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Conference USA

January 14, 2007

-BVL: Rice scuttles Pirates
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Golden Hurricane snatches Rice coach
Tar Heels name Shoop offensive coordinator
Snow makes Cowboys, Cornhuskers a no go

-Men's Basketball Drops C-USA Home Opener To Rice
  Morris Almond recorded his eighth career double-double scoring a team-best 18 points while grabbing 10 boards as Rice defeated East Carolina 64-47 Saturday night inside Minges Coliseum.

-Women's Basketball Hosts Rice Sunday Afternoon
-Swimming & Diving Drops Dual Meet To Virginia Tech
-Track and Field Concludes Virginia Tech Invitational

ECU drops to 0-2 in C-USA play
  Morris Almond isn't the only Rice player who can score after all.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Poor-shooting Pirates stumble at home
-New Bern Bears’ Carter named Sun Journal football Player of the Year
  Carter, a 6-foot-3 free safety weighing in at 195 pounds, will be a member of the East Carolina University football team in the fall.

Rice Beats East Carolina 64-47
  Morris Almond had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Lorenzo Williams scored 17 to lead the Rice Owls to a 64 to 47 Conference USA victory over East Carolina in front of 4,902 fans at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.

First-half woes cost Pirates
Raleigh News & Observer

Football is still in Paul Troth's game plan
  Vance grad at ECU where he's pursuing a master's degree
Charlotte Observer

Bowl's TV ratings exceed expectations
  Bo Kerr, manager of sales and marketing for the Bowl, said the East Carolina-South Florida rating exceeded expectations
Birmingham News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice rolls by East Carolina
  Double-double by Almond helps Owls cruise 64-47

-Bearkats' Terry leads North to win in all-star game
  Pinkney throws interception in third quarter

Preps: Delayed Decision
  Michigan State and Troy State have called coaches recently about Gaffney quarterback Malcolm Long, as have Arkansas and East Carolina.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Recruiting update, Jan. 14
  OL C.J. Wood Is looking at East Carolina, Marshall and Memphis.
Macon Telegraph

The stars come out for annual Whitfield Clinic
Goldsboro News-Argus

January 13, 2007

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Talent still flowing from New Bern pipeline
-BVL: Updated Football Recruiting Thumbnails
-BVL: Updated Basketball Recruiting Thumbnails

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Blue Edwards)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU guard Hinnant sidelined for several weeks
FB thumbnails: Allison, Carter, Davis, Williams
Hoops recruiting thumbnail: Brock Young
Owls consensus top pick in preseason polls
Duke retiring numbers for Williams, Redick
Notre Dame facing void in backfield in '07

Linkmeister note:  James Pinkney is playing today on ESPN2 (Noon ET) in the Inta-Juice All-star bowl

ECU will try to crack Almond, Owls
  Rod Earls scored 25 points, hitting 7-of-9 3-point attempts, as Tulsa pulled away from East Carolina in the second half for a 67-49 victory
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates seek first C-USA victory
  East Carolina plays host to Owls tonight
New Bern Sun Journal

-Hinnant To Be Sidelined 4-8 Weeks
  Sophomore guard sustained a leg injury Tuesday night in practice

-Track and Field Opens 2007 Indoor Seaon at Virginia Tech Invitational
  Five Pirates Record Top 10 Finishes

-2007 ECU Women's Tennis Preview

January 12, 2007
Lee-Jackson Day (Virginia)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
BCS – can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em
-BVL: Raise, praise, expanded title for Holland

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Dr. Steve Ballard)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Smith resigns as baseball coach at Campbell
C-USA hoops: Houston edges Lady Pirates
Russell says adios to LSU, hello to NFL

Terry Holland's Contract Extended

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Blair's boarding school
  East Carolina features one of the best rebounders in C-USA

-ECU extends Holland's deal

Rice at East Carolina on Saturday
  It is the first Conference USA road game for Rice and it also marks the first time ever that the basketball Owls have played in Greenville, N.C.

Future Opponent: Defense expects stout '07
  Losing only three starters off a unit that has ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense the past two seasons, Bud Foster shouldn't have to turn many nuts and bolts before the Hokies' season cranks up Sept. 1 against East Carolina at Lane Stadium.
Roanoke Times

ECU gives Holland raise, 2-year extension
  Athletic director says he still has ‘lots of dreams’ for program
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates break out the bats for first day of baseball practice
Washington Daily News

Preps: Jersey's top player staying home
  East Carolina may have found their starting running back next season in local Greenville (NC) Rose athlete Jonathan Williams.
USA Today

Preps: More Recruiting News
  Chris Smith, a rangy 6-6 swingman and a standout tight end, said this week he is receiving significant interest in both football and basketball from major programs.
Charlottesville Daily Progress

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution
-Preps: Douglass star captures college recruiters' attention
  Douglass running back/linebacker Reginald Williams is being recruited by Bowling Green and East Carolina.
-Clemson recruiting another Douglass running back
  East Carolina is also in the recruiting hunt for English, whose 40-yard dash speed is 4.4 seconds. “Harvey is a scatback-type of back with real quickness,”

Thompson possible addition to UM staff
  Ex-ECU Head coach has spoken with Orgeron about job
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Ex-Tiger coach considering Ole Miss offer
  He also was the head coach at East Carolina, but resigned following the 2004 season after the team went 3-20 in his two years at the helm.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Defensive backs coach Bob Slowik promoted to Denver Broncos defensive coordinator
  Slowik spent 15 years as a college assistant coach at East Carolina (outside linebackers, 1990-91).  He helped the 1991 East Carolina team to its highest final ranking in school history (No. 9)

January 11, 2007
Anniversary - "Designated Hitter" Rule

-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
"Peele Poll" validates Gators' crown
Peele's final 2006 I-A computer rankings
-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Godwin banking on depth, newcomers
-BVL: Pirates fade late at Tulsa
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Keith Hammond)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Tar Heels return to No. 1 in college hoops
Coker mentioned as candidate at Tulsa
Tulane moves UAB start for fans to see Saints

-Pirates Drop Road Contest To Tulsa, 67-49
  Jenkins leads ECU with 15 points in conference opener.

-Late Rally Falls Short as Lady Pirates Fall at Houston, 82-77

Tulsa Takes Down ECU, 67-49
  Rod Earls scored 25 points, hitting 7-of-9 3-point attempts, as Tulsa pulled away from East Carolina in the second half for a 67-49 victory

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Prudent choice by Caps' Young
  Senior confident ECU is the right fit
-Earls' 3-point touch lifts Golden Hurricane (AP)
  Pirates stay in it until late in 2nd half

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates back at work
  The stinging way last season ended for East Carolina's baseball team — without an invitation to an NCAA regional — remains in the minds of the Pirates.

-Another drought for ECU at Tulsa

Preps: Well-rounded Tribble anchors Newberry
  Tribble is being recruited heavily by East Carolina on the Division I level.
Columbia (SC) The State

ECU hockey team prepares for second half
The East Carolinian

January 10, 2007
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
Anniversary - Women's Suffrage Amendment

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Best crystal ball might be the past
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
N.C. prep product Leak propels Gators to title
Tulsa's Kragthorpe in line for Louisville job
C-USA player of the week to Memphis's Hunt

-Pirate Basketball Gameday Central
  The Pirates open Conference USA play Wednesday night against Tulsa. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. EST start and will be televised on CSTV.

-Women's Basketball Travels to Houston Wednesday Evening

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Hurricane up next for ECU
  When East Carolina's men's basketball team looks back at last season's Conference USA campaign, the Pirates won't find much to cheer about.

-Countdown begins for East Carolina baseball team
  The Pirates officially commence on-field preparations for their opener this afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates get in-state stars
  Harnett Central QB, Rose tailback commit to ECU

-Area schools preparing for baseball practice
Broughton 83, Wakefield 78 (2 OT)
  Broughton's Young, an East Carolina recruit, is averaging 20.6 points per game. He has scored 10 or more points in 16 of the Caps' 17 games.

Blair getting the job done
  For East Carolina freshman forward Gabe Blair, he’s got a job to do. And it’sa job he takes very seriously.
New Bern Sun Journal

TU content on its home court
  Hurricane has won all 10 games played at the Reynolds Center.
Tulsa World

Perfect storm awaits Pirates in Tulsa
The East Carolinian

Tulsa overcoming odds with 3 frosh in lineup
Jackson Clarion Ledger

January 9, 2007
Birthday - President Richard M. Nixon (37th President)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Win was the perfect tonic for Pirates
-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
Some ties that bind are forever
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Rhonda Jordan)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Larry Dixon)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Petrino leaves Louisville for NFL's Falcons
Golden Eagles dominant in GMAC Bowl
LSU's Russell making up mind on NFL

Special Presentation Of East Carolina vs. Tulsa Men's Basketball To Be Made Available Nationwide
  The January 10, men's basketball contest featuring East Carolina and Tulsa will be available across the nation as part of a special pay-per-view event.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-List of commitments still growing for ECU
  With three weeks left in the college football recruiting season, the East Carolina coaching staff has just a handful of scholarships left to hand out.

-Preps: Staying at home
  J.H. Rose running back verbally commits to play for the Pirates

-Thomas not a candidate for ECU job
  J.H. Rose football coach Greg Thomas says the rumors circulating which link him to the vacant East Carolina University special teams football coaching position are just that.

-Pirates get defensive in win over UCF
-ECU Notes- $100000 gift given to start education scholarship

Coaching legend Thrift dies at 80
  The athletic communities of New Bern High and East Carolina University lost one of their all-time greats on Sunday with the passing of Roger Grange Thrift
New Bern Sun Journal

Preps: Williams Commits To East Carolina

Preps: Warley reflects on 'Dogs career
  "I'm visiting ECU next weekend, and hopefully I'll get an offer when I'm there," Warley said.
Lexington Dispatch

Lady Pirates top UCF
Washington Daily News

January 8, 2007
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Birthday - Elvis Presley (singer)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 293
Status quo for bowl system best for ECU
-Monroe: Been There, Done That
More good defense in the cards for 2007
-BVL: Final C-USA Football Postseason Wrap-up
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Buckeyes, Gators go after BCS crown
Police probe death of Southern Cal kicker
Lady Pirates triumph over Central Florida

Women's Basketball Cruises to 62-46 Win Over UCF Sunday Afternoon
  A 22-3 run in the second half propelled East Carolina to the 62-46 win over UCF Sunday afternoon in Minges Coliseum. The Lady Pirates improve to 7-9 overall, and 2-1 in Conference USA action

Support for UF's Leak runs deep at old high school
  "I learned a lot from Chris, but (most of all) I learned how to not listen to criticism," said McFadden, who will attend East Carolina

Palm Beach Post


January 14, 2007

Recruiting stakes are high for UNC, N.C. State
  Now is a critical time for every major college football coach as the final three-week period before national signing day begins.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Poised Hokies hang defeat on Tar Heels
-Pack gets first ACC victory
-NHL: Canes miss their chance

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bobcats resilient, while front office stays dysfunctional
-25 years after the play that changed football
  Only 58 seconds remained in the NFC Championship game that gray, chilly Sunday afternoon in San Francisco when Dwight Clark prepared to leap into history 25 years ago.

-UNC likely No. 1 and done after road loss
-Charlottean Leak plays way into Senior Bowl spot
-49ers finally get A-10 win with patience

Hula Bowl: Hawaii’s not very relaxing for Rodriguez
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Kelley rips teammates after latest rout
  Point guard says some players 'have no clue' as team suffers worst home loss since 1915
-Terps run off with Tigers’ win streak
  Maryland runs and guns to snap the Clemson defense and the team’s 17-0 start

From the Winston Salem Journal
-BC recruit says he will enroll at N.C. State
  Rieskamp has change of heart, will follow O'Brien

-Wolfpack dominates struggling Deacs 88-74
-Elon rallies late to shock Appalachian State 64-63

From the Greensboro News-Record
-In a battle of youth, State looks promising
-UNCG takes step forward in victory

January 13, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke has football summit
  More than two hundred former football lettermen gathered on the Duke campus Friday night for the first Duke Football Summit.

-Bobcats surprise Knicks
  Charlotte's Okafor dominates New York inside the paint.

-Canes closing the gap
  The Canes host the Atlanta Thrashers tonight, with a chance to move within two points of the Thrashers for first place in the Southeast Division.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Slow starts hurting Deacs
-Red-hot ASU to take on Elon today
-Davis adds another ex-Raider to Tar Heels' coaching staff
-Three transfers added to Rams' football team
  Defensive end Wall was dismissed at Virginia Tech

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Hines is big man at little school
  Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says UNCG's Kyle Hines could excel in the ACC.

-Deal to bring back hockey on thin ice

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Tigers try to keep focused
  With the national scene paying attention, Clemson strives to stay fixed on ACC play

-Limping USC welcomes champs
-Konate to take a leave of absence from team
  Reserve has been plagued by injuries, missed time since coming to USC

ODU's Lithuanian forward is playing like a winner
The Virginian Pilot

January 12, 2007

Boise State leads mid-major revolution in bowls
CBS Sportsline

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Yow has hope for a Jan. 28 return
  N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow plans to be in Reynolds Coliseum on Jan. 28.
-Boards, 3s hurt Pack
  Two factors figure in NCSU losses.
-Canes finish with a rush
  Faced with being shut out after two poor periods, the Hurricanes turn it around with a six-goal rally.

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Solid foundation
  Dave Odom has the Gamecock basketball program anticipating a bright future
-Gamecock Club rules to alter parking
  Some future seating assingments could change as well

Tight schedule puts some under the gun
  Colonial Athletic Association schedule-makers tossed league members into the fire to start the new year. Each team played three games in six days last week and will complete a five-game, 11-day stretch Saturday.
Wilmington Star News

J.J. WHO- Redick, who was worshiped and reviled in college, is a nobody in the NBA
Winston Salem Journal

Big East Football Goes From Joke To Real Deal
Evening Bulletin

January 11, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Case clings to Duke lax
   Lacrosse is a spring sport. Duke lacrosse is a year-round obsession.
-Smith resigns as Campbell baseball coach
  Chip Smith has resigned as Campbell baseball coach, athletics director Stan Williamson announced on Wednesday.
-Planner- Shaw, St. Aug's could share a stadium
-Ohio defensive end recruit follows O'Brien to N.C. State
-Bobcats slow Pistons
  Charlotte upsets Detroit again.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Jackets deliver another blow; Duke drops to 0-2 ACC
-Eagles still searching for first road win
  Except for Division I East Carolina, the Eagles have not lost to a team with a losing record
-Pagano, Davis plan to start with defense
  Pagano worked for Bill Lewis at East Carolina, for Davis in Miami and again with the Browns. Pagano and Davis were together with Jimmy Johnson in the 1980s.

Davis, staff preparing for big recruiting blitz
  Butch Davis is still working on his coaching staff at North Carolina, but he and the five assistants he has hired are prepared to start the final, crucial drive of the recruiting year this week.
Winston Salem Journal

UNCG runs out of steam against Virginia Tech
Greensboro News-Record

USC blasted by Bulldogs
  Gamecocks never lead in lopsided SEC road loss
Columbia (SC) The State

U.Va. fades in stretch
Hampton Roads Daily Press

January 10, 2007

Amazing Tigers tame Pack to stay perfect
  With Engin Atsur hobbling again, the Wolfpack is no match for a tough-minded, experienced Clemson team that is now 17-0.

Raleigh News & Observer

Tigers grind it out, tie school-best win streak
Anderson Independent

BC races past WFU
  Deacs stage a rally but fall to Eagles
Winston Salem Journal

Kelley apologizes after arrest
  Team leader spends 10 hours in jail after traffic violation and license infraction
Columbia (SC) The State

January 9, 2007

Gators rule! But what is unbeaten Boise?
Memphis Commercial Appeal (Chicago Tribune)

Now, it's 2 legacies for Leak
  On Monday night, Chris Leak did the one thing he hadn't done in his Florida football career.

Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tigers embrace record
  16-0 Clemson visits N.C. State.
-BCS to study four-team 'mini-playoff'
-Duke golf coach in cancer treatment
-Top recruit plans transfer to Pack
-Canes trade Adams to Coyotes

Optimism fuels new extension
  Incoming players and a bright outlook for the program lead to Odom’s new deal
Columbia (SC) The State

Bowden gets vote of confidence
  Clemson AD says deal won't be bought out
Greenville (SC) News

January 8, 2007

From the Louisville Courier Journal
-Petrino “excited about the challenge" in NFL
  Five days after leading the University of Louisville football team to a victory in the Orange Bowl, Bobby Petrino resigned as head coach Sunday night to take over the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

-Players say they were stunned
-He did what was expected

Trio of trends mark college football in '06
  Regardless of what happens in tonight's Bowl Championship Series title game between Florida and Ohio State, the 2006 college football season has been one of the most eventful in history.
Raleigh News & Observer

Lure of NFL convinces Rice to leave USC
  In the middle of November record-setting wide receiver Sidney Rice told University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier he'd be back for his junior season.
Greenville (SC) News

USC suffers stage plight
  Loss of stamina affects recovering Kelley; as he fades, so does upset bid on national TV
Columbia (SC) The State

Hokies revel in win over Duke
  Hale scores 17 points in second half to lead Deacons to 59-58 win
Durham Herald-Sun

49ers fall flat once again in final minutes
  St. Joe's outrebounds Charlotte 19-9 in 2nd half to spur comeback
Charlotte Observer

CAA's best sent to basement
Wilmington Star News


January 14, 2007

-Tigers Top Southern Miss 75-62
-UCF Fends Off Marshall Men, 78-71
-Tulsa Claims 86-79 Overtime Win Over UTEP
-McKiver's 25 Points Leads Houston Past SMU
-Bad Weather Puts UTEP at Tulsa women on Ice

From the Tulsa World
-Ready for work
  Todd Graham's first full day as the University of Tulsa's football coach was spent driving from Kansas City through an ice storm on Saturday.

-Hurricane hires Blankenship
  Bill Blankenship, after one year without a football coaching job, will join Todd Graham's new staff at the University of Tulsa.

-Graham reportedly will make more than $1 million per year
  In 1999, USA Today reported, only five Division I-A college football coaches were paid as much as $1 million.

-High school players react to Kragthorpe's departure
  One of Todd Graham's first recruiting priorities will be holding on to the 11 athletes previously committed to the Golden Hurricane.

-Renovations for Skelly on the way
  The University of Tulsa has been working with an architect on renovations for Skelly Stadium, school president Steadman Upham said.

-What They Are Saying- Texas writers pan Graham for leaving Rice after extension

Memphis amends USM's statement
  Tigers stay atop league standings
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers feast on the free-throw line, avoid Golden Eagle upset bid
-SEC-committed, but considering Tigers
  Newnan (Ga.) Northgate High running back Mike Davis (6-0, 225) rushed for 1,012 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and said he's leaning heavily toward committing to the UofM. He has visited East Carolina, Mississippi State and Central Florida.

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Eagles put up fight but fade down stretch
-Notebook- Laurinburg (N.C.) Prep alumni well-represented at USM game
-Renovations under way
  After years of blueprints and artists' renderings, Southern Miss' renovation of Green Coliseum is well under way.

Late surge lifts Tigers
Hattiesburg American

UCF holds off Marshall
  UCF finally flicked the last green monkey off its back.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-UCF goes inside-out on Herd
  UCF finally flicked the last green monkey off its back.
-WVU assistant follows Graham to Tulsa

UCF spoils Humphrey's solid effort
  Markel Humphrey can't shoulder all the load for the Marshall University men's basketball team.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the El Paso Times
-Miners falter late, lose first Conference USA game
-Tulsa topples UTEP
-Layups, free throws make the difference in OT loss

January 13, 2007

From the Tulsa World
-New Era for TU
  The University of Tulsa had only one target when searching for its next football coach.

-TU hiring Graham was grand slam
-Players support Graham
-Rice decisions affect Tulsa
  Todd Graham said Friday he would welcome Rice defensive coordinator Paul Randolph on his new University of Tulsa coaching staff if Randolph isn't offered the Owl's head-coaching position vacated by Graham.

-Three questions
-TU Notebook- Quick turnaround

Rice tries to move forward after Graham's sudden departure
Houston Chronicle

-Jan. 13 Men's Basketball Notebook
-Search For New Rice Football Coach Already Underway

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers learn lesson in OT win
  Eight minutes on the court offered a lesson Paul Delaney III hopes sinks in for the rest of the UAB Blazers' basketball season.

-Blazers will focus on the usual spots in recruiting for Callaway's first roster
  They aren't exactly recruiting boundaries but first-year UAB football coach Neil Callaway said his coaching staff won't spend much time venturing outside Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the panhandle of Florida.

Nothing free for Green Wave at the line
New Orleans Times Picayune

Second candidate to interview for Herd job
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Hungry Herd faces UCF
Charleston (WV)

Herd seeks wins during homestand
Huntington (WV)
Herald Dispatch

Tulsa offers big challenge to UTEP
El Paso Times

Eustachy has USM ready for success
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Eagles put blowouts out of mind
  DeWayne Green wasn't with the Southern Miss men's basketball team last season when the Golden Eagles were throttled in a pair of games by Memphis by an average of 28 points.
-No. 20 Memphis at Southern Miss

USM seeks consistency vs. Memphis
Hattiesburg American

SMU men look to change direction on road
Dallas Morning News

January 12, 2007

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice coach Graham heads back to Tulsa
-UH comes up short against No. 20 Memphis

Sources- Graham next TU coach
Tulsa World

-Rice Ranked No. 1 in Preseason NCBWA Poll
-Seven C-USA Schools Garner ITA National Preseason Rankings
-No. 20 Memphis Wins Fourth Straight, 79-69 Over Houston
-Tulane's Toledo Completes Coaching Staff with the Hiring of Mark Hutson

From Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers finally find their 3-point touch in win over Houston
-Alabama QB standout making U of M visit

Hart, Hall highlight recruiting weekend
  The lone exceptions to Marshall's defensive-minded recruiting weekend are running back Terrell Edwards and offensive lineman John Bruhin. Edwards, a 6-2, 210-pound senior at UMS-Wright Prep School (Ala.), also has been offered by Southern Miss, Kentucky and East Carolina.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Eagles branch out in search for talent
Jackson Clarion Ledger

January 11, 2007

-Delaney III, UAB Topple UCF, 74-64, in Overtime
-Eagles Edge Mustangs 57-56
-UTEP Upends Marshall Men, 88-64
-Owls Rally to Beat Tulane in C-USA Opener, 75-70 OT

Blazers steal one from UCF
Birmingham News

Knights stumble in OT
  When Jermaine Taylor hit a field goal to give UCF a 51-41 lead over the UAB Blazers with 3:10 left in regulation, it looked like the Golden Knights were going to steal a road victory in their first Conference USA game of the season.
Orlando Sentinel

From the El Paso Times
-Unselfish Miners off to hot conference start
-Big first half leads to 2-0 C-USA start for Miners
-Most recruits expected to stick with UTEP

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Miners too much for Marshall
-Defensive talent visiting Marshall campus this weekend

Rice defeats TU
  Rice's Morris Almond atoned for a poor shooting night by scoring five points in overtime to spark the Owls to a 75-70 win over Tulane in a Conference USA opener Wednesday.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice tops Tulane in overtime
-UH's Thorpe to tackle tall task against Memphis

Tigers must contest far-flinging Cougars
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Road futility streak ends for Eagles
  Southern Miss' road problems continue, but not its losing streak.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

SMU's hopes bounce off rim, 57-56
Dallas Morning News

January 10, 2007

From the Tulsa World
-TU search begins
  So what's next for Tulsa football?
The Steve Kragthorpe era officially ended Tuesday afternoon when he was introduced as the new head coach at the University of Louisville.
-Kragthorpe built TU into hot property
-Team sends off coach

From the Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal
-Coaches new 5-year deal worth $1.1 million per season
  The U of L deal came together quickly because of the longstanding friendship between the two. Kragthorpe was quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona University from 1990-93, when Jurich was athletic director there.
-Kragthorpe meets players, administrators in Tulsa
-Petrino knew on Friday

Kragthorpe at UofL 'to stay'
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader

-Tulsa's Kragthorpe Resigns as Head Football Coach
  National search begins for successor

-Callaway Fills Coaching Staff With Offensive Coordinator, Receivers Coach
-Two Southern Miss Players Named To Scripps Freshman All-American Team

-Swimming & Diving Notebook
-Owl's Graham Given Contract Extension
  Rice Head football coach Todd Graham has received a contract extension from the school that runs through the 2012 season

-Tulane Men's Hoops Begins Conference Play at Rice this Wednesday

Callaway hires veteran Helton as Blazers' offensive coordinator
  UAB head football coach Neil Callaway has completed his Blazers coaching staff with the hiring of veteran coach Kim Helton as his offensive coordinator/tight ends coach and Tim Bowens as receivers coach.
Birmingham News

C-USA good for just one bid?
  Many say this season is short-term setback
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Top-flight in coach seats at SMU
  Whip out your dry erase board and marker, and let the best man win. SMU is touting the men's basketball team's Conference USA opener vs. Southern Mississippi tonight as a showdown between former national coaches of the year
Dallas Morning News

Eagles, Mustangs to test early season success
Jackson Clarion Ledger

UTEP’s Barbee fits a different coaching mold
  Conference USA is littered with basketball coaches who have toiled at more glamorous venues.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Next step for Miners comes today vs. Marshall
El Paso Times

Herd men visit UTEP tonight
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall men schedule for respectability, not easy wins
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH's Briles turns down Minnesota
  Briles, who was named Conference USA Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, decided Tuesday to decline an interview.

-Rice extends Todd Graham's contract
  After inheriting a 1-10 team, Graham guided the Owls to a 7-6 record and a trip to the New Orleans Bowl, their first postseason appearance in 45 years.

-Rice men remain in search of identity
-College football to explore BCS revisions

TU looks to muzzle big gun
  Rice forward Almond is second in nation in scoring average
New Orleans Times Picayune

January 9, 2007

Source- Kragthorpe leaving TU
  Steve Kragthorpe officially will be named the University of Louisville's football coach Tuesday afternoon, sources told the Tulsa World late Monday night.
Tulsa World

Source- Jurich to offer job to Krahthorpe
  Tom Jurich will be flying to Oklahoma Tuesday to discuss U of L's coaching vacancy with the University of Tulsa head football coach.

Louisville Courier Journal

From the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader
-No Petrino, no problem for Cats- Not so fast
  Jurich is expected to hire Tulsa Coach Steve Kragthorpe to replace Petrino, an announcement perhaps coming as soon as this afternoon.
-UofL to hire coach quickly, AD says

-Men's Basketball Notebook
  The 2006-07 Conference USA season kicks into gear this week with a full slate of games. Five games are on the schedule Wednesday night
-Houston Plays Host To 19th-ranked Memphis Thursday Night at 8-00 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion
-SMU (11-3) Vs. Southern Miss (10-3) - Conference USA Opener Wed. at 7 p.m.
-Two Join Owls for Spring Semester

Solich impressed with Eagles; USM should again contend in '07
Biloxi Sun Herald

Football- USM savors 9-win season
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Marshall hopes to right the ship in C-USA play
  Marshall was cruising along with a big lead at halftime Saturday in a men's basketball game at George Washington.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

January 8, 2007

Southern Miss Rolls Over Ohio, 28-7, in GMAC Bowl
  Golden Eagle RB Damion Fletcher Named MVP

-Golden Eagles Rip Ohio 28-7 To Win GMAC Bowl
  Fletcher's two rushing touchdowns pace Southern Miss.

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  Two Teams Open C-USA Season; Others Wrap Up Non-Conference Slate

-Women's Basketball Roundup

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Longest season ends with dominating win
-Birds of prey
  The wait proved to be worth it Sunday night for Southern Miss.
-Fletcher, Harrison carry load for Eagles

-Golden Eagles' block party in 2nd puts USM in control
-Notebook- 4 Golden Eagles make comebacks in 1st half

Speed the obvious difference in USM bowl win
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Mobile Register
-USM defense gets job done against Ohio
  The Southern Miss defense came into Sunday's GMAC Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium with one thing on its mind -- stop the Ohio University rushing game.

  Ohio University waited 38 long years between postseason appearances to try to win its first bowl game.

Report- TU coach leading candidate
  Tulsa's Steve Kragthorpe has surfaced as the leading candidate to replace Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Sunday night.
Tulsa World

Toledo, staff hit recruiting trail hard
  Bob Toledo's vacation is over.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Will C-USA’s hoops hierarchy remain intact?
  The split in Conference USA basketball was painfully clear last season, the league’s first in its 12-school, all-sports format.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Tigers on roll with C-USA looming
  The Tigers, ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, begin their Conference USA schedule in earnest Thursday at Houston feeling as good about themselves as they have at any point this season.
Memphis Commercial Appeal