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December 28, 2008
Childermas/Holy Innocents Day
Muharram 1 (Begins at sundown - Islamic New Year)
Pledge of Allegiance Day
Birthday - President Woodrow Wilson (28th President)

TIVO Alert: (Sun, Dec 28, 06:30 PM ET) CBSCS Football Replay: 2008 Season - Marshall @ ECU (from 11/8)

Pirates Ready To Face Coastal Carolina
ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-ECU looks to end its recent skid
-New trio emerges for Pirates at receiver

Gray playing waiting game
Myrtle Beach Sun News

ECU Ready To Get To Memphis For Liberty Bowl Week
WITN

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
-Liberty Bowl- Warm memories for Kentucky coach Brooks
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AutoZone Liberty Bowl Events

Minor bowls can produce major progress
Kentucky.com

KNOCK ON WOOD - SEC pairings make bowl week interesting
Northwest Arkansas Times

SEC has reputation at stake
Mobile Press-Register

Hartline gets a fresh start at QB
Louisville Courier-Journal

December 27, 2008
Saint John Feast Day

BVL Audio: Skip Holtz Mini-Press Conference
Bonesville.net

Pirates get back to Liberty Bowl preparations
Greenville Daily Reflector

E Carolina's passing attack down but not out
scout.com

Pirates return to the practice field
Washington Daily News

Bell, Drew prepare for last game with Pirates
New Bern Sun Journal

Jamestown duo share Player of the Year honor
 
Cory Harris and Krista Hughes both know how to impact a game.
Virginia Gazette

Ryan may not be a lock for rookie of the year
 
Johnson’s fine season might get overlooked.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

December 26, 2008
Boxing Day
Kwanzaa Begins (12/26/08-01/01/09)
National Whiner's Day
Saint Stephan's Day

Safety net
Greenville Daily Reflector

KSR Profile- East Carolina coach Skip Holtz
scout.com

Holiday wish list for all 119 teams
 
East Carolina: Charlie Weis to stay at Notre Dame and for Skip Holtz to wait a few more years for the gig to open up.
FOXSports.com

December 25, 2008
Christmas

A Pirate with a lot of heart
 
ECU tackle Campbell battles back
Raleigh News & Observer

Maness racks up another honor
Greenville Daily Reflector

What Bowl Teams Have The Most To Prove?
College Football News

From the Louisville Courier-Journal
-From oranges to lemons
-This one's special for UK's Jarmon

December 24, 2008
Christmas Eve

Track Santa!
noradsanta.org

Flair for the dramatic
 
Like another Travis before him, Travis Simmons seems to have a flair for the dramatic.
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the Washington Daily News
-ECU point guard maturing in his second season
-A ‘Christmas Wish List’

Christmas plums, lumps
 
Sugarplum: To Coach Skip Holtz of East Carolina for passing up a chance to game the system.
Winston-Salem Journal

Titans help prove draft grades are bogus
Yahoo! Sports

Talk FM: Talk of the Town (U.S. Cellular)
Bonesville.net

December 23, 2008
Festivus

From Bonesville.net
-BVL: Bucs buckle under 2nd half Wake blitz
Talk FM: Talk of the Town (Lee Norris)

From ecupirates.com
-ECU Ranked 31st In Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season Poll
-Pirates Defeated By Wake Forest 95-54

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
-Wake too tall a task for ECU
-NFL could be next stop for Drew

From the Washington Daily News
-No. 6 Demon Deacons demolish Pirates
-ECU’s Wilson earns more accolades

Pirates no match for Demon Deacons
Jacksonville Daily News

Deacs make sure there's no upset
Raleigh News & Observer

Wake blows away East Carolina
Charlotte Observer (AP)

Wake rolls over ECU in 2nd half
Greensboro News Record

Overwhelming Win: Wake Forest uses a 50-9 run to race past East Carolina 95-54
Winston-Salem Journal

Straughn and steady
 
Straughn signed a scholarship in November to play at East Carolina University, and his game has flourished since.

Pensacola News Journal

December 22, 2008
Capricorn Begins
Chanukah (Jewish)

Pirates Host No. 10 Wake Forest Monday
ecupirates.com

Former local star Petty, ECU ready for Liberty Bowl
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Hoping for Minges magic
 
Pirates Host No. 10 Wake Forest

Greenville Daily Reflector

Deacons are Pirates’ latest Goliath
Jacksonville Daily News

No. 10 Wake Forest visits Pirates
Kinston Free Press

Wake Forest will take on run-and-gun ECU tonight
Winston-Salem Journal

East Carolina vs. Wake Forest
CBSSports.com

Demon Deacons learn to lean on McFarland
Burlington Times News

Chas muscling up for Wake in the lane
Gaston Gazette

Titanic day yields AFC's top seed
 
Kerry Collins threw for a touchdown, rookie Chris Johnson from East Carolina and LenDale White ran for a score apiece, and the Titans routed the Steelers
Hampton Roads Daily Press

 

December 28, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-WVU nips Tar Heels in wild Meineke Bowl
 
I laughed when I drove downtown an

-Bowl officials elated at 73,712 in attendance
-White throws in one final gem for any doubters
-Recapping some favorite stories
 
I laughed when I drove downtown and saw fans tailgating at 8a.m. before the East Carolina-Virginia Tech football game. Big-time college football had come to Charlotte.

-Winning one for Jerry
 
With their owner ailing, some Panthers say his battle provides extra incentive today. A victory guarantees a home playoff game. Lose and the future is on the road.

-Today is crucial to Super Bowl hopes
-Bye might not be way to go

Out with a bang
 
White's WVU career ends with another bowl win, MVP award
Charleston (WV) Gazette

ACC making a statement this bowl season
SportingNews.com

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Duke to report violation
-White, Nicks put on an entertaining show

COLLEGE ATHLETES: ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: Recruiting field not always even
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New Year's party- Clemson, USC share stage in Florida
Greenville (SC) News

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Danny Ford put Clemson on the map
-Easy Street not on Swinney’s path
-Bowl practice is all about the energy business

Tigers arrive in Jacksonville, start preparing for Nebraska
A
nderson Independent

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Bowl streak began humbly
-Hokies eager to end ACC skid in BCS

From the Norfolk Virginian Pilot
-A standout Hokie, a stand-up decision
-Redskins' line blindsided by injuries and criticism

Owen Canfield- Vitale, Holtz Aren't Just Talk
Hartford Courant

Boys of summer top exciting '08 on Strand
Myrtle Beach Sun News

December 27, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-Game Day | Meineke Car Care Bowl
-White to write swan song
-Hakeem Nicks inches closer to his dream
-Panthers RB can catch Hall of Famer in long run
-Home-field streak could hex Panthers
-Bobcats' rise continues on road

ACC, Big East still looking for BCS respect
Birmingham News

End of an era
 
White plays final game for Mountaineers today against Tar Heels
Charleston (WV) Gazette

WVU ready for game against Tar Heels
Times West Virginian

‘Eers look to finish with win
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Tar Heels look to finish strong, show the progress of the Butch Davis Era
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Staal outduels Little
-Pack's Green plans medical future

From the Columbia (SC) State
-FSU deal leaves five million questions
-Morris- McKinley leaves mark as greatest receiver in South Carolina history

Full plate of bowl activities awaits Clemson, USC
Greenville (SC) News

Florida Atlantic grabs Motor City
Winston Salem Journal

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press
-Good time to grade Hokies
-Despite success, Hokies might need change on offense to match U.Va.

Skins hold Fletcher out of final practice
The Virginian Pilot

December 26, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-It's a full coaching circle for Stewart
-ACC's football appeal an issue
 
New TV contract to be negotiated

-Panthers need to buck trend

From the Charleston Daily Mail
-Mountaineer fans flocking to Charlotte for bowl game
-Good season could have been great for Meineke Car Care Bowl teams

WVU vs. UNC-CH - The 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl Preview & Prediction
College Football News

Christmas away from home is hard, but Rutgers, N.C. State happy to be bowling
Birmingham News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Siblings motivate N.C. State star
-Mercy Bowl fades from nation's memory

Motor City Bowl is usually high scoring
Winston Salem Journal

Outback makes history for some players
 
When they take the field in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, they will be the first Gamecocks to play in three bowl games.
Columbia (SC) State

Who's No. 2 in '09?
Roanoke Times

What we don't know in sports keeps us coming back
Greenville (SC) News

Bowl's chance of landing Pac-10 worsens next year
Honolulu Advertiser

December 25, 2008

UK football thinks outside the color lines
Lexington Herald-Leader

After losing 4 of 5 bowl games, Tech alters its approach
Norfolk Virginian Pilot

From the Winston Salem Journal
-'Coach-in-waiting' idea discussed, put on shelf by Virginia Tech staff
-Panthers defensive linemen are still hurting

Pack's Legion Field return stirs memories of Favre
 
Eighteen years ago, N.C. State wide receiver Bobby Jurgens rushed back onto Legion Field after the final play of the All-American Bowl to celebrate a 31-27 win over Southern Mississippi.
Raleigh News & Observer

Exec- Zorn will be back in '09
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Commentary- Holiday wishes for South Carolina, Clemson
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

What USC will pack for Tampa
Columbia (SC) State

December 24, 2008

South Carolina reports 11 NCAA violations
Greenville (SC) News

From the Idaho Statesman
-BSU allows 472 yards to TCU's 'physical' offense
 
TCU edges Boise State 17-16 in Poinsettia Bowl
-Bowl losses becoming a bad trend for Broncos

From the Honolulu Advertiser
-Hawaii Bowl history filled with highlights
-Bowl game big boost to Hawaii's economy

My letter to Santa
Kinston Free Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-A season full of ups and downs
-Davis at UNC-CH adds up
-Wolfpack's O'Brien is 'a bowl coach'
-Pack's Ferguson sidelined

Heels take some laps before bowl matchup
Durham Herald-Sun

From the Charlotte Observer
-Tar Heels, WVU prep for Saturday
-Okafor shines in Bobcats victory
-Panthers' Davis flexes his charitable muscle

For the Carolina Panthers, the road to the NFC South championship and a first-round bye in the playoffs goes through New Orleans
New Orleans Times Picayune

Safety arrested but will play in Gator Bowl
Columbia (SC) State

Miami (Ohio) hires ND offensive coordinator
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

December 23, 2008

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Buzzer-beater stuns Pack
-Rehab going well for UNC-CH's Tate
-Duke's Oghobaase decides to return
-Canes finding a way

PapaJohns.com Bowl officials happy with ticket sales at N.C. State and Rutgers
Birmingham News

Stewart has ties to North Carolina
 
Now that's terrible to say about a loss, but (ECU) really humbled our young people and got our young men's attention."
Winston-Salem Journal

From the Idaho Statesman
-Poinsettia Bowl has the makings of a classic
-Broncos- It's time to 'Finish'

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers need another peak performance
 
All month, the Carolina Panthers have played games that have become increasingly more important, with increasingly more at stake each week.

-UPDATED Panther playoff picture
-Diaw's passing bolsters Bobcats
-Winthrop chances fall short

From the Columbia (SC) State
-Coaching hires has share of winners, losers
-USC professor calls for better oversight
-New park will go nameless in '09

USC athletics to commit $15 million to academics
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Davis sells NASCAR team, High Point-based company
Greensboro News Record

December 22, 2008

From the Charlotte Observer
-Panthers run over in OT, lose home-field advantage
 
After John Kasay missed a 50-yarder FG at the end of regulation, Derrick Ward popped off a 51-yarder, part of the Giants' 301-yard rushing night, keying New York's 34-28 win and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

-Kasay on miss- 'No excuses'
-Don't despair for too long
-Updated playoff picture
-Davidson's Curry honored by Sporting News
 
The Sporting News has named Davidson's Stephen Curry its 2008 College Athlete of the Year

-Perfect Harris powers 49ers in rout

From the Winston Salem Journal
-One that got away
-Farewell- Deacons will lose a special senior class

Dramatic ending boosts Skins' pride, if not playoff push
Norfolk Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
-Canes weather Canadien storm 3-2
-Cutcliffe's contract extended
-Deacons set higher goals

Holiday wishes for the sports world
 
East Carolina football fans -- Unless something changes, you've already gotten this year's present ... much to the consternation of Syracuse fans.
Durham Herald-Sun

Pieces missing for ailing UNCW men
Wilmington Star-News

Johnson pulls out of Army search
Columbia (SC) State

Rivers, Tigers rout Hurricanes in ACC opener
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

2008 Poinsettia Preview - TCU vs. Boise State
College Football News

Trip to Charlotte a reminder for WVU staff
C
harleston Daily Mail

 

December 28, 2008

Top Stories of 2008- SMU makes big splash with hire
D
allas Morning News

From the Birmingham News
-Blazers can't keep up with Cardinals
-Will Papajohns.com Bowl deliver an SEC team?

From the Houston Chronicle
-Rice defense makes no excuses despite injuries
-UH men's basketball prepares for challenge
-Houston QB Keenum one of nation's best

Falcons focus on Houston
Denver Post

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Landon- Go on fans, grieve for the Herd no more
-MU Notebook- Humphrey hurting- How will Herd respond?
-Herd back from layoff today vs. Tenn. State

Q & A with John Calipari: Tigers lack gritty energy from players
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Graham has positive view of program
Tulsa World

UTEP Miners prepare for tournament
El Paso Times

December 27, 2008

UAB returns to Freedom Hall a year after beating Kentucky
Birmingham News

Humphrey awaits MRI test results
H
untington Herald-Dispatch

From the Houston Chronicle
-Bailiff, Rice are perfect match with Texas Bowl near
-Rice's bowl foe loves aerial game, too (w/ video)
-With one game to play, UH’s Ebner dreams big

Ex-Tiger DeAngelo Williams a step ahead
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-SWEET START
-Walk-on earning his place on team

December 26, 2008

Cougar football- Sumlin video
H
ouston Chronicle

Snyder to take his time filling staff opening
Charleston Daily Mail

Leggett wins honor for service
H
untington Herald-Dispatch

December 25, 2008

Katz- Conference USA early season review
ESPN

Tigers a team for the ages -- Sportsmen of the Year
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch
-Q & A with Mark Snyder
-Pennington's season comes full circle with return to New York

Merry Coogmas
H
ouston Chronicle

December 24, 2008

Wise-led Eagles throttle Wildcats
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Playing with pain- Personal issues haven't derailed UTEP's Jackson
El Paso Times

From the Tulsa World
-TU standing firm
-TU Notebook
-WEB EXCLUSIVE: Watch highlights of TU's 63-7 GMAC Bowl win last season against Bowling Green

Marshall offense goes AWOL
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
-Marshall a few inches short of measuring up
-Herd men fall to Flyers 62-50

UCF football team posts record high team GPA following strong fall 2008 semester
Orlando Sentinel

New hope: Freshman Tyreke Evans may be point guard Tigers seek
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Northwestern 66, SMU 55
Dallas Morning News

From conferenceusa.com
-Collegiate Baseball Announces Preseason Honors

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Dec. 23 Men's Basketball Notebook

December 23, 2008

From the Biloxi Sun Herald
-USM sets tone for 2009 season Comeback completes turnaround
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GOLDEN EAGLES WIN
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USM’s Brown out for spring drills after surgery to repair leg

Golden Eagles 'never gave up' on season
Hattiesburg American

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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Injured USM receiver expected to return in six months
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Stephens delivers in USM victory

From the Mobile Press Register
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Southern Mississippi receiver DeAndre Brown should be fine in '09
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Southern Mississippi coasts past Spring Hill, 69-49

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
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Bowl mirrors USM season
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Wave falls short at George Mason

Blazers use defense, rebounding to blow out Owls
Birmingham News

SMU to face Northwestern Tuesday night
Dallas Morning News

No. 4 Oklahoma surges late, tops Rice 70-58
Houston Chronicle

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
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Herd streak takes a Flyer
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Go ahead, Lutz- Grab the ball and fire it up

After loss to Syracuse, Memphis crushes Drexel 87-49
Memphis Commercial Appeal

UCF sinks 13 3-pointers in revenge win over Valparaiso
Orlando Sentinel

Tulsa begins to achieve its goals
Tulsa World

December 22, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
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Golden Eagles Rally For 30-27 OT Win in R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
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Dec. 21 Men's Basketball Weekend Recap
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Dec. 21 Women's Basketball Weekend Roundup

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
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Golden Eagles rally in 4th quarter, snatch victory in overtime
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Crazy beginning begets wild ending for Golden Eagles
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USM rallies for wild 30-27 overtime victory
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USM's McGee has knack for blocking big kicks
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Southern Miss WR DeAndre Brown fractures leg
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Brown's leg prognosis- Full recovery
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Basketball- Southern Miss vs.Spring Hill

From the College Football News
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USM Blocks FG In OT To Beat Troy In N.O. Bowl 
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5 Thoughts - 2008 New Orleans Bowl 

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
-Golden Eagles rely on extra effort to turn back Trojans
-N.O. Bowl, sponsor still negotiating
-Wave nabs title with defense

From the Mobile Press Register
-Golden finish- USM storms back to nip Troy in overtime
-Golden Eagles' star WR DeAndre Brown breaks leg in New Orleans Bowl
-Banged-up Southern Mississippi basketball team eyes Spring Hill
-Troy, Southern Mississippi should play during regular season

ANOTHER COMEBACK
Biloxi Sun Herald

Herd's Humphrey back in the high life
C
harleston Daily Mail

Herd's TV presence in Valley lacking
C
harleston Gazette

Preview: Tigers vs. Drexel
Memphis Commercial Appeal