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Conference USA

January 21, 2007
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day

-BVL: No Minges cakewalk for Memphis
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Fighting Irish receiver catches Cubs offer
"Bowden Bowl" relocates to Labor Day
No ramblin' for Georgia Tech's Gailey

-Pirates Hang Tough Against Memphis But Can't Pull Off The Upset
  John Fields scores 14 points to lead East Carolina.

-Mills Leads Lady Pirates to 69-57 Win At Memphis
  Mills tallies season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win

-Swimming And Diving Teams Fall To UMBC In Dual Meet
-Pirate Tennis Takes Two Of Three At VCU Invitational

-Memphis Cruises Past ECU, 61-44
  Jeremy Hunt scores 16 points to lead the No. 17 Tigers over the Pirates.

-Cold Shooting First Half Haunts Lady Tigers
  Memphis outscores ECU in second half, but cannot overcome 17.6 percent first half shooting.

Same old story- Pirates fall hard in C-USA play
New Bern Sun Journal

Memphis flips the switch, runs away from ECU
Kinston Free Press

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Sluggish and sloppy, Tigers escape Pirates' upset bid
-Tigers replay
-Frigid first-half shooting dooms Lady Tigers

Copper part of ‘Amazing’ season for Saints
  The feel-good story of the year just keeps getting better and better, and Terrance Copper is smack dab in the middle of it.

Washington Daily News

January 20, 2007
Aquarius Begins
Muharram (Islamic New Year)

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Deal sealed with Manteo star
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Ricky Stokes)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rice summons Bailiff to guide grid program
Tigers, Tar Heels picked in ACC baseball
Lady Pirates look to bounce back at Memphis

-Women's Basketball Continues Road Swing with Trip to Memphis
-2007 ECU Men's Tennis Preview

ECU no stranger to Memphis
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU guard ready to tangle with former foe
  At some point in tonight's men's basketball game between Memphis and host East Carolina, Pirate guard Brandon Evans will probably find himself matched up against Tiger point guard Willie Kemp.

-ECU's Forbes glad to be home
  David Forbes only has one season remaining in his college baseball career. The Greenville native and one of East Carolina's newest catchers wanted to spend it at home.

-Memphis Basketball Notes
  The University of Memphis squad (14-3, 4-0 C-USA), ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 18 in ESPN/USA Today poll, takes to the road for the third time in its last four outings on Saturday, Jan. 20 when the Tigers travel to Greenville, N.C., to meet Conference USA foe East Carolina (5-11, 0-3 C-USA). The game, to be televised by CTSV

-Lady Tigers to Host ECU Saturday Afternoon

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Lowly Pirates expected to turn up heat for Tiger visit
  Last year ECU gave Memphis a tough time at Minges Coliseum. In front of a packed house of 7,553 fans, the Tigers could manage only a tie at halftime, shot 36.6 percent for the game and had to hold ECU to two field goals in the final eight minutes to escape with a 77-67 win.

-Lady Tigers struggling

Steelers sign four
  Pittsburgh signs linebacker Richard Koonce

January 19, 2007
Birthday - General Robert E. Lee

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Faiths sustains Jenkins one more time
-BVL: New football recruiting thumbnail: Linval Joseph

WNCT: Talk of the Town
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Amato resurfaces on Bowden's FSU staff
Jagodzinski gets warm welcome at BC hoops
BC boots basketball players Williams, McLain

Lady Pirates Fall at UAB, 59-52
  Terry, Young score in double figures in the loss

Carmen Guzman's 24 Points Leads Blazers Over East Carolina, 59-52

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' top scorer out
  University of Memphis sophomore guard Chris Douglas-Roberts won't play Saturday at East Carolina and could miss up to two weeks due to a high right ankle sprain

-Tigers near top of Cal's shot chart

Raiders coach Emory resigns
Fayetteville Observer

Preps: Santa Fe's Joseph picks E. Carolina
Gainesville Sun

Preps: Great big switch
  OL/DL Linval Joseph of Alachua Santa Fe, a former UF commit, now says he will sign with East Carolina.
Orlando Sentinel

NFL: Bucs Hire Coyer
  Larry Coyer’s coaching career has spanned four decades and taken him everywhere from Marshall to Denver, with stops in between at outposts in the NCAA, USFL and NFL.  Coyer coached at East Carolina in 1993.

January 18, 2007
Get To Know Your Customer Day
Anniversary - Lewis & Clark Expedition Commission

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Holtz & Co. shift gears from 2006 to 2007
-BVL: Tulane too much for Pirates
WNCT: Talk of the Town (C. Chandler, W. Anderson)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
O'Brien brings Archer aboard at N.C. State
Hokies' Foster gets long-awaited Broyles honor
Carter named running backs coach at FSU

-Men's Basketball Leads Early But Can't Pull Away From Tulane
  Pirates fall to 0-3 in Conference USA following 65-56 loss to Tulane

-Women's Basketball Travels to UAB Thursday Evening
  ECU is looking for its second straight win after defeating Rice 74-60 Sunday afternoon in Greenville.

Lady Pirates visit Bartow Arena For A C-USA Showdown Thursday Evening

Tulane Men's Hoops Takes Down East Carolina on the road, 65-56

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates bear cold, start fine tuning
  The practice philosophy East Carolina baseball coach Billy Godwin stresses during every moment his club is on the Clark-LeClair Stadium turf permeated the atmosphere on this chilly Wednesday that signified the Pirates' one-week mark into practice for the upcoming season.

-Wave washes over ECU
  Free throws made the difference

Green Wave drowns Pirates
  One player’s big performance not enough for ECU
New Bern Sun Journal

Tulane gets boost from bench
  Stith's double-double paces Green Wave past East Carolina
New Orleans Times Picayune

Next Opponent: Injury could force rare lineup shuffle
  Douglas-Roberts re-aggravated an ankle sprain in the University of Memphis' 79-54 victory over UAB on Tuesday -- making him questionable for Saturday's trip to East Carolina
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the East Carolinian
-Club hockey team stares down Appalachian State
-Construction to replace the fountain at Wright continues

Richmond’s Emory may announce retirement today
Fayetteville Observer

January 17, 2007
Customer Service Day
St. Anthony's Day (Christian)
Anniversary - PGA of America
Birthday - Benjamin Franklin (statesman)

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Ballard leveraging Holland's talents
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Marion McLawhorn)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Former Tar Heels assistant gets Gopher post
Abbate leaving Deacs for shot at pro football
Tar Heel women overcome Connecticut

-East Carolina Set To Play 500th Game At Minges Wednesday Night
-Icenhower Named Conference USA Diver-of-the-Week

Pirates, Green Wave looking for better fortunes
  One team will walk out of Minges Coliseum tonight with its first Conference USA men's basketball victory of the season.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates look to shoot down Tulane
  One very obvious solution exists for East Carolina’s recent shooting struggles: Keep the shots coming.
New Bern Sun Journal

Wave's touch gone cold
  Dickerson: Defense, rebounding can only take Tulane so far
New Orleans Times Picayune

Pirates searching for offensive power
  ECU looks to replace void left by Smith and Witter
The East Carolinian

North Carolina's Top 50 Postseason Prospects
  East Carolina has seven commitments

  Montreal Alouettes’ Vice President, General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp announced today that veteran NFL defensive tackle Devone Claybrooks and rookie running back Morris Virgil have signed new contracts with the Alouettes and are expected at training camp.

January 16, 2007
Appreciate a Dragon Day
National Nothing Day
Religious Freedom Day

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
ECU's D-line set to grow in stature

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Pirates suffering from deep freeze
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (guest Chris Ferguson)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Graham helps Aina to Hula Bowl triumph
Brohm announces he's staying at Louisville
Cochran leads Lady Pirates past Rice

Tulane Men's Hoops Returns to C-USA Action at East Carolina this Wednesday
  The Tulane Green Wave will look pick up its first Conference USA win of the year when it treks to Greenville, N.C.

Holland gave boards lift
  Unwittingly, Terry Holland provided message boards with a legitimizing boost seven years ago.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Ex-ECU coach joins Mississippi staff
  Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron on Monday hired University of Central Arkansas athletic director John Thompson to be defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.
Wilmington Star News

Thompson joins Ole Miss staff
Biloxi Sun Herald

Orgeron brings in Thompson for defense
Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 15, 2007
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (observed)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 294
Stokes' critics off the mark
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Memphis tops Southern Miss with late run
Hokies knock off top-ranked Tar Heels
Another No. 1, Terps women, takes a tumble

Linkmeister note: ECU Offensive tackle Eric Graham made some key blocks for the winning Aina team in the Hula Bowl all-star game in Honolulu.

Stokes remains patient as Pirates continue searching for solutions
  When Rice coach Willis Wilson explained his team’s 64-47 success over East Carolina on Saturday night, he also exposed one of the Pirates’ major issues.
New Bern Sun Journal

-Lady Pirates Run Past Rice, 74-60
-Swimming And Diving Splits Dual Meet With UNC Wilmington

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-In-and-out has made Pirates hot-and-cold
  It's difficult to dress up a 16-of-60 shooting night.

-Lady Pirates stand tall
  The East Carolina women's basketball team was undermanned and undersized against Rice on Sunday.

Former Players/Transfers
-Trash talk stirs Cook in big game vs. Hoyas
  Cook has scored more points in a game on a few occasions, but those came when he was a one-man show on a bad East Carolina team. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

-Burke grows into role
  He had originally signed with East Carolina but was let out of his commitment after the Pirates' coach was fired. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


January 21, 2007

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Flag flap endangers regionals
  The NCAA meets to consider rule changes that could rob the state of baseball tourneys

-Spence turns down Minnesota job offer
  Offensive coordiantor the second assistant this week to return to team

-Tigers get back on track
  Clemson blows out undermanned BC as the Tigers stop a two-game slide

Preps: Rose's Blick commits to Naval Academy
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons' lineup, rotation still unsettled
  Prosser says Wake Forest lacks confidence as it heads into game at Virginia today on a three-game skid

-Appalachian State gets road win against Davidson 81-74
-NBA: Bobcats top Hawks as Carroll scores 22

It wasn't the Pack's day
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Devils smack Pack
-NHL: Canes' flame flickers

PGA/Wachovia: Charlotte draws 2 big names
  Daly, Els commit to play in PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow

Charlotte Observer

Eagles survive Radford's bid for an upset
Rock Hill Herald

January 20, 2007

Former UNCP Baseball Coach Dies
  Harold Ellen was also an assistant at East Carolina from 1958-66

With most of recruiting class gone, Deacs flounder in last
  Wing Jeremy Ingram transferred to East Carolina, forward Todd Hendley moved on to UNC-Wilmington and point guard Chris Paul is, as Prosser puts it, “plying his wares in the NBA.”
Fayetteville Observer

Sports Briefs: Panthers select Lewis to coach secondary
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack keeps it simple
-N.C. Central taps Rison for interim

USC sets goals high for season
  Tanner knows the pressure s on after missing a trip to Omaha last year
Columbia (SC) State

January 19, 2007

USF Athletics Suffers Tragic Loss in Death of Keeley Dorsey
  Keeley Dorsey, a member of the USF Bulls football team, passed away this afternoon at University Community Hospital. Dorsey, 19, a freshman running back from Tallahassee, passed out during a routine team-conditioning workout at the USF Intercollegiate Athletic Facility

Rod Broadway leaving NCCU for Grambling State
Durham Herald-Sun

West spurns Mountaineers, returns to Clemson
  One day after taking a job as West Virginia’s offensive line coach and assistant head coach under close friend Rich Rodriguez, Ron West announced Thursday he was returning to Clemson.
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Blue Devils have fun against woeful Deacs
-Canes 'brutal' in loss to Caps
-Vick has turbulence at airport

Hot Hines helps Spartans beat App for first place
Greensboro News-Record

From Columbia (SC) The State
-If you build it...
  With groundbreaking on USC’s new stadium planned within weeks, Ray Tanner’s anticipation rises as do expectations of the facility’s dividends

-Wommack, USC part ways
  Spurrier permits LB coach’s contract to expire; search to fill spot is underway

-Tigers adapt business-like approach
  D’Alessio says a return to CWS will not be enough to satisfy this team

Campbell sets football opener
  Campbell University’s first football game in more than 50 years will be played on the school’s Buies Creek campus.
Fayetteville Observer

N.C. State adds two football commitments
Winston Salem Journal

From the Wilmington Star News
-Close calls offer no consolation for struggling team
-Around Campus: UNCW receives a $1M pledge
  Eliminate poverty through education.  That's the intent of Wilmington residents Dave Robertson and Mark Griffis, who recently pledged to donate $1 million to fund 20 new, endowed scholarships. Robertson, a graduate of East Carolina University, took some classes at UNCW in the 1990s.

January 18, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wake still high on football
  Wellman: Club seat sales exceeding expectations.

-State gives Archer three-year contract
  Mike Archer, N.C. State's newly hired defensive coordinator, has a three-year contract that will pay him $225,000 a year, athletics director Lee Fowler said Wednesday.

-Amato rejoins FSU
  Seminoles hire ex-Wolfpack coach.

Tigers are sunk by poor performance
  Much-hyped matchup goes sour quickly as North Carolina-Chapel Hill runs past Clemson
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs' freshmen facing tough test
  Wake Forest will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight, where it has not won since 1997

-Appalachian State to play UNCG
  Mountaineers concerned about Hines, the Spartans' dominating post player

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Roof makes his case and the Devils listen
  While N.C. State fired a football coach that had produced five bowl teams in seven seasons and North Carolina did the same to a coach with two bowl trips in six seasons, Duke decided against shaking up a staff coming off an 0-12 season and mired in a 20-game losing streak.

-Duke needs more than sound and fury
-Reports- Broadway interviews at Grambling
  Before he was hired as the Eagles' mentor, the former UNC-CH defensive lineman was an assistant at East Carolina, Duke, Florida and his alma mater for a combined 24 seasons.

West leaves Tigers
  Tommy Bowden lost his second long-tenured assistant coach in as many days Wednesday.
Anderson Independent

Ron West joins WVU football staff
  Besides Tulane and Clemson, he served stints at East Carolina, North Texas, Texas Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Baylor.
Beckley Register-Herald

Preps: Powell Focused On Three

So close, yet so far
  UNC-Wilmington pounded Virginia Commonwealth inside, handled the Rams' pressure and kept the crowd subdued for 34 minutes Wednesday night.
Wilmington Star News

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Marcus Vick asks for lawsuit to be dismissed
-Older Vick could be in legal trouble, too
-Va. Tech's Ellis, Render have surgery
  Both players will miss spring contact drills.

January 17, 2007

From the Charlotte Observer
-Parsons cared and it showed
  NASCAR champion grew from taxi driver

-Fans happier, but Henning got a raw deal

Clemson braces for showdown with Tarheels
Anderson Independent

Kentucky beats up on USC
  Gamecocks again lose by a historic margin as Kelley gets little help
Greenville (SC) News

Hokies' Foster named nation's top assistant coach
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Canes do it again
  Carolina enjoys another comeback victory over Florida when Justin Williams scores with 3:13 remaining in overtime.

-Pack hires Archer to lead its defense
-Davis releases Sanders, keeps three other aides
-ACC star search yields a surprise
   Although the ACC still is known generally as a "basketball league," its impact on the NBA is beginning to wane.

-N.C. State urges Fells to excel

From the Winston Salem Journal
-N.C. State lands junior-college punter
-Godfrey enrolls at WFU, will start classes today
  Coveted recruit from Lee County is admitted by school after felony charges were dropped in plea agreement

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Tigers lose two longest tenured assistants
  West leaves for West Virginia; Burton heads to Alabama
-USC duo hits snag in class admission
  Geathers, Williams not yet admitted; Spurrier tightens academic standards

UNCW looks for practice time, offensive answers
Wilmington Star News

January 16, 2007

Tech hoops breaks into top 25
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Eagles fly high again
  With Winthrop, defense always wins and much to the pleasure of coach Gregg Marshall, the Eagles remembered how to play it Monday night in a 61-42 win over UNC Asheville.
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Winston Salem Journal
-NFL: Panthers dump Henning, two other assistants (AP)
-Appalachian rolls- Mountaineers beat upstart Catamounts

January 15, 2007

Duke's trip to Miami all business
Durham Herald-Sun

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Tigers welcome 15 in season’s largest weekend
  Bowl defensive lineman Tydreke Powell (6-4, 295) of Ahoskie, N.C. has visited East Carolina and will visit UNC-CH, Virginia Tech and Penn State.
-Former Tigers lead team to Hula Bowl win


January 21, 2007

-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Cougars Edge Hurricane In Tulsa
-Marshall Men Surf The Green Wave, Get 79-73 Win Over Tulane
-Rice Falls Short Against UCF, 72-67
-Mustangs Can't Top Miners In Conference Matchup
-Jan. 20- C-USA Women's Basketball Roundups

Blazers outmuscled in `ugly' loss
  Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy called Saturday's Conference USA game against UAB at Bartow Arena "a terrific, terrific basketball game."
Birmingham News

Wise decision- Freshman takes last shot in USM win
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Freshman Wise steals the show for Eagles at end
  Southern Miss freshman guard Jeremy Wise couldn't bring the curtain down on UAB at the end of regulation Saturday afternoon.

-Notebook- Wise's game-winner no surprise to Stone

SMU drops to 0-4 in C-USA
  SMU fended off UT-El Paso again and again in the second half Saturday night.
Dallas Morning News

From the El Paso Times
-Recruiting still key for UTEP's resurgence
  When UTEP head coach Mike Price was hired on Dec. 21, 2003, it seemed unlikely that the Miners would snatch up such a well-decorated football coach.

-UTEP men pick up first road win, beat SMU
-UTEP 72, SMU 67

UCF takes 3rd victory in row
  During the conference portion of a college basketball season, what separates the teams at the top of the standings from those on the bottom is part skill and part grit.
Orlando Sentinel

Two in a row for Herd
  Marshall made it back-to-back Conference USA men's basketball victories Saturday night
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Whitted puts cap on Herd victory
  Marshall more than doubled its point total from last year’s contest at Tulane’s Fogelman Arena, but the Thundering Herd needed most of them to pull out a 79-73 victory Saturday night.
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

Tulane can't stop Marshall twice
  On Saturday night, Tulane proved it could dig its way out of a huge hole. But after doing so, it managed to dig another one.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Dowell, McKiver lead way for UH
  Pair combine to score 41 points in victory at Tulsa
Houston Chronicle

From the Tulsa World
-Malzahn has big plans for TU
-Lovie's talent for coaching showed early
-White lie works out
-Hurricane Update- Three questions

NFL: Gostkowski hopes to kick his way by a legend
Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 20, 2007

-David Bailiff Named Rice University Head Football Coach
  Bailiff, 48, has spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX where he posted a 21-15 record

-2007 UCF Baseball Preview
  Young Golden Knights Seek to Rebound from Tough 2006 Campaign

-Rice's Almond Finalist for Senior CLASS Award

Preseason Lookaheads - Conference USA
  Why each team should be excited, grouchy, and what each team needs to work on.

Bailiff introduced as Rice football coach
Houston Chronicle (AP)

TU hopeful with Stith
  Reserve can be team's best when focused, Coach Dickerson says
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tulane's big men tough matchup for Herd
  Whoever wins the battle inside could emerge with another Conference USA men's basketball victory today when Marshall visits Tulane.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall revisits Tulane nightmare
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Basketball schedule at MU packs punch
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

USM basketball- Eagles enter danger zone
  USM (11-5, 1-2 Conference USA) will be looking to snap its first losing streak of the season this afternoon at Bartow Arena, a site where the Golden Eagles have rarely won.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Southern Miss tries to bounce back at UAB
Hattiesburg American

USM will try to end slide in Birmingham
Biloxi Sun Herald

Blazers `Circle the Wagons'
  UAB men's basketball coach Mike Davis didn't like the effort his team gave in Tuesday's lopsided Conference USA loss at Memphis.
Birmingham News

From the Tulsa World
-Mustain delaying decision
  Mitch Mustain's football future is unclear, but this much is certain -- the former Arkansas quarterback won't be coming to the University of Tulsa in the immediate future.

-TU has turnover focus

Rice's Almond will be a tough nut to crack
Orlando Sentinel

From the El Paso Times
-UTEP loses three more football commitments
-Miners take confidence on the road to Dallas

January 19, 2007

Rice hires Texas State's Bailiff as football coach
  In one tidy yet frantically hectic week, Rice found a successor to Todd Graham. Texas State coach David Bailiff will be introduced by the school Friday as its new football coach.

Houston Chronicle

-Rice a Unanimous Preseason Baseball Favorite
  East Carolina picked fifth.

-C-USA Women's Basketball Roundup
-Houston Baseball Ranked among Top 20 College Programs by Baseball America
-Baseball Hits The Field For First Day Of Spring Practice
-Southern Miss Begins Four-Game Road Swing
-SMU (11-6, 0-3) Hosts UTEP (11-7, 3-1) On Sat. At 7 p.m.

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Not home sweet home
  Tulsa coach latest state native to lose at Marshall

-Wojcik is on the fast track, but where is Jirsa?

From the El Paso Times
-C-USA full of talented individuals
-Miners upbeat about new program

From the Tulsa World
-Back in business
  Longtime Union coach Bill Blankenship will coach receivers at Tulsa next fall.

-Mustain visits TU, his decision unknown

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall's aggressive style pays off vs. Tulsa
-16 prospects to visit Marshall this weekend
-Herd recruit hoping to fill Bradshaw void

Liars, er, coaches club
Hampton Roads Daily Press

January 18, 2007

-Thundering Herd Men Grab First C-USA Win Over Tulsa, 65-53
-Rice Gets Road Victory In Houston
-Eagles Fall In El Paso
-Mustangs Drop Road Game At UCF

From the El Paso Times
-Miners whip Eagles
  UTEP made a rather emphatic statement, a bold brush stoke on a chilly January evening: defense wins basketball games. The Miners shot a frosty 31.7 percent from the field, made just 64.7 percent from the free-throw line -- and never trailed. And won by 18 points.

-Miners set to begin offseason workouts
  UTEP head football coach Mike Price warned that changes were on the horizon after last year's disappointing 5-7 finish. Those changes start at 6 a.m. today

Miners exploit Eagles' turnovers, poor FT shooting
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Rice rallies to knock off rival UH in basketball
  Almond scores 28 to help Rice turn 24-point deficit into victory
Houston Chronicle

Knights, Taylor make sure to secure victory
Orlando Sentinel

SMU men still winless in C-USA
  The Mustangs' 64-56 loss to Central Florida on Wednesday dropped them to 0-3 in Conference USA. It's the first time SMU (11-6) opened league play with three straight losses since the 1998-99 season.
Dallas Morning News

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Herd closes out on Tulsa
  Second-half surge sparks 63-53 victory

-Marshall will have to do without Bradshaw in ’07

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Recruiting focus turns to offensive line
  For the second straight weekend, big men dominate Marshall University's football recruiting visits... C.J. Wood, a three-star lineman has also been offered by Auburn, Georgia and East Carolina.

-Dorris, Herd turns Tulsa into believers
  Tulsa men's basketball coach Doug Wojcik warned his team about Marshall being dangerous.

-Bradshaw's father confirms son's leap

From the Tulsa World
-Kragthorpe hits recruiting trail
-Malzahn won't reveal why he escaped

January 17, 2007

-Tigers Roll To 79-54 Victory Over UAB
-Marshall Basketball Returns To Henderson Center Hardwood With Matchup With Tulsa
-Southern Miss Basketball Returns to the Road for C-USA Game at UTEP
-Golden Knights Return Home to Host SMU
-Swimming & Diving Notebook
-Swimmer and Diver of the Week
  Sasha Schwendenwein of Houston and Christie Icenhower of East Carolina take this week's Conference USA Swimmer and Diver of the Week Awards

-2007 Southern Miss Softball Preview

From the Birmingham News
-Singin' the blues
  The UAB men's basketball team's performance Tuesday night included a lack of patience on offense, missed assignments on defense, poor free-throw shooting and a mismatch on the boards.
-Callaway could make $700,000
  New UAB head football coach Neil Callaway could make nearly $700,000 per season if he meets all performance incentives built into his five-year contract.

From the
Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Precise Tigers have easy time against Blazers
-Anderson picks up Tiger offense
-Lady Tiger collapses, is taken to hospital

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-C-USA notebook- UTEP making big strides under late-starting coach
-USM basketball- Intensity turns Craft into gamer
-At a glance- Southern Miss at Texas-El Paso

Key matchup to feature defensive-minded teams
El Paso Times

USM ready to rebound on road at UTEP
Biloxi Sun Herald

Mustangs look to get first conference win
  The men's basketball team's slow starts have contributed to its 0-2 start in Conference USA play. SMU (11-5) will try to change that trend at Central Florida (12-4, 1-1)
Dallas Morning News

So far, so good for Vinatieri’s replacement
  Cool rookie from Memphis comes through
Boston Herald (AP)

Dunlap headed to Herd football
  The Hurricane native who most recently served as North Carolina State's defensive coordinator has tentatively agreed to accept the vacant defensive coordinator position on Marshall University's coaching staff.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Rebounds mean more floor time for Herd's Wilkerson
-Herd gets commitment from running back
  Marshall University's football coaching staff continues to outduel top quality programs for top quality talent.

Tulsa time for Herd
  Wojcik’s Hurricane winless on the road
Charleston (WV)

C-USA momentum focus of UH-Rice
Houston Chronicle

January 16, 2007

-Men's Basketball Notebook
  Another exciting week of Conference USA action is on tap, beginning Tuesday night as No. 17 Memphis hosts UAB for an 8 p.m

-UAB Set To Take On Conference USA Rival No. 19/20 Memphis
-Houston vs. Rice on Wednesday
-Nix Takes Coaching Position With Atlanta Falcons
-Arkansas' Malzahn Named Assistant Head Coach at Tulsa

Inside Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

From the Tulsa World
-Todd Graham Era- Graham adds Malzahn to staff
-Recruiting top priority for Golden Hurricane

Tough lesson learned
  No UAB men's basketball player had a better week than sophomore forward Lawrence Kinnard.
Birmingham News

Herd foes always have a hot hand
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Miners undeterred by OT loss to Tulsa
  UTEP is happy to be back in the Don Haskins Center on Wednesday night. There is, after all, no place quite like your home court.
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' defense is altering games
  Shot blockers Dorsey, Dozier control paint

-C-USA Notebook - Attacking style fouls up officials
  By playing Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg's "AASAA" offense -- Attack, Attack, Skip, Attack, Attack -- Memphis and UTEP have become the hardest teams in the league, if not the country, to officiate.

Marshall's Bradshaw entering NFL draft
  Marshall University's most recognizable student-athlete is taking his talents to football's highest level.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Hattiesburg American
-Strength coach Dudley to leave USM
-USM's Nix to join Falcons' staff
-Bower boots two off team
  Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower has dismissed sophomore safeties Ladarius Webb and Lance Moore from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Summit receiver chooses SMU
Dallas Morning News

January 15, 2007

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  Three teams remain undefeated in Conference play following Saturday's games.

-C-USA Women's Basketball Roundup
  Three of the four C-USA home teams picked up wins Sunday.

Graham names assistant coaches
  Five assistants will follow Graham from Rice University,
Tulsa World

Herd fighting frustration of losing ways
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd's season summoning the ghosts of 2004-05
Charleston (WV)

Mobile RB commits to Herd
  Conference USA foes East Carolina and Southern Miss had shown interest in Edwards, as had several SEC schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and South Carolina.
Beckley Register-Herald

SMU adds two oral commitments
Dallas Morning News

National: East-West Shrine game makes itself at home in Reliant
Houston Chronicle