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March 12, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: Cal State-Fullerton 8, East Carolina 0 [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Memphis reigns as conference champ
Pirates' Frasure 7th in NCAA weight throw
Arizona State ousts basketball coach
C-USA Tournament Scoreboard

From ecupirates.com
-Pirate Hitters Held At Bay By Titans Pitching in 8-0 Loss
   Kevin Rhodes Retires All Eight Batters Faced In Relief Appearance
-Softball Falls To Houston In Game Two
-Frasure Records Seventh-Place NCAA Weight Throw Finish

Titans Blank the Pirates 8-0
   Gagnier K's Seven and Harris drives in four as Fullerton shuts out ECU for the second straight night.
FullertonTitans.com

Pirates blanked by Titans
Washington Daily News

March 11, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: Cal State-Fullerton 5, East Carolina 0 [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Special days designated for football season
Tulsa scrimmages under Thursday night lights
Tigers' Carney, Calipari sweep C-USA honors
C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
WNCT: Talk of The Town

From ecupirates.com
-Pirates Drop First Road Game To Cal State Fullerton 5-0
   Mollenhauer and Tousley Collect Two Hits Each
-2006 East Carolina Football Game Designations Announced
   Pirates to open home schedule with Family Weekend against Memphis Sept. 16

King of the Hill- Roemer Tosses Complete-Game Shutout
   Titan pitcher Wes Roemer pitched his first collegiate complete game and struck out a career-high 12 hitters as No. 7 Cal State Fullerton shut out visiting East Carolina, 5-0
FullertonTitans.com

Fullerton shuts out Diamond Bucs, 5-0
Greenville Daily Reflector

"The Voice" behind the microphone
   Jeff Charles continues passion for broadcasting ECU sports
The East Carolinian

A pirate who knew how to make a splash
   BLACKBEARD: TERROR AT SEA - 8 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic Channel
Charlotte Observer

March 10, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Koonce accepts position with Packers
ECU spring football taking spring break
K-State shows Woolridge the door
C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
WNCT: Talk of The Town

From ecupirates.com
-ECU Baseball Gameday Central
   The Pirates take on nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton Friday, March 10 at 10 p.m. (EST)
-East Carolina Wraps Up Second Week Of Spring Work
   The session was ECU's sixth of the spring and fourth conducted in pads.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-WR Allison continuing to heal up
   Aundrae Allison wore a red jersey to remind his teammates to lay off a little on Thursday afternoon.
-More knee surgery in store for ECU's Ingram
   While many East Carolina students will be making their way to sunny beaches during the school's spring break next week, Jeremy Ingram will be going under the knife – again.
-Diamond Bucs brace for opening road trip
   The Diamond Bucs will play their first road game of the season this weekend against No. 7 Cal State Fullerton.
-Bowles pushes ECU distance learning
-Crowd helps university mark 99 years

Pirates to battle the Titans
   When the East Carolina Pirates travel to No. 7 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series this weekend, they’ll do so with confidence.
Washington Daily News

Diamond Bucs head west for three-game series with No. 7 Cal-State Fullerton
   ECU takes five-game winning streak to face nationally ranked Titans
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates ready for Titans
   The preliminaries are over and now East Carolina faces its first major test of the season
Kinston Free Press

Titans Continue Their Four-Game Homestand, Hosting ECU for Weekend Series
   The Two Programs Will Meet for the First Time Friday Night
FullertonTitans.com

Rounding the bases
   Right-hander T.J. Hose began his career at East Carolina in the bullpen last season as a freshman.
Raleigh News & Observer

Koonce Returns As Director Of Player Development
   Head Coach Mike McCarthy Tuesday named George Koonce director of player development.
packers.com

Cowboys sign receivers
   The Cowboys signed wide receivers Terrance Copper and Patrick Crayton to one-year, $385,000 contracts Tuesday.
Ft Worth Star Telegram

March 9, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Ice Pirates' first campaign fires up interest

-BVL: Knights usher Pirates out of tourney
-BVL: East Carolina 14, N.C. A&T 3 [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Frasure throwing his weight around
Pirates top Tar Heels in softball
O'Leary planning to stay at Central Florida
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule

From ecupirates.com
-Pirates Fall to UCF in First Round of C-USA Tournament, 65-52
   Corey Rouse scores 21 points to lead ECU.
-Pirates Topple Aggies 14-3 In Mid-Week Action
   Jay Mattox Drives In A Career-high Four Runs
-Pirates Continue Spring Drills at the Cliff Moore Complex
    A physical but inconsistent two-hour workout marked the fifth East Carolina spring practice
-Frasure To Represent East Carolina At NCAA Indoor Championships
   Junior qualified for national championship meet with weight throw of 21.62 meters
-ECU Softball Slips Past Nationally-Ranked UNC-CH
   The Pirates will begin conference play this weekend.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Godwin empties the dugout in Pirates' 14-3 shelling of A&T
   Baseball games such as this one give East Carolina's youngest Diamond Bucs the chance to gain a decent amount of experience.
-Memphis Blues
   It wasn't exactly the ending the East Carolina men's basketball team had hoped for.

East Carolina baseball squad wins fifth straight
   Mattox, Witter go long in thrashing of N.C. A&T
New Bern Sun-Journal

Taylor pitches Pirates to win
   Senior left-hander Brody Taylor posted his second win in as many starts, leading East Carolina to a 14-3 win over North Carolina A&T
Kinston Free Press

Pirates conclude home stand in style
   Momentum will be on East Carolina's side when the Pirates travel to No. 7 Cal State Fullerton this weekend.
Washington Daily News

UCF bounces ECU from tourney
Greensboro News-Record (AP)

Peppers lifts UCF over E. Carolina
   The Memphis native produces a game-high 25 points, including 4 straight 3-pointers in a 65-52 win.
Orlando Sentinel

Peppers Shoots UCF Past ECU at C-USA Championship
ucfathletics.com

Ex-Whitehaven star leads UCF past the Pirates
   Peppers scored a game-high 25 points to lead UCF to a 65-52 victory over 12th seed East Carolina
Memphis Commercial Appeal

March 8, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Spring finds Pirates in Golden condition

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Hinnant makes All C-USA freshmen team
ESPN nixes Vitale's commentary on CBS
Seahawks are dancin'
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town

Pirate Game Day
 Gametracker/CSTV Media Link

Men's Baseball vs. NC A&T
 3:00 pm ET - Greenville, NC

Men's Basketball vs. Central Florida
 9:30 pm ET - Memphis, TN

From ecupirates.com
-From The Desk of Terry Holland
   East Carolina University Director of Athletics Terry Holland invites you to experience Pirate Game Day
-Hinnant Earns C-USA All-Freshman Team Honors

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-High hopes in Memphis
   So who's the favorite to win the Conference USA men's basketball tournament, which begins today at Memphis' FedEx Forum?
-Taylor anxious to 'post up' with Pirates
   East Carolina wide receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick has already issued a friendly warning to 6-foot-4 wide receiver Alex Taylor, a redshirt freshman with his whole college athletic life still in front of him: stay out of Minges Coliseum.
-Pirates take on A&T Aggies today
   Currently boasting the best team ERA in Conference USA, East Carolina baseball coach Billy Godwin had a simple answer when asked about his pitching staff.
-Pirates hoping to prolong 2006 season
   Entering the 11th annual Conference USA men's basketball tournament today, East Carolina's men's basketball team knows its going to need to find its second wind if it's going to make a dash for the tournament title.

ECU opens C-USA tournament play
   East Carolina enters its second season today in the Conference USA basketball tournament at the FedExFourm in Memphis, Tenn. Twelfth-seeded East Carolina (8-19 overall, 2-12 C-USA) faces fifth-seeded Central Florida (13-14, 7-7) at 9:30.
Kinston Free Press

Golden Knights like role
   Not much is expected of UCF in its first C-USA tournament -- which suits the team just fine.
Orlando Sentinel

UCF's Peppers returns home
   Memphian struggled at Forum last month
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Pirates to battle the Aggies
   East Carolina will look for its fifth straight win as the Pirates conclude their 15-game home stand this afternoon against the North Carolina A&T Aggies.
Washington Daily News

Future Opponent: Titans Topple Aztecs, 10-5
   Cal State Fullerton improved to 11-6 on the season and 7-1 at home in a tune-up for their three-game weekend series with visiting East Carolina at Goodwin Field
CSTV.com

Fullerton Can Catch Up to Expectations
   the season off bad defensively, especially me," said Robinson, a former Sylmar High standout who sat out last season after spending one year at East Carolina.
Los Angeles Times

March 7, 2006

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
Challenges about to get bigger for 11-3 Bucs

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rouse earns C-USA distinction
Spring drills: Depth chart two-plus weeks away
Marshall, Rice players share hitting honors
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
WNCT: Talk of The Town
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Tommy Eason)

From ecupirates.com
-ECU Football Returns To Work With A Full-Pad Session Monday
-Corey Rouse Named Second Team All-Conference USA

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU star on C-USA honor list
   Rouse, a 6-foot-8 forward, earned second team honors after leading the conference in rebounding (10.6 rpg) for a second straight season.
-Celebration nears – Founders events to mark 99 years

Drew adjusting to new position
   Former Bear switches from QB to tight end
New Bern Sun Journal

Golden Knights Make C-USA Championship Debut Wednesday
ucfathletics.com

Pirates break out the broom against Stony Brook
   Diamond bucs have a five game winning streak
The East Carolinian

March 6, 2006
Anniversary - Fall of the Alamo

From Bonesville.net
-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
Decades of rocky road dull the senses of some
-BVL: ECU 4, Stony Brook 3 (11 innings) [Box Score]
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Tourney: Bucs set for late-night joust with UCF
ECU spring drills: pads on, snap exchange off
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule

From ecupirates.com
-Pirates Edge Seawolves 4-3 In 11 Innings
   East Carolina picks up first series sweep of 2006 season
-ECU Defeats Longwood, 5-1, to Win the Hampton Inn Pirate Clash
   Catcher Krista Jessup is named the tournament MVP.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates complete sweep of SBU
   Two of East Carolina's Diamond Bucs – Drew Schieber and Dale Mollenhauer – struggled for a better part of the series finale against Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. When the Pirates needed the pair the most, however, Schieber and Mollenhauer came through to lead ECU to its first sweep of the season.
-Effort revives treasured yearbook
   After a 15-year hiatus, East Carolina University is reviving its yearbook.

ECU rallies to top Seawolves in 11
   Dale Mollenhauer drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th, capping a two-run rally and giving the East Carolina Pirates a 4-3 win over Stony Brook.
Washington Daily News

Stony Brook Baseball Falls to East Carolina In Extra Innings, 4-3
Stony Brook University Seawolves

 

March 12, 2006

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-If the slipper fits ...
   USC a win away from NCAA bid
-1 title, 2 title, 3 title ... real title?
-Late homer, errors doom Clemson in upset loss
   Kansas emulates a big program well with win against No. 1 Tigers
-Cisco kid leads USC to easy rout
   Gamecocks freshman pitcher continues hot start; bench empties in blowout

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC rewriting SEC Tournament history
   University of South Carolina knocked off the Southeastern Conference's top cat to advance to the tournament championship game.
-Gamecocks seek third straight win over Gators
-NCAA Tourney- It's all about the money

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Asleep at the switch
   10th-ranked Tar Heels lose focus at crucial times, fall to Boston College 85-82 in the ACC semifinals.
-Freshmen spark Devils, help smother Deacs
-Hosts line up for ACC
   Tournament looking into different venues.
-Pack's ACC drought is long
   Vinny Del Negro played a starring role when N.C. State last won the ACC championship.

Panthers busy as free agency opens
   Defensive tackle added; center Hartwig visits
Charlotte Observer

Seahawks leave guessing to others
    If you’re looking for expectations concerning today’s NCAA tournament announcements, then don’t go sniffing around the UNC-Wilmington men’s basketball team.
Wilmington Star News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-The NIT or Nothing- Deacons look at NIT as another chance to play more basketball
-Eagles, Devils win- Deacons beaten, could get an NIT bid
-Baseball: North Carolina blanks WFU 3-0

March 11, 2006

Gamecocks topple No. 14 Vols, believe they can take SEC crown
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Another walk for Wake Forest
   After rolling past the Wolfpack 82-71 at the Greensboro Coliseum, Wake Forest is intent on making more history, having more fun, maybe pulling off what so many believe may be impossible: the ACC's last-place team winning the ACC championship.
-Pack needs to shift its offense out of neutral
-Devils, Redick move on
-Heels keep it going

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Redick lifts Devils over pesky Canes
-Gray leads surging Deacs to another win over Pack
-Pack very down, not yet out
-Thomas' hot hand helps Heels

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Tourney wins help USC save season from deathbed
   With near-perfect games against SEC foes, Gamecocks are playing their best basketball
-Gamecocks flatten Vols, swagger into semifinals
   USC next directs its vengeance at Kentucky
-Walkin’, yes indeed
   USC benefits from 10 walks, 5 wild pitches and two balks in win vs. Quinnipiac
-Tigers eager for first scrimmage

Seahawks begin chase for CAA title
    The UNC-Wilmington baseball team will open its Colonial Athletic Association slate this weekend with a visit from Hofstra.
Wilmington Star News

Panthers, Foster agree to 3-year deal
   Move part of team's free agency preparation
Charlotte Observer

Looking Ahead- Greensboro may get lion's share of tourney
Winston Salem Journal

March 10, 2006

Deacs advance
   12th-seeded Wake Forest surprises No. 5-seed Florida State in first round
Winston Salem Journal

CAA title was ’Hawks best bet
   Would have, could have, should have – we’ll never know for certain. And that’s just fine for the UNC-Wilmington men’s basketball team.
Wilmington Star News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-New ACC squeezes boosters for tickets
   To determine which members should be offered tickets, clubs use a point system. With the ACC's expansion from nine to 12 teams, being near the top of those rankings has never been more important.
-Title would be super for Sendek
-Devils will get defense back up

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Tigers’ Miami vice goes untreated
   Back-breaking trey by Clemente leaves Clemson singing familiar refrain
-‘We have a chance’
   Solid win earns USC a date with Tennessee

From the Charlotte Observer
-Charlotte eliminated
   The door leading to a path to the NCAA tournament was opened for Charlotte.
-49ers fail to capitalize on golden opportunity
   It was free range, without fences, populated only by underdogs, theirs for the taking.
-Free agent rumors off base
   Panthers likely to focus on own players when bidding begins

March 9, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Does it still have that magic?
   The ACC Tournament long has turned on two questions: Who will win and does it matter?
-USC left imprint on ACC
   South Carolina's 6-foot-3 Kevin Joyce looked like a ball boy compared to North Carolina's 6-10 Lee Dedmon when they matched up for a jump ball with four seconds left in the 1971 ACC Tournament final.
-Cole 'lucky' it wasn't worse
   Weeks of waiting, hoping, healing ahead for Canes star.

From the Durham Herald Sun
-Wake's mission- Win or else
   The stakes in the second game of today's ACC Tournament first-round session hardly could be more obvious.
-Duke's 'D' -- as in depth -- determined by quality, not quantity, off the bench
-UNC-CH (unexpectedly) has to worry about overconfidence
-Notebook- QB still up in the air for Tar Heels
-MEAC in a state of transition

Winthrop owns the Big South
   Recruiting has gotten easier for Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall since success condensed most of his pitch to a simple message.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Charlotte boosts CIAA to next level
   Game attendance for the nation's oldest black athletic conference surged to nearly 124,900 for the weeklong tournament
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-Senior season letdown
   Wake Forest's Gray experiences lows of losing in final season after highs of No. 1 ranking as junior
-49ers created their own challenges this season
   This is an unusual place for Charlotte to try to salvage its season. Cincinnati is gray and rainy and if there was glamour it has been washed away. The benches at US Bank Arena lack millionaire celebrity coaches. Some don't even use gel.
-NFL restores labor peace
   Labor peace returned to the NFL when the owners agreed to the players' union proposal Wednesday, extending the collective bargaining agreement for six years.
-Hall will be asset for city
   In the aftermath of Monday's announcement that NASCAR will build its hall of fame in Charlotte, I find myself feeling the need to defend NASCAR, a handful of rich people and Charlotte's mayor, city council and power elite -- all at the same time.
-Panthers braced for free agency
-Bobcats rally to top Warriors

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Never duplicated
   In 1962, Clemson made an unlikely run to the final of the ACC tournament. How many times have the Tigers been back? Zero.
-Owls not ready to fly south for Thursday game
   Temple coach OK with playing home date in Charlotte, but AD won’t commit

From the Winston Salem Journal
-It's Tournament Time- New 12-team format debuts
   Players, coaches say that winning four straight days is daunting task
-As long as the BCS refuses to improve its format, expect disputes every year

March 8, 2006

NIT Pick- Prosser says Deacs want to keep playing
Winston Salem Journal

USC unworthy of the revamped NIT
   Now that USC is out of the NCAA Tournament picture — unless it wins the SEC tournament and earns the league’s automatic qualifying bid — Dave Odom is more than willing to address his team’s NIT possibilities. Even he has to admit, though, that it is pretty sad when USC sits on the NIT bubble.
Columbia (SC) The State

Pack mending in body, spirit
   Bennerman, Evtimov should play.
Raleigh News & Observer

The NCAA's head bracketologist
   Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage returns to his coaching roots as chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

March 7, 2006

CAA boss' prize in sight
   After UNC Wilmington's championship Monday, Yeager and the CAA are looking at the very real possibility of landing three teams in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

UNCW beats Hofstra to win CAA tournament
    The huddle was snug and seemed nearly airtight. It was actually more of a group hug than a meeting of young athletes and only slightly older coaches.
Wilmington Star News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Seahawks rule CAA crown
-Tough enough?
   Duke is 27-3 and the ACC tourney's top seed; plus, the Devils have the league's all-time scorer; but are they?
-MEAC mania arrives

Vitale's thoughts
   Dick Vitale survived another Duke-North Carolina basketball epic on Saturday, and was back in his beloved Florida, getting ready to watch a spring training baseball game, when his cell phone went off.
Durham Herald Sun

Ex-quarterback Vick admits to driving charges
   Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, pleaded guilty Monday to two traffic charges that helped end his college football career.
The Virginian Pilot

Charlotte wins NASCAR hall
   Costs rise; deal may include uptown office tower
It's official: Charlotte is now the center of the NASCAR universe.
Charlotte Observer

Eichorst departs USC
   Associate AD is 8th official to leave since Mike McGee announced his retirement
Columbia (SC) The State

March 6, 2006

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Tigers claw back to split series
  Seven USC pitchers can’t stop late rally
-USC draws Bulldogs in SEC
  Gamecocks clinch No. 5 seed in SEC tourney, a last shot at the Big Dance
-Tigers face Miami in ACC tourney
-The Marshall plan
  Winthrop coach calls last-gasp play for his big man and is rewarded with a trip to Big Dance

Winters propels Wildcats to Southern title
   Brendan Winters scored a career-high 33 points, helping Davidson to an 80-55 win Sunday against Chattanooga in the Southern Conference men's basketball championship game, but the senior spent the final minute of the game doing what mattered most.
Charlotte Observer

UNCW jumps out early and runs away from Northeastern
   Seahawks reach CAA title game
Wilmington Star News

Making ACC final a bitter pill Pack must take
Raleigh News & Observer

Hurricanes' Cole to miss 6-to-8 weeks with fractured vertebra
Durham Herald-Sun

 

March 12, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-Memphis Wins The 2006 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship
   Memphis earned the school's first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament since the Tigers won the 1987 Metro Conference tournament.
-Houston Takes 7-3 Win Saturday at UC Irvine
-Arizona State Defeats Rice In 10 Innings, 6-5
-Tulane Drops Game Two Of Weekend Series To Oral Roberts, 13-7
-UCF Crushes Wagner, 15-0

Memphis hopes C-USA title means top seed in tourney
H
ouston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Lockdown defensive effort gives Tigers first conference tourney title in nearly 20 years
   No. 1 seed or not, Calipari and company have reason to be excited about NCAAs
-Celebration a reminder of how far Tigers have come already
-Tigers cut down nets at FedExForum after severing UAB's hopes in title game
   U of M players learn tourney etiquette, and they want more nylon at NCAAs
-Four players in the hunt for Tiger QB duty

From the Birmingham News
-March is on ...
   UAB didn't leave the FedExForum with a Conference USA Tournament championship Saturday. The second-seeded Blazers lost to C-USA regular season champion Memphis 57-46 in the title game.
-C-USA TOURNAMENT-MEMPHIS 57, UAB 46
   The missed shots turned into missed opportunities for the UAB basketball team.

Miners await today's NIT fate
El Paso Times

Golden Eagles work out in full pads for first time
Hattiesburg American

Herd mourns Huck
   The former Marshall University men's coach died of cancer in Christus Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport, La.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Golden Eagles learn some painful lessons
   Eustachy says program improving but USM took lumps in '05-06
-Californian adapting at middle linebacker
   Juco transfer Raines has physical tools but needs to learn system
-USM 13, Buffalo 3

Big ninth inning dooms TU
   For five innings Saturday afternoon, it appeared Tulane's bullpen was again going to bail it out of trouble.
New Orleans Times Picayune

March 11, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-2006 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship - Semifinals
   UAB held on to post a thrilling 63-60 victory over UTEP in the second semifinal game
-Lincoln Leads Houston to Series-Opening Win at UC Irvine
-Marshall Baseball Hosts Niagara for Weekend Series
-Tulane Takes Game One Of Weekend Over Oral Roberts, 7-5
-Golden Eagles Win Game One, 13-3, Over Buffalo
-Troy Oultslugs Tigers, 16-9

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-
U of M will be favored in final today, but UAB won't lie down
-Dorsey awakens in second half, joins Williams in lifting Tigers

Survive and advance
   The bad taste of a bad night in El Paso has been cleansed and a ticket to the Conference USA championship game has been punched.
Birmingham News

Miners fall to Blazers
   Dramatic ending goes UAB's way
El Paso Times

UH hurts NCAA chance with dud in C-USA
   About the only positive the Houston Cougars can take out of their 68-54 loss to the Memphis Tigers in Friday's Conference USA semifinal was that it didn't end their season.
Houston Chronicle

Offense powers Tulane
   Nathan Southard, Cat Everett and Mark Hamilton each drove in two runs Friday night to propel Tulane to a 7-5 victory over Oral Roberts at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans Times Picayune

March 10, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-2006 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship presented by Aeropostale - Quarterfinals
   For the first time since the 2001 the top four seeds have advanced to the semifinals
-UH Baseball to Meet UC Irvine this Weekend
-Southern Miss Baseball Hosts Buffalo In Weekend Series
-Tulsa Football Team Holds First Spring Scrimmage

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Carney, Williams, Washington lead UofM blowout
-Television an air ball, otherwise night all net
   Quick Quiz: What Channel is CSTV?
-Tigers a likely No. 1 seed, if they win tourney
-Houston wins to set up rematch with Memphis

From the Houston Chronicle
-Houston avenges 'bad loss' with rout
   Cougars, showing a defense that impressed even coach Tom Penders, throttled the Central Florida Golden Knights 71-52, propelling Houston into today's semifinal game against No. 5 Memphis.
-Memphis pounds Tulane; Houston up next

From the Birmingham News
-CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT: UAB VS. UTEP
-UAB 69, SMU 55

Memphis overwhelms Wave in tournament
New Orleans Times Picayune

Slow start dooms Golden Eagles
   Southern Mississippi dug itself a huge hole early in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament against Texas-El Paso at the FedEx Forum.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Season ends for listless USM
   Golden Eagle's 10-21 season, matched the second-most losses in the program's history.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Houston runs UCF out in 2nd round
   Energy wins basketball games. That and a hot hand.
Orlando Sentinel

Jirsa pleased with Marshall's progress
   Progress was made during the program's third season under Ron Jirsa, who traveled the recruiting roads, less than 24 hours following the setback.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

March 9, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-2006 C-USA Men's Basketball Championship presented by Aeropostale - Day One
-Memphis' Carney and Calipari Earn C-USA's Top Honors

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Southern Miss springs upset at C-USA tournament
-Memphis duo picks up top C-USA awards

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Six years later, Cal delivers on promises
-Calipari says he's not leaving, but he might listen
-Tulane overcomes foul troubles, advances to face top-seeded Tigers
-USM shows grit in beating Tulsa
-Can Darius do it?

From the Birmingham News
-C-USA TOURNAMENT UAB VS. SMU
   The UAB basketball players have glanced at the bracketology discussions. They've listened to national television analysts and read the NCAA Tournament projections.
-C-USA TRACKER

Hurricane can't stop Golden Eagles' rally
   Southern Miss tackles Texas El Paso today
Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles reach new heights at crunch time
   Tulsa may have dealt Southern Miss its first Conference USA loss of the season eight weeks ago
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Miners now have course of action for first game
   UTEP moved smoothly, seamlessly from the FedEx Center to practice at nearby Christian Brothers University ... going right into preparation for Southern Mississippi.
El Paso Times

Tulane topples Marshall
   Tulane forward David Gomez left the FedExForum on Wednesday night with a swollen lip and some bruises. But the smile on his face was the first hint that he didn't mind the rugged play during a 64-58 victory over Marshall in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Green Wave sends Marshall packing
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Houston Chronicle
-Penders takes nothing for granted in C-USA
   If the Houston Cougars need any sort of cautionary tales about the pitfalls of looking too far ahead when it comes to the Conference USA tournament, they need look no further than last year.
-SMU knocks Rice out early in C-USA (with gallery)

Louisiana Tech Downs Southern Miss, 12-7
southernmiss.com

Houck Pitches UCF Past Penn, 9-2
ucfathletics.com

Offense Continues to Shine in 8-3 Win over Middle Tennessee
gotigersgo.com

Blazer Bats Make it Four in a Row
uabsports.com

Marshall Baseball Falls 7-6 at Kentucky
herdzone.com

Owls Head Back To Corpus Christi For Whataburger College Classic
riceowls.com

March 8, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-C-USA Announces All-Freshman and Specialty Awards
-Memphis' Carney and Rice's Almond Earn USBWA Honors

C-USA TOURNAMENT TRACKER
Birmingham News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-'Tis the postseason
   C-USA's coaches try to fire up teams for last-ditch effort
-Lash games together; make best of tourney
   If you don't come out to FedExForum this week, you may miss the chance to see the best player ever.
-Watching the Tigers will cost you
   Buy a ticket, or buy CSTV to see first three rounds

No. 5 Memphis favored as Conference USA tournament opens
AL.com

It's Tulsa time in Memphis for USM
   Southern Miss is looking for new life in the Conference USA Tournament.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Conference USA notebook
   As Mark Patton buckles down to play his final game(s) for Marshall this week, he gave Markel Humphrey a reverse going-away present of sorts.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Marshall gearing up for Tulane in tourney
   Reversing Marshall's performance against Tulane begins under the basket.
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH NOTEBOOK Calipari shows support for Cougars
   Tigers coach says UH should be part of NCAA tourney
-Revamped Rice is getting second wind
-SIZING UP THE C-USA TOURNEY
-C-USA TOURNAMENT SUMMARY

Miners make final preparations for tourney
El Paso Times

20 losses and a bid- Forte says why not?
   Apparently, just one victory can go an awful long way to boosting one's confidence.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Tournament time for USM
Hattiesburg American

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane motivated for C-USA tourney
-Homers in sixth lift LSU past Tulane

LSU squeaks by again to win
   Waguespack’s sacrifice fly is game-winner in 4-3 LSU win over Tulane
Baton Rouge Advocate

March 7, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-Baseball Notebook
-C-USA Announces Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-League coaches lobby for NCAA bids
   It may take two to tango, but Conference USA is hoping to wrangle at least one more invitation to next week's Big Dance, otherwise known as the NCAA Tournament.
-Hull of a finish
   One might think that a guy who ran for nearly 250 yards in his team's last two games of the season would feel fairly secure with his spot atop the depth chart at running back.

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-HEATED RIVALRY
   When LSU and Tulane get together on the baseball diamond, 'the juices get flowing a little more'
-RIVALS AT THE BOX
   Tulane-LSU results at Alex Box Stadium in the past five seasons

From the Biloxi Sun-Herald
-Keeping it together
   UAB's basketball season could have unraveled on the second day of January when Demario Eddins' Achilles tendon popped during a non-conference win over VCU.
-Blazers in AP for first time since'94

Consistency key for Herd men in C-USA tourney
   Consistency, a missing component during the 2005-06 season, is needed this week in Memphis. Marshall debuts in the Conference USA Tournament against Tulane on Wednesday, marking what coach Ron Jirsa hopes is an extended run at the FedEx Forum.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Southern Miss triumphs despite slow start at the plate
   At first glance, Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer is a little disappointed in his team's first dozen games.
Biloxi Sun-Herald

From the Houston Chronicle
-Battle hopes loss brings gain at UH
   With RB spot in his sights, senior sheds some pounds
-RICE NOTEBOOK- Almond deserves C-USA's top honor

Herd has unfinished business vs.Tulane
Charleston (WV) Gazette

March 6, 2006

From conferenceusa.com
-Tulsa Wins 2006 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Crown
   Top-seeded Tulsa held off a rally by Rice to earn a 55-52 victory
-Weekend Baseball Roundup
   Marshall exploded for 50 runs, including 20 in one game, over a four-game series against Buffalo over the weekend.

Fullerton cashes in as Rice melts down
    Owls use nine pitchers as Titans post 15-4 romp
Houston Chronicle

Tulane rallies past Jaspers
    Cat Everett and Mark Hamilton combined for seven hits and sophomore reliever Trey Martin threw four scoreless innings as Tulane defeated Manhattan College 5-3 on Sunday at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

Memphis has the rep, but Blazers have the Big Mo
   UAB might have burst an NCAA Tournament bubble on Thursday night and Memphis cut down the nets after clinching the Conference USA title two days later.
Birmingham News

Tigers claim C-USA crown, but sluggish play continues
   First the celebration, then the introspection.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Miners on the bubble
    It is as it has almost always been. UTEP is floating out there in the unknown ... floating somewhere on a bubble ... a bubble filled with the hopes and dreams and sweat of a long, hard basketball season.
El Paso Times

Herd relaxed, ready for C-USA tourney
Huntington Herald Dispatch