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East Carolina


Conference USA

September 17, 2006

-BVL: Game Center: ECU 35, Memphis 20
-O'Brien: Allison rebounds in timely fashion
-BVL: ECU-Memphis Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Memphis post-game comments
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Knife trouble nothing new at N. Colorado
South Carolina QB will rejoin team
Pirate volleyball sweeps Grambling State

-Five Interceptions Lifts ECU over Memphis, 35-20
Slate and Ross Each Return Interceptions For Touchdowns
-Volleyball Sweeps Grambling State

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's Allison bounces back with huge night
The Pirates' senior receiver finished with a nine catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in ECU's 35-20 win.
-Pirates answer Holtz's challenge
All those turnovers finally turned into something.
-ECU defense jars Tigers in second half
Turnovers were just another confusing and frustrating statistic for Pirates' players after opening the season with losses at Navy and UAB. In those games, five recovered fumbles translated into zero points. On Saturday, five interceptions and a fumble were the framework for a 28-point swing that left the Pirates 1-2 and dead even in Conference USA play.
-View game photos of the Pirate victory.

ECU defense shuts down Memphis in a 35-20 victory
What the defense giveth, the defense taketh away.
Winston Salem Journal

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates win a wild one at home
 How much can be said about home-field advantage? Well, East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz had plenty to say after the Pirates’ 35-20 win over Memphis Saturday night.
-Roach praises fans in Pirates’ victory

Call it a comeback Second-half shutout leads to Pirates' 1st victory
Wilmington Star News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-After this victory, the Pirates believe
On Saturday night, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was all about what East Carolina football used to be. The crowd was large and loud.
-Pirates turn it around
East Carolina was down by 13 points at halftime, struggling to score points on offense and getting ripped on defense.

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Pirates rally for first win
The setting was ideal for East Carolina’s first home football game of 2006 — shirtsleeve weather for a crowd of 37,431 desiring to see the Pirates take a step forward under second-year head coach Skip Holtz.
-ECU coach returns to roots
Press McPhaul is happy to be back in his home state of North Carolina.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates refuse to lose
LB Bell starts in Pirates’ victory 

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Sloppy Tigers can't hang onto ball, lead as Pirates rally to claim Conference USA opener
"It was a hard (transition) from junior college to D-1 ball,"
-U of M postgame
-Ex-coach enjoys game on the airwaves

Tigers Fall at ECU 35-20

September 16, 2006
Wife Appreciation Day

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Yahoo report says Bush accepted benefits
Pirate volleyball gets fourth shutout
ECU women's soccer edged by Seahawks
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Terry Holland)

Football Gameday
Memphis @ East Carolina
Dowdy - Ficklen Stadium at East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
  - 7:00 PM ET
Gameday Forecast:
Memphis @ East Carolina
WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

ECU All Access

-Pirate GameDay Central
East Carolina-Memphis Kickoff Scheduled for 7 p.m.
-Volleyball Gameday Central
East Carolina volleyball faces Grambling State in the final match of the East Carolina Classic sponsored by Holiday Inn Express. Match time is set for Noon at Minges Coliseum.
-Volleyball Sweeps Wisconsin-Green Bay
-Szilard's First Goal Of Season Not Enough In 2-1 Loss

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU air show flying high
East Carolina will be banking its hopes on an aerial barrage tonight to pull itself into the win column.
-Pirate Nation comes home
Student seating filled, officials say

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Memphis at East Carolina
Look for ECU to be fired up for this one. Prediction: East Carolina gets its first win, and just in time, because West Virginia is coming next week.
-A tale of two programs
Both North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina have 7 p.m. home football games today...Both are 0-2 and facing historical challenges.

Secondary comes first
For two weeks the focus of ECU’s defense has been its young line and linebackers. Tonight, the Pirates secondary has a chance to jump in the spotlight
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Washington Daily News
-Wilson excited for first home game
He’s got two games under his belt, but there’s one more experience C.J. Wilson has to go through before he truly knows what it’s like to be a part of Pirate Football.
-Pirates read for Tigers
Who can forget the way the Pirates lost last week?
-‘Killer Kelley’ Wernert having a big season
‘Killer Kelley’ has the East Carolina Pirates’ volleyball team off to a solid start

From the Charlotte Observer
-Pirates hope to show progress in home opener against Memphis
Skip Holtz insists East Carolina is improving, even though it's not showing up in the Pirates' record.
-At a glance- Saturday's Memphis-East Carolina game

From the Fayetteville Observer
-All eyes focus on Greenville
The East Carolina Pirates will play the bulk of what is one of its best home schedules ever over the next five weeks, starting with today’s Conference USA
-Pirates face new-look Tigers in home opener

Pirates hope home is where the spark is
After two disheartening road losses, East Carolina will finally play a home game, taking on Memphis at 7 pm today at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Winston Salem Journal

Tigers Travel to Greenville For C-USA Game With East Carolina

Ex-Pharaoh has big-play potential
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Rodriguez- Better blocking key to WVU’s run game surge
The Mountaineers will have the weekend off before beginning preparations for next Saturday’s game at East Carolina.
Beckley Register-Herald

September 15, 2006
Birthday - President William Taft (27th President)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Logan still doing it his way
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Amato post-Akron comments fueling reactions
Stabbed N. Colorado punter watches team
Pirate volleyball topped by Thundering Herd
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Tommy West)
WNCT: Pirate Insider Report

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates look for first win of season in home opener
ECU looking to bounce back after heartbreakers
-Memphis game a must win
-ECU volleyball hosts ECU Classic

Even though he's a kicker, ECU's Lee still gets cool points
There's still a chance for kickers to be cool.
Greenville Daily Reflector

-Volleyball Gameday Central
East Carolina volleyball faces Wisconsin-Green Bay in the second day of the East Carolina Classic sponsored by Holiday Inn Express. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Minges Coliseum.
-Marshall Defeats Volleyball 3-1

Weekend preview- Monster games in SEC highlight slate
At East Carolina, the Pirates hope to erase memories of two agonizing road setbacks with a league victory against Memphis.
USA Today

Transfer Hankins leads Tigers
The Memphis Tigers have a departed head coach to thank for this season’s starting quarterback.
New Bern Sun Journal

A Good deal?
Wide receiver Bobby Good had signed on to play for the University of Memphis. And then his uncle, Rick Stockstill, became offensive coordinator at East Carolina, and then Tigers coach Tommy West got a phone call.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Washington Daily News
-Copper and Leach are once again teammates
Some bad luck turned into some good luck for a pair of former East Carolina teammates.
-Pirates’ spikers put scare into Thundering Herd

Saints Awarded Leach on Waivers
New Orleans Pro Football

Future Opponent: WVU puts Terps back in shell
WVU next plays at East Carolina at 4:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 23.
Beckley Register-Herald

Thompson Still In Stride
East Carolina is showing a lot of interest in Matt Thompson, a safety from Eastern Alamance in Mebane, N.C.

September 14, 2006

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Spurned Leach to suit up against former team

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
NFL rosters filled with C-USA alums
Southern Miss coach Bower calls Pack "scary"
Rice goalkeeper McClintock gets national honor

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU defense ready to face its first test through the air
East Carolina's defense has waited patiently this season for its counterpart to make a full arrival, through two losses by a combined 10-point deficit so far.
-ECU assistant spends summer in minor leagues

Holland has bold vision for Pirates
Sounding like a cross between a newly elected politician and a visiting pastor, East Carolina athletics director Terry Holland laid out a bold vision for returning ECU to prominence Wednesday, saying the school will need revolutionary ideas to succeed.
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates aiming to rebound
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz saw it all.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Leach lands with Saints
Vonta Leach was just moving into a new apartment in Green Bay, Wisc., on Tuesday when he was waived by the city’s NFL team, the Packers.
Fayetteville Observer

Volleyball Gameday Central
East Carolina volleyball hosts its first Conference USA match of the season tonight in a 7 pm match against Marshall.

Herd volleyball visits East Carolina
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Panthers schedule with eye on tournament
Pitt will face the lady Pirates basketball team (Dec. 18 )
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

September 13, 2006
Anniversary - Star-Spangled Banner

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Group therapy may not be strong enough medicine
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Pirate punter Dougherty on Guy watch list
ECU golfers finish ninth at Mid Pines
East Carolina sweeps Campbell in volleyball
WNCT: Talk of the Town
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate

-ECU's Ryan Dougherty Named To Ray Guy Watch List
-Volleyball Sweeps Campbell
-Men's Golf Finishes Ninth At Mid Pines Intercollegiate

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU has experience edge
If East Carolina will ever have an experience edge this football season, it will be in Saturday night's home opener with Memphis.
-Pirates hit field for fall practice
The Pirates completed the second of their 13-day, full-team fall practice schedule on Tuesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Pinkney rests sore ankle
ECU QB should play on Saturday
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates are banged up as Memphis game nears
New Bern Sun Journal

New position helping Drew find playing time, maturity
The East Carolinian

Packers waive Leach
Leach, who played at East Carolina after being named the Cape Fear region Player of the Year by The Fayetteville Observer in 1999, started the Packers’ season-opening 26-0 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Fayetteville Observer

Tiger Football Notebook- From the Pirates to the Tigers
It's hard to believe Tiger freshman receiver Dave Thomas didn't sign with East Carolina out of high school.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

College football- Memphis prepares to open C-USA play
Jackson (TN) Sun

September 12, 2006

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Roller coaster ending tough to stomach
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz weekly press conference
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Donnie Kirkpatrick)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
WVU, Pirates to be shown on ESPN 2
UAB's Felder honored for TD-preventing strip
League volleyball accolade for Pirates' Krug

-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
East Carolina University head football coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Memphis.
-Pirate GameDay Central
East Carolina-Memphis Kickoff Scheduled for 7 p.m.
-West Virginia-East Carolina Kickoff Set For 4-30 p.m.
-Heidi Krug Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week
-Volleyball Gameday Central
ECU hosts Campbell
-Men's Golf In Seventh At Mid Pines Intercollegiate

Pirates hope to get boost with the return of Bell, Hunt
East Carolina will get much needed help soon on defense, but for the 0-2 Pirates, the defense hasn't been the problem so far.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Holtz not letting defeat get team down
Coach expects the Pirates to rebound from heartbreaker
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates return to the baseball field for fall workouts
Billy Godwin leaned against a railing near a dugout inside Clark-LeClair Stadium, looked to the field and smiled.
-Pirates not discouraged going into Memphis game
East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz received a text message from his eighth-grade football coach. The message simply stated, “Being disappointed is a part of life, but discouragement is a choice,” and he read it just after the Pirates’ recent loss to UAB.

Pirates' 0-2 start deceiving
The football team is much improved, but because of East Carolina's new, sexier schedule, the Pirates' record may not reflect the team's progress
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates trying to dig out from 0-2 start

Will Hudgens Suffers Season-Ending Injury
Memphis sophomore backup quarterback Will Hudgens will miss the remainder of the 2006 football season because of a non-displaced tibial plateau fracture in his right leg, Coach Tommy West announced this morning in his weekly press luncheon.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' Hudgens fractures same leg that sidelined him last season
-Kicking competition 'wide open,' West says
 UofM officials said Monday there will be no telecast from Greenville, NC, of Saturday's game against East Carolina.

September 11, 2006
Remembrance Day

-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
Aiken now driving that big Buick in the sky
-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 281
Quick fix unlikely for offensive front
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Buckeye cheerleader drinks, drives, hits veep
Houston's Kolb sets school mark in rout
Krug sets ECU volleyball assists mark

COMMENTARY- Hours of writing can go up in smoke when the unexpected happens
East Carolina authored the most shocking ending to a game Saturday night I've ever witnessed, losing 17-12 at UAB in a way the box score could never do justice.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Monday Morning Analysis- Pirates drop another close one
New Bern Sun Journal

Copper debuts with Saints
Washington Daily News

Tigers' Gaither steps into spotlight
Memphis Commercial Appeal


September 17, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack 'waxed'
Penalties and turnovers cost N.C. State, but coach Chuck Amato says the game is lost at the line of scrimmage. Southern Mississippi hammers the Pack 37-17.
-Amato, players still confident in season
-North Carolina -Chapel Hill digs deep for victory
Tar Heels score 45 points, but it was barely enough to beat a relentless Furman team.
-No defense for Tar Heels' porous defense

Cavaliers strike out against Western Michigan
The Virginian Pilot

Cavs at a loss
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Heels outlast Paladins
Furman slips despite picking up 521 yards of total offense
-Gamecocks escape Terriers
Try as he might against Wofford's wingbone option, University of South Carolina outside linebacker Dakota Walker could not get his hands on the pitch from quarterback Josh Collier.

From the Anderson Independent
-Coach almost costs Tigers huge victory
Perhaps Tommy Bowden’s biggest road victory in eight seasons at Clemson was almost his biggest nightmare.
-Gamecocks barely survive Wofford
The Gamecocks didn’t expect this kind of fight.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-WFU improves to 3-0 for first time since 1987
Wake Forest again defied football gravity yesterday while defeating Connecticut 24-13 and soaring to its first 3-0 record in 19 years.
-GRINDING IT OUT- Deacons finding ways to win
-ASU benches Elder, romps by Mars Hill 41-0
-PANTHERS' WOES- Problems at linebacker, offensive line could derail Carolina's Super Bowl hopes

Blue Devils take another hit
Duke linebacker Codey Lowe didn't see the vicious hit that ended quarterback Thaddeus Lewis' day, but Lowe still had a good idea about what had happened.
Durham Herald-Sun

September 16, 2006

From the Charlotte Observer
Attrition hurts NC teams
Academics, discipline, NFL taking players
-Roads in Carolinas lead to bad football
There is a way out of the abyss that is college football in the Carolinas, and I can show you how to get there. But first, I'll show you why you want to go.
-There's reason to fear Furman
Big schools can't take it easy vs. Division I-AA
-Gameday- College Football Saturday in the Carolinas

Must-win for Amato
Chuck Amato will take his team to Southern Mississippi today for a game he simply must win. He has to win to put the taste of last week's loss to upstart Akron behind him and his program. He has to win to get to 2-1 on the season with Boston College and Florida State coming up next on the schedule. But more than anything else, he has to win because this week Amato made a fool of himself.
Greensboro News-Record

U.Va.'s struggling offensive line insists it's slowly getting better
The Virginian Pilot

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Blue Devils looking for payback
-Heels need turnaround vs. Furman
-Pack looks to get back on track
-Canes hold first official practice

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tigers intent on avoiding 0-2 start in ACC
The family rivalry between coaching father and son has taken a back seat to the budding intra-divisional, conference rivalry the Tigers have foisted upon the Seminoles, winning two of the last three games.
-Assault charge dropped against USC player
Bar worker offers no explanation; Mitchell still won't play today
-Longer schedule gives opportunity to I-AA schools

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Heat is on Deacs- Wake Forest trying to forge 3-0 mark first time since '87
-Mars Hill's goal against Appalachian - don't help
-Hokies looking for some balance against Devils
-Tar Heels in desperate need of a win
-N.C. State hopes to rally after tough loss to Akron

September 15, 2006

Prime-time decisions offer lasting lessons
Last Saturday, two serious underdogs had marquee football programs on the ropes in the big fellows' stadiums, and the nation panted like a begging puppy to hear the outcomes.

Flying start carries WVU
28-0 lead in first quarter sets tone in romp over Maryland
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Facial expressions
In a way of displaying individuality in college football, many athletes now sport school logos or other unique messages on their eye black patches.
-No longer a kid, Staal's a star

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Third down has been tough for UNC-CH
-Injuries slowing Devils' runners

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Down and out
Team leaders like Mitchell must walk a narrow line to avoid temptation, but one mistake should not rule out forgiveness
-Newton named starting quarterback
New QB one of 10 new starters for Saturday’s game, including five true freshmen

Aggies still owed money from 2005 game
Greensboro News-Record

Paladins ready to soak in I-A environment
The last tme the Paladins made the trip to Chapel Hill they came away with a 28-3 victory and the upset that found its way into Furman football lore.
Greenville (SC)

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Brown is intent on another big game
State back healthy after frustrating loss to Akron
-On a Comeback- After an outstanding freshman campaign, Idlette struggled for each of the next two seasons

Must-win for Skins ... already?
Hampton Roads Daily Press

September 14, 2006

North Carolina State coach lacks facts
I know that it's tough losing to a school whose mascot is a plump, friendly kangaroo, but we all have our crosses to bear.
Akron Beacon Journal

For Bunting, former ECU coach Steve Logan is must-listen radio
North Carolina coach John Bunting seems suspicious of some coaches-turned-talk-radio hosts. But he said former East Carolina coach Steve Logan, who recently debuted as a radio talk show host in Raleigh, might be an exception.
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Anderson Independent
-Mitchell suspended indefinitely
South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell was arrested for simple assault Wednesday after allegedly punching a bouncer at a local bar.
-'Bowden Bowl' loses luster
Sunday afternoon, Tommy Bowden went through his normal post-game teleconference with a number of Clemson beat reporters.

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Mitchell sacked | USC’s QB arrested after fight
Spurrier says starter won’t play Saturday, is suspended ‘until all the facts come in’
-Mitchell’s suspension thrown QB position into flux on already struggling offense
-Other USC athletes have run into problems in Five Points-
-Clemson linemen fined in lake death
Fry, Bennett escape serious penalties in the accidental death of a track assistant coach

Seahawk Schedule Almost Set
UNCW is already scheduled to host East Carolina, Colorado and Missouri State.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
Amato ruffles some feathers
Pat Hill wants N.C. State coach Chuck Amato to put up or shut up.
-NCCU to get a taste of Division I basketball
N.C. Central won't be going headfirst into NCAA Division I basketball until the 2007-08 season at the earliest. But with the release of the Eagles' 2006-07 schedules on Wednesday, they are going to be getting their feet wet a year early.
-Duke's Patrick Bailey has bounced back from last year's season-ending injury

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Burst pipe causes $250,000 damage
A burst water pipe in N.C. State's Murphy Football Center has caused about $250,000 in damage, athletics director Lee Fowler said Wednesday.
-Athletes and asterisks
Deciphering rules on 'qualifiers' isn't easy.
-Paladins, I-AA teams no patsies
They get more than money from I-A foes.
-Canes gear up for camp

Is it that bad?
Two weeks into the college football season, is the ACC doomed for a down year?
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Catawba's Roach bugging opponents
Roach's brother, Kevin, is a year older than Brad and was his favorite target in high school. Kevin plays for East Carolina and made several key third-down catches at UAB on Saturday.
Salisbury Post

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Phillips- NCAA was eager to help
The NCAA sought out Clemson after hearing about the plight of Tiger freshman Ray Ray McElrathbey trying to raise his 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr, and quickly tried to seek relief for the siblings,
-Clemson's Mr. Clutch feels the heat
Jad Dean understands the ups and downs that accompany his role.

Pack's Lowe visits Greenville
Greenville Daily Reflector

Smith's status still up in air
Charlotte Observer

September 13, 2006

From the Charlotte Observer
Amato's comments just mean
N.C. State football coach Chuck Amato put his ruby red shoe squarely in his mouth with his comments about Akron on Monday.
-Amato doesn't change stance on non-qualifiers

Opinion- Amato needs to pipe down
N.C. State coach needs to worry about keeping job, not partial qualifiers
The East Carolinian

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Water leak no worry for State
It has been a rough few days for the N.C. State football team.
-Sexton gets his shot
Redshirt freshman will make first career start against Furman
-Time for Heels, Pack to win is now
-Canes' defense hurting
Injuries cloud training camp.

Zips make their mark vs. N.C. State
Biloxi Sun Herald

Football in Old North State not at its best
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to conclude that major college football in the state of North Carolina is lagging behind these days.
Wilmington Star-News

Remember last time Deacons were 3-0?
"I told the kids that I didn't know exactly what the year was," coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday. "Somebody had said Moby Dick was a minnow the last time they started 3-0."
Greensboro News-Record

From the Virginian-Pilot
-McCabe gives Cavs a spark; as for a start, Groh is mum
-Virginia Tech Report- Even the cupcakes are tough cookies in Beamer's book
-ODU introduces football advisers; coach will be hired soon

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Skinner must face tough test on road
Young quarterback will lead Wake Forest against good Connecticut team
-Mountaineers hoping to jump-start offense
-WARNING SIGN- Panthers should bounce back, but loss to Falcons reveals potential trouble spots

No excuses for Clemson to lose at FSU
There’s no excuse for Clemson to lose at Florida State. Not anymore, anyway.
Anderson Independent

Wofford excited to play USC
USC scheduled to play in-state I-AA teams nine times in the next nine seasons
Columbia (SC) The State

ODU hopes to have football coach by January
Athletic director Jim Jarrett wants to have a coach in place to begin recruiting two years before the '09 opener.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

September 12, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Average Triangle football
By now, most of us know what kind of football season we're in for around here. Right, a bad one.
-Amato defends Pack's loss to Zips
Chuck Amato's first loss to a school from a non-BCS conference isn't causing him to blush.
-Devils head back to work after tough loss
-Morgan's health among questions for Panthers after blowout loss
-Redick enters guilty plea for DWI earlier than expected

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Amato searching for answers
Akron loss raises unsettling questions for the Wolfpack.
-Since Rivers, Pack QBs' role has lessened
-ACC- Still photos not dependable
-A short history of air ball
Perhaps the most important pass in football history came in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's victory over Georgia Tech in 1895.
-Kaberle out for Canes

From the Charlotte Observer
-Amato takes aim at Akron's non-qualifiers
Pack still sore after loss to non-BCS institution
-Another forward commits to 49ers
-Bobcats sign 6-9 Herrmann

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers lose another defensive starter
-Spurrier plans changes, but may not announce them

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-NCAA says help is allowed
His little brother's favorite saying has become "Ray Ray, I made you famous," and there are few student-athletes more worthy of receiving notoriety than Clemson cornerback Ray Ray McElrathbey.
-Terriers, Gamecocks each have objectives
Wofford had a Sunday night football practice and a team meeting to help to move on from disappointing defeat as quickly as possible.

DAUNTING- Blue Devils' schedule is tough
Winston Salem Journal

ESPN is keeping the faith with the Big East
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Early downer for Redskins
Numerous third-down conversions spark Minnesota and ruin Washington's season opener.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

September 11, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Officials' boss says Pack call was right
ACC coordinator of football officials Tommy Hunt said Sunday he is satisfied that referees made the correct call on Akron's game-winning touchdown Saturday against N.C. State.
-The inside story
A weekly look at N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill football.
-Late Hits

Tom Suiter- Tough Weekend For The Triangle

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers take a 1-game vacation
-Amato wants review; UNC QB in question

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Preseason swagger gone by wayside for Panthers
-Humble- Deacons say they know they need improvement

Must win and must win now
We're only two weeks into the 2006 season, but it's already gut-check time for Clemson.
Anderson Independent

Changes are a comin’ says Spurrier
Head coach hints at opening up QB competition; UGA shuts down Rice
Columbia (SC) The State

Despite win, Cavs falter
Virginia's offense sputters again, but its defense improves in a win over Wyoming.
Hampton Roads Daily Press


September 17, 2006

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Southern swagger
Earlier in the week, Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower had said he'd know more about his football team after hosting North Carolina State.
-Mission accomplished- Eagles stymie Brown

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles wolf down win
Last season, North Carolina State introduced the Southern Miss football team to its phenom freshman running back, Andre Brown.
-Giannini- 'We'll play anybody'

Tough day for teams all over the Mid-South
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Herd flattened in Manhattan
Marshall limits mistakes today with an efficient offense behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Bernard Morris.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd gone with the wind
K-State shuts down MU, pulls away
-Offensive struggles weren’t a good sign
-Marshall football notebook
Herd DT spot takes another hit

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers no match for No.10'Dogs
UAB running back Dan Burks couldn't dodge a seemingly endless stream of Georgia defenders Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
-Blazers' Notebook
Blazer QBs have tough time

Tulane ends losing streak by stunning Mississippi St.
Tulane quarterback Lester Ricard threw for four touchdowns and running back Matt Forté rushed for 170 yards to lead the Green Wave to a 32-29 upset of Mississippi State on Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH offense steals show from Grambling
UT defense gives Rice negative feeling

Errors, poor execution set back Knights
Orlando Sentinel

Hurricane's offense has shaky start
After Paul Smith helped orchestrate a 28-3 win over North Texas, he directed the University of Tulsa pep band in the fight song.
Tulsa World

-Weekend Roundup
-Tulane Upends Mississippi State In Starkville, 32-29

September 16, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

From the Birmingham News

Blazers gave Dogs scare in '03
Online Athens

Bulldogs hope to avoid UAB trap
Anderson Independent

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles out for revenge
-USM struggles to get BCS teams in Hattiesburg
-Bower says Eagles must 'play hard'
-N.C. State on edge

Eagles expect to see ornery 'Pack
Last week, North Carolina State was beaten on the final play of the game by Akron, dropping a 20-17 decision to the Zips at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Eagles putting emphasis on run defense
For Southern Miss, the number 248 lingers.
Biloxi Sun Herald

At home while on the road
After a bad home loss to Akron, N.C. State welcomes a trip to Southern Mississippi today and a chance to increase its successful road record under coach Chuck Amato.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF, USF battling to join state's elite
On the national stage, today has been dubbed "Separation Saturday" because of the national-championship implications that surround games between several of the nation's high-profile programs.
-UCF-USF dispute rages despite Saturday's game

Green Wave feels it has something to prove
Tulane's football team was so ready to forget last season that it could hardly wait for the Houston game to arrive. Now all it just wants to do is forget about Houston.
New Orleans Times Picayune

North Texas at Tulsa- TU players search for taste of victory
Tulsa World

K-State is measuring stick for Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Marshall finds way to get it done today
Marshall limits mistakes today with an efficient offense behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Bernard Morris.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice shows progress in slowing ground attack
PREVIEW- Texas vs. Rice

No. 8 Longhorns look to avoid consecutive losses
Facing Rice should be just what No. 8 Texas needs to shake off its loss to Ohio State. After all, Texas (1-1) hasn't lost consecutive games in seven seasons and Rice (0-2) has won just one of its last 19 games.
El Paso Times

SMU needs a win Saturday
SMU plays its most important football game today since 1997. In that season finale, SMU threw away a potential bowl trip with a loss to a bad TCU team. There is more at stake today, when the Mustangs face Sam Houston State at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
Dallas Morning News

September 15, 2006

Tiger CB completes transition
"It was a hard (transition) from junior college to D-1 ball,"
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From College Football News
C-USA Fearless Predictions, Week 3 
C-USA Fearless Predictions, Week 3, Part 2 

So. Miss takes all challenges
Southern Miss is no pushover. That's because their coach, Jeff Bower is like a man's white shirt: He's never out of style. His 104-73-1 record tells just some of the story. The Golden Eagles have been to eight bowl games in the last nine years, and Bower, a Southern Miss grad, has refused to bolt for bigger programs.
Durham Herald-Sun

N.C. State on edge
The proverbial "stuff hit the fan" last week in Raleigh, N.C.
Hattiesburg American

With lowest pay and most experience in Conference USA, Marcum is a steal for MU
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Thundering Herd perfect in red zone
The other conference teams at 100 percent are Houston (9-of-9, including seven touchdowns), Tulsa (8-of-8) and East Carolina (6-of-6).
Macon Telegraph

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Herd tackle Terrell’s college career over
Marshall defensive tackle Chris Terrell apparently has lost his appeal of an NCAA ruling declaring him ineligible
-Conference USA notebook
C-USA teams still searching for a big win

Depth major concern for Herd
Entering spring practice, Marshall University's defensive tackles unanimously were considered team strengths
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Pope does more than give Cougars depth at position
Houston Chronicle

Record belies coach's talent
Regardless of the outcome Saturday, UAB coach Watson Brown will make a little bit of history in Sanford Stadium.
Macon Telegraph

Sagarin rates Blazers high
Online Athens

-Tulane To Battle Mississippi State Saturday In Starkville
-Thursday VB- Marshall Defeats East Carolina 3-1

Knights chasing run game
Orlando Sentinel

September 14, 2006

-Four C-USA Punters Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List
Award Named in Honor of Former Southern Miss Standout Punter
-Opening Day NFL Rosters Feature 85 C-USA Players
C-USA Leads the Way with Five Starting Quarterbacks

Recalling Tragedy
Jack Lengyel recalls sitting on his couch in Wooster, Ohio, on Nov. 14, 1970 when, while watching television, some disturbing news crawled across the bottom of the screen.
Wheeling News Register

Marshall needs breakout victory away from home
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Slate Herd's not-so-secret weapon
-QBs have defined K-State series

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Crowd expected to exceed 42,000
USF is expected to return more than half of its 5,000-ticket allotment for Saturday's game against UCF. As of Tuesday, USF had sold just under 2,000 of its allotted tickets.
-Knights chasing run game
-O'Leary deflects preseason hype

SMU's Ponies not up to speed yet
SMU coach Phil Bennett said this is the first time in five seasons he has a two-deep roster capable of success. It was part of the reason Bennett challenged his team and staff to reach a bowl game for the first time since 1984. But two games into the 2006 season, SMU is 0-2 and has scored only nine points.
Dallas Morning News

USM must stop ground game
Southern Miss was 14 minutes, 8 seconds away from knocking off N.C. State last year at Carter-Findley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Home Alone
Southern Miss having tough time attracting BCS teams to M.M. Roberts Stadium
-Non-qualifier rants don't amuse Bower

Eagles can't forget '248'
Southern Mississippi confident it can contain N.C. State tailback Andre Brown.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles' Craft returns
-Did Hull make wise decision? Hard to say at this moment

CFN Staff Picks, Week Three, the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, CUSA, Ind.
College Football News

Change of work habits helps Williams
Tulane redshirt freshman wide receiver Jeremy Williams is a grandma's boy -- and proud of it.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Two Nigerian players commit to UH basketball
Houston Chronicle

September 13, 2006

-Southern Miss Concludes Two-Game Homestand, Hosts NC State Saturday
-Tulane Turns Attention To Game Against Mississippi State
-George O'Leary Press Conference Quotes

Tigers will stick with their four-man defensive front
Three's company, four's a defensive front. It's not a slogan, or a T-shirt, but it's a move that appears to have given the University of Memphis defense a lift.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Blazers can’t get over the hump
It’s tough being a UAB football fan. Not only do you have to put up with the constant ridicule from Alabama and Auburn, but you also have to deal with the frustration of their up-and-down play throughout the year.
Clanton (AL) Advertiser

Carousel continues for Eagles' linebackers
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Eagles prepare for NC State
Laurel (MS) Leader Call

Linebacker unit tweaked
Hattiesburg American

Looking for an encore
Thornton made a name for himself last time Herd was in Kansas
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Kansas State coach familiar with Herd
-Marshall linemen knew where to line up
-Eastern football was more dominant in the past

Numbers don’t lie
Turnovers, penalties hampering Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

UH NOTEBOOK- Briles- New clock rules bad for game
Fall back, don't spring forward on clock rules
Houston Chronicle

Bennett reins in talk of bowl with Mustangs
At the start of the season, coach Phil Bennett said the goal for SMU was to reach a bowl. After an 0-2 start in which his offense is averaging an anemic 4.5 points a game, Bennett said he's not talking about bowls right now. That's probably a good thing, because it seems the rest of Conference USA has gotten better.
Dallas Morning News

Tulane hopes to get moving on offense
Much of the focus following Tulane's loss to Houston last weekend was on how the Cougars' offense dominated the Green Wave's defense, scoring 45 points and rolling up 621 yards.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners will be home 18 times during '06-07 season
El Paso Times

September 12, 2006

-Football Notebook
A full slate of games is on tap for this week in Conference USA. Just one league game is on the docket, Memphis at East Carolina.
-C-USA Announces September 23 Football Television Updates
Five C-USA Games to Air on National TV that Day
-Volleyball Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook

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

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Golden Eagles get tougher test against Wolfpack
-Statistics tell the tale in USM's easy win

Brown- This UAB team "a little different"

Upset is on UAB's mind during trip to Athens
Augusta Chronicle

Notebook- Residence earns QB Blazers' starting job
Macon Telegraph

Close games, a dash of smack talk and you get a burgeoning rivalry
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd-K-State- ‘one of the most heated’ rivalries
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Herd Prepares To Travel To Kansas State Sat.

Herd wants game in playmakers' hands
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

SMU loses RB Martin
SMU starting running back DeMyron Martin will miss four to six weeks with a dislocated bone and a small fracture in his right foot. Martin, a sophomore who led the team in rushing last season, was injured in the first quarter against North Texas on Saturday.
Dallas Morning News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles' Carter played well with heavy heart
Saturday was one of the best and worst days in Damion Carter's 21 years.
-Former Eagle Hull speaks out about leaving team
In an e-mail sent to the Hattiesburg American over the weekend, former Southern Miss running back Cody Hull said he was "not a quitter" despite having abruptly left the Golden Eagles' football team at mid-week.

From the Houston Chronicle
-RICE NOTEBOOK- Major's man of the moment
In a perfect world, Rice offensive coordinator Major Applewhite would stay in the shadows and devise a game plan efficient enough for the Owls to shock No. 8 Texas at Reliant Stadium on Saturday evening.
-Looking back (UCLA) with a peek ahead (UT).
Houston Chronicle

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights seek 'redemption'
When UCF Coach George O'Leary dissected his team's nonconference schedule a few months ago, he talked about how back-to-back intrastate matchups with Florida and USF were, more than anything, "opportunities."
-O'Leary sees some hope in debacle

Wave determined to correct mistakes before playing Miss. State
Tulane coach Chris Scelfo said in early August that what he wanted most from this season's team was for it to make some improvements each week. Last season's team, he said, went in the wrong direction.
New Orleans Times Picayune

September 11, 2006

Blazers' running game not where it should be
UAB head coach Watson Brown figures a group of six plays kept the Blazers from winning comfortably on Saturday night at Legion Field against East Carolina.
Birmingham News

SMU AD confident in Bennett
SMU athletic director Steve Orsini said Sunday he's still confident in the ability of coach Phil Bennett despite the Mustangs' 0-2 start. In five seasons, Bennett is 11-37 and coming off an embarrassing 24-6 loss to North Texas on Saturday.
Dallas Morning News

Miners proud of effort against Texas Tech
A day after a heartbreaking 38-35 overtime loss to No. 24 Texas Tech, the agony still was evident in UTEP head coach Mike Price's voice Sunday afternoon.
El Paso Times

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
-Punter O'Connor sparks Herd over Hofstra
Marshall University's spark was generated from an unlikely source on Saturday.
-Morris finds his stride

UCF | A look back
UCF learned it still has much to work on after Saturday night's 42-0 drubbing at Florida.
Orlando Sentinel

UH gets a breather with 45-7 rout of Tulane
Kolb, Alridge set pace as offense totals 621 yards
Houston Chronicle

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