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Conference USA

April 9, 2006
Palm Sunday

-BVL: East Carolina 6, Central Florida 3 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Holtz laments spring game deficiencies
Camels announce return to the gridiron
Gonzalez to lead Pirates basketball
The Citadel selects Conroy

-Pirate Bats Wake Up In 6-3 Win Over UCF
    Shane Mathews pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief and picked up his third win of the season as East Carolina won game two of a three-game series Saturday night over UCF 6-3 at Jay Bergman Field.
-Pirates, East Carolina Teams Match Production In Spring Game
   Sophomore running back Dominique Lindsay rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown while senior kicker Robert Lee added three field goals to highlight East Carolina's annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Spring practice closes with annual Purple-Gold game.
-ECU breaks out bats in a C-USA victory over UCF
-ECU players making their way in NFL

Holtz looking forward to watching film of Saturday’s contest
   On a rather dreary day, the Pirates’ football team competed in its annual Purple-Gold Game to conclude the squads spring drills.
Washington Daily News

Holtz disappointed with ECU scrimmage results
  East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz expressed disappointment after his team completed the annual Purple/Gold spring game
New Bern Sun Journal

  Amid a steady rain and with peals of thunder in the background, senior quarterback James Pinkney passed for 154 yards and one touchdown to lead East Carolina to a 23-15 over the Pirates in the annual Purple-Gold spring game at Dowdy-Ficklen
Kinston Free Press

Holtz says East Carolina has long way to go
  East Carolina saw some good individual performances in Saturday's spring scrimmage, but coach Skip Holtz wasn't happy with the overall performance.
Winston Salem Journal

ECU has work to do
  East Carolina needs to get a lot better a lot quicker. In the wake of Saturday's ECU spring football game, Pirates coach Skip Holtz
Raleigh News & Observer

East Carolina Holds Off UCF, 6-3

April 8, 2006

-BVL: Central Florida 8, East Carolina 0 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Purple-Gold stage is set
Davis returns to native state as UAB coach
Army women's basketball coach dies at age 28

-Bascom Shuts Down Pirates in 8-0 Win
    Junior Tim Bascom tossed his first complete game of the season and the fourth of his career Friday night as he allowed just two hits in an 8-0 shutout of East Carolina in Conference USA play at Jay Bergman Field.
-ECU Spring Game Details, Rosters Announced
   Head coach Skip Holtz and his East Carolina Pirates will officially complete their spring season Saturday with the playing of the annual Purple-Gold Game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium beginning at 3:00 p.m.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Spring game offers reality
   Skip Holtz is hoping to see today what every member of the college football coaching pantheon hopes to see the day of the annual spring game – reality.
-Knights dismantle Pirates

Holtz answers some burning questions about 2006
New Bern Sun Journal

Bascom's Two-Hitter Silences East Carolina, 8-0

April 7, 2006

-O'Brien: Slam Dunks No. 5

Mason Mania likely to have short shelf life

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
1070 airing Purple-Gold Game programming
SMU dismisses Tubbs
Tulane hoops star invited to Portsmouth event
Colorado College becomes C-USA affiliate
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Pirate Gameday Central
   The East Carolina baseball team will head south to the Sunshine State this weekend as it prepares to take on UCF
-ECU Women's Tennis Topped By UNC Wilmington 4-3

Golden Knights Host East Carolina in First C-USA Series in Orlando

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Former QBs make the move to fullback
   After a couple of failed late winter courtships with prospective fullbacks during recruiting, Holtz was forced to promote – or demote, depending on individual opinion of playing fullback – from within.
-ECU assistant coach now helps batters from dugout
   Never during Link Jarrett's coaching career has he been in the dugout while his team has been at the plate taking hacks at whatever the opposing pitcher is dealing.

Pirates open three-game series at Central Florida tonight
   East Carolina opens a critical weekend series tonight at 6:30 p.m. against Conference USA foe Central Florida in Orlando.
Kinston Free Press

Commentary- Leggett, Tigers Will Witness Special Moment
   LeClair, the former Catamount player and coach and former head man at East Carolina, is having his jersey retired prior to Tuesday's game.

April 6, 2006

-Myatt: View From The 'ville

Sendek trump card leaves State groping for an ace
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Pirates hold final session before Purple-Gold
Pressler resigns as Duke lacrosse coach
Division I athletes face summer drug tests
WNCT: Talk of The Town

-Pirates Complete Last Spring Practice Session
   final tune-up for the program's annual spring game scheduled for Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m.
-Softball Takes Two From UNC Wilmington
-Lady Pirates Knock Out High Point, Barton
-ECU Men's Tennis Drops 4-3 Decision To High Point

Johnson expected to return
   East Carolina running back Chris Johnson is still in the running for the team's starting spot this fall, despite a neck injury that has left him off the field
Greenville Daily Reflector

McPhaul to leave VU for ECU golf position
   Vanderbilt Men’s Golf Coach Press McPhaul will leave the school at the end of the spring season for the same position at East Carolina.
Nashville City Paper

UCF series crucial for Pirates
The East Carolinian

Pirates sweep pair from Seahawks
   Tracey Kee has won 445 games in 10 seasons at East Carolina. They haven’t come by accident.
Washington Daily News

Europass: Logan applies the polish
   Is Steve Logan the league's quarterback guru?

Gauging Football IQ
   Robert Jones, a star linebacker from East Carolina University, went to a pay phone outside the 1992 NFL Scouting Combine—the pre-draft ritual where professional football teams take stock of the college talent—and called his mother.  “Ma,” he said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”
Atlantic Weekly (Subscription Required)

ECU med school ranked high
Goldsboro News Argus

April 5, 2006

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat

Multitasking no problem for Jerek Hewett
-BVL: Former Pirates gather for Gridiron Classic
-BVL: East Carolina 14, N.C. A&T 2 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Thirteen C-USA alums in big leagues
UAB interviews Davis
Rondo departs Kentucky

-Wood Leads Pirates to 14-2 Win Over N.C. A&T
   Mathews Records Second Win Of The Season
-Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Campbell
-Krog Claims Another Top-5 Finish At The Lady Panther Intercollegiate
-Robin Smith Claims Top-5 Finish At Bridgestone Golf Intercollegiate

Pirates topple N.C. A&T
   Maybe not the prettiest victory East Carolina's baseball team might earn this season but it nonetheless goes in the precious win column.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates collar the Aggies
   Once the East Carolina Pirates got going Tuesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium, there was no slowing them down.
Washington Daily News

ECU wallops NC A&T
   North Carolina A&T (12-19) and East Carolina combined for nine errors, two hit batters, six walks, one balk and three wild pitches
Kinston Free Press

April 11 event will link Bellomo, Raleigh, LeClair, Leggett
   WCU will be retiring the No. 23 jersey of Bellomo's former teammate Keith LeClair
Rutland (VT) Herald

KU assistant to interview for NC-Wilmington job
Kansas City Star

April 4, 2006

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk

Colorful past fostered great spring tradition

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU hurler Taylor earns league's weekly honor
Pirates prepare for Purple-Gold Game
Wooden watches final from hospital
WNCT: Talk of The Town
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Greg Hudson)

-East Carolina Enters Last Week Of Spring Drills
   ECU has just one more workout scheduled for Wednesday before closing camp with the Purple-Gold Game Saturday.
-Brody Taylor Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week
-Softball Takes On Two Instate Foes Before Returning To Conference USA Play At Tulsa

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-QB Clay settling in as No. 2 guy
   Brett Clay's smooth, sizzling delivery has been noticed by coaches and receivers alike in spring camp, and his elevation past Patrick Pinkney and Rob Kass on the depth chart should add another vital layer of confidence to Clay's game.
-Healthy Mattox now thriving for ECU
   Supporters of East Carolina baseball are finally seeing what all outfielder Jay Mattox can do. A junior season full of injuries and other setbacks prohibited Mattox from flourishing.

Bell waiting to ring
   West Craven grad eager to get back on the field for Pirates
New Bern Sun-Journal

Pirates’ Jessup shining behind the plate
   With Marshall's Amanda Williams running straight toward her, Krista Jessup calmly awaited the throw from center fielder Alison Monce. The East Carolina catcher snagged the ball and made a sweeping movement all in one motion, tagging out Williams for the final out of the inning.
Washington Daily News

From the East Carolinian
-Taylor's brilliance salvages series
-Papa Lou promises ESPN Gameday in Greenville

April 3, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights

Spring agenda quickens for ECU fans
-BVL: East Carolina 3, Houston 0 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Bruins go for record 12th NCAA hoops title
Throng watches Texas spring game
Pirates make strong showing in Florida

-Taylor Tosses Complete Game Shutout in Pirates 3-0 Win
   Senior Lefty Allows Five Hits While Striking Out Six
Softball Drops Series Finale to Marshall, 7-2
East Carolina Men's Track Enjoys Success At Diet Pepsi Classic
-Pirate Women's Track Competes At Florida's Diet Pepsi Classic

Taylor comes up big for ECU
  Brody Taylor provided the lift East Carolina desperately needed.
Washington Daily News

Taylor nearly untouchable in 3-0 ECU victory over Houston
Greenville Daily Reflector

Baseball Drops Series Finale

Herd tops Pirates in softball
Huntington Herald-Dispatch


April 9, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Hodge shot, should recover
  Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge, a 6-foot-7 rookie guard for the Denver Nuggets, was shot three times early Saturday as he drove on a Denver interstate shortly after leaving a popular nightclub, police said. He was in fair condition with two bullet wounds in the upper legs and one in the lower part of one of his legs, said Nuggets coach George Karl.
-State 'D' starting anew
-QB depth a relief for Heels
-Riley stars in Duke scrimmage
-Team has swaggered for years
  Misdemeanors over a seven-year period fuel the Duke lacrosse team's rowdy reputation.
-Baseball team had wild side of its own, former players say
  The problem at Duke wasn't only a lacrosse problem... The baseball team, ... also had trouble with heavy drinking, rowdiness and academic problems

UNC, Duke success hamper Pack search
Charlotte Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Wake Forest uses a fast start to romp by N.C. State 11-5
  Deacons overcome rain delay, pound out 11 base hits and cruise past Wolfpack
-Mountaineers prepare for life without Williams
  Appalachian State will play spring game today with Elder as the top QB

April 8, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-State to show offensive guns in annual spring game today
  Amato is working to replace departed defensive starters
-UNC center battles back from injuries
  Lenahan to play in spring game today after missing most of past three seasons
-Deacs plan to have practice, not game, on campus today
  Grobe says not enough healthy bodies for a game; FieldTurf being installed at Groves
-Wolfpack rallies to beat Deacons 8-6
-ACC has emerged as a national power in baseball
  Wake Forest remains the only ACC team to have won the College World Series as a member of the conference

Source- Barnes staying at Texas
  N.C. State has to look elsewhere to replace former coach Sendek
Charlotte Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Eagles, Wolfpack to play spring games
-UNC-CH fans can get first look at football team today
-Wolfpack still looking for Sendek's successor

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Campbell University to resume football in 2008
-Montgomery may figure into N.C. State’s coach search

Search takes and azalea break
  It’s Azalea Festival weekend, and it appears even the UNC-Wilmington men’s basketball coaching search is taking a break for parades, the queen and funnel cake.
Wilmington Star-News

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Fans will see green at Garnet and Black game
-USC pitcher Hempy has surgery, out for year
-USC finds safe Havens in 11th
-No matter what is at stake, today’s new format — featuring two separate teams — is for the fans’ benefit

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Campbell to field first football team in 50 years
  Campbell plans to resume football for the 2008 season, the first time in more than a half-century it will field a team.
-Pack seeks more progression

April 7, 2006

Eyes on State - Day 6
   The word from Texas (Rick Barnes), Memphis (John Calipari) and LSU (John Brady) is that all of these coaches are working to renegotiate their contracts.
Raleigh News & Observer

‘Money not a factor’ in N.C. State's search for coach
Fayetteville Observer

UNCW's recruiting not hurt by vacancy, yet
   The spring signing period for recruits begins in less than a week. The UNC-Wilmington men’s basketball team has at least two scholarships open, but doesn’t have a coach.
Wilmington Star-News

Basketball scouts travel far to find that long shot
   Morgan's connection: He coached under Herrion at East Carolina.
Virginian Pilot

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-USC baseball | Rotation questions linger for Tanner
   Starting pitching situation may get interesting with No. 14 Alabama in town
-Basketball | USC, Odom land Lee Central star
-USC football | Sources say USC is Richardson’s pick

Prime time slots set for Panthers
   The Carolina Panthers' 2006 regular-season schedule will include three prime-time appearances, equaling the most ever for the franchise. ... Two of the three will be at Bank of America Stadium.
Charlotte Observer

Redskins' schedule to test team
Hampton Roads Daily Press

April 6, 2006

Candidates visit for UNCW job
   UNC-Wilmington continued its search for a men’s basketball coach Wednesday as one candidate met with officials, another arrived and an interview was scheduled with a third.
Wilmington Star-News

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Tigers put skids on Gamecocks’ streak
   USC musters only one hit after sixth inning
-Odom says he isn’t leaving
   Dave Odom’s offseason will be spent celebrating the National Invitation Tournament championship — not flirting with a new job.
-USC baseball | Hempy out of rotation
   No. 1 starter will miss 6 to 8 weeks — and possibly season — with elbow injury

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Watkins will remain at Missouri
   Watkins, former Charlotte coach, was associate head coach the past two seasons under Quin Snyder and his job title remains the same.
-Mom says recruit still likes 49ers
   Says assistant's exit won't affect Beasley

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Lacrosse coach, season out
   Duke University lacrosse coach Mike Pressler resigned Wednesday, the same day a search warrant revealed new information about a lacrosse player's behavior and the rape investigation related to a lacrosse team party last month.
-Hodge touts alumnus
   the 2004 ACC Player of the Year, said Fordham coach Dereck Whittenburg should be considered.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Freshman Boateng leaving the Devils
   Duke center Eric Boateng missed just one shot as a freshman; that's because Boateng didn't get much of a shot.
-The search is on for a Pack coach

April 5, 2006

From the Wilmington Star-News
Dooley here for interview
   Kansas assistant Joe Dooley arrived in Wilmington on Tuesday evening, in-the-flesh proof that UNC-Wilmington is moving quickly to fill its men’s basketball coaching vacancy.
-Two UNCW candidates to begin interviews

Future Opponent: Groh looks to fill many holes in spring drills
   Nobody can remember Al Groh using the term "rebuilding" during his first five seasons as Virginia football coach.
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Barnes, Wright unlikely
   Neither has shown interest in Pack job.
-Duke plans to address students' behavior
   Today, a faculty committee will begin a review of disciplinary procedures to help Duke University get a better handle on unruly student behavior.
-Players' lawyers could divulge DNA test results
   The results of DNA tests in the investigation of a reported rape at a Duke University lacrosse team party could be made public by team members' lawyers who say the players did not commit a crime.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Clemson-Temple moved to Charlotte
   Raycom/Jefferson accepts deal to promote Thursday-night matchup
-Western Carolina defeats Clemson
   Clemson lacks focus in first loss to Western Carolina since 1974

NCAA Women: Maryland denies Duke the NCAA title
   The senses that smelled, tasted and just about felt the national championship for most of Tuesday night betrayed Duke after its 78-75 overtime loss to Maryland.
Durham Herald-Sun

Chanticleers knock off Deacons 6-5
Winston Salem Journal

April 4, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Football players get community service
   Four Duke football players will have charges stemming from a large fight in downtown Chapel Hill dismissed if they complete community service requirements and pay fines.
-Now that Sendek is gone, where does N.C. State turn?
   Herb Sendek leaves the basketball program at North Carolina State in very good shape. No one knows that better than Les Robinson, the coach Sendek replaced 10 years ago.
-Valvano knew how to win big
-Canes' Vasicek has huge game in return from injury

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-QB back on Hokies' roster after suspension
-ODU's Dahi has torn ACL, expected to recover

Terry, Miles contacted by UNCW
   Peterson denies inquiry into Seahawks’ opening
Wilmington Star News

USC new No. 1 in baseball
   South Carolina's weekend sweep at LSU moved the team to the top Monday, at least in one national poll.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Virginian Pilot
-ODU baseball team ranked in top 20 in two national polls
-ODU has big basketball shoes to fill in offseason

Furman's Davis takes Cincy position
   Paladins head coach hired as associate coach
Greenville (SC) News

N.C. State recruits weigh options
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack begins national search
-Women: Duke looks to get mean in title game

April 3, 2006

Becoming 'Gonzaga of the East’ will be difficult for George Mason
   “Just getting to the tournament again will be problematic for GMU, which is not the case for Gonzaga,” East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Fans' gripes dogged Sendek
  During his 10 years as N.C. State men's basketball coach, Herb Sendek kept the support of major Wolfpack donors. It was the flaming posts of anonymous Internet message-board users, ranting talk-radio callers and a losing record against North Carolina and Duke that Sendek could not escape.
-Sendek apologizes to recruits
-Lacrosse team out of control
  That Duke University owned the house where the lacrosse team lived -- and a stripper claims she was beaten, raped and sodomized -- was "merely a quirk."
-NC State ranks No. 2 in value
  East Carolina was also included in the 150 best-value schools chosen by The Princeton Review from 646 colleges it describes as "academically excellent".

Wolfpack's faithful now has to plan next move
   Now comes the hard part. Coach Herb Sendek took himself and N.C. State off the hook, jumping at the Arizona State offer before converging forces jumped him next winter.
nston Salem Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Sendek's departure neither surprise nor tragedy to Pack fans
-Women: Duke dominates, earns chance at title

McKillop a finalist at Seton Hall
Charlotte Observer

NIT-picking aside, Odom perfect for USC
Columbia (SC) The State

Brownell’s exit leaves way too many questions unanswered
   If you care about the UNCW basketball program – as an anonymous message-board poster, diehard season-ticket holder, big-cheese booster, bandwagon fan, whatever – you woke up this morning still fuzzy...
Wilmington Star News


April 9, 2006

-Mike Davis Named UAB Men's Basketball Coach
-Houston Falls in Second Game of Series vs. No. 18 Tulane
-Red Tops Blue, 34-3 in SMU Spring Game
-Houston Concludes Spring With Sharp Red-White Game
-Clement Shines In Rice Spring Game

TU's Hamilton hammers Cougars
   Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBIs, and junior Tim Guidry came off the bench and had a pair of hits and drove in three runs as Tulane evened the Conference USA series at Houston with an 8-4 win Saturday at Cougar Field.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger defense comes through with big plays in scrimmage
-Tiger AD cuts trip for Calipari talks

Calipari appears to move to top of State's list
Wilmington Star-News

Dallas Baptist tops USM 5-4
   Damien Gomez drove in two runs in a five-run fifth inning and Dallas Baptist held on to beat Southern Mississippi 5-4 Saturday in a non-conference game at Patriot Field.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Spring drills not about stars
-'06 tickets secure spot at WVU game
-Memphis gets best of Herd in Charleston

Tulane squares series with UH
Houston Chronicle

Coaching style makeover?
  Fans wouldn't confuse Mike Davis' coaching system at Indiana University with Mike Anderson's "Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball."
Birmingham News

April 8, 2006

-Houston Uses Long Ball to Win Tulane Series Opener
-Southern Miss Wins Both Ends of Friday Doubleheader Over Dallas Baptist
-UAB Baseball Falls to No. 3 Rice 2-1
-UTEP Shows Improved Blocking, Ground Game in Second Full Scrimmage

From the Birmingham News
-Incentive-laden deal could push $1 million
   Mike Davis sat at a small table in the Green and Gold Room at Bartow Arena on Friday afternoon, staring at a packed room of mostly unfamiliar faces.
-Davis' son says he, Vaden coming to UAB
   Mike Davis isn't coming to Birmingham empty-handed.
-Many players, recruits happy with Davis hiring
   Mike Davis broke a team rule on his first day. Bowing to a school official's request for a photo opportunity, Davis donned a green UAB hat a no-no, according to Davis' rules, because he was inside a building.
-Gottfried wishes Davis best, says he will do great job at UAB
   University of Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried said Friday that he's rooting for Mike Davis to succeed in his new role as UAB's head basketball coach.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Weather forces early end to Herd practice
-Tigers rally for 7-4 win over Herd

SMU mending fences after Tubbs' dismissal
   The SMU athletic community is reeling from the firing of men's basketball coach Jimmy Tubbs.
Dallas Morning News

Degerman, Lembeck lift Rice
Houston Chronicle

Eagles sweep Dallas
Hattiesburg American

USM takes twin bill on road
Jackson Clarion Ledger

MU's workout here has more meaning
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

DB Smith, P Gibson let play do the talking
Memphis Commercial Appeal

April 7, 2006

From the Birmingham News
-It's Mike Davis
   Mike Davis accepted an offer Thursday night in Birmingham to become the fourth UAB men's basketball head coach.
-UAB aims high by hiring Mike Davis
-Homecoming gives Davis chance to restart career
   Mike Davis was the shy, stuttering, sensitive boy at Sunday school classes in Fayette. Josephine Kennedy couldn't get Davis to talk in front of the class because of his speech impediment, so Kennedy worked to erase his stuttering.

Roundup- SMU dismisses Tubbs
   SMU fired basketball coach Jimmy Tubbs on Thursday after an internal investigation uncovered various NCAA violations.
Houston Chronicle

-Memphis Hits the Road for C-USA Weekend at Marshall
-Colorado College Women's Soccer to Compete as Member of Conference USA in 2006

Tulane's Emaus ends plate woes
   Based on some of the statistics Tulane second baseman Brad Emaus has produced halfway through this season, it would be difficult to believe he has been struggling at the plate.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Eagles wary of Patriots
   Southern Mississippi hopes to build off its midweek 13-6 win against Ole Miss with a rare, non-conference weekend series at Dallas Baptist.
Biloxi Sun Herald

High-scoring series on tap
   Officially, it will be listed as a home game for Marshall University, but when the Thundering Herd hosts the visiting University of Memphis baseball team in a Conference USA series beginning tonight, it may seem like a neutral site.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Beardain challenges at QB
-Frederick now hit king for the Herd
-Herd assistant interviews with Canisius

April 6, 2006

From the Birmingham News
-No word yet
   Former Indiana men's basketball head coach Mike Davis appears to be close to being offered the job as UAB's head coach but university officials interviewed Florida associate head coach Anthony Grant on Wednesday.
-Alabama outlasts Blazers

-Memphis Escapes UT-Martin with 5-4 11-Inning Triumph
-Southern Miss Baseball Travels For Non-Conference Weekend Series At Dallas Baptist

Tigers' offense fails to impress
   Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald's leaping interception and 35-yard return for a touchdown on the opening play of the scrimmage was the first indication. Ten plays later, it was defensive lineman Greg Terrell using a bull rush to get to quarterback Martin Hankins and drop him for a 10-yard loss.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Herd special teams crisp in practice
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Scelfo sets sights ahead
   It usually takes a little longer for players to begin to show the improvement coaches like to see during spring drills. But so far, Tulane coach Chris Scelfo couldn't be happier with the way things are going.
New Orleans Times Picayune

USM puts talent on display
   Consider it a really, really big homework project.
Hattiesburg American

April 5, 2006

Davis, UAB reps meet in Nashville
   Former Indiana men's basketball head coach Mike Davis met with UAB interim Athletics Director Richard Margison and two other athletic department representatives Tuesday in Nashville as the Blazers try to fill their vacant head coaching position.
Birmingham News

-Houston Outslugs McNeese State on Tuesday
-Frederick Sets Marshall Hits Record in 8-6 Win at Ohio
-Seven-Run First Inning Pushes Memphis to 8-6 Victory over Arkansas-Little Rock
-Lehmann's Grand Slam Sparks Rice To 11-6 Win At Texas A&M
-Southern Miss Downs Ole Miss, 13-6, In Midweek Contest
-Baseball Completes Sweep Of UNO With 19-5 WOW Cup Victory
-UAB Baseball Travels To Tuscaloosa To Battle The Tide
-Houck's Complete Game Shutout Propels UCF Past USF, 11-0
-Outdoor Track and Field Notebook

UH notebook- Basketball program in flux
   Assistants look to advance; Walker will not return
Houston Chronicle

Duo drives Golden Eagles
   Blount, Hartel drive in three runs apiece as Southern Miss rolls Ole Miss in Trustmark Park victory
Houston Chronicle

Wave hitters pounce in rout of UNO
   Tulane coach Rick Jones has said time and again that hitting is contagious
New Orleans Times Picayune

From The Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger aide seeks job at Murray St.
-Tigers count on tall receiver

April 4, 2006

-Baseball Notebook
   Three Conference USA pitchers are putting up amazing numbers through the first two months of the season. Preseason C-USA Pitcher of the Year Tim Bascom of UCF and preseason All-Americans Eddie Degerman of Rice and Brad Lincoln of Houston all have ERA's of 1.62 or lower and strikeout-to-walk ratios of at least 4-to-1.
-Baseball Players of the Week
   East Carolina senior lefthander Brody Taylor has been named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week
-Softball Notebook

Blazers to talk to Davis today
   UAB interim Athletics Director Richard Margison is expected to interview former Indiana men's basketball coach Mike Davis today for the Blazers' head coaching position.
Birmingham News

Spring workload heavy for Johnson
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Tiger AD- Contract for Calipari just matter of time
   The original plan was to have a new contract featuring, among other things, pay increases for John Calipari and his assistants done by the end of last week. And while that hasn't yet been completed, University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson reconfirmed Monday it's only a matter of timing.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Wave, Privateers lick their wounds
   With Tulane having clinched the three-game baseball series with cross-town rival UNO this season, tonight's game seems to have taken on the aspect of a run-of-the-mill midweek game.
New Orleans Times Picayune

April 3, 2006

-April 2 Weekend Baseball Roundup
   It was quite a weekend for the visitors in Conference USA Baseball. The road team was 9-3 in conference play this weekend, puncuated by Rice's three-game sweep at Tulane.
-Gold Picks Up 14-9 Win In Southern Miss Spring Game
-Tulsa Closes Out Spring Drills With Blue-Gold Game

Bramhall pitches in as Rice tops Tulane
Houston Chronicle

Green Wave can't measure up against Rice
   Tulane went into its weekend series with No. 6 Rice thinking success could be measured by winning two of three games.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tigers swing to rare Hub City series win
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

DH homers twice as Tigers top USM
Memphis Commercial Appeal

MU film must be made the right way
Charleston (WV) Gazette