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February 19, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: ECU tailspin ends at charity stripe
-BVL: Sasser, Pirates ice Cougars

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Miami brings back Olson to run offense
Mississippi College Choctaw mascot gets OK
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Ends Four-Game Skid With Victory Over Marshall
   Pirates Are Perfect From The Free Throw Line, 14-14
-Pirates Take Series From Cougars With A 4-2 Win Saturday
   Dustin Sasser earns first win since May 7, 2004
-Softball Suffers First Loss Of Season
   ECU Drops 1-0 Decision To Michigan State In Championship Game

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Harrell pitches strong for Pirates
   The hug shared between East Carolina baseball coach Billy Godwin and pitcher Carter Harrell carried more emotion than one just to celebrate a 4-2 victory against the College of Charleston on a damp, dreary Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The exchange provided a glimpse into the extended history between Godwin and Harrell, a bond that developed more than a dozen years ago.
-ECU's hockey squad closes regular season with a rout
   To borrow terminology from a sport more familiar to the Tarheel State, East Carolina's 12th hockey win of the season Sunday was a layup.
-Bullpen still fresh for Godwin
   For East Carolina baseball players such as Mike Flye and Cody Leggett, it's been a pretty tranquil season thus far.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Former Pirate greats return to hardwood
-Rouse notches his 14th double-double of career

Pirates chill out the Cougars; Rain, sleet can't slow down ECU
   A third consecutive win helped warm up the Pirates on a cold, wet afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Washington Daily News

Rouse, East Carolina cool in the clutch
   After a series of near misses, East Carolina finally came through in a tight, game-closing situation
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall Falls At East Carolina, 63-59
herdzone.com

East Carolina denies Marshall 63-59
   The Pirates (8-16, 2-9) climbed into a tie with Southern Mississippi in the league cellar, just one game behind Marshall, which is alone in 10th place.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Rouse’s double-double leads ECU past Marshall
   Corey Rouse scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, both game highs, to lead East Carolina past Marshall 63-59 Saturday.
Beckley Register-Herald

February 18, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: East Carolina 5, College of Charleston 0 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU alumni take court prior to Marshall game
Report: Top three apparent for NFL draft
DUI charge lodged against Sutton
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

From ecupirates.com
-Young Leads Pirates To 77-72 Overtime Win Against UTEP
   ECU had three players in double figures
-Hose, Neitz and Dowdy Combine To Shutout CofC, 5-0
   Newcomers Tousley and Dean combine for four hits, three RBI and two runs
-Softball Posts Back-to-Back Shutout Wins Over Army And Seton Hall
   Pirates Open Holiday In Express With Impressive Pitching Performances

Pirate Game Day
Men's Basketball vs. Marshall
 7:00 pm ET - Greenville, NC

-Men's Basketball Game Day Central

 Gametracker/CSTV Media Link

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Dishing it out
   Tyrone Beale, a junior forward on the East Carolina men's basketball team, has one of the most unusual statistics for the Pirates this season as he has failed to record an assist in 422 minutes of action.
-ECU keeps Cougars off scoreboard
   Preparations made by East Carolina's baseball team for this weekend's opponent, the College of Charleston, combined with some gritty determination by starting pitcher T.J. Hose, formed a highly enjoyable 5-0 victory for the Pirates and the 3,115 spectators who basked in the 73-degree conditions on Friday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
-ECU softball team continues dominance with two shutouts
-ECU women rally to win

Pirates shut out C of C
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates blank the Cougars; Hose, Neitz, Dowdy combine on shutout
Washington Daily News

ECU's Rouse center of Herd's attention
   With so many first-time opponents on Marshall's schedule, scouting has been a challenge for Ron Jirsa and his men's basketball coaching staff. No such problem with tonight's Conference USA rival, East Carolina.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall Men Continue Road Swing At East Carolina Saturday Evening
herdzone.com

Road can be kind to Herd
   One should never count road wins before they’re hatched, particularly with a basketball team notorious for playing to the level of its competition.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

February 17, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 264
Stokes needs time to fortify undermanned program

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
NCAA panel aiming to shorten football games
Wolfpack star diagnosed with ligament sprain
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Pirates open series with College of Charleston today
Kinston Free Press

Pirates to battle the Cougars
   Hopefully without any snow falling this time, the East Carolina Pirates return to the diamond for a three-game series with the College of Charleston.
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirate women hitting the road
   With just four games remaining in the regular season, the East Carolina women's basketball team has little time left to improve its place in the Conference USA standings.
-Up and running
   ECU catcher healthy, ready to make impact
-Bulldog baseball starts new era under Eason

Resilient Herd understands big picture
   From Patton to his teammates and coaches, Marshall was talking East Carolina moments after its important road win.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd's Patton closes in on 1,000 points
   The Herd heads to East Carolina for a Saturday night game against the last-place Pirates (7-16, 1-9). ECU fell 72-66 at the Henderson Center on Feb. 1.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From ecupirates.com
-Softball Hosts Holiday Inn Express Pirate Invitational This Weekend
   The Pirates Welcome Eight Teams To Greenville For The Weekend
-East Carolina Aces Mount Olive 6-1
-Lady Pirates Sweep Elon 7-0 In Home Opener

Access, priorities, service
   From remarks made to the UNC Board of Governors by President Erskine Bowles: We...have to make sure we join the 21st century and that we duplicate throughout the system what's going on at East Carolina University, and that is we have got to really invest in distance learning and continuing education. It is the future.
Charlotte Observer

February 16, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Recuperated Dye ready to walk the 'halls'

-BVL: Almond takes joy out of Pirates' night
-BVL: ECU vs. Rice Box Score

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Nation's champs meet nation's chief
Mizzou officials deny Snyder was forced out
Report: Indiana hoops coach on the way out
Ousted Ohio State coach O'Brien wins lawsuit
Cowboys switch Suttons
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's struggles continue on road
   Conference USA leading scorer Morris Almond scored nearly half of Rice's points in men's basketball action Wednesday night, and the Owls needed every one of his baskets.
-Pirates emphasize bunting in practice
   While East Carolina baseball fans, and probably Maryland, too, were surprised that the team bunted during a ninth-inning rally last Sunday, the Pirates consider the bunt a significant part of their offensive arsenal.

Men's Basketball Falls At Rice
   Rice Goes On 14-2 Run To Overtake ECU, 62-54
ecupirates.com

Almond's big night helps Owls top East Carolina
   Almond's big night helps Owls top East Carolina
Houston Chronicle

Rice Beats East Carolina, 62-54
   Almond Nets 30 Again
riceowls.com

Pirates battle undefeated Cougars this weekend
The East Carolinian

Pirates open in promising fashion
   This past weekend, East Carolina opened its 2006 baseball season with some very positive results.
Kinston Free Press

Women's Hoops: Down but not out
   UTEP, 13-11 overall and 5-7 in the Conference USA race, will play host to East Carolina on Friday night in the Don Haskins Center on National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
EL Paso Times

February 15, 2006
Susan B. Anthony Day

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Kee overseeing dynasty in the making

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
D-III slugger accomplishes cycle — times two
Rice rookie gets national hitting honor
SIU coach Kill tells of kidney cancer surgery
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Pirate Game Day
Men's Basketball vs. Rice
 8:05 pm ET - Houston, TX
 Gametracker/CSTV Media Link
 TV: CSTV

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Suspended tandem to return to Pirates' lineup
   Both McNeil and Hart have made the trip to Houston for the 8 p.m. tip-off just more than a week after Pirates coach Ricky Stokes announced that each had been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
-Love and the coach
   Spouses stand by Pirate hoops leaders

Pirates to meet Rice for first time
New Bern Sun Journal

ECU Visits Rice on Wednesday
   The Rice Owls meet the East Carolina Pirates for the first time this Wednesday at Autry Court.
riceowls.com

Gameday: ECU/Rice Game Notes (.pdf)
ecupirates.com

Stokes has had share of troubles in 1st year
   East Carolina coach Ricky Stokes has been through the ringer this season.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

February 14, 2006
Valentines Day

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
Diamond Pirates share top billing with Jack Frost

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Frasure rewriting ECU record book
Another weighty matter for the Pirates
ECU softball duo gets C-USA honors
Sutton benched for season after DUI citation
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Link Garrett)

From ecupirates.com
-Harrell And Quick Earn Weekly C-USA Accolades
   Pirates Sweep Pitcher And Player Of the Week Honors
-ECU Strength & Conditioning Staff Takes Powerlifting Championship

Former Panther Dan Wilson living the dream; wants to be a Pirate
   At 6 feet, 7 inches and 225 pounds, Dan Wilson is usually a big man on campus.
Washington Daily News

Pirates squeeze series from Terrapins
The East Carolinian

NEXT OPPONENT: RICE NOTEBOOK- Basketball team 'knocking on door'
   Coach says Owls peaking as C-USA tournament nears
Houston Chronicle

February 13, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Motivation aplenty born of special new alliance
-BVL: Bucs squeeze by in dramatic fashion
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Marshall assistant heading for Louisiana Tech
Missouri, Snyder reach settlement
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

From ecupirates.com
-Pirates Squeeze By Terps In Game Two, 5-4
   Mollenhauer's suicide squeeze scores Batts in ninth
-Terps Hold Pirates Scoreless In Game One Sunday
   Brett Tidball and Brett Cecil combine on the five-hit shutout
-Pirates Fall In Triple Overtime To UAB 96-94
   Mills leads four Pirates in double figures with 23
-Nolan's Walk-Off Home Run Lifts ECU Over South Carolina
   Pirates Claim FAU Worth Invitational Championship
-Davenport's Season-Best Leads Lady Pirate Track
   ECU earns three top 10 finishes at Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup
-Frasure Sets Another School Record To Lead Pirates
   ECU finishes ninth of 13 at Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates salvage split with Terps
   East Carolina used a little deception in the ninth inning to help salvage a split in Sunday’s doubleheader with the Maryland Terrapins.
-ECU and Turnage to form alliance
   During an interview Monday afternoon, ECU Chancellor Ballard discussed a range of topics, from the university’s connection to Washington and the east, to the importance of keeping college affordable.

ECU gets split with Maryland
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-East Carolina squeezes out a victory against Maryland
   It took until the last inning of Sunday's doubleheader for East Carolina's baseball team to figure out how to hit Maryland's left-handed pitching. And the Diamond Bucs pushed home the winning run with the smallest type of hit possible.
-Pirate women drop heartbreaker
   One of the longest games in East Carolina women's basketball history was decided in a fraction of a second at Minges Coliseum on Sunday.

Guzman's free throws lift UAB to triple-overtime win
Birmingham News

Lawhorn twins reunited in Sarasota
   The Lawhorn twins, Darryl and Trevor, report together March 1 for spring training with the Cincinnati Reds.
Wilmington Star-News

From umterps.com
-Maryland Falls To East Carolina, 5-4
-Tidball, Cecil Shut Out ECU

 

February 19, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack hangs on
-Panthers want to keep Foster

Redick nearing Dawkins' record
Durham Herald-Sun

February 18, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Redick has had help during record-breaking career
-Evtimov likely out for today's game
-Heels won't overlook Deacs

Tigers sweep James Madison on their opening day
   Jason Berken’s return to college baseball couldn’t have gone much better.
Anderson Independent

Old ballpark catches NCCU eyes
   The university plans to start a baseball team but needs a stadium.
Raleigh News & Observer

Baseball: Rembielak says WFU has better depth this season
Winston Salem Journal

USC’s bandwagon suddenly crowded
Columbia (SC) The State

February 17, 2006

ASU Player Receives Purple Heart To Go Along With Championship
   Stokes began as a walk-on at East Carolina in 1997, but left at the end of the semester due to an injury.
WRAL.com

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Clemson baseball preview
   5 QUESTIONS for head coach Jack Leggett
-Sophomore slump- Don't bet on it
   His arrival at Clemson culminated a lifelong dream for the local boy who dreamed of playing at the storied program just down the highway from home.
-USC, Wofford to play in '08, '12
   If Wofford doesn't coax Steve Spurrier to slam his visor next season, it will have at least two more chances.
-Clemson's D-line coach bolts for NFL

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Left foot injury sidelines Evtimov
   No timetable set for forward's return.
-UNC's high hopes extend to the diamond
   The high expectations are based on the arms of preseason All-America pitchers Andrew Miller, Daniel Bard and Robert Woodard. All are juniors, and Miller and Bard are projected to be first-round major league draft picks after this season.
-Mangini's patience pays off
   N.C. State third baseman off to fast start after last season's on-bench training.
-Lions get Pack coach
   Barry to assist offensive line.

Aggies hope encore meets expectations
   A&T has seven starters back from a team that reached the NCAA tourney.
Greensboro News-Record

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-USC officials would be remiss to skip Kip
  
No Gamecocks baseball player has had jersey retired; Bouknight deserves to be the first
-Edwards to leave USC athletics post
   After losing out on AD job, former Gamecock safety to work for stadium signage firm
-South Carolina State, Wofford, The Citadel and Furman on future USC football schedules
-USC’s toast to its hardwood past is long overdue

Seahawks battle past Hofstra for 20th win
Wilmington Star-News

February 16, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack enjoys a breather
   After a string of close games, N.C. State cruises past FSU.
-Evtimov's status a concern for Pack

Hansbrough sets new standards in UNC-CH win
   Tyler Hansbrough set a new Smith Center record with 40 points.
Durham Herald-Sun

Charlotte rocks Richmond
   Victory propels 49ers into 2nd place in A-10
Charlotte Observer

UNCW has zero margin for error in CAA
   Both UNC-Wilmington men's basketball coach Brad Brownell and Hofstra counterpart Tom Pecora are keeping it real with their teams. Not that they have much of a choice.
Wilmington Star-News

ODU now 4th in CAA after win, VCU loss
Hampton Roads Virginian Pilot

Holcomb-Faye 3rd on Big South's list
   Whit Holcomb-Faye (Reynolds '02) moved up to third on the Big South's career-scoring list Monday night, matching his career high with 37 points and leading Radford past Charleston Southern 81-76.
Winston Salem-Journal

Cavaliers cruise past Longwood
Hampton Roads Daily Press

The Citadel to retire Buoniconti's jersey
Greensboro News Record

February 15, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wellman backs Prosser
   Wake AD believes coach will stay.
-Deacons remain a mystery

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Devils sail past Deacons- Turnovers plague Wake Forest again in 93-70 shellacking
-Redick, Duke too much for Wake Forest in a dark season

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Redick sets career 3-pointer record during Duke's win
-Perfection on the line for N.C. State
   N.C. State has done a perfect job of defending its home court in ACC play this season.
-Young Heels face Georgia Tech tonight

Balkman enjoys career game; Gamecocks roll past Tide
Greenville (SC) News

Clemson rules on Valentine’s Day
   Tigers skip the stoning and settle for shredding slumping Maryland
Columbia (SC) The State

Monarch's Report- A multiple-bid year for the CAA?
Hampton Roads Virginian Pilot

February 14, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-N.C. man wins speedskating gold, donates bonus to charity
   Joey Cheek walked in with everyone expecting him to talk about winning an Olympic speedskating gold medal. Instead, he had something else on his mind.
-Last-place Deacons still a threat to Duke
   Each basketball season, Duke Student Government selects two men's basketball games as "tenting games," the must-see games for which students camp out in Krzyzewskiville for weeks on end for the right to cram into Cameron Indoor Stadium.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Games will have plenty of Canes
   Seven players, one coach and one video coordinator are at the Olympics.
-N.C. native gives his all
   Skater makes the most of his moment of fame and $25,000
-No quick fixes for Prosser
   Wake Forest's Skip Prosser is going to have to coach his way out of this mess.
-Trucks let you show team spirit
   American Specialty Trucks is the only U.S. company producing college team-themed trucks under an agreement it signed with the NCAA in the fall

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers hope to break losing streak tonight against Maryland
-Behind Duke, ACC teams battling for position

From the Charlotte Observer
-Roof hires 2 alumni as coaches
-49ers find ways to win despite trailing at half

Cranford, Mountaineers whip Catamounts
Winston Salem Journal

February 13, 2006

Growth of ACC has major flaws
   It just doesn’t seem right, sitting here, watching it snow, and snow and snow, 18 to 24 inches worth, and knowing you’re still officially in the ACC — the same conference that boasts Florida State, Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina and Clemson.
Anderson Independent

Pack gets stung
   Suspect shooting costs State against struggling Tech / Turnovers and a shot-selection miscue at the end prove too much for N.C. State to overcome as a gritty Jackets squad hands the Wolfpack its third conference loss..
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Frasor's late heroics help Heels hold on
-NHL: Hurricanes enter break on winning note

Deacons say fire was fueled by 49ers, record, Swinton
   Wake Forest displayed forgotten passion in Saturday win over UNCC
Winston Salem Journal

Baseball | Freshman duo sparks USC past Elon
Columbia (SC) The State

 

February 19, 2006

Blazers give 40-minute effort
   They ran, trapped and pressured Southern Miss into submission. They rode the red-hot 3-point shooting of Marvett McDonald and sprinkled in plenty of balance.
Birmingham News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Giannini stays the course in desire to upgrade facilities
-Blazers scorch Eagles 87-50

Eagles endure another trip to woodshed
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tigers make big statement; 26-game mark best all-time
   While highly ranked teams from other leagues have spent the past few weeks notching good wins against good competition, the University of Memphis Tigers have coasted through a depleted and overmatched Conference USA. And it's cost them. And they know it.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Memphis in league of its own
-Wave undone by a storm of talent, quickness

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH defense puts squeeze on Tulsa
   The Houston Cougars showed how good their defense could be Saturday night, holding the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to 14 first-half points and cruising to a 73-46 victory at Hofheinz Pavilion.
-UTEP tops Rice by stifling Almond
   Leading scorer in C-USA held to 2-point first half; Miners win by 10

From the El Paso Times
-Fans return to the Don
-Rebounds, defensive effort key for UTEP

Knights rejected and dejected
Orlando Sentinel

February 18, 2006

Memphis Making Strong Claim For No. 1
   John Calipari's squad has equaled its best start in school history at 23-2 and has put itself in prime position for not only a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but the No. 1 spot in both the AP and USA Today polls
conferenceusa.com

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers on brink of best start in their history
   From talk radio to talk amongst friends, people have been debating for a while exactly where this University of Memphis team ranks in the pantheon of Tiger basketball history.
-No. 3 Tigers vs. Tulane

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Lithuanian Visockis starting to catch on
   Southern Miss center Donatas Visockis never has let limits define him, on or off the basketball court.
-USM’s Palmer earns 300th win
   Southern Miss beat Wichita State 6-5 Friday in the South Alabama Tournament, giving coach Corky Palmer his 300th win as the Golden Eagles’ coach.
-Eagles make Wilt defensive line coach

UCF not only one who likes Orsini
   UCF Athletic Director Steve Orsini said he and school officials are "making progress" in hammering out a new multiyear deal. But UCF may not be the only school looking to secure his services.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-CONFERENCE FALL
   Two years ago, Conference USA was at its pinnacle in men's basketball. That season, it placed six teams in the NCAA Tournament -- the barometer for just how strong the conference was.
-McFadden, Emaus spark Wave to win
   Sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus and redshirt freshman outfielder Warren McFadden combined for six RBIs, and junior right-hander Brandon Gomes struck out five in six innings as Tulane defeated Penn State 9-4 Friday night at Zephyr Field.
-Tulane's beast a real beauty
   The monster won't defer even to Katrina, and hardly is interested in taking youth into account.

February 17, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-Conference USA Baseball Notebook
   The final three Conference USA teams will open their 2006 baseball seasons this weekend.
-Men's Basketball Notebook
   The top four teams in Conference USA remained hot during mid-week action as Memphis, UTEP, UAB and Houston all won their respective contests
-Red-Hot Houston Cougars Men's Basketball
-USM Baseball Travels to Mobile, Ala. for the Coca-Cola Classic

Nittany Lions open today against Tulane
   Besides Tulane, which advanced to the College World Series last season and defeated defending national champion Texas last week, the Nittany Lions will also visit East Carolina, North Carolina State, and Arizona State before beginning Big Ten play in late March.
Centre Daily Times

Mohl carrying weight for Wave
   It's easy to understand why Tulane pitcher Billy Mohl feels he's sitting on top of the world these days.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Nerves? What nerves?
   There was a showcase of the old and the new on Opening Day at Pete Taylor Park on Wednesday.
Hattiesburg American

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Winning helps assistants too
   John Calipari stared off at a far wall in the Finch Center the other night and recalled those first days, when no challenge was too big, no dream too great, even for a group of 20-somethings just trying to survive another season at UMass ...
-Calipari suspends senior Njoya
   Calipari labeled the suspension necessary because of "conduct detrimental to the team."

From the El Paso Times
-Miners' tight end coach gets D-1AA job
-Miners' visit to White House to include gifts for Bush, wife

Weekend tip-off- 'Nova, Bracket Busters spice up action
   Eddie Timanus breaks down this weekend's biggest matchups
USA Today

Tightening brackets provides a quick fix
   With just less than a month remaining before the NCAA Tournament gets under way, it is time to look at how the 65-team field might look.
Boston Globe

February 16, 2006

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Patton, Herd outlast SMU
   The team will practice at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium today before traveling to Greenville, NC for Saturday's game at East Carolina. Tip-off at ECU is 7 pm.
-Herd baseball set for C-USA debut

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Patton scores 36 in Herd’s OT win over SMU
   Mark Patton scored a career-high 36 points, but the final five were the biggest in Marshall’s 75-72 victory at Southern Methodist.
-Ex-Ohio State assistant added to Marshall football staff
   Paul Nichols has crossed the line from being a graduate assistant to being a full-fledged, fully paid football coach. As Marshall’s new defensive backs coach, there is a line he doesn’t want to see his unit cross.

Continuing to grow
   Herd true freshman still improving in league play
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Adkins, Russum help USM win opener 5-2
   Freshman Luke Adkins went 3-for-3 with a homer in his first college game and Southern Miss opened its season with a 5-2 victory over Nicholls State on Wednesday.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Cooper rebounds from shame
   It had been a long day, this Tuesday, one that began in a Millington courtroom and concluded on the basketball court at FedExForum. From a guilty plea on a marijuana charge to a double-double out of nowhere, Kareem Cooper had gone from the depths of embarrassment to the pride of the University of Memphis, all in a few hours.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Birmingham News
-Leaving UAB isn't last thing on Anderson's mind
-Squeaky's 3-pointer seals Blazers victory
   UAB point guard Squeaky Johnson tied a career high with 11 assists on Wednesday night in a 87-82 victory over Tulane before a crowd of 4,391.

Houston gives UCF problems
Orlando Sentinel

Thundering Herd coach hired by Southern Miss
   Southern Mississippi hired former Marshall defensive coordinator Bill Wilt as its defensive line coach on Wednesday.
Biloxi Sun Herald

February 15, 2006

Tigers' roar blasts Eagles
   USM was down 34-10 at half to No. 3 Memphis
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Memphis mauls USM
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-'Mismatch'
   Larry Eustachy had tried hollering and stomping. He even pointed some. But there eventually came a time in the first half when the Southern Miss coach just took a seat on the bench, aware there was no fixing the problem.
-Cooper guilty of pot charge
   University of Memphis basketball player Kareem Cooper pleaded guilty Tuesday

Spring Preview 2006
College Football News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Houston pitchers team up to shut down SFA 8-1
-UH notebook- Fans aren't flocking to see Cougars in action

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
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'We Are ... Marshall' might be title of movie
-Herd looks to rebound against Mustangs

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-SMU similarly frustrated
-Herd’s key road trip starts tonight at Southern Methodist

Blazers want to pick up the pace
   Dave Dickerson, the first-year men's basketball coach at Tulane, blamed some recent sleepless nights on the anticipation of facing UAB's pressure defense.
Birmingham News

From the El Paso Times
-Miners give A&M no love
-Miners, Tofi hope he returns Saturday

Baseball: Ready to hit the field
Hattiesburg American

UCF's big jump not a perfect 10
   If Kirk Speraw could have things his way, his team's first season in Conference USA would end the way his first season as UCF's coach did.
Orlando Sentinel

February 14, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-Softball Notebook
   The opening weekend of Conference USA softball action provided plenty of excitement as both East Carolina and Tulsa won tournament titles
-Men's Basketball Notebook
   No. 3 Memphis remained the only team in the country with a perfect record on the road after defeating Marshall, 91-81 on Saturday.
-Women's Basketball Notebook
-C-USA Names First 2006 Baseball Players of the Week
-Southern Miss Hosts Nicholls State on Wednesday in the 2006 Baseball Season Opener

Tough stretch continues for Southern Miss
   No. 3 Memphis awaits tonight
Biloxi Sun-Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Beasley, Eagles aim slingshot at Tigers
   Shortly after his Golden Eagles had been stampeded by then-No. 4 Memphis on Jan. 21, Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy praised the depth, athleticism and sheer talent running up and down the Tigers' roster.
-USM juggles lineup to get newcomer starting job
   Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer has never been shy about jockeying his lineup to put his best starting nine out on the diamond.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' long fellow
   The first thing people notice are his long arms, those two limbs that start at Robert Dozier's shoulders and, extended upward, seem to go on forever, not unlike his future prospects.
-No. 3 Tigers vs. Southern Miss
-C-USA jumpers to Big East not smiling so much anymore
   Entering the final stretch of the regular season, it's hard not to notice the schools that left C-USA for the Big East -- Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette, DePaul and South Florida -- are all struggling with the move. In fact, it's possible none will make the NCAA Tournament.

From the El Paso Times
-Former top recruit eyes UTEP
-Miners take break from CUSA

TU short on experience, big on talent
   Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones knew what he was dealing with before the season started, but he admits it really didn't hit him until Saturday afternoon.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Herd Baseball Celebrates 100th Year
goherd.com

February 13, 2006

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

Men's Basketball Roundup
conferenceusa.com

Green Wave tops defending champion Texas
New Orleans Times Picayune

Eighth is enough to lift Rice past TCU
Houston Chronicle

With March near, Herd seeking consistency
   The Thundering Herd has saved its best for three nationally-ranked opponents, but faltered at times against teams with lesser records. Marshall twice led No. 3 Memphis by 11 in Saturday's nationally-televised game before losing 91-81.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Pitchers' roles still under review
   Last year, Brad Owen wasn't sure where or when he was going to pitch. This year, Scott Massey wasn't going to pitch at all.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM extends rights with ISP
Hattiesburg American