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October 30, 2005
President John Adams' Birthday (2nd President)

From Bonesville.net
-Game Center: Central Florida 30, East Carolina 20 - 10.30
-O'Brien:
Opportunities shrinking for ECU - 10.30
-AP:
Knights scuttle error-prone Bucs - 10.30
-BVL: ECU-UCF Box Score & Statistics - 10.30
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Post-game Remarks - 10.30
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.30
Conference USA Standings and Scoreboard

From ecupirates.com
-UCF Edges East Carolina 30-20
 James Pinkney threw for 270 yards and Brandon Fractious ran for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 30-20 loss to UCF on Saturday.
-Purple Wins Annual Men's Basketball Intrasquad Clash Against Gold
-Lowe's Double-Overtime Goal Lifts Pirates Past Marshall 1-0
-Swimming & Diving Sweeps Tri-Meet With George Mason And William & Mary
-Husarova Leads The Way In Purple-Gold Scrimmage

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Williams ready to rebound from his rough outing
 When another turnover-filled effort cost East Carolina its homecoming game against UCF Saturday, Travis Williams' own day seemed to be a microcosm of his team's frustrations
-The Sideline- UCF vs. ECU
-ECU men have plenty to do
 The East Carolina men's basketball team doesn't play its first game of the upcoming regular season until a matchup against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 18.
-ECU swimmers move to 4-0
-ECU looks into future

Pirates lose course
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Florida Sun Sentinel
-KNIGHTMARE, NO MORE
-2 plays pivotal to game
 UCF and East Carolina both struggled to mount much of an attack.
-E. Carolina grad Dowdy roots for UCF's stadium
 Possibly the most passionate but bipartisan fan at Saturday's game was the man for whom East Carolina's stadium is co-named.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Turned over
 Central Florida quarterback Steven Moffett missed on his first five deep pass attempts. But on his sixth try, he made the East Carolina defense pay.
-ECU's freshmen RBs put on a show
 Brandon Fractious went from excitement to pain in just a few short minutes Saturday afternoon.

Six turnovers doom ECU in 30-20 loss to Central Florida
 The goblins were out at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium yesterday as East Carolina committed six turnovers in a 30-20 loss to Central Florida.
Winston Salem Journal

Pirates’ miscues lead to homecoming loss
 The mass exodus began when the ball was still in the air.
Washington Daily News

Golden Knights win on the road
 Mike Walker caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Central Florida came back to defeat East Carolina 30-20 on Saturday.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Kinston Free Press
-Central Florida rallies past East Carolina
-Good day for Pirate rushers
-Ingram, Rouse take to court in Purple-Gold game

October 29, 2005
ECU Gameday

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: Early promotion for Billy Godwin - 10.29
BVL Audio: Brian Bailey interview with Billy Godwin - 10.29
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.29
Wake football team loses four to suspension
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.29

Gameday
 Saturday October 29th

Men's Basketball: Purple/Gold Scrimmage
 11:45pm EST

Football: UCF @ ECU
 2:00pm EST
Greenville, NC
TV: DISH Network (AT120 Package) - Channel 541

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

WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed

From ecupirates.com
-Billy Godwin Named Head Baseball Coach At East Carolina
 `Acting' Title Removed, Godwin Becomes 10th Coach To Lead Pirate Baseball
-Men's Soccer Falls To No. 9 SMU, 7-0
 The East Carolina men's soccer team dropped its sixth match
-SMU Mounts Comeback To Defeat ECU Volleyball, 3-2
 Despite being just one point away from a 3-0 victory over SMU, East Carolina fell in five games to the Mustangs Friday night inside Minges Coliseum.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates will test Golden Knights' young secondary
 UCF will run itself ragged today if it means avoiding coughing up big plays to East Carolina's passing attack.
-Players renew the rivalries
 It's a little early to determine how serious the barrage of back-and-forth between some former Florida high school football rivals will get today when the Golden Knights visit an East Carolina team chock full of Sunshine Staters.
-Purple-Gold game hits Minges today
 Today's game, which begins at 11:45 a.m., offers a chance for players to claim bragging rights in the locker room, while also giving first-year ECU coach Ricky Stokes an early chance to evaluate the team he has inherited in a game-type setting.

UCF at East Carolina
 ... The game matches strength against strength. UCF can run; East Carolina struggles to stop the run. The Pirates can pass; UCF struggles against the pass. ...
Orlando Sentinel

ECU will see better Central Florida team
 When Central Florida takes the field to play East Carolina today at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, it will be a different team than the one that went 0-11 last season. ...
Winston Salem Journal

Pirates still searching for ground game
 ECU hopes to find success vs. C-USA's best rushing 'D'
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates hope to dent Knights' armor
 Is there anyone left who hasn't seen the change in the East Carolina football team?
Washington Daily News

From the Kinston Free Press
-UCF visits East Carolina today
 Central Florida and East Carolina were picked to finish tied for last in the East Division of Conference USA in the preseason coaches' poll. ...
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Godwin named permanent coach
 Godwin was officially named the 10th head baseball coach in East Carolina's history on Friday.
-Blackbeard returns to pirate country
 The annual East Carolina University Friends of JY Joyner Library banquet and silent auction will be Friday in the Harvey Banquet Hall of ECU's ...

Godwin officially a Pirate
 East Carolina ultimately didn't have to look far for a permanent baseball coach.
Rocky Mount Telegram

Pirates Look for Footing Vs. UCF
 East Carolina has gotten plenty of production from quarterback James Pinkney and the passing game this season. ...
The Lakeland Ledger

UCF hits road for crucial conference game
 Prior to the season, University of Central Florida coach George O'Leary repeatedly stressed the Golden Knights were a dramatically different team than the one that went 0-11 last season.
Florida Today

Central Florida at East Carolina
Raleigh News & Observer

Scouting reports
St Petersburg Times

October 28, 2005
Greg Vacek's Birthday (Linkmeister)

From Bonesville.net
-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 257 - 10.28
Bottom line: Pirates, 'Pack should play
-Sammy Batten:
Football Recruiting Report - 10.28
Holtz regime targeting swiftness
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.28
UTEP QB Palmer gaining his own slice of respect
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.28
WNCT: Pirate Talk with Denny O'Brien - 10.28

ECU could be shorthanded
 The East Carolina Pirates might have to find out the hard way how valuable first-year defensive end Marcus Hands really has been through seven football games.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Deep roots- Pickett and Brown go way back
 Players two parts of defense nicknamed the Bermuda Triangle
The East Carolinian

Holtz righting Pirates' ship
 From the moment Skip Holtz arrived at East Carolina in December, charged with reviving the proud Pirates program, he has been uncertain of his own expectations ...
Charlotte Observer

Immediate focus on title, not bowl
 Some Golden Knights mention the b-word -- bowl. And they acknowledge Coach George O'Leary has talked to them in recent weeks about winning six games and becoming bowl-eligible.
Orlando Sentinel

U.VA. NOTES
 Nov. 5, U.Va. and East Carolina will scrimmage in Greenville, N.C.  The NCAA allows Division I teams to scrimmage each other, provided there are no spectators in the gym and no official scoring is kept. The scrimmage can't be publicized, either.
Richmond Times Dispatch

UCF-East Carolina Television Details
ucfathletics.com

October 27, 2005
President Theodore Roosevelt's Birthday (26th
President)

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 10.27
Dark day in '93 felled a star, derailed a season
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.27
Renewal of USM-NCSU series set for television
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 10.27
WNCT: Chalkboard Chat: Logan, Steele & Hinton - 10.27

Whimper earns praise for play on offensive line
 By now, the blueprint has long since been thrown out the window for Guy Whimper. He should have an FBL next to his name in the program instead of a position.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF needs safety net vs. ECU
 The secondary faces a tough test Saturday against East Carolina's passing attack.
-East Carolina has Florida influence
 If he were so inclined, Travis Williams could start a new fraternity on East Carolina's campus -- Phi Beta Florida. Skip Holtz's football team, UCF's opponent on Saturday, has 19 Floridians on its roster, the most of any team in Conference USA outside of UCF.

Ex-Hornet Freeman at center of ECU’s transition in trenches
  If you’re a superstitious guy like Gary Freeman, you note your team hasn’t won a coin toss all year and decide one day to reverse your pregame routine.
The Virginian Pilot

Hump day a good one for Pirates
  While most of the workforce was going through a mid-week lull, it was hump day that saw one of the best practices for the East Carolina football team. It was something head coach Skip Holtz was glad to see, especially after a Tuesday practice that was as mild as the temperature.
Washington Daily News

Emerging force
 Richard Koonce admits that he's not a natural leader.
New Bern Sun Journal

UCF game should be a battle
  At the start of the season, Central Florida seemed to be one of the easiest games of the 2005 season for East Carolina.
Kinston Free Press

UCF (4-3) At East Carolina (3-4)
WFtv.com

October 26, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat - 10.26
Holtz seeks to harness team's psyche
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.26
Pirate basketball set for lights, camera, action
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Roy Cooper - 10.26
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 10.26

Complete Television Schedule Revealed For ECU Basketball
 East Carolina will make a total of six appearances on local, regional and national television during the 2005-06 season.
ecupirates.com

Pirates looking for solutions to stagnant running game
 Through its first seven games this season, even during three wins, East Carolina has been dangerously one-dimensional, throwing for an average of 258.9 yards but running the ball for a mere 105.7 per game.
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU getting ready for resurgent UCF
 The UCF head football coach met the press Tuesday to discuss Saturday's game at ECU.
Winston Salem Journal

O'Leary proves worth the risk
 When the Conference USA media day was held in early August, newcomer Central Florida and East Carolina were picked in a tie to finish last in the East Division.
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates' fans will show their support
 UCF hasn't been to Greenville, N.C., in nine seasons, which means a new generation of Golden Knights will get a taste of the second most-supportive fans in Conference USA.
Orlando Sentinel

George O'Leary Press Luncheon Quotes
 The UCF head football coach met the press Tuesday to discuss Saturday's game at ECU.
ucfathletics.com

Underclassmen help UCF go from winless season to first place
  "Everybody that I've talked to said UCF is the most talented team in this league," said East Carolina coach Skip Holtz, whose team meets UCF on Saturday.
Dallas Morning News

October 25, 2005
Saint Crispin's Day

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 10.25
Coach groping for cure for ground game woes
Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.25
Stokes' first squad opening act for Homecoming
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
BVL: Holtz press conference (commercial free) - 10.25
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 10.25
WNCT: Bailey Show (guest Phil Petty) - 10.25

From ecupirates.com
-Purple-Gold Game Set For Saturday Prior To Football Kickoff
 Fans can get a look at the 2005-06 East Carolina men's basketball team Saturday, Oct. 29 - at no charge - as the Pirates will hold their annual Purple-Gold intrasquad scrimmage game inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, prior to the Homecoming football game with UCF.
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
 East Carolina University head football coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Conference USA match up with UCF.
-Krog Finishes Tied For Third At Taco Bell Intercollegiate
-Chris Ault Finishes Eighth At Georgetown Hoya Invitational

Holtz admits his sideline miscues hurt
 As his 3-4 Pirates look to jump back ahead to 3-2 in Conference USA when they host UCF for homecoming, their first-year head coach was still lumping a lot of the blame for last Saturday's sluggish offensive effort onto his own shoulders.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Holland pushing academics
 When it comes to athletics directors firing coaches, East Carolina's Terry Holland has hit for the cycle.
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates still searching for short-yardage answer
 It’s been quite a while since the East Carolina football team has been able to line up on third-and-short and punish the opponent’s defensive front with a bruiser of a back to get the needed yardage.
Washington Daily News

Pirates seek fast start against UCF
 When the East Carolina football team gets off to a fast start, it bodes well for the Pirates.
New Bern Sun Journal

Football Game Notes - The East Carolina Game
 Two teams that were predicted to finish in a tie for last place in Conference USA's Eastern Division preseason poll meet this Saturday
ucfathletics.com

Florida college football briefs: Like father, like son
 The acorn doesn't fall far the Holtz tree, it seems...No surprise, then, that son Skip Holtz, who heads East Carolina, heaped more praise on UCF than the Knights have heard since joining Conference USA.
Orlando Sentinel

October 24, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Hinton: Henry's Highlights - 10.24
Chancellor on mission to leverage the "spirit"
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.24
College Football Headliners: Stars & Storylines
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

Lady Pirates Fall To SMU, 2-0, On Senior Day
ecupirates.com

Pirates should learn from Saturday's start
 In football years, this East Carolina team is still more or less a kid with young parents, still in need of some tough lessons.
Greenville Daily Reflector

 

October 30, 2005

Gamecocks beat Vols for first time since 1992
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Durham Herald Journal
-Duke, Wake heading separate ways
-Barclay, Deacs trample Devils
-Heels 'kicked in the gut' in third quarter

Tigers lose heartbreaker to Jackets
Greenville (SC) News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs rout Devils
 Wake Forest's 44-6 victory over Duke is the most lopsided ever in the long-running series
-Appalachian hangs on to down Chattanooga 35-25
 Williams becomes the Mountaineers' all-time passing leader

October 29, 2005

College football predictions
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Bunting has chance to build
 
... Bunting's inclination will be to look at coaches on his staff, but two better targets are Steve Logan, the former East Carolina coach, and Mike Dunbar...
-UNC 'O' not in step
 
The Heels' offense will have to gel against the nation's top defense to repeat last year's upset.
-Post-Hodge era to begin for Wolfpack
 
Few outside observers expect a drop in performance from N.C. State's basketball team, even without Julius Hodge.

Mahoney, King leave Gamecocks baseball team
 USC catcher Ryan Mahoney has transferred to St. John’s, and infielder Tommy King has transferred to Troy, Gamecocks baseball coach Ray Tanner said Friday.
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Past augurs close Clemson-Tech game
 
Last-minute loss in 2005 lingers for Tigers players
-USC attempts to solve Vols
 
Spurrier says Gamecocks need effort, breaks

Deacs, Devils tuning out talk
 
Winning season not out of Wake Forest's reach
Winston Salem Journal

Carolinas' No. 1
 
Jerry Moore says that in the 17 seasons he has been football coach at Appalachian State, he has never pursued another job.
Charlotte Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Senior Dewan hoping to see goal posts come down one last time
 
Each season during Duke senior linebacker Brendan Dewan's playing career, the goal posts at Wallace Wade Stadium have come crashing down following a significant victory.
-Pack turns to Stone to rejuvenate offense
 
Marcus Stone will get a chance to help make a big turnaround at N.C. State today.
-UNC looking to find touch in red zone

October 28, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Eagles deny alleged illegal radio use
 N.C. Central's success on the football field this season seems to have drawn attention to the program, though not all of it is to the Eagles' liking.
-Wake has had upper hand lately
  Grobe is 4-0 as Wake Forest's football coach against the Blue Devils.
-Virginia Tech Whacks Boston College 30-10

USC baseball opens Feb. 10
 Schedule Announced
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Fulmer, Spurrier get along
 USC coach more selective with comments
-Downer up for speedy return to Tigers
 Six weeks after spleen is removed, tight end may play

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-'68 Pack team made its mark
 'Iffy' squad won the school's first ACC title and made what remains the school's only trip to the College World Series.
-UNC kicker's mechanics, process off kilter
 Sophomore kicker and Wilmington native Connor Barth says he's 'thinking too much.'
-Paulus is not QB fix
 Greg Paulus, a point guard, said he misses football and watches the Blue Devils, but he's a basketball player.
-NHL: Canes' attack on track

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Slow Progress- QB Stone will start on Saturday
-Wake Forest Notebook
 Vallos, Jones are healthy again
-Grobe makes switch, names Mauk starter

October 27, 2005

Nix to get more input on defense
 When Nix and former East Carolina head coach John Thompson arrived at USC as co-coordinators, both men said Thompson would make the majority of the calls
Myrtle Beach Sun News

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Coach K- USA Basketball role won't hurt Duke job
 Mike Krzyzewski said Wednesday that his new role as head coach of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team won't do anything to diminish his role at Duke
-Duke notebook- Blue Devils get fired up
 The Duke Blue Devils aren't getting conservative in their old age. As Duke's young players have gained more experience, the coaching staff has started to open up the offense -- a trend that Coach Ted Roof said would continue in Saturday's home finale against Wake Forest.

NCCU's actions under scrutiny
 A videotape that raises questions about whether an opponent of Fayetteville State used illegal on-field communications devices during a football game Oct. 8 is making its way to the NCAA.
Fayetteville Observer

McGee uneasy with USC paying moving costs
 Athletic Department's bill topped $21,000 for football coach, athletic director
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Healthy Yow ready to go
 Wolfpack women's basketball coach survives cancer again
-Pack's fear not realized
 Center's knee injury not major.

Barclay is almost certain to break McDougald's record for yards gained at Wake Forest
Winston Salem Journal

Moving day isn't sad for Bobcats
 The Charlotte Bobcats got their first up-close look at the team's new arena. Now, they just have to get used to the nuances of a building that gives fans a literal window into their work.
Greensboro News-Record

Hard truth- NIT title salvaged sour season
 Enough talk, USC coach Dave Odom says, about the Gamecocks’ march to the NIT title last season, their first postseason championship since 1997.
Columbia (SC) The State

October 26, 2005

BCS keeps football murky
Kinston Free Press

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Grobe says QB rotation is same
 Randolph, when healthy, is expected to start for Deacons
-Mountaineers to seek payback Saturday

Wake Forest Notes- Barclay low-key about record
Greensboro News Record

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NCCU's NCAA Division I upgrade proposal focuses on costs
 N.C. Central University's trustees on Tuesday scrutinized the fiscal implications of the university's contemplated move to Division I intercollegiate sports with Division I-AA football
-UNC-Miami switched to noon on ESPN2
 a change from the original time of 3:30 p.m., because the hurricane damaged light standards at the stadium Monday.
-Coach K's challenge of Olympic proportions
 Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has deflected questions regarding the rumors that he will be the next coach of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team, saying he'll talk after an official announcement is made.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Newton- ‘I might not play again’
 Junior vows to work hard rehabilitating Achilles injury but concedes his career could be over
-AT ODDS
 Through all the barbs and big games, Steve Spurrier and Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer have developed a mutual respect that is not uncommon between fierce rivals

Clemson's Purnell turns the page
 Seems like just the other day you could run into Clemson University men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell and moments later, you'd be in a conversation about last season's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Greenville (SC) News

October 25, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Stone steps up for State
 Amato makes decision to bench Davis after N.C. State falls to 2-4 with loss to Wake Forest
-NCCU board to discuss move
 The school is a member of Division II CIAA but is considering three options to change its program.
-Duke LB Bailey out for season
 Bailey was the Blue Devils' leading tackler before damaging the ligaments in his right ankle in the second quarter of Saturday's loss to Florida State.

Bowl jockeying starts now for Tigers
 Based on past seasons, Clemson, Ga. Tech likely to vie for same bowl invitations
Columbia (SC) The State

Deacons punter has physics in his corner    
 Wake Forest punter Ryan Plackemeier appears to be the victim of celestial and statistical injustice
Greensboro News Record

Finger pointing for track fiasco a waste of time
 Lowe's Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler seems to have become increasingly frustrated at how much of the blame for what happened in the Oct. 15 UAW-GM 500 at his track is being dropped in his lap.
Charlotte Observer

October 24, 2005

USC lines up recruits for the trenches
 (
Olson) has drawn interest from USC, Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Maryland and East Carolina.
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Bad Joint- Randolph's ankle is Grobe's concern
 Wake Forest's quarterback carousel is spinning again after Saturday's 27-19 home victory over N.C. State.
-Tar Heels lose defensive back for season with injury
 Watkins has broken bone in left leg, will force Bunting to shuffle players

Duke the clear choice
 Devils unanimously picked to win league.
Raleigh News & Observer

Spurrier says injuries always part of football
 Gamecocks look to replace Newton's offensive firepower
Greenville (SC) News

Clemson yet to play 'complete football'
 There was a pair of record-setting performances, a starter lost to injury, lots of missed tackles and a fairly average overall performance.
Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal

NASCAR: Gordon wins Martinsville race
New Bern Sun Journal

 

October 30, 2005

Saturday Football Roundup
 Marshall rallied from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to post a 27-26 win over Tulane in Mobile, Ala. UTEP survived a scare...
conferenceusa.com

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Eagles pay price for their failures
 Far too many North Carolina State ballcarriers escaped ino the open Saturday for Southern Miss to hold onto a win.
-A tale of two halves, both with problems

N.C. State 21, Southern Mississippi 17
 North Carolina State made Marcus Stone its starting quarterback in hopes of bolstering its struggling offense Saturday. But that spark came from someone else.
Durham Herald Journal

Andre the Giant
 The freshman running back, after playing little this season, looks a lot like former Wolfpack great Ted Brown in the win over Southern Miss.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Bernie bounces back
 Morris sparks comeback victory
-Gutty win breathes life into MU season
 Before Marshall’s football matchup with Tulane at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, a prayer was given over “what this game represents.’’

Tulane Loses 27-26 Heartbreaker to Marshall
 Ahmad Bradshaw's 3-yard touchdown run with 2:10 left in the fourth quarter lifted Marshall to a 27-26 comeback victory over Tulane
tulanegreenwave.com

October 29, 2005

CONFERENCE USA PREVIEW
 
UCF at East Carolina (1 pm): Two of the biggest surprises in C-USA get together in a key East Division game. UCF (4-3, 3-1) currently ...
Birmingham News

Wolfpack not so woeful in eyes of Eagles
 
These have not been the days of wine, roses or good football here of late along this stop on Tobacco Road.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Golden Eagles face stout N.C. State defense Saturday
Hattiesburg American

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-An upsetting tradition
 
Southern Miss has a tradition of knocking off favored teams, often away from home.
-Stone will have to weather storm
 
Aggressive USM defense a stern test for State quarterback in first start.
-Southern Miss at N.C. State
 
RECORDS: N.C. State 2-4, Southern Miss 4-2.

TULANE (2-4, 1-3 C-USA) VS. MARSHALL (3-4, 2-2)
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Future is now for Marshall, Tulane
 
Marshall needs a win today like NBC needs ratings
-Marshall needs win to silence the critics
 
Mark Snyder's most challenging week this season concludes tonight at the site of one of his alma mater's landmark victories.
-This week in Conference USA

Herd hopes Skinner provides ‘spark’
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Throwing deep is not as easy as it seems
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UTEP AT RICE
Houston Chronicle

UTEP wary of Rice despite its winless status this season
El Paso Times

Today's Conference USA games
Memphis Commercial Appeal

October 28, 2005

C-USA Fearless Predictions
College Football News

Marshall feels Green Wave's pain
 From the outside, it's difficult at best to comprehend the logistical nightmare that's been the 2005 Tulane football season.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Determination makes Gostkowski one of nation's best
 When Stephen Gostkowski kicks a football, sending it soaring end-over-end toward a distant end zone, the sound is lethal.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jumpin' Johnson raises bar on punts
 
Southern Miss punter Luke Johnson got plenty of stretching in before the Golden Eagles played UAB last Friday. ...
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Blazers hope Rhodes leads way down stretch
 
Not that long ago, UAB head coach Watson Brown was asked if wide receiver Lance Rhodes was playing his way out of the lineup.
Birmingham News

October 27, 2005

Rice upbeat despite its rough season
 Even though Rice lost to UTEP last year in a classic, rain-soaked, double-overtime dual in the Sun Bowl, the Owl players have pleasant memories of the 35-28 heartbreaker.
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Ailing Doss should play against UAB
 Doss, the team's third-leading rusher, was injured late in the fourth quarter of last weekend's 27-24 Conference USA victory over East Carolina.
-Season still salvageable for Blazers
 The Blazers have three wins with games left against Memphis, UCF, UTEP and East Carolina.
-Southern Miss QB bounces back
 With the possible exception of University of Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams, no player in Conference USA is hotter than Southern Miss quarterback Dustin Almond.
-Dozier expected to help Tigers
 Back before practice started, several weeks ago, the University of Memphis basketball team was polled on various subjects, all designed to offer some insight, if not inject some fun.

Brown keeps his eyes on prize, ignores Monday morning QBs
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Young secondary baptized by fire
 -- It was a telling scene, scanning Marshall's defensive secondary last Saturday in El Paso, Texas.
-All-state Florida cornerback verbally agrees to play for Herd
 Persistence and extra work has earned Marshall football a verbal commitment from a Florida all-state cornerback.
-No more excuses for Marshall
 Coaches, players say no longer can team say youth is reason for lapses
-'Rolling Thunder'
 Joint venture between Marshall, Pepsi will be rolling advertisment for both

Almond has hot hand
 The Charlotte Bobcats got their first up-close look at the team's new arena. Now, they just have to get used to the nuances of a building that gives fans a literal window into their work.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Bower Power- Southern Miss likes its coach
Winston Salem Journal

October 26, 2005

From conferenceusa.com
-Conference USA Cross Country Championship Venue Set For Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex
 The championship, originally scheduled to be hosted by Tulane University and held in New Orleans, La., was forced to change venues following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
-Conference USA Swimming & Diving Release
-Conference USA Volleyball Release & Stats

UTEP boosts, extends Price's deal
 The most asked question in town -- "How long will Mike Price stay at UTEP?" -- may have been answered Tuesday.
El Paso Times

As expected, division races tight
 From Day One, when new-look Conference USA was introduced, its football coaches insisted that the race for crowns in the newly-minted East and West divisions would be shootouts.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Road trips have been unkind to Herd
 Marshall is winless on the road this season and can only hope a game at a neutral site against Tulane can help fix the Thundering Herd's problems on offense.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Green Wave hitting land wherever it can; Plus, Herd game is homecoming for Scelfo
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Tulane QB will go long
 As Marshall prepares for yet another dangerous Conference USA passing attack, defenders know one thing: Tulane’s Lester Ricard isn’t going to “dink and dunk” all game long.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Cannon plays up to expectations
 When the season started, Tulane linebacker Anthony Cannon appeared certain to crack the school's top 10 list in career tackles.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles look to maintain consistency
 The University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jeff Bower held one of the shortest Monday press conferences in recent memory.
-Tale of two very different seniors
 Tyler Quinn and Jason Forte are the only seniors on the University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West searches for right mix on Tiger line
 U of M shuffles starters in hunt for top blockers
-Sharpshooters make U of M a threat for 3's

October 25, 2005

From conferenceusa.com
-Football Notebook
 Southern Miss and UCF sit atop the East Division with 3-1 records.
-Men's Soccer Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook

USM prepares for Wolfpack
 Southern Miss takes a break from Conference USA play this week, but doesn't anticipate anything easy about its trip to North Carolina State on Saturday.
Mobile Register

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger
-Bower- N.C. State better than record
 North Carolina State may not be ruling the Atlantic Coast Conference roost these days, but Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower said the Golden Eagles remain wary of the Wolfpack.
-New faces abound
 Shortly before the opening of his team's basketball practice, Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy spent a week at a clinic hosted by Larry Brown, the only hoops coach to win NCAA and NBA championships.
-Extra passes- Southern Miss
-Women: Lady Eagles dogged by injuries

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Tulane ‘home’ ...in Mobile
 Herd in must-win situation
-Conference USA notebook
 Herd players give nod to C-USA

Not riding Wave of momentum
 When Eric Schumann became Tulane's defensive coordinator in 2002, he made it a point to let every defensive player know that every job was up for grabs and the way to move up the depth chart was to create big plays.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Stretch run no easier for Herd
 Marshall's Conference USA football stretch run doesn't include a gimmee along the way.
-Slow starts hindering Marshall
 Something is missing from Marshall's locker room exits.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West says Tigers need to play smarter
 The University of Memphis leads Conference USA in rushing offense, ranks third in total offense and is fifth in scoring.
-C-USA honors Williams for his effort against Pirates
-Calipari wishes Young 'nothing but the best'
-We shouldn't stand for the excesses of college recruiting

Rice Notebook- Guard leaves DL for A-list
  Williams puts in OT on weights to get back into basketball shape
Houston Chronicle

Tulane Basketball Ready To Adapt
  Conference USA has undergone a makeover which saw eight teams leave to be replaced by newcomers UCF, Marshall, Rice, SMU, UTEP and Tulsa.
tulanegreenwave.com

October 24, 2005

Around Conference USA
USA Today

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Soccer Weekend Recap
 Conference USA played a limited slate of men's soccer matches this weekend with four games postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Wilma on Florida
-Women's Soccer Weekend Recap

Memphis' Williams rushes past legends
 With his 226 yards rushing Saturday, Williams passed Archie Griffin, Herschel Walker and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Winston Salem Journal

Numbers all add up for Miners in victory
 UTEP achieved landmark numbers Saturday at the Sun Bowl.
El Paso Times

Marshall feeling sense of urgency against Tulane
 It was suggested to Marshall's Curtis Keyes that a Conference USA contest against Tulane was "kind of" a must win.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Another slow start sinks Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Eustachy- Progress is evident
Hattiesburg American

This week for Southern Miss
Jackson Clarion-Ledger