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November 6, 2005

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Soccer- Pirates Fall To UCF, 5-0
-Women's Soccer Season Comes To End At C-USA Tournament

Nuggets: Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
Bonesville.net

Murphy enjoying being a Pirate
 It didn't take Dwayne Murphy long to know that he wanted to play football in college. Murphy realized his dream when he made the team at East Carolina University as a walk-on punter.
New Bern Sun Journal

November 5, 2005
Roy Rogers' Birthday (singing cowboy)

From Bonesville.net
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.05
Litke: Politically correct or not, blacks run faster
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 11.05

Haley becomes 4th ECU hoops recruit
 Some of the top basketball programs along the East Coast were interested in Hillary Haley's services.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Rice Tops East Carolina 2-0 To Advance To Championship Final
 Lady Pirates of ECU end their season at 8-12-1.
riceowls.com

Pirate volleyball shuts-out Golden Knights For The Second Time This Season
ecupirates.com

November 4, 2005
Will Roger's Day/Birthday (writer, actor)

From Bonesville.net
-Whitford: Perspective - 11.04
This is not your father's Internet
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.04
Throat-slash gesture nets trouble for Callahan
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 11.04
WNCT: Pirate Talk with Denny O'Brien - 11.04

ECU coach's focus - leadership
 Stokes stressed the importance of a solid work ethic, respect, attitude and surrounding yourself with the right people.
Kinston Free Press

Coleman receives top NFC defender award
 Coleman, a former East Carolina standout, was named Thursday as the NFC defensive player of the month.
Greenville Daily Reflector

November 3, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 11.03
Holtz rejects sacrificing present for future
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.03
Green Wave's road trip to Navy on the house
Tulane coming home for C-USA hoops schedule
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 11.03
WNCT: Chalkboard Chat: Logan, Steele & Hinton - 11.03

From ecupirates.com
-Lowe's Sudden Death Penalty Kick Lifts Pirates Past SMU
-Diamond Bucs Raise $15,057 For Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
-Helliesen Finishes Tied For 6 at Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate

From The Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU men are hitting the books hard, too
 "We've really stressed doing things right off the court as well as on the court," Stokes said.
-More surgery appears to be in Hands' future
 Hands, Conference USA's sacks leader with 5.5 this season, has been trying to play through a shoulder injury for several weeks,
-Birth of second child hardly slows down Baldwin-Tener
 Sharon Baldwin-Tener did everything she could to make this past weekend as normal as usual.

November 2, 2005
Birthday of US President Warren Harding (29th President)
Birthday of US President James Polk (11th President)
Daniel Boone's Birthday (frontiersman)

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat - 11.02
Godwin redraws roadmap to Omaha
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.02
Preseason basketball rouser costly for Pirates
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 11.02
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 11.02

From the ecupirates.com
-Bell Out Indefinitely
 East Carolina junior forward David Bell will be out indefinitely due to an injury he suffered to his left knee.
-Women's Soccer Trio Earns Conference USA Honors
 Senior Meghan McCallion and sophomore Kat Norris were named to the 2005 Conference USA Women's Soccer second team
-Lady Pirates Turn Focus To Exhibition Game With Berry College
 The East Carolina Lady Pirates basketball team used Saturday's Homecoming festivities prior to the football game to give fans a preview of what the 2005-06 season holds.

For ECU, these 3 games are vital
 The hopes and dreams of achieving a bowl berth and a winning season rest with the final three Saturdays of this month.
New Bern Sun Journal

Little Lion catcher makes college decision
 ... That's how impressed he was by the coaches, facilities and possibilities that exist at East Carolina University, where the State College senior plans to play ...
Centre (PA) Daily Times

Penny a model student-athlete
 Lady Pirate senior successful both on and off field
The East Carolinian

Safer Halloween
 The annual Halloween celebration downtown was one of the more safe and orderly Halloween events to take place in recent years...
Greenville Daily Reflector

Desks arrive for schoolchildren
 ... It was more than the government agencies that helped bring the supplies to the battered area. East Carolina University donated the desks. ...
Biloxi Sun Herald

Purple tops Gold in ECU's preseason hoops game
 Saturday's Purple-Gold basketball game felt like the good old days for East Carolina sophomore Jeremy Ingram.
Jacksonville Daily News

November 1, 2005
All Saints' Day (Catholic)

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 11.01
Goblins and turf demons too much to handle
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.01
Fledgling FIU program lands series with Miami
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 11.01
WNCT: Bailey Show (guest Chris Ferguson) - 11.01

From The Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU planning to keep three backs in the mix
 Skip Holtz insists one fumble won't land you in his doghouse. If it did, he would have actually needed a mini-kennel after three different East Carolina players coughed up the ball in Saturday's loss to Central Florida.
-Ga. center gives verbal commitment to Pirates
 Chad Wynn, a 6-foot-11 center from North Atlanta Prep, verbally committed to ECU on Monday after visiting the campus over the weekend.
-ECU surgeons using new device to treat aneurysm
 A new device to treat thoracic aortic aneurysms without major surgery has been used by vascular surgeons at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine twice in the past six weeks.

Lady Pirate Soccer Earns No. 7 Seed in 2005 C-USA Tournament
 The East Carolina women's soccer team earned its fourth Conference USA Tournament berth in five years Saturday afternoon after defeating Marshal 1-0 in double-overtime.
ecupirates.com

From The East Carolinian
-Golden Knights ruin Pirates' homecoming
 Fumbles, interceptions lead to costly C-USA loss
-Joyner Library brings Blackbeard to Pirate Country
 Author visits ECU to retell the tale

October 31, 2005
Halloween

From Bonesville.net
-Hinton: Henry's Highlights - 10.31
Progress comes in painful steps
-Nuggets:
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 10.31
College Football Headliners: Stars & Storylines
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

From ecupirates.com
-Jefferson Leads ECU Volleyball To A 3-1 Win Over Tulsa
-Pirate Soccer Falls To Tulsa, 4-2, On Senior Day

These Pirates know where the blame lies
 Doses of humility are rarely delivered in sweet-tasting, easy-to-swallow flavors.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates' game-day stories- A look behind the score
 It's all about game day.
Washington Daily News

ECU's Williams not discouraged after sub-par performance
 Not many players will experience games like Travis Williams did Saturday.
New Bern Sun Journal

 

November 6, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A howling success
 N.C. State overcomes two late blocked punts and hangs on to win 20-15 at Florida State -- again
-Heels click for victory
 North Carolina finally hit its stride Saturday at Kenan Stadium, upsetting No. 18 Boston College 16-14.
-NHL: Canes perfect at home
 The Hurricanes grab their seventh straight win, the franchise's first such streak since March 1985.
-NFL: Panthers play well, stay quiet
 Wideout Steve Smith is the catalyst for Carolina's 5-2 record this season.
-NBA: Winning start for Bobcats
 Gerald Wallace scores 25 points in the Bobcats' 107-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

From the Durham Herald Journal
-Duke's passing no match for Clemson's running
 Last season in Durham, a pass-happy Clemson team headed home sad following a stunning upset at the hands of Duke.
-Eagles alive and kickin'
 N.C. Central came back from the dead Saturday at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The Eagles looked like a beaten football team at halftime of the CIAA championship game, when they went into the locker room trailing Bowie State by 17 points.

Jackets down Deacons
 Wake Forest's hopes for bowl bid, winning season are dashed 30-17
Winston Salem Journal

Road warriors
 USC becomes bowl eligible with 4th win in a row
Columbia (SC) The State

Tigers too strong for sparring partner Appalachian State
 Appalachian State took a big step up in weight class Saturday night, trading punches with a heavyweight
Baton Rouge Advocate

Unimpressive LSU slips by Mountaineers
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Fayetteville Observer
-From the Cradle
 Bob Gibbons , a North Carolina-based scout and recruiting expert, estimated that while only about 40 percent of top prospects were committing when the NCAA added an early signing period in the early 1980s, closer to 90 percent of the country's elite recruits are now deciding long before the spring of their senior years.
-NCAA puts limits on the gimmicks
 Gone are the days of personalized locker stalls, custom-made jerseys and fake retirement ceremonies. Schools aren't even allowed to specially decorate their locker rooms, the coaches' offices or a hotel room for a prospect.
-Messaging links coaches, recruits
 text messaging has become the latest fad in college recruiting, the most instantaneous and legal way for a coaching staff to communicate with a prospect.

Seahawks soar in preseason opener
Wilmington Star News

November 5, 2005

College football predictions
Fayetteville Observer

From the Durham Herald Journal
-Death Valley has spelled doom for Duke since 1980
-Heels again have little margin for error
 The Tar Heels need to win three of their final four games to qualify for a bowl game.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers try to develop KO punch
-USC goes for bowl eligibility

Fan mail part of life for coaches
 Coaches rarely use fans' suggestions, whether well-meaning or demeaning.
Charlotte Observer

Big bucks, big advantage
 More talent is a given, especially in the case of LSU, the No. 6-ranked team in I-A, vs. Appalachian State, the No. 7-ranked team in I-AA, at 7 p.m. today in Tiger Stadium.
Baton Rouge Advocate

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Out-of-sync State still rolls
 The Wolfpack offense displays enough kinks and awkward pauses to keep players humble in 75-46 exhibition victory.
-Win gets Amato rolling
 If there ever has been the right time and the right place for Chuck Amato to pump new life into his coaching career, it's today at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium.
-Heels get taste of future
 the young Tar Heels also showed they still have a lot to learn, particularly on the boards, where they were outrebounded 41-36.
-Massive test for Heels
 BC's offensive line enormous, talented.

November 4, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-No quick fix for longer games
 You've got tickets for Saturday's game in Chapel Hill.  You've packed the car with a cooler and a grill.  How about a pillow?
-Wake Forest survives a D-II scare
 Eric Williams steps up for Deacons, with 11-of -12 field goals and 26 points.
-Heftier Simmons faces larger role
 Pack sophomore 15 pounds heavier.
-Duke slams Concordia in exhibition
 The first real glimpse of Duke's immediate basketball future came a short time into its 123-66 exhibition victory over Concordia University.

Tigers still don't know who will start at QB
 Tommy Bowden isn’t ready to make a decision on quarterback Charlie Whitehurst just yet.
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons hang on
 Division II WSSU has impressive showing against Wake Forest in Twin City Shootout
-ASU faces big challenge vs. LSU
 As appealing, or disconcerting, as it is for the I-AA Mountaineers to step on the field with one of the top teams in Division I-A, they say they have their priorities straight.

November 3, 2005

Brown takes winding road to success
 Former Greenville prep star, once recruited by FSU, will lead Wolfpack against Noles
Raleigh News & Observer

Bobcats play giveaway
 Charlotte builds 25-point lead in 2nd half, falters late, loses in OT
Charlotte Observer

Thompson, Nix improving USC defense together
 Spurrier gives Nix playcalling duties; unit excels in victory
Greenville (SC) News

November 2, 2005

Former Hogs Coming Home
 Thompson, who left Arkansas after the 2001 season to become defensive coordinator at Florida in 2002, was looking for a job after going 3-20 in two unsuccessful seasons as East Carolina's head coach.
Razorback Central (scout.com)

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Those looking for cracks in the defense team of Thompson and Nix are bound to be disappointed
 Steve Spurrier juggled responsibilities for his co-defensive coordinators last week, shifting the play-calling duties from John Thompson to Tyrone Nix.
-Question- What's different about USC's defense? Answer- Tyrone Nix.
 Hot head-coaching prospect seemed to make the right calls in win against Tennessee
-Offense shoulders QB’s pain
 Whitehurst can’t pinpoint the cause of his sore shoulder, but it’s effect on Tigers is evident

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Bobcats' Lair
 Charlotte looking forward to Saturday's first game in new home
-Deacs trying to keep focused
 WFU is still dealing with suspensions as it tries to reach .500

Wake Forest's suspended football players 'day-to-day'
 The status of four Wake Forest football players on indefinite suspension is "day-to-day," coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday.
Greensboro News Record

From the Durham Herald Journal
-Tar Heels should remember Boston College
 The Tar Heels played the Eagles in last year's Continental Tire Bowl, losing 37-24
-Broadway has earned a new contract at NCCU
 Now this is a no-brainer. Rod Broadway has one year remaining on a four-year contract as N.C. Central's football coach, and he'd like to remain longer than that.

Clemson unsure if Whitehurst can play
 The cat's not just out of the bag. It's screaming like it's running across rush-hour traffic.
Anderson Independent

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Whitehurst to play with pain
 Tigers' quarterback insists he'll play in Saturday's homecoming game
-Bowden still seeing positives
 Hill, Fudge say dissent formed in loss
-Gamecocks leave upset in the past
 USC history full of setbacks after big wins

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Universal truth
 In the new, expanded ACC, the four North Carolina schools aren't major players in football. But when basketball season rolls around, the league still revolves around the Big Four.
-UNC's time is at hand
 Receivers must catch on for run at bowl eligibility.

NBA: Bobcats outlook- Here's a starting 5
 These factors could determine team's success
Charlotte Observer

November 1, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Roof- 'All losses are bad'
 Duke wants repeat win at Clemson.
-Pack finds running game
 Brown, rejuvenated offensive line coming off big game.

From the Durham Herald Journal
-Duke-Wake was a matter of inches
 On the field, Duke and Wake Forest appeared to be miles apart. But on the film it turned out to be only inches, according to Duke coach Ted Roof.
-Pack's road to six wins gets tougher
  N.C. State got things headed back in the right direction Saturday, and now the Wolfpack faces a big challenge.

Upset gives USC options
 The Gamecocks hit the road to play Arkansas Saturday
Greenville (SC) News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Gamecocks hope to avoid late swoon
 USC has a history of November futility, but Spurrier’s teams usually thrive as weather cools
-Tigers’ quarterback situation up in the air
 Bowden says Whitehurst is ‘highly probable’ to play while Proctor waits in wings

Okafor on 'Wheel of Fortune'
 Charlotte Bobcats forward Emeka Okafor will appear as part of "Wheel of Fortune's NBA Week" today at 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte Observer

October 31, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Wake Forest suspends Swinton for four games
 Source says that freshman had paint-ball gun in dorm room
-Learning- Deacons say they are hitting their stride

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-First down, goals to go for USC
 Bowl eligibility is next on Gamecocks’ to-do list after beating Vols
-Whitehurst might rest this week against Duke
 Clemson quarterback is suffering from a sore arm; overuse is the suspected cause

NFL/Panthers: Smooth sailing
 Smith's big day punctuates Panthers' most complete effort of season
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack's McCargo may not return
 Tackle had surgery on left foot Friday.
-Heels' Baker will play against Eagles
 QB sprained ankle vs. Miami.

 

November 6, 2005

Saturday Football Roundup
 Golden Knights defeated Houston, 31-29, for their fifth win in six games, becoming bowl-eligible in the process. UTEP's Reagan schneider kciked a field goal with two seconds left to give the Miners a 41-38 win over Tulsa in a first place showdown in the West Division.
conferenceusa.com

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Miner miracle
 That UTEP pulled out Saturday's showdown with Tulsa with a come-from-behind 41-38 victory was nothing short of a miracle.
-Two key players injured
 Two key UTEP players appeared to have been seriously hurt in Saturday’s game with Tulsa. Senior receiver Jayson Boyd and senior tailback Matt Austin were hurt on separate plays.

From the Houston Chronicle
-Mistakes short-circuit UH's bid over Central Florida
 Central Florida ekes out victory; penalties, dropped punt hurt Cougars
-SMU snuffs out Rice hopes
 Mustangs apply defensive vise; Owls' skid hits 14
-Cougar coach building bridge to NCAA
 Coach Penders says reaching NCAA tournament starts with convincing players they belong there
-Rice can only get better once Killings returns from injury

From the Orlando Sentinel
-OH, WHAT A HOMECOMING!
 Someday even George O'Leary will forget the fake punt.
-CBS buying CSTV praised by commish
 Banowsky is delighted for two reasons. First, CSTV's new owners have deep pockets. CBS is owned by media conglomerate Viacom.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Driven to succeed, Southern Miss basketball coach loves challenges
-Eagles focus on tackling

Depleted Tiger defense struggling against the run
 Starting defensive end Marcus West suffered a knee injury in the team's Oct. 22 win over East Carolina and was not at 100 percent in the loss to UAB.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Basketball Conf. Preview- Conference USA
Draft Express

Eubanks, Eagles want to reverse fourth-quarter fate; also, Patton pleased with Herd newcomers
Charleston Daily Mail

Tough-guy mentality
 Almond following Southern Miss QB tradition
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd seniors focused on bowl berth
 Marshall football is dealing with a case of senioritis.
-No breeze for Marshall
 This wasn't in the script. West Liberty State College nearly wrote a bad ending to the Marshall University men's basketball exhibition opener Saturday night

Long week prefaces clumped stretch for USM
 Less than 24 hours after Southern Miss wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a tough loss at North Carolina State, the Golden Eagles focused their attention not only the next opponent, Marshall, but also the season-closing stretch of four...
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave offers no resistance to Midshipmen
 Tulane coach Chris Scelfo had no clue as to how much truth could be hidden in a simple statement.
-Tulane back saves best for last
 Tulane's running game finally produced its first 100-yard rusher this season, but the success on the ground came too late to have an effect on the outcome.

November 5, 2005

2005 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship- Semifinals
 No. 3 Rice defeated No. 7 East Carolina, 2-0, in the second semifinal on Friday at the Rice Track/Soccer Stadium.
conferenceusa.com

Conference USA "Live" Scoreboard
cstv.com

Today's CSTV On-Air Games
1:30 PM ET
Tulane University @ U.S. Naval Academy
8:30 PM ET
Rice University @ SMU (Same Day Tape Delay)

C-USA Fearless Predictions: Part 1 | Part 2
College Football News

C-USA PREVIEW
 UCF is tied with Southern Miss for first place in the Conference USA East Division.
Birmingham News

UTEP, Tulsa prepared for 'big game'
 The UTEP football program hasn't had many big games in the past 38 years. Not many at all. That's what happens when you have just five winning seasons since 1967.
El Paso Times

From the Houston Chronicle
-HOUSTON AT CENTRAL FLORIDA
-RICE AT SMU

From the Orlando Sentinel
-It's child's play for Kolb
 This is what UCF is up against tonight at the Florida Citrus Bowl: Kevin Kolb is 21 years old and has been running Houston's offense longer than he has been driving.
-Houston at UCF

Green Wave not accepting excuses
 Going into its first game this season, Tulane's football team had a built-in excuse if it failed this year: It had been worn down by travel after it was forced to relocate following Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Winning is still main attraction for SMU
 When a sparkling Ford Stadium opened in 2000, SMU had more than 10,000 season-ticket holders.
Dallas Morning News

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd getting it done with defense
 Three months of teaching and jelling came to fruition last week in Mobile, Ala. Marshall's football season was on the brink, and a stout defense kept the Thundering Herd in contention.
-New-look Herd gets first test tonight
 Marshall University men's basketball is still in a learning mode. Players, especially six additions to the squad, are completing their orientation.

Eagles to face former coach Kueck and vice versa
 Stunting linemen. Blitzing cornerbacks. Perplexing speed sowing confusion.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM's tight end shines for a change
 Tight end has not been considered a glamorous or very productive position at Southern Miss, but that perception is changing since redshirt freshman Shawn Nelson has taken over the starting role.
Mobile Register

November 4, 2005

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-CBS-CSTV deal seen as C-USA boost
 In a development that probably secures Conference USA’s television revenues for the near future, CBS announced Thursday that it would buy CSTV Networks Inc.
-Marshall’s Dorris catching up after late arrival
 Mark Dorris thinks he might be up to speed, on and off the basketball court, following his late arrival at Marshall. The Thundering Herd has had its share of late recruits through the years, but Dorris’ case probably tops them all.

Dome repairs delayed
 The Superdome might not be repaired until November 2006, although there still is a chance it could host some Saints and Tulane football games in October, Dome officials said Thursday.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tulane Men's Basketball To Play 10 Games in New Orleans
 Green Wave to Be First College or Professional Sports Team to Return to the Big Easy...East Carolina (Jan. 21), Marshall (Feb. 4) and Memphis (Feb. 18) will visit Fogelman on weekends.
CSTV.com

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-CBS aquires CSTV
 Thursday's press release totaled 19 paragraphs, but CBS's acquisition of CSTV could have been summed up in one word.
-Herd focused on shutting down passing game
 Three weeks ago, Southern Miss' offense flipped from a one-man show to an ensemble effort.

Defense is leading the way for the Herd this year
Charleston Daily Mail

From the Orlando Sentinel
-LAST MEN STANDING
 UCF defensive end Paul Carrington realized something dramatic had happened at a team meeting before spring practice.
-Cougars' Gilbert challenge for UCF

UH Notebook- Next two weeks are key for Cougars
 Pair of wins would set course toward fine season
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' reviews mixed
 All preseason anybody who has observed a practice has left the Finch Center raving about the amount of talent, and how it's possible for Memphis to get a large amount of points from virtually any position. Now the theory has been validated.
-Could this finally be the year for a fairy-tale ending?
-Tigers replay

From conferenceusa.com
-2005 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship- Day One
-DeAngelo Williams Named A Semifinalist for Maxwell Award
-Nov. 3 Men's Soccer Notebook

McCaleb's 1st day in court postponed
 Southern Miss place-kicker Darren McCaleb's first court appearance on misdemeanor domestic abuse/simple assault charges had been bumped beyond the end of the football season.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

November 3, 2005

Offensive spark lights Knights' way
 The effectiveness of UCF's attack this season is measured not only in better statistics but in victories.
Florida Sun Sentinel

Freshmen fuel UCF's turnaround
St Petersburg Times

Thornton emerging as Marshall's defensive leader
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Defense struggling to play two halves
 Southern Miss defensive coordinator Jay Hopson may need a psychologist before the season is over to help him figure out his unit.
Mobile Register

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Green Coliseum renovation on hold
 Southern Miss had expected to start the second phase of renovations at Green Coliseum sometime before the end of the year.
-USM assistant gets in touch with his roots
 Ron McCrone grew up in northern Florida, played his college ball there and has made 10 stops in the Sunshine State at the high school

November 2, 2005

UAB Wins at Memphis, 37-20
 Darrell Hackney threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns
conferenceusa.com

From the Birmingham News
-Signs of life
 Just when UAB's football season seemed to be doomed, the Blazers put the brakes on their three-game losing streak.
-2-MINUTE DRILL
 Games are easier to win without silly mistakes.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Six defeats under
 During a winning streak over the University of Memphis that reached six games Tuesday night, UAB has found a variety of ways to knock off the Tigers.
-DeAngelo impresses ESPN crew
 But Blazers punish Tigers all over field in second half
-Stealing the spotlight
 Blazers' bulldozer back White pounds Tigers in second half
-University of Memphis- Postgame

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Owls on verge of breakthrough
 The Rice Owls own the longest current losing streak in NCAA Division I-A football.
-Transfer Simpson could shoulder load for retooled USM
 Shaun Simpson has found the adjustment to Larry Eustachy's basketball practices at Southern Miss tougher than shifting gears after moving from Los Angeles to south Mississippi.

Tulsa expects UTEP's best
 When Tulsa upset UTEP last Nov. 27 in the season finale, it ended a school-tying, seven-game winning streak for the Miners. It dropped UTEP from the top 25 -- the Miners were ranked 24th in the country going in -- and it gave the Golden Hurricane a victory against a ranked opponent for the first time since 1996.
El Paso Times

Navy helps to bail out Green Wave
 When Tulane travels to Navy this weekend, the Green Wave will get some much-needed financial help from an old friend -- former Tulane athletic director Chet Gladchuk, now Navy's athletic director.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd invigorated by brief rest
 Body language left no doubt that Marshall University football players were invigorated by their brief break from the field.
-Shope to undergo season-ending surgery
 One of Marshall's most punishing blockers is scheduled for season-ending surgery.

From The Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Snyder likes Tuesday start
 ... The Herd not only gets three extra days to prepare for the perennial Conference USA contender, it then gets 11 days before playing East Carolina
-Central Fla. just keeps winning
 Marshall’s loss in late September to Central Florida continues to lose all embarrassment value.

Key games coming up for USM
Hattiesburg American

Southern Miss no stranger to Herd; Plus, Bernie Morris has a trick for media
Charleston Daily Mail

SMU brings out the best in Rice
 Owls draw on win over Ponies, rallies vs. UTEP
Houston Chronicle

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF prepares for fast-paced Cougars
 UCF's usually brisk practice pace is picking up this week.
-Red-zone play has O'Leary beaming

November 1, 2005

Tigers to Host Blazers on Tuesday Night for ESPN2
gotigersgo.com

Blazers hoping history repeats
 UAB just can't seem to beat Southern Miss in football. Memphis just can't seem to beat the Blazers. And then you have Memphis and Southern Miss, which have split the past four meetings between the two.
Birmingham News

From The Memphis Commercial Appeal
-One-sided rivalry
 Blazers have dominated against Tigers
-Avery, Williams focus on one thing- going to bowl!
-Tigers, orchestra compete for Forum time
 If his Memphis Tigers get past the first round of the NIT Season Tip-off, John Calipari would like to have the second-round game at FedExForum.

C-USA stars share spotlight
USA Today

Football Notebook
 Four nationally-televised games highlight this week's schedule

conferenceusa.com

NO MO
 Loss to ACC team disappoints Bower

Biloxi Sun Herald

Herd takes a breather
 Marshall, Southern Miss rest up before pivotal showdown on Nov 8
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd turns to Morris when chips are down; Also, Marshall notebook
Charleston Daily Mail

Revenge not UTEP's priority
 UTEP has plenty of motivation to beat Tulsa on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.
El Paso Times

From the Hattiesburg American
-Golden Eagles' tackling suspect against Wolfpack
 North Carolina State freshman running back Andre Brown carried the Wolfpack to a 21-17 win over Southern Miss on Saturday.
-Maddox main man on Southern Miss baseball team
 Marc Maddox will be in Southern Mississippi's baseball starting lineup next season. There was never any doubt about that.

From The Charleston Gazette
-Herd foe suffers defensive letdown
 Southern Mississippi, that pesky thorn in the side of many a big-name team, sports black helmets and often, a blackout defense to match.
-Marshall notebook
 Conditioning paying off for Herd

Marshall comes up bigtime for Cougars
 Vincent Marshall admits that he thinks about it every day. Not almost every day. Every day he wonders what might have been had he not shrugged off schools like Miami and LSU and enrolled at the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle

October 31, 2005

From conferenceusa.com
-UCF and SMU Share C-USA Women's Soccer Regular Season Champioship
-Men's Soccer Weekend Recap

Around Conference USA
USA Today

One-sided rivalry
 No need to show University of Memphis football coach Tommy West the information box accompanying this story...
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Blazers will have their hands full at Memphis
 The moment was captured on film, but that still didn't mean it was easy to believe.
Birmingham News

Give credit to the ‘D’ for keeping Herd afloat
 Now that the Marshall quarterback situation has cleared a bit and the Jimmy Skinner for President faction is in mourning, it’s time to let the defense make its case.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

U of M statistic that matters- That's wins
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Narrow win sets stage for West Division battle
 ...playing perhaps the best team in Conference USA's West Division in Tulsa -- a club that has defeated the Miners convincingly the past two years.
El Paso Times

UCF closing in on bowl
 They have been coached not to say it. If George O'Leary had his way, his UCF players wouldn't even think it until Thanksgiving. Oops, here it is: "bowl game."
Orlando Sentinel

USM releases baseball schedule
 USM will host league series against Memphis (March 31-April 2), Houston (April 14-16), East Carolina (May 5-7) and Central Florida (May 18-20).The Conference USA Tournament will be held in Houston from May 24-28.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger