PITTSBURG — For the last three years, Pittsburg High School graduate Ty Siam has been spending his time hitting the books and keeping his head above water.
Just like most students at Cornell University in Ithica, N.Y., Siam spends most of his time doing coursework as a policy analysis and management major in the College of Human Ecology.
However, the junior has something else on his plate … football.
When Wofford’s baseball team changed its game time Friday from the evening to the afternoon, it meant that Landon Bennett couldn’t play.
He had football practice.
Bennett is playing both sports. The second-year freshman is a kicker and punter for the football team and also an outfielder for the baseball team. Between weightlifting sessions, practices, scrimmages, games, travel and school work, he can barely keep it all straight. He might need a traveling secretary.
What’s Duke doing right now?” Chris Stewart these days might ask the 75 football players for whom he’s responsible.
The University Richmond’s next season kicks off vs. the Blue Devils on Sept. 5. If you’re under the impression that it’s early – way early – for the Spiders to be training for that opener, you’re way retro. Stewart leads UR’s football strength-and-conditioning program, which is very much engaged, as is spring training for Richmond’s basketball players.
CARBONDALE - Phil Meyer is back in Illinois, just in a different shade of red.
Meyer, Southern Illinois University’s new offensive line coach, played three years of college ball at Illinois State, and coached the Redbirds’ offense in 1994. A year before that, he was the assistant head coach in Carbondale under Bob Smith.
They came out of the stands and from across Texas to take a chance on a sun-splashed field that had not seen that kind of action in 20 years.
Some of the 39 participants at Lamar University’s open football tryouts on Monday looked as though they belonged. Others looked as though they were there as part of a fraternity stunt. Some were smooth and practiced. Others clumsy and overmatched. But they were all at Provost Umphrey Stadium competing for what likely will be only a couple spots on Lamar’s 2010 football team.
NAPLES — Beginning Tuesday, five men and one woman will interview over the next two weeks to determine who will thrust FGCU athletics into the big, bad world of Division I sports. If I was on the hiring committee, I would ask the six finalists one question. “Do you want football at FGCU?”
Every candidate that answered “Yes” would be disqualified.
Brad Teague, University of Central Arkansas’ athletic director, said the university had nothing to hide in the manner that it handled a percentage of money from fees not related to athletics being transferred to the athletic department during the transition to NCAA Division I.
State officials have said UCA did not follow appropriate accounting procedures in reporting the use of auxiliary fees for athletic funding, which they maintain is a violation of state law that carries no penalty. They claim state law mandates that a fee in which some amount is used for athletics must be clearly identifiable in public records and on student financial statements.
Three young professionals from the University at Albany, Sridar Chittur, research scientist at the Center for Functional Genomics; Kevin Galuski Jr., assistant director of athletics; and Michael Boots, sponsored programs associate in the Office of the Vice President for University Development, help comprise this year’s 40 Under Forty honorees by The Business Review. The program, in its ninth year, recognizes the business accomplishments and community involvement of 40 businesspeople under the age of 40.
The University of Delaware tight end traveled to Florida recently to train for his aspiring NFL career.
When he arrived at the private facility, he didn’t know what to expect, where he’d fit or how he measured against some of the country’s elite college athletes.
They came from everywhere across the landscape, many of them from power conferences that traditionally played in major bowls and from schools that historically ranked among the top 25.
Rafferty film details Harvard-Yale showdown.
It’s called The Game for a reason.
The gridiron rivalry between Harvard and Yale — two schools famed for academic instead of athletic prowess — can be just as intense as more well-known football clashes such as Texas-Oklahoma or Ohio State-Michigan, albeit on a smaller scale. That’s something Kevin Rafferty knows firsthand.
He was a Harvard junior in 1968 during perhaps the most famous Harvard-Yale matchup, one in which both teams entered with undefeated records. Harvard rallied from 16 points down in the final minute, using a backup quarterback, to tie nationally ranked Yale, 29-29.
After being knocked around a bit by the offense last week, the University of Central Arkansas defense came up with quite a counter-punch in the Bears’ second football scrimmage of the spring Saturday.
Cecil Flowe has coached football at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., since 1991. He doesn’t remember making the acquaintance of any University of Richmond recruiters at his school, located outside Atlanta, until about five years ago.
“Since, they have gotten some great players from the [Atlanta] area,” Flowe said of the Spiders, who shared the 2007 Colonial Athletic Association title and won the 2008 Football Championship Subdivision title.
For Youngstown State senior punter Ben Nowicki, life after football might involve becoming a sports agent, since the Gilbert, Ariz., native had was successful selling himself to the Penguins.
After the 6-foot, 170-pounder graduated from Mesquite High School, he enrolled at Mesa Community College where he had a great freshman season, leading the nation in punting with a 44.2 yard per average and earning first team All-National Junior College Athletic Association honors.
The 2009 edition of the North Dakota State football team lost a boatload – pun intended, fellow floodsters – of seniors from last year. There was some major college talent in that group, too.
Gone are running back Tyler Roehl, linebacker Ramon Humber, safety Nick Schommer and receiver Kole Heckendorf, all of whom perked the eyes of NFL scouts last month during NDSU’s “pro day.” In all, the Bison lost 14 starters.
The defending Big Sky Conference champions looked like of that on offense as the Wildcats ran through their second 90 minute scrimmage of the Spring practice season.