Knoxville, Tenn. – Tennessee completed its 2010 football schedule Tuesday with the announcement that the Vols are hosting UT Martin to open the season, marking Tennessee’s first game against a member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in 27 years.
Coming in 2013, you might be seeing something that hasn’t been seen since the 1940s: an old-fashioned grudge match between Catholic and American on the gridiron.
If Catholic University archbishop Donald Wuerl and American University president Cornelius M. Kerwin have their way, the Eagles and Cardinal will be fielding football teams in the Patriot League in four years. In a joint statement yesterday both university presidents proclaimed their intentions to do what few thought was possible: bring not one, but two, Division I programs to the district in the next four years.
STATESBORO — The playoff field for the FCS has been expanded to 20 teams this fall.
That obviously creates a lot more opportunities for fringe schools like Georgia Southern.
A year after rocketing from a rookie minicamp tryout to a roster spot in a playoff game, Alex Buzbee was primed to make an impact for the Washington Redskins last summer.
Buzbee, who recorded 27.5 sacks in four years at Division I-AA Georgetown, had worked feverishly for a chance to compete for the team’s fourth defensive end spot — only to take a wrong step in punt protection on the first day of training camp.
HUNTINGTON – Marshall’s hotly contested quarterback competition, which started Tuesday afternoon with the opening session of spring practice, consists of four candidates.
It could have featured five.
The USD football team released its schedule for next year, but it’s not exactly finished.
The Coyotes are scheduled to play 10 games, five at home and five on the road, but head coach Ed Meierkort has never coached a team that has played less than 11 games.
“We are trying desperately to get an 11th game, and I bet that we do, but sometimes you just never know,” Meierkort said.
Georgia Southern Football began the final week of spring drills, working out Tuesday morning (March 31). The Eagles will practice three times this week prior to the annual Blue-White game on Saturday, April 4th at 1 p.m.
The team and coaches were getting fired up when the offense and defense battled during 1-on-1 blocking drills. That enthusiasm carried throughout practice #12.
DES MOINES, IOWA - Second-year Drake football coach Chris Creighton likes what he has seen so far after the completion of week one of spring football practice.
“The first week always flies by,” said Creighton, whose team posted a 6-5 record last fall, including a 4-4 fourth-place finish in the Pioneer Football League. “Everyone was chomping at the bit to get out here, players and coaches. We had a blast the first week.”
Following an up-and-down start to the 2008 season, Lehigh rebounded to win three of its final four contests, including a 31-15 victory over archrival Lafayette in Easton. That win sent the Mountain Hawks into the offseason with plenty of momentum and optimism on what the future holds. Following a solid winter conditioning program, Lehigh enters the spring of 2009 with a good deal of experience and talent returning on both sides of the ball. Head coach Andy Coen, now entering his fourth season, expects plenty of competition throughout the spring segment of practice and into preseason camp, where the Mountain Hawks will look to fill several holes as well as develop depth in a number of areas.
“We entered the offseason on a high note and I think that really motivated our guys to work hard throughout the winter months,” Coen said. “That said, there are plenty of areas we need to improve in and become more consistent with. We also have a few key spots on both sides of the ball where kids will be competing on a daily basis for playing time at.”
In an attempt to save money during these challenging financial times, the Big Sky Conference member institutions recently voted to cancel the 2009 football Summer Kickoff in Park City, Utah.
Defensive end Jeremy Maddox, a second-team All-SWAC selection last season, appeared to suffer a severely sprained left ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Maroon and White game.
Trainer John Gaines said the 6-foot, 244-pounder would be examined Sunday night or today to determine the severity.
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team will begin making preparations for the 2009 season when it opens spring practice Saturday morning. The Lumberjacks will take to the field with a 7:45 a.m. workout, and it will be the first of 15 scheduled workouts.
Lafayette will not be opening its football season tonight, next week or even next month; but you wouldn’t have known that judging from Friday’s opening of Spring practice.
Intensity was the order of the day from the 4:30 start to the 6:40 finish. And when most of the squad left the Fisher Stadium field for the locker room, the offensive linemen had to do a bit of detention because the coach was not totally satisfied with their performance.
The Portland State football program will begin its annual spring practice on Apr. 20 and continue on for 15 practice dates including a final spring scrimmage on May 16 at Stott Community Field.
The Tim Walsh Era at Cal Poly begins with spring practice April 1-25 and will feature 66 returning lettermen, including eight starters on defense, a return to the 4-3 defense and a whole lot of question marks.