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Conference USA

December 17, 2006
Wright Brothers Day

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Orange Bowl resets ECU-Wake hoops to Jan. 1
Spurrier's wife, Lawing commit infractions
Rebs, Bulldogs shuffled on Memphis schedule

Pirates feel their coach deserving of new contract
New Bern Sun Journal

Jim Leavitt press conference from Dec 12th
  Head coach Jim Leavitt previews the team's upcoming bowl game.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Persistent Pinkney
  Humbled QB leads Pirates back to winning ways
-Hinnant off to a rough start
  Hinnant was expected to be a major contributor for this season's Pirate team.  So far, those expectations have been unfulfilled.
-Drive, desire lead Downing, ECU students to graduation
-ECU graduates to retire black gowns
  Starting in May 2007, graduates will wear purple robes.  The clothing change is part of a broader effort to make better use of the school's colors on campus.

December 16, 2006
Chanukah (Jewish)
Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
Anniversary - Boston Tea Party

BVL: Holtz gets raise, job security
BVL Audio: Holtz Pre-Bowl Week Press Conference
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Jim Louk, Drew Steele)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Appalachian State repeats as I-AA champ
DeBerry announces retirement at Air Force
Possible perp in Pata shooting held in Boston

-Skip Holtz' Contract Modified
  ECU Head Football Coach to Earn $4.35 Million Compensation Package
-Skip Holtz Press Conference Quotes
  Head Coach Skip Holtz Discusses The Bowl Game Against USF
-Men's Basketball Game Against Wake Forest Moved to January 1
  Pirates and Deacons set to usher in new year

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pay raise for Holtz
  East Carolina University invested in its football future Friday, giving head coach Skip Holtz an incentive-filled contract extension that adds two years onto the end of the coach's current deal.
-Down to a one-game season for Pirates
  The bowl week is officially on for East Carolina football and its supporters as the Pirates entered their game-week preparation for their pre-Christmas trip to Alabama next weekend.
-Tuition at ECU may rise
-Three Pitt players to represent NC in Shrine Bowl
  Tyrell Worthington, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior who's committed to play with East Carolina University next season, earned his spot after rushing for 2,591 yards and 28 touchdowns...Jonathan Williams one of the top rushers in the state is still undecided on where he'll attend school next season, although he is weighing options that include ECU...

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates happy to still be going in December
-Holtz gets contract extension
  ECU coach’s contract now goes through the 2011 season

ECU’s Holtz inks $4M deal
Kinston Free Press

ECU gives Holtz extension
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

With 40,000 tickets sold, focus shifts to attendance
  East Carolina says it has sold 6,000 tickets and intends to have 7,000-plus fans in Birmingham, including complimentary tickets.
Birmingham News

South Florida vs. East Carolina - Bowl Preview
CBS Sportsline

December 15, 2006
Chanukah (Jewish - begins at sundown)
Bill of Rights Day

Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Bowling by the numbers
-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
'Tis the season to be jolly for ECU

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Rep. Walter Jones)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Boone booming with football success
All-America: Rice's Dillard and UTEP's Higgins
Miami offensive coordinator moving to ASU

Poor shooting not all that's hurting ECU
  For all the attention given to East Carolina's recent inability to make shots, there's another equally disturbing trend for the men's basketball team.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Bulls Lightening Workload In Bowl Practices
  Leavitt provided the players with a little added incentive when he told them that if USF defeats East Carolina in the Bowl, he will continue the one-a-day practices leading up to next year's bowl.
Tampa Tribune

Ten NFL prospects to keep an eye on in bowl season
  Aundrae Allison/WR/East Carolina: A gifted pass catcher...

Scouting the Bowl season
Durham Herald-Sun

December 14, 2006
Birthday - Nostradamus

Myatt: View From The 'ville
Holland's crystal ball was 20-20
-BVL: Schools urging fans to trek to Birmingham

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Grobe gets national recognition for coaching
ECU women's soccer duo receives honors

Stokes talks to fans in Raleigh
New Bern Sun Journal

Ahh, bowls. The season that keeps on giving
Rocky Mount Telegram

Marshall movie touches Greenville audience
  To generate buzz for its new movie, "We Are Marshall," Warner Bros. treated 200 Greenville-area residents to a free screening of the film
Greenville Daily Reflector

South Florida-East Carolina Preview
  East Carolina makes its first bowl trip since 2001.

USF Bulls vs. East Carolina Pirates ( Bowl)
  The Bulls advance to their second-straight bowl game

Leavitt's aim- strike first
  Leavitt, offensive coordinator Rod Smith and four carefully selected Bulls players will compete against an East Carolina contingent in a "Bowling and BBQ Challenge" on Dec. 21 as part of the pregame fun for the inaugural Bowl
St Petersburg Times

Plant's Marve, Weiner Spotted At USF Practice
Tampa Tribune

BC To Talk To Gilbride
  Boston College has been granted permission to interview Giants quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride for its head coaching job...He also was a college assistant at East Carolina
Hartford Courant

December 13, 2006

Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Calm before bowl week about to end
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Beth Ward, Andy Foreman)
WNCT: Midweek Tailgate
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Pirate baseball competes to get in shape
Holy Toledo! Green Wave's search over
Arizona State fills football coaching void

Campbell Honored With Two Post-Season Awards
  East Carolina women's soccer players Amber Campbell and Sarah Kirkley both received post-season accolades for their stellar play throughout the 2006 season.

Men and women's sports don't match up
The East Carolinian

USF Seeks Bowl Support From Fans
  "We had about 5,000 in Charlotte. I'd like to see 7,000, 8,000 in Birmingham. Can we improve? That's what I'd like to see,'' Leavitt said.
Lakeland Ledger

Bulls consider bowl a big deal
Bradenton Herald

USF Eager To Make Amends For Last Season's Bowl Loss
  After laying a goose egg in a 14-0 loss against North Carolina State in last year's Meineke Car Care Bowl, the University of South Florida football team (8-4) is eager to make amends in the Bowl against East Carolina (7-5) on Dec. 23.
Tampa Tribune

Sources- BC interviews Jagodzinski
  Officials at Boston College have interviewed Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski for the school's head coach vacancy...He also was a college assistant at East Carolina from 1989 to 1996

December 12, 2006

Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Holiday hustle and bowl bustle collide
-Monroe: Been There, Done That
Two teams on the way up meet again
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Greg Thomas)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (J. Bass, S. Weatherbee)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Garrard not complaining after Jags win
Rutgers' Schiano named coach of year
Wolfpack dominates Lady Pirates in Raleigh

ECU Baseball Finishes Fall With Annual Fire of Blackbeard Challenge
  The East Carolina baseball team completed its Annual Fire of Blackbeard Challenge last week as the 2006 fall practice schedule came to an end, with Mike Flye, Trent Ashcraft, Brandon Henderson, Broc Sutton and Zach Cooper guiding the white team to the Second Annual championship.

Garrard could face Rivers in AFC championship game
  The headlines seemed to tell the story very well: "Garrard leads Jags to win."
Durham Herald-Sun

USF Offense More Exciting Than Last Year
  Despite returning to the spread offense after two years of relying on the tireless running of former TB Andre Hall, the University of South Florida's offensive output is similar to that of a year ago.
Tampa Tribune

Preps: Central Downs South In OT
  Rodney Cox, who has verbally committed to East Carolina for football, had 19 points and 22 rebounds
Dunn Daily Record

December 11, 2006

O'Brien: College Notebook No. 20
Grobe, Wake are rare model
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Watson Brown heads home to Tennessee Tech
Boston College names Spaziani interim coach
Georgia Tech's Johnson wins Biletnikoff award

ECU has history with bowl foe
  Scars linger, often long after the pain from the initial injury fades away.
Raleigh News & Observer

Fields a bright spot on the court for Pirates
  Freshman already proving to be excellent shot blocker
New Bern Sun Journal

Wolfpack stuffs ECU women
Greenville Daily Reflector

NC State runs sink Pirates
Durham Herald Sun

NFL: Garrard has an easy day
Florida Times Union


December 17, 2006

North Carolina defeats South Carolina, 23-16
  Williams earns MVP at Shrine Bowl
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Moore wanted Apps to have fun on their way to a title
-'GREATEST FEELING'- It was a night to remember for ASU
-Young Deacs on road again
  Wake Forest opens its ACC season against Virginia Tech
-Distractions will follow the Deacs
  Wake Forest back on the practice field preparing for the Jan. 2 Orange Bowl
-NBA: Pierce hits key shot, Celtics beat Bobcats
-IF, IF, IF- Panthers don't even know who to root for

Pack shows it's shallow but strong
Durham Herald Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack tough, balanced in victory
  All six Pack players score in double figures, and help for State's short bench may come soon.
-N.C. builds Shrine momentum
  North Carolina wins the football game for the third time in the past four years.
-Canes fulfill a burning need
  Ward's play helps end 5-game slide.

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Thompson departs
  Spurrier says he understands why QB is unhappy with depth chart
-Bowden mum on money
  Coach declines to continue verbal jabs with Spurrier regarding raises

Tigers' Chancellor to transfer
  Clemson reserve running back Demerick Chancellor has informed Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden that he plans to transfer to another school.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Redskins seek answers in last 3 games
Hampton Roads Daily Press

`No one's more connected than Chuck Neinas'
Birmingham News

December 16, 2006

ASU wins second Nat'l Championship
  Appalachian State 28, Massachusetts 17
Watauga Democrat

From the Winston Salem Journal
  Appalachian State wins I-AA national championship again Richardson has 179 yards and all four touchdowns
-College Football Notebook
-Falcons coach Mora explains comments
  Jim Mora said yesterday that he was trying to be funny when he said he would leave Atlanta to coach the University of Washington football team.

East Carolina gives Holtz a new deal; UNC-CH hires assistant
Greensboro News-Record

Bare-bones NCSU awaits coach
  It will be mostly a skeleton crew around the North Carolina State football program for a few weeks until new coach Tom O’Brien assembles a staff.
Kinston Free Press

Pack can count on Costner
  Before the season, as part of their personality profiles, N.C. State's men's basketball players were asked who the team's biggest surprise would be.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Gamecocks report nine violations
  Assistant has recruiting responsibilities restricted
-Jerri Spurrier's 'welcome' letters now an NCAA no-no
  Coach's wife got on the wrong side of the NCAA for writing handwritten letters to players after they had already signed national letters of intent with the University of South Carolina.
-Tigers to stay with game plan -- for now

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Spurrier fires back at Bowden
  Ol’ Ball Coach says if Bowden wants a raise, he should just ask for one from Clemson
-Bowden denies ’Bama contact
  Report claims headhunter had contacted coach about Tide opening
-Coach hopes USC does not quit at bowl
  Spurrier was unhappy with last year’s group, but 2006 seniors vow to be different

Air Force's DeBerry retires
  Wofford graduate Fisher DeBerry retired Friday after 23 years as the head football coach at Air Force.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Charlotte Observer
-Shrine Bowl: N.C.'s power run game faces quick S.C. defense
-NBA: Bobcats looking for wins

December 15, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-ASU reaps the benefits of success at I-AA level
  Mountaineers know that there are always more mountains to climb. The Appalachian State Mountaineers won their first national football championship last December, and they can win another trophy tonight against Massachusetts.
-Chattanooga showdown- Appalachian State expects tough game from Massachusetts
-ASU Notebook- Jackson says this year has been Moore's best
-Deacs to return to practice today
-NBA: May scores 32, Morrison adds 22 to lead Bobcats over Magic 99-89

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-O'Brien's top possible salary $1.85 million
  Incentives boost the $1.1 million base.
-Wolfpack aims to boost talent under O'Brien
-Odom says Gray might be allowed to play
  South Carolina basketball coach Dave Odom says recruit Chad Gray has "done well" in classes at Midlands Technical College and could be available for the Gamecocks game with Princeton on Wednesday.
-NHL: The 'Mo' we didn't know
  More relaxed and content, Paul Maurice returns to the RBC Center -- three years to the day after the Canes fired him.

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Bowden denies ’Bama contact
  Report claims headhunter had contacted coach about Tide opening
-USC makes room for Bowl, and basketball
  To accommodate football fans, Dec. 29 basketball game switched to 8 p.m.

Path is open for Charlotte 49ers football
Charlotte Observer

Rodriguez situation catches Neinas by surprise
  Consultant Chuck Neinas still believes that, in the end, the University of Alabama will be able to make a successful hire for its vacant head football coaching position.
Birmingham News

Teen girl sues Marcus Vick for $6.3 million
  A 17-year-old girl alleges Marcus Vick caused her "psychological trauma" as a result of a sexual relationship
Hampton Roads Daily Press

December 14, 2006

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Emory an institution in NC
  Not only did Ed Emory spend time as a high school coach, he spent four years as an assistant at Clemson and was the head coach at East Carolina, his alma mater
-Nix isn't fond of rumors
  Nix's name has popped up recently in several schools' head coaching searches: North Texas (which filled its vacancy Tuesday), Tennessee Tech and Tulane.

Shrine Bowl: NC offensive strategy will be to run, run, run
  Charlotte Catholic's Ben Herlocker, who has committed to East Carolina and rushed for 2,577 yards and 36 touchdowns, sees NC Head Coach Ed Emory's expectations as a compliment.
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Boone booming with success
  App. State's football title affects athletics facilities, academics.
The Escape Clause
  Fired ACC and SEC football coaches give the jolly old elf their wish lists.
-Wolfpack fires diving coach
  N.C. State has fired head diving coach Mike Finneran, who was arrested last Thursday on charges he did not pay state taxes.
-Gibbs isn't getting it done
  Coach takes the blame for Redskins' problems, but what will change?
-Sting sent packing by Bobcats owner
  The Charlotte Sting was turned over to the WNBA on Wednesday after Charlotte Bobcats' officials said they would no longer operate the team.
-More ideas for shoppers
  Gift-givers still searching for just the right item might try looking at what the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has to offer.
-Duke parents travel near, far to see sons

From the Winston Salem Journal
-DePaul races past WFU 78-63
  Jerry Wainwright, DePaul's coach and a former Wake Forest assistant, said earlier this week that he's already seen enough games against the Deacons.
-Had a Few? Jimmie Johnson's crash wasn't fueled by gas
-Delhomme still unable to get grip on football
-Four Mountaineers named All-America

Neinas calling on Tide's behalf
  Consultant Chuck Neinas is crafting a plan for the University of Alabama's vacant head football coaching position in case Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban says no, according to sources.
Birmingham News

USC's ticket allotment is sold
  The University of South Carolina has already reached one milestone for the Liberty Bowl.
Greenville (SC) News

Family continues the Duke tradition
Durham Herald Sun

December 13, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Grobe gets national coach-of-year awards
-WFU to play DePaul tonight
  Deacs, coming off exam break, will try to end 2-game skid
-Smith says Knight is worthy successor

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Tickets sell out quickly
  USC’s initial share of Liberty Bowl ducats move in less than a week
-Recruiting | 'Wow' factor
  USC and Clemson have it in their 2007 recruiting classes, boosting them into the top 25 of nationwide rankings

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-ACC title game remains a work in progress
-UNC-CH adds two more assistants
  Blake, Williams have old ties to Davis.
-Canes go in other direction

Tigers break seven-year drought, crack top 25
  The Clemson men’s basketball team’s 10-0 start has earned it a major honor — the Tigers’ first national ranking in over seven years.
Anderson Independent

Rep. Jones asks U.S. Attorney General for help in Duke case
Greenville Daily Reflector

Narron to highlight banquet
Wilmington Star News

Coach- Iverson didn't nix deal
  Charlotte Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff angrily denied a report in Tuesday's Philadelphia Inquirer saying the Bobcats were close to a deal to acquire Allen Iverson.
Charlotte Observer

December 12, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Triangle ties two who do it right
  Quarterbacks Rivers and Garrard show their class on and off the field
-UNC-CH outrage spurs Duke rebuke
  It was bad enough that Tar Heel loyalists had infiltrated Duke University's hallowed basketball kingdom -- first at Krzyzewskiville and then Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Two more UNC-CH football assistants won't be retained
  Tar Heel football coach chooses not to retain Pearman, Brock on his staff.
Durham Herald-Sun

Coaching Searches- Winners and Losers

Sources- Iverson nixes trade to Bobcats
Hampton Roads Daily Press

ASU's Friday game a sellout
  Mountaineers fans eager to attend I-AA title game
Winston Salem Journal

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Shrine Bowl players brighten days for children in hospital
-Hunter to miss bowl
  Any way it's sliced, losing tight end Thomas Hunter to an injury complicates Clemson's preparation for the Music City Bowl.

ISP Sports emerges as winner in Big East rights bidding war
  ISP Sports, the nation’s largest sports rightsholder, has emerged from a pool of eight bidders to take over the marketing rights for the Big East Conference beginning July 1, 2007.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

December 11, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Struggles continue- Panthers' hopes for postseason take big hit
-Hokies thrash Mountaineers

We all were wrong about this season
  The Carolina Panthers are not going to win the Super Bowl or make the Super Bowl or make the playoffs. Sunday was more than a loss. It was a concession speech.
Charlotte Observer

Least of the East. Skins sink further behind
The Virginian Pilot

Speedy Appalachian shifts focus to UMass, title
Greensboro News-Record

Shrine Bowlers relish experience
  70th Annual North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl game being played on Saturday at Wofford College.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Seahawks going back to basics
Wilmington Star News



December 17, 2006

-Bowl Preparations Continue For Cougars
-Marshall Basketball Drops Game To Tigers, 61-45
-UAB Falls To VCU, 53-44
-Aggies Exit El Paso With 68-62 Victory
-Rice Baseball Announces Roster Addition For Spring Semester

From the Birmingham News
-Looks like Callaway is UAB's man
  Neil Callaway (Georgia's offensive coordinator) could be introduced as UAB's head football coach as early today.
-Who's really running UAB football?
-UA is UAB's biggest problem

Bowls provide some must-see matchups
Houston Chronicle

TU hungry for chance vs. Sooners
Tulsa World

SMU men extend win streak to six
Dallas Morning News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Princeton smothers Herd with signature slow style
-Strong safety prospect visiting Marshall campus this weekend
  Strong safety Jordan Delegal, a former North Carolina State signee, toured campus this weekend

Bama too much for USM
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Davidson, Tide reject USM
Mobile Press Register

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-C-USA stretches wings in SEC tie-in
  League stepping into ring with heavyweight
-Tigers' Cooper struggled before finding a place to belong
-Tigers have double session of Camp Cal

December 16, 2006

-Conference USA Football Bowl Notebook
  Five Conference USA teams are preparing to play in postseason bowl games.
-UAB Men's Basketball Team Embarks On Two-Game Road Trip Beginning Saturday At VCU
-Women's Hoop Roundup

From the Birmingham News
-3 Blazers logging iron-man minutes
  UAB junior Paul Delaney III played 50 minutes in last week's double overtime victory over Minnesota and followed that up with a 45-minute effort in an overtime win over DePaul.
-`Out of sync' Tide to face upstart USM

Golden Eagles optimistic of win at Bama
Hattiesburg American

USM's first test- Gulp! No. 9 Bama
  The tuneup is over.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tide will give USM first real test
  Mobile will be like home for Alabama
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Birmingham News
-Miners, Aggies ready for Round 2
-UTEP asks for ref to be removed from crew
  Much has been made of the officiating during last Saturday's game between New Mexico State and UTEP at the Pan American Center, particularly in the final seconds. The Aggies won 71-69 on two free throws by junior Justin Hawkins with 5.8 seconds to play after a foul was called on Miner guard Stefon Jackson.

SMU goes on road after successful homestand
Dallas Morning News

Herd takes on patient Princeton
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Slow down Princeton present big challenge for Herd
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

TU frosh helps team cut down on turnovers
Tulsa World

State in, Rebs out on Tiger schedule
  University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said Friday that Mississippi State will replace Ole Miss on the Tiger football schedule in 2010 and 2011.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

QB Snead likes what he sees at UH
  Jevan Snead is in Oxford, Miss., visiting the Mississippi Rebels, but the former Texas quarterback was impressed by what he saw during Thursday's visit with the Houston Cougars.
Houston Chronicle

December 15, 2006

From the Birmingham News
-UAB had Fisher until trustees sacked deal
-Fisher too rich for Blazers
  UAB's top choice for its head football coaching vacancy - LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher - was nixed before school administrators had a chance to talk with him Thursday.

Nix pulls out of UAB search
  Gamecock's Defensive coordinator said Thursday night that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the head-coaching vacancy at UAB
Myrtle Beach Sun News

UGA Assistant coach talks with UAB
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

UAB job interests Callaway
  Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway expressed an interest in the East Carolina opening in 2004 when his name was linked, saying at the time, "I'd like to be a head coach."
Online Athens

Callaway interviews for UAB position
Macon Telegraph

Report- Fisher to interview for UAB job
  Among the obstacles UAB might encounter in hiring Fisher is the school’s lack of competitive facilities and his status as one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the Southeastern Conference and in the country.
Baton Rouge Advocate

Merritt, Bush won't return to Marshall
  Marshall University football attrition is expected to be limited, but a pair of defensive backups will not return in 2007.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

QB Snead tours UH campus
  After meeting with Cougars coach Art Briles in Austin on Wednesday, former Texas Longhorns quarterback Jevan Snead visited the University of Houston on Thursday.
Houston Chronicle

USM football players honored
Hattiesburg American

Tigers start fast before bad habits creep in against APSU
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jackson getting in on the action
  7-foot backup center showing steady improvement for Marshall
Charleston (WV) Gazette

December 14, 2006

-Rice's Dillard and UTEP's Higgins Named AP All Americans
-Southern Mississippi-Ohio Preview
-Tulsa-Utah Preview
-Strong Second Half Propels Mustangs Past Prairie View, 68-51
-Miners Dominate Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 79-51

Around Conference USA
USA Today

A look around the non-BCS conferences

LSU's Fisher in running for UAB job
  LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will interview today for the head coaching job at Alabama-Birmingham, according to media reports.
New Orleans Times Picayune

USM bucking tradition in GMAC Bowl
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM makes Wise choice
  Freshman has helped lead Golden Eagles to 7-0 start
Biloxi Sun Herald

Schedule could haunt Tigers
  Calipari promises balance in the future
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Dallas Morning News
-Hunt remained close to SMU
  Lamar Hunt made his name as a professional sports entrepreneur, but he also left an indelible mark on Dallas' collegiate sports scene.
-Coach barks, Mustang men respond
  All in all, SMU got what it wanted out of its five-game home stand: five wins. But coach Matt Doherty reached a boiling point Wednesday before the Mustangs sealed it, 68-51, over hard-playing Prairie View A&M at Moody Coliseum.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Humphrey, Herd hustle past Raiders
-Herd's Slate a freshman All-American

Herd comes alive for win
  Marshall erases 15-point halftime deficit
Charleston (WV)

Minnesota hands UCF 1st loss
Orlando Sentinel

From the Hattiesburg American
-Southern Miss freshman learning college game quickly
-Southern Miss gets down to serious basketball this weekend

Bowling for good games
Charleston (SC) Post Courier

December 13, 2006

Tulsa- Hoping to break even
Tulsa World

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune
  Bob Toledo had seen this day before, and he remembered it well.
-Owls to arrive for New Orleans Bowl flying high
  At Rice, they're are doing something they haven't experienced for almost half a century -- practicing for a bowl game.

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers football program at crossroads
-LSU's Fisher to be interviewed
  UAB officials contacted LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher about the head football coaching opening at UAB and an interview is scheduled for Thursday.
-Fisher looks like right man for UAB job

Nothing new on Butler, N. Texas job
  Southern Miss assistant head coach Randy Butler said Sunday he has not been contacted about the North Texas head coaching position since he told UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal that he was interested several weeks ago.
Hattiesburg American

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice's Dillard named second-team All-American
-Seven Cougar seniors invited to postseason games

UCF will be right at home in 2007
  UCF officially announced its football opponents for 2007 on Monday, and the Golden Knights will play six home games in consecutive seasons for the first time since moving to Division I-A.
Orlando Sentinel

‘We Are Marshall’
Charleston Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-A night to remember
  Every one attending the premiere of "We Are Marshall" knew how the movie would end, but watching the personal story of the Marshall University plane crash that killed 75 people still packed the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
-Bright lights exciting, but heart of story trumps Hollywood
-Candlelight vigil honors those lost in plane crash
-Young Herd team members say film accurate, emotional
-Merthie doing double duty

Biddle, among others, always will remember Marshall
Durham Herald-Sun

Thousands turn out for 'We Are Marshall' premiere
Winston Salem Journal

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Liberty's big star will be on sideline
  Spurrier draws spotlight with coaching reputation
-Tigers' point guards struggle without go-to threat

Golden Eagles on the rise
  Larry Eustachy brought big-time credentials and the reputation for building solid basketball programs when he took over at Southern Miss two years ago, and the Golden Eagles are beginning to enjoy success.
Mobile Register

USM makes Wise choice
  Freshman has helped lead Golden Eagles to 7-0 start
Biloxi Sun Herald

UTEP men's team still seeks consistent play
El Paso Times

SMU guard hones a sense of direction
Dallas Morning News

December 12, 2006

Tulane hires ex-UCLA coach Toledo
  Tulane, again seeking to turn its downtrodden football program into a winner, turned to Bob Toledo, a proven winner with more than 35 years of experience, to lead the Green Wave.
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Tulane hires Toledo
  Tulane opted for longtime head-coaching experience when it hired former UCLA coach Bob Toledo as its new football coach Monday.
Baton Rouge Advocate

-Tulane Names Bob Toledo As Its Head Football Coach
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-SMU Men's Basketball Look To Complete Sweep In Five-Game Home Stand
-Golden Knights Receiving Votes in AP Poll
-Fletcher Named Freshman All-American by
-UH Football Daily Practice Report

Around Conference USA
USA Today

Blazer search could focus on LSU's Fisher
  The search for a new UAB football coach began quietly on Monday, which wasn't surprising considering UAB President Carol Garrison promised a "thorough, discreet and successful" search after the resignation of Watson Brown.
Birmingham News

UCF drops Gators from '07 schedule
  The Golden Knights' previously scheduled trip to Florida next season was replaced with a matchup at N.C. State
Florida Sun Sentinel

December 11, 2006

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
-Women's Hoop Roundup

Tulane seems unlikely to tap Auburn's Knox
  Auburn receivers coach Greg Knox could be out of the running for the top job at Tulane.
Mobile Register

O'Leary, Knights enter important offseason
  Sitting in his office recently, UCF Coach George O'Leary was reviewing tape of his team's season-ending victory over UAB and affirming in his mind what he was certain was an illegal formation by the Blazers to open the game.
Orlando Sentinel

Taking flight
  Tulsa's Darold Crow had one major goal during Sunday afternoon's game against Southern Arkansas -- blow up a disappointing shooting slump.
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