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East Carolina


Conference USA

September 3, 2006

-O'Brien: Pirates fumble golden opportunity
-BVL: ECU-Navy Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

NCAA president Brand at Elon on Wednesday
Pirate volleyball 2-0 after topping Georgetown
National honor for Memphis soccer player

Pirates Fall To Midshipmen, 28-23

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Ground assault downs ECU
-Young offensive line thrown into the fire

Midshipmen hand Pirates season-opening loss, 28-23
New Bern Sun Journal

Midshipmen sink Pirates
This one was the very definition of a grinding win.
Washington Daily News

Navy runs to victory
ECU plays well overall but can't stop Midshipmen's rush
Raleigh News & Observer

Navy Opens Season With Win Over East Carolina

Midshipmen ride Hampton to triumph
Navy managed to churn out 403 rushing yards and hang on for a 28-23 win yesterday in its season opener against East Carolina in front of 33,809 at Navy
Washington Times

Mids Run Roughshod Over East Carolina
Washington Post

Midshipmen hit ground running
Triple option nets 403 rushing yards for Navy, including 149 for QB Hampton
Baltimore Sun

Hampton leads Navy past ECU
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

September 2, 2006

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Miners prevail over Aztecs in season opener
East Carolina has Wright stuff in volleyball
ECU women's soccer gets another shutout
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Kevin Miller, Kevin Monroe)

East Carolina at Navy Game Information

-Lady Pirates Shutout Western Carolina 2-0
-Volleyball Outlasts Wright State 3-2

Playing Navy early might be a big advantage for ECU
East Carolina will have had plenty of time to get ready for Navy when the two teams begin the season today at 5:30 pm, in Annapolis, Md.
Winston Salem Journal

Midshipmen serve up new challenges for ECU
There won't be another day like today for the East Carolina Pirates.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates open tough schedule against Navy
Fayetteville Observer

Pirates ready for first challenge
Washington Daily News

Young linebackers to get tested
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz brings rebuilt Pirates to Navy
There was a time not that long ago when any discussion of the best football programs outside the power conferences included East Carolina.
Washington Times

E. Carolina skips into Annapolis
Coach brings wealth of football knowledge
Annapolis Capital

From the Baltimore Sun
-Navy's Hampton awaits first test
-Today's Navy game

East Carolina at Navy
Raleigh News & Observer

Area College Football Previews
Washington Post

At a glance- Saturday's East Carolina-Navy game
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Coaches play poor-mouth game before Navy East Carolina contest

Holtz and Pirates Are Going Places, but They May Not Be There Yet
International News Service

-Three important questions loom as opener approaches
-Navy vs. East Carolina Notes
East Carolina will start three new linebackers on Saturday

September 1, 2006

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Straight answers to 'Where are they now?'
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

UAB game off limits to Peterson's Dad
Tulsa rolls past Stephen F. Austin in opener
Pirates announce nine women's track signees
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Ex-Heel Mitchell now at ECU
Mitchell elected to transfer to ECU, where he is practicing as a member of the football team. Mitchell must sit out the 2006 season under NCAA transfer rules but will have two years of eligibility left beginning in 2007.
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates' young O-line will face veteran Navy defense
From Navy's standpoint, playing East Carolina on opening day means a chance to start the season attacking a largely inexperienced offensive line with a well-acquainted group of linebackers and a front seven with six seniors on it.
-Weather not expected to affect ECU-Navy game

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates set sail against Navy
During the past two seasons, the East Carolina football team was a serious and even sullen bunch.
-Holtz crew can go 5-7 and succeed

From the Washington Daily News
-ECU’s Roach, CMU’s Linson excited to get back into action
Roach, a graduate student wide receiver at East Carolina University, will take the field on Saturday when the Pirates play at Navy.
Copper and Linson have big games

ECU to play untested linebackers
Soft in the middle is not a tag that Coach Skip Holtz wants for his defense, and it might be up to freshmen and sophomores to shore up East Carolina's linebacking corps.
Winston Salem Journal

Veteran backfield ready for early challenge
Navy is going to need the secondary to step up in Saturday night's season opener against East Carolina, which piled up 2,816 passing yards last season.
Annapolis Capital

Record-setting Ballard leads way for Navy
FB a big reason Midshipmen one of nation’s best running the ball
New Bern Sun Journal

Weekend preview: Clash between 'Noles and 'Canes tops college football slate
USA Today

Hammonds transfers to UNF
Former East Carolina standout to play for Ospreys

Women's Track and Field Signs Nine

Virginia returns home for opener
Jefferson Cup Volleyball Tournament brings Wright State, Georgetown, ECU to Charlottesville
University of Virginia - The Cavalier Daily

August 31, 2006

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Navy next step in shaping Holtz coaching persona
-BVL: Bonesville's O'Brien on Harris Poll panel

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Ex-Buc Witter hits home run to complete cycle
Herd player helps team to international win
UAB takes aim on opener, plans to honor Tuck
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Skip Holtz, Paul Johnson)

Gameday Forecast: East Carolina @ Navy

A better option- ECU expects tough test against Navy
A slew of East Carolina football players know how to beat a triple option offense because they already have.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Holtz is counting on Pirate Nation
As ECU’s football team flies out of Kinston on Friday, head coach Skip Holtz thinks there will be plenty members of the Pirate Nation making the same trip to Maryland to see their team take on Navy — even it is by car.
-ECU works out kinks for season-opener

Coaching web connects Navy, East Carolina
Earlier travels put Mids, Pirates on familiar ground for inaugural matchup
Annapolis Capital

Navy Braces for a High-Octane Offense
Asked what his primary concern is in Saturday's season opener in Annapolis against East Carolina, Navy Coach Paul Johnson replied, "Everything."
Washington Post

-Transcript of Navy Head Football Coach Paul Johnson's Comments
-2006 Navy Media Guide

Former Pirate Adam Witter Hits For Cycle
Former Pirate standout Adam Witter hit for the cycle Tuesday night, the first of his career, helping the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes to a 19-3 rout of the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium.

August 30, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Toss aside conventional wisdom for this matchup
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Army six wins away from San Diego trip
Rivers will get starting assignment for Chargers
With Campbell in goal, ECU shuts out Camels
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Bethany Bradsher)
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (Steele, Miller & Snoop)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Greg Hudson)

Pirates hoping to have Bell back for Navy contest
Projected starting linebacker Pierre Bell left last Friday's scrimmage with a shoulder injury.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Smooth sailing?
With likes of Reggie Campbell, Mids will be in running for another bowl berth. But some others must produce.
Baltimore Sun

Midshipmen thrive on game-week work
  Navy cranks up season-opener preparation with spirited session
Annapolis Capital

Transcript of Navy Head Football Coach Paul Johnson's Comments

August 29, 2006

-Bailey: From The Anchor Desk
Pirates prep for Middies with invisible ball
BVL: Talk 1070 turning up the power
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz weekly press conference

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Holtz indicates Pirates are ready
C-USA teams face stiff season-opening tests
Three C-USA QB's on O'Brien watch list

-Football GameDay Central
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
-Lady Pirates Shutout Campbell 5-0

Simulating Navy's triple option a tough task for ECU
Skip Holtz hopes a few more days of simulation will prepare his team for a truly unique season opener.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Optimism proves to be contagious for East Carolina
You have to love the optimism of college football players in August.
sboro News Record

From the Washington Daily News
-ECU LB corps a concern; Pierre Bell’s status still up in the air
-Pirates begin final week of preparation
“Navy gives us a heckuva challenge to start the year,” East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz said to kick off his weekly media luncheon Monday

Holtz, Pirates eager for Annapolis trip
ECU into final week of preps for season-opener
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates working to prepare for Midshipmen's spread offense
Winston-Salem Journal (AP)

From the
-Transcript of Navy Head Football Coach Paul Johnson's Comments
They are going to be big and athletic. They have good skill on offense. They are going to be big on defense. I think they run pretty good. It will be a big challenge so we'll see. That's why they play the games, to see what happens.
-Navy and East Carolina Set For Season Opener
-Navy Football Ticket Holders Can Ride Free on Annapolis Transit On Game Days

BASEBALL- Witter excels in rookie league
Over the course of Adam Witter's baseball career, a lot of doors have been opened for him.
Chambersburg Public Opinion

Preps: Extra work paying off for Cougars' Cullen
don't expect the 6-foot-5 Sean Cullen, who is drawing interest from the University of Connecticut and East Carolina University, to get overconfident.
Naples News

Ex-jock slobs- First glory, then a gut
Orlando Sentinel

CFL news from the Regina Leader-Post
-Aug 19-Riders quarterback Marcus Crandell  suffers a dislocated left elbow
-Aug 18- Riders hand controls over to Crandell

August 28, 2006

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 279
A few predictions worth noting
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Herd loses top receiver Moore for WVU opener
Memphis puts more walk-ons on scholarship
Hokies claim title in ECU volleyball event

NEW GUYS-ECU line lacks experience
  Outside expectations are not high for East Carolina, but that's just fine with second-year coach Skip Holtz and his players. He thinks he knows something about his team that others don't.
Winston Salem Journal

East Carolina taking shape
Rocky Mount Telegram

Boatload of focus for Navy
  On paper, Navy's schedule is tougher than recent years with East Carolina, Tulsa, Stanford and Connecticut all coming in September.
Annapolis Capital

September 3, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Knights leave Heels feeling blue
Nothing new, UNC-CH opens with a loss.
-Along came a spider
Costly mistakes, lack of offense in opener bring Duke's first loss to I-AA team.
-A familiar formula
N.C. State's retooled defense and the running of Andre Brown and Toney Baker are the keys to the Wolfpack's victory over defending Division I-AA national champion Appalachian State.
-It's prime time for the Panthers

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Costly Win- Deacons' Mauk breaks his right arm
-Wolfpack's defense too much for Mountaineers
N.C. State pulls away to beat Appalachian State 23-10
-Turnover helps sink Tar Heels' comeback attempt
-Rams dominate Aggies 41-14
-Panthers face the pressures of living up to expectations brought about by their wealth of talent
-Panthers cut Basanez, LeFors from QB corps
-Panthers supplemented already strong defense with key offseason acquisitions
-One Reason- Keyshawn Johnson has signed with the Panthers for the sole purpose of winning another Super Bowl ring

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Devils get first-ever loss to Division I-AA foe
-Disappointment marks Heels' loss to Rutgers
-Pack runs strong past ASU

From the Virginian Pilot
-Mistakes, inexperience send U.Va. to an ugly start
-Hokies make the grade with win over I-AA foe

No. 18 Clemson rolls after building 24-0 halftime lead
Greenville (SC) News

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Bowden irate after no replay
-Boyd apologizes for crack comment on ESPN

September 2, 2006

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Openers are pivotal this time
-Who’s on the hot seat?

From the Winston Salem Journal
-The Sleepless Nights- Every season is a nightmare for Deacons'
-Wolfpack expects Mountaineers' best shot
-Mooresville linebacker commits to NC State
East Carolina and James Madison also offered Sweezy grants-in-aid
-Going deep with Duke
-Rams, Aggies, their fans readyto renew old rivalry
-Panthers to make final cuts today

UNC and N.C. State coaches both need to put up some Ws - soon
Wilmington Star-News

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NC State sees 1-AA champs as legitimate threat
-Duke looks to extend win streak over I-AA teams
-North Carolina-Chapel Hill out to earn respect

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Amato's tenure just middle of the pack -- so far
-More seats, less tailgating await Wolfpack football fans

From the Virginian Pilot
-U.Va. QB transfer from Notre Dame waited years for this moment
-Pittsburgh to provide heat as U.Va. faces baptism by fire in opener

Fans line up for A&T tix
Greensboro News-Record

Cook- Rhoades sees defense in fast lane
Rhoads lost out on the East Carolina job after the '02 season in part, probably, because of that youth thing.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Schnellenberger, Owls come to town
Anderson Independent

Spurrier- It wasn't pretty
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

September 1, 2006

Navy A Threat To Reach 10-Win Mark
The Virginian Pilot

Start with a Shutout
Score one in the ugly win column for South Carolina.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Ex-UVa player headed to jail
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Winston Salem Journal
Still Competitive- Jerry Moore, Mountaineers trying to focus on opener at N.C. State
-Apps won't miss those long plane flights
-Deacs say offensive line is improved
-College Football Roundup- State Edition
Eagles hold on to take opener; WCU wins

Devils working hard to put fans in seats
Duke ranked last in the ACC and 96th nationally out of 117 schools in home attendance last season. The Blue Devils' average home crowd was 17,486; last year's lone Division I-AA opponent, VMI, drew a season-low crowd of 10,126.
Durham Herald-Sun

Batten Down The Hatches (mp3)
College football writer and recruiting guru Sammy Batten breaks down the ACC, East Carolina and the hot prospects.
Fayetteville Observer

Wake has big goals
Wake making boldest declaration of football goals in at least a decade.
Greensboro News-Record

From Columbia (SC) The State
-'Dog catchers
Spurrier earns first win in Starkville with 'anti-ball plays'
Gamecocks get off to a good start with defensive victory
-The Man
For most of last season, Tyrone Nix had 'co-' in front of his title. Not anymore.
-Go west and prosper
As Phase I of Clemson’s WestZone project is unveiled this weekend, the brainchild of coach Tommy Bowden is already beginning to pay dividends

Panthers 4-0 -- in ugly fashion
Charlotte Observer

August 31, 2006

Gamecocks set to start tonight
Anderson Independent

From Columbia (SC) The State
-7 wins look like good bet
-Three storylines for the game
-It’s academic- USC pep band stays home
-USC suspends guard
USC starting offensive guard James Thompson has been suspended for the Gamecocks’ first four games for an undisclosed violation of team rules, USC coach Steve Spurrier announced Wednesday.

Rodriguez trying to relieve the pressure
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Thoughts before big weekend
-Duke RB leaned on family, team after Katrina
-Shoulder surgery sidelines Heels' TE

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Decision helps Tar Heels now and in future
Heels will use two QBs
-Dove fields are place to be
The mourning dove is America's No. 1 game bird and a source of Southern tradition. On Saturday, hunters across North Carolina will take to the fields for the opening of dove season and the start of fall hunting.

A Tough Dude: Amato says Lowery is the toughest player on the N.C. State team
Winston Salem Journal

From the Charlotte Observer
-Can Spurrier pull miracle from his visor?
-Tonight could seal Panthers' backup plan
-Post player chooses Charlotte

August 30, 2006

From the Winston Salem Journal
-ASU Notebook Mountaineers' AD eager to go to Raleigh
Cobb said he would love for Appalachian to play N.C. State again or for it to play any of the state's other Division I-A teams.
-WANTING MORE- Grobe says Deacs need to step up

Virginia rebuilding team and staff
Virginia enters what coach Al Groh describes as a rebuilding phase.
New Bern Sun Journal

'06 schedule is Cavaliers' biggest ally
The opening six outings include three gimmes -- Wyoming, Western Michigan, Duke -- and minimal heavy lifting.
Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia Report- Cavaliers suddenly lacking in depth at wide receiver position
The Virginian Pilot

Five-year plan
Jim Grobe made a commitment to the future by vowing to redshirt as many freshmen as possible when he became Wake Forest’s head coach in December 2000.
Fayetteville Observer

Florida Atlantic talking trash
For a program that played its first game against Slippery Rock a mere five years ago, Florida Atlantic is pretty bold. An Owls defender spewed a bit of trash-talk to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel this week, but Clemson’s offensive line isn’t taking the bait.
Anderson Independent

Spurrier pledges $250,000
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has pledged $250,000 over the next five years to the athletic department's capital campaign.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Dailey double- Nebraska transfer to start UNC-CH opener, but Cam Sexton also will play at QB
Durham Herald-Sun

Duke ready to defy expectations
The Blue Devils were a unanimous preseason selection to finish last in the ACC's Coastal Division.
sboro News Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack duo ailing for opener
-Pay attention- It's a new BCS
The powers that be have revised the Bowl Championship Series formula again, which is like saying 400 tons of mud have been dumped into the Mississippi River.
-Football powers consider TV game
NCHSAA rules prohibit live broadcast.

Big Four's bowl quests kick off Saturday
Saturday just can't get here fast enough.
Wilmington Star-News

Grab a (plane) ticket for best 49ers games
Charlotte Observer

ESPN-Big East deal will extend coverage
The Big East Conference and ESPN agreed Tuesday to a pair of six-year deals to extend coverage of football and men’s and women’s basketball through 2013.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

August 29, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Devils scared of Spiders?
Normally a football season-opening game at home vs. the Richmond Spiders wouldn't concern any Division I-A school. Then again, Duke's an exception...
-Duke ready to see other colors

From the Anderson Independent
-Could this be the year for another title?
Twenty five years have passed since Clemson won its first and only football national championship.
-Anticipating more success
Last season, Steve Spurrier just wanted to win more than he lost.

Belcher leaving Gamecocks
Mychal Belcher isn't through with college football -- just with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC report- Rice plans to stay at least three years
Furman freshman reports for duty at age 27

ACC football | Battle of the conference 'What ifs?'
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Charlotte Observer
-Devils will greet day with practice
After turning off the alarm clocks each morning, Duke's football players head first to the practice field, not to class.
-Preps: Charlotte's Butler-Independence on ESPNU

DE Redd is third ex-U.Va. athlete to transfer to Liberty this month
The Virginian Pilot

Hurricanes hope Ernesto avoids them
  Miami could miss at least two practices as storm bears down on South Florida
Winston Salem Journal

August 28, 2006

MacKenzie breaks through
Greenville native wins first PGA Tour event
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Confidence is key to success for WFU's Swank
Deacons kicker, coming off a stellar freshman season, says he feels stronger
-First look at Deacs appeals to Prosser
Coach will know more after trip to Bahamas
-Hill is pleased in high country
Wide receiver had Appalachian State on his shopping list
-Catch of the Day
Hurricanes official to take Stanley Cup on fishing trip to Falls of Neuse Lake

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Canes come out for a good cause
In what could be called the unofficial summer of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Jimmy V Golf Classic had the feel of the official golf tournament of the Carolina Hurricanes.
-UNC-CH's O-line has new mentality under Weber
-U.S. Makes Statement With Aussie Rout

Traveling Terriers have time to bond
No. 24 South Carolina (0-1) at Wofford (1-0)
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Young team a mystery for Spurrier
Reliance on untested freshmen makes coach’s year 2 team a tough read
-More cowbell! SEC says not so fast
Conference may enforce ban on noise makers; USC receivers enter week banged up
-USC close on 3 out-of-staters
Linebacker Melvin Ingram (6-2, 227) of Rockingham, N.C., currently favors N.C. State over USC. He also has offers from North Carolina, East Carolina and North Carolina A&T.

Brunell struggles as Redskins fall to Patriots, 41-0
Hampton Roads Daily Press

For a sports flick, `Invincible' not bad
Charlotte Observer


September 3, 2006

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers vs. Rebels- It's throw time
-Both sides feel pressure to succeed in '06
-Key matchups

Conference USA Scoreboard

Sept. 2 Football Round-Up
Led by quarterback Kevin Kolb, Houston won the Conference USA season opener, defeating crosstown foe Rice by a score of 31-30. Head Coach George O'Leary's UCF tea posted the only other victory of the night with a 35-16 win against Villanova. Four of the losses on the day were to Top 25 teams, including three Top 10 squads.

From the Birmingham News
-No. 10 Oklahoma 24, UAB 17
-UAB team physician hurt in sideline collision
-Sam Hunt is the first-game winner in the UAB quarterback derby.
-Four in double figures for Blazers

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Slow start dooms Herd
-Mountaineer crush
-Slate a bright spot in loss
-MU offers no excuses for loss

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Herd has lots of ground to make up
-King of the Mountain
WVU dominates Herd 42-10 behind offensive explosion

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights win but still have much work to do
On the Ugly Scale, Mike Walker certainly had seen worse than Saturday night.
-A win is a win, but . . .
-Knights' problems can be corrected, O'Leary says

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles assist in their own demise
-No. 7 Florida 34, Southern Miss 7

After early deficit, Gators pull away for victory
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Dallas Morning News
-New starter, same engine- QB Harrell, Tech race past SMU, 35-3
-Ponies 'see a future' in freshman QB

Houston survives Rice outburst to win
For much of Saturday night's game, the world — or at least the small portion of it surrounding Rice Stadium — was upside-down.
Houston Chronicle

September 2, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-This week in Conference USA
-Conference USA team-by-team schedules
-Herd's offense key to pulling off upset
-Marshall-West Virginia game notes

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Snyder wants to see questions answered
-Openers always make Rodriguez nervous
-It would be nice if we could be good neighbors
-Friends of Coal Bowl notebook

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd QB must adjust to 'odd' blitzes
-MU duo ready to attack WVU offense
-WVU must keep the big picture in sight
-Big $ for Big East in TV deal

Can Eagles swim upstream in Swamp?
Southern Miss junior defensive tackle Martavius Prince has been waiting for today to roll around from the moment the Golden Eagles' 2006 football schedule first was announced.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Young takes reins tonight
Four years ago, Southern Miss had to break in a new quarterback at M.M. Roberts Stadium. The assignment was easy enough, as Dustin Almond and Mickey D'Angelo split time under center in a 55-7 victory over Jackson State.
Biloxi Sun Herald

QBs in spotlight today
Hattiesburg American

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers focus on slowing Peterson
UAB head football coach Watson Brown admittedly has a long list of concerns about facing Oklahoma's offense.
-Blazers visit Bahamas for exhibition games
UAB head basketball coach Mike Davis spent the past 10 days trying to make his team better. That won't change this weekend when the Blazers visit the Bahamas to play two basketball games.

From the Dallas Morning News
-For now, lofty goals realistic for SMU, Tech
-SMU athletic department loses two veterans

UCF hungry despite home cookin'
Orlando Sentinel

Cougars vs. Owls
Houston Chronicle

September 1, 2006

Thursday Football Roundup
Tulsa and UTEP each opened the 2006 season with victories on Thursday night. Paul Smith threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns and Tulsa beat Stephen F. Austin 45-7 Thursday night to win its season opener for the first time in five years. UTEP built a 24-point lead and held on to win at San Diego State, 34-27.

Miners survive scare, win 34-27 over SDSU
Whew! Ahead by 24 points in the third quarter, the UTEP football team held off a furious rally by San Diego State to post a 34-27 victory
El Paso Times

From the Tulsa World
-Quarterback pulls out all stops to get wins for TU
Paul Smith could have folded his 2005 football season on that muggy October evening at Southern Miss. Tulsa's first-year starting quarterback had just thrown his second interception against the Eagles. The first was taken back for a touchdown, the next to TU's 1-yard line.
-TU Notebook- Late addition

Around Conference USA- Football
USA Today

Week One ... Fearless Predictions for Every Game
College Football News

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd vs. 'Eers is like Hatfields vs. McCoys
Does it matter if the Hatfields were higher ranked than the McCoys?
-Bradshaw, Morris Coal Bowl's other dual threat

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd receiving corps finds strength in numbers
Despite injury and suspension, Marshall University will line up three returning starters at wide receivers Saturday at West Virginia.
-Secondaries could be weak spot for Herd, Mountaineers

Herd hopes to avoid stuttering start
There is one recurring theme in Marshall football history, distant and recent, that will doom the Thundering Herd if repeated Saturday against West Virginia.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Florida coach introduced to USM in '03 bowl
The last time Florida football coach Urban Meyer saw Southern Miss up close, his Utah Utes were handing the Golden Eagles a 17-0 loss in the 2003 Liberty Bowl.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Beating Gators no easy task
Hattiesburg American

Mississippi once again fertile land for Tigers’ recruiting
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Cougars' king of sling?
Kevin Kolb is no fool. He can read a record book, so the senior quarterback knows that when he finishes his career at the University of Houston, Kolb will own every career passing and total-yardage mark at a school that has produced its fair share of prolific passers.
Houston Chronicle

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU's Lowery finds a home as starting cornerback
Devin Lowery, one of the Mustangs' most athletic players, spent two seasons at wide receiver. After Lowery made little impact there, the coaches moved him to cornerback. Lowery, a junior from Grand Prairie, earned the starting job at corner and debuts Saturday.
-Willis' plan for SMU's opener- Keep it simple
Quarterback Justin Willis of Denton Ryan said he's anxious for the season opener because it will be his first college start. Willis, a redshirt freshman, won the starting job in spring practice and continued to play well in training camp despite a wart on his right foot.

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF seniors see change for better
It was the close of the first official UCF practice this summer, and the Golden Knights' eldest members were standing shoulder to shoulder in the middle of the field when the rest of their teammates slowly started to gather around them.
-This fall's schedule provides no rest
Unlike 2005, when the Golden Knights had a 16-day lag between their opener at South Carolina and their second game, this year the Knights have no bye weeks.

TU lineman weighted by heavy burden
Having players report to fall camp a bit overweight and out of shape is as common as two-a-day practices. But Avery Williams' lack of conditioning was understandable.
New Orleans Times Picayune

August 31, 2006

From the El Paso Times
-UTEP season begins against SDSU
-Palmer breathes big sigh of relief
-Tailgate time
Use tips to be in midseason form before the first kickoff

From the Houston Chronicle
-UTEP tries to sour debut of San Diego State's Long
-Houston, UTEP and Tulsa all have eyes on West title; UCF class of
-HOUSTON- Cougars want to capitalize on city life
-RICE- Graham has Owls believing
-College television and radio roundup

TU's first foe features plenty of youngsters
One of former ECU assistant Robert McFarland's first priorities in rebuilding Stephen F. Austin's football program is bulking up a defensive unit that was one of the worst in Division I-AA during his first year at the helm.
Tulsa World

From the Hattiesburg American
-Bower extension all set
Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower is expected to receive a four-year extension in the third week of September, according to athletic director Richard Giannini.
-Golden Eagles nervous - in a good way - about facing Gators
This is why you play football at the University of Southern Miss.

Taking on No. 7
When Southern Miss travels to No. 7 Florida for the season opener Saturday, the Golden Eagles will have a distinct South Mississippi flavor on the playing surface at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
loxi Sun-Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Wednesday business-like, today Eagles add polish
-UAB needs new QB to deliver at Oklahoma

Calm, cool and coordinated
visit the UAB football practice field and it's easy to notice the quiet way that defensive coordinator Rick Christophel handles his job.
Birmingham News

Sooners can't overlook UAB
Norman Transcript

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd needs new focus on opportunity
-Young Herd corner expecting butterflies
-This house was truly divided
-Sikula switches gears, chooses Marshall
Pitcher Arik Sikula, who verbally committed to Penn State will instead attend Marshall and play for new Coach Jeff Waggoner.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Charges against Rodamer reinstated
-Herd hopes to benefit from extra preparation
-Herd offense has familiar look

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-WVU brings unique challenges
-Morgantown visit a first for Snyder
-Spangler has sights on WVU-Marshall
-Herd's Rodamer to face new charges

Herd’s Bradshaw is major threat to West Virginia ‘D’
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Marshall, W.Va. to tangle again
-Mills, Brown happy to be Tiger after leaving Oxford
-West a fan of Rebel opener
-New Yorker the choice to join Tiger staff
Assuming the Tennessee Board of Regents gives its approval, St. John's assistant coach Jose 'Chuck' Martin will become the newest member of the University of Memphis men's basketball staff.

High hopes on the Hilltop for SMU
Dallas Morning News

Knights shore up defense
UCF yielded a whopping 93 points in its final two games: 44 in the Conference USA title game loss to Tulsa and 49 in the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada.
Florida Today

O'Leary is pushing to avoid close games
One thing Coach George O'Leary has said a lot this preseason is he doesn't want his Golden Knights in many close games late in the fourth quarter.
Orlando Sentinel

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
Tulane punter Chris Beckman admits his life has changed because of last year's big event. What once might have been trivial isn't now. He no longer takes life for granted.

Happy To Be Fifth Wheel
They've been complaining for a long time, the conferences not affiliated with the Bowl Championship Series.
Hartford Courant

August 30, 2006

Conference USA squads open season with huge tests
Three first-week tilts against top. 10 squads Conference USA is setting itself apart from other conferences as teams kickoff this Saturday — it’s the only league that will open the 2006 season with three games against opponents ranked in the preseason
New Bern Sun Journal

-Comments from Marshall head coach Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference
-Southern Miss Continues Florida Preparations

-UH Football Daily Practice Report

-Owls Resume Preparations For Opener

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Rodamer could still face charges
-Big Ten crew to officiate WVU-MU
-Depth chart taking shape for Marshall

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Double wide
Herd offensive tackles give Herd nearly 700 pounds up front
-Herd's defense will get ultimate test vs. WVU
-Once and for all, MU-WVU is a rivalry

Hype not so bad, coach says
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Stadium is a symbol for UCF
The building of a campus facility shows how much the football program has grown.
Orlando Sentinel

SMU backup QB to play some Saturday
Redshirt freshman Justin Willis will start at quarterback in SMU's season opener against Texas Tech, but coach Phil Bennett said backup Corey Slater could see time in the first half.
Dallas Morning News

From the El Paso Times
-Miner quarterback more than a star player
Chris Marrow first met Jordan Palmer on a UTEP recruiting trip in 2002
-UTEP linebackers reunited on the field
T.J. Monroe's eyes must have lit up when he saw the UTEP depth chart for the first time last week. There it was, his name right beneath Jeremy Jones' name.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' Doss has big shoes to fill, but he's confident
This time it will be a different Joe Doss sprinting from the University of Memphis locker room under Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and onto Hollingsworth Field.
-West expects freshmen to perform

Thomas to start at RB
Hattiesburg American

Resilient attitude spurs TU's Landry
After a 2-9 season, it's not surprising Tulane is doing its best to forget 2005.
New Orleans Times Picayune

August 29, 2006

-Football Notebook
Conference USA's 11th football season gets underway on Thursday with a pair of games to open an exciting weekend of conference action. Five games will be featured on national television, beginning with UTEP's Thursday night visit to San Diego State (9:30 p.m. CDT on CSTV). C-USA has four games against Top 25 opponents on opening weekend
-Women's Soccer Notebook
-Tommy West Names Martin Hankins Starting Quarterback
-Former Houston Football Player David Bearden Dies in Traffic Accident
-The Friends of Coal Bowl
-Head Coach Jeff Bower's Weekly Press Conference
-Tulsa's Smith Named to Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List
-Blazers Kickoff 2006 Season With Media Luncheon

From the Birmingham News
-Big road games `big opportunity'
Corey White wasn't intimidated playing in front of 80,523 fans at South Carolina in 2003. That's when the UAB running back's college career was a mere three days old.
-Conference USA race looks to be balanced in '06

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Charges against Rodamer dropped
A pair of misdemeanor charges against Marshall University football player Geremy Rodamer were dismissed on Monday. Rodamer will play Saturday against his hometown West Virginia University, Marshall head coach Mark Snyder said.
-Rivalry? Many say not MU-WVU
Opportunity awaits Marcus Fitzgerald. The junior wide receiver certainly didn't ask for this, but attrition has wedged Fitzgerald into a more prominent role in Marshall University's offense. Shawn Lauzon's season-ending hip injury and Hiram Moore's suspension has depleted a once-deep wide receiver group entering Saturday's football season opener at West Virginia.
-WVU game a homecoming for MU's Bragg

Legursky 'not too upset' about spy incident
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Double trouble for Herd
Marshall has experience in trying to contain potent backfield
-Charges dropped against Herd’s Rodamer
Marshall strong safety Geremy Rodamer’s misdemeanor charges were dropped Monday, at the prosecutors’ request. He still faces unspecified disciplinary action for missing curfew on the night he was arrested with two former Thundering Herd football players.
-New clock rules won’t change game much
-Former Herd player Gardner passes away

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Young & restless
-Campus Update- Thomas regains starting job at RB
Real Media: USM football coach on his expectations for QB Jeremy Young

Eagles face tough opener
Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower was all smiles at his initial press conference of the 2006 football season Monday morning.
Biloxi Sun Herald

A born quarterback
Tommy West got right on the phone and called his buddy, Hal Mumme. This was a year and a half ago. A quarterback named Martin Hankins had called the football office to ask about transferring to Memphis.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Mustangs looking to play with confidence on road
One of the key elements to SMU's five-win season in 2005 was the confidence the team displayed while playing on the road. The Mustangs open the 2006 season at Texas Tech, where they have not won since 1986.
Dallas Morning News

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave backup RB battles injuries
For the second consecutive year, Tulane running back Ray Boudreaux's progress has been interrupted by an injury. He entered camp three weeks ago as the Green Wave's No. 2 running back, but he has missed nearly a week of practice after suffering a right ankle sprain last week on a running play near the goal line.
-Anniversary: Remembering Katrina
Two hours before dawn, at the threshold of the darkest week in the history of New Orleans, a hand shook Cyril Crutchfield awake in lower Plaquemines Parish, 45 miles southeast of the city.

Full speed ahead
Tulsa's Kedrick Alexander has dished some major hits during his college football career. Nothing prepared the defensive back for the blow he took last August.
Tulsa World

August 28, 2006

From the Birmingham News
-C-USA Top 5
UAB head football coach Watson Brown sought answers to several critical questions during fall camp.

Herd all business as showdown nears
West Virginia's two heavyweight football programs have completed their training camps and are set for the main event.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

C-USA- The plan, without the man
Tigers believe their group dynamic can keep the program's bowl streak alive
Memphis Commercial Appeal

This week for Southern Miss
The Golden Eagles finished 7-5, 5-3 C-USA, capped by a New Orleans Bowl victory. It was USM's 12th consecutive winning season.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

TU's schedule gets upgrade following '06
Tulsa's 2005 season began with fanfare. A Big 10 opponent -- Minnesota -- visited Skelly Stadium and played the Golden Hurricane in front of a nationally televised audience.
Tulsa World

SMU, Tech put brawl in past
When SMU and Texas Tech last met in 2004, a brawl broke out at Ford Stadium. The Big 12 and Western Athletic Conference investigated the matter but no disciplinary action was announced publicly. The teams will play at 6 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock, and both coaches say there are no residual hard feelings.
Dallas Morning News

UH's Gulley still on the mend
The strength coach watches like a hawk as a UH defensive back works to get back on the field.
Houston Chronicle

Storm tossed recruiting into disarray
  The floodwaters that devastated New Orleans also destroyed the chances for college football scholarships for many high school players in the city, several coaches said.
New Orleans Times Picayune

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