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Conference USA

August 26, 2007

-Pirates Split Final Matches of Duke Invitational
   After fighting hard but falling to No. 13 Purdue 3-0, the East Carolina volleyball team rebounded in a big way to defeat Winthrop 3-1 for their first win of the season at the Duke Invitational inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
-Women's Soccer Downs Western Carolina 1-0 in Final Scrimmage

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's Rogers touched by tragedy
   He was a face in the crowd, but a familiar one.
-Textbook costs tax student resources

Holtz seeks bounty of second bowl bid
Rocky Mount Telegram

Linkmeister Note: Per BCS rule, a conference champion from among Conference USA and the Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt and Western Athletic conferences automatically qualifies to play in a BCS bowl if ranked among the top 12 of the final BCS standings.

Hokies' Respect Video

August 25, 2007

Pirates Finish Final Rehearsal For Hokies
   East Carolina's special teams play and defensive unit headlined the Pirates' final full intra-squad scrimmage of the preseason Friday afternoon in what head coach Skip Holtz otherwise labeled as a sluggish effort at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Pirates struggle through final scrimmage
   Skip Holtz said it was like two old men watching two old men fish Friday afternoon
Greenville Daily Reflector

Holtz not happy with effort in final scrimmage
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Winston Salem Journal
-TOUGH- Pirates have little time to learn
-East Carolina

Asheville wins in OT
   Spencer, an East Carolina University recruit, added 91 rushing yards and two touchdowns,
Asheville Citizen-Times

WNCT: Replay- Rose High 43, Bertie High 40

Backup QB Martin among players cut
   Dougherty, from East Carolina, performed well enough to warrant looks elsewhere.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

August 24, 2007

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
High seas spectacle on the way

WNCT: TOT (Terry Holland, Rufus Edmisten)
WNCT: Pirate Insider (Todd Fitch)

-Holland Addresses The Timeline Of Events Surrounding Men's Basketball
-Former Basketball Coach Ricky Stokes To Leave East Carolina

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Stokes out at ECU
   Ricky Stokes had his contract bought out by East Carolina on Thursday.
-A different kind of football
   Football is one of many things that strike inspiration into Zack Slate, and he approaches it with the same wide-open mind that seems to define his personality.

Coffman ready for new role with East Carolina
Bradenton Herald

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU hits field for final scrimmage of summer
-A big month is about to begin

Big Four men's basketball includes intriguing road games
   North Carolina State will visit Michigan State, then make a rare trip to East Carolina.


Former Tech coach to leave East Carolina
Hampton Roads Daily Press (AP)

Stokes says no thanks to admin job

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-ECU buys out Stokes
   The university won't create a job for fired basketball coach Ricky Stokes and pays him $250,000 to leave.
-The year of the late night
   NC State's men play East Carolina in Greenville this season. The Wolfpack women's basketball team also will play the Pirates in Greenville.
-Packers lose game to Jags, Driver to injury
   Playing against the Packers' second-string defense, Garrard, the former East Carolina star, played two series and led the Jaguars (2-1) to two touchdowns.

Garrard rallies Jags to win

Garrard helps lead Jaguars past Packers
Ocala Star-Banner

Last chance
   Phillip Bryant, the team's cornerback, plans a future in construction after graduating from East Carolina.
Charlotte Observer

August 23, 2007
Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day
UN International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
Virgo Begins
Anniversary - First Man Powered Flight
Birthday - Gene Kelly (actor, dancer)

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
Morgan, Jenkins history still emerging


Women's Soccer Defeats UNC Greensboro 2-0 in First Scrimmage

McCarthy anxious to improve Pirates
Roanoke Times

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-New faces dominate Pirates' defensive backfield
-C-USA teams differ on nonconference schedules
-Tough slate greets Pirates in Holtz's 3rd year
-Holtz- No plans to redshirt Williams
-Taking time out
   There is nothing like a field trip on the first day of school.

-ECU students return

Sports still can inspire us, if we look
New Bern Sun Journal

August 22, 2007
National Tooth Fairy Day
Be An Angel Day
Birthday - Norman Schwarzkopf (US Army General, Ret)

WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (Skip Holtz)

2007 ECU Season Tickets- GONE!
  The East Carolina football team can expect a packed house for every game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this season after the school sold all of its 22,000 season tickets Monday for the first time in school history.

'A change of scenery'
Pirates close summer camp
Greenville Daily Reflector

Holtz’ strategy paying dividends for East Carolina
Huntington Herald Dispatch

The Flash
Speedy Johnson aims for big senior campaign
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates’ coach has all his angles covered
Washington Daily News

Divers will return today to seek pirate’s treasure
   Objects recovered will be taken to a conservation lab at East Carolina University.

Greensboro News-Record

August 21, 2007
Poet’s Day

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Two scrimmages down, one to go
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Will MacKenzie)

WNCT: TOT (Marvin Blount, III)

-ECU Completes Final Two-A-Day Of Camp
   East Carolina moved one step closer to the official end of preseason camp by completing its last two-a-day schedule Monday morning and evening
-Michael Perry Joins East Carolina Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
   Former Georgia State head men's basketball coach Michael Perry has been named an assistant coach at East Carolina.
-Gagnon To Receive Scholarship For Senior Season
   After three years as a walk-on on the East Carolina men's basketball team, senior Taylor Gagnon is being awarded a full scholarship for his final season.

Marquan Brown already the stuff of legends
One day, maybe after the sprawling Gray’s Creek area reaches its capacity, they might still be telling stories about Marquan Brown.
Fayetteville Observer

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates sell out of football season tickets
The East Carolina football team can expect a packed house for every game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this season after the school sold out of season tickets on Monday for the first time in school history.
-Perry fills out coaching vacancy
-East Carolina growth a boon and a challenge

Wilson working at getting better
Washington Daily News

Pirates look to continue ascent under Holtz (AP)

UVA Baseball Recruit Moves Up The Radar
   But the Premier All Star pitching staff – led by Shawn Armstrong, who committed to East Carolina, and UCLA recruit Tyler Chatwood – were nearly as impressive throughout the weekend.

August 20, 2007
Birthday - President Benjamin Harrison (23rd President)

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 316
Schedule presents rare opportunity

Importance of special teams
   Ben Hartman ended Thursday’s practice by blasting a 57-yard field goal.

New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Under center
   ECU QBs have very different perspectives

-A guide to Greenville for newcomers

Pirates still have work to do
Washington Daily News


August 26, 2007

From the Roanoke Times
-Bud fosters defense's thump
   The Hokies' defense has been No. 1 in the nation the past two seasons.
-Seniors eye longtime goal
   The veteran Hokies say they have the weapons to win a national title.
-Helping heal thy brother
   In wake of the April 16 shootings, the Hokies hope to assist in their nation’s recovery.
-What has Tech's offensive line done to improve?
-Hokies at home: A sensory tour of Game Day
   Sights and sounds from Virginia Tech football in audio, video and photography.

Tech walk-ons- Little glory, many thrills
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Hokies are class of ACC this year
   In Year 3 of a 12-team Atlantic Coast Conference in football, familiar powerhouses are expected again to rule -- with a few surprises possible.
-Grading the Virginia Tech Hokies
   Wake's success revitalizes stru
-Basics - Virginia Tech
-Scenarios - Virginia Tech
-Back in the game
   High-profile hirings revive hopes at UNC-CH and N.C. State that teams can re-emerge in ACC -- and on national stage.
-Grading the Tar Heels
-Barth swaps surfer 'do for 70s-style stache
-What will make you happy?
-Scenarios - Tar Heels
-Basics -Tar Heels
-Grading the Wolfpack
-Cycle building gets Stone's motor running
-What will make you happy?
-Scenarios - Wolfpack
-Basics - Wolfpack
-Bowl games with ACC tie-ins
-Devils eyeing Deacs' design
   Wake's success revitalizes struggling Duke
-Grading the Blue Devils
-Grading the Demon Deacons
-Grading the Clemson Tigers
-Grading the UVA Cavaliers
-Grading the Boston College Eagles
-New rules for new season
-Longer kickoffs good, bad
-Jilted by NASCAR, Rockingham speedway is up for auction.

Beck and call- Wolfpack transfer awaits his turn at quarterback
Durham Herald-Sun

Game-day preparation
YAHOO!! Sports

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mistakes mar Deacs' scrimmage
-Solich's impact still felt by Cornhuskers
-College-Football Roundup- Catawba cruises past Chowan
-Bristol night win is 'cool'
   Edwards roars past Kahne on restart; Bowyer finishes 3rd

From the Anderson Independent
-Clemson's Clear brothers blazing twin paths
-South Carolina's Spurrier stands behind Cook

USC assistants getting physical
Greenville (SC) News

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Charleston Southern standout may be NCAA's toughest defensive end
-Gamecocks forced to reshuffle secondary

Rod not worried much about opener
Beckley Register Herald

August 25, 2007

From The Virginian-Pilot
-Beamer likes Hokies' effort, progress in the preseason
   I think we've had a good preseason and now it's strictly getting ready for East Carolina.
-Vick suspended indefinitely without pay

Hokies get a kick out of Dunlevy's finish at scrimmage
Roanoke Times

Hokies hold final live scrimmage

Tech fans have something to cheer about in football team
Tasley Eastern Shore News

Fans get kick out of PAT
   Rarely has a simple extra point been as satisfying as the second one Virginia Tech's Jud Dunlevy kicked Friday in the final preseason scrimmage.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Students glad to be back at Tech
   "There’s definitely nothing like Hokie football to give us a chance to show some enthusiasm," Hawes said. "We also will be cheering on ECU because their students donated so much to help us. We will only be supportive, but cheer for us to win."
The Winchester Star

ESPN's Herbstreit a traveling man
Contra Costa Times

NC State gets two football commitments
   Linney, who starred at defensive tackle for Alexander, initially chose NC State last November over scholarship offers from East Carolina and South Carolina.
Fayetteville Observer

UNC-CH football careers over for 2
   Injuries hinder Lemming, Hicks.
Raleigh News and Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Boston College
   Steve Logan, the former head coach at East Carolina, has joined Jagodzinski’s staff as the offensive coordinator.
-Kahne has top spot
   Montoya is on outside pole for race at Bristol
-Sports Briefs- ASU extends deals of Moore, Fancher, Pollard for one additional season
-Deacons' running has Grobe wondering

From the Charlotte Observer
-Patriots roll over Panthers
-UNC-CH pursuing NCAA waiver for cornerback

Ignoring the hype
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Temple football eyes fresh start in MAC
   Temple cannot contain its excitement at joining the Mid-American Conference.

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC football player suspended after gun charge
   University of South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook, who made the All-Southeastern Conference freshman team last year, has been arrested, along with another student, on gun charges.
-Spurrier considered one of the best in the business

Mitchell waits to hear back on appeal
   Spurrier defers to Hyman on a ruling after USC QB is suspended for opener
Columbia (SC) The State

Clemson's Jacoby Ford turning blazing speed into receiving success
Anderson Independent

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Jimmy V will start new era in Pinehurst
   The basketball coaching fraternity that once included Jim Valvano will be out in full force when the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic makes its Pinehurst debut Sunday.
-Duke's Wright a 'very reliable football player'
Spotlight on NCCU football

August 24, 2007

Shuffling crew confident it can pave way for Hokies
The Virginian Pilot

Football's fun again for healthy Tech linebacker
Lynchburg News and Advance

Rodriguez confident team won't be rattled by problems
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

WVU true freshmen getting their chances
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Lee tapped for Moss' staff
Wilmington Star-News

Jagodzinski in different state of mind
Boston Globe

O'Brien- 'We're headed in the right direction'
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Looking forward to Sept. 1
   There's nothing quite like opening week in college football. It's invigorating and it's like a brand new year is beginning and everybody is at least somewhat optimistic. The radio sports talk shows are full of intriguing questions, the e-mails are outrageous (moreso than usual) and even the negative types are hopeful.

-O'Brien pleased with Wolfpack's progress; no word on QBs
-Blue Devils football notebook- Duke ranked high among power rankings

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Panthers will take on Patriots tonight
   Third preseason game is considered more significant

-SoCon's top contenders loaded with experience
-Tar Heels about to get locked in on opponent
   Focus ready to shift to season opener Sept. 1 vs. James Madison

Phillips staying at Clemson
   Phillips’ future had been the subject of considerable question and speculation after veteran Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles announced his retirement earlier this year, effective Dec. 31.

Anderson Independent

Feasibility study would be first step toward project
   USC athletics director Eric Hyman will request approval from the Board of Trustees next month to begin a feasibility study for a Williams-Brice expansion — the first step toward enlarging the 80,250-seat stadium.

Columbia (SC) State

Mitchell appealing suspension
Greenville (SC) News

August 23, 2007

From the Roanoke Times
-Corso- Hokies' success depends on Glennon
-Holland pushes for new role

Football A Welcome Focus For Healing Hokie Nation

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Rodriguez hopes to use WVU's depth
-Thomas, Lankster suspended while coach awaits legal process

Is WVU secondary improved or just untested?
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Beckley Register Herald
-WR Gonzales thinks WVU’s passing game will be better
-Mountaineers closer to depth chart for opener

The best team in the Sunshine State? Maybe it's South Florida

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacs seek more money
   WFU announces seat-rights program for football tickets
-Holding the Line- Mountaineers need to fill some holes on defense

TV giving Canes fans 60 games
Raleigh News & Observer

Turning around the turnover trend
   Butch Davis isn't afraid to bring about change. North Carolina's football coach already has reconfigured his team's locker room, tweaked his players' uniforms and started promoting plans for an expansion to Kenan Stadium.

Durham Herald-Sun

UNC-CH Passing game hits stride
Wilmington Star-News

Spurrier, Bowden take different approaches when making team benchmarks
Columbia (SC) State

Big South Football Preview
Charlotte Observer

Virginia Tech announces women's basketball schedule
   The upcoming schedule will be another challenging one, as the Hokies face 2007 Final Four participant North Carolina, 10 teams (Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Prairie View and Robert Morris) that made last season's NCAA Tournament field


Popularity contest for area seniors as recruiters come calling
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

August 22, 2007

Tech moves up Taylor to No. 2 at QB, backing up Glennon
The Virginian Pilot

From the Roanoke Times
-Taylor named No. 2 QB
-Gridiron hit for Lewis

Beamer announces depth chart changes

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Out-of-state recruiting vital for North Carolina schools
-Pack's Crouch lighter on his feet this season

McGee Moody Tabbed Head Coach of South Carolina Swimming and Diving
   A 1997 graduate of East Carolina, Moody swam on the Pirates' varsity squad for four seasons

Swimming World

ACC Football Kicks Off on XM Radio
   12:00 noon ET when Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina (XM channel 190)

Rodriguez suspends Lankster, Thomas indefinitely
   Lankster, 21, and Thomas, 19, are charged with receiving and transporting stolen property, a felony.

Beckley (WV) Register Herald

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Test time for ACC football
   Every conference in the nation uses facts and figures to make you think things are wonderful.

-Asack gets back into the swing of Blue Devils' offense; Wright comes up with two interceptions for defense
-Miami Hurricanes Leaving Orange Bowl

USC’s defensive line- Strength in numbers
The Columbia (SC) State

Grobe says receivers are doing well for Deacons
Winston Salem Journal

August 21, 2007

New coaches and reputations in NC college ranks
Charlotte Observer

New York Post

Spotting Hall on the field an easy task - just find the football

Tech- Mixed memories of Michael Vick
Roanoke Times

Vick makes his move, NFL's got next
   Now that Michael Vick has decided to plead guilty to dogfighting conspiracy charges in federal court, the next step rests with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

Wallace looks to second year
   In his first season with the University of West Alabama Tigers, head coach Bobby Wallace produced the first winning season for a program that hasn’t seen one since 1992.  With the plethora of experience that Wallace has amassed during his coaching career, coaching defensive backs at East Carolina, the University of Wyoming, Auburn University and the University of Illinois, holding the defensive coordinator position at Mississippi State University and head coaching positions at UNA, Temple University and now UWA, experience is inevitable.

Demopolis (AL) Times

Appalachian State Looks For 3rd Title
   Division IA transfers, including defensive lineman Tim Washington (LSU), kicker-punter Julian Rauch (East Carolina), and linebacker Chase Laws (Army).

Monday Hub Opens the Week On a Sad Note
   Son of FSU assistant dies  / Steve Logan, Renaissance Man

Sunday Morning Quarterback

Mountaineer coach does not care about rankings
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Like Slaton, Sanders made a quiet arrival
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Anderson (SC) Independent
-Clemson, IPTAY officials introduce new seat equity plan at Memorial Stadium
-Perils, pitfalls are the real story in college football

It's all academic with USC's Lindsey
   Preseason practice has been a study in “now you see him, now you don’t” for University of South Carolina senior defensive end Jordin Lindsey because of unanswered academic questions.

Greenville (SC) News

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-O'Brien has Wolfpack aiming high
-'Dream come true' for UNC-CH's Williams

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Vying for time at running back

   Eleven days before UNC-CH's season-opener against James Madison, four tailbacks remain in contention for playing time.

Twice the work, twice the payoff

Deacons are staying busy this week
Winston Salem Journal

August 20, 2007

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Two projected WVU starters arrested over weekend
-Lazear working through troubles
-Mountaineers No. 3 in AP preseason poll

WVU coach will wait for facts of arrest
   Players Thomas, Lankster charged with transporting and receiving stolen property

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

WVU secondary looks improved
Beckley (WV) Register Herald

Time to pay up if you want quality seats at Clemson
Anderson Independent

USC, Clemson fail to crack preseason Top 25
Greenville (SC) News

N.C. State's Hill keeps spirits up after knee surgery
Durham Herald Sun

Hope remains for Hill
Raleigh News & Observer

Snedeker roars to win
   9-under 63 crushes rivals on final day of Wyndham

Winston Salem Journal


August 26, 2007

From the Mobile Register
-Coaches predict rematch for title
-This year's surprise team- USM
-Unfinished business drives USM defense
-Callaway sets tone for UAB

Upstarts could make C-USA race interesting
New Orleans Times Picayune

Big East and C-USA notes — and a gravestone
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Birmingham News
-Callaway's plan for UAB begins with discipline
-UAB issues casting call for role players
-Some questions answered as Blazers gird for opener

Once near death, SMU's Givens forges on
   SMU wide receiver Columbus Givens didn't know it, but on March 3, his life was in danger. The fast, fit receiver could barely walk up a flight of stairs, had a fever of 104 degrees and was rushed to the hospital. They told him he was lucky to be alive.
Dallas Morning News

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger
-Q&A- Richard Giannini
   Richard Giannini has been the director of athletics at Southern Miss since 1999.
-Strong-armed M-Young on rise
   This time last year, Martevious Young knew he was headed for scout team duty, the fourth-string quarterback on a Southern Miss team with only three scholarship signal-callers.
-Bower- Practice best measure for depth chart

From the Hattiesburg American
-USM sells all its tickets to Tennessee tilt
-Southern Miss game day information

10 talking points of 2007
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Football tour '07 University of Memphis
  The Martin Hankins who made his Division 1-A debut at quarterback a year ago won't resemble the one who starts Saturday for the University of Memphis against Ole Miss.
-Looking into Tigers' crystal ball
-College Football Preview: Wide receiver Duke Calhoun
-College Football Preview: Defensive back Brandon Patterson
-Tiger football notebook
-College Football Preview- UCF

From the Tulsa World
-Tulsa Golden Hurricane- Facing 2007
  The best TU can hope for, the worst the Hurricane could face and the reality of the season.
-The Key- Wide Receivers
-Tulsa Golden Hurricane- 2007 schedule
-Tulsa Golden Hurricane- Three questions
-Tulsa Golden Hurricane- 2006 statistics
-Tulsa Golden Hurricane- 2006 results
-Tulsa Golden Hurricane- Position analysis
-Faces of TU Football- Chris Chamberlain- Breaking the mold
-Paul Smith- Adapting to change
-Walter Boyd- Pride of Shawnee
-Sapulpa grad leads a youthful O-line
-Jesse Meyer- High expectations
-Expectations are high for Tulsa
-Tulsa Golden Hurricane- Coaching staff

Bob Pruett's glory years at Marshall University
Beckley Register Herald

Price, Miners feeling great
El Paso Times

-Three Volleyball Programs Win Tournament Titles
-Superdome Scrimmage Highlights Tulane's Day 15 Of Football Practice

August 25, 2007

-2007 C-USA Volleyball Season Set For First Swing
-Blazers Enter Game Week With Complete Focus Toward Michigan State

C-USA commissioner has hopes for BCS berth
   A season after Boise State's Cinderella run to the Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos are still the talk of college football, particularly for schools not part of the six BCS conferences.
El Paso Times

Callaway, Blazers hope to surprise teams
The Decatur Daily

Michigan State `big deal' for Blazers' Steed
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Southern Miss, Houston favored to meet for title
-Herd hungry to return to championship form
-MU Notebook- Synder optimistic about offensive, defensive depth

True freshman Moore looking like a vet
Charleston (WV) Gazette

SMU DT Elizee eligible to play this season
Dallas Morning News

Southern Miss football training camp ends
Hattiesburg American

USM football- Place-kicking duties remain up for grabs
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

AD: Sluggish sales aren't discouraging
   University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said Friday that ticket sales for next weekend's Memphis-Ole Miss football game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium are approaching 40,000.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Morning practice moves inside today
Orlando Sentinel

From the Tulsa World
-TU Notebook- No overlooking this league
   Tulsa opens its season with Thursday night's road game at Louisiana-Monroe. Kickoff for the ESPN2 game is 6 p.m (CT).

-Sapulpa grad leads a youthful O-line

August 24, 2007

-Eagles Continue Preparations For UT-Martin Season Opener Thursday
-Cougars Take Part In Situational Scrimmage
-Blazers Hold Final Scrimmage of Fall Camp

Defense performs better in Blazers' scrimmage
Birmingham News

Transfer making camp fun for Herd QBs
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

MU notebook- Hoskins enjoying his day in the sun
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Herd D-linemen coping with attrition
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Veteran DE might miss SMU's season opener
Dallas Morning News

Marshall’s Bragg now on ‘right’ side of the field
Beckley Register Herald

From the Hattiesburg American
-Hill leaves Southern Miss basketball
   Guard Jarvis Hill has quit the Southern Miss basketball team.

-USM's Harrison ready for season

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Merrill deals with life in the middle
-Competition at cornerback

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH lineman Butler to be released from hospital tomorrow
-Receivers Avery, Harvey should aid in UH QB transition
-Quarterback Pena leaving UH to coach high school
-Rice receivers battle for spot opposite Dillard

Tigers plan more scrimmaging
   While Wednesday's workout at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium represented the third and final full-scale scrimmage of the preseason, it didn't signal the end of scrimmage work during fall camp.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Secondary improvement key for Wave
   One of the Tulane defense's biggest challenges is improving a secondary that allowed more passing yards last season than any other in Conference USA.

New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
-TU freshmen to see action
-Tulsa Notebook

Wilkins, Shadrawy welcomed back to team
   A day after being cleared of felony charges of assaulting police officers, UTEP football players Tufick Shadrawy and Brian Wilkins began preparing for a more welcomed opponent: New Mexico. "Both of those guys are great guys," linebacker Jeremy Jones said after Thursday's practice, where both Shadrawy and Wilkins made their fall debuts.

El Paso Times

August 23, 2007

-A Pair of C-USA Players Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List
-Quarterback Al Pena Leaves Cougar Football Program
-Tigers Work Third Scrimmage at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
-Football Continues Preparations For USM Season Opener
-Tulane Football Holds 75-Play Scrimmage In Day 12 Of Preseason Practice
-Blazers Begin Classes, Continue Preseason Practice

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Nice guy Johnson really a tough guy
-Binswanger ready to punt

Lauzon, Fitzgerald look to keep pace
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Herd putting its run stopping hopes on the backs of Tinker and Wilson
-MU Notebook- Former Steelers' QB coach impressed with Herd football

SMU freshman DE makes a strong impression
Dallas Morning News

Magee loves bright lights at game time
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM O-line- Injuries, desertions leave Eagles paper-thin up front
-USM football- QB craves to be perfect 10
-Schaeffer's improvement makes it 2-QB race at UM

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Scrimmage starts with thud
Freshman steps into LB job

Initiation ahead for O-line
Birmingham News

Play of Raschke, Ribitzki a key for Miners
El Paso Times

Linebacker's raw talent stands out
Tulsa World

UCF drops men's team
   The University of Central Florida will drop its men's cross country team effective at season's end.

Florida Today

Say hello to the newest BCS conference
The Daily Utah Chronicle

August 22, 2007

-Four C-USA Quarterbacks Named to Davey O'Brien Award Watch List
-UH Football Daily Practice Report
-Southern Miss Football Gets Last Practice in Before Classes Start on Campus
-Tulane Football Holds Second Two-A-Day Practice On Tuesday
-UAB Football Team Holds Evening Workout

BLOG: C-USA looks for respect, but has to earn it in bowl games

Ranking the non-BCS conferences
Sporting News

Turner out for season
   Southern Miss receiver/kick returner Ralph Turner is out for the season after injuring his right foot last week.

Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Turner out for year
-USM Football- Fletcher not only shiny gem

O'Leary focuses on depth chart
Orlando Sentinel

Transfer, Malzahn reunite
Tulsa World

From the El Paso Times
-Players work through August heat
-Defensive back eager to return from injury
-Three former walk-ons earn scholarships

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger offensive linemen for '07 bigger, stronger than ever before
-SMU's bowl hopes ride on QB

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Leggett a quiet force along Marshall's offensive front
-Herd's Jones ready to get down to business

Binswanger handling kicking, punting for Marshall
Beckley (WV) Register Herald

New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Austin American-Statesman
-Cougars on the prowl in C-USA
-Game 3- Central Florida Golden Knights
-Houston aims to defend Conference USA crown
-Team preview- SMU

Blazers hire Donewald Jr. as assistant
Birmingham News

August 21, 2007

-Cougar Football To Close Practices
-Golden Eagles Participate in Final Two-A-Day Practice
-Scott Elliott Named Tulane Football's Starting Quarterback For 2007 Season
-Blazers Wrap Up Two-A-Day Workouts
-Aug. 20- C-USA Volleyball Preseason Notebook

Marshall QB is in a zone
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Miami, not Mountaineers, Herd's focus at the moment
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-New tight end eager to ‘punish people’
-Full season-ticket sales to close on Wednesday
-Better field found for Herd baseball

Decision time on Blazers QB
  Formal preparations - at least on the practice field - for the season opener at Michigan State begin Tuesday for Neil Callaway and his UAB football
Birmingham News

Eligibility decision expected Friday on SMU's DT
Dallas Morning News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Reaves stays sharp
-USM wants fans to put on the gold

Versatile Sumrall among Eagle elite
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Israel in charge of UCF offense
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' offensive coordinator Helton confident experience on staff will be a big asset
-West 'throwing a lot at them'

From the Tulsa World
-No demotion- Ex-high school coach Blankenship settles in as TU assistant
-TU Football Notebook- Day off

UTEP features both depth, skill at tight end position
El Paso Times

August 20, 2007

-Cougar Football To Close Practices
-Owls Help New Students Move In
-Golden Eagles Go Through Final Preseason Scrimmage at The Rock Saturday
-Tulane Holds First Two-A-Day Practice In Day 8 Of Fall Camp
-Vittatoe Throws For Three Touchdowns in UTEP Saturday Night Scrimmage
-UCF Helmet Decalling Photo Gallery

Callaway unhappy with defense after second fall scrimmage
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Binswanger leads special teams unit
-Herd's Small okay with preseason role

Broken hand slows Evans’ progress
Beckley (WV) Register Herald

Another hard-luck injury for the Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Nelson looms large as big-play threat
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Knights facing toughest schedule
   UCF's non-conference slate includes games against 4 teams from the 2007 NCAA tourney.

Orlando Sentinel

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
Wave fullbacks eager to join mix
Defense dominates Tulane scrimmage