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East Carolina

Carolinas/Region

Conference USA

October 28, 2007
Birthday - Linkmeister Greg Vacek
Saint Jude's Day
Mother-in-Law Day

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: ECU-UAB Game Center
-Myatt: State game now out of sight, out of mind
-O'Brien:
Blazers give Pirates needed relief
-B-VL:
ECU-UAB Box Score
-BVL:
Conference USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
BVL Audio:
Skip Holtz post-game remarks

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates smother Blazers
 
ECU stays in Conference USA title hunt with rout

-ECU's Williams seizes opportunity
-Hands-on game for Pirate WR Bryant
-Pirates come home
-Four ECU alumni honored at halftime of Pirates' win over UAB

From the New Bern Sun-Journal
-ECU smashes UAB
 
Patrick Pinkney strutted into the post-game conference room sporting a “Tough 15” shirt following East Carolina’s 41-6 win over UAB on Saturday. Pinkney, who wears the No. 15 jersey, had a near flawless game at quarterback in relief of starter Rob Kass.

-Williams, backups shine
-ECU football notebook- Lots of firsts

East Carolina demolishes UAB
Kinston Free Press

Pinkney, East Carolina rout UAB 41-6
 
East Carolina's quest for a C-USA title game berth continues next Saturday at Memphis

ecupirates.com

Pirates victorious with balanced attack
Charlotte Observer (AP)

ECU's Williams blazes a new trail
Raleigh News & Observer

Pirates scare up win over Blazers
Washington Daily News

From the Birmingham News
-Back-to-back Blazer blowouts
-Blazer notebook

UAB Falls To East Carolina
uabsports.com

October 27, 2007
Pirate Gameday
Make A Difference Day
Navy Day
Anniversary - NYC Subway
Birthday - President Theodore Roosevelt (26th President)

From Bonesville.net
-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
WNCT: TOT (Sonny Randle)
WNCT: Audio Replay: Rose High 36, South Central 34

Pirate Gameday
-Pirate athletic event calendar
ECU All Access (video/audio)

FOOTBALL
UAB @ East Carolina
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
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Gameday Weather Forecast:
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From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-A familiar road for ECU
 
C-USA crown still within reach for Pirates

-Coffman ready to return to field

Pirates on the prowl
 
As the Conference USA championship race hits the home stretch, two C-USA East Division foes will meet in ECU's homecoming game.

Raleigh News & Observer

ECU can't afford to look past UAB
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

From the Birmingham News
-Pirates' dual QBs presen problems for UAB
 
Rob Kass has taken the bulk of the snaps at quarterback for East Carolina over the past four games.

-Former UAB coaches downplay significance of meeting as opponents
-BLAZER BUZZ

UAB - East Carolina Preview
MyFox Birmingham

From the ecupirates.com
-Women's Soccer Drops Heartbreaker at Colorado College, 2-1
-Volleyball Falls In Houston 3-1

Watch ECU Homecoming Parade on witntv.com
witntv.com

October 26, 2007
Paint it Purple Friday
Frankenstein Friday

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Fan experience trying for Graham

WNCT: Pirate Insider Report
WNCT: TOT (Kevin Monroe; Dist. 3 Candidates Forum)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-WRs pose tall task for ECU
 
Pirates' beleaguered secondary awaits Blazers' potent air attack

-Legislation contains money for ECU

From the Kinston Free Press
-Taking a number at ECU
 
During a preseason practice this year, East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz was ready to work on special teams.

-Notebook: ECU’s Wilson feeling better after late hit

UAB (2-5) at East Carolina (4-4)
wral.com

UAB teammates Dunbar, Henderson give Blazers a dynamic duo
New Bern Sun Journal

UAB Gears Up For Conference Visit To East Carolina
 
Blazers looking for first road win of the season

uabsports.com

Lineup changes challenge line coach
 
Jake Seitz has started all seven games at center for UAB this football season.

Birmingham News

Niners' Duckett taken to hospital
  Dehydrated practice-squadder Damane Duckett requires medical attention

San Francisco Chronicle (AP)

Midseason College Football Report Card
Charlotte Observer

New Fire Truck Sports ECU Purple & Gold
 
Just in time for ECU's homecoming, Greenville is getting in the purple and gold spirit. So much that the city's new fire truck now sports the Pirate colors.

WITN TV

October 25, 2007
Saint Crispin's Day
Sourest Day
World Pasta Day

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Weary Pirates regroup for UAB

WNCT: TOT (Bob Orr; At-Large Candidates Forum)

Harris hitting his stride for ECU
 
Redshirt freshman has scored touchdowns in a variety of ways

Greenville Daily Reflector

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates' attitude rebounds
 
Players walked off the practice field smiling Wednesday, memories of Saturday’s defeat having fallen away like the leaves off of the trees.

-Pirates rejoice on your day

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates look to regain swagger by extinguishing Blazers
 
ECU hopes to please homecoming crowd

-ECU's not-so-secret weapon
 
Freshman Dwayne Harris is destined for stardom

Blazers Continue Preparations For C-USA Road Contest At East Carolina
 
UAB works out in damp conditions Wednesday

uabsports.com

Running back rotation remains work in progress
 
UAB has played seven games and head coach Neil Callaway still doesn't feel comfortable with his team's running back rotation.

Birmingham News

East Carolina, in C-USA race, prepares for UAB
Winston-Salem Journal (AP)

Week 9: UAB at East Carolina
Athlon Sports

UAB (2-5) at East Carolina (4-4)
Kansas City Star (Sports Network)

Kat Norris Named to Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week
ecupirates.com

Preps: Panthers star glad to finally be healthy
 
With 25 goals scored this season, (Leah Bagonis) the East Carolina University recruit is five shy of the Panthers' single-season record.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Jags considering options
 
Garrard may miss month

jaguars.com

Jags in trouble without Garrard
 
Ankle sprain puts QB out for month.

Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

October 24, 2007
United Nations Day
National Bologna Day

From Bonesville.net
-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
– 
ECU undeterred by prep star's injury
WNCT: TOT (Beth Grant)
WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (Mack McCarthy, Todd Fitch)

From ecupirates.com
-Duncan and Icenhower Honored With Weekly Conference USA Award
-Women's Basketball Announces Television Schedule for 2007-08
 
Lady Pirates will be featured on ESPN2 for the second straight year

-Pirate GameDay Central
 
It's Homecoming on the East Carolina University campus as the Pirates host UAB in a Conference USA clash at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Walk-on has added depth to linebacker corps
 
Juan Quintanilla became a great multi-tasker in high school, especially on the football field.

Greenville Daily Reflector

East Carolina Pirates
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates’ hoops — A trick or treat?
 
It’s that time of year again. The air gets a little crisper, leaves begin to fade and as Halloween approaches East Carolina basketball fans wonder whether this year’s team will be a trick or treat.

-Pirates look to scale back at practice
 
After eight straight weeks of football, several of the East Carolina Pirates are banged up and bruised.

From the Orlando Sentinel
-So who's goin' bowling?
-Garrard thrived as Jaguars' leading man

From uabsports.com
-Rain Forces Tuesday's Football Practice Indoors
-UAB Football Game At East Carolina To Be Televised On ABC 33/40

Look at us now- Third-year college football coaches
SportingNews.com

Recruiting- Soap opera involving A.J. Blue
 
East Carolina’s recruiting class grew has grown to eight members with the addition of defensive lineman Anthony Garner from Jordan-Matthews High

Fayetteville Observer

October 23, 2007
Scorpio Begins
TV Talk Show Host Day

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
– 
Pirates must keep eyes on the prize
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Monday press luncheon
WNCT: TOT (Denny O'Brien, Greenville Mayor Forum)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Phil Petty)

Renewed focus
 
Mindful of the critical four-game home stretch to the football season that looms for his East Carolina team, head coach Skip Holtz gave his team until tonight's practice to get last weekend out of its system.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates get back to C-USA play vs. UAB
 
East Carolina is more than ready to turn the corner and look ahead after its 34-20 loss against NC State.

New Bern Sun Journal

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates fail to capture 'State Championship'
-
Bedlam at Bladez

Wilson injured after ‘cheap shot’
 
East Carolina defensive end C.J. Wilson walked gingerly into the media room following Saturday’s 34-20 loss to N.C. State.

Washington Daily News

East Carolina will return to conference play this weekend
 
Pirates in the thick of CUSA race with four games remaining

Winston Salem Journal (AP)

USC Gains Ground With NC Athlete
 
ATH Darius Spencer (5-10 178) of Asheville, NC has been committed to East Carolina since May. But he made an unofficial visit to USC last weekend for the Vanderbilt game, and the Gamecocks are firmly in the running for him.

Spartanburg Herald Journal

Blazers Shift Concentration To Saturday's Matchup With East Carolina
uabsports.com

From the Birmingham News
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COLLEGE BEAT
 
The (Blazer's) objective this week is to forget about the lopsided loss to Houston and prepare for Saturday's visit to East Carolina (4-4). 

-
Truitt keeps plugging, despite neck pain

Jaguars QB Garrard sprains ankle, out of game against Colts
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

David Garrard- Out at Least One Game
Rotowire

October 22, 2007
Make a Difference Day

National Mole Day
Scorpio Begins
Swallows Leave San Juan Capistrano
TV Talk Show Host Day

From Bonesville.net
-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 324
– 
QB shuffle has run its course

-BVL:
Denny O'Brien's Harris BCS Poll Ballot
-BVL:
Bowl Championship Series Standings
-BVL:
Updated C-USA Scoreboard, Standings, Schedule

From ecupirates.com
-Amanda Broz's Late Goal Lifts Women's Soccer To 1-0 Shutout Over Rice
-Pirates Rally, But Drop Thriller to Marshall 3-2

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-An old ghost haunts Pirates in loss to rival Wolfpack
-Freshman Young eager to hit the court
-'Relatively quiet' after football game, police say

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New design innovations highlight the East Carolina Heart Institute

Wolfpack stack works wonders
 
The way to stop East Carolina is to put eight in the box, pressure the quarterback and focus on stopping Chris Johnson.

New Bern Sun Journal

NEXT OPPONENT - UAB: Running game a problem with, without the ball
 
UAB took a step backward in Saturday night's 49-10 loss to Houston at Legion Field.

Birmingham News

From the Florida Times Union
-Jaworski impressed by progress of Garrard
-STAKES ARE HIGH

 

October 28, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack gets it together
 
Daniel Evans throws for 347 yards, another career high, finding Donald Bowens 11 times, to lead N.C. State to an upset victory over Virginia and its first ACC win in a year.

-Deacs leave Heels feeling blue
-Noles rout Devils

Streak halts at State
Roanoke Times

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Deacons destroy Heels
 
WFU's lopsided win satisfying to team's Tarheels

-Mountaineers hang on to nip Paladins

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Grobe had WFU ticking in a dominant victory
-Noles get old-school win over Duke
-N.C. State surprises Virginia

WVU controls its own destiny in Big East race
 
West Virginia’s 31-3 rout of Rutgers Saturday was the first piece in a puzzle that has suddenly put the Mountaineers back in control of their own destiny in the race for the Big East’s automatic berth in a BCS bowl.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Vols and tears
 
Late miss spoils Gamecocks' big comeback as Vols take division lead

-Promise keepers
 
Tigers fulfill Davis’ guarantee of a win

Georgia stuns Florida, 42-30
Anderson Independent

October 27, 2007

Historic streak on line for Cavaliers
Roanoke Times

No. 25 Scarlet Knights out to upset No. 6 West Virginia
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-UNC-CH has struggled in close games as Wake has thrived
-A hostile crowd lies in wait for the Devils

No sense to Davis rumors
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Deacs set standard
-Making close count
-Pack still hunting for ACC win
-Duke's couldas, shouldas keep Roof on sunny side

From the Anderson Independent
-Could there be a two loss champion again?
-Gameday- South Carolina at Tennessee
-Gameday- Georgia vs. Florida
-Gameday- Clemson at Maryland

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Spurrier says No. 15 Gamecocks need to relax
-Clemson braces for final stretch

From the Columbia (SC) State
-The chance to dance
 
USC’s offense must come back to life if the Gamecocks are to stay in SEC East title race

-Bounce goes Wofford’s way

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Pack can measure its progress against Virginia
-R.I.P., NBA- First the Hornets and now the Bobcats have officially killed pro basketball in North Carolina

Fox- Testaverde will start vs. Colts
Charlotte Observer

October 26, 2007

Gone in 120 seconds
 
BC quarterback Matt Ryan leads the Eagles on two TD drives in 2 minutes.

Roanoke Times

BC rallies to stun Virginia Tech
Boston Globe

Ryan fashions another BC special delivery
ESPN

Emotional goodbye- FSU's Hart resigns
 
University, Hart reach agreement on departure date

Tallahassee
Democrat

Deal Ends Hart's Reign As FSU Athletic Director
T
ampa Tribune

Liking UNC-CH's Climb Back – But Going With Deacs
wral.com

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Chowan finds best fit in CIAA
 
Geography, not race, is key factor.

-Wolfpack solves pass rush
-Spurrier frustrated by impotent offense
-$60 million cost for racetrack would double the record
-Bobcats counting on Felton at point

Hornets' finale of preseason takes Paul home
 
Chris Paul's phone has been ringing this week, the calls mostly from family members.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Nix expects Vols to run ball in one-two matchup
Columbia (SC) State

Arkansas won't be the last job where Butch Davis' name is mentioned
Rocky Mount Telegram

Running back withdraws commitment to UNC-CH
Charlotte Observer

Transfer rule loses to fear
Greenville (SC) News

Virginia a surprise
  Here’s how important it is not to jump to an early conclusion when college football is the subject: On Sept. 1 Virginia lost its season-opening game at Wyoming. History tells us when you lose at Wyoming, people become immediately suspicious about your potential, or what may remain of it.

Durham Herald Sun

October 25, 2007

Eagles soar on Ryan-Logan express
Richmond Times Dispatch

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-O'Brien will have Eagle eye
 
Coach will watch BC, but glad he's at NCSU

-Hokies relish ESPN stage on Thursday
-Cup appears half full for Canes
-Stumping for the planks
 
Pier by pier, man campaigns to save fishing spots.

BC's low-key Ryan can't be overlooked any longer
USA Today

From the The Virginian Pilot
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New offense helping Ryan step forward in Heisman race
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Falcons QB Leftwich has ankle surgery

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-O'Brien remains 'happy'

 
While Tom O'Brien's new team celebrates its first win of consequence in more than a year, his old team is preparing for an ACC showdown against Virginia Tech.

-Davis' 'plan' calls for seeing Heels through improvements
 
Butch Davis has said repeatedly how happy he is to be the head coach at North Carolina. But there seem to be plenty of people who think he might be happier at Arkansas, his alma mater.

-This time, Blue Devils know QB rotation by Seminoles is likely
-Canes rattle Sabres with four-goal stampede

NC State not satisfied with first major victory
Burlington Times News

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers try out 11 potential players
-Injuries will shift Bobcats lineup

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Hokies' Calling Card: Virginia Tech's defense, special teams capable of scoring points on their own
-RELENTLESS- Russell's energy has made him a vital cog on Deacons' defensive line

-Junior-college standout will join Heels next year
 
Another has had second thoughts and has withdrawn his commitment.

Davis tries to shoot down speculation
Wilmington Star-News

SEC’s football strength a shame and a tribute
Anderson Independent

October 24, 2007

Baltimore mulls bowl bid
Baltimore Business Journal

Deacons' success has aided recruiting
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-UNC-CH's Barbour agrees to deal
 
A suspended UNC football player facing a misdemeanor marijuana citation could have his charge dismissed in four months if he goes to drug education classes, pays a fine and stays out of trouble, an Orange County prosecutor said Tuesday.

-Pack's Yow taking chemotherapy
-Who would have thought ...
-Caulton Tudor hands out his marks
-NC State Wolfpack
-Duke Blue Devils
-Davis denies interest in Arkansas
 
Contrary to a CBSSports.com blog report, first-year North Carolina-Chapel Hill football coach Butch Davis does not have an exit clause in his contract that would allow him to leave penalty-free for Arkansas.

-ACC could land two BCS bowl bids for first time

Practice Report- Mike Archer
 
Mike Archer spoke with the media after Tuesday's practice and discussed the Pack's performance against ECU and this week's game

scout.com

Spurrier- Boos were justified
 
South Carolina would love to forget about Vanderbilt.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Panthers rise as Bobcats' bad luck gets knee-deep
Charlotte Observer

SoCon Notebook- Conference title up for grabs
Winston Salem Journal

Riley not a secret in ACC anymore
Durham Herald-Sun

October 23, 2007

BC flying in rarified air
Roanoke Times

Tigers could use some Hokie help
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-O'Brien: Vermiglio 'paid a price' and will play
 
N.C. State football coach Tom O’Brien said that freshman offensive tackle Jake Vermiglio, who was ejected from the ECU game for a late hit, would face no further disciplinary action.

-Lineup changes aid Pack
-Heels suspend pair
 
One player cited for marijuana

Evans earns another start for Wolfpack
Charlotte Observer

From the Fayetteville Observer
-UVa. game special for O’Brien
-Shoop tries to rebuild UNC-CH's offense

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-The Wake of success

 
If timing is everything, Saturday's North Carolina-Chapel Hill at Wake Forest football game should mean a lot.

-No rest for the Heels
 
An open date on the schedule last week gave the North Carolina-Chapel Hill football team time to get healthy for its game at Wake Forest.

From the Wilmington Star-News
-
ACC Fifth Quarter
-Appalachian faces a tough row to hoe

October 22, 2007

Wolfpack Sees Hope in Setting Back Pirates
 
East Carolina has to regroup. The loss only hurt their pride, not their chances to win the Conference USA championship

wral.com

Wolfpack Finds An Offense, Beats ECU
850 The Buzz

NC State offensive line shifts against ECU
Rocky Mount Telegram

Know when to kick 'em
N.C. State University Technician

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NCSU postgame clipboard
-Postgame observations on college football
-Despite lawn sign, Bowden's not selling
-ACC tells coaches to behave

Cardiac Cavs
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-The Prosser Award

 
Skip Prosser couldn't take his customary seat at the Wake Forest table during the ACC's annual media gathering Sunday, but the conference made an announcement that will ensure that although Prosser is gone, he will not be forgotten.

-Kay Yow to drop puck for Canes

-UNC-CH, Duke, N.C. State, in that order, picked atop the league

From the Charlotte Observer
-Torn ACL likely ends Morrison's season
-BLOG: College football needs a playoff
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Tebow has shoulder injury

From the Greenville (SC) News
-A mirror look at USC, Clemson

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USC report- Spurrier hopes boos for coaches, not players

Fletcher sparks Redskins' offense in win
The Virginian Pilot

From the Winston Salem Journal
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Moore says Appalachian can still be playoff team
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Moore giving Wake Forest more than it hoped for

Mr. Martinsville
 
Jimmie Johnson wins his third consecutive race at Martinsville Speedway

Roanoke Times

 

October 28, 2007

Oct. 27 Football Roundup
 
ECU, Houston, Marshall, Memphis and Tulsa Pick Up League Wins

conferenceusa.com

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Control of C-USA East on line tonight
 
Regardless the outcome of tonight's Conference USA football game between Southern Miss and UCF, the Golden Eagles still will have three C-USA games left and the Knights four.

-Keys for Southern Miss
-Look out for...

Seeking the path of least resistance
 
The Conference USA game between Southern Miss and Central Florida on ESPN tonight at 7 will not determine the East Division title, but the loser's path to the league's championship game becomes much more difficult.

Mobile Register

Golden Eagles hoping for another title bid
 
Riding a two-game winning streak, Southern Miss looks to take a step closer to back-to-back Eastern Division championships in Conference USA when Central Florida invades M.M. Roberts Stadium tonight at 7 (CT).

Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Hattiesburg American
-UCF poses big threat to Eagles
-Eagle Sumrall adjusts well to cornerback
-USM winds up fall baseball

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Tonight pivotal, UCF coach says
-UCF at Southern Miss

Knights need to build momentum in C-USA
Florida Sun-Sentinel

Tigers' passing attack sets up fourth-quarter rally over Tulane
 
All of a sudden, this University of Memphis football team is beginning to believe in itself. It's also beginning to get some breaks.
M
emphis Commercial Appeal

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Memphis finds holes in TU's defense
-Forté's showings bittersweet

From the Dallas Morning News
-Goal-line futility bites SMU
 
SMU's short-yardage failings have unfortunately become a recurring theme in coach Phil Bennett's tenure.

-One slip mars Hurst's effort
-Mustangs' Loss puts focus on Bennett

Stand and deliver
 
Tulsa began with "The Stand." It followed that with "The Drive."

Tulsa World

Defensive standout Brinkley, UH hold back UTEP
Houston Chronicle

From the El Paso Times
-UTEP loses second game in a row
 
The UTEP football team is far better this year than it was supposed to be.

-Small crowd sees classic
 
There are always stories within stories in the mini-dramas that are football games. This is a story of what nearly 15,000 people missed on a beautiful but breezy Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.

-Miner notes- UTEP kicker ties record for longest field goal

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Thundering Herd claims first win, 34-21 over Rice
-Solid beginning leads to joyous end

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Morris, Marshall run past Rice
-Herd defense gets a break — thanks to the MU offense

October 27, 2007

CONFERENCE USA PREVIEW
Birmingham News

UH bid for C-USA title faces test at UTEP
Houston Chronicle

From the El Paso Times
-Miner notes- Geography makes matchup unique
 
Geography makes this matchup a unique one: This should be obvious, but the UTEP-Houston matchup has a unique distinction in NCAA college football: No two football programs in the same state that play each other are further apart.

-Miners get focused on task at hand
-Game Preview

Marshall favored over visiting Rice
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

Homecoming a time to get a win
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Owl junior among best receivers in conference
-Snyder says struggling Marshall can't look past anyone

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-One for the alums?
-Rice-Marshall capsule

SMU-Tulsa preview
Dallas Morning News

Graham's goals are still possible
Tulsa World

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Hankins just looking for consistency
 
As University of Memphis quarterback Martin Hankins embarks upon the final five regular-season games of his college football career, he'll be seeking something that has eluded him since transferring from nearby 1-AA Southeastern Louisiana.

-Pssssssssst: Tigers take floor today

TULANE INSIDER
New Orleans Times Picayune

This one could be a smash
 
A sprained ankle kept Southern Miss defensive tackle Sean Merrill on the sideline when the Golden Eagles visited UCF in Orlando last fall.

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM young, yet optimistic about season
 
Southern Miss head men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy thinks his team is young.

Hattiesburg American

October 26, 2007

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-UCF bulldozer Smith big concern for USM
-Notebook- Ellis takes over as punt returner

From the Orlando Sentinel
-O'Leary readies team for spotlight
 
World Series or no World Series, UCF Coach George O'Leary doesn't want his team to overlook the opportunity it has playing on national television Sunday.

-Showcasing their skill
 
UCF willing to play non-Saturday games

Miners brace for Cougar offense
El Paso Times

Marshall catches a break
 
Rotating schedule allows Herd to avoid Tulane’s Forte

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Marshall WR tries to forget bad play
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Marshall punter Biagi back from spring knee injury
Beckley (WV) Register Herald

Rice’s Jarett Dillard steady hand for Owls
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Leg injury will keep Muse out against Tulsa
 
SMU's defense, already devastated by injuries, has more bad news.

Dallas Morning News

Tulsa's Paul Smith Named 2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
ConferenceUSA.com

From the College Football News
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 9 C-USA Games
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 9 Confeference USA Games, Part 2

Renovations start with work on Finch Center
 
When coach John Calipari agreed to a new contract extension with the University of Memphis last April, a raise to $1.8million in annual salary was only part of the package. A crucial but unpublicized component of the deal was that Memphis raise money to update its basketball offices and practice facility.

M
emphis Commercial Appeal

TULANE NOTES
 
Memphis assistant has ties to Tulane 

New Orleans Times Picayune

October 25, 2007

From the Hattiesburg American
-C-USA race starts to heat up
 
The picture should become much clearer this weekend as to which football teams will be battling down the stretch for bids to the Conference USA championship game on Dec. 1.

-Freshman Lino out for season
 
Southern Miss men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy lost one of his key newcomers for the season with less than two weeks remaining before the first exhibition game

Defense is a dirty word in Conference USA
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Conference USA Notebook - Football
Athlon Sports

From ConferenceUSA.com
-Memphis' Douglas-Roberts Named to Wooden Award Preseason List

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Oct. 24 Men's Golf Notebook
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C-USA Cross Country Championships Set For Saturday
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Oct. 24 Women's Golf Notebook
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Daily Cougar Football Practice Report
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Tulane's Matt Forté Named To Heisman Trophy Watchlist By CSTV.com
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Rainy, Cold Weather Moves Southern Miss Practice to Game Field, Wednesday, as Prep Work Continues for UCF

Price hopes for big crowd against Houston
El Paso Times

Houston (4-3) at Texas-El Paso (4-3)
Kansas City Star (Sports Network)

UH free safety Schwartz still packs a big punch
Houston Chronicle

Hurricane pulling for Houston
 
University of Tulsa football fans might consider stockpiling red pompons so they can cheer on the Houston Cougars on Saturday night.

Tulsa World

Rice’s Dillard has a jump on the competition
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Edmonson becomes another target for Morris
-Decimated defense a contributor to Rice's woes

USM shuffles defense to prepare for Knights
Mobile Register

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-UCF return men pose challenge
-USM football- Center stage

O'Leary likes O-line rotation
Orlando Sentinel

Tigers lose another LB to injuries
M
emphis Commercial Appeal

October 24, 2007

Grandmother helps UAB's Sanders carry on after mother was killed in Detroit home
Birmingham News

Conference USA preview: Just one horse out of 12 teams
College Football News

From ConferenceUSA.com
-C-USA Cross Country Championships Set For Saturday
-Golden Eagles Start Work for C-USA East Rival UCF
-Oct. 23 Women's Soccer Notebook

From the El Paso Times
-Miners set to take on resurgent Houston
-Miners begin practice for showdown with Cougars

Eagles will miss Johnson
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Forte rolling with the Wave
-Eagles switch up defensive staff
-USM Football- Bower sticking with Reaves for time being
-Southern Miss makes gains with passing game

Dawson's ties to MU still run deep
MU The Parthenon

Herd has short window to prepare for Rice
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall finally healthy as Owls loom
-Snyder's mood has been consistent

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-MU’s Snyder sees bright future ahead
-A Classic reason to get CSTV

UH NOTEBOOK
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-West proud of way Tigers bounce back
-U of M forward Niles didn't stick to diet or workouts over the summer

SMU's bowl dreams all but dashed
Dallas Morning News

From the Tulsa World
-Win now
 
TULSA'S LOSS at Central Florida has left the Golden Hurricane with no room for error.

-Mustangs struggling mightily
-TU Notebook- Duncan likely out for season

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane gets creative
 
Tulane Coach Bob Toledo isn't leaving anything to chance.

-TULANE NOTES
 
Wave tries to get word out on Forté

October 23, 2007

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

With offense clicking, Bower, Southern Miss, turn attention to Central Florida
Biloxi Sun Herald (AP)

O'Leary looking for quality leaders
Orlando Sentinel

WR Johnson not easy to replace
 
Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower offered some immediate thoughts on how the Golden Eagles expected to adjust to the loss of leading receiver Chris Johnson.

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM's Fletcher stood out in win over Marshall
Biloxi Sun Herald

Marshall questions momentum-killing call
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Snyder credits Southern Miss ‘D’
Beckley Register Herald

Big plays propel Eagles to victory
Hattiesburg American

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Owls, Herd teams on similar paths

-Marshall still searching
-Herd punters put their best foot forward

From the El Paso Times
-Back to business
-UTEP continues to hit milestones

Road doesn't get easier for struggling SMU defense
 
The Mustangs have allowed a 600-yard passer, a 300-yard receiver and a 300-yard rusher this season. Saturday, they play at Tulsa, the No. 3 offense in the country, with 545.14 yards per game.

Dallas Morning News

Injuries stunting growth of Owls defense
Houston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Doss rejuvenates season with big game against Rice
-Low-key Dorsey shows much improvement

C-USA Football Notebook
 
Six Conference USA Football contests are on the schedule this weekend, with two regional and two national telecasts to be featured. Action kicks off on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CST with three games taking place Weekend play wraps up on Sunday with an East Division showdown between UCF and Southern Miss in Hattiesburg at 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN.

ConferenceUSA.com

Win now
 
TULSA'S LOSS at Central Florida has left the Golden Hurricane with no room for error.

Tulsa World

October 22, 2007

From ConferenceUSA.com
-Tulane's Matt Forte' Named Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week
-Fletcher's Trio of Scores Gives Southern Miss a Win at Marshall

Herd loses 33-24 to Southern Miss
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
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First-quarter horror show continues for MU
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Oh-for-seven
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Jones stresses defensive intensity in MU scrimmage

Fletcher outruns the Herd
Biloxi Sun Herald

Fletcher leads Southern Miss past Marshall
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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Football- Southern Miss vs. Central Florida
 
This is a huge East Division game. A win by USM gives the Golden Eagles victories over two of the East's top contenders. A loss by UCF all but dooms its divisional hopes, thanks to an earlier loss to East Carolina.

-USM football- Wrangled Herd

 
Fletcher scores 3 touchdowns as USM holds off Marshall

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Putting football games in perspective ...
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Football- Magee hauls in 1st TD, races into record book
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Football- Reaves delivers big-time
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Football- Eagles lose standout senior WR Johnson due to broken arm

Marshall Falls To Southern Miss, 33-24
goherd.com

Big victory renews UCF's hopes
 
For most of the week leading up to UCF's pivotal Conference USA showdown with Tulsa Saturday, there was a sort of uneasiness surrounding the Knights' football team: the kind of nervousness a waiter has when he is trying to balance an armful of dishes.

Orlando Sentinel

From the El Paso Times
-Miners at the break- Midseason report
-Miners go to work on securing football
-Miner notes- Thomas is new national scoring leader

Cougars control destiny in C-USA West race
 
Cougars' stretch includes road games against West contenders UTEP, Tulsa

Houston Chronicle

Offense pressured
 
Tulsa's high-powered offense came screeching to a halt on Saturday night.

Tulsa World

Tigers ready for zone
Memphis Commercial Appeal