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East Carolina


Conference USA

October 8, 2006

-BVL: Game Center: East Carolina 31, Virginia 21
-O'Brien: Pirates nearly complete against Hoos
-BVL: ECU-Virginia Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz UVa post-game comments
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Jeff Blake bows out of hall of fame induction
NCAA's tax status under investigation
North Dakota challenges NCAA mascot policy

-Fractious Leads Rushing Attack In Win Over Virginia
  Pirates score 24 first half points en route to a 31-21 victory against the Cavs
-Volleyball Hosts Memphis Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates push Cavs around
  East Carolina sprinted back to its good old days Saturday night, physically bashing Virginia en route to a 31-21 victory
-Pirates' program on the right path
-Pirates' quick offer wins over recruit
  Matt Thompson, a defensive back at Eastern Alamance who has been receiving serious recruiting attention from Atlantic Coast Conference football teams, committed to East Carolina this past week.

East Carolina earns win over Virginia
  East Carolina’s 6 p.m. kickoff with Virginia was perfect timing because the Cavaliers spent most of a 31-21 loss trapped in the Pirates’ twilight zone.
Fayetteville Observer

Pirates roll to impressive victory over Cavaliers
  East Carolina, although playing its fourth game this season, recorded a lot of firsts last night in a 31-21 victory over Virginia at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Winston Salem Journal

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates overrun the Cavaliers
  What’s this business about the Pirates not being able to run the ball? And what’s this about the passing game being in trouble without Aundrae Allison?
-ECU’s Roach continues streak
  Kevin Roach saw his reception streak continue in East Carolina’s 31-21 victory over Virginia on Saturday.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Purple and Gold rush stumps Cavs
  Sitting on a lead in the second half proved more beneficial to East Carolina Saturday than chasing one.
-Backups step up to lift up Pirates
-Changes on offensive line give running game a push
-Optimism expressed for dental school

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates complete in win over Cavaliers
  The offense couldn’t be stopped. The defense could barely be penetrated. Even a broken play and a trick play worked....
-Pirates reach personal goals with 31-21 win
  A handful of East Carolina players set personal records in the Pirates’ 31-21 victory over Virginia on Saturday night. Monster punt After ECU went three downs and out on its first possession, punter Ryan Dougherty sent a 72-yard punt...

From the Charlotte Observer
-Pirates get coveted win over ACC foe
  ECU has 304 yards in a stunning 1st half
-East Carolina Observations

Pirates Top Cavaliers, 31-21

From the Roanoke Times
-Pirates ship out UVa
  In a battle between programs whose coaches were hired by Terry Holland, East Carolina exposed a Virginia defense ranked 20th in the nation to the tune of 31-21
-UVa ends 3-game road swing

From the Charlottesville Daily Progress
-Cavs walk the plank
  ECU rushes for 4 TDs as UVa drops to 2-4 on year
-Cavs break through on punts
-Byers a passing threat
-Williams getting in sync
-Where do the Cavs go from here
-Game Blog

Painful plunder
  East Carolina's Pirates roll to a big early lead and coast to victory over Virginia, whose road struggles continue.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Cavs walk the plank at East Carolina
Lynchburg News and Advance

Punchless U.Va. falls to Pirates
Staunton (VA) News Leader (AP)

These Pirates ready for prime time
Kinston Free Press

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
-Weak defense tells hole truth for Cavaliers

October 7, 2006
National Frugal Fun Day

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Amato continues mastery of Seminoles
ECU volleyball triumphs at home over UAB
Millican continues bid for spot on LPGA Tour

Pirate Gameday
Virginia @ East Carolina
Dowdy - Ficklen Stadium at East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
  - 6:00 PM ET
Gameday Forecast: Virginia @ East Carolina

WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

ECU All Access

Pirate athletic events - This week

East Carolina still searching for offense
  East Carolina would relish some semblance of the offensive production from its only other game with Virginia when the Pirates host the Cavaliers at 6 p.m. tonight.
Fayetteville Observer

ECU ready for UVa.'s mixed bag
  Coach Skip Holtz says that East Carolina will have to be ready for anything today when it plays Virginia.
Winston Salem Journal

Pirates hope to dismount Cavaliers
  You’d have to go back 31 years to find the last East Carolina-Virginia matchup. Needless to say, that 1975 game, a 61-10 Pirates win, doesn’t mean much today.
Washington Daily

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Tight-kint backs lead ECU defense
  Smith's disciplined approach pays dividends for Pirates' secondary
-Dye, Gartman, O'Donnell, Watkins inducted into ECU Hall
  Even without Jeff Blake in attendance, Friday night's East Carolina Hall of Fame induction ceremony featured plenty of Pirate greatness

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates’ O-Line faces stiff challenge with Virginia’s defense
  Cavaliers haven’t allowed many teams to rush well this season
-In Good Hands
  Pirates receiver Good becomes new punt returner

Randle's memories of '75 ECU game vivid
  We didn't play even a little bit and East Carolina just absolutely annihilated us.
Roanoke Times

From the Charlottesville Daily Progress
-ECU favored vs. Cavs
  ECU (1-3), is hoping to make a statement, both regionally and nationally, that the Pirates are returning to their old form. Virginia (2-3) must win four of its last seven to finish at .500 and have a shot at the postseason, but enters with added motivation from being a 6 ?-point underdog.
-6 Burning Questions
  Some keys to today's matchup between Virginia and East Carolina.
-Snelling hitting his stride
  Entering today's contest at East Carolina, Virginia ranks ahead of only three other teams - Temple, Duke and Baylor - in rushing offense nationally.
-Fitzgerald playing like a wily vet

Virginia at ECU
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates continue tough non-conference slate against Cavaliers
Charlotte Observer (AP)

Virginia at East Carolina
Washington Post

U.Va. seeks road success
Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia seeks second straight road victory
Lynchburg News & Advance

U.Va. getting defensive boost from young guns
The Virginian Pilot

U.Va. redshirt makes solid recovery
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Greensboro News Record

-Kirkley's Three Assists Lead Pirates Over Herd
-Volleyball Downs UAB 3-1
-Adrienne Millican Tied For 18th At Qualifying School

East Carolina blanks Herd in women's soccer
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

October 6, 2006
Paint it PURPLE Friday
Sukkot (begins at sundown - Jewish)

-Cherubini: Pirate Time Machine - Pat Dye
-Cherubini: PTM Sidebar - Dye reflects on his players

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Big Ten announces fines, reprimands
Central Florida wins late field goal battle
Millican shoots 74 in qualifying event
WNCT: Pirate Insider Report
WNCT: Talk of the Town

On the Inside with Mac and Marc
  The East Carolina Pirates will test Virginia this Saturday, as they have a solid senior quarterback in James Pickney, and a veteran secondary.

-Jones, Perry and Pulaski Win Multi-Events In Intrasquad Meet
-Millican Advances To Third Round OF LPGA Qualifying Tournament
-Volleyball Hosts UAB Friday Night at Minges Coliseum

ECU reaps benefits of Butler's choice
  Things could have gone either way for Matt Butler. He wasn't any different than hundreds of other kids around him in Rowan County.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Roach looking to step up game
  With the status of East Carolina’s top receiver questionable for Saturday’s game, Kevin Roach views it as an opportunity to step up and be a leader.
Washington Daily News

Righting an ailing ship
  East Carolina battling injuries, illnesses before UVa.
Raleigh News & Observer

Memo to UVa- Run the football
  The Pirates (1-3) enter Saturday's showdown with Virginia (2-3) ranked among the national leaders in takeaways - only three teams, in fact, have forced more turnovers than ECU.
Charlottesville Daily Progress

Cavaliers look for second straight win away from home
University of Virginia - The Cavalier Daily

Virginia cornerback hopes to pick on Pirates
  Hamilton has 13 career interceptions for Cavaliers
New Bern Sun Journal

October 5, 2006
UN World Teacher's Day

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Dye, ECU, UVa cross paths one more time

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Gold captures ECU World Series with 8-7 win
Tulsa runs past Southern Miss
Former ECU golfer Millican in LPGA qualifying
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Millican Tied For 34th At Venice LPGA Sectionals
-Family Commitment To Keep Blake From Attending Hall Of Fame Banquet
  An unscheduled obligation will delay former ECU quarterback's hall of fame induction to 2007

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Running in place
  Virginia has struggled to move the football on the ground
-ECU swimmer look to continue team's tradition
  A large trophy case is being built to house all of the honors and championships accumulated by East Carolina's swimming program since its inception in 1953. Head coach Rick Kobe wants that new area to fill up as quickly and completely as his office currently is.

Injuries deplete ECU’s starting lineup
  As ECU’s football team prepares to host ACC opponent University of Virginia Saturday night, the Pirates continue to be hindered in this week’s practice.
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Charlottesville Daily Progress
-Groh not feeling sorry for Pirates
  Aaaarrrrg! Well, mateys, it’s time to take on the Pirates this week, Virginia’s first trip to Greenville, and the experts have made East Carolina a touchdown favorite.
-Williams' fate still uncertain

MU women face Pirates in soccer
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

October 4, 2006
Birthday - President Rutherford Hayes Birthday (19th President)

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Promising phase of season starts with UVa
-BVL: Updated C-USA Scores, Standings & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
TV exposure continues for C-USA teams
Former UVa stars make $1 million gift
SMU takes two of three weekly league honors

Linkmeister quote:  “I took algebra in college, and it was a good thing.  At East Carolina, I found out three athletic directors plus three presidents plus three wins equals two years of a five-year contract.” -Former ECU Coach John Thompson (from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

-Gold Team Takes Intra-Squad World Series Title
-Men's Golf Finishes Third at Joe Agee Invitational

Like father, like son
  Steve and Kort Shankweiler share football bond
The East Carolinian

-Cavaliers Prepare to Face East Carolina Saturday
  Read some of what coach Al Groh had to say about the game from Wednesday's press conference.
-Virginia Travels to East Carolina
  Virginia looks to even record at 3-3 in the first meeting vs. the Pirates in 31 years.

New faces work into the system for ECU football
  According to the math of East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz, it is the number of plays documented in games that forms the foundation for measuring a player's worth.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Catching up with Copper
  The third-year pro didn’t disappoint those 22, as he played extensively. While (Terrance) Copper has become known as one of the better special teams players in the NFL, he saw quite a few plays at receiver on Sunday.
Washington Daily News

From the Virginian Pilot
-Holtz hopes he can find right prescription for ECU
  By Tuesday afternoon, getting up for Virginia hadn't been the primary concern of football players at East Carolina University.
-U.Va. Report: For Groh, the answer to the question of ECU is a simple Y-E-S

From the Charlottesville Daily Progress
-Sewell brings calming presence to UVa huddle
  When Sewell walked into his first huddle as the starting quarterback of Virginia's football team at Georgia Tech, he could hardly hear himself think.
-Hard work paying off for Copper
  Jon Copper has stepped up at linebacker for UVa, earning himself a scholarship through hard work and unquestioned dedication.

Olsen still leads despite demotion
  The Cavaliers have lost 16 straight road games as an underdog and Saturday visit an East Carolina team that is favored by 6 1 2 points.
Roanoke Times

Cavaliers feeling better, working better

Groh stingy when it comes to trickery
  "If you overwork 'em, there's no element of surprise," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "Usually, each one's got a one-play per season shelf life."
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
-Cavs' QB leads from the bench

Around Campus: Cannons, Other Items Sought At Presumed Site Of Blackbeard's Ship
  The artifacts will be taken to the Queen Anne's Revenge conservation lab at East Carolina University.

October 3, 2006
Oktoberfest in Germany ends

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Pirates' bye week complicated by ailments
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz weekly press conference
WNCT: Talk of the Town
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Pat Watkins)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Curry to receive Amos Alonzo Stagg award
Inspired by fallen teammate, Rice whips Army
ECU women's golf team finishes 11th

-Pirate GameDay Central
  The East Carolina football team will be back in action this Saturday, Oct. 7 when they host Virginia at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at 6 p.m.
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
  East Carolina University head football coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Virginia.
-ECU Baseball To Hold Alumni Game
  The East Carolina baseball team will welcome all alumni October 7 for an Alumni Baseball Game this weekend in conjunction with the Annual Hall of Fame and Letterwinners weekend.
-Men's Golf Tied For Sixth At Joe Agee Invitational

Cavalier GameDay Central

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Flu bug hits Pirates hard as they prepare for Cavaliers
  Instead of getting extra rest during the off week, many East Carolina football players were getting bed rest instead.
ECU Notes- ECU senior receives state mathematics award

BANGED UP- Off week gave little relief to Pirates
  Bye weeks are supposed to help teams get better physically. But with East Carolina's injury list, that hasn't been the case, according to Coach Skip Holtz.
Winston Salem Journal

Pirates address concerns during off week
  One of the best things about an open date is the ability to work on some of the things that you’ve not been able to quite get down just yet.
Washington Daily News

Pirates battling stomach 'bug'
Raleigh News & Observer

Banged up Pirates ready themselves for Virginia
  ECU had 19 players missing from Sunday night’s practice due to injury and sickness
New Bern Sun Journal

Sick, injured Pirates have difficult time preparing for Virginia
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Injuries, illness plunder ECU lineup
Charlotte Observer (AP)

Gridiron reunion- U.Va. vs. ECU
  The University of Virginia's relationship with East Carolina University in football looks, for now at least, to be a short-term affair.
Richmond Times Dispatch

E-mails from ECU challenge fans to show class
  Be loud, be proud — but be respectful.
Kinston Free Press

Thompson enjoying 1st year as UCA athletic director

October 2, 2006
National Custodial Worker Day
Name Your Car Day

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 284
Holtz, staff keys to future
Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Takeaways, sacks mean good things for UVa
Gators pull even with WVU in Harris BCS poll
Swofford presented with Homer Rice Award
Tulsa win streak continues at ECU's expense

-Women's Golf Finishes In 11th Place At Wildcat Invitational
-ECU Loses Conference Game Against UAB IN OT 1-0
-Tulsa Sweeps Volleyball

Copper gives friends and family a reason to cheer
  Terrance Copper had to shell out some big money this weekend, but he said it was worth it.
Washington Daily

Cavs want to keep the winning going
  The winning feeling that had departed from Virginia's program for almost three full weeks is back after a trip to Durham, N.C.
Charlottesville Daily Progress

More aggressive defense pays dividends for U.Va.
Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia's win over Duke wrapped in ribbons, bows
The Virginian Pilot

ECU researcher plays duet with violins and lasers
  Carefully, Samuel Zygmuntowicz fastened a $6 million Stradivarius violin to a cement wall in a laboratory at East Carolina University.
Fayetteville Observer (AP)


October 8, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Tigers topple Deacons
  Clemson hands WFU first loss of the season
-Hands Up- Bobbled snap opens door for Clemson's win
-Deacon blues- Wake Forest misses its shot
-Appalachian roars past Chattanooga 56-21

From the Columbia (SC) State
-4th-quarter Gaines
  Senior sparks rally that ends Tigers’ nightmare
-Another Tigers’ receiver goes down
-A Tricky One
  Spurrier not happy after near UK rally
-USC can’t stand the success

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Hurricanes knock UNC back on its heels
-Tide surges past gritty Blue Devils
-NHL: 'W' still eluding Canes

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Bama powers back vs. Devils
-Loss yet another big blow to Tar Heels
-N.C. Central will be lucky to keep coach

October 7, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-One for the Books- Unbeaten Deacs can make history against Tigers
-This Matters a Lot- Wake Forest has far more to gain than lose today against Clemson
-ASU facing tough test against Mocs

Appreciate the Wolfpack’s recovery
  Hate him or love him, you have to hand it to N.C. State coach Chuck Amato.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-Wake Forest to host rare meaningful game
-Resurrected Pack eyes an ACC crown

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-CH, Miami coaches face similar pressure to win despite vastly different expectations
-Wolfpack mindful of history lesson
  N.C. State often loses after big-time victories.
-NHL/Canes: 'Opening Night 2' a bust

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke to face hostile environment at Alabama
-A lot on the line for UNC-CH, Miami

Coaches on hot seats meet
  Bunting, Coker could feel better with victory
New Bern Sun Journal

Gameday forecast- USC 34, Kentucky 28
Columbia (SC) State

From the Greensboro News-Record
  You won't find it in any cookbook, so here now is the recipe for making an absolutely miserable day on a golf course: Just add water.  If you're really feeling cruel, throw in some wind.
-Bunting's critics growing bolder
-Deacons facing Revelation Day

October 6, 2006

From the Charlotte Observer
-Amato digs in against critics
-6-9 forward commits to Charlotte

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Another game, another comeback- N.C. State rallied to beat Florida State
-Clemson will come running to Wake Forest
-CCG- Geiberger, Rollins and Watney lead the field's birdie barrage

Is Wake playing dirty?
  Clemson coach Tommy Bowden dismissed Wake Forest's reputation of being a dirty team when it comes to their brand of cut blocking.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Bowden will not overlook Deacons
Winston Salem Journal

Grobe brings out best in Demon Deacons
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-New seating plan passes test
  N.C. State officials reported no problems in the student sections during Thursday night's game in Carter-Finley Stadium.
-Evans clearly the difference
-NBA: May ready to have his day
  Bobcat wants to prove himself after injury-filled season.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-A 'gem' for the Wolfpack against Noles
-Devils aim to fix all that's broken
-Tar Heels happy to be kicking off for more than one reason

Tom Suiter- This Week's Saturday Picks

October 5, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-The Pressure's On- Pack asking Evans to repeat his effort from previous game
-What? Tigers' Dukes can't figure out Deacons

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes hang banner then lose in shootout
-Dascenzo- Repeating will be no easy task
-Wade a thread from Alabama to Durham
-Lowery was a find in Amato's earliest days

Stuckey breaks foot
  Tigers lose leading receiver for 4 weeks
Greenville (SC) News

Wake-up calls
  Wake Forest — not FSU or Miami — has been the Tigers’ thorn. Here’s how they can avoid another loss
Columbia (SC) State

Deacons want to see men and women in black
  The school is encouraging fans at Saturday's game against 15th-ranked Clemson to wear black rather than gold in an attempt to create visible solidarity.
Greensboro News-Record

From the Charlotte Observer
-NCAA asked to justify being tax exempt
  An influential member of Congress is questioning whether the NCAA, with its multimillion-dollar television contracts and million-dollar coaches, deserves its tax-exempt status.
-K. Robinson sentenced to 90 days in jail
-Panthers center was a Haynesworth victim
-Greensboro positions itself for 2007 PGA event

Hokies to just wear it
  All Tech teams to use Nke goods exclusively
Roanoke Times

October 4, 2006

From the Charlotte Observer
-NC football final could come to Charlotte
  East Carolina in years past has talked about hosting a state championship as well.
-Wake-up call in Winston-Salem- Deacons are 5-0
  Football team's best start since 1987 has fans, campus buzzing

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Trials and Tribulations
  Clemson's Bowden has had difficulties against Wake Forest
Deacons hoping to quiet critics
  WFU, 5-0, will face its toughest test yet against 4-1 Clemson

From the Anderson Independent
-Porous UK defense up next for Gamecocks
-Tigers trying to end Demon Deacons' hex

From the Columbia (SC) State
-USC dismisses Bonds
  Redshirt freshman allegedly chokes female student during altercation
-Clemson thinner at quarterback
  Tigers’ No. 3 quarterback suffers broken footin practice

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Built to win -- again
  With a young nucleus in place for another few seasons guided by captain Rod Brind'Amour, the Hurricanes believe they can win multiple Stanley Cup titles.
-Exciting time for Carolina
  Yo, Carolina Hurricanes, it's not as though you guys need to rock the world.
-Coping through kicking
  NCSU's Deraney draws inspiration from his father, who is battling MS.
-Devils try to turn the tide
  Winless Duke begins rough stretch at Bama.

Leitao lays it out
  A conversation with Virginia men's basketball coach Dave Leitao.
Charlottesville Daily Progress

WVU’s Bruce suspended following DUI arrest
  West Virginia wide receiver Jeremy Bruce has been suspended indefinitely after a drunken driving arrest.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Durham Herald-Sun
NCSU AD- Amato not on the hot seat
  After N.C. State suffered a bewildering last-second loss to Akron earlier in the season, ESPN college football analyst Mark May said that Chuck Amato might not last the season as the Wolfpack's head coach.
-Canes ready for scrap to keep Cup
  A little more than three months ago, the once-lowly Carolina Hurricanes shocked the world by bringing the Stanley Cup to North Carolina.

October 3, 2006

Thursday football helps promote ACC
  FSU Athletic Director Dave Hart appreciated the importance of playing in front of a captive college football audience on Thursday nights when he was the athletic director at East Carolina
Tallahassee Democrat

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Amato not likely to show mercy
-'Eggheads' hurt Duke football
-Blue Devils try to keep spirits up

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Wake tries to stay cool as the hype grows hot
-Confident Bobcats discussing postseason

Deacons on verge of big things
Fayetteville Observer

Details of ODU contracts with Welsh, Sheridan aired
Virginian Pilot

NHL: Ward's maturity simply heroic
Raleigh News & Observer

Most SEC fans don't have to clap for losers
Birmingham News

October 2, 2006

Ronde and Tiki Barber Make $1 Million Gift to UVa

Wake at higher level
  Immediately after Clemson's 51-0 blowout of Louisiana Tech Saturday night, the questions started.
Anderson Independent

Duke, stop this charade
  Duke has every right to be as bad in football as it desires, just as it is free to retain coach Ted Roof for years to come.
Anderson Independent

Panthers back on track
Two TDs in fourth quarter hold off Saints
Winston Salem Journal

The Redskins' offense comes alive to produce one of the most emotional finishes in stadium history.
Hampton Roads Daily Press



October 8, 2006

Saturday Football Roundup
  Lester Ricard threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tulane to a 38-24 Conference USA victory over Rice on Saturday. It was the Green Wave's first victory at the Louisiana Superdome since Nov. 13, 2004. East Carolina rolled up nearly 450 yards of total offense in a 31-21 win over Virginia.

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH watches helplessly as victory turns to defeat
  Louisiana-Lafayette scores game's final 18 points as Cougars blow three-TD lead
-Tulane's no-huddle is no joy for Rice

Forté, Ricard too much as TU rolls by Rice
  In the majority of Tulane's games this season, developing a productive running game has been a major chore for the Green Wave. A week ago against Southern Methodist, Tulane finished with minus-33 rushing yards.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Blazers run wild against Memphis
  UAB's running game found a pulse on Saturday night. And, largely because of that, the pulse of the winning streak over Memphis remains alive.
Birmingham News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-UofM takes another one right in the ribs
-Slinging Tigers can't break Blazers' curse

From the El Paso Times
-UTEP avenges ugly loss to SMU
-Sam gets the call vs. SMU
-SMU backup gives good account of himself

From the Dallas Morning News
-UTEP puts away SMU
-Suspended quarterback sent home from El Paso

Eagles' D under gun
  For the first time this season, the Southern Miss defense allowed more than 400 yards total offense in a 20-6 Conference USA loss last Tuesday at Tulsa.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Snyder sympathetic to fans' frustration
-Perspective plays important part in Herd's psyche for rest of season

Herd hoops team has experience, speed
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

October 7, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

Conference USA notebook
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Kolb, Houston lead West's rise
  It hasn't taken long for power to shift within Conference USA football. Beyond Tulsa's conference championship game victory at Central Florida in 2005, the East Division was the stronger side last year. Through the first four-plus weeks of this season, the West clearly is dominant.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU suspends QB Willis indefinitely
  SMU starting quarterback Justin Willis will not play against UT-El Paso Saturday and is suspended indefinitely because of a violation of team rules.
-Preview- SMU at UTEP
-SMU DBs face test out west

From the El Paso Times
-Miners intent on payback against Mustangs
-C-USA Opener- SMU at UTEP
-Miner notes- Miners forced to deal with SMU's top runner
-UTEP's Playmaker- Quintin Demps

Fletcher, Nelson get suspensions
  Southern Miss will be without its leading rusher for the first half of its Oct. 14 Conference USA game with Houston and its leading receiver will be sidelined for at least that long, as well.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Birmingham News
-Blazer runners hope to hit high gear vs. Tigers
  Five games are in the record books and UAB head coach Watson Brown is still waiting for his team's running game to get untracked.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Revived offense needed for Tiger win
-Tiger Notebook

Green Wave defense weighing options
New Orleans Times Picayune

Huntington, Marshall has new fan in McConaughey
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

October 6, 2006

-Houston Concludes Preparations For Saturday Night's Game Against Louisiana-Lafayette
-Tulane Returns To Action Saturday vs. C-USA Foe Rice
-Blazers Wrap-Up Practice For Memphis, Ready For
-Southern Miss Football Returns to Practice Field
-"Knights Roundtable" Features Discussion On Big Road Win At Marshall
-Women's Soccer Notebook

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Marshall off to worst start since 1983
-With loss, Marshall facing rocky road

Snyder disappointed with defensive effort
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Herd left frustrated after latest setback
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Southern Miss feeling the effects from loss
Hattiesburg American

Young's turf toe heightens USM woes
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Memphis brings out best in White
  Corey White has put together many memorable moments and memorable games running with the football at UAB.
Birmingham News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Step up to the plate, Tigers, or face ribbing
  UAB has beaten Memphis six straight times. UAB owns this series...So they decided, geez, let's invent a trophy and give it to the winner of the game!
-Tiger Notebook

Price says he's happy with game attendance
  UTEP head coach Mike Price was pleasantly surprised to find that UTEP is 38th in the nation in attendance and third in the state -- behind only the University of Texas and Texas A&M. Miner crowds have averaged 51,664 so far this season, as both the Texas Tech and New Mexico State games were sellouts.
El Paso Times

SMU RB Martin will return from injury Saturday
Dallas Morning News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice defense taking shape
-Briles puts tight ends to work at UH

October 5, 2006

-UCF Edges Marshall in the Final Seconds, 23-22
  Kevin Smith rushed for a season-high 166 yards before getting hurt and Michael Torres kicked a 22-yard field goal with 6.7 seconds left to lift UCF to a 23-22 victory over Marshall on Wednesday night.
-UCF-Marshall Postgame Notes

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Knights crash Herd's party
  No amount of Hollywood magic could save Marshall University from a demoralizing defeat.
-Hollywood can't bail out Marshall this time
-Walk creates electric atmosphere

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-No Hollywood finish for Herd
  Late field-goal drive wins it for UCF
-Emotions run high as actor walks Herd into showdown
  As Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey led the Marshall football team on its pregame walk into Joan C. Edwards Stadium for the second time, he noticed a different Thundering Herd team.
-Marshall turns the ‘force’ against it
  There was something in the air at Joan C. Edwards Stadium Wednesday night.
-Marshall football notebook
  Pressure didn’t bother Herd kicker
-UCF-Marshall statistics

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights win with last-minute field goal
  Making just their second road trip of the season and desperately needing a win to keep pace in Conference USA's East Division title race, UCF nearly squandered an 11-point second-half advantage but got a 22-yard field goal from Michael Torres with 6.7 seconds to down Marshall 23-22 Wednesday.
-Secret weapon saves day

Herd lanced
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Making the switch
  The first hint that Kyle Bissinger was destined to play defense came long before he arrived at UAB.
Birmingham News

Tiger all-star DB Smith adjusting to new responsibilities
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Briles puts tight ends to work at UH
Houston Chronicle

Freshman WR poised to match school record
Dallas Morning News

'They whipped our butts'
  Too much Paul Smith, plus too many dropped passes, plus too many injuries, plus a horrid second half add up to a loss for the Southern Miss football team.
Hattiesburg American

Miners hoping for third straight sellout
El Paso Times

October 4, 2006

UCF looks to Marshall game to end another skid
  Teams square off tonight in nationally-televised contest
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd begins C-USA play tonight
  Finally, after a demanding September of demanding non-conference games, it's Conference USA gametime.
-Focus key on starry night
  Throughout his two-season tenure as Marshall University's football coach, Mark Snyder has preached the importance of "road focus.
-Herd gets much-needed victory tonight
  It's as close to a must-win as any college team can face in early October.
-Herd game notes
-Conference USA schedules

Familiar players in game tonight
  Four years ago, Orlando-area high-school stars Mike Walker, Steven Moffett and Bernard Morris never had heard of Conference USA, let alone thought about playing in it.
Orlando Sentinel

Herd still sore from last UCF game
  It wasn’t how Bernard Morris envisioned his return to his hometown.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Herd, Golden Knights trying to eliminate problems on defense
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

C-USA Football GameNight
Wednesday, Oct 4
UCF @ Marshall
7:30 PM  ET
Huntington, W. Va.

-Tulsa Surges Past Southern Miss, 20-6
  Courtney Tennial ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in his first career start and Paul Smith threw for 201 yards and ran for a touchdown to lead Tulsa to a 20-6 victory over Southern Miss on Tuesday night.
-Southern Miss Postgame Notes for Tulsa Game...
-Rice's Dillard is Catching On
  Rice's Jarett Dillard has emerged as one of the most productive receivers in college football this season.
Tulane Begins Preparation For Showdown With Rice
Houston Embarks on Louisiana-Lafayette Preps

From the Tulsa World
-Tuesday triumph
  Quarterback Paul Smith's label as a pocket passer officially can be thrown away.
-TU off to good start in conference play
  Tulsa's victory at Southern Mississippi was the first sign of a significant turnaround last year.

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Held soarless
  Hurricane holds Golden Eagles to their fewest points in conference loss
-Only one team had look of a champion
  Tulsa made clutch plays a bonafide championship team makes. Southern Miss did not.
-Fletcher impresses, but just in 1st half
-Eagles end Hurricane's streak at 34 points
-Injuries, inconsistency hinder Eagles' offense

20 TULSA, Southern Miss 6
  As its offense unraveled in the Oklahoma heat, Southern Miss was beaten by defending league champion Tulsa on Tuesday night.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Tulsa hands Southern Miss 20-6 defeat
Hattiesburg American

West happy with how defense performed
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Blazers face Memphis' new-look defense
  Sometimes a little perspective is needed. How else can you explain Memphis head football coach Tommy West's assessment of his defense in last Saturday's lopsided non-conference loss to Tennessee?
Birmingham News

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU media guide cover motivates UT-El Paso
  UTEP coach Mike Price spent part of his Monday news conference trying to fire up Miners fans to sell out the Sun Bowl (51,500) for the SMU game Saturday. It would be the program's first stretch of three-straight sellouts. Price, perhaps as a motivational ploy, also complained about SMU's media guide.
-Payne Stewart's son orally commits to SMU

From the El Paso Times
-SMU coach chimes in on media guide flap
  After a few minutes of X's and O's, SMU head coach Phil Bennett got to talking about what everybody else is talking about Tuesday. The Mustang media guide.
-UTEP pleased with academic reports
-Miner notes- Sophomore lineman plays through sickness

No plans to go to no-huddle
  Could Tulane's offensive success in the second half of last Saturday night's game against Southern Methodist at the Superdome lead to the Green Wave's going back to a no-huddle offense?
New Orleans Times Picayune

October 3, 2006

-Football Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook
-Former Cougar Pitchers Set to Compete in Postseason
-Coach Tommy West Press Luncheon Quotes

C-USA Football GameNight
Tuesday, Oct 3
Southern Miss @ Tulsa
7:30 PM ET
Tulsa, Okla.

Preview and predictions for the week six Conference USA games
College Football News

Looking to repeat
  Tulsa will welcome Tuesday night football, an ESPN audience and a very good Southern Miss football team to Skelly Stadium. That concoction equals an exciting game night for the Golden Hurricane program.
Tulsa World

Southern Miss travels to Tulsa tonight
  Southern Miss completes its back-to-back Tuesday appearances on ESPN2 tonight when it plays at Tulsa, where the Golden Eagles hope to make an early statement in the Conference USA football race.
Mobile Register

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-C-USA champ beckons USM
  Southern Miss could send notice through Conference USA tonight that the Golden Eagles are back if they can successfully navigate the second act of a Tuesday two-step.
-Look out for...
-USM leaders
-Keys for Southern Miss

Numbers say Tulsa is potent
Hattiesburg American

After some tough times, USM's Damion Fletcher is on the right track
Biloxi Sun Herald

Marshall becoming familiar foe for UCF
  In this new age of college football, when teams bounce from league to league, identifying an annual league opponent that can be called a "rival" has become increasingly difficult.
Orlando Sentinel

Snyder not concerned with pass defense
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Could Herd wing it on UCF?
  At first glance, Central Florida appears to be the elixir for Marshall’s passing game, which sputtered at times during a rugged September schedule.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Makeshift D-line holding up
-Herd trying to improve slow starts
-Juco forward commits to MU

RICE NOTEBOOK- Celebrating win tough for Graham
  Facing funeral of Lloyd, coach's mind elsewhere
Houston Chronicle

West saw some good in loss
  UofM coach Tommy West said Monday there were several encouraging aspects of last weekend's lopsided loss to the Vols that give him hope before the Tigers resume Conference USA play Saturday at UAB.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Injury could force Blazers to change QBs again

From the Birmingham News
-UAB notes: "The Battle for the Bones."
-Blazer makes remarkable comeback
  Tony Haynes-Dalton remembers when he was told his college football career might be over.

SMU starting to find the answers
  Phil Bennett points out that SMU, which plays at UTEP on Saturday, is a week-to-week work in progress. But after a dramatic, but shaky, 33-28 win at Tulane last week gave SMU a three-game winning streak and its first winning record since 1997, the coach said he learned something about the Mustangs. "They answer people," he said.
Dallas Morning News

From the El Paso Times
-Price is excited about sellouts
  UTEP head coach Mike Price is excited about the prospect of the Miners selling out the Sun Bowl for the third time in as many tries Saturday against SMU -- something
-SMU cover shows fallen Miner who was tackled
  As if last year's embarrassing 40-27 loss to Southern Methodist University wasn't enough motivation, the UTEP football team is looking forward to Saturday's game against the Mustangs for another reason.

Lapses torment Tulane
  Though the defense played well in spots and the offense showed it can score points quickly and overcome a large deficit, it was not enough to soften the sting of Tulane's 33-28 loss to Southern Methodist on Saturday.
New Orleans Times Picayune

October 2, 2006

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice players say goodbye to fallen teammate Lloyd
  A Rice player who died last week at age 19 was remembered for his passion and his ability to play in a way that suggested he was bigger than he actually was.
-COLLEGE WEEK IN REVIEW- Rice's Clement among honorees
-UH to use Miami loss as motivation

Herd offense still seeking explosive identity
  PERHAPS THE most encouraging game for the Marshall offense this season didn’t involve the Thundering Herd. It may have been Saturday’s mismatch between Tennessee and Memphis, one of the Herd’s Conference USA compatriots.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Inman playing valuable roles for Herd off bench
  John Inman no longer is a starter along Marshall University's offensive line, but playing time hardly is an issue.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Miners thankful to come away with victory
  It may have been ugly at times. And there still are plenty of holes to shore up. But the UTEP football team won Saturday. It won a game it had to win.
El Paso Times

Around the region
  Coach Phil Bennett was pleased SMU (3-2) reached two goals with Saturday's win: finishing September with a winning record and starting Conference USA play 1-0
Dallas Morning News

Golden Eagles to get back to basics on special teams
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM preps for Tulsa
Hattiesburg American

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