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Conference USA

September 2, 2007
V-J Day
Birthday - Christa McAuliffe (teacher/astronaut)

Pirates' stature enhanced in loss
ECU changes the plot in Blacksburg
-BVL: ECU-Virginia Tech Game Center
BVL Audio:
Skip Holtz & Patrick Pinkney post-game
ECU-Virginia Tech Box Score
Updated C-USA Standings, Scores, Schedule

Pirates Fall 17-7 in Season Opener
   Getting off to a sluggish start in what figures to be an emotionally charged season, No. 9 Virginia Tech struggled to beat East Carolina 17-7 Saturday, even hearing boos from a home crowd that honored a plea not to jeer the Pirates.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates' valiant effort falls short
   ECU falls to Va. Tech 17-7 in opener
-More photos from the ECU/Virginia Tech game
-Trio of quarterbacks helps replace Kass
   East Carolina's answer to not having its suspended quarterback at Virginia Tech Saturday was creating confusion.
-Unifying experience
   Tributes highlight emotional game day at Hokies' Lane Stadium in Blacksburg

Hokies hold off East Carolina 17-7 in season opener

Pinkney’s QB play not enough for ECU
Fayetteville Observer

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU drops season opener to Hokies
   As the ultimate sign of 1980s fandom – the wave – made its way around Lane Stadium Saturday afternoon, one couldn’t help but get a retro feel.
-Pirates showed this can be a special season
   So where are all the East Carolina Pirates detractors this morning? If not for yesterday’s startling win by Division I-AA, err, Football Championship Series member Appalachian State over No. 5 Michigan, ECU’s 17-7 loss at Virginia Tech would’ve been the game everyone – not just in Eastern North Carolina, but nationwide – would be talking about.

Pirates show promise
   Defensive TD helps Virginia Tech get past stingy ECU.
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Roanoke Times
-Pirates open eyes with effort
   ECU's physical defense, led by linebacker Quentin Cotton, limits Tech to 33 yards rushing.
Video- Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina University first-half highlights

VT eases past ECU (AP)

Hokies hold off Pirates 17-7 on emotional day
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

September 1, 2007
Pirate Gameday

-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
Conference USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
Talk of the Town (Arnie Spanier)
Pirate Insider Report
WNCT: Replay: Rose High 27, Hoggard 24

-Pirate GameDay Central
-Men's Basketball Reveals Complete Schedule For Upcoming Season
   First-ever visits by Clemson and NC State highlight the 2007-08 East Carolina men's basketball schedule released by University officials Friday. The Pirates will play a school record 19 regular season home games.
-Blair Heffner Leads Women's Soccer to 3-1 Win Over High Point
-Pirates Fall To William and Mary 3-0 At Tribe Classic

Pirate Gameday
-Pirate athletic event calendar
ECU All Access

East Carolina @ VPI
Lane Stadium - Blacksburg, VA  -12:00 PM EST
XM channel 190
Sirius channel 110 Gameday Forecast:
East Carolina @ Virginia Tech
WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)
ISP-PSN list of affiliates

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates' game day finally arrives
   ECU at Virginia Tech today
-Pirates ready for emotional opener with Hokies
-Wheels on the bus
   East Carolina fans head to Blacksburg

Leader of the line
   Just after noon on Saturday, Josh Coffman will line up alongside one sophomore, a junior, a freshman and just one fellow senior, across the line of scrimmage from the best defense in the nation two years running.
New Bern Sun Journal

Hokies need more than emotion vs. ECU
   Oh, by the way, there's a football game today.

Virginian Pilot

Clay, Pinkney both expected to play
Washington Daily News

Tech can't afford to overlook East Carolina's defense
   Virginia Tech's offense could have used at least one game to get warmed up before next week's showdown with LSU ... It won't have that luxury this Saturday.
Lynchburg News and Advance

ECU Faculty Say Length of Suspension Appropriate

ESPN's College Gameday Live

Sports World Busy Again
Dunn Daily Record

Garrard to start for Jags
Raleigh News & Observer

-His time has come
   Garrard says he’s ready
-Del Rio had made up his mind
   It was time for a change

Garrard named new starter, Leftwich is out
Jacksonville Times Union

August 31, 2007
Paint it Purple Friday
Anniversary - Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (10th)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
QAR divers on the hunt

-BVL: Game day shows headline station's lineup
WNCT: TOT (Kevin Monroe, Randy Alford)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Running back numbers work in Smith's favor
   It takes one to know one, so there should be no one better than East Carolina running backs coach and former ECU great Junior Smith to differentiate between the Pirates' diverse band of backs this season.
-Holtz- QB starter undecided after Wednesday workouts

Tackling with a heavy heart
   Come Saturday afternoon, the first emotion to come out of Travis Williams will be sympathy. That thought will be accompanied by understanding.
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Pirates to play opener in Blacksburg spotlight
   Nation will watch as Va. Tech healing process continues
Charlotte Observer

Katz- Interim coaches not a trend
   When Norfolk State, Maryland-Eastern Shore and East Carolina had coaching vacancies, all opted to go with an interim coach for the upcoming season. It's an odd choice but certainly not a growing trend in college hoops, writes Andy Katz.

East Carolina picks wrong place, time to be the underdog
   How would you like to be an East Carolina Pirate on Saturday?
The Virginian-Pilot

BLOG: Hokie, Hokie, Hi! Cheering at a changed Tech
Sporting News

-East Carolina-Virginia Tech Preview
-East Carolina adjusts to uncomfortable role

ECU Cross Country To Host 2007 Pirate Invitational

Skins fall; Campbell throws TD
  Backup quarterback David Garrard from East Carolina got the start, going 7-of-10 for 77 yards.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

August 30, 2007
National Marshmallow Toasting Day

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
Lions' den awaits in Blacksburg

-Gold: Nuggets of Gold
Coming of age in Greenville
WNCT: TOT (Bill Roth, Al Myatt)

-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
  ECU AD Addresses Feedback Of Recent Disciplinary Action
-College Colors Day Kicks-off Paint It Purple Fridays

Pirates to face Hokies in first game since campus tragedy
Memphis Commercial Appeal

ECU's punter will face trial by fire
   Starting your college punting career against Virginia Tech is something like taking a final exam on the first day of class.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Kass gets caught in the spotlight
East Carolinian

Starting QB will be game-time decision
Washington Daily News

Holtz has revealed his hand
Kinston Free Press

East Carolina (0-0) at (9) Virginia Tech (0-0)
Raleigh News and Observer

Motivation for the coach
   East Carolina's Holtz finds special place for Pirates' biggest fan
Charlotte Observer (corrected link)

August 29, 2007
"According to Hoyle" Day
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
Anniversary - Hurricane Katrina

WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (Shankweiler, McCarthy)
WNCT: TOT (Jimmy Bass, Denny O'Brien)

-QB Rob Kass To Miss Season Opener
   Sophomore Was Expected To Make First Collegiate Start At Virginia Tech Saturday
-Volleyball Takes 3-1 Victory Over UNC Greensboro
   Stephanie Turner Records Career-High Five Aces In Win
-Cotton Named To Butkus Award Watch List
   Cotton Is One Of Six C-USA Players Named To Preliminary List
-Pirate GameDay Central
   The East Carolina Pirates will open up the 2007 football season this Saturday, Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. when they travel to Blacksburg, Va. to take on nationally-ranked (No. 9) on ESPN.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Kass suspended for season opener
   QB was arrested Saturday and charged with DWI
-Henry's shoulders are plenty broad
   Receiver has played many positions in ECU's offense
-Pirates announce newest Hall class
-Underage drinking targeted in weekend sweeps

ECU's Kass to miss opener
Raleigh News & Observer

Clay or Pinkney to replace suspended Kass
   QB was arrested Saturday and charge
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Fayetteville Observer
-ECU football preview
-Undersized Whitley strives for big numbers

ECU QB suspended for Tech game
   Frank Beamer said Tuesday a quarterback change might cause the Pirates to tweak their offense.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-Motivation for the coach
   East Carolina's Holtz finds special place for Pirates' biggest fan
Video | Coach Skip Holtz on a Special Friendship

ECU adjusts to role in this tale
Wilmington Star-News (AP)

Tech talks QBs; ECU loses starter for Saturday
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Tech Report- ECU quarterback suspended after DWI arrest
The Virginian Pilot

Pirates Kass arrested over weekend
Washington Daily News

From the Winston Salem Journal (AP)
-Holtz says that ECU is facing 'hornet's nest'
-Pirates suspend Kass for season opener

Q&A- Skip Holtz
East Carolina University Head Football Coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Virginia Tech.

Bevins Waiting For Offers
“Right now I think East Carolina is the closest school to offering me and the program that I am the most comfortable with,” Bevins explained.

WGHB: Live@5 (Dr. Steve Ballard)

August 28, 2007
Feast of Saint Augustine
Lunar Eclipse
I Have a Dream Day

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Game week opens on sour note
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Game Week Press Conference
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Greg Hudson)
WNCT: TOT (Nate Summers, Phil Steele)

-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
   East Carolina University Head Football Coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Virginia Tech.
-East Carolina Adds Three Members To Athletics Hall Of Fame
   East Carolina will enshrine three new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, including career ERA leader Dennis Burke, two-time Super Bowl champion John Jett and former All-America diver Dick Tobin.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Holtz- Pirates still a work in progress
   Though the players on ECU’s football team may be eager to start the season, the coaching staff is more hesitant.
-Beamer talks football amid questions on Vick, shooting

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Arrest puts QB in doubt
   Holtz speaks to the Pirates' QB situation prior to Virginia Tech game
-ECU's Kass facing DWI charge
   East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz is facing the most difficult kind of quarterback controversy in light of the DWI arrest of slated starter Rob Kass early Saturday morning.
-A tall order
   ECU's young team gears up for opener at No. 9 Va. Tech

Brian Bailey: ECU's QB Arrested / Trouble off the field

WGHB: Live@5 (Skip Holtz)
-"Unbelievable Challenge"

Hokies set to open 2007 campaign
   Game notes in pdf format

QB change heralds new era for East Carolina
Greensboro News-Record

Pirates QB Kass charged with DWI
Raleigh News & Observer

ECU ready for emotion at Tech
Hampton Roads Daily Press

ECU adjusts to uncomfortable role in Va. Tech's comeback story
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Virginia Tech fans urged to root for road team
USA Today

Skip Holtz not ready to make decision on whether Kass will start Saturday
Kinston Free Press

Steelers Notebook- Barlow, 9 others let go; next cuts come Saturday
   Richard Koonce cut by Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

August 27, 2007
Birthday - President Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th President)
Birthday - Mother Teresa

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 317
Game shouldn’t be exploited

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates face early challenge
   First five games present tough test for inexperienced players
-Scouting the Pirates
-Players to watch
-Conference USA

'Crazier things can happen'
   Coach Skip Holtz agrees the Pirates face a tough task, but they'll show up.
Roanoke Times

Pirates preparing for emotional scene at Virginia Tech
   East Carolina coach Skip Holtz prepares team for a tough opener.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates face numerous challenges in "Hokie Nation"
   Rob Kass set to make first start at Quarterback
-Backfield full of depth
-Linebackers sure to be an intimidating force
-ECU basketball undergoes coaching shakeup

From the Wilmington Star-News (AP)
-Pirates right their ship
-Lawhorn learning trade at third

QB Carr says broken toe won't slow him down, much
   The Panthers made their first cuts to move close to the 75-man roster limit that must be reached by Tuesday at 4 p.m., releasing seven players including East Carolina's Eric Graham.
Charlotte Observer

ECU Notes- Chemist develops polymer for topical treatments
Greenville Daily Reflector

Linkmeister Note: Per the Pioneer Press...Vikings' wide receiver Aundrae Allison hurt his back during the first half of play versus the Seattle Seahawks and did not return.


September 2, 2007

Virginia Tech struggles but gets the win
   Virginia Tech’s offensive line struggled, its defense was caught off guard, and the Hokies got a greater test than most everyone anticipated. The four-touchdown favorites trailed in the first half and had to outlast the Pirates for a 17-7 win.
The Virginian Pilot

   Victory was more than a ball game
Bluefield (WV) Daily Telegraph

From the Roanoke Times
-Opening day a strain
   East Carolina makes the Hokies earn every yard they get, but Tech's defense remains stingy.
-Quarter by quarter- Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina
-Hokies come together after tragedy

A win, and some relief
   Virginia Tech struggles to pass the test of an emotional game against stubborn East Carolina.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Emotional Hokies escape ECU
Staunton (VA) News Leader

Tech students were ready for some football
Lynchburg News and Advance

It's just one game, but it helped the healing
Fort Worth Star Telegram

   Mountaineers slide by Michigan 34-32; Rauch nails field goal with :24 left
Watauga Democrat

From the Charlotte Observer
-App-elation! Mountaineers stun No. 5 Michigan
-Biggest upset in NCAA history?
-Independence must start anew
   Elder ends Patriots' winning run at 109 games
-Virginia Tech opener brings surreal scene
   One East Carolina graduate, the son of a friend, told me that Saturday was the best football experience he had ever had.

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Appy hour in Ann Arbor
-Wolfpack arrives late for opener
-On a memorable day, football atmosphere returns to Chapel Hill

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Yates guides Tar Heels to victory in Davis' debut
   As far as first impressions go, this one was first-rate. T.J. Yates tossed a touchdown pass on the first throw of his college career, and the North Carolina at Chapel Hill football team rolled past James Madison 37-14 Saturday night in its first game with Butch Davis as head coach.
-Huskies leave Devils still looking for win
   For one drive Saturday, the Duke Blue Devils looked like a team determined to emphatically end the nation's longest losing streak.
-Dascenzo- It could get worse for Devils
-O'Brien, Pack lose joust with Knights
   If season openers are supposed to reveal what’s in store for the rest of the year, N.C. State’s was a raging disappointment.
-UNC-CH breaks ground for Boshamer upgrades

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Hokies remember, rejoice
   They came to Lane Stadium on Saturday dressed in familiar orange and maroon, formed long lines for the giant turkey legs and rejoiced in being Virginia Tech Hokies fans.
-Pack's rally not enough
   UCF spoils debut for O'Brien.
-Partyers, monitors mix well
   Volunteers remind N.C. State fans to behave themselves while tailgating.
-Foster helps spread out Tar Heels' offense
   Big play gets UNC-CH off to good start.

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mountaineers win one for the ages
   Appalachian State shocks Michigan 34-32 on late field goal
-No fluke- Blocking kicks a point of emphasis for ASU
-Wake Forest suffers painful defeat with injury to Skinner

Solid start for UNC-Pembroke
Fayetteville Observer

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-A long way to Geaux
   Spurrier calls the team ‘average’ after Gamecocks are forced to survive their opener
-Gamecocks suspend Thompson
   USC unveils new fundraising video; new rule has no affect on Succop

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Gamecocks struggle to stop the rush, but win 28-14
-USC wins with QB shuffle

USC escapes Ragin' Cajuns
Greenville (SC) News

Seems like old times
Charleston (WV) Gazette

September 1, 2007

From the Roanoke Times
-Tear up, tee it up
   Vince Hall, All-ACC linebacker for Virginia Tech, says, 'I'm sure I'll have a tear or two in my eyes' at pregame ceremonies honoring April 6 shooting victims.
-VT-ECU game breakdown
-ESPN in town for good reason
-BLOG: Live Lane Stadium press box gameday reports
-Beamer- Taylor won't play against East Carolina
-Tragedy returns fans early
-Emotions run deep

From the Virginian Pilot
-For Tech, today will be a game to remember
-Merritt takes silver in 400 at world meet

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Coaches share in healing process
-They're ready for some football: Hokies Nation eager to cheer after the mourning

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Let's play football!
   UNC, N.C. State begin season with new coaches; Wake Forest, ECU need wins to verify success; and Duke just needs a win, period
-College football- ASU, Tenn., Georgia
-College football- ECU, Ga. Tech
-College football- UNC-CH, WFU, NCSU and Duke

From the Charlotte Observer
-College football fans play up hopes
   If college football doesn't grab you today, it will next Saturday when South Carolina plays at Georgia, North Carolina plays at East Carolina and, in a game that features members of different species, Nebraska plays at Wake Forest.
-Patriots play on national stage
   Game on artificial turf at 35,000-seat stadium

Big 4 need opening wins
Fayetteville Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Butch gets first good look today vs. JMU
-Front five a big question mark for Wolfpack
Devils know proof is in wins

O'Brien excited about Wolfpack debut
   The past three NC State coaches have won their debuts since Tom Reed’s team lost to East Carolina in its 1983 opener.
Burlington Times News

UNC-CH- Always upbeat, Davis sells his vision
Greensboro News-Record

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Let's get it started
   Deacons, Eagles don't have chance to ease into season
-ASU headed to Big House
   Appalachian will face 'great challenge' at No. 5-ranked Michigan
-O'Brien will demand a lot from the Wolfpack

WVU opens most-hyped season ever
Beckley (WV)
Register Herald

WVU’s climb, an impressive project and recruiting
Charleston (WV)  Gazette

WVU may unleash new offense
Washington (PA) Observer Reporter

UNCW to taste home cooking
   The regular season starts earlier than ever and it's loaded with games, including the most in Trask Coliseum in 30 years.
Wilmington Star-News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Chris Smelley leads Gamecocks into action tonight
   The regular season starts earlier than ever and it's loaded with games, including the most in Trask Coliseum in 30 years.
-Stadium condos take tailgating to new level

August 31, 2007

Hokies' Lane Stadium entrance will be special

Diverse paths to Blacksburg
Richmond Times Dispatch

Weekend Primer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Davis spearheads cultural change
-Pack respects firm O'Brien

From the Charlotte Observer
-Steelers dump on Panthers
  Panthers cautious with starters in exhibition

ESPN reaches more of U
  Charlotte based ESPNU finally on cable in it's own backyard

Tech can learn lessons from past tragedies
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Fayetteville Observer
-UNC-CH ready to unveil glimpse of its future
-UNC-CH football preview

Wake Forest may benefit in crossover scheduling
Winston-Salem Journal

From USA Today
-ACC football faces conference criticism
-Weekend Forecast- Getting ready for a new season

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-A look at Saturday's games
-Good will previals at UNC-CH

Dukes feel conflict over UNC-CH opener
Roanoke Times

Wolfpack anglers are ready to defend their national title
New Bern Sun Journal

What's happening in the Big East
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Bulls fortunes tied to Grothe
Florida Sun-Sentinel

Doug Martin's Kent State Spoils Chizik's Debut At Iowa State

Funeral money OK'd for Sooners
Wilmington Star-News (AP)

August 30, 2007

Tech WR Whitaker back in court
Roanoke Times

All eyes on Tech
   Fans across the country are eager to watch quarterback Sean Glennon's performance this season, but now it's for a different reason
Richmond Times Dispatch

Beamer, Hokies strive for emotional balance in opener

Hopeful Hokies begin season against Pirates
Sports Network

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-We're ready for some football
-Hokies' lunch box to have added meaning

College football preview 2007- 'Life will go on'
The Virginian Pilot

New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Hokies, families move on
-UNC-CH suspends safety Arnold
-Big Ten's really big venture

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Davis faces tall task at UNC-CH
-Davis' reputation already a plus for Heels
-N.C. State's Brown ready for leadership role
-NC State football preview

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Twelve first-timers to start for Heels in opener
-Arnold suspended indefinitely
   Cooter Arnold played all over the place during his first two seasons on the Tar Heel football team. But he won't play anywhere in UNC-CH's season opener against James Madison on Saturday (6 p.m., ESPN 360) at Kenan Stadium. Arnold has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules, UNC-CH coach Butch Davis said Wednesday.
-New kicker to stretch legs in Pack's opener

Jagodzinski's first step- take BC to next
Boston Globe

Out of gate, Jagodzinski faces Wake
Baltimore Sun

From the Winston Salem Journal
-New offense is a work in progress
   Panthers will try to get things on track in their preseason finale tonight against Steelers
-Mountaineers hope to rely on quickness
   ASU will face big, experienced team against Michigan
-Scratching Heads- Wake Forest's coaching staff not quite sure what the Boston College offense will have up its sleeve

Tigers look to add Tide to schedule
   Although Clemson's 2008 non-conference schedule is technically full, Central Florida has asked out of its contract to lighten its load since joining Conference USA.
Rock Hill Herald

Jacksonville wants to keep ACC games
Orlando Sentinel

Smelley thrown into action in first college game
   Chris Smelley figured he was going to get playing time this year. But the USC quarterback didn't expect to start the first game of his college career.
Spartanburg Herald Journal

Head up 421 for our state’s best football
   North Carolina's gridiron highway no longer goes through Durham. Nor does it go through Chapel Hill or Raleigh or Greenville.
Greensboro News-Record

Q&A with N.C. High School Athletic Association executive director Charlie Adams
   N.C. High School Athletic Association executive director Charlie Adams has been outspoken about the negative effects of having college football teams play on Friday nights -- traditional high-school playing days.
Charlotte Observer

Quarterback White or tailback Slaton: A perplexing puzzle
Beckley Register-Herald

USC wants to keep it simple
Columbia (SC) The State

College Football Season Kicks Off on SIRIUS August 30

August 29, 2007

Hokies to honor shooting victims before opener

Football unites as Virginia Tech continues healing
USA Today

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Virginia Tech- Chris Ellis gaining the upper-hand
-Virginia Tech- Team tidbits
-Beamer offers thoughts on Vick
-An injury away from the spotlight

From the Roanoke Times
-Moment to remember
  An ECU delegation will present Gov. Tim Kaine, Tech President Charles Steger, Weaver and others with a $100000 donation to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.
-Special content added to lunch pail

Tech finalizes pregame plans for Saturday
Lynchburg News and Advance

With New Rover, Hokies Are in a Good Position
Washington Post

   A willingness to change lands Graham in Tech's starting lineup
Richmond Times Dispatch

Tirico Tackles Special Game at Virginia Tech
Washington Post

Hokies see lessons in the fall of school's favorite son
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (AP)

Wake Forest digs deep for clues about BC
Greensboro News-Record

From the Anderson Independent
-Clemson-FSU football- Labor Day date gives Bowden Bowl some zing
-Bowden Bowl brings back bittersweet memories
-Spurrier upbeat as new season approaches
-Clemson University freshman, swim team member dies

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Davis, Tar Heels name six game captains for opener vs. Dukes
-Devils hoping for a hot home-field advantage
-Duke special teams a work in progress

ASU got nice break to schedule Michigan
   Mountaineers excited to play their first game against a Big Ten team
Winston Salem Journal

Cook gets OK to return
Columbia (SC) The State

WVU will play '8-10 guys' in defensive backfield
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Rodriguez talks at length about offense
Beckley (WV)
Register Herald

August 28, 2007

From the Virginian Pilot
-A Tech season four years in the making
-Vick submits guilty plea to judge
-Merritt eager to take on Wariner again in Japan
   LaShawn Merritt can't stop talking about the time.
-U.Va. receivers aim to fill the gap

Former favorite son Vick mostly unnoticed at Virginia Tech

Prep school alum is no teddy bear
He's got a fight coming up Saturday afternoon when he makes his first college start in ninth-ranked Tech's season opener against East Carolina.
Roanoke Times

Hokies play with purpose
Salt Lake Tribune

College Football Wire Notes | Virginia Tech fans to show gratitude
Seattle Times

Monte & Jed- They have played football together through Pop Warner
   If not for a coaching change at East Carolina in December 2002, Bines probably would have ended up there.
Winston Salem Journal

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Delays continue for new stadium
   Park construction again pushed back
-Boyd relishes Year 6
   Boyd talked with East Carolina coach Skip Holtz, a former USC assistant, about a possible GA position with the Pirates.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Davis knows why he's here
   Butch Davis isn't here by accident. Come on, you know it and I know it. North Carolina at Chapel Hill's last big bowl game was on New Year's Day, 1950. The Tar Heels lost to Rice by 14 points at the Cotton Bowl. North Carolina at Chapel Hill's last ACC football championship was in 1980. That was the team with Lawrence Taylor that finished 11-1, but the blemish was huge -- a 41-7 loss at Oklahoma on Nov. 1.
-Georgia well-represented in UNC-CH's depth chart
-Evans named starter for Pack
   Tom O'Brien thinks Daniel Evans gives N.C. State the best chance to win. More than Nebraska transfer Harrison Beck.
-Patrick Bailey didn't need spring practice to prove he can lead Blue Devils' defense

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Rich to start at running back in opener
   North Carolina at Chapel Hill may play two or three different running backs during Saturday's season opener against James Madison.
-Heels defense must step up
-Evans still leader of the Pack
-Meyer- Moody picks Gators

Goddard happy, healthy heading into season
Washington Daily News

Aggies open with healthy enthusiasm
Greensboro News-Record

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Evans to start at QB for NC State
   The status of East Carolina quarterback Rob Kass for Saturday’s season opener at Virginia Tech was uncertain Monday after the sophomore was charged with driving while impaired over the weekend in Greenville.
-UNCP's Dials earns worthy promotion

From the Winston Salem Journal
-UNC-CH's Davis not sure what to expect in Saturday's game
   Tar Heels are set to play James Madison in season-opener
-Robinson ready for return to Deacs
   He had to sit out last season because of leg injury during Wake Forest's run to ACC title
-ASU to start six newcomers against Michigan
   Mountaineers will use a young defensive line against the Wolverines

The buzz about Butch
   The fervor surrounding tailback Emmanuel Moody's decision to transfer from Southern California to Florida - not North Carolina at Chapel Hill - offered insight into how football has increased in importance to a segment of UNC-CH fans.
Wilmington Star-News

Touring the college football nation-  Arrest puts damper on Hogs' opener
   Senior DE Harrison lets down coaches, and his teammates
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-New network adds to Big East exposure
-WVU's Dykes holds down the fort in middle

August 27, 2007

Hokies pull together as football fills key role
New Bern Sun Journal

Flowers sees no weakness
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Hokies expect rush of emotion
altimore Sun

Running with a purpose
   N.C. State's Brown dealing with brother's untimely death
Greenville Daily Reflector

Experimentation at QB widespread in the ACC
Raleigh News & Observer

Athletics director Terry Don Phillips chose wisely by staying at Clemson
Anderson Independent

Once homesick, Clemson's star runner now committed to Tigers
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC denies QB Mitchell
   University of South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman has upheld fifth-year senior quarterback Blake Mitchell’s one-game suspension, sports information director Steve Fink said late Sunday night.
-USC’s Cook has appendectomy

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-NCAA raises the stakes with rule change
   Connor Barth enters his senior season as one of the most highly touted kickers in the country. But Barth, who made all 10 of his field-goal attempts in 2006, wants people to know that he can do more than put the ball through the uprights. And thanks to a rule change in college football this season, he might get to show it.
-Duke hopes to take advantage of new rule

Duke’s Lewis hungry for first victory
Fayetteville Observer

Panthers QB Basanez is out for season
Charlotte Observer

New concrete track at Bristol gets mixed reviews
Winston Salem Journal

Run or pass- Wait and see
Charleston (WV) Gazette


September 2, 2007

-Sept. 1 C-USA Football Round-Up
   UCF Downs N.C. State 25-23
-Cougars Drop Season Opener at Oregon 48-27
-Rice Falls in Nail-Biter to Nicholls State, 16-14
-Blazers fall on road to Michigan State, 55-18
-Jackson's Late Burst Propels UTEP Past New Mexico, 10-6

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF Knights shock Wolfpack 25-23
   It started with the longest run in UCF history. And though it took some gutsy calls and a little luck to eventually get there, it ended with one of the biggest wins in the program's history as well.
-Mike Bianchi- Forget how for now; enjoy win
-The Recap- UCF 25, N.C. State 23
-Wolfpack adjust after Knights' early dominance
-A star turn for Knights RB Smith
-Knights score upset in Raleigh

From the Birmingham News
-Spartans flex muscles against smaller Blazers
   Neil Callaway left a locker room filled with disappointed UAB football players, walked swiftly to the post-game interviews and eventually said what he had worried he'd have to say after the Blazers opened his tenure as the program's head coach at Michigan State.
   The little things didn't kill the Blazers. UAB lost to a better team. The Blazers didn't add to their woes with silly personal fouls and costly 5-yard penalties, as they have often done in the past. That's a good omen.
-Callaway- Coaches must do better job of getting players' attention
   The day Neil Callaway dreamed about during the past 29 years turned out be a forgettable afternoon.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Successful start
   The Southern Miss football team picked up where the 2006 edition ended – leaning on a stout defense backed up by the legs of Damion Fletcher.
-USM passes test on special teams
-No telling yet about the Eagles
-$3.2 million scoreboard is a standout
-Golden nuggets

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-USM Football- Golden Eagles start slow, soar past Skyhawks
-Super soph Fletcher runs past century mark again
-USM able to run, but next week ...
-For USM, wet stuff only down side on otherwise rosy day

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Down 23-0, Tigers roar back into game, but fall on failed conversion
-West frustrated by offensive line
-No stadium consensus emerges among fairgrounds tailgaters

From the Houston Chronicle
-Safety sinks Rice in marathon loss to Nicholls St.
   A blocked punt after a pair of lengthy weather delays was all it took to spoil the debut of Rice coach David Bailiff, whose Owls were shocked by Nichols State 16-14 in the season opener.
-UH mistakes let Oregon walk away with easy win
   Ducks exploit Cougars' mistakes; Alridge rushes for 205 yards

From the Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
-Miami rolls Marshall, 31-3
   New football season, same worst case starting scenario. Saturday at the Orange Bowl, two first half turnovers decided Miami's 31-3 victory.
-Freshmen have trial by fire in Miami
   Consider a collection of Marshall University freshmen officially broken in.
-Snyder able to focus on positives
-Schedule will be challenge for Herd, new coach

Mistakes multiply Marshall misery
Charleston (WV) Gazette

UTEP's victory all old school
El Paso Times

September 1, 2007

Today's C-USA Games
-East Carolina @ Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA ESPN 12:00 a.m. ET
-Marshall @ Miami Miami, FL ESPN U 12:00 a.m. CT
-UAB @ Michigan State East Lansing, MI ESPN 2 11:00 a.m. CT
-Houston @ Oregon Eugene, OR 2:30 p.m. CT
-Ole Miss at Memphis Memphis, TN CSS 2:30 p.m. CT
-UCF @ NC State Raleigh, NC ESPN 360 7:00 p.m. ET
-Tennessee-Martin @ Southern Miss Hattiesburg, MS 6:00 p.m. CT

-Nicholls State @ Rice Houston, TX 7:00 p.m. CT
-New Mexico @ UTEP El Paso, TX CSTV 9:00 p.m. CT

From the Birmingham News
-Five Blazers arrested by Birmingham police
-Young Blazers, new coach face rude welcome at Michigan State

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Change of view suits UCF
-UCF at N.C. State

West regains healthy outlook
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Herd lineman looks forward to challenge
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Miami ‘D’ may be toughest Herd faces
-MU sets 2008-09 non-conference grid slate

Houston Chronicle

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles begin season
-Eagles, Skyhawks similar in style
-USM meets Tennessee-Martin for first time today
-On paper, Eagles should win easily

Eagles seeking answers
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Southern Miss looks for victory in opener
Biloxi Sun Herald

New Tulane receivers coach a nice catch
New Orleans Times Picayune

SMU senior Muse out for season opener
Dallas Morning News

From the Tulsa World
-Errors throw scare into TU coach
-TU Notebook- Back in the running

August 31, 2007

-Tulsa Wins Season Opener Over UL-Monroe 35-17
   Tulsa scores 21 unanswered second-half points
-Houston Concludes Oregon Prep
-Inclement Weather Cuts Short Day 19 Of Tulane's Football Practice
-SMU Men's Basketball Announces 2007-08 Schedule
-2007 C-USA Soccer Season Kicks Off Today

From the Tulsa World
-Golden beginning
  Todd Graham's shirt was wet and his voice was worn, but a grin shined on his face following Tulsa's 35-17 win at Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday night.
-Smith has strong outing for Hurricane
-Clay's Day
-Hurry-up, no-huddle offense makes impressive debut
-TU two-minute drill
-Freshmen have big impact
-Hurricane defensive trio meshes in second half
-TU-Louisiana-Monroe notebook
-Tulsa wins in Graham's debut

From the College Football News
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 1 C-USA Games
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 1 Conference USA Games, Part 2

Conference USA notebook
Charleston (WV)

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers working hard to put pieces together following embarrassing season in '06
-Cal's staff will have new look
  The Tigers' 16-game league schedule begins Jan. 9 with a home date against East Carolina

From the Birmingham News
-Webb hopes to make plays as wide receiver
  It's natural to think that Joseph Webb would have been down when UAB head coach Neil Callaway chose Sam Hunt to open the season at quarterback.
-Blazers to take on Kentucky in December
-Cooking up changes
  Legion Field and Papa John's have reached an agreement to sell pizza at all stadium events this year.

Golden Eagles open with young receivers
Mobile Register

Knights building a future
Florida Sun-Sentinel

From the Orlando Sentinel
-O'Leary turns up volume at practice
-Smith busy in the backfield
-ESPN Internet broadcast shouldn't be relied on
  Orlando-area UCF fans who were banking on using to catch the Knights' season opener at N.C. State Saturday night are probably out of luck.

Houston Yet To Name Starting QB For Oregon Visit

UH coach Briles still weighing options at quarterback
Houston Chronicle

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU lacks seasoning on defense
-Doherty says SMU schedule tough

Thundering Herd, Miami coaches excited to get going
Beckley Register Herald

Herd, Hurricanes have their starting QBs
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

All eyes on Miami
Huntington (WV)
Herald Dispatch

From the Hattiesburg American
-Facing his alma mater
-Bower names Estes starter

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Some Skyhawks formerly Eagles
-Wilson gives USM wild card on line

August 30, 2007

Conference USA previews
Fayetteville Observer

From the Dallas Morning News
-Preview- Conference USA
   The Conference USA race appears wide open, especially in the West division where parity reigns
-Sources- At least four vie for Big 12 post
   Those candidates include Rick Chryst, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference; Britton Banowsky, commissioner of Conference USA; Wright Waters, commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference; and interim Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, according to the sources.
-Preview- SMU Mustangs
   Twenty years after the death penalty, SMU coach Phil Bennett is talking not just about going to the program's first bowl since 1984, but also contending for the Conference USA title.
-Athletes raising money for Virginia Tech victims
-SMU, TCU are reaching higher
-SMU coaches pleased with sound kicking game
-Colleges checking up on referees
   Conferences working to keep their officials away from scandal

-UTEP and UAB Tops C-USA Preseason Cross Country Polls
-Owls Head Back to the Bubble
-Golden Eagle Baseball Hires Chad Caillet as Assistant Baseball Coach
-Callaway Pleased With Team's Progress As Michigan State Game Nears

Sullivan era begins as Tigers pay visit
   After 273 days of anticipation for Samford fans, Pat Sullivan will coach his first game for the Bulldogs tonight at Seibert Stadium.
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-A capsule look at Conference USA
-Herd prepared for Miami 'Heat'
-MU, Miami programs in similar positions

Herd travel team to Miami will include 10 true freshmen
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

O'Brien Well-Acquainted with O'Leary

Quotables- George O'Leary

Only thing now missing at UCF is more wins
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Bowens steps up as man in the middle
-Game crowd may top 50,000

USM fans may not like game
   IN ALL THE feel-good excitement and unbridled optimism that accompanies every football season, let's take a pessimistic look at Week 1.
Hattiesburg American

Golden Eagles rebuilding O-line
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Houston Chronicle
-Expect more of the same from UH, Southern Miss
-HOUSTON- Alridge fast becoming star in UH backfield
RICE- Fresh start heals old wounds

From the Tulsa World
-Tailor made
   Paul Smith won't allow himself to feel an ounce of nervousness when he walks into Louisiana-Monroe's football stadium on Thursday night.
-TU Notebook

Toledo says three OL ready to start
New Orleans Times Picayune

Blog: Houston looks to continue dominating in Conference USA

August 29, 2007

-Five C-USA Players Named to Butkus Award Watch List
   Award Honors the Nation's Top Linebacker
-UCF Softball Player Makes Big Sacrifice for a Good Cause
   Senior Ashley Van Ryn donated her long hair to Locks of Love.
-Seats Made Available for Fans Wanting to Follow Football to Arkansas State Game
-Coach Phil Bennett Hosted Press Conference on Texas Tech Game
-Golden Eagle Football Continues Tennessee-Martin Preparations
-Tulane's Matt Forté Named To Doak Walker Watch List
-Bright House Networks Stadium - Aerial Photo Gallery

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

From the Birmingham News
-Magic City not likely to lose its bowl game
   Not so fast, Louisville. The one-year-old Bowl, played at Birmingham's Legion Field, is not in danger of leaving anytime soon despite comments from the chief executive of the corporate sponsor.
-UAB lineman developed good footwork as tuba player in marching band

Wolfpack provide problems for UCF
Orlando Sentinel

TU completes drills for Louisiana-Monroe
Tulsa World

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-USM success rests on defense
-Golden Eagles rebuilding O-line

Get ready, get set for football
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM gets academic run-around
-USM Football- Physically fit

Marshall must avoid turnovers vs. Miami
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Freeman named starting QB vs. MU
Beckley (WV)
Register Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Snyder sizes up Hurricanes
-MU quarterbacks to share spotlight
-Herd to have 10 games televised this season
-Tough schedule, new coach face UAB fans in '07

Tigers big on stable of swift, wide-bodied wideouts making difference
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH NOTEBOOK- Briles applauds rule change on kickoffs
-Rice coach Bailiff brings amassed knowledge to sideline

August 28, 2007

-2007 Conference USA Football Preseason Notebook
   The 2007 Conference USA football season gets underway on Thursday to kick off an exciting holiday weekend of conference action. Seven games will be featured on national television, beginning with Tulsa's Thursday night visit to Louisiana-Monroe (7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2) and concluding with SMU hosting Texas Tech on Monday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
-West Virginia at Marshall Football Game Sold Out

Coach Tommy West Press Luncheon Quotes, Aug. 27
Reckling Park Resurfacing
USM Begins Preparations for Tennessee-Martin with Evening Practice
Tulane's Defense Steps Up In Day 17 Of Football's Preseason Practice
Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes

C-USA Coaches Comment On Openers

Blazers will open season without Dunbar
   When UAB opens its season Saturday at Michigan State, one of its top defenders won't be in the lineup.
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Herd's first game a piece of history
-Herd's Florida natives ready to battle Miami
-Friends of Coal Bowl sold out

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Miami coach concerned about suspicious man
   Marshall football notebook
-Steve Dunlap knows all about the Orange Bowl
   MU defensive coordinator planning for Hurricanes

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Eye on the 'Canes
-Herd’s Florida crew can’t wait for Miami game

Southern Miss jumping from good to great
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-McKee, back from foot surgery, lends pluck to USM's O-line
-CB Bailey draws starting position

Golden Eagles set to open season Saturday
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Starting his 4th season with the Knights, Coach George O'Leary knows it's . . .
-Formidable fourth year
-Opening game will dictate adjustments

From the Tulsa World
-Hurricane has to hit right note in opener
   COACHES NEVER SAY that a particular game is a "must-win" on the schedule.
-TU Notebook- Graham speaks

Pair of ex-Rebels set to start Tiger careers
   When the University of Memphis and Ole Miss begin their college football seasons Saturday against one another at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, it will signal the kickoff to more than a game between Mid-South rivals.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

SMU aims to play keep-away from Tech
Dallas Morning News

UH's Briles playing quarterback hand close to his vest
Houston Chronicle

Green Wave's defense steps up the pressure
New Orleans Times Picayune

UTEP has very unique schedule to start season
   While many UTEP fans are accustomed enough to the Miners' schedule to take it for granted, it really is fairly unique for any college team.
El Paso Times

August 27, 2007

Knost Wins 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship
   Former SMU All-American Colt Knost, the 2007 C-USA Golfer of the Year, earned a 2-and-1 victory over Michael Thompson of Tucson, Ariz., to win the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

Southern Miss vs. Tennessee-Martin
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Injuries have been mounting for Marshall
Beckley Register Herald

Herd roster takes shape
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Herd key- Score 31 to succeed
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Knights' tale of resurgence
Raleigh News & Observer

Toledo takes Tulane in new direction
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
-Tarrion's time- Hurricane's Adams is healed, ready to be team leader
-TU Notebook- Sunday workout

Miner notes- Starting running back sits out scrimmage
El Paso Times

Tigers' Jones receives wise counsel from No. 1 fan, his grandmother
Memphis Commercial Appeal