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Conference USA

June 24, 2007
America’s Kid’s Day
Celebration of the Senses
Descendants Day
Saint John the Baptist Day

-BVL: College World Series at a Glance
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Vols coach Summitt released from hospital
Munson may just call Georgia's home games
SMU names Longbotham women's tennis coach

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Former Pirate glad to be back in the bigs
  After playing a couple of rehab games at Class-AAA Tucson in early June, Chad Tracy is back to being Arizona's mainstay at third base
ECU taps Sheerer as interim provost

Hawks continue season slide
  The late-inning breakdown cost Dustin Sasser his first professional win, but he was happy about his first start.
Idaho Press-Tribune

South Carolina's Future Schedules Both Intriguing, Boring

  Kerry Joseph and Marcus Crandell split time down the middle as the two vy for the starting quarterback job.
Prairie Sportslink

June 23, 2007
Great American Backyard Campout
Let It Go Day
Midsummer Day/Eve Celebrations
UN Public service Day

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Season tix going, going, almost gone at ECU
Rice gets hoops transfer from Texas A&M
Southern Miss's Reed on Jones Cup team

GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Wilcox attains her main goal
  Wilcox will play at East Carolina University in the fall.
Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star

Brewers drop home opener
  Offensively, the White Sox were powered by the bottom of their lineup with second baseman Dale Mollenhauer.
Helena (MT) Independent Record

June 22, 2007
Stupid Guy Thing Day
Take Your Dog to Work Day

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
'New' coach no stranger to ECU links ladies

-BVL: College World Series at a Glance

-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
ISP, Conference USA announce agreement
Williams returning to Pirates golf scene
Georgia Tech's mascot car takes turn for worse

Football Season Tickets Nearing Sell-Out
  Only 4,000 Remain For The 2007 Season During Record-Breaking Sales Rate

Walnut Creek's Williams headed back to ECU
  Kevin Williams just couldn't say "no" when Terry Holland, East Carolina's director of athletics, proposed the idea during dinner last week.
Goldsboro News Argus

BC's Logan goes from radio booth to sideline
  This latest opportunity reunites him with new Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, who had worked alongside Logan at East Carolina for eight seasons.

YAHOO! Sports

USC Upstate coach among finalists for Coastal Carolina job
Spartanburg Herald Journal

SI's list leaves out better programs
  ECU recruit Stihl Sowers of North Lenoir will play for the N.C. squad in the seventh-annual N.C.-S.C. Baseball Challenge today and Saturday at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Raleigh News & Observer

June 21, 2007
Summer Solstice
Baby Boomers Recognition Day
Cancer Begins
Midsummer (Wiccan)
Recess at Work Day
Summer Begins (Northern Hemisphere)
World Go Vegan Day
Winter Begins (Southern Hemisphere)
Birthday - Martha Washington (First Lady)

-Myatt: View From The 'ville
Holtz & Co. making the most of summer
-BVL: College World Series at a Glance
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Quartet from C-USA involved in World Bowl XV
Nevada's wolf has familiar appearance
Theus leaves New Mexico State for Kings

Kevin Williams Named ECU Women's Golf Coach
  Williams Returns After Spending Past 18 Months As Head Golf Professional

Koonce joins MU
  Former Packer leaves Green Bay front office
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

George Koonce Joins Marquette Athletics Staff

CCU narrows coaching search to five
  Former East Carolina coach Eddie Payne is among finalists

Myrtle Beach Sun News

Thompson gets back in the game at Ole Miss
  The veteran coach had wanted to settle down last year after moving his family so many times during a career that has included stops at Arkansas, Northwestern State, Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, Memphis, Florida and South Carolina plus a two-year stint as East Carolina's head coach.

YAHOO! Sports

NFL dream dies hard for CFLers
  Keith Stokes, who tried out for the Miami Dolphins in 2003 before returning to the CFL

YAHOO! Sports

Dave Odom With DG
  Dave Odom is the basketball coach at South Carolina, but he'll always be a North Carolina guy.  His ties to the Old North State are overwhelming.

June 20, 2007
Toad Hollow Day of Thank You
UN World Refugee Day
Ice Cream Soda Day

-Gold: Gold Nuggets
When 'Plus One' might mean 'Minus Two'
-BVL: College World Series at a Glance

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Hal Tarleton, Freda Black)
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Judge's order ousts Nifong from DA position
Tar Heels send Cardinals packing in CWS
Indiana football coach Hoeppner succumbs

  E.E. Smith’s Shuanda Ashford is already on campus at East Carolina University, where she plans to be playing basketball for the Pirates for the next four years.
Fayetteville Observer

Lee voted WDN Female Athlete of the Year
  She’ll be competing at the Division I level with the East Carolina Pirates next year.
Washington Daily News

Thompson relishes second chance
Cary News

League making a name for itself
  In existence for three years prior to the start of this season, the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League has a ways to go before it can compete for the top 22-and-under players, but the wood bat league has already begun to draw players from some of the best college programs to the Baltimore-Washington area.
Maryland Gazette

White Sox ready to play better defense
  Dale Mollenhauer (East Carolina) opens at second
Great Falls (MT) Tribune

June 19, 2007
Emancipation Day
World Sauntering Day
Birthday - Lou Gehrig (baseball)
Birthday - Moe Howard (Three Stooges)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Heels got a taste of C-USA’s best
-BVL: College World Series at a Glance
-Nuggets: Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond
Floyd, Solares win C-USA recognition in track
Nifong stepping down July 13; Duke settles
Hawes planning to take his game up a level

Linkmeister Note: East Carolina currently has four announced national television broadcasts [2007 ECU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE]

Pirates board USC’s schedule
Columbia (SC) State (06.16.07)

Clemson-bound prospects up to a dozen
  QB Aramis Hillary has a half dozen offers including Mississippi State and East Carolina. He was scheduled to camp at Tennessee.
Columbia (SC) State

June 18, 2007
Go Fishing Day

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 309
Criteria key in Big East expansion
-BVL: College World Series at a Glance
Notes from ECU, C-USA and beyond

Rice jumps on Tar Heels early for 14-4 win
Memphis, Georgetown plan hoops dates
Lynch named to fill in for Hoosiers in 2007
Indiana gets verbal from top prep performer

Reale holds on to win at Spring Valley
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Whitehead a big hit for Pam Pack
Washington Daily News

Culpepper and Garrard- Trading places without trade?

2007 Preview- East Carolina
Fox Sports


June 24, 2007

Rough postseason continues for White
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Charlotte Observer
-Beavers set trap for Heels
  Rout of UNC-CH puts Oregon State a win from title
-The No. 8 could be great on draft day
  Here's a look at 6 viable picks who could be there when Bobcats select
25 things that make me sick

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Heels again in a hole
Know the college game

Name changes make football better for all
  I must say I’m relieved that the Florida-Georgia football game is no longer called “The World’s Largest Cocktail Party.”
Anderson Independent

Shortage of refs a national problem
New Orleans Times Picayune

Clemson to revise seating for season ticket holders
Greenville (SC) News

June 23, 2007

Sentiment aside, rooting for the Hokies could be easy
Sports Network

Gamecocks report secondary violations
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Big checks, big losses for the little guys
  So you look at Clemson’s 2007 football schedule and you roll your eyes when you see Louisiana-Monroe and Furman on it.
Anderson Independent

Coach K talks about a variety of topics
Durham Herald-Sun

CWS roles reversed for Heels, Beavers
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-Heels' Fox adapting as he goes
Speedway Motorsports to put `The Rock' on the block

Hokies' Munson mulling transfer
  Nigel Munson, set to be the starting point guard for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team next season, is considering transferring.
Roanoke Times

Bobcats the Wright fit?
  Are the Charlotte Bobcats moving up in next Thursday’s NBA draft?
New Bern Sun Journal

Burton rounds out Winthrop's recruiting class
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

June 22, 2007

It's official- Raleigh is UT's baseball coach
Knoxville News Sentinel

Raleigh Named Tennessee Baseball Coach
The Chattanoogan

Wells retires after 13 seasons
  Jim Wells ended speculation Thursday when he announced he would step down as the University of Alabama's baseball coach.
Birmingham News

NCAA needs to get handle on recruiting
Anderson Independent ranks WVU schedule 21st toughest in nation
Beckley Register Herald

Coaches helping WVU receivers get better
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Bond with Jordan strong for Bobcats' Peterson
Raleigh News & Observer

Wake Forest recruit Johnson passes final test
Greensboro News-Record

Seahawks add transfer, lose Little
Wilmington Star-News

Fans react to ASU's proposed name change
  Since August 2005, the NCAA had been putting pressure on Arkansas State to drop its nickname, considered offensive by many Native Americans. ASU landed on a list of nine Division 1 schools that the NCAA claimed were in violation of its ban of ethnically "hostile" or "abusive" nicknames.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 21, 2007

Michael Vick scrambling to rebuild his reputation
The Virginian Pilot

Knoxville newspaper- Raleigh will coach Vols
  The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Wednesday evening on its website that Western Carolina’s Todd Raleigh will be named the new head coach at the University of Tennessee.
Asheville Citizen Times

WVU football picked No. 2 by Street & Smith's magazine
  It's believed to be the highest preseason rating ever accorded a Mountaineer football team by any publication.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UNC-CH not ready to be among the forgotten
Greenville Daily Reflector

Jordan keeps hiring in the family
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Know the college game

-Devils won't see Coach G soon
  Texas-Duke women's game canceled.

Timing is everything for USC quarterback recruit
  Summerville’s McCollum is Spurrier’s first in-state QB recruit
Columbia (SC) State

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Bowden's new staff can make difference
  Florida State needed to get back its energy after six-loss season

-Pack lands Shelby Crest star
  Clemson, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and East Carolina offered Dwayne Maddox scholarships before his junior academic year was over.

-FUNDAMENTAL- Duncan the anchor of Spurs dynasty
-NASCAR Notebook- Jeff Gordon's wife gives birth to daughter, Ella

Football at Liberty remains important
Roanoke Times

June 20, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels get some pitching
-Woodard gets a crack at redemption
-Back in black, and no longer nameless
  Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Louisville marked only the second time in the Mike Fox coaching era that the Tar Heels have played with their names on the backs of their jerseys.

-Browns rookie Mason charged
  Former UNC receiver arrested in nightclub dispute.

-NCCU to face Gators

NCAA showdown
  BCS title game vs. NCAA Tournament vs. College World Series
Columbia (SC) State

From the Rock Hill (SC) Herald
-Winds of change howled in Big South
Nike turns down request to sack Vick

VT squad to share tips, life lessons
  The Virginia Tech wrestling team learned a difficult lesson this spring, one that didn't come on the mat.
Birmingham News

Huggins finishes his first staff at WVU
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-WVU’s air apparent?
  Former Morgantown star could be Mountaineers’ quarterback of the future

-XM, Sirius still serious about program battles

Gonzales says WVU receivers will be better
Beckley (WV)
Register Herald

His enthusiasm hardly waned
  Terry Hoeppner, the former Miami University coach who guided the RedHawks to a 48-25 record, died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at Bloomington Hospital from complications of brain cancer. He was 59.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Terry Hoeppner- The Soul of a Sport
College Football News

harlotte Observer

Question marks for Phillips and the teams he oversees
Greenville (SC) News

June 19, 2007

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Eater Nation- CWS fans jump on UC Irvine bandwagon
-Action is not confined to the stadium in Omaha

After canceling his own youth camp, Vick pulls out of another
The Virginian Pilot Simple look works for Terriers
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

WVU's Dykes sees improvement in defense
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Protecting turf — Mountaineers show true colors
-Ex-WVU standout Wilson arrested

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers make Baker one of NFL's highest-paid punters
-Bobcats' Morrison recovering from difficult rookie year
-Bobcats move Curry to bench as assistant

Marshall's outlook changed by tragedies
Rock Hill (SC)

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels make call to arms
-Family bond bolsters Heels' Horton

June 18, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tar Heels run out of rallies
  Rice roughs up North Carolina-Chapel Hill and drops the Tar Heels into the loser's bracket at the College World Series.

-Tar Heel does double duty
  Burney aims to make an impact in baseball and football.

Local product struggles against Owls
Greenville Daily Reflector

Rice clobbers North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Greensboro News-Record (AP)

Tigers hurt by expansion
  Clemson football fans know coach Tommy Bowden isn’t one of those “It-is-what-it-is” guys who give the media some impenetrable explanation of the game that just ended, the season in review or what might happen next with his team.
Greenville (SC) News

Tanner’s philosophy can lead to a title
Columbia (SC) State

Versatile Mehrtens is final candidate for UNCW AD job
Wilmington Star-News


June 24, 2007

UH's Anderson quits hoops to give cousin kidney
  Sam Anderson knew donating a kidney to his sick cousin would most likely end his basketball career at UH, but the walk-on turned starting power forward never thought twice about helping.
Houston Chronicle

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Preseason honors rolling in for USM football
  College football’s preseason prognosticators have made Southern Miss the favorite to win Conference USA and one magazine has the Golden Eagles in their national Top 25 rankings.

-Q&A- Larry Eustachy

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall athletics enjoying an upswing in athletic revenues
  Marshall University officials are taking proactive stances toward their recent financial upswing.

-Honesty helped Shakoor pick Herd
-Despite struggles, 'Canes plenty dangerous

Hard love
  NEW UNIVERSITY OF TULSA football coach Todd Graham has been father-less since age 11, when Dad bailed out on the family
Tulsa World

UTEP football players join work force during summer
El Paso Times

Jerseys change as quickly as hair styles
  It's a numbers game at the University of Memphis this year, in more ways than one.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 23, 2007

Graham has high hopes for Rice next season in baseball
  Following the Owls' 7-4 loss on Thursday, Rice coach Wayne Graham summarized how far the program had come since he took control in 1992, where it stands, and where it is going.
Houston Chronicle

Marshall basketball coach performing recruiting magic
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

U of M Notebook - Scholarship fund reaches new heights
Memphis Commercial Appeal

SMU names Longbotham to coach women's tennis
Dallas Morning News

June 22, 2007

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice bows out of CWS with second loss in row
-Graham, players react to exit
A disappointing finish
  Expectation level permanently changed for program
Review of Rice's CWS seasons

Owls Baseball Season Comes To An End With 7-4 Loss To North Carolina In College World Series Semifinals

Back to the Finals- Tar Heels hit 4 home runs, send Owls packing 7-4
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

-Four Golden Eagle Baseball Players Reject Professional Contract Offers
-Sporting News Announces Preseason Rankings and Honors

Southern Miss' Kendra Reed Named to U.S. Basketball

TU Football- Todd Graham Speaks Out
Tulsa World

Blazing a trail in the NFL
  Darrell Hackney has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game. The former UAB quarterback's entire professional football resume includes just three snaps for the Cleveland Browns during the 2006 exhibition season.
Birmingham News

SMU has designs on basketball past
  Mustangs push classic look with revamped Moody court
Dallas Morning News

Street & Smith’s honors Legursky
  Marshall senior center Doug Legursky has been named to Street & Smith’s 2007 College Football Yearbook preseason All-America second team.
Beckley Register Herald

June 21, 2007

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice has second chance after losing to UNC-CH
  Unlike last year, when Rice faced three teams over its first three CWS contests, the Owls will see North Carolina again this afternoon. The second-seeded Owls beat the third-seeded Tar Heels 14-4 on Sunday.
Rice loses, but still alive in College World Series
Katrina still dogs college sports in New Orleans

Rice Suffers First Loss In NCAA Tournament Wednesday At College World Series, 6-1 To North Carolina
  Down but not out, the number-one ranked Rice baseball team fell to second-ranked North Carolina by a score of 6-1 in the first semifinal game of the College World Series Wednesday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.

Baseball Championship Central

Rice Suffers 6-1 Loss to North Carolina at CWS

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Probable pitching matchups
-Ackley finally awakens
-Woodard atones for bad outing

SMU backup QB Slater leaves program
Dallas Morning News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-USM Football- WR-depleted Golden Eagles dismiss Gray from team
-Clark announces return
  Southern Miss right-hander David Clark of Columbia said Wednesday evening that he will return to the Golden Eagles baseball team for his senior season.

Adkins claims hardship in fight for full release
  He was granted his release, but it stipulated that he could not sign with a Southern Miss-rival Conference USA school, or with Ole Miss or Mississippi State

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Now at your newsstand
  Damion Fletcher burst onto the college football scene last season, earning Freshman All-American honors while helping Southern Miss finish 9-5.

Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd gets another verbal commitment
  Virginia Tech, East Carolina and Louisiana Tech also offered Shakoor.

-Bro Grebe going home to Africa for tourneys

Lazy days of summer- Not for USM's Reed
Hattiesburg American

Green Wave gets two signees
  Tulane men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson has kept busy since the end of last season.

New Orleans Times Picayune

ISP and CSTV Ink Deal for C-USA Marketing Rights

June 20, 2007

Rice ready for rematch with North Carolina at CWS
  Unlike last year, when Rice faced three teams over its first three CWS contests, the Owls will see North Carolina again this afternoon. The second-seeded Owls beat the third-seeded Tar Heels 14-4 on Sunday.
Houston Chronicle

Owls put day off to good use

From the College Football News
-Preview 2007 - Houston Cougars
-Preview 2007 - Tulsa Golden Hurricane
-TV Listings - 2007-08 College Football

From the Hattiesburg American
-2 Eagles leaving program
  Outfielder Luke Adkins and catcher Chance Harst have informed Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer of their intentions to transfer.

-Eustachy entertains, welcomes USM fans

Conn can go pro or stay at USM
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Camping on the courts
  When Brett Nelson speaks young basketball campers should listen.

-Soso joins Marshall women's coaching staff
-Mike Bartrum hangs up his cleats

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Miners reaping rewards of academic center
-Football camps give UTEP leg up in recruiting

June 19, 2007

Rice knows 2-0 start guarantees nothing at CWS
  The Owls started off the 2006 CWS at 2-0 before falling twice to eventual champion Oregon State. That lesson hasn't been lost on the team's veterans, even if this year feels different.
Houston Chronicle

Former UH Wide Receiver Brandon Middleton to Play in NFL Europa's World Bowl this Weekend

Herd Season ticket sales on record pace
  17,100 season tickets already have been purchased, shattering last year's record total of 14,029.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

BLOG: Knights to face several on Outland, Nagurski Watch Lists...
Orlando Sentinel

NCAA's stance on blogs hurts the sports fans
Birmingham News

June 18, 2007

Rice pounds Tar Heels; moves to 2-0 in Omaha
Houston Chronicle

Rice Tops North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 14-4, to Advance in Winners Bracket

Rice 14, UNC-CH 4
  Rice is unbeaten after two College World Series games for the second straight year. The Owls say they're a very different team this time around.
Durham Herald-Sun (AP)

Know the college game
Raleigh News & Observer

Herd narrowing down top prospects
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Texas Football picks UTEP fourth out of six
El Paso Times

Penny enjoys being involved with Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal