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Conference USA

May 11-13, 2007

-Sunday Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Black Knights to face Zips in new Patriot Bowl
Hurricanes center granted another season
New Mexico State gives Theus new deal
-BVL: Pirates rally past Golden Knights [Box Score]
-Saturday Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
WNCT: Talk of the Town (D. Mitchell, D. Collins)
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

-ECU's Krog Advances To NCAA Championships
-Pirate Track and Field Wraps-up 2007 C-USA Outdoor Championships
-ECU-UCF Game Suspended Until 11 a.m. Sunday
-Batts' Lifts ECU Over UCF, 8-6
  Five Pirates Collect Two Hits Friday Night

-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
  ECU AD Offers Thoughts On The Importance Of The Mindset Of Pirate Baseball

-East Carolina Drops Conference USA Softball Championship Game To Houston 1-0
  Pirates Await Possible Regional Bid

-Johnson Propels Pirates To First-Ever Conference USA Softball Title Game With Home Run In 12th
-Softball Drops C-USA Tournament Game To UCF 3-1

UH takes C-USA softball title with win over E. Carolina
ouston Chronicle

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Softball team drops 1-0 heartbreaker

-ECU coach pleads guilty to forgery
  Donnie Thompson, an assistant football coach at East Carolina University, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor forgery charge in Pitt County court Friday, three days after he was arrested.

-Batts' fifth-inning homer sparks ECU comeback
-Lady Pirates fall to Knights; teams meet again today
-ECU softball wins in 10th at tourney
-Aid scam earns former ECU official a year in jail

UCF Softball Drops 12-Inning Affair To East Carolina In C-USA Semifinals

Pirate Prospects- Marquan Brown

Minicamp Report 5/12

May 10, 2007
Confederate Memorial (N. & S. Carolina)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
–  Expense-gate repercussions still to unfold
-BVL: Tar Heels thump East Carolina [Box Score]
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Dr. Michael Dixon)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Paisley is C-USA's freshman of the year
Pirate women's track signs Durham standouts
Man gets life for killing TCU football player

-Pirate-ISP Radio Network Adds Full Coverage In Wilmington
-Toni Paisley Named Conference USA's Softball Freshman-of-the-Year
-UNC Take Season Series With 5-1 Victory
-Jessica Johnson Named To C-USA All-Academic Softball Team

No. 2 East Carolina Wins In Extra Innings Over Memphis, 1-0

Home run Heels
Greenville Daily Reflector

UNC star has big day vs. ECU
Charlotte Observer

-Pirates in the Mix for Bowens
-Interest Rises in Fleurmont
-Signee Highlights- Jonathan Williams
-Hillary Loving Pirates After Visit

May 9, 2007
Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
National Nightshift Workers Day
National School Nurse Day
National Third Shift Workers Day
Root Canal Appreciation Day

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
–  ECU looks to reignite against Heels
-BVL: ECU football staffer suspended after arrest
-BVL: Bulldogs bite Pirates [Box Score]
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ECU's Morman captures triple jump at Duke
Pirates earn a bye in C-USA softball tourney
ECU's Hose named C-USA pitcher of week

-ECU Falls To The Citadel 8-6
  Ryan Wood's career night was not enough to help East Carolina, as the Pirates fell 8-6 to The Citadel Tuesday night in midweek action at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

-Pirate Baseball GameDay Central

ECU's Thompson arrested by ECUPD, suspended by school
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Citadel holds off late Pirate charge
  Maybe tonight’s game against No. 5 North Carolina was on the collective mind of the East Carolina baseball team Tuesday.

-ECU assistant coach arrested, will be replaced
-ECU financial aid court cases delayed

ECU's Thompson arrested, suspended
  Assistant head football coach charged with falsifying expense reports
Raleigh News & Observer

ECU assistant coach accused of fraud (AP)

Sports Briefs- ECU assistant coach is arrested, suspended
Winston Salem Journal

-Pirates Out Front for Outlaw
-Q&A- Aundrae Allison
-Jaguars Players Too Valuable To Trade?

May 8, 2007
Childhood Depression Awareness Day
National Teacher Day
No Socks Day
World Red Cross Day
Anniversary - V-E Day
Birthday - President Harry S. Truman (33rd President)

-BVL: Collegiate Baseball News & Baseball America polls
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Russ Anderson & Others)
WNCT: Talk of the Town (G.K. Butterfield & Others)

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Omaha mulls replacing Rosenblatt Stadium
Duke seeded No. 1 for NCAA lacrosse tourney
JamesOn Curry's paperwork cleared up for draft

-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
  Marine Colonel, WVU Fan Responds To ECU AD's Letter Thanking Fans For Sportsmanship

-Pirate Baseball Re-Enters NCBWA Top-30
  The East Carolina baseball team once again re-entered the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association top 30 weekly poll this week with a 30th ranking after a week absence.

-T.J. Hose Earns Second C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week Honor
-ECU Earns Second Seed In 2007 C-USA Softball Championship

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU notes- Pirates play host to The Citadel
-Dental school money absent
  A preliminary version of the state budget does not fund construction of East Carolina University's proposed dental school.

-ECU Notes- Grant aids in medical equipment purchase

Pirates move into third in C-USA
Goldsboro News Argus

Vikings rookies open minicamp
  Fifth-round draft choice Aundrae Allison, a wide receiver from East Carolina, says he knows that trying to find a spot on the team will be a long process.
Mankato (MN) Free Press

Pirates Lead for Whiteside

May 7, 2007
Beaufort Scale Day
Melanoma Monday
Birthday - Peter Tchaikovsky (composer)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 306
–  Legends worthy of grassroots support
-BVL: Pirates hammer Houston 9-2 [Box Score]
-BVL: C-USA Baseball Standings/Scores/Schedule
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

ECU softball seeded No. 2 for C-USA tourney
UAB, UNLV lose football scholarships
Prosser heading to Kuwait for USO operation

-ECU Completes Sweep Of Houston, 9-2
  With the win the Pirates (32-15, 10-7) move into third place in the standings behind Rice and a half game behind Memphis.

-On The Road With ECU- Day Three | Day One | Day Two | Touching the Bases
  All weekend long, I've been able to learn about the legacy of Coach LeClair, and how much he meant to the East Carolina program. As an outsider looking in, his memory lives on each day, and it's something the Pirates made sure would happen.

Coach LeClair Legacy | Dugout Rituals | ECU Batting Practice

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU hoops losing two coaches
  The East Carolina University men's basketball team will enter the summer without two of its coaches after assistant coach Larry Dixon and director of basketball operations Larry Shyatt accepted other jobs recently.

-Pirates sweep their way through Houston

Cougars Swept by East Carolina on Sunday
  With the loss, the Cougars dropped to 25-22 overall, 10-8 in C-USA games, and fell to fourth place in the C-USA standings behind Memphis - which was a 10-9 winner over UCF - and East Carolina. UH also suffered its first conference sweep at home since dropping three straight to former Southwest Conference rival Texas on April 6-7, 1996.

Cougars swept aside by East Carolina; no tourney spot likely
  UH's NCAA aspirations take major hit during two-week slide
Houston Chronicle

Spring wrapup- Taking stock of football landscape
USA Today


May 11-13, 2007

Future of No. 32 in the air at Tech
  The significance of that number has changed since last month's on-campus shootings.
Roanoke Times

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack's effort impresses new coach
-Poulk powers Pack to split with Cavaliers

From the Charlotte Observer
-Coastal coach gets 700th win
-Hamlin win honors Va. Tech
  Virginia native gets 2nd straight win at Darlington Raceway

Home Run
  UNCW baseball coach's wife has been a real gem
Wilmington Star-News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Change comes to college basketball foot by foot

-Vols edge USC baseball
-Reliever brings joy to Tigers

Darlington race postponed
  More than two decades ago, NASCAR learned the hard way that it shouldn’t schedule races on Mother’s Day
Fayetteville Observer

May 10, 2007

'It just pulls on your heart'
  Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver expresses thanks for the support from many after the shooting.

Hampton Roads Daily Press (AP)

From the Charlotte Observer
-Earnhardt Jr. departing DEI for free agency
-Bobcats looking forlottery good-luck charm

May 9, 2007

No. 4 Tar Heels Open Stretch Run With 9-0 Win Over Elon

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Impressive Debut- Tar Heels' Ackley has been one of top freshmen in nation
-WFU coach happy to give
-Appalachian State adds Lenoir-Rhyne to football schedule
-Earnhardt leans toward Hendrick
-A NEW ATTITUDE- Smith seems genuinely humbled after Panthers make him one of five highest-paid receivers in NFL

Tigers blast Terriers at West End Field
Anderson Independent

Darlington track and CoT make one exciting couple
Wilmington Star-News

From the Charlotte Observer
-Who will host ACC football championship?
-Charlotte to get chance to bid
  Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville in running for '08 and beyond

-Smith- Best in class, and in Charlotte
-Appalachian St. coach gets milestone victory
-Analyze this- List includes Fratello

Funding hurdle cleared
  Following the lead of the state Senate, the House of Representatives voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto of a bill that will allow the USC and Clemson athletics departments to borrow more money for facilities.
Columbia (SC) State

May 8, 2007

Virginia Tech answers questions in spring practice

From the Charlotte Observer
-Ex-Garinger coach named Winthrop assistant
  Dixon, a 1996 graduate of Johnson C. Smith, served as an assistant coach at East Carolina for the past three years.

-Brendan McKillop signs with Davidson
  Charlotte Catholic standout will be coached by his father

Eagles' Peele adds assistant
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Changing conditions
  Just months into their new jobs, N.C. State's Tom O'Brien and North Carolina's Butch Davis are revamping their schools' football strength and conditioning programs.

-Lowe, O'Brien swap good-natured ribbing
  Wolfpack Club diners enjoy banter between basketball and football coaches.

No. 5 UNC-CH Returns To Action At Elon, East Carolina

Tigers targeting pair of Georgia standouts
  LB Chaz Washington has not been offered, but said he's been hearing from South Carolina, Clemson, Colorado, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and East Carolina.
Charleston Post Courier

Scholarship distribution complaints miss target
  College Baseball coaches have every reason to complain about their sport being under-funded. The allotment of 11.7 baseball scholarships per year seems grossly unfair when matched with the 13 permitted for softball.
Columbia (SC) State

Earnhardt Jr. wants changes
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

May 7, 2007

From the Charlotte Observer
-Wachovia- Tiger Woods takes the title
-Tournament shines with its star
-Panthers notes | Smith OK after scare

Johnson wins Crown Royal 400
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Smith’s big bat saves Tigers’ hides
Anderson Independent

Jones, Hurst power USC
Greenville (SC) News


May 11-13, 2007

-Houston Downs East Carolina 1-0 for First C-USA Softball Crown
-2007 C-USA Softball Championship Presented By Coca-Cola | CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
-East Carolina Wins 12-Inning Affair to Advance to C-USA Championship
-Memphis and Rice Win 2007 Outdoor Track & Field Championship Titles
-Houston Advances to C-USA Championship Game with 4-2 Win Over Marshall

USM can smell regional
Biloxi Sun Herald

Eagles prevail in extra innings
Hattiesburg American

Bullpen pulls Rice out of fire in win over Tulane
ouston Chronicle

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Plenty of new awaits Herd this football season
-UAB rips Herd in 14-5 win at Power Park
-Errors doom Herd baseball against UAB

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Filling Forum president's goal
-Tigers win with big 7th
-Frigid bats impede Tigers' progress

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Golden Eagles sweat out pair of extra-inning wins
-DE Chatelain will return for 2007

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Rice executes well, turns back Wave
-Berry baffles Tulane as No. 4 Rice rolls

May 10, 2007

-Herd Baseball Closes Out C-USA Home Schedule This Weekend Vs. UAB
-Memphis Baseball Program to Retire Mike Paxton's Jersey Friday Night

CUSA Spring Football Review

USM plays key role in workshop on game security
Hattiesburg American

Eagles sign 2 in baseball
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-'70s UH standout Whitley to enter College Hall of Fame
-Rice baseball shakes off rust, Texas State in return
-Houston, UTEP seek repeats at track and field championships

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-New NCAA rules a non-issue for Marshall's Snyder
-Jags' Leftwich returns, hopes to stay healthy

May 9, 2007

-Tiger Baseball Secures First Back-to-Back Winning Season Since 1994-95 With 10-5 Win at Arkansas State
-Troy Wins Slugfest with UAB, 20-15
-Herold's Career-High Nine Strikeouts Spark UCF Baseball's 14-3 Win at No. 28 Stetson

Tigers secure winning mark
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Speraw's deal worth at least $1.2 million
Orlando Sentinel

  The travel schedule for Tulane recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger this month reads like something out of a country song.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Former Eagle adjusting to new life
Hattiesburg American

Former Rice QB Hollas makes move in coaching ranks
ouston Chronicle

May 8, 2007

-2007 C-USA Softball Championship Pairings Set
  Houston clinched its first regular season title last weekend and will enter the championship as the No. 1 seed. East Carolina claimed the No. 2 seed and also received a first round bye.

-Softball Notebook
-Baseball Notebook
  Much to be Determined in Final Two Weeks of Regular Season

-Baseball Players of the Week
  ECU and USM Have Players Honored After Conference Sweeps

-Owls Host Texas State Wednesday At 7 PM
-UCF, Speraw Agree to Four-Year Contract
-Record Four C-USA Teams Selected for NCAA Men's Golf Regionals

Eagles inch up C-USA standings
  Southern Miss moved from 38 to 31 in RPI.  "Rice (No. 1 RPI) and East Carolina (No. 20) are locks for a regional," Southern Miss coach Corky Palmer said.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Hot times for Eagles
  USM surpassed Tulane (30-20, 9-12) for fifth-place in the league and are in striking distance of the Memphis (11-7 C-USA), East Carolina (10-7) and Houston ...
Hattiesburg American

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall's Waggoner, Casamassima handed three-game suspensions
 Marshall's Coach, Player Suspended After Bump

-ECU, Houston earn top seeding
-Thundering Herd remains big player in NFL landscape

Knights' Speraw gets new contract
Orlando Sentinel

May 7, 2007

-Weekend Baseball Roundup
  ECU and USM Sweep; Memphis and UAB Win Series'

-Southern Miss Uses 9-2 Win In Game Three To Sweep Marshall
-Southern Miss Takes 9-2 Decision Over Marshall
-Matt Yokley Ties Single-Season Saves Mark as Memphis Closes out UCF Series with 10-9 Victory
-Memphis Takes Series from UCF Baseball With a 10-9 Win
-Blazers Edged By Tulane In Series Finale, 2-1
-Tulane Splits Sunday Double-Header With C-USA Foe UAB
-Weekend Softball Roundup
  2007 C-USA Softball Championship Presented by Coca-Cola Pairings Set; Houston clinched its first regular season title last weekend and will enter the championship as the No. 1 seed. East Carolina claimed the No. 2 seed and also received a first round bye.

-Three Conference USA Tennis Teams Garner NCAA Selections

Bowl game draws Dec. 22 date on ESPN2
  The Bowl retained a Saturday afternoon date before Christmas. Birmingham's second-year bowl will be held Dec. 22 at noon from Legion Field and televised on ESPN2.

Birmingham News

Once again, USM offense shows way
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Tigers keep hopes for trip to Regional alive after hanging on to beat UCF
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Green Wave puts end to conference drought
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-So. Miss completes sweep of Marshall
-Marshall athletics teams exceeding academic standards