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Conference USA

December 3, 2006
Advent (First Sunday)

-BVL: Holtz deflects report; rumors swirl
-BVL: Hoops: Pirates flame out at Liberty
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Paper: Hudson among Cincy coaching targets
UAB ousted from NCAA volleyball by UCLA

-Poor Shooting Night Ends Men's Basketball's Three-Game Winning Streak
-Women's Basketball Wins Double Overtime Thriller
-Women's Basketball Advances to Championship Game of Lady Pirate Invitational
  The Lady Pirates will play Florida State in the championship game Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

Holtz not pursuing UC job
   In response to a story published Saturday by the Cincinnati Enquirer, East Carolina head football coach Skip Holtz expressed that he does not have an interest in the current head coaching vacancy at the University of Cincinnati.
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Holtz says he's not a candidate for Cincinnati job
  HOLTZ: "I have not sought, nor am I seeking any other coaching position at this time. I'm happy with the progress we've made here but we still have a lot of work to do."
-Poor shooting dooms Pirates
   East Carolina's men's team endured a downright brutal night shooting the ball Saturday during a 64-56 loss to Liberty in the Vines Center.
-ECU women survive double OT game with Bison

Skip Holtz Says He's Not Heading to Cincinnati

LU comes from behind to beat East Carolina
Lynchburg News and Advance

Liberty uses strong second half to down East Carolina
Washington Daily News (AP)

Preps: QB McFadden shines
  Charlotte Independence QB and ECU commit Darryl McFadden threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth. whipping Matthews Butler 49-23 in the 4AA state semifinal Saturday in front of about 20,000 fans at Memorial Stadium
Charlotte Observer

NFL: A tale of four
  When David Garrard looks across the field today at Joey Harrington, he'll see a quarterback in the same situation as himself.
Florida Times Union

December 2, 2006

-BVL: Cougars: We Are The Champions
-BVL: C-USA Scoreboard & Postseason Schedule
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Witter wins minor league baseball honor
Millican in position in LPGA qualifying
ECU announces challenging softball slate

Women's Basketball Hosts Fifth Annual Lady Pirate Invitational
-Pirate Basketball Gameday Central
  After posting home victories over a pair of Division II teams last week, East Carolina goes back on the road Saturday at Liberty in search of its fourth straight victory.
-ECU's Millican Tied For 14th With Two Rounds Remaining

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Worthington chooses ECU for football, baseball future
-Pirate men looking to slow another foe's high scorer
-Talented squads make up Lady Pirate Invitational
-Report- Hudson talks to Bearcats
  ECU director of athletics Terry Holland confirmed Friday afternoon he had been in contact with the University of Cincinnati on behalf of ECU defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, whom the Bearcats may be courting to fill their head coach position.  Holland indicated ECU head coach Skip Holtz, a longtime friend and coaching counterpart of Hudson, was also planning to contact Cincinnati on Hudson's behalf.

Pizza bowl a big moment for ECU
Kinston Free Press

Skip Holtz among UC's candidates
Cincinnati Enquirer

UC looks southward in search for coach
  LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and East Carolina defensive coordinator Greg Hudson have been mentioned
Cincinnati Post

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU’s Hudson says he has no offer from Cincinnati
-Ingram thriving as ECU’s sixth man
-ECU gets commitment from South Central’s Worthington

To Leavitt, Birmingham's Fine as Bowl Trip
Florida Ledger

South Florida likely to get invitation to Birmingham
  The inaugural Bowl will likely have the flavor of an old Conference USA game.
Birmingham News

Former Aycock standout has the spirit at ECU
Goldsboro News Argus

Holtz has ECU caring about football again
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald (Story contains corrected material from Nov. 30.)

December 1, 2006
World Aids Day

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Pirates chasing a demon in Dixie

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Dave Shankweiler)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

C-USA announces football players of year
Rice's Graham gets coach of year award
ECU's Krug lands All-America honor

East Carolina Releases 2007 Softball Schedule
  Schedule Includes Nine NCAA Tournament Teams Including WCWS Participant Tennessee
-Millican Tied For 11th In LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament

From the East Carolinian
-Men's basketball hits the road to take on Liberty
-11 recruits in early signing period

DH Conley's Riggs commits to play softball at East Carolina
Greenville Daily Reflector

Garrard fills the gap for Jaguars
Oxford (OH) Press

November 30, 2006
Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
It's up to ECU fans to head off Holtz suitors
Letter: John Bland, Durham/Orange Pirate Club

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Holtz, Holland, Bass)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
T.H. issues direct appeal to fans for ticket sales
New recruiting thumbnail: Maurice Mercer
Dougherty, Johnson first team All-Conference
Five from ECU on C-USA All-Freshman team

-Adam Witter Cycles His Way To Award
  Volcanoes C
atcher Gets Rare Triple In Top Short-Season Performance
-Heidi Krug Earns First Team Academic All-America Honors
  Krug finishes career as ECU's all-time assists leader

Holtz is relying on Pirate Nation for postseason support
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates, Deacs fooled everybody this season
Rocky Mount Telegram

E. Carolina heads back to town for bowl game
  Half of the Bowl is set. East Carolina accepted an invitation Tuesday to play in Birmingham's new postseason game on Dec. 23.
Birmingham News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-ECU bowl packages
-A smile-worthy step

Holtz plans to stay with ECU
Columbia (SC) State

Jags have 'utmost confidence' in backup QB
Palm Beach Post

Copper has been golden for the Saints
  Terrance Copper is making a habit out of finding the end zone.
Washington Daily News

November 29, 2006
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Annual Lighting (NYC)

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Nash Central sack artist won over by ECU
-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Winning not the only priority in Birmingham
-BVL: C-USA Football Postseason Schedule

BVL Audio: Skip Holtz on the Bowl
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Denny O'Brien, Ran Coble)
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA bowl slate sends ECU to Birmingham
SMU's Needham a finalist for Hermann Trophy
Bearcats coach bolts for Michigan State

-East Carolina To Play In The Inaugural Bowl
  Pirates to face a Big East member in Birmingham on Dec. 23
-Skip Holtz Press Conference Quotes
  Head Coach Skip Holtz Discusses ECU's Invitation To The Bowl
-Dougherty And Johnson Named First-Team All C-USA By Media Members
-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
  ECU Athletics Director Encourages Continued Support For Bowl
-ECU Lands Five On C-USA Media All-Freshman Team

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
- Bowl gives ECU postseason slice
-Block Party
  ECU freshman making impact on defensive end
-Bowl gives younger Pirates a chance to shine
-Godwin expands recruiting reach of ECU baseball

Bowl bid shows progress at ECU
Fayetteville Observer

ECU accepts invitation from Bowl
The East Carolinian

From the New Bern Sun Journal
  A beaming Skip Holtz stood behind the podium of East Carolina’s Murphy Center on Tuesday afternoon.
-Dougherty, Johnson earn spots on first-team All-C-USA team
-Pirate Club creates the Coaches Continuity Fund to help keep staff

Pirates accept Birmingham bowl bid
Kinston Free Press

East Carolina has bowl date
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-ECU will play in the Bowl
-Holtz not looking around
  Skip Holtz says he has no plans to exploit his sudden success by looking for a new job.

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates’ Roach named to All-Academic team
-Pirates accept bowl invitation

Raynor Rejoices
  Life is good these days for Wilson Raynor...And why not? If you play football for East Carolina, as Raynor does, there's plenty to be happy about.
Dunn Daily Record

'I Have No Interest In Going Anywhere'
  Leavitt not interested in Miami or Alabama jobs...An official announcement won't be made until Sunday, but USF will play East Carolina (7-5) in the Bowl
ampa Tribune

Bowl Preparations Continue For USF Football Team

City not part of name but publicity promised
  Approximately 12,000 tickets have been sold within the community. Another 23,000 tickets were purchased by Conference USA and the Big East as part of their tie-ins with the bowl.
Birmingham News (11.17.06)

November 28, 2006

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Resurrected program getting its just rewards
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Clifford Snow)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Roach on C-USA academic team
Wager on Clemson-South Carolina turns deadly
Shula era comes to an end at Alabama

Kevin Roach Named To C-USA All-Academic Team

ECU gets N.C. Central to zone out
Greenville Daily Reflector

Owls could be New Orleans-bound
  Should the Cougars fall to Southern Mississippi on Friday, they could land at the Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., which would bump East Carolina up to the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Houston Chronicle

New changes on campus to promote school spirit
The East Carolinian

November 27, 2006
Birthday - Jimi Hendrix (musician)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 289
Fans must live up to reputation
Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot
-BVL: Amato finito
-BVL: C-USA Scoreboard & Postseason Schedule
-BVL: Trojans supplant Michigan at No. 2 in BCS
-BVL: Hoops: Pirates on mini-streak
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

C-USA title game features UH-USM rematch
Bunting farewell to press a succinct one
Pirates announce swimming, diving signees

-Men's Basketball Turns Back NC Central
-East Carolina Awaits C-USA Bowl Invitation
-Women's Basketball Rolls Past Florida A&M 78-41 in Home Opener

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-East Carolina men off to a 4-1 start
-Pirate women right at home vs. Rattlers
-ECU fans make their presence known at Carter-Finley Stadium

From the Washington Daily News
-Roach thrilled he has one more game
  Less than 15 hours after East Carolina walked out of Carter-Finley Stadium with a 21-16 win over N.C. State, Pirates’ senior receiver Kevin Roach was still in a celebratory mood
-Pirates star in Sunday matinee
  East Carolina tipped off against North Carolina Central at Minges Coliseum in a Sunday matinee, and the main plot of this featured presentation was the Pirates long distance, love/hate relationship with the rim.

ECU's outside shots too much for Eagles
  If Sunday afternoon's game had been played under the now-ancient rules without a 3-point line, N.C. Central might have been in good shape.
Durham Herald Sun

NCCU Athletics

Pirates cruise to win
  Courtney Captain scored 16 points, Darrell Jenkins added 11 and John Fields scored 10 to help East Carolina to a 68-47 win over N.C. Central on Sunday.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Bowl-worthy performance
  ECU’s win over N.C. State shows program’s progress under Holtz
-Barrage of treys pushes Pirates
  Captain leads ECU with 16 points in win over N.C. Central
-ECU hopes dental school will receive approval

Pirates shut down Wolfpack to secure bowl bid
The East Carolinian

ECU beats N.C. State to secure bowl game
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald

Bowl picture coming into focus
Myrtle Beach Sun News


December 3, 2006

Marathon thriller
  Backup QB leads Mountaineers to overtime win over Rutgers
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Pretty, Swank- Deacs stand atop the ACC, headed to Orange Bowl
-Appalachian State gets quarterfinal win

From the Charlotte Observer
-Wake Forest bandwagon is filling up
-49ers fail to finish

Shutout of Seminoles helps Deacons reel in Williams
  Wake Forest's 30-0 victory over Florida State is showing some benefits in football recruiting.
Raleigh News & Observer

Clemson appears ticketed for Music City
Anderson Independent

U.Va. decision on Groh won't change much
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From Columbia (SC) State
-USC rewards Spurrier
  Coach gets $500,000 raise, extra year after reports Miami, Alabama wanted him
-Liberty OK, but Spurrier aiming higher
  Pepper suspended two quarters for fumble; Nix getting job feelers
-Clemson scores 3-peat on USC
  Tigers’ 3’s blow open close game as USC loses third in a row to in-state rival

UNCW's scoring stays home
  Cold shooting created a breeze inside Matthews Arena on Saturday afternoon. It was easier to find a Yankees fan than an easy bucket inside the spacious, hockey-first arena near Fenway Park.
Wilmington Star News

December 2, 2006

Rodriguez talks with ‘Bama, Miami consultant
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Rodriguez reacts to Alabama speculation
  Reports linking the University of Alabama's coaching search with West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez intensified on the eve of the 15th-ranked Mountaineers' season finale today against No. 13 Rutgers, sparking a heated phone call by Rodriguez to a statewide radio show in West Virginia.
Mobile Register

From Columbia (SC) State
-Trustees to give Spurrier new deal
  The board’s executive committee is expected to approve the coach’s restructured contract today
-Rivalry or not, plenty on the line
  USC-Clemson hoops may not equal the gridiron version, but both teams want to build on hot starts

Groh has Howie's seal of approval
Charlottesville Daily Press

Alabama takes center stage in the coaching saga

ACC gets less-than-intriguing matchup with Tech, Wake
Durham Herald Sun

Unlikely matchup rattles ACC
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Slipper may fit Wake
-Davis lets three Tar Heel coaches go
-No NCSU contact yet for Cutcliffe
-A UNC-CH-Kentucky matchup is always meaningful

From the Charlotte Observer
-49ers face Hoosiers, seek 1st road victory of season
-Skinner was steal for Grobe
-Title game should be in ACC country
-`It's still fun' for ASU
-Leak has no regrets as college career winds down

Bull's-eye- UNC-CH, Davis target football fans far and wide
  Ad campaign campaign targets major markets within a four-hour drive of Chapel Hill.
The Virginian Pilot

December 1, 2006

Moss can get on roll after first home win
  The Seahawks open conference play Saturday at Northeastern before getting a visit Tuesday from East Carolina (speaking of butter, how about ECU's schedule?).
Wilmington Star News

Tom Suiter- Big Games, Big Picks
  Last week, I went 5-1 missing, of course, the State-East Carolina game. I kept thinking all season that State was better than they really were.

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-UVA won't extend Groh's contract
  Current contract runs until Dec. 31, 2010
-Va.Tech's Foster draws interest, but not calls
  Virginia Tech's Jim Weaver has no news regarding head coaching job prospects for defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack fans pushing Sheridan
  Former coach in private business.
-Money may not buy wins
  At N.C. State, he conceived the white shoes defense and became the red shoes coach, but the man who called attention to himself from the feet up has disappeared from the head down.

From Columbia (SC) State
-Spurrier tells team he will be back
  Gamecocks coach reassures team that he is not headed to Alabama as conflicting reports swirl
-Schools face rising costs for coaches
  With a new deal in the works for Steve Spurrier, schools are starting to shell out NFL-like money
-USC’s Nix withdraws name for coaching position

Spurrier spurns Alabama
  South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier tried once again Thursday to stamp out talk of his involvement in the University of Alabama's search for a head football coach.
Mobile Register

Are the Mountaineers tiring?
  His football team has been banging heads going on four months now and is a day away from playing its 12th game in 15 weeks.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Father of Invention- Lobotzke, Deacons' offensive coordinator, had to make things up as season went along
Winston Salem Journal

November 30, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Cowher won't go to Pack
  Steelers coach 'not a candidate'.
-Terps, Pack are surprises

Cowher dismisses NC State rumors
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Coaches pounce on State recruits
Fayetteville Observer

  University of Alabama athletics director Mal Moore has requested permission to talk to South Carolina's Steve Spurrier about the Crimson Tide's head football coaching job, a source close to the search confirmed Wednesday night.
Mobile Register

USC, Spurrier discuss new contract
  As Alabama rumors persist, officials want to give the Ball Coach a raise
Columbia (SC) State

USC's bowl picture clearing up
  All the head-scratching and hoopla that comes with bowl selection will soon be sorted out for South Carolina.
Spartanburg Herald Journal

From the Winston Salem Journal
-The Real Boss- Grobe says his wife, Holly, is in charge and he's an assistant
-Coach moving on after flip-flop
  Winthrop's Marshall not looking back at his difficult decision

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Rutgers will test WVU
  There might not be a better matchup or a more important one than the Mountaineers' rushing defense versus the Scarlet Knights' rushing offense.
-Coaching Alabama is no walk in the park
  What do Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Price and Mike Shula have in common? They weren't Bear Bryant.

Coaching Alabama is no walk in the park
Greensboro News Record

Wake finds gems that others miss
  The Deacons don't get five-star recruits, but they find guys who can play football. Now they're playing for the ACC title
Greensboro News Record

Never nominated, Skinner will serve as All-ACC
Roanoke Times

Seahawks put on a show in the second half to dump Buffaloes
Wilmington Star News

November 29, 2006

Leavitt says no interest in leaving USF
St. Petersburg Times

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Cowher a long shot for State, but appears to top wish list
-Not a happy homecoming for Sampson
  As homecomings go, this one wasn’t particularly memorable

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Yow's focus- cancer
  Pack coach battles disease again.
-Grobe happy at Wake
  Deacs coach has no plans to leave.
-Cutcliffe interested in N.C. State job

From the Charlotte Observer
-Wolfpack to join crowd
  Some say job vacancies won't hurt N.C. State
-Goldsmith takes over at Lenoir-Rhyne
  Fred Goldsmith, named national coach of the year at Rice and Duke in the early 1990s, emerges from retirement to become football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Gator Bowl likes Clemson vs. West Virginia or Texas
Greenville (SC) News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Staying Put- Grobe, named ACC coach of the year, says he has no plans to coach elsewhere
-Emphatic- Grobe doesn't seem to be testing the waters

From the Greensboro News-Record
-UNC-CH's hiring of Davis escalates arms race
-Grobe says he plans to stay at Wake Forest

From the Columbia (SC) State
Bowls bids are music to USC, fans’ ears
  Either Memphis blues or Nashville country to provide soundtrack for Gamecocks’ next game
-Critics, lay off Bowden

SID has seen more than 250 games at Trask
Wilmington Star News

November 28, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Ambitious football dreams costly
-Pack quiet, but list could have these 5
  Another coaching search has begun at N.C. State, and athletics director Lee Fowler says he will not make any public comments until it ends.
-Coach selections give hope
  It's a coincidence, no doubt about it. But that doesn't make it any less significant.
-Wolfpack up to challenge in season's first major test
  After early struggles, N.C. State remains unbeaten with win over Michigan.
-Davis gets long-term UNC-CH deal
  The seven-year, big-money contract aims to keep the coach in Chapel Hill for the long haul.

ACC losing coaches, patience
  The ACC went 3-5 against the Big East, 0-2 against East Carolina and 0-3 against the SEC on Rivalry Saturday
Richmond Times Dispatch

Spurrier, again- I'm staying at USC
  Steve Spurrier is staying put, despite persisting reports to the contrary.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Beamer says Alabama rumors are false
  Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer isn’t interested in Alabama’s coaching vacancy and is focusing on his team’s bowl possibilities.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Fowler, Wolfpack facing a second big decision in 2006
Fayetteville Observer

Mountaineers cost Big East shot at big bowl pay day
  El Paso? Well, whatever language you're speaking, West Virginia didn't have any el runno on Saturday either.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Kentucky's recruiting success improves
USA Today

Locals say they saw this coming
  Criticism had been building against Crimson Tide head coach Mike Shula all season.
NW Alabama Times Daily

UNC-CH unveils details of Davis contract
Charlotte Business Journal

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC hits the road to Citadel
  University of South Carolina coach Dave Odom likes to take the Gamecocks on the road in the state. It helps promote his program, and it gives USC fans outside of Columbia a chance to see their team.
-First Clemson, next the SEC

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Lenoir-Rhyne will hire Goldsmith as coach
-Appalachian Notebook Moore says that being a target is a good thing
-Fox says that Delhomme will remain starter at quarterback

November 27, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NCSU sacks Amato after Pack goes 3-9
  His 25-31 ACC record signaled a change was needed.
-Offense No. 1 priority for Pack
-Davis set to begin his next rebuilding project

From the Durham Herald Sun
Pack fires Amato
  The coach N.C. State hired to help its football program compete for a national championship was fired Sunday after the Wolfpack's worst season in more than four decades.
-In the end, the Wolfpack just didn't win enough

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Out Of The Blue- Wake Forest, a longtime doormat, has stunned many by becoming football power in expansion-era ACC
-Amato out after seven years
-'Skins knock Panthers out of first place

From the Charlotte Observer
-N.C. State fires Amato
  Tenure ends with 7-game losing streak, losing record in ACC games
-Coaches nix Miami rumors
  Cross two candidates off Miami's list. Arkansas' Houston Nutt and Rutgers' Greg Schiano both say they are not seeking the Hurricanes' open coaching position.
-Patience for Delhomme almost gone
  It is conceivable Jake Delhomme has been worse in his Carolina career than he was Sunday.

From the Greensboro News-Record
-N.C. State- The Chuck stops here
-Vick apologizes for flipping off fans
-Cremins wins in Charleston's home opener

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Bowl possibilities unclear for Tigers
  Scenarios could be defined by result of ACC title game on Saturday
-Spurrier- resilience paid off for USC
  Coach says team’s willingness to keep fighting led to win

Bowl expectations
  Clemson's postseason picture clarified somewhat after the Tigers' last-second 31-28 loss to South Carolina Saturday, but its ultimate destination likely won’t be decided until after this week’s ACC Championship Game between Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.
Anderson Independent

With no bowl this year, the Cavs look to 2007
The Virginian Pilot

National: Dantonio to Michigan St.
  MSU ready to hire UC coach
Cincinnati Enquirer



December 3, 2006

-Rice To Face Troy In New Orleans Bowl
-Southern Miss Pulls Away From Savannah State Saturday, 61-45
-Bobcats Outlast Thundering Herd, 84-78, In Overtime
-Houston Falls To VCU, 102-84

From the Birmingham News
-Delaney rescues Blazers
  Paul Delaney hoisted UAB on his shoulders in the waning minutes of Saturday's non-conference game with Cincinnati and guided the Blazers to a classic, come-from-behind 59-57 win in front of 8,099 stunned fans at Fifth Third Arena.
-Brown still Blazers' coach ... for now
  On the day that former UAB assistant head football coach Pat Sullivan took over the Samford football program, UAB officials said Watson Brown remains UAB's head coach.

Big crowd saw C-USA title game
  There was concern all last week in Houston. And it had nothing to do with whether the Cougars could beat Southern Miss for the Conference USA football championship.
Hattiesburg American

UH likely to face South Carolina in Liberty Bowl
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Gamecocks expected to accept Liberty bid
-Tigers get win, little else
-Will they be better in 2007
  Five reasons for unbridled optimism

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Golden Eagles adjust sights
  Like the rest of his Southern Miss teammates, running back Conrad Chanove wanted to be fitted for a Conference USA championship ring.
-Beasley, Golden Eagles improve to 6-0
  Courtney Beasley scored a career-high 23 points Saturday, leading Southern Miss to a 61-45 victory over Savannah State and its best men's basketball start since the 1999-2000 season.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Ohio goes inside to beat Marshall
-Despite 5-7 mark, building blocks made in '06

Reasons for Miners' disappointment numerous
  There was reason to believe that the 2006 UTEP football Miners would be better than last year's 8-4 team.
El Paso Times

December 2, 2006

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars down Southern Miss, clinch C-USA title
-UH's Marshall delivers his biggest game
-UH's defense turns up heat in second half against Southern Miss
-UH seniors fire biggest shots in C-USA title game
-C-USA NOTES- Not-so-nice Eagles

Houston Wins Second Annual C-USA Football Championship Game Over Southern Miss, 34-20

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Cougars grab gold with 2nd-half blitz
-Do-it-all Kolb more than USM can handle
-It's back to GMAC for Golden Eagles, where Ohio awaits
-Hurried illegally or not, USM can't slow Kolb
-When Cougars stopped the rush, they roared
-Savannah State at Southern Miss

Biloxi Sun Herald

Gamecocks given Liberty
  USC to face Conference USA champion in Memphis
Columbia (SC) State

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Gamecocks making late push for Liberty Bowl bid
-Kolb lifts Houston to C-USA crown
-Jaspers' start dulls hoped-for RPI pop

Houston avenges loss to USM by taking C-USA championship
Mobile Register

From the Hattiesburg American
-Problems in Houston
-USM accepts GMAC Bowl bid
-Young, Kolb play well in 1st half
-Golden Eagles fall short of title
-Smart play wasn't enough

USM deserves respect
  In college baseball terms, Conference-USA might be the most underrated conference in the country.
Pascagoula Mississippi Press (12.01.06)

Blazers face road test at Cincinnati
Birmingham News

No. 10 LSU vs. Tulane
New Orleans Times Picayune

Marshall returns to Ohio
  Twenty-one months after "The Convo" doors hit it in the collective rear end on its way out of the Mid-American Confererence, Marshall’s basketball team has returned.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Miners Tangle With Undefeated Lobos on Sunday

December 1, 2006
C-USA Championship Gameday

C-USA Title Preview - So. Miss vs. Houston
College Football News

Gametracker: Southern Miss @ Houston

Thursday Football Championship Press Conference Quotes

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH nears return to glory days
-The University of Houston Cougars and Rice Owls give the city a rare double shot at bowl glory
-Even Shasta is all smiles over Briles

Football fans pick Houston to win
Hattiesburg American

UH vies for chance to go to Liberty Bowl
Galveston Daily News

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Earlier win doesn't mean USM has edge
  Don't try telling Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower about how his Golden Eagles should have the edge tonight when they meet Houston in the second Conference USA Championship Game.
-The winner tonight- It's too close to call
-Notebook- Bower reaps benefits of successful season
-Look out for...
-Golden Eagles keeping the faith in McCaleb
-USM remains undefeated
  Jeremy Wise scored 27 points to lead Southern Mississippi to 94-86 win over Sam Houston State today.

C-USA Championship- Top 'O' vs. big 'D'
  Title game is rematch of battle of the best
Biloxi Sun Herald

Golden Eagles chasing title
Mobile Register

Cougars' rebuilding culminates in title shot
New Orleans Times Picayune (AP)

UAB assistant Sullivan named head coach at Samford

Herd earns tough win against Eagles; Ohio on deck
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Miners miss Henderson in loss
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Calipari- Freshmen on pace
-Tiger Notebook- Coach plans for the future

November 30, 2006

-C-USA Releases Media Players of the Year
-C-USA Media Selects Graham As Football Coach of the Year
-Send Off For Football Team Set For Thursday Afternoon
-Cougars Dominate Prairie View A&M at Home, 101-54
-Thundering Herd Soars Over Morehead State, 81-80
-Tigers Crush Arkansas State 86-60
-Tulsa's D Dominates, Win 75-57
-Women's Hoop Roundup

From the Houston Chronicle
-Tickets sales pass 20,000 for C-USA title game
-Season-opening win over Rice set stage for UH
-UH's Kolb selected as C-USA's top offensive player
-Rice's Graham named C-USA football coach of the year

  He's Golden Eagles' target in championship matchup
Biloxi Sun Herald

Cougars' QB Kolb challenges Eagles
Mobile Register

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-'Quick' makes Houston go
-USM plays it safe with running backs

As quarterback Jeremy Young goes ... so goes Southern Miss
Hattiesburg American

Bowl game is time for work and play
  Bowl games are rewards for having a successful season. The Tulsa football program has been invited to its third bowl game in four seasons and will face the University of Utah in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Spartanburg Herald Journal

From the Birmingham News
-Meetings held on Brown's future
  UAB football coach Watson Brown met with university administrators, including UAB President Carol Garrison and interim Athletics Director Richard Margison, on Wednesday to discuss Brown's future at UAB.
-Sullivan sits atop Bulldogs' short list
  UAB assistant head football coach Pat Sullivan has emerged as the top candidate for the head job at Samford University.
-Blazers' effort comes up short on road

ASU's Banks takes his best shot before Tigers take control
  It didn't matter whether Adrian Banks was off balance, four feet behind the 3-point line or being knocked to the ground by University of Memphis guard Antonio Anderson.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd defensive coordinator resigns
  Marshall football defensive coordinator Jim Collins has resigned, coach Mark Snyder announced Wednesday.
-Herd hangs on, edges Morehead

Jim Collins out as Herd's defensive coordinator
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Being a Marshall fan not what it used to be
  It wasn't much fun being a Marshall fan last week.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Scelfo worked within Tulane's 'model'
  Unless and until the "model" changes, unless and until the business carried on in the Tulane athletic department isn't as usual, then nothing major really was done Tuesday night other than preparation for the greeting of another captain to pilot a Titanic football program.
New Orleans Times Picayune

November 29, 2006

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
Scelfo's time as coach of Wave comes to end
  In a hastily called, late-night press conference, Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson announced Tuesday that Green Wave football coach Chris Scelfo was fired.
-Scelfo unable to beat tough circumstances
  I'm sure Chris Scelfo would not agree.
-Tulane familiar with Texas Tech
  When Tulane faces No. 23 Texas Tech tonight in Lubbock, Texas, it will be more than just another non-conference game. It will be a unique "homecoming" for the Green Wave.
-Rice accepts invitation to New Orleans Bowl
  The last time Rice played in a bowl game, it was three years before first-year Owls Coach Todd Graham was born.

From the Houston Chronicle
-C-USA title game ticket sales hit 17,000
-QB Kolb takes fewer risks, gives UH bigger reward
-Rice accepts New Orleans Bowl invitation

C-USA crown means plenty to both teams
Hattiesburg American

-Conference USA Announces Bowl Lineup
-Conference USA Announces Media All-Freshman Team
-Conference USA Announces Media All-Conference Teams
-UH Men's Basketball Team Plays Host To Prairie View A&M on Wednesday Night, Nov. 29
-Tulane Basketball Rolls To 80-54 Victory Over Huston-Tillotson
-Tulsa's D Dominates, Win 75-57
-Blazers Drop Road Decision To Hilltoppers

Blazers' effort comes up short on road
  Six games into his first season at UAB, Mike Davis said he expects the Blazers will be a good home team.
Birmingham News

From the Dallas Morning News
-Bennett back in saddle after uneasy ride
-SMU sticking with Bennett
-Houston, Southern Miss set for Memphis or Mobile bowls

From the College Football News
2006 Conference USA Championship Game - Southern Miss vs. Houston Preview and Prediction
-Bowl Projections - 2006

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-MAC, C-USA teams line up for bowls
-Fletcher silences skeptics
-Waiting to pounce

GMAC teams in title games
  GMAC Bowl fans will get an early look at this year's matchup when both participants compete in conference championship games Thursday and Friday.
Mobile Register

From the Tulsa World
-Kragthorpe- Fans needed in bowl
  "Bowls know all about ticket sales. If we have a good showing, we'll have a great body of evidence (for future games)."
-TU destroys ORU

Price says status quo unacceptable
  Changes are coming
El Paso Times

Sam Houston St. at Southern Miss
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Indians usually a tough foe
emphis Commercial Appeal

Facilities dominate talk at Big Green Scholarship Foundation town hall meeting
  Marshall athletic director Bob Marcum listed a new baseball stadium among the athletic department's top facility priorities.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

November 28, 2006

From the Houston Chronicle
-Briles joins Robinson Award finalists
  Houston Cougars coach Art Briles has been named a finalist for the 2006 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
-Rice players get back to work
  More practice serves as pleasant chore for football team
-UH seniors survive, then thrive
  It remains a black mark in the UH annals: an 0-11 season in 2001.

TU to face Utah in bowl game
  Tulsa's inclusion in the Fort Worth Bowl will be announced by Conference USA on Tuesday.
Tulsa World

-Football Notebook
  Southern Miss and Houston Set to Duel in C-USA Championship Game
-Men's Basketball Notebook
  Career Performances Highlight Week
-Women's Hoop Roundup

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Gold Rush
  Southern Miss has tried to live by a few simple rules on the football field with coach Jeff Bower at the helm.
-Houston relishes 2nd shot at USM
-Merrill contributes despite bum knee

From the Biloxi Sun-Herald
  Golden Eagles aim for fifth Conference USA title
-Golden Eagles get an 'A' for effort
  Southern Miss' 42-7 win against Marshall was solid, impressive and dominating.

From the Dallas Morning News
-Bennett's future at SMU still up in air
-Doherty not pleased by Mustangs' win

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
Getting rid of Scelfo not correct solution
  This is the time of year when many college football coaches find out they no longer have a job. At Miami, at Arizona State, at Alabama, it already has happened. There will be more.

Price says status quo unacceptable
El Paso Times

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Defense's problems prompt changes at UCF
  Two days after UCF finished its disappointing 2006 season, Coach George O'Leary made changes to his coaching staff.
-Coaching staff changes hit UCF
-Knights cruise by Jacksonville 99-62

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M's Hunt returns with same ol' hustle
-Tiger Basketball Notebook - Sophomore leaders go to bat for Cooper

Marshall still has missing parts
  Marshall's football season ended much like it began ... with a lopsided loss
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Close . . . but not enough
  Unlike its football counterpart, Marshall’s men’s basketball team is hanging around with every opponent.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Miners Host Dangerous Chicago State on Wednesday

November 27, 2006

-Weekend Football Roundup
  Rice Will Be Going to a Bowl for the First Time Since 1961
-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  Conference USA teams got the holiday weekend off to a good start, posting a 5-0 record
-Women's Hoop Roundup

From USA Today
-Around Conference USA - Football
Around Conference USA - Basketball

Cougars hope the house is rockin'
  UH officials want a sold-out Robertson Stadium for clash with Southern Miss
Houston Chronicle

USM will scrap with Kolb, UH in C-USA title game
  Eagles, Cougars will play Friday
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Golden Eagles earn chance at C-USA title
Hattiesburg American

Brown gauges turnover in team, sees bright future
  UAB's success on the football field next season may not be based solely on who will be the head coach.
Birmingham News

Bennett discusses direction of SMU
  Athletic director meets with coach, whose job could be on the line
Dallas Morning News

From the El Paso Times
-Red Raiders pull away from Miners to win
  Texas Tech stepped onto the Don Haskins Center court Saturday afternoon and made shots. And made shots. And made more shots.
-Loss disappoints Price; Palmer strains knee

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West sensed team was primed
  There wasn't much about the University of Memphis's 38-19 Conference USA victory over UTEP Saturday night that Tiger quarterback Martin Hankins didn't like.
-Calipari's Tigers keeping suitcases packed
  Charter flights make long trips bearable

Herd not resting after disappointing season
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Closing the book on a season of ‘bad football’
  When I look at Marshall’s football program, I see several indicators of a bright future.
Charleston (WV) Gazette