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Conference USA

October 1, 2006
Yom Kippur (begins at sundown - Jewish)
Birthday - President Jimmy Carter (39th President)

-BVL: C-USA Scores, Standings & Schedule
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Cavs blast Duke 37-0 in Durham
Vols deal Memphis a resounding defeat
Pirate women's cross country wins meet

Linkmeister Note: U.Va. and ECU have only met once on the gridiron.  In the teams' only meeting, East Carolina blasted U.Va. and former ECU coach Sonny Randle 61-10 at Scott Stadium on Nov. 8, 1975.

Lady Pirates Finish First At McAlister's Deli Invite

Deeper, faster Pirates ready to hit the ice
  The first-ever Purple-Gold hockey game at East Carolina was characterized by end-to-end puck movement, solid goaltending and an unmistakable boost in speed up and down the wings.
Greenville Daily Reflector

New Players Poll Set
  WVU, ECU, Marshall and Southern Miss will be one of the first 18 schools to participate

September 30, 2006
Family Health and Fitness Day - USA

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Wave home after Katrina, record road trip
NIT selection committee adds two
ECU women's golf gets underway
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-ECU Women's Golf Kicks Off 2006-07 Season
Live Scoring

-Wernert Leads Volleyball to 3-1 Win over SMU
-Conference Opener Against Memphis Ends In 1-1 Tie

Holland believes NCAA missing major element in graduation-rate goal
Greenville Daily Reflector

Schools encourage improved fan behavior
Schools are taking a much more active role in trying to make the environment safe.
Raleigh News & Observer

Traveling with Maniacs
As the game began, I took note of what a quality atmosphere ECU had for this game.

Gizmo's a survivor
Former ECU kick returner Henry Williams gave it his all despite family tragedy
Toronto Sun

Gizmo was the CFL's spark
Regina Leader-Post

September 29, 2006
Michaelmas (Greek / Roman Catholic)
Confucius Day - Try your luck. Get a Fortune Cookie.

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Bye week may be going, going, gone
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
NCAA graduation rate inches higher
ECU tennis alumni will hold Oct. 7 reunion
Tulane's return home to be televised
WNCT: Pirate Insider Report

From the East Carolinian
-Eyes on the Prize(s)
  Allison on quest to achieve team and personal goals
-Bye game comes at a perfect time

Tennis Programs Welcome Back Alumni
The East Carolina men's and women's tennis programs will welcome back all alumni October 7th for a "Meet and Greet" breakfast and a round-robin playing event at Baywood Racquet Club prior to the Virginia-ECU football game later that evening.

September 28, 2006
Ancestor Appreciation Day
National Women's Health and Fitness Day
Birthday - Samuel Adam (statesman)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Improving Pirates find no consolation in losing

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU rolls out Mini Pack deal on football tickets
O'Leary cites mistakes in loss to Southern Miss
Finances major factor in Bunting's status
WNCT: Talk of the Town

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Johnson leading charge of young Pirates onto the gridiron
Of all the things Nick Johnson could have heard last Tuesday morning, finding out he was playing against No. 4 West Virginia wasn't even in the realm of possibility.
Student indicted for ECU dorm fire

How To Cook Up A Book
ECU alum gathers recipes and tales from tailgaters at Pirates games
Raleigh News & Observer

Copper expecting something ‘amazing’
When the Saints came marching in, the fans in the Superdome went crazy.
Washington Daily News

Opinion: Where is the love for ECU?
I'm tired of support for other schools
The East Carolinian

September 27, 2006
Birthday - Johnny Appleseed

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Big results can come in small package
-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
For ECU, it's a needed week to turn inward
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Struggling Cavaliers face winless Duke
Upon further review: Review unwarranted
ECU netters get singles wins in Port City
WNCT: Talk of the Town
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate

ECU Announces Football Mini Pack

From the East Carolinian
-Plethora of Pirate quarterbacks
Fourteen current and former quarterbacks dot ECU's roster
-Read more of Instant replay needs to be fixed
Missed calls, rule changes ruining college game

Zoning in on Steve Logan
Former ECU football coach is making his mark in sports talk radio
Raleigh News & Observer

Former Pirate Jessup ‘catches’ a big break
Her cannon of an arm, solid bat and overall leadership helped land Krista Jessup in the pros.
Washington Daily News

Task on Friday rises with McNeil, Eagles
The real deal is Daronte McNeil. The state's leading rusher, the East Carolina commit has more than 1,000 yards already and gained 215 in Ahoskie last week.
Outer Banks Sentinel

September 26, 2006
Family Day - A Day To Eat Dinner With Your Children

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Pirates on right track
-BVL: East Carolina 2007 Baseball Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Don Yanowsky)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU diamond slate loaded with home games
Rice's Lloyd collapses at workout, dies
Golden Knights-Golden Eagles collision on TV
C-USA announces football players of week
East Carolina gets tie in women's soccer

-East Carolina Baseball Announces 2007 Schedule
Pirates Play Eight Games Against Teams In 2006 College World Series
-Pirates Place Third At Old North State Invite

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-East Carolina closes fall showing major offensive power
The finale of East Carolina's fall baseball scrimmages kept a consistent theme — the Pirates know what to do with the bat in their hands.
-Big football weekend perfect time to say goodbye to Earl Aiken

Excitement back at East Carolina
Wilson Daily Times

Game was a measuring stick for both teams
Whatever the top video rentals in the next two few weeks, there's one that's certain to be a blockbuster in college football circles.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

September 25, 2006
National Comic Book Day

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 283
Holtz giddy about defensive progress
Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz post-game press conference
WNCT Replay: Pepsi Game Day Countdown
WNCT Replay: Bud Light Post-Game Call-In Show
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
O'Brien: Buckeyes, Auburn, USC, WVU tops
Ohio State, Southern Cal lead Harris BCS poll
Blazers topped in OT for Bulldogs' first win
Tulsa edges Midshipmen on blocked kick
UTEP tops East Carolina 3-0 in volleyball

-Lady Pirates Settle For Tie Against Francis Marion
-Volleyball Falls to UTEP

Monday Morning Analysis- Pirates show they can hang with big boys
New Bern Sun Journal

Wilson basking in freshman season
When opportunity knocked, C.J. Wilson crushed through the door.
Washington Daily News

ECU’s defense stepped up again
For the second year in a row, East Carolina stuffed West Virginia’s vaunted ground attack.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

West Virginia escapes with win
The (WVU) Daily Athenaeum

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's mind-set changed, even if game results haven't
-Local establishment plays host to West Virginia team, faithful
-View photos of this week's game against the Mountaineers


October 1, 2006

From the Charlottesville Daily Progress
-Defense carries Cavs past Duke
  Virginia will still go into next Saturday’s game at East Carolina as an underdog (one service rates Virginia losing to ECU as an 81 percent probability).
-Blue Devils can't stop Cavs
  UVa capitalizes on several Duke miscues en route to shutout
-Brown steps up for UVa

Cavs avoid playing to Blue Devils' level
  "We play a team next week (ECU) that I think is more talented than this team [and] another team that's had extra time to prepare us," Groh said, "This wasn't for the world championship but it's given our players something to build on."
Roanoke Times

Hungry Cavs feast on Deviled slam
  U.Va. forces five turnovers and blocks a punt; Duke's losing streak reaches 12
Richmond Times Dispatch

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Devils flattened
  Saturday. North Carolina, NC State and East Carolina were all off and resting. It was Duke's homecoming.
-Deacons only undefeated ACC team
-App. St. routs Elon
-Few Canes star in post-Cup ads
  The Carolina Hurricanes cemented their celebrity in the hockey world by winning the Stanley Cup, but winning the state's first major-league title has generated just a trickle of celebrity endorsement opportunities.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Virginia capitalizes on Devils' mistakes
-Roof's team looked awful on both sides

From the Winston Salem Journal
-A happy homecoming- Deacons roll 34-14 to remain undefeated
-5-0 Deacs- Wake Forest is the ACC's last unbeaten team
-Mountaineers rip Phoenix 45-21

From the Anderson Independent
-Permanent 12-game slate draws contrasting opinions
-Running rampant- Tigers rout Louisiana Tech

Runaway Cats
  No letdown here, Tigers run it up (393 yards) on Louisiana Tech
Columbia (SC) State

Slaton Heisman hype?
  There’s not much coming out of Morgantown
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Charlotte Observer
-3-0 Saints a great test
-Katrina helped create new America's team

September 30, 2006

Blue Devils present Cavs must-win test
Staunton News Leader

UVa, Duke both in dire need of a victory
Lynchburg News and Advance

Duke, UVa on common ground
  The football programs at Duke and Virginia have known as much misery as any in ACC history, but still it's uncommon for them to stand on common ground in that dubious regard.
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Success may cost Deacons
If Wake Forest continues its success this season, coach Jim Grobe may be in demand.
-Deacs' defense delivers
-Duke's NFL dilemma

From the Winston Salem Journal
-'We can be better'- Grobe says 4-0 Deacons must improve before ACC play
-Andrews won't be back this year
-Tough Hokies' defense to test the Jackets' balanced offense
-Mountaineers eager for league play

Cheers ring hollow
  Spurrier says fans need to raise their expectations; team does not deserve an ovation after a loss, no matter how close the outcome
Columbia (SC) State

Citing Title IX, JMU to drop 10 varsity sports
The Virginian Pilot

Paladins meet rival Terriers
Greenville (SC) News

Panthers' Wallace fined for hit on Bucs' QB Simms
Greensboro News-Record

September 29, 2006

It's not enough- Gamecocks push No. 2 Tigers to the limit, but can't close the deal
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

No. 2 Auburn survives USC's upset bid
Greenville (SC) News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Auburn escapes thanks to Irons and onside kick
-Another tough break for USC’s Boyd
-Lots of sleepless mornings go in to Clemson’s pregame balloon tradition

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Pack students turn seats into restroom
  The student sections at college football games are usually a little unruly, but student leaders at N.C. State just want the urinating to stop.
-Andrews to miss rest of season for Demon Deacons

From the Anderson Independent
-Demon Deacons are ACC's biggest surprise
-Clemson using big plays to its advantage

Dilweg sees some potential
  Anthony Dilweg will be on the sideline Saturday for the Virginia-Duke football game wondering what you and I are wondering -- can Duke win a game?
Durham Herald-Sun

Hit by De'Bus- Deacons' Bryant is a handful for defenders to tackle
Winston Salem Journal

Duke may exit title game rotation
  Duke is scheduled to host the state 4-A and 4-AA championship games this year, the end of a cycle rotating the different classification championships between Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bunting's charisma is not enough
  Since Mack Brown left for Texas after the 1997 season, North Carolina has won 41 football games and lost 57.
-Inside the ACC
  Interest in Clemson's game against Temple (Thursday, Oct. 12 at Bank of America Stadium) spiked immediately after the Tigers' 52-7 blowout of North Carolina on Saturday.

Recent rankings put spotlight on state business climate
  Several recent rankings by magazines and research institutes have ranked North Carolina locales for their positive business climates.

September 28, 2006

U.Va. secondary suffering big-play blues
The Virginian Pilot

From the Charlottesville Daily Progress
-It's time for Cavs to walk the walk
-UVa not taking Devils lightly
-Duke-UVa has lost that old spark
-Duke mired in 11-game skid

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Evans makes case for homegrown QBs
Wolfpack sophomore a rarity: I-A college quarterback from a Wake County high school
-Teams improve by degrees
NCAA finds athletes' graduation rates improving overall.
-NHL: Canes try to build on success
-NASCAR: Big prizes await at Charlotte

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Graduation rates up slightly for D-I schools
-Mostly good news for area schools
-Notebook- Jones could see time in Duke's receiving corps
-Tar Heels remaining positive

Crossed Paths- Rocco, head coach of Liberty, has links to Wake Forest that go back 20 years
Winston Salem Journal

Navy seeks to shore up pass defense
Washington Times

The Citadel will honor Buoniconti
Marc Buoniconti wanted so desperately to reconnect with The Citadel after 20 years, he never stopped to think his old teammates needed healing, too.
Charlotte Observer

September 27, 2006

Cavs tired of talk
Heading into Saturday's noon game at Duke, UVa is 1-3, their worst start since 1986.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Roof- players are too concerned with score
The Duke Blue Devils hope that someday soon -- Saturday, to be exact -- they can gaze up at the scoreboard at the end of the game and find a cause for celebration rather than consternation.
-Can Duke pull out a win over UVa
There's a theory that Duke might win in football on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium -- honest.

Bunting's Biggest Problem

Bunting's critics get louder
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Bad Hokies bother Beamer
Arrests, personal fouls plague team.
-Duke's defensive line pulling out all the stops
Devils giving up less than 100 yards per game rushing, ranking 28th nationally.
-Wake finds winning formula

Tommy Bowden knows how Steve Spurrier feels
Columbia (SC) State

Young stars will still make mistakes
On second thought, West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez believes running back Steve Slaton fared pretty well against East Carolina, despite being held under 100 yards for the first time this season.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (AP)

Mountaineers harken back to fundamentals
If he had his druthers, Rich Rodriguez would prefer to be playing Mississippi State this week and no one next. That way he could better use the extra time to fine tune his West Virginia football team for Big East play that begins Oct. 14.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Wake defense relishes the major statistic- 4-0
Greensboro News-Record

Demon Deacons adjusting to role as the favorites
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Mid-majors often at odds with the power leagues for games
From early June until last week, UNC-Wilmington assistant coach Kirk Earlywine made hundreds of phone calls.
Wilmington Star News

September 26, 2006

Spurrier, USC hope to fare better against Auburn this time around
Anderson Independent

Va. Tech suspends two starters
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Clock ticks on Bunting
Are six seasons enough for coach?
-Stay or go?
A look at the arguments for, and against, North Carolina keeping football coach John Bunting.
-ACC's Swofford wins Homer Rice Award

Why do Tar Heels struggle?
On page 72 of this season's North Carolina at Chapel Hill football media brochure, there is a photo of head coach John Bunting and athletics director Dick Baddour. You should see it.
Durham Herald-Sun

Defense delivers for State
Fayetteville Observer

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Wake Forest football confronts the 'B-word'
-Defensive coordinator leaves A&T

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Lineman from Apex commits to Wolfpack
NC State was the first program to offer him a grant-in-aid, but East Carolina was recruiting him seriously, according to Coach Bob Wolfe of Apex.
-Panthers, at 1-2, still have time to turn things around after beating Bucs

From the Columbia (SC) State
-A chance at history excites Spurrier
-Wake up, Deacons making noise in ACC
-NASCAR: No big changes at Darlington

WVU run game needs fundamental improvement
Beckley Register-Herald

September 25, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Bunting failing Tar Heels
There are any number of reasons why North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour doesn't want to dismiss football head coach John Bunting at season's end.
-Canes still looking for first win
-NCCU locker room robbed during game
N.C. Central's locker room was burgled during the football team's game Saturday against Southern University at Baton Rouge, La.

Gridiron grit shown in survival of fittest
Boston Globe

Rodriguez likes timing of open week for No. 4 WVU
Beckley Register-Herald

Tom Suiter- Kudos To NC State's Evans

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Tar Heels coach Bunting gets vote of confidence from AD
-College briefs- Wake Forest gets votes in AP football poll

Feeding Time- Deacons get an appetite for winning
Winston Salem Journal

Brown just as big for Pack
Durham Herald-Sun

Kasay kicks losing habit
Charlotte Observer

Finally, Brunell rides high
Hampton Roads Daily Press


October 1, 2006

Weekend Football Roundup
  Rice posted the first win of the Todd Graham era on Saturday, as the Owls offense exploded in a 48-14 win at Army. Chase Clement threw for 299 yards and a school-record five touchdowns, including three to wide receiver Jarett Dillard.

From the Houston Chronicle
-Miami edges Houston 14-13
  Javarris James ran for 148 yards, Kyle Wright narrowly converted a crucial fourth-and-inches in the final minutes and Miami held on to defeat previously unbeaten Houston 14-13.
-Close one for Kolb, Cougars
-Rice downs Army, gives Graham emotional 1st win

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
  It took Tulane 3 1/2 quarters to pull itself out of a 17-0 halftime hole and finally get a glass of the party's champagne. It was a thrill that lasted less than a half minute.
-Green Wave fans, players say it feels good to be home
  Before last year, Lester Schmitt had been a regular at Tulane home games for the better part of 60 years.
-Scelfo's gamble on fake punt comes up snake eyes

From the Dallas Morning News
-Fired-up Tulane gives SMU scare
  SMU coach Phil Bennett said a program has to prove it can win road games to go to the next level.
-Kick returner was thinking TD

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger defense can only get better
  Coaching change puts added pressure on players
-Physical Vols make certain this intrastate battle with Tigers lacks last-minute drama
-Dreams of another upset fizzle as Tennessee overwhelms toothless Tigers
-From an early drop to a bruising finish, the Tigers were never really in this one

Blazers take Troy behind `woodshed'
  It took just one quarterback to lead UAB to a 21-3 non-conference victory over Troy on Saturday night.
Birmingham News

From the El Paso Times
-Aggies nearly pull off amazing comeback
  New Mexico State proved that the gap between it and UTEP isn't wide anymore. Not wide at all. Nevertheless, the Miners improved to 2-2 on the season with a gutsy 44-38 victory over the Aggies in one of the rivalry's better games.
-Quick start gives UTEP false sense of security
-Big plays kick start UTEP

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Untimely mistakes have cut into UCF’s win total
-Barnes handed bigger role in Herd’s retooled O-line

Grading the Herd
  Through four games, Marshall University's football team is about where it was expected to land entering Conference USA action
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF's O'Leary, Walker throw their support behind Moffett
-Sloppy 'Canes survive to edge Cougars

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eustachy remains confident
  Larry Eustachy ranges from extremely confident to slightly defensive when talking about the Southern Miss basketball program.
-Golden Eagles' catcher spot open
  All players need to improve at fall baseball practice, but at the University of Southern Mississippi, coach Corky Palmer may be looking at one position a little bit more than the others.

September 30, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
  Ask any Tulane football player about the last time he set foot on the team's home field at the Superdome and the question likely will draw a blank stare.
-Insider- Southern Methodist at Tulane

Preview- SMU vs. Tulane
Dallas Morning News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Miami's magic missing after slow start under Coker
-PREVIEW- Houston at Miami
-Army commands Rice's attention
-PREVIEW- Rice at Army

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Big plays have been part of recent shared history between in-state
-Deep pockets give Vols an enviable edge
  The University of Memphis football team has proved several times over the past 10 years that it can compete with Tennessee within the sidelines.

From the Knoxville News Sentinel
-Guess who went bowling last, Vols or Tigers?
-Tigers can be trouble

From the El Paso Times
-I-10 rivalry's 84th installment offers high stakes
-UTEP vs. NMSU- Can the Miners win today vs. NMSU?
-Can UTEP stop the pass?
-Where's the running game
-Rival clash today; 1,100 tickets remain for game
-Miners expect best from Aggies

From the Birmingham News
-Big plays have been part of recent shared history between in-state
-Blazers prepare for new-look Troy offense
  The difference in Troy's offensive style became obvious about the same time UAB head football coach Watson Brown first turned on tape of the Trojans.

TU prepares for Tuesday game against Southern Miss

Bower- USM must practice, play better
Hattiesburg American

Players concentrate on doing jobs right
Orlando Sentinel

Stars return to MU
  McConaughey, McG will be on hand at UCF-Marshall game
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Fast freshman tight end is Herd's secret weapon
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

September 29, 2006

Conference USA notebook
  This weekend, Southern Methodist will try not to become college football’s equivalent of the Atlanta Falcons.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Happy home- SMU is Tulane's first guest
Dallas Morning News

TU coaches demonstrate staying power
  The band of brothers haven't slept well since 2005, but every afternoon they put on their baggy green shorts, gray shirts and coach football for the Tulane Green Wave.
New Orleans Times Picayune

West may be cooking up surprises for alma mater Tennessee

Central Florida- The rest of the way
  A look at UCF's remaining schedule
Florida Sun-Sentinel

O'Leary focuses on team's positives
Orlando Sentinel

USM gets varying tastes of instant replay
Hattiesburg American

Coach Bower- USM must respect Tulsa to get win
Biloxi Sun Herald

Blazers shifting focus to Troy
Troy Messenger

Injuries piling up for Blazers
Birmingham News

Herd facing must-win situation
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Bower- Be better or embarrassed
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Morris all charged up for rematch with Golden Knights
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

-Houston Football Team Wraps Up Preparations For Saturday's Game At Miami
UAB Homecoming Game Against In-State Rival Troy Just Days Away

Miners offensive line a work in progress
El Paso Times

September 28, 2006

CSTV To Broadcast College Football's Return to Superdome

Wave wants whooping despite no hooplah
  Instead of Green Day and Bono, there'll be a DJ.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Conference USA Fearless Predictions, Week 5
College Football News

Vols not sure what to expect from new Memphis defense
Nashville City Paper

'The smallest guy we had'
  It was a down-and-distance reserved for a bruising fullback. Or a 200-pound tailback. But Andre Woods?
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Hurting Memphis starters expected to play
Knoxville News Sentinel

Snyder says Herd could 'be decent'
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Shot in the foot
  Herd’s next foe couldn’t avoid costly mistakes in loss Tuesday
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Grinding it out
Southern Miss may not have turned in its sharpest performance of the season Tuesday night at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Gesture tightens bond between athletic directors
Tuesday's meeting between UCF and Southern Miss was not only about what happened on the field, it was also a reunion of sorts for UCF Athletic Director Keith Tribble and Southern Mississippi AD Richard Giannini.
Orlando Sentinel

Herd offense seeking identity
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH defensive linemen enjoy the Fitzpatrick show
-Quarterback U?

September 27, 2006

-Southern Miss Edges UCF in C-USA Opener for Both Teams
Jerome Lyons returned an interception for a touchdown, leading Southern Miss to a 19-14 victory over UCF in the Conference USA opener for both schools Tuesday night.
-Southern Miss Postgame Notes for the UCF Game
-UCF-Southern Miss Postgame Notes
-Green Wave Begin Preparation For SMU In Return To 'Dome
-UH Football Daily Practice Report

Golden Eagles win ugly with pretty good 'D'
Biloxi Sun Herald

UCF beaten, down
Florida Today

From the Orlando Sentinel
An interception return for a score and other mistakes prove too overwhelming.
-Knights must come to grips with reality

UCF needs baby steps, not big talk
Florida Sun Sentinel

Golden Eagles down UCF 19-14
Hattiesburg American

SMU also faces emotional Superdome game
Dallas Morning News

Tulane shows lots of pluck in lopsided loss
Tulane defensive coordinator Eric Schumann was looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack Sunday.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice's Graham draws strength from his peers
Owls make plans to remember Lloyd throughout season

Brown plans on finishing what he started
Brown is staying at UAB. Whether the message boards like it or not.
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd taking advantage of time off to prepare
As brutal as the opening stretch has been, Marshall University's football schedule suddenly has turned friendly.
-Marshall football future takes the field Friday
Friday will be all about the future at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Football junkie Snyder just like the rest of us
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

At least, Herd came out of tough stretch healthy
Physically, Marshall survived its difficult September schedule about as well as could be expected, probably better.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Relying on rush
  The Tigers' ground game will be important for success against the Vols.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 26, 2006

-Rice Mourns the Loss of Freshman Student
Dale Lloyd, a defensive back on the Rice Owls Football Team, Died Monday Morning
-Football Notebook
-C-USA Statement Regarding Instant Replay Ruling in Houston-Okla. St. Game

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice left stunned by player's death
Autopsy results are awaited after defensive back, 19, collapses during a light workout
-UH's Rogers out for season
-C-USA suspends official who erred on UH replay
-C-USA Rankings (Week 4)

From the Orlando Sentinel
UCF likes prime-time spotlight
There used to be little ambiguity regarding what day college football fans could expect to consume their gridiron action. The pecking order was well-established: Friday was for high schools, Saturday was college time and Sunday kept the previous day's tailgating going with the pros.
-Southern Mississippi at UCF- The Game

Golden Eagles plan on taking it to Golden Knights
Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles open league play in road test
Mobile Register

Knights relish TV exposure no matter the day
Florida Sun Sentinel

A battle in the trenches awaits UCF
St Petersburg Times

UCF hopes to get back on track tonight
Florida Today

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers head into Troy game with nine starters out injured
UAB head football coach Watson Brown dipped into his pocket on Monday and pulled out a sheet of paper to address his team's injuries.
-Troy, UAB need to keep series alive'n kicking

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd eager to watch C-USA matchup tonight
-Marshall tiring of opponents' fanfare

Herd gets a live look at foe UCF tonight
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Offensive line concerns still an issue for Miners
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West adjusts scheme, players, intensity for Vols
-Memories of big win yet to fade

Green Wave starters showing signs of wear
New Orleans Times Picayune

September 25, 2006

-Houston Receiving Votes In Both National Polls
-Southern Miss Begins Back-To-Back Tuesday Night Games, Opens Conference USA Play At UCF
-Volleyball Recap

West says four Tiger defenders are hurting
Tiger coach Tommy West said Monday that four defensive players -- defensive end Corey Mills and defensive backs Wesley Smith, Chris Huffman and Brandon Patterson -- are being slowed by injuries.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Golden Eagles discover offensive niche
It's no secret that as a former coordinator himself, Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower keeps a critical eye on the Golden Eagles' offensive strategy and play-calling.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Big win boosts TU's confidence
Tulsa's 2005 championship season gained momentum after an emotional road victory at Southern Miss.
Can Saturday's 24-23 overtime triumph at Navy be the same type of momentum-shifting win?
Tulsa World

Finding a ground game key to Blazers' possible success
The concern is with the offense. UAB head coach Watson Brown said as much in an interview room at Legion Field late Saturday night.
Birmingham News

Miners try to regroup
The expressions worn by the UTEP football team Saturday after its 26-13 upset loss to New Mexico told the story.
El Paso Times

November comes early for Herd
PHOOEY ON the calendar. When you “X” out the remaining days of September this week, just wad up October and throw that away, too. As far as the Marshall football team is concerned, November is on deck.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd gains confidence with effort against Vols
-Herd finds room to run against Vols

Tiger recruiting pays off east of Tennessee River
Some players now calling U of M coaches
Memphis Commercial Appeal