hits heading to Miami
  Duke coach Ted Roof touted his team's depth at running back before the season opener
-Could the Hokies be the next to be left out?
  The noise circulating around the ACC these days is that Virginia Tech (5-0) can run the table and win the national championship.
-NHL: Canes await brand new world
  Ten new players, a host of rules changes, and a year-long lockout...

From the Charlotte Observer
-Prime-time thriller
  Panthers deny Favre heroics
-NBA still excites us
  OK, not all of us, but there's lots to like about the Bobcats this season

USC paid law firm $105,000 in probe
  Foundation funds used to pay N.Y. attorneys in NCAA infractions case
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Bowden, Tigers waiting for something big -- soon
  Bowden has repeatedly scrutinized the usual culprits
-Bowl remains a goal for USC
  Team would have to win four of its last six games

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Injuries hit Duke at skill positions
  Starters out at receiver, running back.
-New NHL is a wide-open affair
  Fresh faces dot rosters as players adapt to rules changes designed to open up the game.
-Details of the NHL's face-lift
  A look at the rules changes, effective with the start of the 2005-06 season

October 3, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-PGA: Choi's Prayer Answered
  Golfer credits the members of Korean church in Greensboro with giving him the support to spur his charge to CCG title
-Hands On- Deacs' receivers played better
-HOYTE WAITS- State star itching to play

Will PGA Tour say thank you?
  A tournament perfected by years of tradition now quietly awaits its fate.
Greensboro News-Record

You've got to be sensible
   There may be nobody who watched Clemson's loss to Wake Forest Saturday who doesn't have a recipient of a "did I really just see that?" expression.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Talent gap visibly widens for USC
   Videotape from Gamecocks’ second blowout loss shows Auburn’s superiority The final score sounded familiar, but this time Steve Spurrier was on the wrong end of it.
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Anderson Independent
-Spurrier wants answers
   After meeting with reporters after the 48-7 loss to Auburn Saturday night, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier showered, changed clothes and grabbed his bag for the bus.
-Spurrier fails to have USC Ready to play
   It was over before it started. Never has that cliché been a more accurate depiction of a runaway football game. No exaggeration.

UNC's McGill could return this weekend
  The North Carolina football team has struggled much of the season to get its running game going.
Durham Herald-Sun

NFL Coverage from the Charlotte Observer
-Monday spotlight a treat for players
  Smith: Some thrive on pressure that comes with national attention
-Madden never tires of NFL, keeps cruising
  The best pro football TV analyst there's ever been is 69, well past the age where he could retire to his home in California and play with his four grandkids.
-Madden's Musings
  TV analyst John Madden recently gave the Observer his thoughts on...

Senior PGA: Irwin realizes SAS dream
  Hall of Famer shoots 6 under on back nine to earn two-stroke victory
Raleigh News & Observer

 

October 9, 2005

Saturday Football Roundup
  SMU quarterback Jerad Romo connected with wideout Bobby Chase on a 31-yard hail mary as time expired to lift SMU to a 28-27 upset victory over UAB...
conferenceusa.com

Tulsa Storms to 34-17 Win Against Southern Miss
 Hurricane improves to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in C-USA West
tulsahurricane.com

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Tulsa levels different kind of storm on USM
 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita played havoc with Southern Miss' September football schedule.
-Hurricane feasts on Eagles' errors
 Dustin Almond picked off 4 times, USM limited to season-low 169 yards
-Eagles turn turnover into TD for 3rd straight game
 ...rather than leave the scoring to the offense, USM junior defensive back Jasper Faulk took matters into his own hands against Tulsa on Saturday night.
-Slideshow: Tulsa 34, Southern Miss 17

Suddenly, Knights on a roll
 Steven Moffett passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns to lead Central Florida to its third straight win, 38-17 over Memphis on Saturday night
St. Petersburg Times

Golden Knights get 3rd in a row
 Steven Moffett passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns to lead resurgent UCF to its third straight win
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Good Knights
 UCF uses old-school approach to blast Tigers
-Memphis Postgame

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Hokies’ surge sinks Herd
  Virginia Tech blows open contest in third quarter
-Marshall football notebook
  Small gives big lift to Herd ground game

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-One slip and Herd falls hard
  From Friday night through the first half Saturday, Marshall football fans no doubt were thanking the Chicago White Sox on their American League baseball playoff series clinching win over the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway Park. That victory paved the way for ESPN2 to carry the Thundering Herd's game against No. 3-ranked Virginia Tech live.
-Hokie hammering
  Marshall University traded power shots with the nation's No. 3 football team for two quarters, but couldn't avoid a second half knockout.
-Herd makes gains on ground
  After watching Marshall muster just 99 yards on the ground last week in an overtime win over SMU, Thundering Herd head coach Mark Snyder stressed a need to find a running game in a hurry.

Marshall showed impressive gamesmanship in loss
 A funny thing happened to Marshall University on the way to its 41-14 loss to No. 3 Virginia Tech. The Herd found its running game.
Parkersburg News

From the Birmingham News
-Mustangs prove there is, indeed, life after death
 Excuse the UAB football players and coaches if they stay under the covers this morning and refuse to come out.
-Blazers notebook
-2-Minute drill- UAB

Gilbert helps UH dazzle Tulane 35-14
 The Houston Cougars, who have alternated moments of brilliance with spells of lackluster play, put together a brilliant second half that wore down the already worn-out Tulane Green Wave
Houston Chronicle

Houston pounds Tulane
 Tulane’s 35-14 Conference USA loss to Houston on Saturday presented Green Wave coach Chris Scelfo with something old and something new.
New Orleans Times Picayune (Scroll down page)

Welcome the Green Wave
 COLLEGE FOOTBALL fans will get an extra game without leaving town this season: Tulane vs. Marshall, on Oct. 29 at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Mobile Register

October 8, 2005

Tulsa Names Bubba Cunningham as Director of Athletics
  Ball State University AD named Tulsa's new director of athletics
conferenceusa.com

Crash victims remembered on Marshall campus
  The city and the region have always continued to reflect on it
Roanoke Times

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Titanic challenge awaits Marshall
  Punching holes in Virginia Tech's football powerhouse is about as pointless as finding faults with Jessica Alba.
-Herd, Hokies on ESPN2
  Marshall football fans can tip their caps to the Chicago White Sox.
-Marshall game notes
-Deep, talented Hokies will be too much for MU
-Lane Stadium No. 1 for home field advantage
-CUSA this week

State teams shape coach's philosophy
  Marshall coach Mark Snyder's team and coaching views have been influenced by the state of Virginia
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Herd has to forget about ’02
  Mark Snyder thought about showing his team the video of the 2002 Marshall-Virginia Tech game.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Birmingham News
-
Brown- Don't underestimate underdog
  UAB head football coach Watson Brown offered a quick history lesson for a visitor wondering whether his team would overlook its next opponent
-C-USA preview
-Three-phase plan in works for sports facility upgrades
  Plan to improve athletic facilities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham could go to the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees as soon as late fall,

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Nasty- Eagles keep knocking it loose
  After watching his team cough up fumbles on his team's first three possessions of the game, East Carolina coach Skip Holtz offered some words of warning to the future opponents of Southern Miss
-Spotlight on...
-Three keys for USM

Golden Eagles' strength is foe's weakness
  Running game could exploit Tulsa defense
Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles host Tulsa today
Hattiesburg American

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Forcing turnovers helps U of M defense get out of jams
  Palm trees in this part of the country are strong enough to withstand the punishment of hurricane-force winds, easing back into their natural positions once the storm has passed.
-Tigers at UCF- Who has the edge?
-Memphis vs. UCF, the lineup
-Other Conference USA games

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF gears up for a barrage of blitzes
  If life were fair, a future football coach would name a blitz after Joe Lee Dunn.
-Memphis at UCF

SMU facing multiple problems on offense
Dallas Morning News

Memphis should win depleted Conference USA
  Holdovers Memphis, Alabama-Birmingham, and Houston will dominate not only old standbys East Carolina, Southern Mississippi, and Tulane, but also newcomers ...
FOXSports.com

HOUSTON VS. TULANE
Houston Chronicle

October 7, 2005

USM line opening up holes
  East Carolina did a lot of different things and we did a good job running on the inside, so we stayed there...
Mobile Register

C-USA Fearless Predictions | C-USA, part 2
College Football News

Blazers out to prevent a Mustangs stampede
  ...Brown foresees the SMU passing attack challenging his defense when the Mustangs visit Legion Field for a Conference USA game Saturday night.
Birmingham News

Marshall-Virginia Tech hype includes verbal Battle Royal
  Chris Royal is a senior safety at Marshall. His brother Eddie is a sophomore wide receiver at Tech.
The Virginian Pilot

UCF to test its streak against a 'special' RB
  The senior Memphis running back, who the Golden Knights (2-2, 1-0 Conference USA) will have to contain on Saturday to extend their two-game winning streak
St Petersburg Times

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Williams ready to tee off on Knights
-Brown gets a lot of on-the-job training

Herd gets bulletin-board motivation
  Three years ago, when Marshall took a top-25 ranking and a future NFL first-round draft pick to Virginia Tech, the Thundering Herd drew some grudging respect in the commonwealth.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Tulsa set to battle balanced USM team
Hattiesburg American

USM men's basketball team loses leading scorer
  ...he has personal issues he has to deal with and if he were playing basketball he could not address these issues....
Biloxi Sun Herald

Scelfo keeping Tulane together
  His football team has been nothing short of a vagabond band of gypsies ... displaced, sleeping on floors, existing only due to the kindness of others.
The Daily Advertiser

Houston's QB has dominated Green Wave
  Kevin Kolb provides more headaches than a Sunday morning in Vegas.
New Orleans Times Picayune

October 6, 2005

Tulane and Marshall to Square Off in Mobile on October 29
conferenceusa.com

From the El Paso Times
-Palmer playing through rib injury
  Sure, it's tough for UTEP to go into a bye after a loss -- especially an ugly, mistake-filled loss
-Miners undergo surgeries
 UTEP senior defensive lineman Chris Mineo and freshman quarterback Brandis Dew underwent successful surgeries Wednesday

Sugar Bowl likely to be set in Georgia Dome
Houston Chronicle

UCF sees red over lack of TD stops
Orlando Sentinel

Hull coming into his own as USM player
Hattiesburg American

USM ground game gathering steam
  Sophomores Thomas, Hull burst upon scene
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Dorsey has tests after collapse in workout
  University of Memphis sophomore Joey Dorsey spent Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East having tests performed because of a collapse the previous day during a workout at the Finch Center.
-Barefield settling in as starting quarterback
-UCF game isn't a gimme for Tigers

Herd trying to establish stability
  Marshall University's football team is establishing much-needed stability on offense
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Houston taps new weapon with Bassler at TE
Houston Chronicle

October 5, 2005

From conferenceusa.com
-C-USA Men's Basketball Television Schedule Announced for 2005-06
  More than 30 nationally-televised games are scheduled to feature Conference USA men's basketball teams during the 2005-06 season
-C-USA Has Seven Semifinalists for Draddy Award
  Known in many circles as the "Academic" Heisman, the Draddy Trophy continues to be one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards
-Southern Miss-Houston Football Game to Be Played November 13

McCaleb faces assault charge
  University of Southern Mississippi placekicker Darren McCaleb faces a Nov. 1 court date stemming from a Sept. 17 arrest on a domestic abuse charge.
Hattiesburg American

Parity the norm in new C-USA
  ... Welcome to Conference USA football, circa 2005, where parity and potential seem to be the norm. "This league is so close," Memphis coach Tommy West said. ...
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger

Liberty can't pair UA or AU with Blazers
  If you meet during the regular season, as LSU and Tulane will, you can't meet again in the Liberty Bowl. If you live in the same state, as Alabama and UAB do, you can't share the same field.
Birmingham News

Memphis running out of QB options
  The Tigers are down to their third, fourth and fifth options at quarterback after Patrick Byrne and Will Hudgens incurred broken legs in the first three games.
Orlando Sentinel

Golden Eagles discovering more playmakers on offense
Mobile Register

Tulsa Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe Press Conference Quotes
TulsaHurricane.com

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Herd preparing for loud atmosphere
  ... It's going to be a challenge.". Marshall will again deal with a capacity Lane Stadium crowd Saturday...
-Mobile to host Herd, Tulane

Owls Announce 2006 Baseball Schedule
riceowls.com

UH Notebook- Bowl predictions dismiss Cougars
Houston Chronicle

Tigers dismiss Hunt over ongoing woes
  The University of Memphis dismissed Jeremy Hunt from the Tiger basketball team Tuesday, ending a college career marred by injuries and off-the-court troubles
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Miners lose Mineo to disputed cut-blocking technique
El Paso Times

October 4, 2005

From conferenceusa.com
-Football Notebook
  Three nationally-televised games highlight Saturday's schedule of action in Conference USA, including the debut of C-USA Football on the i network.
-Men's Soccer Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook
-Houston Baseball Opens Fall Practice

Around Conference USA
USA Today

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Conference USA notebook
  Williams helping Memphis forget QB woes
-Herd’s conditioning to be put to the test
  It may not be pertinent this week, but Marshall is undefeated in the fourth quarter.

USM kicker faces assault charges
  Bower confirms McCaleb's arrest
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-DeAngelo on 200-yard romp
-U of M Notebook
-First look at this week's games
  ... Finally getting to play its Conference USA opener because of Hurricane Katrina, Southern Mississippi won big at East Carolina, 33-7, on Saturday...

From the Mobile Register
-USM defense flexes muscles
  Since giving up two second-half scoring drives to Alabama in the first game of the season, reaching the end zone against the Southern Miss defense has been difficult.
-Tulane to play at Ladd
  The Green Wave will play Marshall in a Conference USA matchup here at 6 pm on Oct. 29. The game will be televised by College Sports Television (CSTV).

Deck stacked against Herd going into Blacksburg
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Huge test for Herd offense
Beckley Register-Herald

Schedule will test Eagles' resilience
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger

A start to remember
  Guyton's performance was good enough to earn him a nomination for Conference USA defensive player of the week.
Birmingham News

Bennett- Team's effort better against Marshall
  Guyton's performance was good enough to earn him a nomination for Conference USA defensive player of the week.
Dallas Morning News

Morning right time for Knights
  They don't count themselves among the Starbucks crowd, but then again, UCF's Golden Knights might have a more productive morning routine: putting on pads.
Orlando Sentinel

UTEP lineman to miss season
El Paso Times

October 3, 2005

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Soccer Roundup
-Women's Soccer Weekend Recap

From the Birmingham News
-Solid passing game may not be enough to win tough games
  The offensive game plan called for two passes for every rush Saturday night against Rice. That plan changed about the time UAB head coach and play-caller Watson Brown figured out Rice had little chance of stopping Darrell Hackney and the passing game.
-Blazer Notebook
  UAB running back Dan Burks switched uniform numbers from 34 to 33 for Saturday's Conference USA opener against Rice to honor teammate Nolan Hughey.

'It was real crazy'
  A few minutes after the game, a few minutes before midnight, DeAngelo Williams stood in the end zone at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and talked about the run.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Miners upbeat after first loss
  It was a game of missed opportunities. "But we still have a chance to win the Conference USA title."
El Paso Times

Is Bernie the Herd's main guy?
  FORGET THAT Marshall had to scratch and claw to get by a probable Conference USA cellar-dweller.
El Paso Times

Williams, defense win for Memphis
  ... Williams, Conference USA's leading rusher, ran for 236 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 50 seconds left Saturday night to lead Memphis ...
Knoxville News Sentinel

This week for Southern Miss
  RECAP: USM collected five turnovers and rolled up a season-high 493 yards in a 33-7 victory at East Carolina on Saturday. ...
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

New Orleans bowl staying in state
  ... Louisiana-Lafayette's Cajun Field would serve as the site for the Dec. 20 game, which features the Sun Belt champion and a representative from Conference USA. ...an announcement should be made no later than mid- to late October..
Monroe News Star