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Conference USA

December 4, 2005

-AP: Monarchs reign over Pirates
-BVL: ECU vs. ODU Box Score
-AP: Tulsa takes title and Liberty Bowl bid
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
GMAC Bowl pairs 8-3 UTEP against 8-3 Toledo
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings (final), Scores & Schedule

-Lady Pirate Gameday Central: ECU faces Drexel at 3 p.m. Sunday
-Lady Pirates Earn First Home Victory In Tough 59-55 Fashion Over Southern
-Monarchs Down Pirates, 79-53
  The Pirates (3-2), were led by Corey Rouse's 14 points and nine rebounds.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Monarchs roll over Pirates
-ECU women keep on winning
-Bryant awaiting official word to join ECU football squad

ODU's Hunter gets aggressive
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Cussing coach apologizes for blowing his stack
  Dooley, who is in his third year as a Jayhawks assistant under Bill Self and was formerly the head coach at East Carolina from 1995-99, shouted at (Nevada's) Fazekas while the two teams were exchanging handshakes at the end of the game.
Chicago Tribune

Garrard proves he's a QB all the way
  Former Southern Durham High football coach Chip Gill isn't the least bit surprised that David Garrard will be the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback today.
Raleigh News & Observer

Facing backup no gimme for Browns
  Garrard is known as one of the better running quarterbacks around, a better athlete than Leftwich.
Gainesville Sun

December 3, 2005

-AP: Tulsa-UCF battle to decide unlikely C-USA champ
BVL: Skip Holtz season wrap-up press conference
BVL: Exclusive Brian Bailey 1-on-1 with Skip Holtz
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Dooley expresses regret over heated remark
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings (final), Scores & Schedule

Pirate Basketball
WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed
Saturday December 3rd

Men's Basketball: @ODU
 7:05pm ET - Norfolk, VA
TV: WITN-TV 7 (Local)

Women's Basketball: vs. Southern
CPW's/Atavola Market Café Lady Pirate Invitational
 3:00pm ET - Greenville, NC
-Lady Pirate Gameday Central

-Season Review Press Luncheon Quotes
-Men's Basketball Set To Tip At Old Dominion Saturday Night
Lady Pirates host CPW's/Atavola Market Café Lady Pirate Invitational
-Lady Pirate Gameday Central

Monarchs host East Carolina Saturday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU receiver Allison undergoes surgery
  East Carolina coach Skip Holtz has expressed doubts about junior wide receiver Aundrae Allison skipping his senior season in hopes of a professional contract...A torn medial collateral ligament in Allison's knee, which Holtz confirmed Friday, could be the limiting factor in what Holtz predicted would be a decision by Allison to return for his senior season at ECU.
-Several ECU swimmers in rankings
-Tough test awaits Pirates on the road
  East Carolina's men's basketball team will face its toughest test of the early season tonight as it travels to Norfolk, Va., to square off with Old Dominion.
-ECU's Holtz discusses status of pair of suspended players
  Drew reportedly missed a team practice and failed to attend a weight lifting session prior to the suspension.
-ECU women's team hosting basketball invitational this weekend

Allison tears MCL
  ECU WR expected to be out 3 months
Raleigh News & Observer

Holtz concludes first season at helm with mixed emotions
  East Carolina head football coach Skip Holtz reflected on his first season with mixed reviews at his postseason pres conference on Friday. "When you look back on the season, it was a memorable and frustrating year in a lot of ways,"
Kinston Free Press

A Last look at the Pirates’ season
Washington Daily News

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Holtz says he expects Drew back with ECU
  Both East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz and suspended quarterback Davon Drew said a meeting this week opened the doors to a return of the former New Bern standout to the Pirates football squad
-ECU gets first big test in ODU
  Though the 2005-06 basketball season is in its first couple of weeks, East Carolina faces one of its biggest tests tonight.

Monarchs get national publicity in Sports Illustrated offshoot
The Virginian Pilot

December 2, 2005

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 260
Winning won't be easy in '06
-AP: O'Leary resume touts new entry: turnaround season
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Disney picks storm-weary Tulane for Spirit Award
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings (final), Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

With family watching, Hinnant shines for East Carolina
  Sam Hinnant said he got chills as the bus carrying he and his fellow East Carolina men's basketball teammates passed through Charlotte Tuesday.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Lady Pirates host CPW's/Atavola Market Café Lady Pirate Invitational

Breakout or Bust
  David Garrard stays calm as pressure rises on the Jags' new QB.
Orlando Sentinel

Backup quarterbacks who play are hot commodities
  Two quarterbacks have created this week's talk around the transaction window: Jacksonville's David Garrard and St. Louis' Ryan Fitzpatrick.
San Jose Mercury News

Hula time
  The Hula Bowl, which will be televised on ESPN2, features the college's best players from all the divisions.
Auburn's Tommy Tuberville and East Carolina's Skip Holtz will be coaching the East with Washington's Tyrone Willingham and San Jose State's Dick Tomey guiding the West.
Pittsburg Post Tribune

Myers Park star Bradley says changes in attitudes fuel run
  Bradley, who runs a 4.47 40, is being recruited by Boston College, East Carolina, Illinois and Michigan State. In the playoffs, he's rushed for five of his team's 10 touchdowns plus 457 yards on 75 carries against defenses geared to stop him.
Charlotte Observer

Delsea's Amaniera commits to East Carolina
  On Wednesday, Amaniera made his decision final, verbally committing to East Carolina University where he'll continue his soccer career.
The Gloucester County (NJ) Times

December 1, 2005

-Myatt: View From The 'ville - 12.01
Devoted duo takes modest path to big dreams
-BVL: Rouse powers Pirates past Terriers - 12.01
-BVL: ECU vs. Wofford Box Score - 12.01
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 12.01
Veteran coach Hatfield steps down at Rice
C-USA honors O'Leary after turnaround season
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings (final), Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 12.01

-Men's Basketball Scores Second Consecutive Win Over Wofford
  Corey Rouse scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as East Carolina beat Wofford 66-62 on Wednesday night.
-Ricky Stokes Call-In Show Debuts Thursday Night
-Swimmers Post Some Of The Nation's Fastest Times
-2005 ECU Volleyball Season Review

Pirates tame lackadaisical Terriers
  Wofford basketball coach Mike Young couldn't yell at his players like he wanted because there was a toddler on his lap.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates topple Wofford
  The drama was left in Greenville, but the East Carolina men's basketball team still managed an encore on the road.
-Garrard's moment- Former ECU star QB now in spotlight
  David Garrard's cell phone hasn't stopped ringing this week. High school coaches, college teammates, longtime friends and even some distant relatives he's never spoken to have called to wish him luck.

Rouse, Pirates get best of Terriers
  Corey Rouse scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead East Carolina to a 66-62 men's basketball win over Wofford on Wednesday night.
Raleigh News & Observer

Mills dominating at ECU
  Cherie Mills (Ayden-Grifton 2003) is making her mark in her first year as a member of the East Carolina women's basketball team after two years at Louisburg ...
Kinston Free Press

With Leftwich out, Garrard in, Browns adjust
  Facing a 4-7 team with a defense that's ranked 20th in the NFL would seem ideal for a backup quarterback making his first start of the season.
Florida Times Union

Garrard says he’ll run
  David Garrard says his first option will be to pass the football, but he won’t hesitate to use his legs to get a first down. “I have the ability to run the ball. I want to pass. I want to get the ball out of my hands and to the better athletes. If I can tuck it away and get the first (down), what’s wrong with that?” Garrard asked reporters.
Florida Times Union

November 30, 2005

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report - 11.30
Help on the way to shore up ECU's LB corps
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.30
Moore, Allison, Hands make All-Conference USA
Indians to face C-USA foe in New Orleans Bowl
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings (final), Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town - 11.30
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate - 11.30

Pirate Basketball
WNCT Live Pregame/Postgame Audio Feed
Saturday November 30th

Men's Basketball: @Wofford
 7:00pm ET - Spartanburg, SC

AUDIO: CSTV All Access (PPV)

Lady Pirates continue to win tough games on the road with 74-71 win over N.C. A&T
Men's Basketball Travels To Wofford For Home-And-Home Finale Wednesday
Gridiron Trio Earn All-Conference USA Honors

East Carolina, Wofford prepare for Round 2 tonight
  While neither coach can recall a time their teams played back-to-back games against an opponent during the regular season, East Carolina's Ricky Stokes and Wofford's Mike Young both agree they don't mind the basketball scheduling oddity.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Holland the reason behind ECU's success
  The turnaround of the East Carolina football team didn't begin when the Pirates opened the 2005 season with a three-point victory over Duke...It started well before that. Almost a year prior.
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Kinston Free Press
-Pinkney, Moffett efforts forgotten
  The regular season for college football is over, and it's time to embark on an onslaught of bowl games and the postseason awards.For East Carolina's James Pinkney and Central Florida's Steven Moffett, the duo was unwilling victims of inexcusable/irresponsible voting by the 12 head football coaches in Conference USA.
-Pirates, Terriers set for rematch
  The two teams face each other at 7 p.m. tonight at Wofford in Spartanburg, SC for the second time in the last five days.
-Former Free Press sports editor dies at 47
  ... David Howell, a graduate of Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount and East Carolina University...died Monday from complications caused by the flu and bronchitis...a longtime sports writer and copy desk editor at The Daily News of the Kinston Free Press he worked as sports editor from 1991 to 1995.

Backup QB Garrard ready to get started
  David Garrard will make his first start of the season Sunday in Cleveland in place of Byron Leftwich, who suffered a broken bone on his left ankle on his first play from scrimmage Sunday in Arizona.
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Need a quarterback- Garrard is your man
  Garrard has plenty of work to do this week to get his passing up to speed, as well as his timing with his receivers.
Chicago Sun Times

November 29, 2005

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk - 11.29
Holtz has program on right track
-AP: Fortuitous Tulsa primed for title game - 11.29
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.29
Pinkney claims ECU's 5th player of week award
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings (final), Scores & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton - 11.29
WNCT: Bailey Show (prep football playoffs) - 11.29

Pinkney Earns Weekly Conference USA Honors

East Meck linebacker commits to play at ECU
  East Mecklenburg linebacker Nick Johnson, all-Observer as a junior last year, committed to East Carolina, said Ed Johnson, his father.
Charlotte Observer

Roach looking forward to senior season
  As the Pirates celebrated their fifth win of the season Saturday, the most since the Steve Logan era, wide receiver Kevin Roach took a moment to look back.
Washington Daily News

NFL Europe contract prevents Grant from joining ECU

November 28, 2005

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report - 11.28
Pirates looking to fortify revitalized secondary
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond - 11.28
College Football Headliners: Stars & Storylines
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's base for better future now in place
  ECU's 5-6 final record certainly won't be enough to entrench the 2005 season among the team's greatest, but it could well be the road marker for an era that will jump off the timeline in due time.
-East Carolina's small lineup trying to play big inside
  You can't teach size on the basketball court, but you can teach ways to circumvent the disadvantages which result from not having it.

ECU already excited about '06
  The offseason had officially begun, yet Skip Holtz was still calling his East Carolina team "a work in progress."
Wilmington Star News

Pirates cap turnaround with late-season wins
  East Carolina's 31-23 victory over the University of Alabama-Birmingham Saturday capped a remarkable turnaround for the Pirates football program.
New Bern Sun Journal

Garrard rescues Jags after Leftwich injured
  Garrard, in his fourth NFL season out of East Carolina, had taken just one snap this season before Sunday.
Raleigh News & Observer

Leftwich out a month
  David Garrard replaced Leftwich at quarterback midway through the first quarter of Sunday's game. Garrard was most effective running with the ball, as he scored on a 16-yard run in his first series at the helm.

From the Jacksonville Times Union
-Garrard passes first test, more await after Leftwich injury
  This was the definition of a bittersweet victory for the Jaguars.
-Garrard took big first step in new role

Area Recruiting: Spartanburg QB lands Clemson offer
  Broughton (DB), a Hanahan native, has offers from Oklahoma State and East Carolina among others.
Columbia (SC) The State


December 4, 2005

From the Durham Herald Sun
-FSU Upsets No. 5 Va. Tech, Wins ACC Title
  Clemson 82, South Carolina 63
-Against all odds, UNC knocks off Kentucky
-After last season, Duke not about to overlook Virginia Tech

Appalachian State rolls into semifinals
Greensboro News-Record

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers flex their muscle
  Clemson 82, South Carolina 63
-Clemson, USC bowl prospects unsettled
-Paladins top Spiders, move on to semifinals

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Game sells out, but tickets easy to find
-Youthful Heels play like veterans in win at Rupp
-Wake defense holds Elon down
-Canes suffer blowout defeat

S. Florida likely to be in Meineke Bowl
Charlotte Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Williams leads ASU into semis
-Davidson routs Appalachian State
-Panthers say that success against Falcons is about more than stopping QB Vick
-WFU's solid defense is too much for Elon
  Gray scores 22 in Deacons' 78-59 victory

December 3, 2005

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Virginia Tech Could Become New ACC Bully
-NCCU women off to best start in school history
-Big-time game today for young Tar Heels

Camels end 25-game slide
Fayetteville Observer

From the Greensboro News Record
-1AA- Appalachian's football game sets up doubleheader
-Southern Illinois-Appalachian State capsule

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC, Tigers intent on hoops win
  Players know rivalry's importance
-1AA- Paladins try to avoid trap in Spiders' web

From the Winston Salem Journal
-WFU to play Elon today before taking a break
-Appalachian will open conference play tonight

Pack plays waiting game
  Bowl may not be set until Sunday.
Raleigh News & Observer

December 2, 2005

From the Anderson Independent
-Whitehurst has shoulder surgery
  Charlie Whitehurst and his injured shoulder got the best of both worlds Thursday.
-Bowden suspends Humphries
  Clemson freshman center Barry Humphries will not travel with his teammates to the Tigers’ bowl game in connection with his recent arrest for driving while intoxicated under the age of 21.

From the Durham Herald Sun
-UNC-CH's 'Tranq' retires for good
  Offense has been far from John Bunting's chief concern during the past five years. For the next few weeks, it will be the North Carolina @ Chapel Hill football coach's top priority.
-Bunting hopes to keep staff intact
  With Gary Tranquill retiring, North Carolina @ Chapel Hill coach John Bunting knows he is losing one assistant coach. He'd like to keep that number from growing.
-Noles' dive may spell title doom
  I'm not sure which was more amusing, listening to Lou Holtz or Mark May on ESPN trying to explain what happened to cause Florida State's November nosedive.

Defense paces Gamecock win
  USC forces 22 turnovers
Greenville (SC) News

Stick a fork in USC’s Outback Bowl hopes
  Gamecocks more likely bound for Peach, Independence
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates loss sinks Devils
  Duke never recovers from opening setback to ECU, but there's hope for the future
-Tech fans gobble up ACC
  Hokies' supporters remain devoted and eager to travel.
-Point play key for Big 4
  The Big Four teams emerged from this week's ACC-Big Ten Challenge with cause for concern as their point guards largely struggled.

Guilford 147, Emory & Henry 136, that score once again, Guilford 147, Emory & Henry 136
  Seriously. The Quakers set a school record for points scored in a single game during a shootout with the "Fun and Gun" Wasps, who fired up 97 3-point attempts.
Greensboro News-Record

Zodd of the Earth
  ASU linebacker got away from the drug-infested area of South Florida with his grandmother's help
Winston Salem Journal

December 1, 2005

From the Greensboro News Record
-S. Carolina rocks UNCG
-Barclay named ACC Player of the Year
-State's bowl possibilities multiple, maddening

Running backs coach Hill says he has been let go by Spurrier
  University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier told running back coach Madre Hill on Wednesday his contract isn't being renewed. Hill said he wouldn't coach in USC's bowl game.
Greenville (SC) News

From the Durham Herald Sun
-No. 14 Iowa 45, No. 24 NC State 42
-Redick, Blue Devils spoil Hoosiers' upset plans
-Barclay somewhat surprising winner of ACC award

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Player of the Year
  Barclay joins Deacons Barnes, Piccolo, Venuto as winner of ACC award
-Rare company
-ASU's playoff foe is big, experienced

Leemire leads 49ers in thriller
  Guard Leemire Goldwire's career-high 26 points led the Charlotte 49ers to an 85-81 double-overtime college basketball victory Wednesday against Davidson at Halton Arena.
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Sloppy Pack suffers first loss
  Late flurry lifts Hawkeyes to win.
-Pack-ing up for bowls
  Though there were no fresh developments on N.C. State's bowl possibilities on Wednesday, it doesn't hurt budget-savvy fans to start calculating the costs of different trips.
-Hollywood ending still has women's soccer fans abuzz
  Six years after the winning penalty kick and Brandi Chastain's famous shirtless celebration, the aftershock hit Raleigh on Wednesday night.

November 30, 2005

Sendek's tenure at State faces defining season
  Of all the stats that surround the N.C. State men's basketball team, none is more surprising than the number next to Herb Sendek's coaching tenure.
Raleigh News & Observer

Clemson holds off Penn State
  For 35 minutes, the Clemson men’s basketball team played its best game of the season. Luckily for them, that was enough.
Anderson Independent

Phillips has Sunday target for knowing bowl fate
  Tiger AD will wait for ACC title game, dominoes to fall
Greenville (SC) News

Illinois too much for fresh-faced Tar Heels
Durham Herald-Sun

Gray puts spell on Wisconsin defense
Greensboro News Record

Gators may yet top USC
  Florida’s rout of ’Noles could drop USC to Independence
Columbia (SC) The State

November 29, 2005

Bowl games no standard for success
  Playing Tuesday morning quarterback and bracing for an onslaught of bad bowl games. ...
Anderson Independent

From the Charlotte Observer
-Gardner-Webb shocks Minnesota
  T.J. McCullough's driving baseline layup in traffic and subsequent free throw with 3.2 seconds left lifted Gardner-Webb to a 73-72 victory against Minnesota on Monday.
-Expect Clemson or N.C. St. in Charlotte
  Big East to send UConn or S. Florida

Wanted- A sacrificial lamb for ’06 season
  USC might stay in-state to fill schedule hole left by Central Florida
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Duke's Nelson to miss 6-8 weeks after surgery
  Top-ranked Duke survived a tough test against Memphis on Friday night without injured sophomore DeMarcus Nelson. Monday, the Blue Devils got a better idea of how many more tests they'll try to pass without Nelson.
-UNC-CH and Illinois to meet again
-Can ACC still meet Challenge?

After slow start, UVa. has landed five prospects
Fayetteville Observer

From the Greensboro News Record
-Elon begins search for next football coach
-Area briefs- Fourteen sign to join Heels' baseball team
-College football notes- Texas A&M fires former UNC coach

Going on the road
  One game down and three to go if Furman is to win the 2005 NCAA Division I-AA national championship
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack options expand
  Music City Bowl talks to N.C. State.
-Rebuilding the Heels' morale
  Virginia Tech dominated UNC-CH in the
-Ex-Pack coach fired
  Mazzone led Ole Miss offense.

James Madison outlasts Appalachian in 2 OTs
Winston Salem Journal

November 28, 2005

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Tar Heels sing third-quarter blues
  Virginia Tech dominated UNC-CH in the third quarter of their game Saturday night, outgaining the Tar Heels 116 yards to 27 yards and outscoring them 21-0
-Wolfpack savoring sixth victory and bowl eligibility
-ACC Gains Emerald Bowl Spot

Pack bowl picture cloudy
  Boise, Charlotte are NCSU's most likely destinations.
Raleigh News & Observer

December looms large for Panthers
  The Carolina Panthers still don't run the ball very well. They have scored just one touchdown in the past eight quarters. They have looked fragile and flawed for most of the past two weeks.
Charlotte Observer

Free or Costly?
  Latest struggles at foul line have Wake Forest's Williams in need of regular pep talks
Winston Salem Journal


December 4, 2005

-Tulsa Wins Inaugural C-USA Football Championship Game
-C-USA Football Championship Game Postgame Notes
-SMU Headed To College Cup - Defeat UNC-CH, 3-2, In OT

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights falter in title game
  Tulsa churned up 196 rushing yards as UCF lost 44-27, in the inaugural C-USA championship game.
-Aloha, Knights
  A shoe lace. A yard line. A brush from a safety.
-Big-game loss will help build Knights
-Tulsa 44, UCF 27, FANS 51,978
-C-USA very pleased with Orlando's title game
-Unbeaten Gators rip Knights

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars land 1-2 punch against No. 15 Arizona
-Rice needs 3 OTs to turn back Utah

Houston Upsets No. 15 Arizona 69-65

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Golden Hurricane headed to Liberty Bowl
  Tulsa dampens Knights' day; Tigers await word
-Freshman on fire
  the Tigers end a five-game losing streak at Cincinnati.
-Foul trouble limits playing time, points for Carney
-Tigers replay

No. 9 Memphis Claws Past Cincinnati, 91-81

UTEP headed for GMAC Bowl
El Paso Times

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles should learn bowl fate today
  Southern Miss might be left out when Conference USA bowl bids are handed out today, USM athletic director Richard Giannini said Saturday.
-Exhausted Eagles outlast Privateers
  For the past month, Southern Miss men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy has lectured his team about maturity and mental toughness.

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane's defense falters in loss
-USM, UNO go on and on

Q & A with Marshall coach Mark Snyder
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

December 3, 2005

C-USA Championship Game Noon ET - ESPN

Orlando, C-USA get golden opportunity
Florida Today

UCF goes for encore to its turnaround
Dayton Beach News Journal

From the Orlando Sentinel
-National spotlight shines on UCF, Tulsa
-Fans go wild
-Buzz growing for Knights
-Original Knights proud of team they helped start
-UCF looks to extend O'Leary's contract

Bowl brings Price back to Alabama
Mobile Register

Miners may head to GMAC
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-C-USA bowl picture clears up after today
  Hawaii? Detroit? Memphis? After today's inaugural Conference USA league championship game between Central Florida and Tulsa in Orlando, the University of Memphis will have a better indication of its postseason options.
-History on the side of Bearcats
  Rodney Carney was sitting on a stool, icing his thigh and discussing the past, all the bad moments the University of Memphis has endured during its long and storied rivalry with Cincinnati.
-Preview- No. 9 Tigers at Cincinnati
-Liberty-bound Fresno loses again

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
Doubt lingers for Tulane football players
  The 2005 season and fall exams are over for Tulane's football players, but their worries aren't.
-Wave takes another award
  Tulane, wouldn't you know, is the darling of awards season.

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars will limp into tussle with Arizona
-Congress will take up 'deeply flawed' BCS

From the Birmingham News
-For now, Brown still UAB AD/coach
  Gene Bartow would do it. Believe it.
-Blazers want quick tempo against tall Cornhuskers
  Setting the tempo is generally high on the objective list for the UAB men's basketball team. Today it will take on added importance.

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-UNO next for Southern Miss
-With bowl future uncertain, Golden Eagles playing waiting game

New Orleans at Southern Miss
  In its last four games, all losses, USM has averaged 39.8 points per game.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Scoring woes leave everybody frustrated
  These are trying times for those associated with the Southern Miss men's basketball program.
Hattiesburg American

For Herd, win more important than score
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd already busy getting ready for 2006
-Win or lose, Marshall football never boring

December 2, 2005

Championship Preview: Tulsa vs. UCF
College Football News

C-USA Blitz- Big weekend upcoming for UCF

-Ticket Sales Reach 50,000 for C-USA Football Championship
-Tulane Football Team to Receive 2005 Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award

Tigers' Williams earns coaches' All-America honor
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Miners seek way to limit QB Palmer's turnovers
El Paso Times

UCF defensive line steps up
Orlando Sentinel

Wave looking for lift from Davis
  Shortly after Tulane's season-opening victory against UNO, Green Wave coach Dave Dickerson said his team was missing a strong performance from senior center Quincy Davis.
New Orleans Times Picayune

UH, Arizona backcourts won't take a back seat
Houston Chronicle

UCF Hits the Road to Face No. 11 Florida on Saturday

Patton jump starts Herd
  Senior Mark Patton matched his career high of 21 points and also grabbed eight rebounds for Marshall in a 66-56 men's basketball victory in front of a Cam Henderson Center crowd of 2,582.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall still struggling from the perimeter
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-SMU win gives Tulsa C-USA title shot
-Merrill made for USM
  ...after spending two seasons at LSU, earning a BCS national championship ring during his freshman season. Sean Merrill, who helped turn the program around at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, will enroll next month at Southern Miss.

December 1, 2005

-Hatfield Resigns As Rice Football Coach
-C-USA Announces Football Players of the Year
-UCF's O'Leary Named C-USA Football Coach of the Year

From the Houston Chronicle
-Departure of Hatfield sets up stiff challenge
  Subpar facilities among obstacles school will face in filling vacancy
-Hatfield's impact on players can't be measured on field
-Hatfield's highs and lows

Tulsa Drops Decision To No. 5 Oklahoma 62-53

From the El Paso Times
-Las Vegas Bowl now a possibility for UTEP
  The UTEP football team's bowl future was still cloudy Wednesday and likely will not be decided until next week -- after the Conference USA championship game between Central Florida and Tulsa.
-Miners fly by Aggies
  UTEP scored first and scored most and never trailed Wednesday night in the Pan American Center, outgrinding a gritty New Mexico State team 64-55.

Wave's stormy season one for the ages
  It was Sunday morning, Aug. 28, when two buses showed up at Tulane to take the football team to the Superdome, a 10-minute trip down Claiborne Avenue.
New Orleans Times Picayune

'A holding pattern'
  For those affiliated with Conference USA, the Liberty Bowl is the only group that knows anything.
Hattiesburg American

Hackney `excited' about Senior Bowl
  Darrell Hackney is the fifth UAB player invited to play in the Senior Bowl.
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd just looking for a win
-Maryland lineman picks Herd

Herd gets a welcome breather at home tonight
  Marshall’s beleaguered basketball team needs a home game, preferably against a cupcake.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-A work in progress
  The game in hand, his team in a huddle, John Calipari crouched beneath his players and, while shaking a clipboard, pleaded for more. "I'm not worried about the score," yelled the University of Memphis coach. "I'm worried about us."
-Tigers replay

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles' offense sputters again
  Ronnie Brewer scored 16 points to lead four Arkansas players in double figures, and the Razorbacks allowed their fewest points since 1981 in a 77-35 win over Southern Miss on Wednesday night.
-Coley named C-USA's top defender
  Southern Miss linebacker Kevis Coley figured all he needed was a chance and he would be able to carry on a legacy of excellence established at that position.

November 30, 2005

-Nov. 30 Men's Basketball Notebook
-Conference USA Announces Football All-Conference Awards
-Conference USA Announces Football All-Freshman Awards
-Houston Upsets No. 25 LSU 84-83
  Oliver Lafayette torches the Tigers for 32 points
-SMU Defeats Long Island, 74-62
-Golden Knights Improve to 4-0 with Win Over Bethune-Cookman, 61-48
-Hot Hilltoppers Gun Down Blazers, 92-76
-Green Wave on the Road at Butler on Wednesday
-Memphis Basketball Notes

From the Houston Chronicle
-Hatfield stepping down
  After denying he would do so, Rice coach resigns
-UH Notebook- Bowls vary depending on 'expert'

From the Orlando Sentinel
Tulsa a mirror image of UCF
  As UCF coaches studied Tulsa video and statistics in preparation for Saturday's Conference USA Championship Game, they came to a near unanimous conclusion: The Golden Hurricane are a lot like the Golden Knights.
-Road games no problem for Tulsa
-UCF is on the radar for trio of bowl games
  Common thinking is that Saturday's winner has a trip to the Liberty Bowl at stake. But Liberty Bowl officials declined to commit to taking the C-USA champ while investigating how many tickets UCF and Tulsa would sell for their New Year's Eve game in Memphis, Tenn. By contract, the Liberty does not have to pick the C-USA champion, just its favorite C-USA team.
-Knights struggle with identity, B-CC

Hilltoppers have answers to Blazers' defense, depth
  The second half is generally when UAB counts on its defensive pressure and depth to wear down opponents.
Birmingham News

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Houston spoils LSU debut into rankings
-TU regroups after getting swamped
-Arkansas State crashes North Texas' party at N.O. Bowl

First installment of I-10 rivalry today
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Dorsey packs in production
  John Calipari didn't much care. Darius Washington, perhaps out of empathy, hardly batted an eyelash. It seems the only person upset by Joey Dorsey's unfortunate 1-for-8 performance from the free-throw line Monday against Lamar was, well, Dorsey.
-Tigers Preview

Roundball may make us long for football
Biloxi Sun-Herald

USM expects rough time at Arkansas
  After struggling mightily in a shocking home loss Monday, Southern Miss will have to try and bounce back on the road where even the mighty struggle.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
-Arkansas State officially headed to New Orleans Bowl

Herd struggles with zone defense
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Cold-shooting Herd embarrassed on road
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Ouch! USM falls 52-33
Hattiesburg American

November 29, 2005

-Football Notebook
  The inugural Conference USA Football Championship Game is set and will feature West Division champion Tulsa at East Division champion UCF on Saturday, Dec. 3
-Football Players of the Week
  East Carolina QB James Pinkney won the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award for a league-high third time this season after leading the Pirates ...
-Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Knights get ready for C-USA title game
  One year after a winless season, UCF hosts Tulsa in the inaugural Conference USA championship game.
Orlando Sentinel

CUSA Roundup
College Football News

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
  Southern Miss earned its 12th straight winning season, but will it be enough this year to make the Eagles
-Six C-USA teams eligible, five bowl berths
  "Right now, the bowl situation is up in the air," Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini said. "With some of the upsets (UTEP losing to SMU) over the weekend, the Conference USA bowl lineup won't come about until the championship game. I don't think we'll know before then. Too much is up in the air.

USM's bowl fate in Liberty Bowl's hands
  Southern Miss is waiting on the decision of a bowl game it has no chance of appearing in to determine where — or even if — it will be heading to play in the postseason
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Miners' possibilities narrow
  The Miners likely will play in either the GMAC Bowl on Dec. 21 against Toledo (8-3) or the Fort Worth Bowl on Dec. 23 against at team from the Big 12, likely Kansas. The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl now appears to be a longshot.
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers escape Lamar upset bid
  John Calipari walked into the locker room after the win, said very little, then walked out. And really, that said it all.
-After close loss to No. 1 Duke, Tigers move up to 9th
-West wants Tigers in Liberty Bowl
  The University of Memphis likely will have to wait until after Saturday's Conference USA Championship game between Tulsa and Central Florida to determine its postseason destination, but Tiger coach Tommy West has begun campaigning for the shortest of trips.

USC won't play UCF next year
  Central Florida will not come to South Carolina in 2006, Gamecock officials said Monday.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Hard work lands Kinnard in lineup
  UAB freshman Lawrence Kinnard wasn't quite sure where he fit on a veteran team when basketball practice began.
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Snyder stresses discipline in his first season
-Herd off the mark at ETSU

Can Herd bounce back from 4-7 year-; Also, Herd needs inspired center for entire year
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Southern Miss gains with pain vs. Tulane
Hattiesburg American

Coach defends Tulane overtures
  Ed Orgeron insists Mississippi did nothing wrong by asking a Tulane assistant coach about the possibility of players transferring to Ole Miss if the Green Wave's football team was dissolved in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
New Orleans Times Picayune

November 28, 2005

Around Conference USA
USA Today

Men's Basketball Round-Up

In Katrina's wake, teams get graded on a curve
Biloxi Sun Herald

Blazers didn't recover after loss to SMU
Birmingham News

UH should get a bowl bid; where is anyone's guess
Houston Chronicle

Touted freshman finding his way for Golden Eagles
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Snyder, Marshall looking for brighter 2006
-Marshall returns to unfriendly confines

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Marshall’s 4-7 season raises two questions
  AFTER GETTING worked over by Memphis to finish its first three-game season-ending losing streak since 1979, some aspects of the state of Marshall football are clear.
-Herd to visit E. Tennessee

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Injury benches Washington
  While the University of Memphis spent Sunday afternoon going through its first practice since returning from New York, Darius Washington was lifting weights off to the side, one repetition after another.
-Preview- Tigers vs. Lamar

Toledo to play in GMAC Bowl
Mobile Register