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East Carolina


Conference USA

September 24, 2006
Ramadan (09/24-10/23 - Islamic)
National Good Neighbor Day

-BVL: Game Center: West Virginia 27, East Carolina 10
-O'Brien: Despite loss, ECU a winner Saturday
-BVL: ECU-West Virginia Box Score/Statistics
-BVL: C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
-BVL: ECU Schedule, Scores, Attendance, Links
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz WVU post-game comments
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Clemson recognizes 1981 national champs
Ref gets assignment involving Stoops family
ECU volleyball falls at Tulane, hosts UTEP

Pirates Fall To No. 4 West Virginia, 27-10
ECU Picks Off Three Passes, Holds Mountaineers To 153 Rushing Yards

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Out of Pirates' reach
East Carolina doggedly pursued No. 4 West Virginia on defense Saturday night, but could never match the Mountaineers' propensity for finding the end zone when it counted in a 27-10 setback.
-Mistakes cost ECU against Mountaineers
The No. 4 Mountaineers of West Virginia certainly shouldn't have needed any help Saturday in a 27-10 win at East Carolina, but they got some anyway.
-Pirates' Kass makes debut at quarterback
Kass wasn't the only Pirate to make his debut on Saturday.
-More than 40,000 fans cheer on Pirates
-Authorities say few issues at ECU game
The crowd of 40,000 was mostly well-behaved, he said. About 40 people were ejected from the stadium for bad behavior, including two arrested for intoxicated and disruptive behavior.

ECU proves no pushover
East Carolina managed to get West Virginia away from its run-oriented comfort zone at rowdy Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday evening. But the No. 4 Mountaineers adjusted for a 27-10 win.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates go down fighting
When you’re an unranked football team going up against a top-5 program, you can’t have mistakes and you can’t have missed opportunities.
-Roach comes up with a benchmark catch
The crowd of 40,000 was mostly well-beha
-East Carolina’s Allison moves up the charts

No. 4 Mountaineers survive ECU, 27-10
Call it a measuring stick. Call it a small step in the right direction. Just don’t call East Carolina’s 27-10 loss to No. 4 West Virginia on Saturday a moral victory.
Kinston Free Press

Upbeat despite defeat
While dismissing any talk of moral victories after their 27-10 loss to No. 4 West Virginia, the Pirates proclaimed that ECU has returned from college football's abyss and is ready to be a force.
Raleigh News & Observer

West Virginia pulls away to beat ECU 27-10
East Carolina got the turnovers but not enough points, and lost to No. 4 West Virginia 27-10 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium last night.
Winston Salem Journal

Mountain movers
ECU stifles West Virginia ground game, but can't capitalize
Wilmington Star-News

From the New Bern-Sun Journal
-Oh so close
East Carolina doesn’t capitalize on chances, falls to No. 4 Mountaineers
-Allison’s 100th catch a great one
Aundrae Allison’s 100th catch as a Pirate was highlight-worthy. The 47-yard touchdown grab tied the game at 7 with four minutes left in the first quarter, but it wasn’t the timing of the score — it was the way the play unfolded.

Pirates passed over
ECU stops run, but WVU pulls away in 4th quarter
Charlotte Observer (AP)

WVU Escapes Greenville

WVU escapes East Carolina
Undefeated West Virginia relied more on its defense Saturday evening in posting a 27-10 victory over gutsy East Carolina
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Not pretty but a win
Mountaineers slowed down by mistakes in win over ECU
-WVU football notebook
Reynaud emerging as weapon

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
-WVU thwarts stubborn East Carolina
Slaton and the fourth-ranked Mountaineers were nearly mugged at muggy Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday in their toughest test of the nonconference season so far.
-WVU's big-play receiver piles up TDs
-WVU spotlight- Uh-oh
West Virginia defensive end Johnny Dingle threw his gloves to members of the East Carolina dance team as he ran off the field. A female member of the team caught them, gave them a quick glance and threw them back.

White leads WVU past stubborn E. Carolina, 27-10
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pirates sunk
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WVU 'Passes' First Road Test
ECU held tailback Steve Slaton to 80 net yards on 24 carries, the first time in eight games the sophomore has not rushed for at least 100 yards

September 23, 2006
Autumnal Equinox
Fall Begins Northern Hemisphere

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Skip Holtz)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ACC football struggling despite expansion
Cavs may have found their quarterback
Southern Miss freshman setting records
-Saberslasher Flashback: PIRATE VS. MOUNTAINEER

Football Gameday
West Virginia @ East Carolina
Dowdy - Ficklen Stadium at East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
  - 4:30 PM ET
Gameday Forecast:
West Virginia @ East Carolina
TV: ESPN2 (Gary Thorne, Andre Ware and Todd Harris)

WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)

ECU All Access

-From The Desk of Skip Holtz
ECU Head Football Coach Delivers Sportmanship Message
-Lady Pirates Beat Furman 2-1 In Double OT

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
ECU defense faces test vs. No. 4 Mountaineers
-East Carolina celebrates opening of new facility
Area legislators joined Chancellor Steve Ballard and members of the ECU Board of Trustees for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 303,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building on N.C. 43 West.
-Proposed dental school hits snag in use of funding

From the New Bern-Sun Journal
-Pirates aim for upset
No. 4 West Virginia invades Dowdy-Ficklen
-Going forward
Johnson making more productive runs for Pirates

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates have chance of a lifetime against WVU
-Pirates’ leading tackler Cotton won’t let injury slow him

ECU knows it won’t sneak up on West Virginia
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz figures the Pirates blew their chance of sneaking up on No. 4 West Virginia today by playing the Mountaineers close last season in Morgantown, W.Va.
Fayetteville Observer

Pirates will have their hands full
In their first three games, the East Carolina Pirates have been playing like ... well, pirates.
Winston Salem Journal

History a two-way street in West Virginia-ECU rivalry
Jacksonville Daily News

Bits and Bytes- WVU - ECU

Countdown to Kickoff

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heisman votes may elude WVU's Slaton
This season's Heisman Trophy winner could be in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium today when running back Steve Slaton and West Virginia face East Carolina.
-East Carolina Vs. West Virginia

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Heavy favorite WVU will be sweating
A couple of beads of perspiration began to form on Rich Rodriguez’s forehead Friday afternoon just a few minutes after he stepped out onto the immaculate grass of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for West Virginia’s mid-afternoon walk-through.
-West Virginia-East Carolina capsule

Heat at ECU will force WVU to use more players
Beckley Register-Herald

Mountaineers Take to Road for First Time
Wheeling Intelligencer

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-It's like playing catch
When James Pinkney hooks up with Aundrae Allison for a pass play on the football field, it often looks easy to everyone else in the stadium.
-Pirate defensive coordinator is impressed by WVU's line play

No. 4 Mountaineers hope for more rushing success against ECU (AP)

(4) West Virginia (3-0) At East Carolina (1-2)

Mike McCarthy column- For us, life on road is routine

September 22, 2006
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown - Jewish)
Solar Eclipse
Anniversary - Emancipation Proclamation

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Young blood pumping new life into ECU 'D'
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Pirate baseball announces fall scrimmages
Tulane football in ESPN spotlight today
Southern Miss AD will chair NCAA group
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Kevin Monroe)
WNCT: Pirate Insider Report

Memo from Chancellor Ballard
Pirate Beacon

-Pirate Baseball To Hold Purple-Gold World Series
The 2007 East Carolina baseball team will conclude its fall practice this weekend with the first of three intra-squad scrimmages at Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
ECU AD Responds To Feedback From Sportmanship Message

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates using fall baseball practice to experiment with potential 2007 lineup
-ECU's Johnson doing less dancing in backfield

Pirates have a mountainous task this weekend
The East Carolina football team will play its highest ranked opponent in 18 years on Saturday when No. 4 West Virginia
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Washington (NC) Daily News
-ECU’s Roach looking forward to big challenge
Kevin Roach admitted that he’s been looking forward to this game for some time.
-Pirates’ Lee dances the game away
For Laura Lee, the whole day was a touchdown.

Slaton a backfield leader for Mountaineers
RB’s early-season exploits have made him a Heisman hopeful
New Bern Sun Journal

East Carolina Preview

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Pirates defense ready for war
ECU needs 'foxhole mentality' - and maybe a little prayer, defensive coordinator
-Mountaineers getting ready to hit the long road

ECU’s Allison catching high praise
Aundrae Allison probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves because at East Carolina he flies just a bit under the national radar.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Mozes not concerned with WVU's first road trip
Beckley Register-Herald

Mountaineers set sail for Greenville, NC
The Daily Athenaeum (WVU)

Mountaineers too powerful
Boston Herald

Ex-Southern assistant Yoshida back in BR
Yoshida took his act on the road to East Carolina University, where he served eight seasons as defensive line coach, director of football operations and recruiting coordinator.
Baton Rouge Advocate

September 21, 2006
UN International Day of Peace

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Loaded WVU has reason to take Bucs seriously

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Holland addresses crowd behavior
WVU game at center of Pirate Club weekend
AFCA cuts ties with Hula Bowl
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Kevin Monroe)

Linkmeister Note: The Mountaineers are the highest-ranked opponent to visit Greenville, N.C., since then-No. 3 Miami on Halloween 1987.

Holtz not living in Pirates’ old days
Skip Holtz is proud of East Carolina’s past, but he won’t use the Pirates’ former football successes to motivate his team.
New Bern Sun Journal

From The Desk Of Terry Holland
Saturday night's comeback win against the Memphis Tigers was fueled by a great deal of positive energy from the Pirate Nation.

From the East Carolinian
-Back on the base paths
Pirate baseball team in the middle of fall practice
-Tailgating like a true Pirate
The perfect way to get your "game face on"
-Tara Shaw determined to instill winning legacy
Senior matures as career winds down

Holland asks fans to police themselves better at games
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU using tough 'D' to get into end zone
In their first three games, the East Carolina Pirates have been playing like ... well, pirates.
Winston Salem Journal

On sideline or in booth?
Assistants' play-calling perches mainly matter of taste
Raleigh News & Observer

WVU running into trouble?
East Carolina’s rush defense isn’t always terrible
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Football- WVU hopes to avoid getting lost in purple haze
A college football appointment amid the purple haze of East Carolina University.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Mountaineers passing on aerial game
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz crunched the numbers, so he knows why West Virginia doesn't throw the football often.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-For Holtz, family over football an easy pick
There was a time when Skip Holtz figured his football team would be scheduled annually against West Virginia. He just didn't think it would be at East Carolina.
-‘Relentless' Mountaineer receivers help with blocking

Scouting Report- East Carolina Pirates
The Daily Athenaeum (WVU)

WVU - ECU Game Preview

Big East fearless predictions
College Football News

WVU to be ready for ECU
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WVU needs better focus
 Quarterback Patrick White thinks West Virginia (3-0) will be more focused at East Carolina (1-2) Saturday than it was in last year’s meeting
Beckley Register-Herald

-Feeling a Rush
If you watched closely last Thursday night during West Virginia’s 45-24 victory over Maryland you probably noticed that there was a number 95 running around with the first team defense. That number 95 is redshirt freshman James Ingram from the Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Ingram is listed No. 1 on the depth chart for this Saturday’s game against East Carolina.
-Football Notebook
Rich Rodriguez
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez discusses East Carolina on Tuesday.

Slaton slated for star turn
NFL scouts are all ears these days whenever they hear Slaton's name. He could be this year's Reggie Bush.
NY Daily News

Pirates try to scuttle mighty Mountaineers
Sports Network

Holtz looking to get ECU a landmark win
Wilmington Star-News (AP)

September 20, 2006

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Bad officiating costs Oklahoma against Oregon
ECU women's hoops will travel to Cancun
Pirate volleyball a shutout winner over A&T
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Kristi Overton Johnson)
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate

Linkmeister Note: Virginia Tech director of athletics Jim Weaver said on Monday's "Hokie Hotline" radio program that next season's game against East Carolina, which was originally scheduled to take place in Charlotte, N.C., will be played in Blacksburg.

-2006-07 Women's Basketball Schedule Released
Seven games against 2006 post-season participants and a trip to Cancun highlight the 2006-07 East Carolina University women's basketball schedule, released Tuesday by head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener.
-Volleyball Sweeps North Carolina A&T

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates- Only victory has value
There will be no moral victories for East Carolina on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium -- only a win or a loss.
-Caps' Young commits to ECU
Brock Young, Broughton's career leader in assists and steals, has committed to play basketball at East Carolina.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates prepare for Mountaineers run-heavy attack
West Virginia's first drive on offense Saturday is going to be an eye-opener for the host East Carolina Pirates
-ECU vets- The kids are all right
With nine newcomers — including six freshmen — on the East Carolina men's basketball roster, just having the returners learn the names and faces of the new guys, and vice versa, is probably taking a lot of effort.
-N.C. guard commits to East Carolina

ECU has tough task vs. W. Virginia
The mere mention of the game -- No. 4 West Virginia at East Carolina on Saturday -- triggered the memory.
Durham Herald-Sun

Holtz- Big difference between top-20 team and top-5 one
Mountaineers are big hurdle in rebuilding process for the Pirates
New Bern Sun Journal

East Carolina Set for Showdown

Coaches- Hard to stop agents
Educating players most they can do
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Quick Start A Must
Don’t expect East Carolina to panic if No. 4 West Virginia jumps out to an early lead Saturday afternoon in Greenville, N.C.
Wheeling Intelligencer

Run-happy W.Va. a passing threat, too - when it happens
Charlotte Observer (AP)

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Injured wrist hasn’t hampered WVU’s Slaton
Tailback Steve Slaton is playing with a right wrist injury that would force many players to the sidelines. And he’s been doing it now for almost a year.
-Checking ECU, the Garland sisters, Everhart and Pittsnogle’s food

From the Beckley (WV) Register-Herald
-Rodriguez- West Virginia must start fast, finish strong
-Road game on grass doesn’t bother Slaton
Mountaineers will be playing on grass for the first time this season
-Lewis emerging as leader in WVU's secondary

September 19, 2006
Talk Like a Pirate Day | Link | Link 2

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Turnabout sends season in new direction
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Monday press conference
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Phil Petty)
WNCT: Talk of the Town

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Memphis ousts defensive coordinator Dunn
ECU's Kasey Ross earns C-USA weekly honor
Sept. TV calendar filling up for C-USA teams

-Pirate GameDay Central
The East Carolina football team will play host to No. 4 West Virginia Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) inside Dowdy-Ficken Stadium at Bagwell Field.
-ECU's Ross Named C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes

'Scary' Mountaineers up next
Greenville Daily Reflector

Celebration over as ECU hosts No. 4 WVU
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Washington Daily News
-Holtz hoping for big crowd Saturday
East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz made sure to thank the Pirates’ fans for their support Monday at his weekly press conference.
-‘Fab freshmen’ Fenker and Turner shining for Pirates
Stephanie Turner appears as if she could jump out of the gym at any moment.

Another Holtz looking for win against No. 4 West Virginia
Charlotte Observer (AP)

Holtz thinks WVU is stronger than it was in 2005
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

No. 4 WVU heads on the road for four of next five games
West Virginia (3-0) heads to East Carolina (1-2) on Saturday
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Mountaineers hit road for first time
Holtz, the second-year East Carolina coach, is about to play the second of five straight home games.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Football- No. 4 Mountaineers take high-flying act on the road
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

WVU must have better focus, respect for ECU

WANDERERS- WVU faces a tough stretch on road
Winston Salem Journal

Disclaimer- This column must be read like a pirate
As fate would have it, our football team is playin' the East Carolina Pirates on the weekend followin' the holiday.
The Daily Athenaeum (WVU) Interactive

WVU Football Notebook

Mountaineers still looking for complete-game effort
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Skip Holtz`s football team has covered in all three games so far

September 18, 2006

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 282
Irony abounds in East-West showdown
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz post-game press conference
WNCT Replay: Pepsi Game Day Countdown
WNCT Replay: Bud Light Post-Game Call-In Show
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Mountaineers have some things to work on
New Jersey will test prep players for steroids
ECU women's soccer falls 1-0 to Penn

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Slate created quite a gridiron tale for himself and the Pirates against Memphis
-Around Campus:
Downtown Greenville evolves, finds new place in the world

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates prove they can come back, win
-Holtz says Bell’s return has a calming influence on Pirates’

ECU defense makes points
James Pinkney and East Carolina's offense are used to scoring plenty. For a change, the Pirates' defenders got into the act, too.
Wilmington Star News

East Carolina comes alive in second half to beat Memphis
Greensboro News-Record (AP)

Roach brothers enjoy wins on Saturday
Brothers Brad Roach and Kevin Roach were able to walk off the field Saturday night as winners.
Washington Daily News

Pirates Fall to Penn On Late Goal By Fuccello

ECU has momentum for game vs. West Virginia
 East Carolina’s football team has a victory and some momentum to carry into Saturday’s home game against fourth-ranked West Virginia.
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

Many happy returns for Mountaineers
 It is perhaps the best problem a coach can possibly have — too many good players at one position.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail


September 24, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tigers completely humiliate Heels
Saturday's 52-7 blowout by No. 19 Clemson marked the 12th time in the John Bunting era that the Tar Heels have been blown out by 30 or more points.
-Clemson offense rules
Heels had no answer for Tigers.
-Pack grabs big win
The Wolfpack, seconds away from losing its ACC opener, found a way to beat 20th-ranked Boston College 17-15 Saturday night at Carter-Finley Stadium.
-Evans' heroics save State from despair
-Where does The N&O spot the ball
N&O sports crew is an equal-opportunity offender.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons go to 4-0: WFU storms past Ole Miss after delay for thunderstorms
Wake Forest accomplished last night what a storm approaching Biblical proportions could not. The streaking Deacons chased all but the heartiest of home fans out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium while rolling to a convincing 27-3 nonconference victory over Ole Miss.
-Hokies rally past Bearcats 29-13
-Jackson, Appalachian romp 41-6
-WOEFUL- Baddour says Tar Heels will rebound
Athletics Director Dick Baddour of North Carolina said yesterday that he has not lost confidence in John Bunting as the football coach.

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Tigers rush by UNC-CH
Davis hopes lopsided win makes statement
-Opposite paths meet in Clemson
Events on field reflect how much separates the Tar Heels and Tigers’ programs
-Rice’s high five
All-American receiver catches school-record five TDs as USC offense gets untracked
-Pittsburgh rolls past Citadel

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Wake Forest moves to 4-0 with win at Ole Miss
-Panthers hope to avoid dreaded 0-3 start

Adversity isn't unfamiliar to Panthers, Fox
John Fox is a level-headed coach, one whose celebrations and suffering are forever muted due to one constant -- there is always another play, another game or another season coming up.
Charlotte Observer

Wolfpack pulls shocker
Fayetteville Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Hail Mary pushes Pack to upset
-UNC-CH AD 'committed' to Bunting despite team's struggles
-Bad day ends in big loss for UNC

From the Greenville (SC) News
-No. 19 Tigers stomp Heels
Clemson scores on five of first six possessions
Felton bruises Catamounts
Jerome Felton shattered both Furman and Southern Conference records Saturday night, rushing for six touchdowns in the 42-7 win over Western Carolina.

Being a football cupcake has never been so sweet
The reward for being a reliable pushover always has been a fat check.
Macon Telegraph

September 23, 2006

ACC teams in big trouble
Fading from Top 25, conference nearly falling behind Big East.
USA Today

Seahawks schedule tall tasks
UNCW AD Mike Capaccio said he has a good relationship with East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland and expects that series (with ECU) to continue.
Wilmington Morning Star

Cavs playing low-grade ball
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Groh seems ready to stay with Sewell
Charlottesville Daily Progress

Wake Forest carries torch for the ACC
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack under pressure
A victory in today's ACC opener could turn N.C. State's year around. A loss, however, could send the Pack spiraling toward a losing season.
-Clemson to test Cam's cool
-Make-or-break games
-NHL: Thrills, spills return

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Steep challenge for UNC-Chapel Hill's 'D'
-What to look for in N.C. State-BC game

September 22, 2006

Tobacco Road- In football, it's tobacco roadkill
In Greenville, meanwhile, East Carolina could be 2-1 - instead of 1-2 - had Phillip Henry not fumbled away a sure-thing winning touchdown near the goal line in a loss to UAB.

From the Charlotte Observer
This should be Amato's last season with Pack
Sports are almost as much about anticipation as they are results. Losing is less painful if fans believe tomorrow will be better than today, next week will be better than this week and next season will be better than this one.
-Clemson title a Carolinas tale
-NFL: Smith practices, cautious

U.Va. stumbles at Ga. Tech
The Virginian Pilot

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Johnson sparks Georgia Tech past Virginia 24-7
-A Proud Moment- Daniel Evans will try to follow in the footsteps of his dad
-WFU success has helped expansion
-Grobe, staff trying to tweak
Adjustments are necessary after loss of Mauk, Andrews
-Tharrington starting to hit stride

Letdowns haunt Tigers
When Clemson won a rare game at Miami two years ago, the mood in the Tigers' locker room was pure insanity.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

September 21, 2006

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke sports idea roils professors
Faculty-team link scorned by some.
-ACC Championship is up for grabs
N.C. State and UNC, despite 1-2 starts, still say they can win the league, which is off to a slow start in '06.
-Look on the bright side, folks
Chins up all you long-suffering ACC football fans. There is finally a glimpse of light at the end of this long, dark, varmint-infested cave.
-Blue Devils QB gets OK to return
-Wolfpack gets Apex lineman
-Latest injury forces more change at Wake

It’s redshirt freshman Sewell’s turn to try to ignite U.Va.’s sluggish offense
The Virginian Pilot

ACC’s raid on Big East was about survival
Don’t you have to wonder just a little bit where the ACC would be these days without the plums it picked from the Big East?
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Woeful ACC- Virginia Tech is the only team in the league that's ranked among the nation's elite
Winston Salem Journal

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Diamond in the rough- NCCU prepares for baseball's return
-Duke's Lewis never saw Hokies' hit coming

Passing the torch
Daniel Evans has been watching N.C. State football games from the sidelines since he was about 10 years old.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Hard act to follow
'81 championship continues to loom, placing high expectations on Tigers
-Spurrier to experiment with dual QBs
Mitchell, Newton to share duties against FAU

W&M seeks to end slide
Five years before DeBrian Holmes was born, William and Mary kicked off an eight-game losing streak. This was the early'80s, when the Tribe played, among others, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Navy, Wake Forest, Rutgers, and East Carolina
Richmond Times Dispatch

Hurricanes fall off the pedestal, out of the poll
Anderson Independent

September 20, 2006

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Pack’s Tyler faces charges
The ejection of Fayetteville’s DeMarcus “Tank’’ Tyler from Saturday’s N.C. State-Southern Miss football game isn’t the only issue the senior defensive tackle is facing.
-Wake up- Deacons off to solid start

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Wake Forest loses top running back
-Renovation of Groves Stadium off to fast start
-Patience does pay off for N.C. State quarterback
-Future schedules for Elon to include four I-A opponents

UNC-CH, NC State could still go bowling
Wilmington Star News

Blue Devils add Elon to football schedule
Duke has added nearby Elon to its football schedule, planning to open the 2010 season against the Phoenix at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Durham Herald-Sun

Tigers pass FSU, Miami On ACC ladder
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Future film study- it's in the game
Computer simulation can speed up learning curve for Blue Devils.
-Evans primed for start
State QB says he is a 'facilitator.'

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Newton may not fit the mold for a quarterback in Spurrier’s system, but is still the starter
-USC’s time is now
A dominant effort against Florida Atlantic is needed for Gamecocks going into SEC stretch
-Tigers plan to avoid letdown against underdog UNC-CH

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Catamounts will try to keep momentum
-SOCON Notebook- ASU's passing game coming together
-Andrews to be out awhile
Running back for Wake Forest has been playing on bum knee

September 19, 2006

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Pack's Tyler due to face assault charges
N.C. State's DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler was ejected from Saturday's loss to Southern Miss for reportedly spitting near an official, but that wasn't his first run-in with an authority figure.
-Amato staying confident
The state of N.C. State football is this: Since maestro quarterback Philip Rivers departed after the 2003 season, the Wolfpack is 13-13.
-Struggles call for change at quarterback
Even after a spirit-sapping loss to Southern Miss on Saturday, Chuck Amato's belief in his ability to lead N.C. State to the promised land is as strong as ever.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack calls an audible
With the N.C. State offense last in the ACC in passing with less than 150 yards per game, coach Chuck Amato has turned to Daniel Evans, son of former Wolfpack quarterback and punter Johnny Evans.
-Starting Evans a good idea
-Canes grooming goalie

Fox- Play was my mistake
Panthers turnover led to Vikings scoring drive
Charlotte Observer

September 18, 2006

Groh pulls McCabe too early
Cavalier Daily

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Hokies' Rouse awaits ACC decision
-WFU has Harris ready to step in if knee injury sidelines Andrews
-Wolfpack reaches new low after loss
-DEFENSELESS- Bunting upset with Heels'progress
-Embarrassing loss- Panthers sunk by trick plays drop to 0-2

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Amato mum on possible quarterback change
Chuck Amato didn't reveal Sunday whether N.C. State will make a quarterback change when it faces Boston College this weekend.
-UNC-Chapel Hill got win in spite of defense

Terriers take momentum into SoCon schedule
The scene inside Wofford's locker room at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday was close to being total bedlam.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Tom Suiter- Sunday Musings
By the way, nice win for East Carolina over Memphis. Good crowd, good atmosphere and a come back at that.


September 24, 2006

Weekend Football Roundup
Senior DB Nick Graham blocked an extra-point attempt in the first overtime as the Golden Hurricane won at Navy on Saturday, 24-23. Junior QB Paul Smith threw a six-yard TD pass to senior WR Donnie Johnson to provide the winning score for Tulsa, which closes its non-conference slate with a 3-1 record.

From the Birmingham News
-OT interception costs Blazers win over SEC team
-No moral win, no way to spin this one

From the El Paso Times
-New Mexico 26, UTEP 13
This is what Mike Price was afraid of. All week, UTEP's third-year head coach complained about the sub-par practices and lazy preparation. Players assured him things would change once the game started. Price turned out to be not so paranoid.
-Frustration engulfs Miners

From the Tulsa World
-Tulsa 24 Navy 23- TU sinks Navy
Moton Hopkins' leap resulted in smiles for Tulsa's football team on Saturday afternoon.
-Kolb, Cougars overcome Cowboys
There was no hometown stage fright for Houston native Bobby Reid.

From the Houston Chronicle
-Long plays fuel milestone win for UH
The Cougars proved their strong start was no fluke, beating Oklahoma St. 34-25 to improve to 4-0 on the season.
-Florida State punishes Rice

Eagles brace for first of Tuesday night treks
When the 2006 football schedule came out, Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini could only shake his head.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Knights' schedule takes a detour
For the next three Saturdays, UCF will experience something that has been a rarity during the George O'Leary coaching era -- a day off.
Orlando Sentinel

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tigers trounce Green Wave 49-7
LSU and Tulane celebrated the return of the once-competitive and bitter series Saturday by picking up right where they left off.
-Ricard leaves game after aggravating injury
-Fans on best behavior
Tulane fan Doug Tranchina of Slidell was decked out in Green Wave garb outside Tiger Stadium on Saturday night along with grandsons Austin Boitnett and Cade Falgout.

From the Dallas Morning News
-Resurgent Mustangs showing some giddyap
-SMU tight end catches three TD passes

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Volunteers storm past Herd
Another bad start puts MU in another early hole
-MU shows spunk, now needs to show sparks
-Storm threw traditions out of whack
When a line of soaking thunderstorms began to roll over this orange-decked East Tennessee city, it was clear that this wouldn’t be an ordinary football Saturday on Rocky Top.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Tennessee dumps Herd
Torrential downpours and lightning could only delay Marshall's conclusion to a rough September stretch. No. 15 Tennessee (3-1) opened fast and finished with a flourish, knocking off the Thundering Herd 33-7 before an announced crowd of more than 104,818 Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
-Rocky start dooms Marshall in Knoxville
-Herd continues steady progress

Three generations of Wests on field
Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 23, 2006

Conference USA Scoreboard

Tulane's journey about over
Just one week away from home game, contest with LSU looms.
USA Today

At UTEP, they know what a movie can do
THE football recruiting budget at Marshall University is $200,000 annually. Among Conference USA's 12 programs, that's very competitive.  However, the Thundering Herd is about to get a multimillion-dollar juicing. It's one of those deals that money can't buy.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Best effort needed
Herd looks to step forward before C-USA season starts
-Marshall notebook
-Marshall-Tennessee capsule

Rain greets Herd in Knoxville
Persistent, pounding downpours didn't dampen Marshall University's football arrival at Rocky Top Friday.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd mentality revolves around better offense
Knoxville News Sentinel

From the Birmingham News
-Brown expecting State's best
In some ways, UAB head football coach Watson Brown used the game film from Tulane's victory over Mississippi State as a learning tool on how to attack the Bulldogs' defense.

From the Hattiesburg American
-USM venues getting facelift
-More departures mean more opportunities for USM ballcarriers

USM begins conference slate with UCF
The University of Southern Mississippi (2-1, 0-0) starts its Conference-USA schedule Tuesday night when its travels to Orlando
Pascagoula Mississippi Press

USM might shuffle defensive line
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Coach executes Tulsa turnaround
In three seasons at the helm of Tulsa, Steve Kragthorpe has led the Golden Hurricane to two winning seasons and a pair of bowl berths.
Annapolis Capital

Navy, Tulsa enjoy comparable turnarounds
Washington Times

Tulsa at Navy- Hurricane rolls out new role players
When Tulsa's Ted Curtis races onto the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, he won't be simply a player wearing No. 30.
Tulsa World

From the Houston Chronicle
-Struggling Rice visits No. 18 FSU
-PREVIEW- Rice at Florida State
-UH transfer Eli Ash gets OK to play Saturday
Ash, who will have three years of eligibility, got transfer waivers approved by both the NCAA and Conference USA, meaning he will not have to sit out
-UH's Kolb drew interest from Oklahoma State, too
-PREVIEW- Oklahoma State at Houston

Preview- Arkansas State at SMU
Dallas Morning News

Long layoff has Miners ready to play
Heading into today's showdown with New Mexico at University Stadium in Albuquerque, the UTEP football team is just happy to get back on the field. It's been a long two weeks.
El Paso Times

Green Wave quarterback Lester Ricard, who transferred from LSU before the 2003 season, gets his long-awaited shot at the team he dreamed of leading in front of a sellout crowd at Tiger Stadium.
New Orleans Times Picayune

O'Leary seeking more from Moffett
UCF Coach George O'Leary made two things very clear at his weekly news conference Thursday.
Orlando Sentinel

Fall Baseball Begins on Monday
Golden Eagles Return 15 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 39-23 and made their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament Appearances

September 22, 2006

-A Fresh New Face at Southern Miss
Southern Miss true freshman running back Damion Fletcher has jumped onto the scene as one of the top first-year players in Division I-A in the early part of the season.
-ESPN's Outside the Lines to Feature the Tulane Football Team This Friday

From the College Football News
-Conference USA Week Four Fearless Predictions
-Conference USA Week Four Fearless Predictions, Part 2

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Kicker Adams quits team
Adams was replaced as the team's starting kicker last weekend at East Carolina by freshman Matt Reagan
-Catching passes one part of Tiger wideouts' bag of tricks

Tulane-LSU series takes Scelfo way back
It was big brother Sam who created the fuss.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-Saturdays will never be the same
As is often the case, it won’t be what teams do on Saturday that determines who will play for the Conference USA championship.
-Rodriguez and UM, cries at Marshall and recruiting buzz

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Johnson emerging as defensive star
-Snyder changes stance on Morris' play

From the Houston Chronicle
-Owls offense can't take flight
-UH has a lot on the line against Oklahoma State

Options at RB continue to decrease
Dallas Morning News

Coach- UCF's woes fixable
Orlando Sentinel

From the Hattiesburg American
-Board approves Bower's contract
University of Southern Mississippi head football coach Jeff Bower's contract was extended through 2009 by a unanimous vote Wednesday at a meeting of the state College Board, according to a board spokeswoman.
-Wilson leaves State, plans to enroll at USM

Eagles' RB corps takes another hit
Southern Miss lost another former starting running back Thursday, when USM coach Jeff Bower announced that junior Larry Thomas had left the team.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Blazers special teams are anything but special
The special teams have been the topic of specially long meetings this week.
rmingham News

Man quit his job to ensure he did not miss UTEP game
El Paso Times

September 21, 2006

-The Nation's Most Productive Passing Tandem
Houston Senior QB Kevin Kolb And Senior WR Vincent Marshall Are The Most Productive Pitch And Catch Combo In Division I-A College Football.
-Golfers of the Week
-SMU'S O'Rear Receives National Recognition

Herd looking to open up passing game
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall leads the nation in penalties
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Ahead of the pack
The University of Tulsa coaching staff is giving the ball to a new and improved Idris Moss.
Moss is improved because of his offseason work to increase his speed and reshape his body.
Tulsa World

It's 2 thumbs up for Panthers' Williams
Charlotte Observer

Slower is better for McCoy
Receiver discovering comfort zone, and finding end zone
Memphis Commercial Appeal

SMU's Willis pocketed win
SMU quarterback Justin Willis' 18-of-19 performance may have come against I-AA Sam Houston State, but as coach Phil Bennett put it, even if "you're playing against air, playing catch, that's quite a feat." The record-setting stats in the 45-14 victory came a week after Willis was briefly pulled from the North Texas loss.
Dallas Morning News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Giannini named chairman of NCAA panel
Richard C. Giannini, director of athletics at the University of Southern Mississippi since 1999, was recently named as the chair of the prestigious NCAA Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee for the next two years
-Eagles' Lyons comes roaring back into fold

The guardian Batiste puts personality into every block
He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs slightly more than 300 pounds. At right guard, he anchors one of the best offensive lines in Southern Miss' strong football history.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Bower to get 2 years added today
Contract includes the final two years of Bower's current agreement and will take him through the end of the 2009 football season with a base salary of $254,969.
-USM senior Carter finds fulfillment at receiver

Eagles offensive line impresses O'Leary
Orlando Sentinel

Injured teammate pushes Miner linebackers
El Paso Times

Passing game opens lanes for TU's Forté
New Orleans Times Picayune

September 20, 2006

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

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West takes we're-gonna-get-tougher approach to coaching defense
-On the sidelines

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail
-A line of Volunteers
Tennessee’s defensive front will be huge test for Herd
-Marshall football notebook
Snyder comes to his QB’s defense

UT game has consequences for present, future
Marshall's non-conference clash with Tennessee Saturday is important both for the present and future of the program.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Blazers excited to have MSU in town
UAB linebacker Orlandus King moved to the edge of his seat, smiled and talked about what it means for Mississippi State to visit Legion Field on Saturday night.
rmingham News

Midshipmen trouble Tulsa with complete look
Annapolis Capital

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-RB undergoes CAT scan
Southern Miss running back Larry Thomas was to have a CAT scan Tuesday to determine how severe the effects of a concussion remained.
-Lyons' play helps solve MLB dilemma

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Team's 10-day break starts with a day off
-Southern Miss still is tough on defense

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Signals changing from red to green for Tigers
-Wave special teams struggle
-Green Wave to welcome LSU back to Fogelman

SMU hopes to build confidence
Dallas Morning News

Price not happy with Miners' effort
El Paso Times

September 19, 2006

-Football Notebook
Five National TV Games Highlight this Saturday's action in Conference USA. East Carolina hosts No. 4 West Virginia (ESPN 2, 4:30 p.m. EDT) and Rice visits No. 17 Florida State (3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN U) on the ESPN family of networks.
-C-USA Announces September 30 Television Updates
-Football Players of the Week
Memphis coach Tommy West
-Volleyball Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook
-Joe Lee Dunn of Memphis Relieved of Duties Monday

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Joe Lee's done
University of Memphis football coach Tommy West fired defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn Monday, citing a ''lack of confidence'' in Dunn's defensive system, one West said struggled against power running teams and failed to produce the big plays for which it is known.
-Shocker around C-USA
UTEP's Price understands that changes often happen fast, but unsettled by mid-season move
-West made right choice, back then -- and now
-West blames himself for being 'too aggressive'
Tiger coach Tommy West continued to shoulder some of the blame for junior quarterback Martin Hankins' second-half struggles against East Carolina last weekend.

Dunn dismissed by Memphis
Memphis coach Tommy West fired defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn on Monday in what he called a business decision.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Injuries hamper Blazers offense
All the offensive pieces may be in place by the time UAB's football team welcomes Mississippi State to Legion Field Saturday night.
rmingham News

Golden Eagles went for kill vs. Wolfpack
Hattiesburg American

Improvement needed despite easy win
To some, Southern Miss's 37-17 beating of N.C. State might not look to impressive since the Wolfpack lost the week before to Akron at home.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd football family is dysfunctional
-Without Ahmad Bradshaw involved, Marshall's offense is going nowhere
-Thundering Herd football soon to be seen by statewide audience

SMU notebook
Redshirt freshman QB Justin Willis' efficient performance against Sam Houston State, 18-of-19 for 248 yards and a 94.7 completion percentage, matched the C-USA record for completion percentage and set an SMU record.
Dallas Morning News

Miners tab seniors to replace Jones
El Paso Times

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF player was Tasered
UCF senior cornerback Travonti Johnson allegedly yelled profanities and attempted to flee from an Orange County sheriff's deputy when he was arrested and Tasered on Sunday morning, an incident report said.
-Suspended UCF cornerback Johnson arrested

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-LSU-Tulane rivalry loses some steam these days
-Tulane's line responds to challenge
When does a team finish with a 4-7 record and count that as a successful season? Just ask Tulane's team from 1982.

September 18, 2006

ECU loss looks just as ugly on review
The numbers documenting the collapse remained as staggering Sunday as they were Saturday night in a 35-20 Conference USA loss at East Carolina.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Two key Saturdays remain in September for Blazers
Three Saturdays in September will shape the remainder of the football season for UAB.
Birmingham News

Mustangs' offense, defense hit it big
The SMU offense had a coming-out party Saturday night.
Dallas Morning News

Herd can expect much of the same from Tennessee
Scouting reports aren't implemented until today, but John Inman already knows what's coming Saturday at Tennessee.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd, Vols share O-line concerns
SATURDAY’S GAME between Tennessee and Marshall has become the Battle of the Maligned O-lines.
Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail

Injured Miner captain will return in '07
UTEP senior linebacker Jeremy Jones was resting comfortably Sunday evening after undergoing surgery for his broken right leg -- resting and reflecting on his blessings
El Paso Times

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Fletcher leads USM
Three TD's power win over Wolfpack
-USM back in a big way