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December 16, 2007
Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
Birthday - Ludwig Von Beethoven (composer)
Anniversary - Boston Tea Party

Donate Tickets For Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl To Military Personnel
  To contribute to the "TICKETS FOR TROOPS" effort, click on the 2007 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Ticket Donation link above or call 1-800-DIAL-ECU.

Holtz- Getting bowl bid is not enough
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Extended Family
  Campbell has depended on teammates during recovery

-ECU grads celebrate milestone
 More than 3000 students graduated from East Carolina University Saturday morning

-In today's media world, stories start anywhere, go everywhere
 The old saying is, "good news travels fast," or it might be, "bad news travels fast." Both were true. But today, all of that news travels a lot faster — and it travels in all directions.

-Christmas wish: Child's request produces unexpected blessing for food distribution ministry
 Football fans pass up Hawaii trip for donation to food ministry

Pirates hold cram session
Washington Daily News

A heart as big as Texas: Vonta Leach gives back
Fayetteville Observer

Hawaii Bowl festivities
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Clady on the clock
  Will the Broncos' Hawaii Bowl game against East Carolina on Dec. 23 in Honolulu be Clady's last college game?

Idaho Statesman

Why not Garrard for Pro Bowl?
Florida Times-Union

Jaguars bundle up for Steelers

December 15, 2007
Bill of Rights Day
Cat Herders Day

BVL Audio: Skip Holtz pre-Hawaii Press Conference
WNCT: TOT (Don Davis, Nathan Summers)

-Johnson Named First-Team All-America
  Senior Becomes First Pirate Since 1999 To Earn National First-Team Honors

-Skip Holtz Press Conference Quotes
  Head Coach Skip Holtz Discusses The Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Game Against Boise State

-Pirate GameDay Central
  East Carolina will make its second straight bowl appearance and fourth since 2000 when it faces off against Western Athletic Conference member No. 22 Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Sunday, Dec. 23 beginning at 3:00 p.m. (HST)/8:00 p.m. (EST) at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Cram Session
  Pirates hold final days of practice prior to Hawaii Bowl departure

East Carolina chancellor issues apology, check to athletics director
  East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard issued an apology Friday evening and a $12,500 check to athletics director Terry Holland.

Tough road for ECU nursing grad

Pirates set eyes on Hawai’i, Boise State
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates to get right to business in Hawaii
  The sight-seeing will have to wait.

Kinston Free Press

Win in Hawaii Bowl would help E. Carolina rebuilding
Honolulu Advertiser (AP)

ECU Football Team Sees Bowl as Chance to Prove Itself

ECU chancellor knew about improprieties
Raleigh News & Observer

Is Tony Morgan still favoring two?
   Three-star athlete Tony Morgan out of Garner, N.C.: "South Carolina and East Carolina are my leaders"

YAHOO! Sports

December 14, 2007

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Military draft filling Pirates' ranks

WNCT: TOT (Kevin Miller, Ron Elks)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates coming to Orgel's defense
  Frank Orgel's defenses at East Carolina in the 1970s helped to define the success of head coach Pat Dye, at times giving the Pirates a brick wall in front of their end zone

Student leaders oppose ECU plan
  A proposal to require health insurance at East Carolina University has drawn opposition from student leaders.

UH soccer camp gets bowled over
Honolulu Advertiser

Jaguars prepare to bundle up, take on mirror-image Steelers
USA Today

December 13, 2007

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
Holland's hands full during the holidays

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Future Bucs team up at Shrine Bowl
WNCT:  TOT (Calvin Mercer, Dr. Rick Niswander)

-Raheem Smith Signs NLI To Play Basketball At ECU
-ECU Softball Listed As Eighth-Winningest Program In NCAA History By CSTV

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Holtz's success has made ECU sought-after destination
-Troops up for 1,500 tickets
  Pirate football fans have bought plenty of early Christmas presents for soldiers stationed in Hawaii.

Ticket Sales Steady for Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

From The Arbiter (Boise State University)
-Alternative support- fans improvise for bowl game
Broncos set sail

From the Idaho Statesman
-Shields will face an old teammate, after all
-Redshirt RB draws raves from Broncos

Garrard has become one of the NFL's top qbs
Washington (PA) Observer Reporter

Preps/Recruiting: All-Star Bengals had much to play for
  Paulk, who has committed to East Carolina, recorded two tackles in the game.

Columbia (SC) The State

Recruiting: Stilphen´s return boosts Gardiner
  Nikko Acosta of New London, Conn., is drawing interest from East Carolina

Maine Today

CFL: The Green Machine Brings It Home
  While there is no doubt that (Chicago Bears Devin) Hester may be a Bad Mamma Jama, he has a ways to go before eclipsing the shadow of the greatest kick return man ever -- Henry “Gizmo” Williams.

Previous bowl records are important
The Sports Network

December 12, 2007
Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Gingerbread House Day
Poinsettia Day

WNCT: Tailgate (T. Holland, S. Holtz, M. McCarthy)

Skip Holtz- Preparing for the Luau, Talking to the Buzz
850 The Buzz

Pirates soon leaving home soil for bowl
  East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz has just three valuable days left of practicing on home soil.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Another stunner for holidays?
Honolulu Advertiser

Pirates still savoring victory over N.C. State
  East Carolina’s landmark victory over N.C. State on Saturday can be de-scribed as a reunion win.

Kinston Free Press

Swimming & Diving Completes Fall Recruiting Season

Big Names Come To Brady Sullivan Field
James Pinkney signs with AFL2's Manchester (NH) Wolves

Jaguars benefit from preseason QB change
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

December 11, 2007

Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
The time to sign McCarthy is now

-Pirate Fans Donate Tickets For Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl To Military Personnel
-Hinnant Named Conference USA Player-of-the-Week
-LaCoya Terry Named C-USA Co-Player of the Week
-Batts and Hose Named To 2008 Brooks Wallace Watch List

Johnson takes on namesake in Hawaii Bowl
  All season, East Carolina tailback Chris Johnson took pride in out-running opposing backs he felt he was tougher and more determined than.

Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU Win Already Helping Off The Court

ECU Pirates Some of the College Basketball Attention
  ECU’s Mack McCarthy interview

850 The Buzz

These Pirates have two captains
Kass and Pinkney share time for East Carolina

Idaho Statesman

Eskridge makes CUSA 2nd team
Shelby Star

Weekly Awards Dick Vitale

Daniel commits to Northwestern
   “I won’t take any more visits,” said Daniel, who was scheduled to travel to East Carolina on the weekend of Jan. 11.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

December 10, 2007
Nobel Peace Prize Day
UN Human Rights Day

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 330
State win most memorable

-Balanced Attack Leads Lady Pirates to 89-82 Win Over #24 North Carolina State
-Bowl Central
Buy Or Donate Tickets For Hawaii Bowl

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU honors Yow
State coach named one of the "100 Incredible Women of ECU"

-Wolfpack sent packing
ECU women make it two straight Pirate wins over N.C. State

-Proud Pirates soak in State win
-Broncos D pretty good too

Pirates end 25-year drought vs. Pack
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

ECU makes statement with win over NC State
Charleston Gazette

East Carolina upsets NC State, 75-69
Fayetteville Observer

Pirates stun the Wolfpack
Washington Daily News

Holtz content at East Carolina...for now
   While preparing to travel over 5,000 miles to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, East Carolina coach Skip Holtz has been globetrotting elsewhere in search of a better coaching position — or at least that’s what some would you believe.

New Bern Sun Journal

Garrard setting a high standard
Florida Times Union

Garrard, Taylor share spotlight


December 16, 2007

Rodriguez still won't talk about Michigan rumors
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Rodriguez situation has no upside for WVU
-Rodriguez-Michigan still unresolved
-Appy State got help from other Mountaineers
Moore visited Rodriguez to learn Spread offense

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Cutcliffe hoping to rock the Devils' house
-'Passion' wins games, and Cutcliffe brings it
-Devils' players excited about new coach
-Brind'Amour nets shootout winner in Hurricanes' win over Flyers

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Cutcliffe cuts to chase
-Cutcliffe will put 'foot' into football
-Born leader ready to mold Duke
-Late TD lifts Valdosta State
-Pack returns to form
 After losses to Michigan State and East Carolina, after going almost three weeks without a victory, the Wolfpack needed to beat somebody, anybody

-Camels hang on, end skid
 Campbell held on to defeat Liberty 73-70

-Ex-Duke star is carjacked
-Team concept breeds Deacs' soccer success

Prosser's son will face team of his late father
Greensboro News-Record

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Bowden might sit four starters
  Academic issues, Vincent's DUI may affect Tigers' depth

-Emotional finish to Shrine Bowl

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Bowden may sit Vincent after DUI arrest
-Spurrier hopes to stay NFL's biggest loser

Foster rejects Spurrier, remains with Hokies
Roanoke Times

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Perfect Finish- Elder's late score a perfect capper to championship
-ASU Football Notebook- Bus breakdown doesn't dampen spirits
  Appalachian State celebrates its third straight football championship, but the bus breaks down on the way home to Boone.

-Cutcliffe accepts daunting rebuilding project
-STILL MOTIVATED- Panthers, Seahawks insist they won't just be going through the motions today
-INTRIGUE- Hurney, Fox wait to learn their fate
-Deacons say they'll be wary of Griffin

Clemson seeks elusive 10th victory
Anderson Independent

Barnhart, Brooks happy to stay put

Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader

Mid-major Monarchs eager to schedule top-drawer foes
The Virginian Pilot

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers owner weighing options
  Richardson seems to have plenty to mull before 2008 NFL season

-Charlotte, pro sports a lousy mix
-Struggles continue in back-to-back games
  If Bobcats play 2 straight nights, 2nd night has been disastrous

To watch the program grow
  Before each UNC-Wilmington men's basketball home game, athletic director Kelly Mehrtens spends time talking with boosters in the Golden Hawk Room of Trask Coliseum.

Wilmington Star-News

December 15, 2007

 Mountaineers climb third title peak

Watauga Democrat

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Appalachian State wins its third consecutive national title
-BEST FOR LAST- Richardson rolled
-HISTORY- Delaware pushed, but Appalachian pushed back
-Soccer/College Cup: Deacs one win away

Come on, get Appy
Greensboro News-Record (AP)

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Tennessee's Cutcliffe accepts Duke coaching post
 David Cutcliffe will be introduced as Duke's new head football coach at a 5 p.m. news conference Saturday, a source close to the situation confirmed Friday.

-Cutcliffe at the end of long journey for Duke coaching search

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke finds its man in Cutcliffe
 Tennessee's offensive coordinator will be the next Blue Devils' coach, four sources confirm.

-Pack coach not ready to panic
-Carolina comes up short

U.Va. wants more support at bowl
 The Virginia AD says bowl ticket sales are satisfactory.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bobcats acquire Pistons center
-Howard dominates Bobcats
 Pregame trade leaves team shorthanded

-Starting QB Moore has pros, cons

Heisman Trophy winner left big mark on Clay teams
Tim Tebow) "reminded me of [Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback] David Garrard when he was with East Carolina."
Florida Times-Union

Report- Rodriguez talking with Michigan
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Hyman pushes forward
  Standing in the same courtyard where he was introduced as South Carolina’s athletics director in the spring of 2005, Eric Hyman looked on Friday as the man who hired him announced he is stepping down.

-Accusations taint Roberts
  Former Gamecock star's name will forever be associated with four paragraphs of secondary information in Mitchell's steroids report

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC speeds up search for defensive coordinator
-Odom seeks hot start after break
-Coaches get jump on Shrine Bowl

N.C. teams looks to extend Shrine Bowl streak
ayetteville Observer

Namath center stage again
Mobile Press Register

December 14, 2007

DUI charge will not clip Clemson starting linebacker
Anderson Independent

Tigers' Vincent arrested
  Clemson linebacker Cortney Vincent is expected to start in the Chick-fil-A Bowl even though he was arrested on a drunken driving charge last weekend.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

From the Charlotte Observer
-Mountaineers build to this moment on national stage

-Spotlight to shine bright on Bobcats
  MAGIC (16-7) VS. BOBCATS (8-12) TODAY: 8 P.M., TV: ESPN

Football fits nicely at Appalachian
Greensboro News-Record

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Expecting some fireworks
  Appalachian, Delaware feature high-powered offenses

-Mountaineers' defensive players eager to prove their critics wrong
-Spreading the News- The spread offense has taken college football by storm
-Prosser's son to pay visit this weekend
-Testaverde's status is uncertain

Bowden contract awaiting final 'nuances'
  Minor details remain to be worked out on football coach Tommy Bowden's contract, and it could be late January before it is final, Clemson officials said Thursday.

Greenville (SC) News

College bowl season could be worse
Columbia (SC) The State

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Cutcliffe, Dorrell atop Devils' list
  David Cutcliffe and Karl Dorrell have emerged as the top two candidates, in that order, as Duke’s search for its next football coach begins to show signs of winding down.

-13 players with area links named in Mitchell Report

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Ex-Duke, UNC-CH stars under cloud
  Two major league baseball players with ties to the Triangle were named in former Sen. George Mitchell's steroids report released Thursday.

-Duke looks at Cutcliffe
-Coaching carousel is turning
  Terry Bowden, a college football analyst and former Auburn coach, calls it "a new sport."

-Head-butt gets Walker one-game suspension
-Vick penned appeal to judge

Redskins' Doughty dealing well with difficult time
The Virginian Pilot

December 13, 2007

Clemson trustees may finalize Bowden contract
Anderson Independent

Help wanted- Duke posts online for coach
Greensboro News-Record

Vols' Cutcliffe latest to interview for Duke job
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Dorrell remains in mix at Duke
  Putting a staff together could be a challenge.

-Fowler says Pack will work it out
-Mountaineers' catalyst
  Quarterback Edwards makes Appalachian State's prolific offense tough to stop.

-Canes defenseless
-Jones stripped of medals

FULL CIRCLE- Jackson, ASU in familiar spot
Winston Salem Journal

Big wallet needed to lure a new assistant
Columbia (SC) The State

Gamecocks to put hold on defensive hire
Greenville (SC) News

MEN'S HOOPS- Virginia trainer reassigned following Syracuse loss
  Boyer, who declined comment, is in his fifth year at Virginia after a stint as an assistant athletic trainer at East Carolina.

Charlottesville Daily Progress

Charlotte to host ACC football title game

Petrino's jump breaks sports commandment
New Orleans Times Picayune

December 12, 2007

From Columbia (SC) The State
-Rebels pluck Nix to run ‘d’
  USC’s defensive coordinator joins Houston Nutt’s new staff and returns to the state where he made his name

-South Carolina assistant hired as Rebel defensive coordinator (AP)

Nix leaves USC to become assistant at Ole Miss
Spartanburg Herald Journal

Johnson decides to stay at Vanderbilt
Durham Herald-Sun

Vanderbilt Coach Withdraws From Duke Search
WTVF - Nashville TN (AP)

Pack Anxiety: Loss to East Carolina raises questions about whether N.C. State can right its ship
Winston Salem Journal

The State of the State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-NCSU athletes face charges
  An N.C. State football player and wrestler were charged Monday with breaking into cars in Cary, police said.

-ACC may choose sites
  Charlotte, Tampa may both get championship games.

-Student loan 'scheme' ends
-MEAC gives Eagles a chance to preen
-Moore wary of Hens
  Delaware in way of third ASU title.

-Canes move pieces

Hope is gone
  With three games to play, the only drama that remains for the Carolina Panthers is whether John Fox will return as coach in 2008.

Charlotte Observer

WVU among most-exposed teams on national TV
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UA introduces Petrino as new coach of Razorbacks
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Skins, Vikings get prime-time slot on Dec. 23
  Game set to be played same time as Hawaii Bowl

The Virginian Pilot

Shrine Bowl: Border battle is an eye-catching spectacle
Fayetteville Observer

December 11, 2007

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-An 'inhumane activity'
  Michael Vick failed to take full responsibility for fighting and killing dogs, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said during Vick's sentencing Monday.

- 'Mature' Vick wants no pity, has long wait

Judge sentences Michael Vick to 23 months in prison
The Virginian Pilot

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Sources- Karl Dorrell, Bobby Johnson interview at Duke
-Neuheisel says he is interested

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-What's going on with the Wolfpack?
-Wolfpack isn't pushing panic button
-Dorrell talks to Duke
-Bowden successor named

Recruiting trail has gotten bumpy for Wolfpack
Fayetteville Observer

The places you won’t go when bowls are involved
Greensboro News-Record

Wyche has interest in Western Carolina job
  A former NFL Coach of the Year is interested in Western Carolina University’s football program, but school officials apparently don’t think that’s such a good idea.

Greenville (SC) News

Tigers have shot despite tough ACC
Anderson Independent

Lone Gamecock among Tarheels
  Reginald Bowens knows where his loyalties lie.

Spartanburg Herald Journal

Still Fighting Cancer, Yow Is Back on the Court
New York Times (AP)

Fox- 'We kind of are what we are'
  Coach says he doesn't see any reason to alter team's approach, lineup

Charlotte Observer

Police charge teen in stabbing
  Midlands Tech student claims self-defense in Five Points incident with Lindsey

Columbia (SC) The State

December 10, 2007

Dueling Traditions- Appalachian State to meet Delaware in clash of FCS powerhouse programs
Winston Salem Journal

Best News for State Is That This Is Not March

Tigers quietly making waves in early-season run
   The win [versus East Carolina] looked even better Saturday night when ECU stunned alleged ACC contender N.C. State there for its first-ever win over an ACC foe.

Anderson Independent

Vandy's Johnson expected to be in Durham today
Durham Herald-Sun

Lindsey OK after stabbing, out of hospital
Columbia (SC) The State

Pink slips are inevitable after unsightly loss
Charlotte Observer

Canes in it until the end
  South Carolina defensive end Jordin Lindsey was released from the hospital Sunday morning, a day after the senior was stabbed in the neck with a broken beer bottle during a fight in Five Points.

Raleigh News & Observer

Johnson's move to Georgia Tech bodes well for ACC's future
   As a football conference, the expanded ACC hasn't lived up to its self-billing.

The Virginian Pilot

Calling long distance
   All those 3-pointers that clanged off the rim didn't faze UNC-Wilmington guard Daniel Fountain.

Wilmington Star-News


December 16, 2007

Blazers' rally stuns favored Wildcats
  UAB basketball coach Mike Davis was asked for a one-word description of what his star player, Robert Vaden, did in the final 20 minutes of Saturday's nationally televised game against Kentucky.

Birmingham News

-Blazers Shock Powerhouse Kentucky On The Road, 79-76
-Tigers Cruise to 65-41 Win to Improve to 8-0
-Golden Eagles Handles Alabama State, 82-68
-Tulsa Routs Texas-Pan American, 90-61
-Five Double-Digit Scorers Lift Herd Men to 87-51 Win Over Rio Grande
-C-USA Football All-Americans
  Conference USA has had several football players earn All-American honors from various associations and websites recently.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd schedule proves daunting debate
  Challenge bordering on the unfair or opportunity? Depends on perception obviously, but this is the debate that has become Marshall University football scheduling. It's admittedly been a struggle for Marshall administrators to entice prominent Division I-A opponents to Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

-Seventh annual event salutes troops

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Fedora will search far and wide for talent
-USM rides creaky Craft to solid win

From the Hattiesburg American
-Don't look for Fedora to back up
-Eagles show progress

Anderson emerges from season-long slump as Tigers pummel Blue Raiders
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Hurricane cruises past the Broncs
Tulsa World

TCU, Houston renew rivalry in Texas Bowl
Deseret News

December 15, 2007

Men's Basketball Notebook
  As final exams conclude at many Conference USA schools, six teams are back in action this weekend. Two games on Saturday will be nationally-televised, beginning with UAB playing Kentucky on ESPN.

Kevin Sumlin Named 11th Football Head Coach on Friday
  University of Houston athletic director Dave Maggard said today he will introduce Kevin Sumlin Friday as the new head football coach.

From the Houston Chronicle
-Sumlin brings right ingredients
  Smiles were big as Kevin Sumlin came on campus for the first time as UH's coach.

-Sumlin seems bullish on UH after taking over

From the Birmingham News Bowl between Southern Mississippi and Cincinnati has sold 42,160 tickets
  The Bowl sold 42,305 tickets and had an actual attendance of 28,527 for its inaugural game. At this time last year, the bowl had sold about 40,000 tickets.

UAB basketball point guard aims to excel in ESPN spotlight

Fedora plans wide-open offense at Southern Miss
Vicksburg Post

USM Basketball- Eustachy's take- 'We're not right'
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Hattiesburg American
-USM men, women play at home
-McRath on track in the classroom

Miners have second-best RPI in C-USA
El Paso Times

Herd rolls past Redmen
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Nashville site just fine with Calipari
-U of M finds battering ram

2007-2008 CFN Staff Bowl Picks with Confidence
College Football News

December 14, 2007

OU assistant Sumlin to replace Briles at UH
  University of Houston athletic director Dave Maggard said today he will introduce Kevin Sumlin Friday as the new head football coach.

Houston Chronicle

From the Hattiesburg Independent
-Fedora fever
-New coach credits family for success
-Fedora is off to good start here
-Fedora blew USM officials away

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-WR Johnson well enough for final fling in USM's bowl
-Eagles conduct soggy practice

-Cougars to Introduce New Head Football Coach at 12-30 p.m., Friday
-Tigers Take the Field for Bowl Preparation

Herd gets back to action after finals
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Rested Herd welcomes Rio Grande tonight
Charleston (WV)

Herd big man waiting to shine
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Smith mingles with stars and coaches, such as Mannings, Paternos, Staubach
Tulsa World

December 13, 2007

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-'USM football- The No. 1 guy'
  USM targeted Oklahoma State coordinator from beginning of 2-week coaching search

-Eagles land 'a coaching natural'
-Two weeks, many flights, long nights end in Plan A
-Giannini's gamble- Fans will up ante
  Money still must materialize to pay Fedora's salary, plus increase pool for assistants

-Eagles view new coach as regular guy
-Fedora has worn a lot of (ugh!) hats
-Changing of guard leaves fans conflicted

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-USM in good hands, again
  If Larry Fedora's first day on the job is any indication, Southern Miss might have pulled the rabbit out of the hat with a man who is intense, passionate and, most of all, a winner.


Fedora excites fans as he takes the head coaching job at Southern Miss

From the Hattiesburg American
-It's official- Fedora named USM football coach
-Giannini stayed very busy during search
-Fedora- 'We'll hit the ground running'
-Fedora pays tribute to Bower
-Fedora's base salary will be $650,000
-Eagles practice for bowl

-Southern Miss Hires Larry Fedora as 18th Head Football Coach
-New Head Football Coach Larry Fedora's Press Conference Quotes
-Three Rice Players Named First Team Preseason All-Americans
-Kevin Smith Collects Three More First-Team All-America Selections

Around Conference USA - Football
USA Today

Mustangs slow out of gate in coaching search
  SMU fans want to know why they still don't have a football coach

Dallas Morning News

OU's Sumlin back in coaching picture for UH
Houston Chronicle

Herd recruiting effort hitting junior colleges hard
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Herd can learn from Fitzgerald's example
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Calipari revs up practices
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tulane gets another wave of commitments
New Orleans Times Picayune

December 12, 2007

-Bowl Prep Continues For Cougars
-Southern Miss Begins Practice for the Week; Finishes Final Exams

Southern Miss hires Fedora, source says
During his negotiations with Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini, Fedora reportedly requested a total sum of $1.2 million per year for Golden Eagle assistants.
Tulsa World

Reports say Fedora new USM coach
Mobile Press Register

Oklahoma St. offensive coordinator has deal with Southern Miss

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM expected to name Fedora; Jones hired at Alcorn
-USM looks ready to hire Fedora

From the Hattiesburg American
-About 4,000 tickets sold for bowl
-Search miles piling up

UH narrows coach picks to Pardee, Haywood
ouston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M plans to work on rush attack
-Tiger fans buy 2,000 bowl tickets

Golden Knights take down Cajuns 65-52
Lafayette (LA) Daily Advertiser

Scrappy Knights survive scare
Orlando Sentinel

Miner now fourth in nation in scoring
El Paso Times

Herd stuffing its recruiting stocking
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

December 11, 2007

-Men's Basketball Notebook
  A number of personal-best performances highlighted another exciting weekend of Conference USA basketball. Most notably were C-USA Player of the Week Sam Hinnant's career-high 30 points in the Pirates' win against North Carolina State

-Men's Basketball Player of the Week
  Hinnant Leads Pirates Against No. 17 Clemson and Win Over North Carolina State

-Women's Basketball Co-Players of the Week
  C-USA picks up its first Top 25 win Sunday.

2007 CFN All-Conference USA Team, Top 30 Players, Top Position Players & Players of the Year.
College Football News

Uncertainty at SMU causes anxiety for recruits
Dallas Morning News

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Giannini says search for coach nearing end
  Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini said Monday evening that he expected to be able to announce the Golden Eagles' new football coach "sooner than later.

-Bower vows team will be prepared
  The Southern Miss football program is in a state of flux right now, trying to find its next football coach while preparing to play a bowl game.

USM contacts Oklahoma coordinator
Hattiesburg American

USM- Two weeks and still counting
Biloxi Sun Herald

UH boss meets with coaching candidate Malzahn
  University of Houston athletic director Dave Maggard, still in the process of replacing Art Briles, interviewed Tulsa assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn for a second session.

ouston Chronicle

Smith consensus All-American
Orlando Sentinel

N.O. bowl teams eager to play
New Orleans Times Picayune

Bowling Green gets 'warm' GMAC greeting
Mobile Press Register

December 10, 2007

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  East Carolina knocked off intrastate rival North Carolina State, 75-69, while Houston extended its win streak to a conference-best eight straight games on Saturday.

-Women's Basketball Round-Up
  Three Lady Pirates scored in double figures to lead the East Carolina women's basketball team to an 89-82 victory over #24 North Carolina State Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum.

-UCF's Smith Adds First Team FWAA And Honors

Fedora can afford to be picky
  If Southern Miss agrees to his terms, Fedora can assemble one of the top staffs in Conference USA.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Fast start lifts Eagles
-Lady Eagles shock Tech

SMU secures fourth straight basketball win
Dallas Morning News