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Carolinas/Region

Conference USA

January 6, 2008
Carnival Season
Feast of the Epiphany- Three Kings Day (Christian)

From Bonesville.net
-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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Pirates find a pearl in Mississippi
-BVL: ECU heads to Memphis off wins

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Takes Down North Carolina Central, 79-62
-Lady Pirates Drop Conference Opener To Marshall
-Divers Compete At The Georgia Invitational

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates get win No. 6
  Last season's win total matched

-Herd runs past ECU in opener
-ECU quarterback Kass to appear in court
-Baby Pirate first of Tacoma new year

Pirates handle out-manned N.C. Central
Kinston Free Press

Farmer, Fields help Pirates beat Eagles 79-62
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Eagles' woes continue
  First-year Division I team drops to 1-19 with loss to ECU.

-Garrard, Jags scramble for win
  Ex-ECU QB atones for earlier mistakes with late run.

Garrard gets it done
  Tense moments in win

jaguars.com

A MAD SCRAMBLE TO SECOND ROUND
  Garrard's fourth-down run ignites comeback

Florida Times-Union

David Garrard bounces back after two costly mistakes, leads Jaguars to victory
The Canadian Press

Pirates get the best of Eagles in a televised showdown
  It's a rare college basketball result that allows both teams to celebrate. But East Carolina's 79-62 win over N.C. Central on Saturday night at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum may have been just that.

Durham Herald-Sun

Herd women rip Pirates
H
untington Herald-Dispatch

January 5, 2008
Twelfth Night

Homepage Headlines
Bonesville.net

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Closes Out Non-conference Play Against NC Central
-Lady Pirates Open Conference USA Play At Marshall
-Divers Compete At The Georgia Invitational

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates play final nonconference tilt
  ECU entertains N.C. Central Saturday

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Herd hosts ECU women

Eagles head to ECU
  Finally, a familiar opponent. N.C. Central played only one Division I team during the 2006-07 men's basketball season, the Eagles' last in NCAA Division II. And when the schedule came out for NCCU's first season in Division I, East Carolina was only opponent remaining from last year's regular-season ledger.

Durham Herald-Sun

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-MU women out to prove a point against E. Carolina
-MU women's team hosting ECU

Garrard's Carolina cool guides QB on, off the field
Florida Times-Union

From the Winston-Salem Journal
-Postcards Home
-NFL Update

If you don't have anything nice to say ...
Fox Sports

Big men dominate US Army Combine
  Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora cornerback Dominic Clarke lists Virginia Tech and East Carolina are two of his early favorites

rivals.com

Steroids not just a Major League problem
   consider what former East Carolina coach Randy Mazey (now an assistant coach for TCU) said in 2005...

Tuscaloosa News

Chris Tremie Named Manager of the Kinston Indians
oursportscentral.com

January 4, 2008
Dimpled Chad Day
Trivia Day
Elizabeth Seton Feast Day (Roman Catholic)

From Bonesville.net
-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
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Pirates inspire new resolutions

Talk FM: TOT (Steve Logan)

Lady Pirates Suspend One
   Head Women's Basketball Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener announced Thursday that junior guard Impris Manning has been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Consistent scoring threat still missing from Pirates
-On the road again
   ECU women in midst of a long road trip

-WVU showed interest in ECU's Holtz
   Skip Holtz's name is good enough in the national football coaching spectrum to have remained a favorite in the swarm of job searches into the new year.

How I Got My Butt Kicked By A Bunch Of Pirate-Lovers
KUTV

Two Dreams (One Big, One Tiny) Come True
   Once a week before drifting off to sleep, David Garrard, the Jaguars’ even-keeled quarterback, uncorks his giddiness.

New York Times

January 3, 2008
Congress Assembles Day
Drinking Straw Day
Festival of Sleep Day

Fruitcake Toss Day
Birthday - J.R.R. Tolkien (author)

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Coach's status complicates recruiting

-BVL
: Bucs bomb Coastal Carolina
Talk FM: TOT (Brad Crone, Jennifer Holtz, Joe West)

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Finds Range En Route To Win Over Coastal Carolina
   East Carolina hits 13 3s in an 89-64 victory

-Fans Invited To Honor Hawai'i Bowl Champs
   Annual Football Awards Banquet Set For Saturday, Jan. 12 At The Greenville Convention Center

Men's Basketball Loses at East Carolina, 89-64
   Senior guard Jack Leasure leads Coastal with 16 points, but ECU dominated throughout the majority of the game in getting the victory in Greenville, N.C., Jan. 2.

goccusports.com

Back in win column
   Pirates thump Coastal Carolina

Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates come to life in win over Coastal
   Robert Louis Stephenson is not East Carolina’s basketball coach, but the author of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” would recognize the plot.

Kinston Free Press

Hinnant gets 23 as ECU defeats Coastal Carolina 89-64
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

January 2, 2008

Men's Basketball Entertains Coastal Carolina In First Game Of 2008
   East Carolina takes to the hardwood for the first time in 2008 Wednesday, Jan. 2, as it hosts Coastal Carolina inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum at 7 p.m.

ecupirates.com

Men's Hoops Returns to Action After Break, Travels To East Carolina, Jan. 2
goccusports.com

Pirates looking to get back on winning side
   The East Carolina men's basketball team heads into tonight's game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers looking to stop a two-game losing skid.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Hawaii Beat
   The overnight rating for this year's Hawaii Bowl between Boise State and East Carolina was 1.15, down a little more than 50 percent from last year's game

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Garrard shrugs off playoff hype
Florida Today

Understudy becomes star
   Switch to backup QB Garrard puts Jaguars in playoffs

Chicago Tribune (12.30.07)

Non-Sport: Greet the first Pirate – err, baby – of 2008
   Evelyn Rose McCreight was a mere nine hours old, yet already a crucial element of her life had been mapped out.  She will be a Pirate, of the East Carolina University variety.

Tacoma (WA) News Tribune

January 1, 2008
New Year's Day

Homepage Headlines
Bonesville.net

ECU back makes run at first round
   While running for all those bowl game yards against Boise State, East Carolina football player Chris Johnson also made a fast dash for cash.

R
aleigh News & Observer

Johnson, Davis standouts thus far in bowl season - College Football
ESPN

December 31, 2007
New Year's Eve
First Night Celebrations
Leap Second Adjustment Time
Make Up Your Mind Day
Saint Sylvester's Day
Universal Hour of Peace
World Peace Meditation
Birthday - John Denver (musician)
Birthday - Henri Matisse (painter)

Virginia Tech Defeats ECU 72-46 For Hokie Hardwood Title
ecupirates.com

Hokies catch fire to sink Pirates
Roanoke Times

BLOG: Purple and Gold Pride
  Several parents of Broughton High band members will be blogging about the Raleigh band's trip to the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

WRAL

My Take On The Bowl Games So Far
KUTV

 

January 6, 2008

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Tigers-Tar Heels one of biggest games ever in S.C.
-UNC-Asheville stuns Gamecocks
 
Odom: “This certainly was one of our most disappointing losses”

Clemson vs. UNC-CH cause for excitement
Anderson Independent

Wolfpack struggles vs. one-win team
Fayetteville Observer

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Coastal erosion plaguing ACC
  Five teams lost their final game, two fired their head coach, one figures to crack the final top 25, and none won a bowl. Such is the muddled, some would say sorry, state of the ACC's Coastal Division football programs following the 2007 season.

-Redskins fall apart in fourth quarter
  In less than 21/2 fourth-quarter minutes, the Seattle Seahawks watched a 13-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. Nothing was going right -- they couldn't even catch a simple kickoff.

Cutcliffe may be headed for a good start
  Those who buy into the theory that David Cutcliffe will get off to a fast start as Duke’s new football coach might be right on track.
Seahawks' losses pile up
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Charlotte Observer
-49ers find hope in triangle
-New chapter opens for Dale Jr.

WVU coaching search was a ‘mess’
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Stewart earned head coaching job
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Seahawks' losses pile up
Wilmington Star-News

January 5, 2008

Two-quarterback system not the answer for Tech
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Even in defeat, Virginia Tech honors shooting victims
Staunton News Leader

Stewart has many holes to fill
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Cutcliffe assembles 'committee' of coaches at Duke
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Cutcliffe reveals coaching staff
-Johnson finds home at NCSU
-Shrinking bench concerns UNC's Williams
-Memory spurs on Skins

From the Anderson Independent
-Clemson football to open with Alabama in Georgia Dome
-There's a reason bowl ratings are down

January 4, 2008

Beach bummer
  The Hokies' quest for their first 12-win season ever gets sideswiped by the Jayhawks.

Roanoke Times

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Big finish falls flat
-Virginia Tech shows little sign of life
-Top RB may be on way to Tech
  Tech opens its 12-game 2008 schedule Aug. 30 in Charlotte, N.C., against East Carolina.

Stewart 'luckiest guy in the world'
  Interim tag taken off coach

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Overnight sensation
  Offer came to Stewart at 2 a.m. after upset win

-A bizarre end to WVU’s coaching search
  THE PHONE rang in my Phoenix hotel room around 2:30 a.m. It was Mike Fragale of West Virginia University’s athletic department.

Continuity a key factor in WVU coach decision
  With consultant Chuck Neinas looking into a potential interview with East Carolina coach Skip Holtz -- Pirates officials declined comment when reached by reporters Wednesday before the Fiesta Bowl -- the Mountaineers administrators were gathering at University of Phoenix Stadium for Stewart's audition.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Reynaud may look to next level now
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

Deal to pit Clemson, Alabama in Georgia Dome expected to be finalized Friday
Anderson Independent

Bowden hopes stars will return
Greenville (SC) News

Wake Forest football has few worries
Greensboro News-Record

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Roof joins staff at Louisville
  Former Duke coach Ted Roof will work with linebackers.

-Duke pays emotional visit to hospital
  Blue Devils freshman Thomas overwhelmed by others' battles against illness

-Canes make change in net

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A forgettable football season
  There was some good, but plenty of bad for the 2007 Panthers

-Will Nature Boy be put out to pasture?

Media stifles coaches' personalities
Myrtle Beach Sun News

January 3, 2008

WVU smothers Oklahoma
  No Rich Rodriguez? No permanent replacement named prior to the season’s defining game? Not a problem.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Rich who? One for Stew
-News of Mountaineer demise quite premature
-Fiesta Bowl notebook- Defense set the tone for Mountaineers

Hawaii did belong, but UGA is just better
Anderson Independent

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Woeful ACC needs Virginia Tech win
  Bowl. The word's mere utterance should send shivers throughout ACC HQ.

-Tech, U.Va. lacking Peninsula District presence

ORANGE BOWL NOTES
Richmond Times Dispatch

From the Virginian Pilot
-Virginia Tech's final step
-Future looks bright in Charlottesville
-Norfolk hopes to host 2009 MEAC tourneys
-Second half has been first-rate during Redskins' run

From conferenceusa.com
-ACC takes its lumps
  It's a good thing Jim Grobe hasn't taken a bigger job and that, even without Tom O'Brien, Boston College still knows how to win bowl games, because have you felt that ACC hangover yet?

-Duke hires MacIntyre as defensive coordinator
-MacIntyre to guide Blue Devils' defense
  Mike MacIntyre admits that he doesn't know much about Duke football.

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Can Hokies end ACC'S BCS slide?
-Duke chooses defensive coordinator
-Eagles challenge, but Broncos survive
  NCCU (1-18) next will visit East Carolina at 7 pm Saturday

-Canes experience highs, but end on a low

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Gamecocks hand Odom 400th win
-Odom savors 400th victory

From the Columbia (SC) State
-No celebrations after win No. 400
-Tigers in ’07 were good, but not great

Wake puts away pesky Presbyterian
Greensboro News-Record

Half not enough against Dragons
  UNCW struggles in second half mean first Colonial loss

Wilmington Star News

Johnson bringing unique system to Georgia Tech
Wi
nston Salem Journal

January 2, 2008

From the Anderson Independent
-Georgia pounds Hawaii in Sugar Bowl
-Dawg 'D' bites Warriors
-Alabama no match for Clemson

Non-BCS teams take big-time hit
  Tulsa spent New Year's Eve counting the days until the GMAC Bowl instead of the minutes to a midnight celebration.

Mobile Register

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-U.Va. snatches defeat from Gator jaws of victory
   It was hard to find the words, much less to accept the reality.

-Cavs' Simpson makes run for record
   The Cavaliers play seven games at Scott Stadium next season. UVA opens the 2008 season Aug. 30 at home against Southern California.  The others are against Richmond, East Carolina, Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina and Miami.

From the Virginian Pilot
-For a U.Va. team used to winning the close ones, this one stings
-Va. Tech coordinator has put to bed criticism with offensive awakening

Hall banged up
   Some innocent horseplay on a personal watercraft in the Atlantic Ocean could result in Virginia Tech being without standout senior linebacker Vince Hall in Thursday night's Orange Bowl.

Roanoke Times

Odom arrives at a milestone
   The Gamecocks’ next victory will give the veteran coach 400 in his diverse career

Columbia (SC) State

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Hyman expects USC to reach NCAA tournament
  In a New Year's message to Gamecock fans, University of South Carolina Athletic Director Eric Hyman wrote that he expects the men's basketball program to be in the NCAA tournament every year.

-Tigers settle in for offseason

WVU’s hat hangs on one positive intangible
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Hanging Tough- Gibbs, Redskins refused to quit
Winston Salem Journal

January 1, 2008

From the College Football News
-2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Preview - Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
-2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl Preview - Hawaii vs. Georgia
-2008 Outback Bowl Preview - Wisconsin vs. Tennessee
-2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Preview - Texas Tech vs. Virginia
-2008 Cotton Bowl Preview - Missouri vs. Arkansas
-2008 FedEx Orange Bowl Preview - Virginia Tech vs. Kansas
-2008 International Bowl Preview & Analysis - Rutgers vs. Ball State

WACKIEST OF ALL
  It's only fitting that this zany season ends in the shadow of the French Quarter

New Orleans Times Picayune

WVU 2007 featured good, bad and ugly
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Anderson Independent
-Chick-fil-A Bowl: Clemson falls 23-20 to Auburn in overtime
  Tigers can't hold onto 17-10 and 20-17 leads

-Year ends and begins on sour note for Clemson

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Clemson can't hold off Auburn
-Dome doesn't feel like home
  For the majority of Clemson University's Atlanta-area natives, Monday's night Chick-fil-A Bowl was a mixed blessing.

-Tigers face another SEC test in Alabama
  Another week, another Southeastern Conference opponent for the No. 19 Clemson men's basketball team.

From the Roanoke Times
-Football serious business to Adibi
-Parcells visits Hokies at practice

Manning Takes Over No. 1 Spot in Rankings
  Postseason rankings of the top 40 prospects from this year's senior high school class in North Carolina

scout.com

From the Virginian Pilot
-U.Va. aims for 10 wins, chases history
-Bowls mean business, as U.Va. reminds fans

Simpson says Cavs want respect
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Charlotte Observer
-Wagner will lead Western Carolina
-New kind of line dancing
  Bobcats make 15 of final 17 free throws in win

-Richardson's silence does Fox, Panthers no favors

Leach has knack for preparing for bowl games
  Seven years ago, in Mike Leach's first bowl game as Texas Tech's head coach, his team fell behind 34-0 before halftime. The Red Raiders wound up losing 40-27 to East Carolina, but they needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the score look respectable....Leach was determined never to no-show for a bowl game again.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

MSU staffer joins Arkansas
  Ellis Johnson has also coached at Southern Miss (1988-89), Clemson (1994-96), Gardner Webb College (1983), Appalachian State (1984) and East Carolina (1985-87).

Roanoke Times

McFadden ruled eligible for Arkansas in Cotton Bowl
USA Today

Panthers experience rollercoaster year
Fayetteville Observer

National: Victory feeds Bulldogs' BCS dreams
  Having watched conference rivals Boise State and Hawaii reach the BCS promised land in the last two seasons, Fresno State is now dreaming the impossible dream.

Idaho Statesman

Paradise found for Hawaii football
  Unbeaten, Sugar Bowl-bound Warriors a rags-to-riches story.

Austin American-Statesman

December 31, 2007

From the Anderson Independent
-Bowden, Tuberville show consistency pays off
-Clemson feeling better about bowl experience
-Clemson fans feel at home in Atlanta

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution
-Richt’s the anit-Petrino
  He has always embraced stability, noting that he stayed at Florida State 15 out of 16 years (save one season as a coordinator at East Carolina)

-Hawaii, WAC say Boise State wasn't a fluke

It's time for Bobby Bowden to retire
Raleigh News & Observer

Magee’s presence constant reminder of ‘implosion’
Charleston (WV) Gazette

The Future Looks Bright- Deacons, with 20 wins over the past two seasons, are expected to have 14 starters back for 2008
Winston Salem Journal

Deacons play solid, beat Air Force
Greensboro News Record

Tragic to magic
  The Redskins were all but out of the playoffs four weeks ago, but with a win over Dallas on Sunday, they'll make their second postseason appearance in three years.

Roanoke Times

Youth prevails as Panthers top Bucs
  Moore, Williams lead Carolina to win; Vinny takes final snaps

Charlotte Observer

From the Birmingham News
-John Parker Wilson leads early Tide charge, then Alabama holds off Buffaloes to win Independence Bowl
-Alabama coach Nick Saban has fans, non-fans at LSU

 

January 6, 2008

From the Dallas Morning News
-Report- Jones to resign from Hawaii
  All signs point toward Hawaii coach June Jones becoming SMU's new football coach

-Colorado beats SMU, 63-52

From the Honolulu Advertiser
-Hawaii coach tells friends he's resigning
-June Jones resigns as UH coach
-Possible loss of Jones brings dire forecasts
-Blame game in full swing over Jones

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
-Jones heads for Dallas, likely for good
  All signs point toward Hawaii coach June

-UH football fortunes rose, fell in less than a week

From the Mobile Register
-All indications point to points
  If eight years of GMAC Bowl history have taught us anything, you better score at least 28 points to win.

-Falcons flying high with versatile attack
-GMAC Bowl- By the Numbers
-GMAC Bowl History- Game by Game

Bowl may be a high-scoring shootout
Biloxi Sun Herald

One ride great
  Paul Smith always has proven himself a champion.

Tulsa World

From conferenceusa.com
-Owls Lose to Streaking Sooners, 61-49
-Tulane Women's Basketball Faces Houston Sunday on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. central.

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd gets hard-fought win in overtime
-Herd makes statement in win
-Winthrop a huge win for Marshall

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Hot start, huge finish
-Herd’s Marshall could be lost for season

Eagles misfire, rally, stumble
  Coach: 8-6 Winthrop `out-toughed,' loses to Marshall in OT

Charlotte Observer

Marshall defeats Winthrop in overtime
Beckley Register-Herald

Fedora says he has recruits' ear
  New Southern Miss football coach Larry Fedora appears ready for a fight when it comes to recruiting in the state of Mississippi.

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers achieve decisive victory over Pepperdine
-Top prospect chooses Tigers
-Tigers win 40th straight home victory over Pepperdine, 90-53

Free throws down UCF in overtime
Orlando Sentinel

Texas Tech rallies late, knocks off Miners
El Paso Times

January 5, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Women's Basketball Opens C-USA Play
-GMAC Bowl Coaches Meet the Media For Final Time

From the Dallas Morning News
-Source- Hawaii's June Jones to interview at SMU
  Coach will meet with school officials this weekend

-Colorado beats SMU, 63-52

Fedora names coordinator
  Southern Miss football coach Larry Fedora is just one slot away from filling out his coaching staff after announcing Friday that Todd Bradford will be his defensive coordinator.

Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Golden Eagles drop third game in a row
-Former OSU assistant joins Fedora with Eagles

Tigers bring down Golden Eagles
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Football offseason an oxymoron
-Winthrop at Marshall on Saturday
-Walls making impact off the bench

Winthrop back in state, this time vs. Herd
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Winthrop on tap for Marshall in non-conference home finale
Beckley Register Herald

Tiger assistant heading to Duke
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Mobile Register
-Bower, Scelfo on list at USA
-Defensive stand sparked Tulsa

A dream accomplished
Tulsa World

January 4, 2008

Sources- SMU offers job to June Jones
  SMU has offered Hawaii coach June Jones between $1.7 million and $2 million to become its football coach, according to two sources. Hawaii has yet to make an offer to extend Jones' contract.

Dallas Morning News

Blazers humble Hornets
  Robert Vaden was the lone UAB player in double figures on Wednesday night in the Blazers played host to Alabama State at Bartow Arena.

Birmingham News

Sumlin, some staff take tour of UH facilities
  New coach tours Cougars' facilities with some of staff

Houston Chronicle

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall women begin conference play this weekend
-C-USA women's games set to begin
  Marshall and other Conference USA women's basketball teams begin league play this weekend. Marshall has a Saturday home game against East Carolina, the defending champion.

-Stewart once part of Herd family

Herd bench made its mark vs. San Diego
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Fedora adds 2 more to his staff
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tigers find their long-range shooting touch
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tulsa has ties to Tide
  Tulsa's visit to the GMAC Bowl has provided the opportunity for an Alabama reunion and a homecoming of sorts for two of the Golden Hurricane assistant coaches.

Mobile Register

Malzahn sees early results
  The news came on an icy January night, one day after Todd Graham was named Tulsa's football coach.

Tulsa World

UTEP back to work after overtime loss
El Paso Times

January 3, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Tigers To Begin Search for New Defensive Coordinator
  University of Memphis head football coach Tommy West announced today that the contract of defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz will not be renewed for the 2008 season

-Rice Continues Road Trek at Vanderbilt
-Football Coach Larry Fedora Announces Part of Initial Coaching Staff
-The Hurricane Practiced in Frigid Temperatures on Wednesday
-Tulane Edges LSU, 68-63
-Lobos Outlast Miners in OT, 86-85
-UAB Torches Alabama State Behind Vaden's Seven Triples

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

SMU's pursuit of Hawaii's Jones may be on again
   The Sugar Bowl is over, which could free up SMU's pursuit of Hawaii coach June Jones for its coaching vacancy. SMU, which has been coach-less for almost 10 weeks, has set its sights on Jones, according to a source with knowledge of the school's search.

Dallas Morning News

Three USM coaching hires have strong Mississippi backgrounds
   New Southern Miss football coach Larry Fedora partially filled his coaching staff Wednesday, announcing the hiring of five assistants.

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Mobile Register
-Closing in on history- Tulsa on verge of setting new standard for NCAA offense
-GMAC NOTEBOOK- ESPN changes announce team

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Kravitz out; West has post to fill
-Kravitz out as Tigers' defensive coordinator

  The Rick Kravitz experiment lasted less than a year.

-Siena fits the bill as Tigers' opponent
-Nutt adds 2nd Nix to the mix
   On the same day assistant coach Louis Williams left Ole Miss for a position at Mississippi State, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt hired Derrick Nix to replace Williams on his staff.

Shannon could turn to a Stoops as Miami DC
   Don't be shocked if former Ole Miss defensive coordinator John Thompson emerges as a leading contender for the same role at Memphis

The Sporting News

Let it be said that the option spread is dead
Tulsa World

Wave ends six-game drought against Tigers
   While Tulane's winless streak against LSU in men's basketball was much shorter in games than years, ending it was sweet nonetheless for the Green Wave.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Houston gives UMass scare before falling 95-89
Houston Chronicle

New Mexico avenges last year's defeat to UTEP
El Paso Times

January 2, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Tulsa Goes Through First Workout at Ladd-Peebles Stadium
-Houston Travels To UMass
-UAB Faces Alabama State In Final Non-Conference Game
-Owls Fall on Road to #11 Texas A&M
-Dec. 31 Men's Basketball Notebook
-Dec. 31 C-USA Women's Basketball Notebook

To set a precedent, TU targets 10th win
Tulsa World

Five out as Blazers set to test Alabama State
  When the season began, UAB men's basketball coach Mike Davis felt his team was loaded with talent and depth.

Birmingham News

Marshall succeeds where UK couldn't
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Herd hit boards to get rebound over San Diego
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Hard work pays off for Tiger bench
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-TU closes out non-conference play at Arena
-Tulane to take on struggling LSU

Miners host Lobos tonight
El Paso Times

January 1, 2008

Hurricane rings in '08 in Mobile
  Tulsa spent New Year's Eve counting the days until the GMAC Bowl instead of the minutes to a midnight celebration.

Tulsa World

2008 GMAC Bowl Preview - Bowling Green vs. Tulsa
College Football News

Second Look- Snapshots from the latest in college football
Birmingham News

UH forever indebted to Tulane president
  UH would have played East Carolina in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl

Honolulu Advertiser

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Facilities remain a concern at Marshall
  Since joining Conference USA in 2005, Marshall University athletics have faced unprecedented challenges both on the field and beyond the lines.

-Herd gets back on track

Herd bounces back vs. San Diego
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Recruiting is Hughes' strong suit
  TONY HUGHES, EXPECTED to be officially named to new Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora's staff this week, has never strayed too far from the football field in his 48 years, whether it was a high school, junior college, small college or major college field.

Hattiesburg American

Ags make it six straight wins by downing Rice
Houston Chronicle

Knights win easy for Classic title
Orlando Sentinel

Freshmen become integral part of team's 10-man rotation
El Paso Times

December 31, 2007

Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  Nine Conference USA teams picked up wins over the weekend, including Memphis improving to a perfect 11-0 and Houston getting its 10th straight victory.

c
onferenceusa.com

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Calipari's Tigers end 2007 on a 'special run'
-Defensive effort gets Tigers a victory over banged-up Arizona

Miners get set for last non-league contests
El Paso Times

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall looks for turnaround to weak outing
-Herd playing Monday home game

SMU men lose to SFA in Holiday Classic
Dallas Morning News

Wojcik infuriated at apathy
  Doug Wojcik challenged the Tulsa athletic administration, fans and even the student band following the Golden Hurricane's 71-46 win over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday afternoon.

Tulsa World

GMAC Bowl to provide points galore
Mobile Register

UCF Knights move on after Liberty Bowl loss
Orlando Sentinel

UCF vows to recover from difficult Liberty Bowl loss
Florida Today