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Conference USA

June 10, 2007
Iced Tea Day
Abused Women and Children's Awareness Day
Children's Sunday
Race Unity Day
Write to Your Father Day
Anniversary - Alcoholics Anonymous
Anniversary - Ball Point Pen
Birthday - Judy Garland (singer/actress)
Birthday - Maurice Sendak (author)

BVL: Rice rolling on to Rosenblatt

-BVL: NCAA Super Regional Scores & Schedules
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Bulldogs beat Clemson to earn way to Omaha
Heels, Gamecocks resume super regional today

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Feisty Fitch
  A little bit of swagger is what the East Carolina football team most needs in the eyes of Todd Fitch, and he might be just the one to help the Pirates find it.
-ECU gets $1 million to study diabetes, obesity

The Pirates Mathews, Sasser and Mollenhauer each selected in MLB draft
Washington Daily News

Slack transferring from East Carolina
  Sometimes, winning and playing time aren't enough.
Zanesville Times Recorder

Norse gain transfer from East Carolina
  Slack was a major contributor for East Carolina the past two years. She started 22 games last season and averaged 6.7 points
Cincinnati Post

June 9, 2007
Belmont Stakes
Birthday - Cole Porter (composer)
Birthday - Donald Duck

BVL: Owls one win away from Omaha

-BVL: NCAA Super Regional Scores & Schedules
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Rice leads parade of 28 draft picks from C-USA
Thompson to direct ECU's basketball operations
Owls' Savery named finalist for Howser Trophy
Tigers' Mays decides to return for senior season

From the
-Three Pirates Selected In 2007 MLB Draft
  Mathews, Mollenhauer and Sasser Get Selected
-Mark Thompson Named Director Of Basketball Operations
  Former South Carolina graduate assistant joins Pirates' staff

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Four Pirates draft by MLB teams
-Former mayor dead at 75

Three ECU players drafted on day 2
New Bern Sun Journal

High school's highest highs and lowest lows
  Linval's ride

Gainesville Sun

N.C. BBQ joints keep the flame burning bright
USA Today

June 8, 2007
Upsy Daisy Day
Best Friends Day
Anniversary - Bill of Rights
Birthday - Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)

BVL: Hoops Recruiting Thumbnails page updated
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Stanton Blakeslee)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Pirates bring aboard juco shooting guard
ECU's Myers advances in NCAA hammer throw
Robich back at ECU as women's hoops aide

Heading west: Worthington selected by Arizona Diamondbacks
  Tyrell Worthington, who committed to East Carolina University for football and baseball during the spring, says he will not be joining the Pirates.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Around Campus: The numbers don't lie
  N.C. teacher education report shows funding disparities

Charlotte Observer

June 7, 2007
Corpus Christi (US - Catholic)
Anniversary - VCR Introduction
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Thenin Al-Scbli, L. Hemink)

Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Northern League recognizes Darryl Lawhorn
ECU strength assistant gets national honor
Highly-sought nose tackle verbals to Irish

From the
-Men's Basketball Adds Legan To List Of Signees
  Texas guard to join the program for the 2007-08 season
-Tali Robich Joins Women's Basketball Staff
  Former Lady Pirate Standout Joins 2007 C-USA Championship Team
-Darryl Lawhorn Named Northern League Player-of-the-Week

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Worthington awaits his baseball fate
  If he's selected, he'll weigh the options of taking the money and pursuing a career in professional baseball or joining the Pirates next season.

-Pirates sign JC guard
  There will be no shortage of guards on East Carolina's men's basketball team next season

-Painted Pirate's will soon appear

Reynolds RB commits to ECU
  People marvel at Darius Spencer’s superhuman speed.
Asheville Citizen-Times

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Drew-Skip Golf Classic a big success in its second year

-Legan to join ECU hoops team
-Pirates grid staff goes through shuffles

If Jags show interest in Culpepper, it would be in backup role
Orlando Sentinel

CFL: QBs battling for job
  It's all about watching the four quarterbacks -- Kerry Joseph, Marcus Crandell, Darian Durant and Drew Tate -- and trying to guess which one has the inside track on being the starter when the 2007 season begins.
Regina Leader-Post

June 6, 2007
National Tailors Day
Anniversary - D-Day

Batten: Football Recruiting Report
–  Breakaway back Spencer finally makes the call

-BVL: NCAA Super Regional Sites, Pairings & Schedules
-BVL: NCAA Division I College Baseball Polls
WNCT: Talk of the Town (F.Kruger, Dr. R.Niswander)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Owls hosting Aggies in NCAA super regionals
Beavers beat Virginia in deciding regional game
Cavaliers, Nittany Lions set pair of football dates

Holland building solid base at ECU
  AD wants Pirates to define potential.
Raleigh News & Observer

Godwin, Pirates look to next season
Washington Daily News

Michelle Clayton-Boswell Honored With John Stuckey Award
  ECU strength coach recognized for outstanding performance on certification exam

From the East Carolinian
-Recruits commit to board ship
-Heartbreaker costs Pirates in Chapel Hill

Around Campus: ECU provost steps down, plans to resume teaching
  Jim Smith is giving up the No. 2 position at East Carolina University.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Garrard Waiting Patiently... Again.

Lawhorn Named NL Player Of The Week
  Playing in college at East Carolina, he broke his foot during the NCAA Regionals just prior to the major league amateur draft.
OurSports Central

Colleges court metro Atlanta stars
  Roswell running back Alex Daniel picked up offers last week from San Diego State and East Carolina.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

June 5, 2007
National Hunger Awareness Day
UN World Environment Day

Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
–  Rough regional doesn't alter ultimate goal

-BVL: Final Chapel Hill Regional Scoreboard
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Drew-Skip Golf Classic)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Pirates-Hokies: High noon kickoff in Blacksburg
Three Pirates on all-regional baseball team
Tar Heels rally to earn super regional berth

From the
-ECU-Virginia Tech Kickoff Set For 12 Noon
  Pirate-Hokie matchup to be televised by ESPN2
-Trio Of Pirates Named To Regional All-Tournament Team
  Batts, Ray And Kemp Honored
-Swimming And Diving Announces Incoming Class For 2007-08

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Fun for a cause
  Event's success helps a special group
-Charity spread around
  Two golf courses needed to house participants for the second annual Drew Steele-Skip Holtz Classic

Pirates see season come to an end
Washington Daily News

Draft-and-follow policy eliminated
  Derrick Conatser already has experienced the best and the worst of being a major-league draft pick.
Tallahassee Democrat

June 4, 2007
Old Maid's Day
Hug Your Cat Day

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 307
–  Omaha formula growing more apparent
-BVL: Catamounts end Pirates' quest [Box Score]
-BVL: Chapel Hill Regional Scores & Schedule
-BVL: Chapel Hill Regional slips in the rain
Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Southern Miss loses lead, ousted from regional
Campbell names Link defensive coordinator
Stanford, USC's Lovemark win NCAA golf titles

Pirates' Season Ends in 9-5 Loss to Western Carolina
  Jonathan Ingram put Western Carolina ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the third and finished a double shy of the cycle in the Catamounts' 9-5 victory over East Carolina on Sunday night in an NCAA tournament elimination game

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Catamounts end Pirates' run
-Pure at heart
  Drew Steele-Skip Holtz Golf Classic seeks to help out special-needs kids

-ECU graduate students chosen for state internships

Diamond Bucs' season comes to close with loss to Catamounts
  After three separate rain delays totaling six hours, the Catamounts and Pirates finally hit the field for their NCAA Regional contest.
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates bounced from playoffs
Kinston Free Press

Cats eliminate Pirates
Raleigh News & Observer

Catamounts eliminate Pirates 9-5
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

WCU takes revenge on ECU
  The Western Carolina relievers redeemed themselves Sunday night and helped the Catamounts overcome a historical nemesis.
Asheville Citizen-Times


June 10, 2007

Almost but not quite- Tigers’ season ends short of CWS
Anderson Independent

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Rain puts a damper on Gamecocks’ momentum
-With pitching at a premium, Hempy delivers for USC
-Havens steps up to erase errors
-South Carolina 8, North Carolina-Chapel Hill 5, 6 1/2 innings, susp., rain
-Cowbell tolls on Tigers’ postseason run to Omaha
-Clemson-Mississippi State postgame

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Weather interrupts Heels' rally
-Big Rock purse tops $1 million

Recruits aren't scared off
  Local recruits don't seem frightened about the prospects of attending Tech after the April 16 shootings.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Baseball's Angels draft WVU quarterback White once more
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

Ford says he's excited to join Bobcats
Winston Salem Journal

June 9, 2007

From the College Football News
-2007 ECU Opponent Preview - North Carolina Tar Heels
-Preview 2007 - Wake Forest Demon Deacons
-Preview 2007 - Navy Midshipmen

Two-out rally- UNC-CH stuns South Carolina by coming back from six down
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Columbia (SC) State
-USC boots away its advantage in Game 1
  Gamecocks waste 6-0 lead as Tar Heels rally with timely hits and USC miscues

-USC needs long outing from Hempy
-USC-UNCCH postgame roundup
-Hyman has USC back in the black
  University AD has the department making money again, a lot coming from ticket increases

-Pyramid scheme suit names ex-USC star
-Late fireworks sink Tigers in Game 1
  Miss. State’s bats wake up for three innings, put Clemson on verge of elimination

-D’Alessio ties school record for homers
-Clemson-Mississippi State postgame roundup

From the Anderson Independent
-Bulldogs’ huge crowd smashes Super Regional records
  When MSU officials finally counted the tickets, Bulldog fans (and a few hardy Clemson fans who made the trip) owned a new Super Regional record: 12,620 fans, the seventh-largest crowd in Dudy Noble history.

-Bulldogs’ bats push Tigers to brink

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Heels erase 6-0 defecit to top USC
-Tigers against the wall

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Once again, UNC-CH is comeback king
-The Super Regional super scene
-Heels carry Woodard for a change
-Horton's daring double helps ignite Heels' rally
-Tar Heels' Davis 'feeling great'
  North Carolina football coach Butch Davis says he is doing well and getting ready for practice.

June 8, 2007

WOMEN'S HOOPS- Edwards twins visit Virginia
  Many know them strictly as the daughters of Blue Edwards, who played at East Carolina and in the NBA for a decade.

Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Progress

Preview 2007 - Duke Preview
College Football News

WVU arrest story isn’t a big deal
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Carolina Clash- USC takes on neighbors to North
-Been there, done that- Starkville crowds nothing Tigers

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Regional rain delays are Tigers’ best friend
-Embrace this rivalry to Heel and back
-Kline faces off with former team
  USC catcher gets extra motivation going into today’s Super Regional against North Carolina

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Carolina series is one tough ticket
-Motivating and winning
-Tar Heels' blueprint for success
-Senior sets the tone

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC close to home
-Tigers on unlikely roll into Starkville
-It's time to add a fifth year
  First came the scholarship limitation in college football.

New deamenor has lifted Heels' program
Durham Herald-Sun

Ex-49ers coach, former UNC player join staff
Charlotte Observer

Huggins big on defense, rebounding
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Pitino to blame for extravagant coaching wages
New Orleans Times Picayune

N.C. players picked in early rounds
Greensboro News-Record

June 7, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Brackman is draft's big question mark
  Relief pitchers Andrew Carignan of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Shane Mathews of East Carolina, both of whom throw above 90 mph consistently, should be picked today.

-Gamecocks' ace prepares for Heels
-Ackley adds accolade
-Former Pack player, coach dies
  Ernie Driscoll, a Raleigh resident who played and coached football at N.C. State, has died. Driscoll was 75 and had Alzheimer's disease.

-Canes jettison Vasicek again

JMU’s New Baseball Complex Set For Construction Next Summer
Harrisonburg Daily News Record

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Where's the love/respect for ACC football?
-Tar Heels await news on draft day
-UNC-CH's Horton has a special knack

Honeycutt gets ball for Super Regional opener
  The University of South Carolina and North Carolina at Chapel Hill will go with the guys on the mound that got 'em here -- here being two wins from the College World Series.

Greenville (SC) News

Program history turned around against UNC-CH
Columbia (SC) State

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bonding with Panthers painful for Richardson
-Have team, will travel? Panthers aren't so sure
-Independence High's Pugh picks Georgia

Hill commits to UNCW baseball team
Wilmington Star-News

June 6, 2007

Clemson officials baffled by Super Regional decision
  Leggett and Rainey questioned what they called an NCAA double standard which seeds teams for regionals but rewards financial gain for unassigned super regional bids.

Anderson Independent

CWS: Only one Carolinas school will advance
  Gamecocks' potent offense faces off against Tar Heels' stingy pitching

Myrtle Beach Sun News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wooten and bullpen mates a relief for Heels
-Raleigh Vipers give it another try

WVU safety, former star recruit arrrested
  The returning starter at free safety for West Virginia University's football team and a one-time heralded recruit for the Mountaineers have been arrested.

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Greenville (SC) News
Tanner sees Gamecocks making strides
-Tigers hit road for next round
  Leggett feels Clemson earned chance to host super regional

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Tickets sell out for super regional

-Pen keeps Tar Heels well-armed
-Tigers frustrated by road trip
-Phillips still linked to Arkansas AD job

-Tickets available for Clemson series

Q&A with the NFL commissioner
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

June 5, 2007

UNC-CH nips WCU to advance
  Western Carolina coach Todd Raleigh thought he had favorable pitcher-batter matchups in the crucial moments of another excruciating loss.
Asheville Citizen-Times

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Horton delivers again
  Josh Horton, a junior All-America, slaps a two-run single in the ninth inning that lifts UNC past Western Carolina and into the NCAA super regional round. Horton, the ACC Tournament MVP last week, walks away with another MVP trophy.

-ACC football floods TV

  Note to ACC football fans: Double-check your remote control batteries before Sept. 8.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Tar Heels edge Catamounts to advance
-No pain, no gain- Wooten great in tourney despite chipped tooth

From the Charlotte Observer
-49ers' golden season ends
  Gamecocks advance to weekend's super regional in Chapel Hill thanks to 2nd straight win against Charlotte

-Michigan HR ousts top seed Vanderbilt
-Michael Jordan goes one-on-one
  Jordan shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Gamecocks outlast 49ers
  Onward to Chapel Hill, N.C.

-Clemson heads to Starkville
-Beach boys
  It's unlikely that any party-hearty recent graduates or vacationing families enjoyed their beach trips as much as Clemson.

Disher helps Gamecocks send the Sarge out in style
Greenville (SC) News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Deluge plays havoc with final
-Tigers turn Coastal final into suspense-free zone

-Tigers hoping to host next round

From the Beckley Register-Herald
-WVU preseason Top 5, just not on TV ... yet
-Turf work set to resume at Mountaineer field

From the Winston Salem Journal
-NASCAR owes future to France, friends say
-Rising- Rembielak's Deacs show spunk
-Wake Forest-Nebraska game to be on national TV

Prosser reflects on unforgettable Kuwait trip
Greensboro News-Record

June 4, 2007

2007 Virginia Tech Preview
College Football News

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Rain gives Heels a rest before shot at Catamounts
-Western Carolina earns a shot at UNC-CH
-Charlotte 12, N.C. State 10

Western Carolina Advances to NCAA Regional Championship

Pack comes up short
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Columbia (SC) State
-USC looks super

-Tigers take control of Coastal’s backyard
-Spurrier eyeing first SC quarterback

From the Charlotte Observer
-Rough start dooms 49ers vs. USC
  49ers to play Gamecocks again on Monday

-Implosion- Coliseum crumbles into dust

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Gamecocks Smoak 49ers
-Sweet emotion- Tigers advance
  The record crowd slightly favored Tiger orange over Chanticleer teal, but there was equally powerful emotion emitted from both sides.

-Spectacular run ends for Terriers

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers outlast Coastal, take control of regional
-Tigers soak up raucous Coastal Federal Field atmosphere
-Gamecocks overpower 49ers

CCU shows character
Myrtle Beach Sun News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Texas turns back WFU
-Tar Heels get an extra day to heal
-Donovan may stay at Florida
-Tests of Patience- Rain postpones Nextel Cup race until today
-Unfeeling- NFL has been turning its back on injured former players who need help


June 10, 2007

Savery and Langwell punch Rice's ticket to Omaha

Rice Defeats Texas A&M, 5-2; Advances to Men's College World Series

Rice completes sweep of A&M in super regional
Houston Chronicle

June 9, 2007

-NCAA Tournament Central
-Rice Rallies Past Texas A&M Friday For 3-2 Super Regional Win In 10 Innings
  Owls Need Just One Win

Rice Edges Texas A&M, 3-2 in 10 Innings

Dodson drives Rice to extra-inning win over A&M
Houston Chronicle

Eustachy signs contract
  Southern Miss men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy officially signed his four-year contract extension Wednesday

Hattiesburg American

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Purdue's Lutz transferring to Marshall
  Chris Lutz appears to be the shooter Marshall University basketball needed. Lutz, the best three-point percentage shooter last season in the Big Ten Conference, said Friday night he is transferring from Purdue University to play for the Thundering Herd.

-Linemen, DBs again top MU recruiting targets

DeSoto's Willingham leaving SMU basketball
Dallas Morning News

Video tour of UCF's new arena
Orlando Sentinel

June 8, 2007

Graham keeps Rice rolling by changing with times
  The road to Omaha goes through Reckling Park this weekend as Wayne Graham's Rice Owls host Texas A&M.
Houston Chronicle

-Rice's Savery Taken 19th Overall in MLB Draft, Leads C-USA Draftees
-Rice's Savery Named a Finalist for Dick Howser Trophy
-C-USA Has Strong Opening Day Performances at Nationals

Cooper, Willis are on way out at U of M
  Kareem Cooper and Tre'Von Willis are in the process of separating from the University of Memphis basketball program, sources close to the situation told The Commercial Appeal Thursday.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Facility improvements part of upgrade at UAB
  UAB's facility improvements have moved past the planning stages with the resurfacing and modification of the track that surrounds the football practice field and the addition of facilities for all track and field athletes.

Birmingham News

Which coaches have the most experience ... by conference
College Football News

Clemson Invites DB To Camp
  He is also drawing interest from North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Illinois, Buffalo and East Carolina. Morgan said Marshall would have to be his favorite

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

OU, OSU get games on FSN
  The Sooners' game at Tulsa on Sept. 21 will be on ESPN2 with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Tulsa World

Two Herd players in international summer competition
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Jirsa officially joins Tubby's staff
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

June 7, 2007

-Rice's Berry Named National Freshman Pitcher of the Year
-SMU's Knost Receives PING All-America Honors
-UCF Awarded 2007-08 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament

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Preview 2007- UCF Knights
College Football News

Schools avoid playing Blazers
  The lofty expectations that UAB men's basketball coach Mike Davis has for his team apparently has carried outside Birmingham.

Birmingham News

USM's last game quite memorable
Hattiesburg American

June 6, 2007

-Conference USA Board of Directors Conclude Annual Meetings
  The Board discussed a variety of topics, including continued support of the national academic reform agenda and related enhancements; non-conference scheduling in the sport of men's basketball; and the need for strong emphasis in sportsmanship. It was also reported that distribution of revenues was at its highest level since the conference was originally formed in 1995.

-Rice to Host Texas A&M in NCAA Super Regional

A&M series has special meaning for Rice pitchers
Houston Chronicle

Stretch run has Eagles feeling fine about future
  Regular season's final 6 weeks, quality returnees leave reason for optimism
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Preview 2007 - UAB Blazer Preview
College Football News

Herd schedule not getting any easier
  Even an amateur Jeff Sagarin can do the math on Marshall's non-conference football schedules: One BCS opponent + one BCS opponent + one BCS opponent = losing season.

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Dunlap prepares for anything
  New Marshall defensive coordinator Steve Dunlap is using the so-called down time of the summer to brush up on a new batch of opponents, particularly the ones on the Thundering Herd’s September docket.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Tulane relay team eager to make mark
New Orleans Times Picayune

June 5, 2007

-Owls to Host Aggies in Super Regional Round
-Tulsa's Wojcik Adds Todd Smith to Basketball Coaching Staff

Rice assistant joins Tulsa staff
Tulsa World

Marshall season opener to be on ESPNU
  The Marshall at Miami game Sept. 1 in the Orange Bowl will be a noon kickoff
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Mustangs add pair of defensive players
Dallas Morning News

Eagles' season ends with tough, tough loss
  There's a lot of ways to lose a ballgame.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Bower- Expect great pitching for Rice vs. A&M
Houston Chronicle

June 4, 2007

-NCAA Baseball Regional Roundup
  For the third consecutive season, Rice has advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.  Elsewhere, Southern Miss lost a heartbreaker in extra innings to Sam Houston State and East Carolina fell to Western Carolina, ending both teams seasons.
-Rice Advances To NCAA Super Regional With 3-1 Win Over TCU Sunday Evening

-Pirates' Season Ends in 9-5 Loss to Western Carolina
-Baseball Loses Extra-Inning Thriller; Eliminated from NCAA Tournament
-Tiger Baseball Ends 2007 Campaign with 18-7 Loss to Austin Peay

Rice tops TCU to claim Houston Regional
Houston Chronicle

Southern Miss loses heartbreaker, exits NCAA Regional
Hattiesburg American

Southern Miss bullpen collapses against Bearkats
Biloxi Sun Herald

USM Baseball- Eagles blow chance
Jackson Clarion-Ledger