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East Carolina

Carolinas/Region

Conference USA

November 11, 2007

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: McCarthy era starts with win
-BVL:
ECU-Marshall Game Center
-O'Brien:
Pirates lack championship punch
-BVL:
ECU-Marshall Box Score
-BVL:
Conference USA Standings, Scores, Schedule
BVL Audio:
Skip Holtz post-game remarks
WNCT: Game Day Countdown

From ecupirates.com
-East Carolina Drops Decision on Road to Marshall, 28-7
-Men's Basketball Opens The Season With An 18-Point Win Over Limestone

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Herd upends Pirates
 
Pirates' conference title hopes take a hit

-Pirates shine in McCarthy's debut

ECU's title hopes take hit with loss to Marshall
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

East Carolina runs over Limestone in home opener
New Bern Sun Journal

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd comes out swinging and rolls to 26-7 win over ECU
 
In the highest of compliments to a 1-8 team, Marshall University never looked the part of a seven-point underdog.

-Herd kept the ball away from ECU's main weapon
 
Chris Johnson can do it all, with one notable exception.

-Happy ending for Herd's 'captain'
-Marshall - East Carolina stats

From the Charleston Gazette
-Herd swashbuckles Pirates
-Notebook- Marshall secondary comes up big
-Where’s that MU defense been hiding?

Marshall shocks East Carolina
Beckley Register-Herald

November 10, 2007

From Bonesville.net
-Monroe: Kevin's Keys to the Game
-BVL:
ECU 2007-08 Basketball Schedule

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

FOOTBALL
East Carolina @ Marshall
M.U. Football Stadium at Marshall University - Huntington, WV
TV: WITN 7/MASN - 4:30 PM EDT
XM channel n/a
Sirius channel 110
Gameday Weather Forecast: weather.com

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

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Opens 2007-08 Season Saturday Against Limestone
-Women's Basketball Opens 2007-08 Season Against Presbyterian Sunday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-McCarthy era set to begin at ECU
-ECU not overlooking Herd
-Johnson rewriting ECU's record book

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd ready to refocus with East Carolina
-ECU looks to follow script of other Herd opponents

ECU can clinch East with win over MU
 
East Carolina learned from last season’s tough finish not to underestimate an opponent.

Beckley Register-Herald (AP)

From the Charleston Gazette
-Marshall takes on resurgent East Carolina
-Still room for improvement
-East Carolina-Marshall capsule

At a glance- Saturday's East Carolina-Marshall game
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

November 9, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Myatt: View from the 'ville
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C.J, Pinkney, Kass catch Snyder's eye

Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
C-USA stature on the rise in Greenville

WNCT: Talk of the Town
WNCT: Pirate Insider Report

Front five have been paving way for No. 5
 
While East Carolina running back Chris Johnson has made big noise during his senior season, the offensive line in front of him has quietly helped a great deal for the Pirates.

Greenville Daily Reflector

A visit to the recent past
Kinston Free Press

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-No secret to ECU's plan
 
East Carolina will throw a heavy dose of running back Chris Johnson at Marshall in Saturday's game. Johnson comes off a 300-yard rushing game.

-Marshall will face strong East Carolina running game

From the Charleston Daily Mail
-Herd QB controversy on back-up burner
-Snyder says Pirate is running under radar
-Binswanger's steady kicking starting to stand out
-High-caliber talent pool is different this year in Conference USA
-Herd's Spillman is a quality tackler

Johnson’s speed a challenge for Herd
Charleston Gazette

Top ten reasons to watch the Pirates
Washington Daily News

Another challenge awaits with ECU
MU The Parthenon

Despite record, fans have turned out
 
Even through a one-win season, attendance has not dwindled at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Beckley Register-Herald

ECU's Costs for Hotel Stays
wral.com

November 8, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Johnson runs with a purpose
 
Chris Johnson is ripping through opposing defenses just as he is East Carolina's record book this fall.

-Jags' Garrard could play Sunday
 
Garrard, a former East Carolina star, ran without pain last week

-Foul shots
 
East Carolina has few opportunities to trump North Carolina on the basketball court, but the Pirates scored a decisive rout on the preseason festivities

Patience paying off for ECU QB
Beckley Register-Herald

Johnson’s speed a challenge for Herd
Charleston Gazette

Pirates explosive on offense
Washington Daily News

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-‘Easy’ tilts not so easy for ECU
-Injuries leave Pirates’ ‘Dirty Dozen’ a bit short

Secondary concerns
 
Matchups, miscues leave pass defense lagging

Greenville Daily Reflector

Defensive secondary will be key Saturday
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Preps: Brace for him
 
Appalachian State, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, NC A&T, NC State and Virginia are recruiting East Meck senior running back Mike Mayhew.

Greenville Daily Reflector

November 7, 2007

From ecupirates.com
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ECU Golf Claims Fourth Fall Title At UAB Beach Bash
-Conference USA Women's Soccer Awards Announced
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Women's Basketball Set To Begin 2007-08 Season

With Hands out, ECU's defensive line steps up
Greenville Daily Reflector

C-USA notebook- Pirates’ RB Johnson keeps on impressing
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz leery of Marshall ‘trap’
Washington Daily News

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Talented group of receivers boost ECU air attack
 
For two years, defending East Carolina's pass game wasn't a difficult equation -- on paper.

-Shootouts have become the norm in C-USA
 
Oh, these crazy Conference USA shootouts

Secondary is primary concern for ECU, Herd
Charleston Gazette

It's first vs. last with East Carolina and Marshall
Charleston
Daily Mail

Herd defense faces another challenge in running game
Beckley Register-Herald

From the East Carolinian
-The Pirate Nation shows love to Skip Holtz
-ECU runs by Memphis

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

Quotes from Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference
  
On Saturday's Game: "We are excited to get back home and we are going to be playing a very good East Carolina team. Skip (Holtz) has done very well down there with that program."
herdzone.com

Pirates to arrive at Marshall on a roll
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

From Bonesville.net
WNCT: Special - Election 2007
WNCT: Talk of the Town

Preps: Lineman cultivates skills
Birmingham News

November 6, 2007
General Election Day (US)

From Bonesville.net
-
Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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ECU in 'survive and advance' mode

-Picture:
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Sky
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Monday press luncheon
WNCT: Brian Bailey Show (Mike Golden)
WNCT: TOT (D. O'Brien, T. Lamprecht, A. Foreman)

From ecupirates.com
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Johnson Named C-USA Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Week
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ECU Golf In First At UAB Fall Beach Bash
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Weekly Press Luncheon Quotes

Pirates look to fix pass defense
 
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz still has two major concerns as he tries to navigate the Pirates into the college football postseason.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Defensive concerns rise from ECU’s win at Memphis
Kinston Free Press

ECU’s Holtz ‘scared’ looking at Marshall
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates pushing for conference crown
Fayetteville Observer

Johnson sparking a resurgence at ECU
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Return of the two-headed QB monster
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd has Johnson in crosshairs
-Herd focused on doing little things right

ECU clicking heading to Marshall
Beckley Register-Herald

Help choose the USA TODAY Player of the Week
 
Chris Johnson— East Carolina's running back amassed 301 yards on 20 carries for a 15.1 average and four touchdowns in the Pirates' 56-40 win over Memphis.

USA Today

November 5, 2007
Birthday - Roy Rogers' Birthday (singing cowboy)
Guy Fawkes Day

From Bonesville.net
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O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 326
– 
Johnson, OL proving critics wrong

-BVL:
Denny O'Brien's Harris BCS Poll Ballot
-BVL:
Bowl Championship Series Standings

From ecupirates.com
-Pirates Sweep Aside Southern Miss In Home Finale
-
Memphis Spoils Senior Day, Defeats ECU 2-1

Pirates may have tiger by the tail in C-USA East
Greenville Daily Reflector

Tough road ahead for MU defense
Charleston (WV) Gazette

in position- Pirates eye division title
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

Vikings' strength lies in the talent of young players
 
For example, consider rookie wide receivers Sidney Rice and Aundrae Allison. The pair has been hinting at untapped potential this season.

St. Cloud (MN) Times

 

November 11, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-State can celebrate
-Give O'Brien credit for Pack's resurgence
-Heels left with no bowl
-Canes display resilience

Cavs bring Orange Bowl, ’Canes crumbling down
The Virginian Pilot

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Yellow Jackets sting Duke in home finale
-Pack is ready to play just about anyone

From the Anderson Independent
-No. 20 Clemson 44, Wake Forest 10- Harper stars again as Tigers romp, set up showdown
-Tigers relish a chance to play for division title
-No. 17 Florida 51, USC 31- Tebow way too much for Gamecocks
-No. 10 Georgia 45, No. 18 Auburn 20- Men in black win big

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
-Bowl bid in question
 
What seemed so certain a month ago is now in doubt for the Gamecocks.

-Top dogs
 
Wofford wins share of the Southern Conference title

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Tigers hit on all cylinders, dominate Deacons 44-10
-Mountaineers throttle Catamounts
-Panthers perplexed by their skid in Charlotte

November 10, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Rivalry by any name
-Wolfpack wants to end losing ways
-Pack will drop the hammer

From the Anderson Independent
-Gameday- Auburn vs.Georgia
-Gameday- Florida vs. USC
-Gameday- Clemson vs. Wake Forest

November 9, 2007

WVU outlasts Louisville
Beckley Register-Herald

Louisville files lawsuit against Duke over dropped games
Durham Herald-Sun

Another season goes south for Spurrier at Carolina
Florida Sun Sentinel

Coaching Carousel- Neuheisel to UCLA?
SportingNews.com

November 8, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Evans making most of second chance
-Canes rack up points
-Recycling cuts arena's waste stream

From the Charlotte Observer
-Charlotte flirts with wrong kind of history in ugly defeat
-Knotts won't face charges

From the Charlotte Observer
-Big East expanding league tourney in ’09
 
All 16 teams will play in conference tournament

-USC has another line swap

Southern Sports Report- NCAA Football Analysis
Sports Memo

November 7, 2007

Recruiting- Heels-Pack game impacts recruiting
Fayetteville Observer

Yow still coaching despite chemo
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Spurrier not discouraged with season
-'Eligibowl'
-Waiting Wake worries Clemson

Early birds? Not these Gamecocks
Greenville (SC) News

Roof also Duke's emotional leader
Durham Herald-Sun

Notre Dame's identity at stake against doormat Duke
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Grobe- We'd do it again
 
Coach says WFU made the right call

-WARY- Tigers say they won't take Deacons lightly
-Too Good to Sit- Smith, a freshman linebacker, shines for Mountaineers
-MIDTERMS- Report card on Panthers not too encouraging

From the Charlotte Observer
-Morgan out for the season
 
Oft-injured middle linebacker set for surgery

-Double ouch for the Bobcats
 
Injured guard Felton leaves game as Phoenix easily inflicts first loss of season on Charlotte

The Godfather code ignored by colleges
Anderson Independent

November 6, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-O'Brien knows about football rivalries
-More than just a game

Tar Heels take note of Wolfpack rebuilding plan
Charlotte Observer

NC State surprisingly one of ACC's hottest
SportingNews.com

NC State- Not That Bad?
 
At one point, we had to wonder whether East Carolina deserved to be an ACC team more than a good portion of actual ACC teams.

AOLsports.com

Bowens a ballhawk
 
Reginald Bowens chose the Gamecocks over Clemson, East Carolina and North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Spartanburg Herald Journal

Tigers know they can’t overlook Wake Forest
Anderson Independent

Beamer wary of 'Noles
Roanoke Times

November 5, 2007

WVU careful in its scheduling
 
West Virginia's designs to sustain the strength of its nonconference football schedule won't involve neutral-site games against opponents from Bowl Championship Series leagues in the immediate future

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Father gives Bowden, Tigers complete control
 
Saturday, the Seminoles gave Clemson control of its own will with a surprising 27-17 upset of No. 2 Boston College.

Anderson Independent

Arkansas rewrites USC record books
 
In outscoring the 23rd-ranked Gamecocks 48-36, Arkansas rewrote the record books -- the University of South Carolina’s record books.

Greenville (SC) News

USC readjusts season goals
Columbia (SC) State

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Motivated- Heels, Pack will square off Saturday
-Grobe says don't blame Swank for defeat

Skins do just enough vs. Jets
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-Titanic letdown for the Panthers
-`Streaking' Bobcats withstand Heat
-Johnson and 48 team win again

Deacs will play this season for Prosser
Raleigh News & Observer

5 Reasons to head to Trask this season
Wilmington Star-News

 

November 11, 2007

Football Round-Up
 
Tulsa improved to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in C-USA action, with a 56-7 victory over Houston on Saturday. Tulsa now has the advantage over Houston for the C-USA West Division title and can clinch the crown in the final game of the season with a victory at Rice.

conferenceusa.com

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights control division with help from Marshall
-UCF takes division lead as Smith sets rushing record
-UCF survives defensive letdown
-Knights seek boost from new venue

Another tough loss for Blazers
Birmingham News

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave fights past UTEP
 
Tulane doesn't have any hope left for a winning season, but the Green Wave apparently remains a prideful bunch.

-Forté gives old-school attitude and influence
-Williams all hands vs. UTEP

Miners lose fourth straight game
El Paso Times

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles let another W slip away
-USM offense comes up empty at crunch time
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Fletcher does most of damage in 1st half

Late Memphis comeback leaves Golden Eagles black and blue
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Comeback win puts Tigers in position to reach fourth bowl in last five seasons
-Different strokes for different folks: Cal's stance on shooting

From the Tulsa World
-One for the books
 
Paul Smith authored a storybook finish to Tulsa's Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.

-TU prospers in turnover game
-TU defense dominating
-TU-Houston Notebook- Going bowling

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH defense, offense no-shows in Tulsa blowout
 
The Cougars went to Tulsa hoping to wrap up the C-USA West Division title, but they never came close as the Golden Hurricane handed them a 56-7 loss.

-Rice rallies, edges SMU

From the Dallas Morning News
-Hilltop heartbreak- FG with no time left drops SMU, 43-42
-Bennett- Final FG shouldn't have happened
 
SMU coach Phil Bennett said the game should have been over before Rice's Clark Fangmeier hit the game-winning, 31-yard field goal with no time remaining.

-Mustangs throw up a brick in first game

November 10, 2007

Conference USA Notebook
Athlon Sports

From the Tulsa World
-Teams set to battle for West
-5 Storylines

Knights may run it up on Blazers
Orlando Sentinel

Memphis ready to play Southern Miss
Jackson (TN) Sun

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles wary of Tigers
-Eagles take on Tigers
-Bower coaches 200th game today for USM

Tigers next up for USM at the Rock
Biloxi Sun Herald

Fletcher should hit 1000-yard milestone today
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Bowl eligibility motivates Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Golden Eagles hope to run past Memphis
Mobile Register

UTEP football team aims to get back on track today
El Paso Times

November 9, 2007

From conferenceusa.com
-Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship Continues Friday
-C-USA Women's Basketball Notebook
-Tulane's Matt Forté Named Maxwell Award Semifinalist

C-USA notebook
Charleston Gazette

Opposites Memphis, Southern Miss face off in key league game
Biloxi Sun Herald

UTEP faces another QB rotation
El Paso Times

November 8, 2007

From conferenceusa.com
-Two C-USA Kickers Named Lou Groza Award Semifinalists
-Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers settle in after two victories
-LB McCrary no longer a Tiger
-Eagles enjoy having lots of options

Golden Eagles brace for air assault from Tigers, Hankins
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Golden Eagles look to Young for spark
Mobile Press Register

Chapman Stadium showdown
Tulsa World

Miners wary of foe that gave LSU test
El Paso Times

Football coaches must evaluate SMU landscape
 
SMU has posted the job description for its new football coach. But even a typical Monster.com user could tell it doesn't include the whole story.

Dallas Morning News

Picks and predictions for every game ... ACC through CUSA, Week 11
College Football News

November 7, 2007

From conferenceusa.com
-Rose, Douglas-Roberts power No. 3 Memphis over Tenn.-Martin
-All-Conference USA Women's Soccer Awards Announced
-Swimming & Diving Notebook

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Memphis defense gets run ragged
 
The 2007-08 Conference USA men's basketball season

-After sticky first half, Tigers squash pesky foe

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Clement, Johnson jump out in C-USA play
-Southern Miss hungry for home cookin'
 
One of the stranger statistics on the Southern Miss season so far turns normal home-field advantage on its ear.

From the Hattiesburg American
-C-USA has plenty of top players
-Bower praises Eagles

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice defensive backs take advantage of second chance
-UH NOTEBOOK- Rodriguez's first TD causes stir

Mencer's rollercoaster ride has him near the top once again
Birmingham News

From the El Paso Times
-Both UTEP, Tulane look to put end to losing streaks
-Groza watch list adds UTEP kicker to ranks

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU has 'a lot to play for'
-SMU men's team must grow up fast

Herd baskeball veterans like the transfers
Charleston
Daily Mail

Herd starts slow in final tuneup
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

November 6, 2007

From conferenceusa.com
-C-USA Men's Basketball 2007-08 Season Opens Tonight
 
The 2007-08 Conference USA men's basketball season officially opens tonight as No. 3 Memphis hosts Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the 2K College Hoops Classic, benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.

-C-USA Football Notebook
 
West Division leader Houston will travel to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane in a pivotal divisional showdown on Saturday

-C-USA Volleyball Notebook & Stats

From the Orlando Sentinel
-C-USA may not fill all its bowl tie-ins
 
The Conference USA bowl scenario is going to get interesting over the last three weeks of the regular season.

-UCF eyes 9-3 finish this season

Tulsa-Houston winner will be in first place of West division
NewsOK.com

Expect a shootout vs. Houston
Tulsa World

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Linebacker Mario Harvey among few bright spots at UCF
-Bad calls make it tough at Marshall
-UCF took advantage of soft play from Herd

Injuries bring lack of depth to light
Birmingham News

Eagles looking ahead
 
The Southern Miss football team's 37-7 win over UAB on Saturday sets up an important "Black and Blue" battle this Saturday against Memphis.

Hattiesburg American

USM defense excelled in UAB blowout
Biloxi Sun Herald

Easterling expected to play support role for Southern Miss
Jackson Clarion Ledger

UH loss wakes up Owls in a hurry
 
Since falling to the Houston Cougars, the Rice Owls have been averaging 361.3 yards and 40 points a game.

H
ouston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Standout freshman Rose lives up to billing as Tigers handle UT-Martin
-Tigers hunting fix on defense
-Numerous injuries concerning West

Wave baseball to face several early tests
New Orleans Times Picayune

November 5, 2007

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

From conferenceusa.com
-Houston Earns Fourth-Straight Win With 38-28 Defeat Of SMU
-UCF Earns Top Seed at 2007 C-USA Women's Soccer Championship

Who's Hot & Who's Not
College Football News

Cougars top SMU in offensive shootout
Houston Chronicle

SMU can't handle hot Houston, 38-28
Dallas Morning News

UCF's Smith show keeps on rolling
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Can young Herd see future in Central Florida?
-Good feeling goes sour

Wave has pride as motivation
 
Tulane doesn't have much left to play for. Its fate already has been determined -- a fifth consecutive losing season is inevitable.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Division title on line
 
All those preseason ponderings about the importance of this year’s Houston-Tulsa game have proven true.

Tulsa World

Miners will 'get back to work' after loss to Rice
El Paso Times

Failed third-down plays set tone in loss
Birmingham News

Conference USA team-by-team breakdown -Basketball
FOXSports.com

Stars, depth, experience- Championship!
Memphis Commercial Appeal