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Conference USA

July 30, 2006

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

— Love smitten with UCLA, spurns Tar Heels
— Wake won't enroll indicted football signee
— Slippery Rock backpedals after Title IX ruling

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's Flye closing in on great summer with Tobs
-Around Campus: Hurricane helps lead new chair to Brody

Rasby returns to the NFL with Patriots
  While wide receiver Terrance Copper began his third camp with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, tight end Walter Rasby made a return to the NFL this week.
Washington Daily News

Powerful pedigree sparks torrid team
  Daughters of NBA alums hope to end Team North Carolina's AAU basketball title drought.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

July 29, 2006

-BVL: Stokes counters unflattering N&O article
-BVL: ECU hoops coach has plenty to say
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

— Whimper, Williams get multimillion-dollar deals
— Blazers DE nabs C-USA preseason honor
— TCU coach resigns over phone infraction

Head Coach Ricky Stokes Meets With The Media
  East Carolina head coach Ricky Stokes hosted a luncheon for the media at Parker's Barbeque on Thursday and discussed a variety of topics surrounding Pirate basketball.

Dental school study shouldn't slow progress
  A state-mandated review shouldn't slow consideration of ECU's proposed dental school, according to a UNC system official.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Saunders Is Gearing Up For Visit To USC
  Riverside (Durham, NC) athlete Wesley Saunders visited ECU Friday

July 28, 2006
Anniversary - World War I Begins

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 274
— Bulletin board fodder can only go so far

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
— Navy game tickets available to Pirate Clubbers
— ECU grants extension, raise to Baldwin-Tener
— League football coaches visit New Orleans
— C-USA football media blitz set for CSTV
WNCT: Talk of the Town

2006 East Carolina Football Preview
  Whether or not a season of promise for East Carolina in 2005 has a chance to grow depends on what the Pirates have made of their first season of relative calm in nearly five years.

Navy Tickets Now On Sale For Pirate Club Members
  Tickets for East Carolina's season-opening contest at Navy are now on sale for all members of the Pirate Club, with a limit of four (4).

Holtz makes splash at Special Olympics pool party
  If only Skip Holtz could guarantee this kind of reception everywhere he went.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Vikings trio pick colleges
  Zach Cooper, a hard-throwing, 6-foot-7 right-hander, received partial assistance from ECU, with a possibility of a scholarship in the future.
Jacksonville Daily News

Kiwanuka Gets 5 Years, $7 Million
  Offensive tackle Guy Whimper, a fourth-round pick from East Carolina, signed a four-year deal for approximately $2 million
Hartford Courant

Big TE At USC Saturday
  TE Wes Saunders (6-5 270) of Durham, NC has a pair of unofficial visits over the next two days. Today he will be at East Carolina

July 27, 2006
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

-Whitford: Perspective
— Scourge of the cyber seas going down
-BVL: 2007 football recruiting thumbnails page updated

WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Al Myatt)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
— ECU recruiting thumbnail: Devon Wallace
— Southern Miss soph on Mackey watch list
— Scribes pick Miami to win ACC football title
— New post-college football league in the works

-Sharon Baldwin-Tener Receives Contract Extension
-Women's Swimming Team Earns Academic Recognition

Lindsay looking to add thunder to Pirates' backfield
  The way Dominique Lindsay describes it, fellow East Carolina running back Chris Johnson is best suited to the role of lightning in the Pirates' backfield, so he's trying to complete the storm with some thunder.
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU gets commitment from Wallace
  Southern Alamance’s Devon Wallace committed to play football for East Carolina University on Tuesday
New Bern Sun Journal

Summer in Review
  Five biggest headlines at ECU and nationally
The East Carolinian

Proud to be a pirate
  East Carolina University football has been a part of Rusty Boyette's entire life.
Wilson Daily Times

Fischer Picks Up More Offers
  OL Kyle Fisher (6-6 300) of Spring Valley has picked up two more offers giving him a total of five. Louisville and Maryland are the newest additions joining Vanderbilt, East Carolina and NC State.

Seventy-First mourns loss of former volleyball star
  Jazmine Bebbs was helping her former Seventy-First volleyball teammates get ready for the fall season, and looking forward to enrolling at East Carolina
Fayetteville Observer

July 26, 2006
Disability Independence Day

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
— Stokes banks on new blood to recharge program

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
— "Meet the Pirates" shin-dig set for Aug. 19
— Leukemia claims former UAB football standout
— ACC honors Dukie Redick, Terp Infante

-Meet The Pirates Night Scheduled For August 19
-Conference USA Announces Preseason Football Poll

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Bryant ready to display WR skills
  A highly-touted recruit out of Hamlet, Bryant did not qualify at Georgia and spent the last year trying to study his way back into the game at East Carolina.
-Grant nearing the end of his cross-country bike trek

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates can play role of spoiler
  The East Carolina University football team can find a silver lining to the dark cloud of its being picked last in Conference USA’s East Division — they have the opportunity to prove people wrong.
-Players react to C-USA ranking

Yes, I’m ready for some football
Washington Daily News

Pirate baseball players spending the summer hitting the hard wood
The East Carolinian

Dye to Be Honored at Hall of Fame
  Former Auburn and East Carolina head coach Pat Dye will be honored for a third and final time on being named to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame with an enshrinement ceremony August 11-12.

July 25, 2006
Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day
Birthday - 1st Test Tube Baby

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
— Holtz: Pirates now have something to prove

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
— C-USA poll hands Bucs bulletin board material
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Mark Wharton)
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

— ECU last in poll; Allison, Graham get respect
— Former Pirate Ward joins Bulls baseball staff
— NCAA's impact lucrative for Indianapolis

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates shrug off sixth-place preseason C-USA prediction
-Around Campus: Growth tests leaders at ECU
  East Carolina University's trustees spent Monday looking at the big picture, and the small one.

Preseason Prognostications
  ECU won five games in 2005. Senior WR Aundrae Allison became the first Pirate to record a 1,000-yard receiving season in 2005.
New Bern Sun Journal

Preseason poll has Pirates in basement
  The Pirates won five games in coach Skip Holtz's first season with the program in 2005.
Raleigh News & Observer

Better late than never for Norwood
  A year after injury, Cubs Minor Leaguer progressing at Peoria

USC, CU Like NC D-Lineman
  DL Kyle Linney (6-3 275) of Taylorsville, NC has offers from USC, NC State and East Carolina while Clemson and North Carolina are also showing interest.

July 24, 2006
National Drive-Thru Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
— Our inheritance from Coach: life lessons, memories
WNCT: Audio archive: Keith LeClair memorial service

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
— Miami gridder shot at off-campus residence
— 'Star-crossed' defensive back leaving Auburn
— Admission denied for Gamecock hoops signee

Bryant Ward hired as a USF assistant
  Ward played on four NCAA teams at East Carolina from 1999-2002
Tampa Tribune


July 30, 2006

Quarterback U? Don't look toward Chapel Hill
Durham Herald-Sun

Camp begins with high expectations
  Keyshawn Johnson warns new teammates to avoid the hype.
News Record

Redskins questions- What are key strengths? Will Arrington be missed?
Hampton Roads Daily Press

New faces could have big impact as USC camp opens
Columbia (SC) The State

ACC schools covet Spartans sophomore
Raleigh News & Observer

July 29, 2006

South Carolina Preview
Fox Sports

Ingram Favoring The Locals
  so far the Gamecocks trail North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State whom he says have a pretty big lead on the rest of the pack.

Recruit won't join UNC-CH in fall
  Miller expected to enroll in January.

From the Charlotte Observer
-Recruit will not enroll at Wake Forest
-Big South Football

From Columbia (SC) The State
-SEC forecast familiar for Gamecocks
  Media picks USC to finish fourth in East; Florida, Auburn are first-place choices
-Class questions nothing new for USC
  Concerns that classes gave free rides to athletes addressed a decade ago at USC
-Robertson commits to USC
-Opener not worrying Croom
  Miss. State coach not over-hyping USC; Lou Holtz visits Gators camp

July 28, 2006

Wolfpack, Gamecocks agree to play
  N.C. State and South Carolina are close to signing an agreement to play football games in 2008 and 2009.
Raleigh News & Observer

Rodriguez- WR Barrett in danger of ineligibility
  West Virginia backup wide receiver Brandon Barrett is in danger of becoming academically ineligible for the upcoming football season, coach Rich Rodriguez said Thursday.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Anderson Independent
-Spurrier getting comfortable in Columbia
  Though Steve Spurrier admitted he’s still getting used to his new role at SEC Media Days, he has found a comfort zone in Columbia.
-Coker feeling the heat in Miami
-Fulmer hopes QB, hard work Bring Vols back

Spurrier still media darling in SEC
Greenville (SC) News

CIAA Preseason preview
Fayetteville Observer

SEC pulls bait-and-switch with 12th game; fans are cheated
  New 12th-game opponents in the SEC include the likes of Florida International, Southeast Missouri State, Western Carolina, Temple and Wofford.
Columbia (SC) The State

July 27, 2006

Four Reasons Big Four = Bottom Four

SEC explores new SEC TV
Anderson Independent

UVa. coaches scolded on football recruits' academics
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Panthers sign Marshall; Williams still unsigned
  The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with second-round draft pick Richard Marshall on Wednesday, two days before the team reports to training camp. Marshall, a cornerback from Fresno State, accepted a four-year deal worth $2.86 million. A signing bonus of about $1.25 million is included in the contract.
Charlotte Observer

CIAA prepares for new football season
Raleigh News & Observer

July 26, 2006

Kellam High lineman choses Virginia Tech
  Nosal, a rising senior who has been a starter since his sophomore year at Kellam, chose the Hokies over Virginia, East Carolina, Temple, Connecticut and Akron.
Roanoke Times

Newcomers keep ACC from sinking
  When you think about ACC football, there's a term you can't avoid. The term, of course, is mid-major.
Charlotte Observer

ACC teams dining on cupcakes
Hampton Roads Daily Press

ACC unveils new tier bowl system
  Last fall, Clemson fans rejoiced while Boston College fans steamed over the ACC’s bowl selection process.
Anderson Independent

Swofford hopes to cure bowl blues
Greensboro News-Record

New rules means fewer plays in ACC
  Rule and a new kickoff procedure that starts the clock when the ball is kicked rather than when it is received is expected to save around five minutes of game time.
Greenville (SC) News

Leader of the Pack
  With his hands gesturing back and forth and his mouth sprinting like Justin Gatlin, perhaps the last place you’d expect to find N.C. State cornerback A.J. Davis is on a fishing boat.
Fayetteville Observer

Gamecocks, ’Pack close to series deal
  The two former ACC rivals are close to finalizing a home-and-home series for the 2008 and ’09 seasons, according to USC athletics director Eric Hyman.
Columbia (SC) The State

UCLA leaves Heels Love-less
Fayetteville Observer

SoCon voters pick Appalachian
Winston Salem Journal

Big questions in the SoCon
  A team-by-team look at the big questions for the upcoming Southern Conference football season
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

July 25, 2006

GONE SOUTH- Big Four bringing up ACC rear
  Big Four schools haven't demonstrated the winning edge for years. Duke split the 1989 title with Virginia, perhaps the greatest standings upset in ACC history. UNC-CH raised its last trophy in 1980, a year after N.C. State earned its last title. Wake Forest won its only championship in 1970.
Winston Salem Journal

Amato's season of scrutiny begins
  N.C. State coach unfazed by criticism
Charlotte Observer

Spartans to play Kentucky in exhibition
  USC Upstate head basketball coach Eddie Payne doesn't get many opportunities to spend time with his old buddy, Tubby Smith.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Clemson has high hopes for season
  As 25th anniversary of school’s national title looms, players at Football Kickoff event focused on ’06
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-N.C. State has made Davis a man
  Even now, A.J. Davis thinks he's known more for the day he chose to attend N.C. State than anything that's happened since.
-ACC poll seems same
-U.S. Coach Krzyzewski Working Overtime

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Little respect for Big Four
  North Carolina schools are picked at the bottom of their ACC divisions in a preseason media poll.
-Bunting likes QB carousel
  UNC-CH quarterbacks may be rotated.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Gamecocks running out of football tickets
-Coaching pressures weigh heavily on Bowdens
  High-stakes game of college football taking its toll on coaches, Bowdens say

Early commitments up the recruiting ante
The Virginian Pilot

July 24, 2006

Tigers tap North Carolina
  CLEMSON IS MINING the state of North Carolina for top talent.
Columbia (SC) The State

Coaches worried about the move to 12
  For more than 35 years, an 11-game regular season has been the gold standard for college football teams, but the days of 6-5 records are numbered.
Durham Herald-Sun

ACC bowl games will deliver league a $27 million reward
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Quality QBs seem in short supply
  The most talented quarterback in the ACC wears No. 3 for Duke -- for Duke's basketball team.
-N.C. State lands QB commitment from Virginia

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Veteran Deacs are setting sights on postseason
  The most talented quarterback in the
-Panthers must answer important preseason questions



July 30, 2006

From the Orlando Sentinel
  Sentinel reporter Kyle Hightower sat down with Keith Tribble and got his thoughts about his first month as UCF athletic director, UCF's athletic financial health and his impressions so far about Orlando as a sports town.
-UCF linemen boast experience

O'Leary Wants Bulls Yearly
  USF's exit agreement from Conference USA requires the Bulls to play three more games against C-USA teams, meaning USF-UCF may not go away for at least a few more years.
Tampa Tribune

UCF preparing for more rigorous in-state challenges
  UCF, the preseason pick for first in Conference USA's Eastern Division, returns 75 percent of its roster, including seven starters on defense who were freshmen
Gainesville Sun

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Ten questions for the Herd
-UCF looks to build on success
-Central Florida profile

Marshall notebook
  Season football ticket sales near record pace
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Williams is raw, but eager to learn
  Panthers' top draft pick impresses some veterans in first practice of training camp
Winston Salem Journal

Tigers rich at wide receiver
Memphis Commercial Appeal

USM's Craft suspended for 2 games
  Southern Miss sophomore linebacker Mitch Craft has been suspended by coach Jeff Bower for the first two games of the 2006 season.
Hattiesburg American

Bower helps with Katrina PSA
  UCF, the preseason pick for first in Conference USA's Eastern Division, returns 75 percent of its roster, including seven starters on defense who were freshmen
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

July 29, 2006

UCF nears naming rights deal for stadium
  With the opening of its on-campus, 45,000-seat stadium a little more than one year away, UCF appears to be very close to securing a partner for its naming rights.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Programs walk a fine line
-Exactly who is a booster

Golden Eagle linemen stand tall
Hattiesburg American

Full speed ahead
  Eagles DB eager to put '05 season behind him
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Early reviews for Williams favorable
  Panthers coach likes ex-Tiger's abilities
Memphis Commercial Appeal

July 28, 2006

Conference USA Preview from the College Football News
-CFN C-USA Preview
-CFN All-CUSA Team
-Unit Rankings
-5 Top Pro Prospects & More
-Memphis Preview

Panthers sign top draft pick
  Former Memphis running back Williams agrees to 5-year contract
Charlotte Observer

Coast figures prominently in USM sports plans
  Fans will bounce back from storm, Bower says
Biloxi Sun Herald

C-USA Football Coaches Visit New Orleans
  With an invitation from the New Orleans Bowl, eight head coaches from Conference USA football teams visited New Orleans Tuesday and Wednesday

Eight C-USA coaches tour Katrina-damaged New Orleans
Gadsden (AL) Times

UTEP football gets backfield recruit
El Paso Times

TV plans made for MU-WVU game
  Football fans within the Mountain State's borders will have free access to Marshall University's season-opening clash at West Virginia University
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

July 27, 2006

-2006 Football Guide
-2006 Tulsa Football Preview
-2006-07 Memphis Basketball Summer Preview
-SMU Ranked Second in College Soccer Preseason Poll

Early schedule will prepare Marshall for C-USA games
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd schedule loaded with BCS teams at the start
-Herd to renew competition with Morehead State

July 26, 2006

2006 Marshall Football Preview
  What a difference a year makes. A year ago, Mark Snyder was thrust into his first head coaching position with only one spring practice session remaining on his team's slate.

Storylines stand out ahead of practice
  It's the calm before the organized mayhem that is preseason camp.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

WVU, Herd set kickoff time
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-C-USA coaches pay visit to New Orleans
  Conference USA's annual Media Days are scheduled for next week in Dallas, but the majority of the league's football coaches are convening today in New Orleans.
-West says newcomers will contribute right away

McCaleb surprised to earn top ST honor
  Darren McCaleb professed surprise Monday afternoon when informed that he had been voted the 2006 Conference USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year.
Hattiesburg American

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

July 25, 2006

-Conference USA Announces Preseason Football Poll
  The inaugural Conference USA Football Championship game featured UCF and Tulsa squaring off for the 2005 league title and according to the league's 12 head coaches, those two squads will once again meet up for a title shot in 2006.
-2006 UAB Football Preview
  Plenty of Experience Returns, but Blazers Must Fill Some Key Holes
-Former UAB Blazer Kirk Tuck Dies After Battling Leukemia
  Pelham, Alabama Native was 27 Years Old

C-USA coaches pick USM to finish second in East
  Central Florida looms as favorite
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Birmingham News
-Low expectations for `Hack-less' Blazers
  Conference USA coaches expect UAB to finish near the bottom of the C-USA race in 2006.
-`Kirk was always a winner'
  Former UAB football standout Kirk Tuck died on Monday after battling leukemia for nearly a year.

C-USA coaches pick UTEP to finish second
  Conference USA coaches are decidedly undecided as to who will win the West Division this fall.
El Paso Times

Herd has much to prove
  C-USA coaches pick Marshall to finish fourth in East Division
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd picked fourth in division
Charleston (WV) Gazette

West says coaches' No. 3 East pick for U of M is 'pretty high'
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Coaches pick TU to win division
  Lofty expectations officially began Monday for the Tulsa football program.
Tulsa World

July 24, 2006

Rice's newly hired AD wants to reshape funding
Houston Chronicle

UCF's Welsh ready to shoulder load as senior
Florida Today