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Conference USA

January 1, 2006
New Year's Day

-AP: Pirates shoot down Seahawks
-BVL: ECU vs. UNCW Box Score
BVL: ECU-UNCW coaches & players postgame audio
-AP: Tulsa tames Bulldogs in Liberty Bowl
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard

ECU Blitzes UNC Wilmington As Rivalry Is Rekindled
   East Carolina scored the first eight points of the game and led by 20 points less than 10 minute into the game en route to defeating UNC Wilmington, 82-69

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates parade over Seahawks
   The East Carolina men's basketball team was feeling a little stingy on Saturday afternoon.
-Large visiting crowd inspires ECU men
   It didn't take long for the members of East Carolina's men's basketball team to recognize how intense things can be when UNC Wilmington comes to town.
-Year in review

Ingram leads ECU in win
   Since making his East Carolina debut on Dec. 17, Kinston native Jeremy Ingram has provided an offensive spark for the Pirates. Ingram got the Pirates going early Saturday...
New Bern Sun Journal

ECU surprises Seahawks
   East Carolina closed out 2005 with a statement.
Kinston Free Press

From UNC-Wilmington Athletics
-Pirates Race Past Seahawks, 82-69, At Minges
   East Carolina shot 56 percent in the first half to build a 17-point lead at the break and never trailed
-UNCW Coach Brad Brownell Post-Game Quotes

Pirates sink shots, Seahawks
   This wasn't how the UNC-Wilmington men's basketball team wanted to enter perhaps its toughest week of the year.
Wilmington Star News

December 31, 2005
New Year's Eve

-Cherubini: Inside Athletics Media Services
Part 1:  Small Crew Doing Big Things for ECU
Part 2: A Week in the Life of Athletics Media Relations
-AP: FSU looks to rediscover swagger at Tulsa's expense
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-ECU And UNC Wilmington Renew Rivalry Saturday
   After a four-year absence from the schedule, East Carolina and UNC Wilmington will renew their longtime rivalry New Year's Eve inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on the ECU campus. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
-Gameday Central
-ECU Offering Discounted Tickets for UNCW Game
   Pirate fans can buy four tickets for $50 and receive a voucher for four complimentary hot dogs and four Pepsi products with their purchase.
-Lady Pirates Return To Winning Ways With 69-60 Victory Over Mississippi Valley State
   Lady Pirate program earns its 500th victory.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU renews rivalry with Wilmington
   ...while the fans of each school are sure to be eagerly anticipating the 2 p.m. tip-off inside of Minges Coliseum, there are actually very few players and coaches now associated with each program who are familiar with the 46-year history between the Pirates (4-6) and Seahawks (9-3).
-ECU women earn 500th victory in program's history

Seahawks take on former CAA nemesis Pirates
   John Goldsberry has donned a UNC-Wilmington men's basketball uniform 98 times in his four-year career. Not once has he done so before playing East Carolina University.
Wilmington Star News

Pirates renew rivlary with Seahawks
Kinston Free Press

Jags' Leftwich Will Be a Gametime Decision
   The Jacksonville Jaguars will wait until gametime Sunday before deciding whether quarterback Byron Leftwich will return to the lineup against the Tennessee Titans.
Durham Herald-Sun

December 30, 2005

-O'Brien: Slam Dunks No. 1
Attracting fans tough for East Carolina
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU rolls out ticket promotion for UNCW game
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Lady Pirates Stumble To Davidson 70-61

Leftwich's Broken Ankle Nearly Healed
   Garrard and Leftwich split the snaps during Thursday's practice.
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Charlotte Observer
-College Football Notes
   EAST CAROLINA: The Pirates will play Virginia Tech at Bank of America Stadium on Labor Day weekend in 2007, said Ken Haines, president and CEO of Raycom Sports ...
-Davidson holds off East Carolina
-Butler and Providence Day played to a furious finish in the first round of the Bojangle's Shootout
   ...He's being recruited by Charlotte, East Carolina, Clemson and Temple, said Butler coach Kurt Wessler.
-Kaufman to stay on MTSU staff
   New MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill coached alongside Kaufman at East Carolina in 2003. He is likely the only coach retained from McCollum's staff.

December 29, 2005
President Andrew Johnson’s Birthday (17th President)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
New challenge brings Herrion to familiar terrain
-BVL: K-Town tandem powers rout of Saints
-BVL: ECU vs. Limestone Box Score
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

East Carolina Snaps Five-Game Losing Streak With 33-Point Win
   In his first game in front of his home fans, ECU sophomore Jeremy Ingram showed why he was so highly coveted by the East Carolina basketball program out of high school, scoring a career-high 25 points to lead East Carolina to a 87-54 win over Division II Limestone .

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates roll past Limestone on Ingram's big night
   Ingram, a former Kinston High School standout, poured in a game-high 25 points – 23 of which came in the first half – on 8-of-13 shooting to help ECU break a five-game losing streak in convincing fashion with an 87-54 victory over the Saints inside Minges Coliseum.
-ECU women look for relief against Davidson
   After getting off to one of its best starts in school history, the East Carolina women's basketball team will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses when it takes on Davidson today at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Hyatt Regency Invitational in Atlanta.

Pirates mine Limestone for win
   With East Carolina in desperate need of a win, the Limestone Saints were a welcome site for the Pirates.
Kinston Free Press

December 28, 2005
President Woodrow Wilson's Birthday (28th President)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Hoops squads face contrasting itineraries
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

ECU Returns To Court Against Limestone Wednesday
   East Carolina will return to the court Wednesday night against Division II opponent Limestone inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum with the hopes of snapping a five-game losing streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Pirate men returning to Minges hardwood tonight
   Coming off its Christmas break, the East Carolina men's basketball team has the same goal entering its first game back as it has with any other contest this season.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Struggling Pirates face Limestone
Kinston Free Press

December 27, 2005

-AP: Williams revs up in Motor City Bowl win
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

Who'll be Jags' QB? Del Rio isn't saying
   Coach wants to see Leftwich, Garrard practice Wednesday before naming Sunday starter.
Florida Times Union

December 26, 2005
Kwanzaa begins
Boxing Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
AD's grand vision for ECU football still evolving
AP: All eyes on DeAngelo Williams in Motor City Bowl
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

C-USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

Cowboy’s return home a success
   Terrance Copper’s smile told the whole story. He looked like a little boy who had just unwrapped his favorite toy on Christmas morning.
Washington Daily News

Garrard or Leftwich?
   Jack Del Rio is facing the most critical decision of his young coaching career. Does he bench a quarterback who played the best game of his professional football life and go with a guy coming off a broken ankle?

QB call looming for Del Rio, Jags
Florida Times Union

Tigers add three more, keep pace with USC
   Shrine Bowl offensive lineman Pierre Andrews (6-3, 280) of Charlotte will visit East Carolina (Jan. 6)...Offensive lineman Ryan Broadhead (6-6, 265) of Leesburg, Ga., has visited Memphis and UAB. He is scheduled to see East Carolina (Jan. 6),
Columbia (SC) The State

Happy Holiday's from
Christmas on the Net
Chanukah on the Net
Kwanzaa on the Net
Festivus on the Net


January 1, 2006

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers say they don't feel the heat
   Players, coach deny feeling undue pressure of today's crucial game
-NFL Playoff Scenarios
-Win wasn't pretty, but it was big
   Nothing against the folks in charge of the Meineke Care Car Bowl, who have done a nice job of making Charlotte's spot on the college football calendar a success, but if you ever needed evidence there are too many bowl games, Exhibits A and B were on display Saturday at Bank of America Stadium.
-Pack's defense makes a splash
   The only guy N.C. State couldn't wrap up was Chuck Amato.
-End of a rivalry- Lutz triumphs over Huggins
   Bobby Lutz had tears in his eyes and green-and-white confetti in his short brown hair -- fitting adornments for what his Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team had pulled off on a chilly Saturday night in February.

Duke puts on show for fans in Greensboro
   A record number of fans showed up Saturday afternoon to watch a UNC Greensboro athletic event, but based on the bevy of blue throughout Greensboro Coliseum, the majority of fans didn't show up to watch UNC Greensboro.
Durham Herald-Sun

Redick leads Duke past UNCG with 21,124 watching
Greensboro News Record

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Clemson | 10 predictions for next season
-USC | Ten predictions for next season
-20 minutes end USC’s month of misery

USC looks ahead
   Spurrier wastes little time after loss to Missouri
Greenville (SC) News

Louisville will face a dangerous Vick
Winston Salem Journal

N.C. State's tentative schedule for 2006
Raleigh News & Observer

December 31, 2005

From Columbia (SC) The State
-USC 31, TIGERS 38
   For Spurrier, crucial third-and-1 play will linger for the entire offseason
-Missourable end
   Tigers quarterback Brad Smith runs wild in second half; Mitchell throws costly interceptions
-Basketball | Clemson continues stumble
   Elon stuns Clemson with its first win of the season against a Division I opponent

Tigers fall to Elon
   Apparently, the Clemson men’s basketball team’s margin for error was thinner than originally thought.
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons put up Dukes in 87-47 win
   Freshman ignites Wake Forest's offense in easy victory over Charleston Southern
-Mid-Tier- Charlotte's bowl has no illusions of grandeur

AREA BRIEFS- Wake Forest point guard Jones out for the season
Greensboro News Record

Bowl Coverage from the Charlotte Observer
-Charlotte needs to hold on to its bowl of economic good cheer
-Pack, Bulls see potential
   Capping season with victory would reward hard work
-Sales slow for Pack and ... who?

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Elon stuns Clemson using balanced attack
-Wolfpack gets stingy
   No. 12 Colonials can't crack No. 19 N.C. State defense
-Travels have purpose
   The Duke Blue Devils want a "deja vu" feeling when they walk into an arena during the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
-Altered State
   In winning four of its past five games, N.C. State shows adjustments in its discipline and its emphasis on running the ball with talented freshmen Andre Brown and Toney Baker.

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Pack to face bowl rookie South Florida today
-Duke lands defensive end from Texas
-N.C. State shreds GW

December 30, 2005

Duke QB Schneider to transfer to I-AA
   Charlotte's 14-2 run in 4th quarter leaves Bulls behind
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Franks fits in at USF
   Ex-Duke coach bullish on future.
-Colonials face Pack on a high
   At No. 12 in the nation, George Washington's men's basketball team boasts its highest ranking since 1956. At 8-0, the Colonials are off to their best start since 1953-54.
-Chick-fil-A Bowl moves up in ACC hierarchy
   Starting next season, the Chick-fil-A Bowl -- as the Peach Bowl will then be known -- will choose the first available ACC football team that isn't playing in the Bowl Championship Series.

Leaving No Doubt
   USC proves detractors wrong about bowl chances
Greenville (SC) News

Focal points
   With three record-setting bowls already played and the combination of a Steve Spurrier-led attack and Missouri quarterback Brad Smith facing off in today’s Independence Bowl, offenses seem certain to remain in the spotlight
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bowl to hit home for brothers
   Family ties bind foes Morgan, Haliburton
-It is what it is- Win or kiss playoffs chances goodbye
   Given the dire situation in which the Carolina Panthers now find themselves -- forced to win in the Georgia Dome where they've won once in a decade -- there is a silver lining; a cup half full; the promise of tomorrow; and, all those other uplifting things Oprah talks about.

South Florida deals with first bowl experience
   The South Florida Bulls are breaking new ground this week, and coach Jim Leavitt is eager to see how his team deals with the challenge.
Fayetteville Observer

December 29, 2005

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Charlotte banks on regional allure
   Charlotte bowl organizers have featured regional teams like Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and now N.C. State as a way to fill uptown Charlotte during the banking capital's traditionally dormant holiday season.
-Brackman big for Pack
   N.C. State's Andrew Brackman scores 14 points and shows off a solid overall game that includes defense, rebounding and perimeter play in a 81-62 win over New Hampshire.
-Noel's dunks highlight big win by Heels
-Canes suffer power outage

State wins ugly
   It’s been that kind of year for New Hampshire and first-year coach Bill Herrion. He spent the previous six seasons at East Carolina — about a 90-minute ride from Raleigh — before getting fired, and decided to take on the task of rebuilding one of the worst programs in Division I.
Fayetteville Observer

Bobcats wrestle win
   Charlotte's 14-2 run in 4th quarter leaves Bulls behind
Charlotte Observer

Utah cruises past High Point
Greensboro News Record

Bulldogs hold off Tigers
   Georgia 72, Clemson 69 - Clemson loses sophomore Mays to academic ineligibility
Greenville (SC) News

It's the Pitts
   No. 23 Pittsburgh 58, USC 51 - Balkman benched; USC can’t pick up slack
Columbia (SC) The State

Ohio State speeds past Gardner-Webb
   All in all, it was a disappointing performance for a Gardner-Webb team that beat Minnesota and East Carolina and took North Carolina to the buzzer.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Williams late for WFU practice because he got a speeding ticket
-Panthers Notebook
   Smith is fined $15,000 for incident vs. Cowboys

December 28, 2005

NC State has respect for Wildcats
   Herrion, who came to UNH after six years at East Carolina, and Sendek spent six years coaching at schools 90 minutes apart. Going back farther, the two were both assistants in New England in the 1980s - Herrion to Mike Jarvis at Boston University and Sendek to Rick Pitino at Providence.
Portsmouth (NH) Herald News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-New Hampshire at NC State
   Former East Carolina coach Bill Herrion is in his first season at New Hampshire. Herrion was 70-98 in six seasons with the Pirates.
-UNC-Asheville at No. 23 UNC-Chapel Hill
-Pack's sack attack
-On the scene in Charlotte
   Daily morsels from the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Wolfpack foe comes right from the trailer
   In the beginning, there was the trailer. And the trailer wasn't very good.
Greensboro News Record

Draper carries Cougars
   Guard shoots down Seahawks with career-high 33...He lit up the Seahawks, scoring the most points by a single player against UNCW since former East Carolina great Blue Edwards went off for 36 in 1989.
Charleston Post Courier

Draper Sinks Seahawks
   Junior guard Dontaye Draper tied a College of Charleston Division I record with 33 points and the Cougars made a torrid 15-of-19 field goals in the second half for an 81-77 men’s college basketball victory over host UNC Wilmington....The Seahawks begin a three-game road trip on Saturday with a 2 pm New Year’s Eve date against rival East Carolina.

From Columbia (SC) The State
-They've got next
   James Davis, freshmen take over Tigers in bowl victory
-USC BASKETBALL-McKie's jersey to be retired
   Says USC needs to fortify ties with ex-players

It's all good for Tigers, Buffs after bowl game
   In the end, the only losers were the gamblers who bet on Clemson to cover the 91/2-point spread, and they're used to defeat.
Greenville (SC) News

December 27, 2005

N.C. State sees bowl opponent as off-field threat, too
   Now that the Bulls have become members of the Big East -- a BCS conference -- the two schools are starting to overlap in their appeal.
Greensboro News-Record

Support by fans key for Pack, Bulls
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville (SC) News
   Their legacy at stake, the Clemson Tigers face the University of Colorado today in a Champs Sports Bowl that can define their season.
-Gamecocks benefit from focus on conditioning
   It is a refrain University of South Carolina players have heard time and again from strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith, as sweat pours down their faces, their legs ache and their muscles burn.

USC wears its success
   Clothing constitutes most of the gifts from bowl, school; rings reserved for SEC titles
Columbia (SC) The State

Smith learns costly lesson
   Ejection has Panthers receiver 'embarrassed'
Charlotte Observer


January 1, 2006

Tulsa Rallies to Defeat Fresno State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tulsa's time
   Hurricane capitalizes on Fresno State mistakes for rally, win
-Scrambling QB lifts Tulsa
-Liberty Bowl postgame
-Imagine winning 'em all...
   Tigers' competition easier after Longhorns

Tulsa Victorious In Liberty Bowl

Miners seek rare defeat of Red Raiders
   UTEP is hoping to get back onto the winning trail this afternoon. The Miners, in fact, are simply hoping to find a way to bounce Texas Tech.
El Paso Times

Cougars force 34 turnovers in win over McNeese
Houston Chronicle

Williams' late free throws lift UNO over TU
New Orleans Times Picayune

December 31, 2005

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Fresno, Tulsa both have potential to pile up points
   It might to be too much to ask of the football gods to deliver a second straight scoring festival in the 47th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl today at noon between Conference USA champion Tulsa and Fresno State.
-Hurricane looks to cap turnaround
-Fresno State vs. Tulsa- Who has the edge?
-Allen provides needed energy boost as Tigers put away Boilermakers
   Huffing and puffing and on his way back to the bench, Andre Allen was in the middle of receiving a standing ovation near the end of the first half when his coach grabbed him, spun him around and pointed up.
-Calipari sympathetic, but no less demanding
-Williams hires agent, switches focus to NFL

Patton lifts Herd to OT win
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Tulane, UNO resume series in New Orleans
Biloxi Sun Herald

Poor shooting dooms Knights in tourney final
Orlando Sentinel

Cornwell carries Golden Eagles
   The sparse crowd at Green Coliseum found out as Southern Miss' 6-foot-8, 205-pound junior forward dominated in an 80-67 victory over Spring Hill on Friday night.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

December 30, 2005

NCAA grants Tulane athletes new opportunity
   After having to deliver the bad news to nearly 100 of Tulane's student-athletes earlier this month, Green Wave athletic director Rick Dickson was recently handed a bit of good news.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Blazers hope to build on momentum of victories over ODU and OSU
Birmingham News

Central Florida Tops North Florida 69-57

Knights continue their home rule
   Despite inconsistency at times from UCF so far this season, the one thing that Coach Kirk Speraw can count on from his team is solid play on its home court.
Orlando Sentinel

Herd goes cold in loss to S.C. State
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Herd blows late lead at tournament
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Spring Hill at Southern Miss
   This is the sixth of seven straight home games for Southern Miss.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers overwhelming foes with a defense that stifles
-Tigers vs. Purdue
-Flabby walk-on now TuGuard's determination wins team's respectsa's 'Boss'
   N.C. State's Andrew Brackman
-Coaches could have shared same sideline
   When Hill landed the Fresno State job in late 1996, he approached Kragthorpe, who had just been released as the quarterbacks coach at Boston College -- along with the rest of then-coach Dan Henning's staff -- about becoming the Bulldogs' new offensive coordinator.

December 29, 2005

-UAB Wins Handily Over Oklahoma State, 90-71
-Mustangs Dominate Harvard 76-55
-Dec. 28 Women's Basketball Notebook

Tulsa Goes Through First Practice Day in Memphis

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tulsa's defense thrives by playing takeaway with foes
-Liberty Bowl notebook
-On review, DeAngelo even better
-Tiger PG receives passing marks

Herd seeking springboard into conference play
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Herd wants to savor tournament flavor
   The NCAA tournament it’s not. The Conference USA tournament it’s not. But Marshall plans to treat its first in-season tournament in the Ron Jirsa era like a championship.
-Rodriguez recalls Tulane disappointment
   At the time, it seemed like one of the worst things that had ever happened to Rich Rodriguez. In retrospect, perhaps it was one of the best.

December 28, 2005

-No. 4 Memphis Hangs On Against No. 8 Gonzaga, 83-72
-Houston Takes Down Rhode Island, 67-41
-Beasley, Forte Lead Basketball To 68-59 Victory Over West Florida
-Victorious Return to New Orleans by Green Wave Men
-SMU to Host Harvard Wed. at 7pm
-Basketball Returns Home for UCF Holiday Classic

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Zags bagged
   In a tight game with the shot clock winding down, the University of Memphis was scrambling, searching for a shot, any shot, just some sort of look, a clear path to the basket.
-Memphis players know they've met one of nation's best
-Gonzaga players say Tigers solid
-A tough ticket- Try $500
-Losing seniors may not hobble U of M
   There won't be a Heisman Trophy candidate taking a run at several long-standing NCAA records.
-Liberty Bowl teams very serious

   The Tulane Green Wave now knows what it feels like to play on its home court, and Tuesday night it didn't hide that feeling.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tulane victorious in return to Big Easy
   It seemed like old times in Fogelman Arena on Tuesday as a rookie head coach took the first steps in bringing back Tulane men's basketball. In 1989, it was Perry Clark guiding the Green Wave after a four-year absence in the wake of a point-shaving scandal.
Baton Rouge Advocate

Glory Returns to Hurricane Football
   Tulsa’s proud football tradition has returned as the Golden Hurricane prepares to face former WAC rival Fresno State in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis Dec. 31.

When It Comes To Recruiting, Tulsa Finds Everyone Loves A Winner
   Tulsa football coach Steve Kragthorpe says playing in the Liberty Bowl on national television is paying big dividends in recruiting players and fans.

Cougars cruise to win against Rhode Island
Houston Chronicle

Eagles recover in second half
   Hot and cold. West Florida came out on fire in the first half against Southern Miss but went ice cold in the second.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

December 27, 2005

Dec. 27 Men's Basketball Notebook
   After a three-day break for the holidays, Conference USA men's basketball action resumes tonight with five games on the slate. No. 4 Memphis kicks things off at 7 p.m. ET as the Tigers, led by C-USA Player of the Week Rodney Carney, host No. 8 Gonzaga at FedExForum. The sell-out game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Happy Motoring
   In a memorable, four-year career in which he set practically every school rushing record and several NCAA marks, there was something missing on University of Memphis All-America running back DeAngelo Williams' resume.
-One last time DeAngelo gives his gift to U of M
-West finally able to relax a little
-Motor City Bowl postgame
-Liberty Bowl logistics can jangle nerves
   Steve Ehrhart has been executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for 12 years.
-No. 4 Tigers vs. No. 8 Gonzaga
-Calipari warning his team- 'It's Morrison against us'

-Memphis Motors Past Akron 38-31
   DeAngelo Williams set an NCAA record with his 34th 100-yard rushing game and scored three touchdowns
-Post-Game Notes

MOTOR CITY BOWL- Tigers zip past Akron
Detroit Free Press

Memphis runs from Akron
Detroit News

Tulsa enjoying spotlight

Tulane hopes to get back to normal
   Tulane's basketball season has not gone the way Green Wave coach Dave Dickerson expected. But after playing its first eight games on the road, Dickerson is hoping his team's return to New Orleans will be enough to energize it.
New Orleans Times Picayune

-Owls Picked Fifth In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
-Baseball Ranked No. 32 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
-Southern Miss Resumes Play, Hosts West Florida Tuesday
-Tulane Men's Hoops Returns to Fogelman on Tuesday

USM ranked 30th in early baseball poll
Hattiesburg American

West Florida at Southern Miss
   Fifth game of a seven-game homestand for the Golden Eagles, who look to bounce back after shooting just 29.8 percent from the floor in a 56-43 loss to Bradley Dec. 21. Lamonte scored a career- high 18 points in the game. ...
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Injury keeps guard out, not down
   University of Texas at El Paso guard Stefon Jackson has been through a trying year as he has had to deal with the death of his brother and a broken jaw.
El Paso Times

Gonzaga, Memphis must fight not to be defined by their competition
The Sporting News

Herd's persistence pays off with Bolio signing
   Mike Bolio traveled the scenic route to NCAA Division I-A football.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

December 26, 2005

Bowl Central: Akron vs. Memphis
December 26 - 4:00 PM ET
Detroit, MI


From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-The way we were
   Two years ago, the Tigers played in their first postseason game in 32 years when they were invited to the New Orleans Bowl. Back-to-back bowl seasons ensued. There was a trip to the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last year followed by today's appearance in the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field.
-Who has the edge?
-What's driving DeAngelo?
-The Tigers' Road to Detroit
-Missed extra point dooms UCF

Motor City Bowl- DeAngelo Williams era ends today for Tigers
Jackson (TN) Sun

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Marshall’s basketball opposition to ease up
   There is a dark side to the C-USA story, with four teams below the 250th spot of 334 teams. Those four are Marshall (258), Tulane (269), Southern Mississippi (290) and East Carolina (291). Even former Atlantic Sun champion Central Florida isn’t getting much love at 248th.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Jirsa asking Santa for tourney success
Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch

Eagles ride out hardships
   Difficult year ends on high note but with feeling of missed opportunities
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Almond ready for all-star game
   A busy week for Dustin Almond. First, he led Southern Mississippi to a New Orleans Bowl victory. Now, he wants to impress the NFL scouts in the inaugural Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic.
Hattiesburg American

Knights stand tall, even in defeat
   Despite their loss in the Hawaii Bowl, the feeling at UCF is that the future is bright.
Orlando Sentinel

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-LSU, TU at recruiting crossroads
   From their respective recruiting vantage points, LSU and Tulane are located 70 miles and a world apart.