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March 25, 2007
Feast of Annunciation (Catholic)
Old New Year’s Day
Pecan Day

-BVL: Pirates manhandle Tigers 12-0 [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Barton captures Division II national hoops title
Tar Heels student mascot in critical condition
Knickerbockers sign Kentucky center Morris

-Sasser Tames Tigers In 12-0 Rout
  Dustin Sasser pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to help No. 22 East Carolina pick up its 12th win in a row, as the Pirates (18-6) moved to 2-0 in Conference USA play with a 12-0 victory over the Memphis Tigers (14-9, 0-2) Saturday night inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

-Pirate Baseball Gameday Central
-ECU Women Ace Charleston Southern 5-2
-Men's Golf Assumes Lead At Furman Intercollegiate
-Herd Sweeps Lady Pirates In C-USA Doubleheader
  Pirates Lose First Extra-Inning Contest Of Season

Pirates win 12th straight
  A night after a three-run home run by Dale Mollenhauer rallied the East Carolina baseball team to a 12-10 victory over Memphis, another Pirate three-run bomb helped doom the Tigers on Saturday.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Red-hot Pirates shut out Tigers
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates starter silences Tiger bats
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tiger Baseball Unable to Slow Down ECU, Shutout 12-0 (

Pirates' baseball pummels Tigers
New Bern Sun Journal

March 24, 2007
Houdini Day
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
St. Gabriel Feast Day

-BVL: Pirates out-slug Tigers 12-10 [Box Score]

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Kass, Clay, Pinkney take turns under center
Prosser announces two players leaving Deacs
Gophers bring in Tubby Smith to direct hoops

-Pirates Out Slug Tigers 12-10 In C-USA Opener
  Sophomore Drew Schieber connected on two home runs and Dale Mollenhauer's lone hit, a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning gave No. 22 East Carolina a 12-10 victory over Memphis in the Conference USA opener for both schools inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. The win marked the 11th in a row for the Pirates, currently the third longest win streak in the nation.

-Pirate Baseball Gameday Central
  No. 22 East Carolina will face Memphis in game two of a three-game series inside Clark-LeClair Stadium Saturday March 24 at 6 p.m. (EDT).

-Spring Football Notebook No. 8
  Physical play and a strong emphasis on the Pirates' rushing attack highlighted East Carolina's first intra-squad scrimmage of the spring practice period Friday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

-Singles Play Lifts Houston Past ECU 4-3
-Men's Golf Owns Share of Second Place At Furman Intercollegiate

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU rallies to extend winning streak
  The East Carolina baseball team rode the see-saw Friday night with Memphis, and somehow the Pirates managed to land on their feet again.

Pirates battle through first spring scrimmage

  There were likely less than a thousand eyes watching East Carolina quarterback Rob Kass during his first spring scrimmage as the team's next probable starter Friday afternoon.

ECU rallies to top Memphis in its conference opener
Washington Daily News

ECU's Five-Run Eighth Sinks Tigers, 12-10
  East Carolina overcame a 10-7 deficit with five runs in the bottom of eighth to hand Memphis a 12-10 defeat in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

East Carolina rallies for 11th straight victory
Memphis Commercial Appeal

ECU football team completes first spring scrimmage
  East Carolina’s football team completed its first spring scrimmage on Friday, giving coach Holtz and his staff a chance to start formulating a depth chart.
New Bern Sun Journal

March 23, 2007
Liberty Day
National Chip and Dip Day
National Puppy Day
Near Miss Day

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Hokies not the only spring motivator
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

East Carolina to stage first scrimmage today
Hoosiers capture Pinehurst golf; ECU 12th
Dukie McRoberts opts for NBA draft
Burning couch gets former OSU student jail time

-Paisley Throws No-Hitter In Sweep Of UNCG
  Lady Pirates Resume Conference Play Saturday Vs. Marshall

-East Carolina Set To Make Waves In C-USA
  Pirates continue to roll into conference play

-Pirate Gameday Central

ECU puts winning streak on the line vs. Memphis Tigers
Washington Daily News

Pirates hit the field for first spring scrimmage
  The initial spring scrimmage for any college football program shouldn't look perfect, and East Carolina coach Skip Holtz isn't seeking perfection just yet.

Greenville Daily Reflector

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU has first spring scrimmage
  East Carolina’s football team makes its first return to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium today for the first time since the 2006 season.

-Nationally-ranked Pirates open conference play against Memphis
  As successful as East Carolina’s baseball season has been to date, T.J. Hose thinks there’s still room for improvement.

Rounding the bases
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M Notebook Tigers need better hitting for C-USA play
-Tigers capture fifth straight
  Memphis opens Conference USA play Friday against 22nd-ranked East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.

Clifford relishes job as Rockets coach
  Former ECU assistant discusses relationship with Jeff Van Gundy
Bangor Daily News

March 22, 2007
As Young As You Feel Day
International Day of the Seal
International Goof Off Day

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Camels football stirring back to life
-BVL: Pirates pounce on Panthers 12-4 [Box Score]
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Gov. Easley presents Yow with highest honor
Heels football coach undergoing chemotherapy
Mountaineers send Wolfpack packing in NIT

-No. 22 ECU Extends Win Streak To Ten With 12-4 Victory
  East Carolina used a six-run third inning, which was highlighted by a three-run home run b Mark Letchworth, to defeat High Point 12-4 inside Clark-LeClair Stadium Wednesday night. The win extended the No. 22 Pirates winning streak to ten games and moved them to 16-6 overall.

-Spring Football Notebook No. 7
  After shaking off some rust Monday following a 10-day layoff, East Carolina conducted another two-hour workout on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Wednesday afternoon and completed preparations for its first official intra-squad scrimmage Friday.

-Krog and Lady Pirates Finish Fifth At Waterlefe/USF Invitational

From the East Carolinian
-Theodore 'Blue' Edwards leaves a constant reminder
  The greatest Pirate to play the game

-ECU softball team enjoys a warm spring break
-ECU men's tennis team ready for home stretch
-Pirates have success at Shamrock

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Wilson anchors linebacking corps for Pirates
  Time is flying for Fred Wilson in football years.

-ECU wins 10th game in a row
-Around Campus: Heart center given big gift
  Eddie and Jo Smith's 1.33 million donation is the third seven-figure gift ECU has received in the last four months. On the university's 100th birthday, March 8, Tampa, Fla. businessman Tom Arthur announced a $1 million gift to the College of Business. In November, the estate of Frances and Robert Monk gave ECU $2.5 million to help build a geriatric care center.

Drew is now one of ECU’s football veterans
  Following his first season playing as a tight end, Davon Drew finds himself the most experienced player at the position for the Pirates’ spring season.
New Bern Sun-Journal

Scrimmage ahead for ECU
  Pirates learning to work as a team.
Raleigh News & Observer

ECU extends win streak to 10
  If Mark Letchworth has a home run trot, it still hasn't made its debut at East Carolina.
Kinston Free Press

Panthers Fall 12-4 at #22 East Carolina
HPU Panthers

Tigers capture fifth straight
  Memphis opens Conference USA play Friday against 22nd-ranked East Carolina in Greenville, NC. ''We're getting closer offensively, which is encouraging,'' ...
Memphis Commercial Appeal

March 21, 2007
Aries Begins
Memory Day
National Agriculture Day
National Common Courtesy Day
Birthday - Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)

-Gold: Gold Nuggets
Blame it on the ACC

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Mathews, Mollenhauer earn national recognition
Texans on clock to match Giants' offer for Leach
Kansas aide named Redbirds hoops coach

-Mathews And Mollenhauer Receive National Honor
  Relief pitcher Shane Mathews and shortstop Dale Mollenhauer were named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Monday after helping the No. 22 East Carolina Pirates to their ninth straight win with a sweep of Radford and Michigan last week.

-Former Pirate Leach Close On Move To N.Y.
  Hoping to add a powerful lead blocker to their revamped backfield, the New York Giants signed Houston Texans three-year veteran fullback Vonta Leach to a restricted free agent offer sheet on Monday.

-Men's Golf Finishes 12th At Pinehurst Intercollegiate
-Krog In Second After 36 Holes At Waterlefe/USF Invitational

From the Goldsboro News-Argus
-ECU baseball in top 25
-ECU prepares for scrimmage

March 20, 2007
Spring Begins
Vernal Equinox
Ostara (Wiccan)
Rabi'I (The Month of the Migration - Islamic)
Birthday - Fred "Mr." Rodgers (children's host)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Better times ahead for Lady Pirates
-BVL: Pirates advance in national polls

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
SMU tops first day of Pinehurst Intercollegiate
Health issues sideline Indiana football coach
Durant faces decision on NBA after Texas loss

-Pirate Baseball Moves Up In Polls
  One week after the East Carolina baseball team cracked the top-25 in three of the four major polls, the Pirates find themselves ranked No. 22 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, No. 23 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll and No. 24 by the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

-Spring Football Notebook No. 6
  Head coach Skip Holtz and his East Carolina football program resumed its spring practice schedule Monday afternoon after enjoying a 10-day Spring Break layoff. The two-and-a-half hour workout, conducted on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex, was the Pirates' sixth overall and fourth in full pads.

-ECU Defeats Akron 5-1 In Back-To-Back Games
-Smith Makes Move Up To Seventh At Pinehurst Intercollegiate
-Lady Pirates Edge College of Charleston 4-3

ECU women unable to stay with Rutgers
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Pirates fall to Rutgers in first round
Washington Daily News (AP)

March 19, 2007

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 300
NCAA missing strike zone
-BVL: Lady Pirates fall hard in round one
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Depth prevails as Tigers advance to Sweet 16
Herd forms search committee for hoops coach
Vols advance with 77-74 win over Cavaliers
ECU women netters post pair of triumphs

-Pirates Fall To Scarlet Knights In First Round
  Cherie Mills scored 13 and Jasmine Young had eight points for the Lady Pirates, who had won their previous 10 games.
-Men's Golf Tied For 11th After First Round Of Pinehurst Intercollegiate

Rutgers ends ECU's run
  Pirates bow out in NCAA's first round
Greenville Daily Reflector

Short NCAA run for Pirates
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

  Missing 51 of its 61 shots, ECU (19-14) crumbled under the pressure of Rutgers' defense in losing 77-34 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament
New Brunswick Home News Tribune

ECU extends win streak to nine
Washington Daily News


March 25, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-CH mascot in coma after hit
-Atkinson delivers DII title
-Cobb leads ASU Mountaineers to new heights
-Many '82 ties remain

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Women: Duke falls in shocking manner
  The Lady Pirates NCAA opponent Rutgers beat No. 1 overall seed Duke, 53-52, in the NCAA women's tournament Greensboro Regional semifinal on Saturday.

-Women: It's Over for Yow As UConn Tops Wolfpack
-Canes' offense catches fire
-Anglers, hunters are athletes
  You will not find us in Cameron Indoor Stadium, between the hashes on Soldier Field, down the third base line at Fenway Park or even on the west side at East Carolina's Dowdy-Ficklen stadium.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-NIT: Tigers picking it up
  Clemson one win from tying school record

-Opportunities abound on and off the court at Clemson
-12th-inning run helps Bulldogs even series
-Tigers fall to Terrapins again

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Bulldogs survive a marathon
  One day after routing Mississippi State, USC loses 12-inning game that takes 4-plus hours

-Slumping Tigers fall to Terrapins
  Four-hit offensive effort hands Clemson its third loss in a row

-Tampa trip gives Marshall a great deal to ponder

No decision yet from Marshall after USF visit
  Winthrop basketball coach Gregg Marshall visited the University of South Florida on Friday and Saturday and described the trip as a good one, although no official job offer was made.

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Barton gets buzzer-beating score to win Division II championship
  Atkinson scores 10 of his game-high 29 in final 45 seconds
-Wake Forest wallops Brackman, N.C. State
-Heels brace for Hoyas' deliberate style
Women's tournament has grown
  Title IX has helped fledgling sport step into the limelight
-Bobcats lose in OT to Nets

NASCAR's Car of Tommorow arrives today
Fayetteville Observer

NCAA NOTES- Ric Flair 'whooos' Gators
Houston Chronicle

March 24, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tar Heel mascot injured in N.J.
  The UNC-Chapel Hill senior who portrays the school's Rameses mascot at Tar Heels basketball games was critically injured Friday when he was hit by a car in northern New Jersey, according to police in Fort Lee.

-Yow to monitor health
  California facility is standing by.

-Barton gets rematch, this time for a title
-Pack QBs shine in scrimmage
  Evans has 3 TD passes, Beck a pair.

-Wright, Heels rebound to win
-Ward's return a relief
  Canes goalie back on ice after recovering from injury.

Rumors continue to swirl around Marshall
  Around college basketball, the coaching dominoes are falling and the rumor mills are churning.  At Winthrop, 44-year-old Gregg Marshall continues to ponder his future.

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Wolfpack downs Deacons in 10
Winston Salem Journal

UNC-W Baseball thumped by ODU
Wilmington Star News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Gamecocks throttle hapless Bulldogs
  USC hands Mississippi State coach a historic loss with 25-hit performance

-Leggett again falls short of 1,000
  Ninth-inning rally goes for naught as Terps claim opener in ACC series

-Dream is team’s mission in N.Y.
  But Tigers can’t afford to be sight-seeing at Madison Square Garden

Beilein to renew rivalry in NIT semi
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Two Wake players will transfer; Morris leaves Kentucky
  Freshman forward Casey Crawford and sophomore guard Joe Dukes will transfer from Wake Forest, the school said Friday. Neither player has picked another school.
Greensboro News-Record (AP)

U.Va. opens spring workouts with Sewell at quarterback
The Virginian Pilot

USC digs in for first scrimmage
Greenville (SC) News

March 23, 2007

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Marshall denies move to South Florida
  Winthrop makes formal offer for a new contract with more money for coach

-Work begins at USC baseball stadium site
-Road trip offers USC a chance to refocus
-Clemson brings Kopp back into weekend rotation
-Clemson NIT run putting USC in the spotlight

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Brad Greenberg to coach Radford hoops
  Brother of Tech's Seth becomes a first-time head coach after a long career as an NBA executive and college assistant coach.

-ODU hires recruiting coordinator from JMU

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke losing big man
  McRoberts to enter the NBA Draft.

-NHL: Persistent, consistent Canes top Caps

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Clemson to invade Big Apple
  James Mays has seen the exterior of what's known as the world's most famous arena, but he's never stepped inside its hallowed doors.

-ESPN picks up USC baseball game
  The South Carolina-Florida baseball game scheduled for Sunday, April 8 will be televised on ESPN.

-Ohio player dies in fall at Hilton Head

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Spurrier giving young players longer look in spring
  Few players enjoy spring practice, but for seniors it may be the best -- and worst -- of all football worlds. It's their last spring, which is a blessing. But they still have to go through it.

-Vote of confidence
  When Bobby Petrino accepted the challenge in Atlanta, the first question people asked was just what the former University of Louisville coach had in mind for Mike Vick.

Class act can't be blamed for unpleasant ending
  Tubby Smith deserved a better ending.
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader

From the Louisville Courrier-Journal
-Tubby Minnesota-bound
-Smith's departure is diplomatic end to tumultuous era

Six touchdowns highlight WVU scrimmage
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

March 22, 2007

NIT: Manhattan Mountaineers
  West Virginia earns return trip to Madison Square Garden
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Pack's season over
  West Virginia gets 71-66 win in NIT quarterfinal game

-TWO OF A KIND- NCAA Tournament is no better than BCS

NIT coverage from the Anderson (SC) Independent
-Tigers hang on, clinch trip to Big Apple and NIT Final Four
-Rivers’ hot shooting carries Tigers
-NIT victory means a lot to Clemson

Some coaches get shown the money
  Strong NCAA tournament performances will mean bonuses for some coaches in the state, but not for Old Dominion's coaches.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack will be back
  NCSU is thinking bigger in '07-08.

-Title run, and they're done?
-SAS gets more NCAA soccer
  SAS Soccer Park's run of hosting NCAA soccer championships will continue through at least 2009.

-Triangle teams hang in there
  The knock on the NCAA Women's Tournament is that it has no drama. The big names always advance and the little guys get blown out.

-For Canes, it's 9 and counting
  Nine games remain as team works to win a playoff spot.

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Clemson turns NCAA lemons into NIT lemonade
-Sorenson struck with beer bottle during St. Pat’s in Five Points
-USC whips Wofford before record crowd
  Crisp, Darnell, Grinestaff homer for Gamecocks

Bobcats come from behind to win again
Charlotte Observer

From the Rock Hill (SC) Herald
-Marshall discusses future with DiGiorgio, Hickman
  Winthrop basketball coach Gregg Marshall met over lunch on Wednesday with university president Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio and director of athletics Tom Hickman to discuss a new contract that could keep him with the Eagles.

-Five-run first not enough to lift Eagles over Wake

March 21, 2007

Utah interested in ODU's Taylor
  Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor is the Utes' top candidate, a Utah newspaper reports.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

Davis undergoes cancer treatment
  Butch Davis, who is entering his first season as North Carolina at Chapel Hill's football coach, revealed Tuesday afternoon that a found a growth was found in his mouth last month. Tests determined that the growth contained non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the body's immune system.
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Columbia (SC) State
-When athletes drop the ball
  After arrests of two more student athletes, USC is ‘doing some soul-searching’

-In a blink, program wonders how to cope with black eye
-Suspended Garcia comes out throwing
-NIT fervor takes a backseat
  At Littlejohn, average attendance is lowest among tourney’s top seeds

-Leggett’s milestone delayed
  Western Carolina solves Tigers pitchers with five runs in the sixth

WCU denies Clemson's Leggett a 1000th victory
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tanner- Dismissed players won't return
  A noticeably shaken Ray Tanner had to step back for a moment.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Spurrier, Gamecocks open spring drills
-Orange next for Clemson
-Tanner emotional after releasing two freshmen
-Gamecocks pound UNCA

Status of Virginia's QB Sewell uncertain after arm surgery
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-CH's Davis taking chemo
-NIT: Pack's ride ends
  In a game that mirrored its season in many ways, the Pack had good moments and bad, had its ups and downs, but competed fiercely to the end before losing 71-66 to West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

-Fox wins 900th
-Women: Heartfelt win for State

March 20, 2007

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Two baseball players dismissed from team, face charges
  University of South Carolina highly touted freshman baseball players Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Fuller have been kicked off the team after being charged Monday with second-degree burglary and grand larceny, according to school officials

-Leggett seeks 1,000th victory
  Clemson University baseball coach Jack Leggett goes for his 1,000th career victory in a familiar locale today when the Tigers visit Western Carolina for a 7 p.m. game in Cullowhee, N.C.

Carolina baseball players arrested
  South Carolina's Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Fuller, a pair of highly touted freshmen, were dismissed from the baseball team Monday after they were arrested on charges of breaking into a dorm room.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

NIT: Tigers face short turnaround for Syracuse test
Anderson Independent

Start of Butch Davis era brings winds of change to UNC-CH football
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Change in the air for Heels
-Dismal tourney for ACC
-Pack recalls barrage

Down and out in the NCAA
  You could see this coming, couldn't you? In the same year it sets its high-water mark for NCAA bids, the ACC will have its smallest representation in the Sweet Sixteen since 1979, when it was shut out entirely.

Greensboro News-Record

Eagles back, look ahead
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Samford eager to start SoCon play
  Addition of Alabama school should help conference with scheduling, but will increase travel
-Back to Work- Deacons to start spring football practice today; Grobe hoping to restock secondary

March 19, 2007

From the Charlotte Observer
-Eagles land hard
  Winthrop defense can't hold back hot-shooting Oregon

-Air goes out of fans as Eagles' run ends

From the Rock Hill (SC) Herald
-End of the road
-For now, memories are all that will remain
-Win or lose it's about family
-Winthrop's longest-tenured fan never gave up hope for a win

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-U.Va. comes up one shot short
-Salukis bite Hokies, don't let go

Tigers give brooms a workout
  Clemson pushes league win streak to 16 with fifth ACC sweep in a row
Raleigh News & Observer

Kline has career day as USC rolls past LSU
  In Columbia, Trent Kline had a career-high four hits and four RBIs, including a two-run homer, to lead South Carolina to a 9-5 win against LSU in Southeastern Conference action Sunday.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels avoid series sweep against Cavaliers
-3 Triangle teams win with authority
  Three games. Three thrashings. The Triangle's three ACC women's basketball teams emphatically beat their first-round opponents to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament

Yow still motivating Wolfpack to win
Fayetteville Observer


March 25, 2007

-No. 5 Tigers Fall 92-76 to Top Seed Ohio State in NCAA Elite Eight
  Second-seeded Memphis (33-4) fell a game shy of the Final Four for a second straight season.

-Rice Evens Series with 5-3 win over Golden Eagles In Game Two of Weekend Series
-Houston Takes Game Two over UCF Baseball, 3-0

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Berth in NCAA Final Four eludes Tigers for second straight year
-A foul finish
  The floater bounced off the back of the rim, and for the first time all day, Joey Dorsey's timing was perfect. He was going to get the rebound, the University of Memphis was going to get possession with nearly five minutes to go and the Tigers, behind just five points, were going to make one last push for the Final Four.

-Tigers' Hunt says he gave it his best
-Defense not up to OSU challenge
-Tiger fans fill pub to toast team, drown sorrows

Oden, Ohio St. quiet Memphis for spot in Final Four
Houston Chronicle

Ohio State pulls away late to beat Memphis 92-76
  Freshman Oden sparks decisive 20-8 run, scores 17; Tigers' winning streak comes to an end at 25 games

Winston Salem Journal (AP)

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Golden Eagles can't hold on against scrappy Owls
  For five innings Saturday afternoon, Southern Miss pitcher Barry Bowden was cruising along at Taylor Park, checking the nation's eighth-ranked team on just one hit and putting the Golden Eagles in position for a second consecutive win over the Owls.

-New, improved Gray seeking his moment to shine on D-line

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Spring practice to feature many position battles
  So what is the No. 1 storyline entering Marshall University's spring football practice? It's got to be the chase to replace all Conference USA tailback Ahmad Bradshaw, right? After rushing for more than 1,500 yards and reaching the end zone 22 times as a junior, Bradshaw opted for the NFL.

-Herd staying patient in coaching search
  Patience and prudence appear to define Marshall University's men's basketball coaching search.

-Herd falls to Tulane
  Tulane spoiled a good Marshall pitching performance by Brian Chrisman in a 4-1 baseball defeat of the Thundering Herd in Saturday's game at Appalachian Power Park.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Errors waste Herd starter's best outing
-Marshall’s journey to happier third downs begins Tuesday

Green Wave takes down Herd
  Sophomore right-hander Shooter Hunt struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in eight innings, and senior catcher Ty Wallace went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Tulane defeated Conference USA foe Marshall 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. The Green Wave improved to 18-7, 2-0, and the Thundering Herd fell to 14-7, 0-2.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the El Paso Times
-Transfers bring depth to UTEP football
  For most of America, there isn't a short way to El Paso.  Even by those standards, the road UTEP football players Nu'u Punimata and Jason Boyce took to El Paso was long and not particularly well-traveled.

-Miners will be in pads for Day 3 of workouts
-Injuries wreak havoc with UTEP depth chart
-Win against Kansas was highlight for Miner hoops

March 24, 2007

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' inside muscle starts jabbing Oden one day early
  Alongside his teammates in a locker room at the New Orleans Arena last week, Joey Dorsey watched the final moments of Ohio State's second-round victory over Xavier. Dorsey began to cheer for the Buckeyes. His teammates looked at him as if he were crazy. His coach told him to turn off the television.

-Tigers know the answer, but this test will be tougher
-Sophomore stars carrying Tigers to brink of Final Four
-T-shirts, flags, anything Tigers, scooped up in fan-feeding frenzy
-Tiger Watch Parties
-Tigers 'tried hard' in pads

Tigers Silencing Critics With Another Run

-Southern Miss Defeats Rice Friday Night In Hattiesburg, 9-3
-Tulane Prevails in 11-Inning Thriller Over Herd Baseball
-Brown Leads Houston in C-USA-Opening Win at UCF

Adkins' 4 RBIs, Ewing's HR power Eagles over No. 8 Owls
  Southern Miss coach Corky Palmer had called timely hitting the key to any success the Golden Eagles would have as they opened Conference USA play against defending champion Rice.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Eagles make statement
Hattiesburg American

Conn, USM take big win over Rice
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Tulane edges Marshall
  Seth Henry's bunt single in the 11th inning gave Tulane an 8-7 baseball victory against Marshall at Appalachian Power Park.

-Former Herd star comes home
  Byron Leftwich happily served as guest speaker at the 35th Annual Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Fundraising Dinner.

Henry sparks Wave past Marshall in 11th
  Tulane third baseman Seth Henry drove in the winning run with a bunt single in the top of the 11th inning Friday to lead the Green Wave to an 8-7 victory against Marshall in Charleston, W.Va.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Blazers to work out in full pads today
Birmingham News

TU Spring Football- Boyd helps strengthen TU's offensive line
Tulsa World

March 23, 2007

-Tigers Advance To Elite Eight
  Visualize this: The Memphis Tigers are one win away from the NCAA Final Four.

-Memphis Edges Texas A&M, 65-64, Headed To Elite Eight
-UH Spring Football Practice Report - March 22
-UTEP's First Practice of the Spring "Intense, Aggressive"
-Tulane Visits Herd in C-USA Baseball Opening Series at Appalachian Power Park
-Owls Open C-USA Action This Weekend At Southern Miss

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Anderson's free throws with 3.1 left send Tigers to Elite 8
-Eyes of Texas upon them, but Tigers never blinked
-Tigers advance to Elite Eight
-Anderson converts clutch shots under pressure

From the Houston Chronicle
-Aggies fall to Memphis in Sweet 16 thriller
-Memphis has answers to A&M's plan

Eagles eagerly anticipate arrival of touted Owls
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Conn proving to be quite an artist for Eagles
Hattiesburg American

Rice is rolling into Hattiesburg
  First visit to USM begins C-USA play
Biloxi Sun Herald

Green Wave in midseason mix
  Tulane Coach Rick Jones felt that if there were some issues with his starting lineup at the beginning of the season, they would have been cleared up by now.
New Orleans Times Picayune

New Herd coach gets C-USA initiation
  In the latest college baseball polls, Rice is in the top 10, East Carolina is in the top 25 and Southern Mississippi has sneaked into the 28th Spot

Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Brown reaches out to dying youngster
  Troy Brown's selfless act proved he's more than just a sports champion.

-Herd meets Tulane this weekend

Quarterback not in the position he expected
El Paso Times

March 22, 2007

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Douglas-Roberts' ankle improves; may play tonight
-Tiger-Vol lovefest may be too much to ask for
-Tiger football spring notebook

-Memphis Prepares For Texas A&M
-Memphis Tourney Central

NCAA NOTES- Douglas-Roberts wants to play
Houston Chronicle

-Memphis Defeats Middle Tennessee 11-8 for Fifth Straight Win
-UAB Pounds Out 22 Runs to Beat Alabama A&M Wednesday

Marshall Offense Goes Off in 10-5 Win at JMU

Harst's 3-run double helps USM sprint past ULM 9-5
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Blazers begin `military' drills
  Adam Truitt is not a big fan of spring football practice.
Birmingham News

Bower likes effort in opening practice
Hattiesburg American

Miners have five vying for quarterback job
El Paso Times

March 21, 2007

-Three C-USA Players Named to Lombardi Award Watch List
  Marshall senior center Doug Legursky and junior defensive end Albert McClellan are joined by Southern Miss junior tight end Shawn Nelson

-Battle For The Iron Skillet Set For National TV
-Rice Falls To Texas A&M In 11-Inning Slugfest, 10-9
-UAB Prevails for 7-6 Win Against Troy Tuesday Night
-Tulane Falls In Game 2 Of WOW Cafe & Wingery Cup Series To UNO, 14-2
-Tiger Baseball Races Past Middle Tennessee, 17-3
-C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week
-Men's Tennis Notebook
-Tulsa's Graham Pleased with Opening Spring Workout

Herd’s hopes of landing Marshall as coach are fading
  Some Marshall fans want a Marshall running the show, and they’re not talking point guard Taurean.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers hope feeling of deja vu fades against Aggies
-Tiger coaches share crowded quarters
  West's new assistants form 6-pack in 4-bedroom house

-U of M Notebook- Douglas-Roberts' ankle is improving

From the Houston Chronicle
-Like Ags' Gillispie, Memphis' Calipari can take pride in job well done
-Pro day next for Kolb, UH's other NFL hopefuls

Harst's 3-run double helps USM sprint past ULM 9-5
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Change is the word for UCF football
Orlando Sentinel

TU Football- Hurricane begins Spring practice- Graham, new TU staff plunge into spring conditioning
Tulsa World

March 20, 2007

-Baseball Notebook
  The early part of the 2007 Conference USA baseball season has been a success. League teams are winning nearly 65 percent of their games. Six C-USA teams have combined for 17 wins over ranked teams. The league is ranked fourth among all conferences.

-Softball Notebook
  UAB Downed No. 20 Southern Illinois

-Memphis Wraps up Homestand with Two-Game Midweek Series with Middle Tennessee
-Tulane To Battle UNO In Game Two Of WOW Cup Series

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Confidence is high
  After the University of Memphis' charter flight landed late Sunday night, the celebration of its Sweet 16 berth was over.

-New faces hit football field for Memphis
-Top Tigers tested by NFL scouts
-Calipari likely wishes he could read Knight's mind

Tigers in Sweet 16, but are they any good?

All the moves work right for Rice in win over Cal Poly
Houston Chronicle

Privateers eager to make contact against Wave
  It was only a week ago that UNO Coach Tom Walter was enjoying his team's success at the plate. But the Privateers, coming off of a 40-run weekend, then had the misfortune of running into pitching- and defense-minded Tulane.

New Orleans Times Picayune

USM Football- Golden Eagles likely to kick it all with Barefoot in 2007
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Helicopters hamper SMU's football practice
  News helicopters disrupted SMU's spring football practice Monday evening.

Dallas Morning News

March 19, 2007

-Memphis Advances To Sweet 16 With 78-62 Victory Over Nevada
-Weekend Baseball Roundup
  Six Teams Post Perfect Weekends Once Again

-Weekend Softball Roundup
  Houston is a perfect 6-0 in league play

-C-USA Wraps Up Women's Basketball Season
  East Carolina falls to Rutgers in NCAA action, while Tulane and UAB drops WNIT games.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-With Douglas-Roberts hobbling, Tigers keep cool, produce plays that send Nevada packing
-Tigers advance to Sweet 16 over Nevada
-Tigers stand tall at free-throw line

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Coaching hire probably weeks away
  Donnie Jones might be the right man for the Marshall men's basketball coaching job, or maybe not. If he is, we probably won't know for a while.

-Talented field to challenge for Herd tailback
  Of the intriguing storylines surrounding Marshall University's upcoming football season, tailback would not be included.

Herd job shouldn’t require experience
  I MUST confess to a mild indifference to the Marshall basketball coaching situation. Who is to say we won’t be going through this exercise again three to five years hence, regardless of the quality of the new coach?

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Baseball- USM completes sweep of Kent State
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tigers oust Blazers in second round
Birmingham News