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Conference USA

September 10, 2006
Grandparent's Day

-BVL: Game Center: UAB 17, ECU 23
-O'Brien: Recovery won't be easy for deflated Pirates
-BVL: ECU-UAB Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz UAB post-game comments
WNCT: Pepsi Game Day Countdown
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Aundrae Allison on Biletnikoff watch list
SEC's artificial noise penalties reinstated
ECU volleyball falls to North Florida

-Pirates Fall On The Road 17-12
UAB's Chris Felder made a game-saving strip and Will Evans recovered the fumble in the end zone late in the game to preserve a 17-12 victory for the Blazers over East Carolina Saturday night.
-Volleyball Sweeps Penn in Final Match of Comfort Suites Invitational
-Nicole Briggs Places Third At The Seahawk Invitational

Pirates lose heartbreaker
It just slipped away.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates come close
Raleigh News & Observer

Blazers Take Down Pirates 17-12

From the Birmingham News
-`We finally won one ugly'
UAB head coach Watson Brown: "We were just lucky, that's all there is to it."
-Blazers' backup plan
-The two-quarterback system works once again.

Fumble costs East Carolina in loss to UAB
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

September 9, 2006
Birthday - Colonel Sanders (KFC)

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
UAB focuses on covering Aundrae Allison
Ga. Southern mourns death of Erk Russell
Shelby named to ECU women's hoops staff
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Football Gameday
East Carolina @ UAB
Legion Field - Birmingham, AL  - 7:00 PM ET
Gameday Forecast: East Carolina @ UAB

WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

ECU All Access

-ECU Football GameDay Central
-ECU's Allison Named To Biletnikoff Watch List
Allison Set A Single-Season Record For Receiving Yards As A Junior
-Lady Pirates Drop First Game in N.C. State Tournament To American
-Volleyball Falls to North Florida 3-0

Playing catch up
Numbers from the season-opening loss to Oklahoma suggest that UAB wide receivers weren't much of a factor.
Birmingham News

ECU looks to end its Alabama blues
East Carolina tries to end an 0-for-Alabama string of futility when the Pirates visit Alabama-Birmingham in the Conference USA opener for both clubs tonight
Fayetteville Observer

From the Washington Daily News
-Copper getting adjusted to ‘The Big Easy’
-Pirates try to douse Blazers in C-USA opener

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates take aim at Blazers
Banged-up defensive unit is learning on the job for ECU
-Do-it-all roach
Defensive end back for East Carolina game

New Bern Sun Journal

UAB looking for revenge
Greenville Daily Reflector

At a glance- Saturday's East Carolina-UAB game
Winston Salem Journal

September 8, 2006

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
NCAA's Brand calls for 80 percent grad rate
ECU women's soccer gets regional ranking
Soccer Buzz recognizes ECU's Nicole Moore
Pirates get volleyball sweep over UNCW
WNCT: Pirate Insider Report
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Lady Pirates Ranked 14th In Southeast Region
After starting the season 3-1, the East Carolina women's soccer team has received national recognition both as a team and for an individual.
-ECU Football GameDay Central

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-When the QB scrambles, receivers forsake routes to get open
It was hard not to think of backyard football last Saturday when East Carolina quarterback James Pinkney was being chased back and forth behind the line of scrimmage at Navy.
-Ernesto leaves a soggy legacy at new ECU building

East Carolina set to take on UAB in C-USA opener
East Carolina knows that Alabama-Birmingham will be as tough to defend against Saturday as it was last season.
Winston Salem Journal

Blazers defense focuses on Pirates' Allison
Treating Aundrae Allison like any other East Carolina wide receiver probably won't work when the Pirates visit Legion Field on Saturday.
Birmingham News

McSwain’s return a boon for Blazers
Defensive end back for East Carolina game
New Bern Sun Journal

UAB Winding Down Preparations For East Carolina

September 7, 2006
Harvest Moon

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
'Standing room only' at heart of Holland plan

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Tigers, Pack, Deacs highlight ECU hoops slate
Record contradicts Tressel's poll vote claim
Winston-Salem State coach gets extension
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-2006-07 Men's Basketball Schedule Released
East Carolina will host defending Conference USA champion Memphis for a second consecutive season as part of its 29-game regular season schedule, which includes road dates at a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference rivals.
-Volleyball Sweeps UNC Wilmington
-Nicole Moore Named to Soccer Buzz Elite Team Of The Week

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Wilson adds experience to the Pirates' linebacking corps
Fred Wilson epitomizes why college football coaches recruit the junior college system.
-Memphis, ACC foes highlight ECU men's basketball slate

Pirates know Blazers seeking revenge
UAB’s football team has payback on its mind — and it’s no secret to ECU.
New Bern Sun Journal

Blazers hope to prosper against weak East Carolina rush defense
Success apparently is in the eye of the beholder.
Birmingham News

Blazers Practice Continues in Preparation for First Conference USA Contest of Season

From the East Carolinian
-Navy loss stings, but Pirates can bounce back
Navy is the second-best team ECU will play all season
-Pinkney near perfect in loss
Senior QB throws for 283 yards and two TDs with no turnovers

Batten Down The Hatches- College football writer and recruiting guru Sammy Batten breaks down the ACC, East Carolina and the hot prospects.
Broadband | Modem | 'Ask Sammy'
Fayetteville Observer

September 6, 2006

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
No surprises in loss but bright spots emerge
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Holland featured speaker at power lunch
College games shorter after rule changes
Full day in C-USA includes Pirates-Blazers
C-USA names football players of the week
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (Steele, Miller & Snoop)

Blazers Turn Focus to East Carolina in Tuesday's Practice

Pinkney, Kolb have big days for C-USA squads
As East Carolina University’s football team prepares for its first away game of the season at the UAB this Saturday, it appears that Pirates quarterback James Pinkney will still have a ton of youth protecting him on the offensive line.
New Bern Sun Journal

ECU's Eskeridge continuing to learn quickly on defense
Eskeridge's East Carolina debut included two second-half fumble recoveries, but like his team's 28-23 loss, it fell shy of the redshirt freshman's goals
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU no OU, but it's still a big game
The rest of the season could be defined by what UAB does in one of the earliest C-USA games for UAB since the Blazers joined the conference in 1999.
Birmingham News

Blazers open league play after near-miss (AP)

-ECU Volleyball GameDay Central
The East Carolina volleyball team returns to action Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. inside Minges Coliesum to face UNC-Wilmington.
-Holland Featured Speaker At Power '06 Lunch

2006-07 SMU Men's Basketball Schedule Announced
ECU will travel to Moody Coliseum on Feb 17, 2007

NFL- 49ERS- No Rest on Labor Day
The 49ers also announced the final three members of the eight-man practice squad. The players that signed were DT Damane Duckett, LB Jeremy Mincey and WR Cory Rodgers.

Transcript of Navy Head Football Coach Paul Johnson's Comments

September 5, 2006

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Different feelings for different results
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz weekly press conference
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Steve Shankweiler)

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Holtz discusses loss to Navy, challenge at UAB
UAB pleased with performance versus Sooners
Louisville's Bush has surgery for broken leg

-ECU Football GameDay Central
East Carolina will hit the road again for its second game of the season when they head to Birmingham, Ala. to face UAB in the first Conference USA game for each school. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST) and can also been seen locally on WITN-TV 7.
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
East Carolina University head football coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against UAB.

Blazers Meet with Media at Weekly Luncheon on Monday
Head Coach Watson Brown and his players reflected on near upset of Oklahoma and looked ahead to ECU

Curcumstances forcing Pirates to use youngsters
As is often the case in college football's second week, the East Carolina Pirates are already doing some lineup adjusting in preparation for Saturday's Conference USA opener at UAB.
Greenville Daily Reflector

After strong first game, Blazers present Pirates with tough test
East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz used the word ‘frustrating’ two times in his opening sentence Monday when describing the weekend loss to Navy. From there, he quickly moved forward to the team’s UAB preparations.
Washington Daily News

ECU's Coach Says Navy Loss Frustrating (AP)

Navy ground game too much for Pirates
The East Carolinian

September 4, 2006
Labor Day (US)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 280
Pinkney off to familiar start
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Navy post-game remarks
-BVL: Updated C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Ole Miss survives Memphis in Sunday opener
Blazers narrowly miss upset bid at Oklahoma
Early showdown tonight for 'Canes, 'Noles
Cavaliers turn back Pirates in volleyball final

Scene inside of Navy's stadium shows it's about much more than football
Greenville Daily Reflector

-Lady Pirates Record Third Straight Shutout in 2-0 Win
-Volleyball Falls to Virginia 3-1 in Championship Match of Jefferson Cup

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Drew catches on quickly
After two years of never playing on game day for the East Carolina University football team, New Bern High School graduate Davon Drew finally made his way into the stat book.
-In need of time
Pirates show moxie, but can’t pull out a victory in crunch time against Navy

Pirates show fighting spirit in loss to Navy
Kinston Free Press

From the Washington Daily News
-Former area athletes enjoy time with Pirates
There was a bit of local flavor in ECU’s 28-23 loss to Navy Saturday.
-Copper signs with Saints
Terrance Copper didn’t stay unemployed for long.

Saints Make More Moves, Day After Final Cuts
The Saints reached an injury settlement with Bethel Johnson, releasing him and all traces to the failed Jonathan Sullivan experiment. In his place arrives former Dallas receiver Terrance Copper, who had two catches for 32 yards against the Saints in preseason week two.
New Orleans Pro Football



September 10, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Zips zap Wolfpack
The 1-yard touchdown run by the Zips' Dennis Kennedy completes a wild finish at Carter-Finley Stadium. The lack of a review on the final play leaves Wolfpack coach Chuck Amato at a loss.
-From A to Z, a bad loss
-Tar Heels succumb to BeamerBall
UNC-CH QBs struggle against Hokies.
-Bunting's Tar Heels playing like it's 1999

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Skinner's A Winner- QB solid in debut as starter
WFU overcomes 10-point deficit, hangs on for 14-13 win
-Appalachian State rocks James Madison 21-10
-UNC-CH's Nebraska transfer has turned into a big bust
-UAB tops ECU; Virginia nips Wyoming

Apathy the big winner at Kenan Stadium now
Wilmington Star-News

ACC's Bermuda Triangle
Casey Stengel once wondered aloud: "Can't anybody here play this game?"
Charlotte Observer

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Offense fires blanksO-ful night for USC Bulldogs blank USC
-Missed opportunities plague Tigers’ loss

Backup QB McCabe helps Cavs dodge a nasty bullet
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Wake Forest blocks Duke's bid for victory
After many games, the Duke Blue Devils have played the what-if game, rationalizing how the outcome could have been different even in some lopsided losses if a small series of plays had gone their way.
-Zips spoil State's (early) celebration
Officials ruled the celebration excessive right away. No fewer than four yellow flags littered Carter-Finley Stadium's south end zone after players from the N.C. State bench charged onto the field and piled on Jamelle Eugene after his 11-yard touchdown reception gave the Wolfpack a three-point lead with 1:07 remaining Saturday against the Akron Zips.
-Hokies make most of UNC-CH's mistakes
The mistakes weren't one-sided, but the consequences were.

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Wake blocks kick and escapes Duke
-NASCAR/Richmond: Kahne bumps Stewart; Harvick wins
-Panthers' time has arrived, but it arrived at a bad time

Domination, then rest
WVU starters sit out most of romp 52-3 over I-AA EWU
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

September 9, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Roof may be caving in for Duke football program
With a 13-0 loss to Richmond last week, Duke's football team is 0-1 staring at 0-12.
-Heels' defense tries to 'fit' in 'fit'

From the Charlotte Observer
-Expectations still hound Vick
There are times when Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick wonders if anything he does on a football field will ever be enough.
-One man's dream- Football for 49ers
A thing we do well in this, the fall of 2006, is anger. We are great at being angry and bitter and put-upon, great at dumping our venom onto message boards, radio talk shows and letters to the editor.
-Smith misses 3rd straight practice

UNC-CH season in precarious situation
Losing a season-opener to Rutgers has put North Carolina in the uncomfortable position of needing to beat a team today it’s supposed to lose against.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers begin tough road trip
Today, we start finding out what Clemson is really made of.
-Future of season could be on the line between UGA, USC
There has been talk this week that South Carolina’s matchup with Georgia each year sets the stage for the rest of the season for both teams — the winning team going on to great things, and the loser heading the other direction.

USC vs. Georgia
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Winston Salem Journal
-No heavy lifting- Deacons' Skinner won't be asked to do too much today
-Blue Devils are t-rying to get past loss to Spiders
-Duke, N.C. State add football players
-Reluctant foes ASU, JMU to play 'Champions' game

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke looks to end Wake's streak
-No more looking back for Tar Heels
-Akron affords Wolfpack chance to air it out

From the Virginian Pilot
-Al Groh put aside bloodline when he promoted his son
-'Beamerball' aims for bigger results this year

Portis not expecting to play against Vikings
Hampton Roads Daily Press

September 8, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-O'Cain 'a good fit' with Virginia Tech
For a coaching chameleon, Mike O'Cain doesn't change his look much.
-Pope gift aids UNC-CH football
Slice of $2.3 million for Western studies.
-Duke, Wake build for future
Upgrades to Wallace Wade and Groves stadiums could help Devils, Deacons.
-Bruising fullbacks leaving a mark on Wolfpack
To get to N.C. State, John Kane and Pat Bedics took the road less traveled.
-Canes lace up, prepare for camp
Most players hit the ice early.

Former U.Va. coach will help ODU in football
Old Dominion hires former coaches George Welsh and Dick Sheridan as consultants.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Hokies making headway in N.C.
Move to ACC helps Virginia Tech recruit North Carolina hard
Charlotte Observer

From the Virginian Pilot
-Virginia Tech notebook- Backup QB Holt looks to get in the mix at wide receiver
-What to watch in college football
-ODU football program nabs proven winners as advisers
-Redskins notebook- Portis and Springs don't expect to play Monday vs. Vikings

Clemson hopes to neutralize BC's physical style
Anderson Independent

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Heels not intimidated by famed VT kick blocking
-UNC might rebound, but VT can be tough
Who knows what history means in college football? Coaches claim that, from year to year, teams have different images and strengths and weaknesses.
-Roof had his eye on the backup Deacs QB

Sasser all tied up in Coastal, Wofford
Former coach, AD has loyalty to both schools, who face one another on Saturday
Columbia (SC) The State

September 7, 2006

Spiders' sting not first to ACC
Duke's season-opening loss to Division I-AA Richmond ranks as one of the ACC's worst non-conference losses ever.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Fox Sports makes Good
Fox Sports reversed field and did the right thing Wednesday, promising to give Greg "Catman" Good a free truck after he was duped by an on-air prank gone wrong two weeks ago.
Charlotte Observer

Once again, Waters eyes jump to NFL
School clears Web site of wrongdoing; Eagles QB Ryan questionable
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Winston Salem Journal
-NASCAR: It's do-or-die time at Richmond
Kahne tops list of Nextel Cup drivers trying to make Chase for Championship
-Appalachian to battle former champ James Madison
-Deacons' Late Addition
Wake Forest waited until the last minute to sign QB Skinner

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Panthers hamstrung by Smith injury
-Brand- Crack the textbooks or the NCAA will crack down
-Lawyers- Jones cleared of doping by 'B' blood test

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Brand sets NCAA goal for graduation at 80%
Trumpeting "academic reform from which you cannot run and hide," NCAA President Myles Brand announced his goal for raising the graduate success rate among Division I schools during a speech Wednesday at Elon University.
-Krzyzewski expects experience to help Team USA in Olympics
-Coach K says process builds understanding of international game
-UNC-CH's Foster has no regrets about choosing football over basketball
-Lewis may be ready to start at QB for Blue Devils

UNCP one step closer to football
Fayetteville Observer

Wolfpack edge Tar Heels in TBJ poll results
Triangle Business Journal

September 6, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-News they can choose
Schools push their own Web content.
-UNC-CH player's tragic death in 1971 ended 'tough-it-out' philosophy
-Book brings Holtz back to Raleigh
Lou Holtz was beamed into Triangle homes this week as an ESPN analyst, but a flesh and blood version of the former N.C. State coach will be back in Raleigh tonight.

From the Virginian Pilot
-U.Va. Report- Wyoming will bring rare defense to U.Va.- same 3-4 Cavs use
-Virginia's QB Olsen eager to revise first impressions
-Hokies offensive line still a work in progress

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Come on, Coach; no more votes for Duke
I sure hope Steve Spurrier stops giving Duke a preseason vote for the Top 25 because, well you know, it's embarrassing.
-Coaching carousel may give Heels needed edge
Virginia Tech features three assistants who have ties to UNC-Chapel Hill

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Adjusting on the Fly- Mauk has surgery on broken arm, will be out rest of season
-Experience, depth should help WFU stay on track
-ASU will try to get its offense in gear

Deacons plan to trim QB's playbook
Demon Deacon coaches said Tuesday they'll do what they can to help Skinner in his first start as a college quarterback
Greensboro News Record

Now comes a tough road
Will September’s trips to Boston College and FSU require an all-or-nothing ferver?
Columbia (SC) The State

Spurrier not fond of changes for TV
With one game completed, coach Steve Spurrier can safely say he still doesn't like the rule changes implemented by the NCAA this season.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

September 5, 2006

Cavaliers' first night is failure
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Virginian Pilot
-U.Va. tries to remain positive after loss at Pitt
-Sunday in the NFL- Skins know who'll start - but not much else

From the Winston Salem Journal
-SO FAR, SO GOOD- Wolfpack progressing nicely, Amato says
-Two speedsters commit to WFU
-Valuable Experience- Prosser says Deacons' Bahamas trip was good for everyone involved

A solid start to season for WVU
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack needs some zip in its passing game
Wide-open Akron up next for NCSU.
-QB for Duke in question
-Great coaches build lasting legacies as leaders, individuals

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-N.C. State CB Davis could miss Akron game
-Devils' QB job still up for grabs
-Duke lacrosse holds first practice

At least N.C. State wins
On a day that didn't feel a lot like football, the season began anyway. That was a good thing for some of the teams in the state and a bad thing for some other teams in the state.
Greensboro News Record

Rivalry lacks bite
Geography means USC and Georgia should be bitter foes; history says otherwise
Columbia (SC) The State

Good, bad for Tigers, 'Dogs Gamecocks
Anderson Independent

September 4, 2006

Who's Hot & Who's Not ... Week One
New quarterbacks, like Colt McCoy of Texas, the Big East, new coaches, old run defenses, North Carolina teams, Bay Area teams, Ray Rice, the Big 12 North and a score you won't believe in the latest Who's Hot and Who's Not.
College Football News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wake quarterback Mauk out indefinitely
Wake Forest junior quarterback Benjamin Mauk has been ruled out indefinitely and may not return this season.
-The Inside Story
A weekly look at N.C. State and UNC-CH football.
-Late hits
-Eagles run to victory
N.C. Central tops shaw in inaugural Labor Day Classic / Timely rushing and an opportunistic defense propel the host Eagles over their CIAA rival Bears.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons, Grobe are counting on Skinner
As expected, QB Mauk is likely out for season
-Regrouping- Heels have a lot to work on before playing Hokies
-Emotional- Rams relishing big win over Aggies

Bush's season is over
Heisman hopeful breaks leg at start of second half
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader


September 10, 2006

Weekend Football Roundup
Marshall's junior offensive duo of Ahmad Bradshaw and Bernard Morris combined to rush for 303 yards to lead the Thundering Herd to an impressive 54-31 win over Hofstra Saturday. Houston improved to 2-0 in C-USA play with a 45-7 win over Tulane and UAB won its league opener, 17-12 over East Carolina.

From the El Paso Times
-Miners push ranked Raiders, lose in overtime
-Miner special teams falter again in 38-35 loss
-Conference-USA roundup- BYU runs through Tulsa for big victory

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH breezes to easy 45-7 victory over Tulane
-Houston makes easy work of easy foe
-UCLA uses strong ground game to hold off Rice
Improvement by Owls is obvious despite an 0-2 start
-Tech claims OT victory against UTEP

Green Wave falls hard to Cougars in opener
If there was one thing Tulane coach Chris Scelfo was hoping he wouldn't see against Houston on Saturday night, it was some of what his team gave him last year.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tulane routed in opener
Shreveport Times

From the Dallas Morning News
-Football- One-horse town
UNT slams rival SMU in 24-6 victory
Injury limits Ponies
The lone offensive weapon for SMU was useless after the first quarter.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Hankins guides Tigers to first win of season
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will be buzzing with activity this fall. The U of M will play seven home games this year, something the program will strive for in future seasons.
Thankfully, this U of M game was no turkey

From the Salt Lake Tribune
-BYU dominates Tulsa 49-24
-Poor tackling, red-zone woes bother Tulsa coach

Knightmare in the Swamp
Thirty-eight minutes had passed since the Gators offense romped, since their defense shut out visiting UCF, since the Florida Field crowd finished its evening-long roar.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
-Herd answers wake-up call, rallies past Hofstra
-Weapons in place, execution the key for Marshall
-Herd finds another gear behind Bradshaw, Morris

Second-half surge lifts Herd to win
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Everybody In!
Big plays on offense. First shutout since 2001 on defense. Seventy players reach the field.
-Carter performs despite sad day

Golden Eagles whip Division I-AA Lions
Hattiesburg American

September 9, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

Birmingham News

From the Houston Chronicle
-PREVIEW- Tulane at Houston

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
-Hofstra has Herd's attention
Safe to say Hofstra has Marshall's full attention entering today's home opener.
-Pride should be perfect remedy for Herd
With due respect to the visiting opponent, today's Marshall football game is all about Marshall.
-Marshall-Hofstra game notes
-This week in Conference USA
-MU sets season ticket record

Marshall's Cook will make no excuses
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Passing is way to go for UTEP, Texas Tech
El Paso Times

Southern Miss preparing to battle Southeastern
Southern Miss tries to shake off a 34-7 loss to seventh-ranked Florida tonight at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Golden Eagles see I-AA foe as threat
Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower is well aware of the double-edged sword that comes with playing Southeastern Louisiana.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the Hattiesburg American
-Saturday at The Rock
Anatomy can be a complicated subject.
-Southern Miss schedules 18 home games »

Preview- SMU at North Texas
Dallas Morning News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Slaying the Gator giant?
-2nd year in C-USA won't be any easier
While most people were relaxing on Labor Day, UCF Coach Kirk Speraw was busy feasting on his basketball team's future.

If the Wave isn't battle tested, nobody is
The temptation is to say Tulane should forget last football season. Just wad it up, toss it away and pretend it never happened, because there isn't a whole lot to draw on from a 2-9 record.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Magnificent seven
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will be buzzing with activity this fall. The U of M will play seven home games this year, something the program will strive for in future seasons.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 8, 2006

Conference USA notebook
UAB pushed No. 10 Sooners to the limit
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

C-USA has to improve its record to get attention

Kolb eager to gain spotlight
Houston senior quarterback Kevin Kolb cherishes his privacy.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Kragthorpe has Tulsa on rise
Deseret (UT) News

Friendship on sideline for contest
Tulsa's Steve Kragthorpe and BYU's Bronco Mendenhall reminisced a bit during that summer of 2005 conversation.
Tulsa World

Tribble is Gator who's on UCF's side now
The AD says his UF friends understand that his loyalties are with the Knights.
Orlando Sentinel

'Little' UCF pumped up for Gators

Tulane To Open 2006 Season Saturday At C-USA Foe Houston

Tiger run defense loses ground
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Hull quits team
Head coach Jeff Bower announced that junior running back Cody Hull has left the Southern Miss football team on Wednesday.
Hattiesburg American

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
-Herd, Ohio to resume series
-Expect Spann to step up against Hofstra

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU, UNT close, but games are far apart
There's no easy explanation as to why SMU and North Texas, just 40 miles apart, haven't met since 1992. If North Texas fans felt snubbed by their well-heeled, private school counterparts, then the Mustangs felt there wasn't much to gain from renewing the series. With both teams seeking more regionally aligned opponents, UNT and SMU are playing Saturday night.
-Upset over loss at Tech, SMU's Bennett expects better
Starting defensive tackle Adrian Haywood said the Mustangs respect North Texas running back Jamario Thomas, who was the Sun Belt Conference's player of the year in 2004. To stop the run, Haywood said the team can't come out flat, as it did against Texas Tech.

Rice linebackers living large
Owls' trio shows size not an issue in revamped defense
Houston Chronicle

A conference-by-conference look at the key games
USA Today

September 7, 2006

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
-Herd closing in on season ticket record
As of late Wednesday afternoon, Marshall had sold 13,650 season tickets, just short of the 13,818 record established in 2000.
-Front seven seeks redemption
For many months, Marshall University's front seven was praised as a team strength. The revamped secondary might struggle, pundits suggested, but run defense won't be an issue. Forty-two points and 312 rushing yards later, media and fans are conducting an about-face
-Herd releases hoops schedule

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Snyder reconsiders move to softer practices
Every August is a balancing act for football coaches across the land: Their players must develop enough toughness to start the season strong, yet try to keep injuries from ravaging the roster.
-Toughest C-USA basketball test will come early for Herd
the Herd now plays Tulane and Tulsa twice, as well as previous “mirror” foes Alabama-Birmingham, Central Florida and East Carolina.

Fond memories to flow for Kragthorpe at BYU
Tulsa coach spent 10 years as impressionable kid in Provo, Utah, where his dad was a BYU assistant
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Road games against elite to test Tigers
-Tiger Notebook- Extension for R.C.
R.C. Johnson will remain in his position as University of Memphis athletic director through June 2010 after signing a two-year contract extension.

UAB Announces 2006-07 Men's Basketball Schedule
Blazers face defending national champions Florida, among others

Blazers' schedule includes national champs
Birmingham News

Florida matchup a golden opportunity for UCF, center
St Petersburg Times

Standing room may be sold if game is a sellout
If Saturday's game between UTEP and Texas Tech sells out, the UTEP athletic department would consider selling standing-room only tickets, athletic director Bob Stull
El Paso Times

At 300 pounds, UH's Love relies on quickness
Houston Chronicle

Sumrall works to keep his focus
Brandon Sumrall has quietly emerged as leader of the Southern Miss defense. He's also a leader on special teams, a kickoff-return specialist and, more important, a team player.
Biloxi Sun-Herald

SMU's Mapps moving up as change-of-pace guy
Reserve redshirt freshman running back James Mapps took snaps with the second-team offense in 11-on-11 drills Wednesday. Mapps, one of the bright spots of training camp the last two seasons, carried five times for 24 yards against Texas Tech. He previously worked with the third-team offense.
Dallas Morning News

September 6, 2006

-Football Notebook
Saturday is the first of just three times this season that all 12 C-USA schools will be in action on the same day. Highlighting the action are a pair of conference games. UAB hosts East Carolina and Houston welcomes Tulane for the Green Wave's season opener. CSTV will air the Texas Tech at UTEP contest nationally, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
-Tulane Basketball Coaches Dickerson, Stockton Receive Contract Extensions
-Tulsa's Kragthorpe Discusses This Week's Match-up Against BYU
-Miners Survive San Diego State; Texas Tech Next
-Houston Begins Preps for Tulane Inside
-Memphis receiver Robinzine Out for Season
-SMU Coach Bennett Holds UNT Week Press Conference
-Women's Soccer Notebook

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights raising optimism
At home in Winter Park, Florida punter Eric Wilbur noticed the malaise.
-Defense must avoid allowing big gainers

Green Wave preparing for rule change
Scelfo says Tulane has talent to qualify for a bowl game
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Next MU opponent has state connection
-Former Marshall coach missed being on sidelines

More Morris for MU?
TD punctuates receiver's rise from ’05 doldrums
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall, Ohio could renew acquaintances in 2010
Officials from Marshall University and Ohio University are expected to announce a six-game, home-and-away football series today.
-Battling through the injuries
-MU Hall of Famer Tonkovich dies

Defense sees best of best
Southern Miss isn't going to win many football games if its defense continues to give up 34 points and 391 total yards, as it did in Saturday's 34-7 loss to seventh-ranked Florida.
Mobile Register

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Year off after injury helps Tigers' Thomas prepare to perform
-Hunt happy to be back on team
-Tigers-Mocs notebook- Robinzine, Snyder out for season

After 'learning process' vs. Tech, SMU back expects to do better
Dallas Morning News

September 5, 2006

-UCF Men's Basketball Announces 2006-07 Schedule
In league action, UCF will play East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Rice and Tulsa both on the road and at home.
-Women's Soccer Weekend Round-Up

Memphis, UAB to play in El Paso this season
The Miners released their Conference USA basketball schedule Monday. They are hoping to announce the entire schedule by the end of this month
El Paso Times

C-USA conference roundup, standings, player and game of the week
College Football News

Moving on after WVU
For months, Marshall University football banter centered around one game and one rival -- West Virginia.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd defense's top problem- It can't stop the run
-Coal Bowl is about steam, not substance
-Mountaineers have a new fan- Marshall's QB

Wave seeks ways to corral Cougars
As Kolb goes at QB, so goes Houston
New Orleans Times Picayune

Bower sees bright spots in Florida loss
Fletcher earns start vs. SLU
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Freshman back becomes starter
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU's Bennett likely to open up offense
After totaling just 189 yards of offense, and running the ball on 34 of 53 plays, coach Phil Bennett said the offense has to open up.
-New AD aims high at SMU
After less than three months on the job, new SMU athletic director Steve Orsini already has made numerous changes with more to come. There are plans for an $800,000 video scoreboard for aging Moody Coliseum, a new 50-meter indoor swimming pool and a basketball practice facility. But above all, Orsini's priority is to make the financially struggling athletic department self-sufficient.

From the Orlando Sentinel
-O'Leary, Knights see Florida game as golden opportunity
If UCF's stature among its college football peers were to be expressed as a clothing size, the Golden Knights' best fit would be found somewhere between the husky and young-adult aisles.
-O'Leary focusing on his own team

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Robinzine will miss game; knee to get MRI
Sophomore receiver Carlton Robinzine, injured while running with the ball in the second half of Sunday's 28-25 loss at Ole Miss
-Second thoughts
West sees a whole lot Tigers did well in loss, mainly by Doss, Hankins

RICE NOTEBOOK- Effort pleases Graham
Houston Chronicle

September 4, 2006

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

Tigers Edged By Rebels 28-25

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Hankins displays poise, promise
Quarterback shows skills that could cause sleepless nights for Tigers' future opponents
-In the running
Doss overcomes first hurdle in filling the shoes of a departed Tiger great
-Rebels can brag
-Quite an entrance
-Memphis-Ole Miss Postgame

-Weekend Football Round-Up
-Southern Miss Men's Basketball Finishes Bahamas Trip With Victory
-Volleyball Recap

Gators have nothing but praise for UCF
These are good times for UCF football. There's unanimous support for the coaches and their philosophies, a conference championship game appearance in the recent past, and as much enthusiasm for the coming weeks as the coming years.
Orlando Sentinel

Tackling the Herd’s No. 1 issue
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Herd 'D' needs quick fix
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Early report card shows room for USM upgrades
It's still too early to judge Golden Eagles
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Gators clip Eagles
Many people expected the Southern Miss Golden Eagles to go down to Gainesville on Saturday, take their beating from the Florida football team and crawl out of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium like a starving man in the desert.
Hattiesburg American

This week for Southern Miss
Three interceptions and coverage mishaps hurt USM in a 34-7 loss at No. 7 Florida. Frosh RB Damion Fletcher rushed for 89 yards.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger