So much to do, so little time.
It’s where the South Carolina State football team finds itself in the final days of spring practice. Wet field conditions forced the Bulldogs to attempt to cram in plenty of work during Tuesday’s session which was shortened by one hour at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
With just two practices remaining before Saturday’s annual Garnet and Blue game, head coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough is seeking to fine tune and implement as much of the team’s offensive and defensive schemes as possible.
ESTERO — Former Butler University athletic director John Parry, who led the Indianapolis program to Horizon League heights and national prominence, was the first to interview with Florida Gulf Coast University’s 10-person athletic director search committee.
Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and red-striped tie, the 65-year-old Parry, the deputy commissioner for branch operations with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since 2006, spoke to the committee for 90 minutes on Tuesday afternoon.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - With the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team approaching the end of their second week of spring ball, the coaches are preparing for its first planned scrimmage. Those plans have already been disrupted by Mother Nature as head coach J.C. Harper and his staff has been forced to move Friday evening’s scrimmage to Friday morning. The scrimmage, which was originally scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m., will now take place Friday at 7:45 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head football coach Larry Coker announced Wednesday that Mike Menefee, Eric Roark and David Ross have been hired as assistant coaches and all three will begin their appointments immediately.
“I’m very excited about completing phase one of assembling our coaching staff,” said Coker, who was introduced as head coach on March 6. “All three of these coaches bring an enormous amount of experience to UTSA. More importantly, they are high-character people who carry that hard-hat, lunch-pail mentality to work with them every day and that is important as we begin our recruiting processes.”
Hampton University’s football coaches might want to consider sending some flowers to David Legree’s cousins.
Legree, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback who left Syracuse earlier this month, plans to transfer to Hampton and play for the Pirates in 2009.
HARRISONBURG - Currently, not every football team in the Colonial Athletic Association plays every other member. In 2011 - for one season only - a school might not even face everyone in its own division.
Old Dominion will become the seventh team in the CAA’s South Division in 2011, while the North will remain at six teams. CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said Wednesday that four of the South teams will play all six divisional foes, while three will play only five.
The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced today that Texas State University’s Department of Athletics has been certified as operating its athletics program in “substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.”
HAMPTON — Hampton University will enter the 2009-10 school year with new leadership in its three most visible sports, unusual flux in what is traditionally one of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s most stable and successful athletic programs.
HU is the only Division I athletic program in the country to replace its football and men’s and women’s basketball coaches this year. All three replacements were hired within a matter of hours and promoted from the previous staffs or within the university.
“I consider myself to be a student of Vince Lombardi,” HU athletic director Lonza Hardy said last week, referring to the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach. “Vince Lombardi said, ‘Never apologize for trying to win.’ Consequently, I don’t apologize for putting what I believe are the right people in the right places at the right time.”
An ambitious schedule that includes games against four opponents that received votes in the final NCAA FCS national polls, one against an NCAA Championship participant and an expanded Big South Conference slate highlight the 2009 Stony Brook University football schedule as announced today. The Seawolves will open the 2009 season at Hofstra University on September 5 and will open at home on September 19 against Brown University.
Back-to-back road games to open the season and a full slate of Northeast Conference games highlight the 2009 Robert Morris University football schedule. Under the direction of 16th-year head coach Joe Walton, the Colonials will play 11 games as part of their regular season in 2009.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, April 16, tight end Daniel Wilcox and 15 other of the NFL’s biggest heroes will be honored at the NFL PLAYERS Gala featuring the JB Awards, an annual awards presentation hosted by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to benefit Special Olympics DC. Wilcox was nominated at the conclusion of the 2008 season by his Baltimore Ravens teammates.
For the sixth consecutive year, the NFLPA and NFL PLAYERS, its licensing and marketing arm, have partnered with James Brown of CBS Sports “The NFL Today” to recognize NFL players for their individual contributions to their communities with the JB Awards. As in years past, award winners will participate in a panel discussion and will mingle with guests prior to the dinner. These honored players from around the National Football League will also join local Special Olympics athletes for a football clinic, an annual event held the morning of the Gala.
College sports fans, be careful of the company you keep on Facebook.
You might get yourself – and the program you support – in trouble.
That was the lesson this week for Taylor Moseley, a North Carolina State freshman who expressed a common-enough opinion on campus when he started the Facebook group called ‘’John Wall PLEASE come to NC STATE!!!!'’
Garett Wade tried to gain weight, but no matter how many extra calories he consumed he could not force the scales to climb above 245 pounds.
That’s not necessarily a good thing if you aspire to play offensive guard on the college level.
“I’ve actually gotten quite a bit stronger,” said Wade, a redshirt freshman on Missouri State’s football team. “But the weight I put on was all muscle. I lost some of my baby fat, I guess.”
The trend, said Jane Vangsness, is that students in general are drinking less at North Dakota State. But male athletes also remain among the top offenders in preliminary findings that expected to be released in two weeks.
“That’s concerning,” said Vangsness,” the alcohol and other drug prevention coordinator at NDSU, said. “But it is also not unique to NDSU. It’s something that’s shown around the country.”