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Conference USA

March 5, 2006

-BVL: USM deals Pirates bottom seed

-BVL: East Carolina 4, Stony Brook 0 (Box Score)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
49ers experience technical difficulties
Huggins returns for Cincinnati's seniors
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule

-Men's Basketball To Face UCF In Tournament Opening Round
   No. 12 ECU Plays No. 5 UCF Wednesday At 9:30 EST
-Men's Basketball Drops 74-56 Decision to Southern Miss
   Courtney Captain scores 13 points for the Pirates.
-Smith Homers Twice As ECU Holds Stony Brook Scoreless Again
   Sasser and Harrell combine on three-hit shutout as ECU wins 4-0
-Lady Pirate Tennis Blanks Appalachian State 7-0
-Pirates Turn In First Full-Pad Workout
   The contact session was the first of 12 which will be conducted in full gear, including a pair of scrimmages and the Purple-Gold Spring Game on April 8.

Pirates pick up the pace
   ECU gets in first contact session of spring football drills.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU breaks out pads for first time in 2006
   There were both successes and failures for the East Carolina football team on the third day of spring drills.
-ECU softball team wins two games at Clash
-Smith, Sasser prove too much for Stony Brook to handle
   East Carolina's battery came out fully charged on Saturday afternoon during the Diamond Bucs' baseball game against Stony Brook.
-Pirates finish up in cellar
   The first-ever basketball victory against East Carolina for Southern Miss was a convincing one.
-Pirates looking to hit better against lefties
   Today is Sunday and, of course, the East Carolina baseball team will be batting against a left-handed pitcher.

From the Washington Daily News
-Smith continues power surge against Seawolves
   Jake Smith could probably hit a home run in his sleep right now.
-Wilson, Muhwezi, Farrow look to make an impact next year
   As the Pirates donned the full gear for the first time this spring, it was the first chance for the mid-year transfers to show their coaches in person what they were made of.
-ECU to be 12th seed in C--USA Tourney

Smith’s homers pace Pirates
New Bern Sun-Journal

Pirates win big over Stony Brook
Kinston Free Press

Basketball Closes Out Regular Season With 74-56 Victory Over East Carolina

2 seniors help USM escape last place
  For Jason Forte and Tyler Quinn, Saturday turned out to be a day neither will forget.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Eagles finish strong
   The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team went from first to worst during the Conference USA season.
Hattiesburg American

USM avoids last place with East Carolina win
   Southern Miss avoided a last place Conference USA finish Saturday with a solid 74-56 win against East Carolina on Senior Day at Reed Green Coliseum.
Biloxi Sun Herald

March 4, 2006

-BVL: Cavs set to move to house that Holland built

-BVL: East Carolina 12, Stony Brook 0 (Box Score)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Pirates to strap on pads today
Lady Pirates eliminated by Tulsa
Briefs: More coaching exits; Tourney action
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

-Men's Basketball Tournament Seeding At Stake Against Southern Miss Saturday
   The two teams are currently tied for 11th place in Conference USA with identical 2-11 league records.
-Pirates Pound Stony Brook, 12-0
   Dale Mollenhauer hits 2-for-4 with a season-high four RBI
-ECU Football Completes Second Practice
   Pirate head coach Skip Holtz and his staff will direct the Pirates' first full-pad session Saturday morning before taking Sunday off.
-Lady Pirates Level Liberty After Falling To Delaware
-Lady Pirates Fall To Tulsa At C-USA Tournament 77-60
   Jasmine Young recorded a team-high 16 points

Pirate Game Day
 Gametracker/CSTV Media Link

Men's Baseball vs. Stony Brook
 1:00 pm ET - Greenville, NC

Men's Basketball vs. Southern Miss
 7:00 pm ET - Hattiesburg, MS

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU men take aim at Eagles
  The East Carolina men's basketball team still has something to play for.
-Drawing a blank- Pirates pitch shutout against Stony Brook
  The difference in Friday afternoon's college baseball game at Clark-LeClair Stadium was pretty simple.

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates sink the Seawolves
-ECU’s Roach excited about spring ball

Hose paces East Carolina in 12-0 romp over Stony Brook
New Bern Sun-Journal

USM, ECU have lot to play for- Not finishing dead last
  ... The only thing at stake when Southern Miss hosts East Carolina today at 4 pm is which team will finish ahead of the other at the bottom of the final Conference ...
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Eagles end regular season today
   Those who make their way to Reed Green Coliseum this afternoon will bear witness to a first and last all rolled into one.
Hattiesburg American

USM closes with Pirates
   The Golden Eagles return home to close the regular season today against East Carolina in a battle of last-place C-USA teams on Senior Day.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Basketball To Host East Carolina In Home Finale

TU Women Cruise To Win In CUSA Tournament
   The University of Tulsa women's basketball team posted an easy 77-to-60 win over East Carolina today in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament in Dallas, Texas.

East Carolina, Campbell team fall short of NCAA score
  ECU’s men’s basketball team and Campbell’s wrestling team fell short of a desired score in the new Academic Progress Rate measurement
Fayetteville Observer

March 3, 2006

-O'Brien: Slam Dunks No. 4
Contenders aplenty as Madness approaches

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Lady Pirates nip UAB in C-USA Tournament
UAB stuns Memphis to boost dance prospects
Mile High hosting in-state rivals
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

-Pirate Gameday Central
   ECU will face No 1 seed Tulsa at 2 p.m. (EST) in the the quarterfinal round of the 2006 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship.
-Lady Pirates Defeat UAB For First Tourney Win
   Freshman LaCoya Terry scored a team-high 13 points
-Holtz, Pirates Open Spring Football Practice
   East Carolina welcomes back 18 returning starters, 42 lettermen

Tulsa Women Opens 2006 C-USA Tournament against East Carolina this Friday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Spring into action- Pirates hit the gridiron for first practice
   Despite the dozens of newcomers with names taped across the fronts of their helmets, there was likely a great deal more familiarity Thursday than in ECU springs previous.
-Batts goes from playing on the pitch to swinging at pitches
   If East Carolina's baseball team gave a surprise performer of the year award thus far, Stephen Batts would certainly be in the conversation for the honor.
-ECU women advance in C-USA tournament

East Carolina women inch by UAB
Greensboro News-Record

Spring practice important to coaches
   To many on the outside, spring football is just more practices. But to the coaches, it provides valuable information on the status, progress and areas of concern for the coming season.
Kinston Free Press

From the Washington Daily News
-Smith coming back with a vengeance
   It seems every news organization wants to talk with Jake Smith following each East Carolina game. And for good reason, as the senior catcher is enjoying a career year.
-Cool, breezy day for Pirates’ first spring football practice
   Day 1 of spring practice is in the books, and the East Carolina football team couldn’t have asked for a better day to kick off its camp

March 2, 2006
Read Across America Day

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Positions up for grabs as spring drills kick off

-BVL: Academic hammer falls on hoops
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Pre-Spring Press Conference
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Lady Pirates Young, Mills collect accolades
Cover boy Redick and Duke tripped by hex
Marlins need 9th-inning rally to edge Miami
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

-Pirate Gameday Central
   For the third time this season, the East Carolina women's basketball team will square off against UAB when the two meet in the first game of the 2006 Women's Conference USA Championships in Dallas, Texas.
-Young and Mills Bring Home Hardware At C-USA Tournament
-Don Yanowsky Re-Joins East Carolina Football Staff
   Twenty-year collegiate coaching veteran returns to ECU after earlier stint in 2001-02
-Skip Holtz' 2006 Spring Football Press Conference Transcript

-Freshman ineligibility would silence diploma mills
   East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland wants the student in student-athlete. Always, there will be abuses. Always have been, and always will be.
-APR punishes the have-nots of college sports

NCAA reforms will cost ECU 2 scholarships
   65 schools cited over academic issues
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates open spring football
   Not as many question marks for Holtz this time around
New Bern Sun Journal

Different attitude at ECU spring practice
   What a difference a year makes.
Kinston Free Press

Holtz, Pirates ready for spring camp
   For his second pre-spring-season press conference, East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz got right down to business.
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Talking the talk
   From tossing chairs to impolite stares, college basketball coaches are always looking for ways to get their messages to officials.
-ECU men's basketball team penalized by NCAA
   East Carolina University's men's basketball team was one of 99 Division I sports teams at 65 colleges and universities penalized
-ECU begins spring football practice Thursday
   Perspective has changed drastically since East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz saw his team for the first time in uniform last March.
-Pirates hire Yanowsky as new special teams coach
   Donnie Yanowsky's first tour of duty with the Pirates was with former coach Steve Logan, and after a stint with Duke, he's back and hoping to help carry the momentum started last season by coach Greg McMahon.
-ECU women prep for conference tourney
   When the East Carolina women's basketball team steps onto the court at Moody Coliseum in Dallas today for the start of the Conference USA tournament, it will see some familiar faces.

UAB Women's Basketball Travels To Dallas For Conference USA Tournament
   Blazers face East Carolina in opening game

Blazers have shown improvement
   UAB and East Carolina split a pair of games this season.
Birmingham News

2006 NFL Scouting Combine Recap
   Guy Whimper of East Carolina and Jeromey Clary of Kansas St. also clocked in at under 5.00

March 1, 2006
Ash Wednesday

-BVL: Pirates bombard Devils again

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Golden Hurricane starts spring workouts
Tulane's 'refugee' grid team returning home
Cage coaching merry-go-round speeds up
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

-Smith's RBI Barrage Continues As East Carolina Destroys Duke, 17-4
   Senior catcher hits grand slam; collects six more RBI
-Pirate Golf Finishes 11th At Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate
-Twenty-Two ECU Student-Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors At Swimming And Diving Championships

Not enough is being done for ALS, Coach LeClair
   More money needs to be raised to battle ALS
The East Carolinian

Bass committed NCAA violation
   Former Mississippi State athletic official Jimmy Bass committed a secondary NCAA violation before resigning, The Clarion-Ledger's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.
MSU Reflector Online

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Spring arrivals
   It sure will be tough to know who's who on Thursday when the Pirates unveil their annual spring line
-ECU dehorns Blue Devils
   The likes of Jake Smith, Jay Mattox and Brandon Henderson provided plenty of highlight quality performances during East Carolina's resounding non-conference baseball victory against Duke on Tuesday. However, what delighted ECU coach Billy Godwin most was the effort by starting pitcher Brody Taylor.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates continue dominance of Duke
   East Carolina’s domination of Duke continued on a sunny mild day at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday.
-Pirates need a better home
   the Pirates are stuck in a conference that is spread out, covering nine states and two time zones.

Long season for Pirates hoops ends Saturday
   It’s been a long and frustrating year for first-year East Carolina head basketball coach Ricky Stokes and his team.
Kinston Free Press

February 28, 2006
Mardi Gras (Link)

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Defensive recruiting effort plugged gaping holes
Bailey: From The Anchor Desk

Prep teams relish limelight in Greenville

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Smith captures C-USA hitting honor
Cravens forced out as Wildcats hoops coach
MRI brings positive news for 'Nova star
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

Jake Smith Named C-USA Hitter of the Week

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU looks for repeat against the Blue Devils
   Last week, the East Carolina baseball team immediately washed away the memory of a loss by playing Duke. The Diamond Bucs will find out this afternoon if the same formula works again for the same scenario.
-Out of the Pocket- ECU's other Pinkney hopes to make his dent at quarterback this year
   Injured players on the East Carolina football team don't get a sideline pass for Saturday games. Instead, they sit in the bleachers among the fans.

Pirates to battle Duke Blue Devils
   Led by Conference USA Hitter of the Week, Jake Smith, the East Carolina Pirates will look to knock off the Duke Blue Devils for the second time in a week.
Washington Daily News

Pirates welcome Duke for rematch
   For the second time in the last eight days, East Carolina looks to bounce back from a loss against the Duke Blue Devils at 4 p.m. today at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Kinston Free Press

February 27, 2006

-Hinton: Another political fight brewing?
-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
Overachieving Lady Bucs broaden their horizons
-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Pirates prospering, except on Sundays
-BVL: Virginia Tech 5, East Carolina 1 (Box Score)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Diamond Deacs stun top-ranked Gators
Pairings set for C-USA women's tournament
Davis wins last home game at Indiana
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

-Pirates Fall To Hokies Sunday in KLC Action, 5-1
   VT's Kennedy allows just one run in seven innings of work
-N.C. State, West Virginia Winners Sunday
-Lady Pirate Basketball Earns No. 8 Seed In Conference USA Tournament
   ECU Will Face No. 9 UAB at 2:00 pm (EST) On Thursday, March 2
-Lady Pirate Seniors Go Out With 65-44 Win Over UCF
   Young and Days Each Score 13 Points
-Softball Rally Comes Up Short Against College Of Charleston
-Softball Picks Up 1-0 Victory Over Dayton
   ECU Takes Advantage Of Dayton Miscue To Score Game's Only Run

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Lady Pirates explode in Senior Day blowout
   Senior Day for the East Carolina women's basketball team turned into Career Day at Minges Coliseum on Sunday.
-Hokies' lefty prevails
   East Carolina came into Sunday afternoon's ballgame fresh off its second largest offensive output of the young season. Conversely, Virginia Tech had been shutout the previous night at the Keith LeClair Classic.

East Carolina Second Half Rally Defeats UCF

Pirates collared by Hokies
   If the East Carolina Pirates can avoid playing on Sundays, they just may not lose another game.
Washington Daily News

Green Wave adjusting to post-Katrina life
   Tulane hands ECU loss in Pirates’ 2006 home finale
New Bern Sun Journal


March 5, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-No. 7 George Washington slips by UNC Charlotte in OT 86-85
   The Colonials got a break in the final 10 seconds of overtime when UNC Charlotte was assessed with a technical foul.
-Deacons get first win over ranked foe this season
   Wake Forest took out a season's worth of frustrations on short-handed N.C. State in yesterday's cathartic 76-63 victory on Senior Day at Joel Coliseum.
-Bad Blood- Deacons, Wolfpack just can't seem to get along

From the Charlotte Observer
-Winthrop hooks NCAA invite
-Winthrop's march of the big wins
   Of course Buzz Peterson is gray. All the coaches who come out of North Carolina are gray, from Dean Smith to Roy Williams to Matt Doherty. George Karl? Who can tell? If Buzz Peterson weren't gray when his team ran into Winthrop Coliseum, he would be when Coastal Carolina ran off it.
-State of Va. Union- CIAA champion again

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack limps into ACC Tournament
   Regular season ends with three straight losses, injuries and many questions.
-MEAC building a future
-Victory costly for Canes
   Cole hospitalized after vicious hit.

Tar Heels knock off No. 1 Duke
Durham Herald Sun

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Baseball: USC sets controls to Cruse for long haul
   Right-hander holds top-ranked Tigers at bay during career-long relief stint in Gamecocks’ series-opening win
-USC remembers how to win
   Gamecocks revert to old habits but rally past Auburn to snap losing skid
-Clemson seniors have their day
   Behind Robinson, other seniors, Tigers cap season in style by whipping Tech

Fulfilling a dream
  It has been 10 years since Hampton University's athletic program moved up to Division I. The two men responsible, and most of the university community, say the move was worth it
Hampton Roads Daily Press

March 4, 2006

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Rivalry renewal spices up season
   USC, Clemson both bring lofty rankings into first installment of annual series
-Clemson continues centuries-old dominance of Charleston
   Homers down Charleston, now 0-16 against Clemson since 1899
-Gamecocks focused on Auburn, not postseason
   With the SEC tournament on the horizon, USC hopes for some momentum

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Clemson, USC crank up baseball rivalry
   Nationally ranked teams get early gauge on progress
-Clemson football shapes up
   Familiar names highlight roster as 17 starters return

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Saving the best for last
   The regular-season finale between these two rivals could come down to one key late possession -- again.
-Gauging programs' success
   Whether Duke is a better team than North Carolina@ Chapel Hill will be tested tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the outcome will only partly answer a broader question: Which is the better program now?

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke seniors' last game at Cameron against rival UNC-CH
-Notebook- Coach K- Foul talk puts wrong focus on Shelden

Difficult challenge awaits Charlotte
   Charlotte's Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season finale at No. 6 George Washington today provides a daunting task for the 49ers.
Charlotte Observer

For Eagles, it's simple- Survive and advance
   Winthrop, 22-7, and Coastal Carolina, 20-9, meet at noon today in the Winthrop Coliseum for the title and the NCAA Tournament bid that goes with it.
Rock Hill Herald

UNCW will tap its BCA experience
   The UNC-Wilmington men's basketball team has yet to fully reap the rewards from its season-opening Black Coaches Association Invitational tournament championship. Now, nearly four months later, the Seahawks may not have much longer to wait.
Wilmington Star News

Hall of memories
   Starting next season, Virginia's basketball programs will play in the new 15,000-seat John Paul Jones Arena, and leave University Hall, hub of UVa's athletic programs for the past 40 years.
Roanoke Times

Groh settles on staff with son as offensive coordinator
The Virginian Pilot

March 3, 2006

Hokies QB suspended by Beamer after arrest
   Whitaker will be a redshirt freshman in the fall and, with spring practice beginning in two weeks, figured to battle for the starting quarterback job left vacant by Marcus Vick.
The Virginian Pilot

5 Clemson, USC teams get NCAA warning
  The programs considered at risk, according to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, are football, basketball and baseball at USC and basketball and baseball at Clemson.
Greenville (SC) News

USC, Clemson teams make NCAA grade
  Tweaks save some sports, but scholarship losses still a threat
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-K-ville evicts traitor
  Bidding out ticket a no-no in tent city
-Prepare for stormy night in Cameron
  North Carolina at Chapel Hill's men's basketball team will enter a fondue pot Saturday night at Duke.
-Swofford comments on crowd
  ACC commissioner John Swofford called it "unfortunate" that fans stormed the court near the end of Wednesday's Duke-Florida State men's basketball game
-UNC-CH opens spring football drills

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Hines sparks UNCG past Western 69-65
-ASU wins in SoCon tourney
   Clayton's field goal with 2.2 seconds left gives Apps 66-65 win
-WSSU out of CIAA Tournament

From the Charlotte Observer
-Eagles top Panthers, survive
   Winthrop Advances to tournament final
-NFL business comes to a halt
   With the start of an NFL calendar year hours away, the clock stopped suddenly. For three days anyway.
-Charlotte native joins UNC-CH football staff

Tigers look for calmer spring practices
   Buzz around the Atlantic Coast Conference has the Clemson football team as a division title contender this fall.
Anderson Independent

March 2, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-FSU hands top-ranked Duke another road loss
   For Duke's older players, Florida State fans' exuberant court-storming celebration after a victory over the Blue Devils was nothing new.
-Noel finishes strong with career-high 26 points as heels pound Cavs
-NHL: Hurricanes 4, Bruins 3
   A two-week break for the Winter Olympics did nothing to change the Carolina Hurricanes' third-period magic.

From the Charlotte Observer
-NCAA hits 99 sports teams with penalties
   In the Carolinas, Gardner-Webb football could lose nine scholarships, and East Carolina and S.C. State men's basketball could lose two each.
-NFL: Davis, Buckner hit by cap
   Although they still don't know how much the salary cap will be, the Carolina Panthers began the process of crunching numbers, and releasing players, Wednesday.
-Focused Withers wallops Duquesne
-I'm a fun guy; why can't I come to your party?
   Leaving the CIAA basketball tournament Wednesday, I heard a guy talk about a party Magic Johnson is going to have.
-NBA: Bobcats dismiss talk about Tubby

From the Columbia (SC) The State
   -March Madness preview (pdf)
-Clemson adds to Hokies’ heartache

Southern Conference title seems ripe for picking
Winston Salem Journal

Eat your wheaties- Cheek featured on cereal box
Greensboro News-Record

NCAA mandate costs HU scholarships
   Three Pirates programs take scholarship hits as the NCAA releases its academic progress figures.
Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press

Bassin' growing at State
   On March 18, N.C. State University will take on South Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and the University of Kentucky. The competition won't be on the hardwood or wrestling mats or golf links or any other standard sports venue.
Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press

March 1, 2006

Basketball issues at USC now center on Odom's future
   Only a miracle finish, the kind you see in the movies, will get the University of South Carolina's basketball team into the NCAA tournament this year.
Greenville (SC) News

From the Anderson Independent
-Gamecocks let another close one slip away
   The act is getting to be all too familiar for USC coach Dave Odom
-Tigers still thinking NCAA tourney
   Right now, members of the Clemson men’s basketball team say they can still see an opening for themselves in the NCAA Tournament.

In the Cellar- WFU will finish last in ACC after losing to Boston College
   Eagles rip Deacons; Boston College improves to 23-6 with 80-65 win
Winston Salem Journal

No Florida vacation for Blue Devils
   Two of the last four times that Duke has traveled to Tallahassee to take on Florida State, the game ended with FSU students sprinting onto the court to celebrate an upset of one of the nation's top-ranked teams.
Durham Herald-Sun

Winthrop runs away with win
   Six players scored in double figures and the top-seeded Eagles pounded Liberty 93-52, setting up a semifinal game with No. 5 High Point on Thursday.
Charlotte Observer

February 28, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-NASCAR won't admit Charlotte is Hall favorite
   Have bids from Atlanta, Daytona Beach fallen by the wayside?
-WFU's Prosser says well-wishers have helped him cope with tough season

Tigers' ACC season has been one big what-if
   So here we are, last week of the regular season, and it looks like Clemson making the NCAA men's basketball tournament is a long-shot option, at absolute best.
Anderson Independent

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL Set to Return From Olympic Break
-What if Duke and BC faced off?

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-MEAC tourney outlook hopeful
   Raleigh hopes for CIAA-like success.
-Cowher buys in Raleigh
   Coach's trust purchases home.
-Pack promotes strength coach
-Buzz is back, this time at the coast
   Coach rebounds from Tennessee tenure.
-Krzyzewski, on referees
   The N&O's J.P. Giglio posed several questions to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski during Monday's ACC conference call about how he deals with referees.

From the Fayetteville Observer
-No detail too small for Rozanski at State
   As N.C. State’s associate athletic director for sports medicine, you’d expect Charlie Rozanski to be busy taping ankles or devising rehabilitation plans.
-Gaudio serves as Prosser’s right-hand man
   As a 22-year-old business teacher and junior varsity basketball coach at Central Catholic High School in West Virginia, Dino Gaudio realized fate was on his side when he first met his mentor, Skip Prosser, in 1981.

February 27, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
Baseball: Deacs clip No. 1 Gators 4-0 in final
-Tough Questions- Panthers designation of Foster as transition player is first big move

Seahawks don-t care who they play next
Wilmington Star News

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-USC baseball | Smoak hits his stride
   After chat with Tanner, prized freshman breaks out of his early season hitting slump
-Tigers wake up bats, salvage series
-Recruiting | Geathers still weighing commitment
   USC leads for athlete Michael Bowman (5-11 164) of Wadesboro, N.C., according to his coach Jody Grooms.  Bowman has offers from USC, East Carolina and North Illinois

Tar Heels rout Terrapins
Durham Herald-Sun


March 5, 2006

-2006 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship presented by Aeropostale - Semifinals
   For just the second time in tournament history the top two seeds will meet in the final of the 2006 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship
-C-USA Men's Basketball Championship Pairings
   Regular season champion Memphis will be the No. 1 seed

Outright conference title is Tigers' first since '94-95 season
Memphis Commercial Appeal

UCF surprises UTEP 66-55
Orlando Sentinel

Miners finally hit the wall in loss
   Finally, for the first time all season, the tank seemed empty.
El Paso Times

Blazers keep momentum going
   The Bartow Arena crowd said good-bye to seven UAB basketball seniors on Saturday night. More importantly, however, the Blazers didn't say good-bye to momentum built by beating third-ranked Memphis just 48 hours before in the same building.
Birmingham News

Marshall tripped up by UAB
Huntington Herald Dispatch

UAB stays hot, hammers Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette

USM 4, Illinois State 3
  Southern Miss scored three runs in the eighth inning to defeat Illinois State for a come-from-behind victory before 3,174.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-Close but no 'W' for UH against No. 3 Memphis
-Almond's 40 points drive Rice past SMU
-Rodriguez delivers again for Rice with double in 8th

LSU’s Olvey shuts Houston out
Baton Rouge Advocate

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave finds enough timely hitting to win
   When a team is struggling at the plate as Tulane has lately, a two-run inning can seem like an offensive outburst.
-Wave's rally falls short
   Anthony Price had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Tulsa held off a late Tulane rally for a 63-59 win Saturday in a Conference USA game.

March 4, 2006

-2006 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship presented by Aeropostale - Day Two
   The quarterfinal round of the 2006 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship presented by Aeropostale closed with the first triple-overtime game in tournament history.
-And The Nominees Are...
   As the entertainment world focuses on golden statues, Conference USA would like to present its nominees for the best in college basketball

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Houston ends LSU's nine-game win streak
   Houston right-hander Brad Lincoln pitched eight innings and held No. 17 LSU to a season-low five hits, as the Tigers saw their win streak end at nine games with a 5-3 loss to the Cougars on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
-Wave squanders opportunities in loss to Jaspers
   Manhattan did just about all it could to help Tulane on Friday night, but the Green Wave failed to help itself to all that the Jaspers offered.

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH still has work to do to earn a Dance ticket
-Rodriguez's rip carries Rice past Cal State Fullerton

UAB has plenty on the line vs. Herd
   Just to ratchet up Marshall’s degree of difficulty a few notches, the Thundering Herd’s final regular-season opponent went out Thursday and beat Memphis.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Once a source of doubt, Carney carved out a remarkable career
-Despite a limited role on the floor, Williams has greatly impacted Tigers

4 UCF seniors set for home finale
Orlando Sentinel

Miners in search of 20th victory
El Paso Times

March 3, 2006

First loss in two months could keep Tigers from top seed
   As the game grew later the crowd got louder, and it reached the point where even at courtside the officials' whistles were tough to distinguish thanks to a building that had been sold out for weeks hitting a volume that is reserved only for big-time sporting events, and perhaps rocket launches.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis blues
   UAB's Squeaky Johnson flung the ball toward the Bartow Arena rafters.
Birmingham News

Conference USA tournament seeds still up for grabs
   Houston will be the fourth seed. Memphis, UTEP, Alabama-Birmingham and Houston will get a bye on Wednesday night in Memphis.  After that, anything is possible.
El Paso Times

Herd gives top effort against Knights
   Marshall and UCF didn't huddle together prior to their postgame press conferences Wednesday night, but the talking points were nearly identical.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

2006 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship - Day One
   The higher seeds have all advanced to the quarterfinals during day one action

UH looks for positives in series with Tigers
   Thirteen games into another demanding nonconference schedule, the University of Houston baseball team is 7-6 and looking to make a move as conference play nears.
Baton Rouge Advocate

Owls roll out the red carpet for Fullerton
   Series against perennial power Fullerton to be a good measuring stick for Rice
Houston Chronicle

March 2, 2006

-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Conference USA Announces 2005-06 Women's Basketball Awards
   For the first time in C-USA history, a pair of players share Freshman of the Year honors. East Carolina guard Jasmine Young and Southern Miss Kendra Reed each earned a share after their impact debut seasons.
-C-USA Women's Basketball Student-Athletes Visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
-Houston Gets Revenge Against Cross-Town Rival With 74-71 Victory Over Rice
-Marshall Sweeps UCF in 73-61 Victory
-Tulane Defense Holds Off Southern Miss
-Tulsa Loses Battle to UTEP, 49-45
-Tiger Bats Struggle in 5-3 Loss to Arkansas-Little Rock
-Dozier's Ninth-Inning Triple Leads Southern Miss To Victory
-Michigan Holds Off UCF, 6-3
-UAB Rebounds Against Samford 10-5

Tigers oozing confidence as UAB awaits
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Stakes high in sold-out showdown
   Nearly everyone with whom Squeaky Johnson has crossed paths on the UAB campus during the past several days wanted to talk about tonight's home basketball game against No. 3-ranked Memphis.
Birmingham News

Tulane outguns USM
   The Golden Eagles close out the season at home Saturday against East Carolina
Biloxi Sun Herald

Green Wave gets past Southern Mississippi
New Orleans Times Picayune

Golden Eagles lose 8-point lead, 20th game
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars rally to end four-game skid against Rice
-Rice laments not doing little things

Knights lose more than just a game
   Marshall's 73-61 win spoils UCF's hopes for a first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament.
Orlando Sentinel

Patton elevates Herd
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Patton shakes Senior Night jitters, leads Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Home slate ends in victory
El Paso Times

March 1, 2006

From the Birmingham News
-Sweet on Swish
   It's clear at this point that the University of Memphis'
-Blazers look to put disappointing season behind them
   It's clear at this point that the University of Memphis' ranking has less to do with the Tigers and more to do with how other top teams fare.

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Tulane looks for revenge
   Tonight's Southern Miss-Tulane game unlikely to affect seedings
-Trio in quarterback hunt
   Four years ago, Southern Miss entered spring drills with no clear-cut favorite at quarterback.

USM needs road win to delay 20th loss
   Twenty was once a magical number in college basketball.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH looks to get over Rice hump
   Losers of four straight in series, Cougars need win tonight to boost NCAA chances
-UH notebook- Cougars add home game

UTEP goes for win in home finale
   UTEP will try to put together all the pieces for yet another victory tonight when Tulsa visits the Don Haskins Center.
El Paso Times

Herd tips off at home for last time this season
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd’s balance made impression on UCF coach
    In what seems like years since his team lost at home to Marshall, Central Florida coach Kirk Speraw has one impression from that game: When the Thundering Herd is on its game, you’re not sure who’s going to beat you.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M tweaking defense for tourney
-Tigers whip UTM, improve to 4-1

February 28, 2006

-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Baseball Notebook
-Softball Notebook
-Football Spring Practice Begins Tonight in C-USA
-Tulsa Begins Spring Football Drills
-Southern Miss Baseball Ranked As High As No. 28 in Latest Polls
-Golden Knights Host Bethune-Cookman Tuesday at Jay Bergman Field
-Blazers Set For Doubleheader Against Nicholls State
-Owls Play First Road Game Tuesday Night In Corpus Christi

Shakeup has Tigers back in 3
   It's clear at this point that the University of Memphis' ranking has less to do with the Tigers and more to do with how other top teams fare.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Rollover contract aids Jirsa
   As it turns out, the season-long conjecture concerning Marshall basketball Coach Ron Jirsa's contract was a moot point
-Marshall and Southern Miss get physical
   A skinned elbow here. A bruised knee there. Ice bags everywhere. That pretty much summarizes Mark Patton's weekend

Rice notebook- Fullerton brings back memories for Rice duo
   California-bred pitchers grew up in Titans' backyard
Houston Chronicle

UCF needs to beat Herd to boost its bid for bye
   They’ve taken the biggest jump of the six Conference USA newcomers, and they’re the only team than can jump the gap between the league’s “Big Four” and “Little Eight.”
Charleston (WV) Gazette

February 27, 2006

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

-Men's Basketball Weekend Roundup
-Weekend Baseball Roundup

UCF Squeezes Past Stony Brook 5-4 for Series Sweep

Baseball Completes Sweep of Monmouth on Sunday with 6-0 Win

USM 6, Birmingham-Southern 5
   Southern Miss rallied from a five-run deficit after four innings to beat Birmingham-Southern.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Navy Outlasts Memphis Baseball, 7-6 in Service Academies Classic Title Game

Rice Tops Texas State 3-2 For Fifth Win In A Row

Men look to pick up steam in stretch run
   Through 25 tip-offs, Marshall still is seeking its first three-game winning streak.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Assistant recovering following hip-replacement surgery
   Nate Poss -- UTEP's assistant athletic director for football operations -- is recovering from left hip-replacement surgery performed on Valentine's Day.
El Paso Times

C-USA needs less talk, more action - like Valley
Birmingham News (From Feb 25th)