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Conference USA

February 25, 2007

-BVL: Heroic home finale for 'Captain Clutch'
-BVL: Pirates rally past Washington [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Lady Pirates roll to seventh straight win
Houston, Rice capture C-USA track titles
ECU women's tennis hands Coastal its first loss

-Pirate Baseball Gameday Central

  The East Carolina baseball team will look for its third win in a row Sunday morning when they host Duke in the final game of the ECU Invitational inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

-Captain Lifts ECU To First Conference USA Win Of The Season

  East Carolina senior guard Courtney Captain drilled a 3-pointer from the wing with 8.3 seconds left to lift East Carolina to a 79-78 win over Conference USA foe UTEP Saturday night in the final home game of his career.

-Pirates Rally In Eighth For 6-3 Win Over Washington

  East Carolina used a five-run eighth inning to pick up its second win of the ECU Invitational Saturday afternoon in a 6-3 victory over PAC-10 member Washington.

-Harrell Throws Third-Career No-Hitter
-Lady Pirates End Regular Season With 76-57 Win at UCF

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Captain in command
  Senior hits game-winner in final home game
-Chronic knee problems force Ingram to quit
  While there was certainly cause for celebration Saturday night in Minges Coliseum, not all the news from East Carolina's men's basketball victory over UTEP was good.
-Pirates tame Huskies, 6-3
-ECU women win seventh straight at UCF

Captain comes through in crunch
New Bern Sun Journal

Courtney Captain, East Carolina Shoot Down Miners

E. Carolina gets first C-USA win, beats UTEP
El Paso Times

Pirates get first C-USA win in final home game
Raleigh News & Observer

Big eighth inning lift East Carolina
Goldsboro News

Dawgs Fall To East Carolina, 6-3

Opinion: Coach blames fans for woes
  East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland sure knows how to pass the buck.
Florida Times-Union

February 24, 2007
Gregorian Calendar Day

-BVL: Hose calms RedStorm [Box Score]
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Walter Jones, Art Chansky)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Young leads Lady Pirates to sixth straight win
Lobos will make a coaching change in hoops
Boise State rewards football coach

-T.J. Hose Pitches Pirates Over Red Storm, 5-1
Pirates Complete Day One At C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships
-Pirate Baseball Gameday Central

  The East Carolina baseball team will host Washington on day two of the ECU Invitational Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Pirate Basketball GameDay Central
  East Carolina will host UTEP Saturday night at 7 o'clock in its final game of the year inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. It'll be the final home game for senior Courtney Captain.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU weathers Storm
-Kilgore returns to Greenville
-Pirates play UTEP in final home game of season
Around Campus: Dental school in Easley budget

Miners hope shooting touch stays intact
El Paso Times

Looking for first C-USA victory
  East Carolina has lost last 13 contests in conference play
New Bern Sun Journal

Linkmeister Note: [From the Charlotte Observer]
 QUOTING: "Myself personally, I think I should go in the first round." -- East Carolina receiver Aundrae Allison, listed as a middle-round selection on many mock drafts

Panthers sizing up talent at the Combine
  Our sources in Indy also indicate that the Panthers staff also took a long, hard look at WR Aundrae Allison from East Carolina.
Panthers Insider (

Newton & Rice Updates- NFL Combine Blog
  Wide Receiver Aundrae Allison of East Carolina weighed in at 6-0 and 198 pounds. An interesting note, he didn’t play football until his junior year ...

February 23, 2007
Curling Is Cool Day
Iwo Jima Day

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Lady Pirates, here's my IOU

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Lowe released from hospital after loss to Heels
Host Houston a favorite in C-USA indoor track
Calipari a finalist for Jim Phelan coach of year

-Jasmine Young Leads Lady Pirates to 68-52 Win Over Southern Miss

  Led by a career-high 29 points from Jasmine Young, the East Carolina women's basketball program won its sixth-straight game with a 68-52 win over Southern Miss Thursday evening. With the win, the Lady Pirates have clinched a first-round bye in the 2007 C-USA Championship ECU improves to 15-13, 10-5 in C-USA play while Southern Miss falls to 14-14 overall, 8-7 in league play.

-Pirate Baseball Gameday Central

  The East Carolina baseball team will look to snap a four-game losing streak Friday night when they play host to St. John's in the ECU Invitational at Clark-LeClair Stadium. First Pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. (EST). The tournament opens up at 1 p.m. (EST) with Duke facing off against Washington.

ECU to play St. John’s, Washington and Duke
Washington Daily News

East Carolina beats USM in women's basketball
Hattiesburg American

Southern Miss Falls To East Carolina, 68-52

UTEP Basketball Notes/Game 28/East Carolina

Dowdy has solid outing in Pirates loss
  Home, sweet home?
Washington Daily Mail

ECU hits diamond against St. John's
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates have a sinking feeling
Charlotte Observer

Dorris shot lifts MU over East Carolina
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Preps: Eagles' Gulley to play soccer at ECU
  East Carolina’s strong programs in sports medicine and exercise science also factored into the decision.
Kannapolis Independent Tribune

Preps: EE Smith's season ends in overtime
  East Carolina-bound center Shuanda Ashford finished with a team-high 14 points for the Bull-ettes, including a pair of 3-pointers, giving her an average of 21.5 points per game for the 4-A sectional playoffs.
Fayetteville Observer

NFL: Jags commit to Leftwich
Orlando Sentinel

Jaguars hit re-start- Leftwich is No. 1 QB
Florida Times-Union

Linkmeister Note: [From the Seattle Times]
 Washington (0-3) heads to Greenville, N.C., this weekend for the East Carolina Invitational, the farthest trip east in team history. The Huskies will take on Duke, East Carolina and St. John's.

February 22, 2007
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
National Chili Day
Birthday - President George Washington (1st President, actual)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Ground game poised for bigger role
-BVL: Herd squeaks by Pirates
-BVL: Camels stifle East Carolina [Box Score]
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
East Carolina athletes making the grade
ECU dominant in women's tennis win at Elon
Pirate women's golf team captures third place

Holtz finds a way to get staff he wants
  Skip Holtz doesn't like to blind hire.
New Bern Sun Journal

-Men's Basketball Suffers Heartbreaking Loss To Marshall

  Mark Dorris hit a jumper with 28 seconds left to break a 51-all tie and lift Marshall to a 54-51 win over host East Carolina inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Wednesday night.

-Campbell Blanks Pirates 2-0 In Midweek Action
-ECU Takes A Share Of Third At Papa Johns Collegiate

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-An unlucky 13th
  Pirates still winless in C-USA

-Pirates can't find bats in 2-0 blanking by Camels

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates fall to Thundering Herd
  ECU rallies around rowdy crowd by falls short
-Pirates ice highlanders
-ECU Baseball team loses to Campbell
-Opinion- Straight from the top
  Thoughts on a letter from Terry Holland

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Camels surprise Pirates
Pirates lose school-record 13th straight

Marshall dodges East Carolina on road
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd ekes by ECU 54-51
  Much like it did in Huntington, Marshall made East Carolina look a lot better. Yet the result was the same Wednesday night — almost down to the exact score.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Marshall Hangs On For Win At East Carolina, 54-51

Marshall Sweeps East Carolina With 54-51 Win (

Players to watch at NFL Combine
  Aundrae Allison, wide receiver, East Carolina — In college Allison ran great routes and made spectacular catches...if he can show that he measures up to the elite receivers, he could be a first-round pick.
Fox Sports

February 21, 2007
Ash Wednesday

-BVL: Veteran offensive coach rejoins Holtz
WNCT: Talk of the Town (guest Denny O'Brien)
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Appalachian to open 2007 season at Michigan
ECU's Mills earns Conference USA recognition
Big effort from Houston's Lafayette not enough

-Pirate Basketball GameDay Central

  East Carolina will play its first of two home games this week on Wednesday night against Conference USA foe Marshall. The Pirates will be looking to even the season series after suffering a four-point loss in Huntington in January. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Student-Athletes To Be Honored For Academic Achievements
-Lady Pirates Run Past Elon 6-1 In Tennis Action

ECU looks to avoid program's longest losing streak
Greenville Daily Reflector

Herd looks for win against struggling ECU
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd expects ECU's best
  Since Marshall had to muster enough energy to beat East Carolina 56-52 on Jan. 31 in Huntington, the Thundering Herd has won just two out of five games. As for East Carolina, just cover your eyes.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Thundering Herd visits last-place ECU tonight
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

Linkmeister Note: WRONG KIND OF RECORD
[From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger] East Carolina is closing in fast on a dubious distinction: With four regular season games remaining, the Pirates could become the first C-USA team to go winless in conference play.  Two teams, DePaul in 1996-97 and South Florida in 2004-04, have suffered through one-win seasons.

Pirates put weekend in the past
  ECU baseball gets swept by UCLA on the road
The East Carolinian

Dawgs Head East For ECU Invitational

Bruin baseball loses to Dirtbags
  Team’s winning streak ends as Long Beach State makes eight runs in the bottom of the eighth
The UCLA Daily Bruin

Bears go right to Babich
  Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith named Bob Babich defensive coordinator, replacing Ron Rivera, who was fired a day earlier...Babich served 12 seasons as an assistant coach at four NCAA Division I schools in addition to Tulsa, including Pittsburgh (1994-96), East Carolina (1992-93), Bowling Green (1991) and Wisconsin (1988-89).
Chicago Daily Herald

Preps: Ashford sparks Smith
  E. E. Smith senior center Shuanda Ashford showed why East Carolina is willing to invest a scholarship in her basketball ability in a 68-61 win over visiting Cary in a girls’ first-round 4-A sectional playoff game Tuesday night.
Fayetteville Observer

February 20, 2007
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Lady Pirates provide bright spot
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (M.Gray, S.Baldwin-Tener)

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Mac Manning)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Pirates third in Conference USA swimming
Memphis' winning streak reaches 15 games
ECU track preps for C-USA championships

-Todd Fitch Appointed To East Carolina Football Staff

  Former Iowa State Assistant Previously Spent 10 Years With Current Pirate Head Coach Skip Holtz

-Cherie Mills Named Conference USA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

  Mills led Lady Pirates to fifth consecutive win this weekend

-Fifteen East Carolina Swimmers And Divers Earn All-Conference USA Honors

  Eight men's swimmers and seven Lady Pirates earn all-conference accolades

-Inaugural Pirate Armada To Set Sail March 6

  The spring tour will enable Pirate Club members, fans and friends of East Carolina University an up-close and personal experience with head coaches and administrators from ECU Athletics.

Marshall Men's Basketball Hits The Road With Game At East Carolina
  Marshall takes on East Carolina for the second time this season in the back end of a home-and-home series this Wednesday night at Williams Arena.

ECU adds Fitch to football staff
Raleigh News & Observer

Cyclones lose quarterbacks coach
  Fitch was the only assistant retained by new head coach Gene Chizik.
Des Moines Register

ECU beats Tulane in a record-setting win
  Pirates end conference leader's 10-game winning streak
The East Carolinian

No. 15 Bruins rebound from loss to sink Pirates
The UCLA Daily Bruin

NFL: Don't look for QB trio to stay intact
  That means between Byron Leftwich and David Garrard, one of them may be looking at a future in another city. Third-teamer Quinn Gray is a wild card.
Florida Times-Union (02.10.07)

February 19, 2007
President's Day

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 297
Internet "analysts" missing mark
-BVL: Bruins hold off Pirates' rally 7-6 [Box Score]
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Wolfpack hammers Hokies, faces Heels next
Net result an East Carolina victory at Davidson
Southern Miss takes three wins in its tourney

-Pirates' Comeback Comes Up Short In 7-6 Loss To UCLA

  Despite scoring four runs in the final four frames, the East Carolina baseball team could not overcome a four-run sixth inning by the UCLA Bruins as it dropped the final game of a three-game series 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

-ECU Men's Tennis Rallies For 4-3 Victory At Davidson
-Pirates Take Three Of Five In FAU Classic

-No. 15 UCLA Baseball Sweeps East Carolina With 7-6 Win
  Decker's three-RBI double lifts Bruins to victory
-Cal Poly Rallies To Beat Dawgs, 5-4
  Next Friday through Sunday, the Washington Huskies travel to play in the East Carolina Invitational, where they'll face Duke, East Carolina and St. John's.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Around Campus: Preserving history through renovation shows how ECU, Greenville has grown
-ECU Notes- Former chancellor recognized
-ECU baseball comes up short at UCLA


February 25, 2007

Tigers' woes continue
  What started as a dream season for Clemson is now a full-blown nightmare.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

CIAA- Rich past, murky future
Fayetteville Observer

NFL/Panthers: Fox- Staff changes were necessary
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack falls flat against Noles

  N.C. State slumps into a tie for last in ACC.

Best foot forward
  Pedicures used to be a grooming luxury reserved for women. But the half-hour-or-so ritual appears to be growing among the male population

-Lowe gets scare, vows to change
Hokies hit 20-victory plateau

ASU surges by Elon to set school record with 24 wins
Winston Salem Journal

February 24, 2007

'New lease on life' working out well
  More than a year after his college experience was interrupted by a bullet, Brandon Johnson is revving the engine for Old Dominion.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Venerable Sarge Frye Field opens last of its 52 years hosting USC baseball
-Silence reigns at site of USC’s future home
  Tanner scheduled East Carolina for USC’s first home opponent next season.

Duke gets back to lacrosse
Fayetteville Observer

Eagles go for perfect Big South record
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Charlotte Observer
  The Charlotte region is home to three of the country's most accomplished mid-major basketball programs -- Appalachian State, Davidson and Winthrop. All three have one thing in common: an uncertain chance at making the NCAA tournament unless they win their conference tournaments.

-Bobcats' win ties club mark
-Bobcats boss shares his plan to win
-Panthers can't fill all of their needs in draft

ASU has a lot at stake today
Winston Salem Journal

Tigers' season is resting on the 'bubble'
Greenville (SC) News

Seahawks reverse fortunes
  Something good happened Friday to the UNC-Wilmington baseball team.
Wilmington Star News

February 23, 2007

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Spurrier decides to lift Garcia’s suspension
  Ol’ Ball Coach talks with AD Hyman before making decision on highly-touted freshman
Quick start is music to Darnell’s ears
  USC sophomore has four home runs in team’s first six games
-Tigers run out of time

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Devils get down and dirty in Littlejohn
-Lowe will return to the sideline Saturday
-Yow not pondering future, yet

Panthers plan to get Smith open more
Charlotte Observer

From the Virginian Pilot
'Save Our Sports' coalition fighting cuts
  Linwood Rose, president of James Madison University, says eliminating 10 sports was the best way for the school to comply with Title IX.

Athletes still love JMU despite loss

Clemson task force to weigh admissions, sports success
  Barker asks panel to assess whether university is on level playing field
Spartanburg Herald Journal

ACC Tournament a tepid ticket
  With the move to Tampa, Fla., some schools have gone deeper into donor lists to sell allotments.
Greensboro News-Record

Appalachian State beats UNCG, takes North Division title
Winston Salem-Journal

February 22, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Wolfpack loses its 'soul'
  N.C. State's basketball team showed lots of heart against rival North Carolina Wednesday night.

Heels take advantage
Duke trying to stay ahead
-UNC player charged

Lowe's absence left Pack dioriented
  Wearing the same red sport coat he showed off when N.C. State upset North Carolina earlier this month, Sidney Lowe was impossible to miss on the Wolfpack sidelines on Wednesday night.
Durham Herald-Sun

From Columbia (SC) The State
-USC’s Garcia suspended from team activities
In six innings, Tigers leave High Point lost in a fog

Hokies vent frustration
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Monarchs win 10th straight
The Virginian Pilot

Learning doesn't stop for Seahawks
Wilmington Star-News

Blue Devils bring spotlight to Littlejohn
Greenville (SC) News

February 21, 2007

UNC-CH's White charged with simple assault
  Chapel Hill police charged North Carolina football player Garrett White, 20, with simple assault early Sunday morning after he allegedly punched another man.
Durham Herald-Sun

NSU guard Deloach making rough hometown in N.C. proud
  Michael Deloach grew up playing ferocious pickup games in Rocky Mount, a city of about 55,000 roughly a two-hour drive southwest of Norfolk. He was Rocky Mount's player of the year as a senior and hoped to sign with East Carolina but didn't qualify academically.
The Virginian Pilot

ESPN picks up USC-UK tilt, moves it to Thursday night
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Pack poses a problem for Heels
  Hot-shooting N.C. State will challenge UNC-CH defense.

Young Pack fan's act of giving a kind cut, indeed
  Emily Powell brushed her long blond hair, savoring the last moments with it Tuesday afternoon.

NHL: This loss really hurts
  Atlanta rallies in final period to take Southeast showdown / For the first time since the lockout, the Canes lose a game in regulation that they led entering the third period. The fact that it was to a rival makes it even worse.

MLB: Baseball shelves wool caps

Eagles clinch
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Phillips declares he has no interest in Arkansas job
  With Broyles’ decision to retire, Clemson AD’s ties make him natural fit for the candidate list

-Reviews fall into speed trap

  By trying to limit number of recruits who sign but are later rejected, process creates a new problem

-Garcia hearing delayed

  Quarterback’s lawyer is out of town, so first court appearance will be rescheduled

February 20, 2007

Justice gives up pigskin for chance on pit crew
  Former Division 1 defensive back turns down pro football

Clemson's Phillips mentioned in hunt for new Arkansas AD
Greenville (SC) News

Tigers catch improved Duke at a bad time
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack looks to cook up a win
  After routing Virginia Tech, NCSU wants to use same recipe for success at UNC-CH.
-How many for the ACC?
  The ACC never has gotten more than six bids to the NCAA Tournament. If Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gets his way, the conference would get nine this season.
-More football
  CIGNETTI JOINS TIDE STAFF: Former N.C. State football assistant Curt Cignetti has been named to Nick Saban's new staff at Alabama.
-Chargers turn to Turner
  San Diego hires former head coach of Redskins, Raiders.

From the Charlotte Observer
-NBA: Jordan ready to spend
  In a direct appeal to Bobcats season-ticket holders, Michael Jordan is promising the team will spend what it takes to quickly build a winner.
Lutz pushing 49ers to rejuvenate defense

Eagles can clinch BSC title tonight
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

February 19, 2007

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Citadel upsets USC
  The Bulldogs rallied for a 7-6 victory against third-ranked South Carolina in front of 5,055 fans at Riley Park.
-Tigers need rally to win series against Patriots
  Late homer, error help Clemson stave off another upset by George Mason

Fast-starting Tigers on verge of collapse
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Blue Devils reward Coach K
  Krzyzewski gets 700th win at Duke, but ACC victory thrills him more

Wolfpack smokes Hokies
  N.C. State is virtually unstoppable, shooting 66.7

Duke baseball off to best start since 1998
Harvick nudges past Martin
  Daytona 500 ends with wild finish.

Preps: It's tournament time
  Boys state basketball playoffs get under way tonight...Broughton is led by East Carolina recruit guard Brock Young (averaging 22 points per game) was named Cap Seven co-player of the year.

From the Rock Hill (SC) Herald
-It's do or die time for Eagles
  This past Friday, in front of a national television audience, Winthrop's basketball team got the win it wanted, beating Missouri State 77-66 in the O'Reilly's ESPNU BracketBuster game.
-Eagles complete sweep of Xavier


February 25, 2007

-Tulane Captures 2007 C-USA Women's Basketball Regular Season Title
Rice Pulls Away In Final Minutes For 75-66 Win Over SMU
-C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championship Final Results

From the Dallas Morning News
-Orsini- SMU close to turning corner

  "We're almost there." That's how Steve Orsini describes the SMU athletic program. In his first year on the Hilltop, the athletic director insists he doesn't deal with lingering issues from the death penalty, which the NCAA announced 20 years ago today.

SMU's Ofoegbu scores 30 in loss

From the Houston Chronicle
Forward Perka fills void for Owls in home win over SMU
-Rice comes back, dumps Nebraska in baseball
UH men face decisive trip starting with Memphis

Blazers never trail but Davis finds fault
  UAB scored the first six points, built the lead to as many as 13 and never trailed in a 70-57 Conference USA victory over Marshall on Saturday at Bartow Arena.
Birmingham News

Icy shooting costs Herd against UAB
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Green Wave washes over USM
  Fouls put Golden Eagles on 2-game losing streak
Biloxi Sun Herald

UCF loses in overtime
  The Knights fall 66-64 to Tulsa and drop a half-game behind Houston in C-USA.
Orlando Sentinel

Herd went back to the future to escape cold
Daily Mail

February 24, 2007

-C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championship Concludes Today In Houston
-Feb. 24 Men's Basketball Notebook
Baseball Falls to Host Dallas Baptist at Southwest Diamond Classic
-Six-Run Fifth Inning Leads No. 14 ASU Past UAB Friday Night
-Missed Opportunities Costly As Tulane Baseball Falls To Southern Cal, 8-5

Blazers still have a hefty to-do list
  Three games remain in Conference USA men's basketball play and not much has been determined.
Birmingham News

Herd travels to UAB today
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Herd chases opportunity at UAB
Charleston Gazette

Herd concludes road trip at UAB
Beckley Register-Herald

Doherty says Mustangs haven't given up
Dallas Morning News

From the Hattiesburg American
Baseball Eagles win again
-Southern Miss tangles with Tulane today

USM seeks big finish
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Little-used seniors to get prime exposure in Tigers' finale
Memphis holds down Akron

February 23, 2007

Memphis routs Rice 99-63, wins C-USA title
  Tigers show they have plugged gaps in routing Owls
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Hunt provides one small moment of suspense before making his (1,000th) point

-Coach wants 'D' to attack

  New Tiger coordinator builds bond with West

Sacrifice fly gives U of M win over BYU

Athletic program review dismissed
  Dr. Stephen Kopp, Marshall University president, addressed the senate regarding recommendations from the Jan. 25 meeting for the endorsement of the East Carolina University resolution, which urges Conference USA to look into the statistics of athletes missing classes. Kopp did not approve this recommendation.
MU The Parthenon

-C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Set For Houston
-Feb. 22- Women's Basketball Roundups

  Tulane Earns Share of C-USA Women's Basketball Regular Season Title With Win Over SMU

February 22, 2007

-SMU Falls On The Road At UTEP
-Strong Second Half Leads UCF Over Golden Eagles, 59-56, Wednesday
-Tulane's Comeback Bid Falls Short at Houston, 78-70
-Blazers Pull Out Road Win At Tulsa, 62-57
-2007 All-Conference USA Swimming and Diving Teams Announced

  League champion SMU led the way with 39 all-conference selections...Houston was second with nine all-conference selections. Rice and East Carolina both claimed six all-conference selections.

-Women's Tennis Notebook

  In Conference USA women's tennis, Tulsa remains undefeated at 9-0 and has one league win over Rice. East Carolina is also close to the 10-win plate...

UH Baseball Opens Play at Southwest Diamond Classic on Thursday
-Owls Coast To 7-1 Win Over Dallas Baptist

From the Hattiesburg American
-Southern Miss ranks 78th in football attendance

  Southern Miss ranked No. 5 in Conference USA behind UTEP (No. 50, 42,444 average), East Carolina (No. 63, 37,168), Memphis (No. 71, 32,440) and UCF (No. 73, 31,569).

USM baseball wins fifth straight
Basketball Eagles just reaching 'tip of the iceberg' this year

UCF wins big one
  The Golden Knights knock off Southern Mississippi to earn their 20th victory.
Orlando Sentinel

Late 10-0 run sparks Knights over Eagles
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

USM beats New Orleans
  Freshman pitchers make strong showing
Biloxi Sun Herald

Miners Get Back on Winning Track
  UTEP ended a three-game losing streak with an 85-56 rout of SMU on Wednesday at the Don Haskins Center. UTEP will try to keep the momentum going this weekend at East Carolina, which dropped to 0-13 in league play on Wednesday with a 54-51 loss to Marshall in Greenville, N.C. The Miners and the Pirates will square off on Saturday at 5 p.m. MST at Williams Arena.

From the El Paso Times
UTEP ends losing skid
  Miners beat SMU, earn sweep of the season series

Miners seek to finish up conference on high note
  Tonight's game against Tulsa (5-9, 10-16 C-USA) is one of two remaining home games for the Miners (20-6, 9-5), who are in a three-way tie for third place in the conference with East Carolina and Rice.

Houston holds off Wave
  Houston's Oliver Lafayette and Roberts McKiver each scored 24 points and the Cougars held off a late rally to defeat Tulane 78-70 at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston.
New Orleans Times Picayune

UH gets back on track by beating Tulane
Houston Chronicle

Blazers stay cool, pick up road win
  Officially, all UAB's 62-57 men's basketball victory over Tulsa on Wednesday did was keep the Blazers in the jumble at sixth place in Conference USA.
Birmingham News

TU's hopes diminished after loss
Tulsa World

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Kravitz chosen Tigers' defensive coordinator
-Ex-N.C. State coach to lead Tiger defense
-Rice star will be a big challenge

February 21, 2007

-Memphis' Calipari Named A Finalist For Jim Phelan National Coach Of Year Award

  University of Memphis head coach John Calipari has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2007 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year honor

Memphis Basketball Notes
Owls Coast To 7-1 Win Over Dallas Baptist
Houston Storms Past McNeese State on Tuesday

Tiger Baseball Drops Season-Opener at No. 11 Ole Miss

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-USM mastering basics

  Since arriving at Southern Miss in the spring of 2004, basketball coach Larry Eustachy has insisted his Golden Eagles play the game the right way.

UCF's Speraw in limbo over future with school
  At the moment, life appears pretty good for Central Florida men's basketball coach Kirk Speraw.

Southern Miss at Central Florida

Tiger goals don't stop at C-USA
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Short-handed Mustangs get rematch with UTEP
Dallas Morning News

UTEP, SMU try to get back on winning track
El Paso Times

Tulane a successful road act in C-USA
  Houston next obstacle for Dickerson, Wave
New Orleans Times Picayune

Free's not so easy for fouled-up UAB
Birmingham News

Daring to peek
  Hurricane focused on UAB, but visions of an NIT berth surfacing
Tulsa World

Penders pleased with 'Fluff'
New Haven Register

Eagles nab C-USA win
Hattiesburg American

February 20, 2007

-Houston's Second-Half Rally Falls Short At Southern Miss

  Cougars couldn't overcome Courtney Beasley and Jeremy Wise scoring 22 points each as the Golden Eagles held on for a 74-69 victory.

Feb. 19 Men's Basketball Notebook
-Baseball Notebook

  Memphis becomes the final Conference USA to open its season when the Tigers visit No. 13 Mississippi on Tuesday night.

-Owls Continue Homestand Tuesday vs. Dallas Baptist
-Softball Notebook

  C-USA softball action continued last weekend with Marshall knocking off No. 24 North Carolina State, 6-5.

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Southern Miss- Peaking Eagles fly high
  While Southern Miss freshmen Jeremy Wise and Sai'Quon Stone have provided a potent punch, the Golden Eagles always have insisted they were more than a two-man act.

-Young 'Eaglets' respond to Eustachy
  Southern Miss is the second youngest team in Division I college basketball. The youngest, Centenary, must still be in diapers.

-Notebook- Wise sets frosh scoring mark in sluggish 1st half

UH stumbles at Southern Miss
  Lafayette's 30 points not enough in 74-69 defeat

Houston Chronicle

Eagles 3-0 and proud of it
Hattiesburg American

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers success will hinge on mid-week performances
  Memphis baseball coach is convinced that C-USA could place five teams in the NCAA Tournament field this year, enough to ensure the Tigers -- providing they make modest improvement -- a berth.

-Tigers inching way up the polls

  U of M up one spot; Rice next on slate

Miners in search of answers after third loss
El Paso Times

UCF baseball to host Korean team
Orlando Sentinel

February 19, 2007

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up

  The Memphis Tigers extended the nation's longest win streak to 15 games with a 78-77 overtime win against Gonzaga. Houston made another comeback to defeat UAB, while UCF defeated Rice to break a tie for third place as the conference standings continue to take shape with just two more weeks remaining in the regular season.
-Weekend Baseball Roundup

  Southern Miss opened the 2007 season by sweeping three games in its own tournament at Pete Taylor Park.
-Marshall Baseball Slips Past Charleston Southern, 2-1

-Owls Take Weekend Series From Long Beach State With 2-1 Win Sunday
Pitching Pushes Tulane Baseball Past North Florida In Series Finale, 5-1
-Weekend Softball Roundup

  Conference USA softball action continued this weekend as the league picked up another Top 25 victory when Marshall downed No. 24 North Carolina State on Friday. UTEP still holds the best record at 7-3, while East Carolina is right behind at 6-3. The Miners won two games in the Troy Cox Communications Classic and the Pirates won their last three games in the FAU Classic.

Dreaming: A top 5 rank? A No. 1 seed?
  It's a longshot, but Tigers are in range

Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Men's basketball- USM hopes wins can boost RPI
  Southern Miss center Gjio Bain readily admits that visions of postseason basketball possibilities dance through the heads of the Golden Eagles.
-Houston at Southern Miss
-Baseball- Eagles win 3rd straight

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd's Dorris proving he can score, too
-Dobies helps Herd defeat Buccaneers

From the Houston Chronicle
-Pitching gives Rice series win over Long Beach State
-COLLEGE BASEBALL- UH swept by UC Irvine

Wave completes sweep
New Orleans Times Picayune

UCF's 'D' ensures no joy for Almond
Orlando Sentinel