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Conference USA

December 25, 2005
Christmas Day
Chanukah (Jewish - begins at sundown)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Wolf Pack clips UCF in OT in Hawaii Bowl
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

Year One with Holtz
   The football offices are quiet today, but it's been tough to keep them that way since the Pirates finished Holtz's first season at a promising 5-6.
Greenville Daily Reflector

It's back- A sports wishlist for Santa
New Bern Sun Sentinel

December 24, 2005
Christmas Eve

-AP: Defining season for UCF comes to climax in Hawaii
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Jayhawks hammer Houston in Fort Worth Bowl
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirate Prosperity
   The timing of changes made by East Carolina to its baseball coaching leadership did not necessarily leave Billy Godwin with a host of candidates to fill out his staff.
-ECU hoped to hire Baird for consultation

ECU releases Mazey messages
   East Carolina on Friday released several e-mails regarding the departure of baseball coach Randy Mazey, who was suspended with pay in October
Raleigh News & Observer

Georgia attracting national attention
   Tucker coach Ben Ballard said East Carolina, Southern Miss, Central Michigan and Memphis are recruiting (QB-Dwayne) Harris.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

December 23, 2005

-AP: Briles sustains family's good name long after tragedy
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Meghan McCallion Tabbed Third-Team All-Southeast By Soccer Buzz
-Women's Soccer Earns Team Academic Award

Washington’s Whitehead offers verbal commitment to Pirates baseball
Washington Daily News

Recruiting- JUCO Cornerback Considers Options
   Junior college All-American cornerback Scott Broughton who had eight interceptions this season, said he is considering Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Memphis (just called this week), and will visit East Carolina on Jan. 6.

December 22, 2005

-BVL: Rockets overtake Pirates
-BVL: ECU vs. Toledo Box Score
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Toledo thumps Texas-El Paso in GMAC Bowl
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Men's Basketball Drops Road Contest To Toledo
   Kashif Payne had 18 points and Toledo defeated East Carolina 73-62 Wednesday night despite failing to make a basket for almost the last six minutes.
-East Carolina Football Announces Mid-Year Signees
   Two junior college transfers and one prep school student-athlete have signed mid-year scholarship documents to attend and play football at East Carolina University

Rockets Hang On in Win Against East Carolina, 73-62

Browns Notes- Lesser Honors
  New Guy: The Browns added OL Dwayne Ledford to the roster to replace C Jeff Faine, who was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Ledford was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 1999 out of East Carolina.
Bernie's Insiders

December 21, 2005
Winter Solstice - Winter Begins (Northern Hemisphere)

-AP: UTEP challenges MAC's domination of GMAC Bowl
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
USM caps taxing season with GMAC Bowl win
Conference USA Postseason Bowl Scoreboard
Conference USA Basketball Scoreboard
WNCT: Talk of the Town

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirate men head to Toledo looking to snap skid
   Desperate to stop a four-game losing skid, the East Carolina men's basketball team will get its chance tonight in Toledo, Ohio.
-Pirates expecting immediate help from transfers
   The idea of next season will slowly start taking shape today for East Carolina football, which will likely add three names to its 2006 roster on Junior College Signing Day.

Toledo Hosts East Carolina on Wednesday
  Rockets look to build on home success as six-game homestand continues

December 20, 2005

-AP: Southern Miss, Arkansas State kick off bowl season
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Conference USA basketball scoreboard
Conference USA Postseason Bowl Scoreboard

ECU's Ingram remaining patient, optimistic about season
   ...despite the 70-48 loss the Pirates suffered against the Eagles and a performance which he described as “not what he had hoped for,” Ingram was still upbeat while conversing with fans and relatives who made the trip afterward. The former Kinston High School standout was just happy to finally be a part of the rotation.
Greenville Daily Reflector

NCAA figures boost rates
   The Pirates' football team number went from 64 percent with the federal rate to 74 percent with the NCAA rate.
   -NCAA Division I results
Raleigh News & Observer

-Byron back for finale?
   Quarterback Byron Leftwich could be back as early as the final regular season game against the Tennessee Titans.
Garrard postgame (corrected link)

December 19, 2005

-Eagles throttle Bucs
ECU vs. Winthrop Box Score
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Conference USA basketball scoreboard
Conference USA Postseason Bowl Scoreboard

-ECU Falls to Winthrop 70-48
   Winthrop used a smothering defensive effort and 54 percent shooting from the floor to down visiting East Carolina 70-48 on Sunday afternoon, the Eagles 19th straight home court victory.
   ECU Hits The Road For Five-Game Trip Beginning In Atlanta vs. Davidson

Pirates unseemly in defeat
   Winthrop embarrasses ECU men's basketball
New Bern Sun Journal

Ingram a surprise starter in Pirates' loss to Eagles
Kinston Free Press

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Inspired Winthrop keeps Pirates reeling
   "I think the long and the short of it is we need to do a better job valuing the basketball and not turn the ball over," Stokes said, especially against a very good team like Winthrop."
-JMU routs ECU women

Defense key to game as Eagles shut down ECU
   Winthrop held the Pirates to 31 percent shooting and forced 27 turnovers, including four 35-second shot clock violations.
Rock Hill Herald

Eagles refocus, end 2-game losing skid
   Reserves play key roles in pasting of Pirates
Charlotte Observer

-It's win-and-in time
   Garrard completed 21 of 40 passes for 216 yards and a 68.3 passer rating.

Late field goal needed to top 2-12 49ers
   Garrard runs for the Jags only TD
Florida Times-Union

On recruiting- Tigers cap busy week with two additions
   ... He also has offers from Florida State, Auburn and East Carolina. He will visit East Carolina (Jan. 13), Florida State (Jan. 20) and Auburn (Jan. 27). ...
Columbia (SC) The State


December 25-26, 2005

From Columbia (SC) the State
-Fans’ travel rep remains intact
-Clemson finishes bowl practice

Tigers healthy and ready to go
Spartanburg Herald Journal

Panthers back themselves into a corner
   With one week left, the Panthers can still win the division ... or miss the playoffs.
Greensboro News Record

Panthers fans must take bad with good
   Realistic attitude paramount after loss
Charlotte Observer

December 24, 2005

From the Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal
-Tigers, Gamecocks rank in baseball poll
   Clemson opens the season Feb. 17 at home with a three-game series against James Madison. The Gamecocks open on Feb. 10, hosting Elon for three-game set.
-Capote involved in car accident
   Clemson reserve offensive lineman Christian Capote spent Thursday night in an Orlando hospital and underwent surgery after being involved in auto accident.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Coaches say bowl success has no standard blueprint
   Spurrier's record in bowl games stands at 6-6
-Whitehurst throws without pain again

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Chicago natives adapt to quiet life in Buies Creek
-Pack loaded with interchangeable parts

From the Charlotte Observer
-Buckner- Time to bring the noise
   Frenzied fans left mark on '04 victory
-Olson Analysis- Cowboys at Panthers
-Bobcats don't have bodies to stop Clips

Canes break through late
Raleigh News & Observer

December 23, 2005

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons hang on against Spiders
   The 47 points were Wake Forest's fewest in a victory since the Deacons beat N.C. State 44-39 in 1947 - seven seasons before the advent of the ACC.
-UNC-CH beaten in all phases of play
   "They were the aggressor," said Coach Roy Williams, whose Tar Heels defeated the Trojans by 32 points last year in Chapel Hill. "They were smarter, they were coached better. There's no other way to put it."
-Williams considering possibility of going to NFL
   "N.C. State has submitted the name of junior defensive end to the NCAA for evaluation

Amato’s Christmas wish- A win
Fayetteville Observer

Pack takes a break before bowl
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Atsur clutch as State holds off Alabama
-Camels no match for balanced Seminoles

USC gets schooled by Owls
   Temple keeps Gamecocks out of sync
Greenville (SC) News

USC HOOPS | USC aims to avoid dread of December
   Cruel losses within this month aren’t helping the Gamecocks’ plans to break out
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Charlotte Observer
-Eagles net catch of the day
   Winthrop pummels Division II Sailfish
-49ers end skid against Rutgers
-VMI hires longtime Richmond coach

WCU Drops 90-83 Overtime Decision to Gardner-Webb

December 22, 2005

From the Durham Herald Sun
-USC 74, No. 17 UNC-Chapel Hill 59
   After a slow start to the Tim Floyd era, Southern California has found its stride.
-Devils pull away from Red Storm in second half

From the Anderson Independent
-Perry thinks Tigers need to be ranked
   Are the Clemson Tigers top 25 material?
-Tigers win a tournament title

USC sets record in blowout
   South Carolina allowed its fewest points in history as the Gamecocks beat Bethune-Cookman 87-26 on Wednesday night.
Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal

College football notes- Moore, staff to return to Appalachian State
Greensboro News-Record

Deacons set to play new-look Spiders
   Prosser says he hopes Wake Forest players are focusing on Richmond, not Christmas vacation
Winston Salem Journal

From the Charlotte Observer
-49ers still punting on football
   Entering their first basketball season in the Atlantic 10, the Charlotte 49ers appear to have landed in the only place that can harbor them: A Division I league with major basketball aspirations and less lofty goals for its football-playing schools.
-Thinking big too costly for 49ers
   Football teams are expensive. So anytime you complain to Charlotte about the absence of football, the school can pull out a study that cites the cost of starting and sustaining a program.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Crowds concern Canes
   Attendance lags despite fast start.
-Another slow start, another win for Duke
-Heels cool down

December 21, 2005

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC coach to return in January
   Time will tell if Thompson retains his co-defensive coordinator title
Bowden dismisses three players
   Two declared academically ineligible; another released after violating team rules
-Spurrier's team hit all the high notes in year one
-Independence foes poised for a duel
   Troy University coach, who has played against Missouri and South Carolina, picks Gamecocks to win bowl game
-Tigers' defense outlasts Holy Cross

From Columbia (SC) the State
-USC chooses new home for baseball
   Work on the $28.5 million project is scheduled to begin in October. USC plans for the 6,800-seat stadium to be open for the start of the 2008 season.
-Common cents rules bids
   Bowls’ choices leave some in ACC upset, but they should know the power of money

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Asst. DA- Barrington Edwards blew 'sweet deal' on charges by not appearing in court
   North Carolina tailback Barrington Edwards had a "sweet deal" arranged for two speeding tickets, but after he failed to appear in court several times, the deal has been wiped off the table.
-Atsur just fits nicely with Pack
-Krzyzewski's private sessions have inspired Dockery, Melchionni
-Eagles grind out win

From the Anderson Independent
-Moving the Sugar Bowl a big challenge
-Clemson staying grounded after hot start

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Hendley, UNCW win; FSU improves to 7-1
-Learning On the Job- Hale, WFU freshman, has a lot on his plate as starting point guard

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Young Duke grows up fast
-NHL: Canes trade bolts with champs and win

From the Charlotte Observer
-NFL: Davis' injury a blow for Cats
-NBA: Bobcats topple Bulls in Chicago

December 20, 2005

Elon plucks Mountain Hawks' coach
Greensboro News-Record

Gamecocks getting it down cold
   Chilly week of practice might prove beneficial as USC prepares to visit site of infamous ‘Snow Bowl’
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-New grading method helps state schools' grad rates
   In keeping with the trend nationally, the graduation rates for athletes at the University of South Carolina and Clemson and Furman universities were better in almost every sport under the NCAA's new method of tabulating the figures.
-Tigers pour it on in San Juan Shootout
   Clemson sets school record for 3-pointers in blowout over UPR-Mayaquez
-USC football report
-Clemson football report

It hasn't been a Brady sequel for WVU punter this season
   You can look at the numbers from the senior transfer (East Carolina) and see he has improved.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Attendance, revenue up for Canes
Durham Herald-Sun

Officials say Monarchs football is still on track
   ...officials did not meet a deadline for a land agreement with the city and do not expect to meet a June deadline for gathering $8 million in pledges.
The Virginian Pilot

December 19, 2005

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Pack blisters Miami from behind the arc
-No rust for the Devils
-Redskins Blow Out Cowboys for 3rd Straight

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Bad Memories- Clemson hasn't forgotten past bowl woes
-ASU special teams player to appear on The Late Late Show
   Stokes played high-school football at Burlington Williams in the mid-1990s and enrolled at East Carolina in 1997.

Perfect timing
   Everything falls in line for Panthers in reclaiming 1st place in NFC South
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack shows off new look
   State begins ACC play by reversing outcome of last year's opener / Cameron Bennerman's 19 points and tenacious defense on Miami star Guillermo Diaz help the balanced Wolfpack earn a victory.
-Devils go on the offensive
   Duke gets 30 points from Redick to roll past Valparaiso.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Paladins fall at Missouri
-Purnell hopes trip brings Tigers closer
-Tigers say Buffs, Eagles similar

AREA BRIEFS- Elon to name football coach Monday
Greensboro News Record


December 25, 2005

UCF falls in overtime
   UCF was at its best in 2005 when it played from behind in the second half.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Honolulu Advertiser
-Four-hour game turns into a crowd-pleaser
-Wolf Pack claims overtime thriller

Miners take two steps back
El Paso Times

December 24, 2005

Bowl Central: Nevada vs. UCF
December 24 - 8:30 PM ET
Honolulu, Hawaii


From the Orlando Sentinel
-For Knights, it's time to think ahead
   Ho-hum. Just another day in paradise.
-Hawaii Bowl- Who gets the edge?
-Hawaii Bowl- Tonight's Game

From the Houston Chronicle
-Kansas trips Cougars in Fort Worth Bowl
   The Cougars entered the Fort Worth Bowl with high hopes but were completely stifled in a 42-13 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday night at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
-Big plays go wrong way for UH
-Kansas defense squashes UH running game
-Cougars' new faces smile wide against North Texas

Houston Falls to Kansas in Fort Worth Bowl
   Houston (6-6) has lost six straight bowls since winning the 1980 Garden State Bowl.

From the Ft Worth Star Telegram
-Fair weather, fans make FW Bowl a winner
-BLUE STREAK- Kansas 42, Houston 13
   Jayhawks overwhelm Cougars in second half

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-After UCF, Tigers toughened
   Houston (6-6) has lost six straight bowls since winning the 1980 Garden State Bowl.
-Tulsa has winning mindset
   What was once the most glorious moment of Garrett Mills' Tulsa football career now stands as the star tight end's greatest on-field embarrassment.
-U of M experiences the power of sole
   West remains good to his word, so Tigers will don black shoes for Motor City Bowl

MU practice center plans on hold
   An indoor practice facility has been discussed for several years. It was proposed to be built adjacent to the football stadium on the site of a grass practice field at a cost of $6.5 million...
Huntington Herald Dispatch

December 23, 2005

Bowl Central: Kansas vs. Houston
December 23 - 8:00 PM ET
Ft Worth, TX

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH backs friends to the end, regardless

From the Ft Worth Star Telegram
-Bowl exposure a powerful recruiting tool
   Kansas and Houston hope the eyes of top Texas high school players are watching Friday night and signing in February.
   Houston's high-powered offense is often key to the Cougars' success.
   Bob Griese believes that having 28 bowls is good because many athletes get the benefits.

From the
-Fort Worth Bowl Press Conference Quotes
-Mustangs Fall on Road to Wyoming, 75-69
-Tulsa Falls To Eastern Michigan
-UAB Dominates Old Dominion, 85-57
-Postcard from Hawaii -- UCF's Day Four and Five from Honolulu

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Motor City- No day at the beach
   After back-to-back seasons playing bowl games in the Deep South, the University of Memphis football team arrived in the Frigid North on Thursday to prepare for their third straight postseason appearance.
-Snowball rule- Don't hit DeAngelo

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Future looks bright for Hawaii Bowl
   Conference USA and the Pac-10 will alternate years in the game beginning next season...C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said if the Pac-10 does not qualify enough teams to send one to Hawaii next year, a C-USA team (the No. 3, 4 or 5 pick) will be the backup team.

Blazers roll to win over Old Dominion
   The immediate result of UAB's 85-57 shellacking of Old Dominion on Thursday night at Bartow Arena shows up best in the win-loss ledger.
Birmingham News

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall academics ahead of the curve
-Herd lands three on JUCO signing day

Rooster has a remedy for Herd
   Marshall needs 'grittiness'
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

December 22, 2005

From the
-Toledo Takes Down UTEP In GMAC Bowl
   Bruce Gradkowski and the Toledo Rockets came up with one big play after another. UTEP came up short in the postseason again.
-Houston Continues Preps for Fort Worth Bowl
-Tigers Set for Bowl Meeting With Akron
-Marshall Football Signs Three Junior College Players
-SMU Adds Two JC Transfers
-Owls Thump Texas Southern 81-65
-UAB Renews Rivalry With Old Dominion Thursday
   High-powered Monarchs battle UAB for first time since 1991

From the Mobile Register
-First-half leg injury to Palmer slows UTEP offense
   Texas-El Paso quarterback Jordan Palmer spent much of the first half Wednesday night running from Toledo outside linebacker Mike Alston.
-Rocket Man
   Bruce Gradkowski knows how to follow a script. UTEP did not.
-Mike Price shows grace and ability

From the El Paso Times
-Bowl loss brings season to disappointing end
   Last year, UTEP junior quarterback Jordan Palmer's future appeared limitless following a close loss to Colorado in the Houston Bowl...After Wednesday's 45-13 loss to Toledo in the GMAC Bowl, however, there are questions about Palmer's ability to lead this team next year and his health.
-Miners waste opportunity
-Rockets blast Miners
-UTEP supporters turn out en masse at bars, eateries for game
-Miners cruise past NAIA's UT-Permian Basin

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
   Golden Eagles' shot at upset goes kaput
-Southern Miss finds its strengths
   Richard Jones has seen the look of bewilderment. So has everyone else who stopped long enough to watch Squeaky Johnson harass opposing players since he became entrenched as UAB's point guard.

From Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Gulf Coast DE Merrill will make move to Southern Miss
   One of the primary goals for Southern Miss football during the recruiting season is finding help on the defensive front.
-Icy Eagles no match for Braves
   In a game in which total fouls kept pace with each team's point total for much of the night, another statistical curiosity was even more conspicuous

Giannini expects break-even bowl trip
   Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini won't lose any sleep over the Christmas holidays now that he knows his department didn't lose any money on the Golden Eagles' trip to the New Orleans Bowl.
Hattiesburg American

From the Orlando Sentinel
-'Challenges' are different for UCF in Hawaii
-UCF loses Fiesta Classic consolation game

Make-it-or-break-it play launches Marshall
   UH receiver Vincent Marshall will never forget the waning minutes of the 2003 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. With 30 seconds left, Marshall got the call on '18 Hide" and converted it into a game-tying 81-yard touchdown
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers looking terrific heading into their break
   It was late Tuesday, and Antonio Anderson still had some packing to do. So he knew he had a long night ahead of him, one that would be followed by an early morning.
-Tigers' game against Zags is a sellout
-Tigers also shine in classes
   When the University of Memphis football team boards its charter jet today for Monday's Motor City Bowl in Detroit, the Tigers will take flight as a top 10 program ... at least in one, often overlooked, area.

Blazers' Squeaky a full-court force
   Second half, Almond's steady work paid
Birmingham News

MU signs 3; wait is on for quarterback
Charleston (WV) Gazette

December 21, 2005

Bowl Central: UTEP vs. Toledo
December 21 - 8:00 PM ET
Mobile, AL

From the Mobile Register
   Instead of tickets, GMAC Bowl fans should be asked to purchase passes. It would be more in line with the "Just Sling It" reputation the game has garnered in its brief existence.
-Fleskoski, UTEP defense hoping to bottle Rockets
-Miners finer with Price
-Two late losses stinging Miners

From the El Paso Times
-Miners, Rockets ready to tangle
   It will be the Miners' second bowl game in two years, and the first time they have participated in back-to-back bowls since 1954-55.
-Miners win in OT
   Unlikely 3-point shot leads to win
-Dirty work got UTEP victory

Southern Miss Opens the Bowl Season with a Win in the New Orleans Bowl

Nelson, Hull spark USM's gritty win
   Little came easy for Southern Miss during the 2005 regular season, so why should its postseason be any different-
Jackson Clarion Ledger

USM rolls to win
   True to his reputation, Southern Miss tight end Shawn Nelson was everywhere. And because he was, Southern Miss won its second straight New Orleans Bowl.
Baton Rouge Advocate

New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH comes up short against UNLV
   Cougars suffer second defeat since being ranked
-UH Notebook- Doty goes home at top of his game
   Fort Worth Bowl chance to shine for family, friends

Houston Rally Falls Short at UNLV

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-West Coast kicker commits to Herd
  Funny how a span of about 10 days can shift the course of an athletic career.
-Herd bounces back in big way
  Marshall was almost giddy about its 29-point victory Tuesday night.

Marshall Men Ransack Buccaneers, 82-53

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Complete game
  Once upon a time, Rodney Carney was just an athlete. He could sprint really fast and jump really high, and that was about it, so most recruiting analysts insisted. But now he's got that mid-range game. And that defensive mentality.
-Brother act adds bite to bowl
  So much for peace on the football field, and, for that matter, goodwill toward brothers. When the University of Memphis plays the University of Akron Monday in the Motor City Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field, two members of the Butler family will find themselves in a rather familiar position: pitted against each other.
-Eagles hold off gritty Indians

UCF Looks to Close Fiesta Bowl Classic with a Win

From USA Today
-Around Conference USA- Basketball
-Around Conference USA - Football

Coming up empty
   Since Birmingham last hosted an All-American bowl game in 1990 - ending a 14-year run that started as the Hall of Fame Bowl - new bowls have appeared in similar-size or smaller cities such as Nashville, Charlotte, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Boise, Idaho and Mobile.
Birmingham News

December 20, 2005

-Dec. 20 Men's Basketball Notebook
-Dec. 20 Women's Basketball Notebook

   Eagles try to win second straight bowl ' Southern Miss' season, mixed with lows and highs, comes to an end tonight with a New Orleans Bowl battle against Arkansas State at Cajun Field.
Biloxi Sun Herald

USM, Arkansas State grateful for N.O. Bowl
New Orleans Times Picayune

From Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles have a streak — 2 wins
   Bowl season means bellyache season. People love
-QB chasing marks, Ws
   Bowl season means bellyache season. People love

From the Mobile Register
-Almond after win, records in bowl
   USM plays Arkansas State in New Orleans Bowl tonight
-Hunt for a win
   Hunting is a pastime UTEP's Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr. has enjoyed since he has been able to hold a rifle by himself.
-Miners work quickly at practice
   One thing can be said for UTEP -- the Miners don't mess around at practice

Time to throw a flag on all the bowl complaints
   Bowl season means bellyache season. People love to complain about the glut of inconsequential football.
Orlando Sentinel

-Southern Miss Takes Down Tennessee State 84-74
   Jarekus Singleton scores a season-high 21 points
-SMU Routs Savannah State, 89-46
-Tulane Falls in Overtime to St. Edward's, 91-83
   Missed Free Throws and Turnovers Doom Wave
-Tulsa Defeats Southern 60-48
-UAB Jumps On Centenary, 72-58
   Blazers force 37 turnovers, tie steals record with 23
-UCF Falls To Western Kentucky, 72-68
   Josh Peppers scores 18 points and Mike O'Donnell adds 13 to lead the Golden Knights.

From the El Paso Times
-Opposing quarterbacks forge bond off the field
   You don't have to be enemies to compete. Even in a bowl game.
-Miners anxious for rematch
   UTEP will face perhaps its most serious defensive challenge of the early season tonight, when the University of the Pacific visits the Don Haskins Center.

From the Houston Chronicle
-Houston back on outside looking in at Top 25
-Maggard's hard work has UH on upswing

Blazers ease to victory against Gents
   Just under 10 minutes were left on the Bartow Arena clock when UAB head coach Mike Anderson first reached deep into his bench. And that was in the first half.
Birmingham News

Tulsa tops SU, 60-48
Baton Rouge Advocate

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd gets three commitments
   Marshall received three verbal commitments Monday from prospects, and each player will join the team when spring drills begin March 28.
-Jirsa shuffling the deck
   Ron Jirsa has spoken. Now, he'll find out if his players were listening.
-Confident Herd gets ACC test
   Confidence is a key ingredient of athletic success

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Battle on boards crucial to Tigers
-Preview- No. 4 Tigers vs. Louisiana Tech
-Tiger graduation rate climbs
-Eagles, Indians in test of wills
-Mr. Liberty Bowl

December 19, 2005

-Tulane Women's Basketball Enjoys Triumphant Return To New Orleans
-Southern Miss Hosts Tennessee State In Non-Conference Action Monday
-Postcard from Hawaii - UCF Says Aloha to Hawaii

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights readying for bowl game debut
-Knights happy in Hawaii
-O'Leary, Golden Knights ecstatic about practice field

Displaced USM plays in displaced bowl
   Take this one. Southern Miss, once displaced by Hurricane Katrina to a conference rival's home, will finish its season in a displaced bowl game.
Baton Rouge Advocate

Bum knee, Katrina can't stop D'Angelo
Biloxi Sun Herald

For some Cougars, Fort Worth Bowl like homecoming
Houston Chronicle

From the Mobile Register
-Palmer's got game, name
   Many would believe Jordan Palmer's ascension as UTEP's starting quarterback -- in charge of running a high-powered, pass-oriented offense -- to be as simple a matter as walking onto the field. It wasn't like that at all.
-Turnovers dictate Miners' success

Blazers host Gents to open homestand
Birmingham News

New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-ASU had tough road from 1-AA to bowl
-Long-suffering Akron is thrilled