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Conference USA

November 4, 2007
Daylight Savings Time Ends - Standard Time Resumes
Mischief Night
National Chicken Lady Day
Use Your Common Sense Day
Zero-Tasking Day
Birthday - Laura Bush (First Lady)

ECU-Memphis Game Center
Prolific C.J. offsetting Bucs' shaky 'D'
ECU-Memphis Box Score
Conference USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
BVL Audio:
Skip Holtz post-game remarks
WNCT: TOT (Game Day Countdown Show)

Pirates Run Past Memphis, 56-40
Chris Johnson rushed for a career-high 301 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as East Carolina held onto the top spot in Conference USA's East Division with a 56-40 victory over Memphis.

Linkmeister Note: It's hard to believe but Chris Johnson's 301 yards wasn't the best rushing day in Pirates history. Scott Harley rushed for 351 against N.C. State in 1996.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU bowls over Tigers
Pirate RB Chris Johnson has monster day in win

-Pirates piling up points in recent Ws

East Carolina stays atop C-USA East
Biloxi Sun Herald (AP)

Johnson rushes for 301 yards in ECU's win
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Tigers Drop Contest to East Carolina, 56-40

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tiger 'D' helpless again against quality East Division foe
If the University of Memphis is going to become bowl-eligible this season, it's going to have to rely on its success against lesser Conference USA teams.

-Being bad may still be good enough

November 3, 2007
Cliché' Day
Sadie Hawkins Day
Sandwich Day

Kevin's Keys to the Game
WNCT: TOT (Kevin Monroe; Kinky Friedman)

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

East Carolina @ Memphis
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - Memphis, TN
TV: WITN 7 - 2:00 PM EDT; MASN
- 7:00 PM EDT (Tape Delay)
XM channel n/a
Sirius channel n/a
Gameday Weather Forecast:

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

ECU takes on Tigers in C-USA tilt
Pirates, Tigers lead way in East Div.

Greenville Daily Reflector

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates head to Memphis with C-USA title still in their sights
The Pirates enter round two of their own “final four” in Memphis to battle for the top spot in the East Division of Conference USA at 2 p.m.

-A word of advice
Juwon Crowell has had a tough road since coming to East Carolina as a freshman in 2003.

First-place ECU visits Memphis with fate in hands
Kinston Free Press

Pirates control their own destiny
An ECU win today would put it closer to hosting its first conference championship game.
Raleigh News & Observer

Two weeks of success have rejuvenated U of M's season
Memphis Commercial Appeal

East Carolina is wary of Memphis' receivers
Whatever momentum the Memphis Tigers have is about to be put to the test.

Winston Salem Journal (AP)

At a glance- Saturday's East Carolina-Memphis game
Lexington Dispatch (AP)

-Volleyball Sweeps UCF On Senior Night
-Women's Soccer Battles To 0-0 Tie With UAB Friday Afternoon
-Basketball Single-Game Tickets On Sale

November 2, 2007
All Souls' Day (Catholic)
Day(s) of the Dead/Dia(s) De Los Muertos
Plan Your Epitaph Day
Birthday - US President Warren Harding (29th President)
Birthday - US President James Polk (11th President)
Birthday - Daniel Boone Birthday (frontiersman)

Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Players chime in on enduring the test

WNCT: Pirate Insider Report (Phil Stukenborg)
WNCT: TOT (Kevin Miller; District 2 Candidates)

Earning their trust
Hudson's tough love style works with East Carolina defense

Greenville Daily Reflector

Finding the right words
  At East Carolina, third-year coach Skip Holtz has a couple of go-to catch phrases. But his are different; they’re not cheesy, silly or bombastic. They are time-tested, and they simply work.

Kinston Free Press

Memphis’ Hankins finds ways to get playmakers the ball
Memphis’ Martin Hankins might not be the all-around player that some coaches want in a quarterback, but his passing abilities have been enough to keep the Tigers in the fight for a conference title with four weeks remaining.

New Bern Sun Journal

Hankins, receivers clicking but ground game needs work
Memphis Commercial Appeal

With ‘tremendous poise,’ Memphis hangs in there
Three teams in Conference USA’s East Division have one loss — East Carolina, Central Florida and Memphis.

Charleston Gazette

Weekend Preview- Florida needs win vs. Vanderbilt
East Carolina, which controls its fate in the East, plays at Memphis, which has quietly been moving up with three consecutive league victories.

USA Today

C of C AD finalist Bass airs ideas during forum
Jimmy Bass, a senior associate athletic director at East Carolina who was on campus Thursday for a final interview

Charleston Post Courier

Cooper Named Community Captain
He currently holds athletic scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

New assistant Ferguson still learning the ropes

November 1, 2007
All Saints' Day (Catholic)
All Hallows Day
Days of the Dead (Los Dias de los Muertos)
National Men Make Dinner Day

Myatt: View from the 'ville
Holtz: This is no time to falter

WNCT: TOT (Kip Gaskins, Hani Hanna; Candidates)

-Littman Named C-USA Co-Golfer-of-the-Week
Pirates Enter Fifth Consecutive Week Ranked In Top-25

-Pirate GameDay Central
East Carolina will open a pivotal two-game Conference USA road swing when it travels to Memphis Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. (ET) matchup against the Tigers.

Pumped-up Pirates keeping '06 in mind
ECU again has inside track to C-USA title game -- this time, it plans to finish the job

Raleigh News & Observer

ECU hopes to learn from past
East Carolina is in a similar situation as last year. All it has to do is win.

New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates continue to mix QBs
The more East Carolina wins, the less it seems to matter who plays quarterback.

New Bern Sun Journal

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-ECU mixes pair of platooning quarterbacks into its game plan
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz has gotten solid quarterback play from both Rob Kass and Patrick Pinkney this season.

-Line keeps Tiger QBs protected

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Kass, Pinkney stay positive about rotation
-Halloween scene
  Police work to keep revelers in check

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates face familiar foe in critical game
-A new era
  McCarthy looking to turn things around

East Carolina at Memphis
Athlon Sports

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

ECU Alumni Scholarship Golf Classic raised more than $25000

October 31, 2007
All Hallows Eve
Samhain (Wiccan)

WNCT: Tuesday Tailgate (Rick Smith)
WNCT: TOT (Col. Randall Larson; Carol Woodruff)

-Swimming & Diving Teams Race Past UNC Wilmington
The women's team remained unbeaten, while the men's won their third consecutive meet

-Littman and Lind Guide Pirates To Palmetto Intercollegiate Title
ECU Claims Third Tournament Title Of Fall Schedule

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-MASN, Suddenlink in dispute over service
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network still hopes that Suddenlink Communications will play ball in Greenville, but the cable provider is waiting for what it feels is a more reasonable offer to its customers.

-Greenville braces for Halloween
Area police prepare for big night

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Winner of key turnover battle likely to win game
When the University of Memphis plays host to East Carolina in Saturday's homecoming game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, something will have to give.
-WR Williams finding the right time to shine
Earnest Williams picked a perfect time to emerge from his relative slumber.

Pirates move into first place in C-USA East
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates enter stretch run alone in first place
Kinston Free Press

ECU in control of its own destiny in league
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Memphis Tigers vs East Carolina Pirates (.pdf)

October 30, 2007
Devil's Night
Haunted Refrigerator Night
Birthday - President John Adams' Birthday (2nd President)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Season in "single elimination" phase
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Monday press luncheon
WNCT: TOT (Denny O'Brien; Candidates Forum)
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Rick Smith)

Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes
East Carolina University Head Football Coach Skip Holtz addressed members of the media prior to this week's game against Memphis.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-O-line loses Hicks for year
Perhaps the biggest price tag that came with last Saturday's East Carolina football win over UAB was the loss of a key ECU offensive lineman.

-Smith commits to ECU
Raheem Smith, currently enrolled at Louisburg College, made a verbal commitment to play for the East Carolina men's basketball team Monday. The former J.H. Rose standout won't suit up for Louisburg this season, leaving him with three years of Division I eligibility.

ECU controls its own destiny
Fayetteville Observer

From the East Carolinian
-Pirates destroy Blazers
-ECU tabbed third in preseason poll

Memphis Tiger Coach Tommy West - Press Luncheon Quotes - October 29, 2007

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M finds confidence to close in fourth quarter
-McCrary scoops up fumbles, praise

Holtz looks for the middle as Pirates prepare for Memphis
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

From the Washington Daily News
-Williams shines for East Carolina
  After showing flashes of brilliance earlier this season, it was only a matter of time before Jonathan Williams exploded.

-Copper scores touchdown in Saints’ win

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Pirates in the driver’s seat in C-USA, again
-Analysis- Switch to Pinkney pays off for Pirates

C of C narrows AD search
East Carolina senior associate athletics director Jimmy Bass is scheduled to visit Thursday

Charleston (SC) Post Courier

October 29, 2007
Anniversary - Internet
Anniversary - Stock Market Crash (1929)

-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
Scheduling down has perks and risks

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 325
QB rotation finally shows promise

Denny O'Brien's Harris BCS Poll Ballot
Bowl Championship Series Standings
Updated C-USA Scoreboard, Standings, Schedule
Updated ECU Football Recruiting Thumbnails

-Pirates End Skid, Knock Off Rice 3-2
-Women's Soccer Battles to 1-1 Tie At UTEP

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Hinnant awaits return to action
-Pinkney's play-action puts an end to play inaction
-ECU Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Nursing change name

Local Heroes- Where are the now?
New Bern Sun Journal


November 4, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-'A dream finish'
It was pandemonium on the N.C. State sideline and sudden heartbreak for the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday as a 42-yard field goal lifted the Wolfpack to a 19-16 victory in the storied stadium that has hosted Super Bowls and had thrilling bowl games.

-Heels finally win a close one
-Tigers turn it on against the Devils
-Deacs' hopes sail wide right
-Seminoles end Eagles' perfect run
-Success 'sweet' for the Wolfpack
-Heels, Pack on upswing
-Canes prove a point

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Duke fans, this doesn't seem to be getting better
-Clemson barrage buries Duke
-Hauschka kicks gamewinnner as N.C. State beats Miami, 19-16
-Barth's field goals, last-minute defensive stop give Tar Heels a victory over the Terrapins

Another close win for Cavs
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Anderson Independent
-McFadden, Arkansas runs past Carolina
-Georgia wins wild one against Troy

November 3, 2007

C of C interviews Corrigan
Charleston Post Courier

From the Winston Salem Journal
-A Game of Impact- Result will have an effect on both ACC divisions
-STRESSED- Coaches quickly learn the difference between building and maintaining
-Pack trying to continue recent progress
-ASU still in thick of a tight race

From the Anderson Independent
-Gameday: Troy at Georgia
Gameday: USC at Arkansas
Gameday: Clemson at Duke

Cavaliers aim to put brakes on Wake's speed demons
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Tar Heels must win out to make bowl
-Games in Florida still big deal to Wolfpack
-Where's the rewind button?- Duke hasn't won an ACC game since it shocked Clemson three long years ago

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Like clockwork in Orange
-When (double) duty calls

Hokies tight end Wheeler out for the season
Roanoke Times

USF fine for Big East, in hindsight
Cincinnati Post

Paladins take on role of spoiler
There will be a bit of role reversal when Furman University hosts Elon University at 2 p.m. today at Paladin Stadium.

Greenville (SC) News

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bobcats win opener despite 51% foul shooting
-Owner wants to move Sonics to Oklahoma City
-Preps: Independence coach may face charges

November 2, 2007

Hokies respond to trick with a treat
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Vermiglio ready for what comes
Pack freshman learns as he goes ... He was ejected from the East Carolina game for a late hit, but called it a "stupid mistake" that would not be repeated.

-Fresh start for Wolfpack
-Bears get a lesson on court

Friday’s G-Briefing (plus the Guaranteed Picks)
850 The Buzz

From the Greensboro News-Record
-Patience pays off for State receiver
-Elon finds answer in Riddle

From the Fayetteville Observer
-Wolfpack’s Yow keeps fighting
-Not forgotten- Capel remembers younger days in Fayetteville

From the Charlotte Observer
-Okafor wants to stay a Bobcat
-Smith's verbal shot misfires

Spurrier comes up with way to one-up Richt
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

November 1, 2007

Defensive minds
Virginia Tech's Bud Foster, left, and Georgia Tech's Jon Tenuta are two of the best defensive coordinators in the country. The Hokies and Yellow Jackets collide at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in Atlanta.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

Search For New AD Ushers In New Era At FSU
Tampa Tribune

Saban Bowl I latest in coaching cold war
Birmingham News

USC, Clemson prospect suffers season-ending left knee injury
USC has moved to the front for athlete Darius Spencer (5-10, 178) of Asheville. He committed to East Carolina last spring but after visiting USC for the Vanderbilt game, he says he is now thinking hard about the Gamecocks.

Columbia (SC) The State

Mountaineers want to avoid shootout with Louisville
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

Tigers try to avoid another Duke trap
Anderson Independent

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Former Pack QB is thriving after move to tight end
-Tar Heels' senior defender Taylor having the kind of season opponents -- and scouts -- notice

From the Charlotte Observer
-NCAA's rules not broken, Heels say
Ex-UNC players had spoken with recruits

-Winthrop retools with freshmen, new coach

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Hokies' crown slipping
-Devils put their all into stops
-Stone, ex-Pack player, dies
Former N.C. State linebacker Fred Stone died Saturday in Vineland, N.J., after a brief illness. Stone was 41.

-Redskins offense starts over
-Not receiving much time
Panthers' Jarrett developing slowly.

-Bobcats can't get deal done with Okafor

Tulane transfer making waves
Junior wide receiver Cary Koch caught his first touchdown pass for Virginia last Saturday.

Roanoke Times

October 31, 2007

Memorial fund pays victims of shootings
More than $8.5 million was distributed, including $208,000 to each of the families of those who died April 16 at Virginia Tech.

Roanoke Times

'Forever to thee'
Gamecocks to honor students killed in fire

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Charlotte Observer
-Sure, Panthers 'not 0-7,' just 0-at-home
-BC just another story in Boston so far
-5-Minute Guide to the NBA Season

Recruiting- Heels "cherry pick" JUCO players
Wilmington New Hanover offensive lineman Nick Becton has scheduled official visits to Alabama (Jan. 11) and Virginia Tech (Dec. 7).  Clemson, East Carolina, NC State and South Carolina are in the mix for his other visits.

Fayetteville Observer

Tigers’ offense grasps elusive balance
Anderson Independent

In past 4 years, Deacons have become Demons
The Virginian Pilot

WVU quarterback being talked about again
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UNC-CH review finds no violations
Raleigh News & Observer

WFU, Virginia to meet at last
Rivalry was put on hold by expansion

Winston Salem Journal

Swinton faces second felony charge
Wilmington attorney Woody White hopes to help former UNC-Wilmington men's basketball team member Kevin Swinton gain reinstatement to the university and avoid a felony conviction.

Wilmington Star-News

October 30, 2007

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Turnover ratio has helped Wolfpack
-So what's going on with Duke football, anyway?
-Plenty to work on for Heels

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Changes click for Pack DBs
Much has been made of NC State's bye week, of how the resurgent Pack has responded with victories over East Carolina and Virginia.

-Seminoles suspend QB Lee

Wolfpack hungry to win against UM
Miami Herald

Perfect chance to win SEC slipping through USC’s fingers
Columbia (SC) State

Foster- Hokies weren't playing prevent vs. BC
Roanoke Times

Tennessee Tech coach Brown’s career got boost from Pat Dye
Decatur (AL) Daily

Louisville’s down, but not necessarily out
Charleston (WV) Gazette

October 29, 2007

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Campus News: 7 students dead in N.C. beach house fire
6 from USC, 1 believed from Clemson

-It had been planned as a fun weekend

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Clemson back in Top 25
-Missed chances plague Gamecocks

Tigers’ finish will be as wild as their start
Anderson Independent

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Easy-going Swank helps make life easier for WFU
-OUT OF THEIR DEPTH- Davis says Tar Heels need to add talent
-Panthers Notebook- Testaverde says injury has been bothering him

Deacons require studying by Cavs
Roanoke Times

Rodriguez- 'We can play better'
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Late Hits
Postgame observations on college football.

-NCSU postgame clipboard
-UNC-CH postgame clipboard

Patriots rout Redskins
The 52-7 defeat was Washington’s fourth-worst ever – and the worst since 1961

Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-Colts stomp Panthers behind Manning, Addai
-Jimmie Johnson wins at Atlanta, credits call to take two tires


November 4, 2007

-Nov. 3 Football Roundup
Chris Johnson, East Carolina, ran for a career-high 301 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Pirates to a 56-40 victory over Memphis.

-UCF Clinches Top Seed in C-USA Championship; Field Set for 2007 Tournament

UH says SMU's visit tonight won't be a trap game
Houston Chronicle

Central Florida routs Marshall
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Great day for UCF Knights
-Knights meet goal with first penalty-free victory
-UCF 47, Marshall 13

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-UCF thumps Marshall 47-13
-Herd-UCF rivalry still has potential
-Marshall notebook- More first-quarter blues for Marshall

From the Jackson Clarion-Herald
-Southern Miss puts hurt on UAB
-Talented freshman Easterling sees the field for first time
-Notebook- Receiver Morgan pads career numbers

USM thrashes Blazers
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Central Florida shuts down Thundering Herd, 47-13
-Herd reverts to problems thought to be remedied

From the Hattiesburg American
-In complete control
What has been a tough and tight battle between two Conference USA rivals turned into all-out domination by the Southern Miss football team on Saturday night

-Eagles finally get convincing win over league foe

Another lopsided loss for Blazers
Birmingham News

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-For Coach Cal it's all come together
-You've got to spend money to make it to the Final Four

Barnett has interest in SMU coaching job
Dallas Morning News

From the Tulsa World
-Hurricane tramples Tulane
-TU wins battle on the ground

From the El Paso Times
-Miners fall to pieces
UTEP gets 7 turnovers, still loses

-Miners' red-zone success halted

November 3, 2007

UCF could move up C-USA standings with win against Marshall
Florida Times-Union

C-USA Football Notebook
Florida Times-Union

From the Orlando Sentinel
-BLOG: Knights post third sellout of the season
The Knights are leading Conference USA, averaging 43,983 tickets sold this season (50th in the nation). That total holds a slim margin on East Carolina, who is next with 42,771 (52nd in the nation).

-O'Leary demanding team focus
-Jones product's arm worries UCF

College Football- Central Florida not overlooking Marshall
Florida Sun-Sentinel

Marshall travels to UCF looking for second victory
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-UCF roller coaster climbing back up
-Marshall-Central Florida capsule
-Herd tops Fairmont 84-67 in Jones’ debut

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd relaxed in Florida sun
-Say what? Coaches’ comments about today’s game

Snyder- Marshall can’t commit turnovers
Ironton (OH) Tribune

From the EL Paso Times
-UTEP playing on road for the first time since SMU victory
-Miners enter game as favorite for a change

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Young's return can help USM vs. UAB
-Forte puts up impressive numbers for Tulane

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers defense has its work cut out
Before he even began studying Southern Miss for today's game at Legion Field, UAB head coach Neil Callaway knew how difficult it was going to be to slow down Golden Eagles running back Damion Fletcher.

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM's Thornton may be answer at running back
-Look out for...
-3 Keys for Southern Miss

UAB game is always tough one
Hattiesburg American

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU's Orsini given waiver to recruit football players 
Athletic director Steve Orsini and two members of his staff on Friday received a rare waiver from the NCAA allowing them to recruit football players.

-Former Denton star Alridge helps Houston stay grounded

Run-minded foes no new thing for TU
Tulsa World

Toledo creates optimism with the Wave
New Orleans Times Picayune

Conference USA possesses nation's top two RBs

Rice Owls note 50th anniversary of win over Texas A&M
Houston Chronicle

Conference races heat up
Montgomery Advertiser

Tigers avoid bull’s-eye of being No. 1
Memphis Commercial Appeal

November 2, 2007

From the College Football News
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 10 C-USA Games
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 10 Confeference USA Games, Part 2

Herd’s Johnson suspended in domestic dispute
Charleston (WV)

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-UCF coach understands Snyder's problems
-Morris' choice of MU was the correct one
-Humphrey calls out to Herd basketball fans

Smith is O'Leary's diamond in the rough
Daytona Beach News-Journal

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Teams look to rekindle rivalry
-UCF gears for any surprises

Green Wave expecting aerial assault from Tulsa's Smith
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the EL Paso Times
-UTEP seeks November to remember
-Tight ends see bigger role in passing game
-UTEP, Rice defenses struggle on third down

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-UAB endures growing pains after change
-Notebook- Blazers' Waters getting his kicks

From the Birmingham News
-Young Blazer linemen surviving, producing
-Vaden's 22 points lifts Blazers past UWA

UAB quarterback may run
Hattiesburg American

From the Dallas Morning News
-Candidates for SMU coaching job waiting for call
Potential targets in SMU's search for a new football coach said Thursday they haven't yet heard from the school.

-SMU men's basketball team to make trip to Africa

Calipari excited about recruiting
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH finds balance with Keenum's savvy, Joseph's arm
-UH kicker Bell returns to practice after illness

November 1, 2007

Conference USA Notebook - Football
Athlon Sports

Picks and predictions for every game ... ACC through CUSA, Week 10
College Football News

C-USA sides with ref on Tulane complaint
Wilmington Star-News

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Kopp gives Snyder vote of confidence
-Passing game beginning to click

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Marshall receiver finally getting back to full health
-Snyder praises Central Florida defense
-Herd players like green light from Jones

Marshall players were glued to tube
UCF fans back in Orlando weren't the only television observers paying close attention to the ESPN broadcast of the Knights' 34-17 win over Southern Mississippi on Sunday night.

Orlando Sentinel

QB Young due back in Southern Miss lineup
Birmingham News

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Young expects smooth return
-USM Football- Healthy Gray adds depth

Southern Mississippi (4-4) at UAB (2-6)
Kansas City Star (Sports Network)

Southern Miss raises the ante
Southern Miss shocked Conference USA basketball last season with a fourth place finish and the school's first 20-win season since 1997-98.

Biloxi Sun Herald

-Oct. 31 Women's Golf Notebook
East Carolina wins its third event of the fall season

-Oct. 31 Men's Golf Notebook

UTEP, Rice defenses struggle to stop teams on third down
EL Paso Times

SMU conditioning staff to remain with team
Dallas Morning News

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-To equal C-USA success, Wave plans balancing act
-Tulane coach gets comfortable, finally
Sneakers for the players. A gym to call its own. A routine schedule.

Tigers have a plan to fill empty seats
Memphis Commercial Appeal

October 31, 2007

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH women's basketball coach Curl has heart attack
-Rice freshmen forced to hit football field early
-Rice basketball transfer from A&M can play right away
-UH NOTEBOOK- Lineman Akeroyd has big plans

-Golden Eagles Begin Process of Rebounding From UCF Setback
-Disappointed But Not Discouraged, Tulane Readies For Tulsa
-UH Daily Practice Report

From the Tulsa World
-Finding his Forté
SMU mixed hard hits with taunting words when it tackled Tulane running back Matt Forte early in their football game.

-C-USA- Notebook- In a rush

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-99-yard drive boosts Tulsa
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz was not about to start counting any postseason chickadees before they had hatched, despite having ECU sitting snugly atop C- USA's East Division.

-USM Football- Young back in saddle
-Notebook- UAB 'plays hard,' lacks consistency

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-TU's Toledo still ticked off
Coach sends C-USA evidence concerning clock controversy

-Tulane Notes

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights enjoying a new attitude vs. Marshall Saturday, (3:00 CSS)
-Knights enjoying a new attitude vs. Marshall
-Sitton continues his tour of Knights' offensive line

From the Beckley Register-Herald
-MU first homecoming foe for UCF at new stadium
-Marshall expects charges against linebacker Johnson to be dismissed

Central Florida defense regroups, shows strength
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Morris a different player than a few years ago
-Jones putting hustle into Herd

Bennett circles wagons for last SMU roundup
Dallas Morning News

UAB's Seitz manages to avoid major injuries
Birmingham News

From the EL Paso Times
-Two-back set doesn't get desired results
-Young Rice team offers up stiff test for Miners

College Basketball Preview - Conference USA
Sports Network

October 30, 2007

-C-USA Football Notebook
-C-USA Volleyball Notebook
-Blazers Ready To Return Home For Game Versus Southern Miss Saturday
-Coach Jeff Bower Media Conference Quotes for Oct. 29, 2007

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

Blazers to return to physical style of practice this week
Birmingham News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF Knights grab sole ownership of 2nd in East
-Blog: Knights' Davis suspended from hoops' team

Southern Miss is faced with running the table
Biloxi Sun-Herald

From the Hattiesburg American
A steady dose of Central Florida running back Kevin Smith and several careless mistakes did in the Southern Miss football team Sunday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

-Eagles commend well-prepared Knights

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Young expected to see more time at QB, start up for grabs
-Bower- 2007 not a disappointment

SMU's Bennett disappointed but not bitter
Dallas Morning News

Miners still in C-USA West hunt
After the head banging and sighs of regret, after a second consecutive loss decided in the dying moments of the game, UTEP coach Mike Price didn't have to look far to find what's still on the table for the UTEP football team.

EL Paso Times

Herd QB savors the moment
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

Herd hopes a 'little taste' leads to a lot more feasting
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

All Tiger basketball games to be televised
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Herd players get fresh look at UCF
-Snyder expects Johnson to be cleared of charges
-Legursky, Morris headed to Hula Bowl

From the Tulsa World
-Senior earns his keep
-TU 2007 schedule

October 29, 2007

-Kevin Smith Breaks UCF Rushing Record in 34-17 Win Over Southern Miss
-UTEP Men and Rice Women Captures the 2007 C-USA Cross Country Championships
-Women's Soccer Round-Up

From the Orlando Sentinel
Coming into Sunday's pivotal Conference USA East Division showdown with Southern Mississippi, UCF knew it would have to play one of its best games of the season to end a two-game losing streak to the Golden Eagles.

-UCF 34, Southern Miss 17
-Turnovers prove costly to Eagles

Mobile Press Register

Record Knight for UCF running back Kevin Smith
Southern Miss, picked to win the East Division this season, must now hope both East Carolina and UCF stumble this season.

Florida Today

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM football- Runaway
Southern Miss came into Sunday night's Conference USA game with Central Florida knowing that Knights running back Kevin Smith was capable of putting a big hurt on the Golden Eagles.

-Smith becomes UCF’s career rushing leader in 34-17 win over Southern Miss
UCF is now a half-game behind East Carolina in the East and hold the tiebreaker over the Golden Eagles

Southern Miss should give Sundays a rest
There may be some places where a Sunday night college football game works, but Hattiesburg -- and most of the Southeast for that matter -- isn't on that list.

Mobile Register

Central Florida knocks off USM
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU fires football coach Phil Bennett
The all-but-official mandate for SMU coach Phil Bennett entering the season was clear-cut: go to a bowl game. When that became impossible, SMU on Sunday fired Bennett.

-Credit SMU's Orsini for stellar timing
SMU football hasn't led the world in much of anything over the last 20 years, but the Mustangs were way out front Sunday. While Texas A&M, Nebraska and Baylor leave their coaches twisting in the wind, Steve Orsini moved on

-SMU AD Orsini vows to aim high
-Some SMU alumni open to change

SMU fires football coach
SMU coach Phil Bennett was fired Sunday, a day after the Mustangs lost 29-23 at Tulsa and were eliminated from bowl contention.

Ft Worth Star Telegram (AP)

Blazers' injuries, inexperience source of struggles
UAB's football team is coming off back-to-back lopsided losses against two of the top teams in Conference USA.

Birmingham News

Defense shows promise with Jacobs, Kitchens
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Tulsa World
-League picture clears
Tulsa took a big leap toward controlling its own destiny in the Conference USA West Division race over the weekend.

-TU drama a replay
Tulsa's incredible 29-23 comeback win against SMU on Saturday came in front of a special group familiar with late-game heroics

From the EL Paso Times
-Notes- Price regrets not trying field goal in first half
-Miners denied again

Tiger injuries not serious
Tiger basketball camp report : The injury news was positive Sunday for the University of Memphis basketball team, which lost two starters during Saturday's closed-door scrimmage with Saint Louis.
emphis Commercial Appeal