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Conference USA

February 26, 2006

-BVL: KLS day two: Bucs batter Seahawks
-BVL: East Carolina 11, UNCW 2 (Box Score)
-BVL: Rouse records another double-double in loss
-BVL: Tulane 66, East Carolina 53 (Box Score)
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Stanford will open new stadium against Navy
UTEP men, Houston women capture track titles
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

-Lady Pirates Say Goodbye To Three Seniors
   Diverse Class Set To Move On
-ECU Claims Second Place In Both Men's And Women's Championships
   Ladies Move Up Two Spots In Final Standings
-Men's Basketball Drops Home Finale To Tulane
   Rouse Scores Double-Double in Final Home Game
-Smith Leads Pirates To An 11-2 Rout Of UNCW
   Senior catcher hits 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored
-Pirates Finish Fourth at C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championships
   Hector Cotto captures 60-meter hurdle title with a time of 8.03
-Lady Pirates Finish 10th at C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championships

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Cranking out hits
   Jake Smith drove in a total of four runs to help left-hander Dustin Sasser pick up his second victory of the season after a shaky beginning on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates defeated the Seahawks 11-2
-Pirates improve chances of getting regional host bid
   "No question something like this plays a part in hosting in the future," ECU's assistant athletic director for internal affairs Gary Overton said. "This facility is second to none in the country. Having experience of hosting a tournament like this, the NCAA looks at and strives for universities with opportunities that we possess."
-West Va., N.C. State get Classic wins
   The final score was much closer than a majority of N.C. State's baseball games, but the final result turned out to be quite similar.
-Pirates get wiped out by the Green Wave
   The only drama inside Minges Coliseum on Saturday night came before the opening tip-off.

From the Kinston Free Press
-Rouse’s home finale ends in defeat to Tulane
   East Carolina’s shooting touch went AWOL in the second half of its Conference USA game against Tulane on Saturday night.
-Pirates blow away UNC Wilmington, 11-2
   After winning Friday’s game against Penn State in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, East Carolina left little to doubt in Saturday’s win over in-state rival UNC Wilmington.
-North Carolina State rallies past Penn State
   Matt Mangini scored with two outs in the top of the eighth on a single by pinch-hitter Ryan Pond, lifting No. 18 North Carolina State to a 3-2 win over Penn State in the Keith LeClair Classic at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Smith powers ECU past UNC-W
   After winning Friday’s game against Penn State in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, East Carolina left little to doubt in Saturday’s win over in-state rival UNC-W
-New Bern kids watch ECU hoops
   What better way to spend a Saturday night than to take in a college basketball game?
-Pirates fall in home finale
   Tulane used a balanced scoring attack to defeat East Carolina 66-53 Saturday night at Minges Coliseum.

Tulane finds right plan
   The Tulane freshmen duo of Ryan Williams and Daniel Puckett combined for 18 second-half points to lead the Green Wave to a 66-53 victory over East Carolina in a Conference USA game Saturday in Greenville, N.C.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Freshmen Lead Tulane Men to Road Win Over East Carolina
   The Tulane freshmen duo of Ryan Williams and Daniel Puckett combined for 18 second-half points to lead the Green Wave to a 66-53 road victory over East Carolina

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates fall to Green Wave
-Smith powers ECU to second win in Keith LeClair Classic

Seahawks pounded by Pirates in Greenville
   UNC-Wilmington didn't play well in any phase.
Wilmington Star News

February 25, 2006

-BVL: East Carolina 4, Penn State 3 (Box Score)
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Home state honors K-State football icon
Switzer endorse Osborne for Neb. governor
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Pirate Game Day
Men's Baseball vs. UNC-W
 1:30 pm ET - Greenville, NC

Men's Basketball vs. Tulane
 7:00 pm ET - Greenville, NC
 Gametracker/CSTV Media Link

LeClair stays in touch
   Former coach watches ECU win
Raleigh News & Observer

-ECU Wins Friday's KLC Finale In Ninth Over PSU, 4-3
   Pirates set to take on UNCW Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
-UNCW, N.C. State Win First Two Contests At KLC
   Wolpack Defeat Mountaineers 12-4 in game two Friday
-Monce's Home Run Propels ECU Over Marshall At CofC Cougar Classic
-East Carolina Drops C-USA Tennis Opener To Memphis 6-1
-Swimming And Diving Teams Contine C-USA Championship Competition
-Lady Pirates Drop C-USA Contest To Southern Miss 71-56
-Lady Pirates Finish First Day of C-USA Indoor Championships in Ninth Place
-Pirates Stand Fifth After First Day of C-USA Indoor Championships

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Last stand for seniors ECU basketball seniors
   Corey Rouse has been the classic example of someone who benefited from waiting his turn.
-Pirates prevail late
   The ninth inning is becoming the most exciting part of baseball games for East Carolina's Diamond Bucs.
-Seahawks, Wolfpack open Keith LeClair Classic with wins
   East Carolina's next two opponents during the Keith LeClair Classic opened up the event on Friday and played a close ballgame.
-Golden Eagles fly past ECU women
   East Carolina point guard Jasmine Young continued her torrid scoring streak with a career-high 28 points against Southern Miss on Friday. Unfortunately, her teammates didn't follow her example.
-ECU trustees agree to seek dental school
   The dental program would take at least three years to develop once funding is approved

From the Kinston Free Press
-East Carolina looks for third C-USA win in home finale
   The long and frustrating season for first-year head coach Ricky Stokes and East Carolina’s 2005-06 basketball season is coming to a close on senior night.
-Pirates win LeClair tourney opener

Pirates win in dramatic fashion over Penn State in Keith LeClair Classic
   Receiving an emotional boost from having their former coach in attendance, the East Carolina Pirates took a dramatic 4-3 win over Penn State in the third annual Keith LeClair Classic.
Washington Daily News

Seahawks edge Hokies in Classic
   Thomas Benton (2-1), who grew up in Kinston in the shadows of the ECU campus, was stellar from the outset.
Wilmington Star News

February 24, 2006

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 265
LeClair rewrote standard at ECU

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU home hoops finales bring promotions
Juco hoops coach climbs to 1,000-win plateau
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-ECU Baseball Hosts Third Annual Keith LeClair Classic
   Pirates set to face Penn State Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.
   Visit KLC Gameday Central for continuous updates
-Softball Travels To Charleston For CofC Cougar Classic This Weekend
   Pirates Open Play Against Marshall Friday Morning
-Women's Swimming & Diving Maintains Third Place At C-USA Championships
   Rebecca Perry Qualifies For NCAA Championships In 50-Yard Freestyle
-Senior Day Highlights Men and Women's Basketball Home Finale
   Bo Batts and Kim Lewellen To Be Recognized This Weekend

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
Former players teaching lesson learned from LeClair
   The paralyzing ramifications of Lou Gehrig's Disease have taken away many of the abilities Keith LeClair used to coach baseball. While LeClair might be confined physically, his principles for baseball – and life in general – are being spread faster than any negative effects of a debilitating illness.
-So. Miss next up for ECU
   The East Carolina women's basketball team will wrap up the regular season at home this weekend with a pair of games at Minges Coliseum.
-ECU's Frasure hammering it home
   Eric Frasure says he could have been in jail right now.  But instead he's breaking records as a thrower for the East Carolina men's track and field team.
-Professor's spirit remembered in memorial service
   Michael Bassman, assistant vice chancellor of the East Carolina University honors program, saved his comments for last during Wednesday's memorial service for the late Gay Wilentz, an English Department professor who died Feb. 6.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
-Holland has formed roots as ECU's AD
   Former U.Va. coach finds happiness through his work rebuilding Pirates' program
-Sports Focus- Rebuilding The Pirates
   Former Tech coach in a familiar position, trying to bring ECU back from its recent struggles

Pirates hosting Keith LeClair Classic
   Former East Carolina coaching great Keith LeClair means a great deal to the Pirates. He means so much that his name is a part of the sign that fans see when they enter the ballpark, “Clark-LeClair Stadium.”
Washington Daily News

Keith LeClair Classic hits the diamond today
New Bern Sun Journal

Baseball team still figuring out best lineup
   The Lions face host team East Carolina at 5 pm today, North Carolina State at 10 am tomorrow and West Virginia at 10 am Sunday.
Penn State Digital Collegian

LeClair Classic gives Seahawks an early test
   The Keith LeClair Classic, which begins this morning in Greenville, is only three years old.
Wilmington Star News

NC State Baseball To Play In Keith LeClair Classic

Prep Insider
   The best basketball player in southern Illinois, Mount Vernon's 6-6, 215-pound Glendale Moore, might end up playing football in college. Moore, who averages 24 points and 10 rebounds, is being recruited as a tight end by Illinois, Indiana and East Carolina.
Chicago Sun-Times

February 23, 2006

Myatt: View From The 'ville
Fleet with a mission setting sail for LeClair Classic

-BVL: Knights gang up on Pirates
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rape charge filed against Navy football star
Finn finished with Musketeers
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-East Carolina Falls On The Road To UCF, 69-49
   Jeremy Ingram and Sam Hinnant each score nine points to lead the Pirates.
-Men's Swimming & Diving Leads Invitational After Day One
   Women tied for third at 2006 C-USA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU men struggle at UCF
   Very little went right for the East Carolina men's basketball team during its game against UCF on Wednesday night.
-Best's life, words remembered
   He was appointed to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in 1971. Leo Jenkins was ECU chancellor during that time and formed a partnership with Best and others to lobby the state Legislature to create a medical school at ECU. Best encouraged black students to enroll at ECU by bringing highly qualified black faculty and staff to the University.

UCF Basketball Sinks the Pirates

UCF defeats East Carolina
   Josh Peppers led five Central Florida players in double figures with 17 points as the Knights snapped a two-game losing streak with a 69-49 victory over East Carolina Wednesday.
Orlando Sentinel

Future Opponent: Star Navy quarterback Owens charged with raping mid
   Navy's starting quarterback was charged yesterday with raping a female midshipman on Jan. 29 in the academy's dormitory.
Annapolis Capital

February 22, 2006
Birthday - President George Washington (1st President)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
New diversion: Collecting loose threads that bind

-BVL: Pirates clobber Blue Devils
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Scholarship suit could be costly to NCAA
Big C-USA hoops matchup on tap tonight
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Smith And Tousley Power Pirates Past Duke, 19-5
   ECU hitters pound out nine singles, eight doubles and one homer
-Pirates Claim Second Place At Papa Johns Collegiate
   Trio of Pirates Finish In The Top 15
-Softball Game With NC State Rescheduled For March 22

Pirates double their fun against Blue Devils
   East Carolina tuned up for the third annual Keith LeClair Classic with a hit parade.
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates batter Blue Devils on diamond
   Team slugging percentage and other East Carolina batting statistics received a significant boost as the Pirate baseball team smacked a total of 18 hits – nine that went for extra bases...
-UCF next on slate for ECU
   The East Carolina men's basketball team takes aim at its first Conference USA winning streak in more than a year tonight as it travels to face Central Florida.

Jury is still out on ECU hoops
   Through 24 games, it’s still too early to tell if Stokes will be able to turn about the moribund Pirates program. But for now, the move to replace Herrion with Stokes is a wash.
New Bern Sun Journal

Men's Basketball Faces East Carolina at Home

Pirate Game Day
Men's Basketball vs. Central Florida
 7:30 pm ET - Orlando, FL
 Gametracker/CSTV Media Link

February 21, 2006

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
Pirates warming to the task in wintry start
WNCT: Talk of The Town

WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Billy Godwin)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Spurrier plucks UNC-Chapel Hill assistant
Hurricanes, Sooners to clash in 2007, 2009
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

Pirates look to bounce back against Blue Devils
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU hosts Duke today at Clark-LeClair
-College of Charleston chews up Pirate lead in the ninth

ECU'S Lind Tied For Second Heading Into Final Round Action

From the East Carolinian
-Lady Pirates split weekend road trip
-Pirates win series; fall in game three

Tyree Bullock- Prospect of Interest
   “I’m going to ECU (East Carolina University) for junior day and I just got back from Junior Day at Duke. I’m also coming to Nashville Scout Combine. (

Toronto about to get Stoked
   The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is thrilled to announce that it has signed a deal with CFL superstar Keith Stokes through the 2007 season.

Join the Pirate Armada
Friday, February 24th
 Statewide Caravan Schedule

   Support Pirate Baseball & raise funds for ALS.  The Second Annual Pirate Armada sets sail Friday morning (2/24) from Charlotte and picking up Pirates along the way to Greenville for the Keith LeClair Classic.

February 20, 2006
President's Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
New team in town soaking up attention
-BVL: College of Charleston 11, East Carolina 8 (Box Score)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Producers working on Marshall film title
NCAA announces plush digs at Final Four
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

-CofC's Five-Run Ninth Downs Pirates, 11-8
   Cougars out-hit ECU 16-to-6 en route to the victory
-Pirates Fall In Overtime To Tulane 81-78
   Young ties a career-high with 25 points
-Softball Drops Extra Inning Affair To Ohio
   ECU rallied to force an extra frame, but came up one run short against Ohio, 8-7.

From the
Greenville Daily Reflector
-College of Charleston chews up Pirate lead in the ninth
   The College of Charleston scored in just four different innings against East Carolina during this three-game series that concluded on Sunday afternoon. However, the Cougars made the most of two of those frames against the Diamond Bucs in the series finale.
-No quit in ECU men
   "The season is not over," junior guard Courtney Captain said.

Rouse makes most as senior
   Kinston native aims for the record books
New Bern Sun Journal

Cougars rally in ninth to top ECU
Washington Daily News

Five-Run Ninth Paces CofC Past ECU, 11-8

From the Kinston Free Press
-Pirates hold off Thundering Herd
-Pirates pick up sloppy win

CFL: Argos sign WR Stokes to two-year deal
   The East Carolina product set a Winnipeg season record with four punt return touchdowns in 2004 and averaged 11.9 yards per runback


February 26, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Yellow Jackets keep Deacons in ACC cellar
   Ice-cold shooting in second half sends WFU to 76-61 defeat in spite of a big game from Williams
-Failing Grade- Wolfpack flunks final home game of 2006

Fitting end for UNCW
   Beckham Wyrick chuckled as he leaned onto a green countertop Saturday afternoon.
Wilmington Star News

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-McGee keeps USC close way out West
   Former AD recalls successes, defends Holtz in return to the house he built
-USC drops when final shot doesn’t
   Gamecocks alone in SEC East cellar after narrow loss to Vanderbilt
-USC, Clemson postponed
-Otherworldly- Clemson throttles hapless Virginia
   In season’s best performance, Tigers avenge earlier loss to Cavaliers

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Redick breaks ACC scoring record
   Redick breaks ACC scoring record during Duke's win at Temple as Blue Devils senior Shelden Williams dominates in the first half and grabs his 14th double-double of the season in a close win over the Owls.
-Double trouble for Wolfpack
   Boston College hands N.C. State a tough loss to swallow.
-New venue, but game is the same
   The CIAA Tournament, dramatically different yet fundamentally unchanged, starts a new era Monday in Charlotte.

From the Charlotte Observer
-Saint Louis edges 49ers with late run
-Bobcats falter vs. high-octane Suns

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Wake loses again
-Aggies hit bottom in bad loss

Glory (Tobacco) Road
   Four players who broke the color barrier at the Big Four schools faced threats and ridicule with dignity and patience as integration was slow to be accepted in the ACC.
Fayetteville Observer

February 25, 2006

From the Virginian-Pilot
-Beamer adds 3 coaches to his staff at Virginia Tech
   Ex-N.C. State coach joins Virginia Tech.
-Construction of U.Va.'s new arena is on time and on budget

From the Charlotte Observer
-Old C-USA foe comes to Halton
   In a season marked with unfamiliar teams visiting Halton Arena, a recognizable face finally comes to town today.
-Bennerman's favorite routine is scoring
   N.C. State wing is known for his quirks as much as for his offense

A king at Duke, prince in the ACC
   Duke's J.J. Redick almost certainly will become the leading men's scorer in ACC history today in a game at Temple.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Spurrier urges new athletics facilities
   ‘If we want to play big-time, we have to act big-time,’ he said
-Odom faces up to critics
   Coach says ‘there’s nowhere to hide’ after disappointing loss to Georgia
-Gamecocks find their offense
   After hitting dismally to start season, USC puts up big total early
-Berken loses dinner, wins game
   Clemson starter fights illness, dodges coach to get his second win
-Tigers’ woes come in threes
   Up next is Virginia; Cavaliers started Clemson’s recent ACC slide

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Prosser found zone effective in Deacons' win over Tigers
   Coach says he'll try anything - almost - to get victories
-Bouncing Back- N.C. State has shown ability to recover quickly after losses

February 24, 2006

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Weber joins Tar Heels' coaching staff
   Fresno St. line coach joins UNC-CH
-Wolfpack must rebound in time for BC
-Fans gave Tar Heels earfull at RBC center

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-USC’s AD working without a contract
   Hyman, who came to USC in July, says incentives package is the holdup
-Gamecocks’ bubble close to bursting
   SEC unlikely to get 7 invites to NCAAs, and USC is in the league’s 7th spot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Bunting finishing search
   Coach wants full staff by March 3
-Wolfpack let down its guard
   Rebounding, defense unravel against UNC-CH.

Eagles' offense gears up as Big South showdown looms
   Winthrop runs up 59 points in first half
Charlotte Observer

February 23, 2006

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Duke captain Patrick leaves for Delaware
   Ben Patrick, a tight end and team captain who led Duke in receptions last season, said Wednesday that he will transfer to the University of Delaware for his final season of eligibility.
-Duke handles Virginia Tech with pin point precision
   From the light crowd to the bloated rotation to the ease of the victory, there was a December feel to Duke's 93-51 dismantling of Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tar Heels walk all over passive Pack
   Some basketball games are decided by the want factor. Others are decided by the need factor.
-Canes back on ice as break nears end
   Moments after Erik Cole completed an energetic but ultimately futile performance for the United States on Wednesday, his Carolina Hurricanes teammates were back at work.

Demonized in OT- Tigers fall to lowly Wake Forest
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons slip past Tigers in overtime
   Wake Forest makes mistakes, but rallies to defeat Clemson
-SoCon Notebook
   Fancher says extended time off might hamper his Mountaineers

Talk of multiple CAA bids is premature
   All the talk of the Colonial Athletic Association receiving multiple bids and of mid-major conferences making the NCAA basketball tournament en masse is just that.
Wilmington Star-News

Bobcats hope by charging less they can get more
   Without saying they have been charging too much for season tickets, the Charlotte Bobcats admitted Wednesday they have been charging too much for season tickets.
Charlotte Observer

Coliseum's new court sports same colors
   The court, which cost $112,000, replaces a 10-year-old version that had supported many great games, but was clearly past its prime.
Greensboro News Record

February 22, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-For a record
   Duke senior guard J.J. Redick will have a good shot at breaking the 51-year-old ACC career scoring record tonight when the No. 1-ranked Blue Devils play Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
-State forging tradition at RBC Center
   Arena delivers fans, money that Reynolds could not.
-SAS gets soccer 'friendly'
   Duke senior guard J.J. Redick will have a good shot at breaking the 51-year-old ACC career scoring record tonight when the No. 1-ranked Blue Devils play Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Hemric, former Deacons standout, back in vogue
   ACC's all-time scoring leader is getting lots of attention as Redick nears record
-Deacons seek more balance
   WFU will take on well-rested Clemson at Joel Coliseum tonight

Clemson visits last-place Deacons
Greenville (SC) News

Seahawks getting noticed at right time
   Too much scoreboard-watching can be a bad thing, but it worked out pretty well for UNC-Wilmington last weekend in men's basketball.
Wilmington Star-News

Bill for USC’s success comes due
   “There is a price for excellence,” USC athletics director Eric Hyman said recently when discussing the ticket-price increase he is expected to propose to the USC board of trustees Thursday.
Columbia (SC) The State

Two Bears heading to college
   Wilson chose UNC-P over offers to play at NC Wesleyan and Guilford. He also was invited to walk on at East Carolina by Skip Holtz.
New Bern Sun Journal

February 21, 2006

Lawing returns to coach ‘D’ line
   The 48-year-old Lawing spent the past three years as North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He worked at USC for the entire, five-year tenures of Sparky Woods and Brad Scott.
Columbia (SC) The State

Blue Devils remain focused on goals, not Redick's marks
Durham Herald-Sun

No conspiracy- Talent translates into free throws
Raleigh News & Observer

Finish line in sight for speedskater Joey Cheek
   Today's 1,500-meter race will be Greensboro's Joey Cheek's last race as an Olympic athlete.
Greensboro News-Record

A-10 at risk of putting just 1 in NCAA field
   G.W. a lock for bid; Charlotte, others scrambling
Charlotte Observer

Mocs clamp down on Mountaineers 64-50
   Appalachian State is held to 30 percent from field
Winston Salem Journal

February 20, 2006

Redick passes Dawkins in win over Miami
Durham Herald-Sun

Wake has sure-fire formula ... for losing
Greensboro News-Record

North Carolina gets past Wake Forest
   Reeling Deacons tumble to 13-13, 1-11 in ACC
Winston Salem Journal

Baseball | USC breaks out brooms, but not the bats
   Gamecocks sweep Radford despite lackluster hitting
Columbia (SC) The State


February 26, 2006

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Gritty Golden Hurricane plays U of M close before finally fading in stretch
-Baseball- Tigers fight off Irish for third straight win

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH takes misstep against UTEP on way to Dance
   With Miguel Ayala hitting several key shots and free throws en route to a 17-point night, the Miners took a white-knuckle, seesaw 69-63 victory Saturday night, putting a severe hit on the Cougars' NCAA Tournament hopes.
-Central Florida exposes Rice's inconsistency

From the El Paso Times
-Injured Tofi still finds a way to help Miners win
-UTEP senior comes up big

Rain Causes Baseball To Suspend Play In The Ninth

You want luxuries- They aren't cheap
   Athletic programs at the University of Southern Mississippi are not exactly a case of the haves and the have-nots. The situation is more likened to the haves and the have-got-a-little-mores.
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Clutch free throws save day for Herd
-Eustachy expresses support for Sutton

Marshall handles Southern Miss
   If you can’t beat the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, you probably deserve to join them.
Charleston (WV)

McDonald lifts Blazers to win
   Marvett McDonald shrugged his shoulders and offered a simple explanation of what happened in the final 20 minutes of UAB's 73-68 Conference USA victory over SMU on Saturday night at Moody Coliseum.
Birmingham News

Knights' 3-pointers clip Owls
   Justin Rose scored 22 points and Josh Peppers added 21 as UCF blitzed Rice from 3-point range and beat the Owls 77-64 on Saturday night.
Orlando Sentinel

February 25, 2006

TU can't deliver against Pepperdine
   Tulane's seven-game winning streak hit a speed bump Friday night when the Green Wave stranded 12 runners in a 6-2 loss to 16th-ranked Pepperdine at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Missed Opportunities Haunt Baseball In 6-2 Loss To Pepperdine

Tulsa Wins Regular Season C-USA Women's Basketball Title

Herd tries to climb C-USA ladder
   Marshall’s last, best chance to escape a double-digit seed in the Conference USA tournament begins tonight.
Charleston (WV)

Herd can't afford slip against Southern Miss
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Golden Eagles' stretch run begins tonight on the road
   Marshall first, then Tulane, East Carolina
Biloxi Sun Herald

USM taking lumps, but staying positive
   Southern Miss may not look back on the 2005-06 basketball season fondly, but USM coach Larry Eustachy has no plans to start preparing for next year just yet.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Intensity becoming a problem for Tigers
   Stats indict, film convicts.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Blazers-Memphis showdown on hold for SMU game today
   Ask Brandon Tobias about the upcoming basketball game against Memphis and the UAB senior will attempt to deflect the discussion toward tonight's game at SMU.
Birmingham News

Surgery ends Tofi's Miner career
El Paso Times

February 24, 2006

From College Football News
-C-USA Spring Storylines
-C-USA Spring Lookaheads
   Can Skip Holtz and James Pinkney lead East Carolina back to glory? What are the big position battles to watch? This and more in the CUSA spring preview.

Men's Basketball Notebook
   Tom Penders will take his red-hot Houston Cougars across the state for a showdown with the UTEP Miners on Saturday night

Things are looking up for red-hot Cougars
   With the NCAA Tournament on the horizon, the Cougars (18-6, 8-3 in Conference USA) are getting hot at just the right time.
Houston Chronicle

MU president- Jirsa’s staying
   Stephen J. Kopp was clear about the men’s basketball coaching picture at Marshall University: It is not changing.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd recruit arrested on drug charges
-Rising Ross steadies Marshall

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Traveling calls slowing Tigers
-Tigers upbeat but cautious entering Classic

Tulane to face ranked Waves
   The Tulane baseball team will put its seven-game winning streak on the line against No. 16 Pepperdine in a three-game series at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans Times Picayune

February 23, 2006

U of M rejects UTEP's gritty stab at Conference USA-winning script
   With the victory, the fourth-ranked Tigers (25-2, 11-0) advanced their winning streak to 14 games
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the El Paso Times
-Music City misery
   Memphis used athleticism, speed, quickness, depth and a relentless attack to wear down UTEP, polishing off the Miners 66-56 in a pivotal Conference USA game.
-Good defense lacked rebounding
-Tofi's luck goes from bad to worse
   John Tofi seems to have all his luck coming in one flavor -- bad.

Herd seeking strong finish
   Having recharged its collective battery with a welcomed day off, Marshall began work on its stretch run Wednesday.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

-C-USA's 2006 Swimming & Diving Championship Day One Results
-Indoor Track and Field Championship Notebook

February 22, 2006

Conference USA title may be on line
   Tigers no sure thing against healthy Miners
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Conference USA notebook
   Memphis starts to roll as contenders line up
Charleston (WV) Gazette

-UTEP - Candidate for 2006 NCAA Tournament
-Memphis Blanks Alabama, 2-0
-Rice Defeats Sam Houston State, 9-3
-Tulane Rolls Past UNO In Game One Of WOW Cup, 10-2

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Conference USA swim meet begins
-Marshall running out of time for high tourney seed

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Surge in 4th propels Wave past Privateers
-Memphis mirror image of Pistons
   As he left Fogelman Arena on Saturday, after Memphis hung a 40-point whipping on Tulane, Coach John Calipari talked about the Tigers being on a "search for greatness."

From the El Paso Times
-Miners ready for showdown
-UTEP already chasing big-time talent for 2007 recruiting class

UH notebook- Missouri Valley shouldn't burst Cougars' bubble
Houston Chronicle

Ewing, Blount fuel USM route
   Nick Ewing, a newcomer in left field, got Southern Miss going against Mississippi Valley State Tuesday afternoon at Taylor Park.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

February 21, 2006

-Men's Basketball Notebook
-UAB Blazes Towards Top 25
-Women's Basketball Notebook
-Softball Notebook
-Conference USA Baseball Notebook
-Southern Miss Faces Off Against Intrastate Rival Mississippi Valley State in a Midweek Contest
-Tiger Baseball Hits the Road for Season-Opener at Alabama

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
Despite wins, Tigers drop in AP poll
   John Calipari had said that if his University of Memphis Tigers dropped in the Associated Press poll, that the players would be so mad they'd "kill the next three teams."
-Tiger baseball looks improved
   Ah, the newcomers. If there's anything that defines Daron Schoenrock's second season as University of Memphis baseball coach, it's the addition of the newcomers.

A game between friends?
   In these post-Katrina times, UNO's Tom Walter and Tulane's Rick Jones can't say they haven't thought of the schools' baseball rivalry this season being a little kinder and gentler.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners to wear '66 jerseys in televised game vs. Memphis
El Paso Times

February 20, 2006

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

-Weekend Men's Basketball Roundup
-Weekend Baseball Roundup

Marshall will benefit from move to Conference USA
   College baseball preview
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Despite Tigers' wins, they may drop
   Duke will be No. 1. Gonzaga will be No. 5. As for in-between, that's hard to figure. Which is why University of Memphis fans will anxiously await the release of the Associated Press poll this afternoon, and hope that last week's developments don't drop the Tigers from third to fourth despite them winning 13 consecutive games, including the past two by an average of 39.5 points.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

USM loses game, still declared event winner
   South Alabama's David Freese went 2-for-4 at the plate with a walk and four RBIs and pitched six strong innings Sunday to lead the Jaguars to a 6-3 victory over Southern Miss in the Coca Cola Classic.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Mohl on a roll for Wave
   Right-hander Billy Mohl struck out six and gave up one hit and a walk in seven innings, and Brad Emaus and Jonny Weiss had two hits each as No. 10 Tulane completed a sweep of Penn State with a 9-3 victory Sunday at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Lembeck, Bell lead Rice past Lamar
Houston Chronicle

Herd's Miles rediscovers scoring touch
untington Herald-Dispatch

Herd hoops sinks into TV obscurity
Charleston (WV) Gazette