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February 17, 2008
Do a Grouch a Favor Day

From hot to cold, from lead to loss
Bonesvillle.net

From ecupirates.com
-LeClair's Jersey No. 23 Awarded To Schieber
-Lady Pirates Host UCF In Think Pink Game
  The East Carolina women's basketball team continues its home stand as it welcomes UCF to town for a 2:00 p.m. tilt at Minges Coliseum. The game is ECU's Think Pink game, where fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. Those wearing pink will be admitted for free.
-Pirates Drop Close Contest to Southern Miss
  Darrell Jenkins leads ECU with 13 points in 72-62 loss
-Pirates Advance To Invitational Championship
  The East Carolina softball team used two more solid pitching efforts and some late offensive heroics to defeat Ohio 6-2 and Maine 3-2, advancing to the championship of the Pirate Invitational.
-Singles Play Sends Campbell Past ECU 4-3

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Cold night for ECU
  Pirates lose third straight
-ECU looks to 'Pack the House Pink'
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Pirates' Schieber presented with No. 23 jersey

From the New Bern Sun Journal
-East Carolina falls to Southern Miss, 72-62
-Schieber honored with No. 23

Eagles rally past frigid Pirates
Raleigh News and Observer

Eagles topple Pirates
Hattiesburg American

Southern Miss Takes Down East Carolina
southernmiss.com

What's the buzz? Only the combine knows for sure
The Virginian Pilot

Godwin looks to lead Pirates into the postseason
Washington Daily News

February 16, 2008
Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Talk FM: TOT (Bill Etheridge, Sharon Baldwin-Tener)
Bonesvillle.net

From ecupirates.com
-Men's Basketball Looks To End Slide Against Southern Miss
  East Carolina will look to end a four-game losing streak to Southern Miss Saturday night as the Pirates host the Golden Eagles inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum at 7 p.m.
-Days' Double-Double Leads ECU To 68-63 Win Over Southern Miss
  Nicole Days' third career double-double, including a personal-best 16 points, led the Lady Pirates to a 68-63 victory over Southern Miss Friday evening at Minges Coliseum.
-Softball Pitches Its Way Past Boston College, Maine
  Pirates Allow Just One Earned Run On Saturday
-2008 Baseball Preview
  Pirates Set Sights On Omaha

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Days of dominance
  ECU forward leads Pirates past Southern Miss
-Pirates ready for Eagles' best shot
  Tonight's East Carolina-Southern Miss men's basketball game will be about more than just basketball, particularly for the Pirates.
-Batts going for 30th straight
  The last time Stephen Batts played a game that truly meant something to him, he was in the throes of an unbelievable tear at the plate.
-ECU explains safety plans in wake of recent campus shooting in Ill.

USM still looking for a road win
  Southern Miss' up and down season continues with a road trip to East Carolina today at 6 p.m.
Biloxi Sun Herald

Women's Basketball Falls to East Carolina, 68-63
southernmiss.com

Pirates softball excited about tourney
Washington Daily News

Falcons part ways with Crumpler, Coleman, Leftwich, four others
Raleigh News and Observer

February 15, 2008
Lupercalia
Remember the Maine Day
Singles Awareness Day
Susan B. Anthony Day

Softball Hosts Pirate Invitational This Weekend
  After opening the season with a second-place finish at the Carolina Classic, the East Carolina softball team logs its first home games of the season as it welcomes Boston College, Ohio and Maine to Greenville for the 2008 Pirate Invitational.
ecupirates.com

ECU women open four-game homestand
Greenville Daily Reflector

Women's Basketball Team Hits The Road for a Re-match at East Carolina
southernmiss.com

From the East Carolinian
-Freshman making her presence felt
-Pirates overtaken by Golden Hurricane

ECU falls short once again
New Bern Sun Journal

February 14, 2008
Valentines Day

From Bonesville.net
-Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Memphis sharing the limelight

-BVL
: Golden Hurricane sinks Pirates

Tulsa Slips Past ECU
 Calvin Walls scored the go-ahead basket with 50 seconds remaining and then made two free throws to lift Tulsa to a 66-61 victory over East Carolina inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Wednesday night.
ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Battle of the boards
 Rebounding the difference in Hurricane's win
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ECU student eliminated from 'American Idol'

East Carolina falls short against Tulsa
Kinston Free Press

TU rallies for ECU road win
 Glenn Andrews felt at home in a foreign gym on Wednesday night.
Tulsa World

Andrews Scores 21 in 66-61 Win at East Carolina
tulsahurricane.com

Obstacles don't sidetrack Allison
 For a lot of reasons, Aundrae Allison wasn't supposed to make it to the National Football League.
Charlotte Observer

Duckett Rewarded Late in the Season
 Coming out of college at East Carolina as an undrafted free agent, Duckett knew he’d have to scratch and claw his way into the NFL.
SF49ers.com

Byner destined to coach
 Earnest Byner was like any other little kid playing sports out in the yard ... almost.
macon.com

Extraordinary coach was true gentleman
 Denny O'Brien was one of my favorite coaches, regardless of the sport, and among the five most classy people I have met.
Wilmington (DE) News Journal

Hobbton Lets Sidelined Midway Senior Score
 Warren, who is leaning toward entering East Carolina University this fall, just shook his head in amazement at the truly classy example of sportsmanship
Dunn Daily Record

February 13, 2008
Get a Different Name Day

From Bonesville.net
-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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Asheville star takes a liking to purple
Talk FM: TOT (Fred Smith, Don Carrington)

From ecupirates.com
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Men's Basketball Looks To Even Up Home Record Against Tulsa
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Pirates Handle Mount Olive, Barton
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Mack McCarthy Radio Call-in Show Airs Live From Harvey Hall Thursday Night

ECU men returning to Minges
Greenville Daily Reflector

Hurricane's mantra- attack, repeat the win
 The Golden Hurricane (11-10 overall, 3-6 in league) will visit East Carolina on Wednesday night with thoughts of back-to-back victories in mind.
Tulsa World

Recruiting- 'Best of Signing Day 2008'
Fayetteville Observer

Seahawks' Clark named Class AAA player of year
 Clark, an East Carolina signee, is averaging 16 points, 6.4 assists, 5.8 steals and 4.3 rebounds this year, leading the Seahawks to a 23-2 record.
Myrtle Beach Sun News

When passion meets talent
 Frank Robinson came to Fullerton after one year at East Carolina University and immediately made an impact.
dailytitan.com

February 12, 2008
Darwin Day / Charles Darwin (Theory Of Natural Selection)
Oglethorpe Day
Anniversary - NAACP
Birthday - President Abraham Lincoln (16th President)

From Bonesville.net
-Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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Home is where the hope is
Talk FM: Brian Bailey (Harold Robinson)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Fields shows glimpses of his potential
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ECU student seeks 'Idol' fame
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ECU bus driver won't return to job after wreck

Women's Soccer Signs Seven For 2008 Class
ecupirates.com

Impressive Credentials
 Zack Valentine's credentials as a football player are impressive indeed.
South Jersey News

Browns wait on Lewis
 The backs who might be available when the Browns draft in Round 2 — East Carolina speedster Chris Johnson and Michigan's Mike Hart are possibilities
Canton Repository

February 11, 2008
National Shut-In Visitation Day
Pro Sports Wives Day
Satisfied Staying Single Day
White Shirt Day
Birthday - Thomas Edison (inventor)

From Bonesville.net
-Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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Arrington a potential gem for Pirates
-Bradsher
: The Bradsher Beat
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Coaching fraternity breeds lasting ties

From ecupirates.com
-Pirates Finish Second At Carolina Classic
 After slipping past Kent State 3-2 in the first game of the day, the East Carolina softball team dropped a 5-2 decision to host UNC-Chapel Hill in the championship contest of the Carolina Classic.
-UTEP Handles Lady Pirates, 81-53
 SMU used a second-half surge Saturday

UTEP Miners in the Top 25 after victory
 Playing in front of a season-high 7,003 fans and an ESPN2 television audience, UTEP strung together perhaps the best 12 minutes in program history to turn a 37-36 second-half deficit into a statement-making victory over ECU.
El Paso Times

Women Miners trounce ECU in front of national TV audience
KVIA

Troup helps Heels take softball title
 Emily Troup went 4-for-4 and earned MVP honors, leading the North Carolina softball team to a 5-2 victory over East Carolina on Sunday in the championship
Raleigh News and Observer

TU Breakdown
 The Golden Hurricane has a chance to pick up a road win at struggling East Carolina on Wednesday. But winning in Greenville, NC, won’t be easy — just ask North Carolina State
Tulsa World

University creates task force on enrollment
 "We have been the fastest-growing public university in North Carolina for the last five years," Chancellor Steve Ballard said...ECU's enrollment has grown from 20,577 in the fall semester of 2002 to 25,990 in the fall of 2007.
Greenville Daily Reflector

 

February 17, 2008

Mack's Grand Slam Keys HR Barrage
  USC opens the 2008 season on Friday at home against East Carolina.
rivals.com

Rodriguez says his kids disturbed by T-shirts, signs
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Columbia (SC) State
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USC basketball coach- An enticing position?
-Gamecocks cut off Tide at the pass
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Tigers avoid collapse, top 'Pack

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Tigers' clutch shots too much for Wolfpack
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Only hope remains from '83
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Canes make it three straight

Carolina blue afternoon
Roanoke Times

From the Winston Salem Journal
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New-look Blue Devils look good for tonight's game against Deacons
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UNCG rolls past Appalachian
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Skeptics- Some dislike the new NASCAR
-Chevys vs. Toyotas in Daytona

  The Super Bowl of racing kicks off the NASCAR season this afternoon

From the Charlotte Observer
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Sources- Panthers show interest in TE Crumpler
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Earnhardt and his lucky penny

Carter's layup delivers big win
Wilmington Star-News

February 16, 2008

Pay rate soars for Mountaineer assistants
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Clemson University reports 13 secondary violations
Anderson Independent

Virginia fulfills Pruett's need
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Fundraising phenomenon
  Since 2000, the Wolfpack Club has added 5,000 members -- almost 3,000 in 2007 -- while raising more than $100 million for athletics facilities, much of it earmarked for Carter-Finley Stadium.
-Wood to ice in 4 hours

  This could be the most hectic day of the year at the RBC Center. N.C. State hosts Clemson today in a 3 p.m. basketball game and the Carolina Hurricanes face the Florida Panthers about four hours later for hockey.
-Canes regroup after 'tremendous loss'
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Johnson still the man to beat
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Tar Heels are hobbling
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Tigers poised for NCAAs

N.C. State to honor '83 NCAA champs
Fayetteville Observer

No giving up at USC
Greenville (SC) News

USC adds concert to spring football festivities
Columbia (SC) State

From the Winston Salem Journal
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Wake Forest building momentum
-Fancher says ASU must stop digging itself holes
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Delhomme says his elbow rehab is coming along nicely

Foster's days with Panthers appear numbered
Charlotte Observer

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is NASCAR's biggest wheel
The Virginian Pilot

February 15, 2008

USC Men's Baseball | World of hurt stalls players
  Thanks to injuries, plenty of players will be missing when USC opens its season with a three-game series against East Carolina next weekend.
Columbia (SC) State

Area Briefs- Prediction puts USC 2nd in East
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

UConn coach Edsall would like to see another program join Big East
 Central Florida, Memphis, East Carolina and others have been mentioned in the past as possible fits.
ESPN

From the College Football News
-2008 Early ACC Lookaheads
-Can The Big East Expand?

Groh hires ex-Marshall coach Pruett
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Nation: 1995-96 Beavers know the pain of this season
  Hired away from East Carolina University, new coach Eddie Payne and assistants George Felton, Michael Holton and Rich Wold were brought in to engineer a turnaround and return the Beavers to Pacific-10 Conference and national prominence.
Corvallis (OR) Gazette Times

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Hurricanes lose their captain in win
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Eagles too hot for Pack
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Yow Foundation adds partner
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Getting back to racing

From the Winston Salem Journal
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Mauk is denied an extra year of football
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Deacons race past Seminoles
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Bobcats inconsistent, but have playoff hopes
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Elon topples Appalachian State
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Panthers re-sign Wharton, Harris

Clemson routs Georgia Tech
Anderson Independent

February 14, 2008

Friends, family support Sampson
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News and Observer
-Duke duo staves off Maryland rally
-Pack wants to correct second-half woes
-NCAA eyes changes

McInnis leads Bobcats past Hawks in OT
Charlotte Observer

NCCU on Aggies' schedule in 2008
Durham Herald-Sun

Clemson hits stretch run in ACC race
Greenville (SC) News

Bulldogs bury USC in empty house
Columbia (SC) State

Locals hold Hornets' fate, Stern says
New Orleans Times Picayune

February 13, 2008

Calm down, more football is on the way
Anderson Independent

USC, Clemson Checking NC Back
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Virginia falls short of upset
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Terps will test Duke
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Former announcer Currie dies at 83
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Ladd's promotion nets dividends

From the Charlotte Observer
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Coach K gets credit for quick Duke turnaround
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Panthers need an offseason tune-up

Eagles extinguish Flames for big BSC road victory
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Stewart, Kurt Busch are each put on probation for six races
Winston Salem Journal

February 12, 2008

Ravens hire Pagano
 Chuck Pagano coached defensive backs at East Carolina in 1989 and 1992-94.
scout.com

UNC-CH defensive coordinator resigns to join Baltimore Ravens
Durham Herald-Sun

Baseball Not Just A Power Trip For Tanner
rivals.com

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Canes trade stalwarts of title season
-Panthers release Morgan, Wahle
-These are take-charge guys
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Injuries to Heel's point guards keep piling up

Clemson basketball mending a broken heart
Anderson Independent

On USC's next coach, image isn't everything
Columbia (SC) State

Eagles off life support, but need to take down Liberty
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

Bobcats' season darkens
Charlotte Observer

Rodriguez lawsuit heads back to state court
Beckley Register-Herald

February 11, 2008

From the Anderson Independent
-Heels give Tigers another punch in the gut

 Clemson blew an 11-point lead in the final three minutes of regulation Sunday night and wound up losing 103-93
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College football recruiting a never-ending process

This one will hurt the Tigers for a long time to come
Durham Herald Sun

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Name on the jerseys says it all for Yow's Wolfpack
-Devils' 'D' smothers Deacons
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Heels' unlikely rally shows divide in ACC

Havens, Lail Homer In Sunday Scrimmage
 USC opens the 2008 season with a three-game home series against East Carolina starting Feb. 22 in a rematch of the 2004 Super Regional.
rivals.com

From the Charlotte Observer
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New car carries Johnson to pole
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Wallace out for week; Bobcats lose 6th in row

Zorn admits his task is 'intimidating'
Hampton Roads Daily Press

 

February 17, 2008

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Douglas-Roberts, Anderson hit shots in stretch as Tigers slip by feisty Blazers
  After the stunning run of 3-pointers, the astonishing comeback, the breathtaking finish and the shower of debris that rained down from the stands at Bartow Arena, the University of Memphis finally retreated to the haven of its locker room late Saturday night.
-Tigers replay: U of M vs. UAB

UAB falls in final seconds to No. 1 Memphis
  While his team was on the wrong end of a pair of calls by the officials in the final minute of Saturday night's 79-78 Conference USA loss to top-ranked Memphis, UAB head coach Mike Davis didn't spend his postgame talk with reporters complaining.
Birmingham News

McDade lifts Hurricane
Tulsa World

UTEP Miners fall apart in the second half
El Paso Times

Herd slams Green Wave
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall defeats Tulane 68-54
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Wave goes cold, falls to Herd
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice should stay loyal to Wilson
-UH tries 43 3-pointers in cruising by SMU

UH routs SMU men, 69-47
Dallas Morning News

UCF Knights hangs on to defeat Rice
Orlando Sentinel

RENOVATIONS GIVE USM NEW LOOK
  Revamped press box, new suites enhance Pete Taylor Park
Biloxi Sun Herald

February 16, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Basketball Notebook
  Another full day of Conference USA action is scheduled for Saturday with six games slated featuring all 12 teams.
-Former Cougar Hakeem Olajuwon Named Finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame
-Five C-USA Players Named to Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers can't recall last C-USA loss, 716 days ago -- but UAB players do
-Preview: No. 1 Tigers vs. UAB

Home is where the wins are in C-USA
  It's hard to beat home cooking. And, we're not talking about officiating here.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Senior point guard coming on for Herd
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Marshall begins important homestand against Tulane
Beckley Register Herald

Green Wave braces for Thundering Herd
New Orleans Times Picayune

Rice men inching closer to first victory of '08
H
ouston Chronicle

Tulsa ready for rematch against UTEP
Tulsa World

UTEP Miners still in search of first C-USA road victory
El Paso Times

USM spring game set for April 12
Hattiesburg American

February 15, 2008

UCF sets non-conference games
  In the works could be a pair of Sunday night ESPN broadcasts. Opponents would be determined by C-USA officials and the network, but early front-runners for Sunday games include UCF at Tulsa in a rematch of the C-USA title game, as well as a home meeting with East Carolina.
Orlando Sentinel

From the College Football News
-2008 Early Conference USA Lookaheads
-Taking a look back on the 2007 Conference USA season

2008 Marshall Baseball Preview
conferenceusa.com

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd making a late move
-Pruett makes a Cavalier decision
  Following a three-season retirement, Bobby Pruett has returned to college football coaching. Marshall University's all-time winningest coach has accepted the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator positions at the University of Virginia.

Pruett rejoins college coaching ranks
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Sold-out Bartow awaits No. 1 Tigers
Birmingham News

U of M's lob dunks a symbol of success
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Giannini excited about USM's progress
  The 2007-08 athletic year has been an eventful one for Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini.
Hattiesburg American

McInnis returns to hill pain-free
  Southern Miss redshirt freshman pitcher Todd McInnis was a happy man after throwing about 60 pain-free pitches in an intrasquad scrimmage last week.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

February 14, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-No. 1 Memphis Still Perfect With Win Over Houston
-Blazers Topple Owls, 69-60
-Dorris Sinks Game-Winning Trey with 0.7 on Clock, Lifts Herd to 75-74 Win at SMU
-Houston Softball Ranked No. 23 in USA Today/NFCA Poll
-2008 UCF Baseball Preview

CBS to rebrand CSTV
bizjournals.com

From the Hattiesburg American
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USM should fare well in baseball
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USM football announces nonconference schedule
 Conference USA is expected to release its game dates in the next month.

USM announces non-conference football dates
 The dates for the Conference USA portion of USM's schedule is expected to be announced later this month.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

USM releases part of schedule
 Conference USA will release its game dates in March.
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Houston Chronicle
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UH can't hold halftime lead, falls at No. 1 Memphis
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UH loses to Memphis after early lead crumbles
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UAB sends Rice to 13th loss in row

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Houston talks, plays tough early but Memphis too much in second half
-Tigers replay

Dorris' last-second three lifts Herd
 Mark Dorris connected on a three-point shot in the final second Wednesday night, giving Marshall a 75-74 men's basketball victory at SMU.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Last-second 3-pointer drops SMU men
Dallas Morning News

Consistency, focus keys in Miners' amazing run
El Paso Times

Walls added to MU injury list
Biloxi Sun Herald

Green Wave bracing for Owls
New Orleans Times Picayune

February 13, 2008

Calipari- Conference USA is getting tougher
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

2008 C-USA Recruiting - What It All Means
College Football News

SMU football coaching staff adds nine
Dallas Morning News

From the Tulsa World
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C USA Notebook- Halfway home
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QB Smith prepares for draft
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TU may get big payout from Hogs

UH out to prove NCAA worth against No. 1 Memphis
Houston Chronicle

Calipari tells team to focus on game
 Making Final Four is key, not streaks, records
Charlotte Observer (AP)

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Houston tries to pop Tigers' 'bubble'
-Tigers vs. Houston preview
-'Rookie' unleashes dreams

2008 Memphis Baseball Preview
conferenceusa.com

Marshall's Walls breaks hand, could miss rest of season
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Wilkerson leading Marshall into SMU game
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Coming off the bench suits UAB's Lawrence Kinnard just fine
Birmingham News

February 12, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Basketball Notebook
-Women's Basketball Notebook & Statistics
 UTEP becomes the first C-USA program to appear in the AP Top 25 under the league's new membership, which was established in 2005-06. Current member Houston was the last ranked team in C-USA.
-Softball Notebook

2008 UCF Baseball Season Preview
cstv.com

SMU hopes lightning strikes twice with Jones
 Why does a small private school in Conference USA that typically averages fewer than 20000 fans per game pay a coach almost $2 million annually?
Yahoo! Sports

Memphis moves MTSU game to renew rivalry
Midsouth Daily News Journal

U of L, Memphis will renew football rivalry
Louisville Courier-Journal

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' domination on the boards makes up for any weaknesses that might pop up
-Louisville added to Tigers' schedule

Marshall winning late into season
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
-Dodging Memphis should among MU goals
-Adam Williams adds the right chemistry to Marshall lineup

Behind the scenes with the UAB basketball team
Birmingham News

Ewing's rehab nearly complete
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

February 11, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
-Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up
 It was a good Saturday for the home teams as five host squads picked up wins.
-C-USA Softball Recap
 Houston is undefeated at 4-0, Marshall grabs a ranked win, Kee wins her 500th game

Fans left to wonder how Herd lost first ECU game
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Herd looks west to find juco talent
Charleston (WV) Gazette

UH wants 25 wins with Big Dance in its plans
 For Cougars, it's 25 or bust
Houston Chronicle

Schedule looks to be on Tigers' side
 Despite the numerous pundits who hold Conference USA against the University of Memphis, there is an advantage to the Tigers' league dominance that rarely gets discussed.
Memphis Commercial Appeal