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East Carolina


Conference USA

December 30, 2007
Birthday - Bo Diddley (musician)
Birthday - Davy Jones (singer)
Birthday - Tiger Woods (golf)

-BVL: Conference USA Bowl Scoreboard & Schedule
-BVL: Upset: Flames burn Pirates

-Husarova's Three-Pointer Lifts ECU To 61-60 Win Over Georgetown
  Gabriela Husarova's three-pointer with 51 seconds to play proved to be the game winner as East Carolina held on to defeat Big East foe Georgetown 61-60 Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the 2007 Hokie Hardwood Classic

-Men's Basketball Upset By NAIA Member Lee
  Ricky Harper's lay-up beat the final buzzer and lifted NAIA member Lee University to a 77-75 upset victory over East Carolina inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Saturday.

Flames too hot for Pirates
  A team some East Carolina players had never heard of before made plenty of noise on the Minges Coliseum hardwood.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Hartman likes happy ending
  Spending nearly a week in Hawaii and kicking the game-winning field goal on the final play of the game is about as good as it gets.

Lexington Dispatch

Governor's Dinner returns / Odom's legacy
  Watching East Carolina beat Boise State 41-38 in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu last weekend was like old-home week.

Orlando Sentinel

December 29, 2007
Saint Thomas of Canterbury Feast Day
Tick Tock Day
Anniversary - YMCA
Birthday - President Andrew Johnson (17th President)

Bowl victory aids ECU's resurgence
  One week removed, ECU's victory against nationally ranked Boise State in the Hawai'i Bowl still resonates among Pirate Nation.

Hampton Roads Daily Press

ECU awaits 2nd dose of Flames
  Another wave of Flames is set to invade Minges Coliseum and East Carolina is hoping for better results this time around.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Lady Pirates Set To Participate in Hokie Hardwood Classic
  The East Carolina women's basketball squad hits the road for the final two contests of 2007 as they participate in the Hokie Hardwood Classic hosted by Virginia Tech. The Lady Pirates face Georgetown Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and will play either Furman or Virginia Tech on Sunday.

December 28, 2007
Childermas/Holy Innocents Day
No Interruptions Day
Pledge of Allegiance Day
Birthday - President Woodrow Wilson (28th President)

Homepage Headlines

Men's Basketball Returns To The Court Against Lee Saturday Night

Stephen Heis helps snap ECU bowl drought
Community Press (KY)

December 27, 2007
Saint John Feast Day
National Fruitcake Day

Fantastic finisher
  Johnson's final game as a Pirate was one for the ages

Greenville Daily Reflector

Dunn Native Recalls Winning Play
Dunn Daily Record

Former South Carolina assistant Skip Holtz gets first bowl win

Hawaii Bowl Recap
CBS Sportsline

2007- Year of achieving greatness
New Bern Sun Journal

Plenty to cheer in 2007
Petersburg (VA) Progress Index

Jimmy Hinton is into his third life
Arkansas Democrat Gazette

News & Views
  I have to admire what Skip Holtz has been able to do at East Carolina

Blue and Gold Illustrated

December 26, 2007
Kwanzaa Begins (12/25-01/01/08)
National Whiner's Day
Saint Stephan's Day
Second Day of Christmas
Birthday - Mao Tse-Tung (revolutionist)

Homepage Headlines

Pirates came up clutch
  Hawaii Bowl remodeled into colossal performance bowl

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Catching up with top preseason propects
Fayetteville Observer

Santa didnít leave us anything new to talk aboutÖ
850 The Buzz

Five questions with David Garrard
Florida Times-Union

December 25, 2007
Christmas Day

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-All joking aside
  Skip Holtz and East Carolina placekicker Ben Hartman had a familiar exchange in the dying seconds of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Sunday night inside Aloha Stadium.

-Pirate Nation jubilation

  Fans greet returning Pirates in Kinston, in Greenville and in between

From (with video)
-Welcome Home Pirates!
  The Pirates landed just before noon at the Kinston Regional Jetport, where fans gathered to welcome the team home.

-ECU Beats Boise State

Pirates Return From Paradise

Eskridge, ECU up to the task against Broncos
Shelby Star

After a scare, ECU gets the last laugh
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

ECU, Johnson savor Hawaii Bowl victory
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Who really gave ECU a chance?
Bleacher Report

Bronco Believers Proud of BSU, But Disappointed

Recruiting: South Carolina, Clemson in good shape
Couple of Shrine Bowl players looking at ECU
Charleston Post Courier

ECU lacks consistency
  The East Carolina basketball team lacks consistency. The Pirates donít have a player who can consistently put up big numbers.

New Bern Sun Journal

December 24, 2007
Christmas Eve

ECU-BSU Game Center
Broncos now educated about ECU
ECU-BSU Box Score
-BVL: Conference USA Bowl Schedule & Scoreboard
WNCT: Game Day Countdown Show
BVL Audio
: Bowl Week Press Conferences

Pirates Upset Boise State in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Win

Hartman kick gives ECU Hawaii Bowl victory
  An East Carolina team bent on doing something big at Sunday's Hawaii Bowl did the unthinkable.

Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
-Pirates of the Aloha State
  East Carolina gets a program-defining win in the Hawaii Bowl

-Pirates have Johnsonís back after fumble
-No fiesta this time for Boise State

From the Honolulu Advertiser
-Pirates win on final play
  Not many football fans around the country gave East Carolina much of a chance to beat Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl yesterday.

-Johnson gave Pirates big lift
-WAC loses respect in postseason

From the Idaho Statesman
-Johnson runs over BSU - and into the NFL
  You get the feeling that Mel Kiper Jr. will be talking about East Carolina's Superman - er, tailback/kickoff returner Chris Johnson - on Monday.

-Hope, then heartbreak for sluggish Broncos
-BSU isn't good enough to play just half a game
-BSU player diary- 'We just came out flat'
Big kickoff returns help keep Broncos close

From the Idaho Press Tribune
ECU's Johnson has record-setting day
  Boise State knew East Carolina senior running back Chris Johnson was good.

-Broncos capsized by Pirates
Emotions run high in BSU loss

Treasure Island
  ECU edges No. 24 Boise St. for first postseason win since 2000

East Carolina triumphs over Boise State at Hawaii Bowl
USA Today (AP)

East Carolina shocks Boise State in Hawaii
College Football News

Hartman's FG as time expired lifts Pirates over Broncos
The Sports Network

Hawaiian Punch
  ECU tops Boise St. in Hawaii Bowl with last-second field goal

Fayetteville Observer (AP)


December 30, 2007

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Beamer shines through unique season
-U.Va.'s Groh- Single-minded focus

Wake Forest caps season with flurry
  Deacons come alive to complete 2nd-half charge against Huskies

Charlotte Observer

Closing a season in style
Winston Salem Journal

Oklahoma outlasts WVU
  Sooners heat up late for 88-82 win in double overtime

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Hickson powers Wolfpack rally
  N.C. State rallies past Western Carolina 74-62

Raleigh News & Observer

Spartans prove too much for Seahawks
Wilmington Star-News

Chick-fil-A Bowl matches mirror images in Clemson, Auburn
Anderson Independent

December 29, 2007

2 games to vie for Charlotte spotlight
  Organizers say ACC title game, Meineke Bowl can both thrive

Charlotte Observer

Deacons plan to add to football legacy today
Winston Salem Journal

Clemson's $2 bill tradition still going strong
  For 30 years fans have spent $2 bills in city where bowl is played.

Anderson Independent

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers bid to bounce back from first loss
-Downey delivers down stretch as Gamecocks overcome double-digit deficit again

HU's Taylor offered Western Carolina job
Hampton Roads Daily Press

With suit, Rodriguez can't ignore buyout
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Sooners to provide test for WVU
  OK, so itís not the West Virginia-Oklahoma holiday matchup that has the attention of most of the college sports nation.

Beckley Register-Herald

Bowl Season- What You Really Want To Know
Bleacher Report

December 28, 2007

WVU files suit against Rodriguez
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Beckley (WV) Register-Herald
-WVU sues Rodriguez over buyout
-Locksley denies interviewing at WVU
  Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley emphatically denied a report that he interviewed for West Virginiaís head coaching job.

-Jenkins withdraws commitment to WVU

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Interim WVU coach worried about now
-WVU fan auctioning off a valuable resource - his own beard
-WVU players responded well to setbacks

Bowl viewer's guide as games kick into high gear
USA Today

From the Greenville (SC) News
-USC reports 10 secondary violations
  Three of the 10 secondary violations of NCAA or SEC rules the University of South Carolina reported from July to December were Level I, which are the more serious under NCAA guidelines.

-Odom calls for USC to focus on defense

Meineke Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Connecticut
Athlon Sports

Deacons, Huskies eerily similar
Winston Salem Journal

Deacs vs. Deacs- Give the edge to this year's team
Greensboro News-Record

From the Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press
-Cavaliers' defense expects a workout
-Virginia's Simpson cleared to play; Cook's status unclear

Virginia Tech's Ore will miss 1st quarter of Orange Bowl
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Duke fans to get preview of Cutcliffe's offense
Durham Herald-Sun

Top recruit might concentrate on football in college
  Pryor was named USA Today's top football player

Charlotte Observer

Tide, Buffaloes mirror each other
Mobile Register

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack is a beast against the Big East
-Heels lose Frasor

Bowdenís deal has unwritten rules, too
Columbia (SC) The State

December 27, 2007

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Gift packages overwhelming for some players
-How and why Rich Rodriguez left WVU

Fisher was as good as delivered
Beckley Register-Herald

If itís down to two, call the Doc
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Hokies rebounded from early losses to rank third in BCS poll
The Free Lance-Star (VA)

Wake football proves its point
Fayetteville Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-Successes on field aid Wake's recruiting
-Vincent would welcome Jordan
  Bobcats coach sees improvement in team when boss is around

-Julius Peppers on injured reserve list
-All fans will have access to Pats game

Panthers could be facing the end of an era
Winston Salem Journal

Just take a look at the Redskins now
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack leans toward Gonzalez, Johnson at point
-Rough night in New York for the Canes
-Cullen leaves game with broken nose, possible concussion
-For better or worse, BCS is here to stay
-Purdue pulls out Motor City thriller

Temple's Golden no longer talking to UCLA
CBS Sportsline

Bowl game a showcase for recruits
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Neither rain nor cold ...
  All things considered, it was an Independence Bowl kind of day.

Mobile Register

Five teams ripe for bowl letdowns
Sporting News

December 26, 2007

Stewart realizes what he's inherited
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Historic games may prove worth a second look
  For those longing for a second look at any number of classic confrontations -- or for those who missed it the first time around -- NCAA On Demand may just have what you're looking for.

--ECU games available for purchase from
-College Stadium Safety Concerns Experts

Branden Albert has big decision- Stay at U.Va. or turn pro
The Virginian Pilot

From the Charlotte Observer
-The man behind the curtain at Wake
  A wizard at hiring, Wellman leads athletic uprising

-Meineke Car Care Bowl- More news, info
-Miles, other coaches rewarded for BCS trips
  Most bonuses significant for successful seasons

From the Winston Salem Journal
-The Homestretch- Wake Forest's Moore will end his college career at Meineke Bowl in his hometown of Charlotte
-One for the Ages- Chaminade's 1982 win over Virginia still hard to believe
-A Great Career- Mourning's perseverance will be his enduring legacy

Tigers have fond memories of Christmas gifts past
Greenville (SC)

2007 is a sports year that will live in infamy
USA Today

December 25, 2007

Baseball | Darnell, Smoak rate national attention
  Louisville Slugger names pair second-team Preseason All-Americans

Columbia (SC) The State

NC State Improving In-State Recruiting

It's win-and-you're-in for Redskins this week
The Virginian Pilot

NC State's Degand out for the year with torn ACL
Durham Herald-Sun

When will Stewart become a candidate?
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Slaton faces big decision after bowl
Beckley Register-Herald

Happy holidays, indeed
  About 50 UNC-Wilmington fans gave coach Benny Moss a zealous round of applause when he emerged from the Minges Coliseum press room Saturday night, a half-hour after guiding the Seahawks to a 71-67 victory over East Carolina.

Wilmington Star-News

December 24, 2007

Fisher pulls out of WVU search
  Will focus now shift to Terry Bowden?

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Redskins inching ever closer to the playoffs
The Virginian Pilot

From the Columbia (SC) The State
-Holidays bring a breather in recruiting world
-Curtis, Warren lead Mississippi past No. 15 Clemson, 85-82

Stunning Reversal- WFU wins 77-75 after a late surge
Winston Salem Journal

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wake Forest gets early Christmas present
-Cincinnati cries foul in loss at N.C. State

Wolfpack prevails in bruising matchup
Raleigh News & Observer

Do Panthers already have the right coach?
Charlotte Observer


December 30, 2007

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Bulldogs keep UCF's Smith from breaking NCAA rushing mark
-Bulldogs do it with defense
-Freshman's gutsy call helps lead to game-deciding score
-Defensive effort gets Tigers a victory over banged-up Arizona

Mississippi State Slips Past UCF In Low-Scoring Liberty Bowl

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Loss leaves UCF Knights with blues
-Missed field goals, turnovers prove costly for UCF Knights in Liberty Bowl
-First half ugly for both UCF, Mississippi State
-UCF's Smith comes up short in record-setting bid
-College finale disappointing to QB Israel

Thurmond says Cougars responded well at bowl
Houston Chronicle

Fedora coaching staff taking shape
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

UAB men's basketball defeats Old Dominion
Birmingham News

Herd takes step back in loss to Lipscomb
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Bisons trample Herd, 72-62
  Bad defense, poor offense and lack of intensity can only add up to one thing.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Lipscomb hands Herd first home loss
Beckley Register Herald

Laugher gets too close for comfort for SMU men
Dallas Morning News

Tulane doesn't press panic button vs. ULM
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
-Game-time gainer
-TU struggles, but gets win

Miners win again, top Texas Southern
El Paso Times

December 29, 2007

-Houston Falls to TCU in Texas Bowl
  TCU's defense pressured Houston all night long, limiting the high-powered Cougars offense to just one touchdown to win the 2007 Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Friday, 20-13.

-Southern Miss Falls To No.22 Mississippi, 75-58
-Gomez, Hot Shooting Second Half Propels Tulane Past Alabama State, 69-60
-UAB Men's Basketball Team Takes On Old Dominion Saturday Night

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Don't expect big score as Bulldogs' defense tries to stop Knights' ground game
-Knights fans in total harmony
-Calipari, his Tigers defending reputation

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Knights try to cap year with bowl win
-2007 has been season of surprise prosperity for UCF Knights
-Knights fall short of big upset

From the Houston Chronicle
-MVP Dalton, TCU deny UH 20-13 in Texas Bowl
-UH caught as Briles cuts, runs
  Art Briles took and took, until it couldn't help but hurt the Houston Cougars.

-Cougars' Alridge hits stone wall in Texas Bowl
-TCU thwarts blitzing UH on way to win in Texas Bowl
-TEXAS BOWL NOTES- Thurmond says assignment 'fun'

Fearless Predictions- Liberty Bowl
Fox Sports

UCF seeks national respect
Florida Today

Knights have shot at raising reputation
SW Florida News-Press

From the Hattiesburg American
-This game good for Mississippi
  Ole Miss and Southern Miss should do this more often.

-Rebels pull away at end

Mayfield has high hopes for his home debut
Birmingham News

Marshall looking for its seventh home win today
Beckley Register-Herald

Herd's Cespedes likes to play defense
  Marshall hosts Lipscomb on Saturday

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Herd hopes to avoid trap in Lipscomb
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Men's, women's basketball in action
Dallas Morning News

Tulane gets message, responds in 2nd half
  It was a game that Tulane Coach Dave Dickerson and his players needed, but Alabama State didn't fall without a fight.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners face struggling Texas Southern today
El Paso Times

December 28, 2007

-Cougars Ready to Go at 2007 Texas Bowl
Game broadcast tonight on NFL Network, Westwood One Radio
-UCF Football Team Enjoying Time In Memphis As Preparations Continue For Mississippi State
  The team got its final full-scale practice in on Thursday

-Southern Miss Faces No. 22 Ole Miss in Neutral Site Battle
-Tulane Basketball Returns Home to Close out 2007 against Alabama State at 7 p.m. this Friday
-Miners Close Out Calendar Year With Texas Southern Rematch
-Memphis Basketball Notes

2007 Texas Bowl Preview - TCU vs. Houston
College Football News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars' offense expects same results with Briles gone
-UH's Avery leaving as true winner

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-No time for Tigers to relax
-Bullies wear UCF bull's-eye
  "We played some good defenses," Smith said. "I can compare Mississippi State's defense to Southern Miss' defense. Not statistically, but just the way they play and the way they crowd around the ball. I think East Carolina had a tough defense. They had a stout defense with some big guys in the front seven.

Memphis seeks its own brand of perfection
USA Today

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Practice closed for 2nd day in a row
-UCF vs. UConn

From Athlon Sports
-Liberty Bowl Preview
  Two workhorse running backs will be featured in this one as UCF brings the NCAA's leading rusher, Kevin Smith, to the table while Mississippi State counters with Anthony Dixon.

Texas Bowl: TCU vs. Houston Bowl sees TV ratings boost by 35 percent
Birmingham News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles, Rebs tangle today
-Southern Miss grad interested in position

From the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
-Top scorer Wise aims for 'vocal leader' role at USM
-Fedora lining up coaching staff

Herd gets verbal commitment from Florida prep star
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Major schedule gives Wave lift
  This season has been different for Tulane Coach Dave Dickerson when it comes to major competition.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners work out with 'Air Attack' Brigade
  Tony Barbee has been preaching toughness, trying to bring that toughness to his UTEP basketball team.

El Paso Times

December 27, 2007

June Jones says he's not interested in SMU
  Hawaii football coach June Jones has declared he is not interested in the coaching opening at SMU, according to a report in The Honolulu Advertiser.

Dallas Morning News

New facilities add weight to recruiting
  The progress that UAB administration promised is no longer just a fancy drawing on a piece of paper. And for that UAB Athletics Director Brian Mackin is thankful.

Birmingham News

Future in limbo for Thurmond, staff after Texas Bowl
  Chris Thurmond and his staff are busy getting Houston prepared for Friday's game against TCU, with no guarantee they will have jobs next season as assistants for new head coach Kevin Sumlin

Houston Chronicle

Houston Holds Workout Inside on Wednesday Morning

Herd lands 6-foot-9 recruit
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UCF's O'Leary hoping for 10,000 fans
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Knights get right back to business
-O'Leary won't make noise over cowbells
-AutoZone, ESPN stay with Liberty
-No time for Tigers to relax

December 26, 2007

Tulane's Cowen spearheaded new bowl rules
  Cowen organized the Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform, which managed to reach an agreement for easier access for the five non-Bowl Championship Series conference teams to reach the BCS bowls, plus a bigger share of the financial pie.

New Orleans Times Picayune

O'Leary puts rťsumť fiasco behind him
Palm Beach Post

Runnin' Mild
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-UCF's Smith could surpass Sanders' single-season rushing mark with 181-yard game at Liberty Bowl
-Bulldogs up for Knights' ground game challenge
-Tigers' Dozier shines in spotlight

Houston Enjoys Solid Workout on Christmas Morning

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH's Alridge fulfills star potential with Texas Bowl near
-SMU reportedly interested in Jones

Lofty goals
  Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith has achieved a lot already but his childhood dream is not far behind

Mobile Press Register

TU O-line looks like a winner
Tulsa World

  Southern Miss football coach Larry Fedora brings passion and desire to his new job. Now, the new Golden Eagles coach is ready to take the same intensity to the field since the Jeff Bower Era ended last weekend.

Biloxi Sun Herald

December 25, 2007

SMU looking at Hawaii football coach for vacancy
  SMU is interested in Hawaii coach June Jones as its new football coach, according to a source with knowledge of the school's search.

Dallas Morning News

Cespedes comes through for MU
  Gonzaga transfer reaching expectations

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UTEP senior plays for his late brother
El Paso Times

Last-minute shopping, but first Studs and Duds
  Chris Johnson: The former Olympic High School star accounted for 408 all-purpose yards in East Carolina's Hawaii Bowl upset of Boise State.

Orlando Sentinel

December 24, 2007

-Pirates Stun Boise State in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Win
-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles shocked
  Southern Miss men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy didn't get much time to enjoy the Eagles' Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic dominance.

-USM season simply didn't go as planned
  The Southern Miss football team set out this season with expectations of a Conference USA championship and a trip to the Liberty Bowl.

-'Thanks' and goodbye

Cowboys use power to end Eagles' win streak at 5
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Texas Bowl's TCU, UH pursuing bigger payoffs
Houston Chronicle

Smith's successors
  Getting ready for a bowl game is like having another set of spring drills.

Houston Chronicle

UCF turns around with defense
Orlando Sentinel

Herdís í03 class mixed bag
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Herd running in right direction
Beckley Register Herald

A merry Christmas for Herd
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Calipari opts to stick with starters longer
Memphis Commercial Appeal

UTEP put it all together in win over Wyoming
El Paso Times