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Conference USA

October 16, 2005
World Food Day

-Game Center: East Carolina 24, SMU 17 - 10.16
Milestone reached on the long road back - 10.16
Pirates convert SMU miscues into victory - 10.16
-BVL: ECU-SMU Box Score & Statistics - 10.16
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Post-game Remarks - 10.16
BVL Audio: Terrance Copper Sideline Interview - 10.16
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.16
Conference USA Standings and Scoreboard

Pinkney Lifts East Carolina To A 24-17 Victory Over SMU
 Quarterback James Pinkney ran for a career-high three touchdowns, including the tiebreaker midway through the fourth quarter, as East Carolina defeated SMU 24-17 on Saturday.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates corral Mustangs
 East Carolina's Pirates walked onto the field Saturday at SMU with a chip on their collective shoulder, and the Mustangs simply couldn't shake it loose.
-Pirates searching for running game
 But despite the win, Holtz was still puzzling over where his running game has been, and whether or not it would ever show up.
-The Sideline- SMU vs. ECU

Pirates pull off road heist
 ECU earned its biggest victory in years, gained a winning record in Conference USA for the first time since 2002 and held on to beat the SMU Mustangs 24-17
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates’ roundup- ‘It’s been so long’ & ‘game summary’
 ECU earned its biggest victory in years, gained a winning record in Conference USA for the first time since 2002 and held on to beat the SMU Mustangs 24-17
Washington Daily News

October 15, 2005
National Grouch Day

-AP: Allison making it big in first season with Pirates - 10.15
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.15
Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
BVL: Ricky Stokes Media Day press conference - 10.15
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Friday's show) - 10.15

Football Gameday
 Saturday October 15th, 3pm ET
Dallas, TX

- ECU Game Day Central
PDF: ECU Game Notes | SMU Game Notes
- Weather Forecast - Greenville | Dallas

WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed

-Men's Basketball Holds First Practice Of Stokes Era
 Without all the fan fair of "Midnight Madness," ECU worked about for approximately two and one-half hours.
-Pirates Volleyball Fall To Memphis In Five Games
 East Carolina drops to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in Conference USA play
-Lady Pirate Soccer Falls To UCF, 3-1
 team dropped its third Conference USA match
-Softball Recognized For Outstanding Academic Performance
 NFCA Acknowledges Scholastic Success

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Parker steps up to give secondary a boost after making position switch
 Looking to get in the way of SMU's pass attack as much as possible today in Dallas, East Carolina's defensive secondary should be running on all cylinders again.
-Going five wide
 It might not be a posse worthy of wanted posters yet, but East Carolina's Aundrae Allison, Robert Tillman, Jerek Hewett, Phillip Henry and Chris Johnson most certainly can run some Conference USA defenses out of town.
-Stokes, Pirates hit the court for practice
 It was well before midnight and there wasn't any madness inside Minges Coliseum Friday night.

Pirates face tough test in SMU
 East Carolina and Southern Methodist enter today's game looking to get on solid footing, when they square off at 3 pm at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.
Kinston Free Press

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-The Gunslinger
 While Pinkney is now starring as the quarterback for the East Carolina Pirates, football wasn't the perfect fit early on.
-Lindsay breathes life into stagnant ECU running game
  East Carolina true freshman Dominique Lindsay had never been outside the Eastern time zone until this weekend.

Unpredictability continues in Pirates’ sixth game
 inconsistency and unpredictability is something Pirates’ fans have been dealing with
Washington Daily News

East Carolina at SMU
 These two teams are very similar in philosophy, so big plays may be at a premium.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Dallas Morning News
-East Carolina-SMU preview
 The Pirates are seeking their third win of the year, which would mark a first since 2002.
-Improving SMU has a leader under center
 Romo, a 6-2 senior from Tehachapi, Calif., is 2-3 as a starter

October 14, 2005
President Dwight Eisenhower's Birthday

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 255 - 10.14
Small margin for error keeps ECU vulnerable
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.14
Va. Tech ponies up bonanza for Beamer, staff
Lefty-inspired hoops tradition goes primetime
Conference USA standings, scores & schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.14
WNCT: Pirate Talk with Denny O'Brien - 10.14

Quotes From Media Day
 ECU head coach Ricky Stokes held his first preseason basketball press conference at the Murphy Center on Thursday.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Diamond Bucs conclude fall practice nicely
 "From a player's perspective and developmental perspective, we've had a good fall"
-Lady Pirates will field a young team in 2005-06.
 Youthful exuberance may the be greatest asset of the East Carolina women's basketball team during the 2005-06 season.
-Stokes hoping the pieces are in place for a successful season
 East Carolina men's basketball coach Ricky Stokes likes variety on the basketball court.
-Freshman Lindsay takes advantage of opportunity in ECU backfield
 There is one cardinal rule for running backs at East Carolina – don't ever fumble. If you even dream of dropping the football, you'd better wake up still holding it.
-Ballard- State law prohibits personnel discussion
 North Carolina General Statute 126-22 clearly states: “Personnel files of state employees, former state employees or applicants for state employment shall not be subject to inspection and examination"

From the Kinston Free Press
-Former Vikings ready to lead Pirates to successful season
 Former Kinston Vikings standouts Corey Rouse and Jeremy Ingram hope to bring a touch of Lenoir County and their high school success to East Carolina.
-Ingram set to bounce back after surgery, transfer from Wake
 Since the end of his final prep year (2002-03) at Kinston High School, Ingram has endured three knee surgeries and a transfer from Wake Forest to East Carolina ...

Pirates hoops set to begin
  The East Carolina University basketball team opens the season tonight with its first official practice.
New Bern Sun Journal

Stokes sizes up Pirates
 Coach's first ECU team lacks height.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates conclude fall practices
 Amidst a sudden coaching change, the East Carolina Pirates were able to relax a bit and just play some baseball.
-New Pirates basketball coach heads into uncharted waters
 In the last few weeks, uncertainties have surrounded East Carolina athletics like water around a pirate ship.

SMU's Run defense continues to show improvement
 We've been on grind for the last few weeks
Dallas Morning News

October 13, 2005
Yom Kippur

-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 10.13
Plot twists put league race up for grabs
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.13
Texas baseball stadium gets $13 million name
Conference USA standings, scores & schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 10.13
WNCT: Chalkboard Chat: Logan, Steele & Hinton - 10.13

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Additional changes remain in the future of ECU's baseball program
 Besides the coaching staff changes, there are plenty of players who no longer are Pirates, either.
-Freshman pair boosting ECU's defensive depth
 His coach called it a light going off in the head of Jarrett Wiggins, but to Wiggins, it was more like a knot being untied.

ECU, SMU looking for consistency Saturday
 Two teams traveling the same path is the best way to describe Saturday's matchup between East Carolina and Southern Methodist
Kinston Free Press

Pirates' Lee ready for a homecoming
 Robert Lee doesn't get the opportunity to go home too often now that the East Carolina football team is in the middle of its season.
New Bern Sun Journal

Allison Makes It Big In First Season At East Carolina
 Aundrae Allison thumbed through the media guide soon after his arrival at East Carolina, looking for the receiving records.

Pinkney the only constant at ECU
 In three years of playing quarterback at East Carolina, he has gone through four offensive coordinators and three head coaches.
Florida Sun-Sentinel

Allison tougher than one might think
 Wide receiver lost his front teeth during senior year
The East Carolinian

October 12, 2005

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat - 10.12
Shakeup thrusts willing new leader out front
-AP: ECU looking to relearn art of the winning streak
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.12
C-USA, Sun Belt bowl matchup moving to UL-L
Feds: Wolfpack basketball player in USA illegally
One-time Dye assistant calling it quits at Temple
Conference USA standings, scores & schedule
BVL: Billy Godwin interviewed by Brian Bailey - 10.12
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 10.12
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 10.12

-Billy Godwin Press Conference Quotes
 "He will absolutely build a program that is built on trust and mutual respect that all of us can be proud of," said director of athletics Terry Holland.
-Monroe's Defense Carries ECU To A 3-2 Win Over Coastal Carolina

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Godwin introduced as ECU skipper
 Billy Godwin said he never would have guessed his professional life would change so dramatically in just 24 hours.
-Holland mum on reason for Mazey's suspension.
 The question was asked in a host of different ways to East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland on Tuesday. All of the queries had the same theme – why is Randy Mazey no longer the head baseball coach?
-Lee happy to give up field goal opportunities for touchdowns
 Lee, one of ECU's small handful of junior college transfers brought in by Holtz to fill immediate needs on the team, has delivered every time he's been marched onto the field for the 2-3 Pirates.

ECU mum on Mazey's suspension
  East Carolina officials refused Tuesday to explain the abrupt suspension of Pirates head baseball coach Randy Mazey
Raleigh News & Observer

East Carolina Ousts Mazey
  "I'm allowed to say what I want, but I'm not going to say anything,” Mazey said when reached on his cell phone Tuesday.
Baseball America

From the New Bern Sun-Journal
-Holland makes another big move
  Terry Holland is definitely leaving his mark on the face of East Carolina University athletics.
-Godwin takes the helm
  Billy Godwin received an unexpected promotion this week after being a part of the East Carolina baseball team for a little over four months.

From the Washington (NC) Daily News
-Former players ‘shocked’ with news
 “Shocked” seemed to be the buzzword when former East Carolina baseball players heard about the dismissal of Pirates’ head coach Randy Mazey.
-ECU names Godwin acting coach
 In wake of Randy Mazey’s fallout with East Carolina University, the school held a press conference Tuesday to introduce new acting head coach Billy Godwin.
-Pirates’ Lee takes ‘control’ of his own destiny
 Imagine going from sitting at home with a PlayStation2 controller in your hand to being on the center of a football field in front of 35,000 screaming fans

From the Kinston Free Press
-Wisdom of decision remains to be seen
  Since taking the reigns, East Carolina Athletics Director Terry Holland has shown he isn't shy about making coaching changes.
-Pirates officially tap Godwin
  The coaching landscape at East Carolina changed once again
-ECU tries to remedy road woes
  Thus far on the 2005 season, East Carolina has broken the Duke curse and matched last season's win total.

Coach Bennett Press Conference Quotes
  SMU head football coach Phil Bennett talked about the upcoming C-USA home game against ECU and last week's "Legend at Legion" hail mary victory at UAB.

From the East Carolinian
-Godwin introduced as 'acting' head coach
-Mazey surprisingly ousted as head baseball coach
  Details sketchy about Mazey's dismissal
-Pirates fry Rice, 41-28
-Celebrity Profile- Sandra Bullock
  How an ECU dropout became America's sweetheart

October 11, 2005

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 10.11
Pirates hope to kill the buzz in Texas
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.11
Mazey benched; Godwin to fill in as head coach
Pinkney earns 3rd career player of week honor
Conference USA standings, scores & schedule
WBVL: Holtz press conference, commercial free - 10.11
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.11
WNCT: Holtz press conference - 10.11
WNCT: Bailey Show; guest Steve Shankweiler - 10.11

-East Carolina Head Baseball Coach Randy Mazey Suspended
 Billy Godwin Named Acting Head Coach For 2006 Baseball Season
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
 Head Football Coach Skip Holtz Discusses The Upcoming Southern Miss Game
-ECU's Pinkney Named Conference USA Co-Player-of-the-Week
 Pinkney passed for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another to lead the Pirates (2-3, 1-1 C-USA) to a 41-28 C-USA win over Rice.

Holland set to fire Mazey
  There are unstable waters in Greenville again. East Carolina Athletics Director Terry Holland has suspended head baseball coach Randy Mazey, with pay, for the remainder of the school year and the 2006 season.
Kinston Free Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-ECU suspends Mazey, to search for new coach
  East Carolina suspended baseball coach Randy Mazey on Monday and indicated he has coached his last game for the Pirates.
-ECU out as Eastern Regional football host
  ECU officials were concerned that many of the teams coming to Greenville for the game were not pleased with the format and preferred to play at a high school site.

Mazey likely out as Pirates' coach
  Holland's comments in a release seem to indicate that Mazey would not return.
Rocky Mount Telegram

ECU looks to start win streak against SMU
  With the chance to hold a winning record in Conference USA for the first time since 2002 awaiting them in Dallas this weekend, East Carolina shifts from playing a team that was its polar playbook opposite to one that could prove to be its evil twin.
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU prepares for struggling SMU
  When East Carolina takes on Southern Methodist for the first time Saturday, it will be a game featuring teams in similar situations. ...
New Bern Sun Journal

East Carolina Looking to Start Win Streak
  East Carolina's last winning streak was a beauty. ... Their latest chance comes Saturday at SMU...
Lexington (NC) Dispatch

SMU still trying to return from ‘death’
  In the early 1980s, SMU stood strong as a national football power. By the late ‘80s, its proud program had fallen harder than the once-great Roman Empire.
Washington Daily News

Pirates expect Mustangs to look familiar
 Coach Skip Holtz said he doesn't have to look much farther than his East Carolina football team to get ready for its next opponent
Winston Salem Journal

Former coach serves many roles
  Holland led Virginia men's basketball for 16 years, now leads East Carolina

October 10, 2005
Columbus Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights - 10.10
Breakout season may ride on running game
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.10
College football headliners: stars & storylines
Conference USA standings, scores & schedule

-Volleyball Picks Up Third Straight Shutout
 East Carolina picked up its third straight shutout victory in a 3-0 win over Southern Miss Sunday
-Lady Pirate Soccer Falls To UAB 2-1

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Only sure thing in C-USA is acronyms
  UCF rolled over Memphis. SMU outlasted UAB...
-Photo Gallery- ECU vs. Rice
-ECU notes- Web site ranks online programs, ranked ECU's online MBA and computer science degree programs No. 1 nationally.

Pinkney puts Pirates past Owls
  ECU passing game takes off in second win of the season
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Kinston Free Press
-Passing game is there; where's the rushing?
  Through Saturday's game, the Pirates have 567 yards rushing as a team, and are ranked 88th nationally
-Red-headed grandchild scores big at ECU football game
  On Saturday, Oct. 1, I had the privilege of introducing my grandson Jaxen to the marvelous world of college football.

Pirate, Cowboy and Tiger
  I don't think there's any room for argument that Pat Dye was my favorite college football coach.
Rocky Mount Telegram


October 16, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke's loss brings more misery for Big Four
 They say misery deserves company, and Duke's 35-10 loss Saturday to Georgia Tech -- no surprise whatsoever -- seems like only a continuation of what's going on in the Big Four.
-Duke wins half the battle, loses game
 The Duke Blue Devils trotted off the Wallace Wade Stadium field and into the tunnel with a little extra spring in their steps Saturday afternoon, basking in the sweet sound of applause from their sparse but supportive fan base.
-NASCAR: Johnson Wins 4th Straight Race at Lowe's
  Jimmie Johnson overcame every problem thrown his way

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Devastating defeat
 Deacons give up late scores to lose 35-30
-Running Apps are too much for Eagles
 ASU grinds out win over Ga. Southern behind Richardson

Wake's dead end leads to defeat
 Stunning.  That's the only to describe what happened to Wake Forest.
Greensboro News Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack plays poorly on small screen
 N.C. State's 31-10 loss to Clemson on Thursday happened on two levels.
-Duke hopes fade after halftime
 There was happiness -- and hope -- in Duke's football locker room at halftime Saturday afternoon.

UNCW's Laue may be out a month with injury
 The UNC-Wilmington men?s basketball roster took a hit Saturday night when senior Mitch Laue suffered a severely sprained right ankle.
Wilmington Star News

October 15, 2005

College football predictions
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Fowler backs Amato
 One day after a crushing home loss to Clemson, athletics director Lee Fowler posted a seven-paragraph letter on State's official Web site urging fans to support Amato and the football program.
-Simplify attack, Wolfpack
-Talented Devils more than ready to talk title
-Bethel injury adds to Wolfpack's worries

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Despite latest setback, Wolfpack believes its season isn't finished yet
-UNC's Baker surpassing expectations
-Small stature no big obstacle for Duke's Brown
-Krzyzewski mum on Team USA rumors
-Devils have lethal combination- defense, depth
-Heels begin season with fun and games
-NASCAR: Johnson Seeks 4th Straight Charlotte Win

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Blue Devils need a win badly - again
-Deacs can't slip up on BC
-Apps' title hopes 'wounded' but still alive
-Wolfpack has first practice; many issues are unresolved
-NASCAR: Drivers get ready for night racing

October 14, 2005

Clemson routs Wolfpack
 Clemson coach Tommy Bowden wanted somebody to make a play. He got a lot more than one.
Anderson Independent

Mistakes bite Pack again
 First it was Mario Williams. Then it was Renaldo Moses. Next was John McCargo, followed by Manny Lawson. N.C. State's defensive linemen were in Clemson's backfield the entire first half Thursday. Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, they were there before the snap.
Durham Herald Sun

From the Greensboro News Record
-Ungraceful State- Clemson runs to alarmingly easy win
-College basketball practice begins tonight

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack drops the ball
 Coming off big win, N.C. State shredded by Clemson at Carter-Finley
-Nothing to cheer about
 N.C. State football fans hoping to see an inspiring performance will just have to return to the Carter-Finley Stadium area during the next few days.
-UNC players' helmets measure the hard hits
 When University of North Carolina football player Melik Brown smacked head-first into a Utah player last season, he rocked his brain with the same force as a car hitting a brick wall at 25 mph.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Odom’s advice to Gamecocks- Forget about it
 Coach wants to build on last season’s NIT championship, not dwell on it
-No nail-biting required
 Tigers, not fans’ hearts, do the pounding in refreshingly easy win against Wolfpack
-Under Bowden, must-win games a cinch
-NASCAR: Magical Humpy
 The president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway is forever conjuring ideas to attract people to the track — and he admits some are better than others

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Prosser is eager to see emerging Deacs
-Williams faces a massive rebuilding job with Heels
-Newcomers may have key roles for ASU
-Williams has turned into a passing QB who can also run
 Appalachian will take on Georgia Southern in a key SoCon game

October 13, 2005

Clemson, Wolfpack to meet in crucial ACC game tonight
 Spending a Thursday night watching ESPN's national college football telecast doesn't jibe with Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst's regular routine.
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack has visions of TDs
 N.C. State players can see success on offense.
-Tigers facing crossroad
 As much as N.C. State needs to win this game, which is a lot, Clemson actually needs it more.
-Odom enjoys visit from Duncan
 San Antonio's preseason game with Philadelphia in Columbia, S.C., gave South Carolina coach Dave Odom a chance to soak up some time with one of his favorite players, Spurs' megastar Tim Duncan.
-Coach K still may get call
 Colangelo says U.S. pick not set.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Which is better? SEC or ACC
 Since Spurrier left Duke following the ’89 season, the ACC has become bigger...“It’s really changed. And I don’t know if it’s for the best.”
-Thursdays have been no fun for Tigers
 Clemson looking for its first victory in seventh try on ESPN Thursday night game
-Gamecocks’ game plan- Get out of town
 open date falling during the school’s fall break

Justice Center- Deacs pleasantly surprised
Winston Salem Journal

October 12, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Reports- Pack's Grant questioned
 Sophomore basketball player Gavin Grant could face the possibility of deportation
-Struggles continue for Duke
 Cynics say Duke can't win in football

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack's Grant faces possible deportation
 sophomore from the Bronx, N.Y., has been interviewed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
-Duke's Oghobaase- 'It's just been hard'
 Star freshman DT hasn't played due to injury.
-Devils get offensive lineman from Alabama
 Robert Drum, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle, used to dream about playing college basketball.
-Gray's play at the point key for Demon Deacons
 At Wake Forest's basketball media day Tuesday, television cameras tilted toward Justin Gray.

Clemson hopes to rid itself of Thursday blues
 Spending a Thursday night watching ESPN's national college football telecast doesn't jibe with Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst's regular routine.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Deacs won't surprise BC
 Expect Boston College to watch out for more larceny by Wake Forest on Saturday
Greensboro News Record

Deacons' Patterson sidelined by surgery
 Defensive back will miss Boston College game after an appendectomy
Winston Salem Journal

USC Notes- Newton will be a triple threat
 Junior will play quarterback, running back and receiver against Commodores
Columbia (SC) The State

Pioneer Bowl to move to Charlotte
 Game to feature teams from CIAA, SIAC
Charlotte Observer

October 11, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wallace Wade's turf in good shape after concert
 While Duke incurred the wrath of Miami on Saturday, its stadium was left intact by the Rolling Stones.
-No shortcomings for Tulloch
 Wolfpack linebacker making the most of his ability.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Time to talk title?
 Some things never change, and college football's road to the championship is one of them.
-Devils have plenty of things on which to improve
 While the Rolling Stones rocked Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday, the stadium's usual tenants got rolled in Miami.
-Field in fine shape after Rolling Stones concert

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Bowden has no excuses for slide
 Tommy Bowden isn't ready to reinvest his team's low-risk mutual fund just yet.
-Tigers need another season-saving rally
 It's once again reached the annual point in Clemson's season where the Tigers can continue an early swoon or suddenly see the light.

Bowden wants Tigers to keep plugging away
 Tommy Bowden isn't ready to reinvest his team's low-risk mutual fund just yet.
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-AD says Olympics won't cost Duke Coach K
-Roof stuggles to stay patient as Duke's losing streak grows

Davidson 1st- It's almost unanimous
 Davidson was nearly a unanimous selection by the media Monday to repeat as the Southern Conference's North Division champion in men's basketball.
Charlotte Observer

JP's acquisition- ACC still sailing with the Pilot
 Lincoln Financial's acquisition of Jefferson-Pilot Corp. may change the name of a Southern institution -- goodbye Jefferson-Pilot Sports? -- but it won't alter how millions of ACC junkies get their weekly basketball and football fix.

Greensboro News-Record

October 10, 2005

USC suspends Johnson after arrest
  Lineman faces multiple charges after incident in Five Points
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Grobe voices disappointment even though Deacs competed
  Another loss at FSU doesn't sit well with the coach
-Nail-biter- Appalachian State, Furman go down to the wire again
-Amato hoping to build on win
-Heels are stunned by collapse at Louisville

Mistakes hard to relive
 Bunting 'perplexed' by Louisville game.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Bye week comes at a good time for UNC
 All the North Carolina football team wanted to do was get out of town. After a 69-14 loss..
-MLB: Astros Oust Braves in Record 18 Innings

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC's Spurrier targets 'careless' penalties
  No decisions has been made on possible suspensions
-Paladins control SoCon destiny from this point

NFL/Panthers: Ugly, but it counts
  Panthers pluck win with 10-point 4th-quarter rally
Charlotte Observer

NFL/Redskins: A Gold-en chance is lost
  There was the safety that never was, and the two-point conversion that seemed a certainty.
The Virginian Pilot


October 16, 2005

Saturday Football Roundup

From the Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail
-Herd holds on in thriller
 When rookie head coach Mark Snyder calls the punt the most important play in football, remember Marshall’s 20-19 victory Saturday night over Alabama-Birmingham.
-UAB coach irked by no-catch call on conversion
 Alabama-Birmingham coach Watson Brown was a bit befuddled over a missed 2-point conversion.

From the Birmingham News
Blazers mount rally, miss FG at the end
Darrell Hackney is generally a good place to start when searching for the mood of the UAB football team.
-UAB- 2-minute drill

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Homecoming heartstopper
-Herd wins nail-biter

From the Memphis Commercial Apppeal
-Tigers break out
 They escaped one University of Houston scoring threat after another.
-Long wait ends in win for Tigers' Avery
-Memphis postgame

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles KO Knights early
 The past two weeks, Roberts Stadium has seemed to bring out the worst in a football team.
-Southern Miss, Almond must pick personality
 So you thought the Golden Eagles played like doo-doo a week ago at Roberts Stadium?
-USM sets record with 45 in 1st half
 Not since the days when Jeff Bower was running the veer as Southern Miss' quarterback have the Golden Eagles scored so many points to start off a football game.
-Slideshow: Southern Miss 52, Central Florida 31

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Almond, turnovers sink UCF
 Quarterback Dustin Almond regained his form as Southern Miss moved back into Conference USA contention
-For Golden Eagles, the respect is back

Landslide at 'The Rock'
Hattiesburg Independent

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Streak snapped
 So much for a winning streak, and so much for UCF controlling its destiny in Conference USA.
-C-USA looks into adding ninth conference game
 College football's Division I-A teams will go back to a 12-game regular-season schedule next year, and Conference USA members have had preliminary talks about adding another league game to the schedule instead of adding a non-conference game.
-Special-teams mistakes cost Knights

From the Houston Chronicle
-Memphis overtakes Cougars
 Given their history, beating Memphis was going to be a hard enough task for the University of Houston.
-UH its own worst enemy in 35-20 loss
-Home opener no remedy for Rice

October 15, 2005

From the Birmingham News
-Achieving offensive balance first key to conference matchup
 The UAB football team faces each of those things this weekend as they travel to play Marshall in a Conference USA East Division matchup at Joan C. Edwards

From the El Paso Times
-Miners topple Tulane
 "I feel like I just got out of practice," UTEP QB Palmer said. "I didn't get hit at all tonight."
-Miners take care of football
 Turnovers were UTEP's Achilles' heel in its last game at Memphis.
-UTEP basketball begins the hard work
 UTEP got its basketball season off to a quiet, high-intensity, high-energy beginning Friday night, working three hours in front of 12,000 empty orange seats.

Nice ring to it
 Herd-UAB game could have title implications
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Marshall seeking complete performance
 Marshall University fans have been teased with periods of promise, but they've yet to enjoy four consecutive quarters of confident, composed football from their team.
-Neutralizing Hackney key to Herd win
 Through five games, schizophrenic is a fair way to asses the 2005 Marshall football team
-New-look Herd holds first practice
 Ron Jirsa's players didn't wear nametags Friday night, but the notion certainly was appropriate.
-Herd, Blazers look to bounce back after losses
-C-USA this week
-Pruett book doesn't answer big question

Eagles try to avoid losing streak
 If Southern Miss is to challenge for the 2005 Conference USA football championship, the drive must begin today against improving Central Florida.
Biloxi Sun Herald

UCF game will start with 94-mile drive
 They will take a lengthy bus ride to here from Mobile, Ala., the closest city they could find that had enough hotel rooms to accommodate their travel party.
Orlando Sentinel

Houston Chronicle

Tigers all smiles as season opens
 In the dark, beneath the smoke, Kareem Cooper stood and listened for his name to be announced, well aware that when he emerged onto the court not only would most University of Memphis fans get their first glimpse of him, but so too would a national television audience.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

October 14, 2005

CSTV to Air C-USA Basketball Media Day Live

Price says Ruston could provide jumpstart Miners need
 When the schedule came out last summer, the UTEP football team was excited about its trip to New Orleans to play Tulane.
El Paso Times

Green Wave now at home at Aillet
 UTEP probably figured it had seen the last of Ruston and Joe Aillet Stadium after last season's football game against Louisiana Tech when the Miners accepted an invitation this summer into Conference USA.
Monroe (LA) News Star

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave defense eager to make stand against UTEP
 When Tulane's defense ranked No. 1 in the nation after allowing 352 yards in its first two games, Green Wave coach Chris Scelfo cautioned that it had yet to go up against an "offensive juggernaut."

Game of the day- UTEP at Tulane

UCF, not Southern Miss, to defend perfect division record
 Once again, a first-place team is putting its perfect Conference USA record on the line in Hattiesburg against an opponent coming off a lopsided loss.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Knights not surprised by bottom-to-top rise
  UCF, oh-so-lonely at the bottom of the Conference USA standings a year ago, now is alone at the top.
St Petersburg Times

UCF takes unlikely contributions
  At the beginning of every season, UCF Coach George O'Leary gathers his players and delivers the same speech he gave to his first team at Georgia Tech a decade ago.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Marshall hoops hits prime time
 Marshall begins a new era with membership in Conference USA after eight years in the Mid-American Conference.
-UAB's Hackney a real film buff
 While his teammates opt for Mike Jones or Kenny Chesney on ipods during this morning's flight, Darrell Hackney will go over some 11th hour homework.
-Bets are on UAB opening with throw downfield
 Marshall's first five football opponents have followed the preceding script with startling success.

UAB aware of Thundering Herd’s secondary
 Marshall’s secondary is the strength of its defense. UAB, with its pass-happy offense, certainly is aware of that fact.
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers' secondary undergoes shuffling
 Competition for playing time became the motivation this week for the members of the UAB secondary.
-Blazer seniors will set pace for season
 The pace at Bartow Arena - which is always quick - might get even quicker

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Memphis back fills big shoes
 Doss works out well at TB behind Williams
-Memphis Madness tips off year
 John Calipari knows high school football, and the importance it plays in communities.
-Lopez suspended
 Tiger starting defensive back Dustin Lopez, a junior from Hopkinsville, Ky., was suspended Thursday

Baseball: UH extends Noble's contract
Houston Chronicle

Coach Nix
 Derrick Nix looks lean and limber enough to pull on shoulder pads, strap on a helmet and return to the football field.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

October 13, 2005

2005 New Orleans Bowl Lets The Good Times Bowl in Lafayette, La.

C-USA Fearless Predictions
College Football News

Blazers' Bolt puts lightning touchdown strike behind him
 The sleepless Saturday night and restless Sunday morning had nothing to do with barbs directed toward UAB defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt as he left Legion Field following the Blazers heartbreaking loss to SMU.
Birmingham News

UAB's Hackney ready to fire
 Blazers quarterback compared to Leftwich
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Herd will come under fire from blitz-happy UAB
 It doesn't require much film time to realize that Marshall's offense will come under heavy fire Saturday against its new Conference USA rival.
-Morris getting a grip
 The scene has already has played out two times too many for Bernie Morris...The football ball pops loose -- a lost fumble -- and the opposition converts the turnover into a game-changing touchdown.

What a difference a few weeks make
 Not long ago, UCF was all but lost in the despair of the country's longest losing streak.
Orlando Sentinel

UCF on course for bowl game
Florida Today

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-League's parity reflected by UCF
 -New Tiger class full of potential
 Washington will help youngsters acclimate
-Running back finds a home
 Cougars' Gilbert puts LSU experience behind
-Hunt hit with charge of assault
 Ex-girlfriend kicked, punched, report says
-Williams braces for heat
 Williams began feeling dizzy. He blamed the heat, humidity and a lack of fluids.

Inexperience leaves holes in USM defense
 When the strengths and weaknesses of the Southern Miss defense were analyzed during preseason practice, the linebacking corps was overlooked.
Mobile Register

Conference USA newcomers making noise
 SMU, Tulsa and Central Florida may not have the firepower to pull out a conference championship, but they've already jumbled the division races

Memphis guard starts anew
 Darius Washington Jr., a 73% free throw shooter, missed foul shots he guaranteed to make in the Conference USA title game that would have sent the Tigers into the NCAA tournament.
USA Today

October 12, 2005

The Knights' time- From bad to good
 Preseason C-USA East Division favorites Southern Miss, UAB and Memphis were upset, leaving Central Florida alone on top.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Southern Miss brings physicality
 For years in Conference USA, the line on Southern Miss was this: The Golden Eagles might not beat you, but they'll beat you up. ...
Orlando Sentinel

Bad mechanics, bad decisions
 "Dustin's footwork was not good," USM offensive coordinator Jay Johnson said after reviewing game tape of the Golden Eagles' first Conference USA defeat. ...
Mobile Register

Miners respectful of Tulane's perseverance
 UTEP head coach Mike Price says the University of Tulane is doing some extraordinary things under extraordinary circumstances.
El Paso Times

Herd's bright spot
 Marshall's special teams leave opponents in confusion
Huntington Herald Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Herd might pull off yet another redshirt
  To illustrate how young Marshall’s team is, coach Mark Snyder lifted the redshirt off his seventh freshman last weekend at Virginia Tech.
-Marshall QB Morris looking to find his rhythm
 Bernie Morris has played two full games, and they couldn’t have been any more different.

Memphis has no margin of error
 This has not been the Year of the Tiger so far in Memphis.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Toothless Tigers
 He's heard the criticism, and he's listened to the suggestions. It's led University of Memphis football coach Tommy West to make some observations of his own.
Memphis Commercial Apppea

Memphis has no margin of error
 Bernie Morris has played two full games, and they couldn’t have been any more different.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-Wounded warrior Owls suit up for another round
 No one's yelling, 'Stop the fight!' after skid goes to 10th straight
-Hatfield demotes longtime aide
 Hinshaw joined coach at Air Force for 1983 season
-UH Notebook- Penders doing his part for hurricane victims
 UH tickets, Olajuwon ball available on eBay

October 11, 2005

-Football Notebook
 For the only time this season, six Conference games are on the docket for this weekend.
-Men's Soccer Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook
-Volleyball Weekend Recap

Conference USA turned upside down
 Preseason C-USA East Division favorites Southern Miss, UAB and Memphis were upset, leaving Central Florida alone on top.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Shocking win brings SMU to life
 The SMU Mustangs on Saturday night winning a game on the road for the first time in three years, and as 20-point underdogs?
Dallas Morning News

Hendricks wishes he could redo play
 He carried the pain of being the closest defender to Bobby Chase when the SMU receiver hauled in a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the Mustangs' 28-27
Birmingham News

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Foes foiling UAB with big plays
 A week after suffering offensive anemia at Marshall, SMU won 28-27 on a 31-yard last-play “Hail Mary” pass.
-Conference USA notebook

Herd facing a dangerous UAB team
 As payback for Marshall’s overtime win less than two weeks ago, SMU made sure it put UAB in a bad mood. The Blazers ...
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-UCF offers chance for redemption
-USM faces tough week of work after Tulsa loss

Bower puts team to work
 For those who have followed the quick-strike University of Memphis spread offense the past four seasons, the reality of the situation may be staggering.
Mobile Register

Southern Miss puts in hard work
Orlando Sentinel

Tigers adjust to new reality
 First, the staff and team shared the facili
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Katrina slows but doesn't stop Tulane
 First, the staff and team shared the facilities with SMU in Dallas. Two weeks ago, they moved to Louisiana Tech in Ruston. ...
St Petersburg Times

Sagging Green Wave searches for offense
 ... Since scoring 31 points in a win at SMU in the second week of the season, the Green Wave's point production has fallen each week.
Mobile Register

Rice Notebook- Graham expects Owls to contend
 For those who made the trek to North Carolina only to witness the Grief in Greenville, take solace in this fact: First pitch of the 2006 baseball season is just 116 days away.
Houston Chronicle

October 10, 2005

Around Conference USA
USA Today

SMU's schedule looks as good as win
 ... Two of the next three games are at home. All appear winnable. On Saturday, East Carolina visits SMU. The Pirates, like the Mustangs, are rebuilding. ...
Dallas Morning News

Tough loss just counts as one
 UAB, Southern Miss, East Carolina and Marshall each are 1-1 and Memphis is in the division cellar with a 1-2 record.
Birmingham News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-What losing streak? UCF has won 3 in row
 UCF became only the third program since 1950 to be winless in one season, then weave at least a three-game winning streak the next.
-UCF all alone at the top
 The Knights may not be the last team standing in Conference USA, but for now they're the last team without a loss in league play.

UAB really needs a win at Marshall
 AS MARSHALL settles into Conference USA play for good, let us try to make sense of it...
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Two steps forward, two steps back
 An already odd Conference USA season took another turn Saturday night when East Division favorite UAB lost to SMU.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Nightmare poses quite a challenge
 It's hard to assess Southern Miss' 34-17 loss to Tulsa on Saturday night at MM Roberts Stadium.
Biloxi Sun-Herald

This week for Southern Miss
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Orlando Sentinel
Tulsa feels right at home in C-USA
 While five schools couldn't wait to get out of Conference USA earlier this year, Tulsa thought the league was the perfect place to call home.
-Home invasion
 "I'll take the blame on this one," USM coach Jeff Bower said. "I obviously did a poor job of preparing this team to play.
-D'Angelo family grows accustomed to watching Eagles play
 Over the past seven seasons, the name D'Angelo has become as synonymous with University of Southern Mississippi football as the word Manning is to quarterbacks.
-McGowan spurs Tulsa rally

Athletics officials share ideas for improving future disaster
 This fall, officials in Conference-USA, home of Tulane, intend to draft a planning document that would help other leagues prepare for large-scale disasters. ...
Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription req'd)

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