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Conference USA

May 7, 2006

-BVL: Southern Miss 8, ECU 5 [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
N.C. State's long hunt officially over
ECU gains berth in C-USA Softball Tourney

-Pirates Squander Lead Falling 8-5 To USM
  Toddric Johnson's two-out infield single in the bottom of the seventh plated Chris Matesich and gave Southern Miss the go ahead run as they took game two from East Carolina 8-5 Saturday night at Pete Taylor Park.
-Softball Clinches Spot In 2006 C-USA Tournament
  ECU swept a C-USA doubleheader from UCF, but didn't clinch a spot in the tournament until Houston defeated Memphis in game two of its series.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Another USM rally dooms ECU
-Seven-run lead slips through East Carolina's fingers
-ECU graduation highlights the best of life
  The tassels have been turned. Roughly 1,200 East Carolina University students were joined by their families and friends in Minges Coliseum on Saturday during a pair of graduation ceremonies. Approximately 3,000 students will receive their diplomas in the coming weeks.

Southern Miss Records Second Straight Comeback Victory Against East Carolina In Game Two, 8-5

Golden Eagles rally for 4th straight win
  Southern Miss coach Corky Palmer contemplated moving Ryan Belanger into this weekend's starting rotation after the junior pitcher helped USM beat Mississippi State on April 26.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Another rally, another win for the Eagles
  The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team has developed a flair for the dramatic.
Hattiesburg American

ECU blows another lead
  For the second time in as many nights, East Carolina jumped out to a lead only to have No. 29 Southern Miss rally for the win.
Kinston Free Press

College basketball- Liberty's Evans drops Murray State for East Carolina
Jackson (TN) Sun

May 6, 2006
Kentucky Derby

-BVL: Southern Miss 11, ECU 10 (11 innings) [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Hoops rule committee looks at 3-point distance
Blue chipper makes late commitment to Duke
Colorado cage coach faces season in limbo
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Pirates Lose Heartbreaker in Eleventh Inning, 11-10
Southern Miss' Kevin Coker crossed the plate in the bottom of the eleventh inning on a wild pitch to give the No. 29 Golden Eagles an 11-10 win Friday night at Pete Taylor Park.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Seven-run lead slips through East Carolina's fingers
Pirates facing critical C-USA series at UCF
  The East Carolina softball team's current season seems to be a mirror image of past campaigns.

East Carolina falls in 11th to Southern Miss
Kinston Free Press

Golden Eagles swoop in for win
Biloxi Sun Herald

Southern Miss baseball wins in extra innings
Hattiesburg American

Southern Miss Completes Come From Behind Victory, Wins 11-10 Thriller In 11 Innings
  Down 8-1 to East Carolina entering the bottom of the third inning, the Southern Miss Golden Eagle baseball team chipped away at the Pirate lead, eventually tying the game on a two-RBI single by Drew Carson in the bottom of the ninth, before Kevin Coker scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th on a wild pitch, before 2,861 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field tonight.

Northside senior finishing his career in style; wants to be a Pirate next season
Washington Daily News

May 5, 2006
Cinco de Mayo

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 268

Run stoppage tops on Hudson's agenda
-Letter to the Editor: Don Tyson, Fayetteville, NC

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Lowe and behold, Pack fills its vacancy
Horns, Sooners extend deal with Cotton Bowl
Mascot lands 7th-seeded Illini on the road

Pirates face Eagles in crucial C-USA series
  Sydney Lowe isn’t the coach N.C. State wanted.
Washington Daily News

East Carolina hits road for pivotal series in Hattiesburg
  The task is daunting for the East Carolina baseball team this weekend. The Pirates must fare well at Southern Miss during a three-game Conference USA series in order to remain in the conversation for an NCAA regional spot.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Baseball Hosts East Carolina At "The Pete" For C-USA Weekend Series
  The Southern Miss (31-16, 7-8 C-USA) baseball team squares off against East Carolina (28-17, 7-8 C-USA) in a Conference USA weekend home series, Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Friday's game starts at 7:30 p.m., Saturday's at 5 p.m. and Sunday's at 1pm.

Eagles hold key to own destiny
Biloxi Sun Herald

BRIEFLY CCU's Brown honored for performances
  Former East Carolina player Adrienne Millican of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., shot a 5-under-par 67 for a 3-over 219 total to capture her first Women's Carolinas Amateur title
Myrtle Beach Sun News

Meet the rookie free agents
  TE Sean Harmon, East Carolina will attend rookie minicamp on a tryout basis

May 4, 2006
National Day of Prayer

-Myatt: View From The 'ville

Partnership with ISP redefines selling of ECU
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU's Harrell snares another C-USA award
'Bama okays hefty new contract for Shula
Downey heading from Bearcats to Gamecocks

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Steelers sign up Baker
  East Carolina strong safety Zach Baker has agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a free agent contract, the team announced Monday.
-Pirates sign up recruit
  Brandon Evans, who originally committed to play at Murray State during the fall, was granted a release from his letter of intent when former Racers coach Mick Cronin accepted the head coaching job at Cincinnati. After hearing of Cronin's departure and obtaining his release, Evans immediately called the ECU coaching staff, which said it would welcome him with open arms.
-Andrews eager to make transition from PCC to ECU
  Stacey Andrews, an outfielder at Pitt Community College, has committed to play for the Pirates next season, where she'll join the team as an invited walk-on.
-ECU's Flye hoping mound struggles now are in the past
  Right-handed pitcher Mike Flye feels like he's competed every day of the East Carolina baseball season. Unfortunately, that competition hasn't always been against opposing hitters.

Rounding up all the spring football action
  East Carolina coach Skip Holtz was less than pleased with the offense after the Pirates' spring game.
USA Today

Simmons on NBA early entry list
  Texas junior PJ Tucker, who attended Raleigh's Enloe High, and East Carolina junior Japhet McNeil also are on the list.
Raleigh News & Observer

May 3, 2006

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat

ECU, Greenville Little League: The ties that bind

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Chris Moore signs deal with Saints
NCSU represented on World Cup team
Politics: Shuler projected to face Rep. Taylor

-Saints, Moore Agree To Terms On Three-Year Free Agent Contract
  Former East Carolina linebacker Chris Moore, who finished his career as the Pirates' fourth-leading all-time tackler with 415, has agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on a three-year free agent contract
-Softball Closes Out Regular Season At UCF This Weekend
  East Carolina will close out the 2006 regular season at Conference USA newcomer UCF this weekend with hopes of securing a birth in the league's postseason tournament.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Contact lenses lead to more contact
  Brandon Henderson knew something was wrong when he couldn't hit a baseball with the frequency he did at Milton High School in Alphraretta, Ga. A couple of weeks ago, Henderson went to the East Carolina training staff, and it did a quick check of his vision. The trainers immediately instructed Henderson, a true freshman outfielder, to get his vision tested more by an optometrist.
-ECU linebacker Moore signs with New Orleans as free agent

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Football duo will represent Havelock
  After many years of playing football together, Guy Whimper and Chris Moore enter the NFL at the same time, but under different circumstances — they will no longer be teammates.
-Moore to NFL
  ECU, Havelock standout joins Whimper as a pro

May 2, 2006

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk

Gloomy weekend ends on high note for Whimper

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Baker inks free agent pact with Steelers
ECU women golfers headed for East regional
UAB's Hackney signs with Cleveland Browns
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Mick Mixon)

-Harrell Earns Fourth Pitcher-Of-The-Week Accolade Of 2006
  The weekly Conference USA softball honor went to the league's Preseason Pitcher-of-the-Year as East Carolina junior Keli Harrell secured her fourth pitching accolade of the season.
-Lady Pirate Golf Headed To Greensboro For NCAA East Regional
-Baker Agrees To Terms With Steelers On Free Agent Contract

Lewellen checks out of event by losing to resort roomie
  Walking the plank: Four months after being hired as East Carolina women's golf coach, Kim Lewellen can finally talk all she wants about her stint on Big Break V
Ottawa Citizen

New Orleans adds 13 rookie free agents to roster
  LB Chris Moore (6-1, 235) from East Carolina, who became the fourth player in school history to record over 400 tackles (415) and had 10 or more stops in 22 of his 42 career games.
Biloxi Sun Herald

-Southern Miss Ranked No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball
  Southern Miss hosts East Carolina this weekend in a key Conference USA series for both teams.
-Southern Miss Announces Game Time Changes
  Both Sunday games against East Carolina and Tulane have been moved to 2 p.m. (eastern) starts

Extensive construction projects changing the landscape of the community
Greenville Daily Reflector

May 1, 2006
Pirate Club Ticket Priority Deadline

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights

Feisty new Godwin emerges as stakes get bigger
-Letter to the Editor: A. Earnest Willis, Vanceboro, NC
-BVL: Tulane 6, East Carolina 4 (Box Score)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Giants take ECU's Whimper in fourth round
Memphis back Williams selected by Panthers
More names popping up in N.C. State search

-New York Giants Select Guy Whimper In Fourth Round Of NFL Draft
-Softball Completes Series Sweep of Southern Miss with Another Walk-off Win
  Sophomore Erin St. Ledger singled to left center to drive in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to complete East Carolina's first-ever Conference USA series sweep of rival Southern Miss here Sunday, 4-3, winning in walk-off fashion for a third consecutive game.
-Hamilton Leads Tulane Past Pirates 6-4
  Mark Hamilton's three-run home run in the top of the fifth gave Tulane a 6-1 lead and the Green Wave never looked back as they defeated the Pirates 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-A fizzled finale- Tulane edges ECU to swipe rubber match
  The two clubs certainly played some entertaining baseball during the series, the quality of play needed to reach a level of success both are striving toward: the NCAA Tournament. Sunday's outcome left East Carolina and Tulane with identical 7-8 conference records, but the Green Wave obviously have a head-to-head advantage.
-Size, design of ECU sheepskin to get 'Leo Jenkins' makeover

From the Washington Daily News
-Smith homers for ECU in setback
  Jake Smith homered for the second straight game, but it wasn’t enough as Tulane took a 6-4 victory.
-ECU seniors go out on a winning note

Green Wave takes two of three from ECU in Greenville
Kinston Free Press

Baseball Takes East Carolina Series With 6-4 Sunday Win

Whimper drafted by NY Giants
New Bern Sun Journal

Small pick may be big help for Giants
  Their second fourth-rounder, East Carolina tackle Guy Whimper, has at least a year's wait before he gets a shot at Luke Petitgout's left tackle spot. Whimper still has to learn the position, since he's a relative newcomer there after bouncing from defensive end and linebacker and then to tight end the first three years of his career.
Asbury Park (NJ) Press

Giants get nosy with tackle pick
New York Daily News

Stockpiling for the future
  Yesterday's picks fill needs, but down the road. Cofield went 124th in the fourth round, and the Giants took tackle Guy Whimper, a 6-4, 304-pounder out of East Carolina, with the 129th pick in the fourth round.
New York Newsday

  "We feel he's going to be kind of a steal left tackle for us in a year or so," Jerry Reese, the director of player personnel, said of Whimper.
New York Post


May 7, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL: Canes chase Broduer in Game 1 shocker

  The Carolina Hurricanes were just about a perfect storm in their game with the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
-Pack turns to old floor leader for new direction
  Sidney Lowe knew what he wanted in N.C. State's next men's basketball coach, but he wasn't sure whom they wanted.
-Brace for big changes from N.C. State coach
  Listen carefully to Sidney Lowe, and he will have you believe that N.C. State basketball will zoom up and down the court, play tenacious defense and have lots of fun while doing it.
-Focus turns to whether Simmons will return

From the Charlotte Observer
-PGA/Wachovia: Furyk back in Wachovia lead
  Quail Hollow softens its edges, but 2005 runner-up out front
-PGA/Wachovia: Race is on to beat rain
  Forecast forces earlier tee times for threesomes after ideal 3rd round
-NFL/Panthers: Foster healthy, but sitting out so he stays that way
  Panthers' priority is to make sure oft-injured back is ready for season
-Fowler pleased with process
  Chancellor says AD's search was `thorough'

Gamecocks bullied on road again
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: Carolina turns up the heat
  The Canes frustrate veteran goalie Martin Brodeur with pressure in the crease and grab a 1-0 series lead.
-Lowe back on point for Pack
  State's drive to the 1983 NCAA title was sparked by its sturdy senior point guard
-Lowe hopes his academic story inspires players
  Right before Sidney Lowe officially becomes the men's basketball coach at N.C. State, he officially will graduate from college.

Towe takes job at N.C. State
  Monte Towe began the week anticipating it as the one when he and wife P.D. finally would be able to move back into their Katrina-ravaged home in Lakeview.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Mountaineers add 6-5 shooting guard
  Jeremi Booth, a 6-5 shooting guard who played at Fork Union Military Academy last season, also had offers from East Carolina, UNC Wilmington and Winthrop.
Winston Salem Journal

N.C. State needs to begin at end to retool defense
  The end became a starting point for N.C. State this spring as the task of replacing first-round NFL draft picks Mario Williams and Manny Lawson got underway.
Fayetteville Observer

NASCAR/Richmond: Earnhardt victorious as misfortune hits others
The Virginian Pilot

May 6, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL: Canes will be familiar territory when they play Devils today
-Do not count out Lowe yet

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Lowe set to begin cramming
  Coach must adjust from NBA to Pack.
-Lowe's schedule filling up quickly
-Lacrosse case a learning lab
-NHL: Canes will make profit
  As the Carolina Hurricanes prepare to face the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the playoffs today, owner Peter Karmanos said the team will turn a profit for the first time and defended the team's ticket-price increases

From the Charlotte Observer
-PGA/Wachovia: Rain, Bo rule
  74 to finish their 2nd round today; Van Pelt fires record-tying round
-Pack's coach search turns to assistants
-NFL/Panthers: Keyshawn back in swing

Towe working on buyout with UNO
  Monte Towe's departure from UNO moved closer to resolution Friday as his lawyer worked on a buyout agreement that would allow him to become associate head coach at North Carolina State.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Surprising Deacons headed down the homestretch
  Behind the Deacons is a surprising 30-14 record that includes a 14-7 mark in conference play. Ahead is a grueling final month that includes nine games against Florida State, Miami and Clemson.
-NFL: Panthers will get first look at rookies
  Minicamps to be held on Saturday, Sunday at the team's practice fields
-PGA/Wachovia: Rain Delay- 74 have not finished second round

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Wyatt powers Bulldogs to win over Gamecocks
-Elon tops Furman in SoCon slugfest

Bunting more comfortable with QB situation this year
Fayetteville Observer

May 5, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Buzz is Lowe's the one
  Five insiders confirm that Sideney Lowe, an assistant coach for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, will be hired to replace Herb Sendek as N.C. State's basketball coach. Lowe was a leader on coach Jim Valvano's "Cardiac Pack" team that made an improbable run to the national championship. The school has scheduled a news conference at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
-What about Whittenburg?
-Pack faithful are high on Lowe
-Rounding the bases
-Chowan changes name to Hawks
-Thomas decides to play at Duke
-NHL: A pipe dream for Hurricanes
  Ward's unflappable play in goal goes back a long way.
-Fans pay the price when Canes advance

N.C. State to announce new basketball coach Saturday
  North Carolina State says it will announce a new men's basketball coach on Saturday. The school has yet to reveal publicly who will replace Herb Sendek, who resigned April first after ten seasons to take the vacant coaching job at Arizona State.
Durham Herald-Sun

‘We’ll come together’
  Sydney Lowe isn’t the coach N.C. State wanted.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-Lowe hired because of ties, not victories
-NFL: Panthers to get look at new faces
-PGA/Wachovia: 4 share lead at Quail Hollow
  Wachovia Championship starts without the grieving Woods

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Spurrier wants bigger coop for Gamecocks
  Coach says USC has begun talks with design firm about adding seats in north end
-USC in search of swagger
  After loss at Wofford, Gamecocks hopefor strong finish in regular-season
-Passing plate getting easier for Bowden
  Recent successes on field and recruiting trail seem to justify facilities spending

May 4, 2006

Canes' GM smiling all the way to semis
  North Carolina State says it will announce a new men's basketball coach on Saturday. The school has yet to reveal publicly who will replace Herb Sendek, who resigned April first after ten seasons to take the vacant coaching job at Arizona State.
Durham Herald-Sun

Terriers topple 10th-ranked Gamecocks
  Wofford's pregame prayer was about David and Goliath.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Eyes on State -- Day 33
  Detroit Pistons assistant Sidney Lowe continued to be the most discussed candidate for N.C. State's men's basketball coaching job on Wednesday.
Raleigh News & Observer

Moss adds second assistant to coaching staff
  Joe Redmond and Benny Moss coached together just one season but stayed in touch after working for peanuts in NAIA ball 10 years ago.
Wilmington Star News

From Columbia (SC) The State
-School’s faculty rep steps down
  Pate helped guide USC through the NCAA’s probe of football program
-USC baseball | Brown bounces back from bad back
-S.C. State won’t get 20,000 tickets
  But USC’s Hyman says he’s willing to help I-AA school ‘if we can’

May 3, 2006

Financial factors may deter coaches
  Thanks to a stipulation in the bylaws of the University of North Carolina higher education system — which also includes North Carolina, East Carolina and a dozen other member schools — institutions are prohibited from guaranteeing coaches anything more than their base salaries. And that provision may be scaring some candidates off.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Stillman's OT Goal Eliminates Canadiens
-Big Ten Challenge schedule released

Report- Duke missed chances
  Duke administrators missed repeated opportunities to rein in a lacrosse team that racked up an alarming record of misconduct in recent years,
Raleigh News & Observer

Four Tigers sign on with NFL teams
Anderson Independent

Marcus Vick to get chance with Dolphins
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Fredrick leaning toward USC
  Gamecocks two over NCAA scholarship limit of 13 next year
Greenville (SC) News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons' Barclay agrees to contract with Browns
-PGA/Wachovia: Singh hopes to extend his successful N.C. run
-PGA/Wachovia: HAAS & SONS- Golfing family will have a special reunion at Wachovia Championship
-WFU to miss showdown with Big Ten next season
  Deacs' last-place finish in ACC leaves them outside, looking in

From the Charlotte Observer
-NCAA cuts costs for D-II sports
  Colleges The NCAA has found a way to cut costs and help Division II athletes from missing too much class: A regionalization plan that goes into effect for all sports in 2008.
-PGA/Wachovia: Quail Hollow tests the best

Tigers now No. 8, USC up to No. 12 in Baseball America
Columbia (SC) The State

May 2, 2006

NHL: Canes try to close out series tonight
Durham Herald-Sun

NFL: Panthers have the luxury of giving their draft class time to develop
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: Bigger stage suits Staal
  Eric Staal is helping the team as much as anyone right now as the Canes head north with a chance to close out the Montreal Canadiens tonight
-Lowe has eyes for Pack
  Former State star interested in returning.
-Team's return urged, with oversight
  A committee finds lacrosse behavior both bad and good. It advises that Duke set a code of conduct for all athletes.

Recruiting: Tigers stalking two more prospects; Spurrier visits RNE
Columbia (SC) The State

Downey Commits To USC
  Cincinnati transfer and Chester native PG Devan Downey (5-9 165) committed to USC Monday and will be eligible to play for the Gamecocks in November of 2007. He chose Carolina over Kansas State, Ole Miss and Florida.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Moxley returns to 49ers staff
  Rob Moxley, who served as coach Bobby Lutz's top assistant for seven seasons before leaving for Maryland, was named associate head coach at Charlotte on Monday.
Charlotte Observer

May 1, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes take 3-2 series lead
-Triangle produces four picks on Day 2
-Heels complete baseball sweep of Devils

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: Canes claim control
-Wolfpack can't hold off Canes

Tigers complete sweep of Virginia Tech
Anderson Independent

From Columbia (SC) The State
-A Gamecock rally and a Tigers sweep
-Tigers stalking two more prospects
  Spring Valley offensive lineman Mason Cloy (6-4, 265) was offered last week by North Carolina, his 11th offer. The others include Clemson, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss and East Carolina.

Is top pick another Smith?
  Panthers hope Williams impacts games like their game-breaking receiver
Charlotte Observer

Already a contender, Panthers use draft to stockpile talent
Greensboro News-Record

Skins load up on defense at this weekend's NFL draft
  The Washington Redskins spent much of their free-agent time and money fortifying their offense this offseason. They spent most of this weekend’s NFL draft restocking their defense.
The Virginian Pilot


May 7, 2006

-Four-Run Seventh Helps No. 10 Houston to 6-2 Win over UCF
-No. 17 Tulane Thwarts Marshall Baseball Comeback, Wins 9-8 in Ninth
-UAB Sweeps Memphis 6-2, 9-4

Birmingham Bowl gives Eagles 1 more option
  "Between Southern Miss, Memphis, UAB, and even East Carolina, Central Florida and Tulane, it's a great fit," said Russ Anderson, C-USA associate commissioner.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Fans lining up early for Marshall, WVU opener
  Season tickets sales for Marshall have been brisk, up 20 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to athletic department ticket manager Matt Munroe. Contributing to the spike are fans securing what will be high-demand seats when WVU visits Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
-MU athletics 'certified with conditions'
  Despite two "minor" stumbling blocks, Marshall University expects to receive full NCAA Division I certification.

UH walks its way to win over UCF

Ninth-inning rally keeps Wave rolling
  Saturday's game wasn't one of Tulane's sharpest performances this season, but when the game was on the line the Green Wave did what it had to do to win.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Razorback Sophomore Transfers To Tulsa To Be Near Sick Father

May 6, 2006

-Houston Takes 10-5 in Series Opener vs. UCF
-Marshall Baseball Falls 3-0 at No. 17 Tulane
-Adam Amar and Bill Moss Lead Tiger Baseball Past UAB, 9-4

Green Wave continues late-season surge
  Defense has been Tulane's best friend all season, and that relationship continued Friday night.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Cougars shatters expected pitchers' duel
  The Houston Cougars must have figured the window of opportunity that Central Florida ace Tim Bascom left open in the first inning Friday night wouldn't stay that way for long. So they did all they could to capitalize on what appeared to be a fleeting chance.
Houston Chronicle

Tulane RB transfers to MSU
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

May 5, 2006

USM's quiet Maddox making loud noise with bat
  Quiet. Steady. Reliable. Productive.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tulane turns it around
  With nine games remaining (three three-game C-USA series), the Wave is in a three-way tie for third place in the conference with Southern Miss and East Carolina
New Orleans Times Picayune

-Marshall Heads to Bayou for Weekend Series With No. 17 Tulane
-Memphis Baseball Hosts UAB in Critical Conference USA Series
-Golden Knights Return to Texas to Face No. 10 Houston
-Tulsa Basketball Signs California Point Guard Mark Hill to National Letter-of-Intent

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers adding transfer
  He's seen the campus and the Finch Center. He knows the coaching staff and most of the players. So for Shawn Taggart, today's visit to the University of Memphis will serve as little more than a formality because he's already decided to transfer from Iowa State and into John Calipari's basketball program.
-Pitcher happy to work weekends
  Pats picking Gostkowski gives Grisham his chance

UAB baseball
Birmingham News

Herd baseball heads to Tulane
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Almond Signs With Cleveland Browns

May 4, 2006

-Murphy Hits Three Homers in 14-12 Marshall Victory over Eastern Kentucky
-UAB Loses Heartbreaker to Birmingham-Southern
-UCF's Geyer Named Head Women's Basketball Coach at Jacksonville State
-Cougar Track and Field Team Ranked In National Top 25 By
-An 18-Year Old Boy Used Basketball at Tulane to Become a Man

SMU's Doherty mending fences
  New men's basketball coach Matt Doherty, along with SMU senior associate athletic director Carlton Cooper, met with 14 community leaders
allas Morning News

Two Tulsa Basketball Players Leave Team
  Tulsa basketball coach Doug Wojcik says two players have decided not to return to the team next season.  Sophomore guard Deion James and freshman guard Antonio Hanson are leaving the team.

MU women land top-flight guard
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

May 3, 2006

-Houston Upset at Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday
-Latham Sets Saves Mark As Tulane Downs McNeese State, 11-8
-UAB Loses Heartbreaker to Birmingham-Southern
-Sweat's Gem Guides UCF Past Bethune-Cookman, 2-0
-Outdoor Track and Field Notebook

Cougars upset by Stephen F. Austin
Houston Chronicle

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane capitalizes on McNeese miscues
  Sometimes you have to take wins any way you can get them. And on Tuesday night, Tulane took advantage of some critical mistakes to get by McNeese State.

Coley twins get their shot with Giants
  They came to Southern Miss as a package deal five years ago and quickly made a name for themselves with an intense and physical style of football. Now, twins Trevis and Kevis Coley will be a package deal again, this time in the NFL.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Ninth-inning rally nets Panthers a win
  It took Birmingham-Southern baseball coach Brian Shoop nine innings to see what UAB coach Larry Giangrosso has been living through for 46 games.
Houston Chronicle

May 2, 2006

-Three C-USA Teams Selected for NCAA Women's Golf Regionals
  In addition to 2006 Conference USA Women's Golf Champion East Carolina, two other C-USA women's golf teams have been selected to compete in the 2006 NCAA Regionals, which will be held May 11-13. SMU and Tulsa received at-large berths to the Regionals.
-Baseball Notebook
-Softball Notebook
-Marshall Baseball Hits Road for Rematch with Eastern Kentucky
-UAB To Face Birmingham-Southern In Mid-Week Clash
-Southern Miss-Tom Johnson Signs Free Agent Contract With Indianapolis Colts
-Tulane's Cannon Selected in NFL Draft
-Three Golden Knights Sign Free Agent NFL Contracts
-Top Texas Prep Player Ben Uzoh Signs Basketball Letter-of-Intent with Tulsa

`Light at the end of the tunnel'
  The surprise was still evident on Monday, even though record-setting UAB quarterback Darrell Hackney had a night to reflect on not getting picked in the NFL Draft.
Birmingham News

MU cornerback signs with Redskins
  Marshall cornerback Chris Hawkins signed Monday with the Washington Redskins
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Big East is happy, but bowl glut is ridiculous
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

May 1, 2006

-Weekend Baseball Notebook
  Tulane kept up its recent resurgence by winning two-of-three at East Carolina over the weekend. The Green Wave (30-16, 7-8 in C-USA) has now won 10 of its last 12 games and has reached the 30-win mark on the season. The Pirates (28-17, 7-8) have lost two of three Conference USA series' at home this season, a rarity for ECU.
-Folden Ties C-USA Single-Season Home Run Mark in Herd's 3-1 Win Sunday
-Russum Throws One-Hit Shutout In Southern Miss' 5-0 Victory Over Marshall In Series Finale
-Tiger Baseball Sweeps Mississippi Valley State 13-3, 13-5
-Rice Completes Weekend Series Sweep With 6-3 Over UCF Win Sunday

Marshall tragedy finally comes to film
USA Today

Marshall makes the grade as Denver makes UCF product 119th selection
  Wide receiver Brandon Marshall credits perseverance for his rise from UCF also-ran to NFL prospect.
Orlando Sentinel

Pleasant surprise for Gostkowski
  New England is looking for a replacement for Adam Vinatieri, and Stephen Gostkowski thinks he fits the bill.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM's Russum 1-hits Marshall 5-0
  Cliff Russum threw a one-hitter Sunday, and Southern Miss recorded its first shutout in more than a year by beating Marshall 5-0.
-Ex-Murrah star headed to USM
  Southern Miss men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy said last month his 2006 recruiting class was the best he had been associated with in his 16 years as a head coach.