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Conference USA

January 13, 2008
Golden Globe Awards

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Faulds to rejoin old 'buddy' at ECU
-Peele: Woody's Ramblings
Holtz-inspired rankings still compute
-Peele: Final 2007 Peele Computer Rankings

Hall, Memphis Hammer Lady Pirates, 69-50

Thomas takes job in Florida
Longtime J.H. Rose football coach Greg Thomas has accepted the head football coaching position at Choctawhatchee High School.
...There's a good chance Greenville hasn't heard the last of Thomas. A former football player at ECU, Thomas said Choctaw has already sent a few players the Pirates' way — as recently as former Pirate center Hunter Wood who last played for ECU in 2005. Thomas also said he hopes to facilitate a possible pipeline from Florida to Greenville.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Generation of athletes trusted unruffled coach
Lights faded for Nathan Gay one last time in his gym

-Brady nearly perfect as Patriots roll
Garrard, a former East Carolina star in just his second playoff game, completed 22 of 33 passes for 278 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Garrard emerged
  He’s the Jaguars’ QB

From the Florida Times Union
  Near-perfect game by Pats' Brady puts an end to Jaguars' playoff run.

-Garrard's mistakes costly
  The Jaguars quarterback loses a fumble early and has an interception late.

January 12, 2008
Penguin Awareness Day
Birthday - Howard Stern (radio/tv personality)
Anniversary - First Woman Senator Elected
Anniversary - Batman TV Show Premier

Talk FM: TOT (Various Guests & ECU Sports Talk)

Lady Pirates Take On Memphis Saturday
  The East Carolina women's basketball team wraps up its seven day road swing Saturday as it faces Memphis in a 2:00 p.m. tip from Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Former Southern star Garrard gets spotlight he seldom sought
  Folks in Durham who knew David Garrard when the quiet, strong-armed quarterback was setting records at Southern High School in the '90s are not surprised by his breakout season

Durham News

A game for the ages
  Jags can become immortal

Stun-or-done deal
  Jags win would be historic upset; loss ends season

Florida Times-Union

In the biggest game of his life, Garrard has to be at his best - NFL (01.08.08)

Baker's legacy lives on through assistants, players
  At 78 years old, Art Baker isn’t quite finished adding to his legacy.

January 11, 2008
Anniversary - "Designated Hitter" Rule
Birthday - Alexander Hamilton (statesman)

Homepage Headlines

Lady Pirates Fall To UAB In OT, 84-77
  Jasmine Young and LaCoya Terry combined for 47 points, but it was not enough, as UAB battled to defeat the Lady Pirates 84-77 in overtime Thursday evening at Bartow Arena. With the loss, ECU falls to 6-9, 0-2 in Conference USA play while the Blazers improve to 6-9, 2-0 in league play.

Pirates suffer OT loss
  Failing to take advantage of 47 combined points from guards LaCoya Terry and Jasmine Young, the East Carolina women's basketball team suffered an 84-77 overtime loss to UAB on Thursday.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Linkmeister Note: The Memphis Tigers drew more people to a game against San Hinnant and the East Carolina Pirates this week (17,308) than the Grizzlies drew for a game against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers (14,981).

COLLEGE FOCUS- East Carolina continues to fight history
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

ECU falls to Memphis in C-USA opener
Washington Daily News

NFL Preview - Jacksonville (12-5) at New England (16-0)
Charlotte Observer (The Sports Network)

January 10, 2008
Muharram (Islamic New Year)
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
Anniversary - Women's Suffrage Amendment

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
Credibility kaput for BCS title scheme

: No. 2 Memphis mauls Pirates
: Updated ECU football recruiting thumbnails

Men's Basketball Drops Conference USA Opener To No. 2 Memphis, 99-58
  Freshman Derrick Rose scored 19 points and No. 2 Memphis overcame a somewhat lackluster start Wednesday night to beat East Carolina 99-58 in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

Tigers throttle Pirates
  ECU opens C-USA play with loss at Memphis

Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers frustrate Pirates in lopsided victory
  the Tigers held ECU to 37.8 percent from the field and frustrated the Pirates to the point that coach Mack McCarthy was ejected from the game

-Tigers open C-USA schedule with win

Pirates awaken sleeping Tigers
  Memphis starts slow but roars to finish in teams' Conference USA opener

Raleigh News and Observer (AP)

Jaguars' Garrard has been in fine step since Del Rio made switch
Boston Globe

Garrard standing as big upgrade for Jaguars
  Tackling David Garrard is difficult. His college coach once compared the feat to "getting hit by a beer truck."

South Coast (MA) Standard-Times

Now it's a no-brainer- Jaguars believe in Garrard
USA Today

Plenty to be learned from bowl season
YAHOO! Sports

January 9, 2008
Muharram (Islamic New Year - begins at sundown)
Birthday - President Richard M. Nixon (37th President)

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
The old Sam Hinnant is back

-Talk FM: TOT (Hood Richardson, Richard Burr)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Jenkins leads Pirates against No. 2 Memphis
  Darrell Jenkins' transformation seems to be complete.

-Pirates plan to sign 15-17 recruits

Pirates open C-USA schedule at No. 2 Memphis
  East Carolina’s baptism into the Conference USA portion of its basket-ball season will come not just by fire, but by incinerator.

Kinston Free Press

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers-East Carolina preview
-Tigers' games often over before they start
  C-USA domination more than physical

Jags run with Garrard
Worcester (MA) Telegram

Size 'em up all you want, these Jags rarely come up short
CBS Sportsline

Garrard Comes Through For Jacksonville

Recruiters set sights on WNC
  Morgan, who wrapped up his career as the Cougars’ all-time passing leader (3084 yards), also intends to visit Buffalo and East Carolina in the next month.

Asheville Citizen-Times

What! No more bowls?
  Best underdog: East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz has made a habit of turning his Pirates into marauders when they are heavy underdogs.

From the College Football News
-The 100 Stars of the 2007-2008 Bowl Season
-CFN's final rankings of 2007 - No. 26 through No. 119 and rankings based on opinion.

January 8, 2008
Show & Tell Day at Work
Birthday - Elvis Presley (singer)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Back down to earth

Talk FM: Brian Bailey (Josh Coffman, Jay Sonnhalter)

Men's Basketball Opens Conference Play At No. 2 Memphis
  East Carolina begins Conference USA play Wednesday night against unbeaten and second-ranked Memphis at the FedExForum. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. EST start and will be televised on CSS.

Kass trial moved to February
Greenville Daily Reflector

Boise State gets votes in final polls
Idaho Press-Tribune

Bowled Over
Tampa Tribune

January 7, 2008

-O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 332
C.J. headlines bowl superlatives
-BVL: C-USA Postseason Scoreboard Wrap-up

Mack McCarthy Radio Call-In Show Airs Monday Night

ECU quarterback to face DWI charges today
New Bern Sun Journal

Birmingham News

Garrard's draw play showed why Jags are real threat

Enough to win
  Del Rio backs Garrard



January 13, 2008

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels humble Pack
-Marion Jones' feats at UNC-CH upheld
  As Marion Jones gets ready to go to federal prison, memorabilia from the life of the fallen track superstar have already been locked away at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the alma mater of the woman once touted as the world's fastest.

-Inconsistent Carolina tosses away big lead

From the Charlotte Observer
-Awful N.C. State is stuck in neutral
-Goldwire helps Charlotte salvage A10 victory
-Would Hornets hit road again?

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-'Didn't see that coming'
-Heels hold Pack to 13 in first half of blowout

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Tech's 'Macho' man will turn pro
-Williams interviews for Skins' coaching vacancy

Holliday is WVU associate head coach
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Holliday in WVU fold, jumps right into recruiting
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Tigers tame Noles in Double-OT
-Seeking SECurity

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Eagles rain 3-pointers on Deacs, win 112-73
-Mountaineers romp 91-68

Dukes do it all vs. UNCW Seahawks blown away in 2nd half
Wilmington Star News

January 12, 2008

WVU couldn't have done better than Stewart
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Roanoke Times
-Payment for a knee injury
  There was one major upside to Sam Wheeler’s season-ending injury. At least, the Virginia Tech tight end snared a new set of wheels out of the deal.

-Tech-UVa rivalry intensifies in plain view
-Friend of Ore found guilty

Williams' fall gets Tar Heels-Wolfpack rivalry off to bumpy start
  NC State (11-3) has won seven straight games since a stunning loss to East Carolina on Dec. 8

Fayetteville Observer (AP)

Wolfpack seeks consistency, victory against Tar heels
Charlotte Observer

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Williams in stitches after fall
  Roy Williams said he was finishing a meeting with some players in his office Friday when he stood up, tried to step over a piece of furniture, tripped over a cord and fell head-first into a door.

-Who's the real 'beast'?

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers try to end short skid
-Gamecocks hope to set pace against Vols

UNC Greensboro's Hines could join some select company

A winning feeling for Seahawks Can team bring new emotion on road tonight?
Wilmington Star News

Cutcliffe, MacIntyre add another old friend
Durham Herald-Sun

The hard truth for Marion Jones is a 6-month term
Hampton Roads Daily Press

January 11, 2008

From the Roanoke Times
-Moving on
  Tech will have a different look next season as many key players from this season's squad depart.

-Stories in drug trial failing to match up
  Virginia Tech football star Branden Ore was not on trial Wednesday, but it certainly felt like it in the federal courtroom where Ore's friend Tony Majette faced a charge of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute it.

Being at Tech, Ore should have known to make good decisions
The Virginian Pilot

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Virginia Tech running back testifies in crack cocaine trial
-ODU football announces 3 opponents
  Monarchs to host Georgetown, Monmouth, Presbyterian in '09

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Crisp’s status for opener uncertain
  South Carolina second baseman Andrew Crisp is scheduled for minor back surgery this morning and might not be ready for the start of the season.

-USC a hit financially
  Forbes ranks Gamecocks as one of country’s most valuable football programs

-Same ol’ SEC- tough as can be

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Rivers a Super long shot
  The San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers (N.C. State) and the Jacksonville Jaguars' David Garrard (Southern Durham High, East Carolina) have a chance to defy the trends this year.

-Pack wants to get back
-Pack's Morgan to enter NFL draft

Stewart to discuss coach search
  Four coaches have reportedly been hired

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Dunlap undecided on return to WVU
  Four coaches have reportedly been hired

untington Herald-Dispatch

USA football- Good place for a good coach
  Football startup South Alabama has a good job to offer and a lot of good candidates who want to fill it including former Conference USA head coaches in Southern Mississippi's Jeff Bower and Tulane's Chris Scelfo.

Birmingham News

Clemson & USC Ready To Welcome Guests
  The first major recruiting weekend of January will see Clemson playing host to its largest group of official visits for the recruiting campaign.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Niners' Lutz playing his cards right
Charlotte Observer

Seahawks take Moss' call to arms to heart
Wilmington Star-News

Redskins hanging in a state of uncertainty
  Organizational moves are on hold until a coach is hired

Winston Salem Journal

January 10, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-Charlotte stuns No. 18 Clemson 82-72
-Richardson leads Bobcats past Celtics

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Charlotte stings Clemson
-Clemson's Davis opts to go pro
-Vandy staves off USC

The legend of Willie Mac
  If you are the parent of a teenager who lacks focus, motivation or direction, don't read this story. Seriously, skip it.

ESPN The Magazine

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Sponsors wanted
  University naming rights available for

-NC Central's fans stay away
  University naming rights availa

-Wolfpack victory comes with a loss
-Pack grows by four
  NCSU freshmen eligible for fall.

-Slam sparks Heels
-Devils outrun Owls

ACC Basketball is Down

Pitt Baseball Releases 2008 Schedule
  "We will play Coastal Carolina, East Carolina , Michigan , Maryland , Georgia Southern and Virginia Tech in the early part of the season.

WVU awaiting Rodriguez move
  Former coach has seven days to reply to lawsuit

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Mountaineers coach Stewart to hire Dunlap, Lockwood
Beckley Register Herald

Steele, Gran seek South Alabama job
  University of Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and Auburn University running backs coach Eddie Gran interviewed Wednesday to be the head football coach of a program that won't play its first game until 2009.

Birmingham News

January 9, 2008

Present, not future played role in Stewart hire
  It turns out that just before the Fiesta Bowl, WVU had let East Carolina know of its interest in speaking with Coach Skip Holtz, an ECU athletic department source said.

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Eagles eye upset in matchup with Pack
Durham Herald-Sun

Gibbs resigns as Redskins coach
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Georgia president has playoff on his mind
-Money will drive changes to BCS
-System overload
-UNCA courts top opponents

College football notes- Georgia president proposes playoff with eight teams
Greensboro News-Record

From the Greenville (SC) News
-No glass ceiling on football coaches salaries
  A month ago, a Clemson University entourage of athletic administrators flew back from the college football Hall of Fame ceremonies to announce the school had agreed on a new contract with coach Tommy Bowden

-Spurrier ready for change at USC
-Odom says Gamecocks are over disappointment of UNCA loss

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Heels to take on UNC Asheville, coming off upset win over South Carolina
-Fox has lost perspective on what ails the Panthers

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-An early look at next season's Top 25
-Hokies starter to sit out spring practice
-Don't blame Tech loss on plays

From the Beckley Register-Herald
-Mountaineers left with two assistant coaches
-Stewart’s promotion rekindles remarks

January 8, 2008

Most WVU coaches headed to Michigan
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

BCS mess extends beyond title game
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Slive exits BCS penalty box'
  No one was happier than SEC Commissioner Mike Slive Monday morning. And it wasn't just because one of the schools in his league was playing for the national championship that night.

Mobile Press Register

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Playoff plans will receive airing
  The BCS will be "listening to the college football world" in the next year as the group of conference commissioners who control the sport's championship ponder its future, incoming BCS coordinator John Swofford of the Atlantic Coast Conference said Monday.


Gibbs isn't saying if he'll coach Redskins in '08
The Virginian Pilot

Hurney and Fox returning to Panthers
Charlotte Observer

USC's Odom appears to be out of time
Anderson Independent

ACC's disappointing start doesn't bode well for NCAAs
Charleston (SC) Post Courier

Clemson's a sleeping giant?
Durham Herald-Sun

N.C. Central dealt 20th loss
News & Observer

Moss must sit out
  UNC-Wilmington won't have coach Benny Moss on the sidelines Thursday night when it tries to snap a three-game losing streak.

Wilmington Star-News

January 7, 2008

Clemson's upset bid falls short
Anderson Independent

Tar Heels got Tiger tested in overtime win at Clemson
Greensboro News-Record

Littlejohn letdown
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

The two luckiest teams will settle the BCS championship
  The fickle fates of this football season match Ohio State against LSU for the national title.

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Buckeye bred
  Greenville resident played for OSU legend Woody Hayes

Greenville Daily Reflector

True champ? With BCS, it's all a guess
Charlotte Observer

Flowers leaving for pros
  The Tech cornerback is projected to be a second-round pick.

Roanoke Times

Devils not sharp in return to court
Fayetteville Observer

Eagles set to face Norfolk State
Durham Herald-Sun

Official to rule on Moss suspension
  UNC-Wilmington coach Benny Moss could find out today whether he'll be allowed on the sidelines Thursday night when the Seahawks entertain Hofstra on national television.

Wilmington Star-News

Two more assistants leave WVU
Beckley Register-Herald


January 13, 2008

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-No holding these Tigers
  Marshall (9-5, 1-1) turns its attention to a road game against East Carolina Wednesday.

-Tigers earn their stripes

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd falls to No. 2 Memphis
-Loss fails to dampen spirit of big crowd
-Baseball team lands outfielder
-Ex-Marshall player Bruhin dies in Tenn.

Marshall no match for second-ranked Memphis
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Freshman's 19 pace Tigers in lackluster win over Marshall
-Tigers win 12th straight road game

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF needs three overtimes to beat Tulsa
  The Knights have a full week off and don't play again until next Saturday at East Carolina.

-Knights make history with win
  UCF walked onto the floor Saturday for its first Conference USA game in its new building knowing that whatever happened would at least make history.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Losing streak is over
  This was one of the most trying weeks in Southern Miss basketball coach Larry Eustachy's four-year career at the school.

-Freshman Benite fitting in nicely with USM squad

USM snaps losing streak
Biloxi Sun Herald (AP)

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Tulane offense can't find the mark
-Tulane puts final emphasis on defense

UH lets an opportunity get away
UH rally falls short in streak-ending loss to Arizona
Houston Chronicle

  Blazers land playmaking LB

Birmingham News

January 12, 2008

Dominant Tigers bring out best in normally docile C-USA crowds
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Calipari says MU fans should support Herd
  Cam Henderson Center will be a sellout only because Memphis is coming

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Herd braces for No. 2 Memphis
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Historical night for the Herd
-Herd recruits set to visit campus this weekend
-Herd stars suit up for Hula Bowl

USM, Wave desperate for victory
Hattiesburg American

Win would be lift for Eagles
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Dickerson counts on his reserves to come through
New Orleans Times Picayune

Miners will not overlook underdog Owls today
El Paso Times

From the Houston Chronicle
-McKiver lifts his game, points UH toward postseason
-Sumlin adds Skladany as UH defensive coordinator

UAB's Neil Callaway scours junior college football programs for players who can make an immediate impact
Birmingham News

January 11, 2008

Allen finds his shooting range
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis threatening to widen gap in C-USA
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Calipari excited about big crowd
-No. 2 Memphis Tigers visit for Saturday game
-MU-Memphis tickets almost gone
-JUCO tight end intends to bring talent to Marshall

Calipari needs to keep Tigers sharp, hungry
Fox Sports

UAB state's best chance to dance
Clanton Advertiser

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eustachy returns for Tulane game
  Larry Eustachy spent two days with his ailing mother, but the Southern Miss men's coach is expected to return in time to run practice today and coach the Golden Eagles in Saturday's home game against Tulane.

-Fedora stresses importance of juco connection

Green Wave extending Dickerson's deal 2 years
  Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson likes the direction the basketball program is heading under third-year coach Dave Dickerson. Dickson wants to make sure the Green Wave continues to move down that path.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Ready for challenge of C-USA
  Let's play a little basketball Jeopardy

Tulsa World

All tributes to Guy V. are well-deserved
  Guy Lewis is 85, and he suffered a severe stroke nearly six years ago, so he doesn't get around so easily anymore. But Saturday, he'll give up his usual seat and sit courtside for his much-earned tribute.

Houston Chronicle

Many miles. Many smiles.
  Now UTEP is 11-2, sitting on top of Conference USA and firmly entrenched as one of the nation's better women's college basketball teams.

El Paso Times

Herd football coach looking for assistants
  Mark Snyder never realized a major college head football coach had to be so well-coordinated.

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UCF cornerback not entering 2008 NFL draft
Orlando Sentinel

January 10, 2008

Smith is on the verge of living his NFL dream
The Oklahoman

USM's new coach makes splash in recruiting
Mobile Register

Tulane Receives Highest Grade In Recent Baseball America Study
  Houston and East Carolina received grades of "B" while Southern Miss and UCF were awarded a "C". Memphis recorded a "D" according to the Baseball America ...

Kindergarten has lessons for the game of life
Memphis Commercial Appeal

-Memphis Routs ECU 99-58 in Conference USA Opener
-Marshall Takes 66-47 Win Against Rice
-UTEP Skies Over SMU in C-USA Opener
-SMU Falls To UTEP, 76-66
-Blazers Nip Greenwave, 62-61
-Tulane Basketball Has Four-Game win Streak Snapped by UAB in Final Seconds, 62-61
-Southern Miss Falls To UCF In C-USA Opener

C-USA opener dismal
  Following a crushing loss to Central Florida in its Conference USA opener, Southern Miss men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy said that he would be leaving the team for an uncertain amount of time because his mother is "extremely ill."

Hattiesburg American

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Southern Miss basketball coach takes leave of absence
-Strong second half gives Herd C-USA win

Marshall defense sticks Rice in 2nd half
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Rice men's basketball coach Wilson under pressure
  The Owls are ready to resume play in a revamped Autry Court next season, but their coach might be on the outside looking in

ouston Chronicle (01.09.08)

Green Wave sunk by UAB's Berrios
  The fans were screaming and shouting, and perhaps even celebrating a bit. But then with 1.6 seconds remaining, the referee blew his whistle and Fogelman Arena went quiet.

New Orleans Times Picayune

Berrios' free throws bury Green Wave
Birmingham News

SMU men lose conference opener
Dallas Morning News

Miners roll past SMU
El Paso Times

January 9, 2008

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU AD Orsini planted seed early
  SMU and athletic director Steve Orsini's 71-day saga to hire a new coach may ultimately be remembered for Orsini's willingness to take a risk. Even as the school explored other candidates, Orsini was open to waiting for Jones, who coached Hawaii in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

-Big donors help pave the way for SMU
  Athletic director Steve Orsini said he had to convince "just about everybody" at SMU that the school would have to commit to paying its new football coach Top 25 money to make the progress it desires.

-SMU's wealthiest fans treat new coach to dinner
-UNT, SMU negotiate extension of series
-SMU opens C-USA Wednesday night at UT-El Paso

USM coordinator Wyatt praises recruiting effort
Hattiesburg American

New Tiger comes from Holmes CC
Add another player to the University of Memphis football recruiting class who will begin school next week and participate in spring practice.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-C-USA puts Marshall resources to test
  Do dollars and cents equal collegiate athletic wins and losses?

-Herd opens conference play
-No. 1-rated tight end reportedly signs with Marshall
-Turf has been laid at new softball complex

UCF beats Southern Miss
Orlando Sentinel

Golden Eagles get double dose of bad news
  Following a crushing 52-41 loss to Central Florida in the Conference USA opener, Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy said that he would be leaving the team for an uncertain amount of time because his mother is "extremely ill."

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM loses fifth straight
Biloxi Sun Herald

Tulane expects to be tested by UAB in C-USA opener
New Orleans Times-Picayune

University of Alabama at Birmingham basketball team looking for extra scoring punch
Birmingham News

Miners carry high hopes into league play
El Paso Times

Marshall hits road for league opener
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Marshall opens C-USA play at Rice
-Herd-WVU a hot ticket; recruiting updates

January 8, 2008

-June Jones Named Head Coach at SMU
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Women's Basketball Notebook & Statistics

From the Dallas Morning News
-New SMU coach Jones passes tests
-SMU's search ends with hiring of Jones
-Smiles abound over new SMU coach
-Hiring Jones was worth the wait for SMU
-June Jones' departure staggers Hawaii
-Recruits applaud SMU's new coach

It took a while, but SMU might have got it right
Ft Worth Star Telegram

Jones takes SMU job
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

USM goal- Explosive plays
attiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Wyatt, boss have mutual admiration
-Eagles need to reverse course for C-USA opener

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Smith not projected to go in 1st round
-Smith says about-face was matter of the heart

Report- Herd lands No. 1 juco TE
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-C-USA improved, but still can't make headway in RPI
  In a span of about four hours last Wednesday night, three Conference USA teams had opportunities to not only boost the league's national image but its all-important Ratings Percentage Index.

West comfortable with defensive guru

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-C-USA men's hoops moves into league season
-Marshall probably out for season

Herd looking for first road win
Beckley Register Herald

Conference USA teams prepare for league play
El Paso Times

These days, Marshall is better at crunch time
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Non-BCS teams settle for scraps
Deseret News

January 7, 2008

-Smith Sets NCAA Mark in Tulsa's Rout of Bowling Green in GMAC Bowl
  Paul Smith had his NCAA-record 14th consecutive 300-yard passing game and Tulsa cruised to a 63-7 romp over Bowling Green in the 2008 GMAC Bowl.

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  No. 2 Memphis remained unblemished on the season, improving to 13-0 with a 90-53 victory against Pepperdine on Saturday.

-Women's Basketball Roundup

From the Mobile Press Register
-TOO MUCH FIREPOWER- Tulsa offense caps record-setting year in GMAC rout
  It came on a swing pass in the fourth quarter of a game that was long decided with only a fraction of the sold-out Ladd-Peebles Stadium's seats still filled.

-Tulsa scores but plays defense, too

From the Tulsa World
-Tulsa wins No. 10
  Emotions flooded Paul Smith following his final college football game.

-Tulsa routs Bowling Green 63-7 in GMAC Bowl
-Smith, Falcons unite for easy win
-TU defense shines

June Jones struggling with SMU call
  As of late Sunday night, June Jones was still deciding between taking the SMU job and returning to Hawaii, according to agent Leigh Steinberg.

Dallas Morning News

Jones to try to shore up SMU?
Baltimore Sun

Kevin Smith leaving UCF for NFL draft
  After staging a press conference the week before UCF's Liberty Bowl trip in which he said he was returning to the Knights for his senior season, junior running back Kevin Smith has decided to forgo his final year and turn pro.

Orlando Sentinel

Walton to be named Tiger assistant
  The University of Memphis will conduct a press conference at the Athletic Office Building at 10 a.m. today to introduce Tim Walton as the football team's new defensive coordinator, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Sneak attack
  Larry Fedora's new office on the second floor of the Southern Miss Athletic Center is virtually empty. Random papers litter the new USM football coaches' desk and his cell phone constantly rings. The sound of an assistant coach trying to figure out the USM phone system can be heard across the hall.

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Look for Herd to be seventh in C-USA
  FOR MY first stupid human trick of 2008, I shall attempt to analyze Conference USA’s basketball picture without the benefit of second-ranked Memphis.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Lipscomb loss a turning point
untington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall to have MRI on injured knee today
Beckley Register-Herald