The 2013 University of South Dakota football team began practice this week with much to prove in preparation for a second season in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Who wants to see the proof? A fan base anxious to see progress in Coach Joe Glenn’s second year.
Wofford football coach Mike Ayers knew that one day, his Terriers would face this question: How do we replace Eric Breitenstein?
It’s a question that is not so easily answered. Breitenstein, the two time all-state football player from Watauga, is also the two-time Southern Conference Offensive Most Valuable Player.
The Sacramento State football players and coaches don’t have to be reminded of what slipped through their fingers last year.
Seven games into the season, the Hornets were 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Sky Conference and still riding the thrill of a 30-28 last-minute upset of Pacific-12 Conference member Colorado in Boulder.
There is little doubt that previously won trophies and cups have been placed away in the cabinets inside the Harvard football offices as head coach Tim Murphy searches for answers leading to the season opener at San Diego on Sept. 21.
Graduation, particularly in the skill areas, hit the Crimson hard with versatile H-back Kyle Juszczyk and quarterback Colton Chapple, the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, departing, leaving gaping holes to fill.
More than three weeks remain before Scott Satterfield’s first game as Appalachian State’s head football coach. But he’s already looking down the road at next year’s schedule — and beyond.
It’s a little ironic, considering that this year’s team keeps repeating the mantra “one game at a time, one week at a time.” The Mountaineers — who have won or shared seven of the past eight Southern Conference championships, including last season’s — hope that strategy will provide continuity as the program prepares for next year’s leap to the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Becoming the all-time leader in two receiving categories at South Carolina State is not a top priority this season for wide receiver Tyler McDonald.
Championship football teams are not built in a day, but Montana appears headed the right way.
That according to second-year coach Mick Delaney, who watched his troops work through a spirited session Tuesday under brilliant sunshine at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. One thing became apparent as the afternoon wore on: These Grizzlies are sure of themselves on both sides of the football.
Two programs at opposite ends of the Missouri Valley Football Conference spectrum, Illinois State and Western Illinois, have a similar problem as they head into the 2013 season.
They both need to settle on a starting quarterback.
The Sam Houston State football team opened up preseason practice Monday night at Bowers Stadium. The Bearkats will hold 29 practices leading up to the season opener against Houston Baptist on August 31.
Sam Houston is looking to back to Frisco to play in the NCAA Division I Football Title game for the third straight season. Bearkat head coach Willie Fritz says the work the team puts in before the season will be a big in trying to get back to Frisco.
Georgia Southern and Appalachian State will make one last run through the Southern Conference football schedule this season, before departing for the Football Bowl Subdivision’s Sun Belt Conference. They will take with them a collective five Football Championship Subdivision national championships won as SoCon members — GSU won four as an independent.
The Mercer Bears, about to kick off their inaugural season of football, will fill one of those spots in the SoCon’s roster next season. Replacing their stature, however, is something entirely different, Mercer coach Bobby Lamb acknowledged.
Quarterback Gavin McCarney has a good plan to help Colgate repeat last year’s success on the football field in the upcoming season.
Do the same thing as last year.
The way Nick Beard figures things, his listed statistics from last football season are wrong.
While tied for second in the Ohio Valley Conference with nine passes broken up, the Eastern Illinois safety does not have to be told he did not have an interception.
“No, man, and what’s so crazy is that two of those PBUs were interceptions that I dropped,” Beard said at Saturday’s EIU media day. “Those contributed to the goose egg for interceptions so I really don’t consider them PBUs even though they were.”
The University of Northern Iowa football team will make their return to campus today as they prepare for the 2013 season with their fall camp.
The Panthers will look to continue their momentum from a strong spring performance into the fall. UNI was picked to finish third in the MVFC this season and will return seven offensive and six defensive starters after ending the 2012 season on a three game winning streak.
Their first season under had coach Ron Roberts didn’t start off with many fireworks but by the end of the season the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (5-6, 5-2 in SLC in 2012) finished with a flurry of wins and second in the highly competitive Southland Conference.
But even with their best finish in the SLC since reviving their football program in 2003, the Lions are not content to sit back and bask in their success.
“We’re still changing the process, we’re not where we want to be by any means,” Roberts said. “We can’t just sit back there and say ‘we’ve arrived.
Forty-three years ago, Bob Ford lost his first road game as the University at Albany’s football coach. The score was 69-14.
“We played at Towson,” Ford says. “We got off the bus, and I watched them warm up. Then I watched us warm up, and I thought, ‘This is going to be a long afternoon.’ Sure enough, it was. They kicked our butt every which way but loose.”