Old Dominion athletic officials have the hottest ticket in town and they know it.
With nearly 12,500 season tickets already ordered, about 4,000 seats set aside for students, another 1,000 going to the visiting team and 1,000 more reserved by the school for internal use, 19,782-seat Foreman Field will be filled to the brim seven times this fall for the return of football to ODU.
“From the moment tickets went on sale 14 months ago, it was like the Jerry Lewis Telethon,” associate athletic director Debbie White said this morning. “Every time we turned around, the number went up and up and up and up.”
After winning only three games last season, it would seem that the Arkansas-Pine Bluff football team would need to make a few changes for the coming season. After the first day of spring practice on Monday at Golden Lion Stadium, it appears the Golden Lions are doing just that.
After a season that saw UAPB finish 9th out of the 10 team Southwestern Athletic Conference in total offense in, that side of the ball could be a point of emphasis this spring.
On Monday changes could be seen.
The Green team of mostly starters from last year did what it was expected to do at Bragg Stadium, handily beating the Orange squad with plenty of help from a defensive unit that scored three touchdowns.
But on a balmy Saturday afternoon, a handful of Florida A&M players whose Orange squad fell 48-0 performed well enough to cause an argument that they have no intentions of being overlooked.
“There are about four or five guys that really showed today that they in some kind of way need to be in that 90,” coach Joe Taylor said, referring to the players who will be invited to preseason two-a-days in August.
Five Saturday home games, which include Mid-American Conference power Akron and cross-town non-conference rival Towson, highlight the 2009 Morgan State football schedule that was released today by the school.
In just three NFL seasons, Milton High graduate Cortland Finnegan has carved his niche. The Tennessee Titans cornerback is widely known for his hard-nosed, scrappy, no-fear style of play.
Off the field and returning home for the Pensacola Sports Association Awards on Friday night, there was a glimpse of the softer side. Finnegan was all smiles when he was named the PSA’s professional co-athlete of the year, one of several athletes honored during the annual event at New World Landing.
“It’s a humbling thing, it’s an honor,” said Finnegan, who shared the pro athlete honor with golfer Boo Weekley. “The guys that came before me to now … I can’t say enough good things about it. I thank the PSA and my coaches at Milton and Samford (University) for molding me, and I’m going to try to continue to give my best.”
Delaware is home to only one professional sports franchise – a minor-league baseball team – and University of Delaware football is the only college team that draws large crowds.
But that does not tell the whole story about Delawareans’ interest in sports.
Last year, when the Phillies marched toward the World Series title, it seemed everyone was wearing red. And that provided only temporary respite to the usual fall obsession, the Eagles.
This rabid allegiance to sports teams is maybe best seen on college campuses, where football and basketball teams move students to shave their heads, paint their bodies and brave subfreezing temperatures with no shirts.
Konstantinos Kosmakos, a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Towson University football team, has been named as a Defensive Assistant Coach for the Tiger football program, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.
Georgia Southern University Football All-American and 1999 Walter Payton Award winner Adrian Peterson was honored as the College of Health and Human Sciences Alumni of the Year on Saturday, April 4. Fred Whitt, dean of the College, presented the award at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner held at the Nessmith-Lane Building on campus. In addition to the awards for each college, the University presents an annual accolade to one of its most distinguished alums.
Rod Chisholm remembers when he was a running back at West Charlotte playing Watauga in the semifinals of the 2006 state 4-A playoffs. In fact, he said he remembers all of the details of that game, which ended in a 21-0 West Charlotte victory. One in particular stands out.
“It was cold,” he said.
It was also the last time he last time he played competitively in Boone. Now a running back at Appalachian State, Chisholm sat out last year recovering from an ankle injury, which needed surgery, he suffered while playing his senior year at Independence. So instead of running the football at Kidd Brewer Stadium last year, he took a medical redshirt.
Eagles made up lost practice from last week due to rain
Something is missing in the middle of the Jackson State defense. The presence of No. 56 patrolling and barking out orders is gone for the first time in what feels like forever.
Marellus Speaks was the unquestioned leader of the entire team and was named SWAC defensive player of the year in 2008.
For two years he and Marcus Jamison filled the two middle linebacker positions and were as inseparable as conjoined twins.
Now, Jamison stands alone.
UAlbany receiver granted another year with Danes.
ALBANY — A cruel joke had a thrilling outcome for University at Albany senior wide receiver Tim Bush.
UAlbany assistant coach Eric Evans somberly told Bush on Feb. 10 the NCAA had denied his appeal for a fifth year of eligibility, which meant his career was over.
“I was pretty much shocked and sat there for about five minutes, probably wanting to tear his head off,” recalled Bush, who’s from Saratoga Springs. “I was very angry.”
Then Evans broke a smile. He was only kidding.