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Conference USA

March 30, 2008
Take a Walk in the Park Day

BVL Box Score: East Carolina 10, Central Florida 2

-Maness And Sutton Lead ECU Over UCF 10-2
-Pirate Gameday Central
-Furman Intercollegiate Halted By Darkness
-Lind Tied For 10th At Mountainview Collegiate

ECU baseball team routs No. 19 UCF
Greenville Daily Reflector

Maness Wins Fifth In A Row For ECU
Southern Pines Pilot

UCF can't muster offense vs. ECU
Orlando Sentinel

Fields leaving ECU basketball team
Fayetteville Observer

March 29, 2008
Just Pray No: Worldwide Weekend Prayer
Knights Of Columbus Founders Day
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
Birthday - President John Tyler (10th President)
Cherry Blossom Festival (Washington DC)

-BVL Box Score: Central Florida 3, East Carolina 2
Talk FM: TOT (Denny O'Brien, Mike Steele)

-Pirates Drop Game One To UCF 3-2
-Spring Football Notebook No. 9
-Pirates In 12th At Furman Intercollegiate
-Softball Meets Tulsa In Key C-USA Series

UCF Claims Game One vs. East Carolina, 3-2

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates drop baseball series opener to Knights
-Harris shines in scrimmage

March 28, 2008
Something on a Stick Day

-Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
Epiphany: It's more than a game

Talk FM: TOT (D. Nielsen, F. Smith, R. Moore)

-Pirate Gameday Central
  The East Carolina baseball team will hit the road for its first Conference USA road series of the season this weekend when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to take on No. 19 UCF. First pitch for Friday nights game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
-Lady Pirate Tennis Stops UNCW, 5-2

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU celebrates its birthday
  101st anniversary was March 8
-Holland enjoying Wildcats' run
  Most hoops fans in N.C. know that Davidson has established a tradition of excellence in its tiny community north of Charlotte, and East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland was responsible for sowing some of those seeds of success.
-Fields latest Pirate to transfer from team
-ECU heads to UCF for C-USA series
-ECU competes in first spring scrimmage today

Pirates return to conference action
  East Carolina is looking to climb higher in the Conference USA standings this weekend.
Washington Daily News

From the East Carolinian
-ECU stumbles in first conference series
-Opinion- The state of ECU men's basketball
-ECU football enters next phase of spring practice

Dallas Cowboys NFL draft series- East Carolina running back Chris Johnson
Dallas Morning News

Chris Johnson (RB)

March 27, 2008
Education and Sharing Day
Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
Anniversary - Funky Winkerbean

-Myatt: View from the 'ville
Foes gearing up for football season

-BVL Box Score
: East Carolina 11, Campbell 3
Talk FM: TOT

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Pirates showing depth on the front line
-Crowd pleasing win
  Pirates slam Camels

-Pirates Use Long Ball Past Camels, 11-3
-Spiders Climb Past East Carolina 5-2
-Spring Football Notebook No. 8
  Pirates Pass Spring Halfway Point, Prep For First Scrimmage

Pirates break out the whooping sticks
Washington Daily News

John Fields Leaving ECU

In the Tape Room- Chris Johnson
Comcast SportsNet

SVC hires new harrier coach
  Catania comes to SVC from East Carolina University (ECU), where his men's cross country team had the highest Conference USA finish in school history and his women's program reached Academic All-American status in two seasons.
Bennington (VT) Banner

March 26, 2008
Legal Assistants Day
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Pirates hoping to get over the hump against Camels
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU's Evans plans to transfer
  East Carolina sophomore Brandon Evans is leaving the ECU men's basketball team
-Williams looks to fill Johnson's shoes
  Jonathan Williams is many things, but bashful doesn't seem to be one of them.

March 25, 2008
American Diabetes Association Alert Day
Feast of Annunciation (Catholic)
Pecan Day
Old New Year's Day
International Waffle Day
Maryland Day (Maryland)

Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
Pirates on defense about defense

Spring Football Notebook No. 7

Three Strikes
  Thrice Is Nice - East Carolina senior catcher Corey Kemp pulled the hat trick Saturday against Houston.
Baseball America

Pirate bats fall silent in loss to Houston
Washington Daily News

Small-school stars coming to field near you

From the Yahoo! Sports
-Phifer mentions early leaders
  “I’d say Maryland, Rutgers, East Carolina and Minnesota are up there,”
-Interest rises for massive NC lineman

March 24, 2008
Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday
Houdini Day
St. Gabriel Feast Day

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 340
Patience necessary as hoops rebuilds

BVL Box Score
: Houston 8, East Carolina 5

ECU Drops Rubber Match To Houston, 8-5
  Blake Kelso collected a game-high four hits and Bryan Pounds drove in three runs as Houston walked away with an 8-5 victory and a 2-1 series win over No. 23 East Carolina
-Pirate Track And Field Successful at Wake Forest
No. 5 Stanford Powers Past ECU

Cougars take series from Pirates
Greenville Daily Reflector

Houston Takes C-USA Series-Opening Win at No. 23 East Carolina on Sunday

Draft Analysis- Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina Pirates


March 30, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-Curry a prime-time hit
-Davidson undaunted
-Davidson the-dare-to dream team
-Davidson's big day- Can magic last?
-Tar Heels headed to Final Four
-East Regional | Like a home game for the Heels
-Louisville accepts reality of defeat
-Many KU fans want shot at Williams' Tar Heels

Top seeds have answer to Cardinals' comeback
  The Cardinals realized there was no shame in losing 83-73 to the top seeded Tar Heels in their own backyard.
Louisville Courier-Journal

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Kansas concerned about more than just Curry
-Deacons shut down No. 2 Seminoles 4-2
-WFU recruit arrested
-Moore pleased with ASU's spring

Hey, what's big surprise?
  With the lights brighter, the stage so much bigger and the nation watching, Davidson's Wildcats have suddenly become the big story of this year's March Madness.
Hickory Record

CTC runners pay tribute to Kinnier
  Ricky Stokes, a former Virginia point guard and former head coach at both East Carolina and Virginia Tech returned to Charlottesville to run the 10-miler.
Charlottesville Daily Progress

USC to interview Hilltoppers' Horn
Greenville (SC) News

Huggins pleased with first season
Beckley Register-Herald

Big day for Little E?
Roanoke Times

March 29, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-Davidson marches on
  Behind Curry, Wildcats hold off Wisconsin
-Cats cruising in Motor City
-Davidson's fans are enjoying NCAA ride
  Many think Wildcats' stay will extend beyond Elite 8
-Coaches downplay rout of '89
  Williams' Kansas team blew out Kentucky; Pitino says he's over it

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Rivers may consider entering NBA draft
  Clemson has nonconference games scheduled at Charlotte and USC as well as a Big Ten opponent in the annual ACC challenge. Home games are slated against Alabama and East Carolina.
-Kentucky batters Cisco, Gamecocks
-Clemson walks through a door and right into a wall
-Clemson gives staff job security

From the Raleigh News and Observer
49ers sign Lutz to an extension
With deck stacked against them, Cards respond

March 28, 2008

From the Beckley Register-Herald
-Elite Eight eludes WVU: Mountaineers fall to Xavier in OT
-Foul shot will haunt Alexander

From the Charlotte Observer
-Coach McKillop is the Wildcats' inspiration
  Davidson coach lives his many lessons
-Davidson students on their way
  Nearly 350 students took up Davidson on a free trip to attend tonight's Davidson-Wisconsin "Sweet 16" basketball game in Detroit.
-Dreams, reality meet in Detroit
-Friendship fuels Davidson duo
-Heels cruise over Cougars

From the Winston Salem Journal
-LIKE FATHER- Dell says he never pushed 'Steph'
-CASH INPUT NEEDED- Martinsville could use some help

Charges fly in Rich Rod buyout case
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Louisville's defense stops Tennessee 79-60
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Search for coach to shift gears
  As Sooners appear to lock Capel, Hilltoppers’ Horn is latest name
-Newberry's Heath Benedict found dead in home
  Was a prospect for the NFL’s draft

From the Roanoke Times
-Hokies request- Give us more Macho
-More than just a few good men needed by Tech

Price tag for playing host in inaugural CBI may hit $150,000
The Virginian Pilot

MSU's Polk steps down
  Baseball coach will leave at season's end
Biloxi Sun Herald

March 27, 2008

From the Beckley Register-Herald
-WVU hopes to go from Sweet to Elite
-West Virginia doesn’t fit into Cinderella image

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Ole Miss beats Virginia Tech in NIT quarterfinals
-Crouch's 27 points lift Bradley past U.Va.

From the Charlotte Observer
-UNC-CH in familiar footsteps?
-Redskins, Giants to play in opener

March 26, 2008

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Former Chattanooga coach says experience is crucial
  Davidson is the first Southern Conference team to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 since Chattanooga in 1997
-Wildcats, Badgers excel at defense
-WFU's DeGeare ineligible

From the Charlotte Observer
-Underdogs with honor
  Davidson in Sweet 16 'the right way'
-Davidson could win off court

Stephen Curry proving the big schools wrong
Fayetteville Observer

One of first orders of business for Hokies- Deciding who will start at QB
The Virginian Pilot

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Changes leave many questions for Virginia Tech football
-ACC plunges into black
-JMU hires Marist basketball coach

Garcia suspended until August
Greenville (SC) News

Location, Location, Location
Baseball America

Clemson tops Elon
Anderson Independent

March 25, 2008

Virginia is saved
  Sean Singletary puts on a game-stealing show in the final 22 seconds against ODU.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Roanoke Times
-Cavalier comeback unseats

-TB Ore no longer with Hokies

Spurrier says Garcia's fate in USC's hands
  University of South Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Garcia is in trouble with the law again and whether he'll be allowed back on the team this time is uncertain.
Greenville (SC) News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-3 strikes- Is Garcia out?
  After his third run in with the law, Garcia’s future is out of Spurrier’s hands
-Capel rumors continue to swirl

Fayetteville Observer

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Savoring the Success
  Curry and his Davidson teammates say they are having the time of their lives during their surprising run in NCAA Tournament
-West Virginia fans basking in success
  Mountaineers' run soothes state's hurt

From the Charlotte Observer
-Bigger, better Curry makes believers
  Fame finds once overlooked Davidson guard
-Want NCAA tickets? Think about $500

Blue Devils 'forgot who we were'
Durham Herald-Sun

What's in store?
  For the past four seasons, there hasn't been much mystery with Winthrop basketball.
Rock Hill (SC) Herald

From the Raleigh News and Observer
NCAA pulls decals
UNC-Chapel Hill officially has toughest path
  History doesn't favor No. 1 seeds with top four in regional.

Hendrick hopes fortune changes at Martinsville
Greensboro News-Record

All-NC team is a fine lot of players
  MLB players who list a North Carolina town as their birthplace
Gaston Gazette

NC center PSU's first '09 recruit
  Howle, who was an all-state and all-conference selection as a junior, had written offers from Penn State, East Carolina and Navy.
Pocono Record

March 24, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-Scrappy Cats help Curry soar
  The four-inch scratch on Thomas Sander's right shoulder showed just how hard Davidson had to work to claw back to beat Georgetown 74-70 on Sunday.
-Win puts big spotlight on little school
-Wildcats roar back
  Davidson slew Goliath here on Easter Sunday
-Davidson storms back to stun Georgetown
-Tar Heels keep rolling against Arkansas
-Center-court logos a slippery topic for Heels
-Schools score big when sports teams win

From the Winston Salem Journal
-Curry leads upstart Wildcats to upset over brawny Hoyas
-Endurance- Wildcats have never-say-die attitude

From The Virginian Pilot
-Davidson’s story gets sweeter as tourney unfolds
-Monarchs' wish to play U.Va. is finally granted

Cavs not looking ahead to future
  Dave Leitao still is trying to figure out which players can make an impact in the CBI tourney.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

March sadness often comes before gladness
Anderson Independent

Mids' road to bowl trip hits bump
  There are extensive discussions with the Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA to appear in the inaugural Congressional Bowl if it receives approval from the NCAA.
Annapolis Capital

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Can you top this? WKU in Sweet 16
  Western Kentucky blew another big lead, then responded with another clutch performance.
-Tennessee advances to Sweet 16
  Vols 'bail out' Pearl, fend off Butler

Reliant Stadium gets makeover for March Madness
Houston Chronicle

USC wraps up sweep of Mississippi State
Greenville (SC) News


March 30, 2008

From the Houston Chronicle
-UT, Memphis to showcase speed at Reliant
-A closer look at today's matchups

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Lots of Texas fans set for game, but Tigers used to it
-'Horns of dilemma? Tigers will find hostile environment today against Texas
-Nation's top guards come face to face in Tigers vs. Texas
-Preview: (1) Memphis (36-1) vs. (2) Texas (31-6)
-West impressed by Tigers' defense

Memphis will try to make up for '06, '07 losses in regional finals
Winston Salem Journal (AP)

From the Orlando Sentinel
-Thousands mourn UCF player Ereck Plancher at Naples memorial
-We really never got to know UCF football player Ereck Plancher

From the Tulsa World
-TU loves CBI, despite its doubters
  When Tulsa meets Bradley this week, some of the national media will blow off the inaugural best-of-3 championship series.  But what may mean little to some means everything to TU coach Doug Wojcik.
-TU tailback patient, eager

Joseph Webb, offense grab the spotlight in UAB football scrimmage
Birmingham News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Fedora praises effort in scrimmage
-Rice bounces back to blank Eagles 9-0

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-Owls pummel Eagles behind 14-hit attack
-Defense draws praise following 120-play scrimmage

Conn joins Southern Miss in Houston after short illness
Biloxi Sun Herald

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-New faces highlight Herd spring drills
-Herd sweeps Memphis at Power Park
-Huntington needs land bank for major civic projects

What will Marshall do for an encore in 2009?
Beckley Register-Herald

March 29, 2008

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers beat Michigan State 92-74
-UM replay: Tigers 92, Michigan State 74
-Tiger assistant Walton sweats out spring, holds off on surgery
-Memphis' basketball wizardry on display

From the Houston Chronicle
-Memphis to play Texas after ousting Michigan St.
-Rice, UH find selves stung in shutouts

Memphis Posts Convincing Win over Michigan State

Eagles' Bowden fires gem
  Golden Eagle starting pitcher Barry Bowden outdueled Rice's Ryan Berry to lead Southern Miss over No. 10 Rice 1-0 at Reckling Park Friday night.
Hattiesburg American

Herd special teams set for overhaul
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Conference USA, Big East could have another bowl opportunity
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

March 28, 2008

From the Houston Chronicle
-UT, Memphis look to stay on top at South Regional
-Rice interviews UT assistant Terry

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Calm before the storm: Tigers 'laid back, having fun'
-Memphis vs. Michigan State preview
-C-USA in line for spot in new St. Petersburg bowl

UAB's Vaden will test NBA Draft waters
Birmingham News

From the Orlando Sentinel
-UCF baseball class rated No. 7 in the nation
-Knights back on field; UCF will pay for Plancher's funeral

SMU coach says suspended QB on road back
Dallas Morning News

From the Hattiesburg American
-Lady Eagles' season ends
-USM defense being tested
-USM baseball team looking to remain hot

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-USM seeking another ranked upset
-USM to play Virginia, Alcorn in '09
-Around College Football

USM's top relief vs. Rice in doubt
Biloxi Sun Herald

Defensive line will be thin this spring
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Wave in C-USA opener
  If the Tulane baseball team could be given an extra week before the start of Conference USA play, Coach Rick Jones gladly would accept.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Herd takes on Memphis at APP
Charleston (WV) Gazette

TU fans line up for tickets to CBI finals
Tulsa World

UTEP football begins practicing Tuesday
El Paso Times

March 27, 2008

From the Tulsa World
-TU moves to finals
  Tulsa was showered with praise following Wednesday night's 73-69 semifinal win over Houston in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.
-McKiver wins the battle, but Tulsa wins the war
-TU NOTEBOOK- Looking Ahead
-TU tops Houston, will face Bradley in CBI championship series
  Tulsa earned a berth in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational championship series with a 73-69 semifinal win over Houston at the Reynolds Center on Wednesday night.

-Tulsa Beats Houston to Advance to CBI Final

From the Houston Chronicle
-Cougars ousted from CBI in 73-69 loss to Tulsa
-Pounds, UH baseball topple No. 12 Rice 8-5

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Tigers' Rose ready to play 40 minutes, despite a coach-potato diet
-Tiger running backs keep it humble

-Houston's Basketball Postseason Runs Ends in CBI Semifinals
-Southern Miss Continues WNIT Action Thursday
-Women's Golf Notebook
-NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship Recap
-Owls Fall In Second Game Of Silver Glove Trophy Series 8-5
-Back To Back- Blazers Down Alabama A&M, 7-2
-Hot Start Guides UCF Baseball to 8-4 Win at Florida Gulf Coast

Proposed bowl would pit Big East vs. C-USA
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Baseball Earns Series Split With 3-0 Win Over North Carolina State

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Herd ends skid with win over N.C. State
-Spots up for grabs along offensive front
-Marshall QB, line battles to begin

Blazers plan to drop synchronized swimming program
Birmingham News

Herd coach misses NCAA Tournament
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

UCF attorneys to handle any further probe of Ereck Plancher death
Orlando Sentinel

No more SEC foes for USM in 2009
  Southern Miss will step outside the region in non-conference play for the first time in 45 years during the 2009 football season.
Greenville (SC) News

Green Wave just picks up where it left off
New Orleans Times Picayune

March 26, 2008

UCF completes internal investigation into football player's death
  Officials determine that workouts prior to Ereck Plancher's death were within NCAA regulations.
Orlando Sentinel

From the Tulsa World
-TU sells 3,200 tickets this morning for Wednesday's game vs. Houston
-Starters' statistics explain a winning story

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH NOTEBOOK Penders enthusiastic about format of CBI
-Memphis' Douglas-Roberts a gem of different sort
-Rice baseball pummels Texas State 13-3

Tigers well-seasoned in NCAA play
Memphis Commercial Appeal

-Baseball Notebook
-Softball Notebook
-Chris Douglas-Roberts Named Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Finalist
-Dorsey Leads Tigers Past Mississippi State and Into Sweet 16
-Southern Miss defeated in-state foe Mississippi State, 62-61, at Green Coliseum.

From the Hattiesburg American
-Stevens rips walk-off home run for Eagles
-Eagles hold 1st full-scale scrimmage

USM wins it in 10
Biloxi Sun Herald

Herd baseball falls to N.C. State, 9-5
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

March 25, 2008

Rattled Blazers
  The road magic that helped UAB pull out a first-round NIT win at Virginia Commonwealth last week didn't return for the Blazers in their trip to Virginia Tech Monday night.
Birmingham News

Tech torches Blazers
Roanoke Times

From the Houston Chronicle
-UH blasts Valparaiso, heads for CBI semi at Tulsa
-Tulsa drops Utah to bring UH to town
-RICE NOTEBOOK- Owls concentrate on lifting run game

From the Tulsa World
-TU marches on
  The Reynolds Center was a rowdy and rocking place on Monday night.
-CBI's a heck of a thing for Tulsa
-Sizzling at home
-Houston downs Valpariso, to face TU next

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Big men came through for Tigers
-CDR one of four finalists for Naismith Award
-Travelin' Tigers enjoy a little adventure -- and some bingo -- on bus trips to see their team
-Contributions from many Tigers required to reach goal met by few

Payne Stewart heads inaugural SMU Hall of Fame class
Dallas Morning News

From the El Paso Times
-UTEP Miners' first NCAA trip ends in loss to Stanford
-City watches UTEP Miners' NCAA run end
-UTEP Miners lose 88-54 to Stanford in second round of NCAA tournament

You gotta Love it!
  Pauline Love hits game-winning 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left to lift the Lady Eagles to a 62-61 victory over Mississippi State in the second round of the WNIT.
Hattiesburg American

UCF Knights finally start spring practice; release spring schedule
Orlando Sentinel

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Spring practice starts next week for Herd
-Big Green dinner lands Brown
  Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown is speaking at the Marshall Big Green Scholarship Foundation Dinner.

March 24, 2008

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Dorsey's bumping and grinding key to Memphis' 77-74 win over Mississippi State
-Contributions from many Tigers required to reach goal met by few
-Tigers-Bulldogs replay
-With some deadly 3-point shooting, substitute guard Kemp provides Tigers with a much-needed lift
-Easter and hoops: Services bring fans together before game

Houston Basketball to Meet Valparaiso in CBI Quarterfinals on Monday

CBI Crowds give TU big edge
Tulsa World

NIT: UAB point guard Aaron Johnson at ease under pressure
Birmingham News

-Weekend Baseball Roundup
  Rice Sweeps Marshall; Houston, Memphis and Southern Miss Wins Series
-Southern Miss Wins the Weekend Series With a 10-6 victory over No. 16 UCF Sunday
-Tulane Completes Sweep Of Sacred Heart With 12-0 Sunday Win
-Four-Run Ninth Helps Tigers Complete Sweep of UAB
-C-USA Softball Recap

Rice continues to master Marshall; Tully, UH get past No. 23 ECU
Houston Chronicle

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
-McInnis, Conn pitch Eagles to series win
-Freshmen, seniors all rowing in same boat

Strong pitching carries Wave
New Orleans Times Picayune

Why worry about when Jones leaves?
Charleston (WV) Gazette

UTEP Miners, Stanford meet today in Round 2
El Paso Times

Notre Dame ousts SMU women from NCAA Tournament
Dallas Morning News