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Conference USA

November 5, 2006

-BVL: Game Center: ECU 23, Central Florida 10
-O'Brien: Pirates up to the task
-BVL: ECU-UCF Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz/UCF 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

Promotions aplenty for ECU-Marshall game
Ex-Tulsa great Largent gets humanitarian honor

-East Carolina Escapes Orlando With Win Over UCF
  Brandon Fractious rushes for a career-high 128 yards and one touchdown.
-Swimming & Diving Teams Post Victories In Quad-Meet

East Carolina Tops the Golden Knights

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates grind one out
  The Pirates survived a lackluster offensive effort at the Citrus Bowl with the stalwart defense that has become the calling card for ECU, and the team increased its first-place lead in Conference USA's East Division with a 23-10 triumph over host UCF.
-Pirates win despite sluggish offense
  Even a lousy night of offense was enough for East Carolina to win on Saturday night at UCF

East Carolina keeps rolling
Fayetteville Observer

Pirates’ ship keeps sailing
  As the Pirates left the field after a 23-10 win over the UCF Golden Knights, it was the first time ECU players had experienced three wins in a row since 2001.
Washington Daily News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates pick off another victory
  With East Carolina in danger of blowing a late-game lead, Pirates cornerback Kasey Ross intercepted a last-minute Central Florida pass, rocketed 51 yards down the sideline into the end zone before hurling the ball 20 rows deep into the Florida Citrus Bowl crowd.
-ECU's Stokes has in-state solution
  After just one season at East Carolina, basketball coach Ricky Stokes thinks he has the key to excelling in a state dominated by the ACC.

Fractious bulls ECU to victory over UCF
  Pirates get big pass interception to clinch road win in C-USA
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

ECU seals deal, beats Central Florida
Charlotte Observer (AP)

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF falls at home to East Carolina
  There were moments Saturday when all the pain that has been UCF's 2006 season seemed ready to cease and like a little of the funk of a sad, dreary season was about to be washed away.
-Notes:Winter Park punter shines/Good warrior
  Nobody wanted to play against UCF more than Bobby Good

From the Florida Sun Sentinel
-UCF is most disappointing team in state
-Progress made by UCF's maligned defense

Linkmeister Note: You can help determine the Liberty Mutual "Coach of the Year".
(Suggestion- East Carolina University/Skip Holtz)
LAST DAY TO VOTE - Holtz is currently in 7th place

November 4, 2006

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

Dougherty a semifinalist for Ray Guy Award
Butch Davis deal with Tar Heels imminent?
Cardinals talking national title, again
Honors abound for ECU women's soccer team

Pirate Football This Weekend
-East Carolina @ Central Florida
Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium - Orlando, FL   - 4:00 PM EST
Gameday Forecast: East Carolina @ Central Florida
TV: WITN 7 (Tape Delay-
6:30 PM EST)
WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

ECU All Access
-Pirate athletic event calendar

-Volleyball Win Streak Snapped at UAB
  Pirates End Eight Match Winning Streak
-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
  ECU Athletics Director Praises Partnership With WITN-TV
-Dougherty Named Semi-Finalist For Ray Guy Award
  Senior Ranks Second All-Time In C-USA History In Punts And Yards
-Women's Basketball Practice Report #3
  Lady Pirates Making Final Preparations for 2006-07 Season Opener

UCF up next for surging ECU
  East Carolina drastically upgraded its season-long standards by stunning Southern Miss in overtime last weekend.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU defense all grown up
-Once wayward Williams back on track for Pirates

ECU will battle Central Florida on the road
  It will be the Pirates' first game in Orlando since 1991
Winston Salem Journal

ECU looks to keep momentum going
  Suddenly, the Pirates are in contention for a bowl trip and the Conference USA championship heading into today’s game at Central Florida.
Fayetteville Observer

Pirates look to continue move forward
  When East Carolina cornerback Travis Williams leapt into the air and intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal the Pirates' 20-17 overtime win over Southern Miss last week, ECU felt they had answered the question of whether the bad times were over.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF's time is running out
  When UCF was preparing to play its ninth game last season, the Conference USA East Division crown was within its grasp.
-East Carolina at UCF

UCF- They're all 'must-wins' now
Florida Today

From the Florida Times Union
-NOTEBOOK- Del Rio struggles with QB call
  David Garrard, for the second consecutive week, will start Sunday when the Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans at Alltel Stadium.
-JAGUAR TALK- Questions about quarterback will be settled in offseason
  In his fifth year in the league, Garrard wants a chance to become a full-time starting quarterback.

November 3, 2006
Paint it PURPLE Friday
Sandwich Day

-BVL: "Remembering Marshall" coming on ECU-TV
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Kevin Monroe)

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

Boise State rolls past Bulldogs
Reale, Pirates earn seconds at Kitty Hawk
Pirates promote Kozlowski on softball staff

ECU Announces Promotions For Marshall Game

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Winning greatly aids ECU recruiting efforts
  East Carolina is lending some legitimacy to the notion that winning is the single greatest recruiter for future talent.
-Graduate Council OKs ECU dental school
  With the council's OK, the issue now goes to the UNC Board of Governors.

Rivalries make final games fun to watch
  East Carolina will have a say on how strong N.C. State finishes the season. The Pirates will visit Raleigh on the same day the Tar Heels and Blue Devils tussle
Rocky Mount Telegram

Pirates clash with Golden Knights
  Pirates look for third straight win
The East Carolinian

Walker shining for UCF
New Bern Sun Journal

Field position puts defense in a bind
Orlando Sentinel

In the Cross Hairs
Lyndy's Sports Annuals

Garrard to start again for Jags
YAHOO! Sports (AP)

Herenda assumes control of ECC program
  Greg Herenda is in his first season as the Spartans coach, but he brings quite the resume with him. Most recently he coached at East Carolina and has had stints at Seton Hall, Yale and Holy Cross among others.
Suburban Chicago Courier News

November 2, 2006
All Soul's Day
Birthday - US President Warren Harding (29th President)
Birthday - US President James Polk (11th President)
Birthday - Daniel Boone Birthday (frontiersman)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Pinkney, Pirates on path to redemption

WNCT: Talk of the Town
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Mustangs a win away from bowl eligibility
Hunt, Icenhower lead East Carolina divers
ECU's Moore earns academic honor with 4.0

-Lady Pirates Fall Short In OT, 2-1
  The East Carolina Women's Soccer team dropped a heartbreaker in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament to Memphis in double overtime 2-1.
-Campbell Receives Two National Awards
-Ten Pirates Receive Postseason Honors

East Carolina elated to find itself atop East Division
  East Carolina suddenly has a lot to play for.
Winston Salem Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Chavis responds to 'tough love' from ECU coaches
  All of a sudden, East Carolina is playing defense-first football, and all of a sudden the Pirates are winning big games.
-Newcomers discovering their roles for Pirates
-Lady Pirate Freshman pacing ECU in goals

Roach enjoying successful senior season
Washington Daily News

O'Leary bemoans defensive struggles
  Even before UCF starting CB Joe Burnett and LB Jordan Richards went down with injuries against Houston last weekend, Coach George O'Leary said the defense was going to endure some lineup shuffling this week.
Orlando Sentinel

Chat with Mel Kiper
  From the senior WRs, Jeff Samardzija is the No. 1 guy. Aundre Allison from East Carolina would be the No. 2 senior.

November 1, 2006
All Saints' Day (Catholic)
All Hallows Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Holtz has Pirates positioned for run at title

WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate
WNCT: Talk of the Town
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Kragthorpe curtails Tar Heel speculation
Pirates in C-USA women's soccer tourney
Backup QB Lee to start for FSU against Cavs

-Puche Records Second Straight Top-15 Finish
-Kozlowski Promoted to Associate Head Coach
-Pirate Divers Set New Varsity Records

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU shines in goal-line situations
  Skip Holtz knows his quarterbacks, and in his words, when it comes down to needing tough yards deep in enemy territory, a passer likes nothing more than to see a row of big rear ends in front of him when he approaches the line of scrimmage.
-Joyner commits to Pirates
  Daquan Joyner, a 6-foot-6 forward for Goldsboro High, verbally committed to play for East Carolina's men's basketball team
-Pirates pay visit to detention center
  For a day off, Tuesday was pretty productive for the East Carolina men's basketball team.
-Police protection doesn't detract from Halloween fun

Pirates’ Wilson staying humble despite success
Washington Daily News

A Dowdy-Ficklen facelift?
  Plans to upgrade athletic facilities are in place
The East Carolinian

Dealing with depth issues, Holtz forced to look at younger players
  Pirates’ depth chart has been in a constant state of flux
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz happy Pirates are coming together
Kinston Free Press

George O'Leary Press Conference Quotes
  UCF faces C-USA foe East Carolina in homecoming game on Saturday

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights seek full intensity
  If there is one thing you always can count on from UCF Coach George O'Leary, it's his simplicity.
-Burnett 'doubtful' for East Carolina
  Sophomore CB Joe Burnett sustained a high-ankle sprain while attempting to make a tackle during the Golden Knights' first defensive series in Saturday's 51-31 loss to Houston.
-No one's blaming offense for losses

Parity rules in C-USA
  Even by Conference USA's somewhat liberal standards, the East Division race has gone ... well, bonkers.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail (from 10.31.06)

As big as a sofa, still a sleeper
  Late-bloomer Juwan Dupree, a 6-6, 360-pound senior at Parker, could be big-time find...schools that have shown more genuine interest include Ball State, Southern Miss and East Carolina.
Florida Times Union

Coach confident heading into soccer tourney
  Lady Tigers (10-6-2) will meet No. 6 East Carolina tonight at 8:30 at SMU's Wescott Field.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

October 31, 2006

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
The Interception
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz weekly press conference
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Rick Smith)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Kickoff return nets C-USA honor for Johnson
Pirate volleyball streaks to school record
Mountaineers on fringe of national title picture

-Johnson Named C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week
  Johnson's 96-yard Kickoff Return Was The Sixth-Longest In School History
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
  East Carolina University head football coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against UCF
-Pirate Gameday Central
  East Carolina will close a two-game Conference USA road swing when it faces UCF at the Florida Citrus Bowl beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EST).
-Anthony Reale Tied For Lead At Seascape Collegiate

Win boosts confidence of East Carolina's football team
Greenville Daily Reflector

UCF Football Game Notes - East Carolina Game
  Golden Knights Return To Citrus Bowl For Homecoming Tilt With East Carolina

Pirates preparing for contest against UCF
  ECU in first place in East Division of C-USA
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates finally ‘get it’ Holtz thinks ECU has come into its own
Jacksonville Daily News

East Carolina goes into UCF preparations
Washington Daily News

East Carolina Guarding Against Letdown Against UCF

Special teams played key role
  As stagnant as both offenses and as streaky as both defenses were, special teams were as big a factor as anything Saturday night.
Hattiesburg American

Pinkney, Williams come up big for the Pirates
  Ben Hartman kick game-winning field goal in OT
The East Carolinian

October 30, 2006
Birthday - President John Adams' Birthday (2nd President)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 286
Defense the biggest difference under Holtz
Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores & Schedule
-BVL: WVU Moves Up to No. 3 in BCS Rankings
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU's Williams: 'I just wanted it more'
Stokes plans to give Wynn time to develop
UCF's 530 yards of offense not enough

-Volleyball Makes it Eight in a Row, Sweeps UCF
-Keller Scores Two Goals in 2-1 Victory Over Colorado College
-Basketball Pirates Conclude Second Week Of Practice

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's Travis Williams really has something to talk about now
  After being suspended by head coach Skip Holtz three weeks ago for off-the-field disciplinary reasons, Williams made the biggest play of his life, somehow getting between Golden Eagle tight end Shawn Nelson and quarterback Jeremy Young's overtime heave into the end zone.
-Camaraderie growing within ECU men's squad

Garrard lifts Jags again
Daytona Beach News Journal

Windy day suits Garrard's talents
  Conditions work out in "weird way" for Jaguars quarterback, who excels at running the ball.
Florida Times Union


November 5, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs win showdown
  Wake Forest moves to 8-1, remains tied in ACC Atlantic
-HOT CURRY- WFU linebacker defends against run, disrespect
  Curry, whose father is Reggie Pinkney, a former star at East Carolina in the late 1970s who played in the NFL, said that it was obvious what the Deacons had to do.
-FSU is too much for weak Virginia
-Appalachian State rolls past The Citadel 42-13
-Bobcats put end to Cavaliers' domination

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Johnson victimizes N.C. State to lift Georgia Tech
-A better start, but Devils still fall
-No in between- Heels clicked, then clanked
-Baddour- No comment on Davis
-Johnson just what Navy needs in a coach

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack left dragging
  Tech's big players -- QB Reggie Ball, WR Calvin Johnson, tailback Tashard Choice -- come up big, leaving State needing to win out to finish .500.
-Close only counts in ...
-Wolfpack comes up short
-Navy sinks Blue Devils
-Irish pick apart Heels' defense
-Baddour silent on coaching rumors
-NCCU finishes season unbeaten

Terps top Tigers
Anderson Independent

Same ol’ story
  USC falls short to another ranked foe
Columbia (SC) The State

Hokies survive
  Chris Ellis comes up with a huge tip of a late pass to help Virginia Tech overcome Miami.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

November 4, 2006

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Tar Heels closes in on Davis
  The Web sites and reported Friday night that Davis had agreed to terms to coach UNC-CH.  Davis who was 51-20 at Miami, is 0-2 vs. ECU.
-Amato, Pack are back in comfort zone
  The Web sites

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Report- Heels, Davis 'close' had backed off its initial report that both sides had agreed to contract terms, stating, " could be announced in the next few days, but we are not announcing the dreaded 'done deal' just yet.
-Broadway leads Eagles to cusp of greatness
  After college, he spent decades as an assistant coach at East Carolina, Duke, Florida and UNC-CH.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Center Stage- Wake Forest's Groves Stadium hits the big time with tonight's game against Boston College
-ASU wary of improving Citadel

From the Greensboro News Record
-N.C. State hoping for third upset at home
-Little Wake turns into a sports power
-College football scouting report
-Louisville's win over West Virginia draws big rating
  WVU-Louisville draws record cable audience

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers look to get back on track against Terps
-USC still searching for defining win

Channel hopping | Columbia goes prime time again
  ESPN makes third trip here to televise Saturday night game
Columbia (SC) The State

Hokies want to get off the ground
  Virginia Tech's passing game looks to get back on track against Miami
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Pack needs a turn of luck vs. Jackets
-UNC has 'nothing to lose' vs. Irish
-Devils want to start as well as they finish
-N.C. Central, Duke to face off in exhibition at Cameron

November 3, 2006

Slugged by Louisville
  Loss knocks WVU from title hunt
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Tranghese defends BCS system
  No plans for expansion, Big East leader says
Lexington (KY)
Herald Leader

Well, it's almost hoop time
  The good news today is obvious. Football season for the Triangle's ACC teams -- Duke, UNC and N.C. State -- is nearing its end.
Durham Herald Sun

The time is prime for Wake football
  Sixteenth-ranked Boston College is playing, and No. 22 Wake is the host...a high-stakes game in front of a sellout crowd of 32,000 and a prime-time ESPN2 audience.
Greensboro News Record

Swing of things- Methodist's golfing greatness
  The numbers tell the story: 28 team national championships, 20 individual national titlists and 57 first-team All-Americans.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack's season on the line
-Roof bonds with players by chatting
-Holt receives bad news

The taxman comes calling on college athletics
Greenville (SC) News

Hokies' bowl options less than peachy
The Virginian Pilot

November 2, 2006

High-scoring shootout- Maybe not
  Should anyone expect the same kind of high-scoring shootout from these West Virginia and Louisville that they put on last season? Well, that’s hard to tell.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Big East set for big one
  WVU, Louisville meet with national title hopes on the line.
-Skinner has Deacs on a roll
  When quarterback Benjamin Mauk suffered a year-ending shoulder injury in the season opener, the collective groan of Wake Forest football fans resonated like thunder.

Tigers pulling for Wake
  It's ironic a venue that has produced some hideous moments for Clemson the past several seasons now could be the place that provides renewed hope for the Tigers.
Spartanburg Herald Journal

Spurrier discusses team's goals at 5-3
Anderson Independent Mail

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Stadium project moves forward
  Land to be acquired on Friday; portion of funds approved by committee
-SEC- USC games a little too Cocky
  Conference asks school to limit use of rooster crow during games

From the Greensboro News Record
-Bobcats seek Hornets' buzz
  In the glory days of the NBA in this state, little kids went to schools in Greensboro wearing Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning jerseys. Dell Curry was a giant, and Muggsy Bogues a diminutive deity.
-So far, no good- Bobcats lose
-UNC-CH football coach deserved his banishment

November 1, 2006

Big East surging with new identity
  When Louisville joined the Big East Conference last season along with South Florida and Cincinnati, Bobby Petrino hoped for something special.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Johnson drawing up success at Navy
  Since boyhood days in Newland, coach has known how to design good offenses.
-UNC-CH's Edwards benched for Irish

From the Greensboro News Record
-Wake staff confident Moore will find success
-For Bobcats, is third year the charm

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons' Moore is healthy, ready to fill in at tailback
-Heels say they will lay it on line against Irish

Wolfpack yet to make an opening statement
  Team hasn't scored on 1st drive of any game
Charlotte Observer

Ideas for the Heels' search
Durham Herald Sun

Follow dad? Not Tommy
  FOR THOSE SITTING with fingers crossed in hopes of seeing Tommy Bowden succeed his father as Florida State’s next football coach, go ahead and uncross your fingers.
Columbia (SC) The State

October 31, 2006

Rodriguez clarifies statement on Tar Heel job
  It isn’t often that Rich Rodriguez stumbles over his own words in public, but it happened Monday during the Big East Conference’s weekly teleconference between coaches and the media.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Rodriguez- ‘It's a big, big game'
  As if it already wasn't big enough, this week's Big East Conference matchup between WVU and Louisville became bigger Sunday when the most recent Bowl Championship Series ratings were released
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

North Carolina at Chapel Hill consultant Neinas dispels rumors about friends
  Chuck Neinas is renowned in college football circles for his extensive contacts list and revered for his ability to place the right coach with just the right program.
Rocky Mount Telegram

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Kragthorpe staying at Tulsa
  Coach says he's not interested in UNC-CH football job.
-Slumping Wolfpack seeks solutions
  Goals and opportunities are slipping away for The Pack, which has been hurt by penalties, mistakes.

From the Durham Herald Sun
-NCAA to Schools- Trim Sports Spending
-Believe in Deacons, Santa Claus

Deacons might turn receiver into runner
Greensboro News Record

October 30, 2006

Deacons lose another tailback
  The No. 22 Demon Deacons (3-1 ACC) will play host to No. 16 Boston College on Saturday with just two healthy tailbacks
Greensboro News Record

Tigers still in position for solid season
Anderson Independent

Bowl full of Cavalier hope
  Virginia wants to repeat last year's performance in the Florida State game to boost its hopes of qualifying for a bowl.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Panthers suffer frightful collapse
Charlotte Observer

Gibbs' front-office record is showing diminishing returns
The Virginian Pilot


November 5, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

C-USA SUNDAY GAMEDAY: Road win or bust for Golden Eagles
Mobile Register

C-USA SUNDAY GAMEDAY: Golden Eagles must rein in Memphis to stay alive
Biloxi Sun Herald

C-USA SUNDAY GAMEDAY: Eagles expect hard-fought game
Hattiesburg American

C-USA SUNDAY GAMEDAY: Memphis on salvage detail against Southern Miss
Knoxville News Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger trio have close bonds to S. Miss
  Circumstances led players to U of M, not Hattiesburg
-Color this Rose Tiger Blue
  Memphis, meet your newest basketball superstar. His name is Derrick Rose, he's one of the top five high school players in the country

Football Roundup
  Anthony Alridge ran for 136 yards and a touchdown to lead Houston to a 27-10 win over Tulsa. The win snapped the Golden Hurricane's six-game winning streak and moved the Cougars into first place in the West Division. UH now controls its destiny to host the second annual C-USA Football Championship Game on Friday, Dec. 1.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Three in a row
  Marshall's third win in a row, and sets up a big battle next week at East Division leader East Carolina.
-Defensive line comes up big for Marshall
-Marshall-Tulane statistics

Marshall thumps Tulane
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Marshall Rolls 42-21 Over Tulane

Thundering Herd holds on to beat Tulane 42-21
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Rolling thunder
  There was the hint of an early blowout, an inspired rally, odd officials' calls, another quarterback overhaul and eventually a satisfying home victory.
-Herd tight ends emerging
-Amazing what winning can do
-MU defense ahead of Tulane's Ricard

Tough fourth quarter dooms Green Wave
  When Tulane scored on its first possession of the second half Saturday night, the Green Wave appeared to have Marshall on the run.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
-TU trampled in Texas
  Tulsa's tear through Conference USA came to a screeching halt on Saturday.
-Big plays and balance lift UH
-Two-minute drill
-Cougars close screens on TU
-Houston blows out Hurricane

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH downs Tulsa, takes first in C-USA West
  Anthony Aldridge rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown to help Houston defeat Tulsa 27-10 on Saturday, ending Tulsa's six-game winning streak.
-Rice holds on to beat UTEP

From the El Paso Times
-Owls hand shell-shocked Miners third loss in a row
-Miners lose a golden opportunity
-Owls, Miners get scare

Paul Bryant Jr. shows support for UAB coach
Birmingham News

New Stadium Dry
  The last homecoming game for UCF was held at the Citrus Bowl Saturday, which means some changes when it comes to drinking policies.
Central Florida News

November 4, 2006

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd focused on Tulane
  Now Marshall University football fans find out how their team handles prosperity.
-Confident Herd will make it three in a row
-Game notes
  Marshall, with a 2-2 record in league play, is tied with Southern Miss and UAB for second place in the East Division. East Carolina leads at 3-2. Marshall has remaining games at East Carolina and Southern Miss and owns a tie-breaker with UAB.
-This week in Conference USA
-Marshall, Tulane ready for wintry conditions

Herd wants to keep pace in C-USA division race
Ironton Tribune

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Herd, Tulane likely to pile up points
  There is no sure way to predict the next ridiculous scorefest in Conference USA, something like the 59-55 regulation affair Tulane won two years ago against Alabama-Birmingham.
-Marshall-Tulane capsule

Green Wave works to build on success
  Progress from one week to the next is all Tulane Coach Chris Scelfo had been asking of his team.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
-Tulsa At Houston- War for the West
  Tulsa (7-1 overall) enters the game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with a 4-0 record in league play. Houston (6-3) is 4-1 in C-USA and will own a tiebreaker edge if it defeats the Golden Hurricane.
-TU Notebook- Happy returns
-Kragthorpe puts damper on Michigan State talk

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH saves best home test, Tulsa, for last
  Saturdays matchup between UH and Conference USA front-runner Tulsa is what a lot fo fans have been hoping for: a meaningful game on the Houston turf. The meeting is essentially a playoff game for the C-USA West title.
-Graham, Rice prepare for UTEP

Miners anxious for Homecoming matchup
  Jordan Palmer, probably like the rest of the UTEP seniors, is starting to get sentimental. Today's Homecoming showdown with Rice will mark the next-to-last time Palmer will play in the Sun Bowl.
El Paso Times

Eagles treating game as must-win
  No game is more important then the next one, coaches and players alike will say.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tigers sport new look
  The University of Memphis football team looks a little different than it did the last four years...and Southern Miss sure is happy.
Hattiesburg American

College Basketball Preview - Conference USA
International News Service

Tigers await word from top recruit
Memphis Commercial Appeal

November 3, 2006

From the Hattiesburg American
-More details emerge on USM's self-reported NCAA violations
  The NCAA has accepted most of the self-imposed penalties issued by Southern Miss after three football players were found to be guilty of secondary violations.
-Eagles realize importance of Memphis game
-Eustachy demanding more out of Golden Eagles

Southern Miss linebacker to sit first 3 games of 2007

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-USM's Bower mum on quarterback situation
-Pride of Hattiesburg
  For Memphis quarterback Martin Hankins, this weekend will have a bit of an extra zing to it, a zestier flavor than the football games he's played in before.

Scelfo Reflects On Time At Tulane, Marshall

Healthy Morris could be key for Herd against Green Wave
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Snyder still not pleased with Marshall's defensive effort
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Tulane still rebuilding in wake of Katrina
  The farther Tulane’s football team can put 2005 in the rear-view mirror, the better.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Houston Chronicle
-Successful UH, Tulsa QBs try to go out on top
-Rice's safety Downs is true Renaissance man

Two C-USA Players Appear On The Preseason Wooden Award

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger football notebook
-U of M cruises past Magicians

November 2, 2006

-2006 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship
  In the third double overtime match of the day, No. 3 seed Memphis won its first C-USA Championship match in nine years by defeating East Carolina, 2-1, tonight at SMU's Westcott Field.
-Southern Miss Continues Memphis Preparations

C-USA notebook- Herd controls its destiny in East Division
  After Alabama-Birmingham suffered its third loss in a row Tuesday night at Southern Methodist, Marshall’s position in the East Division of Conference USA got a little bit better.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd expecting multiple looks from Green Wave
-Tulane's Ricard will keep Herd defense busy

Herd coach wouldn't mind an early snowfall for Tulane
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Owls have heavy hearts
  It's been a tough year for the Rice football team, not because the Owls lost heartbreakers to Houston and UCLA, but because they lost a teammate.
El Paso Times

SMU's victory over UAB tops Bennett's list
  Football coach Phil Bennett said, for now at least, SMU's 22-9 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday ranks No. 1 among his victories at SMU.
Dallas Morning News

USM freshman tailback most at home on field
Memphis Commercial Appeal

On the offensive
  Golden Eagles look to end slump
Biloxi Sun Herald

Suddenly inept Eagles offense must find cure
  A dark cloud has descended upon the Southern Miss offense, which has averaged less than 200 yards per game the past two weekends.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' Bailey faces charges
  Freshman center linked to water bottle incident at dorm
-Calipari of two minds on Tigers

Airborne assault
  Smith, Kolb C-USA's top QBs
Tulsa World

UH's Kolb among 5 Unitas finalists
Houston Chronicle

N.O. Bowl plans to keep on truckin'
  Racing sponsor R&L Carriers adds college football to portfolio
New Orleans Times Picayune

November 1, 2006

-SMU Tricks UAB, 22-9 on Halloween Night
  Justin Willis threw for 148 yards and one touchdown and linebacker Tony Hawkins returned an interception for another score as SMU defeated UAB, 22-9 on Tuesday night.
-Conference USA Women's Soccer Awards Announced
-Swimming & Diving Notebook
-Swimming & Diving Recap

From the Dallas Morning News
-Mustangs gain down the stretch, 22-9
  SMU's most significant game in years didn't fill up Ford Stadium, and the offense didn't put up flashy numbers for ESPN2 viewers. SMU did make it, at times, painfully hard. But SMU also found a way to beat Alabama-Birmingham, 22-9, moving within one victory of bowl eligibility with three games remaining.

From the Birmingham News
-Burned again by late TDs
  On a night when UAB regained its early-season form on defense the Blazers offense couldn't find its way into the end zone.
-Blazers going after fourth trip to NCAA tourney

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

From the Houston Chronicle
-Kragthorpe content at University of Tulsa
  Kragthorpe resists temptation of money, prestige at bigger schools
-SMU keeps streak alive with win over UAB

Scelfo preparing Tulane for cold weather
  The nearly eight seasons Chris Scelfo has spent as Tulane's coach hasn't allowed him to forget about the six years he spent at Marshall.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Herd coach welcomes expected cold snap
  For Halloween, Marshall coach Mark Snyder masqueraded as a meteorologist.
-Tulane’s Forte is making plays
-Marshall basketball
  Herd enthused about workouts

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Weather could help Herd
-Anthony Hanshew- Marshall gets commitment from safety
-Jirsa introduces Herd's triple threat at center

Tigers broken, torn and bruised
Memphis Commercial Appeal

October 31, 2006

From the Dallas Morning News
Tuesday Gameday: SMU looks to shake a few ghosts
  SMU believes it has spent the last week making improvements after a discouraging 38-21 loss to East Carolina on Oct. 21.
-Preview- UAB at SMU

From the Birmingham News
-Mustang offense a fright for Blazers
  UAB head football coach Watson Brown has studied SMU's offense the past week.

TU coach says he'd rather stay
  Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe announced Monday that he's not interested in the vacant North Carolina at Chapel Hill job.
Tulsa World

-Football Notebook
  Six big conference games are on tap this week, highligted by a showdown for first place in the West Division on Saturday when Houston hosts Tulsa
-Host SMU Earns Top Seed at C-USA Women's Soccer Championship

RICE NOTEBOOK- Dillard putting up big numbers for Owls
Houston Chronicle

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Tulane’s passing a concern to Herd
  As if Marshall’s pass defense needed any more stress, Tulane quarterback Lester Ricard lit up Army’s defense so badly it put the Pentagon on “red alert.”
-Herd-Southern Miss switched to night game
  Marshall’s season finale at Southern Mississippi has become a night game, thanks to CSTV

Ricard next in quarterback parade against Marshall
  After Ricard, Marshall must contend with East Carolina’s James Pinkney, who is fourth in the league at 243.8 yards per game, and Texas-El Paso’s Jordan Palmer (third, 266.5).
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd turned back the clock against Memphis
-Is there a quarterback controversy at Marshall

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd shows it has heart
-Lack of work for O'Connor a good thing for Marshall

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-TU finds winning formula
  Although Tulane had won just one of its four previous games, Green Wave Coach Chris Scelfo could see the team's offense beginning to find its identity.
-Count TU coach among admirers of Cards skipper

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-With offense stalling, Bower mulls QB swap
  Young had only 79 yards passing
-Southern Miss offense gets dunce cap, seat in the corner

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Southern Miss QB seat gets a bit toasty for Young
  Jeremy Young remains Southern Miss' starting quarterback. For now.
-Tigers viewed as lean, hungry outfit

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Stalled season
  There's been an adjustment to a new defensive scheme, introduced four games into the season after the dismissal of coordinator Joe Lee Dunn.
-Tigers' Cooper suspended
  Calipari says sophomore center violated team rules

Next four games will define Miners' campaign
El Paso Times

October 30, 2006

UCF A look back
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Snyder- Herd still looking to turn corner
-Renewed commitment gets Herd back on track

SMU loss a year ago, and far away
  UAB linebacker Orlandus King remembers the frustration created by letting SMU drive the length of the field in a mere 23 seconds. And he remembers the anger while watching SMU receiver Bobby Chase rise above UAB cornerback Carlos Hendricks to haul in the game-winning touchdown on a final-play Hail Mary pass from quarterback Jerad Romo.
Birmingham News

This week for Southern Miss
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tulsa faces tough test at Houston
  Tulsa's football players were off over the weekend, but the coaches didn't take rest and relaxation.
Tulsa World

-C-USA Football Roundups
  Houston, Marshall and East Carolina picks up C-USA wins.
-Host SMU Earns Top Seed at C-USA Women's Soccer Championship
-Volleyball Recap