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Conference USA

October 23, 2005
Mother-in-Law Day

-Game Center: Memphis 27, East Carolina 24 - 10.23
-BVL: Rout became horserace after tardy adjustment - 10.23
Pirates can't catch runaway Williams - 10.23
-BVL: ECU-Memphis Box Score & Statistics - 10.23
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.23
Conference USA Standings and Scoreboard

-East Carolina Falls Short Against Memphis, 27-24
-Lady Pirate's Freshmen Lene Krog Tied For Second At Taco Bell Invitational
-Swimming And Diving Sweeps Davidson In Dual Meet

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Tigers claw past Pirates
  These Tigers changed their stripes somewhat Saturday afternoon, but had enough claw to paw out of their own stadium on homecoming.
-Pirates give up on run in second half
  It seemed rather a bold move when East Carolina coach Skip Holtz decided to stop running the football in the second half of Saturday's narrow 27-24 loss to Memphis.
-The Sideline Report- ECU at Memphis

Memphis Slips Past East Carolina, 27-24

Pirates run out of time
  The East Carolina Pirates were knocked into misery Saturday after having their electrifying comeback unplugged by a facemask penalty
Raleigh News & Observer

Memphis ends ECU win streak
  Williams rushes for 226 yards for Tigers
Winston Salem Journal

Pirates have stong showing in Memphis; Tigers edge out victory
  DeAngelo Williams rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Memphis to a 27-24 victory over East Carolina.
Washington Daily News

Upcoming road games will test UCF's progress
  ... Next up comes East Carolina in Greenville, NC After a Nov. 5 homecoming date with Houston, UCF finishes with consecutive trips to UAB (Nov. 12) and Rice
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Pretty? Try pretty good
Oh, sure, it wasn't pretty. There were frustrating offensive breakdowns, penalties, missed field goals and defensive lapses here and there.
-DeAngelo carries on, and Tigers' hopes live on
Memphis ran 77 offensive plays. Williams carried or caught the ball on 40 of them.
-Defense looking like a hit
Tigers' first-half performance draws applause from West
-Memphis postgame
  Game Changer: Memphis facing third-and-5 from the ECU 12, a reverse to Joseph Doss appeared to be stopped for a 4-yard loss. But ECU linebacker Richard Koonce was called for a facemask penalty near the end of the play, giving the Tigers a first-and-goal from the 7.

October 22, 2005
Pirate Gameday

-Cherunbini: Reggie Pinkney PTM Sidebar - 10.22
Pinkney family: Like father, like sons
BVL Audio: In Reggie Pinkney's words - 10.22
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.22
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
Talk of the Town (guest Dr. Steve Ballard) - 10.22

Football Gameday
ECU @ Memphis
 Saturday October 22nd, 3:30pm EST
Memphis, TN

- ECU Game Day Central
PDF: ECU Game Notes | Memphis Game Notes
- Audio
- Weather Forecast - Greenville | Memphis

WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed

Pirates hope to tame tenacious Tiger
  Today, the 107th-ranked rush defense of East Carolina has the task to stop the man who is already the No. 1 rusher in the country.
The Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Unflappable Pinkney putting up big numbers
  As quietly as he can, James Pinkney keeps beating the odds on a daily basis, favorite day being Saturday.
-ECU's task- Caging the top tiger
  It's pretty tough to overstate the abilities of DeAngelo Williams.

ECU's chances hinge on stopping Williams
  East Carolina's task in today's Conference USA game at Memphis is a tall order
Winston Salem Journal

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates head to Memphis on the hunt for Tigers
  With two-straight Conference USA wins under their belts, the East Carolina Pirates look to make it three today when they travel to Memphis to take on the Tigers.
-Catching On
  When wide receiver Phillip Henry joined the East Carolina University football team as a walk-on last fall, he didn't register into the former coach John Thompson's staff's offensive plans.

Pirates enter unfamiliar territory at Memphis today
  For the majority of the past three years, East Carolina has entered a game looking to snap a losing streak, but today in Memphis the tables have been turned.
Kinston Free Press

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Still in the running
  Few would have given East Carolina much of an opportunity to be in the hunt for Conference USA's East Division title earlier this month.
-Tigers vs. East Carolina- Who has the edge?
-Tigers vs. East Carolina, the lineup

East Carolina at Memphis
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates will try to avoid the Tiger blues
  ECU goes for third straight in Memphis
The East Carolinian

-Pirate Volleyball Knocks Off Rice In A Five-Game Battle
-Howell Leads Women's Soccer To 3-2 Win Over Tulsa
-Lady Pirate Golf Tied For Eighth After First Round At Taco Bell Intercollegiate | Live Scoring
-Men's Soccer Games Against UCF And Florida International Have Been Postponed

October 21, 2005

-Sammy Batten: Football Recruiting Report - 10.21
Once-slight Stallion grows into thoroughbred
Pirate Notebook No. 256 - 10.21
Thinking about the 'B' word may be in order
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.21
ECU injury report a mixed bag for U of M game
NCAA tinkers with experimental basketball rules
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.21
WNCT: Pirate Talk with Denny O'Brien - 10.21

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's rotation at cornerback working nicely
  East Carolina's cornerbacks have routinely shifted in and out of the team's starter and second-string roles this season, but you won't hear any gripes from them about playing time.
-Pirates, Wolfpack adding two more games in future
  It looks like the East Carolina and North Carolina State football teams will become quite familiar with each other over the next decade.
-UM's West adds option with Avery
  The host Tigers are hoping running back DeAngelo Williams won't be the only one tearing holes in the Pirates' defense inside the Liberty Bowl.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Reynolds gets offer from ECU
 New Bern senior Daryl Reynolds received his first Division-I scholarship offer last week
-Pirates DBs becoming an on-field force
 East Carolina has one of the nation's best defenses against the pass, and the players give much of the credit to secondary coach Rick Smith.

Tiger displays flashes of glory
  Tale of tape shows Avery has skills to succeed at QB
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Winston Salem Journal (AP)
-Pirates travel to Memphis seeking third straight win
  It's been awhile since East Carolina was on a winning streak. Four years to be exact.
-Pirates, Wolfpack to meet more often

Tigers Set to Host Pirates at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on Saturday
 Homecoming game with ECU to be broadcast by CSTV.

October 20, 2005
Mickey Mantle's Birthday

-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 10.20
Holtz: Back-to-back wins no reason for elation
-BVL: Updated ECU football recruiting thumbnails - 10.20
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.20
Storm-weary Tulane blown off course again
Video company repents for N.C. State incident
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 10.20
WNCT: Chalkboard Chat: Logan, Steele & Hinton - 10.20

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-State to add two games with ECU
  Teams to meet six times in 10 years.
-.500 OK, but ECU has higher goals
  Shedding pain of losses is a priority.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Moving toward finesse
 As teams take to the uncharted waters of the realigned conference this season, many of the league's coaches are expecting those guys – the smallest on the court – to make the biggest impact.
-ECU sending desks to Mississippi cities

Wicked Williams
  One of the worst kept secrets around the University of Memphis campus is just how talented running back DeAngelo Williams is.
New Bern Sun Journal

2-man line pays off for Tiger 'D'
  During the University of Memphis's 35-20 Conference USA victory last weekend at Houston, Marcus West and LaVale Washington stood out.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Lady Pirate Soccer Falls To Memphis In Overtime, 2-1
 Women's soccer team dropped its fourth Conference USA match of the season

Falcons' Coleman enjoys being a bird of prey
 The 6-2, 285-pound Coleman set a school record at East Carolina with 39 sacks and was drafted in the fifth round in 1999 by the Oakland Raiders.
USA Today

Storm Sign Gramatica, Troth
 ... Troth a 6-foot-5, 240-pound native of Charlotte, North Carolina began his collegiate career at East Carolina University and then transferred to Liberty ...
OurSports Central

October 19, 2005
Evaluate Your Life Day

-BVL: Tigers figure to be class of new-look C-USA - 10.19
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.19
Southern Miss star receiver lost for season
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 10.19
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 10.19

Men's Golf Runs Away With Pirate Fall Intercollegiate Titles
 Pirates claim their first tournament title of the 2005 season

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU picked to finish 10th
 Preseason polls are almost never completely accurate.
-Pirates take aim at Tigers' pass defense
 Aundrae Allison knows games aren't played on paper. He's also good at making sure they aren't played on bulletin boards either.
-International basketball trip could be in Pirates' future
 More and more college basketball coaches are taking their teams out of the country during the offseason in an attempt to hone their squad's skills on the court and its camaraderie off of it.
-East Carolina sweeps swim meet
 East Carolina swept a pair of dual swim meets from the College of Charleston

ECU defensive end to have MRI on shoulder
 East Carolina starting defensive end Marcus Hands missed practice Tuesday and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today on his left shoulder, which he said he dislocated last week in practice.
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates making waves in shallow C-USA
 The East Carolina football team passed the midway point of the season last Saturday and is sitting in good position to qualify for a postseason bowl.
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz, ECU preparing for unpredictable Memphis
 East Carolina has been on top of the world the past two weeks because of its modest winning streak.
Winston Salem Journal

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Slew of injuries leaves Tigers thin, but full of fight
 To gain some perspective on the injury bug that has bitten the University of Memphis football team this season, flash back not to the first offensive series of the season -- when the Tigers lost starting quarterback Patrick Byrne -- but to last weekend's Conference USA game at Houston.
-Despite problems, no changes forthcoming in kicking game

Pirates will be tested on both sides of ball at Memphis
Washington Daily News

From the Kinston Free Press
-Mid-term report card for Pirates
 East Carolina has already erased some bad memories under first-year head coach Skip Holtz.
-Improved rush defense needed
 East Carolina enters Saturday's game at Memphis ranked 107th out of 117 Division I teams
-C-USA coaches pick ECU to finish 10th
 Led by Conference USA preseason player of the year selection Rodney Carney, the Memphis Tigers were tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the 2005-06 C-USA regular-season crown in the coaches' poll.

October 18, 2005

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 10.18
Conquering the 'Big D'
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.18
Pick artist Parker reinforces ECU's renaissance
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.18
WNCT: Holtz press conference - 10.18
WNCT: Bailey Show; guest Rick Smith - 10.18

-Parker Earns Weekly Conference USA Honors
 junior free safety Pierre Parker was named Conference USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
 Coach Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Conference USA match up with Memphis.
-"Minges Madness" Set For Friday Night, Oct. 21
 The night will feature a variety of contests for students to compete in and performances by the ECU dance team and cheerleaders
-Men's Golf Leads Pirate Fall Intercollegiate Heading Into Final Round | Live Leader Board Scoring

Safety in numbers
 "We've got three starters right now at safety...Pierre Parker is playing at that level, Zach Baker was playing great before his injury and Kyle Chase has been handed the torch and is running with it."
Greenville Daily Reflector

Holtz- Pirates need to handle winning
 It has been almost four years since the East Carolina football team was able to celebrate back-to-back wins.
New Bern Sun Journal

East Carolina Tries To Build On Two-Game Winning Streak
 East Carolina finally has a winning streak. Just as importantly, one of the victories came on the road.  Now, the Pirates must try to build on this success, something none of the players in the program has experience doing.

Nick Schnabel Named To Army Baseball Staff
 A 2000 graduate of East Carolina University where he lettered twice as the Pirates' starting second baseman, Schnabel spent last season as an assistant coach ...

October 17, 2005
National Boss Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights - 10.17
Football program on cusp of big season
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.17
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
College Football Headliners: Stars & Storylines

-Men's Soccer Falls To Kentucky In C-USA Clash
 East Carolina dropped its fifth Conference USA match of the season
-Volleyball Drops Second Straight With A 3-2 Loss At UAB

ECU learns how to celebrate outside of Dowdy-Ficklen
 After East Carolina won its second game in a row Saturday – that's like a tongue twister after not happening for four years...
Greenville Daily Reflector

Mistakes cost Mustangs in 24-17 loss
  SMU coach Phil Bennett said Saturday's 24-17 Conference USA loss to East Carolina was disappointing.
Dallas Morning News

October 23, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Bright spots not enough for Devils
 The Wallace Wade Stadium scoreboard spoke of another lopsided Duke loss.
-Tar Heels win a strange one
The score was appropriate for baseball. The most memorable kick of the day came courtesy of a wide receiver. And a holding penalty against one team turned out to cost the other a chance to win.

Fight for a finish Wake Forest beats N.C. State
 With finishing plays by its offense, defense and punter, Wake beat N.C. State 27-19 before an overflow crowd of 33,316.
Greensboro News Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack quarterbacks can't pass the test -- again
 When he played linebacker for N.C. State, Chuck Amato badly wanted to get the quarterback, but as a coach he might want to get one even more.
-Tar Heels defy logic yet again
 Go figure, huh? Here we have a 3-3 North Carolina football team that so far this season

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Faux Pas- Trickery pays no profit
 A fake punt by NC State didn't fool Smith or many others among the 33,316 witnesses.
-Deacs break up Pack
 WFU has late answer for win over N.C. State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers pile on the points against Owls
 Bowden said he might be more inclined to do cartwheels if the Tigers had dropped 65 on Temple.
-USC stops Vandy, loses Newton
 Newton, who played quarterback, tailback and wide receiver, had 134 yards total offense, rushing for 80 rushing.
-Furman rolls past Elon
 Paladins delivered their first blowout of the season

From the Anderson Independent
-Gamecocks top Vanderbilt
-Newton's injury puts damper on USC win
 South Carolina football fans left Williams-Brice Stadium with exuberance Saturday night, celebrating an exciting final-minute victory over Vanderbilt. But by the time they got home, many probably felt like crying.
-Tigers get an easy one

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Joy and pain
 USC rallies to beat Vandy, but loses Newton for year
-Temple desecrated
 Clemson routs woeful Owls by 30 points, but Bowden not quite satisfied
-Bulldogs squander early success
 Hampton rallies to nip S.C. State in a battle for MEAC surpemacy

Mountaineers dog Wofford
 Appalachian State made fun of the mascot and didn't treat the football team much better.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

October 22, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Support system
  College football cooks when fans get fired up, but school officials want some decorum too.
-N.C.'s bowl string fraying
  The last time the state of North Carolina didn't have at least one of its five Division I-A football teams playing in a bowl game was 1987.
-Fans can be funny, too
  While Wake Forest is hoping its fans treat N.C. State fans and players with respect today, the Deacons players are still chuckling over some comments from last Saturday's game at Boston College.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Pack, Deacs both need a win today
  Chuck Amato and his N.C. State football team are going to try to turn negatives into positives when they take the field today against Wake Forest.
-Cavaliers, Tar Heels on opposite ends of emotional spectrum
  No. 23 Virginia is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 26-21 victory over Florida State last week that knocked the Seminoles from the ranks of college football's unbeaten. North Carolina last played Oct. 8, giving up the most points in school history in a 69-14 loss at Louisville.
-Devils hoping they can hang with Seminoles
  Defensive tackle Eli Nichols has logged countless Saturdays at college football games, and the count started well before Nichols played his first game at Duke.
-Paulus lines up at QB for Duke, sort of
  Duke freshman point guard Greg Paulus recently was spotted with a football in his hand -- as were his other basketball teammates.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons, Wolfpack in dire need of a win
  Bowl hopes, winning record at stake at Groves Stadium today
-Blue Devils' youngsters struggling
  Duke is once again playing a large number of first-year players because of depth problems
-Another Saturday, another big game for ASU
  Apps in four-way tie for first as they play at Wofford today
-NASCAR Notebook
  Stewart captures pole for Martinsville race

College football predictions
Fayetteville Observer

Football deadline nears at ODU
  The consultant’s report as to whether Hampton Roads would support Old Dominion University football should arrive within the month.
The Virginian Pilot

Wolfpack's talent not enough to fill in gaps
  Just how talented is the Wolfpack?
Greensboro News Record

USC, Vandy keep bowl hopes alive
  Today’s USC-Vanderbilt matchup might be the most important game this season for either school.
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC still looking for answers
  South Carolina heads into the second half of the season today against Vanderbilt with almost --but not quite -- as many questions as the Gamecocks had at the start of the season.
-Paladins know Elon is pesky
  Homecoming foe seeking 1st SoCon win

Clemson looks to come out strong against owls
  On one sideline, there will be a 3-3 team, one that has not lived up to high expectations that surpassed young faces and new coordinators.
Anderson Independent

October 21, 2005

Wolfpack fans not ready to push the panic button
  Ex-USC player takes stand, describes theft
Fayetteville Observer

Tigers at critical juncture
  Admit it, Tiger Nation. In August, you'd have been relieved with a 3-3 record.
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-D-I move on NCCU minds
  Board of Trustees to meet Tuesday.
-Barclay isn't rushing for record
  Wake Forest senior needs 230 yards.
-ACC offenses off target
  With about half of the football season gone, the ACC has no great offensive team and there's no clear-cut leader for best offensive player.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Backup center is done after shoulder surgery
  Ex-USC player takes stand, describes theft
-No nevers, just some very hards
  Florida State plays at Duke on Saturday, and the Blue Devils never have beaten the Seminoles...Never is a cruel word.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Plea deal ends Thompson case
 As jury deliberations stretch into evening, ex-USC player reaches deal with prosecutors
-Painful truth- Owls aren’t worth a hoot
 Temple’s 2005 football season has been dubbed “the perfect storm” on the university’s Philadelphia campus because of the elements that conspired to produce zero wins in seven games.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-A Sound Investment- Jim Grobe made the right decision when he offered a scholarship to kicker Sam Swank
 As happy as Coach Jim Grobe of Wake Forest is with the performance of freshman kicker Sam Swank, he's even more relieved.
-Growing Pains- Trent Strickland will try to be this season's version of Josh Howard for WFU
-State's defensive woes start on line
 Junior McCargo says his unit expects to play better Saturday against Wake Forest
-Hokies romp past Terps
 Vick sparks unbeaten Virginia Tech to rout of Maryland 28-9

Charlotte 49ers launch a new chapter
 Midnight Madness at Halton Arena
Charlotte Observer

October 20, 2005

From the Greensboro News Record
Tough call- Football or yard work?
  Here in the Old North State, where seasons are separated by crop rotation and beach traffic, we pause four times a year and ponder what comes next.
-Deacs' Randolph out for Saturday's game
-Deacons game moved in the wake of Wilma

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mauk to start at QB vs. Pack
 Sprained ankle will sideline Randolph for Saturday's game
-WFU vs. Miami on Nov. 12
-Holman is finally back on the field
 His college career started at Maryland in 2001 and will end at WSSU in 2006

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Thompson- ‘It was all fun and games’
  Ex-USC player takes stand, describes thefts as a prank; Mainord contradicts teammate
-BCS in position to snub SEC, again

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack's defensive line an enigma
  Experienced unit struggles as opponents adjust, scheme.
-Fowler- Setbacks tough, but Amato will bounce back
  Experienced unit struggles as opponents adjust, scheme.
-Eggs, bacon and bonding
  UNC-CH back keeps his linemen fed.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke's Alexander keeps strange mementos
 Football players often leave an item in their lockers that inspires them ...
-Savvy, dedication breed success for UNC-CH's Browning
 Ken Browning has remained on UNC-CH's staff through three coaching changes.

Big Four Ranking Pretty Low
 Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest are a combined 7-17, and some telling reasons can be found in the ACC's statistical rankings.
Wilmington Star News

October 19, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-On the Defensive
 N.C. State's once-vaunted defense facing tough challenge against run-oriented WFU
-Deacons' Randolph may be sidelined
 Senior has sprained ankle; WFU may start Mauk at QB Saturday against N.C. State
-SOCON Notebook
 Freshman Hennessee boosts ASU's rushing
-Appalachian's Moore is still wary of Wofford

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-QB play key to UNC-UVa
-Pollock could return after injury rehab

Testimony- Partying preceded burglary
  Ex-USC player Thompson, teammates drank, visited strip club on night in question
Columbia (SC) The State

Tar Heels recover from blowout during bye
  The Tar Heels hope that, coming off their 69-14 disintegration Oct. 8 at Louisville, the time off will help them regroup
Greensboro News Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-BC loss isn't only headache for Wake
 Demon Deacons might be without starting QB Randolph for N.C. State game.
-Sanders knows about disasters
 UNC assistant applies life lessons after defensive meltdown at Louisville.
-Davis to remain as starting QB
 Status quo for Wolfpack against Deacs.
-Nelson in the middle of it all
 Duke's lone sophomore eyes bigger role.
Pollock turns his focus from rehab to record pursuit
 Heels senior nears receptions mark.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers want to win -- period
 Clemson favored by 37 points, but not taking winless Temple for granted
-USC eyes route to a bowl bid
 USC has won five straight against the Commodores

ODU planning major makeover of athletics offices and facilities
The Virginian Pilot

49ers recruit dominates top players
  Michael Beasley, the highly touted high school junior who's committed to play basketball for the Charlotte 49ers, is the real thing.
Charlotte Observer

October 18, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Amato says biggest concern is on the horizon- Wake Forest
 Amato, whose Wolfpack (2-3, 1-3 ACC) faces what can fairly be described as a must-win game Saturday
-Freshmen seeing time at Duke
 Duke coach Ted Roof understands that featuring freshmen on the football field can be hazardous to your health
-Hokies are class of the new ACC
 Between Oct. 20 and Nov. 26, the fate of Virginia Tech's football season will be determined by many things.

N.C. State AD urges angry fans to stay loyal
 It was the audience that saw the game live at Carter-Finley Stadium that concerned Fowler, and moved him to write the letter.
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-N.C. State's bowl hopes shrinking
 Amato telling players to take it 'one practice at a time'.
-Duke backup QB out
 Schneider has internal injuries.
-NBA: Hodge being investigated
 Police get sexual assault complaint.

Amato says Wolfpack working to improve
 N.C. State is getting ready to play Wake Forest amid much grumbling from fans
Winston Salem Journal

Roof tries to simplify issues with Blue Devils' program
 "Our small margin for error," he said Monday. "Four or five plays during the course of the game that really decided the outcome."
Kinston Free Press

'Get it done against the run'
  University of South Carolina co-defensive coordinator John Thompson has been singing a familiar tune since the start of the season
Greenville (SC) News

Thompson trial jury seated
  Opening arguments in case involving ex-USC player are scheduled for today Opening arguments in the trial of former USC football player Moe Thompson will start this morning at the Richland County courthouse.
Columbia (SC) The State

October 17, 2005

Tigers' focus now moves to bowl hopes
 Clemson knows it has no shot at an ACC championship. Boston College and Florida State have pulled away in the Atlantic Division standings...
Anderson Independent

Timing is everything for Nix, USC's defense
 Tyrone Nix is anything but your normal football coach.
Greenville (SC) News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Boston College rally took only 3 1/2 minutes
 They say misery deserves company, and Duke's 3
-Revival- Apps singing different tune in '05

So much for saving face
  ... ourselves on the path of finishing 4-7, which makes us question our planned victory against what we thought was a lesser opponent, Southern Miss for Homecoming ...
The North Carolina State Technician

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Top power forward Wright commits to Heels
-NASCAR: Lowe's Race Turns Into Dangerous Debacle
-NFL: Carolina's Delhomme, Morgan and Peppers injured
-NBA: Felton has a winning attitude


October 23, 2005

Saturday Football Roundup
 Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams and Tulsa TE Garrett Mills were each honored as mid-season All-Americans earlier this week

Conference USA Gametracker Scoreboard

UAB season turned upside down
 The margin of error has melted away for a UAB football team painfully unable to avoid making costly errors.
Birmingham News

From the El Paso Times
-Defense shines as Miners tame Herd
 UTEP was impressively methodical Saturday night, dismantling a solid Marshall team -- piece by piece, series by series, play by play. The Miners' 31-3 win put another notch on the all important conference championship wall.
-UTEP now in prime position for conference showdown with Tulsa

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Miners send message
 Saturday night clearly was prepared as a showcase for UTEP football. The sellout crowd of 51,500, including dozens of potential recruits, arrived early and roared in approval as the UTEP Miners rolled to a 31-3 victory over Marshall.
-Speedy Higgins tough to catch
-Hoops: Wooldridge a welcome addition for Jirsa, Herd

UH's offense warms up, takes over
 After slow start, Cougars rev it up behind Kolb, Battle
Houston Chronicle

Tulsa outlasts SMU with late air show
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Southern Miss, Bower take heart from running game
 Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower said he wanted to see the Golden Eagles run the football better after the ground game had struggled
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Eagles' receivers step up in UAB win
Hattiesburg American

October 22, 2005

Friday Night Football Roundup
 Southern Miss and UCF each moved to 3-1 in Conference USA play with wins on Friday night.

3 Tiger programs punished
  The University of Memphis Friday was placed on two years probation for violations involving the women's volleyball and men's track and field and cross country programs.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Beat goes on
  Southern Miss always seems to have a tough time on the football field when it takes on Alabama-Birmingham.
-McCaleb breaks mark for career field goals
-Slideshow: Southern Miss 37, UAB 28

From the Birmingham News
  The good news for a football team looking for a sliver of sunshine was that UAB didn't lose on the final play of the game for the third consecutive week.
-Conference USA preview
  Houston at Mississippi State (1:30 p.m.): The last meeting between the schools resulted in a 42-35 Houston victory in 2003.

Eagles defeat Blazers
  If Southern Miss winds up winning the East Division title in Conference USA, the Golden Eagles will look back on the fourth quarter of Friday night's 37-28 victory over UAB as a key factor.
Mobile Register

UCF couldn't afford a show of sympathy
  It was probably just below running over Benji or swearing at a nun.
Florida Sun Sentinel

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights hold back Green Wave
  The combination of scoreboard and statistics show something convincing, something punishing.
-UCF grinds out victory
  Kevin Smith and Jason Peters each rushes for more than 100 yards for the Knights.
-Green Wave's players deal with changing itinerary
  Friday was one long day for Tulane's football team. The Green Wave woke up on game day in Ruston, La., boarded a plane in Monroe and arrived in Orlando shortly after lunch.

Miners set for a big-time college game
  Days like today is why Mike Price was brought in as UTEP's head coach on Dec. 21, 2003.
El Paso Times

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd could take big step with win at UTEP
-Don't look for Miners to ease off tonight
-Marshall game notes
-C-USA this week

UTEP receiver doesn't lack confidence; Plus more on upcoming battle against Miners
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

SMU's Martin doesn't get running start
Dallas Morning News

October 21, 2005

USM, UAB are up against it
 When the Conference USA football schedule was released in August, tonight's game between Southern Miss and UAB at Birmingham's Legion Field was expected to have championship ramifications
Mobile Register

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-UAB game crucial to USM's chaotic season
 Friday night lights this weekend with a normal workweek afterward.
-Three keys for USM

Eagles hustle to prepare for UAB
Hattiesburg American

Tulane to Play Final "Home" Football Game of 2005 in Monroe, La.
 Green Wave Schedule Features 11 Games in 11 Different Stadiums in 2005

UTEP homecoming game should be sold out
El Paso Times

C-USA Blitz- Miners expect big weekend

Revamped C-USA keeps ball bouncing
 Powerhouses depart, but league likes new lineup for basketball
Houston Chronicle

Tulsa Men's Soccer Hosts No. 11 SMU on National Television this Friday
 Broadcast on the Fox Soccer Channel. Kickoff is set for 8:06 p.m. EST

October 20, 2005

From the
-UCF-Tulane Football Game Rescheduled for Friday Evening
-Cougars Focusing on Mississippi State

Green Wave's game against UCF moved up for Wilma
 You're kidding, right?
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Wilma forces UCF, Tulane to reschedule
-Switching game puts a burden on Tulane
 Coach Chris Scelfo's team will fly in Friday morning, play the game and fly home immediately afterward. The team will keep the charter flight plans it made shortly after moving its base of operations to Ruston, La., in August after Hurricane Katrina.

From the El Paso Times
Marshall football won't forget tragedy of 1970
 Marshall will never forget Nov. 14, 1970.
-Sophomore turns heads in first start
Before Friday, UTEP tailback Marcus Thomas was known more for his high school accomplishments than anything he had done at UTEP.

UAB needs a win badly, but USM in the way
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Survival of the fittest
 Just watching Larry Eustachy run a practice will make you tired.
Hattiesburg American

Palmer, Higgins lead UTEP offense
 It hasn't taken long for Marshall fans to become accustomed with Jordan Palmer and Johnnie Lee Higgins.
Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch

USM's Bama ties not as strong
 It hasn't taken long for Marshall fans to become accustomed with Jordan Palmer and Johnnie Lee Higgins.
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger

Blazers' Brown finds no joy while preparing for Almond
 UAB head coach Watson Brown didn't need to watch the game tape.
Birmingham News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Houston down but not out
-UH's Smith has basketball skills, but needs to be in control

October 19, 2005

Memphis Chosen As Men's Basketball Preseason Favorite

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Avery bails out Memphis
 Out of arms and out of luck, Memphis coach Tommy West turned desperation into innovation.
-Wave running on empty
 It's official: There's nothing wrong with Tulane's running game.

Blazers' QB 'can do it all'
 Talented Darrell Hackney poses test for USM defense
Biloxi Sun Herald

Less is more for UAB's Hackney
 These days, a slimmer, trimmer Darrell Hackney has gone from being mistaken as a nose tackle to a linebacker.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers working on not-so-special teams
 The special teams problems plaguing the UAB football team didn't begin last weekend at Marshall.
-Blazers picked second in coaches' preseason poll
 USM's Eustachy looks for fan base

Palmer making his own name at UTEP
 Marshall doesn’t want to engage in one of those offensive bazooka fights Texas-El Paso used to get into while in the Western Athletic Conference.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the El Paso Times
-Multifaceted Herd set to make long trek
-Miner men picked to finish 4th

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-UTEP combo a challenge for MU secondary
-Snyder has soft spot for UTEP linebacker Howard
-UTEP's Ebell gets the start despite backup's big game
-MU picked to finish last in C-USA

Memphis Baseball Team Announces 2006 Schedule
 The Tigers will welcome ECU into town for the final regular season weekend on May 18-20.

UofM the preseason favorite
 Mike Anderson has no problem with the poll that was released here at Conference USA's Media Day on Tuesday. Heck, he participated in it, and like every other voter, the UAB coach picked the University of Memphis to win the league.
-C-USA looks into adding ninth conference game
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH Notebook- Baseball team has savvy youngsters
-Rice Notebook- Recharged Wilson ready for season

Tulsa's Mills Named to's Mid-Season First-Team All-America Squad

October 18, 2005

From the
-CSTV to Air C-USA Basketball Media Day Live | Media Slam Coverage
-Football Notebook
-Rice Picked To Win Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship
-Men's Soccer Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook

From the Memphis Commercial Apppeal
-DeAngelo cracks all-time top 10 list
 The two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Year topped the 1,000-yard mark against Houston and enters Saturday's C-USA game against East Carolina
-West, player to talk again
 Starting safety Rod Smith, who missed the team's past two games with a hamstring injury, is expected to play Saturday against East Carolina. ...
-Smiles key to Tigers' success
 The talent is obvious, expectations high. Because John Calipari understands this, he's been preaching the same message through three days of practices.

No home-field advantage for SMU
 Of SMU's five losses, three have come at Ford Stadium. The Mustangs lost, 24-17, to East Carolina on Saturday in front of the third smallest crowd, 11,715, in stadium history.
Dallas Morning News

 With Louisville gone, the most heated conference rival for Southern Miss now appears to be UAB
Mobile Register

USM down two receivers
 Freshmen must play against UAB
Biloxi Sun Herald

Hard work pays off for Eagles in conference rout
 The University of Southern Mississippi football team went back to basics last week.
Hattiesburg American

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers looking for a happier ending
 UAB head coach Watson Brown seemed to know what was coming as Monday's press luncheon began
-Crawford commits to Blazers
 UAB added some versatility to its group of men's basketball commitments

Horrible 1st half doomed Knights
 Combined with Marshall's victory over UAB and East Carolina's defeat of Rice, the outcome made for a four-way tie atop Conference USA's East Division.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Fast-starting UTEP big test for Herd
 UTEP head coach Mike Price doesn't reflect fondly on his brief history with Marshall.
-Marshall needs to regain swagger
 Thundering Herd football has come with a swagger during the past decade, but that supreme confidence has been shaken by a 9-9 combined record over the past two seasons.

October 17, 2005

Around Conference USA
USA Today

SMU defensive tackles stand out in loss
  The SMU defensive tackles played their best game of the season Saturday. Starters Brandon Bonds and Adrian Haywood combined for nine tackles, five tackles for loss and one sack in a 24-17 loss to East Carolina.
Dallas Morning News

Snyder focused on UTEP
 Mark Snyder's UAB postgame press conference concluded with a broad smile and deep sigh.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

There’s a pattern in place
 Oftentimes, football is all about field position. In the second half of Marshall’s game Saturday against Alabama-Birmingham, the Thundering Herd offense was used, abused and spit out by the Blazers. Darrell Hackney rose from his slumber to throw for 206 second-half yards.
Charleston Gazette Mail

Snyder pleased with improvement of Herd’s special teams
 Junior Ivan Clark, a career special teams player, blocked two punts as the Herd improved to 2-1 in Conference USA.
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Injury to test USM's depth at receiver
 Prior to the season, much had been made of the depth Southern Miss suddenly had found itself dealing with at wide receiver.
-Magee not flinching despite run of injuries
-At a glance
-Norwood tries hand at punt returns

Horrible 1st half doomed Knights
Orlando Sentinel

Ricard puts up big numbers
 Ricard was frustrated. But this time, Ricard wasn't benched. Instead, he was replaced by backup Scott Elliot after Texas-El Paso's 45-21 victory Friday night was well in hand.
New Orleans Times Picayune

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