Memphis gets nod;

Tulsa 6th in C-USA

IRVING, Texas –– Coming off a No. 1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, the Memphis Tigers repeat as the unanimous preseason favorite to win this season’s Conference USA men’s basketball regular-season crown, according to the league’s coaches.

Although the league office announced just the top four teams of the preseason coaches poll this year, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane was chosen to finish in sixth place by the league’s coaches. Tulsa (11-17, 6-8) finished sixth last season, three spots up from where it was picked last season.

Houston is picked to finish in second-place in the league race, followed by UAB, under new coach Mike Davis, while Rice and UTEP were tied for the fourth-place spot. Tulsa then came in as the preseason selection for sixth-place.

Rice’s Morris Almond, a preseason All-America candidate, was the unanimous selection by coaches as the Preseason Player of the Year.

The Hurricane returns seven letterwinners and four starters from last year’s team.

Tulsa will open the regular season on Nov. 15 against St. Gregory’s. TU has home exhibition games on Nov. 2 vs. Cameron and Nov. 8 against East Central.

NSU gets one

on all-time team

RICHARDSON, Texas – Northeastern State’s Carlton Booe was the lone Redmen selected among the top 75 football players and coaches from the Lone Star Conference’s first 75 years in a listing announced by league officials Wednesday as part of a year-long anniversary celebration.

Booe was an all-conference tailback in 1998 and 1999.

The Top 75 listing is an impressive compilation of well-known names throughout both college and professional football, with eight of the selections — Johnny Bailey, Rodney Cason, Darrell Green, Pierce Holt, Wilbert Montgomery, Dwayne Nix, Richard Ritchie and Gil Steinke – having been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

At least six of the former LSC players on the list have gone on to win Super Bowl rings, including an amazing four rings by former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwight White and three by former Denver Bronco and New England Patriot Keith Traylor.

See complete list, Page 2B

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