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East Carolina


Conference USA

October 22, 2006

-BVL: Game Center: ECU 38, Southern Methodist 21
-O'Brien: J.P. bounces back with outing to remember
-BVL: ECU-SMU Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz/SMU post-game comments
WNCT Audio: Bud Light Post-Game Call-In Show
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Pirates volleyball on record streak
Mountaineers handle Huskies, stay unbeaten
Georgia golfer gets call to play in South Africa

-Pinkney Guides Pirates To 38-21 Win Over SMU
  James Pinkney threw for a career-high 391 yards with two touchdowns and ran for a score Saturday to lead East Carolina past SMU 38-21.
-Jenkins Lifts Gold To One-Point Win Over Purple
-Volleyball Looks for Six in a Row Sunday Against Houston
-Puche Tied For 11th After 36 Holes

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates corral Mustangs
  James Pinkney went from wanting to hide his face last week to trying to wipe a smile off it this week.
-ECU's Pinkney felt 'special day' coming
-Allison's return boosts ECU receiver
-Junior college transfer sparkles during ECU men's scrimmage
  It didn't take long for Darrell Jenkins to make his presence felt for the East Carolina men's basketball team.
-Veterans lead charge for Pirate women
-Pirates get help from 'Coach K'
  The K, in this case, is for Karla.

Pirates prove best
  East Carolina rolls past SMU
Fayetteville Observer

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU goes airborne
-Stokes likes energy at ECU hoops scrimmage

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates pass to victory
-Roach walks off the field a happy Pirate

East Carolina whips SMU 38-21 as Pinkney passes for 391 yards
  East Carolina rode quarterback James Pinkney to victory because it wanted to, not because it needed to, beating SMU 38-21 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium yesterday.
Winston Salem Journal

Pinkney carries Pirates
  Sick of being embarrassed and tired of losing, East Carolina quarterback James Pinkney performed like a genuine rock star on Saturday
Raleigh News & Observer

Pinkney powers Pirates to win
  Senior QB throws for career-high 391 yards
Charlotte Observer (AP)

From the Dallas Morning News
-Road still unkind to SMU, 38-21
  James Pinkney threw for a career-high 391 yards with two touchdowns and ran for a score Saturday to lead East Carolina past SMU 38-21.
-SMU returns home for rest
  Mustangs must win two of next four games to become bowl eligible

NFL: Jaguars Gameday Breakdown
  If Leftwich can't go, the Jaguars will play backup David Garrard, who started the final five regular-season games last season in place of the injured Leftwich and compiled a 4-1 record.

October 21, 2006

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the SMU Game
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Report: UNC-Chapel Hill's Bunting to resign
Coaches' challenges yield few reversals
Southern Miss prepared for Hokies
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Pirate Homecoming Weekend
  It's about football, fans, alumni — and so much more - Schedule

Saturday, October 20th
-Purple Gold Basketball Scrimmage
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum - Greenville, NC
  - 12:00 PM ET
-SMU @ East Carolina
Dowdy - Ficklen Stadium at East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
  - 3:00 PM ET
Gameday Forecast: SMU @ East Carolina
All Access Video
WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

ECU All Access
-Pirate athletic event calendar

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates aim to rebound from loss
  Injuries have forced ECU to adapt this season, and today’s contest against SMU is no different.
-The Feel of Cotton
  In the words of ECU coach Skip Holtz, Quentin Cotton is becoming a flat-out difference maker.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates prep for tough run defense
  Conference USA has become a greenhouse for whichever football teams can best feed off the league's ample parity each season.
-Phantoms to Pirates, ECU mascot develops
Pirates smiling over play of Krug
  Senior setter for the Pirates has played a major role in helping ECU turn around a slow start to its season.

An ECU win keeps bowl hopes alive
  Coming into 2006, there was talk among East Carolina fans about a bowl trip and the program’s first winning season since 2000.
Fayetteville Observer

Injuries force ECU to improvise
  Pirates hope changes at receiver pay off.
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates want to test SMU secondary
Winston Salem Journal

ECU getting down to crunch time
Kinston Free Press

Preview- SMU at East Carolina
Dallas Morning News

Pirates need win vs. SMU to close homestand
Ft Worth Star Telegram (AP)

-Szilard Does It Again, This Time In Double OT
  For the second time this season, Amy Szilard scored the game winning goal in a 1-0 overtime win.
-Puche Currently Tied For Second At Lady Pirate Invitational
-Pirates Outlast Rice in Five-Game Battle
  Volleyball Now 3-0 This Season In Five-Game Matches
-Women's Basketball Practice Report #2

October 20, 2006
Paint it PURPLE Friday

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
ECU in the thick of volleyball title chase
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Roach nominated for Draddy Award
Memphis picked first in C-USA basketball
4th-ranked UTEP runners coming to Greenville

WNCT: Pirate Insider Report
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Jim Abbott)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Other receivers looking to shine Saturday for ECU
  SMU used to be a pretty good cure for injury-battered teams, but the 4-3 Mustangs have East Carolina trying to hide its limps as quickly as possible this week.
-ECU men picked to finish last in Conference USA
  Conference USA's men's basketball coaches apparently aren't expecting much from East Carolina's squad this season.

Raycom hopes Hokies outdraw Owls
  Raycom president Ken Haines expects to draw 50,000 to 60,000 fans when his company puts on a Virginia Tech-East Carolina game at the same stadium in 2008.
Roanoke Times

Sturdivant a remarkable tackler in SMU’s secondary
New Bern Sun Journal

Runnin' with the 'Stangs[ECU Week]

Run Of The House?
  One of the few teams that could claim some success - if you want to call it that - against West Virginia's rushing attack is Skip Holtz's East Carolina Pirates
Hartford Courant

October 19, 2006

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Flat performance begets dreary result

-WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Koren Robinson suspended by NFL
Miami broadcaster axed over brawl comments
Dartmouth, Holy Cross row gets investigation

Pirate Basketball Concludes First Week Of Practice
  Purple-Gold Scrimmage Set For Saturday

Julian Carter commits to play at East Carolina
 New Bern’s do-it-all football player says he’s going to East Carolina University.
New Bern Sun Journal

Lee's recent struggles kick-start competition
  Lee missed both attempts he had against Memphis, two of three against Virginia and one of two last Saturday against Tulsa. Because of it, he said he doesn't mind the competition.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates look to tame Mustangs
  SMU brings a 4-3 record in first trip to Greenville
The East Carolinian

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU not talking about bowls – yet
  With five games remaining it's premature to talk about bowls, especially when SMU hasn't been to one since the 1984 Aloha Bowl. But, now, at 4-3 and with five games to play, it doesn't seem far-fetched for their 11th-ever bowl berth.
-SMU's Martin to miss game at East Carolina
  Running back DeMyron Martin (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game at East Carolina. Martin will have missed five of SMU's eight games to injuries.

Coach Bennett Press Conf.[ECU Week]

SMU (4-3) At East Carolina (2-4) (The Sports Network.)

Game Previews
Lyndy's Sports Annuals

October 18, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Martin making his mark building a program

WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (guest Doug Martin)
WNCT: Talk of the Town
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
League teams busy; ECU ends homestand
C-USA names football players of week
ECU's Krug captures C-USA weekly honor

Pirates receive some good news on wide receivers
  East Carolina big-play man Aundrae Allison said Tuesday he's ready to play again, and the Pirates also learned fellow senior wide receiver Bobby Good will probably not be lost for the season with his foot fracture.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Fall break creates schedule quirks for Pirates
 ECU coach Skip Holtz said his players are learning what it’s like to play in the NFL — at least in terms of scheduling.
New Bern Sun Journal

Inconsistent- Pirates trying to put pieces together
 East Carolina has reached the midpoint of the season and is grinding along
Winston Salem Journal

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates’ Roach cherishing every practice, every play
  The wins feel a little bit more special and the losses hurt a little bit more.
-Simmons trying to earn back Holtz’s trust; receivers ready to fill void
  After Monday’s late-evening practice, Brandon Simmons was one of the last Pirates off the field. He was the most out of breath, too.

From the Dallas Morning News
-Bennett- SMU defense getting better
  Coach Phil Bennett won't call SMU's defense dominant yet
-Finally, grass is greener on Hilltop
  Suspensions prove Bennett is determined to succeed on his terms

Assistants, players succeed after U.Va.
  Former Virginia head coach, athletic director Terry Holland has compiled impressive list of prominent understudies
The (UVa) Cavalier Daily

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Williams returns to Pirates
  East Carolina cornerback Travis Williams has been allowed to return to the team after his suspension
-ECU seeks a dental school, but many dentists disagree
  Greenville school cites lack of rural practices

Around Campus: Some dentists question proposed dental school at East Carolina
  Despite support from university officials and some top lawmakers, a proposed dental school at East Carolina University is meeting opposition
Wilmington Star News

October 17, 2006

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Injuries are Pirates' biggest concern
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz weekly press conference
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (prep playoffs talk)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ACC, Miami announce additional suspensions
More suspensions also on Sun Belt's agenda
Duke lacrosse under "60 Minutes" scrutiny

-Pirate GameDay Central
  The East Carolina Pirates will look to get back in the win column this weekend when they host SMU Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. This weekend's game has been designated as Homecoming.
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
  Head Football Coach Skip Holtz Discusses The Upcoming SMU Game
-Heidi Krug Earns C-USA Setter of the Week Honors
  Krug recognized for her second Player of the Week honor this season

Holtz hopes Pirates can rebound
  Coming just two days after watching his team lose 31-10 to the defending Conference USA champs, ECU head coach Skip Holtz got more bad news.
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Bad injury news continues to come Good's direction
  Bobby Good broke a metatarsal bone in his foot during pregame warmups for the Pirates' home loss to Tulsa
-ECU Notes- Real-life business application grant's aim
  A $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will enable East Carolina University to help public school teachers plan lessons that focus on business-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics problems.

Bad news for ECU’s Good- Out with injury
  East Carolina’s passing game took another hit Saturday, and it wasn’t the result of anything done by the opposition.
Kinston Free Press

Not Good News
  ECU’s receiving corps takes another hit with Good’s broken foot
New Bern Sun Journal

East Carolina loses Good to broken foot
Lexington (NC) Dispatch (AP)

Pirates blown away by Tulsa, 31-10
  Golden Hurricane pulls away in second half
The East Carolinian

Special teams making a difference for Mustangs
  The Mustangs' last three games have been decided, in some way, by the kicking game.
Dallas Morning News

Logan -- still having fun as radio voice, coach
Charlotte Observer

October 16, 2006
National Boss Day
UN World Food Day

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 285
Garrard still unspoiled
Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot
C-USA Football Scores, Standings & Schedule
Tulsa cracks season's inaugural BCS Standings
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Coker suspends 8 Miami players after brawl
Pirate volleyball continues roll at UCF
Szilard leads ECU women's soccer win
Harris Poll's top 5 varies from BCS Standings

Lady Pirates Dominate First Half In 2-0 Conference Win
  Amy Szillard scored both of East Carolina's goals as the Lady Pirates beat Southern Miss at Bunting Field Sunday afternoon, picking up an important conference victory.

Roach’s streak ends in stinging loss to Golden Hurricanes
  Kevin Roach’s consecutive game streak with at least one reception came to an end Saturday.
Washington Daily News

ECU takes a step back in 31-10 C-USA loss to Tulsa
  Pirates need to find way to adjust, fix problems that opponents poise
New Bern Sun Journal

If crowds are part of the game, should they also share some of the blame?
Greenville Daily Reflector

Lawhorn learns business of baseball
  Two nights before the trade was announced over the weekend, Trevor Lawhorn's phone rang, but he didn't recognize the number on caller ID.
Wilmington Star News

CFL news from the
-Crandell ready to go
  The nine-year CFL veteran, who began this season at No. 2 on the depth chart, was injured less than one quarter into his first start of the campaign on Aug. 19.
-Stokes won't make the trip to Edmonton
  The Argos' Keith Stokes will be listed as a healthy scratch for the first time in his CFL career

Preps: Gaffney star struggling to get college’s eye
  East Carolina and Marshall have expressed interest.
Columbia (SC) State


October 22, 2006

What’s wrong with state's ACC football teams?
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Devils fall short
  Duke rallies with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and works itself into position to upset a Miami team that was missing 13 players after last week's ugly brawl.
-Mistakes sink State's hopes
  The Terps topped the Pack in a game as memorable for its mistakes as its few thrilling plays, a game in which Maryland's six-point margin of victory seemed deceptively thin.
-Appalachian State prevails in 2 OTs
-Pack basketball awaits three decisions
  Williams is considering State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, East Carolina and Miami.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Blue Devils come oh-so-close against Canes
-Duke had its chances
-Maryland 26, N.C. State 20

From The Columbia (SC) State
-Purple reign
  Tigers sport new strips in pretty win
-Injuries now beginning to plague offense
  Shoulder injury barely slows Davis; Key ACC clash draws clashing uniforms

USC takes another step on the road
  Gamecocks knock off 5th straight SEC opponent as visitor
Greenville (SC) News

Despite loss, N.C. State not ready to pack it in just yet
Greensboro News-Record

October 21, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Bunting denies report he's leaving; recruits watch, wait
-Missing Manny and Mario
  N.C. State's young defense is improving but is not the unit that terrorized teams in 2005.
-In many ways, it's '05 all over again
  Midway through the schedule, the ACC's 2006 football season isn't significantly different from 2005.

Beginning of the end for UNC’s Bunting
  After another disastrous performance by North Carolina on Thursday in a 23-0 loss against Virginia, there can be no denying that the end is near for John Bunting as the Tar Heels’ head coach.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-UNC-CH: Bunting resignation reports are false
-Wolfpack keeps it interesting
  Pick any N.C. State-Maryland game since Chuck Amato took over as Wolfpack head coach in 2000 and chances are there was an exhilarating finish.
-Duke not expecting easy time with Miami
  Despite an on-field brawl a week ago that will bench 13 Miami players for today's game at Duke, Hurricanes coach Larry Coker insists that the team he'll bring to Wallace Wade Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff bears little resemblance to the Miami teams of the 1980s and early 1990s that were reviled as much as they were revered.

Football- Real work begins for No. 4 WVU after easy victory
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

For Cavs, the opponent doesn't matter
  Virginia injects some optimism into its season, and North Carolina does its best to help the Cavaliers' cause.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

COLLEGE FOCUS: Swofford hopes brawl in Miami doesn't affect ACC's image
  The Atlantic Coast Conference had already taken its share of hits.
Charlotte Observer (AP)

From the Winston Salem Journal
-High-Stakes Game- Pack, Terps playing for position in Atlantic Division race
-ASU wary despite the records

From the Roanoke Times
-Hokies dismiss 2nd defensive lineman
  Two days after redshirt freshman end William Wall was kicked off the team, freshman tackle Joey Hall was sent packing Wednesday by Hokies coach Frank Beamer.
-Tech blamed for problems at stadium
  The construction company in charge of the renovation of Lane Stadium says in a lawsuit that Tech is responsible for "massive" costs.

October 20, 2006

Tar Heels aren’t what they used to be
  The Tar Heels haven't posted a winning record since 2001 or finished among the ACC's top two since 1997.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Tar Heels plummet into deeper hole
sboro News Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Cavaliers shut down Heels
  The Tar Heels extend their winless streak in Charlottesville to 13 games as they show little passion on both sides of the ball in giving up 23 points to a Virginia team that has been struggling this season.
-Tar Heels blanked 23-0 at Virginia
  The disappointments keep piling up for North Carolina, which still hasn’t beaten a Division I-A foe in football this year after falling to the Cavaliers in the nationally televised ACC game at Scott Stadium.

N.C. State sets matchups with South Carolina
  Games in '08, '09 to be played on Thursday and broadcast on ESPN
  East Carolina rode quarterback James Pinkney to victory because it wanted to, not because it needed to, beating SMU 38-21 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium yesterday.
Winston Salem Journal

From The Columbia (SC) State
-Big-game indicator
  ESPN's 'GameDay' crew will make its first visit to Clemson on Saturday
-Death Valley’s stage is set for classic showdown
  Given their past performances, hype is in line with how much is on the line
-USC decides best defense may require offensive players
  Receivers Rice, Cook practice as safeties in case of prevent defense

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Devils looked at Tressel
  Thirteen years ago Duke was finishing up another dreadful football season in what would be Barry Wilson's last as the Blue Devils coach.
-Virginia's best effort too much for Heels
  Know how to turn a dirty dozen into a baker's dozen? Add a bagel.
-Devils' Drummer gets back at it

October 19, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tar Heels have options with Bunting
  If UNC continues to struggle this season, the school faces a decision about its football coach.
-Who would UNC consider
  If North Carolina does have to hire a new football coach, these 10 individuals meet some key criteria.
-Keys to the game
  UNC at Virginia.
-Fall brings great fishing for croakers along North Carolina's coast
-Closing pier's owner thanking patrons
  The Sportsman's Pier in Atlantic Beach has survived much, including losing 350 feet to Hurricane Gloria in 1985, and the pier house burning down in 1977.

Collapsing Cavs to Battle Terrible Heels
Greenville Daily Reflector

No blue skies in the forecast
  Four days before Rutgers rolled into Chapel Hill for North Carolina's season opener, Tar Heels football coach John Bunting said there were similarities between the programs.
Charlotte Observer

Bunting has had his turn
  John Bunting is clearly a “glass is half-full” kind of guy.
Fayetteville Observer

What's Normal? In ACC football, the Hurricanes look like a biker gang while the Deacons' stock continues to rise
Winston Salem Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Stone doing whatever he can to help Wolfpack win
-UNC-CH football player beat the odds to reach the peak of success
-Duke's Marshall back up to speed

Va. Tech suspends freshman indefinitely
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC receiver Murdock suspended
  Player charged with shoplifting in Tampa, Fla.
-Gamecocks enjoying life on the road
  USC chasing fifth straight SEC road win Saturday

October 18, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Brawl latest hit to ACC
  The football brawl between Miami and Florida International has been closed out with a raft of dismissals and suspensions and relegated to the files of, but some questions remain.
-Miami defends punishments
-Bunting relates to fans' misery
-Weighty proposition
  Structured system helps Duke's Nichols, others gain the right way.
-Baseball is back at Shaw
-Battle of ex-Heels goes to Wizards
  Bobcats falter at Smith Center.

Bunting- Stay or Go?
 North Carolina’s 1-5 start has led to speculation about coach John Bunting’s job status.
New Bern Sun Journal

Changes imminent in ACC
  The cyclical nature of conferences experiencing down years has landed squarely on the reconfigured ACC. And unless two key problem areas are fixed, it won't realize the BCS riches envisioned by its expansion architects anytime soon.
Wilmington Star News

WVU- fast starts, strong finishes
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Sewell is shaky, yet steady
Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star

McMullan Named Associate Head Baseball Coach
  Fourth-year member of Cavalier Staff promoted

From The Columbia (SC) State
-Glory road
  USC goes for its fifth consecutive SEC road win on Saturday and the players say it is all about attitude
-Bowden wins with balanced offense

Gamecocks preparing for fired-up Vanderbilt team
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mountaineers regain top spot in poll
-Bunting to Heels- Let's have fun
  UNC-CH will play Thursday night game at Virginia, where it hasn't won since '81
-UNC Charlotte will be forced to adjust to life without Withers
-Big Surprise? Opponents may not know what to expect from WFU's Weaver, a redshirt last season

So far so good for Big East
  The conference wrapped up its non-conference schedule Saturday, and the league finished with a 32-8 record (.800) — its best showing in league history. That percentage ties the Southeastern Conference (28-7) as the nation’s best.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Miami adds Marcus Vick
  Miami Dolphins wide receiver Marcus Vick, the brother of star Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick, was promoted Tuesday from the practice squad to the Dolphins' 53-man roster.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Heisman buzz finds Jackets' Johnson
  Calvin Johnson was strolling underneath the stands of Bobby Dodd Stadium when he noticed a metal pole above his head.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

October 17, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack QB cleared to play
  N.C. State quarterback Daniel Evans has been cleared by doctors to practice this week and should play Saturday at Maryland, coach Chuck Amato said Monday.
-No question about NCHSAA punishment for brawls
-Duke- Miami still good
-Foot shelves Paulus

Double dose of depression in Division IA
  Well, that was a pleasant 2006 football season while it lasted, wasn't it?
Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia Tech dismisses Wall
  Coach Frank Beamer kicks William Wall off of the team and addresses personal fouls and possible playing-time adjustments.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From The Columbia (SC) State
-Melee stirs memories of USC-Clemson
-Bye week gives Gamecocks a chance to heal the injured
-ESPN’s “College Gameday” coming to Clemson

USC won't underestimate Vanderbilt
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Blue Devils aren't worried about Hurricanes' problems
  Duke defensive tackle Casey Camero admitted to watching footage of Miami's on-field fight against Florida International numerous times.
-Wonder if UNC@CH-UVa is worthy of ESPN?
-Former UNC-CH stars return to Smith Center
  Bobcats play the Washington Wizards in a preseason game at the Smith Center at 8 p.m.

Maine giving 49ers exposure
  His success with the N.Y. Mets could help school win recruits
Charlotte Observer

ECSU finds what was missing in football program
  It’s been more than a decade since any Elizabeth City State team has won like the 2006 Vikings. Saturday’s 16-12 victory at Bowie State boosted the Vikings to 6-1, clinching their first winning season since 1995.
The Virginian Pilot

Martinsville might make the difference in Chase for Cup
Greensboro News-Record

October 16, 2006

AD Says Groh Will Stay at U-Va.
Washington Post

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke's Paulus suffers foot injury
  Duke sophomore point guard Greg Paulus suffered a potentially serious injury to his left foot in practice Saturday, though school officials won't confirm the severity of the injury before Paulus is examined again today by team doctors.
-Tarheel LB Edwards likely out for year with broken collarbone

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Rest and Recuperation- No. 25 WFU will get some time off; Jones expected back from knee injury
-Panthers survive- Panthers beat Ravens for fourth straight win
-At Full Speed- Panthers' Steve Smith believes that he's finally back to 100 percent, both mentally and physically

Deacons get to savor their new ranking
Greensboro News-Record

WVU set for first appearance under the Friday night lights
  Weekday games have been pretty good to West Virginia over the past few years, so Rich Rodriguez isn’t going to complain too loudly when another one crops up.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

New coach, more points?
  Five questions for the UNC-Wilmington men's basketball team
Wilmington Star News

Redskins- A lost cause at 2-4?
Hampton Roads Daily Press


October 22, 2006

Weekend Football Roundup
  East Carolina used career-best days from QB James Pinkney and WR Aundrae Allison to defeat SMU, 38-21. Quinton Smith rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns to lead Rice to a 40-29 win at UCF, the Owls first road victory in C-USA play.

Hokies were too much for Golden Eagles at home
  Without Fletcher, the offense was shaky at best. Next up, five consecutive C-USA games starting with East Carolina next week in Hattiesburg.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Hokies hammer shaky Eagles
  According to the statistics, Southern Miss managed a season-low 216 yards Saturday against Virginia Tech.
-Notebook- Hokies victimize CB Faulk for 2 huge plays
-Crummy field position among USM problems
-C-USA Roundup
-Virginia Tech 36, Southern Miss 6

Hokies dominate Golden Eagles
Hattiesburg American

Hokies' defense sacks Eagles
Lynchburg News and Advance

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Big plays spell big win for Herd
-Victory-starved Marshall finally puts it all together
-Bradshaw runs over Blazers
-Jirsa enters world of blogging

Herd holds off UAB for big win
  Marshall took a 28-14 halftime lead, then held on to beat host UAB 31-24, ending a four-game losing streak.
Beckley Register-Herald

Off and running
  Bradshaw rumbles for career-high 242 yards in Herd victory
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Birmingham News
-Brown takes blame for loss to Herd
  It didn't take long for UAB head football coach Watson Brown to point a finger of blame for Saturday night's 31-24 Conference USA loss to Marshall at Legion Field.
  Missed PAT lands Mullins on bench

Rice cooks UCF's hopes
  UCF (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) needs to win all five of its remaining games against Houston, East Carolina, Memphis, Tulane and UAB to be bowl eligible.
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Knights still sleeping
  If UCF's blowout loss to Pittsburgh last week was supposed to be the ultimate wake-up call, then the Knights left the field Saturday after their 40-29 setback to Rice still toting the most bitter of realities: the nightmare isn't over.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice hands Central Florida 40-29 loss
-Second-half turnaround lifts UH over UTEP

Miners falter late
  Diasatrous second half leads to UTEP loss
El Paso Times

TU wins in Memphis
  Liberty Bowl Stadium saw two homecomings Saturday night.
Tulsa World

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Heads down
  Defense struggles again as Tigers lose fifth straight, move one loss from bowl elimination
-Tigers' duo- Incidents don't represent team
-University of Memphis postgame
-Despite skid, Tigers haven't given up hope

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Green Wave needed to feast on chances
  The Cliff's Notes version was Tulane needed almost everything to go right, and not nearly enough did. There's no way three dropped passes, a mishandled snap and lost fumble, and an attempted squib kick that was recovered by Auburn and transformed into a momentum-regaining field goal as time expired -- all in the first half -- can be confused with good karma.
-Auburn leaves Tulane seeing red-zone blues
  When it was over, Tulane's football team had every right to hold its head high and poke out its chest.

October 21, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

From the Hattiesburg American
-Beamer- USM game 'huge'
  The Virginia Tech football program can relate to the recent woes of Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles have had four players arrested this year and three within the last week and two kicked off the team.
-Southern Miss is clear favorite in lowly East Division of C-USA

Getting win top priority for Tech
  After dropping two straight, the Hokies know they need a strong performance if they hope to get back on track.
Roanoke Times

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Frosh RB gets thrown into fire
-Look out for...
-Keys for Southern Miss

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M officials investigate complaint against ballplayers
  Dorsey, Bailey are implicated in dorm run-in
-Golden Hurricane is on the right path
  Tigers' opponent gaining notice for recent successes

From the Houston Chronicle
-Penders' system produces wins for UH basketball team
-PREVIEW- Rice at Central Florida

From the El Paso Times
-Miners, Cougars set to resume new rivalry
  UTEP always has had a strong connection to Houston
-UTEP Notes- Price talks to his team about sportsmanship

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Herd looking to start a new streak
  Marshall carries five-game conference losing skid into tonight’s game at UAB
-More experienced Herd ready for second season in Conference USA
  So Marshall was picked 10th place in Conference USA basketball this week. That is no doubt being taken in stride in the Thundering Herd camp.

Marshall at UAB - in need of a win
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Hard-working Herd hungry for win
-Don't expect turnaround in Birmingham
-Herd game notes

UCF puts focus on saving its season
  UCF Coach George O'Leary has a saying about losses. He says that when a team is in the right frame of mind, it "dies a little" after a defeat.
Orlando Sentinel

BCS is unrealistic for less than perfect teams
Ft Worth Star Telegram


October 20, 2006

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

Herd Baseball Releases 2007 Schedule
  Marshall will play host to Tulane, East Carolina (April 13-15), Houston (April 27-29) and UAB (May 11-13)

Team scheme
  No University of Tulsa football player was born in 1972 when Miami's No-Name Defense terrorized the National Football League. But TU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson mentioned the famed unit recently to inspire his Golden Hurricane to play the same way.
Tulsa World

From The Hattiesburg American
-Marshall's Barnes getting back to speed
-Morris not shedding responsibility

From The Birmingham News
-Blazers turn to Elliott and Chaney
  Wednesday is generally the day that UAB works on its running game during practice.
-Catching Memphis
  Mike Davis smiled slightly when he heard the question - partly because the first-year UAB men's basketball head coach had already fielded the query in many different forms during the Conference USA Media Day on Thursday.
-Tulane still trying to regroup a year after Katrina
  The media recounted its story of hardship and courage many times over.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-C-USA raises its coaching profile
  Davis, Doherty add name recognition
-Tigers hoping for more 'Big Buckets'

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH tries to find solutions for shortcomings
  3 straight losses reveal disparities in ground attack, time of possession and special teams
-Almond's return, planned Autry upgrade give Wilson reason to smile
  Coach sees light at end of Rice tunnel

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Bower hopes Eagles can keep focus on field
  Jeff Bower is used to winning.
-As always, Tech has been special
-Fletcher's surgery successful

From the Hattiesburg American
-Runners ready at USM
-Southern Miss fall ball ends Sunday

Israel could get start at quarterback for UCF
  When things go sour for a football team, attention can be expected to shift to one of two places -- the quarterback or the coach.
Orlando Sentinel

Auburn wary of a letdown against Tulane
  A week after defeating No. 6 LSU, Auburn was sluggish against Buffalo, leading only 17-7 in the final minute of the third quarter before pulling away for a 38-7 victory.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Blog an outlet for SMU's Doherty
Dallas Morning News

October 19, 2006

-Memphis Chosen As Repeat Preseason Favorite
  Coming off a No. 1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, the Memphis Tigers repeat as the unanimous preseason favorite to win the 2006-07 C-USA men's basketball regular-season crown
-C-USA Men's Basketball Media Slam to Air Live on CSTV
-Swimming & Diving Notebook
-USM's Travis Cooley Named Draddy Trophy Semifinalist
-Tulane Baseball Continues To Make Progress In Fall Ball Practices

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Jirsa responds to report
  A report Wednesday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper said Marshall University men's basketball coach Ron Jirsa benched one of his former University of Georgia players in 1998 because that player refused to change his major when his class schedule conflicted with practice.
-Much different UAB team awaits Marshall
-MU seeks right mix at safety

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd safety making the most of his playing time
-Amid losing streak, Marshall's coach turning to his 'bible'

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-UAB offense playing above expectations
-Adversity tests Marshall’s mettle
-Tinker providing a boost to Herd defense
-Names in the games

Spread offenses giving Blazers fits
Birmingham News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger faces court date for assault
  University of Memphis sophomore receiver Maurice Jones, a member of the 2005 Conference USA All-Freshman team, has a Nov. 3 court date stemming from his arrest last week on a charge of domestic assault/bodily harm.
-Coaches put U of M at top
-U of M Notebook- Tiger run game needs boost

Tulane's Brown gets back on right track
  For a while, Preston Brown was looking like a one-year wonder.
Orleans Times Picayune

From the Hattiesburg American
-Incidents bother Bower
  Issues away from the field have plagued the University of Southern Mississippi football team in the first six weeks of 2006 season.
-Eustachy sees progress in USM workouts

USM's Chanove to step in for injured Fletcher
Biloxi Sun Herald

College players are changing their minds and changing schools
Houston Chronicle

Miners excelling in all phases of kicking game
El Paso Times

October 18, 2006

From the Tulsa World
-Can Tulsa break into the BCS party?
  Theoretically, it's possible. But the chance is minuscule.
-Memphis still seeking a star
  Memphis coach Tommy West could have predicted a tough 2006 football season for the Tigers at least 10 months ago.
-Depth key for Tulsa
-Questions with Nick Henderson

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-'All games are tight' in Conference USA
  Alabama-Birmingham loses, 34-33, to Rice on a touchdown pass with 3.5 seconds remaining.
-UAB wishbone could pose problems for Herd
  Mark Snyder has a bone to pick with UAB Coach Watson Brown.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Winds of change blowing at MU
  From the time Marshall University's locker room doors closed Saturday afternoon, it was clear that changes were looming.
-Players working on day off to turn around fortunes

Adversity tests Marshall’s mettle
  Mark Snyder is decidedly not used to losing. The second-year Marshall coach is not happy about his team’s 1-5 start, and he was downright furious with his troops last weekend after their loss to Southern Methodist.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Mistakes and turnovers continue to hurt Marshall
Beckley Register-Herald

Fletcher to miss Va. Tech with knee
  Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher, the nation's eighth-leading rusher, will have knee surgery today and will miss the Golden Eagles' non-conference road game at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-USM star Fletcher to have surgery
-JSU-USM football game in works

Bower praises Eagles' effort
Hattiesburg American

O'Leary mum on his starting QB
  As he's done the past two games, Coach George O'Leary plans to keep using both of his quarterbacks this week against Rice. But for the first time during that span, who will start the game this week could be different.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' rugby-style punter sticking 'em
  Rugby-style kicks that have confused University of Memphis opponents since they were introduced to the Tiger special teams five years ago by head coach Tommy West.
-Wade's longevity at U of M pays on court

UH NOTEBOOK- Brawl in Florida brings back memories
 Ugly scene from Miami-FIU evokes memories of the 2003 Hawaii Bowl
Houston Chronicle

From the El Paso Times
-Houston wants to put end to three-game skid
  Kevin Kolb, who enjoys hunting in his spare time, knows the rule about wounded animals. They're the most dangerous kind.
-Marrow questionable for Houston game Saturday
  UTEP senior receiver Chris Marrow suffered a slight MCL tear last week against Tulane, but still could play Saturday at Houston, Miner head coach Mike Price said
-Another tough day of practice is in books
  The sky was clear and blue and almost sparkled when the UTEP basketball players entered the Don Haskins Center on Tuesday afternoon.

  Tulane defensive coordinator Eric Schumann couldn't blame any of his linebackers from shying away from the "Sam" position, the player that's normally shading the opponents' tight end.
Orleans Times Picayune

-Quotes from Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference
-UH Football Daily Practice Report

October 17, 2006

-Football Notebook
  All 12 Conference USA teams will be in action this Saturday, with five league games on the docket, along with a pair of non-conference matchups. UTEP and Houston meet in a Texas-sized battle, Tulsa goes to Memphis in the CSTV Game of the Week (7 p.m. CDT), East Carolina closes a five-game homestand vs. SMU, Rice is at UCF
-Houston Football to Face O'Brien Award Candidate for Third Time
-Women's Soccer Notebook

Lowery Named C-USA Player Of The Week

Brown tries to make Blazers forget Rice loss
  Forgetting what happened Saturday night at Rice Stadium hasn't been easy for the UAB Blazers.
Birmingham News

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-UAB meets Herd after giving one away
  For the record, Marshall did not lose a Conference USA game in the most creative fashion last week. That dubious honor went to the Blazers of Alabama-Birmingham.
-Morris takes the blame for Herd’s dismal second half
  Bernard Morris’ performance in Marshall’s 31-21 loss to Southern Methodist got the critics going — chiefly among them, Morris himself.

Snyder meltdown not surprising
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UAB’s wishbone formation poses challenge for Herd
  With each UCF game, the mantra has grown louder: This is an important week for the Golden Knights.
Beckley Register-Herald

Win vs. UAB shows Rice to be challenge
Orlando Sentinel

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Eagles are in driver's seat
  Southern Miss put itself in the driver's seat to win the East Division of Conference USA with a 31-27 win against Houston at MM Roberts Stadium
-Road gets tougher at USM
  Virginia Tech tries to bounce back

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Big plays take toll
  Halfway through the 2006 football season, "big play" has become something of a watchword around Southern Miss.
-3rd Southern Miss player arrested
  Southern Miss defensive tackle Ryan Watson was arrested Sunday and charged with misdemeanor domestic abuse
-Notebook- RB Barrows quits over lack of PT
-Sprain sidelines USM's Cooley
  USM coach Jeff Bower said Monday morning that Cooley might be able to return for the Golden Eagles' home game on Oct. 28 against East Carolina.

Big plays beneficial to Eagles
Hattiesburg American

West- U of M falls short in close-game situations
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Miners pay price for victory with loss of Sam
  UTEP may have beaten Tulane on Saturday, but it also suffered a serious blow to its offensive production.
El Paso Times

Turnover bug bites Tulane
  If there was someone inside Tulane's football family who didn't believe Green Wave Coach Chris Scelfo when he said there are three or four plays that determine the outcome of every game, Tulane's performance in its 34-20 loss at Texas-El Paso last Saturday night should have converted them.
New Orleans Times Picayune

October 16, 2006

From the Dallas Morning News
Two SMU football players arrested
  Two SMU football players were arrested for public intoxication early Sunday, according to Dallas police. The incident comes on top of a week of off-the-field trouble for the program. "I'm aware of the situation and will deal with it internally as it relates to our program," coach Phil Bennett said Sunday through a university spokesperson.
-Around the region

Coach not wallowing in ranking
  Tulsa's debut at No. 25 in Sunday's initial Bowl Championship Series standings would be reason to celebrate for most non-BCS football programs.
Tulsa World

Loss to Rice cuts deep
  It was a different location and a slightly different script from the game that took the steam out of the 2005 season.
Birmingham News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Southern Miss climbs to 4-2 with impressive homecoming victory
-Suspended Eagles assist in win
  Golden Eagles Shawn Nelson and Damion Fletcher responded well in the second half Saturday night after having to sit out the first 30 minutes of Southern Miss' football game against Houston due to suspensions.

Accuracy remains an issue for Morris
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Herd not quitting following setbacks
-Tale of two halves in Marshall loss

UTEP defense comes up big
  Through the first give games of the season, the UTEP defense was an obstacle the Miners had to overcome.
El Paso Times

In freshman Mack, Tigers have a go-to shooter
Memphis Commercial Appeal