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East Carolina


Conference USA

November 20, 2005

-Game Center: East Carolina 34, Marshall 29 - 11.20
Dramatic finish adds fuel to budding rivalry - 11.20
ECU derails Herd's season - 11.20
ECU-Marshall Box Score & Statistics - 11.20
BVL: Auburn pays tribute to Pat Dye (picture) - 11.20
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.20
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
Falwell cleans house to jumpstart drive to I-A

-East Carolina Sneaks Past Marshall, 34-29
-East Carolina Rally Falls Just Short In Second Half in 62-60 Loss

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates knock out the Herd
  A team that's been rolling with the punches thrown at it all season threw a knockout punch of its own Saturday.

-Plane crash victims remembered
  Ironically, brilliant sunshine consumed every inch of Marshall University on the observance of one of the darkest days in American sports history.

-ECU women fall just short in opener
  A second-half rally wasn't enough for the East Carolina women's basketball team in its opener Saturday as Duquesne drained two free throws with eight seconds remaining to seal a 62-60 win.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Fourth-quarter collapse
  East Carolina didn’t get the memo about Marshall’s fourth-quarter invincibility.

-Marshall football notebook
  Bradshaw’s star shines through Herd’s gloom

-Defense lowers gloves, allows KO
-ECU-Marshall statistics

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Pirates slam door on Herd
  It was a game, and a season, that got away.

-Lack of 'killer instinct' costs Marshall
  Deciphering Marshall's 34-29 loss to East Carolina was just as in-front-of-your-face as it was tough to figure.

-Marshall still not up to speed in new league
  Transition has been a meaningful word in Marshall football since the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash on the return trip from a game at East Carolina.

ECU rewarded for strong effort
Raleigh News & Observer

East Carolina beats Marshall with late surge
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Hard truth-Nothing soft about E.Carolina schedule
Chicago Sun Times

East Carolina's 17-Point Fourth Quarter Lifts Pirates to 34-29 Win Over Herd
  Ahmad Bradshaw (Bluefield, Va./Graham) rushed for career-high 187 yards with two touchdowns

November 19, 2005
President James Garfield’s Birthday (12th President)

-BVL: Rouse rips Aggies - 11.19
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.19
Falwell cleans house to jumpstart drive to I-A
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Preseason Hoops Show) - 11.19

Pirate Gameday
WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed
Saturday November 19th

Football: @ Marshall
 4:30pm ET - Huntington, WV
TV: DISH Network- Channel 446; WITN TV 7

- ECU Game Day Central
PDF: ECU Game Notes | Marshall Game Notes
- Weather Forecast - Greenville | Huntington

-Men's Basketball Downs North Carolina A&T In Stokes' Debut

  Now it all counts.

-UTEP Ends Pirates' Season With A 3-0 Win In Second Round

From the New Bern Sun Journal
ECU looks to snap losing streak
  East Carolina junior cornerback Kasey Ross is frustrated because many teams aren't testing him.

Man at Work
  Shauntae Hunt understands the importance of hard work.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates win Stokes' debut as Rouse dominates paint

  North Carolina A&T scored eight of the first 10 points of this basketball game, causing an already nervous East Carolina men's squad to become even more antsy.

-Pirates look for offensive spark

  The first of two remaining chances to further the learning-to-win process that now characterizes East Carolina's football season lies at Marshall University today.

-Bradshaw leads way for Thundering Herd

  Despite holding home-field advantage at Joan C. Edwards Stadium today, Marshall will have to get its pass-catching power trio firing with its replacement spark plug.

-ECU women heading to Duquesne

  The new-look East Carolina women's basketball team will tip off the season tonight in Pittsburgh against Duquesne at 7 p.m.

From The Raleigh News & Observer
-Stokes, ECU open with win

  Corey Rouse had career highs of 35 points and 17 rebounds Friday as East Carolina won its first game under coach Ricky Stokes

-East Carolina at Marshall

  The Pirates lead the series 4-2

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Herd won't be lacking for motivation today

  Friends and family of the victims will be in attendance today when Marshall faces East Carolina, the same opponent prior to the 1970 crash that claimed 75 lives

-Herd, Pirates facing similar challenges

  Marshall and East Carolina are looking to finish strong under first-year football coaches. Difference is, Marshall is working toward bowl game eligibility, while the Pirates admittedly are playing for pride.

-Marshall game notes
PDF: Marshall vs. East Carolina- Position-by-position comparison
PDF: On the Field Lineups- Marshall vs. East Carolina
PDF: Click here for a larger version of the Gameday cover art

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-East Carolina-Marshall capsule
-Herd seniors trying to keep it going

  Remove the irony surrounding East Carolina’s visit near the 35th anniversary of the 1970 plane crash and you still have an emotional game on the Marshall sideline.

Holtz is committed to ECU's seniors
Winston Salem Journal

From the Kinston Free Press
-Pirates open season with win

  First-year head coach Ricky Stokes' debut as East Carolina's 21st head coach was a success

-Marshall playing for bowl

  That's the theme for today's game as Marshall and East Carolina face each other at 4:30 pm

Emotions to run high for Marshall against East Carolina
Washington Daily News (AP)

November 18, 2005
Pirate Basketball Tip-off

-O'Brien: College Notebook No. 15 - 11.18
Playoff would widen gap in Division I-A
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.18
Regional cable network strikes deal with CSTV
Updated C-USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 11.18
WNCT: Pirate Talk with Denny O'Brien - 11.18

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU men host Aggies in opener

  Now it all counts.

-Recruiting will be Job No. 1 once Pirates end season

  Holtz's vow to bring in-state talent back to the fore in ECU recruiting has apparently stepped up that effort already.

-Stokes Era Begins In East Carolina Basketball Friday Night

  A new era in East Carolina basketball will officially begin Friday night as the Pirates host North Carolina A&T in the season opener for both teams and officially begin the "Ricky Stokes era" at ECU.

-Pirates Shutout Golden Eagles To Advance To Second Round

  With the win, ECU Volleyball (20-10) will advance to the second round where the Pirates will face No. 4 UTEP on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. EST.

-East Carolina Men's Tennis Signs Three

  Three high-level junior performers and state champion high school student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to attend and play men's tennis at East Carolina University,

Pirate Gameday Weekend
WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed
Friday November 18th

Men's Basketball: NC A&T
 7:00pm ET - Greenville, NC

Saturday November 19th

Football: @ Marshall
 4:30pm ET - Huntington, WV
TV: DISH Network (AT120 Package) - Channel 446

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

East Carolina gets tough with future schedules
Washington Daily News

Couch one of Marshall's defensive leaders
New Bern Sun Journal

Herd seniors poised for curtain call
  The Thundering Herd (4-5, 3-3 Conference USA) needs

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall holding on to fading bowl hopes
  The Thundering Herd (4-5, 3-3 Conference USA) needs a win at home Saturday over East Carolina (3-6, 2-4) and a victory at Memphis

Beckley (WV) Register Herald

November 17, 2005

-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 11.17
No shortage of passion expected in Huntington
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.17
NCAA wraps up investigation of South Carolina
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 11.17
WNCT: Chalkboard Chat - Logan, Steele & Hinton - 11.17

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Remembering a tragedy
  When the clocked wound down to zeroes on East Carolina's 17-14 victory over Marshall in Greenville on Nov. 14, 1970, there was no sign that the Pirates joy would be short lived.

-Drew is suspended by Holtz for rest of the season
  East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz said on Wednesday afternoon that redshirt freshman quarterback Davon Drew was suspended for the remainder of the season. Holtz declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Drew's suspension....

-Pam Ferris Named First-Team All-Conference USA
-East Carolina Men's Tennis Signs Three

Pirates giving young receivers chances to shine
  Enjoying a huge boost after a 2004 season of dropped balls, the ECU receiving crew has worn numerous different faces this year, but most of them have worn the job well and are a prime example of some of the success of the first-year staff.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Marshall Hosts East Carolina Saturday
  East Carolina is one C-USA program that Marshall does have a history with. The two schools have met six times and the Pirates hold a 4-2 series lead.

ECU receiver eager for return to Mountain State
  Aundrae Allison is eager to head back to the state of West Virginia.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Pirates' Allison enjoying breakout season
  Aundrae Allison has competed against virtually every football defensive scheme. Cornerbacks have crowded him at the line of scrimmage and backed off with safety help in bracket coverage.

-Rebuilding Pirates seeking identity
  There's instability and then there's the East Carolina football program.

From the Kinston Free Press
-Patience is a virtue, Pirate Nation
  Patience is defined in the Webster's New World Dictionary as "being patient and having calm and endurance." While at times patience is one of the most difficult characteristics an individual can maintain, it's invaluable. Patience should be the key word...

-Pirates playing for pride in season's final two weeks
  When the final horn sounded and the clock showed all zeroes at Tulsa on Saturday, East Carolina's hopes for a bowl game were swept away with the wind and gone for another year.

Stokes gets another shot
  East Carolina University isn't that far from the Triangle in terms of miles, but when it comes to men's college basketball it might as well be on another planet.

Raleigh News & Observer

A&T gets used to life after Broker
  Aggies prepare for East Carolina

Greensboro News-Record

November 16, 2005

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat - 11.16
Rediscovering magic a trying mission
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.16
Fall signing period nets tall timber for Pirates
Tigers, 'Cocks to kiss and make up before game
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 11.16
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 11.16

-Men's Basketball Signs Four To National Letters-Of-Intent
  Four prep players - three of which are listed at 6-foot-8 or taller - signed letters of intent to play basketball at East Carolina next season head coach Ricky Stokes announced.

-Wilson and Monroe Lead ECU To A 3-1 Win Over 49ers
  In her final home match in Minges Coliseum, Erica Wilson recorded a team-high 16 kills while libero Trish Monroe led the defense with 18 digs as East Carolina won their sixth straight match to end the regular season with a 3-1 win over Charlotte.

-Softball Announces 2006 Schedule
  highlighted by a visit from 2005 Women's College World Series participant and sixth-ranked Cal, and its first-ever home night game against NC State on Feb. 21.

-Former Pirate Slugger Inks Professional Contract With St. Louis Cardinals
  Costanzo led ECU in home runs, runs scored and walks in 2005

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pinkney thrives in new offense
 First-year coach Skip Holtz wanted to put an immediate, permanent lasso on the flashy stuff that was often a part of last year's scheme, and replace it with fundamentals and control. Maybe he's onto something.

-Pirates have plenty of depth behind Pinkney at quarterback
 East Carolina coach Skip Holtz certainly doesn't have to worry about the future of the quarterback position, with none of his current handful of passers graduating this year.

-Banning fulfills goal of playing for ECU
 Erica Banning's decision was made long before East Carolina volleyball coach Chris Rushing came calling.

Quotes from Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference's going to be a very emotional weekend for the tri-state area. If you look back 35 years and the East Carolina game, now we have them coming here.

Skip off the old block
 Holtz trying to build winner at East Carolina

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Time for ECU to look past all of the 'what ifs'
 If there were a theme to the season so far for the East Carolina Pirates, what if, is as good as any.

New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates get blown out by Tulsa in second-half, lose 45-13
The East Carolinian

November 15, 2005

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 11.15
Pirates learning lessons the hard way
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.15
Calipari primes young Tigers for Preseason NIT
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
BVL: Holtz press conference (commercial free) - 11.15
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 11.15
WNCT: Bailey Show (prep football playoffs show) - 11.15

-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
  Head Football Coach Skip Holtz Discusses The Upcoming Marshall Game

-Volleyball Earns Fifth-Seed In Upcoming C-USA Tournament
  The Pirates will face No. 12 Southern Miss in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.

-Three Sign To Play Women's Basketball At East Carolina

Seniors still leading way for the Pirates
  Chris Moore and safety Zach Baker were among a handful of seniors Holtz lauded for not only staying with the program, but assuming leadership roles in a selfless manner.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates look to tame Thundering Herd
  After three straight losses, the last being a 45-13 meltdown versus Tulsa, East Carolina heads into its match up with Marshall looking for some light at the end of the tunnel.

Washington Daily News

Pirates turn focus to future
  ECU looks to continue building program despite falling short of its preseason expectations

New Bern Sun Journal

Marshall News from the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Legacy remains strong
 Snyder orders players to attend crash ceremony

-Marshall notebook
 Morris probable for ECU

Herd honors its past
  Marshall University's football program turned out in muted force Monday afternoon, linking the present to an unforgettable past.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

November 14, 2005

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights - 11.14
Coach's greatest needs: Time and talent
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.14
College Football Headliners: Stars & Storylines
Conference USA Standings, Scores & Schedule

Volleyball Finishes 9-6 In C-USA Play With Win Over UAB
  The Pirates concluded their regular season C-USA schedule, finished 9-6 in the league play, the school's best regular season record since joining the league in 2001.

A few Pirates came up short at gut check time
  Although they might have proven they were game enough to stay in almost any game with almost any team already this season, East Carolina found out Saturday that one little leak in effort can sink the whole ship.

Greenville Daily Reflector

East Carolina up and down in Skip Holtz Era
  The Skip Holtz Era at East Carolina has started with a hint of promise, but this season has turned out much like the previous three.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Next Opponent: Marshall kickers working overtime
  Tuesday's struggles underscored a season-long trouble spot. Marshall has misfired on three of its last 10 attempts and six of 15 overall.

Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch


November 20, 2005

North Carolina-Chapel Hill gets by Gardner-Webb
"Every thing we wanted to do tonight, we did - except winning the game," said Gardner-Webb coach Rick Scruggs, whose team continues its murderous early-season schedule Tuesday at East Carolina. "That's what makes it hard walking out of here with a loss."
Kinston Free Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels inch past Duke

  UNC-CH finishes its home schedule at 4-2 with the win over Duke, which finishes its season at 1-10 but not before giving the Tar Heels a scare.

-Victory Bell game a real gong show

  North Carolina-Chapel Hill played Duke in football for the 92nd time Saturday. You'd think by now they'd be pretty good at it.

-'You could hear ... players trying to catch their breath'
-Noel's presence lifts young Tar Heels in season opener
-Devils too much for Cats

USC can't wait till next year
  13-9 loss to Tigers mars end of storybook season

Columbia The State

From the Greenville (SC) News
Tigers do it again
  Clemson controls second half to pick up fifth win in last six games

-Spurrier gains respect from Tigers
-Gamecocks seeing red after struggles

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Close play costs Duke a possible win
-Tar Heels escape against Duke
-N.C. State 24, Middle Tennessee 3
-Noel's 3 bails out Tar Heels
-Dynamic duo powers Duke past Davidson
-N.C. State 91, The Citadel 59
-North Alabama ends NCCU's best season

November 19, 2005

From the Fayetteville Observer
-College football predictions
-Duke-UNC rivalry has lost luster

  In our neck of the woods, the best football rivalries seemed to be play earlier in the year when North Carolina meets N.C. State or when East Carolina plays anybody from the ACC.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Spurrier on track

  Ruling S.C. recruiting while taking N.C. stars only will speed process.

-Strong finish needed

  Pack must win out to get above .500.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Ferocious rivalry, fierce hopes give Clemson-USC matchup some teeth
-USC enters showdown on winning streak
-Tigers intent on getting 7th victory

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Spurrier- All games created equal
  Gamecocks coach trying to emphasize importance of winning championships over that of beating Clemson

-Super showdown

  For the first time, Tommy Bowden faces Steve Spurrier, a coach whom he has enough respect for that he once studied the Head Ball Coach and his offense at Duke, which had fired Bowden a short time before

-Happy ending in store for Bucs or Chants

  Big South title on the line when Coastal, Charleston Southern clash in regular-season finale

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke seniors relishing one last shot at Heels

  It's been two years now, but former Duke safety Terrell Smith still remembers every detail of the Blue Devils' victory at North Carolina

-UNC not about to look past Duke

  There's little danger in teams looking past a rivalry game

-Eagles look to keep winning ways going

  N.C. Central is going to play its biggest football game in a long time today.

-Bethel provides spark for Wolfpack

  Tony Bethel came off the bench at full speed to give N.C. State a jump start, and the Wolfpack rolled to a 91-61 victory over Stetson

-Devils look to continue improving against pesky Davidson

  Duke senior J.J. Redick called it "nasty" -- the good kind of nasty -- one of the best dunks he had witnessed in person.

-Heels open season tonight against Bulldogs

  Gardner-Webb's coach had no idea just how excited the people of Boiling Springs would be that the Bulldogs are playing a basketball game against North Carolina.

'Dogs to nip at Heels
  In the next 10 days the team will travel to East Carolina, Auburn and the University of Minnesota.

Shelby Star

UNCW brought back to Earth
  The thin Rocky Mountain air finally caught up with the UNC-Wilmington men?s basketball team. As a result, a long road trip ended on a sour note for the Seahawks.

Wilmington Star News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs survive in 2 OTs

  Visser, Gray spark Wake Forest past Texas Tech 78-73 in 2K Sports consolation game

-Thompson paces Appalachian State to 75-65 win
-'94 loss to VMI has a message for ASU

  Mountaineers can win their first outright SoCon title since '95 against Elon

-QBs take center stage in Virginia

November 18, 2005

Tiger, Gamecock fans keep fangs, claws in check on eve of showdown
  Regardless of what colors they sported, most of the guests at Thursday night's party said they just wanted to see a good, well-played game on Saturday.

Greenville (SC) News

A half-dozen days in 2004 that changed USC football

Columbia (SC) The State

UNC a giant step for Gardner-Webb
  Bulldogs are seeking upset not autographs

Charlotte Observer

Ferocious rivalry, fierce hopes give Clemson-USC matchup some teeth

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Gators handle erring Deacs

 Wake Forest commits 22 turnovers in defeat

-Apps open season tonight at home

 Arkansas-Little Rock will test Fancher's new lineup

-Conference shuffles left Pack in lurch

  Middle Tennessee is replacement for Temple

-Rams' 2006 schedule has 4 home games, A&T on road

  Move to Division I-AA has forced shuffling, changes in opponents, locations

November 17, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons expect Gators to press

  Ballhandling and turnovers are big concerns as Wake Forest faces better competition

-Mountaineers say hard work is paying off

  ASU in 1-AA playoffs for first time since 2

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke decks Seton Hall
-Devils show immediate, and drastic, improvement
-Doherty Starts Anew at Florida Atlantic
-NCCU extends Broadway's contract through 2008
-NCCU coaches excited about move to Division I

  Bill Hayes could hardly contain his excitement. "Great!" the N.C. Central athletics director said Wednesday morning after the university's Board of Trustees gave unanimous approval for a move to NCAA Division I.

What happened to Duke football?
  Author and sportswriter Bill Brill remembers a time when the Duke Blue Devils were an Atlantic Coast Conference football powerhouse.

Fayetteville Observer

USC's infractions remain unchanged
  Report, though, does place blame on school for delay

Greenville (SC) News

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Prosser's glad Deacs earned way to N.Y.
-Grobe's goal for '06- 'We need to earn how to win'
-ACC football notes- Bowl picture bleak for Heels, Pack

From The Raleigh News & Observer
-Prolific Devils maul hapless Seton Hall

  Duke jumps out to a 30-point halftime lead as the backcourt plays well against overmatched Seton Hall.

-NCCU OKs move

  School sees D-1 helping academics.

November 16, 2005

Intangible Things
  Drum doesn't have gaudy statistics, but still helps Deacons

Winston Salem Journal

From the Wilmington Star News
-Seahawks win BCA tourney title

   The approach was as ugly as a one-eared dog or as perfect as a rainbow, depending on your point of view. Either way it was typical Seahawks basketball.

-Cost tackles desire for UNCW football
  Forget tailgating.

UNCW Officials Discuss Possibility of Football Team will cost around $35 million to start a team. There are talks of starting a team, but financing a football program could be a big hurdle.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Brimming with respect, rival ADs go good will hunting

  A NEW AURA of cordiality hovers over the South Carolina-Clemson rivalry these days. It starts with athletics directors at the two schools who are striving to make certain that sportsmanship and good will are a prevailing theme during Saturday’s football game.

-ESPN2 to televise USC/Clemson game

  Deal comes after USC, SEC approach cable partner; game to be shown only in South Carolina

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke-UNC- Not what it used to be

  I once thought the Duke-North Carolina football game was something special. Some of my neighbors would reserve seats at their favorite Triangle restaurants on Saturday night after the game. If the Blue Devils lost, then Duke fans picked up the tab. Same thing for UNC fans if their team lost.

-Krzyzewski wants the Blue Devils to relax and 'play ball'

  For Duke fans who always expect perfection from their top-ranked Blue Devils, Monday night's somewhat shaky start to the season probably led some to scream at their television sets.

From The Raleigh News & Observer
-N.C. has talent to contend -- with 1 team

  Working on the assumption that one can beat four -- hey, it used to happen all the time in Clint Eastwood Westerns -- let it hereby be proposed that the ACC football teams in the state of North Carolina pool their resources and combine to field one team.

-N.C. Central recommends move to D-I

  A key N.C. Central committee voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the school move to Division I, and the school's trustees are expected to approve the move today.

-Triangle at top of heap in ACC

  Tobacco Road may be synonymous with men's college basketball, but often overshadowed are three women's programs that have rich traditions of their own -- traditions that figure to get even richer this season.

-NHL: Canes stun Sens again

From The Charlotte Observer
-Running game still a step behind

  In a season in which almost everything has gone right for the Carolina Panthers, the running game remains the team's most troubling aspect, Kryptonite for a squad of NFL supermen.

-Bobcats suffer energy shortage

  Coach rips team's professionalism

November 15, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke not great, but good enough for win
  Duke senior Sean Dockery knew that the Blue Devils didn't have a vintage offensive game in their season opener Monday night against Boston University, but Dockery didn't know that his two 3-pointers represented two-thirds of Duke's outside output.

-Sting of Heels' last win still with Devils
  Each time senior safety Brian Greene trots from the Duke locker room to practice, he remembers a game that he'd like to forget.

-Pack can't stumble down stretch
  There's no margin of error left for N.C. State's 2005 football team, and everyone around the Wolfpack knows it.

From The Raleigh News & Observer
-Devils lack punch in win
  The Duke Blue Devils anxiously searched for the high-flying basketball offense they thought they would have this season on Monday against Boston University.

-Devils aim to gloss over losses to UNC
  Brian Greene's route to Duke's practice field is marked with Carolina-blue spray paint.

-State needs 2 wins to be eligible
Bowls eyeing 4-5 Wolfpack

From the Greenville (SC) News
 Clemson, USC stand by last year's sanctions as they prepare to meet again for the first time since the incident

-USC makes adjustments in security
 Officials used Florida game as trial run for Clemson

-This Clemson-USC game game may be without precedent
 This year is nominated because both teams are fresh from upset victories over a couple of the most highly regarded opponents they have ever beaten on the same day.

Tigers learn lesson from last season's brawl
  Long before athletic director Terry Don Phillips addressed the Clemson University football team before this season, the Tigers knew what his message would be.

Anderson Independent

USC scrapbook has a Tiger-size hole
 In a season of firsts, South Carolina’s seniors have one last first to scratch off their list: Beat Clemson.

Columbia (SC) The State

From the Spartanburg Herald Journal
-Report- SLED investigating Clemson Police
 Football coach Tommy Bowden said Monday he was unfamiliar with a WSPA Channel 7 report that the State Law Enforcement Division is looking into allegations against the Clemson University Police Department regarding complaints of athletes getting preferential treatment when they break the law.

-Spurrier already versed on rivalry
 His last rival was coached by a Bowden, too -- so of course, Steve Spurrier took South Carolina's job with some sense of the meaning of the interstate matchup.

November 14, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Better Days- Grobe likes Deacons' 2006 potential
-Wolfpack facing tough task in its quest for bowl game
-Confident- Heels say bowl still within their grasp
-NFL: Panthers Dominate Jets

High times
  Gamecocks crack Top 25, and it’s their goal to stay there; as for a trip to the SEC title game ... well, it could happen

Columbia (SC) State

Bowden learns from Spurrier
  As an ambitious young coach, Tommy Bowden was hungry to learn from the best.

Greenville (SC) News

An intriguing Big Four tip off
  As the excitement of college basketball revs up — No. 1 Duke opens tonight against Boston University at Cameron Indoor — the Big Four tips off with several intriguing subplots.

Fayetteville Observer

Devils take first baby step tonight
  The Duke Blue Devils will open their men's basketball season tonight in the Preseason NIT as the nation's No. 1 team, the team expected by many to cut down the nets in Indianapolis come April.

Durham Herald-Sun


November 20, 2005

-UCF to Host Inaugural C-USA Championship Game
-Saturday Football Roundup

  Darrell Hackney threw four touchdowns, including three to Reggie Lindsey, as UAB defeated No. 24 UTEP, 35-23

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Stayin' alive

  Darrell Hackney looks at what will prob

-Win over USM sets up a perfect ending for Tigers
-Central Florida whips Rice to capture East crown
-Hoops: Tigers starting to look special

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles 'still in the mix' for trip to GMAC Bowl
-Turnaround lands UCF in C-USA title game
USM sinks Lamar 79-76 in opener

From the Orlando Sentinel
-From worst to first

  UCF won C-USA's East Division on Saturday with the same script it has delivered since October. The Knights dug themselves a hole at Rice Stadium, then clawed their way out for a 31-28 victory against Rice.

-Knights' leading receiver injures knee, out for year

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers back up talk

  The first word came at Bartow Arena on Monday when UAB defensive tackle Sam Williamson and quarterback Darrell Hackney guaranteed a win over Conference USA-leading UTEP and Blazer offensive tackle Julius Wilson said the Blazers possessed the league's best talent.


From the El Paso Times
-Blazers back up guarantee
-Miners lament missed opportunities in loss

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Familiar script as TU loses seventh in row
-It's been a long, strange trip

November 19, 2005

"Live" Scoreboards from
-C-USA Football Scoreboard
-C-USA Men's Basketball Scoreboard

Memphis at Southern Miss (CSTV 8:30pm EDT)
UAB at UTEP (Inet/PAX 6:00pm EDT)

DeAngelo Williams Named a Doak Walker Award Semifinalist

From the Birmingham News
-Hackney, Blazers haven't given up

  Darrell Hackney looks at what will probably be his next-to-last game in a UAB football uniform and sees a pair of options.

UAB in must-win mode now
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Bowl hopes

  The odds, on paper, are seemingly insurmountable for the University of Memphis football team.

-Tigers vs. Southern Miss- Who has the edge?
-Next up- Tigers tackle Big Apple

  The bus pulled back into town early Friday morning, when the skies were still dark and the city was still sleeping

Southern Miss guns for the run
  Tigers' Williams poised to exploit any weakness

Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles to make run for it
  When the running game surfaces in discussion of tonight's Southern Miss-Memphis meeting, the talk automatically focuses on the nation's leading rusher, the Tigers' DeAngelo Williams.

Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Evansville slips past Marshall 91-81
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Herd's depth too much for Tennessee St.
-This week in Conference USA

From the Houston Chronicle
Freshmen lead Marquette by Rice
-Versatile Lane brings stability to Cougars' defense

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights insist celebration is worth wait

  UCF vows to give Rice its full attention, then let the exciting scenarios play themselves out.

-UCF at Rice
-Court renamed for Torchy

November 18, 2005

Memphis Tops Alabama In Shootout
  Darius Washington had 23 points and six assists as No. 12 Memphis ran past No. 15 Alabama 87-76 in the second round of the Preseason NIT on Thursday night.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers put away Tide
-U of M students get what they came for
-Snapper is U of M's model of consistency

From the Birmingham News
-Memphis thrashes Alabama in NIT
-McSwain pays price for attention

  The preseason attention, which for UAB defensive end Larry McSwain, included a spot on the Nagurski Award watch list, is a good thing.

C-USA "Live" Men's Basketball Scoreboard for Nov 18

2005 Conference USA Volleyball Championship- Day One

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

Marshall fans' expectations of Herd's coach are unrealistic
Charleston Daily Mail

Price and O'Leary find redemption in C-USA
Houston Chronicle

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Golden Eagles dealing with injuries to starters
-Eagles to begin Alaskan adventure

From Marshall Athletics -
-Men's Basketball Begins Season Against Evansville
-Baseball Lands Top-Notch Class for 2007 Season

-Basketball Opens Season Play At BP Top of the World Classic
-Baseball Announces Third Signee of the Early Signing Period

UCF to Open 2005-06 Campaign on Friday facing cross-town foe Rollins

Reason to BELIEVE
  Like husbands everywhere, George O'Leary tends to monitor his household's credit-card usage.

Orlando Sentinel

Miner men begin anew
El Paso Times

Young Wave feels like they know each other
  The season's getting-to-know-you period was quickly enhanced when the basketball team in green was moved to a campus where the dress code is red. After Hurricane Katrina, the Tulane women's basketball team was stuffed onto a dorm floor at Texas Tech. Free time became an oxymoron. But perhaps that's a good thing for the senior-less team, featuring three new starters.

New Orleans Times Picayune

November 17, 2005

C-USA Men's Basketball Notebook
  Preseason favorite Memphis was the first C-USA team to take to the court and the Tigers posted a 79-52 victory

Marshall's Bradshaw is a late bloomer; Also, halftime adjustments help Herd defense; Also, Marshall women's basketball team hoping to build on success
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

USM defense on spot
  Containing Memphis star won't be easy

Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Game vs. Tigers key for USM
  Topsy-turvy Eagle year can still end with bowl

-Trip will be a test for U of M, Cal says
  Make no mistake, John Calipari wanted a home game. If not at FedExForum, then at The Pyramid. If not at The Pyramid, then at the Mid-South Coliseum. If not at the Mid-South Coliseum, then at White Station High.

Eagles must stop another big-play back
  Southern Miss defensive coordinator Jay Hopson hasn't been getting much sleep this week with DeAngelo Williams, the nation's leading rusher, expected to play in Saturday night's Conference USA game against Memphis at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Mobile Register

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers fail to join UTEP in lights on C-USA marquee

  Imagine, if you will, the two best football teams in Conference USA playing on a crisp November day at the Sun Bowl in El Paso on Saturday with the regular-season conference title on the line.


  UTEP enters Saturday's game with UAB ranked 24th in the country in the Associated Press poll. UTEP head coach Mike Price loves the free advertising that gives his program.

UH Notebook- Gilbert puts best leg forward
  Running back's career day comes despite bad knee

Houston Chronicle

Knights' only option is winning
Orlando Sentinel

Miner athletes say thank you to fans
  UTEP season-ticket holder Dan Gotaas was surprised to get a phone call from UTEP freshman offensive lineman Colby Meek recently.

El Paso Times

Herd's Whitted ready to take charge
  Marshall University men's basketball head coach Ron Jirsa was looking for someone to emerge as a leader of this season's team and Tre Whitted stepped up.

Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch

November 16, 2005

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Getting a faster start
-ESPN still picking Marshall to play in a bowl

Marshall men's basketball team feels sense of urgency; Also, Herd and Pirates are an interesting matchup; Also, Meadows drawn to crash memorial
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Figuring out a bowl, Tranghese, House, Pruett
 As if the Bowl Championship Series and college football’s bowl system aren’t confusing enough, along came Tuesday’s announcement over the Houston Bowl.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

C-USA Announces Agreement With Houston Bowl
  The announcement gives C-USA arrangements with six postseason bowl games beginning next season.

UCF awaits clear bowl picture
  UCF may wait as late as Dec. 4 to know a bowl destination, but the Golden Knights should have an either-or scenario in hand a week earlier.

Orlando Sentinel

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger
-8 teams vying for 5 bowl slots

  A loss to the Owls would leave the door open for Southern Miss (5-4), which could tie UCF for the division crown with wins over Memphis and Tulane.

-USM's Eubanks returns, won't discuss problems

  Southern Miss cornerback John Eubanks returned to the practice field Monday for the first time since leaving the team last week

USM needs home boost
  After logging nearly 4,500 travel miles the last four weeks, Southern Miss finally gets to play another Conference USA football game at MM Roberts Stadium

Mobile Register

Bower reruns 27-24 defeat
  Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower saw good and bad in his team's 27-24 loss at Houston.

Biloxi Sun Herald

At 1-8 this season, it isn't easy being a Rice senior
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Youthful Tigers have easy time with Milwaukee

  Antonio Anderson wasn't here last year, or four years ago, meaning he didn't witness the high expectations and low results first-hand.

-Let the fun begin for the Tigers this season
-Doss shows heart; Tigers see future

  Word reached University of Memphis running back Joseph Doss shortly before the opening kickoff.

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers reflect on close ones they lost

  UAB's five losses came with a different script each time.

-Blazers wear down Saints

  North Georgia hung with UAB for the first 20 minutes Tuesday night in the Blazers' second and final men's basketball exhibition game at Bartow Arena.

November 15, 2005

-Football Notebook

  The East and West Division titles could be decided this weekend as Conference USA Football begins its stretch run for the inaugural championship game on Dec. 3.

-Conference USA Men's Soccer Lands Two In NCAA Tournament

Beckman expected to survive gunshot wound
  Tulane punter Chris Beckman remained hospitalized Monday while Lincoln Parish officials continued their investigation into a shooting incident that left Beckman with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Nationally ranked NAIA school gives USM scare
  Golden Eagles, down 10 in second half, rally behind Singleton's 15 points

New Orleans Times Picayune

Houston Bowl adds Conference USA as opponent
Raleigh News & Observer

Conference USA notebook
 UCF in driver's seat for East Division title

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Ranked Miners upbeat
  The UTEP football team has a difficult task Saturday against Alabama-Birmingham. But the situation is positive for the Miners.

El Paso Times

From the Houston Chronicle
-Make room for Cougars at main table
 THAT wasn't a baby step the University of Houston took on Sunday. That was a giant one.

-Houston Bowl has chance to land big fish
 Starting in '06, deal could bring Notre Dame to city if Irish miss BCS

From the Birmingham News
-Brown blames himself for Blazers' woes

  UAB head football coach Watson Brown used part of his Monday press conference to blame himself for his team not meeting expectations this season.

-Blazers at full strength for tonight's exhibition

  UAB head men's basketball coach Mike Anderson said he'll use tonight's exhibition game against North Georgia to "work on different combinations of players."

Problem in Houston
 UCF in driver's seat for East Division title

Hattiesburg American

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Williams says he'll be ready for So. Mississippi
 University of Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams, who missed last weekend's game at Tennessee nursing a sprained left ankle, said Monday he is confident he'll play Saturday when the Tigers travel to Southern Miss.

-OK, DeAngelo made a mistake, but he's human, not Superman
-Tiger football notebook

November 14, 2005

Houston Holds on to Defeat Southern Miss, 27-24
  Ryan Gilbert rushes for a career-high 144 yards

-South Carolina Wins 2005 C-USA Men's Soccer Title
-SMU, UTEP Fall in NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament
-Marshall Receives Top Seed at 2005 C-USA Volleyball Championship

UH celebrates breakthrough
  Cougars put six-game skid to Golden Eagles behind them
Houston Chronicle

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Cougars clip Eagles' wings
  Two miracle finishes in one week probably was asking too much.
-Frazzled Eagles can't seal deal again
-Eagles lose Hendrix to concussion in first half
-Marshall lights up another from state
  Houston WR who stung MSU does same to USM with 2 TD grabs

  Southern Miss' hopes of securing a spot in the inaugural Conference USA championship game next month took a severe blow with a dramatic 27-24 loss at Houston on Sunday.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Around Conference USA
USA Today

From the Orlando Sentinel
UCF controls destiny
  UCF's sail into uncharted water took an unexpected but dizzying tack Sunday.

-UCF player faces sex charge
  UCF cornerback Ron Ellis has been suspended from the team after being arrested on a charge of sexual battery, authorities said.

Green Wave missed an opportunity
  Tulane's 42-34 loss to Rice on Saturday wasn't just another loss, it was the ultimate insult to injury for the Green Wave players and coaching staff.

New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M's opposition not just a nice story
  There were lots of things the University of Memphis had to do to position itself to host a possible second-round game in the NIT Season Tip-off.
-Tiger coach- DeAngelo's 'a tough guy'
  Just before meeting with his team on Sunday, University of Memphis football coach Tommy West wanted one thing made clear: "I've never questioned DeAngelo's toughness. He's a tough guy."