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Conference USA

December 10, 2006

BVL: Pirates streaking in wrong direction
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Junior Smith involved in Cox commitment
WVU's Rodriguez says no to Bama's big bucks
Boykin leaves Blue Devils hoops program

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates still buzzing about bowl matchup
-Pirate men lose third straight
-Bowles to speak to ECU's fall grads

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Familiar face greets Drew at practice
  Holtz in good spirits as bowl preps continue
-Pirates drop hoops game to S. Florida
  Home or away, the losses continue for the East Carolina men’s basketball team.

Buckley, Bulls Bounce Back
  If there is such thing as rebounding from a win, that's exactly what the University of South Florida did Saturday night.
Tampa Tribune

Men's Basketball Falls To USF
  Melvin Buckley scored a game-high 20 points to lead USF to a 65-52 win over East Carolina here Saturday night giving ECU its first home loss of the season and its third consecutive overall.

Balanced Scoring Leads To 65-52 Win At East Carolina

Pirates’ lack of shooting touch leads to 65-52 loss to South Florida
Kinston Free Press

Rebounds give Bulls the edge they need
St Petersburg Times

NFL: Jaguars' QB won't stay put
  Colts defense will need to do a better job containing mobile Garrard
Indianapolis Star

December 9, 2006
International Shareware Day

Letter: Pat Lane, Chocowinity, NC
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Ronald Vincent)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Garrard named AFC offensive player of week
C-USA players of year: Kolb, Bunting, Higgins
Miami elevates Shannon to head coach

-Pirate Basketball Gameday Central
  East Carolina will look to end a two-game skid Saturday night as it hosts former Conference USA rival USF inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
-Lady Pirates Travel to Raleigh for Sunday Matchup Against the Wolfpack
  The meeting against the Wolfpack is the first since the 2003 season, and just the second in the Sharon Baldwin-Tener era.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Jenkins, Pirates ready to stop losing skid
-Seniors return to ECU practice

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates happy to be back in Minges
-ECU football team goes back to work

Harnett Central QB commits to ECU
  Sammy Batten rated Cox as the No. 2 college prospect in the Cape Fear region prior to the start of this season. By August, Cox had already received scholarship offers from East Carolina, Clemson, N.C. State and South Carolina
Fayetteville Observer

Bulls Continue Road Swing At East Carolina Saturday Night

USF men vs. East Carolina
St Petersburg Times

NFL NOTEBOOK- Garrard finding comfort zone
Florida Times Union

  Like Young, Garrard Poses Multiple Challenges Sunday

December 8, 2006
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic)

WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Mark Wharton)
WNCT: Midweek Tailgate (guest Skip Holtz)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rivers tips off conclusion of coaching search
Orioles' Roberts serving FCA baseball camps
Hoops: Lady Pirates defeat UNC-Wilmington

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates to battle Bulls and history Bowl will be third Alabama bowl for ECU
-Late free throws ice win over UNC Wilmington
  Win gives Lady Pirates four of last five against Seahawks

Terry Holland Interview
WGHB -Pirate Radio 1250

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Hospital adds third da Vinci surgical robot
  Since 2000, Greenville has become a hub for robotic surgery training
-Emergency response team gets unique view of stadium

From the St Petersburg Times
-Bulls start poor, finish brilliant
  USF (5-1) prepares for a road test at East Carolina on Saturday
-Way to go, logo, way to go
  Sales of USF merchandise are soaring with the team's record.

Freshmen Get Ready For Bowl Game
Tampa Tribune

NFL: Garrard can take this job as his own
Florida Times Union

December 7, 2006
Pearl Harbor Day

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
ECU, USF traveled opposing paths to reunion
-BVL: New recruiting thumbnail: Rodney Cox

WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Michael Dixon)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Nine Pirates named to all-conference teams
League honors four ECU freshman gridders
New recruiting thumbnail: Rodney Cox
ECU's Norris named to All-South 2nd team

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Holland knows ECU staff issues are complicated
-ECU women edge UNCW
-Pirates remain poised to shoot

Holland like an oracle for the Pirates
  Is there any question East Carolina athletics director Terry Holland can’t answer?
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz, Pirates get into bowl spirit
  ECU officials attend Birmingham event
Raleigh News & Observer

Late Free Throws Lift Women's Basketball to 57-52 Win Over UNC Wilmington

Preps: Antolik prepares for North-South game
  Richland Northeast lineman is looking at Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State
Columbia (SC) State


From the Tampa Tribune
-Why hasn't USF's attendance mirrored the growth of the program or increased with a larger marketing budget?
-USF's Grothe Named Big East Rookie Of Year

USF faithful shows thanks as school picks up tab for 500 tickets
St Petersburg Times

December 6, 2006
Saint Nicholas Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Holtz pitching fans to make a statement
-BVL: Seahawks sink cold-shooting Pirates
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Kevin Monroe, Sam Martin)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

UTEP's Higgins named AFCA All-American
Memphis thumps Herd in C-USA hoops opener
C-USA names top cross country performers

-Men's Basketball Falls to Seahawks In Wilmington
  John Fields scores 12 points in the loss.
-Nine Pirates Land On Coaches All-Conference Teams
  13 Pirates Garner Honorable Mention All-Conference Honors
-Pirate Quartet Named To Coaches All-Freshman Team

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Shooting woes prove costly again for Pirates
  ECU had trouble making shots again versus UNC Wilmington and suffered its second consecutive loss, 59-44, in loud, sweltering Trask Coliseum.
-Pirates on the ice — Students hope to build name for figure skating with club
-Heart center rising
  Work on Institute will go into 2008
-Hospital proposes Charlotte med school

As has become old habit, Pirates come up short in Trask Coliseum
New Bern Sun Journal

Wilmington blows out ECU
  The game billed as the “War At The Shore” was full of misfires, but in the end UNC Wilmington was on target often enough.
Kinston Free Press

From the Wilmington Star-News
-Late run helps Seahawks pull away from ECU
  Todd Hendley turned in traffic and scored. He screamed and punched his fist in the air. He bumped chests with teammate Temi Soyebo, then finished the three-point play that helped finish East Carolina.
  New ECU coach in full-blown rebuilding mode

UNC Wilmington pulls away in second-half
The East Carolinian

Fields leads ECU with 12 points in loss to Seahawks
Washington Daily News

Beware The Pirates
  East Carolina is celebrating its first winning season since 2000. South Florida, on the other hand, had higher hopes for 2006. Can the Pirates capitalize on their momentum, or will the Bulls take them for a ride?

Bulls Getting Ready For Bowl
  University of South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has been pleased so far with his team's early preparation for the bowl against East Carolina.
Tampa Tribune

A dark day remembered
  You can talk to as many people as you want to about Nov. 14, 1970, the day the Marshall University football team and other passengers died in a plane crash, but the shock doesn't hit you until you talk to some who were on the field for the game earlier that day at East Carolina University.
Roanoke Times

December 5, 2006
Birthday - President Martin Van Buren (8th President)
Birthday - Walt Disney (animator)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Let's go bowling!
WNCT: Talk of the Town (co-host Jenn Holtz)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Greg Thomas)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
First-ever Gators-Buckeyes match-up a big one
Boise State crashes BCS party in Fiesta
Seminoles top Lady Pirates for tourney title

-Pirate Basketball Gamenight Central
  East Carolina will travel to UNC Wilmington Tuesday to take on its arch-rival at 7 p.m.
-Kat Norris Named To NSCAA All-South Second Team

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-A rivalry renewed
  Tonight, East Carolina (4-2) hopes to erase the memory of the Liberty loss while renewing a rivalry with former Colonial Athletic Association foe UNC Wilmington.
-ECU's Holtz- 'I'm happy to be a Pirate'
  East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz put to rest any lingering doubts about his future following what he called a valuable three days of weekend training with his underclassmen.

UNCW-ECU Hoops Rivalry Returns To Trask
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  Longtime rival East Carolina makes its first appearance in Wilmington since jettisoning from the Colonial Athletic Association for Conference USA when the Pirates battle UNC Wilmington Tuesday night in the return of the heated men’s basketball series to Trask Coliseum.

The ‘War at the Shore’ resumes
New Bern Sun Journal

A banner night at UNCW
  UNC-Wilmington coach Benny Moss remembers Charlotte ruining what should have been a happy night for Syracuse. He hopes the Seahawks avoid a similar scene tonight in Trask Coliseum.
Wilmington Star-News

Pirates to face the Bulls
The East Carolinian

From the Tampa Tribune
-USF Puts Extra Time To Good Use
  Nine days after the University of South Florida ended the regular season with a thrilling upset win at West Virginia, the Bulls were back at practice Monday preparing to play East Carolina in the inaugural Bowl.
-Grothe Will Be Hunting ECU

Martin gets contract extension Coach signed through at least 2010
  Before arriving in Kent, Doug Martin served as offensive coordinator at East Carolina University for 10 years.
Ravenna (OH) Record Courier

Pair of former ECU assistants named offensive, defensive coordinators at ISU
  New Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik named his coordinators Monday - Wayne Bolt on defense and Robert McFarland on offense.
Des Moines Register

Rebel Rants- Patience is the cure to sports teams
  Fans are doing what they did when Hamrick was at East Carolina - they're signing a petition to get him ousted.
UNLV The Rebel Yell

December 4, 2006

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 290
Time for Easley to step up
Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll ballot
-BVL: ticket sales progressing
-BVL: No bull, Bucs' bowl foe is USF
-BVL: Cincy turns to Chippewa
-BVL: 2006 Final BCS Standings
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

New recruiting thumbnail: Tyrell Worthington
McFadden leads Independence into title game
Bearcats bound for new bowl in Toronto

-ECU To Meet USF In Inaugural Bowl

-Florida State Downs East Carolina, 62-44, Wins Lady Pirate Invitational

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates to play USF in Birmingham bowl
-Turnovers doom
Lady Pirates

Pirates to fight Bulls in bowl
New Bern Sun Journal

Inaugural game dodges inviting .500 team
  It began last spring as the Birmingham Bowl. The city's return to the bowl business has been mocked by some, went half a year without a title sponsor, and saw UAB's bowl ineligibility potentially hurt local attendance.
Birmingham News

Bulls Headed For Birmingham Bowl Game
Tampa Tribune

Bulls accept date in Alabama
St. Petersburg Times

USF Accepts Invitation to Play in Bowl
   USF head coach Jim Leavitt added, “...This will be a heck of a game and we'll have to play our very best to have a shot at beating East Carolina.”

Garrard leads Jags to win
   His 136.4 passer rating is a personal best and for the second consecutive week he threw two touchdown passes.

Jaguars' playoff hopes still alive
   The Jaguars are still in the playoff race. Led by an almost flawless game by David Garrard
Florida Times Union


December 10, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-NCAA Playoff Division: DOMINANT- Appalachian State Mountaineers to get chance to defend title
-POWERFUL- Appalachian State is making things look easy
-TIME IS NOW- Panthers need a win today

A coup for WVU after the craziness
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-NCHSAA Championships: Four straight rings for Rose
  Rampants top West Charlotte 26-12
-Rose again!

From the Charlotte Observer
-NCHSAA Championships: Independence wins 4AA state title, 108th straight game
  Darryl McFadden, 13-of-20 passing for 159 yards a touchdown, was named Independence's offensive player of the game.
-Bobcats inquire about Iverson trade prospects
-O'Brien- `It was N.C. State or bust'

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Fowler- Amato knew pressure was building
  Even if Tom O’Brien’s N.C. State coaching career is in its embryonic stage, Lee Fowler reckons he understands how important beating North Carolina will be to his future approval rating.
-Offense now clicking as Duke beats GMU

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-O'Brien's deal with Pack came together quickly, quietly
-Lessons stay with Shannon
  Miami coach says background helps him relate to players.
-Williams prefers not to crow over No. 500

December 9, 2006

Rodriguez rejects ’Bama
  West Virginia’s football coach opts to stay with his alma mater
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Rodriguez won't take Tide job
  "Yes I'm staying," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said as he walked past reporters.
Birmingham News

Rodriguez case has parallels to Beamer-UNC-CH
Roanoke Times

UC's Kelly guaranteed $800K
  Cincinnati's new football coach will receive compensation of $800,000 per year under the terms of the contract he signed this week.
Cincinnati Enquirer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Grobe's assistants could start getting noticed
  Offensive coordinator Lobotzke, defensive coordinator Hood are head-coaching prospects
-One Last Time
  A victory will send ASU on to Chattanooga
-Weinke is the likely starter for Panthers vs. Giants

Music City- Tigers sell out their tickets
  Clemson has sold out of its 11,500 tickets for the Music City Bowl in Nashville, the athletic department announced Friday.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

NCHSAA Championships: Rampants taking aim at their fourth title
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NCHSAA Championships: Pirates try to slay the giant
  Riverside will look to snap Independence's 107-game winning streak and prevent Patriots from claiming seventh straight title.
-O'Brien receives approval
  N.C. State's new football coach gets the OK from UNC Board of Governors and NCSU's trustees.

From the Charlotte Observer
-NCHSAA Championships: Charlotte football goes 3 deep
  For the 1st time, 3 Charlotte-area teams will compete for state titles at the same time
-Youngstown St. to test Appalachian St. streak

ACC football is in crisis
  Progress is negligible at best, and this season the ACC's collective performance declined markedly.
Hampton Roads Daily Press (12.07.06)

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Larranaga, GMU ready for Blue Devils' best shot
-Hagen named to UNC-CH staff

December 8, 2006

Rich, Alabama still talking
  Report says deal for Rodriguez would be in $2 million range
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Tide lands Rodriguez for salary of $2M
  Coach leaving West Virginia after 6 years to replace Shula
Huntsville Times

Mids increase appeal as others target Johnson
  He was rumored to be a candidate at Duke in 2003, at East Carolina in 2004 and Mississippi in 2005. Sources said several other schools have expressed interest in Johnson, who reportedly has been offered and turned down four job offers during his time in Annapolis.
Annapolis Capital

From the Columbia (SC) State
-USC fans answer call to Memphis
  School’s ticket sales top 11,000 mark as fans find more to do in host city
-Sooners shoot down USC
-Sixth sense
  Stephen Garcia’s committment to USC makes him the sixth 4-star recruit the choose the Gamecocks

Wake Forest will be stretched to sell all its Orange Bowl tickets
  Wake Forest, the smallest school selected for the Orange Bowl in nearly 50 years, has a chance to sell out its allotment of 17,500 seats for the game in Miami while claiming an undergraduate enrollment of 4,200
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Win -- at what cost?
  Boosters' funds create concerns
-Among Wolfpack, a sense of acceptance
  Fans would have liked a higher-profile coach, but they and the players look forward to forgetting the past and seeing what Tom O'Brien can do.
-Report- Miami hires Shannon

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Unofficially Official- O'Brien to be State's coach; only question now is when
-Night & Day- O'Brien is so different from Amato
-Preps: Manteo has old-school football style
  QB Emanuel Davis. Davis, a 5-11, 197-pound senior committed to East Carolina, then changed his mind and committed to North Carolina.  But with the coaching change (at UNC-CH), he is undecided right now.

December 7, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-State nabs BC's coach
  Sources say O'Brien will succeed Amato
-College-Football Notebook Kosar is interested in Miami opening
-Skinner says quarterback position is wide open
-Injury may give Weinke his shot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-State offsides with BC
  Apparently ACC expansion also did away with a sense of collegiality.
-NCSU reported to pick BC coach to replace Amato
-Mountainous task too much for Pack
-Sloppy win for Devils
-Brind'Amour hurt in Cup rematch
-West Virginia hopes Rodriguez will stay

Schedule thud in 2007 not good for Big East football
  The Big East pays its schools $101,694 per network TV appearance in road games -- but only for visiting a BCS school.  So, WVU had an ESPN2 game at East Carolina, but no check.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Birmingham News
-Bid for Rodriguez expected
  University of Alabama officials did not offer UA's head football coaching position to West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez on Wednesday, but multiple sources close to the search said that action likely is close.
-Saying goodbye too difficult for Rodriguez

Bowdens hope for a better year in 2007
  His dad's team lost to its bitter rival for the third consecutive year. Now that rival is playing for it all in the national title game.
Spartanburg Herald Journal

Black Saturday- Appalachian State fans turn out to watch their Mountaineers
Fayetteville Observer

December 6, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Johnson could be Pack man
   N.C. State athletics director Lee Fowler doesn't need to stage an extreme makeover in his quest to find a new football coach.
-Grobe's future is now
  AD: Coach's deal being discussed.
-Report- Hagen coming to UNC-CH
  Bulldogs coach Pat Hill told the Fresno (Calif.) Bee on Tuesday that his offensive coordinator, Steve Hagen, is expected to leave Fresno State to become an assistant for the Tar Heels.
-Kenan expansion in planning stage
-Daugherty gets TV job on racing

Underdog role might belong to Seahawks for next few games
Wilmington Star-News

Navy has had success with Johnson’s offense
  When it comes to Paul Johnson’s chances of landing a head coaching job with a major Division I-A football program, the very thing that has led to his greatest success is also what’s holding him back.
Tuscaloosa News

Watching those coaches go round and round
The Sporting News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-WFU hopes to maintain momentum in recruiting
-Happy Times- Deacons are enjoying the fruit of their labor
  Coach Jim Grobe was basking yesterday in the glow of Wake Forest's first ACC football championship in 36 years.
-Remaining contenders have glittering resumes
  Appalachian faces tough field in Division I-AA
-Fourth-Quarter Blues- Panthers are becoming exasperated by their inability to hold leads at end of games

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Cremins leaves with a loss
Gamecocks cruise in win over team coached by former USC star
-No extension in the works for Bowden
  Bowden’s contract to remain unchanged after ‘disappointing’ 2006 season
-Clemson holds a monopoly on tickets
  All other sources are sold out for the game
-Terriers no trouble for Tigers
After several close games in recent years, Clemson rolls past Wofford

Rodriguez meets with ’Bama brass
  Rich Rodriguez met with Alabama officials for at least 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon in New York, a meeting Rodriguez termed as “a very informal talk” about the Crimson Tide’s football program.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

College Football Report- ODU posts ad in search for head coach
The Virginian Pilot

Independence pipeline flowing
USA Today

December 5, 2006

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers turn win into loss yet again
  It doesn't get much more devastating. The Carolina Panthers, with a victory practically in their pocket the entire night, lost 27-24 to Philadelphia on Monday night as Jake Delhomme ended Carolina's final two possessions with brutal interceptions.
-Winthrop takes Wisconsin to OT in defeat
  Eagles rally from 14 down but fall for 3rd time to a ranked team
-Charlotte pulls together strong offense
  49ers shoot 52 percent, beat Asheville despite problems on defense
-Bronko Nagurski Award: Laurinaitis top defender

Odom hopeful fans will be polite
  Cremins will take his team to battle Gamecocks
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-LSU assistant Fisher shows interest in Pack
  Add Louisiana State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher to the list of those interested in the N.C. State football coaching vacancy.
-Kenan plans get OK
  Following on the heels of a $1.86 million annual contract for new coach Butch Davis, the North Carolina-Chapel Hill football program won approval of a $75 million expansion at Kenan Stadium.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-There's a chance Rodriguez will go
  Whoever it was who said there are two sides to every story obviously never paid attention to any major university’s search for a new football coach.
-Saturday’s OT loss hurt Rutgers in more ways than one

Bama officials expected to meet with Rodriguez
Birmingham News

Gator Bowl likes Mountaineers' ability to sell tickets
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

Wake Forest AD finally enjoys some football success
  Ron Wellman was never so happy to see the Wake Forest campus covered in toilet paper.
ashington Daily News

December 4, 2006

Depth-shy Pack falls to Cavaliers
  The 25th-ranked Cavaliers score the last five points for a 67-62 victory in the first ACC game played in John Paul Jones Arena.
Raleigh News & Observer

Rodriguez contacted again
  Sources say WVU coach not pursuing position, but would not ignore an offer
Charleston Gazette

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Wake Forest to face Louisville in Orange Bowl
-Appalachian State takes on Youngstown State on Saturday

Wake Forest coach sets standard for excellence
Kinston Free Press

Hokies, Georgia to meet in Chick-fil-A Bowl
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Tigers excited despite slip to Music City spot
Anderson Independent

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Different beats
  Forget singing the blues, Gamecocks look forward to a trip to the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll
-USC adds two more recruits
  Ingram has offers from North Carolina, NC State and East Carolina, but he said he would not make other visits.
-BCS Sunday offers plenty to chew on
  SEC and Arkansas are big winners; Boston College, Big East are big losers

From the Charlotte Observer
-BCS got it right with Florida in title game
-Better get used to big paydays
  Colleges to continue to pass bucks
-NFL: The circle of blame
  Panthers' production down, but by no measure is solution easy
-BC making a return visit
  Charlotte's Meineke Car Care Bowl renewed acquaintances with Boston College.
-Who'll win Nagurski

Skins race to early lead, but Atlanta prevails
The Virginian Pilot

Miami's Saban out as candidate
  Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban on Sunday again denied interest in the vacant head football coaching position at the University of Alabama.
Birmingham News



December 10, 2006

From the Birmingham News
-Brown headed back home
  Watson Brown is headed back to his hometown to become the head football coach at Tennessee Tech
-Brown says decision wasn't easy
  The UAB football coaching position officially became open Saturday night when Watson Brown was announced as the new man at Tennessee Tech.
-AU receivers coach interviews with Tulane
  Auburn's Tommy Tuberville says he understands the attraction other universities have toward his assistant coaches.
-Blazers pull out another OT win
  The performance of the UAB men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon against former Conference USA rival DePaul wasn't pretty.

-Aggies Nip Miners on Bizarre Finish, 71-69
  Justin Hawkins made two free throws with five seconds left to send New Mexico State past UTEP
-No. 16 Tigers Roll Over Rebels
-UAB Edges DePaul, 58-57 in Overtime
-Tulane Loses 53-51 to TCU on Buzzer-Beater
-Southern Miss Begins Preparation for GMAC Bowl
-Women's Hoop Roundup

From the El Paso Times
-Price says he's staying; Idaho coach going to ASU
  University of Texas at El Paso head football coach Mike Price, who had been rumored to be a leading candidate for the coaching vacancy at Arizona State, said Saturday that he would stay at UTEP.
-Miners fret over what might have been in loss
  For Miner coach Tony Barbee, it was more like a bitter, bitter pill, a pill that seemed the size of an ostrich egg on the way down.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers look good - as they must every game
-Ready for liftoff
-Bowls to snooze through, dream about

From the New Orleans Time Picayune
-Tulane looking for stability, success
-Last-second shot sinks Wave

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Q & A with Mark Snyder
  Mark Snyder would rather be juggling practices and plane rides, but he’s hardly idle.
-A journey driven by basketball
  Jean Francois Bro Grebe spoke no English when he came to America.
-Former players reflect on "We Are Marshall"

Frosh Fletcher, USM backfield on mend
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Knights remain unbeaten
  It wasn't noticeable by the final score Saturday, but UCF's 87-65 victory against Florida Atlantic won't be the game that the Golden Knights go to when looking for highlights of the season's best moments.
Orlando Sentinel

Bowl Season- Getting to know you- A closer look at the bowl opponent for Tulsa
Tulsa World

December 9, 2006

Solich, Bower eager to meet next month in GMAC Bowl
Mobile Register

Auburn aide visits with Wave
  Auburn wide receivers coach Greg Knox went through the interview process for the Tulane coaching position while South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said Friday that he's not interested in the job, sources close to the university said.
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Nix says no to Tulane
  USC assistant denies interviewing with Green Wave, the third school to come calling
Columbia (SC) State

Herd welcomes top-tier talent
  Dynamic playmakers on both sides of the ball descended on Marshall University this weekend for official football recruiting visits.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Price doubts he's top choice to be ASU coach
  UTEP athletic director Bob Stull knew when he hired Mike Price to lead a troubled Miner football program that the decorated coach was likely to turn it around.
El Paso Times

UH football coach Briles to sign 5-year deal
  Contract covers 2007-11; details to be revealed today
Houston Chronicle

Men's Basketball Weekend Notebook

Calipari prescribes tougher practice for lethargic Tigers
  When the University of Memphis's schedule turned, nearly two weeks ago, into a mad dash of games and travel with little time for a breather, coach John Calipari's natural inclination was to back off.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tonight's game- Jacksonville at UCF
Orlando Sentinel

December 8, 2006

Nix follows Price for TU talks
  Texas-El Paso offensive coordinator Eric Price was winding up his visit and interviews for the vacant Tulane coaching position Thursday, and South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix is expected to go through the interview process today, according to sources close to the university.
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Eagles ready to face Solich's Ohio squad
  Former Nebraska boss 2-0 vs. Bower
Biloxi Sun Herald

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

Herd still looking for more help at defensive tackle
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Briles adjusts to comforts of home
  By winning the Conference USA title, Houston coach Art Briles and his Cougars earned the "home-field advantage" for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl
-A foul situation
  There were no illusions at the beginning of this season that University of Memphis forward Joey Dorsey would suddenly, as a junior, reverse all the enigmatic tendencies that in his first two years often betrayed his copious physical talents.

Brown's future subject of debate
  Another day passed without official word on the future of Watson Brown as UAB's head football coach.
Birmingham News

So What's Matt Doherty Up To?
Wilmington Star News

SMU basketball to benefit from new facility
  The Crum Basketball Center, a basketball-only practice facility that is part of a $13 million project.
Dallas Morning News

Herd eager to shake off Memphis loss
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Miners look forward to playing Aggies again
  Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States the first time these two old rivals got after each other on the basketball court.
El Paso Times

December 7, 2006

-C-USA Coaches Select UH's Art Briles As Coach of the Year
-Coaches Announces Football Coaches Players of the Year
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Women's Hoops Update

Miner guard Clarke arrested for assault
El Paso Times

Herd searches for additional running backs
  Terrell Edwards, 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back from Mobile, Ala...offers include ones from Marshall, Southern Miss, East Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Brown's future subject of debate
  Another day passed without official word on the future of Watson Brown as UAB's head football coach.
Birmingham News

Snyder's recruiting class taking shape
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Vols earn Tigers’ respect
  Tennessee 76, Tigers 58
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Green Wave rebounds nicely against Bulls
New Orleans Times Picayune

Southern Miss drubs Knights
  USM set to face No. 4 Alabama in Mobile
Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles win ugly, improve to 7-0
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Bunting wins C-USA honor
Tulsa World

December 6, 2006

-C-USA Announces Football Coaches All-Conference Teams
  Conference Champion Houston Produces League-High 13 Selections
-Conference USA Announces Coaches All-Freshman Team
  SMU Places League-High Five Players on the Squad
-Women's Hoop Roundup
-Swimming & Diving Notebook
-38 Home Games, Return To Turchin Highlight 2007 Tulane Baseball Schedule

SEC gets another taste of Liberty
  The University of South Carolina will be the first Southeastern Conference team to play in the Liberty Bowl in more than a decade, but the Memphis-based bowl is no stranger to the SEC.
Greenville (SC) News

Pregame talk brings Tigers, Vols to a boil
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Golden Eagles off to strong start
  Eustachy: Weak early schedule helps team
Biloxi Sun Herald

New Orleans Times Picayune

Eagles' emphasis on exams
Hattiesburg American

December 5, 2006

-UTEP's Higgins Named a First Team All-American
-Tigers Storm Past Marshall 78-59
-Tulsa Tames Jackson State Tigers 79-54
-Blazers Return Home For Rare Tuesday Night Contest Against Minnesota
-Tulane Baseball's Latham, Hunt Named To Clemens Watch List

Bower, USM grateful for another chance to play
  We battled back and went through a lot, especially early and mid-year. After the East Carolina game, I think the guys regrouped.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Giannini says late date could help ticket sales
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Early C-USA start lets Tigers put early claim on first place
  For all the depth that coach John Calipari has been able to assemble at the University of Memphis, a clear theme has emerged seven games into this season.
-Tigers fall two spots in AP poll

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Herd falls to Tigers
  Playing its sixth game in 12 days might have taken a toll on the Marshall University men's basketball team.
-Linebacker verbally commits to MU
  Pennsylvania clearly is becoming a player in Marshall University's football recruiting efforts.

Tulsa pounds Tigers
  Golden Hurricane chomps outmanned Jackson State, 79-54
Tulsa World

Stull says ASU has not asked about Price
  UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said Monday that Arizona State has not asked permission to talk to head football coach Mike Price about its vacant coaching position
El Paso Times

Interest in Tulane
  Texas-El Paso offensive coordinator Eric Price confirmed Monday he has had brief conversations with Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson about the vacant Green Wave football coaching position. 
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Birmingham News
-Brown huddles with team; reports say Tennessee Tech job a possibility
  UAB head coach Watson Brown held a team meeting Monday afternoon at the school's football building to tell his players he is still their coach despite media reports that he will soon leave that job.
-Depth concerns Blazers' Davis
  UAB point guard Paul Delaney played all 40 minutes in last Saturday's win over Cincinnati.

Knights hire defensive coach
  It wasn't a former coaching buddy, but UCF Coach George O'Leary did go with an old friend in hiring his defensive coordinator.
Orlando Sentinel

2006-07 may be breakout season for USM, Carey
  The Southern Miss and the William Carey University men's basketball teams have struggled mightily in recent years.
Hattiesburg American

December 4, 2006

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  Conference USA teams picked up seven victories this weekend and two teams remain undefeated with five riding win streaks into the first week of Dec
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Women's Hoop Update

Bower, USM grateful for another chance to play
  Title game is rematch of battle of the best
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Birmingham News
-Troy, Rice finish strong to erase September woes
  Wake Forest's 30-0 victory over Florida State is showing some benefits in football recruiting.

Ranking the Bowl Games from 1 to 32
College Football News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Memphis, Marshall both hunt for C-USA opening win
  Though it may sound obvious, Marshall coach Ron Jirsa sees a potential benefit in opening Conference USA play tonight against the University of Memphis.
-Spurrier no stranger to Memphis
  Ex-USFL coach leads Gamecocks this time

Herd meets Memphis in C-USA opener
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Marshall faces tall task tonight
Charleston Gazette

SMU men defeat Texas College
Dallas Morning News

N.O. Bowl banks on Trojans to bring a crowd
  It had to be one of the oddest bowl invitation ceremonies of the year -- a dark and otherwise empty stadium in Miami, except for perhaps 200 Troy fans plus the school's pep band.
New Orleans Times Picayune