The past few seasons have been somewhat of a disaster for the Nicholls State University football program.
Nicholls hasn’t won a Southland Conference game in two full seasons, and the Colonels haven’t beaten a Football Championship Subdivision foe since Nov. 13, 2010.
But with another football season looming, the Colonels believe a turnaround is imminent.
After 16 years in the Northeast Conference (NEC) — and five titles — the Hawks are moving to the Big South Conference next year. In the meantime, the Hawks are playing a 12- game, independent schedule this fall. As they get ready to join their new conference in 2014, there is excitement and anticipation for the 2013 season to unfold.
Callahan sees a lot of positives for the Hawks this season despite the challenges that it creates.
The four-man quarterback battle at Cal Poly is over … for the moment.
Junior Vince Moraga was tabbed by Mustang head coach Tim Walsh on Monday as the starter for the football team’s season opener August 31 against the University of San Diego.
In less than two weeks Bobby Lamb will walk out onto the field at Mercer University Stadium – the brand-new home of the brand-new Mercer football program – and experience one of the highlights of his long coaching career.
The Bears’ season opener, against fellow startup Reinhardt University on Aug. 31, is already a sellout. That’s a not-too-common occurrence in the Championship Subdivision and certainly a rarity in the nonscholarship Pioneer League, where Mercer is playing this season before it joins the Southern Conference next fall.
Three former Teche Area standouts, once bitter rivals, have put aside their differences and different uniforms to join together in wearing one uniform as they begin their college careers.
Former Catholic High quarterback Joe Lissard, former West St. Mary running back Jontrey Tillman and former Franklin lineman Allen Lockett all now wear the blue and gold of McNeese State University and all three are happy with where they are now.
Patrick O’Connor has always been a very good student and athlete.
Now, the 22-year-old Leominster native is trying to excel in the coaching ranks at his alma mater, Wagner College, in Staten Island, N.Y.
O’Connor, who graduated from Division 1 Wagner last year after a tremendous four-year career on the gridiron where he was named Second Team All-NEC in his senior campaign, is hoping his excellent study habits in the classroom and his strong IQ and play on the field will help translate into a successful first year as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Seahawks.
Damian Jones wants to see more Richmond-area talent play its college football at VMI.
“We’re trying to build an 804 thing here,” Jones said this week after a Keydets’ scrimmage at Foster Stadium on the picturesque campus of the small military college. 804 is the telephone area code for Richmond, Virginia.
Jacksonville State is aiming high with new coach Bill Clark. The Gamecocks fired longtime coach Jack Crowe after last season and turned to the former South Alabama defensive coordinator to lead a program that won its third Ohio Valley Conference title in 2011.
For Lafayette College football tri-captain Pat Crosby, running 80-yard sprints at the end of a busy, drill-filled and demanding practice demands the kind of leadership and commitment necessary for success.
The dog days of mid-August can dampen the spirits of even the most enthusiastic football player.
Montana coach Mick Delaney and his co-offensive coordinator Kefense Hynson planned a little comedic relief for after practice Wednesday at the Riverbowl. They broke out a wedge and golf balls for target practice.
The target, in this case, was Delaney, decked out in helmet and shoulder pads with a red No. 1 jersey. He stationed himself about 55 yards from his players, daring them to take their best shot.
New Charleston Southern coach Jamey Chadwell can’t imagine having a bad first season with the Buccaneers.
Chadwell was hired from North Greenville in January to take over for Jay Mills, who retired after 10 seasons. The Bucs haven’t finished above .500 since 2009 and return 18 starters from a group that went 5-6 last fall.
Still, Chadwell is excited about his first head coaching job in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Entering the fifth season under head coach Rob Ambrose, the Towson University football program has undergone a lot of change during the last half-decade.
On Aug. 19, Tim Leonard will take over as Tigers athletic director, the third for whom Ambrose has worked. Ambrose’s tenure has also spanned two university presidents. That’s not counting any interims.
But after taking over a program destined for the cellar of the Colonial Athletic Association in 2009, Ambrose welcomed change and all of the consequences that came as a result – both positive and negative.
De’Angelo Henderson did it again Wednesday.
Another day, another show-stealing, head-turning play for Coastal Carolina’s redshirt-freshman running back.
Henderson is not going to be the Chanticleers’ starting tailback when the season opens in a couple weeks, but there aren’t many – or perhaps any – more intriguing backups in the Big South Conference this season.
Paul Nichols is in his first season as football coach at Davidson. A former Wildcats quarterback, Nichols has spent the past nine seasons as an assistant coach at several colleges and universities after graduating from Davidson. The Wildcats will open the season Sept. 7 at Georgetown. Nichols answers 10 burning questions facing the Wildcats.
One of the iconic figures in the University at Albany athletic program is hanging up his clipboard and cowboy hat in a few months.
Bob Ford, embarking on his 44th season as UAlbany football coach, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year.