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Conference USA

March 19, 2006

-BVL: East Carolina 7, Marist 0 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Morgan in charge after Hampton coach quits
Virginia Wesleyan wins Division III crown
Report on Title IX goes to Congress

-Sasser Shuts Down Marist In 7-0 Pirate Win
   Eldridge Hits Second Homer Of The Series
-Softball Loses A Pair of Games To UAB

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU uses weekend to recruit
   Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Link Jarrett is travelling, scouring the country for future Diamond Bucs.
-Sasser stifles Marist as Pirates get a win

From the Kinston Free Press
-Tough road ahead for ECU
   Dustin Sasser and Michael Hill combined for a four-hit shutout, lifting East Carolina to a 7-0 win over Marist at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday.
-Pirates shut out Marist
   While East Carolina isn’t looking ahead, following today’s series finale with Marist, the next five games will provide a good measuring stick for the Pirates. Over the next week and a half, the Pirates will face two nationally-ranked teams...

Sasser shuts down the Red Foxes
   Dustin Sasser pitched a gem, leading the East Carolina Pirates to a 7-0 victory over the Marist Red Foxes.
Washington Daily News

Marist Drops Fourth Straight In 7-0 Loss At East Carolina

March 18, 2006

-BVL: East Carolina 9, Marist 5 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
The Big Dance ... literally
DePaul legend Meyer succumbs at 92
Morgan out at Iowa State
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Pirates Slug Past Marist Friday Night In 9-5 Victory
   Mollenhauer, Henderson and Eldridge Each Hit Home Runs
-Davidson Downs East Carolina Women's Tennis 6-1

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's offense leads way against Foxes
   Eight different East Carolina batters worked together to compile the Pirates' 14 hits against the Marist Red Foxes on Friday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
-ECU med students heading to 35 institutions

Pirates pull away from Red Foxes
   Harrison Eldridge picked a good time to end his homerless drought.
Washington Daily News

Red Foxes Fall At East Carolina, 9-5

March 17, 2006
St. Patrick's Day (Links)

-Myatt: Hall of Famer VanSant passes

-O'Brien: College Notebook No. 17
New cyber-city warrants policing by AD's

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Jackie Robinson tops NCAA list
UTEP out of NIT
Bomb scare delays San Diego regional
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-East Carolina Athletics Mourns The Passing Of Dr. Henry VanSant
   2003 Hall of Fame inductee served Pirates for over six decades
-Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Sacred Heart
-North Florida Stops East Carolina Men's Tennis 6-1
-Lady Pirates Sweep Gardner-Webb In A 7-0 Road Victory

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU Hall of Famer VanSant passes away
   He served as an assistant coach, an athletic administrator, an interim athletic director and a tireless supporter for ECU.
-Golden gloves- Outfield defense has made difference for ECU
   Any ball that goes in the air, we've got to feel like we can get to it

Holland fires up the Pirate Club
   Big things are happening at East Carolina University, and it's growth that will extend through the Pirate Club
The Robesonian

ECU at home after four-game road trip
   A 4-0 win over UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday was just what East Carolina needed.
Washington Daily News

March 16, 2006

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
Woes forgotten as Pirates find cure
-BVL: East Carolina 4, UNC-Wilmington 0 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Dean Dome designer dies
Buckley bounced at Ball State
Westphal dismissed at Pepperdine
C-USA Hoops Tournament wrap-up
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Taylor Pitches Pirates To 4-0 Win Over UNCW
   Witter Jacks Fifth Homer Of The Season
-Pirates Blank Jacksonville 7-0 In Men's Tennis Action
-ECU Women's Tennis Sails Past North Carolina A&T 7-0

ECU's Taylor keeps Seahawks' bats quiet in shutout
   Playing their first night game of the season, the UNC Wilmington hitters had to adjust to playing under the lights during their game with East Carolina Wednesday night.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Taylor pitches Pirates to shutout win at UNC Wilmington
   Entering the season, one of the biggest questions marks for East Carolina was the health of senior lefthander Brody Taylor.
Kinston Free Press

East Carolina silences Seahawks’ bats
   East Carolina did a lot of little things right Wednesday, while UNC-Wilmington faced a hot pitcher and didn’t make much of anything happen.
Wilmington Star News

Taylor, Pirates Shutdown Seahawks, 4-0
   East Carolina senior Brody Taylor struck (3-0) out a season-high seven batters and limited UNC Wilmington to three hits over a season-long 6 1/3 innings as the Pirates trimmed the homestanding Seahawks, 4-0
UNCW Athletics

March 15, 2006

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Bucs stick to the plan after bumpy West Coast trek

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Seahawk cagers getting it done in classroom
Title IX update due from government agency
Conference USA Tournament Wrap-up
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Softball Splits Twin Bill At Delaware
-Lady Pirate Golf Finishes Sixth At Pinehurst Challenge
-Pirate Golf In Sixth Place After Day One Of Palmetto Intercollegiate

Pirates’ Wilson waiting for his time
   No matter how many times you do something, there’s always that first time. And that’s the one C.J. Wilson will remember.
Washington Daily News

Pirates heading to UNCW
   After traveling more than 6,000 miles this past weekend, the East Carolina baseball team will pack up its gear again for a ballgame at UNC Wilmington tonight. The Pirates and Seahawks will start their second of three match-ups this season at 7 tonight at Brooks Field on the UNCW campus.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates face UNCW today
   Coming off a three-game sweep at Cal State Fullerton, East Carolina faces another big test tonight in Wilmington.
Kinston Free Press

March 14, 2006

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
ECU scored a Big Break in hiring Lewellen

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Tulsa draws Wolfpack in women's regional
Henderson out at Delaware
Temple icon Chaney says it's time to step down
Conference USA Tournament Wrap-up
WNCT: Talk of The Town
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show

-Women's Golf Sits In Eighth At Pinehurst Challenge
-Softball Begins Busy Week Tuesday At Delaware

ECU's Perry paddles her way to NCAA championships
   In just her first season as a member of the East Carolina women's swim team, Rebecca Perry has set school records at the same pace with which she swims – very quickly.
Greenville Daily Reflector

March 13, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Football working with some substance
-BVL: Cal State Fullerton 8, East Carolina 1 (Box Score)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Memphis gets No. 1 seed
Villanova's Ray expected to bounce back
Conference USA Tournament Wrap-up

-Pirates Fall To No. 7 Cal State Fullerton 8-1
   Adam Witter Blasts Fourth Home Run Of The Season
-East Carolina Knocks Off North Carolina A&T 6-1
-Softball Falls To Houston In Series Finale

Tripp and Cooper Lift Titans to 8-1 Win over ECU
   East Carolina, who scored just one time in their first-ever trip to Cal State Fullerton, dropped to 12-6.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Fullerton sweeps Diamond Bucs
-ECU petitioning to retain Farrow longer than a year
   Linebacker Orlando Farrow will have the system beat if he has the kind of season at East Carolina for which he and head coach Skip Holtz are hoping.
-New linebackers give Pirates a quick boost
   College life at East Carolina will pass by quickly for Orlando Farrow, as he nears the end of his sophomore school year in just his first semester in Greenville.
-Dental school outline mulled
   ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser and officials from both schools met with University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles last week

ECU falls to No. 7 CSF
Washington Daily News

Softball: Shamblin double trouble for E. Carolina
   Shamblin allowed only one hit and one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief and went 2-for-3 with an RBI to fuel the University of Houston past East Carolina 6-1
Houston Chronicle

'Sometimes you can see it coming'
   THE UPSET SPECIAL IS 20 YEARS OLD, AND WE STILL LOVE IT- "Yes, sometimes you can see it coming," said East Carolina assistant coach Mack McCarthy.


March 19, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack players say Fowler is certain Sendek is safe
   N.C. State athletics director Lee Fowler met with Wolfpack men's basketball players early last week to tell them not to worry about coach Herb Sendek, several players said Saturday.
-Barnes sticks up for Sendek
   Texas coach defends friend.
-NHL: Carolina to raise ticket prices

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Williams claims record, Blue Devils roll
-A first-round scare doesn't spook Heels

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Virginia quiets Clemson again
   Cavs’ solid pitching and nine-run sixth inning keep Tigers winless in ACC
-The Citadel makes peace with Buoniconti
   After spinal injury and divisive lawsuit, ex-player welcomed back on campus

Season still a big success for UNCW
   The UNC-Wilmington men’s basketball program may initially find it hard to see through the haze of hurt brought on by Thursday’s first-round NCAA tournament loss to George Washington.
Wilmington Star News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Blue Devils cruise
-Baseball: Dykstra hits homer as Deacons stop Eagles

NFL: Losing big names benefits Panthers under cap rules
Charlotte Observer

March 18, 2006

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Bennerman steps up late to propel Pack
-Tar Heels survive

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels hold off Racers
-Dawkins keeps focus on Duke
   Duke associate head coach Johnny Dawkins said Friday that he had not been contacted by Temple about its men's basketball coaching vacancy.
-Determined Wolfpack shows some life
-Wolfpack takes on calls for Herb's head
   Herb Sendek and the N.C. State basketball team were not on campus Friday to receive the blunt "win-or-else" message published in the Technician.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Heels shake off jitters to top Racers
-Davidson falls to Ohio State
-Colonials no typical No. 8 seed

From the Charlotte Observer
-Davidson's upset bid falls short in 2nd half
   Loss ends careers for 7 Wildcats seniors earlier than they had hoped
-49ers wither during comeback attempt
   The Charlotte 49ers erased an early deficit against Cincinnati in their National Invitation Tournament game Friday and held a late lead until an old demon reared its head.
-Panthers tickets rise

March 17, 2006

From the Wilmington Star News
-Colonials erase 18-point lead to win thriller in overtime
   Empty stares and monotone voices filled the UNC-Wilmington locker room. The Seahawks had been here before. They knew how to act
-Carter proves his big-game mettle for Seahawks
   T.J. Carter had only four points at halftime, but anyone who has seen him play knew he’d get on track.

Duke tops scrappy Southern team
   Duke didn't deliver the type of knockout punch that the Blue Devils' top-seeded teams often land against bottom seeds in the NCAA Tournament
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Devils power past opening challenge
-Powe set to show Wolfpack his game
-Heels putting coach at ease

Winthrop's dream turns into an awful nightmare
   For two hours yesterday afternoon, the Winthrop Eagles lived the dream. In less than a second, Tennessee stomped the dream to smithereens
Winston Salem Journal

From the Charlotte Observer
-Long shot Winthrop buried by long shot
-Davidson seniors are cool dorks; just ask Ian

Davidson's seniors take time to savor NCAA appearance
   Davidson coach Bob McKillop has asked his seven seniors to take a stop-and-smell-the-roses approach to this NCAA tournament trip.
Greensboro News-Record

SoCon expanding to 18-game schedule
   The Southern Conference has formally adopted an 18-game conference schedule for men's basketball that will begin next season the league announced Thursday.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Leggett's main concern is for Tigers to play well
   As the Clemson baseball team opens its ACC season at Virginia (16-4) today, the Tigers have slipped, ever so slightly, from their lofty preseason perch.
Anderson Independent

USC increases ticket prices
   Football tickets to cost approximately $10 more in 2006
Greenville (SC) News

March 16, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons' season over
   Minnesota takes advantage of 19 Wake Forest turnovers to win 73-58 in NIT opener
-Pack's Brackman tries to snap basketball slump by pitching for baseball team

After early success, UNCW seniors had to learn to win
   The UNC-Wilmington seniors admit they were along for the ride when they played in the 2003 NCAA tournament.
Wilmington Star News

Tigers moving on in NIT
   Clemson hits 15 free throws in a row to seal first-round NIT victory
Anderson Independent

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Gamecocks earn a much-needed break
   Opening win over W. Kentucky means team can breathe easy for five days
-Gamecocks finish off Yale, head to SEC
-Clemson hikes football season ticket prices
   Average ticket price per game now $42.70; USC game tops list at $55

ODU takes flight, pulls away for win at Colorado
   the Monarchs went into the Coors Events Center and embarrassed Big 12 Conference-member Colorado 79-61 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Senior's mark is all over Duke's defense
-Players warned not to wager on tourneys
-Backlash may have hit ACC
   Call me crazy. Call me a wild-eyed conspiracy junkie. But I honestly think conference expansion played a role in the jobbing that ACC basketball teams received this year from the NCAA basketball selection committee.

Keyshawn puts Panthers on wish list
Charlotte Observer

March 15, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs' mental state is critical
   Disinterested teams that go to NIT don't last long
-Daunting Task- He'll lead eagles against Vols
   Gaynor adjusts his style to help Winthrop win
-Second Home- Devils comfortable in Greensboro
-Deacons to start spring football practice today
   Grobe says that WFU should have better depth this season

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack recruit barred
   Davis suspended following incident.
-NHL: Canes enjoy record night
-Dean Dome designer dies at 80

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke rounds out its staff by hiring Kerr
   Kerr fills the vacancy left by Don Yanowsky, who left Duke earlier this month after three seasons to return to East Carolina,
-Reduced practice time doesn't sit well with Williams
-NHL: Cole making progress after injury

From the Charlotte Observer
-Go Winthrop! And all other true underdogs
-NBA: Okafor won't play again his season
-PGA/Wachovia: Garcia signs up for Charlotte
-Winthrop's bats silenced by Florida St.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Clemson football | Talent level has Bowden excited
-Purnell on the NIT- ‘We’re in it to win it’
-‘We’re more excited than the fans’
   Odom wants to use NIT to extend his seniors’ season
-Gamecocks fine tune in win over Davidson
   USC pitcher Harris Honeycutt stellar in mid-week start

Former Wolfpack star reflects on career
   On Friday, former Kinston High School, North Carolina State and NBA basketball player Charles Shackleford sat down at The Free Press for a candid chat. Shackleford, 39, lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with his three children.
Kinston Free Press

Baseball: No. 3 UNC Tops George Mason, 9-5

March 14, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Chancellor needs to make call on Sendek
   The Herb Sendek situation is simple. If N.C. State is satisfied with the basketball program's results and still has confidence in the coach's ability to make improvements, school chancellor James Oblinger should say so.
-Late slide has pack ready to howl
-N.C. State spring football practice
-NHL: This cane all Hart
   Brind'Amour should get consideration for NHL MVP.

From the Anderson Independent
-Selection team fails to pick strongest field
-Tigers, Gamecocks to host NIT games Wednesday

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-After the title, the Devils are more dangerous
-Duke a men heavy favorite over 16-seed Southern
-Murray State no 14-seed pushover

Profiles of teams coming to Greensboro
   For Duke, it will be a familiar trip down the interstate to Greensboro for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Here is a look at the other teams headed here.
Greensboro News-Record

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-NIT | Clemson looking at La. Tech
   Gamecocks, Tigers cannot meet until New York City
-A final misfire
   Cold early, USC rallies only to fall to Florida when last-second shots come up empty

UNCW to head to Greensboro
   An exhilarated crowd of about 1,500 UNCW Seahawks fans flew out of their Trask Coliseum seats, screaming in joy, as it was announced Sunday that their team would play George Washington in Greensboro on Thursday.
Wilmington Star News

NFL: Skins get free-agent boost
   Washington's free-agent push hits its pinnacle with two more additions.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-Former TopCat accepts plea deal
   The former Charlotte TopCat cheerleader accused of hitting a woman inside a Tampa, FL bar has accepted a plea deal.
-49ers ready for 2nd season
   De'Angelo Alexander doesn't believe his Charlotte 49ers team needs extra motivation to prepare for tonight's opening-round National Invitation Tournament game against Georgia Southern at Halton Arena.
-NFL: Panthers beef up depth on D-line
   The Carolina Panthers defensive line, the team's centerpiece since coach John Fox's arrival in 2002, continued its overhaul Monday.

Rams start spring practice with a sense of anticipation
   WSSU will move to Division 1-AA in football this fall
Winston Salem Journal

March 13, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke grabs title again
   Knocking off a tournament-ready Boston College team 78-76 to win the 2006 ACC title on Sunday corrected any misconceptions that the Devils might be winding down instead of ramping up for a run at the NCAA title.
-Expansion still a hard sell
   Despite revenue gains, BC run, many prefer old formats.
-'Sometimes that happens'
   Blue Devils, Eagles downplay second-half scuffle.
-Seeding blooms prickly rematch
   NCSU to face foe that eliminated Pack in first round in 2003.
-Two more from N.C.
   UNC-Wilmington, Davidson receive bids.
-Florida nabs SEC title
   Surprising Gamecocks match No. 16 Gators step for step.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke tops newcomer BC for ACC title
-Local teams prepare for NCAA Tournament
   For the third year in a row, all three ACC schools in the Triangle placed their men's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament.

Close to home for Seahawks
    Any and all questions were wrapped up in less than 10 minutes and with only one commercial break. And the uproar that engulfed Trask Coliseum said the answers were to everyone’s liking.
Wilmington Star News

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Florida ends Gamecocks' tournament run
   16th-ranked Florida avenged a pair of regular-season losses and captured its second straight SEC tournament title with a 49-47 victory Sunday.
-USC draws Western Kentucky in first round
-Tigers hungry to forget setback in ACC tournament
   the Tigers play Louisiana Tech University in a National Invitation Tournament game in Littlejohn Coliseum

NIT defense begins at home
   Gamecocks draw No. 3 seed in region, Western Kentucky in first round
Columbia (SC) The State

U.Va. beats No. 1 Georgia Tech in baseball
Hampton Roads Daily Press


March 19, 2006

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M plays for Sweet 16, and more
   While this season began with guarded hopes of a Sweet 16 appearance, the Tigers' remarkable success through 34 games -- a school record-tying 31 wins, conference regular-season and tournament titles and the first No. 1 seed in the program's history -- has raised the bar among fans, coaches and players alike.
-Preview- (1) Tigers (31-3) vs. (9) Bucknell (27-4)
-Bucknell hoping to 'slice up' Tigers

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers flame out
   UAB' s Wen Mukubu sat quietly on a folding chair in the Blazers' Wachovia Center locker room with his stare directed firmly at the ground.
-Brown sees `a lot of playmakers'
   With Darrell Hackney headed to the NFL, Watson Brown isn't looking for more lightning in a bottle.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles produce pluses, minuses
   The University of Southern Mississippi football team held its second scrimmage of the spring at M.M. Roberts Stadium on Saturday. And like any intrasquad scrimmage, positives on one side of the ball equated to negatives on the other.
-Golden Eagles score late to beat Troy for 2nd time

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Best secures Eagles' 15th win
   Call Southern Miss pitcher Scott Massey a realist.
-Defensive line rates praise following USM scrimmage
   Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower usually is not a gusher of praise, tempering the positive with an admonition for the need to get better.

Bower wants more focus
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Jags' Walters halts Wave
   Less than 24 hours after Tulane's Sean Morgan held South Alabama's hitters in check, the Green Wave got the same treatment Saturday afternoon from Jaguars junior P.J. Walters.
New Orleans Times Picayune

-Tulsa Women Earn First NCAA Tournament Victory
   Tulsa earned the school's first NCAA victory with a 71-61 win over North Carolina State on Saturday night.
-Houston Shut Out by San Diego on Saturday
-Walters Pitches South Alabama Past Tulane, 8-4

March 18, 2006

-Memphis Opens NCAA Tournament With Win over Oral Roberts
   Tigers To Face Bucknell in Second Round on Sunday
-UAB Falls Just Short to Kentucky in NCAA's
   Blazers end their season with a record of 24-7

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Dorsey paints work of art
-Andre the giant
-Just like namesake, Allen fires clutch shots to lift his teammates
-Odds and ends
-Tigers replay

Kentucky gets payback on UAB in 1st round
Birmingham News

Bower likes team's looks headed into scrimmage
   Offensive line depth is coach's top worry
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Eagles' pitching stops Troy
Hattiesburg American

USM's Massey muzzles Troy 5-1
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Herd routs Vikings in baseball
untington Herald-Dispatch

March 17, 2006

Miners' season ends
   the white-hot Wolverines whipped UTEP 82-67 in front of 4,400 fans in Crisler Arena.
El Paso Times

Michigan Downs UTEP in NIT Action
   Chris Hunter scored a season-high 20 points and Dion Harris added 18 to lead Michigan to its sixth straight postseason win, an 82-67 victory over UTEP

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Why is almost no one picking the top-seeded Memphis Tigers to reach the Final Four?
-Tigers trying to shake off series vs. Troy

   His moment-to-moment, day-by-day approach took a short rest earlier this week when UAB head coach Mike Anderson was asked what he would do with a 7-footer on his team.
Birmingham News

Tulane figures out biggest problem
   Tulane's baseball faithful can rest a lot easier now. The problem with the Green Wave has been diagnosed, and it isn't as serious as many may have thought.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Florida exploits UCF's miscues
   It wasn't that Florida played so much better baseball than UCF in Tuesday's 10-3 win.
Orlando Sentinel

Marshall hosts Cleveland State this weekend
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

March 16, 2006

-Houston Downs BYU To Advance In NIT
   Oliver Lafayette scored 23 points, including eight straight in a span of 39 seconds, to lead Houston to a 77-67 win over BYU
-Neaves, Riverin Lead Owls Past Jackson State in WNIT
-Sam Houston State Rallies Past Rice In Ninth, 9-8
-The Crimson Tide Holds The Golden Eagles To A Season-Low Four Hits In 13-3 Victory
-UCF's Bono Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List

From the Birmingham News
-Flashback 1981- UAB 69, `Cats 62
-CBS to air first three rounds online

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-The NCAA Tournament's lowest seeds are 0-84 since 1985.
-Former prodigy Allen makes big contribution
-Tiger duo back from injuries

Houston steps up with NIT win over Brigham Young
   Tom Penders keeps talking about how his program keeps taking steps. Wednesday night was one of those big steps, with the Cougars stepping all over the BYU Cougars 77-67 in the first round of the NIT.
Houston Chronicle

Miners seek respect
   Michigan provides opportunity
El Paso Times

Alabama blasts USM 13-3
   Alabama starting pitcher Miers Quigley held Southern Miss to four hits in seven innings Wednesday night, and the Crimson Tide offense did the rest in a 13-3 victory before a crowd of 3,992.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Looking at the lefty
   The backup quarterback, in many cases, is often the most popular player on a football team.
Hattiesburg American

No free pass for big schools into NCAA tourney
   We can only pray that the NCAA Tournament -- the most exciting and inspirational postseason in all of sports -- never mimics the BCS -- the most inept and corrupt postseason in all of sports.
Orlando Sentinel

March 15, 2006

-Record Night Powers UTEP to NIT Opening Round Win
   Senior Jason Williams registered the first triple-double in school history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, propelling UTEP to an 85-66 win over Lipscomb in opening round action of the postseason NIT on Tuesday.
-Rice Opens C-USA Women's Basketball Postseason Action with WNIT Appearance

From the El Paso Times
-Opener may be moved up
   The UTEP football team's 2006 opener at San Diego State will likely be pushed up from Saturday, Sept. 2, to Thursday, Aug. 31, Miners head coach Mike Price said Tuesday.
-Wolverines await Miners
-Miners unselfish in win

NIT is welcome way for UH, BYU to develop NCAA stock
   Former University of Houston Phi Slama Jama member David Rose, coach at Brigham Young, is back in Houston with his Cougars facing Tom Penders' Cougars in the opening round of the NIT tonight.
Houston Chronicle

Nicholls rolls past Tulane
   Nicholls State scored five runs during a four-inning stretch Tuesday night to defeat Tulane 7-4 at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Rehabbing Reaves joins battle for USM QB job
   Stephen Reaves just can't help it.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Questions about Cal leaving surface annually
-Stepping into DeAngelo's role
-U of M players set defensive standard
-Tigers' spring football notebook

March 14, 2006

-Tulsa Makes School's First NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Appearance
-Softball Notebook
-Baseball Notebook
-2006 Memphis Spring Football Quotes
-Owls Host San Diego Tuesday; Play At Sam Houston Wednesday
-Tulane To Take On Nicholls State Tuesday At Zephyr Field
-UAB, Kentucky Will Tip Friday At Approximately 9-45 p.m. ET

Former rival recalls battles against Huck's Herd
   Two of the at-a-distance people saddened by the death of Rick Huckabay were Mack McCarthy, associate head coach at East Carolina, and Bill Roth, voice of Virginia Tech football...
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West ready for spring work
   Making his first public appearance since undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery Feb. 3, University of Memphis football coach Tommy West met with the media Monday to discuss his condition, his team's condition and the prospects of taking the Tigers to a fourth consecutive bowl game.
-1996 Minutemen, 2006 Tigers similar in many ways
-Tigers hire 2 assistants
-It's grrr-reat to be a Tiger

You've come a LONG WAY
   No matter who they were cheering for, all 10,576 people in attendance at last season's Conference USA tournament final felt Washington's pain as he lay crumpled and crying on the FedEx Forum floor, his head hidden beneath his jersey.
Orlando Sentinel

Unknown foe doesn't deter fans
   "Who's Lipscomb?"
El Paso Times

Herd's nine-run burst leads to 13-2 victory
   Marshall pushed across nine runs in the third innings on the way to a 13-2 victory over Niagara on Monday at University Heights Field. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth because of rain and lightning.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

KSU's Kennedy defends committee's decisions
   College basketball's TV elites verbally took it to NCAA Selection Committee Chairman Craig Littlepage on Sunday for the perceived slights shown by the committee toward the major conferences, particularly the favored Atlantic Coast Conference and the now really big (16-team) Big East.
Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 13, 2006

-Memphis and UAB Headed to NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
-UTEP and Houston to Play in Postseason NIT
-Weekend Baseball Roundup
-Rice Thumps Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 21-1 In Seven Inning Game
-Tulane Uses Longball To Defeat Oral Roberts, 9-3

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers land No. 1 seed
-Memphis sure looks good on that bracket
-Tigers start with trip to Dallas to face Oral Roberts on Friday

Better late than never as Blazers get name called
   UAB head coach Mike Anderson likes to do everything fast.
Birmingham News

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Miners get NIT date
El Paso Times

UH to host BYU in NIT
Houston Chronicle

Hamilton, Scelfo go on the offensive for Wave
   It was a perfect day for Tulane's Mark Hamilton and another game in which freshman Anthony Scelfo took advantage of an opportunity.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Eagles sweep Bulls
   Jody Blount hit two home runs and collected six RBIs and pitcher David Clark earned a win in his first start as the Golden Eagles finished a three-game sweep of Buffalo at Taylor Park.
New Orleans Times Picayune