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October 14, 2007
Be Bald and Be Free Day
Birthday - President Dwight Eisenhower (34th President)

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: ECU-UTEP Game Center
-O'Brien:
Memorable season unfolding for ECU, Kass
-BVL:
ECU-UTEP Box Score
-BVL:
Conference USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
BVL Audio:
Skip Holtz post-game remarks
BVL Audio:
Rob Kass post-game remarks

From the ecupirates.com
-East Carolina Stuns UTEP in Wild Overtime Victory
 
Rob Kass plunged into the end zone on a quarterback sneak during the first overtime to give East Carolina a wild 45-42 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.

-Men's Basketball Officially Opens Practice With Two Sessions
-Women's Basketball Begins Preseason Practice
-Swimming & Diving Teams Open Season With Win Over Davidson

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Late-night heroics lift Pirates
 
The East Carolina Pirates found a couple of wide-open spaces in southwest Texas Saturday night when it seemed impossible.

-Pirates jump right into hoops practice

East Carolina Outlasts UTEP In Overtime, 45-42
utepathletics.com

From the El Paso Times
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Miners lose heartbreaker
 
East Carolina scores in final second, wins in OT

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UTEP vs. East Carolina- Miners lose in overtime
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Sophomore WR scores once again

Quarterback sneak gives E. Carolina 45-42 overtime win over UTEP
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Recap- Texas-El Paso vs. East Carolina
Raleigh News & Observer (Sports Network)

Letter: Pirates football deserves attention
Raleigh News & Observer

October 13, 2007
Pirate GameDay

Pirate Gameday
-Pirate athletic event calendar
ECU All Access

FOOTBALL
East Carolina @ UTEP
Sun Bowl at University of Texas-El Paso - El Paso, TX
TV: MASN -9:05 PM EDT
XM channel n/a
Sirius channel n/a
Weather.com Gameday Forecast:
East Carolina @ UTEP
WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)
ISP-PSN list of affiliates

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU heads west for battle with Miners
-Reynolds, Marshall seeing more action

Preview- East Carolina at Texas-El Paso
Raleigh News & Observer

College Football | Carolinas Matchups
Charlotte Observer

WNCT: TOT (Kevin Miller; Rose Hall of Fame inductees)
Bonesville.net

From the El Paso Times
-C-USA's leaders to meet on field today

 
The opponent is East Carolina, and while most of the Miners may not be sure exactly where that campus is, they know where that team is -- first place in Conference USA's East Division.
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Pirates treasure QB depth
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Miner notes-UTEP learns all about this week's opponent
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Fan guide- Surviving game day
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Freshman Trevor Vittatoe proving wise beyond his years

At a glance- Saturday's East Carolina-UTEP game
KDBC (AP)

Pirates brace for high-scoring UTEP
  A shootout, a gunfight, a slugfest — call it what you want, but East Carolina’s Conference USA game at Texas El-Paso today promises to be a defensive coordinator’s worst nightmare. 

Kinston Free Press

Pirates shoot for third straight C-USA victory
  Just when East Carolina made itself comfortable at home, it has to get back on an airplane and travel halfway across the country.

New Bern Sun Journal

Latest task for ECU- UTEP's quick offense
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Wernert Kills School Record In 3-2 Loss To Memphis
ecupirates.com

October 12, 2007
Paint it Purple Friday

From Bonesville.net
-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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ECU breaks through with athletic family
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Bucs' new action hero steals spotlight

WNCT: TOT (Kevin Monroe, Tom Lamprecht)

Linkmeister Note: Only three football coaches hired in 2003 have since been fired - Alabama's Mike Shula, Michigan State's John L. Smith and East Carolina's John Thompson.

From ecupirates.com
-Softball Releases 2008 Slate

 
Six NCAA regional participants from last season and the program's first-ever trip to California constitute the East Carolina softball team's 2008 schedule, released by head coach Tracey Kee Thursday.

-Purple Captures World Series Title, 12-5

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates get jump on recruiting

 
With every win, East Carolina's recruiting roads promise to stretch out just a little bit longer.

-ECU student leaves UNC leadership post
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Renowned anthropologist speaks at ECU

ECU basketball will try to rebound from 6-24 season
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Back looking forward
 
There’s a long list in the back of East Carolina’s football media guide that runs down the names of every player to have lettered for the Pirates since the program began way back in 1932.
Kinston Free Press

From the El Paso Times
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Special teams a key matchup
 
 Led by star return man/running back Chris Johnson, East Carolina leads Conference USA in kickoff returns, averaging 28.4 yards per runback.
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Miners know defense must play much better
 
 If a beleaguered UTEP defense that has given up 92 points in the last two games is to slow down an East Carolina offense that has scored 89 points in the last two games, improvement will have to come with the materials the Miners already have.

With September Behind It, ECU Focuses on C-USA Rivals
wral.com

Weekend Preview- Missouri goes on the road to Oklahoma
USA Today

It’s full speed ahead for Pirates
 
East Carolina’s new associate head coach Mack McCarthy hopes his new squad will play in the same manner he gives his press conferences: Fast, entertaining and to the point.
Washington Daily News

Bragg soldiers killed on I-95 identified
 
 Jeep went out of control: 2 occupants died, 3 were injured.  All five were returning from an East Carolina University football game.
Raleigh News & Observer

Rockets out to stop Kincaid
 
 At the moment, Spencer (1064 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns) is Buncombe County’s only Division I player — he committed to East Carolina University
Asheville Citizen-Times

Air Raid Warnings At BC
 
You can call him a system quarterback.  It’s OK.  Josh Vogelbach doesn’t mind.  A transfer from East Carolina, Gilford's Vogelbach has become Division III’s most prolific passer with 2,212 yards.
Harrisonburg Daily News Record

Winning is good enough
 
David Garrard is the league's fourth-ranked passer and is one of only two quarterbacks in the league who has yet to throw an interception.
jaguars.com

CRANDELL A CAPABLE BACKUP
CFL Network (From October 5th)

October 11, 2007

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Kass-Pinkney tag team tests foes

BVL Audio:
Mack McCarthy Preseason Media Luncheon
WNCT: TOT (Charles Chandler)

From ecupirates.com
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Lady Pirates Tabbed Third In Preseason C-USA Women's Basketball Poll
 
 Jasmine Young Becomes First Pirate Named To The C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team
-ECU's Bill Carson Announces Retirement

 
 Long-Time Pirate Head Men's Track and Field Coach Bids Farewell After 40 Years
-Long Ball Propels Purple To 8-0 Opening Series Win
-Men's Basketball Participates In Preseason Media Day
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Purple-Gold Fan Jam Set To Celebrate The New Basketball Season

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Fresh start
 
Pirates look to start over under McCarthy
-Injuries push young linebackers to the forefront

 
Since his arrival at East Carolina last autumn, Nick Johnson has been noticeable, and not just because of his towering mop of strawberry blonde hair that can normally be spotted whether he's wearing his football helmet or not.
-Baldwin-Tener looks to build on last year's success
-Carson retires after 40 years at ECU

Kass misses practice, will start at UTEP
Kinston Free Press

East Carolina faces injury woes
 
 This is the time of year when few teams are healthy, and East Carolina appears to be as banged up as UTEP.
El Paso Times

Johnson has been ECU’s go-to-guy
Washington Daily News

East Carolina's Johnson has lofty goals - including the NFL
Rocky Mount Telegram

Ready for the long haul
 
 With midterms and fall break looming, the Pirates have another 1,903 miles to travel
New Bern Sun Journal

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates prepared to face the heat in the Sun Bowl

 
ECU and UTEP set to square off in meeting of hot teams

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ECU club hockey team finds revenge, success at Charlotte Shootout
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ECU women's soccer team's winning streak snapped
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Pirate fans live for tailgating season

Marshall women to host ECU in C-USA home opener
MU The Parthenon

ECU walk-on player suspended for 1 game
 
ECU Walk-on receiver Michael Hickman Jr. has been suspended for one game after he was charged with disorderly conduct.

Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Pirates men's track coach retires after NCAA violations
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

After unusual offseason, ECU eager to get started with new coach
Lexington Dispatch (AP)

East Carolina (3-3) at Texas-El Paso (4-2)
Kansas City Star

Non-BCS, Independents midseason notebook
espn.com

ECU to induct Jeff Blake into its Hall of Fame
Orlando Sentinel (from October 5, 2007)

October 10, 2007
Double Tenth Day
Emergency Nurses Day
National Bring Teddy Bear to Work & School Day
National Cake Decorating Day

From Bonesville.net
WNCT: TOT (Nancy Ballard)
WNCT: Tailgate (Junior Smith, Vonta Leach, B. Meador)

Linkmeister Note: East Carolina is 12-5 against teams in the Lone Star state. The Pirates are 5-3 against Houston, 2-1 against TCU, 2-0 against SMU, 1-0 against Texas Tech and 1-1 against Rice.

Linkmeister Note: East Carolina tailback Chris Johnson is one of three Division 1-A players to lead his team in rushing and receiving. Chad Hall of Air Force and Kenny Moore of Wake Forest are the other two. Johnson has 404 rushing yards and 291 receiving yards.

From ecupirates.com
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Pirate GameDay Central
 
East Carolina will make its second-longest voyage in program history when the Pirates travel to UTEP to face the Miners in a clash matching Conference USA divisional leaders Saturday at the Sun Bowl with a 9:05 (EDT) kickoff scheduled.
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ECU Students Preparing For NC State Visit
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ECU Baseball To Hold Purple-Gold World Series
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Lady Pirates Golf Ranked 23rd By Golfweek

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Potential realized
 
Johnson blossoms into multi-threat player

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ECU fans line up- N.C. State home game brings buzz

Divers Open Season With ECU Invitational
ConferenceUSA.com

Pirates prepare for long journey
Washington Daily News

From the El Paso Times
-Miners to face C-USA East leading Pirates

 
When East Carolina pulls into the Sun Bowl Saturday evening, the occasion will mark the first game between the Pirates and UTEP, so some introductions are in order.

-Receiver suspended for game

 
Fred Rouse's roller coaster season took a down turn, as he is suspended for this week's game against East Carolina.

C-USA Notebook- ECU's Johnson becoming complete player
New Bern Sun Journal

October 9, 2007
Leif Erikson Day
Fire Prevention Day
Birthday - John Lennon (musician)

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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From one shootout to the next
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Monday press luncheon
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Donnie Kirkpatrick)

From ecupirates.com
-Johnson Named C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

 
East Carolina senior Chris Johnson was named Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week league officials announced Monday afternoon
-Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes

 
East Carolina University Head Football Coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against UTEP.
-Men's Golf Finishes In Seventh Place At Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates pull off record-setting comeback

 
Lopsided third quarter keys ECU victory
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Pirates show they can hang with C-USA heavy-hitters

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Controlling the football

 
Holtz wants to keep the ball away from UTEP
-ECU player's status up in the air after arrest

 
An East Carolina University wide receiver's playing status is in question after his arrest Sunday.

From utepathletics.com
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UTEP Football Notes / Game 7 / East Carolina
 
UTEP (4-2, 2-0 C-USA) hosts East Carolina (3-3, 2-1 C-USA) in an early-season matchup of Conference USA divisional leaders on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

-Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes

 
UTEP 's head coach reflected on his team's thrilling victory over Tulsa and looked ahead to Saturday's Homecoming date with East Carolina.

From the El Paso Times
-East Carolina readies for first trip to El Paso

 
East Carolina is bracing for plenty of unknowns this week at UTEP.

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Miners enjoying spot atop division
Miners press conference

Long road to UTEP up next for Pirates
 
East Carolina has a challenging week ahead, but at this point, that is nothing new for the Pirates.

New Bern Sun Journal

Young guns stepping up for Pirates
Washington Daily News

October 8, 2007
Columbus Day (observed)
Thanksgiving (Canada)

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: Denny O'Brien's Harris Poll Ballot
-BVL:
Harris Interactive College Football Poll

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-After getting the boot from a few, C-USA back in the game

 
There is no greater selling point for the "Competition lives here" slogan adopted by the conference this season than the next game on the ECU schedule.

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Big-play Blake
 
Former QB honored at halftime of Pirates' win

-ECU Campus Notes- Researchers to get chest-deep in nanotubes

ECU Notebook- Pirates win despite holes in defense

Pirates light up the Knights
Washington Daily News

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Golf Tied For Seventh At Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic

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Bools Finishes Tied For 19th At Tar Heel Invitational
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Pirates Lead Early, But Fall To Tulane 3-1
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Women's Soccer Drops 1-0 Heartbreaker at UCF in Double Overtime

Linkmeister Note: Clemson, Kentucky and East Carolina are the only schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision that have allowed two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season.

ECU RB Johnson scores 12th touchdown
Rotoworld.com

 

October 14, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Almost, again

 
Tar Heels rally late but lose another close game

-Spurrier gets in dig at Heels

 
Steve Spurrier didn't stop to pose for a team picture after South Carolina's 21-15 win at North Carolina, but the football coach couldn't resist taking a parting shot.

-Canes go 3-for-3 north of the border

A half-bad victory
 
Gamecocks forced to bat down last gasp pass after squandering early lead

Columbia (SC)
State

Gamecocks one of many teams in the hunt
 
If Spurrier and his boys win the next five games, they go to Atlanta.

Anderson Independent

Mistakes costly for Blue Devils
Durham Herald Sun

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Jackets slip past 'Canes in thriller

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Kentucky outlasts LSU
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Eagles, Ryan get easy win over Irish
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Virginia gets late score, tops UConn

From the Charlotte Observer
-Jeff Gordon wins Cup race at Lowe's
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Carr downgraded to questionable

October 13, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Preview- Virginia Tech at Duke

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Preview- South Carolina at North Carolina
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Beware of the 'D'
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Pack aiming high

Carolinas rivalry returns
Fayetteville Observer

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
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USC on upset alert
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Bad blood remains
 
Given one more opportunity, Deems May would love to run onto the Kenan Stadium turf today and lay someone out.

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Terriers look to keep rolling

Gamecocks not looking at past
Greenville (SC) News

Saunders returns home to play at UNC-CH
 
Weslye Saunders finalized his plans for college on Feb. 5, feeling good about his decision to attend South Carolina. Much to his surprise, not everyone shared his sentiment.

Durham Herald-Sun

College football wacky off the field, too
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
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Beamer says Duke scares him to death
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Everybody Wins- Mauk is thriving after leaving Wake Forest for Cincinnati

October 12, 2007

Wake Forest beats FSU
 
Skinner connects with Moore for the go-ahead TD
Winston Salem Journal

From the Greensboro News-Record
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Deacons race past Seminoles
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Waiting game- State’s Baker remains positive

After injuries, NC State forced to consider lifting red shirts
  “We’re going to try to become a better football team this week and then we’ll start getting ready for East Carolina,” O’Brien said

Burlington Times News

Maynor's Shot That Felled Duke Still Echoes
 
Most basketball players at mid-major schools don't receive mail from fans across the country, but most have not made a game-winning shot to knock Duke out of the first round of the NCAA tournament...Maynor's father, George, was a celebrated jump shooter who played at East Carolina and was among the final players cut by the Chicago Bulls in 1980.
Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer

Carolina vs. Carolina and More
wral.com

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-'Carolina' depends upon point of view

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Chill in the air ushers in hoops

From the Durham Herald-Sun
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Coach Davis back after two-day absence
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Spurrier at his best as visitor
  "Ah, we play better on the road," Spurrier says

From the Roanoke Times
-UVa back is Rested & ready

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Offense remains an issue for Tech

From the Charlotte Observer
-Newman's run bumps Johnson from top spot in Cup qualifying
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Swappin' paint -- but germs?

Three backs to play
 
No feud - Ole Miss defensive coordinator John Thompson has had nine jobs in the last 10 years, including a brief tenure under Saban at LSU.
Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer

Martin: All who travel will play Coach hopes plan will help keep team fresh against talented Buckeyes
Ravenna Record Courier

USF catches up quickly in recruiting
Palm Beach Post

Odom's future still up in the air
 
Dave Odom wasn't prepared to say much about his future after this season.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

October 11, 2007

NOTEBOOK- A Bye Can't Heal These Wounds
 
As NC State is on the practice fields working on fundamentals and preparing for next week's contest against East Carolina, Pack Pride takes a look at the some major storylines behind the Wolfpack's 1-5 start.
scout.com

Bowden doesn’t hear jeers, but Tigers’ players do
Anderson Independent

Gamecocks will bring their own brand of football
Greensboro News-Record

From the Greenville (SC) News
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Thomas likely out for USC
 
 The University of South Carolina football team's defense has taken another hit.
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USC's Tar Heel natives taking matchup personally

UNC-CH's Williams now is glad he made move to 'dark side'
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Teams refresh rivalry

 
Before South Carolina hastily pulled out of the ACC in 1972, the school competed fiercely with North Carolina-Chapel Hill in football. The teams have not met in 16 years.
-1981 meeting flattened Heels
-Wake honoring Prosser's memory
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Pack, and its fans, are hungry

Leave it to Steve
 
 Spurrier made his name as Duke head coach, but it was three years as a Blue Devils assistant that shaped the Young Ball Coach
Columbia
(SC) State

Panthers agree to contract with backup QB Testaverde
Charlotte Observer

Local sprinter asked to return gold medal
 
 Portsmouth's LaTasha Colander-Clark ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 meter relay team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney with Marion Jones.
The Virginian Pilot

From the Winston Salem Journal
-FSU looking for payback
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TRANSITION- Gaudio's elevation to head coach has changed him, WFU players say

October 10, 2007

Recruiting- Rankings lack 'need' factor
Fayetteville Observer

Spurrier fond of the battle of Carolinas
 
 It's taken 16 years for North Carolina and South Carolina to meet again - far too long in Steve Spurrier's opinion.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

No. 7 Gamecocks take on UNC-CH
Anderson Independent

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC approves changes to admissions policy

 
Coach Steve Spurrier's response Tuesday to the University of South Carolina's streamlining special admissions was decidedly muted compared to his threat in August to quit if changes weren't made.
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Tigers have time to climb in ACC race

One loss away from coaching Tar Heels
 
 Spurrier contacted by UNC-CH booster in 2004, but Bunting got bowl bid, contract extension
Columbia
(SC) State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Portrait of a champion

 
Steve Spurrier returns to UNC-CH, where his '89 Duke Blue Devils won 41-0 and then took their sweet time celebrating the ACC championship they had just won.
-UNC-CH's Davis to miss practice for funeral
-Spurrier finds the fun in football

 
 Brown was coaching at North Carolina, Dick Sheridan was at State and, yes, East Carolina fans, we know what was going on in Greenville about that time.
-Pro football -- that's the ticket

 
 Raleigh is one of 12 locations being eyed by the start-up United Football League, which aims to launch eight professional football teams in August 2008.
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Nutritionist helps UNC-CH athletes eat right
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MEAC exploring other options

Vick loses $20 million ruling
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Injury bug keeps biting Duke
Durham Herald-Sun

UVA FOOTBALL- Success under pressure not new for UVa
 
Virginia's ability to win close games reminiscent of 2002 squad

Charlottesville Daily Progress

October 9, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Jones gives up her Olympic medals

 
Marion Jones gave back the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics on Monday and agreed to forfeit all other results dating back to Sept. 1, 2000, further punishment for her admission that she was a drug cheat.
-Kenan expansion planning 'on target'

 
North Carolina football coach Butch Davis liked the looks of the temporary bleachers installed in Kenan Stadium's east end zone last week to accommodate about 1,000 extra fans.
-Smith still going strong

 
 If Leesville Road football coach David Greene has a question about how to attack a specific defense, he can call N.C. State offensive coordinator Dana Bible.

-Coaches tap into top-tier resources

 
State has a bye week before g
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Heels recruit top talent
 
2007 baseball class ranked No. 4 in the nation

From the Charlotte Observer
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Wolfpack mistakes wearing on O'Brien
-Panthers' Delhomme to miss rest of season
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What next for the Panthers at quarterback?

MSU names new AD
 
Charlie Carr, 60, brings experience from Florida State

Times Record News

From the Durham Herald-Sun
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Davis wants even more effort in preparation for Gamecocks
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Years later, Spurrier remains a lightning rod for UNC-CH fans

Deacons seeking consistency as they prepare for Seminoles
Winston Salem Journal

Furman backup QB arrested
 
Third-stringer Worley cited for public drunkenness

Greenville (SC) News

Furman loses leading receiver for season
 
Charges dropped on Coastal receiver; Vandy opens up QB competition

Columbia
(SC) State

Terriers trying to enjoy the ride
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

October 8, 2007

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Gamecocks crack the top 10 for the first time since 2001

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Clemson: Time heals all wounds except special teams ills

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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NCSU postgame clipboard
 
State has a bye week before going to East Carolina on Oct. 20. Can quarterback Harrison Beck return from a separated left shoulder?
-UNC-CH postgame clipboard

From the Charlotte Observer
-Kasay's foot saves Panthers on the road
-Kasay delivers, again

Mountaineers return to top 10
Beckley Register-Herald

USF keeps winning despite turnovers
St Petersburg Times

Wake Forest closing in on notable fourth victory
Greensboro News Record

 

October 14, 2007

From ConferenceUSA.com
-C-USA Football Roundup

 
For the first time in major college football history, a team produced a 200-yard rusher and a 300-yard receiver in the same game, as Houston's Anthony Alridge ran for 205 yards and four touchdowns, while Donnie Avery caught 13 passes for 346 yards and two scores in a 56-48 win over Rice.

-Comeback Falls Short As Tulane Football Drops 26-21 Decision At UAB

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Blazers Sneak By Green Wave, 26-21
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Tulsa Downs Marshall Football, 38-31
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Tulsa Gets 38-31 Win Over Marshall
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Southern Miss-SMU Postgame Quotes
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Memphis Falls to Middle Tennessee, 21-7

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Defense hit hard by Bulls

 
A week after allowing the East Carolina offense to score six touchdowns, the Knights allowed the Bulls' offense to score eight.
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UCF Knights trampled by Bulls in Tampa
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Power of the press -- USF gets riled up over photo
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College basketball preseason primer- UCF

UCF ground game staggers, offense stalls
St. Petersburg Times

UCF finds it can't run with Bulls
Florida Today

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-SMU's losing streak continues, 28-7

 
It seems that glaring mistakes find the Mustangs, no matter where they play. But those mistakes get amplified when they venture outside Dallas. Saturday was more of the same in a 28-7 loss at Southern Mississippi.

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SMU's adjustments yield little progress

From the Hattiesburg American
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Perfect redemption
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Turnover bug puts bite on Mustangs

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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USM Football- Back on right track
 
Southern Miss' defense delivered birthday wishes and the game ball to its absent coordinator Jay Hopson on Saturday night.

-QB Reaves gets back on track
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Notebook- Bower, Butler part of USM's SMU connection

Southern Miss' bag of tricks baffle SMU
Biloxi Sun Herald

UH gets bang for its Bucket in win over Rice
Houston Chronicle

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers hold on for homecoming win

 
The end to his first Division I-A win as a college football head coach came with a few more anxious moments than he needed.

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BLAZER BUZZ
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Blazers give up yards but not so many points
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BLAZERS NOTEBOOK

An MT feeling
 
The Tigers reached the midway point of what has been a disappointing season Saturday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, and Middle Tennessee's 21-7 victory exposed several UofM shortcomings.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
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Tulsa drops Herd to 0-6
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Little wonder why MU is winless

From the Tulsa World
-TU hangs on to beat Marshall
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Duncan hospitalized but expected to be OK
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Offense is potent, even on 'off night'

Fans saw glimpses of hope from the Herd
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

October 13, 2007

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Tulsa not looking past winless Herd

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Herd could sneak out of Tulsa with win

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Tulsa QB not overlooking Marshall

 
Smith top passer in Conference USA
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Herd basketball players overwhelmed
  Coach Jones big on conditioning

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Offense is Tulsa pulse

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Marshall-Tulsa game capsule
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Conference USA notebook

Coach nurturing young crew
Tulsa World

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles take on Mustangs
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Times are desperate

Golden Eagles want a repeat
  Southern Miss faced a two-game losing streak last season and responded with a 42-21 win against Memphis en route to winning the Conference USA's East Division.

Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Healthy Reaves hopes for consistent effort

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Look out for...
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Keys for Southern Miss
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Sporty sports
  Southern Miss needs to send a big thank you note to East Carolina for its win last weekend over UCF

SMU-Southern Miss preview
Dallas Morning News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-USF's rapid trek to top puts UCF on notice
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Knights see opportunity

Florida's directional schools plot new course
Florida Times-Union

Bayou Bucket win could be turning point Cougars need
Houston Chronicle

Tulane's front four to test UAB offense
Birmingham News

Wave's chance to recover begins at UAB
New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners conduct first practice
El Paso Times

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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C-USA tourney is likely moving
 
Conference USA officials and athletic directors left Memphis on Thursday following the league's media day. They may have taken the C-USA basketball tournament with them.
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Memphis Madness - Slammin' debut
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Another running QB is in Tiger path

October 12, 2007

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
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Conference USA notebook
  A funny thing happened Saturday night: After East Carolina rallied to beat Central Florida going away, all six East Division teams became tied in the loss column with one defeat, with lots of football left. Yes, even Marshall and Alabama-Birmingham.

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Jones era begins at Marshall

From the Dallas Morning News
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SMU, Southern Miss looking to rebound from disappointing losses
  T
he Golden Eagles, picked to win the conference this year, are not out of the race. With a win earlier this year at East Carolina and Central Florida still to come in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss still has a chance to win the league's East Division and play in the title game.
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SMU seeks to build fan base, develop confidence

Offensive line has cleared way for Golden Eagles
Mobile Register

Reaves gets the start
Biloxi Sun Herald

Rice, UH ready for another bayou battle
Houston Chronicle

No. 5 South Florida welcomes challenge of containing UCF’s Smith
Naples Daily News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-David Whitley- USF fans easy to get riled up when it comes to UCF
-UCF at USF

From the Birmingham News
-Tulane's Forte is running the ball

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Davis has plenty of options now
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Calipari has good reason to be excited

Teams look for new direction at midway point in season
espn.com

From the Tulsa World
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What makes success?
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TU Football Notebook- Big Draddy

Herd needs to score a first-quarter TD
  Marshall struggles early

Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

Early questions answered
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Conference USA living in Memphis Tigers' shadow
MSNBC

Memphis Chosen As Preseason Conference USA Favorite
ConferenceUSA.com

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Conference USA basketball tipoff
 
Tulsa basketball coach Doug Wojcik was flipping channels one night in April and happened to catch John Calipari during one of his guest-hosting gigs on Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show Period."
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Saturday's foes also fans
 
West, Stockstill share mutual admiration

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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Golden Eagles hope to build on 20-win season
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Mustangs' season runs off course
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Notebook- SMU's Bennett feels Eagles' pain

UNC may swim for Conference USA this year
 
It's a new season and it may also be a new conference for the University of Northern Colorado women's swimming team.
Greeley (CO) Tribune

October 11, 2007

From the College Football News
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Previews and Predictions for the Week 7 C-USA Games
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 7 Confeference USA Games, Part 2

From the El Paso Times
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Miner men, women cagers kick things off today
-In the spotlight- Jeff Moturi

USM football- USM aide has been upstairs before
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF lags in local recruiting

 
The best revenge on the hometown team that didn't want you?
-Pad's Weekly C-USA check-in (Week 6)
-Practice intensifies before the big game

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Greco might start at QB against Bulls
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SATURDAY'S KEYS
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David Whitley- BULL SESSION
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Leavitt ignores criticism of team

From ConferenceUSA.com
-C-USA Basketball Media Day Tip Off

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Tulane Tabbed As Preseason C-USA Women's Basketball Favorites
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Oct. 10 Men's Golf Notebook
-Blazers Continues Preparations For Saturday's C-USA Meeting With Tulane

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Tigers' madness never stops
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Ground game key for Tiger D

Senior cornerback Simon is at home with UH
H
ouston Chronicle

Tulsa putting up video game-like numbers
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
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Herd QB giving injury the boot
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Herd hopes haircuts help

From the Tulsa World
-Family matters

 
 Many Tulsa alumni will celebrate homecoming during Saturday night's football game against Marshall.
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The Picker- The good, bad and cheesiest of the pigskin
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TU Notebook- No overlooking the Herd
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Tulsa 10th in conference

Tulsa senior Coleman not panicking over defense
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

Special teams lacking a bit for Green Wave
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Birmingham News
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Blazers likely to be included next year by BCA
 
 UAB will likely be included with an asterisk in next year's report card of minority hiring practices for head football coaches, the Black Coaches and Administrators said Wednesday.
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Davis- Players have curfew

October 10, 2007

From ConferenceUSA.com
-Southern Miss Gears Efforts Toward Homecoming Contest against SMU
-Houston Football Daily Practice Report
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Women's Soccer Notebook

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

From the Dallas Morning News
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SMU foe Southern Miss in QB quandary
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Schedule gets tougher for SMU

From the Hattiesburg American
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Hopson to miss game
 
A two-game losing streak for the Southern Miss football team lost a great deal of significance on Monday.
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Bower gives pat on back to defense

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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USM Football- A Marked Man
 
 Lost somewhat amid injury reports and a two-game losing streak is the news that Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher has quietly crept within a few long runs of a major milestone.

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Notebook- Hopson addresses team
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UTEP scoring plenty of correct answers to preseason questions

Hopson will get second opinion
 
 Southern Miss defensive coordinator Jay Hopson expressed optimism Tuesday in his fight against cancer.

Biloxi Sun Herald

Shoulder injury has Hunt, UAB offense more one dimensional
Birmingham News

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
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Shuffle continues along D-line
 
 Both from necessity and new-found depth, several Marshall University football players are on the move.

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Snyder stresses faster starts for Herd

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
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Tulsa taking flak over 3-3-5
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Herb has a big Hand in Tulsa’s identity

Tulsa coach uses WVU offense, defense
 
 Golden Hurricane hosts Marshall on Saturday

Cha
rleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Tulsa World
-Injured Marshall keeps on

 
 The Thundering Herd -- TU's homecoming opponent on Saturday night -- are a hurt football team, having had six injured starters at one time. That plight has resulted in a 0-5 start for a once-proud program.

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An increasing impact

Stockstill, West share special bond
Daily News Journal

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Ground game key for Tiger D
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Tiger RBs continue struggles
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Chinese coaches arrive for practice
 
 One of the most remarkable aspects of Memphis' five-year agreement with China is that Calipari was able to quickly build relationships to earn the backing of the Chinese government and basketball federation.

Wave struggling to come to grips with Army loss
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Houston Chronicle
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At 23, Rice freshman QB Casey living the dream
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UH NOTEBOOK- Assistant coach Pugh relished visit to Alabama

UTEP Men's Basketball Team to Start Practicing This Weekend
utepathletics.com

October 9, 2007

From ConferenceUSA.com
-C-USA Football Notebook

 
Seven Saturday games are on the docket this weekend, highlighted by a C-USA doubleheader on CSTV. Action kicks off at 11 a.m. on ESPNU with UCF traveling down Interstate 4 to Tampa to take on No. 5 South Florida. Rice and Houston will battle for the Bayou Bucket at 2:30 p.m. on CSTV, followed by Southern Miss hosting SMU at 6:30 p.m. also on CSTV.
-C-USA Football Coaches' Press Conference Quotes- Week Seven

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Football Players of the Week
 
UTEP, Rice and East Carolina Players Honored Following Victories
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C-USA Volleyball Notebook

USM in must-win situation against SMU
Biloxi Sun Herald

UCF's Smith plows on
St. Petersburg Times

UCF must shake collapse
 
With USF looming, the Knights have to forget their East Carolina debacle.

Florida Sun-Sentinel

From the Orlando Sentinel
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Future of game with USF still remains unresolved
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Zooker, Spurrier are Studs; Urban, UCF are Duds

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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USM Football- Defensive coordinator fighting cancer reoccurrence
-Battered Reaves likely back at QB

USM pitching ahead of hitting
Hattiesburg American

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Three charged with Bradford murder; fourth expected
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Hankins may return to play vs. MTSU
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RB Gaither's knee injury ends season

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
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Points should be plentiful for Herd, Tulsa
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Snyder considering

Marshall’s Snyder remains upbeat
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

An increasing impact
Tulsa World

Defensive end Davis leaves Owls' program
Houston Chronicle

October 8, 2007

From the Orlando Sentinel
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Looking back
 
UCF (3-2, 1-1 Conference USA) squandered an 11-point halftime lead and was outscored 35-10 in the second half, falling 52-38 to East Carolina

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UCF wants spotlight and here it is
 
Knights face No. 5 team in nation with USF
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UCF must shake collapse With USF looming, the Knights have to forget their East Carolina debacle.
 
UCF junior tailback Kevin Smith looked like a young child who'd just found out his bike was stolen.

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INSIDE THE COLLEGES: Slew of shockers fuels playoff debate
 
Five Top 10 teams tumble; Missouri might be the best team in the Big 12 and Cincinnati the best team in the Big East; Temple (1-5) and Buffalo (2-4) won on the same day for the first time since Nov. 13, 2004; East Carolina WR Chris Johnson, an Olympia High grad, and his 1,228 yards of all-purpose offense lead Conference-USA by a bunch

From the El Paso Times
-Miners revel in another big win

 
When UTEP rallied from nowhere to stun SMU last week, it marked one of the most amazing victories in the history of the program.
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Notebook- Tulsa barnburner was one for the history books

Potent offense leading the Golden Hurricane
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Tulsa World
-TU loss a team effort
-Was it the defense or the clock
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TU Notebook- Deja vu

Southern Miss vs. SMU
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tulane lamenting one that got away
New Orleans Times Picayune

Payne Stewart's son following familiar footsteps
 
Almost eight years after Payne Stewart's death in a plane crash, Aaron Stewart is living in the shadow of his father's statue at SMU. Aaron has begun his freshman season on the Hilltop 28 years after Payne won the Southwest Conference title and headed to the PGA Tour.

Dallas Morning News

From ConferenceUSA.com
-Women's Soccer Round-Up
-C-USA Volleyball Round-Up