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Conference USA

June 4, 2006
National Cancer Survivors Day
Pentecost (Christian)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

C-USA players reap All-America honors
"Flesh-eating" germ claims Tulsa gridder
Blazers baseball coach hangs up cleats

All-Stars boys- Evans leads South with 31 in boys action
  The East Carolina University signee added a two-handed jam in the closing seconds and was named the game's most valuable player.
Jackson (TN) Sun

June 3, 2006
National Trails Day
Birthday - Jefferson Davis (US Statesman)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU's Smith named 2nd-team All-America
Pirates get first signee in McPhaul golfing era
Duke men's lacrosse program to be reinstated
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Smith Named Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American
  Jake Smith becomes ECU's first All-American selection since 2004

Golf partners team up for a cause
  Tournament springs from coach's bond with positive player
Greenville Daily Reflector

Area briefs- ECU catcher makes All-America team
Greensboro News Record

Evans returns for one last game
  Liberty standout Brandon Evans will suit up for the last time as a Crusader when he plays in the Golden Circle All-Stars games at Jackson Christian School today. Evans will play for East Carolina University next season.
Jackson (TN) Sun

Drew breezes on first day
  TWO PLAYERS CUT: Rookie free agents Joel Klatt, a quarterback from Colorado, and Chris Moore, a linebacker from East Carolina, were cut Friday
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser

June 2, 2006
I Love My Dentist Day
National Bubba Day
National Leave The Office Early Day
Shavuot / Feast of Weeks (Jewish)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 270

Too soon for verdict on Godwin

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Bucs' new pitching coach has LeClair pedigree
Three gridders depart West Virginia program
ECU announces blue chip tennis signees
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Bill Jarman Named Pirate Pitching Coach
-East Carolina Men's Tennis Signs Pair
-Pirates Sign Eastern North Carolina Prep Golfer Brett Emmers
-ECU's Smith Named Finalist For Johnny Bench Award

Jarman selected to coach pitchers
  Circumstances forced East Carolina baseball coach Billy Godwin to wear several hats this past season, starting when the university abruptly made him the head coach after he was hired to be the pitching coach on Randy Mazey's staff. So many responsibilties stretched Godwin pretty thin.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates’ Jake Smith excited about award
  Jake Smith had one of the best seasons for a catcher in East Carolina history.
Washington Daily News

June 1, 2006
Ascension Day (Orthodox)
Shavuot / Feast of Weeks (Jewish)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville

Accountability producing victories in the classroom

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Pirates announce kickoff times, TV games
ECU excels among C-USA's academic elite
Rice's Degerman makes Academic All-America
WNCT: Talk of the Town

2006 Kickoff Times Announced For ECU Football
  Official kickoff times for 11 of East Carolina's 12 football games this fall were announced Wednesday, featuring a balanced blend of night and afternoon contests for a Pirates' schedule that includes battles against eight 2005 bowl participants.
-ECU Student-Athletes Awarded C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal
  A total of 35 East Carolina University student-athletes earned the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal during the 2005-06 academic year. The medals are give to C-USA student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above during the academic year.

Pirates' catcher a finalist for award
  East Carolina's Jake Smith was picked as one of the finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the best catcher in Division I college baseball.
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU baseball ready to rebound
  Godwin says recruiting and development keys to success.
Raleigh News & Observer

  Monticello football coach Brud Bicknell indicated 30 schools from the Division IA and IAA ranks have shown interest in Mike Brown’s football talents...ECU has shown the most interest in Brown as a gunslinger.
Charlottesville (VA) Daily Progress

Future Opponent: Williams, Benoit leave WVU football program
  Two contributors to West Virginia’s Sugar Bowl champion football team — junior backs Pernell Williams and Tyler Benoit — are no longer with the Mountaineer program.
Charleston (WV)

May 31, 2006

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat

Competitive fires keep Jeff Kerr jacked up

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Owls, Herd, Pirates pace C-USA academics
ECU's Witter inks baseball deal with Giants
Hamrick discusses NCAA baseball selections
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-ECU Student-Athletes Earn Commissioner's Honor Roll Distinction
  A total of 158 student-athletes attending East Carolina University earned recognition on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll during the 2005-06 academic year.
-Adam Witter Inks Free Agent Contract With Giants

Recruiting News from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-White Has Two Firm Offers
  OL Stephen White (6-5 280) of Beaufort has solid offers from Mississippi State and East Carolina according to his coach Mark Clifford.
-Ohio LB Hears From Clemson
  LB Ridge Riebold (6-0 205) of Powell, OH...plans to camp at Ohio State and East Carolina.
-Byrnes' Diehl on Hokies' minds
  Defensive end Antwane Glenn has two offers (Middle Tennessee State, East Carolina)
-Charlotte WR Giving USC Hard Look
  WR Jason Barnes (6-4 196) of Charlotte has an offer from USC...He said he will take an unofficial visit to East Carolina some time soon. And he's considering going to one day camps at USC, East Carolina and North Carolina.

BASEBALL- Former Trojan Witter signs with Giants
  Witter, a former Chambersburg Trojan who recently finished up his career at East Carolina University, signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday
Chambersburg (PA) Public Opinion

May 30, 2006

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report

Pirates in the chase for stellar QB's, receivers

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rice leads four CUSA teams into NCAA playoffs
ECU's Cotto hurdles to NCAA title meet
Longhorns' title ring goes on, then off eBay

Overton back on regional trail
  Though East Carolina's baseball team wasn't invited to an NCAA regional for the first time since 1998, a distinguished Pirate still will be part of the postseason fray.
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU fails to make NCAA
Kinston Free Press

May 29, 2006
Memorial Day (links)
Birthday - President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (35th President)

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights

Road to good deeds finds Skip breathless in G-ville

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rice rolls in Conference USA baseball finale
ECU 4x100 relay qualifies for NCAA title dash
Huggins takes disciplinary action at K-State

For C-USA, the price of poker went up again
  JOHN WOODEN said, and not that long ago, that a coach’s salary should not exceed that of the university’s president, or perhaps even a department head.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Father and sons share military flight, deep awareness of freedom's price
-ECU Campus Notes- Play area gets boost


June 4, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Canes playing new role
  The Hurricanes are no longer the upstart team. They expect to capture the Stanley Cup.
-Small-market teams crash the Cup finals
-Tar Heels don't scrimp as hosts
  UNC-CH AD says benefits of baseball regional outweigh potential financial loss.
-Heels' offense still hot
-Wolfpack stays alive in Austin

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Heels within a win of super regional
-No lack of offense in UNCW's win over Maine
  By losing its first game, UNC Wilmington already had dug itself a deep hole. After one inning Saturday at Boshamer Stadium, that hole was more like a canyon.
-N.C. State 6, Texas-Arlington 5

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Disher’s slam puts USC in catbird’s seat
  Honeycutt pitches Carolina past UVa after opening win against Evansville
-Homer-happy Tigers rout Elon
  Harbin, D’Alessio hit back-to-back jacks — twice
-LaNinfa’s bat carries Bulldogs past Asheville
-Spurrier- A Year one Q&A

Tigers take command in NCAA regional
  Elimination-game winner must beat Clemson twice
Greenville (SC) News

Down, but not out- Winthrop erupts for seven runs in seventh to rout UNCW
Wilmington Star News

From the Charlotte Observer
-Johnson discoveringcosts of being boss
  Bobcats owner paying for miscalculations
-Raising race horses keepsDelhomme grounded
  Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme still spends a significant portion of his offseason mucking out his horse stalls back home in Breaux Bridge, La.
-At Duke, Coach K avoids lacrosse trap
  As lacrosse players in khakis have become the most familiar public figures these past two months at basketball-mad Duke, the man who for years has had the university's most prominent profile seems to have taken a television timeout.

June 3, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Stanford's Reynolds shuts down State
  On a day lazy fly balls and routine groundouts became an every-inning occurrence for N.C. State, Wolfpack baseball coach Elliott Avent fittingly put the onus on his club's offensive abilities to keep its season alive.
-UNC-CH rallies as Cox gets back on track
  North Carolina at Chapel Hill junior Jay Cox was healthy and hungry Friday night. That proved to be a potent combination.
-NHL: We're cup crazy
  If anyone out there still thinks the Stanley Cup would be out of place in the Triangle, think again. The Carolina Hurricanes will face the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 on Monday at the RBC Center.
-Duke player suspended
  A member of the school's lacrosse team faces DWI and drug charges.

From the Charlotte Observer
-Winthrop pounds Seahawks in win
  Eagles combine for 11 runs in 7th and 8th
-Keyshawn starts task of tackling terminology
  Keyshawn Johnson was back at work Friday. Back to the task of reacquainting himself with coordinator Dan Henning's offense.

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers to resume region game today
  A large thunderstorm ruined the start Clemson road to Omaha — and perhaps its pitching rotation for this weekend’s NCAA regional.
-Elon defeats Miss. State in Clemson Regional opener

Tigers regional game postponed
  Clemson, Asheville resume today
Greenville (SC) News

USC coach Tanner would have missed game with illness
  South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner was planning to skip the Gamecock's opening game in the Charlottesville regional on Friday night while suffering from a viral illness, the school said, before the game was postponed by rain.
Spartanburg Herald-Sun

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-UNC-CH rallies to top Maine
-Winthrop easily tops UNCW
-Chapel Hill Regional notebook- It's a small world
-NHL: Canes facing the unknown in finals
-NHL: Oilers ready and rested for Canes

Recruiting: WSSU's first Division I class will have four
Winston Salem Journal

June 2, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes on way to Stanley Cup finals
  The Carolina Hurricanes have come up with stirring third-period comebacks all season long. And while the one they put together Thursday night wasn't the most desperate, it was by far the most important.
-Brind'Amour's patience pays off
  The method of operation for Rod Brind'Amour is characterized by patience. It always has been, and it will continue to be when the Hurricanes captain leads his team into Lord Stanley's Finals against Edmonton.
-'Arrogant' Canes get job done playing their way
  Maybe the Carolina Hurricanes are an arrogant bunch after all. After watching all their hard work evaporate with two demoralizing Buffalo goals in the final 4:10 of the second period, the Canes turned indignant when facing a one-goal deficit during the second intermission.
-Q & A with UNCW's Michael Marbry
-Tar Heels more than three great pitchers
  It would be easy to write off UNC-CH's success this season as a byproduct of having a dominant weekend rotation of Andrew Miller, Robert Woodard and Daniel Bard.
-Tar Heels seeking contributions from everyone

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Good Game 7, great series
  The Carolina Hurricanes are going to the Stanley Cup finals to play the Edmonton Oilers for the biggest prize in the game.
  For the hockey diehards lucky enough to witness the electric madness of Game 7 in person, Game 7 was a wild ride.
-In Rod they trust
  Inspirational Brind'Amour scores winner as Canes reach finalsCarolina storms back from 2-1 down to defeat Buffalo in Game 7. Now, only the Oilers can spoil the Canes' run to the Stanley Cup.
-Goalie is 'not a kid anymore'
  As the final seconds ticked off the clock Thursday night, Cam Ward raised his arms high in victory.
-Many Hurricanes have ties to Alberta
  Floyd Whitney has spent the past two months commuting between Raleigh and Edmonton. Now he's stuck in the middle.
-Hovis masterful for Tar Heels
  Senior relief pitcher serves as a role model on and off the field.
-State trio leaves foes lost at sea
  Pack defense solid up the middle.

From Columbia (SC) The State
-USC may add ‘Pack to schedule
  Gamecocks and Wolfpack could play home-and-home series in 2008-09
-Balkman has Odom in a bind
  Coach says star’s likely jump to NBA makes already tough schedule tougher
-Tanner watching Pelzer like a detective
  Sophomore right-hander offers few clues as to causes of erratic relief efforts
-Tanner’s recipe works; his ingredients may not
  Senior relief pitcher serves as a role
-Clemson wary of Asheville
  Storrer out again for regionals; Elon coach returns after suspension
-A swing of fortune
  Hot-hitting Colvin has positioned himself to be a first-round draft pick

From the Charlotte Observer
-Winthrop plays big, wins big
  If you play sports in the Big South Conference, there's a word that's likely to haunt you at some point in your career.
-BASEBALL- Carolinas have a huge stake in the tournament.
  nine teams participating and two regional hosts
-NBA: Bobcats' problems start at top
  Ed Tapscott's going away party was Wednesday night. He didn't want to leave, and few wanted him to. He is the rare executive in or out of sports everybody likes.
-NFL: Colbert trying to regain footing
  It was a secret even teammates didn't know fully know about last season: Carolina Panthers receiver Keary Colbert had ankle problems that might have contributed to his drop in production from a successful rookie year in 2004.

Leggett has it all - except a title
   Jack Leggett is a walking contradiction.
Anderson Independent

No. 1 Tigers try harder
   Close call in '05 drives Clemson into NCAA play
Greenville (SC) News

June 1, 2006

NHL news from the Durham Herald-Sun
-Hurricanes know Game 7 is defining moment
  Peter Laviolette had said all along that the biggest advantage of having the home-ice advantage in a playoff series was the knowledge that Game 7 would be at home.
-Canes can make statement in franchise's biggest game

From the Charlotte Observer
-NHL: Grab a seat on the Canes' Zamboni
  If our Carolina Hurricanes beat Buffalo tonight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, they'll play for the Stanley Cup, and we loyal Canes fans will get to go Cup Crazy for the first time since 2002. So let's get behind our guys, eh.
-NFL: Carolina picked to win Super Bowl
  For the second straight year, a prominent national preseason magazine has picked the Carolina Panthers to win the Super Bowl.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: No time like now
-NHL: Put up or shut up
-Mechanics a challenge
  ACC ponders how to make new football replay rule work.

State staff making do in interim
  It was a rare chance for some face time with the new boss, so the N.C. State basketball staff took it -- even though it meant an unusual itinerary.
Greensboro News-Record

Tigers' turnaround started after loss to Furman
Anderson Independent

Tigers happy to be homebodies
  History shows that 37 of past 40 CWS teams have hosted super regionals
Columbia (SC) The State

Gamecocks looking forward to fresh start
  USC coach has come under criticism for team's slide
Greenville (SC) News

NFL: NEW START- Foster longs to stay healthy
  Running back DeShaun Foster of the Carolina Panthers is armed with a new uniform number, a new, custom-built right ankle and a new attitude.
Winston Salem Journal

May 31, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL: Sabres 2, Hurricanes 1, OT
  All Sabres center Daniel Briere wanted was to get his shot past the diving Carolina defensemen. Then he saw the red light, heard the crowd cheer and suddenly: Game 7.
-ACC announces early football TV schedule
  UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke football fans who don't have tickets or don't want to travel for their favorite teams' early-season games will be able to watch from the best seat in the house -- their couch.
-N.C. State's Simmons to Enter NBA Draft

Catawba wins appeal to keep Indians nickname
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: Canes facing last shot
-Lowe, Pack still aiming high
-ACC football on TV- Warm up the remote
-Navy could play in Charlotte
  Midshipmen clinch deal for possible Meineke Bowl berth.
-Gray has workout with Bobcats

Tigers start on top
  Clemson takes its No. 1 seed in stride
Columbia (SC) The State

Seahawks won't have far to go for first-round game with Winthrop
Wilmington Star-News

ODU gung-ho over football, but will the fever spread?
The Virginian Pilot

May 30, 2006

From the Anderson Independent
-Clemson No. 1 seed in NCAA
  When ESPN revealed Clemson as the No.1 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament early Monday afternoon, the reaction inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium’s home clubhouse was muted at best.
-No. 1 seed gives Tigers great draw

From Columbia (SC) The State
-No sweat- USC gets No. 2 seed
  Ray Tanner said he was certain USC would receive an invitation to an NCAA regional. Third baseman Neil Giesler had a startling reason to think otherwise.
-Top seed makes Tigers a target

Elon Baseball Grabs Spot in NCAA Regionals

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NHL: Canes try to close out series tonight
  The Carolina Hurricanes have a chance to deliver another knockout punch tonight. And some of them have been in that situation many times before.
-Heels happy to stay home for baseball regional
  The North Carolina at Chapel Hill baseball team got what it wanted. Sort of.
-Heels try to put ACC tourney behind them

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: Canes try to finish seesaw series
  Having put together back-to-back wins in the playoffs for the first time in almost three weeks, the Carolina Hurricanes appear to have pinned down the momentum that has proven so elusive during the Eastern Conference finals.
-Heels, Pack in NCAA
  Deacons left out of baseball field.

Pack center Simmons takes agent
  Cedric Simmons has been projected to be a certain first-round June 28 in the NBA Draft.
Greensboro News-Record

Beasley thinks twice about sticking with Charlotte
  Assistant's departure figures in indecision
Charlotte Observer

Top-ranked U.Va. lacrosse team perfect to the end
  The University of Virginia's top-ranked and undefeated lacrosse team remained dominant until the end of a nearly perfect season, polishing off unseeded Massachusetts 15-7 in the Division I title game in Philadelphia.
The Virginian Pilot

May 29, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes ahead 3-2 as series shifts to Buffalo
  When the Carolina Hurricanes desperately needed a goal on Sunday night, Cory Stillman delivered.
-The Canes' story keeps getting better

NASCAR news from the Charlotte Observer
-Dandy Kahne
  It took a while, but when the time came to decide a winner in the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night things got fairly interesting.
-Johnson is dethroned
  Winner in 5 of previous 6 LMS points races finishes in 2nd place
-Seacrest among familiar faces seen at Speedway
  `Idol' host awed by ride around track with Petty

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Overtime suits Canes
  Cam Ward returns in the second and shuts down the Sabres, allowing the Canes to rally.
-Captain masters moments
-Photo gallery- May 28, 2006- Canes 4, Sabres 3 (OT)
-Kahne easily ends Johnson's reign
  Jimmie Johnson had won the past three Coca-Cola 600 races, but he's no match for Kasey Kahne. Kyle Busch's anger, injury to Tony Stewart highlight wild day on new track surface.
-Recruits mull after State lull
  Coaching search leads to indecision.

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Reason to cheer
  Tigers win 1st ACC tourney in 12 years
-USC’s performance doesn’t merit a tournament berth
-Gamecocks land top cornerback
  Walker had narrowed his choices to the Tigers and NC State. He also had offers from North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland and Duke.

UNCW wins CAA baseball championship
  Chris Hatcher’s ninth-inning triple completed UNC-Wilmington’s rally that gave the Seahawks a 7-6 victory for the CAA baseball championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA field of 64.
Wilmington Star-News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-No Rest- Panthers coaches eager to get back to work
-No Panic- Hurricanes stay focused despite early deficit
-NASCAR Notebook Car owner Haas will open wind tunnel near speedway


June 4, 2006

NCAA Baseball Regional Roundup
  Southern Miss used three solo home runs and a solid, seven-inning outing by Cliff Russum, as it eliminated Jacksonville State, 6-2, to stay alive in the Tuscaloosa Regional.

NCAA Scoreboard Link

UH out of postseason after loss to OU
  UH tried to climb out of an 8-0 hole against Oklahoma, but its frenetic rally wasn't enough to escape an 8-6 loss to the Sooners, ending the Cougars' brief NCAA Tournament appearance.
Houston Chronicle

Green Wave gets right down to business
  By the time Tulane left Swayze Field on Friday following its loss to South Alabama, Green Wave coach Rick Jones had his team thinking one thing -- survival.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Eagles stay alive in regional
Hattiesburg American

Golden Eagles rebound behind Russum, 3 HRs
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Russum keeps his team alive
Biloxi Sun Herald

Solo shots send Jax St. packing
  The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles had a power surge while the ping from Jacksonville State's aluminum bats stayed mostly mum Saturday.
Birmingham News

Television hype only adding to Marshall-West Virginia drama
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Orlando has new set of sports big shots
Orlando Sentinel

Can Big East look within for some new football blood?
  Tranghese: “We’ve just not talked about adding,’’ said the commissioner. “We’re at 16. Going to 17 presents a whole slew of additional problems
Charleston (WV) Gazette

June 3, 2006

-NCAA Baseball Regional Roundup
  Rice Rallies to Defeat Prairie View A&M
-UAB Baseball Coach Larry Giangrosso Retires
-Six C-USA Players Named Collegiate Baseball All-Americans

From the Birmingham News
  The Troy University Trojans won the opening game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional when Southern Mississippi lost a pop fly.
-Giangrosso steps down as coach
  UAB baseball coach Larry Giangrosso spent a few days following a disappointing 2006 season working on ways to improve next season.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Troy stops Southern Miss
-Golden Eagles' mistakes costly

Trojans weather storms, Eagles
  Southern Mississippi jumped out strong Friday in its Tuscaloosa Regional opener against Troy.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles start off on wrong foot — again
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice overcomes PV's challenge
  An eighth-inning interference call on Prairie View A&M helped get Rice out of a bases-loaded jam, and the Owls went on to rally past the Panthers 6-5 Friday at Reckling Park.
-Wichita State does just enough to beat UH

Jirsa putting finishing touches on Herd hoops schedule
  With the roster tentatively set for the fall, Marshall coach Ron Jirsa is trying to put the final few pieces of his 2006-07 scheduling puzzle together.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Marshall, Ohio to renew basketball rivalry
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

C-USA offering rewards for better scheduling
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Rebs look at moving Tiger game
  ESPN asks Ole Miss to consider Sept. 3, a Sunday
Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 2, 2006

-Rice's St.Clair Named Finalist for Stopper of the Year Award
  Rice sophomore lefthander Cole St.Clair has been named as one of five finalists for the second annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award
-Houston Opens Play at NCAA Norman Regional on Friday
-19 Tiger Baseball Players Report to Collegiate Summer Baseball Leagues
-SMU Coach Matt Doherty Headlines June C School
-Tulane Diamond Notes
-Jaskulski Joins UCF Men's Basketball Staff as Associate Coach

CSTV Baseball Gametracker

NCAA baseball tournament- Houston Regional matchups
Waco Tribune

UH gets test of its knowledge at NCAA regionals
Houston Chronicle

USM gets ready to swing
  Palmer enjoys power workout
Biloxi Sun Herald

Southern Miss, Troy feature explosive offenses
Hattiesburg American

Updates on facility improvements, AD search expected this month
  UAB officials are scheduled this month to show the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees some of their plans for athletics facility improvements.
rmingham News

Declining ESPN offer doesn't make ‘cents' for the Mountaineers
  ESPN wanted the WVU-MU game to kick off its new Sunday college football weekly series.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Atlanta's Herndon Stadium to star in Marshall movie
-Bennett getting a kick out of MU movie

June 1, 2006

Super sophs have Rice sitting pretty
  It is that absence of fear combined with a wealth of talent that has top-ranked Rice (50-10) poised to make a run to the College World Series.
Houston Chronicle

Tulane relying on pitching, defense
Baton Rouge Advocate

USM views past series with Troy as anomaly
  The first time Southern Miss saw Troy University this baseball season, the Trojans were riding a 10-game winning streak coming into Taylor Park for a three-game non-conference weekend series in March.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

No better time for Eagles to start their run than right now
Hattiesburg American

Marshall's Folden Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American For Second-Straight Year

Palmer rated a top-tier QB
  Jordan Palmer doesn't know what will happen next year. But he does know this: His college football career at UTEP almost is over.
El Paso Times

Herd's Merthie ruled eligible
  Marshall basketball head coach Ron Jirsa received some good news when it was learned that Darryl Merthie, the Florida all-state guard who was academically ineligible last season for the Thundering Herd, is now eligible to play in the 2006-07 season.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

May 31, 2006

-Baseball Notebook
-Commissioner's Honor Roll Recipients Announced
-Southern Miss' Butler Named Academic All-American

Garcia is big part of UH's offense, but his numbers are relatively unnoticed
  As the Cougars (39-20) head into this weekend's NCAA regional in Norman, Okla., Isa Garcia will be trying to add to a string of seven straight multi-hit games.
Houston Chronicle

USM's attack climbs to new level
  Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer comes from baseball's old school, where pitching and defense are first and foremost.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave has experience vs. Jaguars
  With just a couple of weeks remaining in Tulane's regular season, the team was enjoying an unexpected day off in the middle of the week as players completed final exams.
-'Wonderful journey' continues on to Oxford
  As Rick Jones sat in the dugout at Zephyr Field on Tuesday, watching his players go through pre-practice stretching exercises, Tulane's baseball coach was busy counting memories that will be with him, and the players, for a lifetime.
-Committee says LSU 'did not match up' to tourney teams

Sports in brief- Strength coach leaves Marshall
   Jon Sanderson, the strength and conditioning coach for Marshall University men's basketball, took a position at Clemson University.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Navy sails in on Big East bowl deal
  HERE’S A riddle: When do ties to seven bowls possibly turn into three berths?
Charleston (WV) Gazette

May 30, 2006

-C-USA Sends Four Teams to NCAA Baseball Championship
  Rice will host the Houston Regional as the No. 2 national seed, while Houston will be the No. 2 seed in Norman, Okla., Tulane will be the No. 2 seed in Oxford, Miss. and Southern Miss will travel up the road...
-Three C-USA Players Named CBF All-Americans
  UH's Lincoln Joined by a Pair of Rice Teammates
-Houston Earns Bid to NCAA Norman Regional
-Owls Host Prairie View Friday At 4 PM In NCAA Regional
-Southern Miss Heading To NCAA Regional For Fourth Straight Year
-Former Tulane All-American Tony Sardisco Passes Away

Familiar foes land in Rice's regional
  As anticipated, Rice earned the No. 2 overall national seed behind Clemson and will host Arizona State, Baylor and Prairie View A&M at the Houston Regional starting Friday at Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM gets call for 4th straight year
  Southern Miss outfielder Toddric Johnson never had been through a Selection Monday, glued to the television in the Southern Miss locker room, waiting to see the Golden Eagles' name appear on the screen.
-Eagles among national leaders in grad rates
  In each of the previous three years, the American Football Coaches Association had recognized Southern Miss' football program for a graduation rate of 70 percent or better.

Golden Eagles seeded No. 3
  Despite a 1-2 showing in the Conference USA Tournament, Southern Miss landed its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, named the No. 3 seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-LSU stunned by snub; Tulane gets No. 2 seed
  It turns out, the end wasn't entirely unceremonious.
-Wave hopes to duplicate success in Oxford
  Now that Tulane knows its NCAA regional destination, it can begin hoping that this trip goes as well as its last regional trip in 2004. 

Big East to be part of ESPN’s Sunday night football
eston (WV) Gazette

May 29, 2006

-Rice Wins C-USA Baseball Championship
  Joe Savery had a home run and scored three times to lead top-seeded Rice (50-10) to an 11-5 victory over Houston (39-20) at the Conference USA Baseball Championship at Reckling Park.
-Rice to Host NCAA Baseball Regional
  The Rice baseball program is slated to host one of the 16 NCAA Division I Baseball regionals for the 60th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
-21 C-USA Athletes, Six Relay Teams Advance To NCAA Track and Field Championship
  Conference USA will have at least 21 individuals and six relay teams competing at the NCAA Track and Field Championship in Sacremento, Calif

From the Houston Chronicle
-C-USA, city both belong to the Owls
  Suddenly everything is back to normal for Rice, with timely hitting and sensational defense serving as the perfect complement to the Owls' typically fabulous pitching. In a strange way, the Owls have crosstown rival Houston to thank for their revival.
-UH prepares to pack trunks for road regional
  Cougars passed over

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune
-Rice dishes Savery victory
  Joe Savery had a home run and scored three times to lead top-seeded Rice (50-10) to an 11-5 victory over Houston (39-20) in the Conference USA championship game Sunday at Reckling Park.
-Tulane not chosen to host regional
  When Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones learned Sunday the Green Wave was not selected to host an NCAA regional, he couldn't help but be a little disappointed. But he quickly realized not hosting didn't end Tulane's season.

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