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Conference USA

December 31, 2006
New Year's Eve

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Gamecocks outscore Houston in Liberty Bowl
ECU women get momentum for C-USA
Hollenback leads Terps in Champs Bowl

Dillard shines in first collegiate start
  James Dillard made the most of his first college start during East Carolina's men's basketball loss to N.C. State Thursday in Raleigh's RBC Center.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Florida QBs shine in bowls
  If the quarterbacks you were watching over the holidays looked familiar, they should. Many were Floridians.
Orlando Sentinel

Recruiting report- Westlake QB sticks with Gators; Rainey awaits ...
  Rainey’s most likely shot at DI appears to be East Carolina, which he hopes to also visit next month
Atlanta Journal Constitution

This time, Gophers outdid themselves
  Friday's defeat might have been the low point, because the 31-point deficit overcome by Texas Tech surpassed the 30 points Marshall rallied from to beat East Carolina in the 2001 GMAC Bowl, attaching Minnesota's failure to a national record.
St Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

December 30, 2006

BVL: C-USA Postseason Scoreboard & Schedule
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Field goal lifts Cowboys past Crimson Tide
Lynch leads Cal Bears past Texas A&M
Wildcats face the music, finish on high note

Women's Basketball Edges Long Island 80-73
  Four Lady Pirates scored in double-figures to lead East Carolina to an 80-73 win over Long Island Friday evening at Minges Coliseum. The game marked not only the final game of the 2006 calendar year, but also the final non-conference game for the Lady Pirates.

ECU women top Blackbirds
Greenville Daily Reflector

Down 31, Texas Tech rallies for biggest bowl comeback
  The previous record for a bowl comeback was 30 points, set by Marshall against East Carolina in the 2001 GMAC Bowl. (AP)

December 29, 2006
Birthday - President Andrew Johnson (17th President)

BVL: Wolfpack rallies past Pirates
-BVL: Note to Readers

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
C-USA champ Houston ready for Gamecocks
Seminoles finish strong for winning season
Duquesne basketball coach hospitalized

Pirates Come Up Short At N.C. State, 64-57
  Brandon Costner scored all 12 of his points in the second half as North Carolina State rallied to beat East Carolina 64-57 on Thursday night. Jeremy Ingram led the Pirates with a season-high 24 points after getting 18 in the first half.

Fells gets the point; Pack beats ECU, 64-57
  With less than three minutes remaining in the first half, NC State trailed its intra-state rival by 15 points

Pirates’ upset bid falls just short
  On one good leg, Jeremy Ingram proved he still belongs in the Atlantic Coast Conference. On nine good legs, Ingram and his East Carolina teammates proved it may be too early to write them off.
Kinston Free Press

N.C. State rallies by Pirates
  A loss has probably never looked so good to East Carolina's men's basketball team.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates give Pack a scare
  After falling behind by 15 points, NCSU coach Sidney Lowe moves Courtney Fells to point guard in the second half.
Raleigh News & Observer

Wolfpack edges Pirates
Rocky Mount Telegram

State shakes Pirates’ zone
  It seemed like little more than a standard 2-3 zone. Yet when N.C. State players surveyed East Carolina’s defense during the first half Thursday night, it was as if they were looking blankly into a Magic Eye portrait, their vision growing blurrier with each possession.
Fayetteville Observer

N.C. State 64, East Carolina 57
Durham Herald-Sun

Fells finds soft spot in ECU's defense
  With less than three minutes remaining in the first half, NC State trailed its intra-state rival by 15 points
Greensboro News-Record

NC State rallies past East Carolina 64-57
  East Carolina has never been close to beating NC State in basketball but the Pirates came within a half of doing it last night.
Winston Salem Journal

Wolfpack too much for Pirates
  North Carolina State trailed most of the game against East Carolina on Thursday night.
New Bern Sun Journal

From the
-Pack Defeats Pesky Pirates, 64-57
Locker Room Report- Sidney Lowe
Locker Room Report- Wolfpack Players

City's bowl has lowest rating of ESPN bowls
Birmingham News

Jaguars quarterback ever elusive
Florida Times Union

December 28, 2006
Pledge of Allegiance Day
Birthday - President Woodrow Wilson (28th President)

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Ford, former gridder and President, succumbs
MAC champs cruise to Motor City Bowl win
Cremins fills a need with return to coaching

Pirate Basketball Gameday Central
  East Carolina will play its first of two consecutive games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Thursday night as it travels to Raleigh to take on NC State (7 p.m./ESPNU) before heading to Winston-Salem for a New Year's Day game against Wake Forest.

Pirates bracing for challenge against Wolfpack
  East Carolina's men's basketball team will try to snap a pair of losing streaks when the Pirates take on N.C. State in Raleigh's RBC Center tonight.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Stokes' Pirates take on Pack
  Former Virginia guard Ricky Stokes is in building mode at ECU.
-Game preview- East Carolina at N.C. State

ECU’s Fields adjusting to college life
  East Carolina basketball coach Ricky Stokes has been pleased with the rapid adjustment former Jack Britt High standout John Fields has made in his first year at the Division I level.
Fayetteville Observer

Lowe, Stokes Cross Paths Again
  When coach Ricky Stokes sends his East Carolina Pirates up against Sidney Lowe's NC State Wolfpack Thursday night in Raleigh (7 p.m.), it won't be the first time the two former ACC guards have crossed paths. Not by a long shot.

December 27, 2006

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Hoops: Houston's Dowell named player of week
Southern Miss announces pair of juco transfers
Fundraiser for Buckeyes' families questioned

Marshall Movie Hits Homes For Randle, Matthews
Harrisonburg (VA) Daily News Record

Almost as many gifts as bowls for players
Dayton Daily News

Sponsor to dish up pizza to satisfy fans next year
  The game dubbed the Pizza Bowl promises to sell pizza at next year's bowl game in Birmingham.
Birmingham News

Preps: Little close to decision
  Griffin running back Bobby Rainey has visited Eastern Michigan and hopes to visit Western Kentucky, East Carolina, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription req'd)

Transfers spark Tritons
  Josh King is coming into his own on the basketball court...The transfer from East Carolina averages 8.7 points and shoots 40 percent from the 3-point line.
St. Petersburg Times

December 26, 2006
Kwanzaa Begins
MADD's New Year's Designate a Driver Campaign (12/26-12/31)
National Whiner's Day
Second Day of Christmas
Boxing Day (UK,Can)

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU women's soccer performs in classroom
Warriors' offense rolls past ASU in Hawaii Bowl

Holiday wishes for all 119 teams-
Fox Sports

NFL: Copper sprained his ankle
  Saints head coach Sean Payton said Terrance Copper suffered "a little sprained ankle" during Sunday's win over the Giants

NFL: Garrard gift-wraps AFC East title for Patriots with costly turnover
Orlando Sentinel

NFL: The greatest gift of all
  Garrard squeezed away and appeared to have room to run, but defensive end Jarvis Green strip-sacked him from behind and the ball landed in the arms of safety Rodney Harrison, clinching the 24-21 victory.
Boston Herald

NFL: Emergent Texans pack a wallop
  Dayne, Leach use physical mindset to their advantage
Houston Chronicle (from 12.14.06)

December 25, 2006

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Aborted flight grounds ECU football fans
Utes' get their kicks at Tulsa's expense
Fumbles leave Lobos lamenting

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Home for the holidays
  For members of the East Carolina men's basketball team, opinions vary on exactly what Christmas break should be.
-Marching Pirates, church band revel in drums

Pirates put forth poor performance
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates flat as a pizza in defeat
  Rust from long layoff hurts ECU
Charlotte Observer

Thanks, ESPN, for bringing good show to town
Birmingham News

ECU charter makes emergency landing
Kinston Free Press

Preps: All-Northwest 1-A selection
Winston Salem Journal

Bulls Won't Sneak Up On Opponents
  The only disappointing aspect of USF's first bowl win was that more Bulls fans didn't attend. USF sold about 5,100 tickets, nearly identical to what they sold for last season's Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Tampa Tribune

Pats beat Jags 24-21 to clinch AFC East
  Garrard's one bad play made the difference. He had three turnovers returned for touchdowns last week at ennessee, and his poor plays may cost him a chance to keep his starting job.
Florida Times Union

Last-second FG lifts Texans over Colts
  Dayne scored on runs of 3 and 6 yards on Houston's first two drives, and fullback Vonta Leach added a touchdown just before halftime.
Houston Chronicle

Saints move closer to bye with win over Giants
  On their second drive of the second half, Brees hit Terrance Copper for a big 40-yard pass on 3rd-and-1 down to the Giants two.
Sports Network


December 31, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-The big question is, has Grobe built a program?
-Deacs didn't lack for pivotal games, turning points
-From '70 to '06, Deacs have come full circle
-Solid Foundation- Louisville started its rise to prominence in mid-1980s
-How two coaches assess the teams

From the Charlotte Observer
-Car Care Bowl: It's BC by a foot
  As the closing seconds ticked away in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Saturday, Boston College kicker Steve Aponavicius knew he would get the credit or the blame.
-Panthers defense a house of cards
  Coaches must rebuild squad that didn't reach expectations

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack pulls away from Seahawks
-Get ahead of the game
  2006 was a blockbuster year for sports news in the Triangle and across North Carolina.
-NFL: Barber finishes Redskins (and Panthers)

Pack exploits Seahawks in the paint
Wilmington Star News

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-New contract, QB consume Tigers in ’07
-USC inch closer to a title in ’07

Tigers left wondering what happened after bowl bust caps woeful decline
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Hokies come unglued in second half vs. Georgia
The Virginian Pilot

December 30, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs beaten on road again
  Wake Forest struggles from beginning to end in loss to South Florida
-NO SOUR GRAPES- Ex-coach Caldwell says he's thrilled
-Orange Bowl Notebook

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Clemson: Blue end to the year
  Season of promise ends with sour taste
-S Carolina: Win creates rare feeling heading into offseason

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-Wilmington at N.C. State- Preview
-Ex-Wake star Piccolo's legacy lives on
  At Wake Forest University about 1964, a student better known for football prowess showed his softer side in campus theater productions. No one knew he had only a few years to live.
-The captain delivers for the Canes

UNC Wilmington squares off with N.C. State
New Bern Sun Journal

A rare home loss for ODU men
  The Winthrop Eagles' 71-65 victory marked just the fourth time in the past three seasons that the Old Dominion Monarchs lost on their home court at the Constant Center.
The Virginian Pilot

From the Charlotte Observer
-Car Care Bowl: B.C., Navy eager to play
-NBA: Kobe delivers dynamic performance
  In a triple-overtime marathon, he posted his season high for the Los Angeles Lakers and the most points anyone has scored at Bobcats Arena. He also committed two fouls in the final 74 seconds to foul out, helping Charlotte to its eventual 133-124 victory.

CAA in dire need of baseball renaissance
Wilmington Star News

Panthers go into final weekend still hoping to make playoffs
Durham Herald Sun

December 29, 2006

Right-hand man
  Since arriving with Grobe from Ohio University in 1996, former ECU letterman and team MVP Billy Mitchell has served as assistant head coach and has worked with the Deacon's running backs and kickers.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Wake Forest to get a bowl full of money
  Wake Forest will receive gross revenues of $2,927,500.
-Moderate Support- Virginia Tech fans aren't leaping on quarterback Glennon's bandwagon
-Bowl Roundup- Cowboys down Tide; Rutgers, Cal triumph
-Delhomme is now 'probable' for Saints game
-Wake Forest, South Florida similar

Tigers muzzle Bulldogs
  Undefeated Clemson wins 13th straight game.
Raleigh News & Observer

UNCW's Carter opts to sit out rest of season
  Will take a redshirt and play next year
Wilmington Star News

From the Charlotte Observer
-CIt's déjà vu for Eagles
  Charlotte visit is 2nd in 3 years for B.C.
-Preps: All-State High School Football Team

South Carolina coach says he's glad things have worked out
Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 28, 2006

Newcomers may see more time for Pack
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Cavaliers looking to rebound vs. old coach
-Changed Wake arrives for bowl
-Canes to test the NHL's best

B.C. coach no stranger to Navy
  Could Boston College interim football coach Frank Spaziani have picked a better game for his head coaching debut? Yes and no.
Charlotte Observer

December 27, 2006

Chippewas rev quick in Motor City victory
  "What Middle Tennessee did today, you can't put a price tag on it," stated first-year coach Rick Stockstill (former ECU offensive coordinator)
Raleigh News & Observer

Navy man has his flight schedule
  He has been the primary cover guy against top wideouts such as Jeff Samardzija of Notre Dame and Aundrae Allison of East Carolina.
Charlotte Observer

Richt, Beamer share history
  Richt’s good fortune against the Virginia Tech coach includes more than the BCS title game.  He is 3-0 coaching against Beamer. Richt was quarterbacks coach in 1990, when Florida State beat the Hokies 38-29, and was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina in 1989, when the Pirates beat Virginia Tech 14-10.
Gwinnett Daily Post

Curry, Deacons ready to ring in the new year
Fayetteville Observer

Orange Bowl bet-doughnuts, booze
Greensboro News-Record

Ugly defeat spurs Deacs
Winston Salem Journal

NHL: Canes stretch win streak to five
Durham Herald Sun

NFL: Skins sift through the rubble of 5-10
Hampton Roads Daily Press

December 26, 2006

Foster fishing for his chance
  He wants to be a head coach, but he wants the right job. He's the first to admit he's picky...He was contacted when head-coaching jobs opened at East Carolina, Indiana, Temple and Virginia.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

'Wake Way' proves potent
  Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman found Jim Grobe, thanks to a tip from former East Carolina AD Mike Hamrick
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-NFL: Panthers pulling for Skins
  Carolina playoff hopes depend on a Giants loss
-10 Carolinas can't-miss sporting experiences

Clemson Looking At Shrine Bowl RB
  RB Jonathan Williams (6-1 195) of Greenville, NC earned offensive MVP honors for North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.

Sheffey- Blocking vital to Mountaineers in bowl
Beckley Register-Herald

Game at Reliant will be another milestone for Rutgers
  A former assistant to Joe Paterno and Butch Davis will put their lessons to the test at the Texas Bowl on Thursday at Reliant Stadium. Greg Schiano has been able to turn the football program around at Rutgers.
Houston Chronicle

Spurrier set in winning ways early
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Bowl gives no edge for recruits
  Gamecocks pursue only those who have an interest in USC from Memphis area
Columbia (SC) The State

December 25, 2006

Gift bags give USC players reason to smile
  This year, Liberty includes a digital camera among its player presents
Columbia (SC) The State

Copycats- Panthers take page out of Wake Forest's playbook
Winston Salem Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Panthers Slow Falcons for 10-3 Victory
-Rams Outlast Redskins 37-31 in Overtime

December 31, 2006

Herd trips Hokies
  Bro Grebe’s block wraps up upset
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Marshall starts fast and holds on to upset Virginia Tech
Roanoke Times

Blazers wrestle Gators to wire
  His team pushed the No.3 team in the country to the wire. But UAB basketball coach Mike Davis had trouble smiling after the Blazers dropped a 75-70 decision to defending national champion Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday night at Bank Atlantic Center.
Birmingham News

Southern Miss sports in 2006 had 'a good year'
Hattiesburg American

O'Donnell leads Knights
  Time is always the great equalizer when it comes to a player's development.
Orlando Sentinel

Marshall's Dorris is on a real power trip
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Here's hoping some of next year is crystal clear
  HAPPY NEW YEAR: One more time, a 50-cent tour of the next 12 months, courtesy of a 2-cent crystal ball . . .
New Orleans Times Picayune

December 30, 2006

-South Carolina Outscores Houston in AutoZone Liberty Bowl
-Houston's Men's Basketball Team Plays Host to UNLV Saturday Night at 7-00 p.m.
-Marshall Basketball Returns After Eight-Day Holiday Break To Take On Virginia Tech
-Rice Defeats Western Carolina 67-62
-SMU Basketball Looks To Extend Home Winning Streak Saturday At 7 p.m.
-Dec. 29- Women's Hoop Roundup

From the Houston Chronicle
-South Carolina tops UH in bowl shootout
  A second half filled with missed tackles and missed opportunities doomed the Cougars to a 44-36 loss to South Carolina in the Liberty Bowl — their seventh-straight bowl defeat.
-Cougars' quest hurt by too many mistakes
-Feast or famine for Houston's offense in loss

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Gamecocks take home Liberty Bowl trophy
  South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, he of the offensive-genius tag, trademark visor, national championship ring and Heisman Trophy, spent nearly four hours at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Friday trying to keep pace with the University of Houston, the Gamecocks' opponent in the 48th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
-Carolina 'D' tough after half
-Cougars pay for bad snap
  Star QB Kolb shines in last college contest

USC’s defense rises to the occasion
  Gamecocks limit Houston’s offense to just one touchdown after halftime
Columbia (SC) The State

  The sign said it all.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Blazers need game of lives vs. Gators
  Since arriving with Grobe from Ohio University in 1996, former ECU letterman and team MVP Billy Mitchell has served as assistant head coach and has worked with the Deacon's running backs and kickers.
Birmingham News

Win lifts UCF to final of tourney
Orlando Sentinel

Herd looking to avoid turnovers vs. Va. Tech
Charleston (WV) Gazette

December 29, 2006

-Tulane Captures Road Win At Richmond, 75-63
-No. 22 Memphis Handles Lamar, 87-62
-Strong Second Half by Wise Lifts Golden Eagles Over McNeese State, 58-41
-Owls Edged By Bruins
-Mustang Win Streak Snapped In Oklahoma
-Houston Football Daily Practice Report

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-'D' energizes Cougars
-Hunt is sparkplug as Tigers hold off Lamar

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Houston tries to extend success to bowl games
-Wise heats up in 2nd half to lead Eagles
-Southern Miss gets 10th straight home win

UH steps into big time against SEC opponent
  C-USA has done precious little representing to this point, with Rice getting drubbed by Troy in the New Orleans Bowl (41-17), East Carolina dropping the PapaJohn' Bowl to South Florida (24-7) and Tulsa losing to Utah in the Armed Forces Bowl (25-13).
Houston Chronicle

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Conference concerns
  Briles speaks about strength of USA versus SEC, Spurrier praises stadium’s artificial turf
-Building a winning team
  In Spurrier’s grand plan, today’s game holds far more value as a building block than as a reward
-Bowl story sounds familiar

OU men stop SMU winning streak
Dallas Morning News

Herd's freshman 7-footer coming on
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Cougars' Kolb joins QB lineup at Senior Bowl
Mobile Register

December 28, 2006

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH coach, star QB ready for last dance
  Liberty Bowl marks the end of a long journey for Briles, Kolb
-South Carolina's Nix is familiar with UH
  Gamecocks' defensive boss has faced style of Cougars before
-Houston's latest bowl ready to make debut

Cougars welcome challenge
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Nix holds key to slowing down Houston
  USC’s coordinator is undefeated against high-powered Cougars in two meetings
-Spurrier sends Walker, Rank packing
  Backups sent home for undisclosed violations; Sherrill stops by practice
-Liberty bowl

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Houston's QB to start 50th consecutive game
-Cal faces ex-aide tonight
  Roccaforte first former assistant he's taken on

-Blazers Top Bulls For Eighteenth Straight Home Win
-Men's Basketball to Host UCF Holiday Classic
-Memphis Basketball Notes

Virginia Tech up next for Herd Saturday
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Getting win on the road paramount to Green Wave
  With two games remaining before Tulane begins Conference USA play, Green Wave Coach Dave Dickerson says his team has come a long way, but it also has a long way to go.
New Orleans Times Picayune

McNeese State to visit USM
Biloxi Sun Herald

December 27, 2006

-Houston Ranked in Preseason Baseball Poll
  C-USA rival Rice ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. The Owls were one of four Cougar opponents to be ranked, joining No. 14 Arizona State, No. 16 Tulane and No. 21 Baylor. 2007 opponents McNeese State, UC Irvine, Texas A&M, San Diego, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss, East Carolina and Memphis also received votes.
-Owls Play the Bruins
-UAB Closes Non-Conference Home Slate Against Rival USF
-Dec. 26 Men's Basketball Notebook

What are three biggest surprises, disappointments, and trends so far in the bowl season?
College Football News

UH's Battle set aside ego to help improve running game
Houston Chronicle

Houston coach knows Friday night lights
Memphis Commercial Appeal

USC's Liberty foe has no shortage of offense
Charleston (SC) Post Courier

Blazers look for confidence in battle with Florida foes
  The non-conference schedule is winding down for the UAB men's basketball team and, in some ways, the Blazers are still looking for some extra confidence
Birmingham News

Building supervisor- Schnellenberger key to Louisville's success
  He never would have left at all, he says, if Louisville's president hadn't decided to add his athletic program to Conference USA.
Palm Beach Post

December 26, 2006

Trip to Ferrum spared his life
  Former Marshall assistant Gail Parker was driving to Virginia when the team plane crashed.
Roanoke Times

Mixed reviews for ‘We Are Marshall’
  SO, WAS the “We Are Marshall” movie “clearly in ‘Rudy’ territory” or one of Hollywood’s “syrupy, vapid, unfocused yarns”?
Charleston (WV) Gazette

UTEP wins consolation game; Drake takes title
El Paso Times

December 25, 2006

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

Herd optimistic despite 3-8 start
untington Herald-Dispatch

TU's season of progress
Tulsa World