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Conference USA

May 21, 2006

-BVL: Memphis 11, East Carolina 10 (Box)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
'Ride with The Voice' fundraiser set for June
Ga. Tech to host Irish and ESPN GameDay
Smith, Bowden, Paterno headed for I-A Hall

Amar's Single Lifts Memphis Over ECU

UM caps off sweep of Pirates
  Adam Amar's sixth hit of the game brought home Cory Barton in the bottom of the ninth to give Memphis an 11-10 baseball victory over East Carolina on Saturday.
Greenville Daily Reflector

First baseman's career day keys Tigers
  Amar has 2 HRs, 6 hits; U of M secures 4th seed
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tiger Baseball Outslugs East Carolina 11-10 to Earn Second-Straight Series Sweep

No coaches, but camp boosts Tigers
  Jones, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound receiver/cornerback, collected his first scholarship offer this week from East Carolina
Myrtle Beach Sun News

May 20, 2006

-Letter to the Editor: A. Earnest Willis, Vanceboro, NC

-BVL: Memphis 14, East Carolina 6 (Box)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
'Big House' set for $226 million makeover
C-USA lands seven on preseason football list
Decades-long coaching career ends for Sutton
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Men's Basketball Receives Three Commitments During Spring Signing Period
  East Carolina received commitments from three student-athletes to play basketball during the spring signing period announced head coach Ricky Stokes Friday, bringing the Pirates total number of commitments for the 2006-07 season to seven.
-Memphis Rolls Past ECU 14-6 In C-USA Action
  Will Petersen's three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth gave Memphis a 7-5 lead and the Tigers never looked back as they defeated East Carolina 14-6 Friday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium.

Tiger offense red-hot again
  The University of Memphis picked up where it left off Thursday night, pounding out 20 hits en route to a 14-6 win over East Carolina
Memphis Commercial Appeal

East Carolina pitchers fail to cool off Tigers' bats again
  The homestanding Memphis Tigers didn't have to wait until the ninth inning to pepper East Carolina's bullpen
Greenville Daily Reflector

Mollenhauer and Smith homer in Pirate loss
Washington Daily News

East Carolina drops second straight to Memphis
Kinston Free Press

May 19, 2006

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 269

Supply and demand at heart of ECU enigma
-BVL: Memphis 9, East Carolina 6 (Box)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Holland heads up hoops scheduling task force
Houston, Rice hurlers on 10-man Clemens list
Tucker turns away from Texas, retains agent
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Lieberman's Walk-Off Home Run Lifts Memphis Over ECU, 9-6

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Former Pirate Kerr helps in pit victory
  Jeff Kerr enjoyed a prolific career as a linebacker with East Carolina's football team in the late 1990s. Now he's taking that competitive spirit to NASCAR as part of a pit crew.
-Road struggles continue for ECU with 9-6 defeat
  The inability to hold a lead bit East Carolina's baseball team again on Thursday night.

Lieberman's grand slam sinks ECU
  Joey Lieberman lined a one-out, walk-off grand slam over the left-field wall on Thursday night to give the host Tigers a 9-6 win over East Carolina
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis ninth-inning rally sinks Pirates
Kinston Free Press

Ex-Aztec strives for spot with Steelers
Zach Baker's phone rang on April 30, the second day of the NFL Draft. His heart skipped a beat.
Arizona Daily Star

May 18, 2006

-Myatt: View From The 'ville

Ex-linebacker Kerr finds treasure in the pits

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Navy, NCSU limit tickets for ECU fans
C-USA trio invited to USA Baseball tryouts
Wolfpack's Brackman to sit out rest of season
WNCT: Talk of the Town

ECU looks for some momentum heading into C-USA tourney
  East Carolina will look to break out of a three-way tie for fourth place in Conference USA and make a last-ditch run at qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
Washington Daily News

Pirate Gameday Central

Memphis Baseball

Baseball team chasing goals
  Winning 2-of-3 against ECU would assure the Tigers of avoiding the No. 6 seed, which will draw No. 3 Tulane, a perennial league power, in an opening-round game at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Errors doom Pirates in loss to Chanticleers
  Coastal scored in five different innings and took advantage of ECU's mental and fielding blunders to come away with a 9-4 victory on Tuesday night.
-Life of Riley- ECU baseball director of operations
-Campus: Boyfriend dispute preceded dorm fire, documents show

Future Opponent: Navy Preview
College Football News

Limelight shines on pit crews
  Kerr, who played college football at East Carolina, won big in the individual competition, posting a 6.42-second split time for his task.
Charlotte Observer

May 17, 2006

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat

Women's golf title tops ECU's spring efforts so far
-BVL: Coastal Carolina 9, East Carolina 4 (Box)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Houston hurler gets national pitching honor
Former UVa grid coach Blackburn dies at 93
Three players leaving Ole Miss hoops program
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Ticket Allotment Anounced For Navy, NC State Games
  Pirate Club priority ranking system to be utilized
-East Carolina Falls To Coastal 9-4
  Coastal plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and never looked back as they defeated East Carolina 9-4 Tuesday night at Charles Watson Field.

Baseball Wins Fourth in a Row, 9-4 over East Carolina

Pirates lose at Coastal Carolina
Kinston Free Press

Preps: Without mom, the game changes
 Baseball and life are struggles for senior after mother's death
Charlotte Observer

Ex-Trojan Witter goes on home run tear for East Carolina
 Adam Witter wasn't the only East Carolina University baseball player who was thrilled by his power explosion over the weekend.
Chambersburg (PA) Public Opinion

Campus news from the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU police charge student with Clement dorm fire
  ECU police arrested a Grifton teenager Tuesday in connection with a March 29 fire at a residence hall.
-Summer no breeze
  Lazy days absent on ECU campus

From inside the chancellor's office
 ECU has unique strengths that shine forth to the public
The East Carolinian

May 16, 2006

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk

Witter, Bucs set stage for pivotal final week

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Former ECU slugger Tracy inks mega-deal
C-USA announces weekly baseball awards
Third Duke lacrosse player indicted
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Pirate Gameday Central
  The East Carolina baseball team will start its 12-day road trip tomorrow when they travel to Conway, S.C. to take on Coastal Carolina Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates begin long road trip against Coastal
  The game starts a stretch where the Pirates could be away from Greenville playing baseball for as long as two weeks.
-Web site turns into job with Boston Red Sox for ECU grad
-Eason encouraged after first season

Baseball Hosts East Carolina as Last Week of Regular Season Starts Tuesday

Whimper, Moore wrap up their first weekends as pros
  Havelock grads say first rookie camps were tough
New Bern Sun Journal

May 15, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights

Pirates surging when it counts
-BVL: East Carolina 12, UAB 2 (Box)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Frasure, Cotto pace ECU in C-USA track & field
Tulsa headed to Fresno softball regional
Texas RB nabbed with pot-filled backpack

Long Ball Propels Pirates Over UAB 12-2 In Seven Innings
  For the second straight day Adam Witter hammered two home runs, while Jake Smith and Adam Hodges also went yard as the Pirates completed the series sweep of UAB Sunday afternoon 12-2 at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pinched nerve will limit Pirates' use of Hose
  Hose said he will be able to pitch an inning or two of relief but his time as a starting pitcher appears to be finished.
-Blazers extinguished
  East Carolina's baseball team loves playing at Clark-LeClair Stadium, but the Pirates probably didn't mind that they didn't play a full nine-inning ballgame during the home finale of the regular season on Sunday afternoon.

UAB Loses Series Finale To East Carolina

Pirates complete sweep of UAB Blazers
  Led by senior Adam Witter, East Carolina closed out senior weekend with a 12-2 thrashing of Conference USA foe Alabama-Birmingham before 2,468
Kinston Free Press


May 21, 2006

NHL: Sabres take it to Canes
  The lopsided shot total in the third period wasn't much consolation for the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. The big numbers on the scoreboard were the ones that mattered, as rookie goalie Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres escaped with a 3-2 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Final series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the RBC Center.
Durham Herald-Sun

NASCAR/All Star: Johnson wins All-Star event
  Track's dominant driver proves unbeatable in Challenge
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: No comeback for Canes
  The late-game magic isn't there for the Canes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
-Lacrosse has loyal following
  Amid the distraction of Duke University's lacrosse scandal, the sport is surging in urban North Carolina.
-Heels take Coastal title
-Pack baseball routs Seminoles

NASCAR/All Star: Slam Bang- Crashes mar all-star challenge
  If next week's Coca-Cola 600 is filled with as many crashes as last night's NASCAR Nextel Cup all-star race, then the winner might be the last man standing. That's about the way it was last night, particularly after two major incidents took out some big stars.
Winston Salem Journal

From Columbia (SC) The State
-USC gives Campbell a good show
  Forced into new role of spectator, senior watches Gamecocks avoid sweep at Vandy
-Only the weather delays Clemson’s sweep
  Colvin provides the thunder as Tigers roll to 13th consecutive victory in ACC play

Tigers enter ACC tournament on a roll
  Clemson has won 15 straight games
Greenville (SC) News

Swofford- Expansion seamless transition
Greensboro News-Record

May 20, 2006

NASCAR/All Star: Kahne trumps Johnson for pole
  What will it take to win tonight's NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge, the initial Cup event on the new pavement at Lowe's Motor Speedway?
Charlotte Observer

NHL/Canes: Mirror images
  The aggressive, attacking style of play. The contender built on a small-market budget. The team no one picked to make the playoffs. The rookie goalie. Canes, Sabres reflect new NHL as much as each other.
Raleigh News & Observer

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Baseball | Another blown lead for USC
  Bullpen can’t hold lead for Gamecocks, who clinch SEC tourney spot despite loss
-USC loses Campbell to injury
  Senior needs surgery after breaking a bone in his hand during team’s loss to Vandy

Tigers blank Deacs 6-0; teams to finish regular season today
Winston Salem Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL: Youthful energy sparks Canes
-NHL: Canes, Sabres have similar stories
-Hovis helps Heels top Eagles

May 19, 2006

Tigers one win away from ACC title
  After every Clemson home run at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the public address system blares The Gap Band’s ‘80s funk classic "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" at ear-splitting levels.
Anderson Independent

NHL: Canes and Sabres match up for a wild series
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Fayetteville Observer
-NCSU prospects mull next move
-Atlantic Sun may consider divisions

Weighing in
  USC ponders whether changing its season-ticket policy to boost revenue is worth alienating longtime football fans who might get squeezed out
Columbia (SC) The State

Complaints from ACC basketball not logical
  ACC expansion hurt ACC basketball, and NCAA rejection hurt the ACC basketball ego.
Winston Salem Journal

Lacrosse case goes to court
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-All-star race for Hall of Fame?
  How determined were Charlotte leaders to beat out Atlanta and their other competitors to win the NASCAR Hall of Fame?
-ACC does Charlotte a disservice
  Noting the sports world: It's a shame the ACC has decided Charlotte is no longer worthy of hosting its biggest event -- the men's basketball tournament. When ACC officials announced the tournament sites for 2011-2015 this week, Charlotte was left out in the cold and Greensboro got so many tournaments it was embarrassing.
-49ers work to improve status
  Charlotte athletics director Judy Rose expects the 49ers will soon receive full certification from the NCAA, a measuring stick by which athletics programs are judged on how they adhere to NCAA guidelines.
-Henning shares insights
  There was nothing dull or predictable about the speech Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Dan Henning served up Thursday at a Charlotte Touchdown Club luncheon.

May 18, 2006

W&M alumni blast ruling
  The NCAA's decision on the Tribe name and school logo doesn't make sense, they say.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Elon, Wake investigate Web photos site highlights alleged college hazing acts
Greensboro News-Record

USC’s fate will be decided in Nashville
  Gamecocks need one victory versus Vandy to qualify for SEC tournament
Columbia (SC) The State

Pack's Brackman out for season
  6-foot-10 pitcher has stress fracture in left hip
Charlotte Observer

Heels say they need sweep in final series
  This time of year is no time to struggle. UNC-CH is coming off a losing week -- and its second series loss
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Winston Salem Journal
-NASCAR: Johnson is high on Lowe's
  Points leader has fared particularly well at Concord racetrack
-ACC plans its baseball tournament for Fenway
  Basketball will remain in Greensboro, except for Atlanta visit in 2012

USC examining change in ticket policy
  Giving levels range from $150 to $15,000
Greenville (SC) News

May 17, 2006

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Big park, big crowd, big score
  Gamecocks outslug Furman in front of 6,000-plus fans at minor-league venue
-Tigers get better by the dozen
  Zocchi silences No. 21 Cougars, leading Clemson to its 12th consecutive win
-Williams-Brice will get new, $1.2 million videoboard
-USC Upstate joins A-Sun
  Signing with conference aids school’s transition to D-1 athletics
-A friend in Dale, a friend indeed
  Dale Earnhardt is a fan of college football, and his allegiance goes with whatever team Steve Spurrier is coaching.

ACC coaches air concerns about Selection Sunday
Greensboro News-Record

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL: Canes get much needed break
-Tar Heels' Putkonen flirts with no-hitter

ODU allows one to get away
  Virginia overcomes a big deficit to beat CAA co-leader Old Dominion in baseball.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

May 16, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL: Hurricanes get a break after clinching at home
  The Hurricanes will play the Sabres on Saturday at home in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
-Rape count lodged against lacrosse captain
  A day after graduating from Duke University, former lacrosse captain David Evans was indicted Monday and promptly professed his innocence on three felony charges stemming from the alleged gang rape of an exotic dancer during an off-campus party in March.

Marcus Vick signs free agent deal with Dolphins
  Miami lists Vick on press release as both a quarterback and wide receiver.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Tigers look to extend 11-game win streak
  Relentless Clemson University, ranked as high as third in the college baseball polls, faces No. 21 College of Charleston tonight in the first of four games that will complete the Tigers' regular-season schedule.
Greenville (SC) News

D-1 move ready for next step
  The University of South Carolina Upstate is set to make a major announcement today concerning the future of its athletics department.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Just ’Hoo do they think they are anyway?
  Now at U.Va., being a basketball fan in the “good” seats at the school's new arena requires not only strong school spirit and a sense of the zany but also a strong attendance record, among other things.
The Virginian Pilot

Hurricanes a huge hit -- locally
Raleigh News & Observer

Swofford- 1 year in, big ACC a big hit
  Football, finances on rise; some concerned about men's basketball
Charlotte Observer

ACC to pay $1.6 million to expand offices
Greensboro News-Record

May 15, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL/Canes: Now, bring on Buffalo
  The Hurricanes closed out the New Jersey Devils in five games Sunday with a 4-1 win on home ice, moving on to the Eastern Conference finals against Buffalo with a win in front of fans who know about Final Fours. But this time, it's the NHL variety.
-Virginia claims big series
  Doolittle does in Heels baseball.

NHL: Canes advance to conference finals
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Anderson Independent-Mail
-Tigers defining dominance on the diamond
  If you’re looking for suspense in this Clemson baseball season, well, you’re just going to have to wait. These Tigers have flair for a lot of things, but drama — save rare instances like Saturday’s 4-3, 10-inning comeback win over Florida State — isn’t one of them.
-Tigers complete sweep of Florida State
  An ACC Atlantic Division title? A sweep of recent nemesis Florida State? Ho-hum. Please. This Clemson baseball team has much bigger goals to reach than that – and they’re finally playing like it.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-NASCAR: Darlington on track for next year
Raceway finds its niche in new world of NASCAR
-Gamecocks avoid another SEC sweep
  When Michael Campbell walked to the plate in the eighth inning, the University of South Carolina's senior centerfielder received a standing ovation from a crowd wondering if it was his last at bat at Sarge Frye Field in a storied career.

Source- Marcus Vick's agent, Miami talk deal
  The former Hokie will decide if he wants to be a quarterback or wide receiver in the pros. Toronto also hopes to sign him, a source says.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Linnenkohl lifts Deacons past Hurricanes 8-5
Winston Salem Journal

Seahawks win, claim series
Wilmington Star-News


May 21, 2006

Sunday Sitdown- C-USA's newfound unity has Banowsky satisfied
Memphis Commercial Appeal

-Top-Ranked Rice Will Be No. 1 Seed at C-USA Baseball Championship
-Conference USA Lands Seven On Rimington Spring Watch List
-Cal State Fullerton Eliminates Tulsa, 6-2
-Rice Completes Sweep Of Marshall With 12-0 Win Saturday
-Tulane Falls In Regular-Season Finale At UAB, 20-11

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-C-USA basketball goes to 16 games
  Tulane will host the 2007 baseball tournament. East Carolina received the 2008 bid.
-Coker's career day lifts Eagles on Senior Day
  The Golden Eagles gave Coker and their other seven seniors an 18-3 victory over Central Florida in game that was ended after 6 1/2 innings by Conference USA's 10-run mercy rule.
-USM gets 5th seed, date with Memphis

Golden Eagles pound Knights
  Marc Maddox hit two home runs Friday and Southern Mississippi set a single season attendance record in a 9-0 win against Central Florida at Pete Taylor Park
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Seniors go out in style
  Forget the NCAA Regionals.
Hattiesburg American

UAB in C-USA tournament
  UAB 20, Tulane 11 UAB scored 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a miraculous comeback against Rice on Senior Day to clinch the final spot in the Conference USA Tournament.
Birmingham News

Blazers surge past Green Wave in finale
  First baseman Zac Ward's grand slam highlighted a 10-run eighth inning, and Alabama-Birmingham defeated Tulane 20-11 Saturday at Young Memorial Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.
New Orleans Times-Picayune

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-This year a delight for Marshall historians
  Someday, future historians may label 2006 AD as the Year of Marshall and the Movies, or maybe, it will be the other way around. Regardless, it's already become a familiar tale.
-Owls close season with sweep of Herd

Roundup- Owls' big bats pound Marshall
Houston Chronicle

May 20, 2006

-No. 1 Rice Wins Slugfest With Marshall Baseball, 14-10
-Baseball Wins East Carolina Series with 14-6 Decision
-Baseball Wins Big In Game Two Over UCF, 9-0
-Late Offensive Surge Lifts Basball Past UAB, 17-8

Maddox heats up just in time
  USM remained in a tie for fourth place with Memphis, which beat East Carolina Friday for a second consecutive game.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Maddox goes on power trip
Hattiesburg American

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd still seeking landmark win
  There have been upset victories, near-misses and the occasional lopsided loss. It was tough to gauge how Marshall University would fare in its inaugural Conference USA baseball season. Entering C-USA from the Mid-American Conference was an unquestioned leap into the deep end.
-Marshall's Legursky a Rimington candidate

Roundup- Owls' big bats pound Marshall
Houston Chronicle

May 19, 2006

-Conference USA Concludes Spring Meetings
  The recommendation to move from a 14-game to a 16-game conference format for men's basketball, with round-robin play and five mirror games. Those game match-ups will be considered by the men's basketball task force chaired by East Carolina Athletics Director Terry Holland.
-Power Surge! Owls Defeat Marshall 26-6 In Series Opener
-Hartel's Single In 10th Inning Gives Southern Miss 4-3 Victory Over UCF in Game One of Weekend Series
-Southern MissDefeats UAB In 11-Inning Thriller, 8-6

C-USA has a serious arms race in baseball
  "This league has been an eye-opening experience. Conference USA is a lot better than what the Mid-American Conference put out there, although MAC baseball is very, very good.
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

C-USA landing some big-time coaching names
  "Some of our coaches have big names and big backgrounds and are recognizable," said Conference USA associate commissioner Chris Woolard. "When you look at the names of the coaches in our league, it's hard to argue C-USA can't be one of the best leagues in the country."
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Hope still alive for Marshall on-campus stadium
  The guys that we're recruiting against, East Carolina and the rest, it definitely factors in. It's being used against us.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Rice crushes Marshall 26-6
Houston Chronicle

Hartel's 10th-inning pinch hit lifts Eagles
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

'Big, huge' series
  Nobody needs to explain the importance of the next three Conference USA baseball games to the University of Southern Mississippi players.
Hattiesburg American

May 18, 2006

-All-Big Ten Performer Vaden Transferring To UAB
-Tulane To Close Out 2006 Regular Season At UAB
-USM's Batiste, Cooley, McCaleb, Nelson Named Preseason All-Conference USA, Merrill Named League Defensive Newcomer Of The Year By The Sporting News

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

C-USA concocts formula for hoops success
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Rice presents stiff test for Herd
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

No. 1 Rice is well-kept secret to Marshall coach
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Southern Miss bats for better RPI
  On paper, Southern Miss' final baseball series against Centra Florida looks like a sweep in the making.
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Young Wave team plays veteran role
  Tulane's 2005 baseball team was so experienced and mature that handling success never was a problem. It was merely living up to the expectations of a veteran squad.
New Orleans Times Picayune

May 17, 2006

-Three C-USA Baseball Players Invited to Team USA Tryouts
  Two Rice Players and One Tulane Standout Receive Invites
-Houston's Lincoln Named National Pitcher of the Week
-Houston Wraps up Regular Season in Fine Fashion
-Walk-off Home Run Sinks Tiger Baseball, 7-5
-Ninth Inning Rally Lifts Rice Past LSU, 6-3
-UCF Heads to Hattiesburg Looking to Qualify for C-USA Championship

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Shortstop Friday pushes Rice past LSU
  Shortstop Brian Friday's two-run single put Rice ahead of LSU in the ninth inning, and the Owls held on to beat the Tigers 6-3 Tuesday in Metairie, La.
-UH hits break with easy win over Sam Houston
  Cougars await C-USA tourney after dumping Sam Houston St.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-WVU won't release findings on spy
  West Virginia University attorneys have rejected a newspaper's bid to release the findings of an investigation into a student's trip to spy on a Marshall University football practice.
-Herd hosts Rice; No. 1 team in the land
  Marshall is gearing up for a big baseball weekend.

Networks aren’t nibbling at MU-WVU grid game
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Calipari accepts 16 games
  C-USA teams to play 2 more league contests
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Eagles' Johnson is Ferriss finalist
  Southern Miss center fielder Toddric Johnson was named as a finalist for the Boo Ferriss Trophy on Monday. The award is annually given to the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi.
Hattiesburg American

UCF 'senior leadership' to see changes
  As Conference USA's coaches and administrators gather this week to talk about potential changes in the way they'll do business as a group, the league's newest athletic director already is in the process of making changes.
Orlando Sentinel

May 16, 2006

-Baseball Notebook
  The field for the 2006 Conference USA Championship at Reckling Park in Houston is starting to take shape. Regular season champion Rice will be the No. 1 seed, runner-up Houston will be the No. 2 seed and red-hot Tulane will be the No. 3 seed. Southern Miss, East Carolina and Memphis have all secured their spots, but go into the final weekend battling it out to be the four, five and six seeds.
-Nine C-USA Baseball Players Named Academic All-District
-Tulsa Sent To Fresno Regional of NCAA Softball Championship
-Memphis Baseball Takes on 18th Ranked Ole Miss in Final Road Game of the Year
  This weekend the Tigers will host East Carolina in a three-game Conference USA series that will determine the tournament seeds for both teams.
-Houston Closes out Regular Season at Sam Houston State on Wednesday
-Owls Begin Four-Game Road Swing With LSU In Metairie, La.
-Phil Ratliff Returns to Marshall as Tight Ends Coach
-USM's Johnson Named Finalist For Boo Ferris Trophy
-Highly-Rated Prospect Jeremy Mayfield Signs With UAB

Blazers to play UF; sign ex-Sooner
Birmingham News

Shawne gone?
  Shawne Williams has taken residency at an elite training facility on the West Coast in a development that could indicate the University of Memphis freshman plans to remain in the NBA draft.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

TU seeks to host NCAA regional
  Having won 19 of its past 23 games, Tulane (37-16) has all but solidified a spot in the NCAA regionals. Now Green Wave officials are attempting to become an NCAA regional host for the second consecutive year and the third time in six seasons.
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Coker proves heart, soul of USM ballclub
  The first time Cliff Russum met Kevin Coker, they were in opposite dugouts, their high school teams squaring off for the 2001 Class 5A state baseball championship.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Former Herd star Ratliff to coach tight ends
  The Marshall football family reunion grew again Monday when coach Mark Snyder announced the hiring of another former Thundering Herd star, Phil Ratliff, to coach tight ends.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

May 15, 2006

Plenty of issues on table at C-USA talks
  Possible basketball changes, tourney talk among topics for schools to consider
Memphis Commercial Appeal

-Weekend Baseball Roundup
  Rice became the fifth different C-USA school to win the league's regular season title in as many years.
-Houston Falls in Series Finale at No. 1 Rice
-Tulane Uses Third-Straight One-Run Game To Sweep Series, 5-4
-Tiger Baseball Completes Sweep of UCF, Coasts to 11-3 Triumph in Finale
-Koutsavlis Pitching Not Enough in 2-1 Loss to New York Tech
-Tulsa Sent To Fresno Regional of NCAA Softball Championship

Green Wave completes sweep of Golden Eagles
  The Golden Eagles are tied with Memphis and East Carolina for fourth in C-USA play. The Pirates play at Memphis this weekend.
Biloxi Sun-Herald

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune
-Familiar script- Tulane defeats USM by one run
  Going into the Conference USA series finale, Tulane coach Rick Jones knew the Green Wave had history on its side. Southern Mississippi coach Corky Palmer knew it, too.

Eagles can't flip script, lose third straight to Wave
  Eyes flashing, Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer didn't bother to wait for questions before launching into a cold-fury evaluation of his Golden Eagles' lost weekend at Zephyr Field against archrival Tulane.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Savery-led Rice pounds UH 13-3
  The Owls took the rubber game of the Silver Glove Series from the Cougars on Sunday, burying UH 13-3 in a seven-inning run-rule win to claim the Conference USA regular season title.
Houston Chronicle