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East Carolina

Carolinas/Region

Conference USA

July 6, 2008
Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
Birthday - President George W. Bush (43rd President)

2007 College Football National Recruiting Map - by School - East Carolina
   The College Football Recruiting Map showcases college football recruits by town and University.
mapgameday.com

Ravens' Kelly finalist for U18 team
   Perry Simmons, a 6-5, 260-pound football lineman from Sanderson, has received scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, Navy and Western Carolina.
Raleigh News and Observer

July 5, 2008

Dowdy-Ficklen's future growth on Holland's mind
   As Terry Holland imagines what Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium might look like in 10 years, the differences he envisions involve time, space and tradition.The blueprints for East Carolina University's football home on future game days are often on the mind of the school's director of athletics, and even when they're not, real ones are hanging in his offices.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Merritt Headed To The Olympics
ecupirates.com

Silver medalist Merritt takes 400m gold
USA Track and Field

Top 10 women’s stories of the year
Golfweek.com

Louisville shows interest in Duran Christophe
   "If I had to pick a leader right now it's probably between ECU, UCF and Vanderbilt," Duran Christophe stated.
scout.com

July 4, 2008
Earth at Aphelion
Independence Day, USA
Fourth of July
Independence-From-Meat Day
Anniversary - America the Beautiful (song) Published
Anniversary - "American Top 40" (radio)
Birthday - Koko the Gorilla
Birthday - President Calvin Coolidge (30th President)

Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
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A little extra to root for in Beijing Olympics

Bonesville.net

Volleyball Releases 2008 Schedule
   Schedule Features Seven In-State Opponents
ecupirates.com

Athletic programs could be greatly affected by rising travel costs
   Terry Holland feels that Conference-USA should be willing to think “out of the box” when it comes to setting schedules.
Washington (NC) Daily News

Merritt Upsets Wariner at Olympic Trials
Washington (DC) Post

Merritt shocks Wariner again
   Former ECU athlete earns Olympic berth by beating favorite in 400 final
Raleigh News and Observer (AP)

From the New York Times
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A Confident Merritt Challenges Wariner’s Dominance
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Unexpected Becomes Normal in Men’s and Women’s 400

Changing of the guard
   The former East Carolina University All-American and 2007 world championship silver medalist, Merritt is the new undisputed American (and perhaps world) 400-meter sprint king
St Louis Post Dispatch

CFL: Crandell finds lifeline
   Veteran QB gets chance to star with 'Riders
Toronto Globe and Mail

Mollenhauer keeps it simple with cycle
Chicago White Sox

Vancouver spoils Hawks's rally
   Pitchers Jeff Beliveau of Florida Atlantic and Justin Bristow of East Carolina have been added to the Hawks roster.
Idaho Statesman

Florida running back commits to N.C. State / ECU gets defensive help
   East Carolina has continued its post-summer camp roll by picking up two more oral commitments.
Fayetteville Observer

Big Player, Big Interest
   In addition to West Virginia, East Carolina and Northeastern have offered scholarships to the big lineman
scout.com

Budget bill deal reached
   East Carolina University secured $107.3 million for medical school projects in a $21.3 billion budget plan
Greenville Daily Reflector

July 3, 2008
Air Conditioning Appreciation Days (07/03-08/15)
Compliment Your Mirror Day
Dog Days (07/03-08/11)
Stay Out of the Sun Day
Admission Day (Idaho)

Myatt: View from the 'ville
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Helping hands go both ways with Leach

Bonesville.net

From ecupirates.com
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Mack McCarthy's Letters of Marque - Week 7
-Golfing Duo Named NGCA Scholar All-Americans

Not slowing down
   ECU's Holland has no plans to retire
Greenville Daily Reflector

Lawhorn still living his dream
   Trevor Lawhorn wasn’t exactly lighting it up with the Hagerstown (Md.) Suns. While playing sparingly, he hit .244 with two homers and nine RBIs in 28 games for the Low Class A minor league team.
Washington Daily News

A Summer Decision Looming?
   Linebackers are rather plentiful in the talented laden state of Georgia. One of the most productive linebackers among that group is Milton Patterson of Banneker High School. With an offer in hand and a camping trip on the horizon, a decision could be forthcoming.
SuperPrep.com

Three Join Roberts' First EKU Staff
   Along with Roberts, Kolbe has spent the past six seasons as an assistant at East Carolina University.
EKU Sports

July 2, 2008
I Forgot Day
Birthday - Thurgood Marshall (Supreme Court)

From Bonesville.net
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Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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Summertime is slow time
Talk FM: TOT (Chris Markowski)

From ecupirates.com
-Maness Named Rivals Freshman All-American
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Merritt One Step Away From Beijing

Potomac's Lawhorn getting along fine as a pro
Greenville Daily Reflector

Team preview: East Carolina
ESPN Insider (Free Preview)

Opponent preview- East Carolina
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Blog ... East Carolina's Big (East) Plan
CollegeFootballNews.com

All-Area Boys' Track & Field: Jenkins does it all - and better than anybody
Rocky Mount Telegram

July 1, 2008
Halfway Point of 2008
Second Half of the New Year Day
Special Recreation for Disabled Day
Anniversary - Battle of Gettysburg
Anniversary - First Postage Stamp
Anniversary - First US Zoo
Anniversary - Medicare
Anniversary - Zip Codes Inaugurated
Birthday - Diana, Princess of Wales
Canada Day (Canada)

From Bonesville.net
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Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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Pirates lure Georgia "bone crusher"
Talk FM: TOT (Bob Orr)

From ecupirates.com
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Shuler And Nichols Added To ECU Coaching Staff
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Seth Maness Named BA Freshman All-American
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Merritt Reaches Semis At Olympic Trials

Pirates try to bulk up playing time
Greenville Daily Reflector

Return of the weekly Top 10 list
ESPN.com

Aundrae Allison in Rochester to sign autographs
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin

Chris Johnson- Future primary back?
Most Valuable Network

June 30, 2008
Leap Second Adjustment Time
Please Take My Children to Work Day
Anniversary - N.O.W.

O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 348
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Coach Mack on the right track

Bonesville.net

Coach- 400 specialist Merritt has become a man
USA Today

Marshall happy to size up WSU
   The recent addition of transfer Gabe Blair, who must sit out this season, gives WSU six scholarship players 6-7 or taller.
Wichita Eagle

Crandell recovered after faltering
Regina Leader-Post

 

July 6, 2008

Georgia State's Curry hires three assistants
   John Bond will serve as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, and Former ECU head coach John Thompson will be defensive coordinator.
rivals.com

Olympics matter to Collins family
   Doug Collins a member of 1972 team; son Chris a coach in 2008.
Raleigh News and Observer

Ex-coach from NC to be inducted into hall of fame
The Virginian Pilot

U of L receiver Guy shot
Louisville Courier Journal

Ford trying to pick up pounds
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Parker has two-sport aspirations at Clemson
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

July 5, 2008

Steps to recovery
   Three months after he broke his left leg, Jahre Cheeseman has an opportunity to lock in the starting tailback slot for the Hokies.
Roanoke Times

WVU football future interesting
Times-West Virginian

The forgotten man
Charleston (WV) Gazette

ODU signees flash their potential at all-star game
   Reamon, who was also recruited by Buffalo, East Carolina, Missouri and South Florida, said he wanted to play on ODU's first football team in 69 years.
The Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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'Crash' lands in Durham again
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Swimming records fall on the Fourth

South Carolina reports 9 NCAA violations
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

The too-early SEC East predictions
Columbia (SC) State

From the Charlotte Observer
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Favre a Panther- Get real
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Menard wins Daytona pole, has teammate alongside

There are some sports that simply don’t strike your fancy
Anderson Independent

July 4, 2008

Georgia- Ex-coaches learn to describe plays for viewers, not players
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Simmons Holds Four Offers
   "I like Duke, Carolina, ECU, and State," said Simmons. "Those are probably the top four schools. Right now I think Duke is my favorite.
scout.com

Sager Focused on the Bulls' Eye
   "Western Kentucky, UL-Lafayette and East Carolina have all offered," said Luke. "I have ten offers now. I am thinking about committing to USF.
scout.com

Wake Forest lands fullback, offensive lineman
Winston Salem Journal

Campbell heads back to class
Columbia (SC) State

NATIONAL: Team preview- Boise State - College Football
ESPN.com

49ers' schedule features 7 NCAA tournament teams
Charlotte Observer

Seahawks hire golf coach
Wilmington Star-News

July 3, 2008

Mountaineers' football future keeps Terps, ECU, may add Virginia
   WVU and Cavaliers may get FedEx Field dates; Maryland series extended by two lost games; ECU and WVU set six more times
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Lost season
   In a vicious blow to flanker Brandon Dillard and the Hokies' inexperienced wide receiving corps, the redshirt junior will be out for the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon Tuesday
Roanoke Times

From the Orlando Sentinel
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5 years after college conference realignment- Are schools better off?
   Celebrating 5 years after college football's summer of discontent
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How the college conference finances break down
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Perception vs. reality with the ACC and the other conferences
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College football's annual review- How do preseason magazines rate the teams?
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Virginia Tech WR sidelined for season by torn Achilles

College Football- 2008 Big East Preview
Bleacher Report

Preview 2008 - CFN North Carolina (at Chapel Hill) Preview
CollegeFootballNews.com

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Cole trade hits Staal hard
-Krzyzewski not worrying about future recruits
-Degand may return in October
-Tar Heels guard cleared to play basketball
-Tar Heels to face Wolf Pack

Coaches Fulmer, Pearl get new deals at Tennessee
   Vols coach Phillip Fulmer's deal is worth an average of nearly $3 million over the next seven seasons, and he becomes the fourth-highest-paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.
Houston Chronicle (AP)

From the Anderson Independent
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Perno inks new deal with UGA
   Georgia baseball coach David Perno has agreed to a new five-year, $2.25 million contract.
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Football players in trouble is really hitting home

From the Columbia (SC) State
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Bowden controls status of McDaniel
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Moody is a walking baseball encyclopedia

McDaniel remains student at Clemson
Greenville (SC) News

Birmingham entertainment district eyes Southeastern Conference tourist lure
   The Memphis real estate company creating Birmingham's entertainment district wants to build a tourist attraction devoted to the Southeastern Conference. The venue would include a merchandise store, restaurant and catering services and an interactive history of the SEC.
Birmingham News

NBA coming to OKC
   The Seattle NBA basketball team will start moving to Oklahoma City this morning and will begin playing in the Ford Center this fall under terms of a settlement agreement announced Wednesday.
The Oklahoman

July 2, 2008

IU president says hiring Sampson a mistake
Fayetteville Observer (AP)

FSU owes debt of gratitude to departed AD Dave Hart
Orlando Sentinel

From the Greenville (SC) News
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Clemson football tickets go on sale to public Monday
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Clemson University to merge men's, women's track coaching jobs

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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Canes trade away Cole
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Canes look to future without part of past

From the Charlotte Observer
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Appalachian State football looks to pick up ESPY upset
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LZR suits swimmers as records get sliced

Summertime just isn't busy enough for Deacs' Gaudio
Winston Salem Journal

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
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WVU athletic budget continues to increase
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WVU board member proposed $4 million in Rodriguez pact

WVU needs Lankster to excel
Charleston (WV) Gazette

July 1, 2008

Preview 2008 - CFN Virginia Preview
CollegeFootballNews.com

The latest in the case of 'Project Rodriguez'
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Lankster- WVU secondary improved
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Raleigh News and Observer
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A shot at redemption for U.S. cagers
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Coach K bears an Olympic burden
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Canes can start to shop for free agents
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Citadel's Les Robinson retiring
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Baseball America honors Fox

Tigers' Padgett faces hectic schedule leading up to Olympics
Greenville (SC) News

McKillop's son to join Davidson staff
Charlotte Observer

June 30, 2008

Preview 2008 - CFN Virginia Tech Preview
CollegeFootballNews.com

Hogan excited about potential of passing attack
Beckley Register-Herald

From the Columbia (SC) State
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Gamecocks digging deep in Florida
   Running back Demonte Terry (6-2, 194) of Laurinburg, N.C. has an offer from East Carolina, and after attending camps at North Carolina and NC State, he feels like those two might offer soon.
-Q&A with men's hoops coach Darrin Horn
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An All-America team to turn down

Take prediction magazines with a grain of salt
Anderson Independent

RARING TO GO
   The sporting gods delivered a welcoming gift last month to LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, who departed Duke University and assumes his new duties in Baton Rouge today.
New Orleans Times Picayune

Clemson University's Padgett falls short in 100
Greenville (SC) News

Maryland my Maryland
   Just this past week it was reported that Dinwiddie outside linebacker Bradley Johnson was on the cusp of fulfilling a lifetime dream.
New Orleans Times Picayune

 

July 6, 2008

Ex-Herd player dies in shooting
   Three people were shot in a Huntington nightclub and one, a former Marshall University football player, has died, police said Saturday.
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
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Newsome death shocks Herd family
   For the second time in less than three weeks, Marshall University is mourning the loss of one of its recent players.
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C-USA has a good plan to promote women's hoops

CoogFans’ 2008 C-USA Football Preview
scout.com

Lightning rod
   Former Tulsa coach Dave Rader, suffering an avalanche of criticism near the end of his 13 years at TU, said he understood the complaints.
scout.com

Tigers eye top prospects for '09
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Slicing up the scholarship pie
Dallas Morning News

July 5, 2008

Herd Opponent preview- Memphis
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Q&A With ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas
Tulsa World

July 4, 2008

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
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Jones, assistants hit the road
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Goddards 'speechless' over generosity
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Marshall men in the NFL
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Freshman lineman Carter is leaving

Marshall-Wisconsin kickoff set for noon
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Times set for all Marshall football games
Charleston (WV) Gazette

'Great Fit': Texas guard says yes to Tigers
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Final autopsy on UCF's Ereck Plancher not completed after 15 weeks
  It could take months to learn what killed UCF football player Ereck Plancher.
Orlando Sentinel

Basketball recruiting good for Tigers, UAB
Auburn (AL) Villager

July 3, 2008

Vacek Blog ... C-USA: Keeping up with the Joneses
   Conference USA news and notes from the offseason.
CollegeFootballNews.com

From the Hattiesburg American
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USM needs C-USA to be successful
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USM adds signee, loses another

From conferenceusa.com
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Miners Picked Third in C-USA West by Most Preseason Publications
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Jerry Pickle Named New Assistant AD/Football Operations at Rice
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SMU Announces Uniform Changes For 2008

SMU to bring back white helmets
Dallas Morning News

How's this for a prediction- Herd goes bowling in '08
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Church ready to thunder with Thundering Herd
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette
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Opponent preview- Wisconsin
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Marshall football player transfers to Concord

Colleges never saw this coming
Biloxi Sun Herald

ESPN Insider previews UTEP's football season
El Paso Times

Rice baseball coach Graham gets contract extension
Houston Chronicle

Former Tiger Mack headed to UNO
Memphis Commercial Appeal

July 2, 2008

From the Orlando Sentinel
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16 was once a magic college conference realignment number
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Conference realignment timeline and possible future expansion

From conferenceusa.com
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NCAA Publicly Recognizes the Southern Miss Baseball Program for Outstanding Academics
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Evers & Hague Named Second Team Freshman All-America Selections By Rivals.com
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Witherspoon To Start Trials For USA Basketball's U18 National Team Tuesday
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UTEP's Hanany Named Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year

From the Hattiesburg American
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Tiger loss an Espy nominee
   Could the year's worst game also be its best?
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Former Tiger shot putters seek berths on U.S. Olympic team

From the Tulsa World
-Season Tickets Selling Briskly
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Past tense
   NOV. 23, 1968, is a date that lives in infamy for University of Tulsa football fans.

From the Hattiesburg American
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USM legend Revon dies at 79
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Ebke takes over as USM soccer coach

July 1, 2008

Bailey aims to learn from mistakes
Hattiesburg American

USM players on watch list
Biloxi Sun Herald

Marshall's Shannon helps U.S. military in Europe
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Herd Opponent preview- Illinois State
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Houston Chronicle
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Cougar football- Previews 'R Us
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Talking Rice football

The Game I'll Never Forget- Josh Sitton
Packers.com

UCF Knights gain another commitment, lose a prospect to Wake Forest
Orlando Sentinel

Mansfield Summit's Filmore picks SMU
Dallas Morning News

June 30, 2008

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
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Marshall coaches break for vacation, but football not far from their minds
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Steelers cut Legursky
-Chuck Landon- Sometimes a hot recruit doesn't work out
-Softball team hires Nielson as assistant
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Marshall player offers free hoops tips
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Tigers will have a new look this year

Delaney determined to rebound from ACL injury
   For UAB's Paul Delaney III to wonder what might have happened seems natural, particularly this week.
Birmingham News

SMU Announces Five Future Football Series
conferenceusa.com

U of M Legends bounce back to win charity game
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Old pals on same team again
   Moss, Williams join forces in youth benefit
Charleston (WV) Gazette