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East Carolina


Conference USA

September 9, 2007
National Grandparent's Day
Wonderful Weirdos Day
Birthday - Colonel Sanders (KFC)

East Carolina-UNC-Chapel Hill Game Center
Pinkney hurls himself into history
ECU-UNC-Chapel Hill Box Score
Conference USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
BVL Audio:
Holtz, Pinkney, Williams post-game
WNCT: Replay the Post-game Call-in Show
WNCT: Replay the Game Day Countdown Show

Pinkney, Hartman Lead East Carolina Past North Carolina 34-31
   Ben Hartman's 39-yard field goal in final seconds of game gives Pirates the victory

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
Pinkney flourishes in first start for Pirates
   Patrick Pinkney dived headlong into East Carolina's offensive playbook in Saturday's 34-31 triumph over North Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and even added some wrinkles of his own.
-Mitchell relishes win against UNC
-Pirates boot Heels
-Al Clark- Sometimes it gets hard to root against your home team
-Around Campus: ECU CyberKnife bid denied
-Around Town: Greenville mayor wins collard challenge

East Carolina slips by North Carolina
   We don't need state laws or talk of economic impact and fundamental fairness to argue that East Carolina and North Carolina should meet
Greensboro News-Record

Pirates trip Tar Heels
   East Carolina kicker Ben Hartman had felt the agony and he finally experienced the ecstacy.
Fayetteville Observer

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-ECU beats UNC
-Purple or Blue, this is a rivalry
   Who says ECU and UNC aren’t rivals?
-Onslow County Tar Heels hang heads high
   Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was like pure bedlam on acid.

Pirates top Tar Heels
Burlington Times News

ECU field goal downs UNC
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates boot Tar Heels
-ECU edges Carolina on last-second kick
Johnson catches on with new Pinkney
Hartman shines after bad start
-Hartman has the last laugh
-Recap- East Carolina vs. North Carolina
-Photo gallery- UNC at ECU
-Video- UNC-ECU recap

From the Charlotte Observer
-Pirates have last word vs. Heels

   Hartman's field goal gives East Carolina victory on final play
East Carolina gives us a kick
-Game filled with drama

Pirates edge Tar Heels
Ben Hartman got an unexpected chance at redemption last night, thanks to North Carolina’s ineptness, and booted East Carolina to victory
Winston Salem Journal

From Inside Carolina (
-East Carolina Outlasts UNC, 34-31
   In an intense rivalry game full of momentum shifts and big plays, East Carolina prevailed over North Carolina in an epic 34-31 battle on an UNC special teams blunder that resulted in a game-winning Ben Hartman 39-yard field goal.
UNC-ECU- Postgame Quotes + Audio
-UNC-ECU- Between The Lines

Heels mishandle shot at game-winner
   Butch Davis felt comfortable with the outcome of the game resting on Connor Barth's right foot. Unfortunately for Davis and his North Carolina football team, Barth never got a chance to swing his leg with the game on the line.
Durham Herald-Sun

Wow, What a Game between UNC and ECU

From the Wilmington Star News
-Kicker shakes off three misses to hit winner
Tailgating just different when you're Down East
Rare trip east for Heels

September 8, 2007
Pirate Gameday

-Pirate GameDay Central
-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
   Make no mistake - we want to win this game Saturday and show the State and the Nation what Pirate Football is all about. At the same time, we should be good hosts and create a healthy environment for both teams that will set a standard and make football weekends enjoyable for everyone.
-Volleyball Takes Out NC State 3-1
-Amy Szilard's Overtime Goal Lifts ECU To A 1-0 Victory Over Old Dominion

Pirate Gameday
-Pirate athletic event calendar
ECU All Access

UNC-Chapel Hill @ East Carolina
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at East Carolina University - Greenville, NC -6:00 PM EST
XM channel 191
Sirius channel n/a Gameday Forecast: North Carolina @ East Carolina

WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)
ISP-PSN list of affiliates

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates ready for rival Heels
-Game preparation complete
   Pirate ship kicks off '07 home season
-Greenville, ECU police stand ready for kickoff
   East Carolina University plans to deploy its full complement of police officers for today's gridiron match-up between the Pirates and UNC-Chapel Hill.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Now, it's personal
   Familiar foes: That will certainly be the case today when North Carolina takes on East Carolina and N.C. State visits Boston College
-ECU QB Pinkney can redeem painful memory
   Years ago, the 1973 season to be exact, East Carolina defensive back Reggie Pinkney was flagged for a controversial pass interference in a game at North Carolina.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-The wait is over
   Darryl Reynolds needed to learn some patience. The freshman cornerback at East Carolina also had to learn discipline.
-Pirates welcome Tar Heels
  Patrick Pinkney’s wait was a long one, but today the junior will finally get the nod to start at quarterback for East Carolina.
-Pirates, Heels meet for 11th time
   This might not be the best place for a quarterback to make his road debut, but it’s the next step for North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates.

Pirates know UNC-Chapel Hill game offers big opportunity (AP)

Port City products critical to ECU's hopes
Wilmington Star-News

From friends to foes for ex-Richmond duo
Fayetteville Observer

High school rivals set to clash again
   C.J. Wilson, Trimane Goddard and Jock Moore played their high school football not far from the shadows of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Washington Daily News

Pirates expect to test Heels
   North Carolina at Chapel Hill's football players aced their first test, but they had the benefit of working in favorable conditions. That won't be the case when the Tar Heels (1-0) play at East Carolina (0-1) today (6 p.m., CSTV).
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Heels, Pirates resuming rivalry
   North Carolina and East Carolina — old rivals separated by a little more than 100 miles of asphalt — will play each other in football today for only the 11th time.
-History lesson- ECU vs. the ACC

UNC@Chapel Hill -ECU- Is it really a rivalry?
   They can agree on this much: At 6 p.m. today, the football will be kicked off and North Carolina will play East Carolina. Beyond that, it's all up for debate.
Greensboro News-Record

Familiar faces for UNC-ECU
Charlotte Observer

CFN's Take- East Carolina vs. North Carolina

Bill Hass on the ACC- Road Game a Big Challenge for Young QB Like Yates

Game Day- UNC vs. East Carolina

Football Free Pick- North Carolina-East Carolina
Offshore Insiders

Former ECU Football Player Big In NASCAR

Vikes avoid TV blackout / New number
   Rookie Aundrae Allison switched his jersey number this week from 14 to 84, which will make him the first player to wear Randy Moss’s old number in a regular-season game since Moss was traded in March 2005. (AP)

Falcons DT Coleman likely to miss 2-4 weeks
   The Falcons had hoped to have Coleman back for Sunday's opener at Minnesota, at least for spot duty and in passing situations, after he missed much of training camp and the preseason while rehabilitating from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured right quadriceps. The quad tear was sustained in a jet-ski accident in April on draft weekend.

WNCT: Talk of the Town (Brook Valley Road Show)

September 7, 2007
Paint it Purple Friday
Grandma Moses Day
Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
Anniversary - Google Founding
Birthday - Buddy Holly (musician)

Kevin's Keys to the Game
WNCT: TOT (David Garrard, Caulton Tudor)

-Women's Soccer Gameday Central
   The East Carolina women's soccer team will host Old Dominion this Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Bunting Field. The match is the first of the Parent's weekend, as ECU will also host Furman Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
-Replay Photos Announces Launch Of ECUPHOTOS.COM

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Williams prefers ECU jersey over redshirt
   Jonathan Williams could have worn a redshirt this season like most true freshmen in the East Carolina football program.
-Eyeing some pirate loot

For Pirates, Heels, rivalry is real
Rocky Mount Telegram

A rare opportunity
   ECU fans, players can't wait to get Heels on their turf
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Washington Daily News
-Whitehead already impressing Godwin
   For nearly the final two years of high school, Trent Whitehead had visions of playing for the East Carolina Pirates.
-Wilson ready for ‘biggest game’
   The Game Day crew was there. The Pirates were facing the No. 9 team in the country. More than 66,000 fans were on their feet in Blacksburg, Va., to see East Carolina battle the Virginia Tech Hokies.

ECU's Mitchell will play against former team
Durham Herald-Sun

Gryphons' Jenkins commits to Pirates
Rocky Mount Telegram

Weekend Preview- Intersectional games for Pac-10
   East Carolina, after playing very well at Virginia Tech, has a more realistic chance to break into the win column against North Carolina.
USA Today

-East Carolina Game Guide
   The Tar Heels begin a stretch of three road games in four weeks with Saturday's trip to Greenville.
Podcast: Aaron Stahl (.mp3)
Podcast: Kyle Jolly (.mp3)
Podcast: Butch Davis Sep. 5 Post-Practice (.mp3)
Video:: Butch Has Chapel Hill Believing

Foster hoping to fly under radar
   Tar Heel Wide receiver content to let Nicks draw all the attention
Winston Salem Journal

Head-to-Head- UNC-CH vs. ECU
InsideCarolina (

Friday Morning Sneak Preview

Preview- North Carolina vs. ECU

Traffic Issues for East Carolina Football Game

Sabino still considering Tech; Thompson set to visit LSU
   Roswell running back Alex Daniel has visits planned to Central Florida and East Carolina.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

GAME 1 PREVIEW- Jaguars vs Titans
   The match-up that will likely decide the game is David Garrard against himself.
Titans Insider

Jaguars’ home opener could be blacked out for first time ever
   The team sold more than 1000 tickets following last week’s announcement that quarterback David Garrard would replace unpopular starter Byron Leftwich.
Naples Daily News

September 6, 2007

Myatt: View from the 'ville
Heels likely to open up against Bucs

WNCT: TOT (A. Chansky, M. Wharton, Jenn Holtz)

-From The Desk Of Terry Holland
   ECU Athletics Director Responds To Virginia Tech Sportsmanship Effort
-ECU Baseball Starts Fall Practice
   Following its eighth NCAA Regional appearance in the last nine years, East Carolina Head Baseball Coach Billy Godwin guided the 2008 Pirates through a spirited three-and-a-half-hour work out to open fall practice today at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
-Men's Golf Announces Award Recipients
   Robin Smith named first receipeint of Ray Sharpe Award and Andre Thorsen named team MVP
-Pirate GameDay Central
   The East Carolina Pirates (0-1) will host in-state rival North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0) this Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Pirates home opener at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-One-time Heels prepare for former team
   Mitchell, Hands have unique perspective on UNC-CH
-Baseball season?
   East Carolina begins fall practice Wednesday
-ECU fans speak out on rivalry
   Tar Heel quarterback T.J. Yates doesn't understand.Why, he asks, do Pirate fans raise their swords at the very mention of UNC-CH?
-Collard Festival getting a taste of rivalry

From the East Carolinian
-Time to leave the blues at home
   The next time you think of spending $20 on a shirt or hat representing another school, just remind yourself that you may be helping them buy one more basketball for practice, one more computer for learning or one more brick for building. If we are to be taken seriously by our neighbors to the west, it is time for us to start wearing our colors a little more proudly.
-Virginia Tech avoids a scare from ECU
   Pirates make too many mental mistakes against "America's team"
-ECU faithful receive warm welcome from Hokie fans
-Pirates look to beat UNC for first time in 32 years
   UNC-CH will be making its second trip to Greenville
-Hefner leads the way as ECU wins season opener

Pinkney gets chance to relive history
   East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney has seen the photo “once or twice’’ that is one of his father’s favorite possessions.
Fayetteville Observer

Pirates facing big, big game
New Bern Sun Journal

Pinkney to get his first career start against UNC-CH
Washington Daily News

Are the Heels up for an ECU challenge?
Wilmington Star News

ECU's former Heels Look Forward to Saturday

From InsideCarolina (
-Wednesday Butch Davis Quotes
   “Going on the road definitely presents its challenges, so we’ll have our hands full. Just watching tape on East Carolina, they’re very, very athletic, they’ve got a tremendous amount of team speed and their defense just looks extraordinarily talented."
-Mid-Week Notebook
   Wednesday's post-practice news and notes with Butch Davis.

Week 2: North Carolina-Chapel Hill at East Carolina
Athlon Sports

Owner backs Del Rio, Garrard, Jacksonville
Orlando Sentinel

Now full-fledged starter, Garrard gets another shot at Titans
Florida Times Union

September 5, 2007

Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Opener was stirring for all concerned
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (V. Hargreaves, L. Galloway)
WNCT: TOT (Denny O'Brien & others)

-A Proud Day For The Pirates
   Everyone in the Pirate Nation should be extremely proud of our heartfelt compassion and our generous caring contribution to the Virginia Tech Hokie Fund.
-Pirates Rally, Ace Campbell 3-1
-Expanded ECU Merchandise Available In More Locations
   Dick's Sporting Goods, Hibbet Sports, Wal-Mart and Lowe's to carry more ECU merchandise this season
-Special Online Video Of ECU-UNC@CH To Be Made Available Nationwide

The eyes have it
   Pinkney convinced coach he was ready to lead
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU's Pinkney on fast track
   Junior quarterback Patrick Pinkney wins starting job by inspiring Pirates, showing poise against tough defense
Raleigh News & Observer

Pinkney makes mark at QB in ECU's season-opening defeat
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

Emotions will be high for Pirates, Tar Heels
New Bern Sun Journal

Kass to return to ECU team
Washington Daily News

From the Chapel Hill News
-Happy days here again, for now
-UNC-CH at ECU football

September 4, 2007

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 318
Defense providing image makeover

BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Monday press luncheon
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Darrell Harrison)
Updated C-USA Scoreboard

-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
   East Carolina University Head Football Coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
-Women's Soccer Falls at Charlotte, 2-0

Holtz picks Pinkney
   Kass returns after DWI, but is on bottom of depth chart
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pinkney to start for East Carolina
   Holtz: Kass must earn his way back on field
-Davis, UNC-CH get ready for ECU

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Leaving home- UNC-CH prepares for trip to ECU
   North Carolina will step outside Kenan Stadium this week for an early first exposure to foreign playing turf, in-state rivalries and hostile crowd conditions.
Tar Heel's Davis no stranger to East Carolina

Pinkney gets nod for ECU
   Patrick Pinkney’s performance at quarterback for East Carolina against No. 9 Virginia Tech on Saturday has earned him a starting assignment when the Pirates host North Carolina at Chapel Hill this Saturday.
Fayetteville Observer

Copper ready to begin fourth season
Washington Daily News

Former Disney teacher Ron Clark, inspired film, opens Atlanta school
Atlanta Journal Constitution

September 3, 2007
Labor Day (US)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates are present once again during a time of need
   Thirty-two orange balloons took flight late Saturday morning, fanning out above
-ECU notes- ECU welcomes new scholars
-Around Town: Score one for the sign
   Pair embarks on mission to make Stadium Cleaners sign shine again

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Three QB’s better than one?
   Less than a week before East Carolina’s season-opener against Virginia Tech, disaster struck.
-Hokies’ town is not so terrible
   It’s always hard for me to enter Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.

From the Washington Daily News
-Atmosphere lives up to its billing at Virginia Tech
   It was everything that coach Skip Holtz had warned about and more.
-Virginia Tech takes an emotional win
   Virginia Tech charged onto the field with an enormous burden. Barely adults, these guys were playing for themselves, playing for their school, playing for all those maroon-clad fans.

The Roanoke Times: Multimedia from Saturday's VT-ECU game
Video: Pregame ceremonies
Video: First-half highlights
-Photo gallery: Images from the game
Audio slideshow: Hokie football helping lift a community from grief

WNCT 9 Sports - ECU Video

David Garrard sheds backup image
Orlando Sentinel

Under Garrard, the offense will change on the run
Florida Times Union


September 9, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Unsuccessful return for O'Brien
-Appalachian State runs over Lenoir-Rhyne
-Duke extends losing streak
-Duke's bright spots snuffed out

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Big games fatten Tech's coffers
   They face East Carolina each of the next eight years.
Tech's woes go well beyond QB

Devils better, but not enough
   After playing the second half of their season opener on the wrong side of midfield, the Duke Blue Devils flipped the field on Virginia.
Durham Herald-Sun

LSU Rolls Over the Hokies
   Combine this face-plant with Miami's 38-point whipping at Oklahoma and North Carolina's loss to East Carolina, and you have one rotten ACC weekend.

From the Charlotte Observer
-Season opens a door to dreams

Panthers fans sit on blue-chip holdings
Johnson pulls away to win at Richmond as Chase field set
Mountaineers fans don't let Michigan buzz fade
Gamecocks run to upset of Dogs
Turnovers bite Wolfpack

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Frustrating defeat- WFU misses some big chances to knock off No. 16 Nebraska
-Deacons feeling pain after coming up short

USF adds Auburn to its list of big-name victims
Birmingham News

September 8, 2007

ECU-UNC not only big game
Fayetteville Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Pack's Pressley out indefinitely
   N.C. State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley injured his knee during a non-contact drill Thursday and will be out indefinitely, Wolfpack officials announced Friday.
-Final Boston chapter
   Once the hubbub from today's game dies down, Tom O'Brien will be done with Boston College.
-Blue Devils need a win
   One year ago, Duke opened the season with a demoralizing loss in a winnable game at home, then had to open its ACC schedule on the road with everyone questioning whether the Blue Devils were even capable of competing.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Ryan- 'Now, we have to beat your butt'
-Mountain holler echoes on at APP
   The football team is getting back to business, but fans are still on Cloud 9.
-Williams honored at Hall

From the Greenville (SC) News
-'Crucial game' paves way for USC, Georgia
-Jordin Lindsey ruled ineligible for season

LSU, Hokies ready for the show
   We found ourselves talking about everything other than East Carolina. Then we were picked to win big, and I'm sure that motivated East Carolina.
The Daily Advertiser

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Tweaking Deacons- New QB Hodges hasn't been Grobe's biggest concern
-Wait is over- Wake Forest has rare chance to settle an old score against one of college football's elite
-Nebraska fans give unused tickets away
-Pittsburgh AD may replace Broyles at Arkansas
-Johnson, Gordon make front row at Richmond

Wake will look to air, ground amid sea of red
Greensboro News-Record

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-WVU capitalizes on fast starts
   Mountaineers have been quite good early
-Police say arrested players changed stories
-WVU coach could become very rich
   The completion of the seven-year deal for Rich Rodriguez is worth a total of $13,633,331 -- and that doesn't include a single incentive, many of which are attainable

Groh preaches patience
Roanoke Times

This week, Appy State is the target for an upset
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Rice, Rutgers scuttle Navy
Charlotte observer

SoCon visitors should test senior Seahawks
Wilmington Star-News

Bahamas trip helps Clemson's basketball Tigers, new point guard Stitt bond
Anderson Independent

September 7, 2007

Weekend Viewer's Guide - Week Two

Tar Heel's Foster makes impact in opener
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Former Havelock QB to get first start for Heels
   Havelock High School football fans watching the ECU game Saturday might recognize the starting Sam Linebacker on the field, but he won’t be wearing purple and gold, he’ll be wearing Tar Heel Blue.
New Bern Sun-Journal

For LSU and Virginia Tech, it's the tale of two tragedies
Monroe News Star

Beamerball a way of life
New Orleans Times Picayune

Everything you need to know about Nebraska and Wake Forest
   As recently as a few years ago, the notion of Nebraska venturing to Wake Forest for a football game would have triggered punch lines.
Greensboro News-Record

ACC can make big statement this weekend
Charlottesville Daily Progress

UR's '08 hoops schedule reflects A-10 adjustments
Richmond Times Dispatch

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-App State now eligible for poll
   AP reverses rule on Top 25 eligibility.
-Mountaineers find players who fit mold
-Eagles await former coach
   BC prepares to host O'Brien, State.
-Roof puts foot down
   Duke coach wants improved punting.
-Coach learned lessons early
-Canes offer peek at their new look
   Uniform undergoes minor redesign.

Duke gets two starters back Saturday
Durham Herald-Sun

ASU popular with national media
Watauga Democrat

Appalachian State's win worth a thousand words
Fayetteville Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Goldsmith unable to get coaching out of his blood
   He took the job at Lenoir-Rhyne after consulting with Appalachian State's Moore, a longtime friend
-WFU Notebook- Robinson is shooting for a Sept. 15 return
-Depleted Coastal Carolina to play WSSU Saturday

September 6, 2007

Front and center- Dyer gets his chance to lead UNC-CH's line
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Davis instilling no-nonsense discipline at UNC-Chapel Hill
   North Carolina safety Cooter Arnold will miss his second game this weekend for breaking team rules.
-Williams ready for Hall's call

UNC-CH's Davis Praises Yates' Decision-Making

From the Charlotte Observer
-PGA: Wachovia to remain in Charlotte through 2014
-Blog: ACC football points to ponder
-Panthers Preview: Reckoning time
-A feast for the masses at the track

What's in a name- $$$$
   BB&T's title sponsorship of what formerly was known as Groves Stadium will help Wake Forest fund the facility's ongoing renovation project.
Greensboro News-Record

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Ready to Step In- Hodges' athletic ability may give Deacons a boost
-ASU game sells out; apparel is in demand

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Mitchell looks like the guy
   Blake Mitchell appears to be headed for his first start of the 2007 season.
-So far, it's been better than Powell expected at Clemson

Strange things happen when USC, Georgia meet
Anderson Independent

Don't lose hope Hokies and Cavs
Hampton Roads Daily Press

NFL preview- 75 years of Redskins football
The Virginian Pilot

Kent State just trying to keep up

Martin faces alma mater
   Doug Martin said his return to Commonwealth Stadium will be his first since 1993 when he was offensive coordinator at East Carolina.
Knoxville News Sentinel

Beamer Can See More I-AA Upsets

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune
-Tigers hold key to beating Hokies

September 5, 2007

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Tar Heels lose Rice to injury
-Blue Devils face tougher tests on road
-O'Brien isn't in for warm welcome
Appalachian State returns to practice amid hype, distractions

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Mayors tune in on cable TV flap
   The mayors of Raleigh and Durham have entered the battle between Time Warner Cable and the sports network with the rights to the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.
-Pack unveils secret weapon
   Newcomer at place-kicker isn't even listed in N.C. State's football media guide.
-Heels' Rice to miss rest of season
   Starting North Carolina at Chapel Hill linebacker Chase Rice will be sidelined for the rest of the season because of ligament damage in his left ankle

From the Greensboro News Record
-College football notes- Tar Heels linebacker out for season
   Freshman Bruce Carter of Havelock will start Saturday at East Carolina in his place.
-Wake Forest turns QB job over to backup Brett Hodges
   Hodges threw for 1500 yards as a senior at Winter Springs High and had offers from South Florida, Central Florida and East Carolina.

ACC Week 2 Predictions
   It could be argued that ECU showed more in defeat than UNC-CH did in victory last week.
Bleacher Report

Glennon finds he has backer in Brady
   All you message-board posters and talk-show callers who simply can't resist ripping into Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon? Well, take this, Glennon says
Roanoke Times

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
-Tech must improve in a hurry
The line in the trenches
   Tech's line, with new starters at left guard and right tackle, produced 33 rushing yards in last Saturday's season opener against East Carolina.

Beamer: Individual breakdowns source of Virginia Tech's offensive line woes
Hampton Roads Daily Press (AP)

It’s about time we leave the Hokies alone
Fayetteville Observer

UVa Notebook- Groh receiving heat for loss to Wyoming
Lynchburg News and Advance

Heels Happy, Pack Half-Empty

Butch Davis gave fans something they hadn't seen since Mack Brown
Rocky Mount Telegram

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Grobe says no big lineup shake-ups are in store
-Pale Red- Nebraska fans may be sparse this weekend
   Nick the ticket guy was almost apologetic, or maybe embarrassed.  “We, uh, actually still have Wake Forest tickets available,” he said.
-WSSU's game vs. NC Central made tidy profit

New look for USC at Athens
Columbia (SC) State

Tigers rewarded with Top 25 ranking
Greenville (SC) News

From the Charlotte Observer
-Ex-Gamecocks receiver wows Vikings
-ASU upset a lesson to football skeptics
-Davidson-Winthrop in BracketBuster game?

Big Ten fans buying App. St. gear
   In the wake of Appalachian State University's history-making win over Michigan, Mountaineer fans are not the only ones that are seeking out App. hats and t-shirts.

Text ban gives recruits some space
Wilmington Star-News

September 4, 2007

Wolfpack, Pirates to go with new QBs
Charlotte Observer

Butch Davis Press Conference Quotes

From Inside Carolina (
Monday PC Quotes + Audio
   Inside Carolina's Monday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Butch Davis, T.J. Yates, Durell Mapp and Brooks Foster, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels begin preparations for Saturday’s game at East Carolina.
-Davis Pleased With Season Opener

Tar Heels hungry for more
   East Carolina will test the Tar Heels physically in ways James Madison couldn’t. “They’re a lot more experienced, they’re a lot more veteran team,”
Burlington Times News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels' tailback spot still in limbo
   North Carolina hoping one will step up in Saturday's matchup at East Carolina.
-Pack has plenty on plate
   After a season-opening loss to Central Florida, N.C. State and coach Tom O'Brien have work to do before the game against Boston College.
-ASU revels in the attention

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-UNC-CH gets a win, but not a lot of answers, vs. JMU
O'Brien calls out Wolfpack for 'over-inflated image'

Tech lines up the same
Roanoke Times

BLOG: A look back at Week 1 ...
The Virginian Pilot

Tech took tips from Titans
   O'Cain said the Hokies used three or four of the Titans' plays in last Saturday's season opener against East Carolina.
Richmond Times Dispatch

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers race to big lead, hold off No. 19 Seminoles
-Seminoles leave Clemson's Death Valley in grave condition
-Focus on Goldsmith Saturday vs. ASU

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Clemson hangs on
   The Tigers’ 24-18 win against 19th-ranked Florida State in the ninth Bowden Bowl wasn’t a masterpiece, but it served as an encouraging entre to the 2007 season for many of the 83,000 that packed Death Valley for the nationally televised, primetime game.
-Gamecocks' missed tackles irk Nix

West Virginia Football- Stopping White, Slaton tough job
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Passing defense remains a concern
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Wake quarterback Skinner isn't expected to play Saturday
Greensboro News-Record

September 3, 2007

Heels say they feel confident in new system
   Davis was pleased with his team’s effort but saw plenty of mistakes and shortcomings that must be addressed before playing East Carolina.
Winston Salem Journal

From the Anderson Independent
-Nothing left to do but play the first game
-Tigers hope Bowden Bowl can answer questions
-How Clemson and Florida State match up

For Bowdens, tonight is all business
Greenville (SC) News

N.C. State tailback Toney Baker out for the season
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Reasons for low ACC expectations now apparent
   Other than Georgia Tech's surprisingly easy win at Notre Dame, very little went right.
-UNC-CH postgame clipboard
-Pack's Baker out for season
   Junior Toney Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury Saturday night in the fourth quarter of the Pack's 25-23 loss to Central Florida in the season opener. He will undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.
-NCSU postgame clipboard
-Postgame observations on college football
-NCCU notches first win as Division I team

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-WVU a tough team for a state that has seen tough times
-White, Mountaineers just keep getting better
-Slaton, White pleased with start

From the Charlotte Observer
-Appalachian's win frozen in time
   Here's how big the upset was: You remember where you were when you heard that Appalachian State beat Michigan.
-Panthers' Gaines out for season
-Panthers- Carolina adds Manuel, Wesley

High times for Mountaineers of Appalachian State
USA Today

Tech ground game needs work
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Spurrier envies Georgia’s tradition
Columbia (SC) State

From the Roanoke Times
-Vegas likes LSU even more now
-Sewell to remain starter at QB
-Putrid effort sinks Cavaliers

App. State and Davis win, O'Brien loses, Holtz hangs tough
Fayetteville Observer


September 9, 2007

-Sept. 8 C-USA Football Round-Up
   Patrick Pinkney threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns in his first start and Ben Hartman shook off three missed field goals to kick the winner on the final play in East Carolina's 34-31 win over North Carolina. In Dallas, Justin Willis completed 30 of 42 passes for a career-high 353 yards as SMU beat North Texas, 45-31.
-Rice Drops 42-17 Decision to Baylor on the Road
-SMU's Willis' Career Game Leads Football over North Texas
-Memphis-Arkansas State Game Postponed to Sept. 27
   After a 2 hour and 50 minute inclement weather delay, the University of Memphis and Arkansas State postponed its football game until Thursday, September 27.
-Blazers Lose Despite Strong Start to Florida State, 34 - 24

-Vols Rally to Defeat Southern Miss
   Erik Ainge threw touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and No. 24 Tennessee defeated Southern Mississippi 39-19 Saturday night. After trailing Southern Miss most of the first half, the Vols came back to win at home.

-Football Notes from the Tennessee Game
-Quotes from the Tennessee Game

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM Football- Mistakes wreck Eagles' chances
-Red zone failures cost USM

Couldn't hang on
Hattiesburg American

No. 3 West Virginia Survives Strong Challenge From Marshall, 48-23

Shotgun decimates Marshall
Beckley Register-Herald

Blazers `tired of playing close'
   UAB played Florida State close on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. Some fans might suggest that was equivalent to a victory for the underdog Blazers.
Birmingham News

SMU's Bennett earns a reprieve ... for now
Dallas Morning News

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Green Wave falls to Bulldogs in opener
-Results same, but script more encouraging

Texas Tech 45, UTEP 31
El Paso Times (AP)

U of M, ASU agree to postpone game
   After two hours and 45 minutes of heavy rains and occasional lightning strikes, the decision became a simple one, borne out of common sense.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 8, 2007

West Virginia @ Marshall Huntington, WV ESPN 2 11:10 a.m. ET
UAB @ Florida State
Tallahassee, FL ESPN U 4:00 p.m. CT
North Carolina @ East Carolina
Greenville, NC CSTV 6:00 p.m. ET
Memphis @ Arkansas State
Jonesboro, AR 6:00 p.m. CT
Mississippi State @ Tulane
New Orleans, LA CSS 6:00 p.m. CT
Rice @ Baylor
Waco, TX 6:00 p.m. CT
UTEP @ Texas Tech
Lubbock, TX 6:00 p.m. CT
North Texas @ SMU
Dallas, TX 7:00 p.m. CT
Southern Miss @ Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Top-5 teams no picnic for MU
-WVU-Herd game capsule

State's eyes turn to Huntington
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd linebackers try to fill gaps
-Coal Bowl adds to Herd's brutal slate
-WVU front runs defenders sideways

Southern Miss looks for first Tennessee win
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-If Vols fill box, it's up to Young
-Lookout for...
-Keys for Southern Miss

From the Birmingham News
-Blazer defense needs Dunbar's help

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Hail Mary loss fresh in Tiger minds
-Tiger football notebook

North Texas (0-1) at SMU (0-1)
Dallas Morning News

Wave excited about potential
   The last time Bob Toledo was a head coach in a football game was almost five years ago. His UCLA team lost 48-27 to Washington State at the end of the 2002 season, which, although he didn't know it at the time, wrote the end to Toledo's seven-year tenure with the Bruins.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Glory Road leads to Hall of Fame
El Paso Times

September 7, 2007

Previews and Predictions for the Week 2 C-USA Games
College Football News

-Tulane To Battle Mississippi State Saturday In Season Opener
-UAB Makes Final Preparations for Florida State

Marshall 2007-08 Basketball Schedule Released

Georgia Tech transfer QB will help Marshall
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd has been working on hitting and tackling
-MU notebook- Defense the unsung heroes for Mountaineers

Vols go into game 'mad'
Hattiesburg American

Waters content to handle all of Blazers' footwork
Birmingham News

Ceremony planned for 1982 SMU football team
Dallas Morning News

USM's Wilson should be OK for Tennessee
Hattiesburg American

Events make USM's O-line plenty flexible
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

These Miners knew how to move mountains
   Don Haskins' 1966 national champions will be the first true, single-entity team at any level to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., tonight.
Houston Chronicle

Ready for a challenge
   The mismatch is staggering
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Pitts assumes leading role in place of injured Doss
-Tiger football notebook

Tennial saddened, but thinking ahead
   TU will petition for a sixth season for the injured back.
Tulsa World

September 6, 2007

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

C-USA Notebook
Athlon Sports

Picks and predictions for every game ... ACC through Independents
College Football News

-Southern Miss Continues to Prepare for Tennessee with Mid-Week Workout
-Tulane's Intensity Picks Up As Football Continues To Prepare For Opener
-UAB Football Team Excited, Confident As Florida State Game Looms

From Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Skip Holtz gives Herd advice
   While discussing what Marshall needed to do to slow West Virginia University's high-octane running attack, the ever-glib East Carolina coach even managed to work the Herd's mascot into his answer.
-Rodriguez says Marshall will be ready
-Hall encouraged by Mountaineer
   Appy State LB gives MU a ray of hope

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd needs to avoid mistakes if it hopes to pull Friends of Coal Bowl upset
-Breakfast of Champions- Coal Bowl tailgating

From Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Third-and-long haunts Herd
-State of the rivalry

Blood clots in leg end UH running back's year
Houston Chronicle

Starting season on paid games with big names may be cut way back
   The days of UAB opening football seasons with trips to places like Michigan State and Florida State may be dwindling.
Birmingham News

Short respite ends after opening win
Orlando Sentinel

Mustangs solid in first practice since defeat
Dallas Morning News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Freshman cleared to play
   Southern Miss running back Antwain Easterling has received an initial eligibility waiver, making the freshman completely eligible and available to play at Tennessee on Saturday.
-USM defensive backs face another big test
   C.J. Bailey was finally in the spot he'd thought about for so long just after 6 p.m. Saturday.

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Southern Miss Football-Tempting target
Notes- Frosh Bailey licks wounds

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Indians know they can beat Memphis
   As soon as the final seconds ticked off of a 21-13 loss at No. 7-ranked Texas on Saturday, Arkansas State coaches and players began receiving congratulations.
-Tigers get in extra work

Tennial lost for season
   Tulsa running back Courtney Tennial will miss the 2007 season with an ankle injury, the school announced on Wednesday.
Tulsa World

Vittatoe happy, but says he can be better
El Paso Times

September 5, 2007

-C-USA Football Notebook
   Nine Conference USA teams are in action this Saturday with two in-state rivalries featured on national television as No. 3 West Virginia visits Marshall at 10:10 a.m. CST on ESPN2, while East Carolina will host North Carolina at 5:00 p.m. CST on CSTV.
-UH Football Daily Practice Report
-Women's Soccer Notebook

Conference USA conference roundup, standings, player and game of the week
College Football News

From the Birmingham News
-Davis says program `moving on' after arrests
-Forrest's shoulder injury helps him work into starting lineup

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Major test awaits Herd Saturday
   For the second time in as many high-profile games, Marshall University football is facing one of the nation's elite forces. Last week: Miami; this week: West Virginia University.
-Third and long a popular theme in last week's game
-MU front 7 looks to improve
-Coal Bowl a dream come true for Pruett
   West Virginia comes to town for the first time since 1915. It will be the first-ever sellout at Marshall's 38,019-seat stadium.
-Billingy, Herd back at full strength

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Slaton-White duo best Herd coach Snyder has seen
-Rivalry- Not yet, Rodriguez says

From the Beckley (WV) Register Herald
-Morris will start at QB for Herd
-Snyder sees speed on both teams

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger star may have triggered bar fracas
-Doss' knee injury only minor sprain
-Tigers' Singleton a bigger, stronger, smarter receiver

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU offense seeks rhythm
-UNT's AD interested in extending SMU series

USM must protect better
Hattiesburg American

USM's Easterling set to go
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

From the Houston Chronicle
-Owls freshmen Jones, Solomon earn starts in football
-UH's Alridge says his foot is doing fine

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Elliott eager to direct Wave's offense
   Ask Tulane Coach Bob Toledo about junior Scott Elliott, his starting quarterback for Saturday night's opener against Mississippi State at the Superdome, and Toledo's quick to offer up Elliott's best traits.
-Toledo eager to see what Wave's got
   After a month of work, Tulane Coach Bob Toledo has seen his starting quarterback direct scoring drives, seen his receivers make catches across the middle and his running backs scamper for yards.

September 4, 2007

-SMU Falls in Season Opener to Texas Tech, 49-9
   SMU kicker Thomas Morstead connected from 35, 36 and 37 for the nine points
-C-USA Football Coaches' Press Conference Quotes- Week Two
   Quotes from East Carolina, Memphis, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB and UTEP's weekly press luncheons are now available.
-Tulane Football Begins Preparation For Opener With Intense Monday
-Blazers Turn Attention Towards Florida State In Monday's Media Luncheon
-Jeff Bower Weekly News Conference Quotes
-Coach Tommy West Press Luncheon Quotes, Sept. 3
-Rice Monday Football Press Conference Transcript

From the Dallas Morning News
-There's a steep climb on Hilltop
   If you're an SMU fan looking for some kind of historical perspective after Monday's 49-9 loss to Texas Tech, at least the action didn't continue after the game ended.
-Tech's Harrell hassles SMU, 49-9

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Teammates quick to defend Morris
   It wasn't always the literal case Saturday in Miami, but teammates had Bernard Morris' back two days later
-Rodriguez expects raucous environment
   Rich Rodriguez has become accustomed to the big game in his seven seasons at West Virginia.

Freshman shows up in game, not depth chart
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Morris, O-line see brighter days ahead
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Beckley Register Herald
-Marshall has plenty to correct
-Rod expects hostile Huntington

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-USM Football- Golden Eagles counting on special teams against Vols
   Lytrel Pollard didn't mince any words when asked how important the play of special teams would be for Southern Miss when it travels to Tennessee Saturday.
-Bower- USM must improve before UT

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-USM defense solid, offense needs work
-USM's passing game a concern for Bower

Early arrival has ex-Buc looking good at linebacker
   UAB middle linebacker Mike Tashman had a lot on his mind before Saturday's season opener at Michigan State.
Birmingham News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West likes what he sees from Tigers' defense
-West apologizes for getting rowdy with Reb fans
-Touring the college football nation Opener leaves Spurrier steamed

Miners to see different attack vs. Red Raiders
   Texas Tech and the University of New Mexico are about 400 miles apart. In terms of preparing to play their college football teams, they are more like 40 years apart.
El Paso Times

Green Wave gets head start on game plan
   After having the weekend off, Tulane returned to the practice field on Monday with preparation for Saturday's game with Mississippi State at the Superdome.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
-Clay's start impresses
-TU Notebook- Bad time for off week
-TU- 2007 Schedule
-TU Looking Ahead
-TU- The List

Speraw, Knights looking ahead
Orlando Sentinel

Mid-Major Monday
   East Carolina and Houston scared the hell out of the rest of Conference USA in defeat, ECU for its defense at Virginia Tech and the Cougars for their offense
Sunday Morning Quarterback

September 3, 2007

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Two Tiger basketball players arrested
   University of Memphis basketball players Shawn Taggart and Jeff Robinson were arrested early Sunday morning on misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and inciting to riot.
-Calipari: Clubs are off limits
-Power forward commits to U of M
   On an otherwise disappointing day for the University of Memphis basketball program, coach John Calipari did get some good news Sunday.

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU looks for credibility against Tech
-Preview- Texas Tech at SMU
   4 p.m. ET today, Ford Stadium (ESPN)

Rice QB Clement probably still seeing safety in his sleep
Houston Chronicle

UCF upbeat as date with Texas looms
   When UCF's 2007 schedule came out this summer, back-to-back games against N.C. State and Texas seemed like a formula for disaster coming out of a disappointing 4-8 campaign in 2006.
Orlando Sentinel

Southern Miss at Tennessee
   Last week: USM rushed for 300-plus yards for first time since 2004 in 35-13 win over Tenn.-Martin.
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

USM run pretty impressive
Hattiesburg American

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-MU flubbed recipe for success
   Fast starts and field position. Combine the two and a winning football recipe is found.
-Herd shifting focus
   Marshall officially left Miami — and its punishing defensive line — in its taillights Sunday when preparations began for Saturday's anticipated home clash with nationally-ranked offensive powerhouse West Virginia.

-Women's Soccer Weekend Round-Up
-C-USA Volleyball Weekend Round-Up
-Rogers Makes Cowboys Roster

MU coaches saw positives in loss
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Youthful Blazers didn't give up; need more work
   The final drive of UAB's season-opening loss at Michigan State on Saturday meant nothing to the outcome of the game.
Birmingham News

Season openers with a new team unkind to Toledo
   For any football coach, the season opener is a time of anxiety.
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
-Still work to be done
   Tulsa got the start it needed to begin the Todd Graham era with Thursday night’s 35-17 win at Louisiana-Monroe.
-Arkansas QB selects Tulsa