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Conference USA

December 2, 2007
Advent (First Sunday)

-Hightower: UCF, Tulsa deliver encore; Bowl surprise
: Conference USA Bowl Schedule & Scoreboard

-Kupaianaha! Pirates Headed To Hawaii
-VCU Proves Too Much, Defeats Lady Pirates 64-53
-Men's Basketball Set To Face George Mason In The BB&T Classic

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates headed to Hawaii
After a week of waiting to see if something different might happen, the East Carolina Pirates are headed to Hawaii after all.

-Higher hopes
With second consecutive bowl berth in hand, Holtz still wants more

-ECU faces George Mason in Classic
-Pirates throw away game to VCU Rams
-Aid to Holland relative halted

ECU accepts Hawaii Bowl bid
Fayetteville Observer

From the Kinston Free Press
-ECU accepts Hawaii bid
-Internal audit halts aid to ECU student
Relative of ECUís AD received more than $16,000 from athletic department

Pirates making plans for trip to Hawaii
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Honolulu Advertiser
-Hawaii for East Carolina
Boise State is a candidate if Hawai'i gets a berth in a Bowl Championship Series game.

-East Carolina accepts bid to Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
-Honolulu Advertiser Sports

Hawaii stays perfect, makes case for BCS bid

H-Bowl waits and watches
Per Humanitarian Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald, a Hawaii win late Saturday night against Washington likely would send No. 24 Boise State (10-2) to the Hawaii Bowl to face East Carolina (7-5) and Fresno State (8-4) to the Humanitarian Bowl, McDonald said.

Idaho Statesman

Boise State vs East Carolina?
As of Saturday night, we know one thing: whichever WAC team plays in the Sheraton Hawai'i bowl, whether it's Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, or Hawai'i, will play East Carolina out of Conference USA.

KBCI (Idaho)

Nevada's 641 yards offense crushes Louisana Tech 49-10
WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said the winner in Reno on Saturday would be invited to the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque against a Mountain West opponent, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu against East Carolina of Conference USA or the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl in Boise against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (if Hawaii gets a BCS spot).

KBCI (Idaho)

From the Florida Times Union
-Will Jaguars defeat Colts? Time will tell
-NOTEBOOK- Garrard knows score
  Jaguars quarterback David Garrard isn't thinking about outscoring Peyton Manning on Sunday.

-No time? Are you certain?
  Jaguars' quarterback is going to be co-chair


Parade a privilege for proud Rider players
I've actually come to expect it'' Backup quarterback Marcus Crandell went through similar celebrations when the Calgary Stampeders won the Grey Cup in 2001.

Regina Leader-Post (11.28.07)

December 1, 2007

-BVL: C-USA Football Scoreboard & Bowl Schedule
WNCT: Talk of the Town

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirate linebackers get chance to recover
-ECU home makeover?
-ECU board raises tuition

Holtz, happy to be at ECU, and Pirates await bowl destination
Washington Daily News

-Lady Pirates Welcome VCU To Minges Coliseum Saturday Afternoon
-Josh Coffman Named To C-USA All-Academic Team

Jones passes on big boys to remain on offense

November 30, 2007

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Time trifles away as men dither

WNCT: TOT (Small Business & Crime)

Seniors not allowed
Underclassmen take center stage during late season mini-camp

Greenville Daily Reflector

Black Out Declared For Clemson Game
The first 1,500 students to the game will receive a free "black out" t-shirt.

Tearing down ECUís building
Winthrop basketball coach Randy Peele walked into the media room at Minges Coliseum on Wednesday night, sat down in front of a purple curtain and started talking.

Kinston Free Press

Coach Is Anchor For Pirate Ship
There is going to be a transitional period for East Carolina University football, and fans around the Pirate nation are holding their breath.

Dunn Daily Record

GOOD CALL- Picking Garrard has helped both Del Rio, Jaguars
Winston Salem Journal

November 29, 2007

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
USM didn't learn from ECU's mistake

-BVL: Updated ECU Football Recruiting Thumbnails
-BVL: Winthrop smacks Pirates
WNCT: TOT (Sen. Phil Berger and other guests)

-Terry Leads Lady Pirates to 75-69 Win at Appalachian State
-Men's Basketball Falls To Winthrop, 72-57
-Chris Johnson Named C-USA Media Special Teams Player-Of-The-Year
-Single Game Tickets For The Clemson and NC State Game On Sale

No sweet home
ECU men lose big at Minges

Greenville Daily Reflector

Winthrop burns Pirates' sails, 72-57
Cold-shooting ECU commits 19 turnovers

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Jenkinsí return to ENC proves unfortunate for Pirates
New Bern Sun Journal

Winthrop wins fourth straight against East Carolina 72-57
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Opportunities on the horizon
ECU is going bowling once again

The East Carolinian

Looking for a home
Over at Richland Northeast, senior defensive back Leonard Paulk accepted a scholarship offer to East Carolina.

Columbia (SC) State

Garrard leads the way

Playoff-hopeful Jags enjoying quarterback 'clarity' with Garrard
Florida Times-Union

November 28, 2007

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Scotland star finds his spot at ECU
WNCT: Tailgate (Steve Shankweiler, Greg Hudson)

-ECU Places Five On C-USA All-Freshman Team
-Three Pirates Named To All C-USA Teams By Media Members
-Men's Basketball Returns Home To Face Winthrop
-Time Warner Cable To Broadcast Four ECU Men's Basketball Games
-Lady Pirates Travel To Appalachian State Wednesday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU men looking for first D-I win
-ECU women head west for road trip
-East Carolina still waiting for bowl invite

Eagles prepare for ECU
Winthrop visits East Carolina at 7 p.m. today in a game that, on paper at least, the Eagles should win.

Rock Hill Herald

Piratesí Johnson only getting better
Washington Daily News

Recruiting- Versatile Jones settles on ECU
Fayetteville Observer

Polished Pirate
Dunn Daily Record

Crazy season saw big breakthroughs, stunning flops
USA Today

November 27, 2007
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Annual Lighting (NYC)
Birthday - Jimi Hendrix (musician)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
GMAC Bowl holding its cards for now

WNCT: Brian Bailey (Sharon Baldwin-Tener)

-Women's Basketball Completes 2008-09 Signing Class
-Lady Pirate Golf Inks Two In Early Signing Period
-Men's Golf Signs Four To National Letter Of Intent
-Velasquez Signs With Softball During Early Period
-ECU Student-Athletes Join Forces To Make A Difference In Community

No bowl yet for Pirates
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECUís Wilson happy about bowl
Washington Daily News

From the East Carolinian
-Seniors lead ECU to rewarding victory
-'Young' guard catching on
-Pirates overpower N.C. Wesleyan but still seek first Division I win
-Lady Pirates finish third at invitational

Lady Vols ride 3-pointers to win
Ashley Clarke of Myrtle Beach, SC, and guard Jamie Shaw of Columbia, SC, have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at East Carolina.

Raleigh News & Observer

Mel Kiper: Missouri showcasing playmakers on both sides of the ball
I was impressed with how many yards after initial contact East Carolina's talented senior RB Chris Johnson was able to pick up against Tulane.

Bulldogs assured bowl
Fresno State could play in the Hawaii Bowl if Hawaii goes to a BCS game. That would pit the Bulldogs against a Conference USA team, almost certain to be East Carolina (7-5).

Fresno (CA) Bee

November 26, 2007

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 328
Revised QB formula yields dividends

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

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's long, winding journey is not over yet
-Campus Notes- Study puts programs in Top 10

Hawaii, GMAC possible bowls for East Carolina
East Carolinaís postseason football destination will be one of two places, the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu on Dec. 23 or the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 6.

Fayetteville Observer

Former Eastern NC players return to Carolina to pound Panthers
New Bern Sun-Journal

Maginnes- Tapping the glass for some who helped me

Garrard is the difference

Garrard, Jags approaching crossroads
Romo deal 'set the stage' for eventual Garrard contract talks (subscription req'd)


December 2, 2007

West Virginia knocked out of title game
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Pitt-iful end of a dream
-Stunning disbelief across the state
-Notebook- Mountaineers had their chances

Bowl Projections - Now What?!
College Football News

Hokies topple BC, capture ACC crown
Roanoke Times

Glennon comes full circle in ACC title games
His first pass of 2007 was intercepted by East Carolina.

Fredricksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star

Hokies turn haunts into hurrahs
The Virginian Pilot

From the Charlotte Observer
-Lots of empty seats at game fill Charlotte with hope
  City vying with Tampa and Jacksonville to host league's championships

-Duke, Davidson fight to the finish
-Hapless play keeps Panthers fans away
-Appalachian State moves on

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mountaineers move on
-Deacs bounce back after loss

Terriers get tangled in web
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

USC bowl scenarios nearly dry
FAU upsets Troy to become another seven-win team that vaults ahead of six-win Gamecocks

Columbia (SC) State

Navy coach brushes off rumors
Annapolis Capital

Offense the key for new Duke coach
Would Duke have won at Notre Dame if Steve Logan had been coaching the offense?

Durham Herald-Sun

Poise carries veteran Clemson past Gamecocks
Anderson Independent

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke holds off stubborn Davidson
-Green leads Tar Heels past Wildcats

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tigers' Miles puts end to rumors
  There was a buzz amongst the LSU football players Saturday morning, set off by ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit's pronouncement that LSU Coach Les Miles was going to Michigan.

-Miles shows true colors by staying

December 1, 2007

College football season coming into focus
Fayetteville Observer

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Just one to go
-Winthrop hardly a pushover for WVU

Who's not rooting for the Mountaineers?
Charleston (WV)
Daily Mail

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Expansion boosts ACC
Boston College and Virginia Tech will play for conference title today.

-BCS clear to Mizzou and WVU
-Mountaineers manage to keep winning
-Attorney- Bowden gets new deal at FSU

Duke Could Score With Paul Johnson

Another chance to dance
Roanoke Times

Tech learns it's not over until the buzzer sounds
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Tigersí fate lies in ACC title game
Columbia (SC) State

No arachnophobia for Ayers, Wofford
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Appalachian's secondary gets ready
-Deacons trying to shake offensive woes
Wake Forest is home to USC Upstate; homecoming for ex-Deacon Eddie Payne

-Tar Heels' Lawson unlikely to play
UNC-Chapel Hill will meet Kentucky in battle of nation's winningest college programs

Tigers taking rivalry with Gamecocks very seriously
Anderson Independent

Devils, King face tough test in Davidson
Durham Herald-Sun

Hawks look for happy ending
Wilmington Star-News

November 30, 2007

From the Winston Salem Journal
-49ers edge Deacs
Tough defense down stretch lifts UNCC to 63-59 win

-Rumors swirl- Will Grobe leave WFU?
Paper reports he talked about job with Nebraska

-College Football Notebook
Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson has talked to Duke representatives, at least informally, about the schoolís open coaching position.

-A PRICE TO PAY- Appalachian State, with 42 football games in 27 months, is always banged up
-Mountaineers' Rauch, a senior, has had more than his share of high-stakes kicks Dealing with Pressure

From the Charlotte Observer
-49ers rally past Deacs
-49ers give Lutz kind of win he needs

N.C. A&T reassigns athletics director Dee Todd
Greensboro News-Record

Bowden draws ACLUís ire
Anderson Independent

Ga. Southern studies potential move to Div. I
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Time to officially welcome back the UNC-CH, NCSU football programs
Rocky Mount Telegram

O'Brien likes look of Pack's future
Raleigh News & Observer

Sharp pencil, quick wit save Wallace's life
In his first two weeks as a scholarship football player at East Carolina University, Wallace, "met two men bigger and better than I was and I didn't think I had a very safe future."

Raleigh Biblical Recorder

USC Upstate's Payne ready to visit memory lane
Coach will take team to his alma mater, Wake Forest, on Saturday

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Spurrier holds out bowl hope
Columbia (SC) State

Offensive wrinkle has Wofford in rare air
Greenville (SC) News

Canes hope to end skid against Caps
Durham Herald-Sun

November 29, 2007

Wolfpack canít find right gear for MSU
NC State is off until Dec. 8, when the Wolfpack faces East Carolina in Greenville.


From the Anderson Independent
-Clemson forward Maysí injury less serious than believed
Mays will miss the No.18 Tigersí next two games ó Saturday against South Carolina and next Wednesday at East Carolina

-Tigersí bowl fate rests largely on ACC title game
-Georgia not down after missing out on SEC title game

Mountaineers won't be looking ahead
Charleston Daily Mail

Tranghese hopes for better bowl structure in next BCS deal
Charleston Gazette

Spurrier stops by Duke and speaks with Alleva
Two days after Duke started searching for what the school hopes will be its next winning football coach, the program's last winning coach was spotted on campus.

Durham Herald-Sun

Seahawks survive sloppy play
Wilmington Star News

USC drops 3-pointers on Camels
Greenville (SC) News

From the Charlotte Observer
-Tar Heels survive
-Pitting pitiful 1-15 Panthers vs. '07 version
-Panther found guilty of assault
-Vick's Virginia trial date set

ODU helpless against Georgetown, 66-48
The Virginian Pilot

Houston Nutt arrives in Oxford: 'Today I'm a Rebel'
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Talks on hold between Tuberville, AU
Mobile Register

U.Va. is just glad to be bowl eligible this year
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Canes out of sync
Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers was the Hurricanes' fifth in the past seven games.

Raleigh News & Observer

November 28, 2007

Cotton leaves Maury to lead Monarchs' defensive line
Cotton, 36, was a standout defensive lineman at Granby High and East Carolina University.

The Virginian-Pilot

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Maury head coach joins ODU football staff
-Groh's big day- ACC COY, contract extension

South Florida, UCONN accept bowl bids
USA Today

Connecticut in Meineke Bowl
Charlotte Observer

Bearcats settle for lesser bowl
Cincinnati Enquirer

Home for the holidays
Mountaineers actually have benefited from November games at Mountaineer Field

Daily Mail

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Bowden will get contract extension
-Clemson bowl destination becomes a little clearer
-Spurrier | Right at home
Spurrierís name is bound to come up in regard to coaching vacancies. But donít worry USC fans, the Head Ball Coach isnít going anywhere

From the Anderson (SC) Independent
-College OT exciting, but highly flawed
-Clemson nips Purdue

Tigers still have shot at BCS bowl bid
Greenville (SC) News

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Roof- Next Duke coach needs to 'get all the facts'
On his way out the door, former Duke football coach Ted Roof was asked what advice he'd give to the man that will take his place on the sidelines next season.

-After 3 wins in Orlando, N.C. State looks back on track
-Blue Devils too much for Badgers
-Eagles take another road loss

Fans' melee halts game
Wake County sheriff's deputies used pepper spray to disperse about 40 people at a basketball game between Shaw and St. Augustine's.

Raleigh News & Observer

From the Mobile Register
-Ole Miss goes Nutt
-AU must reward a winner
-Is Bama really better off today?

November 27, 2007

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Roof cleans out office, wishes players success in the future
-Duke players disappointed over Roof's firing
-Alleva- In the end, there were not enough wins to continue
-NCCU continues long road trip

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Roof shown the door
Four years of football futility at Duke end with the dismissal of coach Ted Roof. He is the latest in a line of Duke football coaches who had to leave because they couldn't win.

-Duke AD needs to hire smart
-Here's what Duke football needs now
-Concessions kept Speedway in place
Bruton Smith insists that he wasn't bluffing with his threat to close the speedway and build a new track elsewhere in the Charlotte region.

Possible targets for Duke football coach
Fayetteville Observer

'Coach Jags' Has Piloted Eagles to His Own Tune
Washington Post

Coaching carousel- Nutt could be heading to Ole Miss
Several sources have indicated that negotiations already are taking place to make recently departed Arkansas coach Houston Nutt the next coach at Ole Miss. ...Which direction will Arkansas go? Numerous sources have indicated that I still shouldn't rule out Butch Davis bolting North Carolina, despite the recent extension of his contract.

Possible candidates to succeed Gailey
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cavalcade of Whimsy - The Coaching Situations
College Football News

Music City Bowl would prefer a 7-win team
The Birmingham News

UCONN Likely Headed For Bowl In Charlotte Or Birmingham
Hartford Courant

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Clemson to offer Bowden contract extension
-USC Report- Gamecocks might hear Music

Firings may alter USC staff
Several assistants may be lured away as coaching changes begin

Columbia (SC) State

Terriers' focus is on Spiders
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Redskins' Sean Taylor dies overnight
Hampton Roads Daily Press

November 26, 2007

WVU No. 2 for first time
Mountaineers had never been higher than No. 3

Daily Mail

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wake's Justice wins ACC blocking award
East Carolina (7-5, 6-2 Conference USA) appears headed for the Dec. 23 Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, but an official invitation has not been issued.

-Krzyzewski- 'don't let it linger'
Roof's coaching status still uncertain.

-An instant replay - North Carolina at Chapel Hill 4-8, 3-5
-Wolfpack toes the line
-Mizzou, WVU rule the BCS
-Panthers simply pathetic
-Skins fumble chance
-Oakland ends streaks of futility
Garrard, a former East Carolina star, was 23-of-37 for a career-high 296 yards and set a team record for consecutive passes without an interception (209).

Coach K says Duke football must strive for much more
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Anderson Independent
-Beating USC buys Bowden Clemson fansí faith
-College football- Georgia No. 4, Clemson No. 21 in AP poll

Gutter ball- USC left hoping for bid at 6-6
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Rock Hill (SC) Herald
-Unfamiliar feeling
After watching his Winthrop Eagles give up 44 points in the second half, score just 24 and blow a 22-point lead in a 73-69 loss to Missouri State on Sunday afternoon, about all coach Randy Peele could do was preach patience and optimism.

-USC doesn't deserve bowl
-A year and counting -- Panthers still winless at home

Not to Worry, Basketball Season is here
850 The Buzz

Heels, Wolfpack share optimism
North Carolina and N.C. State experienced distinctly different finishes to the 2007 season on Saturday, but both left the field with positive outlooks for the future.

Fayetteville Observer

Independence Bowl has eye on Saban, Alabama football team
Birmingham News


December 2, 2007

From the
-UCF Tops Tulsa For C-USA Title
-C-USA's Remaining Bowl Lineup Set
-Blazers Beat the Bearcats at Home, 73-54
-McKiver Leads Cougars to an 83-68 Victory Over Middle Tennessee
-USM Baseball Releases 2008 Schedule
-Arkansas-Little Rock Hands Tulsa 62-51 LossFrom the Orlando Sentinel
-Kevin Smith leads UCF to Conference USA crown
-Knights are kings
-Knights bulled over in Tampa once again
With less than a minute in regulation, the UCF men's basketball stood just one possession away from a historic victory or yet another dreadful loss to South Florida.

From the Tulsa World
-TU loses Central Florida rematch
-Tulsa loses to Central Florida, accepts bid to GMAC bowl
-UCF's formula for winning works again
-A disappointing day
-Hurricane falls to Trojans

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-UCF's Liberty foe uncertain
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl won't know until today the Southeastern Conference representative in its Dec. 29 game.
-Tiger offense key to big season
-Calm Tigers prepare for weary USC

Giannini- Money not an issue - yet
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Blazers put it together
Birmingham News

SMU men hold off UT-San Antonio, 62-56
Dallas Morning News

Marshall beats Morehead State, 69-56
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Miners lose game
El Paso Times

Green Wave ready for tough test
Orleans Times Picayune

Baseball: USM to face strong opponents
Hattiesburg American

Distribution of college football money worthy of close look
ouston Chronicle

December 1, 2007

Boise State wants to play in Hawaii Bowl
Tulsa (9-3) or East Carolina (7-5) are the most likely matches for Boise here.

Honolulu Advertiser

Broncos in the H-Bowl- Maybe not, director says
Idaho Statesman

GMAC matchup taking shape
Likely MAC representative Bowling Green to play Central Florida or Tulsa in Mobile

Mobile Press Register

From the
-C-USA Football Championship Update
-C-USA Championship Game Press Conference Quotes
-Conference USA Announces All-Academic Team

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF Knights host Tulsa in Conference USA Championship Game
-Tulsa-UCF matches fuel young rivalry

From the Tulsa World
-Reliable source
-TU's experience may be the key to title game win
-TU- 5 Storylines

Golden Hurricane prefer Memphis to Honolulu

UCF has eyes on C-USA title
Daytona Beach News-Journal

From the Birmingham News
-Major Applewhite not leaving Crimson Tide, according to quarterback recruit
-Bearcats, Blazers renew rivalry

From the Hattiesburg American
-USM interviewing begins
Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini said Friday that the interviewing process has begun to find the successor for USM football coach Jeff Bower.

-Southern Miss fans still talking football

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH eyes Notre Dame assistant in coach search
Michael Haywood, a native Houstonian interviewed Thursday with UH athletic director Dave Maggard.

-UH gives strength-and-conditioning coach new deal

Interviews start at USM, but Giannini silent on candidates
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

No USM offer made to Nix, Giannini says
Biloxi Sun Herald

Miners take on UNLV tonight in Las Vegas
El Paso Times

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave seeks right touch vs. Orange
Somewhere in his office, Mike Slive has a thick folder of proposals on how college football should implement a playoff system.

November 30, 2007

From the
-Poor First Half Performance Dooms Tulane at Buffalo, 65-51
-Houston Plays Host To Middle Tennessee State Saturday at 7-00 p.m.

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH coaching candidates include Applewhite
-Hiring coach remains risky, from NFL or elsewhere

Source- SMU interested in Navy coach Johnson
Dallas Morning News

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM Notebook- Terry Bowden wants to coach
-USM Hoops- Pair of freshmen display promise

Conference USA Championship- Smith versus Smith
Tulsa World

UCF- Quarterback Kyle Israel takes the lumps and bumps
Florida Sun-Sentinel

Herd special teams search shrouded in mystery
Charleston Daily Mail

USM to play Cincinnati
Hattiesburg American

Baseball recruiting riding high
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tulane bulldozed by Buffalo
New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners off to solid start
El Paso Times

November 29, 2007

From the
-Conference USA Announces Media Players of the Year
-C-USA Media Names UCF's O'Leary Coach of the Year
-Bright House Networks Sign On As Title Sponsor of 2007 Conference USA Football Championship
-Marshall Men Drop First Game of Season, On Road at Wright State

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

Week 14: Conference USA Championship Game
In what will be a repeat of the inaugural Conference USA championship game in 2005, UCF will play host to Tulsa at new BrightHouse Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Athlon Sports

From the College Football News
-Previews and Predictions for the Week 14 C-USA Games
-Predicting and projecting the possible post-season matchups.

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH football coach Briles bound for Baylor
-Next up for UH is coaching search
-Fans give their take on Briles going to Baylor
-UH to conduct national search for Briles' successor
-Back away from that panic button
Briles just couldn't pass on the opportunity to leave one of the best programs in Conference USA to go to the worst program in the Big 12.

Houston names Thurmond interim football coach
He spent two seasons coaching cornerbacks at Alabama and had separate stints at TCU, Tulsa, Oklahoma and East Carolina.

Sports Network

Nix to meet with Southern Mississippi
Columbia (SC) State

USM football- Giannini talking to candidates, not yet interviewing
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-USM's bowl foe is set
-Giannini has long list

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU taking its time to find new football coach
SMU was the first Bowl Subdivision football program in the nation to fire its football coach. Almost five weeks later, as positions open up daily, SMU is still looking for a replacement for Phil Bennett.

-Neuheisel interested in SMU job

Season turned after late loss to East Carolina
With 3 seconds left against East Carolina, UTEP was on the cusp of perhaps the most special season since its conference co-championship ...

El Paso Times

O'Leary isn't going anywhere
Florida Sun-Sentinel

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Success boosts bottom line for UCF sports
Raising money for UCF's sports programs used to be a struggle.

-Israel relishing senior season at the helm

From the Tulsa World
-The drive that saved a season
-TU Notebook- Happy in Tulsa
-Smith shares award

Challenges remain for UAB football coach Neil Callaway
UAB head coach Neil Callaway expects junior college transfers to make up about half of the program's upcoming recruiting class.

Birmingham News

Marshall men suffer first loss of season
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall Baseball Announces 2008 Schedule

Marshall sophomore a kid in a man's body
Charleston Daily Mail

Green Wave looks to bounce back
New Orleans Times Picayune

November 28, 2007

Baylor will offer job to UH's Briles, source says
Waco Tribune Herald

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH football coach Briles meets with Baylor
Art Briles flew to Dallas on Tuesday to discuss the vacant head coaching position at Baylor University, but at the end of the day Briles said he was "still proud to be a Houston Cougar."

-UH NOTEBOOK- Penders says Wade will make splash

From the
-C-USA Announces Media Football All-Conference Teams
-Conference USA Announces Media All-Freshman Team
-UCF Head Coach George O'Leary Press Conference Quotes - Nov. 27
-Tigers Overwhelm Governors, 104-82
-Arkansas-Little Rock Stifles Owls, 59-52
-Tulsa Drops 84-70 Deicison to Oral Roberts in Crosstown Match-up
-Blazers Rally For 78-72 Overtime Win Over The Cajuns
-UTEP Downs New Mexico State, 84-76

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Tulsa savors 2nd shot at UCF
-USM AD says he's casting wide net

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Giannini has long list
One day after Jeff Bower resigned at Southern Miss, the focus shifted to finding a replacement.

-Fletcher captures Conerly
Southern Miss tailback Damion Fletcher dedicated the school's third Conerly Trophy to a familiar figure on the Golden Eagles' sideline.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Time for a change
Jeff Bower was barely out the door Monday before talk turned to his replacement as head football coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.

-Decision gets mixed fan reaction

From the Birmingham News
-Cincinnati will play Southern Miss at Legion Field
Cincinnati will be the Big East representative in the Bowl against Southern Miss on Dec. 22, completing an old Conference USA pairing for the second straight year. The announcement will come today.

-Blazer safety Dunbar plans to explore NFL Draft options
-Neil Callaway says he'll rely on junior college transfers to fill UAB football roster
UAB head coach Neil Callaway expects junior college transfers to make up about half of the program's upcoming recruiting class.

-Davis disappointed with play of team, but pleased with win
Walter Sharpe scored 23 points and Robert Vaden added 19 as UAB rallied in overtime to record a 78-72 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday.

From the Charleston Daily Mail
-Marshall firings difficult to justify
-Youth movement excites Marshall coach

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd faces first road test
-'M' Club gives $100K to Big Green

From the Tulsa World
-Rice band director apologizes for performance during Tulsa game
-Improved UCF ready for Tulsa

Green Wave focusing on Ragin' Cajuns first
After victories in Cancun against Kansas State and Northern Illinois, Tulane will face LSU on Sunday in its highest-profiled early-season matchup.

New Orleans Times Picayune

SMU men get first win with defeat of Paul Quinn
Dallas Morning News

Tigers win big, but defense somewhat lacking
Memphis Commercial Appeal

November 27, 2007

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Bower out at USM
-Bower goes, and so does USM stability
-Resignation may return to haunt USM
-Golden Eagles in shock

Bower resigns at USM
Mobile Press Register

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Bower out as USM football coach
-USM Football- What's next?
-USM may find successful coach but none as loyal
-Recruit to try 'to stick with' Eagles
-Surprised Eagles find firing hard to swallow
-Shocked experts wondering what USM was thinking

From the Hattiesburg American
-Bower defiant in resignation statement
-Bower's statement
-Favre reacts to Bower news
-Assistant coaches' futures uncertain
-Players shocked at Bower decision
-Former players react to Bower news
-Bower to end career where it started
-Bower's future up in the air

-C-USA Football Notebook
-Tulsa Head Coach Todd Graham Previews C-USA Football Championship Game
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Houston Men's Basketball Escapes with a 86-79 win over Coastal Carolina
-UAB Men Travel To Take On Louisiana-Lafayette

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

From the Tulsa World
-TU files complaint on show
The University of Tulsa has sent a formal complaint to Conference USA regarding Rice's halftime show during the Golden Hurricane-Owls football game on Saturday.
-Wins boost Hurricane's confidence
-TU Notebook- Returning to Orlando

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Title-game tickets a hot item
-Smith, Hogue earn C-USA top honors

From the Houston Chronicle
-Bailiff's expectations still high after first year on job at Rice
-UH hopes to change bowl fortunes with hometown date
-Houston's Briles set to interview with Baylor
-UH will face opponent from Big 12 in Texas Bowl

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall baseball signs seven, including Hurricane's Meeks
-Houston and Memphis to represent conference
The Houston Cougars joined the Conference USA lineup of football teams going to bowl games.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers receive needed break
-Tigers want speedier Robinson

Wave's Toledo has visions of winning
New Orleans Times Picayune

BGSU appears to be choice of GMAC Bowl
Toledo Blade

November 26, 2007

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Blog: It's the Liberty Bowl Or GMAC Bowl for Knights
-UCF's unfinished work
-UCF rallies from back-to-back losses to beat Penn State
-Defense dishes out strong plays vs. UTEP's offense
-Smith surpasses 2,000-yard mark

From the Tulsa World
-Bowl ingredients
  The haze surrounding Tulsa's bowl future cleared up some after Saturday's 48-43 victory at Rice.

Defense carries key
State sends two teams to title games

-UH Men's Basketball Team Plays Host To Coastal Carolina On Monday, Nov. 26
-Marshall Football Announces Staff Changes
-Tickets For New Orleans Bowl Go On Sale Monday
-Southern Miss Wins Its 16th Lady Eagle Classic, Defeats Austin Peay, 76-65
-Blazers Fall Short Against No. 21 Texas, 59-49
-It's Miners and Aggies Round One on Tuesday

From the Charleston Gazette
-Marshall fires Kueck, Smith
-MU defense unable to overcome loss of Mcclellan

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall presses to victory
-Snyder fires two assistants
-Herd already looking ahead to 2008

Herd dogs Terriers 70-47
Marshall cranks up defensive pressure in rout of Boston

Daily Mail

UH will stay in Houston for its bowl
Houston Chronicle

Blazers shift to recruiting, work in weight room
Birmingham News

Letdowns plagued UTEP Miners
El Paso Times

Injuries lingering for pair of Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal