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Conference USA

July 22, 2007
Parents' Day
Hammock Day

Around Campus: Incoming freshmen get first taste of life at ECU
Greenville Daily Reflector

July 21, 2007

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Pat Dunn)

WGHB: Live @ Five (Terry Holland)

Greensboro News Record

Area players honor past rivals
  PLENTY OF PIRATES: The East boys’ team included a firm representation of East Carolina signees
Burlington Times News

Out to throw some attention his way
Hampton Roads Daily Press

July 20, 2007
Ugly Truck Day- it's a "guy" thing
Moon Day

Batten: Football Recruiting Report
SE Guilford star brings versatility to Bucs
WNCT: Talk of the Town (Ferrell Blount)

N.C. budget buzz- $15M to plan ECU dental school
Greenville Daily Reflector

Legion team aims for title
   For Game 1 starter Brad Mincey, an East Carolina signee, is in his final year of Legion baseball

Wilmington Star News

Kelley-Franklin steps down at Hood
   With the amount of basketball stuck in the veins of former ECU standout Tracey Kelley-Franklin, the decision to step down as the Hood College women’s head coach after three years was a difficult one to say the least.

(MD) Business Gazette

July 19, 2007
National Raspberry Cake Day

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Dr. Steven Ballard)

Meet The Pirates Night Set For August 18
   13th Annual Event Will Kickoff ECU's 2007 Season For Fans

Year in Review- Conference USA
   While Rice was the league's most dominant team, East Carolina was a surprise with coach Billy Godwin paving the way. College Baseball

Linkmeister Note: ECU DVR ALERT
Thurs, Jul. 19 8:30 pm ET -- NCAA Football on CSTV: 2006 Season - East Carolina University @ University of Southern Mississippi (DoubleTake, Played on 10/28/2006)

Vikings sign draft picks Robison, Allison
CBS Sportsline

Howell and Jimenez Join ECU Softball For 2008

Preps: Terry Sanford tight end likes Georgia, but visiting others / ECU makes late addition
   South Carolina’s loss became East Carolina’s gain late last week.
Fayetteville Observer

Preps: QB Reamon Jr. out to raise passing marks
   As July winds down, the Reamons say six schools have offered scholarships: Northern Illinois, Buffalo, East Carolina, Missouri, James Madison and Old Dominion.

Hampton Roads Daily

Sound Retain Mixson as Head Coach
   The ABA's Strong Island Sound announced that they have re-signed head coach Dytanya Mixson and forward Raphael Edwards for the upcoming 2007-08 season.
OurSports Central

July 18, 2007
Birthday - Nelson Mandela (statesman - S. Africa)
National Caviar Day

WNCT: Talk of the Town (B.Johnson, M.McLawhorn)

ECU's Entire '07 Football Schedule On TV
   WITN-TV, MASN will join ESPN and CSTV to provide live on-air coverage of all 12 Pirate games

Pirates hoping to turn things around
   ECU is working hard this summer
The East Carolinian

Former ECU men's golf coach Hal Morrison dies Saturday at PCMH
   Former East Carolina men's golf coach Howell "Hal" Morrison passed away at Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Saturday after a bout with cancer. He was 78.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Summer produces some late signees
   This late recruiting can be seen close to home at Northwestern State and around the country at schools such as Ole Miss and East Carolina.

Shreveport Times

East girls rally for All-Star victory
   Southeast Raleigh forward Tiahana Bowens and Shuanda Ashford, a Fayetteville Smith graduate, will play at East Carolina.
Raleigh News & Observer

Vikings Halfway Home on Signings
   The Vikings contractually locked up their fourth draft pick Tuesday, signing wide receiver Aundrae Allison.

Team preview: East Carolina
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Worth the Weight: Hoggard football players get a little summertime lift
   East Carolina was the first to offer a scholarship, but others are interested

Wilmington Morning Star

Corso might be getting old, but his schtick isn't
   The GameDay crew's first assignment this season will be East Carolina at Virginia Tech

Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 17, 2007
Wrong Way Corrigan Day
Anniversary - Disneyland Opening

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Bob Novack, Ron Curl)

Former ECU Golf Coach Hal Morrison Passes Away
   Former East Carolina men's golf coach Howell `Hal' Morrison lost his fight against cancer and passed away at Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Saturday. He was 78.

From the Burlington Times
-West outlasts flashy East boys' squad

   Jontae Sherrod, an East Carolina signee out of Tarboro, splashed down his first four 3-point tries, including a 24-footer in the face of Donterious Hughes.

-Second-half comeback lifst East past West in girls' hoops

   Garner standout and East Carolina recruit Tiahana Bowens finished with eight points and nine rebounds for the East.

July 16, 2007
National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
Anniversary - District of Columbia Established

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
ECU hoops recruits suit up for East-West game
   Three of the four members of East Carolina's men's basketball recruiting class will be in Greensboro today for the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game.

-University's new recreation fields to help meet demand
   Set to open in fall 2008, the first section of the North Recreation Fields will include a 5.6-acre lake for fishing and small-craft boating, eight playing fields, an artificial beach and more than 400 parking spaces.

-Around Campus: ECU group closes out year back in the black
   A year after financial problems triggered an overhaul of the Brody School of Medicine's administration, the school's physician practice has turned a profit.

-ECU Notes- Student lands economic development fellowship with U.S. Sen.Burr

CFL: Riders turn it over to BC
   Marcus Crandell played the entire second half after replacing starter Kerry Joseph.  Crandell was 22-for-36 for 267 yards with one TD and three interceptions.
Regina Leader-Post


July 22, 2007

Hokie faithful re-examining feelings on Vick
The Virginian Pilot

Fans say Vick's scandals shouldn't reflect poorly on Virginia Tech or the Hokies program
Roanoke Times

5 Questions for the Panthers
   Five burning questions as the Carolina Panthers get ready to begin training camp Saturday.

Charlotte Observer

July 21, 2007

Ranking ACC's best new assistants
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Road through Camelot tough for Big East Conference power teams
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Beckley Register Herald
-Mountaineers’ Schmitt to assume double duty
-'Boogie' Allen likely to start for WVU

Young named assistant AD
   Former football player hired at Clemson

Greenville (SC)

Discipline problems at USC won't be quick fix
Columbia (SC) State

Smith proud of Tech
Roanoke Times

Do Bobcats have a dynamic duo?
   Wallace says he and Richardson can be like Jordan and Pippen

harlotte Observer

July 20, 2007

The love is gone
   Weeks ago, Michael Vick still felt the love from fans. Maybe not anymore.

Hampton Roads Daily

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A preseason battle of wits
   NCSU's O'Brien, UNC-CH's Davis pull out the punch lines during Pigskin Preview.
UNC-CH's Davis feels good after cancer treatments
-Wallace rewarded
   Gerald Wallace signed his six-year, $57 million contract with Charlotte on Thursday to cap an expensive month for a Bobcats team pushing to make the playoffs next season.
-Virginia may try Vick
   Falcons QB could face state charges.
-Proud to enter Hall a Hokie
   Smith to be enshrined on Saturday.

Triangle coaches crack jokes and give updates at event
   As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who later served in the Marines, Tom O'Brien has earned a reputation as a no-nonsense type of guy.

Durham Herald-Sun

From the Columbia (SC) State
USC- Richardson remains suspended
   University says miscommunication led to report of lifted suspension
-USC loses recruit because of academics
   University of South Carolina head coach Dave Odom announced that freshman forward Aaron Ellis will not been admitted to University of South Carolina and Ellis is presently considering other options.

Hyman talks about his vision of USC's long-range dreams
   "I'm trying to explain why we're doing things," said South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman, speaking to about 100 Gamecock Club members Thursday at Rock Hill Country Club.

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Aynor lineman Johnson commits to South Carolina
   Johnson accepted the USC offer over ones from North Carolina State, Maryland, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Duke, East Carolina and Wake Forest

Charleston (SC) Post Courier

Rodriguez says WVU a good judge of makeup
   Mountaineer coach talks about Chris Henry and Pac-Man Jones

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

WVU staff gunning for recruiting family plan
Charleston (WV)

Voskuhl leaves Bobcats for Bucks
lotte Observer

July 19, 2007

Blue Ribbon Preview - WVU
espn insider (free preview)

Groh wants strong opener at Wyoming
Hampton Roads Daily

Year of experience will help Cavaliers
Fox Sports

What's behind U.Va.'s lack of in-state recruits?
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A $1.721 million staff
   All combined, North Carolina at Chapel Hill's nine assistant football coaches don't make as much as head coach Butch Davis, whose contract is worth $1.86 million a year. But it's close.
-Gophers dismiss 4 from team
   Four University of Minnesota football players being investigated in a sexual assault were kicked off the team Wednesday.
East sets the pace, takes football title

Site is back in a hard place
   Discovery of granite deposit jeopardizes stadium’s timeline, construction costs
Columbia (SC) State

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
Rutgers serving as model for other Big East football schools
Mountaineer defenders know they must improve

Rutgers assistant coach pleads not guilty to assault

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mountaineers get first commitment for class of 2008
College-Football Notebook- Cornhusker pleads no contest to four charges
FSU'S DAY- Bowden, Ward will be enshrined together

Perfect balance- Williams enjoying his summer despite struggles in golf game, bout of vertigo
Durham Herald-Sun

UNCW coach heads to Liberty
   UNC-Wilmington assistant baseball coach Scott Jackson has announced his resignation to accept a position in the same capacity at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Wilmington Star News

July 18, 2007

WVU selected to win league title
eckley Register-Herald

White is ready to take on leadership role
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
Bigger than ever
   Can Big East repeat success of ’06?
-Slaton, White make likable Heisman candidates

The 2007 Season Outlook

UVA FOOTBALL- Sneak peek at UNC-CH
Charlottesville Daily Progress

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Holmes relieved after admittance
Trustees approve Spurrier’s new deal

Sun Belt not looking to add JSU
Birmingham News

The State of State
   Pough is excited about newcomers like defensive ends Jason Ayers and Sterling Blunt and East Carolina transfer Joe Council
Orangeburg Times Democrat

From the Anderson Independent
Bowden ready to get back to work
Preseason voting in ACC, SEC football isn't a civic duty

Clemson sets record for ticket sales
Greenville (SC) News

From the Winston Salem Journal
Grobe gets rare chance to kick back and relax
Mending- Bill Dooley recovering from aneurysm

Vick indicted for sponsoring dogfighting
Roanoke Times (AP)

National: Arkansas assistant resigns due to brain-stem bleeding
Houston Chronicle

This game’s in demand
   Locals flock to video-game stores to pick up the EA Sports NCAA 08 Football.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

July 17, 2007

WVU's Slaton wants to stick around for championship
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Bobby Moranda Named Head Coach At Western Carolina
   Former Georgia Tech associate head coach becomes WCU's 10th Head Coach

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Transition to NCSU going well for O'Brien
   Tom O’Brien has a few weeks left before the start of preseason practice for his first season as North Carolina State’s football coach.
-UNC-CH football recruit Jones may end up at Hargrave

From the Raleigh News & Observer
Berry ruled ineligible
   Eric Berry, expected to vie for the starting middle linebacker job at Wake Forest, is ruled academically ineligible and will miss the season.
Former Hurricanes at home in Triangle

From the Charlotte Observer
-USC recruit- 'I made some bad decisions'
Panthers' 3rd-rounder signs deal

Wake hits front-line jackpot
   Andre Cornelius, a 5-10 point guard from Statesville Christian is currently choosing between Tennessee, South Carolina, Charlotte, Mississippi State, George Mason and East Carolina.
Fayetteville Observer

Rutgers football assistant facing assault charge
   He had assistant coaching jobs at East Carolina (1990), Northeastern (1991-92), East Stroudsburg (1993), Millersville (1994), Lehigh (1994-97), ...
Newark Star Ledger

U.Va.'s Ryan earned Hall induction
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Lorenzo Williams Commits to Hokies

New football coaches can get FSU to top
Anderson Independent

National: Texas A&M switching from Nike to Adidas
   Texas A&M has signed a contract with Adidas and joins Michigan as the second major university in less than a week to end its relationship with Nike and move on to the athletic supplier.
Houston Chronicle

July 16, 2007

New York Post

QB White older, wiser and a lot more vocal
Beckley Register Herald

Deacons' Adams looking to have impact
New Bern Sun Journal


July 22, 2007

Herd's latest recruiting class takes a hit, but freshman quarterback is eligible
   Give or take a casualty, it appears that Marshall's incoming football recruiting class will include a half-dozen academic non-qualifiers.

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Coaches gear up for season
   After enjoying much-needed family time, Mark Snyder's coaching staff dives headlong into season preparations on Monday. A staff meeting is followed by a three-day retreat, where cell phones are turned off and football becomes the focus

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Nonqualifiers must pay own way at USM
Hattiesburg American

Some old and new
  Despite a few job possibilities, up until last week, Dave Wommack was contemplating a fall without coaching football for the first time in nearly three decades.

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Georgia natives provide punch to Golden Eagles defense
Biloxi Sun-Herald

Ft Worth Star Telegram

Toledo has 'burning desire to coach'
  The face of Tulane football, heck Tulane athletics, wears a smile the size of California and a touch of a tan.

New Orleans Times Picayune

New TU players cramming for fall
Tulsa World

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
Calipari honored to be No. 1
Roster of U of M's biggest supporters doubles

July 21, 2007

Conference USA - Title game rematch?
ABC Action News

Arrested Miners to learn fate next week
El Paso Times

Marshall, Memphis seeking stability
   Marshall University's football rubber match with Memphis should be interesting.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Season ticket sales continue record pace at Marshall
Beckley Register Herald

Marshall football opponent- Game 12 UAB
Charleston (WV)

Wommack back at Southern Miss
Hattiesburg American

2007 SMU Football Preview
   The 2006 season showcased a bright future for SMU Football. The Mustangs upped their win total for the third straight season, posted their highest win total in a decade and reached bowl-eligibility all while featuring a slew of talented young players.

July 20, 2007

2007 UAB Football Preview
   It remains to be seen whether the UAB Blazers will improve on their disappointing 3-9 season of last fall.
-UCF Basketball Coaches, Local Media Enjoy Preview of New UCF Arena
Rice Baseball Team Adds Another Signee

USM Football- Bower welcomes hype, with caveat
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Calipari proud of Tigers' slate outside league
Tigers release non-conference basketball schedule

From the Hattiesburg American
USM's Eustachy shows mellow side
   There are times when the smoke billowing from Larry Eustachy’s ears could choke thousands.
Not all Eustachy stories are printable
USM's Lee-McNelis suspends Pittman
   Southern Miss head women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis has suspended sophomore forward Lauren Pittman indefinitely for violating team policies

Jones brings winning formula
   After 11 seasons, nine NCAA tournament appearances, one national runner-up finish and the past two national championships at the University of Florida, former Florida assistant coach Donnie Jones is bringing the Florida model to Marshall.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Phillies sign Rice's Savery to deal
Houston Chronicle

July 19, 2007

-2007 Memphis Football Preview
   Tigers Ready to Rebound From Tough 2006 Season
-2007 Rice Football Preview
   David Bailiff Takes Over the Owls
-2007 C-USA Football Media Guide
   The 2007 Conference USA Football Media Guide is now available in PDF files on

Blue Ribbon Preview - Southern Miss
ames at East Carolina, UTEP and Marshall will test the Golden Eagles and will go a long way toward determining whether they play for the championship again this year
espn insider (free preview)

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
Passion that spans an ocean
Debbie Hagley Morehouse- Marshall plane crash story belongs to all

From the Hattiesburg American
-USM coach Tate resigns
Strength coach pushes Eagles

USM football- Rallying the faithful
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

It's Malzahn's turn
   Gus Malzahn reached legendary status as an Arkansas high school football coach.

Tulsa World

New Complex Equips Tulsa For Future, But Remembers Past

Marshall game 11- Houston
Charleston Gazette

Knights non-conference hoops schedule coming together
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Morris twins stick with Tigers
Powell to play for Marshall

UTEP coach extends her contract through 2011
   UTEP women's basketball head coach Keitha Adams has received a four-year contract extension

El Paso Times

Pro athletes see degrees as key to life after sports
   Fame may not last, but an education will. Former UH All-American David Klingler is working on a Ph.D in theology and Ex-Texas stars T.J. Ford and Cory Redding are finishing up their college degrees.

Houston Chronicle

July 18, 2007

Southern Miss assistant resigns
   Tate coached at East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State and other schools before joining Southern Miss.

Marshall season ticket sales top 18,000
Charleston (WV) Gazette

East-West Football: With mom's help, Moore will play college ball
   Shane Moore's mother makes sacrifices so he can get a football scholarship. He's headed to Marshall.

Greensboro News-Record

UAB honors Hires with their name on building
Birmingham News

Mustangs hire football director
   Randy Ross has joined the SMU staff as director of football operations. Ross spent the last four years as director of football operations at Alabama.

Dallas Morning News

Tigers' boosters optimistic
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Orlando's Walker signs with Jaguars
Orlando Sentinel Set to Kickoff
UCF Athletics

Summer Preview- Rice Owls
Double-T Nation

From espn insider (subscription req'd)
Team preview: Marshall
   C-USA East is wide open for a surprise team to rise through the ranks. In 2005 it was UCF. Last year it was East Carolina. How about Marshall this year?
Team preview: UAB
   Brown's departure opened the door for the arrival of Neil Callaway, who played offensive line for the legendary Bear Bryant at Alabama and coached the offensive line for Pat Dye at East Carolina, Wyoming and Auburn. Callaway went on to coach the line and serve as offensive coordinator at Houston, Alabama and Georgia before becoming a head coach for the first time after 29 years as an assistant.

July 17, 2007

UTEP coach Price released after heart procedure (AP)

2007 Ultimate Schedule - Conference USA
   The ultimate schedule with the best game each week of the 2007 C-USA season.

College Football News

Notes- Conferences aim to tailor new NCAA rules
USA Today

Season ticket sales continue record pace at Marshall
Beckley Register-Herald

Marshall game 9- Central Florida
Charleston (WV)

July 16, 2007

Memphis' Dorsey Named To Team USA Pan American Squad

Dorsey among finalists for US team
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Marshall appears to be solid third pick
   NO, I didn’t rank Conference USA for Athlon Sports national football preview, but I almost could have.

Charleston (WV)

Horton enjoys support
Jackson Clarion-Ledger