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February 11, 2007
Grammy Awards
Man Day
National Shut-In Visitation Day
Orthodox Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox)
Satisfied Staying Single Day
White Shirt Day
World Marriage Day
Birthday - Thomas Edison (inventor)

-BVL: Cougars cancel out Jenkins' heroics
-BVL: East Carolina douses Flames [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Old Dominion selects Wilder as football coach
NCAA announces record football attendance
Mills leads Lady Pirates to victory at SMU

-Women's Basketball Faces Tulsa Sunday on ESPN 2
-Jenkins Pours In 31 In Loss To Houston

  Junior guard tied ECU record for 3s in a game

-Ostrander Pitches Pirates Past Flames

  Mathews Picks Up First Save Of The Season

-Baggett Launches Two Home Runs In 9-0 Win
ECU Women's Tennis Opens Home Schedule With Sweep
-Pirate Tennis Falls At Appalachian State, 5-2

Pirates bounce back
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates slide deeper into C-USA cellar
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

UH hits stride, routs East Carolina
  Penders pleased as Cougars breeze to 19-3 lead, then coast to 83-59 win
Houston Chronicle

Pirates Use Unearned Runs to Down Flames, 7-4

Region Roundup- East Carolina beats LU in baseball
Lynchburg News and Advance

February 10, 2007

-BVL: Flames burn Pirates in opener [Box Score]
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Billy Godwin et al)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Cougars signing autographs after ECU game
Duke women win battle of unbeatens
USC looks into football recruit's comments

-Pirate Basketball GameDay Central

  The East Carolina men's basketball team will take on Houston Saturday night at 8 o'clock EST looking to secure its first Conference USA victory of 2007.

-Mills Leads East Carolina to 70-58 Win at SMU

  Mills pulls down career-best 16 rebounds in the win

-Pirate Drop Season Opener 6-2 To Liberty

  Errol Hollinger smacked a grand slam to left field and Tyler Light pitched five innings of scoreless relief as Liberty defeated East Carolina 6-2 in the season opener for both schools Friday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

-Pirates Take Two On Opening Day

  The East Carolina softball team won back-to-back games against Ohio and Gardner-Webb in the first two of four games at the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill.

Linkmeister Note: The Associated Press reported that Oklahoma receiver Eric Huggins (Conway, SC) plans to transfer at the end of the semester.  Internet posts identify East Carolina as Huggins possible destination.

From the Kinston Free Press
Which comes first, fans or wins?
Liberty spoils Pirates' home opener

Plunked in Opener
  Grand slam seals Pirates' fate
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Flames cool off Pirates
  With one swing, Liberty's Errol Hollinger was able to ruin East Carolina's baseball opener on Friday.

-Captain's final homecoming

  While his 12 teammates can look forward to next season, Courtney Captain is staring at the end of his college basketball career

-UNC board approves ECU tuition increase
-Web error exposes personal ECU data
  Officials corrected the error on Jan. 29. The exposure likely affects "most, if not all" current students, said Kevin Seitz, ECU vice chancellor for administration and finance.

Men's Basketball Team Plays Host To East Carolina At Hofheinz Pavlion Saturday Night

Foul Shots
  ECU: Nobody is saying you have to win Conference USA but one C-USA win would be a bonanza.
Raleigh News & Observer

College Roundup- LU opens baseball season with a victory
Lynchburg News and Advance

Mustang Women Fall to East Carolina, 70-58

No comfort at home for SMU women
  The SMU women had won two straight before settling in for a four-game homestand that began Friday night with East Carolina. The Mustangs had the perfect opportunity for a late-season charge.

Dallas Morning News

Freeney officially becomes a Pirate
  Darryl Freeney has been verbally committed to the Pirates since this past summer, but Wednesday's signings made it official. Now, only three months before getting started with summer classes and summer workouts at ECU, Freeney is excited about both opportunities.
Suffolk (VA) News-Herald

Cathy Andruzzi- Driving Women’s Basketball Forward at Fordham
Fordham University

February 9, 2007
Anniversary - Beatles's Appearance Ed Sullivan Show
Birthday - President William Henry Harrison (9th President)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Sons of Blackbeard popping up all over

WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest David Garrard)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Camels edge ECU in women's tennis
North Carolina lands premier lineman
Tar Heels triumphant before Cameron crazies

Linkmeister Note: Defeated in Conference...East Carolina is not alone. Currently North Florida (A-Sun 0-13), Princeton (Ivy 0-4), Maryland-Eastern Shore (MEAC 0-11), and Arizona State (PAC 10 0-12) are all Division I teams that have not won a conference game this season.

-ECU Baseball Set To Open 2007 Season Against Liberty

  The East Carolina Baseball team will open the 2007 season Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. (EST) inside Clark-LeClair Stadium when the play host to Liberty.

-Ray Sharpe, Ed and Barbara Mizell Initiate Endowment Drive With Gifts
Campbell Edges Lady Pirate Tennis 4-3

Terry Holland Talks One-On-One
  Athletics Director Terry Holland has been on the job at ECU for a little over two years now. WITN sports director Billy Weaver sat down with the former college basketball coach to get his reaction on a number issues surrounding the athletics program at ECU.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Fields provides bright spot in loss
  Wednesday's Central Florida-East Carolina men's basketball game was already decided as the final seconds ticked off the Minges Coliseum clock. But even though the Pirates were inching closer to their ninth consecutive loss, ECU freshman forward John Fields was playing like the game had just tipped off.

-Pirates hit the diamond today

  East Carolina baseball coach Billy Godwin admitted he sounds like the cliche of a broken record, hammering the same point over and over again to his players or anyone who might ask about what he thinks of this year's club.

ECU fire suspect agrees to plea

LU knows the importance of pitching
  Liberty opens a three-game set at East Carolina this afternoon.
Lynchburg News and Advance

Baseball Notes -- Games 1-3 -- at East Carolina (.pdf)

College baseball
  The Pirates lost big boppers Jake Smith (.344, 13 HRs), the Johnny Bench Award winner as the nation's top catcher, and Adam Witter (14 HRs), but they return an experienced team.
Raleigh News & Observer

Cox Sticking With East Carolina
  Rodney Cox followed through with his verbal commitment Wednesday and signed a football grant-in-aid with East Carolina University.
Dunn Daily Record

From the Washington Daily News
-Holtz excited about his 26 new recruits
  Skip Holtz was all smiles as he talked about his 26 newest East Carolina Pirates.

-Pirates’ hoops drop ninth straight game
  There’s cold. And then there’s arctic.

Around Campus: Tuition hikes would take effect this fall under UNC plan
  Students at some schools would face steeper increases, including 9 percent at Western Carolina University and 9.6 percent at East Carolina University
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

February 8, 2007
Boy Scouts Day
Laugh and Get Rich Day
Leadership Success Day

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Holtz, on solid footing, lures solid class
-BVL: ECU Football Class of 2007 Signing Day Roster
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Signing Day Press Conference
-BVL: Knights gallop away in second half
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Eric Latham, Art Chansky)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Frasure selected for league honor
ECU softball picked in tie for fifth in C-USA
ACC football title game staying in Jacksonville

-ECU Football Announces 2007 Signing Class

  Enhancing its strong ties to high school programs in the state of North Carolina and addressing skill position needs were third-year East Carolina Head Football Coach Skip Holtz' top priorities as the Pirates announced their 26-member 2007 signing class Wednesday.

Signing Day Photo Gallery
-Men's Basketball Unable To Find Second Half Rhythm in Loss To UCF

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-In-state players highlight ECU recruiting class
  Skip Holtz would prefer to manufacture his own stars rather than chase someone else's, and that point was hammered home Wednesday.

-Pirate faithful tailgate at ECU football signing day

  Let's see: a chilly breeze - check; purple-and-gold garb - check; Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium rising in the background - check; mouth-watering pig on the cooker - check. Must be an East Carolina University football tailgate party, right?

Falcons Wells, Worthington will play at the collegiate level
Running Rampant- Eight Rose players heading to college ranks
Pirates prep for spring drills
  While East Carolina football tried to give itself a turbo boost with the announcement of its speedy 2007 recruiting class Wednesday, it simultaneously continued preparations for spring drills beginning in less than a month.

-Pirates' losing skid hits nine

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates get some home-grown help
Pirates succumb to the senior play of the Black Knights
-ECU club hockey team falters on the big stage

From the Kinston Free Press
-Central Florida rips ECU, 67-49
-ECU, Holtz sign slew of talented players for football program

Peppers Shoots UCF Past East Carolina
  Senior forward Josh Peppers (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven) recorded a game-high 24 points to lift the UCF men's basketball team to a 67-49 win over East Carolina in Conference USA play at Minges Coliseum on Wednesday evening.

Knights run away in 2nd half
Orlando Sentinel

UCF 67, East Carolina 49
Florida Times-Union

Pirates hit NC hard, focus on skill positions
Myrtle Beach Sun News (AP)

Haynes chooses ECU; Blair to UAB
Jacksonville Daily News

7 'Gades sign to play at next level
  Running back JR Rogers signs with East Carolina

Bakersfield Californian

From the Asheville Citizen-Times
-WNC players sign for college ball
  Over at Reynolds, Banks, linebacker Chad Holby (Lenoir-Rhyne) and tight end Will Towery (East Carolina) were joined by their families for a signing ceremony

-Towery commits to ECU (02.06.07)

Local standouts sign letters of intent
  East Carolina also signed two area players - defensive linemen Antonio Allison (6-4, 300) of West Iredell and Antwan Jones (6-6, 320) of West Stokes.

Winston Salem Journal

Football's chosen ones
Rocky Mount Telegram (02.07.07)

Godwin is ready for baseball to get going
Washington Daily News

2007 Baseball Preview

Johnny Narron headed to Cincy
Goldsboro News Argus

February 7, 2007
National Signing Day - Football
Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day
National Girls and Women In Sports Day

-Hinton: Henry's Highlights
Recruiting: The Pirates are back in vogue
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Mack McCarthy)
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Betsy Durkin Matthes)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Duo shares Conference USA weekly honors
Trojans sell out women's game with UCLA
Tests show Southern Cal kicker was drunk

-Eric Frasure Named C-USA Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week
-Pirate Basketball GameDay Central

  East Carolina will look to end its eight-game losing streak Wednesday night as it plays host to Conference USA rival UCF inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.

-Pirate Softball Picked Fifth In C-USA Preseason Poll
-East Carolina Football To Host Signing Day Fan Fest

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirate football expecting to ink 27 signees
  Head coach Skip Holtz's third signing class is expected to be his biggest, and should be topped by six defensive backs, five defensive linemen and five total running backs.

-UCF up next for ECU's men's basketball team

Golden Knights Visit ECU on Wednesday
  After a pair of contests at home, the UCF men's basketball team returns to the road to face East Carolina for a Conference USA matchup on Wednesday...

Catholic's Herlocker wins national award
  Charlotte Catholic running back Ben Herlocker, who will sign with East Carolina today, has been named one of 50 national Old Spice Red Zone players of the year.

Charlotte Observer

ECU Baseball starts this weekend
The East Carolinian

Reynolds making the grade
  On anniversary of signing with ECU former Bear reflects on academics

New Bern Sun Journal

Wilcox finds her home at ECU
The Free Lance-Star

February 6, 2007
African-American Coaches Day
Birthday - President Ronald Reagan (40th President)
Lame Duck Day

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
A week marked by big days

WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Sammy Batten)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Dolan, Frasure highlight ECU track efforts
Seminoles edge Duke before Cameron crazies
NCAA picks championship swim sites

Linkmeister Note: This is known as the dead period in college football recruiting.  Most dyed-in-the-wool recruitniks believe it's the calm before the storm.
On Wednesday morning, starting at 7 a.m., National Signing Day begins. Until then no face-to-face contact is allowed between college coaches and athletes. That won't stop the text messaging and the telephone calls.

-Pirate Football Recruiting Thumbnails

-2007 ECU Softball Preview

  Pirates To Face #2 Tennessee In Opener Friday

-Track and Field Enjoys Successful Weekend in Nebraska

  Lindsay Dolan sets new school record in the 60 meter hurdles

Around Campus: ECU leadership digs deep to make waterworks a campus centerpiece
  Damage to a drainage line allowed the East Carolina University to use the fountain at Wright Circle only on special occasions. Crews razed the structure, built in 1932, last week.

Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU softball looks to rally around youth
The East Carolinian

Bat on ball is a glorious sound
Washington Daily News

Captain tries to keep things in perspective
  Ball grad happy with playing time, not record

Daily News - Galveston County (TX)

LaShawn Merritt teleconference excerpts
USA Track and Field

February 5, 2007
National Weatherman's Day

-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
Godwin expects deeper, older club to excel

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rice baseball opens with shutout victory
Tar Heels laid Lowe by inspired Wolfpack
Ex-NFL QB Leaf coaching college golf team

-Pirate Time Machine Replay: Luke Fisher


February 11, 2007

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Looking for a recruiting edge
  Only eight of the top 20 players on's list of the state's top high school football prospects chose in-state schools on Wednesday's national signing day.

-Blue Devils hire Pearman to lead special teams, tight ends

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Miami handles State

-Pack baseball rolls to 23-0 win

From the Winston Salem Journal
Disconcerting- Deacons unable to stop Tar Heels' inside game
Virginia Tech routs Virginia

Record day for USC's Chisenhall
  All nine starters for South Carolina crossed the plate at least one time and Lonnie Chisenhall tied two school records with two triples and two sacrifice files as the Gamecocks pounded Western Kentucky 12-0 in Wilmington, N.C., on Saturday

Spartanburg Herald Journal

Hefty bill only sure thing for UNCC football
Charlotte Observer

February 10, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Tar Heel lineman Gray dismissed from team
  Davis: Starting lineman violated rules
-Pack's Brackman chills Tribe
-ACC fans to get tournament games in HD
NHL: Trade brings a Hurricane home
  When Josef Vasicek says he's coming home, he's not talking about the small Czech Republic town where he grew up. He's talking about the Triangle. Other trades seem likely soon for Carolina.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Vaas takes over Devils' running backs and passing game
-Browning to coach RBs under Davis
  Mack Brown, Carl Torbush, John Bunting and Butch Davis share more in common than experience as head football coach in Chapel Hill.

Cremins thrives on the action
  Bobby Cremins has been here before. Sort of.
Greensboro News-Record

ODU hires Wilder as football coach
  The former assistant at Maine was one of four finalists.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

UNCP football- Braves sign 18; two from Robeson
  Bobby Moore, who has been a running back and a linebacker in his career, began the season with his eye on playing Division IA football at East Carolina.  But early season injuries caused the Pirates to back away from the 6-foot, 257-pound defensive lineman.
The Robesonian

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Hyman develops concept for ticket prices

  As athletic director Eric Hyman envisions it, the University of South Carolina football team will play a few "headliner" games each season and such premium games should generate more interest and more revenue.
USC searches for stepping stone
  With the University of South Carolina's NCAA tournament hopes dwindling with every loss, coach Dave Odom said the Gamecocks need to turn into spoilers.

Eagles' tourney picture becomes more clear after today
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Wilmington Star-News
-UNCW stands empty, wallet full
  Everybody loves a winner.
Pitching solid despite opening loss
  Imagine making your college baseball debut in your team's season opener like freshman Daniel Cropper did on Friday.

February 9, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Healthy Brackman ready for season's start

  Four of the area's five Division I schools open their baseball seasons with series this weekend, with East Carolina playing at home against Liberty
-Bible is back on familiar turf

  Ex-NCSU assistant now leads Pack offense
Duke hires Notre Dame assistant
  Duke has hired former Notre Dame football assistant Peter Vaas to coach the Blue Devils' running backs and is close to filling a second vacancy, coach Ted Roof said Thursday.

Beamer excited about Hokies’ future
  ... with the spring football game slated for April 21 at Lane Stadium. The Hokies open the 2007 campaign on Sept. 1 by hosting East Carolina.
Bluefield (WV) Daily Telegraph

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Surf's up for USC, Clemson baseball
  Video and audio options available on teams' Web sites

-Studies get in the way of Tigers’ recruiting
  Denial of recruits has some taking sides of academics-athletics issue

  USC's freshman crop is ranked best in the nation thanks in large part to several players choosing school over the pros

Seahawks face daunting schedule early
  This weekend - really, the first month of the baseball season - is bound to be an eye opener for UNC-Wilmington.
Wilmington Star News

London out of ODU search; timetable remains same
  Virginia assistant Mike London stays put, but ODU still expects to name a coach by next week.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-UNCC unveils football poll
  UNC Charlotte leaders have unveiled the list of questions that will be included in a student poll on bringing a football to the university.

-NASCAR: Dale Jr. seeks DEI control
  Driver wants to be majority owner of company

U.S. Davis Cup team plays Czechs today
  Winston-Salem will get tie if Americans, led by Roddick, Blake, advance
inston Salem Journal

February 8, 2007

UNC-CH steals the day with late signings
  The best in-state class after UNC may have been signed by East Carolina.
Fayetteville Observer

Big finish gives area schools a fresh start
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
UNC-Chapel Hill hires Lovett
  Special teams will be focus.
Late rush for UNC-CH
  Austin, Little bolster Heels' class.
Devils need fast recovery

Tar Heel’s rally fitting of rivalry
  When your football teams finish a combined 3-21 and haven't won a conference title in nearly two decades, there's one infallible distraction on national signing day: your basketball teams renewing the sport's premier rivalry.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-No flash on Pack's singing day
-Little's choice tops heels' big day
-Duke recruits keep commitments
-Little's choice tops heels' big day
-UNC-CH surges back to beat Duke

From Columbia (SC) The State
-A ranking to repeat
  With a top-10 recruiting class in the books, USC will try to match that success on the field
New uniforms promise pizzazz
USC only half bad
  Kelley’s best not enough to overcome dreadful opening period
-Tigers stop the slide
  Clemson nearly surrenders another big lead before holding off FSU
-Tensions flare over policies
  Tigers lose two recruits when school rejects them; third bolts for Florida State

Clemson's crop solid but not flashy
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Hokies' 25-man class addresses key needs
The Virginian Pilot

February 7, 2007

From the Charlotte Observer
-Recruiting: Heels, Wolfpack to have lean year
  Under coach Skip Holtz, East Carolina has made progress with in-state talent, getting commitments from Observer top-25 North Carolina prospects Rodney Cox and Tyrell Worthington after failing to attract that kind of talent in recent years.

-Best class in history for South Carolina
-'07 ACC title game set; Charlotte to bid for '08
-Winthrop gets wake-up call, victory

ACC title game is staying put
  The game will be held in Jacksonville for another year despite attendance concerns.

Orlando Sentinel

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wake's plan works
  Demon Deacons recruit players who fit their program.

-Rison promoted, will lead Eagles
-This town is big enough for the two of them
  Mike Krzyzewski won't be on the bench tonight when Duke University plays UNC at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Neither will Roy Williams. They plan to watch the game on television -- in Walkerton, Ind.

-Physical Jackets rally past Wolfpack

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Defense sparks Deacs- Wake Forest clamps down in second half to beat WSSU
-Seniors prepare for national signing day

Deacs keep their eyes on the prize
Greensboro News-Record

Recruits finally get to sign with their schools
Durham Herald-Sun

ODU interviews third candidate
  Maine assistant Bobby Wilder interviews for the Old Dominion football job.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

February 6, 2007

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Duke students enjoy camp at Krzyzewskiville
-Heels focus on juniors
  East Carolina has a shot at basketball recruit Javarris Barnett, 6-5 wing guard of Charlotte Victory Christian.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NHL: Canes clinging to life
  The Hurricanes' ability to overcome problems in five major areas may go a long way in establishing whether they are able to defend the Stanley Cup.

-Pack heads to Atlanta with mojo
-Yow joins 700 club

February 5, 2007

From the USA Today
-Colts reign supreme over Bears
-Budweiser takes ad crown again
-How all the ads ranked
-View and rate the ads

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Doritos eats up Cary startup's ad
-Man sacks Super Bowl beer thief
-Riverside's Saunders chooses Gamecocks
-Hogs' recruiting class gutted
-Redick reaches the rafters

Winthrop takes it on chin, loses Game 3 to Bruins
  Winthrop's season-opening series at No. 13 UCLA ended on a sour note Sunday when the No. 23 Eagles dropped the rubber match 19-5.

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Devils can't get winner to drop vs. FSU
-Inexperience leads to Devil's hiccups
  Duke’s stock is falling and it fell further Sunday.


February 11, 2007

-Golden Eagles Use Second-Half Comeback to Defeat Tulsa, 70-65
Tulane Falls On The Road At No. 8 Memphis
-Tourville's Seventh Inning RBI Single Lifts Herd to 5-4 Comeback Win
-Berry Shines In First Start
-No. 15 TCU Earns 12-1 Win Over UCF Baseball

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Snyder reflects on Herd's 2007 recruiting class

-Sharp-shooting Knights rout Marshall

Focus pays dividend for UCF
Orlando Sentinel

3s lift UCF past Marshall
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Blazers hang on to end 3-game skid
  Glance at the final score in Saturday's Conference USA game at Bartow Arena and it's easy to assume UAB had a tough with UTEP.

Birmingham News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice, Berry silence Baylor 7-0
-Aggies surge past Cougars
-Almond heats up late to lift Rice past SMU

SMU has trouble with Rice ringer
Dallas Morning News

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
Miami RB falls into USM's lap
-Golden Eagles rally behind freshman duo
Eustachy's gamble with foul-plagued Wise pays off

USM puts the kibosh on streak
Biloxi Sun Herald

Golden Eagles rally for victory
Hattiesburg American

From the El Paso Times
-UAB hands UTEP men another big C-USA loss

-UTEP suffers second ugly loss in a row
-Lack of Hispanic football officials a concern
  The numbers are undeniable. Conference USA has one Hispanic football official. The Big 12 has zero. The Western Athletic Conference has zero.

Tulane no match for Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal

February 10, 2007

-Feb. 10 Men's Basketball Notebook

-C-USA Women's Basketball Roundups
  Cherie Mills pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and added 18 points for her fourth double-double of the season leading the Lady Pirates to a 70-58 win over SMU Friday evening at Moody Coliseum.
-Tulane Downs Southeastern Louisiana In Baseball Season Opener, 19-4

Houston Takes 4-2 Win over No. 20 Baylor on Friday

Vanderbilt Rallies For 7-3 Win Over Rice Friday At Houston College Classic

Golden Eagle Football Announces Wide Receivers Coach
  Southern Miss Head Football Coach Jeff Bower has announced the employment of Michael Grant as the Golden Eagles wide receivers coach and that Courtney Messingham has been promoted to running backs coach.

Doherty content with SMU
Charlotte Observer

Stopping Rice's Almond a tough task for SMU men
Dallas Morning News

Marshall, UCF rematch today
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

Herd looks for better play in the clutch
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall getting used to the road
  Noon game at UCF caps long C-USA journey

Charleston (WV) Gazette

-UCF Men's Basketball Hosts Marshall on Saturday at Noon
-UCF Baseball Suffers 10-1 Loss to No. 15 TCU

Blazers Welcome UTEP To Bartow Arena For First Time

From the Birmingham News
-Davis likes how scrappy Blazers are playing at last
  UAB head men's basketball coach Mike Davis was disappointed with the final result in Thursday night's loss to Memphis.

-NCAA to revisit new clock rules
  The NCAA Football Rules Committee will huddle Sunday through Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M., and evaluate two controversial clock rules implemented last season to shorten games.

Easterling will meet with Bower
  Oak Grove standout receiver Taiwan Easterling reiterated Friday that he wants to sign with Southern Miss to play Division I football next season
Hattiesburg American

Southern Miss to take on Tulsa
  A USM victory will snap a two-game losing streak
Biloxi Sun Herald

Stephens endures ups, downs at USM
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-Ex-Oiler McDowell joins Houston's staff
-Brown leads Houston past Baylor
-Top-ranked Rice bows to Vanderbilt

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Dozier struggling, but teammates confident he'll bounce back
-No. 8 Tigers vs. Tulane

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane gains momentum
  For the past two seasons, John Calipari's Memphis Tigers have proven to be Conference USA's No. 1 team. They have won 23 of their past 24 league games.

-Wave turns it on late for big win in opener
  After failing to take full advantage of the everything Southeastern Louisiana was offering during the first six innings, Tulane erupted for 14 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 19-4 victory over the Lions on Friday night in the season opener for both teams at Zephyr Field.

February 9, 2007

-Hunt's 30 Lead No. 8 Memphis to 12th Straight Win
-SMU Basketball Hosts Rice Saturday At 7 p.m. - 183rd Series Meeting
-Green Wave Baseball To Open 2007 Season With Senator's Cup Series vs. Southeastern Louisiana
-Owls Head Way Downtown To Compete In Houston College Classic
-C-USA Women's Basketball Participates in February Frenzy
  Two of Conference USA women's basketball programs will be participating in ESPN2 February Frenzy on Sunday, Feb. 12. The East Carolina at Tulsa game will be one of eight games taking part in the "whiparound" coverage.

-2007 C-USA Softball Action Begins Today

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

From the Birmingham News
-Tigers blow out Blazers at Bartow
  The scouting report put together by the UAB men's basketball coaching staff on Memphis senior Jeremy Hunt was very specific.


From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Hunt has hot hand from 3-point range as Tigers handle Blazers
-West's quest to fill out staff continues
-Tiger football assistant leaving for Miami

Central Florida assistant is 4th prospect in ODU coach search
The Virginian Pilot

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
  Since Rice joined Conference USA before the 2006 season, it looked like the Owls and Tulane could be the dominant baseball programs of the league.

  Ever since its appearance in the College World Series in 2001, Tulane's baseball program has faced a question that hasn't changed season to season. It's not whether the Green Wave will be good, but whether it will be good enough to get back to Omaha, Neb., for another shot at a national title.

-Toledo off to flying start with first crop of recruits

Baseball Starts Play at Houston College Classic this Weekend

MU recruiting includes several top storylines
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall FB Class Rated Near Top Of C-USA (

A closer look- A league-by-league recruiting breakdown
Florida Sun-Sentinel

Newest Eagles join the flock
Hattiesburg American

UTEP nabs 17 recruits on National Signing Day
El Paso Times

February 8, 2007

-Conference USA Football Signees
  Here is a look at the list of official signees

-Marshall Men Edged By Tulsa, 63-60
-Almond Torches Southern Miss for 35 points - Owls Win 70-55
-Mustangs Fall At Home To Houston, 64-49
-Tulane Handles UTEP, 92-67

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars cash in on C-USA title to fill urgent needs
-Owls' Bailiff makes up for shortened recruiting time
-Rice star thrives throughout rout of Southern Miss

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles aim to fill void in secondary
  Southern Miss lost five defensive backs from its 2006 football team, including both starting cornerbacks.

-Almond goes off for 35 to spark Owls
  Morris Almond scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the second half to lead Rice to a 70-55 victory over Southern Miss on Wednesday night.

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UF, FSU, UCF and UM restock with top talent
-UCF 2007 football signees
-What O'Leary says about the Class of 2007

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M adds plenty of size in class filled with huge linemen
-Blazers nearest to Tiger rivalry

From the Birmingham News
-Davis wants 4 good minutes from Blazers
  Mike Davis wants four minutes of inspired basketball from his UAB men's basketball team tonight when eighth-ranked Memphis comes to Bartow Arena.

-Blazers satisfy most, if not all, their needs
  His first recruiting effort may not have been everything he had hoped for, but first-year UAB head coach Neil Callaway still had a reason to smile Wednesday.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall signs 23 new recruits
-Late surge carries Tulsa past Marshall
  A good home-court advantage can mean everything. Marshall and Tulsa locked up Wednesday night in a Conference USA men's basketball game at Reynolds Center where the Golden Hurricane has won 14 of its 15 games this season.

Marshall coaches changing school's recruiting geography
  When the fax machine in Marshall's football complex began spewing national letters of intent, there were some unusual datelines.

Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

From the Dallas Morning News
-Fresh horses could keep Bennett in the saddle
-SMU runs into small problem with Houston

Toledo 'pleased' with his first class
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tulsa- Tulsa signs good crop
Tulsa World

Baseball: No. 15 TCU Visits UCF's Jay Bergman Field Friday-Sunday

February 7, 2007

-C-USA Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week
  SMU's Gaelle Niare and East Carolina's Eric Frasure have been named this week's Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

-C-USA Celebrates National Girls and Women In Sports Day
-Texas State Rallies Past Owls In The Bottom Of The Ninth, 3-2
-Houston Again Tops C-USA Preseason Softball Coaches' Poll
-Special Presentation Of SMU vs. Houston Men's Basketball To Be Made Available Nationwide
-Southern Miss Returns to Road to Face Rice, Wednesday

Rice's Autry Court to receive $23 million face lift
  Rice announced Tuesday a $7 million gift from Bobby Tudor, a 1982 Rice graduate, and his wife, Phoebe, that will jump-start a $23 million, 18-month renovation of 57-year-old Autry Court.

Houston Chronicle

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Bower knows drill
  For Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower, the last stage of the recruiting season seems to play out the same way, year in, year out.

-Rice's Almond hard to stop
  One man does not a basketball team make.

-Marshall's short streak makes tight pack tighter

Predatory birds battle for a bye
  Southern Miss, coming off a 15-point home loss to Tulane, faces one of the nation's premier scorers tonight in Rice's Morris Almond.

Biloxi Sun Herald

USM's Reaves has surgery
  Southern Miss backup quarterback Stephen Reaves has had athroscopic knee surgery to remove a floating bone chip. Reaves, a senior-to-be who played in seven games last season

Hattiesburg American

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers expected to have solid '07 class
-Taggart works to be ready for Tigers

Area players absent from Callaway's first class
Birmingham News

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Few surprises expected on signing day
-Getting in the mix
  Marshall University is in the mix of Conference USA men's basketball teams playing for higher seeds in the league tournament.

-Former Marshall football coach dies at age of 84

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Herd hopes for repeat performance at Tulsa
  For the first time in its short Conference USA history, Marshall has fought its way out of the bottom third of the standings at the halfway point of the league season.

-Marshall recruiting list
-Marshall shopping for more beef
  In many ways, the Marshall recruiting class coach Mark Snyder will unveil today will resemble his first one — and many of his predecessor, Bob Pruett.

-Centering on big men, recruiting and Trickett

Beckley lineman keeps personal rivalry going
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

Houston's 3-point shooting concerns SMU
Dallas Morning News

Two Texans end Green Wave's recruiting
  Tulane's initial recruiting venture under new coach Bob Toledo has been finalized.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners now in must-win situation vs. Green Wave
El Paso Times

A matter of inches
  College football recruiting, some say, is not an exact science.
To some, it's more a study in psychology -- as in, 'What were they thinking?'

Tulsa World

Conference USA Recruiting Rankings

February 6, 2007

-Men's Basketball Notebook
-SMU Men's Basketball Returns Home To Face Houston Wed.
-Baseball Notebook
-Tulane Baseball Receives Most Meteoric Rise In Latest Baseball America Study
-Houston Baseball Opens 2007 Season vs. Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday
-Owls Meet Texas State Tuesday Night In San Marcos

SMU president is thinking big
  Turner discusses goals for athletic department, growth of college sports

Dallas Morning News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Win streak pays off as Tigers land in top 10
-C-USA Notebook - Tigers have two candidates for C-USA's top player

Shot blocking 101 taught by Bro Grebe
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall ‘committed' to good defense
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

RICE NOTEBOOK- Owls ready for College Classic
Houston Chronicle

From the Orlando Sentinel
Recruiting- Homestead recruit feeds UCF's need for speed
Golden Knights land an 'athlete'

UAB lands top tuba player in Williamson's McCants
  UAB isn't merely getting an offensive lineman with potential.

Birmingham News

From the Tulane World
-TU's Idris Moss arrested
High Schools- Recruiting- Prospects visit TU over the weekend

Miners to begin key two-game road trip
  UTEP faces a pivotal week in the Conference USA basketball chase -- the chase that begins with Memphis and then everyone else.

El Paso Times

February 5, 2007

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
-C-USA Women's Basketball Roundups

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

C-USA hoops still Memphis and the 11 Dwarfs
Charleston (WV) Gazette

A Balanced Offensive Attack Lifts UCF Baseball Over FIU, 9-3

Technology helps Douglas-Roberts
  With the help of a certain local shipping company

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tulane's Sims feels at home
  Returning to Mississippi was all Tulane guard Kevin Sims needed.

New Orleans Times Picayune