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.”
The giant grease board stands at the back of Walt Hameline’s office, with Wagner College’s football depth chart prominently displayed. There are several interruptions as the accessible head coach and athletic director conducts an interview, with periodic knocks on his Spiro Center door and the buzz of a desk phone ringing.
“It’s all right there,” said Hameline, his eyes drifting toward the sea of names listed under each position on offense, defense and special teams. “It’s a good place to start.”
Dick Kazmaier, the last Ivy League football player to win the Heisman Trophy, has died. He was 82.
Susan Kazmaier said Friday that her father died of natural causes Thursday at a Boston hospital. He had been living in Concord, Mass.
Kazmaier played halfback for Princeton and as a senior in 1951 won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide, receiving 506 first-place votes and 1,777 points, which was a record at the time. He also won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player, and was The Associated Press male athlete of the year.
Football defenses have had some pretty memorable nicknames over the years — like Orange Crush, Crunch Bunch, Purple People Eaters, Steel Curtain.
Offensive lines, not nearly so exotic. Hogs.
Brad Bormann, who has started the last 17 games on the o-line at Lafayette, doesn’t fit the stereotypical image you might get when you think of “hogs.”
Tom Burnett saw something at the 2013 Southland Conference Football Media Days that he never saw before as commissioner.
What Burnett saw was a room filled for one end to the other with football coaches and players anxious for the start of 2013 season.
If timing is everything, the Stetson Hatters have picked a good time to start playing in the Pioneer Football League.
The 21-year-old league is getting an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs for the first time this season, and that was the main subject Thursday for much of the PFL coaches teleconference for media.
From the projected top (San Diego) to bottom (Stetson), according to the PFL preseason poll, coaches were thrilled the league is breaking new ground to compete nationally against other FCS teams.
There are going to be skeptics. But aren’t there always?
And I admit I was right there with them when it was announced that Mercer was starting a football program. Football is fine. But non-scholarship football?
The way Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins handles interviews might make Bill Belichick envious.
Belichick, the New England Patriots coach, is renowned for employing “coach speak” — the art of answering questions without divulging much pertinent information at all — when dealing with the media.
Jenkins might be better at it.
Naturally, the University of South Dakota Coyotes are picked to finish last in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll.
That’s what happens when you suffer through a 1-10 season and go winless in league play.
To his credit, though, USD Coach Joe Glenn called the prognostication simply “opinion” during the MVFC media teleconference Monday.
ESPN’s extensive coverage of the 2013 college football campaign - from kick off on Thursday, Aug. 29 to the BCS National Championship on January 6 - will include 69 live weekday game telecasts across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ABC. The lineup will showcase many of the nation’s top programs in weekly Thursday and Friday night matchups and on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the season.
Russ Huesman was in his fifth season as Richmond’s defensive coordinator, in 2008, when the Spiders won the NCAA Division I national title.
Today’s 3 p.m. practice at Scrappy Moore Field marks the start of Huesman’s fifth season as the head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Mocs reported Tuesday morning, and all players were present and accounted for.
Dale Lennon has enough ammunition to motivation his Southern Illinois University Carbondale football team this season.
The Salukis are picked seventh in the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference.
Not so fast Georgia Southern or Appalachian State. Or any other Football Championship Subdivision team that has declared or is thinking of moving to the next level of Division I football.
The commissioner of the Missouri Valley Football Conference said Monday it’s possible her league may see those teams again one day. It all depends on the direction of the top five Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and recent language from the commissioners of those leagues has Patty Viverito thinking FBS has a possible shakeup in its near future.