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East Carolina


Conference USA

December 24, 2006
Christmas Eve

BVL: Game Center: South Florida 24, East Carolina 17
-O'Brien: Bulls expose holes for ECU
-BVL: ECU-USF Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Postseason Scoreboard & Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz/USF post-game comments
WNCT Audio: Pepsi Game Day Countdown
-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
-Letter: A. Earnest Willis, Jr., Vanceboro, NC
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Returnees yield No. 1 baseball ranking for Rice
Owls wings clipped again at Superdome
Air Force alum succeeds DeBerry

Pirates Fall At Bowl

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Happy ending eludes Pirates
  ECU can't bounce back from USF's strong start
-System failure forces landing of ECU fan jet
  Hydraulic problems forced the emergency landing of a 727 jet carrying 170 East Carolina University football fans out of Kinston Regional Jetport on Saturday morning.
-Pirates bowled over by Bulls in Birmingham

Bulls' defense pillages East Carolina
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pinkney takes a pounding
  On a day that marked East Carolina's return to postseason football after a painful rebuilding process, the Pirates played one of their worst games in recent memory, falling 24-7 to South Florida in the Bowl.
-Bulls shut down Pirates

From the Kinston Free Press
-No fairy tale ending for Pinkney, seniors
-Pirate fans show spirit
-ECU charter makes emergency landing
-South Florida’s stifling defense suffocates Pirates

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU gets Bullied
-Pinkney’s final start a rough one
-Seniors’ fairy tale has unhappy end
-It’s back- A sports wish list for Santa

From the Washington Daily News
-Roach, Wilson end season bowling
-Copper will get first taste of playoffs

USF shuts down ECU 24-7 in Bowl
College Football News

Gambling Bulls defeat Pirates
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

From the Birmingham News
  The University of South Florida arrived at Legion Field on Saturday with scant bowl experience but plenty of prowess.
-Cheers for Bowl

Bulls Victorious Over East Carolina, 24-7; Capture First Bowl Game Title

From the Tampa Tribune
-A Bullish First
-USF-East Carolina Game Notes

From the St Petersburg Times
-Backup QB capitalizes on final opportunity
-Defense shines in Burnham's absence
-Walkon helps Bulls get off to quick start
-The biggest Bull market

Bulls make history
Florida Sun-Sentinel

USF rolls to first bowl win
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

December 23, 2006
ECU Bowl Gameday

Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
-BVL: Play ball!

-BVL: More images from Birmingham
BVL Audio: Bowl Kickoff Press Conference

WNCT: Bowling in Birmingham Special Program
WNCT: Talk of the Town from Birmingham

-BVL: Updated C-USA Postseason Scoreboard
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Nifong hangs on to unraveling Duke rape case
BYU seniors realize their dream in Las Vegas
Paulus wows homefolks, Coach K in Big Apple
Appalachian State basking in a multi-sport roll

USF vs East Carolina
Legion Field   - Birmingham, AL -1:00 PM ET
ESPN2 ESPN2-HD: Gary Thorne, Andre Ware and Todd Harris; PSN Radio: Jeff Charles and Carlester Crumpler; ESPN Radio: Pam Ward and Mike Gottfried.
WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

Gameday Forecast: Bowl

ECU plans to deliver in bowl
  East Carolina, in first bowl in 5 years, to play South Florida
Winston Salem Journal

ECU finds its way
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Countdown to kickoff
  ECU faces USF in Bowl today
-ECU fans celebrate bowl game

Pirates hope to grab Bulls by the horns
Washington Daily News

From the Birmingham News
-Tired of losing, Pirates turned season around
  The image defines East Carolina's season because of what it could have been. Phillip Henry, on the way to being a hero, crumpled onto the ground at Legion Field after losing a game-ending fumble Sept. 9.
-Fingers are crossed for Bowl
-Games had -- big names, -- big crowds --
  City's bowl story: Sington to Spurrier to Smith
-Bulls' Grothe a double-threat at quarterback

With Pirates, Skip rejoins the hot list
  Younger Holtz leads East Carolina in its 1st bowl appearance in five seasons today
Columbia (SC) The State

ECU's colorful bowl history
Fayetteville Observer

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Drew hopes most recent flight leads to Bowl win
-Friends and then enemies
-After the hype, Pirates ready to play
-ECU fans ready for bowl game

ECU, USF hoping to avoid bowl repeats
  East Carolina scored 61 points in its last bowl game -- and lost. South Florida, meanwhile, allowed a stingy 14 points in its only bowl appearance...That, by the way, also was a loss.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (AP)

Not all bowl 'gifts' are created equally
  ESPN has a heavy influence on the Bowl "gifts" given to players from South Florida and East Carolina.

Pirates anxious for bowl
Jacksonville Daily News

Friends turned enemy combatants
Kinston Free Press

Columbia (SC) The State

Bulls want their second time to be the charm
St Petersburg Times

Pressure weighing on USF
Orlando Sentinel

Bulls have plenty of reasons
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

From the Tampa Tribune
Bulls Staking Their Claim In State
-Bowl Offers Prime Grothe Watching

Grothe Walking in Spurrier's Tracks
Lakeland (FL) Ledger

Mid-major teams get bowl stage today
Suffolk  (VA) News-Herald

Tillery puts out ECU bowl gear
Kinston Free Press

Senior Bowl Notes
Mobile Register

December 22, 2006
Paint it Purple Friday
Winter Begins (Northern Hemisphere)
Capricorn Begins

Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Veteran defensive backs primed for test
-BVL: Day of somber, light moments

-BVL: More images from Birmingham
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz media session

WNCT: Talk of the Town
-BVL: Hoops: Eagles fly away in 2nd half

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Former ECU assistant Brindise leaving coaching
South Florida's Burnett apparently out for bowl
ECU's Mills scores 24 in losing effort in Cancun

Men's Basketball Suffers 19-Point Setback Against Winthrop
  Michael Jenkins scored 19 points to lead Winthrop to a 69-50 victory over East Carolina here Thursday night, sending ECU to its fifth consecutive loss.

Holtz brings ECU back
  Was it really just two years ago?
Greensboro News-Record

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU skid continues
  A three-point Winthrop lead at halftime turned into a 15-point cushion so fast that East Carolina's men's basketball team probably didn't know what hit it.
-Pirates get a history lesson in Birmingham
  Before the football players romped through an enthusiastic two-hour practice inside Legion Field two days prior to the kickoff of the Bowl, they spent about two hours engrossed in exhibits devoted to the American civil rights movement

Pinkney turns ECU around
Fayetteville Observer

2006 Bowl - East Carolina vs. South Florida

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-The Final Game
  Former Havelock star Bland enjoying his last chance to play as a Pirate
-ECU’s players moved by Birmingham’s civil rights history
-Movie rekindles emotions for ex-Pirate
-No Grothe spurt led QB to South Florida
  Lack of height allowed Bulls to reel in Big East Conference’s Rookie of Year
-Kinston native Jenkins leads Winthrop past ECU

Winthrop dismantles East Carolina
Kinston Free Press

Jenkins Shines In 69-50 Win Over East Carolina (12-21-06)

Second-half surge lifts Eagles
  With his team ahead just 25-22 at halftime of Thursday night's game against East Carolina, Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall had to come up with something to say.
Rock Hill Herald

Eagles surge in 2nd half
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-USF bullish on 'D'
-Pirates drop their fifth straight game Bowl- Keys to the game
The East Carolinian

From the Birmingham News
-Game could be top 10 in area for economic impact

A Homecoming- Sweet Home Alabama for USF coach
Winston Salem Journal

From the Tampa Tribune
-What's In A Name? Lots Of Exposure For Sponsors
  When University of South Florida fans watch Saturday's Bowl, they should take a moment to pay tribute to the Granddaddy of them all.
-Pirates Coach Holtz Familiar With Bulls
  While this will be the first meeting between the University of South Florida and East Carolina since Skip Holtz became ECU's coach two years ago, Holtz is more than familiar with the Bulls.

From the Tampa Tribune
-Bulls Enjoy Day Two Bowl Festivities After Last Practice
-Bulls Get Last Practice In On Thursday Before Bowl Game

From the St Petersburg Times
-Ejecting n-word from life
  Inspired by an column, USF offensive lineman Walt Walker is trying to drop the n-word from his own vocabulary, while trying to persuade his teammates to do the same.
-Freshman is man of the world
  USF special teams ace Houston Hess spent two years on a Mormon mission.

December 21, 2006
World Peace Day/Winter Solstice
Yule (Wiccan)

Myatt: View From The 'ville
Senior season offsets hard times for J.P.
-BVL: Turf tension; tickets moving

-BVL: More images from Birmingham
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz in Birmingham

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Brad Crone)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Cavanaugh joins Pirate baseball staff
Lady Pirates lose opener in Cancun to Pitt
Derek Dooley leaving Dolphins for La. Tech

Detroit Holds on For 62-57 Win Over East Carolina in Caribbean Classic

Pinkney, Allison leave mark on ECU football
Raleigh News & Observer

Roach hoping to receive special gift; Peele going out on a high note
  Unwrapping a bowl victory would make for a special Christmas gift and a perfect ending for Kevin Roach.
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates ready for first bowl game since 2001
-Holtz has utmost respect for Leavitt
-Eagles swoop into Minges tonight
-Henry has left Legion Field fumble in the past

Getting his groove back
  To anyone watching, the first three shots Winthrop's Michael Jenkins took against Mount St. Mary's on Monday night meant nothing other than the pair of 3-pointers and 15-footer were rim shaking misses.
Rock Hill Herald

Jagodzinski takes charge at BC
  Jagodzinski, however, downplayed reports out of North Carolina he had already hired former East Carolina head coach Steve Logan as his offensive coordinator

From the Birmingham News
-Mr. Personality
  Once a hot, up-and-coming coach, the son of Lou Holtz has recreated his own identity by re-energizing East Carolina.
-Mr. Enthusiasm

Holtz has revived ECU with help of solid defense, leadership of Pinkney
Winston Salem Journal

Pirates arrive in Birmingham, prepare for bowl
The East Carolinian

USF Football Opens Up Practice In Birmingham

Wanted- Respect
  South Florida knows how much a victory over East Carolina in the bowl could mean to its up-and-coming program.
Miami Herald (AP)

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Unassuming Grothe lets his play do the talking
-Garrard tries to accentuate positive

From the Tampa Tribune
-Sweet Home, Alabama
-Bulls In Rush To Sell More Tickets

Full speed ahead
St Petersburg Times

ESPN bowls for dollars with 27 big games coming up
Denver Post

December 20, 2006

Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Purple Army is on the move
-BVL: Pirates on the ground
-BVL: Images from Birmingham
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Steve Shankweiler)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU's Graham getting double exposure
Stanford names Harbaugh as new coach
Women's hoops contest called due to rain

-Pirates Fall In Cancun To Pittsburgh
-Brian Cavanaugh Named Baseball Director of Operations

Pitt topples East Carolina
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Cavanaugh goes from player to staffer at ECU
-Students seem fine with Holtz’s new deal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU recruits have chance to be bowled over Saturday
-Report- Logan to take Boston College job

From the Washington Daily News
-Holtz happy for his upper classmen
-Lee beaming about Birmingham Bowl joins gambling bonanza
Birmingham News Bowl Preview- USF vs. East Carolina

From the St Petersburg Times
-USF player ruled ineligible
-A Bull's-eye view of Birmingham

From the Tampa Tribune
-Pirates Had Shot To Help USF
-Blog: USF wins 62 percent of time

Super send-off for USF!
Tampa Bay's 10

Brindise resigns at UNLV
  Brindise, a former quarterback at Florida, came to UNLV after stints at East Carolina and the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

Another reason for the season
Walton (GA) Tribune

December 19, 2006

BVL: Hoops: Bears even the score in Baltimore
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU's Allison selected for Senior Bowl
BC picks longtime ECU assistant Jagodzinski
Television numbers up for college football

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's Flournoy awaiting return to home state
  Senior is one of two native Alabamans on ECU's football team
-Pirates drop fourth straight game
  AA basketball game might not have been all that East Carolina's men's team lost Monday night at Morgan State.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates' Henry grasps success
  After early fumble, receiver shows heart
-Bowl season starts tonight

-Pirates Fall on the Road at Morgan State
-ECU's Allison Selected To Participate In Senior Bowl
-ECU's Graham To Play In Two All-Star Games
-Patty Pierce Honored As NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-Region Honorable Mention

More Pirates to play in all-star games
  Allison, Graham are the latest ECU players to receive invitations
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz, Pirates ready for first bowl game since 2001
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Next Opponent: A little too close
  Winthrop needed quick start, fast finish to pull down win...The Eagles next play at East Carolina on Thursday
Rock Hill (SC)

He stands by his man
  Jack Del Rio re-affirmed his confidence in quarterback David Garrard’s ability to lead the Jaguars, a day after Garrard experienced the most traumatic day of his professional football career.

There's time for response
  With wild-card berth still in reach, Del Rio remains confident in QB Garrard.
Florida Times-Union

USF's Jenkins Sends Paperwork In To NFL
  As the University of South Florida prepares for Saturday's Papajohnscom Bowl against East Carolina, CB Mike Jenkins is taking preliminary steps to prepare for his future.
Tampa Tribune

Caldwell, 2 others look at NFL Draft status
St Petersburg Times

December 18, 2006

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 292
Bowling benefits abundant for ECU
-Monroe: Been There, Done That
Outlook mostly sunny for offense in 2007
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Former ECU aide Calloway takes helm at UAB
Auburn suspends three from bowl game
17,000-plus watch Nebraska win volleyball title

Pirate Basketball Gameday Central
  East Carolina will look to end its current three-game slide and earn its second road win of the season as it travels to Morgan State on Monday (7 p.m.).

Morgan State Game Notes (.pdf)
  Morgan State Basketball to Face East Carolina in Second Matchup

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Fresh off exams, ECU travels to Morgan State
  The Pirates, who haven't played since a 65-52 loss to South Florida on Dec. 9, will resume play tonight at Morgan State in Baltimore.
-ECU Notes- Graduate named state's top family doctor

ECU’s Wilson hopes for a sack full of sacks
  A sack full of sacks sounds like a pretty special Christmas present for C.J. Wilson.
Washington Daily News

  SATURDAY: Resurgent East Carolina is in the bowl business again, meeting South Florida in the Bowl (1 pm, ESPN2) in Birmingham, Ala
Charlotte Observer

Leavitt has built a winner at USF
Florida Sun Sentinel

South Florida-East Carolina Preview

South Florida by 3.5 points, total of 43
  For informational purpose only...

NFL news from the Florida Times-Union
-Garrard gives it away
  Tennessee returns three of Jaguars QB's four turnovers for TDs.
-Gift-wrapped loss


December 24, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Amato's style wears thin without wins
-Pack fumbles it away
  Cincinnati turned a endless stream of State ballhandling mistakes and mental gaffes into an 80-71 victory

Point Made- Wake Forest's Temple may never live down the one drop he had this year
Winston Salem Journal

Memphis memories cast a chill
  Only the cold proves memorable from USC’s last Liberty trip 18 years ago
Columbia (SC) The State

All I want for Xmas is a team that wins
  If you measure what we have against what we expected to have, 2006 is the worst year for major-league sports in Charlotte history.
Charlotte Observer

December 23, 2006

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Importance of bowl games lost in a crowd
-Tigers, Gamecocks getting due respect

Deacs top Spiders
  Visser leads offense with 17 points and Williams adds 16
Winston Salem Journal

Tigers No. 2, Gamecocks No. 3 in baseball poll
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Knight poised to tie Smith as Division I's winningest coach
-DA drops rape charges against Duke lacrosse players

December 22, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons to battle Spiders tonight
  Wake Forest plans to get its roller-coaster season going uphill against Richmond
-ASU grabs win over Vandy in San Juan
  Mountaineers race to tournament title with three eye-opening games
-Deacon Tower to be bigger than original blueprint
  Wellman: Construction of 125-foot tall structure set to begin next month

Wake to proceed with Deacon Tower project
Greensboro News-Record

BC Players push for Spaziani
  Among the names Jagodzinski was reportedly sifting through: former East Carolina coach Steve Logan (as offensive coordinator); Jack Bicknell III, the former Louisiana Tech head coach and BC lineman; and Jim Turner, a former Temple offensive line coach
Boston Globe

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers come to Henning's defense
-Charlotte won't leave on a holiday high note

Tigers preparing for bowl game without Coleman
  Walker ruled ineligible; Chancellor looking at I-AA options
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A smashing victory for Paulus, Devils
Streaks hard to come by

Growing pains
  If nothing else, the UNC-Wilmington basketball team has been consistently inconsistent this season.
Wilmington Star News

December 21, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NCSU doesn't pack it in
  Behind by 23 points against 10th-ranked Alabama in the second half, N.C. State pulls to six points down in the final minute to come away feeling good about its effort.
-Wolfpack flashes potential
-Another big loss for UVa

Into the Great Unknown- Long layoff before playing bowl game is a new experience for WFU's Grobe
Winston Salem Journal

December 20, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Wake Forest's leading receiver hurt in practice
-Appalachian State topples Virginia
-Deacons snap skid- Wake Forest romps past Gardner-Webb with hot shooting
-Davis trying to woo former Heels

O'Brien talks staff, recruiting with media

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Davis, O'Brien begin their race side by side
  State has had three head football coaches in the past two decades and UNC-CH four.
-Going nose to nose
  Once Big East rivals, Butch Davis, left, and Tom O'Brien are now Big Four rivals. They'll go nose to nose for recruits. They'll try to bump each other off the ACC stage. They'll be measured against each other.
-Devils work hard for win
-Heels school Williams' former pupil

Tigers go to 11-0, barely
Greenville (SC) News

Wake Forest will add suites to stadium
Greensboro News-Record

December 19, 2006

BC bringing in Jagodzinski- Football coach on way from Green Bay
  Jeff Jagodzinski, has a lot to prove. In the 22 years of college and pro coaching that have taken him from Wisconsin-Whitewater to Northern Illinois to LSU to East Carolina to BC to the NFL’s Falcons and Packers, he has never been a head coach. He also has a total of just three years of experience as a coordinator.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack scoffs at media's prediction
  Gavin Grant and Ben McCauley are convinced N.C. State will create a bigger basketball stir than predicted.
-Bowls build toward BCS

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Changing Gears- Deacons trying a slower tempo
  Wake Forest will play Gardner-Webb tonight at Joel Coliseum in a game that could test the standards of truth in advertising.
-NFL: Heads Are Hanging- Panthers searching for answers about what went wrong
-Women's game ends because of rainstorm

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Big bucks may come later for Deacons
  Wake Forest hopes Orange Bowl sellout will lead to more ticket sales and fundraising in the future.
-It must be bowl season if BYU is in Sin City

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Hokies' backup QB to enter alcohol treatment, miss bowl
-NFL: Win over Saints doesn't erase Redskins' mediocrity

NFL news from the Charlotte Observer
-Rucker's injury could keep him out a year
-Delhomme getting antsy on sideline

Coaches find college ball pays off, literally
  The money seemed astonishing at the time. When Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville's guaranteed annual salary jumped from $760,000 to $1.2 million in 2000, he remarked: "Even I'm amazed at salaries these days."
Birmingham News

Combines help give NC an edge in Shrine Bowls
Durham Herald-Sun

Looking back, peaking ahead at college football crossroads
USA Today

The PiRates Look At The Bowls

December 18, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons are beaten by Hokies in ACC opener
  Skeen's last-gasp shot to tie at buzzer falls short
-NFL: Steelers win as Panthers' fall worsens
-Fun's Over- ASU coaches are late on recruiting trail

USC has one more exam to cram for
  Not in the classroom, but back on the football field.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

NFL: Skins win a character test, spoil Saints' party
The Virginian Pilot

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Deacs' defense is better in loss
-NFL: Vick's status uncertain for Panthers game

NFL news from the Charlotte Observer
-Steelers dash Panthers hopes
  Routed 37-3, Carolina all but eliminated from playoff race
-Panthers never worse under Fox



December 24, 2006

-Tulsa Falls in Bell Hellicopter Armed Forces Bowl
  Quarterback Paul Smith scored on a pair of 1-yard keepers for Tulsa (8-5), but the Hurricane dropped a 25-13 decision to Utah
-East Carolina Falls to USF In Bowl
  Bobby Good named Pirates Most Valuable Player
-Southern Miss Drops 83-73 Decision At Bradley
-Cougars Fall To Huskers In Hawai'i, 70-57
-Memphis Dominates Against Middle Tennessee, 86-46
-Callaway Names Another Assistant Coach To UAB Staff

UH has `one demon to shake'- getting a bowl win
Houston Chronicle

Gamble pays off for Kolb
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Bradley's sharp shooting too much for USM
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Blazers extend Rams' long skid
Winston Salem Journal

Tigers hitting on all cylinders as they efficiently dismantle MTSU
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Year with Lobos helped prepare Toledo
  Bob Toledo choked back tears as he emerged from the University of New Mexico locker room.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Birmingham News
-Learned from the legends
  Neil Callaway's football lessons came at the feet of coaching legends.
-Blazers find answer to offensive woes
  For at least one night the UAB men's basketball team solved its offensive problems.

December 23, 2006

-Rice Ranked No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
-New Orleans Bowl-Dec. 22- Troy 41, Rice 17
-Tigers Allen Suffered Mild Concussion During Friday's Practice
-Cougars Lose In Back-And-Forth Affair With Creighton
-Bowling Green Escapes With 79-78 Victory Over Marshall
-Golden Eagles Travel to Bradley Saturday For Men's Basketball Contest
-Blazers Return Home To Face Winston-Salem State
-Tulsa, Utah Go Through Final Preparations for Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice bowled over by Troy in New Orleans
-Rice offense can't move ball consistently in New Orleans
-Rice gets hammered in return to postseason
-Rice defense has rude awakening against Troy
-Rice blueprint established

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Ferrante pleased with shift in N.O. Bowl schedule
  Billy Ferrante, the executive director of the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, took a moment to reflect on the bowl's future at halftime of Troy's 41-17 victory over Rice.
Late heroics lift TU
  Now Tulane knows how it feels to win with a last-second shot.

From the Ft Worth Star Telegram
-Growing game
  Tulsa's Kragthorpe learned his lessons early

From the Tulsa World
-Friendly reunion
  On Saturday night, Steve Kragthorpe will guide Tulsa into the Armed Forces Bowl against Kyle Whittingham's Brigham Young University.
-Golden Eagles fall to Arkansas

USM, C-USA both benefit from bowl's ticket sales
Hattiesburg American

Eagles welcome break from bowl preparations
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Miners beaten at the buzzer
El Paso Times

Late surge propels Falcons past Herd
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Blazers look to find their shooting touch
Birmingham News

Holiday's over for U of M pressure
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Tulsa World
-Coach gets Golden Hurricane turned around
-Dougherty- Frogs vs. Mustangs could be big

December 22, 2006

Unknowns Troy, Rice on the rise
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Troy, Rice face off in Superdome
Mobile Register

From the Houston Chronicle
-Graham- Former letterman big part of Owls' future
-New Orleans Bowl lets city show it's able to party

From the Birmingham News
-Trojans, Rice go on offense tonight

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Rice vs. Troy

Making a tough call
  Movie based on 1970 tragedy shows how football team and town tackled their grief
Lexington (KY) Herald-

Houston, we have an offense
  Spurrier says USC may borrow plays from opponents’ game tapes
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Tulsa World
-Quarterback's injury was a gift in disguise for TU
-Toughest critic approves of coach
-Iron man

Knights rebound during 2nd half
  Junior guard Dave Noel scored a career-high 16 points Thursday to lead UCF to a 73-66 victory over Tennessee Tech in the third-place game of the San Juan Shootout.
Orlando Sentinel

Tulane eager to play after layoff
  Following a heartbreaking, last-second loss and a 13-day layoff, Tulane's men's basketball team steps back on the court tonight. And on the surface, it appears the Green Wave is getting exactly what it needs -- a 2-8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff team that has struggled this season.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Return of the MAC
  Dakich, Bowling Green visit Marshall tonight
Charleston (WV) Gazette

U of M's thin when it counts
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tough test awaits Miners
  Drake, Toledo, Jackson State and UTEP will get after it tonight and Saturday in the 46th annual State Farm Sun Bowl Basketball Tournament.
El Paso Times

-Cougars Rout 49ers In Honolulu
-Rolf Kruger Bowl Diary
-Willingham's Long Ball Sinks Horned Frogs
-USM Completes Pre-Holiday Preparations
-Tulane Returns to Action This Friday at Home Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff
-TU Mixes Business and Pleasure in Fort Worth
-O'Donnell Earns All-Tournament Honors at San Juan Shootout
-Dec. 21 Women's Hoop Roundup

December 21, 2006

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers lead early, then wilt under Arizona's pressure
-West signs 5 from JUCO ranks

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice receiving corps not a one-man show
-Owls take timeout at bowl trip to view Katrina damage

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Toledo expected to keep Wave trio
  Tulane Coach Bob Toledo, preparing for his final game as New Mexico's offensive coordinator at the New Mexico Bowl, has used some of his spare time to put together his Green Wave staff.
-Wave shrugs off doldrums, surges to victory
  Tulane shot 59 percent from the field in the second half on the way to an 83-70 victory over Lamar on Wednesday night at Fogelman Arena after a sluggish first half.

Dec. 20 Women's Hoops Roundup

Team focuses on defense to shut down Houston
Rock Hill Herald

December 20, 2006

From the Houston Chronicle
-New Orleans Bowl- Clement cleared to play
-Rice seniors bowled over by success in final year
-`Me first' attitude dropped for UH's bowl foe

C-USA bowls
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Houston QB Kolb in elite air
Columbia (SC) The State

Landing a title sponsor a boost for N.O. Bowl
New Orleans Times Picayune

An olive branch for UAB
Birmingham News

Tigers need big win in big game vs. Arizona
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Peppers powers Knights past Utah in Puerto Rico
-Football teams are graded on the playing field

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Young's toe gets thumbs up
-Patience pays for Eagles

UTEP 108, Texas State 60
El Paso Times

Eagles rip Reinhardt
Hattiesburg American

Marshall's plane crash still haunts Grobe, wife
Winston Salem Journal

December 19, 2006

TU ticket sales low
  Tulsa's sales for the Armed Forces Bowl slowly have picked up, but not near the 10,000 tickets allocated the school.
Tulsa World

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M athletic department has $1.3M deficit
  University subsidy will cover 2005-06 shortfall
-West fires two defensive coaches

Hatfield cheers for Rice from afar
Houston Chronicle

No feasting for the Golden Eagles
  Team sets strict rules for holiday break
Biloxi Sun-Herald

USM coaches give Raines shot at fullback
Hattiesburg American

Reserve linebacker gives fullback a try
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Monarchs sputter before prevailing over UAB
The Virginian Pilot

Miners ready to take on Texas State
El Paso Times

Taylor sparkplug for UCF
Orlando Sentinel

Juco basketball teammates visit Marshall
untington Herald-Dispatch

December 18, 2006

-Neil Callaway Named New Head Football Coach At UAB
  Neil Callaway is the new head football coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Interim Athletics Director Richard Margison announced Sunday.
-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  There were seven Conference USA teams in action over the weekend, with two match-ups against Top 10 foes.
-Cougars Can't Pull Off Upset Of No. 10 Arizona
-UCF to Compete at San Juan Shootout

From the Birmingham News
-Callaway benefited from who he knows
  One of those friends is Pat Dye, who recruited him at Alabama, hired him at East Carolina, Wyoming and Auburn and went to bat for him at UAB.
-Blazing a new trail
  Since Watson Brown announced his resignation Dec. 9, the coaching limbo game had not been easy for the UAB players as they wondered who would be his replacement.
-Callaway blazes in
  Neil Callaway pulled on a green baseball cap as he stepped to the podium to be introduced as UAB's new head football coach Sunday afternoon in the Green and Gold Room at Bartow Arena.
-Blazing a new trail
  The reaction to Neil Callaway's hiring at UAB left Blazers fans split.

Ex-Tide, AU assistant answers UAB’s call
  In addition to coaching at Auburn, Alabama and Georgia, Callaway also was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Houston (1993-96) and offensive line coach on Dye’s staff at Wyoming (1980) and East Carolina (1978-79).
Decatur (AL) Daily

Rice, UH go bowling together for first time
  Thus will mark the first time in the 61 years of sharing Houston's college football landscape that the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls will appear in a bowl in the same season.
Houston Chronicle

The Fire Within
  TU's Carter finds new life as coach after injury
Tulsa World

Two Memphis Tigers' Football Assistants Let Go
Eyewitness News Memphis

'SI' gives "We Are Marshall" high marks
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Vols' DB Spight says he'll play at So. Miss.
Montgomery Advertiser

A guide to the bloated bowl season
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Miners see progress as C-USA slate nears
El Paso Times

Mental toughness concerns Calipari
Memphis Commercial Appeal