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December 18, 2005

From Bonesville.net
Thompson caught up in Spurrier staff shakeup
Conference USA basketball scoreboard

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Looks To Start New Streak Sunday At Winthrop
-Lady Pirate Gameday Central ECU faces James Madison at 2 p.m. Sunday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Ingram to make debut for ECU
   The 3 p.m. tip-off has been a long time coming for the sophomore guard, whose roller-coaster ride from Kinston to Wake Forest and eventually ECU has included three knee surgeries and a lot of observing.
-Lady Pirates welcome JMU

Pirates hope Ingram will provide spark
Kinston Free Press

From the Rock Hill Herald
-Marshall hopes team hears message
   Coach walks out of practice because players weren't 'paying attention'
-WINTHROP GAMEDAY
   Winthrop won last year's meeting at ECU 70-55 behind James Shuler's 18 points
 

Future Opponent: Bench brigade lifts Rockets
   Former ECU football player Rod Coleman was arrested in July while riding in an SUV that was pulled over for speeding.
Toledo Blade

Coleman pleads no contest to disorderly
   Former ECU football player Rod Coleman was arrested in July while riding in an SUV that was pulled over for speeding.
espn.com

December 17, 2005
Wright Brothers Day

From Bonesville.net
Bowl tied to ECU football lore changes its name
Conference USA basketball scoreboard
Conference USA football scoreboard

From ecupirates.com
-LADY PIRATES FALL JUST SHORT OF MARSHALL 57-54
   It marks the first loss for the Lady Pirates (6-2) since the season-opener against Duquesne.
-ECU Athletics Raises Over $19,000 for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Campus news from the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Tuition increase approved for ECU
-Program to cut teaching shortage makes gains at ECU
-ECU grad sings, dances to the top of her class
-ECU departments celebrate graduations with ceremonies

Herd cools off Pirates
   Marshall played its inaugural C-USA game against East Carolina. It was "Jam the Cam V," which produced a very vocal crowd of 1,855.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Thompson out on leave of absence
   Co-defensive coordinator will not coach in bowl game; Spurrier announces two other hiring's
Columbia (SC) The State

Barber has given Cowboys a confidence booster shot
   The Cowboys worked out three players Friday: former Sam Houston State and Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Long, East Carolina receiver Richard Alston and Maine ...
San Jose Mercury News

December 16, 2005

From Bonesville.net
$51 million on-campus stadium okayed for UCF

C-USA basketball scoreboard
C-USA football scoreboard

ECU takes on C-USA
Greenville Daily Reflector

Lady Pirate Gameday Central
   ECU tied its best start in 18 years
ecupirates.com

UNC's Bunting discusses staff vacancy with Logan
   Though former East Carolina coach Steve Logan has met with coach John Bunting regarding North Carolina's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach post, Logan's status as a candidate is unclear.
Charlotte Observer

Wayne Bolt relieved of coaching duties at UAB
   Bolt has coached more than 20 years in the collegiate ranks. Bolt was an All-America offensive lineman at East Carolina under coach Pat Dye, completing his playing career with the Pirates in 1977.
conferenceusa.com

National: 'Pirate School' catches on at Texas Tech
   Avast, ye mateys. Mike's Pirate School will shiver your timbers.
Lexington (KY) Herald Leader

December 15, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View From The 'ville
It's East Pole or bust for jolly ol' St. Clarence
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA basketball scoreboard
C-USA football scoreboard
WNCT: Talk of the Town

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Bunting discusses position with Logan
   Former East Carolina football coach Steve Logan met with North Carolina @ Chapel Hill coach John Bunting earlier this week to discuss the school's vacant offensive coordinator position.
-Linemen among early catches for ECU
   For East Carolina and first-year head coach Ricky Stokes, the appearance of Jeremy Ingram couldn't come at a better time.

Ingram has what the Pirates need
   For East Carolina and first-year head coach Ricky Stokes, the appearance of Jeremy Ingram couldn't come at a better time.
Kinston Free Press

Bunting- Logan 'person of interest'
   "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Logan and the job he did at ECU," Bunting said.
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirate Volleyball Signs Six To 2006 Class
ecupirates.com

Cape Fear lineman Melvin commits to East Carolina
   Melvin, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound senior, expects to be moved to defensive end by the Pirates.
Fayetteville Observer

Daniels narrowing in on Wilkins’ mark
   Daniels said he is getting looks from East Carolina, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington and North Carolina A&T in basketball, while North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech are interested in him for football.
Washington Daily News

December 14, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Making a list, checking it twice
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
UAB's football coach relinquishes AD position
Player who broke teammate's jaw reinstated
C-USA basketball scoreboard
C-USA football scoreboard
WNCT: Talk of the Town
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest David Garrard)

Logan advises UNC-CH
   Former East Carolina football coach Steve Logan was in Chapel Hill this week to advise North Carolina on its open offensive coordinator position
Raleigh News & Observer

Reeves to play for DI East Carolina
   It didn’t take long at all for Kennard Reeves to realize he wanted to be an East Carolina Pirate.
Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth's Reeves commits to East Carolina
   The 6-foot, 190-pounder has quick feet through the hole and breakaway speed. Reeves, who scored a 1200 on the SAT, is "a high achiever" who will do well at East Carolina
Atlanta Journal Constitution

December 13, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
Pirates bogged down by basics
-AP: New season, new day for long-suffering Camels
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Ex-Pirate assistant named head coach at MTSU
C-USA basketball scoreboard
C-USA football scoreboard
WNCT: Talk of the Town

ECU's Meghan McCallion Named Second-Team All-Southeast By NSCAA
ecupirates.com

A Quarterback's Personal Rally
   A vertical scar begins just below David Garrard's navel. He can see it when he lifts up his shirt, when he gets in and out of his Jaguars uniform, when he prepares for bed.
New York Times (Dec 11)

December 12, 2005

From Bonesville.net
-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 261
Winning will determine Garrard's fate
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Tulsa's Kragthorpe: No interest in Colorado job
C-USA basketball scoreboard
C-USA football scoreboard

From jaguars.com
-Colts seize the moment
   The Jaguars did their best fighting in the fourth quarter, as quarterback David Garrard got hot and led the Jaguars on two late-game touchdown drives. He ran five yards for one and threw one yard to Jimmy Smith for the other, then ran for the two-point conversion.
David Garrard discusses the loss to Indianapolis

 

December 18, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Sendek takes offense at Wolfpack's label
   N.C. State coach tires of his team's system being called a 'Princeton offense'.
-Gamecocks open bowl workouts
   South Carolina got to do something Saturday it hadn't in four years -- practice in December.
-Noel's defense helps Tar Heels bust Broncos

Deacs bounce back from loss
   Wake Forest uses tight defense, big rebounding advantage to knock off Princeton 61-42
Winston Salem Journal

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Shrine Bowl: Tar Heels stay grounded, ride Whitley by Sandlappers
   Ninety Six quarterback Stan Doolittle, who passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns, was the Sandlappers' offensive MVP
-Players cash in for the holidays
   This year, the Tigers will each receive Sony camcorders as part of the cache from their trip to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-USC VS. WOFFORD- Postgame report
-Tigers wrapping up game plan
   Team will have final scrimmage Monday before heading to Orlando for bowl

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Devils look to shake off rust vs. Valpo
-Boos, UNC defense swarm Broncos
   About the only thing that overshadowed North Carolina's 76-58 win over Santa Clara on Saturday night was the number of boos Broncos forward Travis Niesen received from the crowd.

Appalachian State basks in glow of 1st national title
Greensboro News Record

December 17, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-On the Mountaintop
   Appalachian State overcomes early turnovers to defeat Northern Iowa 21-16
-Magic Time- Hunter lifts ASU to championship with critical play
-Hold That Line- Appalachian defense rises to occasion
-WFU to take on Princeton today

From the Charlotte Observer
-Title is pure APPiness
-Mountaineers topple biggest goal -- a title
-If you're a Panthers fan, you'll want these teams to win today-
-National: Bowls get lost in BCS

UNC-CH's Thomas is a year older but may not play against Santa Clara
Durham Herald-Sun

Whitehurst 'battles' retraining arm for Champs Sports Bowl
Greenville (SC) News

December 16, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-App have sights set on a title
   Appalachian State - in the NCAA Division I-AA championship game for the first time - will try for its first national title tonight.
-App Notebook
   ASU can make up for '04 loss at Chattanooga
-College Basketball Roundup
   McKillop ties SoCon record for victories

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Title shot more than that for Mountaineers
   To say this is more than a football game -- that it's a chance to erase old pains and help uplift an entire community -- might sound like hyperbole.
-Wolfpack shifts GW game
   rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 30 to avoid a conflict with the State football team's Meineke Car Care Bowl matchup
-Pack RB eyes schools
   Amato won't allow move to Fla. school.

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Virginia DB Best wins Piccolo Award
-Appalachian State set with or without Williams

December 15, 2005

Logan perfect fit for Heels
   North Carolina @ Chapel Hill could not make a better hire than Steve Logan for its next offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Raleigh News & Observer

Out of reach -- on this night
   Gamecocks top Eagles, 68-54
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

DePaul's coach is difficult to dislike
   Wainwright's ties to Wake Forest program are strong and deep
Winston Salem Journal

Myers Park QB chooses Maryland
   Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior, also had offers from Eastern Kentucky, East Carolina and James Madison.
Charlotte Observer

Pack mentality too much for Bulldogs
   A major key to success for N.C. State's offense is to do a good job of distributing the basketball. On Wednesday night at the RBC Center, the Wolfpack put on a clinic in that department.
Durham Herald-Sun

Independent and in trouble
   After two years without a title sponsor, Shreveport game faces a declining stature
Columbia (SC) The State

Tigers relishing good start
   It’s a common sight, the veteran basketball coach dousing his players’ exuberance.
Anderson Independent

December 14, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-DePaul wins 84-81, snapping WFU's home winning streak
   Poor foul shooting, rebounding sink WFU; DePaul's Mejia, Burns combine to score 46
-Hickman, a fullback, commits to NC State
   ... Florida, Mississippi, East Carolina and South Florida offered Hickman scholarships, but he said his visit to NC State sealed the deal. ...
-ASU Notebook
   Players deal with hectic schedules

Duke's Chatham to reunite with Spurrier
   Longtime Duke assistant football coach Fred Chatham, hired by Steve Spurrier 16 years ago, appears poised to return to Spurrier's side.
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Charlotte Observer
-Charlotte bowl ticket sales strong (so far)
   Late Tuesday, N.C. State had sold 16,000 tickets. North Carolina @ Chapel Hill sold 30,400 last year
-Stanley Cup tour hits Charlotte on Friday

Clemson looks for 10,000 fans at bowl
Greenville (SC) News

Shrine Bowl shaping up to be a good one
   Players and coaches at the Shrine Bowl this week have soaked in the perks, the pampering and the prestige associated with the glamour All-Star game in the Carolinas. But they haven’t lost sight of why they’re here. They want to win.
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack signs seven in baseball class
-UNC-Asheville at No. 21 N.C. State
-Panthers' Hankton investigated
   Carolina Panthers special teams captain Karl Hankton is being investigated for assault on a female after allegedly pulling his wife out of their car just after midnight on Tuesday.

December 13, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Williams may play for ASU
   Quarterback, hurt in Mountaineers' semifinal win, may return for I-AA title game
-Deacons will end 10-day break tonight against Blue Demons
-College Roundup
   Wisconsin slips past UNCW

Stockstill leaves void in recruiting
   His knowledge of the state and ability to relate to all were great assets USC must replace
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-CH's Sanders earns extension
   Defensive chief gets 'significant' raise.
-Pack's bowl ticket sales near 13,500

Shrine Bowl- Game with a cause
Greenville (SC) News

December 12, 2005

Stockstill takes Middle Tennessee job
   Stockstill was East Carolina’s offensive coordinator under Gamecocks co-defensive coordinator John Thompson
Columbia (SC) The State

MTSU job goes to South Carolina aide
Birmingham News

Flipped switches spur UNCG over Gardner-Webb
Greensboro News Record

Exorcising His Demons- Apps reach Division I-AA finals, allowing Moore to reach goal
Winston Salem Journal

ODU’s football plans run into an obstacle
The Virginian Pilot

Opportunity lost
   Carolina muffs quest to own division
Charlotte Observer

 

December 18, 2005

From the Houston Chronicle
-South Alabama slaps UH with loss
   In their first game as a Top 25 team this season, the Cougars couldn't get their offense started and lost 66-62 before 3,172 fans in part of the GMAC Bowl Coors Classic.
-Rice unable to keep up with Arkansas' depth

Old foe stuns Herd
   Marshall had some good practices before playing Appalachian State, but you couldn't tell it on game day.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Nailin' the Rebs
   With the final seconds ticking off the clock and most Ole Miss fans long gone, Shawne Williams stood a good ways behind the 3-point line and launched a meaningless - if not totally cruel - jumper that approached the rim as the red light on the backboard shone brightly, signifying the end of the game.
-'National program' rolls in local showdown

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger
-USM hopes for recruiting windfall
   Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower and his coaching staff have had one heck of a hectic weekend.
-Normalcy? Not in '05 for weary Eagles
   It's difficult to imagine a more appropriate scenario to end this most chaotic and muddled of Mississippi football seasons.

Bower's success not enough for some fans
   But his boss seems satisfied
Biloxi Sun Herald

Blazers have 10 commitments
   Since he didn't have a bowl game to prepare for, UAB head coach Watson Brown made sure his early weekends in December were filled with recruiting visits.
Birmingham News

From the El Paso Time
-Williams back in UTEP lineup
   Williams, who was suspended for a game for punching teammate Stefon Jackson, entered Saturday night's UTEP-New Mexico State game five minutes into the action. He got nothing but cheers from the fans.
-Miners use size to their advantage against Aggies
-Marrow, Ebell won't play in bowl
   UTEP won't have some of its offensive firepower Wednesday when the Miners (8-3) play Toledo (8-3) in the GMAC Bowl.

O'Leary sets UCF's bowl plan
Orlando Sentinel

December 17, 2005

Brown- Bolt move not knee-jerk reaction
   UAB head coach Watson Brown said Thursday's decision to replace defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt was "not anywhere close to a knee-jerk reaction" after a disappointing season.
Birmingham News

Freshman Hall To Leave TU Hoops Team
   A freshman on the University of Tulsa men's basketball team has decided to leave school, head coach Doug Wojcik announced today.
KTUL

USM's ticket sales slow
   School has sold just 2,500 of 8,125 tickets allotted for bowl game
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Bower keeps USM consistently winning
The Daily Advertiser

Eagles ready for N.O. Bowl
   The Southern Mississippi football team held its final practice on campus Friday night.
Hattiesburg American

Past is past; Bowl is now in Eubanks' sights
   Multi-tasking back looks forward to final game
Biloxi Sun Herald

Houston Zeroes In On Fort Worth Bowl
conferenceusa.com

From the El Paso Time
-UTEP hits town
   Miners arrive in Mobile amid great fanfare
-Miners, Aggies ready for round 2
   Round two of the forever-fun basketball rivalry between a pair of old neighbors -- UTEP and New Mexico State

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Learning curve
   Q&A with Marshall football Coach Mark Snyder
-C-USA bowls provide Herd incentive
   In C-USA, each bowl school gets to keep the revenue from the seats it sells. The conference buys the tickets and "gives" them to the participating schools. That's a mighty large dose of incentive.

Q&A with Bob Marcum
   Herd AD discusses past, future
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Penders bringing glory back at Houston
HappyNews.com

UH basketball teams get reinforcements
   It's good news all the way around for University of Houston basketball. The men get junior point guard Lanny Smith back from an eye injury, and the Lady Cougars will have transfer Tye Jackson on the court.
Houston Chronicle

UCF gets active to win
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers-Rebels far from usual
-Tangled schedule adds heat to rivalry matchup
   After months of trying to work out a more suitable date, they were left with the game today.
-Preview- No. 5 Tigers vs. Ole Miss
-Offensive linemen pay Tigers a visit
   Broadhead, also a first-team all-state pick, has received interest from Clemson, South Carolina and Conference USA schools East Carolina and UAB. He helped Lee County go 10-2 and to the first region championship in school history.

December 16, 2005

Blazers drop Bolt
   UAB defensive coordinator (and former ECU lineman) Wayne Bolt will not return as the Blazers defensive coordinator next season.
Birmingham News

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Basketball Wins Big Over William Carey, 90-57
-Rice Beats Palm Beach Atlantic, 93-54
-Cougars Impress Briles In Final Days Of Practice Before The Fort Worth Bowl
-Herd, Fans Ready to 'Jam the Cam' Friday Vs. East Carolina

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-
Tiger RPI No. 2, but conference play may hurt
   First, the good news. As of Thursday, the University of Memphis' CollegeRPI.com ranking was No. 2, behind only Duke.
-Tigers off for 5 days following their finals
   Moments after the University of Memphis football team ended practice Thursday at the Murphy Athletic Complex, players scattered, collecting their belongings, hopping into the cars and getting a jump on a five-day break.

GMAC Bowl teams arrive today
   Two of the winningest teams of the early bowl season will arrive in Mobile this afternoon to begin preparations for the seventh annual GMAC Bowl.
Mobile Register

Offensive linemen pay Tigers a visit
   Broadhead, also a first-team all-state pick, has received interest from Clemson, South Carolina and Conference USA schools East Carolina and UAB.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

USM had to battle on offense
   New running backs helped carry the load
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the El Paso Times
-Miners say Rockets are tough customers
-Price makes return to Alabama

Rice drops 2-by-4 on Division II foe
   As expected, Rice obliterated Palm Beach Atlantic
Houston Chronicle

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-JUCO prospects to visit Marshall this weekend
-Roll out the crowd
   It is a highlight on the Marshall women's basketball calendar every year.
-'Jam the Cam' has been blueprint for marketing success
   Even if you're not a fan of Marshall University women's basketball, you might know about "Jam the Cam." The annual event is one of the biggest functions of the year for the Marshall women's basketball team. It's a multifaceted marketing tool that works primarily to help bring large-scale attention to the program.

Golden Eagles wear down winless Crusaders
   William Carey College hung around for the better part of a half against Southern Miss Thursday night at Green Coliseum.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Norfolk State at UCF
Orlando Sentinel

December 15, 2005

Blazers Edged by Minnesota, 69-68
   Maurice Hargrow made one of two free throws with 7.5 seconds to play and Squeaky Johnson's last-second shot to win it rolled off the rim and Minnesota held on to a 69-68 victory over UAB Wednesday night.
uabsports.com

Blazers can't squeak it out
   The final shot - a running 4-footer by UAB point guard Squeaky Johnson - hung on the rim at Williams Arena late in Wednesday night's non-conference game against Minnesota.
Birmingham News

From floridatoday.com
-Hawaii will be no vacation for UCF
   UCF (8-4) will face Nevada (8-3) in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
-UCF trustees OK on-campus stadium
   The 45,000-seat stadium, to be built at a cost of $51 million, will be built on the north side of campus in time for the 2007 football season.

UCF Trustees Approve Financing Plan, Groundbreaking for On-Campus ...
ucfathletics.com

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF fans bowled over by high cost
-Trustees give go-ahead for UCF to build stadium

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Home for the Holidays
   Southern Miss defensive back Jasper Faulk was 8 years old the last time he played at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La.
-USM's struggles reflected in attendance
   Southern Miss is in the initial stages of a seven-game homestand that will keep the Golden Eagles on the basketball court at Green Coliseum through the end of December.

Bower's first was Favre's finale
   Bowling is becoming a Southern Miss tradition. The Golden Eagles continue their postseason history Tuesday night when they play Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl in Lafayette.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the El Paso Times
-Price likes plans for GMAC trip
-Quarterback Dew pleases Price with progress

Mid-year recruits a growing trend
   College football has become all about the race. There's the race to find the more talented student-athlete. Marshall University football coach Mark Snyder describes the endless pursuit of facilities upgrades as a nationwide "arms race.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

From riceowls.com
-Rice Basketball Meets Palm Beach Atlantic for the First Time
-Rice Athletics Announces First-Ever Television Network

Southern Miss Faces Cross-Town Foe William Carey
southernmiss.com

Tiger WRs find ways to help
Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 14, 2005

Six C-USA Baseball Players Named To NCBWA Preseason All-America Teams
conferenceusa.com

UAB'S Brown returns to full-time coaching
   Richard Margison assumes interim AD duties
uabsports.com

From the Birmingham News
-Brown turns over AD job to Margison
   The football season was about halfway over when Watson Brown decided it was time to split his dual role as UAB's athletics director and head football coach.
-Delaney assists Blazers in more ways than scoring
   His second career start could come tonight. Then again, UAB sophomore Paul Delaney might come off the bench.

Golden Knight Rally Falls Short at FAU
   Junior forward Josh Peppers scored a career-high 24 points, including 17 in the second half, but it was not enough as host Florida Atlantic held on for a 59-54 victory over the UCF
ucfathletics.com

UCF wakes up too late
Orlando Sentinel

Rare reward
   University of Memphis tailback DeAngelo Williams, the fourth-leading rusher in college football history, made another run at national recognition Tuesday.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

DeAngelo Williams Named to Associated Press All-America Team
gotigersgo.com

Football Holds Light Workout on Tuesday
uhcougars.com

Football Continues New Orleans Bowl Preparations
southernmiss.com

Bower donates tickets
   One hundred Southern Miss students will be rewarded for their loyalty with free tickets to the game.
Hattiesburg American

Eagles turn focus to 11-year streak
   Southern Miss running back Cody Hull and his Golden Eagles teammates have been making a list and checking it twice the past few weeks.
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger

Miners thrilled with receivers
   When told that redshirt freshmen receivers Dashan Miller and Dustin Bell were to be the subject of a story, UTEP head football coach Mike Price was pleased.
El Paso Times

UH Notebook- Cougars get some support from former Longhorns
   Martin questions UT's decision not to play Houston
Houston Chronicle

SMU's Basketball Game Against Oklahoma Moved to Jan. 3
   The game had been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. CST and was to be aired by CSTV. The game is being moved to avoid conflict with the BCS Championship game on Jan. 4.
smumustangs.com

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
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Recruiting gets lift with new weight room
   Football prospects touring Marshall University's campus this weekend will take in both the program's present and future as they tour existing facilities and check out the site of the program's new weight room
-Herd hoping new ticket package brings out fans
   Marshall is attempting to do something about its sagging men's basketball attendance.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane athletes opt to leave
   When Tulane announced last week that the women's golf program was among the eight sports being suspended to save money, its coach, Sue Bower, knew she would be flooded with phone calls.
-Officials share visions of Dome
   State officials know they want a bigger, better Superdome to serve as a symbol for a rebuilt New Orleans.

December 13, 2005

Around Conference USA-Basketball
USA Today

Men's Basketball Notebook
conferenceusa.com

UH happy to say it has poll position
   Cougars ranked by AP voters for first time since '93
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-5-speed transition
   The University of Memphis, as expected, advanced two spots in this week's Associated Press college basketball poll and is now ranked fifth in the nation heading into Saturday afternoon's game at Ole Miss.
-Tigers' offensive shift a roaring success

Eagles see bowl as fitting ending
   Challenges didn't stop momentum
Biloxi Sun Herald

Golden Eagle Cornwell strives to follow coach's orders
Hattiesburg American

Extension looms after difficult year
   Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower has two things on his mind at the moment- preparing USM to play in its eighth bowl game in nine years and recruiting the kind of players that will keep the Golden Eagles successful.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the El Paso Times
-Hundley still happy to be here
   It's a good thing Tim Hundley didn't bolt UTEP for Michigan State back in the spring.
-Stull urges fans to donate tickets

Blazers receive three more commitments
Birmingham News

Marshall baseball splits home games
   C-USA games to be in Charleston, non-conference in Huntington
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd’s C-USA home games at APP
Charleston (WV) Gazette

December 12, 2005

Around Conference USA-Football
USA Today

N,O, Bowl preview and prediction
College Football News

Tulsa coach not interested
   Tulsa football coach Steve Kragthorpe does not want to replace Gary Barnett as coach at Colorado.
Raleigh News & Observer

UH defensive whiz Latham shows he can go on offensive
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M poised to hit Top 5
   To a man, they all insist it doesn't matter. But get them talking about the possibility of being ranked among the top five teams in the country, and smiles seem hard to suppress for this University of Memphis basketball team.
-U of M cornerback gaining confidence
   Patiently, Jamaal Rufus waited. He waited as a freshman, playing as a reserve safety behind all-conference standout Wesley Smith. He waited as a sophomore, playing sparingly at defensive back and spending most of the season on special teams.

UTEP handed rare home loss
   UTEP lost just its fourth game in the Haskins Center in the past 39 games. Louisiana-Lafayette held off a late Miner charge, then defeated a cold-shooting group of Miners in overtime to claim a 65-59 victory.
El Paso Times