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Conference USA

December 11, 2005

-BVL: Catamounts scuttle icy Pirates
-BVL: ECU vs. WCU Box Score
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Heisman trophy designer's family hits jackpot
C-USA hoops scoreboard
C-USA football scoreboard

Pirates Fall To Cross-State Rival Western Carolina
   A trio of Pirates reach double figures, but shoot just 31.7 percent as ECU suffers its third consecutive loss.

WCU Gets First Road Win With 56-48 at East Carolina
   WCU's first win over ECU in Greenville in its last 10 tries (dating back to Feb. 1, 1957)

Turnovers, free throws cost Pirates once again
Greenville Daily Reflector

New era, same shooting for Pirates in loss
   East Carolina may be eight games into the Ricky Stokes era but on Saturday night it looked like the same old Pirates, as their dreadful shooting led to a 56-48 loss to the Western Carolina Catamounts.
Washington Daily News

From the New Bern Sun-Journal
-Western Carolina withstands late ECU surge for 56-48 win
   For Western Carolina, it's a good thing style points aren't awarded in basketball.
-NCHSAA: New Bern loses to Indy for third time in four years
   Charlotte Independence proved again that it is the premier program in the state Saturday evening in the 4-AA state title game.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NCHSAA: Rampants run 4-A title streak to 3
-NCHSAA: Dark Horses ride defense to a state title

MTSU picks Stockstill
   Stockstill was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina for one season.
Daily News Journal

Jags try to bring Colts down to earth
   Garrard said he has relied on his experiences from college to prepare mentally.
Orlando Sentinel

December 10, 2005

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Contrite UTEP hoops star accepts punishment
C-USA hoops scoreboard
C-USA football scoreboard
-BVL: Updated ECU football recruiting thumbnails
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Men's Basketball Entertains Western Carolina Saturday Night
   -GameDay Central
-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
   East Carolina University Director of Athletics Terry Holland responds openly to a letter sent by Bill Sypawka, President of the Pitt-Greenville Soccer Association, which was published in the "Opinions" section of the Greenville Daily Reflector, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005.

Western Carolina Basketball This Weekend; Men Visit East Carolina

Western Carolina brings Princeton offense to Minges
   The Pirates (3-3), who are aiming to snap a current two-game losing skid, tip off at 7 p.m. against the Catamounts (5-6) and ECU has payback on its mind after a 77-72 overtime setback last season in Cullowhee
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates, Catamounts traveling common path
Kinston Free Press

Mobile QB to make 5th start
   Despite his lack of experience -- 13 appearances, 176 passing attempts in his career -- Garrard is convinced he's prepared for one of the more significant regular-season games in Jacksonville's history. While at East Carolina, he led his team to a victory over Miami (Fla.).
Indianapolis Star

Best, known for ECU med school
Raleigh News & Observer

December 9, 2005

-Ron Cherubini: The Vent
Livid list: Things to be perturbed about

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Mazey, ECU put divorce settlement in writing
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Bowl Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-ECU Teams Up With Toys For Tots
   Fans that bring a new, unwrapped toy to the ECU vs. Western Carolina men's basketball game on Saturday, December 10 will receive a free ticket for the game.
-Randy Mazey Officially Resigns From ECU Position

ECU's Captain working to improve
   Long after the whistle had blown signifying the end of the East Carolina men's basketball practice on Thursday, two people remained on the court inside Minges Coliseum.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Mazey officially resigns from ECU
   "I enjoyed and will always appreciate the opportunity to serve our university,"
Kinston Free Press

   Q: How much of a difference do you see between Jaguars starting quarterback Byron Leftwich, who will miss Sunday’s game with a broken ankle and backup and current starter David Garrard?

December 8, 2005

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Stage set for Pinkney to lead the charge in '06
-AP: BCS boss says playoffs feasible but not preferred

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Jawbreaker blow gets UTEP star suspended
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Bowl Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Slack Comes Off The Bench To Lead Pirates To 66-61 Victory
   The East Carolina women's basketball team tied their best start in 18 years following a 66-61 victory over Virginia Commonwealth inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Late surge ignites Lady Pirates' sixth win in a row
   East Carolina's Jasmine Young may have set a career-high for assists on Wednesday night but it was a late basket by the Pirate point guard that helped seal a 66-61 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in women's basketball action.
-ECU's Whimper pleads guilty to pair of assault charges
   He and girlfriend Alina Barnes, also the mother of Whimper's 2-year old daughter, testified the incident was "a misunderstanding" in which Whimper was attempting to leave the apartment shared by the three and take the child with him.

Rouse finally getting his chance at ECU
Kinston Free Press

Holland on the future of ECU Athletics
   The East Carolinian's Eric Gilmore was able to track down ECU's Athletic Director Terry Holland for an interview pertaining to Holland's time at the university ...
The East Carolinian

December 7, 2005
Pearl Harbor Day

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Stokes looks to harness duo's street ball skills
-AP: ECU alum leads raid on Minges
-BVL: ECU vs. UNC-G Box Score
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Free webcasts in store for March Madness fans
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Bowl Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Pirates Edged By Spartans
   Ricky Hickman scored 24 points and Kevin Oleksiak added a career-high 23 points to lead UNC Greensboro to a 78-70 win over East Carolina on Tuesday.
-East Carolina Discontinues Men's Soccer As Intercollegiate Sport
   After a two-month evaluation, which was conducted concurrently with the search for a new head coach, ECU's senior athletic administration (Holland, senior associate athletics director, senior woman administrator and faculty athletics representative) unanimously decided that the program should cease varsity competition.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's elimination of soccer program surprises players
   A revolving door for coaches, some transfers, some injuries, a lot of losses and now this.
-'Crazy shots' lift UNCG
   Those "crazy shots," led to UNCG shooting a blistering 63 percent from the field in the second half Tuesday night en route to 78-70 win over the Pirates inside Minges Coliseum.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-ECU drops men's team
   At Cary, the men's soccer final four is this weekend. At East Carolina, it's just final.
-Hot-shooting Spartans sink Pirates
   Ricky Hickman scored 24 points and Kevin Oleksiak added a career-high 23 points to lead UNC-Greensboro to a 78-70 win over East Carolina on Tuesday.

From the Kinston Free Press
-Pirates fall in coach's return to ECU
   It was a sweet homecoming for UNC Greensboro head coach Mike Dement. Sophomores Kevin Oleksiak and Ricky Hickman combined for 47 points, lifting UNC Greensboro to a 78-70 win over East Carolina before 4,627 at Minges Coliseum on Tuesday....
-East Carolina drops men's soccer
   In a cost-cutting move, East Carolina athletics director Terry Holland announced that the school's men's soccer team will be discontinued

Pirates come up short, lose to UNCG 78-70
   ECU head coach Ricky Stokes has joked about how his team has given him a few more gray hairs. After two consecutive losses and an especially tough one Tuesday night, Stokes isn't laughing anymore.
The East Carolinian

Pirates basketball team falls at home to UNC-Greensboro
  Spartans pull away, then hold on to defeat ECU by eight
New Bern Sun Journal

Hickman, Oleksiak power Spartans
  Ricky Hickman scored 15 of his 24 points in the final 7:34 and Kevin Oleksiak added a career-high 23 points as UNCG knocked off East Carolina, 78-70
Greensboro News-Record

West Brunswick's Hewett comes on strong at
  Jerek Hewett, a West Brunswick (NC) High graduate, had an immediate impact as a true freshman on the East Carolina University football team.
Myrtle Beach Sun TImes

NCHSAA 4AA Championship: Patriots in New Bern's way again
   New Bern receiver/cornerback Daryl Reynolds has committed to East Carolina. The Bears (13-2) have won four straight, and allow an average of 9.8 points.
Charlotte Observer

December 6, 2005
Saint Nicholas Day

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
Lady Pirates sprint out of the gates
-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Ga. Military pipeline still producing
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Report knocks academics of bowl-bound teams
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Bowl Schedule
WNCT: Bailey Show (guest Sharon Baldwin-Tener)

Men's Basketball Set To Host UNC Greensboro Tuesday
   After splitting a pair of games on its first road trek of the season, East Carolina returns home for the first of two games this week as it host UNC Greensboro inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Pirate Basketball
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From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU men's soccer program expected to be eliminated
  Bill Sypawka, president of the Pitt-Greenville Soccer Association, told The Daily Reflector in a phone interview and in a letter to the editor on Monday that he was told by someone close to the situation that the program has been cut.
-Pirates look to rebound against UNCG
  Just three days after its worst loss of the season, the East Carolina men's basketball team is hoping there are no lingering effects on the squad as it returns ...

Pirates look to rebound from loss at Old Dominion
Kinston Free Press

Reynolds commits to East Carolina
  Daryl Reynolds said East Carolina showed him the love, which is the biggest reason the New Bern senior returned the favor.
New Bern Sun Journal

Coaches' poll votes revealed
  USA Today published the 62 ballots on Monday, including ballots from NC State's Chuck Amato, North Carolina-Chapel Hill's John Bunting and East Carolina's Skip Holtz. ...
Raleigh News & Observer

Coaches’ voting full of laughs
  East Carolina’s Skip Holtz had West Virginia No. 4 on his ballot....Second, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt didn’t have the Mountaineers on his ballot at all.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Dye expected the best out of his players
  Tonight, Dye earns a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria.
Birmingham News

December 5, 2005
President Martin Van Buren's Birthday (8th President)

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Holtz shifts focus to stiff challenges ahead
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Conference USA teams corral six bowl berths
C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule
C-USA Football Standings, Scores & Bowl Schedule

-Lady Pirates Continue Success With 66-54 Win Over Drexel
  The East Carolina women's basketball team extended its winning streak to five games with a 66-54 victory over Drexel in the championship game of the CPW's/Atavola Market Café Lady Pirate Invitational at Minges Coliseum.
-Four High School Seniors Sign NLIs To Play Softabll At ECU

ECU women roll to title
Greenville Daily Reflector

Garrard in starring role
  David Garrard was hardly just a manager of the game. He was a play-maker, the most important play-maker in the Jaguars' 20-14 win over the Browns on Sunday at snowy Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Garrard recalls school days after slow start
  David Garrard felt like a mistake-prone rookie in the first half on Sunday...By the end of the day, the Jaguars' backup quarterback felt like an East Carolina Pirate again.
Florida Times Union

From good to very bad
  The Jacksonville Jaguars didn't miss Byron Leftwich as much as they feared...David Garrard, making his fourth career start, threw two touchdown passes in the second half and made a crucial scramble for a first down in the final minutes as the Jaguars rallied for their fifth straight win, 20-14 over the Cleveland Browns.

Tigers adds two juniors to 2007 class
  Cross linebacker Fred Wilson (6-2, 255) of Georgia Military JC committed to East Carolina.
Myrtle Beach Sun News


December 11, 2005

ASU holds off Furman in thriller
   After two semifinal misfires in previous years, the Mountaineers found a way to win and are on the way to Chattanooga to play for an NCAA Division I-AA championship.
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Devils cut loose, tear apart Horns
   After a pair of uninspired performances, Duke clears the air to relieve the pressure of being No. 1.
-Pack enjoys romp at 'Old Barn'
   92-68 victory over Appalachian State at Reynolds Coliseum.

Man of the people
   When George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy in 1980, football fans across the state shared in his glory. Twenty-five years later, they still do.
Columbia (SC) The State

A Texas-sized rout for Duke
Durham Herald Sun

App State sends Furman packing, 29-23
   Byrnes graduate Elder stars for Mountaineers in 1-AA Semi-Final
Greenville (SC) News

December 10, 2005

Old rivals to square off again
   Mountaineers, Paladins expecting close game in I-AA semifinal today
Winston Salem Journal

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Texas looks to knock Duke out of the top spot
-Chacos granted sixth year of eligibility
-Garey's two goals lift Terps (over SMU) to College Cup final
-N.C. State to play App. State in Reynolds today

Thompson won’t go to jail for dorm theft
   Judge hands down suspended sentence to ex-Gamecock, who sets sights on NFL
Columbia (SC) The State

December 9, 2005

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Tar Heels dismiss wide receiver Mason
   Wide receiver Mike Mason has been dismissed from North Carolina's football team for a violation of team rules, the school announced Thursday.
-Devils will be home in New Jersey
   History says it's like Duke's home away from home. Most call it the Meadowlands, but Continental Airlines Arena sticks out of the ground in the same way the New Jersey Turnpike winds near the skyline of Manhattan. You can't miss it.

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers hoping to stay unbeaten
   By late Tuesday night, the lesson had already sunk in.
-Tigers' coach enjoying this Soccer Final Four appearance
   It is the ultimate contrast.

Tigers having to throw bowl practice into holiday mix
   The Tigers are due in Orlando, Fla., on Dec.
Greenville (SC) News

ODU ekes out victory
   Drew Williamson's 25-footer with less than a second left saves the Monarchs.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Wake Forest punter wins Ray Guy Award
Greensboro News-Record

‘It’s a game for the ages’
   When Appalachian St. and Furman clash, they usually produce a classic
Columbia (SC) The State

December 8, 2005

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Devils' win not one to savor
   As Duke broke the huddle from what proved to be the final timeout of Wednesday night's game against Penn, the Blue Devils realized that something was missing.
-Billikens a pain for Heels
   Roy Williams already had pain in his back. Saint Louis made sure the North Carolina @ Chapel Hill men's basketball coach also had a pain in his neck.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-App. State strives to reach peak
   As Duke broke the huddle from what
-Hokies roll by Aggies
   Zabian Dowdell scored a career-high 25 points and Coleman Collins added 17 and 14 rebounds Wednesday night, leading Virginia Tech to a 94-66 victory against N.C. A&T.
-Terrapins overcome slow, unsteady start
   Wearing down Catamounts leads to win.
-Buzz is back for the Canes
   Attendance at Canes homes games is up from 11,676 in the 2003-04 season to 14,688 this year.
-No. 1 Duke scores uneven victory

Shreveport- a new frontier
   Only 8 players experienced team’s last bowl trip — and none played
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Charlotte Observer
-Davidson dominant
   Davidson students gleefully chanted "Ball game over!" in the Wildcats' 82-73 win against Missouri Wednesday night.
-Peppers still uncertain of Sunday status
   Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who sprained an ankle when hit from the side on a cut block in Sunday's 24-6 victory against Atlanta, isn't certain he'll play Sunday against Tampa Bay.
-ABC deal gets races in Chase
   4 networks to show NASCAR in 2007.

Don’t worry about the 'ACC rule'
   Just for kicks and giggles, let’s talk about the BCS today.  Sure, the BCS rules seem to make it pretty clear that the ACC is treading on thin ice here. This from the 2005 BCS media guide:  “The conferences whose champions have a guaranteed annual berth in one of the BCS bowls are subject to review and possible loss of that guaranteed annual berth should the conference champion not have an average ranking of 12 or higher over a four-year period.’’
It’s called the “Big East Rule.’’
Guess what? The average ranking (in the final BCS standings) of the last four ACC champions is 12.75. The average ranking of the last four Big East champions in 10.5.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

December 7, 2005

Tough loss- Clemson 62, Wofford 60
   Wofford needed Eric Marshall to make a 3-pointer to beat Clemson, but he wasn't exactly in shooting position. Marshall was at the opposite end of the court, standing in the tunnel, crutches stuck under each armpit.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Tigers learn lesson of hangover
   Coming off big win against USC, Clemson escapes when Wofford’s 3-pointer at buzzer is a tad long
Columbia (SC) The State

Tigers lament missed chances
   Consensus: Clemson could have been in ACC title game
Greenville (SC) News

Majerus knows practice is the key
   One of the great scenes in Duke basketball history took place not at a Final Four or at an ACC Tournament or even at an East Regional championship.
Durham Herald Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack's Costner sidelined
   Freshman has sore upper left leg, wary of stress fracture.
-UNC, Wake Forest each get football commitment
   Wake Forest and North Carolina added football line recruits this week.

December 6, 2005

Appalachian State one victory away from national championship
   Furman leads 21-11-3 in a series filled with dramatic finishes and high-profile coaches. Furman's Art Baker (East Carolina) and Dick Sheridan (N.C. State) and Appalachian State's Mack Brown (North Carolina) and Sparky Woods (South Carolina) are former coaches of the two schools who eventually went on to coach Carolinas Division I football programs.
Kinston Free Press

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Spurrier voted SEC's top coach
   Steve Spurrier is only the third coach in the University of South Carolina's 112-year history to lead the Gamecocks to a bowl game in his first season
-Bowl fever warming up
   Clemson, South Carolina fans keep ticket offices hopping

Bringing ACC's bowl picture into focus
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Anything can happen on the court
   In a world where continuing education always is important and forever invaluable, we've learned so early in this college basketball season that anything's possible.
-Newfound confidence leads to a miracle shot
   The success rate for basketball shots launched from 40 feet, even with no defensive pressure and no game pressure, isn't very high.

Wofford has proven it can compete with Clemson
   You'd expect that tonight's trek to Clemson would be a simple little trip that allows Wofford to enjoy a taste of the glamorous ACC, absorb a whipping, then return home to finish out its pre-holiday slate.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Seahawks fast start turning some heads
   Virginia Commonwealth coach Jeff Capel said he knew all along UNC-Wilmington was going to have a good team. Looks like other folks are starting to take notice.
Wilmington Star News

Rams edge Bears in OT 74-69
   WSSU needed to dig deep in overtime last night at the Gaines Center to finally put away Lenoir-Rhyne 74-69.
Winston Salem Journal

December 5, 2005

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Devils win on Dockery's 40-footer
  The Blue Devils beat Virginia Tech on a last-second shot by Sean Dockery.
-N.C. State accepts invitation to play South Florida in Charlotte
  The 130-mile trip should pay dividends when it comes time to sell tickets, one of the reasons N.C. State is staying in-state.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Champs Sports Bowl chooses Clemson instead of Boston College to face Colorado because of Tigers’ strong schedule and finish
  Thanks, dad. Thanks, USC. Fresh off what Clemson coach Tommy Bowden called the toughest schedule in school history, the Tigers will do battle with Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl on Dec. 27.
-After three seasons without a bowl, Gamecocks are thrilled with a trip to Shreveport and the Independence Bowl
  There are no beaches in Shreveport, La., and the city will never be confused with Atlanta in terms of nightlife or professional sports.
-Furman game time set for NCAA semifinals
  There are no beaches in Shreveport, La., and the city will
-Furman game time set for NCAA semifinals
  Furman’s NCAA Division I-AA football semifinal at Appalachian State will be played Dec. 10 at noon and will be televised by ESPN2.

Clemson's hard edge rubs Odom wrong way
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack heading to Charlotte for holidays
  Color Charlotte's New Year's Eve celebration red now that N.C. State is visiting for the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
-Exorcising Vick
  Panthers keep Falcons QB grounded, find running game

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A Cameron crazy
  Dockery's 40-footer at the buzzer saves no. 1 Duke / After squandering a 10-point lead in the final 4 1/2 minutes
-Pack bowling in-state
  NCSU to meet USF in Charlotte.


December 11, 2005

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Golden Eagles in full retreat
   Just as Southern Miss basketball coach Larry Eustachy thought his team had started to make some progress, South Alabama emphatically revealed Saturday just how far the Golden Eagles have yet to go.
-Pursuing perfection
   All Southern Miss junior place-kicker Darren McCaleb wants is perfection.

Shorthanded Miners to face Cajuns today
El Paso Times

UH's bench rises to the occasion in 68-46 win
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-In the zone
   There are lots of ways to attack a zone defense. But the easiest is to shoot over it. So that's what the University of Memphis did against Providence.
-Tigers back at practice; West happy with effort
   If there was a brief analysis of Saturday's efficient University of Memphis football practice -- the team's first since earning an invitation last weekend to the Dec. 26 Motor City Bowl -- it was that familiarity breeds consistency.

From the Birmingham News
-Pulling away
   The UAB men's basketball team rebounded from a loss earlier this week to outlast winless Alcorn State 81-59 Saturday night before a crowd of 3,676 at Bartow Arena.
-Sullivan finalist for MTSU job

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
   Twenty-four hours after Tulane suspended half its sports teams, workers with masks were renovating the athletic headquarters, swamped by three feet of floodwater from Hurricane Katrina.
-Prognosis favorable for pair of Green Wave players
   Perhaps no two players are more elated about the unchanged status of Tulane's football program than wide receiver Damarcus Davis and backup quarterback Nick Cannon.

Turnaround makes a difference for UCF
   The immediate aftereffect of turning a winless season into a bowl season is happening now as UCF's coaches take stock of their stance with potential recruits.
Orlando Sentinel

Q&A with Bob Marcum
   Marshall University athletic director Bob Marcum is dealing with interesting times at his alma mater.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

December 10, 2005

Conference USA Bowl Release
   A league-record six Conference USA teams will be participating in bowl games this holiday season.

Price denies interest in Colorado position
El Paso Times

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Adjustment period near end for USM
   For the first time this season, five of USM's new faces will be in the starting lineup at 4 p.m today when the Golden Eagles (2-5) host South Alabama (4-1) at Green Coliseum.
-Willis has surgery, earns more honors
   Southern Miss senior linebcker Kevis Coley was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year on Friday by

Southern Miss, ASU ready for 1st bowl of the postseason
Hattiesburg American

Jaguars on roll for USM
   The South Alabama men's basketball team can match its best start in nine seasons and pick up its second road victory of the year when it faces Southern Miss today at the Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Mobile Register

From the Birmingham News
-Anderson is eager to see how Blazers respond to road loss
   A league-record six Conference USA teams will be participating in bowl games this holiday season.
-Sullivan may be possible candidate for Arkansas quarterback coaching job
   Jess Lanier High School quarterback Anthony Speight detailed several reasons for giving an oral commitment to play football at UAB.

Herd lands defensive end
Charleston Daily Mail

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers get first chance at revenge, redemption
-Preview- No. 7 Tigers vs. Providence
-Tigers accept berths in Senior Bowl battle
   All-America running back DeAngelo Williams and All-Conference USA placekicker Stephen Gostkowski have accepted invitations to play in the 57th annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 28.
-Twin linebackers pay visit to U of M

Sam Houston to test Lanny-less UH
   University of Houston's Lanny Smith will miss tonight's home game against Sam Houston because he got poked in the eye during Tuesday's practice.
Houston Chronicle

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall prospects visit campus
   Three of five prospects visiting campus are from west coast junior colleges and another made the relatively short trek from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
-Marshall Men's basketball schedule
   Here's a recap of the Herd's season so far and a look at the schedule ahead.

December 9, 2005

Tulane University Announces Bold Renewal Plan
   University will be Academically Stronger, More Focused and Financially Secure

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
   Tulane has suspended eight sports teams Thursday in the sobering aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, an unprecedented move forced by an unstable financial climate. The school is hoping the new plan will save approximately $2 million annually in operational costs.
-Affected coaches not surprised, say they understand decision
   When Tulane's women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton received word in Lubbock, Texas, of the programs the university was cutting to make ends meet, she couldn't help wondering about the theory by which most coaches go.

SMU- Lone star of Texas soccer
   Only Division I men's soccer team in Texas two steps from NCAA title.
Raleigh News & Observer

UCF's progress rewarded
   The school's official Hawaii Bowl bid demonstrates just how far the Golden Knights have come in the past year.
Orlando Sentinel

Price glad Miners have to deal with the cold
   "It's a night game, so it could get down to the 40s," Price said. "And Toledo is used to cold weather, and so they think (40 degrees) is hot. We're not used to cold weather, so it's good that we're practicing in it."
El Paso Times

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Eustachy- Guard play is killing us
   Team struggles with its youth to a 2-5 start
-Tulane suspends eight athletic programs
   Tulane is suspending half its athletic programs to cope with the financial damage done by Hurricane Katrina.

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger
Covering Ground
   Randy Butler knew breaking down Southern Miss' game film against Tulane was going to be a treat.
-D'Angelo OK, to anchor line in bowl game
   For the past three days, Southern Miss center Robby D'Angelo has been on the football field with his Golden Eagle teammates, knocking off the rust from an eight-day layoff.
-Bearkats seal deal with FTs
   Jejuan Plair scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final 33 seconds Wednesday night, to lead Sam Houston State to a 61-57 victory over Southern Miss.

Herd gets more help on defense
   Ryland Wilson could be considered a pass rush specialist. His nine sacks for Copiah-Lincoln College (Miss.) led Wilson's junior college conference. Yes, Wilson can rush the quarterback, but he modestly considers himself a run-stopper. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end adds his talents to a position of need beginning next semester.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Future WVU title chances, MU-Vols
   The two teams played back in 2003 in UT’s Neyland Stadium. But the rhetoric since hasn’t led one to believe the future games will be played.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Tigers trying to halt dribble-drive lapses
   Out near halfcourt, John Calipari was crouching. He had a whistle in his hand and a frown on his face, and he spent a good 20 minutes going over the same thing, yelling every time someone failed to meet his request.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 8, 2005

From the
-C-USA Duo Lands on SI.Com Football All-America Teams
-Four C-USA Rookies Named Freshman All-Americans by
-Tulane Men's Basketball Uses Team Effort To Defeat TCU, 56-52

Sullivan candidate at MTSU
   UAB offensive coordinator Pat Sullivan is on a short list of candidates being considered for the head football coaching position at Middle Tennessee State.
Birmingham News

NCAA- TU won't lose I-A status if sports cut
   UAB offensive coordinator Pat Sullivan is on a short list of candidates being considered for the head football coaching position at Middle Tennessee State.
Birmingham News

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Defense ready to regain its glory
   Southern Miss football has long been built around a defense that punched first and asked questions later. ...
-USM, ahead at half, loses to Sam Houston

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers- 6-1, ranked seventh nationally
-DeAngelo primed for award

UH's Smith may be out Saturday
   University of Houston junior guard Lanny Smith is doubtful for Saturday's home game against Sam Houston State because of an eye injury sustained in a Tuesday practice. Smith, second in the nation with an average of 8.8 assists, was poked in the eye by a teammate.
Houston Chronicle

Big East expansion won't surprise coach
  The NCAA has assured Tulane it can cut athletic teams and remain in Division I-A, an ominous precursor to today's meeting of the Board of Trustees.
New Orleans Times Picayune

December 7, 2005

From the
-Tulsa Takes Out Florida State, 80-71, Behind Robbins 18 Point, 19 Rebound Night
-Rice Defeated by No. 2 Texas 85-58
-SMU Falls to Oklahoma State, 64-54
-UAB Falls to DePaul 70-66
-Nelson Named Freshman All-American By

Tulane athletics in jeopardy as board considers cutbacks
  The Tulane Board of Trustees will discuss the possibility of cutting athletic teams to save costs, sources said Tuesday. The board also will discuss applying for an NCAA exemption to let Tulane remain in Division I-A with seven or nine sports teams. Tulane currently has the minimum of 16.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Senior suspended indefinitely after punch injures teammate
  UTEP freshman guard Stefon Jackson has a broken jaw and Miner senior Jason Williams is suspended from the team indefinitely after an altercation under the basket at Tuesday afternoon's basketball practice in the Don Haskins Center.
El Paso Times

Blue Demons find a way to beat Blazers this time
  DePaul's 70-66 win over UAB on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena didn't count in the Conference USA standings. Other than that it was a typical down-to-the-wire game between the former C-USA rivals
Birmingham News

Balance is the key for Tigers
  Maggard urges fans to fill stands at Fort Worth Bowl
Memphis Commercial Appeal

UH Notebook- UH is looking for support
  Maggard urges fans to fill stands at Fort Worth Bowl
Houston Chronicle

New Orleans bowl tops list of must-miss games
  Everybody likes to talk about the best bowl matchups. Today, let's take a look at the five worst pairings of the upcoming college football bowl season
Florida Today

From the Hattiesburg American
-Bowl benefits abound
  The University of Southern Mississippi will receive a host of benefits from its selection to face Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 20.
-How can this be anything but a reward?
  Well, let's see now. College football's New Orleans Bowl will actually be played in Lafayette, La., this year.

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights look to keep coach from leaving
  Steve Orsini and John Hitt have an idea. They think their football coach can be Bobby Bowden. Or Howard Schnellenberger. Or Joe Paterno. Or Bill Snyder.
-Bowl teams so-so in classroom
-Record crowd may help financially
  The fact the Golden Knights were able to put a record 51,798 fans in the Florida Citrus Bowl gave UCF Athletic Director Steve Orsini proof the school's football team appeals to more than 22,000 local fans. The difference could mean better interest rates on bonds that will pay for the Knights' planned on-campus stadium.

December 6, 2005

Dec. 6 Men's Basketball Notebook

Conference USA
USA Today

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Basketball polls boost Tigers' rank up to No. 7
  The University of Memphis moved up two spots to seventh in the latest Associated Press basketball poll, giving the Tigers their best ranking since they were third heading into a Jan. 4, 1996, game with John Calipari's No. 1 UMass Minutemen.
-Ah yes, Detroit in winter
  Sure, the Motor City Bowl might not seem like the ideal December destination, but we were still able to come up with 10 reasons you should go...
-Tigers expect a tussle
-Tiger football notebook
-ESPN wanted champion
  In the end, despite the University of Memphis' hopes otherwise, Steve Ehrhart's decision to invite Conference USA champion Tulsa to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl was a no-brainer.

Mele Kalikimaka, Knights
  One of the few consolations that UCF Coach George O'Leary and his team had after Saturday's loss to Tulsa in the Conference USA title game was that the Golden Knights were guaranteed a bowl bid.
Orlando Sentinel

Herd takes time off for finals
  Marshall University men's basketball players are taking final exams this week, but the next test on the court is two weeks away. Marshall entered finals week with a 3-3 record after Sunday's home victory against Youngstown State, 73-70.
Kinston Free Press

Anderson using busy road stretch as C-USA tune-up
  The UAB men's basketball team left the snowy weather of Nebraska on Sunday, spent about 24 hours at home and jetted off to frigid Chicago on Monday to play DePaul.
Birmingham News

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH agrees to play Dec. 23 'home' date away
  Moving Dec. 23 North Texas game to Denton allows fans to support basketball, football
-RICE NOTEBOOK- Owls want to be on Stanford's level
  With funding, support, May says program will excel

Giannini urges team support
  AD: Buy tickets through USM
Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles are New Orleans Bowl bound
  Here we come New Orleans, oops ... Lafayette.
Hattiesburg American

December 5, 2005

-Record Six C-USA Teams in Bowl Games
  C-USA Champion Tulsa will be joined by Houston, Memphis, Southern Miss, UCF and UTEP in playing in this year's postseason action.
-Men's Basketball Round-Up

Around Conference USA
USA Today

Southern Miss to face Arkansas St. in N.O. Bowl
  It will be Southern Miss' 15th bowl appearance and Arkansas State's first.
New Orleans Times Picayune

USM to play in New Orleans Bowl
Biloxi Sun Herald

Golden Eagles get good news
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Knights accept bid to Hawaii Bowl
  After competing in the first championship game in school history and completing one of college football's biggest turnarounds, the UCF Golden Knights have accepted a bid to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Get your motor runnin'
  Tigers headed to Detroit to face MAC champion Akron in Motor City Bowl
-Hey, the Tigers are in another bowl, so just Zip your lip

Miners getting healthy in time for bowl game
El Paso Times

From the Houston Chronicle
-Confident Rice looks to make a statement
  Owls gear up for No. 2 Texas tonight at Toyota Center
-UH back in bowl lineup
  The Houston Cougars had some anxious moments awaiting their postseason fate, but a trip to Fort Worth is a welcome gift

Balanced Marshall slips past Penguins
  Marshall and Youngstown State engaged in a free-wheeling, up and down men's basketball game Sunday afternoon until the Thundering Herd got serious on defense.
Huntington Herald Dispatch