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East Carolina


Conference USA

November 13, 2005

-Game Center: Tulsa 45, East Carolina 13
-Myatt: Collapse leaves bitter taste for Pirates
Hurricane strikes in second half
-BVL: ECU-Tulsa Box Score & Statistics
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz & Players Postgame
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.13
ECU tested by Eagles in exhibition hoops victory
Updated C-USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

-Pirates Fall To Golden Hurricane, 45-13
  East Carolina's Aundrae Allison set a new single-season for receiving yards with 922 after grabbing a team-best eight catches for 74 yards in a 45-13 loss to Tulsa Saturday afternoon.

-Men's Basketball Turns Back N.C. Central In Exhibition Play
  Senior forward Corey Rouse scored 20 points and junior guard Japhet McNeil handed out 12 assists as East Carolina defeated North Carolina Central, 67-60.

-Women's Swimming And Diving Sweeps Tri-Meet With Marshall And Gardner-Webb

Tulsa scuttles Pirates
  ECU's Holtz upset with lack of effort in second half

Raleigh News & Observer

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-East Carolina falls to Tulsa on the road
-Pirates frustrated by effort in Tulsa
-Veterans lead way in exhibition victory
-Lake Kristi hosts NCAA Regional

Pirates fall apart in second half
  Paul Smith threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns and Tarrion Adams added two touchdown runs as Tulsa gained bowl eligibility with a 45-13 win against East Carolina on Saturday
Washington Daily News

Tulsa Shuts Down ECU; Becomes Bowl Eligible
  Tulsa (6-4, 5-2 Conference USA) bounced back after trailing 13-10 at halftime.

ECU beats NCCU
  After four weeks of competing against each other, first-year East Carolina head basketball coach Ricky Stokes got his first opportunity to see his squad against outside competition.
Kinston Free Press

Next opponent: Crash has had lasting impact on Snyder
  Like so many Tri-State natives, Mark Snyder has processed the 1970 Marshall football plane crash from many perspectives.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Marshall plane crash victims to be honored
  Saturday’s game will mark the third time Marshall and ECU have met since the crash.

Beckley (WV) Register Herald

November 12, 2005
President James Garfield’s Birthday (12th President)

-Whitford: ECU in league's upper tier in attendance - 11.12
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.12
Pirate basketball edging toward the limelight
ECU in league's upper tier in football attendance
Updated C-USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

Pirate Gameday
 Saturday November 12th

Men's Basketball: Exhibition-NCCU
 7:00pm ET - Greenville, NC

Football: ECU @ Tulsa
 3:00pm ET - Tulsa, OK
TV: DISH Network (AT120 Package) - Channel 542

CSTV All Access (PPV): Audio/Video
- ECU Game Day Central
PDF: ECU Game Notes | Tulsa Game Notes
- Weather Forecast - Greenville | Tulsa

WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed

-Men's Basketball Hosts NC Central In Lone Exhibition Game Saturday Night
-Ferris Leads ECU To A 3-1 Win On Senior Night
-ECU Offering Super Saturday Pack Of Tickets

Play in secondary key for ECU
  East Carolina and Tulsa have made the most of their passing games this season but have done it in different ways.

Winston Salem Journal

Pirates ready for final push of season
  After its last week off, the East Carolina football team lost its next three games. Face it, however, the competition presented by Wake Forest, West Virginia and Southern Miss offer tougher contests than the Pirates’ next three opponents — Tulsa, Marshall and UAB. It’s no cakewalk, either.

Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-C-USA's top pass catchers go head-to-head
  Just an inch separates East Carolina's Aundrae Allison (6-foot-1) and Tulsa's 6-2 Garrett Mills, but the 40 pounds of extra weight on Tulsa's tight end represents the key difference in today's Conference USA showdown in Oklahoma.
-Pirates' Harmon gets to make a return visit to home state
  Tulsa's Garrett Mills will get as much attention today as a tight end ever could, but he's used to that. On the other hand, East Carolina's Harmon, despite the fact he requested 103 tickets for today's game in his home state of Oklahoma, hopes obscurity might give him a chance for a couple of breaks today against the Golden Hurricane.
-ECU men take floor tonight for exhibition
  "We're just excited to finally have an opportunity to play a game at home in front of the fans," ECU coach Ricky Stokes said. "It's an exhibition game, but it's another opportunity for us to grow and develop as we play someone new."

From The New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates look for fresh start
-Central comes to Greenville for hoops

From The Kinston Free Press
-Pirates face NCCU in exhibition game today
-East Carolina looks to keep bowl hopes alive
-Pirates face streaking Golden Hurricane squad

East Carolina at Tulsa
Raleigh News & Observer

UNC board OKs pay hikes for chancellors
  The highest went to East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard, who received a 16.28 percent increase.
Durham Herald Sun

November 11, 2005
Veteran's Day (US)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 258 - 11.11
Holtz deserves long-term commitment
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.11
Tangle with Titans headlines ECU baseball slate
Updated C-USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

-East Carolina Baseball Announces 2006 Schedule
  Thirty-five home games at Clark-LeClair Stadium, including the Third Annual Keith LeClair Classic, highlight the 2006 baseball schedule announced Thursday by head baseball coach Billy Godwin.
-ECU-Wofford Game Time Moved Up By Two Hours
  rescheduled for a 5 p.m. tip-off inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum as part of a football/men's basketball doubleheader.
-East Carolina Hosts NCAA Southeast Cross Country Championship
  Saturday, Nov. 12 at Overton's Lake Kristi course
-Four Seniors Honored Friday Night In Minges
  All four seniors have played in the majority of ECU's matches the last four years, a period in which ECU improved their win total each season.

New Leader: Stokes' first team at East Carolina looks solid at guard but has front court holes
  East Carolina has always played basketball in the shadow of the ACC, but this season it will have a little ACC flavor.
Winston Salem Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU hoping redshirt stays on big group
  It's risky business trying to keep a second-string football player from becoming first string, but that's what East Carolina is doing at the moment.
-Diamond Bucs announce 2006 schedule

November 10, 2005
USMC's Birthday

-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 11.10
C-USA parity produces scramble for bowl bids
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.10
East Carolina football hire rates a "B" from BCA
Updated C-USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

ECU's David Levine Named To 2005 C-USA All-Freshman Soccer Team

Johnson a good catch at running back
 ECU sophomore a versatile player.
Raleigh News & Observer

From The Greenville Daily Reflector
-Tulsa football coach not taking Pirates lightly
 East Carolina players hoping Tulsa will underestimate them this Saturday will be disappointed, as long as Golden Hurricane coach Steve Kragthorpe has not suddenly lost his voice.
-Bowles promises positive change for ECU
 Bowles visited East Carolina University as part of his 16-campus tour.  Bowles said that despite budget shortfalls, he and his staff will work with ECU to achieve its goals.
-Board works to keep project within budget
 ECU's finance and facilities committee is revising two plans for the Eastern Carolina Cardiovascular Institute to keep the project within budget. The school's portion of the facility is running about $8 million over budget, partly because of rising costs for building materials.
-Lady Pirates pile it on Vikings
 The choice between crashing the boards and extra running in practice was an easy one for Cherie Mills.

ECU's Williams focusing on defense after demotion
 East Carolina sophomore Travis Williams isn't going to let his recent demotion from top punt returner keep him down.
Jacksonville Daily News

From The Kinston Free Press
-ECU must improve rush defense
 While there have been some improvements in the East Carolina football program this year, there is one thing that hasn't changed - the Pirates are dragging up the rear in rush defense.
-Forgetting the past
 East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz wants the Pirates to learn from the past and approach the final three weeks as a new season.

Rested Pirates take on Tulsa after open date
 ECU must win out to be bowl eligible
The East Carolinian

November 9, 2005

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat - 11.09
Notes: Another hurdle for Hands
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.09
Southern Miss escapes Huntington with OT win
Updated C-USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 11.09
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 11.09

-Head Coach Kevin Williams Steps Down From Golf Post
 Kevin Williams has resigned his position as head coach of the East Carolina University men and women's golf teams, effective Dec. 31, to become the head golf professional at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C.
-East Carolina Downs Berry College 79-49 In Exhibition Play
 Final tune up for the Women's team before the beginning of the regular season

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates basketball team thirsts for a successful season
 With the loss of Conference USA’s all-time shot blocker, Moussa Badiane and the addition of new head coach Ricky Stokes many Pirates hoops fans are wondering if the glass is half full or half empty. It has been a decade since East Carolina University has had a winning record and five years since they have finished .500.
-Off season changes have made ECU the riddler in Conference USA basketball
 Here’s a riddle: What’s six-foot-ten-inches, bottomless and lives in paint? Answer; the hole in the Pirates defense created by the departure of shot blocking extrodinaire Mousa Badiane.

Holtz says week off helped rejuvenate ECU
Winston Salem Journal

ECU aims for fourth victory
 If fans of the East Carolina University football team need hope that more wins are on the horizon, they need to look no further than the opposite sideline Saturday.
New Bern Sun Journal

From The Greenville Daily Reflector
-Grant will not be eligible to play for ECU
 The NCAA has ruled potential walk-on kicker Robert Grant is not eligible to play college football at East Carolina University.
-Shankweiler still hopes to make a name at QB
 In the eyes of Kort Shankweiler, the job of backup quarterback is one of the toughest on the long, long roster of roles on a college football team.

Herrion, others return to game at lower levels
 ... "This is home," said Herrion, who was fired at East Carolina last March, got hired as a top assistant at Arkansas and then left after six weeks to take the UNH ...

November 8, 2005
US Election Day

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 11.08
'Hurricane' season not over yet
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.08
Holland beefs up rivalries with Wolfpack, Hokies
ECU's Lee makes semifinal cut for Groza Award
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
BVL: Holtz press conference (commercial free) - 11.08
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 11.08
WNCT: Bailey Show (guest Greg Hudson) - 11.08

-ECU's Robert Lee Named Semifinalist For Lou Groza Award
 East Carolina junior Robert Lee was one of 20 semifinalists
-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 Tulsa.

From The Greenville Daily Reflector
-UVA scrimmage helps ECU hoops keep improving
 The East Carolina men's basketball team got another tuneup for the upcoming season over the weekend – this time behind closed doors.
-Marcus Hands done for the season
 Perhaps breathing the sigh of relief that only comes with the knowledge the right thing has been done, East Carolina defensive end Marcus Hands had his loose right shoulder tightened down in surgery Friday.
-Pirates aim to salvage season in final three games
 On the ninth of a 13-day mini-camp in between football games, East Carolina coach Skip Holtz said Monday his team was far from happy about its first eight games, but was riding in tandem with hope heading into the team's three-game home stretch.
-ECU revises its nonconference football slates
 ECU will welcome N.C. State, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during the next two seasons as part of an adjustment to the Pirates' future scheduling agreement for football.

Steve Kragthorpe Press Conference Quotes
 Tulsa closes out the home portion of the season on Saturday against the East Carolina Pirates with a 2:05 CT p.m. kickoff. East Carolina is coming off of an open date, while the Hurricane battled UTEP last week for the C-USA West Division lead. Tulsa Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe met with the media at his weekly press conference.

Hands off field for season; Lee named as Groza finalist
 In just eight games this season, Pirates defensive end Marcus Hands has recorded five and a half sacks. He’s racked up 21 total tackles, and nine of those were for a loss. Hands has also forced two fumbles.
Washington Daily News

ECU uses bye week to evaluate program
 As the East Carolina football hits the final stretch of the season, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the team. ECU head coach Skip Holtz said the timing was perfect. "It's an opportunity to get healthy a little bit...
New Bern Sun Journal

ECU's season turning into disappointment
 East Carolina has won three games this year, matching their combined win total for the past two seasons, but they'll need a strong finish to turn around what some players say has been a disappointing campaign
Greensboro News Record (AP)

ECU adds meetings with Hokies, Pack
 East Carolina has adjusted its future scheduling agreements in football with Virginia Tech and N.C. State, athletics director Terry Holland announced Monday.
Raleigh News & Observer

November 7, 2005

-AP: Another potential storm on BCS horizon - 11.07
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.07
College Football Headliners: Stars & Storylines
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

Volleyball Records Second Straight Shutout This Weekend
 Pirates defeat Southern Miss 3-0 to improve to 16-10 on the season

Pirates' run game wakes up
 There was some positive news from East Carolina's 30-20 loss to Central Florida
Jacksonville Daily News

November 13, 2005

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers roll FSU in Bowden Bowl VII
  Memorial Stadium’s huge JumboTron scoreboard read 14-14, but Tommy Bowden felt otherwise.

-Spurrier chomps the Gators
  It’s been a long time since Kool & The Gang put a bow on an outcome like this at Williams-Brice Stadium.

From the Columbia (SC) State
-USC beats Florida for first time since 1939
  Power running game produces team-record 5th SEC win in row
-Daddy gets a whippin’
  Whitehurst, Tigers eligible for bowl

From The Raleigh News & Observer
-USC gives Spurrier upset over Gators
  The ol' ball coach beat the new ball coach Saturday.

-Whitehurst survives, succeeds once again
  As a final act, it couldn't have been scripted much better for Charlie Whitehurst.

-Paladins flex muscle in SoCon
  Seniors hope win over Wofford not their final game at home

From the Greensboro News-Record
-With title in sight, Miami overwhelms Wake Forest
  What Wake Forest painstakingly built in 25 minutes Saturday in Groves Stadium was wiped out in four minutes by Miami.
-From back-flips to heartbreak for UNC
  when Connor Barth's overtime field-goal try sailed wide, no North Carolina player felt much like celebrating.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-'Canes sink Deacons
  Miami exploits WFU turnovers in 47-17 victory
-That's All Folks- Deacs' Barclay calls it a career
  Chris Barclay would love to have ended his career at Wake Forest with an exclamation point. But against third-ranked Miami's defense, that didn't happen.

From The Raleigh News & Observer
-Tar Heels just can't hang on
  Up 10 in 4th quarter, UNC falls in overtime.

-Bunting plays it safe late
  With nine seconds left in regulation Saturday, North Carolina trailing Maryland by 3 and the offense in a third-and-goal situation, Tar Heels coach John Bunting opted to have Connor Barth trot onto the field for a 24-yard field-goal attempt

-Eagles sack Wolfpack
  Stung by a 96-yard Wolfpack touchdown in the opening minutes, Boston College shuts down NCSU over the final three quarters.

-Sputtering offense dooms State again
  The prevailing theme throughout this football season for N.C. State has been a lack of offense.

November 12, 2005

College football predictions
Fayetteville Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs fend off Patriots 83-78
  Wake Forest blows 19-point lead in second half but rallies for victory in overtime

-Deacs to face stingy 'Canes
  Miami's top-ranked defense poses challenge

-UNC-CH, Maryland hanging on
  Both need win today to enhance chances to become eligible for bowl berths

-Surging Pack to face slumping Eagles
-ASU-WCU is about more than the Jug
  Apps can nail down spot in Division I-AA playoffs; Catamounts can win a share of conference title

-Appalachian planning new fieldhouse, baseball stadium

Deacons fix script to take OT victory
  A sequel to the movie "Escape From New York" unfolded in Joel Coliseum Friday night.
Greensboro News-Record

From the Columbia (SC) State
-USC vs. Florida
  When Steve Spurrier stares across the field at Florida coach Urban Meyer today, he could be looking at himself 15 years ago. Not only does Meyer have Spurrier’s old job; the 41-year-old also has succeeded Spurrier as this decade’s offensive wiz kid.
-Clemson's defense in give-and-take mode
  Tigers hope to take away FSU's passing game but won't be surprised to see a lot of rushes

UNCW adds top-notch pitchers to recruiting class
  Near the end of August, two pitchers from different regions were thrown together at a select baseball camp at UNC-Wilmington's Brooks Field.
Wilmington Star News

From The Raleigh News & Observer
-Bowl breakdown
-Pack's Williams proving he's a cut above opposing blocking schemes
  Opposing blockers have fallen all over themselves trying to slow down N.C. State defensive end Mario Williams.

November 11, 2005

U.Va. doles out suspensions
  Four Virginia players will miss Saturday's game because of an unspecified violation of team rules.
Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Weekend may make difference
  We'll know Saturday if North Carolina and N.C. State have turned their seasons into potential winning ones. Frankly, neither has been close to spectacular, but John Bunting's Tar Heels already have overachied and can reach a small bowl game with a couple more wins.
-Duke rolls past N.C. Central
  When the Duke players gathered in the locker room for halftime of Thursday night's exhibition game against N.C. Central, senior Lee Melchionni did what good senior leaders do.
-Duke, NCCU share mutual respect
  The basketball game itself wasn't very competitive this year, but on Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, after top-ranked Duke thrashed rebuilding Division II N.C. Central 102-42 in their second annual exhibition game, there was a lot of respect flowing in both directions.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Elon coach Lashley dies at age 40
  Ann Lashley, the associate women's basketball coach at Elon University, died Thursday of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, the school said. She was 40.
-More TV time for Canes

Gamecocks blow out Pacers in exhibition
  USC coach Dave Odom promised his players the weekend off if they played hard against USC-Aiken in the team’s exhibition Thursday night.
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons go small, derail Delta Devils
  Wake Forest uses late spurt to knock off Mississippi Valley State in opener 78-64

-Briggs doesn't regret that he kept on coaching
  Western Carolina coach is recovering from cancer
-Game- Hunter knows he faces a challenge at Western Carolina
-Move Up- A-10 can be good for UNCC
  The move came because of the big-money game of musical chairs played throughout college athletics two years ago, and it has prompted mixed emotions in the UNCC community.
-Next- Gamecocks want more than NIT
-Opportunity Knocks- Fancher hopes that Appalachian can emerge as leader

Thin air awaits Seahawks in Wyoming
Wilmington Star News

November 10, 2005

Several players may face suspensions at U.Va.
  Off-field issues could keep some unnamed Cavaliers on the sidelines for Saturday's game.
Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press

Deacons tip off tonight
  Wake Forest begins its season tonight in the 2K Sports Classic against Mississippi Valley State
Fayetteville Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-No. 18 Deacons raring to go
  Visser says that new Wake Forest players should do quite well
-Plackemeier will leave Wake Forest with record-setting numbers
  By the time he booms his final punt for Wake Forest on Saturday against Miami, Ryan Plackemeier will have left huge footprints all over the record books of his school, his conference and his sport.

College basketball preview- Wake Forest's success in Gray area
Greensboro News-Record

Clemson, Purnell bring in four recruits
  Clemson may not be ready to compete with Duke and North Carolina for the nation’s top men’s basketball recruits. But Tigers’ coach Oliver Purnell said his four recruits for next season should help his program improve.
Anderson Independent

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NCCU faces tough task in Duke
  Tonight's second installment of Duke-N.C. Central at Cameron Indoor Stadium is only an exhibition, but Duke senior Sean Dockery said the Blue Devils plan to put on quite a show as their regular-season opener fast approaches.
-NHL: Hurricanes 5, Sabres 3

Former Rose standout enjoying run of success at NC State
  Andre Brown describes the first six football games of his career at North Carolina State as a humbling experience.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Is USC's wait over
 In a season of firsts, the biggest — the Gamecocks’ first victory against Florida in 66 years — might be yet to come
-Family business drying up
 None of Bobby Bowden’s 21 grandchildren appear to be headed for a career in coaching

November 9, 2005

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Mathematically, USC alive in SEC East race
 When Steve Spurrier told USC fans in the spring that he planned to have the Gamecocks competing for championships, he was talking about a year or two down the line.
-New scheme running up yards, points
 Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden's promise to revise his pass-happy offense into a more balanced attack this season received a skeptical reception from Clemson fans accustomed to his throw-throw-throw philosophy.
-‘Bowden Bowl’ hard on matriarch
 Ann Bowden might stay home and watch game on TV

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Signing day- 'Haves' about to become 'Have mores'
-Duke teammates lead senior-laden preseason All-America team
-Duke's inside-outside combo could be better than Hurley-Laettner
-Bunting reaching out to former UNC players
 Observant North Carolina football fans might have noticed the familiar faces. About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers trio of Willie Parker, Jeff Reed and Greg Warren returned to Kenan Stadium during their week off. Last week, Kelvin Bryant, Darian Durant and Madison Hedgecock stood on the sideline as UNC beat Boston College.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Randolph's Ride
 Quarterback/wide receiver for Wake Forest has had an interesting career by any measure
-Mountaineers' offensive linemen get rave reviews
-SoCon Notebook
 Four teams still have shots at 1-AA playoffs

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tiger teammates pulling for Whitehurst to return
 Dustin Fry: "I don't want it to end this way ...
-Spurrier brings surge of growth
 He was in a kind of fantasy place for most of us.
-Back to the future
 Spurrier draws on past success at Florida to build USC program

From the Charlotte Observer
-TopCats shouldn't be a top story
 Two seasons ago, the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers played one of the great Super Bowls of all time. You know what fans around the country talked about the next day? Halftime. That's when the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake wardrobe malfunction occurred.
-NBA: `We should be 4-0'
 Brezec blames his struggles on court for Bobcats' 2 overtime losses

Relationships with coaches are key
 For nearly a year, Jon Scheyer felt the decision pulling at him as if he were a frayed rope in the middle of a fierce tug-of-war. On the one side tugged mighty Duke, the standard by which modern-day college basketball programs are measured. Across the way stood Illinois, Scheyer's home-state school and a burgeoning national power coming.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-This rule isn't worth celebrating
 College football is coming into its crucial final weeks, but as the emotional pressure grows, so does the chance a big game will turn on what may be the most subjective rule in football -- the rule against excessive celebration.
-Dave Telep's HS Preseason Top 100

November 8, 2005

Morgan suspended indefinitely
 Gamecocks’ long snapper was arrested on DUI charge Sunday
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Charlotte Observer
-TopCat faces felony charge
 Police: Cheerleader gave false name
-Panthers dismiss brawling cheerleaders
-TopCats story sets offices, Web abuzz
 Take cheerleaders -- dude, two of them! -- reports of sex and bathroom fights, and the raving imaginations of heterosexual guys, and you get a Monday morning with little work done.
-Woman- 'I can't believe she hit me'
 Tampa bar patron gives her side of story
-NBA: Jazz knock off Bobcats in OT, 95-91
 Bobcats play third OT of the young season

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Stone's intensity sparks Wolfpack
 State 2-0 with sophomore at QB.
-TopCats pay for scuffle
 NFL cheerleaders are supposed to settle on Sundays for short, pompom-shaking increments of television time.  They are not expected to overshadow their team's win by getting arrested in a bar fight after suspected sexual activity in a bathroom stall.

From the Durham Herald Journal
-Duke is runaway choice for No. 1 in preseason AP poll
 Duke is back at No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll while defending champion North Carolina failed to even make the Top 25.
-Talented youngsters lifting Pack to greater heights
 There's definitely a feel-good vibe around the N.C. State football team right now, and the reasons why aren't complicated.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Gamecocks hold bowl destiny
 Win over Florida Saturday could improve outlook
-Starting Proctor no Tiger gamble
 Clemson plays Florida State this week
-TV passes on airing USC-Clemson game
 Available only on PPV

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mountaineers fans flocking to Boone
 Appalachian is averaging 22,364 in attendance with one home game remaining
-NFL: Surging Panthers are in solid shape for run to playoffs

Same place, new name for W&M Hall
 William and Mary's basketball gymnasium is getting a name: Kaplan Arena. Jim and Jane Kaplan are being honored for donating $7 million to Tribe men's hoops.
Hampton (VA) Daily Press

November 7, 2005

Wake mines the in-state talent best
 "I've always believed in recruiting inside-out - and for us now, that's within the state of North Carolina - and then ripple outwards," Prosser said. "Beyond that, we try not to be concerned with who everyone else is recruiting."
Fayetteville Observer

From the Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal
-Gator wait is almost over
 The bait has finally been cast directly in front of Steve Spurrier, but he didn't bite.
-FSU game could have been huge
 The feeling of what might have been in a Clemson season that was so close to special deepens even more this week.

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers win big in exhibition match
 The loudest roar of the night from the sparse crowd didn’t come until 2:15 left in the second half.
-Tigers roll over Duke
 A thumbnail sketch of Clemson’s 2006 marketing campaign was featured at Death Valley on Saturday.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-NFL: Squashbuckling
 Panthers pounce on Buccaneers with 5 sacks, remain tied atop NFC South
-NBA: Opening night sizzles
 Bobcats would like to bottle the enthusiasm Saturday night brought

Pack your bags or click your Heels- Bowls still possible for State, Carolina
 But, because the ACC has only six guaranteed bowl tie-ins this year and as many as 10 schools in the expanded league could become eligible, six wins might not be enough.
Greensboro News Record

Upsets fuel bowl hopes
 It takes six wins to make a bowl game. It took a minor miracle -- at least in a historical context -- for N.C. State and North Carolina to get to 4-4 on Saturday and start legitimately thinking of a bowl destination.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-WFU players say Miami game will be like a bowl
 With only one game remaining in what will be a third-straight losing football season, Wake Forest can make of it what it will.
-Pack's Brown is opening eyes
 So Andre Brown might not be just a one-hit wonder as N.C. State's featured running back.


November 13, 2005

Saturday Football Roundup
  Tulsa erased a 13-10 halftime deficit by scoring 35 unanswered points in the second half to defeat East Carolina, 45-13, and become bowl-eligible for the second time in three years. UCF won a big game at UAB, 27-21, to hold onto first palce in the East Division. Rice ended its 14-game losing streak with a wild 42-34 win over Tulane.

Houston matchup has title-game feel for USM
  Staying apace in the chase for Conference USA's East Division crown.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

It's now 3-game season for USM
  Houston first, then home for 2
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars bowl hopes at stake against Southern Miss
  Old nemesis Southern Miss an imposing hurdle to UH bowl hopes
-Tulane athletics keep student's spirits rallied
  Cancelling the seaons in Katrina's wake 'would have been a sign of giving up'
-Owls stop Tulane to snap 14-game losing streak
  So much time had elapsed between Saturday and the last time Rice enjoyed the sweet taste of success that coach Ken Hatfield was concerned that his team had forgotten the words to The Old Gray Bonnet — the song the Owls sing following victories.

From the Birmingham News
-Hackney 4-lorn
  Darrell Hackney silently left the playing field at Legion Field with his jaw set tight, unable to hide the hurt in his eyes.
-Little-used Elliott delivers everything but a win
  Marculus Elliott had waited patiently for his chance to showcase his talents in the UAB backfield. He even switched positions, moving from running back to the A-back receiving post, hoping to play more.

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Another good Knight
-$65 million for stadium is high estimate, Orsini says

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-A painful setback
  Its All-American running back, DeAngelo Williams, was on the sidelines, nursing an injured left ankle. Its defense was coming off a loss to UAB in which it yielded 551 yards and was unable to stop the Blazer running game in the second half.
-Not a benchmark afternoon

From the Birmingham News
-Rice starts cooking against Wave
  Just when it appeared things couldn't get worse for Tulane, it did Saturday against Rice.
-Backup QB stars in first lead role
  The opening act stepped on the stage and didn't let go of the mike.
-Freshman receiver grabs attention
  On a key third-and-seven, Tulane quarterback Scott Elliott lobbed a pass toward Rice cornerback Carl Taylor, and the Green Wave's Cary Koch suddenly popped into the air and snagged the ball for a 31-yard catch at the Owls' 46-yard line. Trailing 21-17, Tulane scored a touchdown five plays later to take the lead going into halftime.

Basketball: Herd defense steps up vs. Glenville
Charleston (WV) Gazette

November 12, 2005

Conference USA "Live" Scoreboard

Blazers must protect ball
  UAB has turned the ball over eight times in eight games. No Conference USA football team has done a better job of taking care of the football.
Birmingham News

Houston Chronicle

Orlando Sentinel

From the Hattiesburg American
-Mason living college dream
  UAB has turned the ball over ei
-USM hoping students get more involved
  The University of Southern Mississippi basketball programs held an exhibition at Reed Green Coliseum to drum up some student support on Thursday.

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Skinner shows promise in Southern Miss loss
-Herd hopes to improve defense in exhibition game

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers, UT planning to rely heavily on run game
  So will it be three yards and a cloud of dust for University of Tennessee running back Arian Foster on the Vols' first play from scrimmage?
-Tigers vs. Vols- Who has the edge
-Calipari keeps eyes peeled
  It's not long until Tuesday's season opener, but recruiting never stops.

-C-USA Soccer Championship Central
-SMU Women's Basketball Pulls Away in 53-45 win Over ULL
  Opening round of the Women's NIT
-SMU and UTEP advance, Rice Falls At NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament

November 11, 2005

C-USA Fearless Predictions | C-USA Picks, Part 2
College Football News

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Brown putting on a show
  Melik Brown got the call shortly before kickoff.
-Defensive tackle commits to Tulane
  Quencey Patrick hasn't seen the water marks ringing the buildings on Tulane's campus.

Cross Country Season Resumes With NCAA Regional Competition

Stadium at UCF could be up by '07
  Construction could begin early next year if UCF can muster financing for the project, estimated to cost $50 million to $60 million.
Orlando Sentinel

Eagles don't have time to look back
  As tempting as it might be to relive the ups and downs of its 27-24 Conference USA victory over Marshall Tuesday night, Southern Miss has not had the time to reminisce about the recent past.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Too close for comfort
  For University of Memphis football fans, THE GAME in the Tigers-Volunteers series longtime Tiger fans recall vividly is the one that spawned its own list of novelty items.
-Despite injury, Tiger aide to go on
  University of Memphis defensive line coach Craig Boller, injured earlier this week in a Tiger football practice, got the results from an MRI on his right knee.

From the Birmingham News
-Ex-Blazers remember early years
  The beverages will flow quickly on Saturday at Legion Field during a reunion of former UAB football players. The stories will come even more quickly.
-Shorthanded Blazers overpower West Alabama
  UAB men's basketball coach Mike Anderson looked down at the end of his bench on Thursday night and saw three key components of his team wearing street clothes.

November 10, 2005

Twin headaches for Herd
  After OT loss, questions remain at QB, place-kicker
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Speed shines through in Herd's loss to Southern Miss
  Snyder's squad has today off before beginning preparations for its Nov. 19 home game against East Carolina.
-Two 7-footers to join Herd roster

Kicking game costs Herd in loss
  With a 4-5 record, the Herd must win their final two games against East Carolina and Memphis to qualify for a bowl.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Up-and-down year continues for Marshall football
Charleston Daily Mail

USM can't rest on its laurels against Houston
  Southern Miss, behind the leg of kicker Darren McCaleb, dodged a a major bullet Tuesday night at Marshall with a 27-24 overtime win.
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Knights have turned losing ways into gold
Orlando Sentinel

Blazers take on UWA in exhibition opener
  UAB men's basketball coach Mike Anderson knows what to expect in tonight's exhibition opener against West Alabama at Bartow Arena and it's not necessarily pretty.
Birmingham News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Memphis WR starts to prosper
  He was a sophomore in high school and a student who had soured on football. ... He had not enjoyed his freshman season and planned a football-free fall. 
-Tigers secure Coliseum for possible game
  The NCAA may ultimately award Alabama, and give the Crimson Tide the opportunity to host a potential second-round game in the NIT Season Tip-off against the University of Memphis.

Backup Elliott to get first start
  Asked about becoming Tulane's starting quarterback, Scott Elliott said, "I never wanted to be too confident or cocky about it, but I was always just going to wait my turn and try to learn what I could while I had a chance to prepare."
New Orleans Times Picayune

ESPN film crew tails Price at practice
El Paso Times

UH Notebook- Everson completes remarkable comeback
Houston Chronicle

November 9, 2005

-Southern Miss Holds off Marshall for 27-24 OT Win
-Men's Soccer All-Conference USA Awards Announced
-Conference USA Swimming & Diving Release

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
  Death, taxes and heart-clutching Marshall finishes.
-Marshall undone by kicking game
 So many story lines played out Tuesday night during yet another don't-blink Marshall football finish.
-Herd proves itself against C-USA power
 Southern Miss showed Marshall football fans and a national TV audience tuned to ESPN2 why it's been the kingpin in Conference USA football since 1996 when the league was formed.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Call it the win that wasn’t
 It may be remembered as The Drive that wasn’t. But it existed.
-Kicking themselves
 Missed field goals doom Herd in overtime

Herd Miss-es major chance
 A battle that ultimately came down to an all-conference kicker versus a true freshman making his debut went the way one would expect.
Beckley Register-Herald

USM kicks back
 Golden Eagles rally in OT after blowing 24-10 lead
Jackson Clarion Ledger

A tale of two field goals lifts USM
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Top of C-USA's West Division looking at bowl shots
 This week, Tulsa hosts East Carolina with a chance to become bowl eligible for the second time in the three seasons.
Dallas Morning News

Bowling in season for UTEP
 The last time the UTEP football team went to bowl games in successive years, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, Cleveland was the NFL powerhouse and Mike Price was in grade school.
El Paso Times

Wave getting run over
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers to snare top talent
 It's not the class they wanted. Not exactly. Not completely. Still, with the national signing period beginning today, the University of Memphis basketball staff is expecting letters of intent from four previously committed prospects.
-UofM snatched lineman from Vols
 For Willie Henderson, the attention was flattering and, at times, overwhelming.

From the Orlando Sentinel
-O'Leary has praise for his quarterback
-Knights linebackers feel heat

November 8, 2005

-Football Notebook
 Southern Miss and Marshall open up this week's action in Conference USA football with a Tuesday night showdown on ESPN2 at 7:30 ET.
-C-USA Sends Three Women's Soccer Teams to NCAA Tournament
 C-USA tournament champion Rice along with regular season co-champion SMU and tournament runner-up UTEP all made the 64-team field
-Pairings Set for 2005 C-USA Men's Soccer Tournament
 The SMU Mustangs (10-5-1, 8-1-0) will hold the No. 1 seed

From the Hattiesburg American
-Marshall defense playing well
 On paper, the Southern Mississippi football team should meet little resistance from Marshall on Tuesday.
-Forte leads Golden Eagles to 83-55 exhibition victory
 Southern Mississippi basketball coach Larry Eustachy trotted out four newcomers as part of his five-man starting unit Sunday afternoon against visiting Calgary University.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Herd’s ‘D’ on the spot tonight
-Marshall-Southern Miss game capsule

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-New coach settling in at Marshall
 Snyder, former Thundering Herd player, understands program's high expectations
-USM adds Va. Tech to 2006 schedule
 The SMU Mustangs (10-5-1, 8-1-0) will hold the No. 1 seed

Southern Miss needs win to keep pace in East
 The Southern Miss road show continues tonight in Huntington, W.Va., where USM faces Marshall in a critical Conference USA game on ESPN2.
Mobile Register

Southern Miss assistant has keen Herd vision
Charleston Daily Mail

Scelfo pondering QB swap
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Ready to pound it
 Running back DeAngelo Williams's decision to attend the UofM resurrected a dormant program and led it to the postseason (in 2003 and '04) for the first time since the early 1970s.
-Slow, steady progress for Tigers
 John Calipari has been measuring things in miles, and giving a nice, round number to symbolically indicate how far his team needs to go before it's ready to compete at the highest of levels.

Large crowd boosts attendance average
 The largest home-game crowd in five seasons pushed UCF's 2005 average attendance to the highest point since 2002, reversing a trend of declines.
Orlando Sentinel

New coaches need fast start
 First-year Tulsa head coach Doug Wojcik said it's about credibility and proving to players that you can be influential in their futures.
Fayetteville Observer

November 7, 2005

Around Conference USA
USA Today

Perennial contenders in unfamiliar territory
 Southern Miss and Marshall aren't accustomed to playing for second place.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Herd’s big need- two more wins
 AS I PONDER Marshall’s “lateral move” to Conference USA, two things are clear on this splendid Monday morning:
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Johnson, Ford to play vs. Marshall
 Both suffered knee injuries in USM's 21-17 loss at North Carolina State on Oct. 29.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

UCF may hold key to shot at bowl
 The chance to accomplish the first goal - winning a Conference USA title - was over when the UAB football team reached the halfway point of conference play.
Birmingham News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF bowl destination varied
 A surprisingly successful season secured and bowl-eligibility clinched, UCF looks in the mirror with a strange new assignment: Get pretty.
-UCF has its work cut out as a C-USA team
 Over the past three seasons, only 22 teams out of 300-plus in Division I have won more basketball games than UCF -- and none of the 22 is in Florida.

Volunteers a sore spot for Tiger supporters
 It's a safe bet, then, that Tiger fans will not be singing "Rocky Top" en masse anytime soon.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

-Rice Wins 2005 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship
-Pairings Set for 2005 C-USA Men's Soccer Tournament

Tulsa Rallies For Overtime Win Against SE Oklahoma State