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East Carolina

Carolinas/Region

Conference USA

September 16, 2007

From Bonesville.net
-BVL:
East Carolina-Southern Miss Game Center
-Myatt:
Ficklen still home sweet home to USM
-O'Brien:
The silver lining of disappointment
BVL:
ECU-Southern Miss Box Score
BVL:
Conference USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
BVL Audio:
Skip Holtz post-game remarks

Late Rushing Score Spoils ECU's Second-Half Rally in Conference Opener
ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates come up short

  
ECU rallies in second half, but can't hold on against Eagles
-Harris tallies 1st career TD in loss
-Johnson sets mark for all-purpose yards
-East Carolina fans in favor of earlier tailgating time

Southern Miss nips East Carolina
Fayetteville Observer

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Southern Miss edges ECU
-ECU notebook- USM continues mastery of Pirates

Pirates can't stop Eagles when it matters most
Wilmington Star-News

Despite valiant comeback, ECU falls short against Southern Miss
Kinston Free Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Golden Eagles keep winning in Greenville
-Youthful Tar Heels don't have wins, but they do have potential
-The Pirate code

Young's late TD runs lift Southern Miss
New Orleans Times Picayune

Pirates can't hold on, lose to Eagles
Wi
nston Salem Journal

From the Hattiesburg American
-Clutch play lifts Eagles
  
Southern Miss football coach Jeff Bower pulled something new out of his playbook Saturday. With his team tied in the fourth quarter inside East Carolina's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Bower told his quarterback to stay away from the end zone.
-Nelson comes up with pair of key catches
-Young keeps throwing for scores
-Young keeps throwing for scores
-East Carolina fans pack the house
-Captain Jack makes pregame appearance
-ECU kicker off to bad start in '07

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM Football- Eagles achieve sweet win

-Eagles' Young goes 3-for-3 on personal TD pass streak
-USM QB Young's game-winning TD was an accident
-Fletcher, Nelson live up to hype
-Game stats

USM brings home another win
   On its last six road trips to play at East Carolina, Southern Mississippi had treated ECU's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium like its personal sandbox, each time leaving Greenville wearing a wide smile and carrying a big victory.
Biloxi Sun Herald

September 15, 2007
Pirate Gameday
Wife Appreciation Day
Anniversary - Greenpeace
Birthday - Agatha Christie (author)
Birthday - President William Taft (27th President)

From Bonesville.net
-Monroe:
Kevin's Keys to the Game
WNCT: TOT (Walter Jones, Kevin Miller, Mick Mixon)

From ecupirates.com
-Pirate GameDay Central
-Volleyball Trumps Colonials 3-0 For First Sweep Of Season

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Pirates, Eagles kick off C-USA play
   Southern Miss pays visit to Dowdy-Ficklen today

-Rain expected to clear before ECU-Southern Miss game

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History gives nod to Southern Miss over Pirates
   A week after ending a 32-year football drought against the University of North Carolina, East Carolina has a chance to work on its history against its longest-standing rival, Southern Miss, tonight.
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Fan's homestand is at 220 and counting
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C-USA contests come early for quartet of teams

Johnson & Johnson
   East Carolina fans know the name Chris Johnson well. Often, it comes booming out of the speakers at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium just after the running back has scored the Pirates’ latest touchdown.

New Bern Sun Journal

From the Hattiesburg American
-USM must stop ECU's Pinkney
   Patrick Pinkney's first year at East Carolina was quickly cut short with a shoulder injury. Year No. 2 went the same route when the shoulder was reinjured.

-Golden Eagles aim to run on Pirates

Golden Eagles eager to avenge OT defeat
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM, E. Carolina evenly matched for Saturday game
  So far this season, the offenses for Southern Miss and East Carolina have been near-images of one another.
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Henderson declares it's payback time
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Lookout for...

USM searching for six
  The emphasis for the Southern Miss offense will be to finish drives when it opens Conference USA play today at East Carolina.
Mobile Register

Holtz- things won't get easier for Pirates
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Pirates’ Williams, Whitley play waiting game
   While several East Carolina football fans are anxious to see what the freshmen running backs can do, Pirate coach Skip Holtz said Jonathan Williams and Norm Whitley will have to wait their turn.
Washington Daily News

Preview- Southern Miss at ECU
Raleigh News & Observer

September 14, 2007
Paint it Purple Friday

From Bonesville.net
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Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
New stalwarts emerging for ECU

WNCT: TOT (Kevin Monroe)
WNCT: Pirate Insider Report

National Coach of the Year: Vote for Skip
  
Which coach out there best exemplifies integrity, determination and responsibility in college football? Who deserves to be considered for all of their efforts on and off the field? Vote now!
coachoftheyear.com

Women's Basketball Releases 2007-08 Schedule
   Six games against 2007 post-season participants, including a visit from in-state rival North Carolina State highlight the 2007-08 East Carolina University women's basketball schedule, released Thursday by head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener.

ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates' big addition

   DT Joseph gaining notice around East Carolina
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New coaches settling in with ECU hoops team
   Change has been one constant for the East Carolina men's basketball team in recent months.
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Thompson chipping in on and off court
   On the coaching staff totem pole, the director of basketball operations is often on the bottom.

ECU’s Johnson on record pace
   Coach concerned by Pirates lack of rushing yards, but not ready to start drastic changes
Washington Daily News

Last year fresh on Eagles' minds
   The moment was unforgettable and came close to upending the entire 2006 campaign.
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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ECU QB does dad proud
   Patrick Pinkney engineers historic win, evokes memories

-Cramping issue concerns Eagles

Football Begins C-USA Play This Weekend, Face Off Against East Carolina
southernmiss.com

I'm Going Home This Weekend
   After the Pirates edged the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels last weekend, I couldn't resist a chance to see the Pirates play. It is not like I need that much of an excuse.
Dunn Daily Record

Weekend Preview- Vols-Gators top SEC slate
USA Today

Tech in the running for Reamon; Simmons ponders Florida visit
   Quarterback Tommy Reamon Jr. (6-1, 198-pounds) of Gloucester, Va. is considering scholarship offers from Buffalo, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Northern Illinois and Old Dominion.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Don't believe the Week 1 hype!
   In many ways, (David) Garrard isn't your typical backup. He's got a big arm. He can run. The team's behind him. He's already overcome Crohn's disease, so how difficult can the AFC South be?

ESPN.com

September 13, 2007
Ramadan (09/13-10/12 - Islamic)
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
Anniversary - Star-Spangled Banner
Birthday - Scooby Doo

From Bonesville.net
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Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Ficklen factor not fearsome for USM

WNCT: TOT (Scott Elliot)

From ecupirates.com
-Senior Chris Ault Named C-USA Men's Golfer Of The Week
   The weekly honor was the first of Ault's career.

-ECU Announces Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Parking Changes, Information
   Southern Miss-East Carolina Game Officially A Sellout

From the East Carolinian
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Tough challenge awaits Pirates in the "golden boys" of C-USA
   ECU opens conference play with division champion

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Pinkney fits the mold of an ECU quarterback

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Flashes of brilliance
   Speedy Johnson hopes to kickstart ECU ground game

-Around Campus: Chancellor- Financial aid issues are corrected

Holtz- Running game no reason to panic – yet
   Coach concerned by Pirates lack of rushing yards, but not ready to start drastic changes
New Bern Sun Journal

Slate has been a rock for Pirates
   Coach concerned by Pirates lack of rushing yards, but not ready to start drastic changes
Washington Daily News

Football Continues East Carolina Preparations
   The Southern Miss football team continued preparations for its Conference USA opener against East Carolina, with a two-hour workout in full pads, today, at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
southernmiss.com

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM football- Expect to hear name Chris Johnson often
   Southern Miss is hoping that Chris Johnson will hear his name called often over the loudspeakers at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Saturday night in Greenville, N.C....So is East Carolina.
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USM football- Johnson turns into go-to guy for Eagles
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USM foe stingy against running game
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USM football notes

Eagles try to shore up defense
Mobile Register Herald

Southern Mississippi (1-1) at East Carolina (1-1)
Macon Telegraph (sports network)

From bizjournals.com
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MASN again at center of NC cable dispute
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Greenville mayor pressures cable provider to add sports network

September 12, 2007
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown - Jewish New Year)
Video Games Day

From Bonesville.net
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (Donnie Kirkpatrick)
WNCT: TOT (Andy Foreman)

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Golf Wins Team Title At The Mid Pines Intercollegiate
-Wernert's 31 Kills Lead Pirates Past UNC Wilmington

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Pirates look to eliminate big plays
   Steadily, East Carolina has put the brakes on 100-yard rushing games for opponents by playing its no-frills, gap-filling defense.

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New school logo possible at East Carolina

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates finally get redemption against Heels

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Pirates Sweep Weekend in Thrilling Fashion
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Baseball opens fall practice with youth and enthusiasm

ECU wins first golf title since '05
Raleigh News & Observer

Holtz says crowd a factor for Pirates
   Drawing a crowd to a tailgate party is one thing.
Washington Daily News

September 11, 2007
Patriot’s Day
Solar Eclipse
Birthday - Harry Connick, Jr. (singer)

From Bonesville.net
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Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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Hartman took shortcut from dud to idol
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Monday press luncheon
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Todd Fitch)
WNCT: TOT

From ecupirates.com
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
   East Carolina University Head Football Coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Southern Miss
-Pinkney Earns Weekly C-USA Honors
   Following a career-best day in leading the Pirates to a thrilling win over North Carolina, East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney has been named Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week the league office announced today.
-ECU-WVU Kickoff Moved Up To 12 Noon
   Pirate-Mountaineer matchup to be televised by ESPN or ESPN2
-Pirate GameDay Central
   The East Carolina Pirates (1-1) will play host to Conference USA foe Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-1) Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Progessive Pirates
   East Carolina coach Skip Holtz isn't just monitoring his football team these days. He's also been monitoring the Pirates' development as a national power.

Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU looks to avoid letdown vs. USM
Biloxi Sun-Herald (AP)

ECU's tough road
New Bern Sun Journal

League opener follows short celebration for ECU
Kinston Free Press

East Carolina Is A Better ACC Team Than Most ACC Teams
AOL SPORTS

Assessing the damage
   We're two weeks into the 2007 college football season, and here's what is easy to see.
Durham Herald-Sun

Pinkney earns Conference USA honor
Fayetteville Observer

Pinkney C-USA player of week
Raleigh News & Observer

Prancing Pinkney poised, polished
Washington Daily News

From the College Football News
-The ten best games of week two
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A Review of the Past Weekend’s Games and Gamebreakers

September 10, 2007
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
Swap Ideas Day

From Bonesville.net
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Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Hartman shook off glitches in the clutch

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 319
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Holtz continues success against ACC

From the ecupirates.com
-Pirates Down Furman 3-0 in Rain-Soaked Afternoon
   A pair of goals from Madison Keller led East Carolina to a 3-0 victory over Furman Sunday afternoon in a rain-soaked non-conference contest, which included a 30-minute delay from the effects of Tropical Storm Gabrielle. The Pirates improve to 3-1-0 on the early season, 3-0-0 at home, while Furman fell to 3-1-0
-Pirates Finish NC State Tournament With Split
   The East Carolina volleyball team split its last two matches of the Holiday Inn Brownstone Volleyball Challenge Saturday as it defeated Akron 3-1 but fell to Dartmouth by the same score.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Kicker's teammates never doubted outcome of his big boot
   Ben Hartman is getting the better end of a long-celebrated best-friend, worst-enemy scenario.If his 2-for-5 success rate of kicking field goals for the East Carolina football team had happened in a different order than it did Saturday night, he would have been trying to kick himself off of a tee.
-Former Pirate Bland still on the field, sidelines
   Will Bland, a former standout at Havelock High School, played wide receiver for the East Carolina Pirates. Since finishing school, Bland has stuck around the area, spending time on the field and on the sidelines.
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ECU- No smoking within 25 feet of buildings

Pinkney has memorable starting debut for ECU
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Analysis- Pinkney, offense erase any doubts
-Pirates' Mitchell relishes beating old team

Excitement Soars Over ECU's Win
witntv.com

Pirates win big Saturday Night
wnct.com

Pirates end drought against Tar Heels
   Oh, redemption is sweet.
Washington Daily News

Kicker shakes off three misses to hit winner
Wilmington Star News

Pirates Top Heels in a Thriller, 34-31
scout.com

Garrard did his best
   QB provided lift
jaguars.com

Monday morning quarterback
The Detroit News.

 

September 16, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-It's over- Devils end 22-game losing streak
-Pack finally gets to celebrate
-Tar Heels fall short against Virginia
-Small colleges adopt football
-Deacons feeling good

Blue Devils put away Wildcats, end nation's longest losing skid
Durham Herald-Sun

A wild and wacky Cavs win over Tar Heels
The Virginian Pilot

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
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Wofford stumbles in error-filled loss at N.C. State
-Terriers have only themselves to blame for loss
   Wofford's football players shouldn't blame their loss Saturday night on facing a far superior opponent in N.C. State.
-Tigers take care of Paladins
-USC QBs struggle in blowout

Red-zone failure a rarity for Mountaineers
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Best pair of backs ever at WVU?
Beckley (WV) Register Herald

Fine start for frosh
Roanoke Times

Appalachian prevails
Charlotte Observer

September 15, 2007

Coach Rodriguez praises defense and raps offense
  
WVU coaches were recruiting Friday and will gather today to begin preparations for next Saturday’s home game with East Carolina.
Beckley Register Herald

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-WVU defense solid in 31-14 victory
-Game special for WVU defense

Well-earned rest
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Today's region college football games
-Davis faces 1st ACC test

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Big Four teams up against it today
   N.C. State, Wake and Duke try for first wins today as North Carolina Opens Its ACC Season. State wants to avoid embarrassment. UNC has Bowl hopes. Wake seeks respect. Duke just wants a win.

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The ACC is just plain weak
-Preview- Wofford at N.C. State
-Preview- Virginia at North Carolina
-Preview- Duke at Northwestern
-Preview- Army at Wake Forest

Clemson knows not to take Furman lightly
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

New state rivalry begins
   It took a century, but history will be made today at Williams-Brice Stadium when South Carolina State comes to town.

Greenville (SC) News

Bands want to wow crowd
   USC VS. SC STATE | HALFTIME SHOW

Columbia (SC)
State

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-History on line for Wolfpack
   The N.C. State football program went through some lean years in the 1950s. There was a stretch from 1952-55 when the Wolfpack went 7-25-1, and the only wins were against Davidson, William & Mary (twice), Richmond, Villanova, Furman and Boston University.

-Devils' road trip continues to Northwestern
-Coach has his team confident heading into ACC opener

The redshirt choice- ACC coaches disagree on whether to play true freshmen
Greensboro News-Record

From the Charlotte Observer
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ASU needs a `USC' on its schedule
-Panthers: Peek inside the lair
Video- Stadium tour

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Chance for relief- Deacons have little to show for efforts from first two games
-Lumberjacks, Mountaineers are a lot alike
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Hokies have shot at a fresh start

LSU loss not easy for Tech to forget
Roanoke Times

Historic game for BC, Ga. Tech
Wilmington Star News

September 14, 2007

WVU serves turtle soup
   The Mountaineers (3-0) return home next week to face East Carolina.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-The buzz is Devine
-Mountaineer defense joins the party

From the Beckley (WV) Register Herald
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WVU speeds past Terps
   West Virginia’s football team measured up to its No. 4 national ranking here Thursday night with an impressive 31-14 victory over Maryland

-Another Devine display for freshman

Fullback nearly abandoned his quest in a WVU parking lot
   Owen Schmitt and his mother woke up before dawn in Fairfax on a January morning in 2003. They borrowed a car from a family friend, filled the gas tank and drove 215 miles through snow to West Virginia University. When they finally pulled into the parking lot behind Mountaineer Field, Schmitt suggested they turn around.

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Pirates of the past
   I was not present last Saturday for UNC’s thrill-a-minute 34-31 loss to East Carolina, but I can imagine Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville must have been a pretty loud and frenetic place, packed to the gills with 40,000 screaming Pirates fans.

The Carrboro Citizen

Special teams are Heels' training ground
   It faltered at times in a 34-31 loss to East Carolina. One reason was the speed the Pirates presented with their return men.

Tar Heel Daily

Tar Heels Continue Preps for UVa
   East Carolina has a good offensive line. They had the ability to run the ball. They had some success certainly against Virginia Tech.

wral.com

It's time to learn, or get schooled again
   East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney may eventually turn in an excellent season and become a wonderful story. But the view from North Carolina's football lens is that he was a third-stringer two weeks before shredding the Tar Heels' defense for 406 yards passing in the Pirates' 34-31 victory Saturday night in Greenville.

Wilmington Star-News

WAC looks whack, while Big East continues to impress
SI.com

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Progress slow for Wolfpack's line

   Despite early struggles rushing, N.C. State will stick with O'Brien's preferred man-blocking scheme.

-Shoop makes the call

   Former NFL assistant John Shoop says that coaching at UNC-CH is a good fit. He is orchestrating a surprisingly productive attack this season.

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-A look at the near future in the ACC

   As college football starts go, the Big Four -- checking in with a 1-7 record -- looks like a flat tire on I-40.

-Tate aiming to be great
-NCCU relishes chance at Jersey rematch

Gibbs, Skins long have been aware of spying dangers
The Virginian Pilot

From the Charlotte Observer
-Football is flat again in the ACC
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Preps: After geese move in, Garinger moves game
   Goose Poop forces High School to move game

September 13, 2007

From the Fayetteville Observer
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Minor mistakes add up to major misery for N.C. State
-Wake looks to rebound

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Ex-N.C. State star McLendon arrested

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A day in the sun
   At ECU, Pinkney has made the most of a similar opportunity.

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Groh getting some heat

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Roof empathizes with Fitzgerald
-Former N Carolina coach Dean Smith inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame
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Coach sees parallels between Brown and NFL great Feagles

Virginia Tech in no hurry to expand Lane stadium
The Virginian Pilot

Hokies AD bans band's well-known TD chant
Roanoke Times

Time Warner's addition of ESPNU means more viewers can see MEAC games
Greensboro News Record

From the Anderson Independent
-Clemson's offensive line seeking consistency

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Clemson defense seeks more steak, less sizzle

From the Winston Salem Journal
-College-Football Notebook- Sooners file appeal, call sanctions unfair

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Hokies turning to freshman QB to provide spark
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Deacons pleased with play of Mason
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White edges to top of UNC running-back rotation

Toughness, not size, matters to Merrow
Charleston (WV)
Gazette

Weekend Forecast- No end in sight for those upsets
USA Today

September 12, 2007

Flashes look to put Kentucky loss behind them
   To gauge his team's collective psyche, Doug Martin will be employing a tactic he learned from former East Carolina head coach Steve Logan.

Ravenna Record Courier

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-CH kicking itself for miscues
-Hokies turn to Taylor

It's time to learn, or get schooled again
Wilmington Star-News

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Maryland faces daunting task- West Virginia's potent offense

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WFU loses Belton to injury
-Elder may start again for Mountaineers

A loathing for losing
   For anyone fortunate enough to witness Saturday's game between North Carolina and East Carolina, it will be hard to top the show those two gave for a packed house of loyal Pirate fans.

Chapel Hill News

Lewellen brings new perspective
University of Virginia  - The Cavalier Daily

Player suspensions could be longer than expected
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Fayetteville Observer
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List of state’s top linebackers dwindling
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All the small things

ACC far from elite so far this season
Yahoo! Sports

Web sites offer variety of ways to go to game
Columbia (SC) The State

USC making way through flat football landscape
Greenville (SC) News

NSU hits paydirt with Rutgers game
The Virginian Pilot

USF Bulls are stating their case
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Wolfpack’s Thomas faces more surgery and is counted out
Greensboro News-Record

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Blue Devils must start to make their points

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Losses to UVa can be costly

September 11, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack has to find answer at QB
-Beck knows the score

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Two Tar Heels players receive ACC honor
   Mapp had 18 tackles in the Tar Heels' loss to East Carolina, and Tate returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown -- his school-record-tying fifth kick or punt return for a score.
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Bearing down

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Beck knows he can't give up interceptions if Pack aims to win
-White beginning to settle in with UNC-CH's starters

From the Roanoke Times
-It's Taylor time at Tech
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Glennon disappointed by early hook by coaches

Glennon says he may transfer
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Winston Salem Journal
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UNC-CH eager for its first ACC test
-No-Mistakes Jake- Delhomme's performance in victory over Rams should help quiet his critics, at least temporarily

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-WVU coach has confidence in Devine

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'No big panic at halftime'
   Rodriguez wasn't concerned about deficit
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WVU has quick turnaround for Maryland game

From the Columbia (SC) The State
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Tigers are wary of a Michigan-like fate
   Despite Furman’s loss last week, Clemson says it is taking no chances

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Michigan loss ruins element of surprise
   APPALACHIAN STATE WENT and ruined it for all Football Championship Subdivision schools such as South Carolina State. Never again will a smaller school be able to sneak up on a Football Bowl Subdivision power.

September 10, 2007

From the Winston Salem Journal
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Work to be Done: Davis says Heels playing hard, but are making mental errors
-Wake Forest has chance to overcome early defeats
-Gurley leaves WFU for personal reasons
   Guard returns to his hometown, Boston
-Rams can't stop Smith

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-CH postgame clipboard

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Postgame observations on college football
-NCSU postgame clipboard

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-It's early, but Spurrier, Gamecocks sit atop SEC East

-Two wins, one good week for Clemson

Bowden studies Furman's success
Greenville (SC) News

Cock of the Walk- USC upsets No. 11 Georgia
Anderson Independent

Publicity rolls in for SoCon
Columbia (SC) State

Redskins go back to the future in overtime win
The Virginian Pilot

 

September 16, 2007

Saturday Football Roundup
   UCF Opens Bright House Networks Stadium with Solid Showing vs. (6) Texas

ConferenceUSA.com

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Texas holds off Central Florida 35-32

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Sweaty UCF fans thrill to new stadium, squeaker of a game
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Team's loss a big winner for the program

From the Houston Chronicle
-UT snares win at Central Florida, hits 3-0

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Big Easy's kind to the Cougars
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UH routs Tulane in C-USA opener
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Rice secondary no match for Texas Tech

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd falls to New Hampshire 48-35
-Morris continues to improve for Herd

Hard times for the Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Beckley (WV) Register Herald
-Too little, too late
-Rubik’s Cube season continues for MU
   How many batteries does it take to stun Marshall?

TU wins wild one by 8
   Quarterback Paul Smith was a butcher, a maestro and a winner in Tulsa's 55-47 victory over Brigham Young on Saturday night.

Tulsa World

Win over JSU worth wait for eager Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the El Paso Times
-Miners stung by big plays
-Fourth-quarter scores push NMSU to victory
-Sold-out crowd watches as UTEP falters
-Notebook- Jackson misses most of game
-Big plays by Williams lift NMSU over UTEP 29-24

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Houston speed proves a killer to Green Wave
   So what's the good news for 0-and-2 Tulane?

-Toledo forced to shuffle quarterbacks
   It was never Tulane Coach Bob Toledo's intention to play all three of his quarterbacks Saturday night.


New Orleans Times Picayune

September 15, 2007

C-USA Football Notebook
   UCF Opens Bright House Networks Stadium against No. 6 Texas

ConferenceUSA.com

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Recipe for an upset- Stadium debut gives food for thought

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1997 squad put program on map
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Knights- 'Nothing to lose'

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-SMU's Orsini helps UCF's O'Leary
   Texas coach Mack Brown was so curious about the new stadium that will greet his team at Central Florida, he researched it on the Internet this week.

-SMU (1-1) at Arkansas State (0-1)

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH-Tulane tops C-USA's weekend football slate

   Conference USA takes the spotlight this weekend, with the Houston Cougars front and center. The Cougars (0-1) begin their title defense with tonight's game against Tulane (0-1) at the Louisiana Superdome.
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HOUSTON AT TULANE
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UT makes first Florida trip in 34 years
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Preview- Texas at Central Florida
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Troy tops Oklahoma St., tears down goal posts

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd's Hall ready for a passing offense
-Assistant coach understands New Hampshire's hunger

Herd hopes to break into win column
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd needs to keep focus on UNH
-CONFERENCE USA TEAM-BY-TEAM SCHEDULES

From the Birmingham News
-Callaway on familiar turf with new team
-BLAZER BUZZ
-C-USA PREVIEW

West has a history with JSU's Crowe
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Green Wave needs strength in numbers
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tim Brando- College football keeps getting better for fans
   I'll take East Carolina, an underdog to Southern Miss by one.

Shreveport Times

September 14, 2007

Big hopes for Willingham
   Asking a cornerback to pitch a season shutout is like asking a hockey goalie to stop every shot he faces: It's impossible. Between talented receivers, occasional slipping problems on wet fields, and savvy quarterbacks who can pump-fake you to death, a corner is bound to give up a few from time to time.

Daytona Beach News-Journal

C-USA notebook- UCF christens new stadium vs. Texas
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the College Football News
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Previews and Predictions for the Week 3 C-USA Games
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 3 Conference USA Games, Part 2

Perseverance pays off for Hollifield
   UAB offensive lineman Adam Hollifield walked to the line of scrimmage for the first time during a college football game earlier this month at Spartan Stadium.

Birmingham News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Oregon mascot suspended for fight with UH's Shasta

   Apparently, the Duck became upset when the Cougar imitated one of the Duck's trademarks, pushups for total points after each touchdown in front of the student section...Next thing you know, the Cougar was on the ground, and the Duck appeared to be punching him repeatedly. The fight ended up on YouTube.

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Owls-Red Raiders rivalry draws nostalgia

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Brand New Battleground

   The UCF Knights have a new home on campus, and the Orlando Sentinel has put together this special section commemorating Saturday's home opener.
-UCF stadium video and photos
-UCF's New Home

Herd searching for first win
   Marshall coach Mark Snyder doesn’t want West Virginia to beat his team a second time.

Beckley (WV) Register Herald

Snyder has decisions to make for Saturday's game
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Mustangs making detour to Memphis
   The Mustangs are taking an indirect route to Saturday's game at Arkansas State.

Dallas Morning News

TU defense has tough assignment
   Its already been a week where Tulane Coach Bob Toledo has seen his starting quarterback take snaps with a sprained right foot and his top linebacker miss Monday's practice because of a sprained ankle and wrist.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Stadium Expansion Plans Announced at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field
   The Southern Miss Department of Athletics has announced plans to give fans the opportunity to purchase chairback seating in an expansion plan that calls for the construction of a 580-seat grandstand down the third-base line at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

southernmiss.com

From the Tulsa World
-Case helping adopted alma mater erase 'underdog' label
-Case has plans to continue TU support

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TU Notebook- Spreading the word

From the El Paso Times
-Sophomore safety a key part of UTEP defense
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UTEP notebook- Secondary concerns

BCS-busting field narrowed after Week 2
ESPN.com

September 13, 2007

From ConferenceUSA.com
-Opening Day NFL Rosters Feature 81 Former C-USA Players

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Men's Golf Notebook
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C-USA Men's Golfer of the Week
   East Carolina's Ault Honored
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Women's Golf Notebook
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UH Practice Notes
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Rice and Northwestern Announce Future Football Dates
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Eleven Former Tigers Represent Memphis on Opening Day NFL Rosters
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UAB Football Getting Anxious For Home Opener Against Alcorn State

'CrampGate' hits Eagles
   The face is pulled tight, eyes narrowed with clenched teeth exposed.

Hattiesburg American

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

From the Orlando Sentinel
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UCF's stadium will be a boon to merchants, but it means clogged streets to residents
-Neal expected to start after injury
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Steeled against naysayers, UCF stadium rocks

Not looking past the Wildcats
Huntington Herald Dispatch

MU receivers catch on quickly
Charleston (WV)
Gazette

Faith helped bring linebacker to UAB
Birmingham News

SMU senior- Let's play two
   SMU senior Devin Lowery , who moonlighted at cornerback last season because of a need in the secondary, had seven receptions for 160 yards against North Texas on Saturday. Now, coach Phil Bennett is thinking of playing the Grand Prairie product on both sides of the ball.

Dallas Morning News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Texas rolls to town for UCF field debut
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Tiger golf center on course to be among best

Tulane QB Elliott good to go on Saturday
New Orleans Times Picayune

The wild, wild world of the WAC
   It was a grand experiment, albeit a very short one.

Tulsa World

September 12, 2007

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae makings news in college football
espn.com

From the Hattiesburg American
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Reports- Southern Miss-East Carolina football game to be televised
-USM secondary struggles again

A friend of coal
   Bob Pruett is a friend of coal. For good reason.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd QB could miss New Hampshire game

   QB dealing with turf toe

-Herd defense needs to get mean

UNH coach no stranger to Huntington
Charleston (WV)
Gazette

MU's Passmore earning respect
Huntington Herald Dispatch

SMU an opposing QB's dream
Dallas Morning News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-With a new stadium, it's UCF's turn to build traditions -- what should they be
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-Full up- UCF sells out 1st on-campus game
-UCF needs to put some heart into its home
-Team acquainted with new venue

From the Houston Chronicle
-German import Vollmer adapts to UH football

-Rice vs. Texas Tech a spread formation showcase
-UH NOTEBOOK- Briles waits on QB call

Conference USA Notebook- Getting it done
Tulsa World

Thursday best solution for Tigers, Arkansas St.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the El Paso Times
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Miners set to face another standout quarterback
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Big rivalry nothing new for these guys

September 11, 2007

From ConferenceUSA.com
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C-USA Football Notebook
-Women's Soccer Notebook
-David Bailiff Monday Press Conference Transcript
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Tulsa Hosts BYU in Home Opener Saturday

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

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
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Southern Miss must correct mistakes, prepare for next road challenge
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Bower looks at bright side of defeat
-USM offense improves, defense dips

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM hits road to face conference foe
-USM Football- Eagles 'D' must improve on 3rd down

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Brown, Baptiste to get 1st starts

Coach Jeff Bower's Weekly Press Conference
   Head football coach Jeff Bower met with members of the media, today, to discuss the Tennesse game last weekend and the upcoming C-USA matchup with East Carolina.
southernmiss.com

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Dunlap comes back to haunt WVU
   Defensive strategy superb against Mountaineers
-MU freshman back will not forget fumble

   Darius Marshall blames himself for momentum change

Herd focused on N. Hampshire
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

From the Orlando Sentinel
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UCF pumped for 1st real home game
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O'Leary, Brown to meet again
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UCF stadium video and photos

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice needs to rev up run for Tech, rest of season
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UH sees freshman Williams as speedy threat

September 10, 2007

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Coal Bowl delivers record crowd, big game excitement
-David Walsh- WVU change of gameplan a compliment to Herd
-A new week, a new attitude for Herd
-Old cliché an accurate description of the game
-One play changed the day for Herd

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Oddly, both WVU, MU come out as winners
-Did WVU really get Marshall’s best shot?
-A rivalry after all?

Golden Eagles miss golden opportunity
Biloxi Sun Herald

Blog: USM sports
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Blazers defense makes progress even with FSU scoring 34 points
   Base your judgment solely on statistics and UAB's defense had another miserable outing Saturday night in the Blazers' 34-24 loss at Florida State.
Birmingham News

College Blogs from the Houston Chronicle
-UH: Oregon and the Cougars
-RICE: Abandon ship! Owls fall 42-17
-TEXAS:
This week- Central Florida

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane facing stronger schedule
-Toledo finds Wave of things to fix

From the Orlando Sentinel
-BLOG: Texas- What are the Knights chances?
-Coaches happy with defense's start
-Emphasis rests on UCF's offense after hiatus

From the Tulsa World
-Opportunity knocks
-TU Notebook- Staying focused

Tackles weren't made up front against Tech
El Paso Times

Twins end commitment to Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal