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East Carolina


Conference USA

October 29, 2006

-BVL: Game Center: ECU 20, Southern Miss 17 (OT)
-O'Brien: East Carolina raises heat in rivalry
-BVL: ECU-SMU Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz/USM post-game comments
WNCT Audio: Pepsi Game Day Countdown Show
WNCT Audio: Bud Light Post-Game Call-In Show
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU women's volleyball extends streak
Pirate swimmers leave Towson behind
UTEP takes muddy victory in Grimesland

-ECU Takes Down Southern Miss in OT
  Junior Travis Williams intercepted a Jeremy Young pass in the end zone in overtime to secure an East Carolina 20-17 victory over Southern Miss Saturday night.
-Swimming And Diving Teams Defeat Towson To Remain Unbeaten
-ECU Men and Women Compete In 2006 C-USA Championships
  A 24-hour period of steady rain fall Friday created muddy and sloppy running conditions for the 2006 Conference USA Cross Country Championships.

Underdog Pirates bite back, upend Eagles
  The East Carolina Pirates pressed their luck Saturday night, daring Southern Miss to do its usual voodoo on them. This time, the underdog delivered the bite.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Holtz, Pirates shoot down Eagles
Washington Daily News

Pirates pull out big win
  ECU takes lead in East Division.
Raleigh News & Observer

Hartman, ECU down Southern Miss in OT
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

From the Hattiesburg American
-Pirates win in overtime
  With 25,155 people on their feet inside M.M. Roberts Stadium, 60 minutes of football and an overtime period came down to one play - and one instant replay.
-White Hat keeps control of game
  The most important person on the field at Roberts Stadium Saturday night wasn't a coach or player for either team.

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Pirates steal pass to claim East lead
  In the end, it came down to a play in the back of the end zone at Roberts Stadium.
-Jubilant Pirates deal blow to Eagles' title aspirations
-Fletcher felt fine; Young OK, too; offense just sick
-Hicks' pick breaks USM mark
-Gallery: Southern Miss-East Carolina

USM falls in overtime
  Southern Mississippi's chances of reaching the Conference USA championship game took a severe hit Saturday night when cornerback Travis Williams intercepted quarterback Jeremy Young's pass in the end zone to preserve East Carolina's 20-17 overtime victory at Roberts Stadium.
Mobile Register

  Southern Miss came into a critical matchup with East Carolina controlling its own destiny of winning the Conference USA's East Division.
Biloxi Sun Herald

-ECU Uses Interception in Overtime to Beat Eagles 20-17 at M.M. Roberts Stadium
-Southern Miss Postgame Notes for East Carolina Game
-Southern Miss-East Carolina Postgame Quotes

October 28, 2006
Birthday - Greg Vacek (Linkmeister)

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Southern Miss Game
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Steve Logan, Mick Mixon)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Cougars quarterback piling up the numbers
ECU vs. USM part of pay-per-view twinbill
Hokies tame Tigers in key ACC battle

Pirate Football Gameday
-East Carolina @ Southern Miss
M.M. Roberts Stadium - Hattiesburg, MS   - 7:30 PM EDT
Gameday Forecast: East Carolina @ Southern Miss
All Access Video / CSTV
WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

ECU All Access
-Pirate athletic event calendar

-Volleyball Wins Seventh Straight, Sweeps Southern Miss
-Lady Pirates Clinch Spot In C-USA Tournament, Defeat UTEP 2-0
-Swimming and Diving Teams Down William & Mary
-Stokes Announces Freshman Chad Wynn Will Redshirt This Season

ECU readies for thorn in side
  With a chance to even their record at 4-4 and take an uphill step toward being a bowl team tonight, the Pirates will face a long-standing measuring stick at Southern Miss that's been more of a whipping stick the last decade.
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU faces uphill challenge in So. Miss
Fayetteville Observer

ECU takes to the road after long homestand
  East Carolina will play its first road game in more than a month tonight - taking on rival Southern Mississippi at 7:30 in Hattiesburg
Winston Salem Journal

East Carolina at Southern Miss
Raleigh News & Observer

At a glance- Saturday's East Carolina-Southern Mississippi game
Lexington Dispatch (AP)

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Championship chase starts today for USM
  Southern Miss left tackle Chris Clark came straight to the point when asked about the potential impact of today's Conference USA contest with visiting East Carolina.
-Look out for...
-3 Keys for Southern Miss

From the Hattiesburg American
-Pirates' Pinkney playing well
-Eagles begin vital conference stretch

Eagles begin stretch run
  The Conference USA football championship won't be decided until December, but Southern Miss has the chance to strengthen its position in the East Division race when it entertains East Carolina today at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.
Mobile Register

USM controls own destiny in C-USA title quest
  First up, East Carolina, a team the Golden Eagles have beaten in nine of the last 10 years, including last year's 33-7 victory in Greenville
Biloxi Sun Herald

USM back in action in C-USA
Pascagoula Mississippi Press

Garrard likely to start for Jags
Orlando Sentinel

Garrard will start Sunday, source says
Florida Times-Union

East Carolina Sweeps William & Mary

October 27, 2006
Birthday - President Theodore Roosevelt (26th President)
Paint it PURPLE Friday

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Offense adds a pinch of this, a dash of that
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest John Ashcroft)

WNCT: Pirate Insider Report
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Rice's Almond named Wooden candidate
Pirates hosting C-USA cross country
ECU freshman Bools shares C-USA honor

East Carolina Set To Host C-USA Tournament
  The 2006 Conference USA Cross Country Championships will be held in Greenville, N.C., and hosted by East Carolina at Lake Kristi on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Signal calling 101
  Reserve quarterbacks learning nuances of relaying coaches' calls
Greenville Daily Reflector

In football, numbers don’t mean much
  Let’s be blunt: East Carolina’s due for a loss Saturday. A quick glance at the results so far this year reveals that the Pirates have won every other game for the past five weeks through last week’s 38-21 victory over SMU.
Kinston Free Press

Golden Eagles’ Fletcher making moves in backfield
New Bern Sun Journal

USM likes to beat up on East Carolina
  Southern Miss has dominated its recent series with East Carolina, winning nine of the last 10 and five straight.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Top rusher Fletcher back for USM against Pirates
  As its 216 total yards and six points indicate, there were few offensive highlights for Southern Miss in last week's 36-6 loss at Virginia Tech.
Mobile Register

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Up-down Pinkney to test USM's D
  From football star to academic casualty to busboy to record-setting quarterback, James Pinkney has seen his career at East Carolina come full circle.
-Fletcher to start against Pirates
-Singleton shows up again
  Coming into the football season, the Southern Miss coaching staff was counting on what they considered as deep and talented a receiving corps as the Golden Eagles had had in a while.
-Eagles enjoying success at gate
-Violations lead USM to punish 3 players
  Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower would much rather devote his time to preparing for a key Conference USA game Saturday with visiting East Carolina.

USM tries to avert big play
  The statement may be vague, but has huge implications on the football field. A player can be perfect all game long, but if he doesn't "make a play" with the game on the line, that's all anyone remembers.
Hattiesburg American

-Football Entertains East Carolina This Weekend at The Rock
-Football Completes East Carolina Preparations

Leftwich left out in latest practice
  Quarterback, who has an injured ankle, could sit in favor of David Garrard.
Florida Times-Union

From USA Today
-Weekend Preview
-Helmet stickers reward college football players' superior performance

October 26, 2006

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Holtz: Pirates must learn to win in stride
-BVL: "We Are Marshall" set for Hall of Fame

WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Art Chansky)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Tickets for Troops promotion expands
Another C-USA honor for ECU's Icenhower
Report: Davis would have interest in Tar Heels

-Bools Named C-USA Women's Co-Golfer-of-the-Week
  Bools Took Home First Top-10 Finish At Pirate Fall Invitational
-Men's Golf Finishes 12th At 49er Classic

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Hometown star gets shot at ECU
  It's incredible how much influence three carries for nine yards can have.
-A running start
  Pirates hope offseason workout change pays off on court

Pirates looking at QBs
  Backups will get seasoning as Pinkney's finale winds down
Raleigh News & Observer

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Holtz readies Pirates for road
  After five-game homestand ECU looks for rare road win
-Pirates aiming for stability
  Holtz searching for elusive balance on both sides of ball

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates invade Gulf Coast
  ECU begins 'third season' with trip to Hattiesburg
-Keys to the game
-Hils returns to field with new perspective
-Club soccer hopes to fill void left by men's soccer program

USM suspends players for receiving 'extra benefits'
  Linebacker Wayne Hardy was suspended by coach Jeff Bower for Saturday’s home game against East Carolina because of the violation
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Hattiesburg American
-Two more USM football players suspended
  Linebackers Wayne Hardy and Martez Smith were suspended from the Southern Miss football team by head coach Jeff Bower for one and two games, respectively, today.
The university self-reported a violation of receiving an extra benefit (merchandise) to the NCAA.
-Here's betting the Southern Miss football team goes 9-3 or 8-4 at worst
  Perception can change so quickly.

USM heart and soul hurting
Biloxi Sun Herald

Denley- USM can win title
  Linebacker from Foley looks for redemption against East Carolina
Mobile Register

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Play of Cotton has improved ECU defense
  East Carolina's defense, especially the linebackers, have benefited greatly from five straight home games
-Del Rio says Leftwich's ankle is a problem
  Leftwich and backup David Garrard split repetitions in practice yesterday.

Splitting time pains QB
  David Garrard started splitting snaps with Byron Leftwich in practice Wednesday, a sign that Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is ready to start the backup
Florida Times-Union

October 25, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Pirates sailing into the teeth of the curse

WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Art Chansky, B. Bradsher)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Ex-Pirate Adams attempts PGA qualifying
C-USA names football players of week
Tar Heels will retain many football recruits

Pirates get ready to hit road again
  Beginning Saturday in a stadium that's been nothing short of a hornets' nest for the Pirates in recent years, ECU's young cast of players will begin trying to feel its way toward some sort of road presence.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Linkmeister Note: East Carolina's James Pinkney has not thrown an interception in his past 121 attempts. That streak is tied for the second longest in the nation with Indiana redshirt freshman quarterback Kellen Lewis. Notre Dame's Brady Quinn leads the nation with 144 consecutive passes without an interception.  Pinkney also ranks 9th in the nation in total offense.

Football Continues East Carolina Preparations
  Team preparing for East Division rival

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles' Fletcher returns to practice field
  He wore pads for the first time since the operation and could be ready to play in Saturday’s home game against East Carolina.
-Bower- Eagles must improve

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-USM RB Fletcher says he'll play Saturday
  Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher said today he expects to play Saturday against East Carolina.
-Bower says frosh phenom Fletcher should be ready for ECU

-Icenhower Named C-USA Diver-Of-The-Week
  Junior recognized with weekly award for the third time in her career
-Former Pirate Golfer Frank Adams III Heads To Q-School
-ECU Athletics To Match Tickets for Military Appreciation Day

Frank Adams III hopes to join brother Russ in golf's version of the major leagues
  Former Pirate Golfer Heads To Q-School

From The East Carolinian
-Stokes pleased with progress of basketball team
  Jenkins led all scorers with 19 as Gold beat Purple in annual scrimmage
-Swimming and diving still undefeated
-Volleyball on six-game winning streak

WEB- County Baseball Players Pick Colleges
  Pinecrest senior Seth Maness has made a verbal commitment to play baseball next year at East Carolina.
Southern Pines Pilot

Our view- ECU dental school would help state
Rocky Mount Telegram

Dentists' objection lacks bite
Raleigh News & Observer

October 24, 2006

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Pirates open 'third' season at Southern Miss
-BVL: Football recruiting thumbnails updated
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz weekly press conference
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest ref Darrell Harrison)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
New thumbnails: Baker, Byrd and Thompson
Ore golden in Hokies' win over Southern Miss
Unbeaten start for ECU swim teams
Tar Heels picked first in ACC basketball

-Pirate GameDay Central
  East Carolina will play its first road game since Sept. 9 when it visits Southern Miss for a Conference USA matchup Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
  Head Football Coach Skip Holtz Discusses The Upcoming Southern Miss Game

Jeff Bower's Weekly Press Conference
  Bower Discusses East Carolina and Other Topics

From the Washington Daily News
-ECU hits the road after five-game home stand
  Now starts the hard part.
-Pirates’ Wilson seeing improvement in play
  Freshman defensive end C.J. Wilson spent most of his Saturday chasing around SMU quarterback Justin Willis. The speedy Mustangs QB was, for the most part, elusive.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Despite struggles, Holtz has faith in the running game
  It wasn't that East Carolina couldn't run the football against SMU's defense last Saturday. It was more that they simply didn't try.
-State's higher education leaders talk partnerships
-New plan eyes safe Halloween downtown

Holtz not alarmed by lack of run game in win
  Unbalance was caused more by opportunity than poor performance
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz, East Carolina ready to return to the road
Lexington Dispatch (AP)

Damion Fletcher expected to play Saturday
  Southern Miss is expected to have its top running back on the field Saturday night when the Golden Eagles welcome East Carolina to Roberts Stadium for a key Conference USA game.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

TB Fletcher may return for East Carolina-Southern Miss game
Biloxi Sun Herald (AP)

Southern Miss announces baseball schedule
  Golden Eagles travel to Greenville April 27-29 2006
Hattiesburg American

Around Campus: Bowles and Lancaster promote educational partnerships
  Community colleges and four year universities work together
The East Carolinian

Family values, wife's support help Martin boost Kent State
  The Martins were following the same steps that helped East Carolina University out of its losing pattern, the fruit of which resulted in five bowl games
Akron Beacon Journal

Leftwich's ankle not a concern for Jags
  Del Rio said he considered benching his starter in favor of David Garrard at halftime, but the coach opted to stick with Leftwich.

October 23, 2006
Scorpio Begins

-O'Brien: College Notebook No. 19
NCAA should reverse replay decision
Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot
-BVL: Bunting tenure coming to end at UNC-Chapel Hill
-BVL: Buckeyes, Wolverines top BCS Rankings
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Jenkins' three lifts Gold in scrimmage
ECU volleyball takes sixth straight C-USA win
Bools finishes sixth in Lady Pirate golf

-Lady Pirates Fall To Nationally Ranked SMU
  After an exhilarating win in Tulsa against the Golden Hurricane, the East Carolina women's soccer team was unable to generate any offense in a 1-0 defeat to #22 SMU.
-Bools Claims First Top-10 Finish
  Freshman Abby Bools carded a one-under par 71 to claim a share of sixth place at the 2006 Lady Pirate Invitational.

Linkmeister Note: SMU coach Phil Bennett had an odd postgame assessment of his team's 38-21 loss at East Carolina. He said the Mustangs allowed 402 yards passing because they loaded up to stop the run. The Pirates entered the game 77th in I-A in rushing but 32nd in passing.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Gift for coach fuels track program
  The endowment, which will help provide scholarship support to ECU men's track and field athletes, was created in Bill Carson's name for his 40-year contribution to the university as a coach. During his tenure, Carson has produced more than 60 All-American athletes and led his team to the National Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship 15 of the last 16 years.
-Pirates will have a tough time finding another James Pinkney
-A slideshow of images from Saturday's matchup with SMU
-Around Campus- Study focuses on socioeconomic, cultural challenges

Despite paltry running game, Pirates turn in excellent effort
  A spirited East Carolina football team proved that one loss wouldn’t destroy it for the rest of the season.
New Bern Sun Journal

ECU’s Allison dominates in first game back from ankle injury
  With Aundrae Allison back in the lineup, East Carolina looked like a different team against SMU.
Washington Daily News (AP)

Pirates get pass-happy on Mustangs
  James Pinkney and Aundrae Allison share near record-setting performances
The East Carolinian

Pirates hoop squad begins
  ECU’s men’s basketball team might’ve gone 8-20 last season, but coach Ricky Stokes was all smiles after Saturday’s Purple/Gold scrimmage
Kinston Free Press

Toothsome idea
  A lack of dental care in rural North Carolina makes a strong case for training dentists at East Carolina University
Raleigh News & Observer


October 29, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Slim bowl shot least of State's problems
  Bowl games usually pit two winning teams, but there was an Eligibility Bowl held here Saturday between two teams with losing records.
-Wolfpack drops third straight game
-Wake picks off win

U.VA. runs to win
  Defense and Snelling carry U.Va. to crucial victory over Wolfpack
Richmond Times Dispatch

Linkmeister Note: N.C. State had not scored as few as seven points since a 23-6 loss to East Carolina in 1999

A Roller-Coaster Ride- Deacons hold off Tar Heels 24-17 on Abbate's end-zone interception
Winston Salem Journal

Duke's late rally falls short
Durham Herald Sun

Tip-ical defeat
  Bounces go Vols’ way in key SEC match
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers vs. Cowboys-History of strange games
-ASU clobbers Furman

October 28, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Good Moves: Hiring and keeping Coach Jim Grobe makes Wellman look clairvoyant
  Wellman gives credit to Mike Hamrick, the athletics director at East Carolina back in 2000 and currently the AD at UNLV, for selling him on Grobe.
-A Handle on It All- Wake Forest has shown resilience in face of every obstacle
-High-noon start has significance for the Wolfpack

Deacons defy expectations
Greensboro News-Record

Cavaliers, Wolfpack renew acquaintances
Richmond Times Dispatch

Beating N.C. State would aid Cavaliers' dim bowl dreams
The Virginian Pilot

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Today's game crucial for Pack's bowl hopes
  Virginia would make four. With North Carolina and East Carolina on the schedule in November,
-Duke meets Vandy with hopes of first win
-Tar Heels trudge on despite setbacks
  They've lost six games, and now they've found out that they'll lose their head coach at the end of the season.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-QB is key
  Wolfpack, Cavaliers flash inexperience at game's most important position.
-UNC-CH coaches keep right on coaching
-NHL: Hurricanes' grueling first month nearing end

Spurrier has success against Vols
Greenville (SC) News

It was simply a bad night
  Tommy Bowden might have had a suspicion early it wouldn't be the best of nights for Clemson when he was hit in the back of the head with a glass bottle.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Furman’s playoff hopes on line against Appalachian St.
Columbia (SC) The State

October 27, 2006

Hokies end Tigers' six-game win streak
  Clemson saw much of what it hoped to achieve this season drift away on a cold Thursday night as Virginia Tech stunned the 10th-ranked Tigers 24-7 before a sellout crowd in Lane Stadium and an ESPN national television audience.
(SC) News

Hokies smash Tigers
  If Clemson football fans were making travel plans for Jacksonville the first weekend of December, they’re likely changing them this morning.
Anderson Independent

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Oops- Southern Cal coach was ignored for UNC-Chapel Hill job
  When North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed no interest, Carroll pursued the USC job, and the rest his history.
-His job- Find a coach for the Tar Heels
  Consultant Chuck Neinas is the man in the middle of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's search for a football coach.
-Good grief! Winless A&T loses 70-7

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Deacons best story in ACC
  For all those out there who subscribe to the theory quality private institutions with high academic standards cannot win big in football, I offer you today's 6-1 Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
-UNC-CH coaches, families facing unknown
  The news articles and TV reports said that John Bunting lost his job as North Carolina's football coach. What they left out was that Alyssa Cignetti might have lost her school. Or that Payton Sanders might have lost his teammates. Or that Kathryn Weber might have lost the house she loves so much.

'In a Routine'- QB Evans more comfortable in his role as a starter for the Wolfpack
Winston Salem Journal

B&B give Pack legs to stand on
Raleigh News & Observer

October 26, 2006

Tigers trying to avoid Thursday-night letdown
  Today’s 7:45 p.m. game at Lane Stadium — set for a national ESPN telecast — is the product of the collision between modern college football and money, a contest set for maximum exposure and minimum preparation.
Anderson Independent

Should he go now or later?
  The decision to allow coach John Bunting to remain through the end of the season could have a long-term affect on UNC-Chapel Hill's program.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

College football soup- Scouting the coaches
Sporting News

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Bunting's abnormal sixth year
  The firing of North Carolina -Chapel Hill football coach John Bunting, 25-42, 16-28 ACC, makes all the sense in the world if you base it on just the sixth-year syndrome.
-Heels will rotate quarterbacks vs. Deacs
-Soft-spoken Talley does his talking on the field

Williams stands behind Bunting
  Roy Williams often helped Bunting entice recruits to North Carolina.
Fayetteville Observer

Patriots' success boosts CAA
  Just six years ago the Colonial Athletic Association was on the verge of extinction.
Washington (DC) Times

SoCon having a nice year
  If eighth-ranked Furman loses Saturday at No. 1 Appalachian State, the Southern Conference would be in jeopardy of having just one playoff team for just the second time in 20 years.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Greensboro News-Record
-TV game creates headaches for A&T
  The MEAC and ESPN are somewhat new to one another. That may explain why N.C. A&T has to travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., tonight to a play a team that had this past weekend free and clear.
  Delhomme will make his 62nd straight start for Carolina on Sunday.

Wake Forest is the one to watch in the ACC
  It is the little team that could, the feel-good story of this ACC season. Who doesn't root for Wake Forest?
Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Hokies face tough test vs. Tigers
-Sheridan, Welsh assist ODU
  Ex-Pack, UVa coaches helping Monarchs start program.
-Heels can act now on Davis
-Pack back on court

From the Charlotte Observer
-Madden- Panthers are `work in progress'
-Keyshawn- Dallas not a revenge game

October 25, 2006

Davis expresses interest in UNC-Chapel Hill
  The former Miami Hurricanes and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis, who's Miami teams lost twice to ECU, confirmed his interest in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Charlotte Observer

Agent- Davis shows interest
  The names of West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez and Tulsa’s Steve Kragthorpe have wound up on UNC’s radar as result of that early legwork.
Fayetteville Observer

U.Va. will face N.C. State's tough RBs
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Baddour resists naming names
  Dick Baddour knows what he wants. But North Carolina's athletics director isn't talking about whom he wants to be the school's next head football coach.
-Devils look to build on great half vs. Canes
  Ted Roof has experienced better days as Duke's head coach than Saturday's near-upset of Miami -- a blowout victory over alma mater Georgia Tech, a convincing win at heated rival North Carolina and a last-second victory over Clemson among them.
-NHL: Canes hope to turn it around at home

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Ability to evolve, adapt is hallmark of Wake's success
-North Carolina recruits must make choice again

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Aiding UNC's search
  Consultant hired to help find coach.
-Lowe returns to Reynolds
-Heels' next hire should have ...
-Cremins stirs up interest

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Skinner getting chance to shine
  WFU's Grobe says he's confident in QB
-Kragthorpe, Rodriguez, Johnson said to be on UNC-CH wish list

Return to coaching means return to Clemson for O’Cain
Columbia (SC) State

Mountaineers aren’t nervous about Louisville
  Anyone who believes West Virginia’s players and coaches might be wound a little too tight while preparing for a titanic clash with Louisville might want to rethink that.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Virginian Pilot
-No. 10 Clemson will present key ACC test for Hokies
-ODU plans and publicizes its 2009 football program
-Old Dominion men's basketball report- Monarchs may find themselves on TV 20 times this season

October 24, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-Chapel Hill, Bunting move on
  Heels open search for new leader; five games will close coach's run
-How Bunting fell and what's next
  Shortly after watching UNC-CH's loss at Virginia on Thursday, North Carolina-Chapel Hill athletics director Dick Baddour says he knew he had to fire football coach John Bunting.
-Heels must decide importance of football
-Tar Heels suspend Edwards for Wake
-Recruits waiting out search

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Carolina players, supporters bid farewell to John Bunting
-Tar Heels to focus on final five games
-Baddour, UNC-Chapel Hill look for help in coaching search
-This time, Baddour needs to get it right
-Hillside's Smith sticks with UNC-CH commitment
-Amato- 'No coach likes to see that happen to another coach'
-Bunting, Baddour news conference transcript

Some recruits wait to see who UNC-CH selects as coach
Fayetteville Observer

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Deacons like their new look
  The Wake Forest football team is ranked in back-to-back weeks for the first time in 27 years.
-Amato spreads a little love, even for Bunting
-Firing gives UNC-CH head start
  Heels can look for Bunting successor before season over
-ACC gets ready to crack down on miscreants

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Heels don't need extra motivation, Grobe says
  Wake Forest coach expected UNC to play emotional game even before firing
-Shouldering the Blame- North Carolina players say it's their fault, not Bunting's, they've gone 1-6
-Search for new coach to likely be a joint effort

Season of swings for Pack
 Division lead gone after 2 losses, but Amato remains encouraged
Charlotte Observer (AP)

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers crack AP top 10
-Gamecocks face tough closing stretch

A Gamecock 'Gameday'
  ESPN's "College GameDay" crew won't have far to travel this week.
Anderson Independent

Spurrier switches play calls
  USC’s Cock ‘n’ Fire offense has changed to take advantage of personnel
Columbia (SC) State

Louisville suspends two receivers
  Louisville wide receivers Chris Vaughn and Scott Long were suspended after being arrested on charges of second-degree assault for allegedly shooting a woman with a paintball gun Sunday.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

October 23, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC -Chapel Hill's Bunting out at end of season
  The former UNC-CH star linebacker's legacy may be his losses -- 42 since 2001 and a dozen by 30 points or more -- but football coach John Bunting also will be recalled for his love of the university.
-Timing of Bunting's dismissal catches students by surprise
-Bunting just couldn't quite get it right
-Who might UNC-CH consider as its coach
-Bass fishing team reels in title for N.C. State

Bunting out as Tar Heels coach
  John Bunting denied at 5 p.m. he was resigning Sunday as head football coach at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. By 9 p.m., the Atlantic Coast Conference school made sure he wouldn’t have to.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Bunting to leave at season's end
-Krzyzewski- No timetable yet for Paulus' return

From the Winston Salem Journal
-UNC-CH fires football coach after hard year
  Bunting is told by athletic director that he won't be back after the end of this season
-Amato is still eyeing a title
  N.C. State will likely have to win its final four games in ACC

Tigers return to top 10
  Celebration of Georgia Tech win tempered by season-ending injury to Fry
Columbia (SC) State

Plucky Tigers have plenty of work left to do
  As one walked from Memorial Stadium to Parking Lot 9 late Saturday night, it was obvious what a momentous win Clemson 31, Georgia Tech 7 was.
Anderson Independent

Hokies handling fast turnaround
  Tech must prepare for big game with Clemson on Thursday
Richmond Times Dispatch

Mids' midpoint
  Navy prepares for second half, stressing positive
Annapolis Capital

Road win ripped away
  Late interception by Bengals puts abrupt end to Panthers' 4-game winning streak
Charlotte Observer

Indy hits throttle, speeds past Skins
  A disastrous third quarter dooms the Redskins against the Colts and Peyton Manning, who throws for 342 yards and four TDs.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

NASCAR: Martinsville reshuffles, tightens Chase field
  The checkered flag waved first for Jimmie Johnson, whose victory reshuffled the Nextel Cup points standings and makes the season’s final four races a free-for-all. The top five drivers are within 50 points of each other.
The Virginian Pilot


October 29, 2006

From the Hattiesburg American
-Some Southern Miss fans prefer not entering stadium
-TV games provide exposure, revenue

Herded into oblivion
  Loss drops Tigers to 1-7, ends bowl streak at three
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Like the Herd of old
  Bradshaw, Skinner lift Marshall past Memphis
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Surging Herd quieting critics
-Skinner leads Marshall to homecoming victory
-No QB controversy after Skinner-led win

Knights must win out for bowl shot
Orlando Sentinel

UH scores 20 unanswered points in rout of UCF
  Cougars blitz Central Florida for 34 in 2nd half
Houston Chronicle

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
  Tulane quarterback Lester Ricard and running back Matt Forté were going through very different weeks as the Green Wave prepared for Army.
-Wave receivers take hands-on approach
  Did you ever have one of those days?

October 28, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

-Tulsa Comes Back to Beat UTEP, 30-20
  Chris Chamberlain broke up a fake field-goal attempt and returned an interception for a touchdown to help Tulsa overcome a 14-point, second-half deficit
-Two C-USA Players Named Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists

Miners let first-half lead fade away again
  Another game, another squandered opportunity
El Paso Times

From the Tulsa World
-TU finishes strong
  Tulsa, sluggish early on offense during its 30-20 victory over the University of Texas-El Paso, turned to its defense in a key Conference USA contest.
Coach K gains a glimpse of a truly tested TU team

C-USA notebook- Herd entering key stretch of C-USA season
  Wins over Memphis, Tulane could leave Marshall in thick of East Division race
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Herd standout Bradshaw presents huge challenge for Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis coach worries about MU ground game
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

'87 Herd's return highlights Homecoming
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

PREVIEW- UCF at Houston
Houston Chronicle

Winning turnover battle key for Tulane vs. Army
Baton Rouge Advocate

SMU's Tuesday game means time for extra work
Dallas Morning News

USM thinking bigger is better
Hattiesburg American

October 27, 2006

-2006 C-USA Cross Country Championships Set For Action
  The 2006 Conference USA Cross Country Championships will be held in Greenville, N.C., and hosted by East Carolina at Overton Lake Kristi
-Women's Soccer Notebook

Conference USA Week Nine Fearless Predictions
College Football News

Friday Gameday: Miners upbeat as crucial C-USA game arrives
  It all could come down to this for the UTEP football team: With their backs against the wall at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA play, the Miners visit Tulsa today in what could be a make-or-break proposition. They win, and they're right back in the title hunt.
El Paso Times

Hot commodity
  The Steve Kragthorpe coaching rumors have officially begun.
Tulsa World

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU's Rogers is worth the weight
  Senior defensive end Justin Rogers' first years as a Mustang were spent getting pushed around – much like the program itself. But Rogers, a self-described country boy from a horse ranch in Greenville, has transformed himself into one of Conference USA's top defensive linemen.
-Conference USA standings

Blazers' Brown says he's ignoring criticism
  UAB head football coach Watson Brown admits he has a lot on his mind these days.
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Memphis QB presents new challenge for Herd
  Different generations of Marshall fans attended Thursday's ceremony, but emotions were the same.
-Manchin wants to extend Marshall-WVU series
  Gov. Joe Manchin said he will push to make the Coal Bowl between Marshall and West Virginia universities a permanent part of the schools' football schedule.

At Marshall, it's so long, Quarterback U
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-'We Are Marshall' climax differs from history
-YE OLDE notebook: Recruiting, WVU-Herd extension, BCS impact

Bradshaw on a roll going into Memphis game
Beckley Register-Herald

West confident changes will pay off in future
  It's evident the defense has undergone extensive renovation since Tiger coach Tommy West dismissed coordinator Joe Lee Dunn three games into the season.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Smith's production good news for UCF
Orlando Sentinel

October 26, 2006

-Rice's Almond Named to Wooden Award Top 50
-Golfers of the Week
  a pair of freshmen women's golfers, Abby Bools of East Carolina and Sara Hurwitch of UCF, picked up Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors for tournament play through October 24
-Tennis Recap

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice faces uphill battle for bowl bid
  Rice, East Carolina (3-4, 2-2) and UAB (3-5, 2-2) each need three victories to become bowl eligible, but since the Owls have defeated the Blazers and have remaining home games against SMU and East Carolina, they are in the running for the fifth and final bowl slot, assuming the top four teams secure bids.
-Speedy, versatile Alridge boosts UH's confidence

UCF defense tarnished
Orlando Sentinel

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Memphis will air it out vs. MU
-Marshall football notebook
  Herd cornerback Mathews earning respect
-Herd’s new big men get first test at closed practice
  It’s one of those quirky NCAA rules — you can schedule a preseason scrimmage against a fellow Division I basketball team, but you can’t say much about it.

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-MU's Snyder finds ways to cope with losses
-Marshall defense is wary of big plays
-Marshall's Chubb Small coming up big in several different phases

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Memphis making strides on defense
-Marshall looks to stay hot against struggling Memphis

Coach at Tulsa focusing on 2006
  Kragthorpe said that he had not been contacted by UNC-CH officials.
Winston Salem Journal

UTEP hoping to finish
  Texas-El Paso is becoming what no football team wants to be -- a one-half wonder.
Tulsa World

From the El Paso Times
-Coach says Miners must learn to play in segments
-Despite setbacks, Miners keep rushing

Tiger Basketball Camp Report - Season ticket sales top 13,000
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Men's Basketball Continues Work Toward Start of Season

October 25, 2006

-Swimming & Diving Notebook
  SMU's Anja Carman and Christie Icenhower of East Carolina were named this week's C-USA Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.
-Quotes from Head Football Coach Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference
-Tulane Begins Preparation For Homecoming Contest Vs. Army

Skinner ready to step in again
  Injured Morris works out at Herd practice
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Herd has lost its thunder
  Marshall wants win streak
Biloxi Sun Herald

Upcoming game big for SMU
  Rebound from tough loss would show that this isn't the old SMU
Dallas Morning News

Skilled QB Kolb awaits in Houston
  UCF came away with a win against the Cougars last season, but as the Golden Knights prepare to travel to Houston on Saturday in the first of five must-win games, they know the hosts likely will be ready with more than their share of tricks.
Orlando Sentinel

West's ground game by committee slow off blocks
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Improved line sparks Wave
  During the first five weeks of the season, Tulane's Lester Ricard was a sack waiting to happen. He was sacked 15 times during that span, including six times by Southern Methodist.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tough slate of workouts continues for Miners
El Paso Times

October 24, 2006

C-USA Football Notebook
  A West Division showdown between UTEP and Tulsa on Friday night (7 p.m. CDT, ESPN 2) kicks off this week's action in Conference USA. On Saturday,an East Division battle between East Carolina and Southern Miss (6:30 p.m. CDT on CSTV) highlights the four games on the schedule that day.
-Women's Soccer Notebook

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Bower- No excuses for loss to Hokies
  In terms of injuries, Bower is optimistic that running back Damion Fletcher will be ready for Saturday's C-USA battle with East Carolina.
-USM loss to Virginia Tech downright ugly

Eagles needed Cooley
  No one within the Southern Miss football program will fully express how much knee injuries to offensive lineman Travis Cooley and running back Damion Fletcher affects the offense.
Hattiesburg American

TU's Jackson quits team
  The running back didn't like how much playing time he got.
Tulsa World

From the Houston Chronicle
-Not to jinx the Owls, but ...
  The Owls (3-5, 2-2) are among a group of three teams needing three wins to become bowl eligible, a group that includes East Carolina (3-4, 2-2) and UAB (3-5, 2-2).
-RICE NOTEBOOK- New dimension perks up offense
  Clement, offense finding success with the zone read

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd defense stepping up
-Starting decision rests on Morris' foot
-Herd player hospitalized with injury

Opponents have Memphis on the run
  In the off chance Marshall’s Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t have the full attention of the rest of Conference USA, he does now.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

MU went back to basics vs. UAB
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Miners have solid practice
  Despite losing 34-17 last week to Houston, the UTEP football team opened practice Monday with energy and enthusiasm.
El Paso Times

Wave gains confidence after losing to Auburn
  When Tulane's season began with a 45-7 Conference USA loss to Houston, it was easy to think the 2006 season was going to be disappointing, especially having to play three Southeastern Conference teams during the Green Wave's first seven games.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Hoops: There's Memphis ... and everybody else
  If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Fox Sports

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' 'D' a work in progress
-U of M's Dozier grows into basketball and adds strength
-Tiger Camp Report - Calipari- Team set to shoot down reports

October 23, 2006

-Volleyball Recap
-Women's Soccer Weekend Round-Up

This week for Southern Miss
  USM (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) took a $1 million whipping at Virginia Tech, losing by its largest margin of the season, 36-6.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Don't worry, easy games await USM
  Okay Southern Miss fans, so the Eagles looked and sounded dreadful against Virginia Tech Saturday night.
Hattiesburg American

Knights rash to extend O'Leary deal
  George O' Leary appears to be a decent man who, despite UCF's 2-5 record, is the right coach to lead the Knights' program.  But did O'Leary deserve to be compensated with a 10-year, $10 million contract for one good season?
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Win over UAB 'a step in the right direction'
   It would have been easy enough to fall into a here-we-go-again mentality. Marshall University had led throughout, often owning a two-possession cushion Saturday night at UAB.
-After tough week, Herd savors win over Blazers
-Marshall baseball releases '07 schedule
  Marshall will play host to C-USA series with Tulane, East Carolina, Houston and UAB in Charleston.
-Win over UAB 'a step in the right direction'
-After tough week, Herd savors win over Blazers

Herd able to overcome third-quarter woes at UAB
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Brown can't point to any one thing to explain loss
  UAB head coach Watson Brown said in his postgame assessment of the Blazers' 31-24 loss to Marshall on Saturday night that he didn't "feel there was any one thing" he could point to to explain the loss.
rmingham News

From the El Paso Times
-Miners' disheartening loss a tale of two halves
  In the end, UTEP's lack of a running game proved to be its undoing Saturday in a 34-17 loss at Houston.
-Barbee likes effort from team
-Highly-regarded forward verbally commits to UTEP

Longhorns, UH follow the script to late victories
Houston Chronicle