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January 27, 2008
Mozart Day
Thomas Crapper Day
Anniversary - Auschwitz Liberated

Wave flattens error-prone Bucs
Bonesville.net

From ecupirates.com
-Green Wave Hand Pirates Third Straight Defeat
   Darrell Jenkins had 12 points to lead the Pirates in a 72-56 defeat at the hands of Tulane. Jenkins also dished out eight assists
-Pirates Split Dual Meet with Duke

Tulane Captures Fourth Straight Win with 72-56 Victory at East Carolina
tulanegreenwave.com

Hoop-low for ECU
   Pirates outplayed in loss to Tulane
Greenville Daily Reflector

Pirates drowned by Green Wave
New Bern Sun Journal

Sluggish Pirates stumble against Tulane
Kinston Free Press

Wave swamps Pirates
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

Checking in on the top prospects from 1998
Fayetteville Observer

Humanitarian, Hawaii Bowls among least watched
Idaho Statesman

Marshall women at East Carolina to begin road trip
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

January 26, 2008
National Seed Swap Day
Spouse's Day
Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement
Anniversary - Dental Drill
Birthday - Douglas MacArthur

Men's Basketball Set To Host Tulane
   East Carolina will host Tulane Saturday night inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be televised throughout eastern North Carolina on WITN.
ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates play host to cresting Green Wave
   Tulane doesn't lead Conference USA in any statistical categories as a team, nor do any Green Wave players head the league's individual stat sheets.
-Williams dreaming about NFL chances
-Ideas sought for cancer fund

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-TU hopes to gain momentum on the road
  The goal has be the same from the beginning.
-TULANE AT EAST CAROLINA

Jordan commits to ECU
  Senior quarterback Josh Jordan is trading in the black and gold of St. Amant for the purple and gold of East Carolina.
Gonzales (LA) Ascension Citizen

Senior Bowl Busted
   West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt also suffered an injury on Wednesday, tweaking his knee. Reports stated that Schmitt was able to walk back to the locker room on his own, but he is not expected to play on Saturday. UNLV linebacker Beau Bell will join Schmitt on the sideline with a busted knee, with the list of questionable players includes East Carolina running back Chris Johnson (shoulder), Michigan safety Jamar Adams (heel) and Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable (back).
cstv.com

NFL Draft Grapevine
  I liked what I saw from East Carolina running back Chris Johnson
kffl.com

Packers sign punter
  Dougherty was cut in training camp
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Heresy- Pirate confesses fondness for light blue
Washington Daily News

January 25, 2008
A Room of One's Own Day
Fun at Work Day
Anniversary - Macintosh Computer (Apple)

ECU Sports Moving To New Radio Home
   East Carolina football and men's basketball broadcasts will be moving to a new radio flagship beginning next fall as WNCT-FM (107.9) becomes the Pirates' new primary home for the next three years according to an announcement made Thursday by ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland, ISP Sports Vice-President Meghan Molnar and Brad Hood of the Beasley Broadcast Group.
ecupirates.com

Updated Football Recruiting Thumbnails
Bonesville.net

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates fill out latest football recruiting class
   Knowing all through the offseason there was not a good deal of wiggle room in the number of scholarships available for the 2008 National Signing Day, East Carolina football is pushing the limits.
-Heating things up
   Legan gives ECU its own version of 'The Microwave'

Morgan headed to ECU
   The 2007 Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year took his official visit to Greenville earlier this month.
Asheville Citizen-Times

Senior Bowl- East Carolina RB's stock way up
USA Today

Bernard happy to get late invite to Senior Bowl
   Bernard wasn't about to complain. He was happy just to get the invitation, which came after West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt injured his knee and East Carolina running back Chris Johnson hurt his shoulder earlier in the week...Schmitt's knee injury will prevent him from playing Saturday. Johnson hasn't officially been declared out for the game, though he didn't practice Thursday.
rivals.com

Linkmeister Note: (per espn.com) Coach Sightings - Among some of the college head coaches attending Senior Bowl practices the past two days were Alabama's Nick Saban, East Carolina's Skip Holtz and Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom.

Tulane Opens Three-Game Road Swing at East Carolina this Saturday at 7 p.m. EST
tulanegreenwave.com

Jacksonville's David Garrard Wins Inaugural 'VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER' Award
PR Newswire

January 24, 2008
Belly Laugh Day
National Compliment Day
Beer Can Appreciation Day
Women's Healthy Weight Day

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Calipari's charges relish top spot

-BVL
: Blazers thump East Carolina
-BVL
: Updated Football Recruiting Thumbnails

From ecupirates.com
-ECU Tripped Up By UAB
  The Pirates fall to 1-3 in C-USA play.
-Pirate Club To Host FB Signing Day Event
  ECU Head Coach Skip Holtz To Unveil And Discuss Recruiting Class On February 6th
-Join Women's Basketball In Walk For Women
  1.5 mile walk is part of WBCA's "Think Pink" week
-Jasmine Young Eclipses 1,000 Point Mark
  Young becomes 17th Lady Pirate to reach 1,000 point mark

Blazers add to East Carolina's road woes
  UAB made sure East Carolina's troubles away from home continued Wednesday night.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Vaden leads UAB to 77-59 win over East Carolina
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

UAB Bounces Back With Win ECU
  The Blazers built a 24-point margin early in the second half.
uabsports.com

Davis shakes up UAB lineup, Blazers respond with win over East Carolina
  The shake-up in Wednesday night's starting lineup helped produce the offensive balance that UAB men's basketball coach Mike Davis said his team needs to be successful.
Birmingham News

Injuries taking their toll
  East Carolina running back Chris Johnson missed Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury.
Mobile Press Register

Return ability drives some up draft charts
rivals.com

ECU Alum: Ruffin McNeill named Defensive Coordinator
  Texas Tech defense ranked first in league play under McNeill in '07, showed improvement in all areas
scout.com

January 23, 2008
National Handwriting Day
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day
Birthday - John Hancock (statesman)

Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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Another Cajun QB drawn to N.C.
Bonesville.net

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Heads Down South To Take On UAB
  East Carolina will travel to Birmingham on Wednesday to face Conference USA rival UAB at Bartow Arena. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. EST start.
-Pirate Baseball Tabbed Pre-Season No. 24 By Baseball America
  It is the first preseason ranking since the 2005 season when the Pirates were ranked 30th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll and No. 32 by Collegiate Baseball.
-Johnson Preparing For Senior Bowl
  Pirates' Record-Setting RB In Mobile, Working Out With North Squad

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU takes on upset UAB squad tonight
  East Carolina will probably be facing an angry UAB team tonight in Birmingham, Ala.
-ECU, UNC-CH ink cancer pact

UAB Returns Home For Crucial C-USA Matchup Against East Carolina
  Blazers put perfect 8-0 home record on the line against the Pirates
uabsports.com

Blazers practice hard after loss to Marshall
  The disappointment from losing at Marshall, an unexpected loss, was still on the minds of UAB's players as they stepped off an airplane Sunday afternoon.
Birmingham News

Transfers fuel UAB's attack
  UAB lost its most productive post player when Mississippi State transfer Walter Sharpe was ruled academically ineligible prior to his team's 72-65 win over Southern Miss last week.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

How to win big at a non-BCS school
The Sporting News

Football recruiting notes
Monroe News Star

Recruiting- In-state programs add players
Fayetteville Observer

Senior running backs have work to do
Rivals.com

January 22, 2008
Tu B'Shvat (Jewish)
Saint Vincent's Feast Day
Anniversary - Roe vs Wade

Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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Super Bowl rooting interests plentiful

Bonesville.net

Pirates Bring Home Honors at UNC Classic
  The East Carolina track and field teams had a successful weekend at the UNC Classic. Overall, the Pirates recorded 20 top 10 finishes, including 14 top fives.
ecupirates.com

From the Washington Daily News
-Pirates fail to unhorse Knights; Lady Pirates win
-Copper tells kids they can attain their dreams

January 21, 2008
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (observed)
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 334
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Holland holds hoops hopes

Bonesville.net

From ecupirates.com
-Lady Pirates Snap Streak, Defeat Tulsa 62-52
-Pirate Tennis Drops Two Of Three At Season-Opening VCU Invitational
-Swimming And Diving Teams Split Dual Meet

Leach living his childhood dream
  Vonta Leach was certainly a fan favorite when he played for the East Carolina Pirates. It had as much to do with his personality as it did with his play.
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates withstand Hurricane
  ECU women snap five-game losing streak
-ECU Notes- Experts seek ideas for research

TU drops to 3-2 in C-USA
  The Golden Hurricane lost, 62-52, to East Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum.
Tulsa World

 

January 27, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-Big leagues in 49ers' future?
  Proposed football program could lead to spot in BCS conference
-Mack's shooting, rare zone defense lift 49ers
-Atlantic 10 officiating is bad
-Hustle plays lead Wildcats past Cougars
-Bobcats' 1st-half lead slips away

Business not quite ready to buy into UNCC football
Charlotte Business Journal (01.04.08)

GOING THE DISTANCE- UNCG's Mike Dement and wife coach miles apart
  A marriage made in travel agent heaven
Greensboro News Record

A familiar script for USC
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Determined Pack swats away Noles
-Devils enjoying basketball again
-Stars don't guarantee success

Purnell preaches the big picture to Tigers
Columbia (SC) State

It's in their reach
Wilmington Star-News

ASU loses on road, falls out of tie for first
Winston Salem Journal

Hokies top BC in OT
Roanoke Times

Coaching Fraternity Shares Privilege, Pain
WRAL.com

Thrill of recruiting process lost on me
Anderson Independent

25 years after Bear Bryant's death, fans' devotion to UA coaching legend hasn't diminished
Birmingham News

Two Redskins assistant coaches are out; Blache promoted
Hampton Roads Daily Press

January 26, 2008

No one involved is without guilt in WVU mess
  Not a single participant on either side of the very clearly defined battle line has acted in a way that indicates total innocence. And because of this, there are victims everywhere.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Rodriguez turned in a second resignation letter
Beckley Register Herald

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-WVU lawyer says Rodriguez has 'no defense'
-Bothered by urgency of reducing the buyout?

Gamecocks visit improving Wildcats
Greenville (SC) News

Senior Bowl: South vs. Southern Cal
Mobile Press-Register

Williams deserves to get a much closer look from Redskins
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Pack struggling while youngsters get point
-Time for NHL to keep its promise
-Merritt deserving of notice
-It's a Heel of a museum

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Grobe will take time in naming coaches
-ASU can grab first place today
-LONG HAUL - Johnson says he now feels some pressure to win Daytona's 24-hour race

January 25, 2008

A major identity crisis
   When is a mid-major not a mid-major? Xavier wants to know
Dallas Morning News

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Upbeat through turmoil
  Holliday goes full-speed ahead on WVU recruiting
-Rodriguez credibility gap could cost him
-Mullen named WVU offensive coordinator

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Notes: WVU hires Wake assistant
  Mountaineers bring in Mullen as offensive coordinator / Mike Krzyzewski shared USA Basketball's coach of the year honor with Anne Donovan, a former East Carolina coach
-Pack's Lowe commits secondary violation
-Robinson to step down at Citadel

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Mullen leaves Wake Forest staff for West Virginia
-Appalachian State rips Furman
-WSSU's games are back on radio

Wolfpack's problem at point guard is worsening
W
inston Salem Journal

Devils settle in, pull away in heated matchup
Durham Herald-Sun

VanGorder rejoins Falcons; Johnson named USC defensive coordinator
Anderson Independent

From the Columbia (SC) State
-‘It works itself out’
-‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ chance takes VanGorder back to Falcons

USC lands Johnson in strange coaching shuffle
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Tech among schools still looking for '08 opponent
Atlanta
Journal-Constitution

January 24, 2008

Rodriguez, athletic department had long been at odds
   Even before the first snap at fall football practice, Rich Rodriguez and his agent were pursuing a promised “culture change” at West Virginia and a shake-up at the highest levels of the athletic department, e-mails obtained by The Associated Press show.
Beckley Register-Herald

George Mason hands Monarchs their worst loss in 12 years
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Wolfpack feels the sting
-Heels bounce back

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Stuck in the clutch
  It seemed perfectly set up. The fans gave Dave Odom a warm reception. The departing coach’s team played inspired and electrified the crowd.
-Same old story for USC
-McCollum reverses course
  Summerville QB leaves USC but will return for summer school, says Spurrier

USC's Odom works first game since retirement announcement
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Shooting out the lights
  T.J. Carter remained quiet for the first 30 minutes of UNC-Wilmington's 77-69
Wilmington Star-News

Hood leaves job at Wake Forest
  Wake Forest defensive coordinator Dean Hood has been named the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University.
W
inston Salem Journal

From the Roanoke Times
-VMI football coach Reid leaving for NFL
  The departing Keydets coach will oversee linebackers for the Miami Dolphins.
-Quarterback commits to Virginia Tech

Pack continues to build on great recruiting class
Fayetteville Observer

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bobcats throw this one back
  Down by 3 late, Charlotte threat fizzles against Dallas
-3 drivers first to feel move by Earnhardt
-Can Dale Jr. get over hump?

`Fab Four' hit on tour
  They walked across the stage like John, Paul, George and Ringo - the Fab Four of NASCAR.
Birmingham News

NATION: Baylor hands A&M 3rd straight loss in 5OT thriller
Houston Chronicle

January 23, 2008

UNC-CH, ECU in Baseball America top 25
Raleigh News & Observer

Wake Forest coach is on WVU's radar
  Mullen could be named offensive coordinator
C
harleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Fun-filled surprise from Cavs' Leitao
-Virginia Tech extends Greenberg's contract

Clemson stops Wake in OT
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Virginia Commonwealth coach deflects questions about USC vacancy
Greenville (SC) News

From the Charlotte Observer
-Gibbs back in NASCAR, but still finding his place with race teams
-Bobcats owner backs coach
-49ers need to secure Lutz

January 22, 2008

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Arbitrator sides with MASN in TWC dispute
-A high-five for Lowe, Pack
-Canes rally for OT win
-Heralded lineman commits to State
-UCLA hires Chow

Time Warner Ordered to Carry Sports Network
wral.com

Ruling could bring sports to more TVs
Wilmington Star-News

From the Charlotte Observer
-MASN wins battlewith Time Warner
-Lutz, Niners working on deal
-World still awaits Bobcats' arrival as playoff contender

Hiring new South Carolina coach will take time
Anderson Independent

From the Durham Herald-Sun
-Consistency still key to Duke's success under Krzyzewski
-Rivers to Have Surgery
-Curry, Davidson crush Western Carolina 82-67

SENIOR BOWL NOTEBOOK- Adams a big hit on Day 1
Mobile Register

Whole sordid affair makes WVU look bad
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

January 21, 2008

NKU's Slack socks it to 'em
  The Norse are riding a four-game winning streak since Slack, a transfer from Division I East Carolina, began sporting a pair of vintage striped throwback high socks.
Cincinnati Enquirer

NCCU sacrifices for the future
  In any context, $434,500 is a large chunk, and it certainly is a lot of money for a brand-new Division I athletic program.
Durham Herald-Sun

Crazies’ madness an organized chaos
Anderson Independent

ACC suspends Allen 2 games
  ACC commissioner John Swofford has suspended Virginia Tech freshman forward Jeff Allen for two games for bumping an official in the Hokies' loss at Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Roanoke Times

Johnson, Deacons storm past Seminoles
Winston Salem Journal

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Hyman keeping quiet on search
-Clemson-USC recruiting battle still up for grabs

APR having impact on college athletics
  With the advent of the Academic Performance Rate, universities across the nation can no longer give lip service to the importance of academics in athletics.
Greenville (SC) News

Canes' coach tries positive reinforcement
Raleigh News & Observer

Surprising loss exposes Tar Heels' lackluster defense
Greensboro News-Record

 

January 27, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Fourteen Houston 3-Pointers Drive Cougars Past Marshall, 71-58
-SMU Sneaks Past UCF
-UTEP Squeaks by Tulsa, 65-61
-Matt Fort Earns MVP Honors At 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl

From the Dallas Morning News
-At last, a Mustangs win
  A week after a heart-sinking, last-second loss on its home court – and with a streak of six losses very much lingering – the SMU men's basketball team on Saturday night finally relished its ah-ha moment.
-SMU's recruiting plan- Hit Dallas hard
  Junior college quarterback Kevin Craft said this week that it's hard to beat new SMU coach June Jones' Run and Shoot offense.

SMU Mustangs end UCF win streak
Orlando Sentinel

Tigers remain undefeated with 81-73 win over Gonzaga
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Hattiesburg American
-Freshman takes over as USM's point guard
-Golden Eagles stuff Owls

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Eagles capitalize on gifts
-Horton gets grip on duties at point

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice skid hits 9 with loss to Southern Miss
-McKiver, UH top Marshall at Hofheinz

Houston hammers Herd, 71-58
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Houston hops on Herd early
C
harleston (WV) Gazette

Miners back on track
  UTEP hangs on, gets huge win against Tulsa
El Paso Times

Free throws doom Tulsa
  The Golden Hurricane setback continued a free fall in the Conference USA standings. Tulsa, now at 9-8 overall and 1-4 in league play, is tied with East Carolina and SMU in next-to-last place.
Tulsa World

January 26, 2008

Men's Basketball Notebook
conferenceusa.com

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Memphis-Gonzaga matchup provides break in league play, lots of drama
-Tough to turn on tube to see Tigers
-Preview: No. 1 Tigers vs. Gonzaga

Tigers Take a Big Test- Gonzaga, 15-4, will be first tough game Memphis has had since becoming No. 1
Winston Salem Journal

TU uses lessons from Memphis
Tulsa World

Golden Hurricane tough foe for Miners
El Paso Times

Herd back in Houston, this time for Cougars
C
harleston (WV) Gazette

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Herd visits Houston
  Houston Cougars pose a big challenge
-Bradshaw playing a Giant role
  Running back Ahmad Bradshaw from the Marshall Thundering Herd is a New York Giants rookie preparing to play in Super Bowl XLII.

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Herd junior picking his way toward more playing time
-Jones, like others, not pleased with calls
  The MU coach obviously wasn't pleased with the officiating.

Win over Rice may be what the doctor ordered for Eagles
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Hattiesburg American
-Eagles' recruiting looks good
-Eustachy not satisfied with team's results
-USM's assist total related to poor shooting

From the Houston Chronicle
-Former Cowboy Jeffcoat joins UH coaching staff
  Cowboys great set to transform defensive line into 'whole machine'
-Rice football assistant heads for Kansas
-Calipari spreads wealth for top-ranked Tigers

Recruiting winding down for Knights
Orlando Sentinel

Freshman forward remains out
Dallas Morning News

January 25, 2008

No. 1 spot is music to Memphis' ears
New York Newsday

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-19-rebound game puts Dorsey in elite company
-U of M Notebook: Determined Hall overcomes injuries
-Tigers rolling out red carpet for QB

Season-ticket holders at TU feeling effects
  Even in a non-BCS league such as Conference USA, the building boom is exploding and the commitment to a higher level of football is felt throughout the league.
Tulsa World

Gutsy Herd stayed until the final horn
C
harleston (WV) Daily Mail

Herd's Snyder optimistic about coordinator search
C
harleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Prospects visit MU from near, far
-Cabell Midland's Bowers makes visit to Marshall campus

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-.500 record leaves USM basketball fans uneasy
-Eagles like speedy Mobile QB as receiver

Two Eagles leave team
Hattiesburg American

Knights' coach hoping a 109-80 win over UTEP shows his team is maturing
Orlando Sentinel

Forté making strong impression at Senior Bowl
New Orleans Times Picayune

Tulane's Matt Forte to Play in 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl this Saturday
tulanegreenwave.com

Resurgent reserve key for Miners
El Paso Times

PapaJohns.com Bowl receives higher TV ratings than Alabama in Independence Bowl
Birmingham News

January 24, 2008

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-WVU slips past Thundering Herd, 66-64
-Herd matures in loss to WVU
-Marshall rally falls just short in Classic

Butler bucket lifts WVU
  Mountaineers defeat Marshall, 66-64
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Strong defensive effort lifts Tulane past SMU, 67-52
Dallas Morning News

Steals help UH overcome bad shooting, beat Rice
Houston Chronicle

From the Hattiesburg American
-USM teams struggling this year
  The 2007-08 school year has been a huge disappointment so far for the Southern Miss athletic department.
-USM prefers one signing party

Blog: Eustachy has two leave team
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tigers avoid No. 1 jinx by defeating pesky Tulsa 56-41
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Tulsa World
-No miracle for TU
  The Reynolds Center magic was back for a short while on Wednesday night.
-Wojcik needs help to return TU's glory
-Tigers smother TU
-TU Notebook- Packed house

Knights dispatch of UTEP, 109-80
Orlando Sentinel

Knights golden against UTEP Miners
El Paso Times

January 23, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Three C-USA Teams Ranked in Preseason Baseball America Poll
  Rice, Tulane and East Carolina Ranked by Publication
-Women's Basketball Notebook & Statistics
-Houston travels to Rice for Conference USA Showdown
-Miners Continue C-USA Road Swing at UCF Wednesday

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
-Classic confrontation
  WVU’s Huggins, Marshall’s Jones meet for first time
-Tough to call, but give nod to WVU in ‘rebirth’
  Go ahead, call this a rebirth of the Marshall-West Virginia basketball series.
-WVU-MU football game moved to Sept. 27

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Bennett withdraws from consideration as Herd DC
-Tonight's Classic special for Donnie Jones
  Donnie Jones stood on the Cam Henderson Center court Tuesday afternoon and remembered the last time the West Virginia Mountaineers played there. It was the 1990-91 season and the final time Marshall and West Virginia men's basketball teams met on one of their home courts.
-Murdock commits to Herd
  One of junior college football’s top wide receivers secured his verbal commitment to Marshall University late Tuesday night.
-Morris' NFL stock rising

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice hopes to end struggles with win over UH
-UH NOTEBOOK- Cougar greats to return to court for charity

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Some are saying fellow-unbeaten Kansas is better than Tigers
-Tigers vs. Golden Hurricane preview
-Fayette-Ware linebacker picks Memphis

From the Tulsa World
-TU hosting No. 1
-Memphis game 'big deal' for TU

UCF's Stanley Billings is Stan the Man
Orlando Sentinel

UTEP men's team to play at Central Florida tonight
El Paso Times

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-C-USA still suffering from low esteem
  It may be hard for Conference USA basketball coaches to fathom, but the reality is the league might be in the same position it was last season.
-Destrehan's Nelson commits to Purdue
  Linemen have change of heart with Tulane

Recruits like idea of playing early
Hattiesburg American

Former SMU target learns ins and outs of recruiting
  Football recruit Ralston Dews heard nothing to make him believe he wouldn't be an SMU Mustang, writes Kevin Sherrington. He had a letter of confirmation. But he won't be a member of June Jones' first recruiting class at SMU. He isn't the first kid that's happened to, and he won't be the last.
Dallas Morning News

USM plans one signing day bash
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

UAB football gears up for tough offseason
The Kaleidoscope

January 22, 2008

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers No. 1 in both polls
-It's been a 25-year wait, but now the Memphis Tigers are the best in college basketball
-Tigers' last stop at the top was short

Men's Basketball Notebook
  Memphis moved into the top spot of the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls as the Tigers improved to 17-0 on the season.
conferenceusa.com

TU aims to be spoiler
Tulsa World

Miners focus on next Conference USA game
El Paso Times

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Snyder wants coaches Bennett, Whipple
  Marshall coach hopes to hire former SMU head coach, ex-NFL assistant for staff
-Ten players contributed for Marshall

From the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
-Herd represented in Super Bowl
-Joneses add new member to home team
  Thundering Herd head coach Donnie Jones and his wife, Michelle, are parents of their third child.

Recognizing the best of the non-BCS teams
The Sporting News

January 21, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
  No. 2 Memphis remained one of just two undefeated teams in the nation with an 83-47 C-USA win against Southern Miss as No. 1 North Carolina-Chapel Hill lost Saturday.
-Women's Basketball Round-Up

Calipari: Top rank for team deserved
  There is no trophy given out for being ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll on Jan. 21; it's debatable whether such things are even remembered once the college basketball season is reduced to a 65-team bracket.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

SMU coach gets commitment to follow him
  Katy quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who had originally committed to Hawaii, said Sunday he decided to follow new SMU coach June Jones and switch his oral commitment to the Mustangs.
Dallas Morning News

Duo commits to Wave
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Big win precedes WVU game
-Marshall players savoring a big win

Wilkerson could be Herd player on the spot
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Thundering Herd buying what first-year coach is selling
Beckley Register-Herald

Favre still the greatest
  People already want to know if the former Southern Miss star will now retire or will he play at least one more season.
Hattiesburg American