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Carolinas/Region/National

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August 6 2016

Spied from the Crow's Nest
Bonesville.net

From ecupirates.com
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ECU Conducts Second Workout At Hight Field
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Casting Call for UNDAUNTED Campaign Materials

ECU defense responds
Greenville Daily Reflector

Summers returns to practice as ECU conducts 2nd Fall Workout
WNCT 9

QB James Summers finds himself back at quarterback as preseason camp opens
247 Sports

A new captain at the helm
Wilson Times

VOTE! Big 12 Expansion Bracket- East Region Final
vivathematadors.com

Speculation on Mizzou AD candidates?
St Louis Post Dispatch

August 5 2016

From Bonesville.net
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Piedmont stalwarts boost recruiting class
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Audio Rewind- AAC Media Day
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Spied from the Crow's Nest

From ecupirates.com
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East Carolina Kicks Off 2016 With First Practice
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ECU Women's Basketball To Compete In 2016 Savannah Invitational
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ECU Baseball To Hold Walk-On Tryouts In Late August
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Lexi Cross Joins East Carolina Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Staff

Montgomery- Pirates ready physically
Greenville Daily Reflector

From the WRAL Sportsfan
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'No sugar' for Pirates after Montgomery's first day
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ECU to Big 12 would mean a lot to NC, ECU

Stepping Up- Conditions not right for ECU to the Big 12
Washington Daily News

2016 Football Team Preview- East Carolina Pirates
theamerican.org

Pirates open camp with first practice
WNCT 9

ECU football kicks off 2016 season with first practice
WITN 7

From 247 Sports
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College Football Stephen Igoe Radio Recap- Jeff Compher, Ryan Bartow kick off debut show
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College Football Stephen Igoe Countdown To Kickoff- No. 30 Joe Carter

August 4 2016

From Bonesville.net
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Aresco looking to rescue American
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Spied from the Crow's Nest

From ecupirates.com
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Reporting Day- 2016 Preseason Camp Opens For Pirates
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Meet The Pirates Event Scheduled For August 13

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show - guests this week were AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, ECU coach Scottie Montgomery and ECU players DaShaun Amos and Zay Jones
Pirate Radio 1250 & 930

UCF coach Johnny Dawkins has a fan in ECU football coach Scottie Montgomery
Orlando Sentinel

ECU to hold ‘Meet the Pirates’ fan event on Aug. 13
Wilmington Star-News

The AAC preseason poll predicts ECU finishing 5th in the East Division
scout.com

Williams attempting to beat the odds again with Patriots
Patriot Ledger

Bill Belichick Sounds Pleased With Patriots Tight End Group- ‘As Good As We’ve Ever Had’
CBS Boston

Hopes are high for this year's crop of Patriots tight ends
Providence Journal

From 247 Sports
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Positional Power Rankings: Ranking ECU, position by position, heading into the start of preseason camp
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Expansion- ESPN writer projects Charlotte to SEC over ECU

August 3 2016

From Bonesville.net
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Aresco leads off
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Spied from the Crow's Nest

From ecupirates.com
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Rogers Family Propels Dowdy-Ficklen Renovation Campaign
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ECU Picked Fifth In The American East Division Poll
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2016 American Athletic Conference Football Media Day Coverage

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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ECU an underdog again
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Big 12 remains the hot topic
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McCrory surveys 10th Street Connector progress

ECU gears up for football season at the AAC Media Days
WNCT 9

ECU football picked to finish fifth in AAC East
Wilmington Star-News

Kyle Roller is still swinging for the big leagues
Your Daily Journal

An all-time college football AP Top 25
Charleston Post & Courier

Checking In on Every NFL Team's Best Undrafted Free Agent in Camp This Year
Bleacher Report

August 2 2016

From Bonesville.net
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The American plays before interview day
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Spied from the Crow's Nest

ECU gears up for football season at the AAC Media Days
WNCT 9

East Carolina Pirates- 5 Critical Games for 2016
OldNorthBanter.com

College Football's Top 25 Uniforms for 2016
 #12 ECU ranked ahead of Tennessee
Athlon Sports

Pleskoff Scouting Report- Newest Athletics Prospects
todaysknuckleball.com

Big 12 expansion gets push back from two outside entities
Al.com

August 1 2016

From Bonesville.net
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Cleveland County ties still producing
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Spied from the Crow's Nest

Eason heading to ECU Hall of Fame
Greenville Daily Reflector

Atlanta Falcons' Justin Hardy embraces nickname
Gainesville Times

College Football Stephen Igoe Countdown To Kickoff- No. 34 Devaris Brunson
247 Sports

The top three receivers each SEC team will face this season
SaturdayDownSouth.com

August 6 2016

From the Asheville Citizen Times
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Western Carolina's Speir shocked by Whitlow's decision
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Western Carolina has plenty of homegrown talent

From CatamountSports.com
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Catamount Football Opened 2016 Preparations Thursday
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Western Carolina Announces 2016 Football Broadcast Schedule

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Low on wizardry, high on spirit, ceremonies befit Rio games — DeCock
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Fans at Rio Olympics revel- ‘Brazil is the sports capital of the world again’
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Raleigh woman, 98, competed in 1936 Olympics — Shaffer
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NC State football notes- Possible redshirt for Pratt, Gallaspy on the mend
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UNC opens practice under pressure to improve on 2015’s 11-3 season
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UNC’s top preseason practice priorities
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Carolina Panthers Fan Fest Observations- Ron Rivera reminds Lou Young to take it easy
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For older Carolina Panthers, it’s ‘now or never’ for another Super Bowl run
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Carolina Panthers get new coach from Make-A-Wish Foundation

Redskins 2-minute drill- Chris Baker on what it's like to be cut
Richmond Times Dispatch

SDS Crystal Ball- Predicting every South Carolina game for 2016
SaturdayDownSouth.com

Cavaliers have lofty expectations for offensive attack
Charlottesville Daily Press

Dwayne Lawson Leaves The Hokies
Gobbler Country

NAU football season preview- Offense
Fox Sports

New QB Trubisky more interested in leading Tar Heels than following Williams
Wilmington Star-News

Amway Coaches Poll
USA Today

August 5 2016

Clemson No. 2, UNC No. 20 in preseason coach’s football poll
Wilmington Star-News

UNC following strategy originated by Tarkanian vs. NCAA
WRAL Sportsfan

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Did UNC’s discovery of old NCAA exchange contribute to delay in NCAA investigation?
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Inexperienced Americans adjust to glare of world stage — DeCock
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‘Humbled’ Jones hopes to get back on track for Wolfpack defense
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Emails give inside look at Charlotte executives’ efforts to keep NBA All-Star Game
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Red, white, blue and flashy- USA's Opening Ceremony gear
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Baseball’s 2020 Olympics return expected to increase global popularity

From the Charlotte Observer
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Are Panthers gambling by doubling down with two rookie corners? Riverboat Ron doesn’t think so
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Imposing defensive tackle Star Lotulelei wants to be bigger force for Panthers
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CMPD urges caution, Panthers fans fume as free Fan Fest tickets get sold
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Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker on social justice, inspiring kids, departure of Jeremy Lin
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Charlotte 49ers defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi anxious for the start of season

Gamecocks’ Perry Orth ‘like the dad’ in quarterback battle pitting youth against experience
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier

Tech's preseason provides chance for Fuente to learn about team, opportunity for Newsome
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
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Virginia Tech hits ground running in first fall practice under Fuente
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Training camp observations- McAuliffe lobbies for new stadium
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WOODY- Shorter, safer training camps are better for NFL
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Redskins 2-minute drill- Greg Toler on what it's like to date a reality TV star
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Distinguished Digits- The best Redskins players to wear each number, 0 to 99

From the Fayetteville Observer
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Michael Phelps given honor of carrying U.S. flag
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Nike getting out of golf equipment business

August 4 2016

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
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Redskins give spotlight to special teams on Wednesday
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Redskins training camp observations- Aug. 3
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WOODY- Boring training camp, for now, just what Redskins need
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Five questions facing Virginia Tech as it kicks off first football camp under Justin Fuente

From the Charlotte Observer
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Finally free of injuries, Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart aiming for strong finish in 2016
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Panthers cornerback Bene’ Benwikere returns to practice after missing first week
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Observations- Panthers QB Cam Newton goes deep -- twice -- as team returns to practice field
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Panthers don’t want Graham Gano getting his kicks at camp
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Danica Patrick disappointed with Sprint Cup showing so far
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Twitter rules change for college coaches
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Charlotte 49ers QB Kevin Olsen gets another shot- 'I’m in a great spot'
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Clemson looking to finish this season with "no regrets"

Auburn, Clemson’s Opening night host, kicks top running back off team
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier

ODU's road opener at Appalachian State will be televised
Norfolk Virginian Pilot

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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UNC’s response to the amended Notice of Allegations- the strongest arguments
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US women beat New Zealand 2-0 in Olympic soccer tournament

August 3 2016

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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UNC says bogus AFAM classes don’t fall under NCAA jurisdiction
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UNC to NCAA- Mind your own business — DeCock
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Boxill defense claims she gave no special help to UNC players
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Goal posts up, 65,000-plus for US college football opener

From the Wilmington Star-News
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UNC releases response to Amended Notice of Allegations
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UNC response a stroke of genius … as long as the NCAA buys it

North Carolina responds aggressively to NCAA allegations
Greensboro News-Record

From the Charlotte Observer
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Panthers safety Tre Boston- NFL players will fear me one day
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Deep defensive tackle group should make for tough decisions for Carolina Panthers
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LeBron James- I’m chasing Michael Jordan’s ghost
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Earnhardt to miss 2+ more races because of concussion
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Charlotte 49ers QB Kevin Olsen gets another shot- 'I’m in a great spot'
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Charlotte Chamber CEO- City aspires to land a major league soccer team

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
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Virginia Tech hoping for same great defense, new improved offense
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Fantasy football an obsession for some Redskins, too real for others
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WOODY- Some players leave college and arrive at NFL training camps with significant student-loan debt

Best Favre pre-NFL moments
Hattiesburg American

Sammy Batten- Tar Heels add to loaded class of offensive linemen with Ross
Fayetteville Observer

Texas’ Pierce Aims For Quick Rebuild
d1baseball.com

August 2 2016

UNC to release response to NCAA's amended notice of allegations Tuesday
Fayetteville Observer

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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As UNC’s NOA response comes due, Boxill’s attorney denies allegations
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NC State starts football practice with a little bit of normalcy
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Even without big names, U.S. faces big expectations – DeCock
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Rain, fog, lightning created a miserable Monday at Pocono Raceway

Jackson vs. Norman is must-watch matchup of Redskins camp
Norfolk Virginian Pilot

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
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WOODY- Vernon Davis has perfected art of the curling pattern
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Training camp observations- Aug. 1

From the Charlotte Observer
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Receiver Devin Funchess more trusting in second season, promises unselfish attitude
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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett apologizes to Panthers’ Cam Newton for ‘taking the dollars’ comment
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Panthers rookie Vernon Butler welcomes on-field pointers, polishing pass-rushing skills
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Coach Ron Rivera- Panthers changed calls with Saints’ Roman Harper in mind
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Here come the Carolinas’ Olympians

Starting QB? No. 2 receiver? Five questons as USC opens preseason camp
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier

State quarterback battle has added element as fall camp begins
Wilmington Star-News

Notre Dame merits its full share of ACC Network revenue
Hampton Roads Daily Press

August 1 2016

From the Richmond Times Dispatch
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Williams follows QBs' example in boosting Redskins' offensive line
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Northern Va. farm to offer Kirk Cousins corn maze
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Redskins' 2-minute drill- Su'a Cravens

From the Charlotte Observer
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‘Even Janitor’ on the way out of Panthers’ playbook
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Mohawk, trash-talk keep Panthers’ Thomas Davis young
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Jimmy Walker holds off charging Jason Day to win PGA Championship, his first major title
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Rain postpones Sprint Cup race at Pocono until Monday

From the Winston Salem Journal
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Scandal at UNC drawing to a close
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Mountaineers’ coach Scott Satterfield growing along with his program
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Scott Hamilton- The unfamiliar engulfs Mountaineers

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Key questions for NC State football at the start of practice
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A simple screening that could save lives – Saunders

Pack opens with QB battle, health at top of the list
Greensboro News-Record

Watch- Laney’s Culler introduce Topsail’s Sculthorpe to N.C. State football
Port City Daily

Louisville has the look of a dark horse contender
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier

 

August 6 2016

32 Individuals Will Represent American Schools In Rio
theamerican.org

From the Cincinnati Enquirer
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Redshirt freshman aiming to lead UC's offense
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UC QB Trail in race to start

AAC Notebook- South Florida On Rise In Coach Taggart's Fourth Season
Hartford Courant

From the Tampa Bay Times
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Report- Mike Bibby's son to sign with USF
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USF offensive line gets settled, somewhat

UCF football sporting new look, optimism on first day of camp
Orlando Sentinel

Tulane football team 'getting back to basics' to begin fall camp
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Tulsa World
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TU position watch- President, Rubley neck and neck for backup QB role
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TU practice report- 'I think we’re on the right track,' Montgomery says

Two or four? Crucial Big 12 expansion issue remains mystery
Memphis Commercial Appeal

August 5 2016

Six QBs From The American On Unitas Award Watch List
theamerican.org

Has Navy option lost its mystique in American?
Annapolis Capital

From the Cincinnati Enquirer
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UC run game now 'No. 1' with Green, Boone
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Tuberville singles out UC newcomers
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UC football- Here is the depth chart

From the Houston Chronicle
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Cougars enter season ranked 13th in coaches' poll
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A look inside UH's locker room makeover
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UH officially adds 27-year-old Australian punter Dane Roy
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UH to apply for Tren'Davian Dickson's immediate eligibility
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UH's highly regarded freshman Ed Oliver has to earn playing time

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
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Leonard Davis dismissed from the Tulane football team
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John Ehret DB Darius Campbell decommits from Tulane

D-Line depth among five UCF football camp questions
Orlando Sentinel

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Tigers open practice with separate sessions for veterans, rookies
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Baylor graduate transfer Chad Rykhoek visits Tigers

From the Dallas Morning News
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Deion Sanders Jr. no longer part of SMU football team 
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Chad Morris guarantees SMU will be better as Mustangs head into fall camp
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Nichols- After laying the foundation, Chad Morris is optimistic about what he can build at SMU in his second year

From the Tulsa World
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TU Sports- Hurricane shows off new Adidas gear at first practice
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TU receiver Keevan Lucas returns from injury- 'This is what I love to do'
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TU practice report- Day 1 of Year 2 in the books

USF sends letter to Big 12 stating case for inclusion
Tampa Bay Times

August 4 2016

AAC coaches want expanded playoff
Greenville Daily Reflector

#AmericanKickoff Social Recap
theamerican.org

Big 12 expansion casts black cloud over AAC Football Media Day
Baltimore Sun

AAC braces for Big 12 raid
Columbia Daily Tribune

From the Cincinnati Enquirer
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Job One for UC- Choose a quarterback
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UC Bearcats hold first preseason practice

From the New Orleans Times Picayune
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5 big changes for Tulane football going into 2016
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Tulane's Willie Fritz hopes QB battle is over 'pretty quick,' ESPNU reports

From the Dallas Morning News
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SMU's Chad Morris dishes on the TempoCopter, and how he almost gave up coaching
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Editorial- Dallas' university, SMU, has a case for Big 12 membership

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Memphis football to hold "Memphis State Day" vs. Kansas
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Quick takeaways from Memphis' preseason football media luncheon
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Diet was key as Memphis QB Riley Ferguson bulked up

2016 UCF football media guide is out and several key players change jersey numbers
Orlando Sentinel

Preseason camp- 5 position battles to watch
Tampa Tribune

TU fall camp preview- Second-year coach Philip Montgomery looks to build on success of last season
Tulsa World

August 3 2016

From theamerican.org
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That's A Wrap- #AmericanKickoff 2016
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WATCH- #AmericanKickoff Preseason Kickoff Video
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Commissioner Aresco's Remarks from #AmericanKickoff
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Houston Chosen As 2016 American Athletic Conference Favorite

Houston is picked to repeat as American Athletic champions
FOX Sports

UH, USF are division favorites in AAC
KHOU

From the Tampa Bay Times
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AAC commissioner- Big 12 expansion won't diminish league's stature
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Bulls picked to win AAC East in media poll
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In football terms, Willie Taggart feels the 'Bern'

From the Cincinnati Enquirer
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AAC boss talks Big 12 'elephant in the room'
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Latest from Tuberville on Big 12 expansion
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UC football picked No. 3 in AAC East

From Philly.com
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Murphy- Temple and its Big 12 delusion
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Temple's Walker- Different name, same great game

UConn Football Finishes Fourth in 2016 AAC Media Poll
theuconnblog.com

From the Orlando Sentinel
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UCF picked to finish last in AAC East preseason media poll
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UCF quarterback Justin Holman ready to work, fight for starting job in final season
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UCF football 'absolutely a rival' for UConn, Bob Diaco says
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Sanford Seminole DE-LB DeMarco 'D.J.' Artis flips from UCF to FSU

From the Houston Chronicle
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UH heavy favorites to repeat in AAC
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Ex-UH star, Bengals rookie William Jackson III tears pectoral

Navy picked second in West Division in AAC preseason poll
Annapolis Capital

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Aresco touts American as 'Power Six' league while members look to Big 12
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Memphis football picked to finish third in AAC West
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Breaking down the Tigers- Special teams

AAC preseason poll released- Where does SMU rank?
Dallas Morning News

Tulane is picked last in the American West preseason poll
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the New Orleans Advocate
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'The elephant in the room' — possible Big 12 expansion — shows up at AAC media day
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Four downs- Guerry Smith's top takeaways from AAC media days
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AAC notebook- Tulane thin on quarterback experience, but Willie Fritz has plenty of options

Most Overlooked Contenders in Every College Football Conference
Bleacher Report

American Athletic Conference prepares for Big 12's expansion
KOB 4

TU Sports- Hurricane picked fourth in American West
Tulsa World

Conference realignment a hot topic at AAC football media day
TheDay.com

Former Big 12 leader calls campaigns a familiar part of expansion process
Orlando Sentinel

August 2 2016

Kasich to Big 12? Let UC in
Cincinnati Enquirer

From the Houston Chronicle
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Governor Greg Abbott supports UH to the Big 12
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Guard Mike Adewunmi commits to UH men's basketball

Former Big 12 leader calls campaigns a familiar part of expansion process
Orlando Sentinel

USF looks to the past in bid for Big 12 expansion
Tampa Bay TImes

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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The AAC- It just shrinks more
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Big 12 Expansion Watch- Memphis emerging for fourth spot?
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Quick thoughts on an ominous report on Big 12 expansion
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Tigers' Norvell talks about team strengths, playing freshmen and more
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Nick Marshall leaves University of Memphis basketball team

From philly.com
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Temple willing to talk to Big 12 about expansion
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Star cornerback Chandler moving to safety for Temple
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Temple student eyes Olympic medal in 800

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings makes pitch for SMU to Big 12 
Dallas Morning News

TU Sports- Garth Brooks boots Hurricane's game at Fresno State
Tulsa World

August 1 2016

The AAC kicks off football season with speculation boiling over
USA Today

From the New Orleans Advocate
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AAC media days preview- Team-by-team breakdown and The Advocate's top five questions
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AAC media days preview- Even after a surprisingly great 2015, the specter of Big 12 expansion looms

AAC football media day preview- Five burning questions
Orlando Sentinel

2016 Football Team Preview- SMU Mustangs
theamerican.org

Temple's Kip Patton announces transfer to Tennessee Tech
Philly.com

Tom Keegan- Ranking potential Big 12 suitors
KU Sports

Big 12 Expansion Bracket- East Region Opening Round
Viva The Matadors

Bob Hunter commentary | Big Ten wants to be really big- Hook 'Horns, Sooners
Times Reporter