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East Carolina

Carolinas/Region

Conference USA

August 3, 2008
Sisters' Day
National Watermelon Day
Birthday - Martha Stewart (Domestic Goddess)

From Bonesville.net
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Cherubini: Bonesville The Magazine Teaser
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Course Correction: Repairing ECU’s Rep

BVL Audio: Skip Holtz at ECU's Media Day

Media Event, Workout Highlight Second Day
ecupirates.com

ECU's local talent paying off
    Many of them came to East Carolina at a time when the school's football program had gone missing, and despite the fact other state schools having a better time of things were also interested in them.
Greenville Daily Reflector

Ross' work ethic rooted drive for perfection
Wilmington Star News

Holtz has Pirates on the move
Raleigh News & Observer

After back-to-back bowl seasons, ECU ready to reach new level of success
Washington Daily News

ECU full of Cape Fear region players
Fayetteville Observer

College notes: Improved East Carolina still chasing conference crown
Greensboro News-Record (AP)

Inexperience a non-issue this season
    East Carolina returns 20 starters from last year’s team
New Bern Sun Journal

Holtz, Pirates exude justified confidence
WRAL.com

Holtz hopes losses will energize East Carolina
Lexington Dispatch (AP)

Vikings' Allison plays by his own rules
St. Cloud Times (AP)

Minnesota Vikings replay
    Running back Adrian Peterson was in midseason form during Saturday night's full-pads practice, but today's award goes to wide receiver Aundrae Allison.
Pioneer Press

Portsmouth’s Merritt sets sights on glory in Beijing
The Virginian-Pilot

Sprinter ready for rival Wariner
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Oft-criticized pivot on the Marc
Calgary Sun

Crandell accustomed to getting no respect
Calgary Herald (08.02.08)

Media Days brings in area teams
    East Carolina offered junior linebacker Brach Bessant a scholarship in the spring
Gainesville Sun

August 2, 2008
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Mustard Day
Anniversary - Signing of Declaration of Independence Official

Talk FM: TOT (Sen. Richard Burr)
Bonesville.net

From ecupirates.com
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ECU Opens '08 Season With First Workout
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Sloan-Styers Football Locker Room

Pinkney a success story for East Carolina
    East Carolina coach Skip Holtz wasn't certain what he had at quarterback last season.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Pirates report to campus
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Dental school names dean

Now, a Colbert Spider
New York Times

August 1, 2008
Girlfriend's Day
Lughnasadh (Wiccan)
National Urban Eden Day
Respect for Parents Day
Solar Eclipse
Work Like a Dog Day
Anniversary - MTV
Anniversary - World Wide Web
Birthday - Jerry Garcia (musician)
Birthday - Francis Scott Key (writer US National Anthem)

From Bonesville.net
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Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
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Plush digs link past, present Pirates

Talk FM: TOT (Sgt. John Guard)

From ecupirates.com
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Pirates Earn Attention For Work In Classroom
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Individual Tickets For VT-ECU On Sale Friday

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Pirates report for practice
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ECU prof going on 'Colbert Report' 

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Replacing Johnson ECU's big task early
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ECU biologist to give Colbert a report

CFL: Crandell set to make return to Riders' lineup
canada.com

July 31, 2008
Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Anniversary - US Patent Office
Birthday - J.K. Rowling (author)

From Bonesville.net
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Myatt: View from the 'ville
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ECU has some pricey shoes to fill

Talk FM: TOT

From ecupirates.com
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Mack McCarthy's Letters of Marque
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Keller Helps Freedom To W-League Semifinal

From the East Carolinian
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Successful recruiting could yield an exciting fall
    Terry Holland previews fall sports
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Ranking the Carolinas
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ECU's Second Century Campaign passes halfway mark

CFN East Carolina Preview 
collegefootballnews.com

Jamaica removes sprinter
    Former East Carolina runner says he's not the athlete who tested positive for banned substance.
Charlotte Observer

Ellison adds ECU, Siena to offer list
Asheville Citizen-Times

July 30, 2008
Father-in-Law Day
Birthday - Henry Ford (industrialist)
National Cheesecake Day

Talk FM: TOT (Mark Wharton, Jen Holtz)
Bonesville.net

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Road more traveled to BCS?
   East Carolina might be in a better position right now to have a program-defining season than it would be if it got wooed away to a league aligned with the Bowl Championship Series in the future.
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Dental school closer to announcing a dean

Titans look beyond rookie Johnson's speed
The Tennesseean

Johnson impresses Fisher
RotoTimes.com

Steele Adds Paul Troth To Campbell Football Coaching Staff
gocamels.com

July 29, 2008
Isra Al Mi'Raj (Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad - Islam)
Anniversary - NASA

From Bonesville.net
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Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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Ladies prep for pigskin season
Talk FM: TOT

From ecupirates.com
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Two Pirates Named Golf All-America Scholars
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Pirates, Mudcats To Paint It Purple
   ECU Will Celebrate Opening Of The 2008-09 Athletic Season With Event At Five County Stadium

Given a clean Slate of health
Washington Daily News

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Former Pirate set for induction into NCHSAA's Hall
   A man who left an imprint on East Carolina athletics in the late 1950s is now being honored for the impression he's made ever since in North Carolina's scholastic sports.
-Dental school closer to announcing a dean

NCHSAA names 2008 Hall of Fame inductees
Raleigh News and Observer

Titans seek someone to deliver in return game
The Tennesseean

July 28, 2008
Anniversary - World War I Begins
Anniversary - Singing Telegram
Birthday - Beatrix Potter (author/illustrator)
National Milk Chocolate Day

From Bonesville.net
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O'Brien: Conference USA Notebook
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No groundswell for change in C-USA

BVL Audio: Britton Banowsky

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Garrard's next step
   Big contract brings lofty expectations for former Pirate
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East Carolina women's clinic helps better explain football
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ECU sets new record with one-year donation total

Tennessee Titans look and act like playoff team
   Signing Johnson, the swift and quick running back out of East Carolina, helps.
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Around Campus: The turning point
   His heart failing, a writer finds cutting-edge medicine in a place where basic care once was hard to come by.
businessnc.com

Around Campus: For this doctor, it's personal
Charlotte Observer (AP)

 

August 3, 2008

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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North Carolina sends strong contingent
    Merritt, a Portsmouth, Va., native, attended East Carolina for a year. So far this year, he's clocked the second-fastest time in the world.
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Bible has tough choice
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Deacons downplay hype

PG goes to camp with the W. Virginia MOUNTAINEERS
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

From the College Football News
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CFN Georgia Preview
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CFN Tennessee Preview 

Injury bug already biting University of South Carolina
Greenville (SC) News

McKelvie playing in top showcase
Wilmington Star News

With old guard on hand, Skins' new leader debuts tonight
Hampton Roads Daily Press (AP)

Panthers suspend Smith for two games
    Receiver will miss time in regular season for fight at camp; Lucas has broken nose
Spartanburg Herald-Journal (AP)

Panthers show they can take a punch
Charlotte Observer

NCHSAA trying to get defibrillators in schools
Fayetteville Observer

August 2, 2008

League studies Mobile
    ACC officials take tour of city with GMAC Bowl in mind
Mobile Press Register

Top 25 briefs
    With the release of the preseason USA TODAY coaches' poll, USA TODAY's Jack Carey gives you an outlook of the Top 25 teams heading into the season.
USA Today

Tech 15th in USA Today Coaches poll; Georgia No. 1
Roanoke Times

Broncos get votes in first poll
Idaho Press-Tribune

Stew, Mountaineers go to work
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Crane next in line for Eagles
Roanoke Times

Heels focus on winning the close ones
Durham Herald-Sun

Tar Heels aim to build on memories
Burlington Times News

2 UNC-CH recruits fail to report to first practice
Winston Salem Journal

Louisville and NC State top choices for Calhoun DT
    But he’s also going to visit Purdue, and probably East Carolina.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Army football coach Brock has prostate cancer
Houston Chronicle

Clemson hits the field
Anderson Independent

Gamecocks open practice
Columbia (SC) State

Wake Forest looks for an encore
Raleigh News & Observer

From the Virginian Pilot
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Hall to the Redskins - Monk and Green get their due
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Hokies get creative, land recruit from South Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer
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Panthers' Steve Smith goes on a bad route
    Unless Ken Lucas threw the first punch, the question isn't whether the Panthers will suspend Smith, but for how long.
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Panthers' bigger screens debut today at Fan Fest

August 1, 2008

From the Birmingham News
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Newton: Hart not promised Moore's job
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UA has a Hart

WVU office of social justice checking White's words
Charleston (WV) Gazette

BLOG...WVU Runs Away With Big East Media Poll 
collegefootballnews.com

Wolfpack's Baker says his leg is completely healthy
Winston Salem Journal

Heels begin practice with expectations
Raleigh News & Observer

Peppers focused on big season
Charlotte Observer

Redskins' Brennan has history of overcoming adversity
The Virginian Pilot

First ODU practice nears, first schedule set
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Garcia makes early return to USC
Greenville (SC) News

July 31, 2008

Hart hired to help Alabama AD Moore
    Former ECU, Florida St. AD named to Tide administrative staff
Mobile Press-Register

Former Florida State athletics director named Alabama's executive director of athletics
Birmingham News

Receiver Revival
    After coaching a slew of talented receivers at East Carolina and Appalachian State, Galloway will have the opportunity to direct a receiving corps full of depth and potential.
MSNsportsNET.com

USC sells out season tickets for football
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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NCSU's O'Brien seeking some answers
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ACC finally has coaching 'stability'
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Bulls Catcher shuns comparisons

Finding a new Connor Barth just one fo the priorities at training camp for UNC-CH
Durham Herald-Sun

Deacons eager for practice to start
Winston Salem Journal

Muhammad takes Jarrett under wing
Charlotte Observer

Lack of black baseball players isn't just a WVU issue
Charleston Daily Mail

July 30, 2008

Tranghese squashes Big East expansion idea
    In a perfect world, there would be nine teams in the Big East Conference for football, allowing for balanced scheduling, better competition and more bowl game opportunities. But like commissioner Mike Tranghese said on Tuesday, it isn't a perfect world.
Connecticut Post

Five years after realignment, Big East is far from extinct
Florida Sun-Sentinel

WVU: Old-School Coach With New Ideas
New York Times

Pat White's comments are surprising
    Perched on a pedestal as the marquee attraction at Big East Media Day in Newport, R.I., the senior quarterback who is being touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate by West Virginia University used his interview time to say Mountaineers baseball Coach Greg Van Zant is "not too high" on black players.
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

$2.5 million check headed WVU’s way
    Part of R-Rod buyout due Thursday
Beckley Register-Herald

WVU No. 1 in Big East poll
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Cover stories
    Here's the biggest thing most reporters took away from the ACC Football Kickoff this month: media guides.You can learn a lot about a program from its media-guide cover.
Roanoke Times

UNCW readies for new 3-point line
    East Carolina is in the process of resurfacing the Minges Coliseum court and hopes the project is complete within two weeks.
Wilmington Star-News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Touch-ups before touchdowns
    Carter-Finley Stadium gets paving, landscaping, soil stabilization
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Greene picks Duke
    Leesville DB is son of ex-Pack player
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Big East works to keep coaches

South Carolina Preview 
collegefootballnews.com

Spurrier takes shot at Clemson sites
   The USC coach claimed that someone working for a Clemson fan site has been mailing recruits and sending them articles about Gamecock players having brushes with the law.
Columbia (SC) State

From the Greenville (SC) News
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Garcia could return to Gamecocks earlier
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University of South Carolina defensive coordinator to coach from press box
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Modest improvement may hold the key for USC defense

BMX rider Nyquist moving back to native California
Greenville Daily Reflector

Bobcats, Okafor agree to $72 million deal
Charlotte Observer

West Virginia basketball players charged in ballpark brawl
Houston Chronicle

Leggett picking up after fire at Seneca-area home
Anderson Independent

Heels cheering for K?
Hampton Roads Daily Press

July 29, 2008

Offense is uncertain for Hokies
Washington Times

Fire damages Clemson baseball coach's home
Charlotte Observer

National: Travel can be big headache for WAC
Idaho Press-Tribune

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
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WVU opening at the top, now starts down the road to stay there
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WVU center feels back to full strength

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
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Hoover a pillar of Panthers' franchise
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Panthers notebook- Smith eyeing his legacy

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Duke teammates now brothers-in-law
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Art Monk's actions lead to honor
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Race fans deserve better

N.C. State taps Georgia pipeline
Fayetteville Observer

July 28, 2008

Early schedule will teach Seahawks lessons
   The Seahawks begin a series with former CAA rival Richmond, play a home-and-home with Troy, and face regional rivals College of Charleston and East Carolina.
Wilmington Star-News

OLYMPICS: Eight riveting rivalries to watch
   These potentially great matchups bear viewing at Games
Charlotte Observer

Salute Slive for pushing plus-one
Louisville Courier-Journal

Blog…Can a Non-BCS Player win the Heisman?
collegefootballnews.com

WVU staff came together quickly
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Tigers will sweat, but ACC breakthrough seems likely
Anderson Independent Mail

Cutcliffe aggressive on X's, O's
Durham Herald-Sun

Panthers excited to have Muhammad back in Carolina
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

A bad day at Indy- Tire mishaps plague racers at Brickyard
Winston Salem Journal

 

August 3, 2008

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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No shock in C-USA rankings
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Tigers' utility QB back from mound

From conferenceusa.com
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Camp Set To Open For Cougars
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David Bailiff Media Day Transcript
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Coach Larry Fedora Press Conference Transcript
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2008 Season Officially Underway For Miners
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UAB's Hardy Named Player of the Year For Alaska Baseball League

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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Fedora limits media access to newcomers
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Meet, greet continues for Golden Eagles

QBs Keenum, Blake capable of starting for UH
Houston Chronicle

Recruits find family atmosphere at camp
Hattiesburg American

From the Charleston Daily Mail
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Former Marshall star Legursky back with Steelers
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Marshall signs Louisiana left-hander
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Report: Bradshaw could face more jail time

UAB's depth chart fluid as Aug. 30 opener looms
Birmingham News

August 2, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
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2008 Southern Miss Football Preview
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Southern Miss Opens Preseason Football Camp
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Tulsa Looks to Repeat High-Powered Offense from 2007
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Former and Current Cougar Divers Prepare for 2008 Olympics

From the Birmingham News
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Numbers still not up to standard at UAB
    Neil Callaway still has some work ahead of him to get his UAB football program up to the full allotment of 85 scholarships.
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June Jones ready for another turnaround

Zearick Matthews breaks foot while moving into apartment
    Marshall senior football player Zearrick Matthews will be on the sidelines for at least the first two games of the season with a broken foot.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Marshall's Matthews out with broken foot
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Eagles get back to business
Hattiesburg American

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
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Golden Eagles begin fall workouts
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USM signs shortstop Creel

From the Orlando Sentinel
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Developments in the Ereck Plancher death
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UCF football training camp preview
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5 UCF running backs will get a chance to shine

First full practice of fall set for today for UTEP Miners
El Paso Times

From the Houston Chronicle
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Cougar football: Kevin Sumlin
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Owls camp: Five pressing questions

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Two local Tiger football recruits ineligible for 2008 season
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Standout DT picks Memphis

August 1, 2008

Tigers self-report possible NCAA violation
    The University of Memphis basketball program self-reported a possible NCAA violation on Thursday after learning that FedEx president and Tiger booster Dave Bronczek placed a phone call to the mother of a recruit who works for his company.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Vacek Blog ... Extreme Home Makeover: C-USA Edition 
collegefootballnews.com

From conferenceusa.com
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2008 SMU Football Preview
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Mustangs Set To Stampede Into Fall Practice
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Golden Eagles Report for Fall Camp in Preparation of 2008 Season
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Miners Kick Off Fall Drills on Saturday
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Herd's Cody Slate Named to John Mackey Award Watch List
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Summer Basketball Prospectuses Available Online
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End of July UCF Baseball Player Update

New offense will give Southern Miss RB chance to spread his wings
Memphis Commercial Appeal

2008 Golden Eagles ready to land
Hattiesburg American

USM to retire Collier's jersey
Biloxi Sun Herald

Depth on both lines big concern for Golden Eagles
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Marshall, WVU taking closer look at social networking Web sites
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the El Paso Times
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UTEP football team set to report to camp today
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Spotlight: UTEP football camp

CUSA Player Rankings (Aug. 1)
Pro Fantasy Sports

Jaguars waive QB Paul Smith
Tulsa World

Titans to check out former Herd star Leftwich
Charleston Daily Mail

July 31, 2008

From collegefootballnews.com
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2008 CFN Conference USA Preview
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Marshall Preview 
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Memphis Preview
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Rice Preview 
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SMU Preview 
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Tulane Preview 

2008 Rice Football Preview
conferenceusa.com

An expanded stadium centerpiece of UH plan
Houston Chronicle

Player shortfall to be felt most on USM's O-line
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Southern Miss players to report Thursday
Hattiesburg American

Snyder taking new approach to practice
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Hate Meter: Conference USA
espn.com

From the Orlando Sentinel
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Is UCF the fourth most-hated football team in C-USA?
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UCF football training camp preview

UCF: A Football Mecca in the Making
scout.com

July 30, 2008

From collegefootballnews.com
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Houston Preview 
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UCF Preview 
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UTEP Preview 

From conferenceusa.com
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2008 Memphis Football Preview
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Legendary Coach Ron Polk Joins UAB Baseball Staff
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Getman Named Chair Of Midwest Regional Committee

Herd vs. Wisconsin: Who will get to watch it?
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Herd football gets first 2009 commitment from Virginia defensive end
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

An in-depth look at Tulsa's offense
Orlando Sentinel

Memphis-Ole Miss kickoff pushed back to 6 p.m.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Rice draws Sooners, Ags on home basketball schedule
Houston Chronicle

July 29, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
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2008 Marshall Football Preview
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Tulsa Football Team Excited About 2008 Campaign

Herd's road schedule is rough -- at the gas pump
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Ex-MSU coach Polk volunteers as assistant
   Ron Polk, who has more wins than any other SEC baseball coach, will be announced as a volunteer assistant coach at UAB in a press conference today at the school.
Birmingham News

Tulane Athletic Foundation falls short of fundraising goal
New Orleans Times Picayune

July 28, 2008

UCF Coach O'Leary: My side of the Ereck Plancher story
Orlando Sentinel

Herd must earn its respect
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Tickets selling briskly
Hattiesburg American