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East Carolina


Conference USA

December 9, 2007
Christmas Card Day
International Children's Day
National Pastry Day

-O'Brien: Holland: No official contact with Holtz
-Myatt: State runs into Minges ambush
BVL Audio: Mack McCarthy post-game remarks
BVL Audio: Sidney Lowe post-game remarks

-Hinnant Scores 30 to Help Pirates Stun Wolfpack, 75-69
-Lady Pirates Host In-State Rival N.C. State Sunday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Wolf Trap
  ECU pulls off upset of N.C. State in Minges

-Scenes from Saturday's upset over State
-Pirates win!
  East Carolina downs N.C. State 75-69

-Holtz deflects rumors as ECU returns to practice
-ECU fans give gift of a game to troops
-Yow to be honored before ECU-NCSU game today

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pirates sink Wolfpack, 75-69
-Photo gallery- Dec. 8, 2007- ECU 75, N.C. State 69

N.C. State falls hard in major upset at Greenville
Greensboro News-Record

Trap laid, set, sprung: East Carolina’s historic night sends Wolfpack reeling
Burlington Times News

ECU shocks Wolfpack for first ever win against an ACC opponent

Hinnant helps East Carolina stun Wolfpack
  Former Vance star hits key 3 to send Pirates to first win vs. ACC team

Charlotte Observer (AP)

ECU ends 0-57 streak against ACC
   Two of the most dubious streaks in East Carolina basketball history are no more.

Kinston Free Press

Pirates attack Pack
Rocky Mount Telegram

Pirates Shock Pack, 75-69

East Carolina will be packing 'aloha' spirit
Honolulu Advertiser

A promise kept: Vikings rookie Aundrae Allison's NFL road was paved by a protective older brother
  Vikings rookie Aundrae Allison's road to the NFL was paved by a demanding, protective older brother whose own athletic future was derailed by drugs, alcohol and prison time.

Pioneer Press

Panthers-Jaguars Preview
USA Today

Is QB the difference?
  Del Rio has an emerging quarterback who is playing at a near-star level, while Fox spends his energy attempting to mitigate the effects of having a 44-year-old quarterback at the helm of his offense.

December 8, 2007
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic)
International Shareware Day
Anniversary - John Lennon Shot
Birthday - Jim Morrison (musician)
Birthday - Eli Whitney (inventor)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Another shot at ACC
Pirates' team hosts N.C. State

-Nursing endowment named for former East Carolina chancellor
-State will allow ECU to acquire CyberKnife

-Lady Pirates Set To Unveil Championship Banner Sunday
-ECU Baseball Finishes Fall With Annual Fire of Blackbeard Challenge
-Pirates All-Access Advisory - MBB vs. NC State

Packed house will be ready for Pack
Raleigh News & Observer

ECU looks to avenge loss at N.C. State
Kinston Free Press

Wolfpack voyage to uncharted waters to play Pirates
Burlington Times News

Pack's Lowe Not Thrilled to Play at ECU

Search continues for new UA coach
East Carolina Coach Skip Holtz is now a candidate

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Broyles discusses awards show, Arkansas’ ongoing coaching search
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz, who was interviewed by Georgia Tech and is believed under Arkansas consideration, remains available.

Northwest Arkansas Times

From the
-Skip Holtz praises Broncos
-Clady takes a step toward the pros
-Help wanted- Boise State kickoff returner

Garrard- It's good for young QB to sit, learn
Charlotte Observer

December 7, 2007
Pearl Harbor Day

-Pearl Harbor attack fading from U.S. consciousness (Greenville Daily Reflector)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
C-USA champs host Yow, Lady Pack

WNCT: TOT (guests Bill Graham, Dr. Beverly Reep)

-ECU-NC State Basketball Game To Be Televised Locally On WITN

-Lady Pirates Host In-State Rival N.C. State Sunday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Board battle is no contest
-ACC coaches staying put
-Memento of late ECU student heading to orbit

From the Kinston Free Press
-Reading ECU’s possible future
  East Carolina’s 82-67 loss to Clemson on Wednesday was like a first-round draft pick toiling away in the minor leagues.

-Clemson's long-range specialist buries ECU
  Thanks to Terrence Oglesby, the Atlantic Coast Conference picked up right where it left off.

CMU-Purdue, Texas-ASU, East Carolina-Boise State Stat Breakdowns
Offshore Insiders

Former ECU Chancellor Eakin Honored

USC Keeping In Touch With Paulk
  DB Leonard Paulk (5-11 185) of Richland Northeast committed to East Carolina about miday thru the season but USC has remained in touch and is evaluating him for a possible offer.

Spartanburg Herald Journal

David Garrard Conference Call

In Garrard they trust

December 6, 2007
Miner's Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
Saint Nicholas Day

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
Tigers tame big-time atmosphere

-BVL: Unbeaten Clemson sinks Pirates
WNCT: TOT (guest Si Seymour)

-Pirates Fall To No. 18 Clemson, 82-67
-Chris Johnson Named C-USA Coaches Special Teams Player-of-the-Year

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-A black hole
Clemson left no doubt that East Carolina would not be pulling off a second consecutive upset.

-Holland repays university for aid
  AD offers first public statement

-ECU looks to fill opening for medical school dean by 2008
-Parrott to speak at ECU commencement

Clemson routs East Carolina
  Wednesday was supposed to be “Blackout Night” at Minges Coliseum.

Anderson Independent

Tigers clean up on the glass in rout of Pirates
Columbia (SC) State

Clemson remains unbeaten
Greenville (SC) News

No. 18 Tigers cruise past East Carolina 82-67
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Holland repays $25000 to ECU
Raleigh News & Observer

Wilson named to All-UCA Second Team defense
Washington Daily News

Sea of blue and orange could be a puddle in Hawaii
Boise State has sold fewer than 200 tickets to the Hawaii Bowl

From The Arbiter (Boise State University)
-Taking a second chance
  BSU anticipates a more casual trip to Hawaii

-The way we see it...

December 5, 2007
Chanukah (Jewish)
National Communicate With Your Baby Day
Birthday - President Martin Van Buren (8th President)
Birthday - Walt Disney (animator)
Anniversary - Montgomery Bus Boycott Begins (Rosa Parks)

-Men's Basketball Welcomes Clemson To Greenville For The First Time
-Five Pirates Land On Coaches All-Conference Teams
-Quartet Of Pirates Named To 2007 C-USA Coaches All-Freshman Team

Tigers to Travel to Greenville, NC to Face East Carolina Wednesday Night

Pirate Basketball Gameday
Clemson @ East Carolina
TV: CSS - 7:00 PM EDT
XM channel 190
Sirius channel n/a

WNCT (Live Pregame and Postgame coverage)
-Pirate athletic event calendar
ECU All Access (video/audio)

WNCT: Tailgate (D. O'Brien, M. Golden, L. Epperly)

East Carolina 101- What you need to know about BSU's bowl opponent
Boise State safety Marty Tadman said he didn't know East Carolina was a Division IA school. He was kidding. We think. Fact is, people out here don't know ...

Pirates aim for another big win over Clemson
  The Pirates reached around their shoulder, grabbed that monkey and threw it off their back.

New Bern Sun Journal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Students line up for ECU-Clemson tickets
Getting up before sunrise and braving 30-degree temperatures for college basketball tickets is nothing new for students in Durham and Chapel Hill.

-Pirates plan to treat bowl like it's 'any other week'
-Student dismisses scrutiny

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Holland's reputation takes a hit
 Terry Holland, for more than 40 years in athletics, has been an impressive performer.

-AD's brother- 'nothing covert'

Audit says relative of ECU's Holland received payment
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Allison shows a big break can be just around the corner
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Aundrae Allison NFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Allison's 103yard kickoff return sets record for longest play (AP)

December 4, 2007
The First Night of Chanukah
Saint Barbara's Day

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Paradise awaits

WNCT: TOT (Denny O'Brien, Lee Workman)
WNCT: Brian Bailey (Various Hawaii Bowl guests)

Skip charts winning course
First, Skip Holtz made East Carolina football better. Then, Holtz made the Pirates a winner. Year three of Holtz’s tenure as head coach has seen ECU became a contender.

Fayetteville Observer

Pirates hope to build on win over George Mason
East Carolina’s men’s basketball team had little time to revel in its stun-ning 68-65 win over George Mason in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

Kinston Free Press

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU hoops team building buzz
Upset of Pats lifts Pirates' spirits

-Pirates forced to sit and watch C-USA title tilt
-ECU- No comment on Holland aid report

Holland relative got 'inappropriate' benefits
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Idaho Statesman
-Boise State players couldn't pass on the chance to enjoy Hawaii
-H-Bowl officials defend decision to let BSU go
-We interrupt this Hawaiian vacation for ... Boise State's final exams

Broncos happy to be returning to Hawaii for bowl
Honolulu Advertiser

ECU to play Boise State in Dec. 23 Hawaii Bowl
Washington Daily News

Ticket Sales Slow For Hawaii Bowl

December 3, 2007

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 329
Postseason puzzlers punctuate 2007

BVL Audio: Skip Holtz & Rob Kass on the Hawaii Bowl
-BVL: Conference USA bowl pairings set
O'Brien: LSU, USC top my final ballot
Final 2007 Bowl Championship Series Standings

-BVL: Pirates shock George Mason

Men's Basketball Tops Patriots In The BB&T Classic
  James Legan scored 18 points, Darrell Jenkins had 11 points and 10 assists, and East Carolina surprised George Mason 68-65 Sunday in the BB&T Classic.

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-Legan, Pirates surprise George Mason
-Pirates bound for Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl

ECU breaks through, beats Colonial power
Charlotte Observer (AP)

Patriots Get Lost Downtown
Washington Post

Patriots become upset victims
Washington Times

Pirates steal Patriots plunder

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates pumped about long trip to Hawaii Bowl
  East Carolina football players awoke Sunday morning with a collective image of Christmas in Hawaii dancing in their heads.

ECU's heart institute receives $500k gift

Boise State, East Carolina to play in Hawaii Bowl
Honolulu Advertiser

Pirates earn trip to paradise
East Carolina has the longest trip of any team this bowl season, but the Pirates aren't complaining.

Raleigh News & Observer

Boise State headed to Hawaii Bowl to play East Carolina
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

From the Idaho Statesman
-BSU Hawaii-bound
-Boise State players win big, but at what price?
  Sending Boise State to the Hawaii Bowl hurts the Boise-based Humanitarian Bowl, runs contrary to nearly every criteria the WAC uses in determining how to place its bowl-eligible teams, and has some fans ranting.

Pirates to play in Hawaii Bowl
Washington Daily News

Rookie draft picks again play major role for Vikings
  Allison played his college football for Skip Holtz, son of former Gophers coach Lou Holtz, at East Carolina.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jaguars focus on Wild Card
  David Garrard wasn’t overly disappointed. He figures the next game between the two teams will be more important.

NOTEBOOK- More raves for QB Garrard
Florida Times-Union


December 9, 2007

Navy quickly promotes Niumatalolo to coach
   Longtime assistant succeeds Johnson, signs 5-year deal

Baltimore Sun

Navy promotes longtime assistant to head football coach
Annapolis Capital

LIKE IT IS - Hiring Neinas could get UA search on right track
Arkansas Democrat Gazette

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Calhoun out of mix for Duke job
-Devils blow past overmatched Michigan

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Smith finds his comfort zone
-Camels can't get it done
-Edwards' play the talk of the town
  ASU quarterback amazes Moore.

-Carolina more at home in Montreal than Habs

Wofford shocks UNCG
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Odom's Odyssey- A voice of optimism
-Gamecocks' Jordin Lindsey stabbed in neck

From the Charlotte Observer
-Davidson stays close, but falls again
-Charlotte makes its points in win
-Reworked offense pays off for Bobcats

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Bulldogs cruise to 72-50 win over ice-cold Deacons
-'Rock'ing Along- ASU has had some close calls this season but is still headed back to Chattanooga
-Delaware slips past Southern Illinois

Is Grambling reinventing itself as a coach's launching pad?
Monroe (LA) News Star

Gottfried sets timetable for finding first coach
   After receiving unanimous support from its trustees Thursday to establish a football program, the University of South Alabama's next step is finding a coach.  South Alabama wants to field a team in 2009, playing a minimum schedule. The Jaguars want to play a full schedule in 2011 and hope to be playing Division I-A football by 2013.

Mobile (AL) Press Register

NCHSAA: Bears win first state championship in football 28-17 over Independence
New Bern Sun Journal

NCHSAA: Hoggard wins state title
Wilmington Star-News

December 8, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack's Costner in supporting role
  As freshman J.J. Hickson emerges, Brandon Costner's numbers are down, but the sophomore N.C. State forward wants people to know he's not lazy.

-Alleva mum after Johnson spurns Duke
-Wicker-McCree NCCU's interim AD

From the Winston Salem Journal
-On to Chattanooga
Edwards runs wild in victory over Richmond

-WHAT EXAMS?- Appalachian State students put studies on hold for an electric night of football
-JUST ENOUGH- The Mountaineers gave up 35 points, but still made stops when they needed to

Mountaineers go for three in a row
Greensboro News-Record

Duke 'Plan B' might stand for Broadway
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution
-Jackets find their man
  Former Georgia Southern and Navy coach Johnson signs 7-year, $11 million-plus deal at Tech.

-Johnson's perfect choice, but get back to us
  We can’t imagine he turns out to be Bill Lewis, who also was thought to be ready for the next step (he went 11-1 his last year at East Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers fans waste $1.6 million in tickets
-Johnson leaves Navy for Georgia Tech

Gladchuk expects Navy to march on
   Former East Carolina head coach and current Boston College assistant Steve Logan has already been contacted

Annapolis Capital

Hire me at Arkansas ... I'll work cheap
Anderson Independent

ACC football year in review
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Shrine Bowl players to start arriving
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Pledge to expand stadium is firm

December 7, 2007

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Coach was wooed by Arkansas, but 'love' for his team wins out
“It must be my midlife crisis,” Coach Jim Grobe joked yesterday. “Instead of a sports car, I’m looking at jobs.”

-WISE CALL- Arkansas' track record pretty weak
-A Big Sigh of Relief- Robinson- Grobe had said he would tell his players any news first
-ASU Notebook
-Richmond likes to run
-Rucker- Play as if it's your last game

Grobe stays with Wake
Greensboro News-Record

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
-Arkansas still coachless; search beginning to resemble basketball one
-Grobe has backed out of UA head coaching job, according to Wake Forest Sports Information

Heels' Davis not headed to Arkansas
  Coach says he won't leave North Carolina for Arkansas or any other program.

Durham Herald-Sun

Coaching Carousel- Georgia Tech might decide soon

Tigers say Bowden's contract means stability
Anderson Independent

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-ODU hires football assistant coach
-Hokies enjoying their role

No happy ending for BCS story
Denver Post

Game Day | Richmond (11-2) at Appalachian State (11-2)
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Continuity key for ASU coaches
  Jerry Moore's coaching staff -- this is his 19th season at Appalachian State -- has remained largely unchanged for more than a decade.

-Yates to have surgery on shoulder

Big South basketball finding quality wins hard to come by
  With the exception of Winthrop, UNC Asheville and Liberty, Big South Conference teams aren't doing much to enhance the league's ranking among the country's 31 NCAA Division I conferences.

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Men's basketball | Friars get burned at buzzer
  Gamecocks nearly give game away, but Providence stalls at free throw line

Columbia (SC) State

Rodriguez ties for coach of year award
Beckley Register-Herald

A win and a loss
  Subbing for injured Jason Campbell, veteran Todd Collins, getting his first substantive playing time in a decade, threw two touchdown passes to help the Redskins snap a four-game losing streak with a 24-16 win over the Bears at frigid FedEx Field.

Washington (DC) Times

December 6, 2007

Wake Forest's Grobe heading to Arkansas
  It's a 'done deal,' one source says

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Report- Grobe leaving WFU
Media outlets say that football coach to go to Arkansas Razorbacks
-Vandy edges WFU
-Some Unfinished Business- Mountaineers' Jackson, a senior receiver, says he doesn't want his stellar career to end just yet

Grobe could be gone
  A University of Arkansas private fundraising arm approved a salary supplement Wednesday for Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, a strong indication that Grobe will replace Houston Nutt as coach.

Raleigh News & Observer

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Sick feeling for Cavs
-George Mason holds off HU

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Johnson likely is man of the hour
  While Duke officials continue to plot their next step if things don't work out with Navy coach Paul Johnson, the chances of Johnson coaching the Blue Devils may be declining.

-Indications Are Grobe Headed to Arkansas
-Western Carolina tops NCCU

Back from Duke, Grambling coach says- 'I have a job I enjoy'
  Back behind his desk at Grambling State, first-year coach Rod Broadway was resolute.

Monroe News Star

What happened?
  Five straight losses doom Gamecocks' season

Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Charlotte Observer
-A-10's Bruno resigning as commissioner
-49ers as good as Goldwire
  Guard scores career-best 34 points in win over Davidson

Hawks' late run falls short
Wilmington Star News

December 5, 2007

Polls' weight foiled Hokies
  Computers rated Tech best in forming BCS title pairing

Richmond Times Dispatch

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Interest in Devils grows as names continue to surface
-Broadway interviews for Duke football job
-Hayes leaving NCCU for FAMU
-Eagles continue uphill climb with visit to Catamounts
  N.C. Central takes the fifth leg of its school-record 10-game road swing in men's basketball tonight when the Eagles visit Western Carolina at 7 p.m. at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke tackles search
Broadway latest to be interviewed; Logan not contacted yet

-Hansbrough comes to Ellington's aid

Disgrace of Durham
  Now is the time for a Duke football resurgence

Johnson, Logan, Broadway On Duke List

From the Anderson Independent
-Tommy Bowden and a long, long day
-Razorbacks pushed Phillips, Clemson towards action on Bowden’s contract

Keeping his stripes
  Tommy Bowden will spurn Arkansas to remain at Clemson, thanks to a little added job security

Columbia (SC) State

Know when to say when- College football's bowl system is watered down
Rocky Mount Telegram

College football coaches winning money game
Need a college football coach? They're costly
USA Today

National: Sugar has Hawaii eyeing financial rainbow
New Orleans Times Picayune

Hokies stomp on Spartans
Roanoke Times

December 4, 2007

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke woos Navy's Johnson
-V Foundation launches Yow/WBCA cancer fund
-Thousands pay tribute to Taylor
-Canes deliver 'best effort'

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Nine coaches, eight failures at Duke
-Sources- Johnson is Duke candidate

Grobe remains popular candidate
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

From the Charlotte Observer
-Grobe not chasing jobs, but he'll listen
-Report- T. Bowden offered job
Tommy Bowden must decide whether to remain at Clemson or take the vacant Arkansas job.

Bowden named among Arkansas candidates
Anderson Independent

Deacons don’t complain about a bowl just down the road
Greensboro News-Record

Tech sells 12,000 bowl tickets
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Skidding USC left out in the cold
-Fuller receives probation
  Former USC baseball player sentenced after guilty plea in burglary charges

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Return to Business- Deacs won't be meeting their former teammate
-Revamped schedule has teams scrambling
  Mountaineers will play Spiders a day sooner

-Laughable- BCS system is a joke

Fiesta Bowl bittersweet for WVU
  Mountaineers excited about bowl bid, but still asking, 'What if?'

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Nutt sweeps former Rebel assistants out
  John Thompson, who has two years remaining on a contract that pays $300,000 annually, said he sees himself coaching somewhere next season.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

New deal for Miles gets put on hold
New Orleans Times Picayune

December 3, 2007

VCU too hot to handle
Baltimore Sun

From the Anderson Independent
-Clemson headed to Chick-fil-A Bowl to play Auburn
-Tigers vault Boston College again for Chick-Fil-A berth
-Georgia happy to play Hawaii in Sugar Bowl

Bowl coaches plan to stay for long time
Both Bowden and Tuberville put rumors and doubts behind them

Columbia (SC) State

No bowl bid for South Carolina
Greenville (SC) News

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Hokies happy despite LSU's leap
-U.Va. will play Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl

Wake Forest stays close to home with bowl game in Charlotte
Greensboro News-Record

After Pitt siesta, a Fiesta
Mountaineers to meet Sooners in Fiesta Bowl

Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Hawaii thinks Sugar a sweet deal
-BCS got it right with LSU vs. Ohio State

A sad ending to a sadder day for Redskins
The Virginian Pilot

From the Charlotte Observer
-To honor Taylor, Redskins use 10 men
-Testaverde, Panthers find form, end home hex


December 9, 2007

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Giannini- No hire has been made
  Nobody's accepted the Southern Miss football job because nobody has yet been offered it.

-Bain helps Eagles dominate in paint

USM still looking for a coach
Biloxi Sun Herald

UAB basketball team comes up short at South Florida
Birmingham News

Fast start lifts Eagles
Hattiesburg American

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Liberty is a sellout
  UCF still has some tickets, but officials hope the rest of its 10,000 go quickly.

-UCF breaks before Liberty Bowl
  George O'Leary said he thinks the Knights will be ready when they return Dec. 17.

-UCF cannot catch Ole Miss

Tulane withstands rally
  Gardner-Webb entered Saturday's game at Fogelman Arena with the reputation as a giant-slayer. So the Tulane players had to know the Runnin' Bulldogs wouldn't wilt in the closing minutes.

New Orleans Times Picayune

After struggling against USC, Tigers can expect to see similar defenses
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jackson gets 36 points in key victory
El Paso Times

Marshall players optimistic about young talent
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

December 8, 2007

-UCF's Kevin Smith Earns First Team All-America Honor
-Dec. 8 Men's Basketball Notebook

Around CUSA  - Basketball
USA Today

Report- Fedora in at USM
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Timing may be right for Fedora
  THE SOUTHERN MISS football coaching search went to the next level on Friday.

Hattiesburg American

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-USM close to hiring its next coach
Fedora moves closer to USM position

SMU's top coaching candidate hired by Georgia Tech
Dallas Morning News

Herd focuses on JUCO prospects
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Fans will hear suite music for Tiger title
-Well-traveled junior college QB plans to sign with U of M

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Familiar face visits UCF's house
  So far this season, UCF's new home has been kind to the Knights.

-UCF's Smith chosen FWAA All-American

Numbers don't always chart a player's success
Birmingham News

Green Wave on guard facing Runnin' Bulldogs
New Orleans Times Picayune

December 7, 2007

Who is USM front-runner?
  South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, one of the prominent candidates interviewed to replace Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower, has removed himself as a candidate for the USM head coaching job.

Hattiesburg American

Giannini- Search still on course
Biloxi Sun Herald

O'Leary finds peace at UCF
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Time on Chargers staff cemented friendship between Croom, O'Leary
Calipari: USC covered all the angles against Tigers

From the Houston Chronicle
-Klingler says Pardee hire a no-brainer
-UH meets with OU offensive coordinator Sumlin

Football Returns to Practice on Thursday Afternoon

Marshall coaching search taking shape
  Priorities as December plays out follow in this order: hire a defensive line coach; narrow recruiting season’s focus; and kick off the search for an offensive coordinator.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

New Hampshire assistant interviews for Herd opening
  If you can’t beat ’em, well, it might be a good idea to hire ’em.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Miners, Aggies set for Round 2
El Paso Times

December 6, 2007

-C-USA Announces Coaches Players of the Year
  Tulsa's Smith, USM's McRath and ECU's Johnson Grab Offense, Defense and Special Teams Honors

-C-USA Coaches Name UCF's O'Leary Football Coach of the Year
-Rice Tames Bobcats on Road, 88-81
-Mustangs Charge to Comeback Win Over Frogs, 71-65
-Southern Miss Falls To South Alabama, 75-68
-Tulsa Defeated By Oklahoma, 81-55
-Miners, Aggies Meet in I-10 Rematch Saturday

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles can't get over hump against savvy Jags
-Nix no longer candidate
  Tyrone Nix is out and Larry Fedora and David Lee have been interviewed.

Nix no longer candidate at Southern Miss
Greenville (SC) News

Nix shuns Southern Miss job
Columbia (SC) State

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-USM falls to Jaguars
-Nix drops out of running for USM job

From the Hattiesburg American
-Covering job search is no picnic
-Emotions run high for Eagles

From the Dallas Morning News
-Report- SMU target Johnson talks to Ga. Tech
-Inspired SMU beats TCU for third straight win

Houston interviews Pardee for coaching vacancy
  Maggard meets with former coach; OU's Sumlin next

Houston Chronicle

GMAC Bowl quarterback wins Wuerrfel Trophy
Mobile Register

Despite stellar season, UCF standout Kevin Smith misses out on awards
Orlando Sentinel

  Two ways to look at Oklahoma's 81-55 fleecing of Tulsa on Wednesday night: the Sooners are better than people think, or the Golden Hurricane is worse than their fans fear.

Tulsa World

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Wave ends three-game skid
-Three commit to Green Wave

December 5, 2007

-Tulsa's Paul Smith Wins Prestigious Wuerffel Award
-C-USA Announces Coaches All-Conference Teams
-Conference USA Announces Coaches All-Freshman Team
-Houston Wins Seventh Straight Game With A 67-56 Victory Over Toledo
-ETSU Earns Split with Marshall Men as Herd Falls 79-73 on Tuesday
-No. 2 Memphis Downs No. 24 USC, 62-58
-Blazers Rout Alabama A&M, 91-48
-Rice Travels to Texas State

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

USM Football- Eagles begin work for Bower's finale
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM looks for road win
Biloxi Sun Herald

OSU assistant coach Fedora a candidate at S. Miss

From the Hattiesburg American
-Coach search goes on
-Names mentioned most often for Southern Miss football position

Knights lead league in All Conference USA Coaches' team selections
Orlando Sentinel

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars considering bringing back Pardee
  Former coach, 71, says he would come out of retirement if he receives an offer

-Cousin lifts Houston to ugly win over Toledo
-Student-athletes left in lurch of college coaching carousel
-Former receiver breaks down tape to prep for TCU

From the Houston Chronicle
-Source- Navy coach visits SMU
-SMU-TCU- Could more basketball thrills await?

Rose free throws lock up win on night that featured cold shooting
Second-ranked Memphis survives to beat USC in OT

Memphis Commercial Appeal

New York Post

Marshall falls to ETSU, 79-73
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

TU calm during streak
Tulane has lost three in a row, but the Green Wave isn't rushing to push the panic button.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Uzoh sees upswing for Tulsa
Ben Uzoh won't allow Tulsa's first five games to define the remainder of its basketball season.

Tulsa World

December 4, 2007

-Conference USA Sends Six Teams to Bowl Games
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Herd Men Look for Season Sweep of East Tenn. State, Tuesday in Johnson City
-C-USA Women's Basketball Notebook

From the College Football News
-Cavalcade of Whimsy - 10 Bowl Storylines
-Ranking All 32 Bowl Games 
-Bowl Matchups: The Early Lines 

Candidates list could reach 25
Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini said Monday that he had interviewed around 15 candidates interested in becoming USM's next football coach.

Jackson Clarion Ledger

No news on coach search, UH's Maggard says
Houston Chronicle

UCF will face Mississippi State's tough defense in Liberty Bowl
Orlando Sentinel

From the Tulsa World
-TU QB more than just a smart player
-TU coach to stay

Tigers climb to No. 2 in AP poll
It's the third time U of M ranked that high

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Marshall getting rebounds
  Jones gets bigs to bang boards

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Herd, Bucs renew old rivalry
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Huffman packs powerful punch
  Reggie Huffman is not short, but the 6-foot-7 UAB forward is seldom the tallest player on the basketball court.

Birmingham News

December 3, 2007

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-Search begins for Golden Eagles coach
-Bulldogs excited about trip to Memphis, Liberty Bowl

Orlando Sentinel

UCF draws Bulldogs in Liberty

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Liberty Bowl rings up MSU
-Calipari keeping tabs on Tigers' growth patterns

From the Tulsa World
-TU looking to Mobile for comfort
TU ANALYSIS- TU's December goal- healing

BGSU will play Tulsa in GMAC Bowl
Toledo Blade

Consent not yet sought by SMU to speak with candidate
  No schools have contacted Navy for permission to speak with coach Paul Johnson about their job openings, according to a school spokesman Sunday.

Dallas Morning News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars football team to lose 2 more coaches
-TCU agrees to play UH in Texas Bowl at Reliant

Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up

Uncertain return
  Whenever starting guard Pierre-Marie Altidor Cespedes returns to the Marshall men’s basketball playing rotation he’ll have to fight for minutes.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Fowles leads LSU past Wave
New Orleans Times Picayune