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Conference USA

January 20, 2008
Aquarius Begins
World Religion Day

BVL: Pirates' big comeback falters

Pirates Fall in Final Moments to UCF
  Legan hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points and Sam Hinnant added 13 points for East Carolina, which had won three straight at home.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Taylor-made win for UCF
  Knights' guard pours in 32 to ruin ECU comeback
-ECU women still looking to snap skid
-Pirate football team brings tropical theme

ECU not so hot on Hawaiian night
New Bern Sun Journal

East Carolina's rally cut short by UCF
Kinston Free Press

Jermaine Taylor lifts UCF with career high against ECU
Orlando Sentinel

Knights stop Pirates
  UCF snaps ECU's three-game home-court winning streak
Raleigh News & Observer

January 19, 2008
Ashura: Tenth Day (Islamic)
Tin Can Day
Birthday - Edgar Allen Poe
Birthday - General Robert E. Lee
Confederate Heroes Day (Texas)

Talk FM: TOT (Robert Pittinger)

-Men's Basketball Looks For Fourth Straight Home Win Against UCF
-SMU Outlasts ECU In OT, 73-68

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Knights up next for ECU men
-SMU edges Pirates in OT

SMU women's strong finish stops pesky Pirates
Dallas Morning News (AP)

January 18, 2008
Pooh Day
Anniversary - Lewis & Clark Expedition Commission
Lee-Jackson Day (Virginia)

Talk FM: TOT (Gary Dean)

-Softball Tabbed Second In C-USA Preseason Coaches' Poll
-ECU Announces Baseball's Annual Meet the Pirates
  East Carolina University baseball fans will get their first chance to meet the 2008 Pirates up close and personal on Saturday, February 16, as ECU hosts its eighth annual "Meet the Pirates" luncheon.

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Spivey shoots way into starting lineup
  Shying away from the spotlight comes naturally for East Carolina freshman Allison Spivey.

-West entertains Hot Stove crowd

From the Kinston Free Press
-Fifteen minutes and change
-Hinnant, Pirates surge past Marshall

Clutch Pirates pick up crucial win
The East Carolinian

Late Pirate charge dooms MU
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Running backs abound in this draft
  The only senior running back who figures to go in the first round is Chris Johnson, of East Carolina.

Philadelphia Daily News

Best of the best- WDN All-Area Football team
Washington (NC) Daily News

CFN's 2008 No. 51 to 75
College Football News

January 17, 2008
Get to Know Your Customer Day
Judgment Day
Kid Inventor's Day
St. Anthony's Day (Christian)
Anniversary - PGA of America
Birthday - Benjamin Franklin (statesman)

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
Milestone start within reach vs. UCF

: Hinnant, Pirates overtake Herd
Talk FM: TOT (Lewis Pate)

Pirates Trample Herd, 75-62
  Sam Hinnant had six 3-pointers, one a four-point play, as East Carolina overcame an eight-point deficit in the second half to defeat Marshall 75-62 on Wednesday night.

East Carolina tops Marshall
New Bern Sun Journal

Pirates saddle Herd
  ECU wins first C-USA game of the season

Greenville Daily Reflector

Second-Half ECU Run Does In Herd Men in Greenville, MU Falls 75-62

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Pirates trample Herd, 75-62
  East Carolina knocked off Marshall, 75-62, in a Conference USA men's basketball game Wednesday night at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.

-Herd lineup to change with ECU loss

Herd can’t hold lead in loss to ECU
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Hinnant, Pirates overcome Marshall
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald (AP)

Clark thinks mindset can be changed
  Bruce Clark got some inside information about the football coaching job at Boiling Springs High School recently.  His youngest son, Josh, was on an official visit to East Carolina University and the Clarks spoke with former Bulldogs quarterback Phil Petty, now a coach at ECU, about the job.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

January 16, 2008
Appreciate a Dragon Day
National Nothing Day
Religious Freedom Day

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU men face Herd at Minges
  There will be no more week-long breaks for East Carolina's men's basketball team this season.

-Recruiting winds down for Pirates
  Nine of East Carolina's 18 guests last weekend reaffirmed their plans to attend the university next fall and play football.

-Hoops to return to Pitt Community College

Marshall visits for C-USA home opener
  East Carolina’s basketball players have seen the best. Now they start with the rest.
Kinston Free Press

Expect a different type of game against ECU
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall looks to bounce back at ECU
Beckley Register-Herald

Herd visits ECU after lopsided loss to Memphis
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Recruiting- Jones fails to meet admission requirements
Fayetteville Observer

David Garrard bandwagon?
Florida Times-Union

January 15, 2008
Humanitarian Day
Birthday - Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s Birthday (actual)

-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Week of opportunity for Pirate hoops

-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
Waiting game pays off for Brown
Talk FM: Brian Bailey (Hot Stove League baseball talk)
Talk FM: TOT (Walter Jones, Barlow Hergett)

Hawaii Bowl Champions To Be Honored At Halftime Of Men's Basketball Game

Conference USA turning into Memphis and the 11 dwarfs
  While some college teams seem to have good seasons every year, few, if any, men's basketball programs dominate their conference like Memphis does Conference USA.

Greenville Daily Reflector

Eskridge given ECU's Blackbeard Award
Shelby Star

Johnson & Hartman: 2007-08 All-Bowl Team
College Football News

Wilmington lineman picks ECU
Fayetteville Observer

It's Good! ECU Kicker's Nervewracking Season

Injuries take toll on staff
  Sophomore Jonathan Ratledge, who sat out last season after playing 10 games in 2006, has transferred to East Carolina.

Columbia (SC) The State

Preps- Coach McBride often scores big with recruiters
Philadelphia Inquirer

Focused on the future
  Garrard will likely become the highest-paid player in team history.

Florida Times Union

January 14, 2008
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Organize Your Home Day
Ratification Day
Dress Up Your Pet Day

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 333
Repeat in ’08 could be tough

Johnson patiently waits
  NFL shot expected for runner

Greenville Daily Reflector

Crowder Doesn't Make ECU Visit
Spartanburg Herald Journal

All Central-Florida football team
  OL Clayton Berry made state North-South game and is considering East Carolina, Iowa State, New Mexico State

Orlando Sentinel


January 20, 2008

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Terps' poise leaves Tar Heels at a loss
-Grant steals one for the Pack
-Devils play sharper, harder

From the Charlotte Observer
-Rodriguez mess | West Virginia's troubles could one day be Michigan's
-49ers finish with foul taste
-Bobcats enjoy a laugher

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Recruiting always an inexact science
-Tigers gift-wrap big loss

Maryland’s Williams has winning plan
Greensboro News-Record

January 19, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-UNCC board told to set football sights high
  UNCC should strive to compete with teams like Wake and NC State, UNC Chapel Hill and East Carolina University
-Odom is one of the good guys
-Comment by Lowe may be against rules
-49ers hit the road, hope win follows

Odom nears the end
Greensboro News-Record

Odom will hang it up at end of the season
Winston Salem Journal

Odom leaves ‘on my own terms’
Columbia (SC) State

Wolfpack still hunting for answers after woeful 4-game stretch
Fayetteville Observer

Manchin, WVU brass deny ‘smear campaign’
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Dean Smith has problems after surgery
-A Triangle triple-header

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Tigers coming to town for payback
-Canes get much needed victory over Oilers

January 18, 2008

From the Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press
-Ore returning to Tech
  Virginia Tech tailback Branden Ore withdrew from the NFL draft Thursday and will return to the Hokies for his senior season.
-U.Va. starting QB not enrolled now
  Jameel Sewell is one of four football players not in spring classes.

Rodriguez says allegations 'simply not true'
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Rod- ‘I wanted to take the high road’
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Beckley Register-Herald
-Rodriguez used WVU cell phone to recruit for Michigan
-Coach says fallout over departure is ‘ridiculous’
-Rodriguez says he talked with W.Va. governor about departure

Odom set to retire
Charleston (SC) Post Courier

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Odom to quit after season
-Good man, bad ending
  Odom’s integrity should overshadow any shortfalls of his tenure at USC
-Clay leaves Tigers
  Linebacker returns home to continue healing after death of sister in 2006 accident

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Odom on way out at USC
-Work ethic pleases Spurrier
-Recovery the key for USC in 2008

Injury part blessing for Pitt's Cook
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Dement, Rompola honeymoon includes lots of phone calls, airline miles

Soul add two to coaching staff
  The Soul yesterday added Mickey Mays and Jerry Odom to head coach Bret Munsey's staff. Odom was defensive coordinator at East Carolina University from 2003 through 2005


Cutcliffe proud of Manning
Durham Herald-Sun

Nobody predicted Pack perfection, but a down right collapse is crazy
Rocky Mount Telegram

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Costner mired in scoring slump
-Canes lose fourth in a row

ACC's muscle a bit atrophied
  League, once one of the deepest in the nation, has gotten top-heavy
Wilmington Star-News

CIAA looks to stay in city through 2011
Charlotte Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Staying Away- Move to coliseum, annex has hurt Rams' attendance
-Apps mow down Mocs

Visit Weekend #2 Is Here
Spartanburg Herald-

Senior Bowl gets new look
Mobile (AL) Register-Press

January 17, 2008

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Cell phone records could be at heart of lawsuit
  Two calls were made to Michigan recruits the same day Rodriguez announced intentions to resign at WVU
-WVU looking into what impact missing files could have on lawsuit

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Rodriguez wants suit moved to federal court
-Rodriguez’s selfish acts may be his downfall

Ore going pro
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Heels feeling lucky
  Green hits free throw, gives UNC 83-82 win over Georgia Tech
-Mountaineers eye 1st-place Mocs
-Young Wake Forest learns lesson

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Upperclassmen step up for Devils
-NCCU drops a tough one

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Heels push back in bruising victory
-Devils survive tussle
-Rivers defends jawing
  Philip Rivers' mouth seems to be making as much news as his injured right knee.

The Wolfpack's forgotten pieces
Fayetteville Observer

Hokies give Cavaliers the slip
The Virginian Pilot

Gamecocks knock off Razorbacks
Greenville (SC) News

Competition lies in SEC
  Typically, history repeats itself. When it comes to football, the ACC has had little chance of holding a candle to the big, bad SEC.
Anderson Independent

From the Charlotte Observer
-Niners move to head of A-10 with victory
-Wallace, Bobcats rally to beat Magic
-Q&A with the boss
  Panthers Owner addresses Fox, Hurney issues

Seniors Kuljanin, Fountain accept challenge to down Tigers
Wilmington Star-News

Major Applewhite departs for Texas leaving Nick Saban with opening on Alabama staff
Birmingham News

January 16, 2008

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Shred-gate adds to WVU soap opera
-WVU launches probe on missing files

Harris does about-face
  Tech cornerback Macho Harris decides not to enter the NFL Draft.
Roanoke Times

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Tigers have all the fun in romp over Pack
-Titans dismiss Chow
  Former NCSU assistant had been with team for 3 years.
-Junior adjusting to new ride

Clemson routs Wolfpack
Anderson Independent

Eagles douse Flames
Rock Hill Herald

Cold streak turns hot
  Bobcats reverse recent course, beat quality teams
Charlotte Observer

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Cutcliffe begins to fill Duke's need for speed with recruit
-Noles have done well vs. Devils
-NCCU stays home to face Coppin State
-Duke Prosecutor Files for Bankruptcy

Tech-U.Va. tilt's lack of fanfare shows ACC needs hoops upgrade
The Virginian Pilot

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech- Who's got next?
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Gamecocks skid into SEC play
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Analysts feel USC can close with strong class
Greenville (SC) News

Terps outlast Deacs
Winston Salem Journal

January 15, 2008

Standing up for the little guy? What if there isn't one?

2007's Over & Underachieving Teams
College Football News

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Football player files missing
  Fingers point to Rodriguez
-Johnson set to become O-line coach
-Can't fault Slaton for leaving

Ex-coach says Tech's Ore will explore NFL draft
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Cash, apology settle UNC-CH soccer suit
  Other colleges 'are looking at this case'

-Pack coach keeps it positive

From the Anderson Independent
-Tigers ready for tough, physical Wolfpack
-Keeping guys in school is a great program builder

ACC season hardly worth the long wait
Greensboro News-Record

JMU- IA Isn't In Plans
Harrisonburg Daily News Record

Peele not stressing over Eagles' loss to High Point
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Williams back for second talk with Redskins
Wilmington Star-News

January 14, 2008

Slaton to enter NFL Draft
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Greenville (SC) News
-Tigers survive a bumpy ride
-Recruits descend on Clemson

Byrd becomes 19th to commit to USC
Columbia (SC) State

ACC play energizes Devils
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Many NASCAR teams have new looks for '08 Cup season
-Road not very kind to young Deacons
-Reddick, star linebacker from New Bern, will play for UNC-CH
  East Carolina was the other school in Reddick’s decision but he was also offered scholarships by N.C. State, Alabama, Virginia, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.


January 20, 2008

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-U of M slams Southern Miss on way to the apex of college basketball
-It's going to be a Blue Monday for the 'little team in Memphis'
  The cheer started with two minutes left, loud and exultant and certain. 'We're No. 1! 'We're No. 1! 'We're No. 1!' And they are, too. Or will be when the AP poll is released Monday.

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger
-Stating case for No. 1
  The University of Memphis basketball team took the FedEx Forum court Saturday night to play Southern Miss, just a win away from a chance at being the No.1 team in the nation.
-Kaufman in charge of special teams

Tigers wallop Eagles
Hattiesburg American

Herd holds off UAB
Huntington Herald Dispatch

UAB basketball drops first C-USA game
Birmingham News

From the Dallas Morning News
-Faith a big part of June Jones' formula
  SMU football coach gets his players to believe in system first
-Tulsa's last-second shot sinks SMU men

From the Houston Chronicle
-Tulane trips Rice 61-56 in New Orleans
-UH goes to 2-0 in C-USA with win over UTEP

Cougars wear down Miners
El Paso Times

TU's storybook victory
Tulsa World

Men's Basketball Notebook

January 19, 2008

From the Birmingham News
-Depth is still a strength for UAB despite some key personnel losses.
-UAB's Callaway says lack of local football players on commitment list because of recruiting of junior college players

Herd tries to right the ship tonight
Beckley Register-Herald

Humphrey to sit out Marshall game
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

MU's Humphreys move to forward right call
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Virginia receiver commits to Marshall
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Wyatt named associate head coach, Kaufman special teams coordinator
Hattiesburg American

Former UH coach Lewis in good spirits after hip surgery
ouston Chronicle

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers aware of Eagles' dangers
-JUCO transfer visiting Tigers

Unbeaten Memphis next for USM
Biloxi Sun Herald

Can USM beat Memphis?
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

From the Tulsa World
-OT losses haunt Tulsa
  Doug Wojcik and Matt Doherty have spent recent days not only coaching their respective college basketball teams' skills. They've been working with their psyches.
-Smith at scouts' mercy

SMU men seek to end four-game losing streak
Dallas Morning News

Green Wave's Gomez strikes right chord
New Orleans Times Picayune

Houston to host Miners in C-USA shootout
El Paso Times

January 18, 2008

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall football narrows recruiting focus
  Armed with offensive experience and depth, Marshall University football clearly is narrowing its remaining recruiting focus on the other side of the line.
-Marshall welcomes top prospects
-Herd looks for turnaround against UAB

Herd wants to be like Memphis
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Winning helps FedExForum grow on Tigers fans
-West: Recruiting will heat up soon
-Memphis gets in line for linebacker Holloway
-Architect of Tigers' offense out of job

Biloxi Sun Herald

Kosciusko's Presley likes what Fedora is preaching
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Blazers upend Eagles
Hattiesburg American

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Green Wave defensive coordinator leaves team
-Wave's Dickerson standing 'on solid ground'

Knights' assistant Kelly on list for South Alabama job?
Orlando Sentinel

TU's problems can be easily solved
Tulsa World

UTEP, Houston to Square Off in Nationally Televised Game
UTEP Athletics

CSTV's Gillen likes what he sees in UTEP, C-USA
El Paso Times

January 17, 2008

No. 2 Memphis forces 29 turnovers in 77-50 rout of Rice
Memphis Commercial Appeal

35 and counting
  Memphis extends winning streak by routing Rice.
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

From the Dallas Morning News
-New SMU football coach hits ground running
  Squeezing in an appointment with new SMU football coach June Jones is tricky. "It's good to be busy," he said Wednesday from his still mostly bare-bones office.
-SMU's C-USA losing streak continues, 99-71

UAB lands Johnson QB
Birmingham News

From the Houston Chronicle
-Undefeated Memphis too much for Rice
-Dowell's 21 points lead UH past SMU

From Hula to Houston- Bernie Morris impresses players, coaches
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Trip to Memphis looms for Golden Eagles
-Golden Eagles struggle to get out of nest - again

USM slide continues against UAB
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Hattiesburg American
-Fedora visits Kosciusko star
-Southern Miss names Kaufman as defensive line coach

Gomez powers Wave past Tulsa
New Orleans Times Picayune

Knights enjoying another attendance jump early in 2007-08
Orlando Sentinel

From the Tulsa World
-Hurricane blows it
-Hurricane's 2008 football slate is official
  Arkansas game on Nov. 1 replaces season opener at Texas Tech.
-Tulsa releases 2008 football schedule
-Wojcik could be singing the blues

Houston Tops C-USA Preseason Softball Coaches' Poll
  The Cougars were a unanimous choice earning 81 points to claim the honor. East Carolina, the 2007 regular season and tournament runner-up, garnered 62 points to grab the second place spot, followed by UCF (57) in third and Tulsa in fourth (51).

January 16, 2008

Calipari- C-USA is headed in the right direction
El Paso Times

Former SMU coach to interview for Marshall defensive coordinator
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall has seven football players enroll
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Marshall gets commitment from receiver
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Wait is finally over for UAB's Channing Toney
Birmingham News

From the Dallas Morning News
-SMU's Doherty vows to be more positive
-Georgia Tech transfer practices with Mustangs

From the Houston Chronicle
-Injury-riddled Rice gets boost from three walk-ons
-UH legend Lewis to undergo hip, shoulder surgery

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Rice still playing, but where?
-Tigers-Owls preview

Tulane slips in C-USA play
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Green Wave eager to regain early form
New Orleans Times Picayune

Where did all the fans go?
  TU struggles to increase attendance as team works to win
Tulsa World

Ray Guy among 17 in Hall vote
  Former Southern Miss punter Ray Guy was again named one of the 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
Biloxi Sun Herald

January 15, 2008

Commitment to defense gives Tigers shot at all-time record
Memphis Commercial Appeal

-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Women's Basketball Notebook

Sharpe is academically ineligible, out for season
Birmingham News

SMU's Roberts won't play Wednesday
Dallas Morning News

Grieving Eustachy will return today
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Will Golden Eagles finish above .500?
Hattiesburg American

Rice's Del Conte is getting his field of dreams
  State-of-the-art surface, drainage system on horizon

Houston Chronicle

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Snyder looks to hire experience
  Thundering Herd head football coach Mark Snyder has spoken with Phil Bennett, who spent the past six seasons as SMU's head coach. On Monday, former Cincinnati head coach Rick Minter interviewed with Snyder on Marshall's campus.

-Marshall fans did not forget John Taft
-Marshall players shine in Hula Bowl

January 14, 2008

USM coach Eustachy's mother passes away
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Around Conference USA - Basketball
USA Today

-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
-Women's Basketball Roundup

Herd looks for quick recovery
  "We have East Carolina on Wednesday. We have to regroup."

Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Memphis fans now feel 'stuck'
  AS I STARED up at the green-clad humanity assembled at Cam Henderson Center, I was reminded of the day Marshall fans grumbled about being “stuck” in the Southern Conference.

Charleston (WV) Gazette

Rose, Dozier deliver on road
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Freshman big man gets in shape
El Paso Times

SMU's Rompola claims 300th win
  The SMU women's basketball team played Sunday for a milestone and a memory. The Mustangs defeated Southern Miss, 85-72, at Moody Coliseum for coach Rhonda Rompola's 300th career win, making her SMU's all-time winningest basketball coach

Dallas Morning News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Boston College completes Knights 2008 non-conference slate
-Skladany departs, Huxtable promoted to defensive coordinator

Green Wave adds four commitments
  With baseball season more than five weeks away, it was left to Tulane football to strike the Green Wave's first grand slam of the year.

New Orleans Times Picayune