HARRISONBURG - Just over a week before the start of spring practice, James Madison’s two quarterback candidates seemed loose and relaxed Tuesday afternoon as they went through conditioning drills at Bridgeforth Stadium.
Junior Drew Dudzik, who played the second half of the Dukes’ Division I-AA semifinal loss to Montana last season, will compete with redshirt freshman Justin Thorpe for the starting job, a battle that coach Mickey Matthews says likely won’t be decided until the fall.
Bronx, N.Y. - Fordham University head football coach Tom Masella announced the addition of three assistant coaches to his staff with the hiring of Malik Hall, Ed Morrissey and John Wholley. Hall will direct the defensive line and serve as the special teams coordinator while Morrissey will be in charge of the offensive line and will be the recruiting coordinator and Wholley will coach the running backs and slot receivers. Additionally, Masella announced that assistant coach Patrick Moore has been elevated to defensive coordinator while assistant Bryan Volk has been promoted to offensive coordinator.
Bowling Green State University head football coach Dave Clawson (Richmond) has announced the hiring of Mark Carney (Fordham, Richmond), Mike Elko (Hofstra, Richmond, Fordham, Penn, Stony Brook) and Adam Scheier (Lehigh, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth) to complete his coaching staff for the 2009 season.
Carlos Guglielmi, a nose guard who transferred to Old Dominion in January, has been ruled ineligible to play football for the Monarchs.
The 6-foot, 295-pound Guglielmi learned that his participation with a semi-pro team in Canada counted against his NCAA Division I eligibility.
Georgia Southern Football returned to the practice fields on Tuesday morning (March 24), after taking last week off due to Spring Break. The Eagles have just five more practices before the annual Blue-White game.
THIBODAUX – Nicholls State lacked a few football coaches on the practice field, but it went unnoticed during Monday’s workout.
The Colonels opened spring practice with a 22–period, two-hour session that focussed on fundamentals and technique on the practice fields adjacent to Ray E. Didier Field.
NATCHITOCHES — Senior quarterback John Hundley was 6-of-7 passing, sophomore receiver Spencer Harrell scampered 46 yards on a screen pass for the only touchdown, and senior defensive tackle Albert Smith made two sacks Tuesday morning in the first spring football scrimmage for Northwestern State under new head coach Bradley Dale Peveto.
Fifteen pounds slimmer and one-year-more experienced, Markell Carter has something for which to really fight this spring.
A starting spot.
The former Bartlesville High two-sport dynamo went into the University of Central Arkansas spring football practice as a first-team defensive lineman.
San Marcos — Cameron Luke and Stan Zwinggi sat at the interview table following Texas State’s loss in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs not knowing where their futures were headed.
Luke and Zwinggi had just played their last games as Bobcats and only knew what the next day would bring.
MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama Director of Athletics Joe Gottfried announced Tuesday the school has signed a three-game contract with North Carolina State as well as the school’s first-ever football schedule, one that currently includes a total of seven games all slated to be played in Mobile at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturdays this fall.
There is a possibility the school will add one more road contest that would be announced at a later date.
University at Albany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy announced today the school’s football schedule for the 2009 season. The Great Danes, who are coming off consecutive Northeast Conference championships, meet a group of challenging Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents. The non-league schedule features Georgia Southern and Massachusetts, two programs that have won FCS national championships, Maine and Bryant. In addition, UAlbany battles seven NEC teams.
Gardner-Webb will host its annual Spring Football Game on Saturday, March 28, at 2 pm ET in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium. The Runnin’ Bulldogs will go through a controlled scrimmage as part of a day of festivities on campus. A drop in for Bulldog Club members is scheduled for 1:00 pm in the GWU Football Center, an hour prior to the scrimmage kickoff. Coach Steve Patton will speak briefly during that meeting. The Gardner-Webb school bookstore is also schedule to be open on Saturday from 1:00-3:00 pm.
Seven home dates highlight the 2009 Lehigh Football schedule, announced on Tuesday by Mountain Hawks head coach Andy Coen. Of Lehigh’s 11 total games, the Brown and White will take on a pair of scholarship schools, three members of the Ivy League and seven teams that posted winning records in 2008.
NEWARK – Edgar Johnson informed his University of Delaware athletic department colleagues at a morning meeting today that he is retiring as UD athletic director effective June 30.
Johnson, 64, is in his 25th year as athletic director and 40th year as a member of the UD athletic staff, which he joined in 1969 as an assistant athletic trainer and assistant men’s swimming coach.
On the first day of spring practices for the SIU football team, quarterback Chris Dieker was thinking about December.
“I feel like we are a national championship caliber team,” Dieker said. “That’s what we want to strive for and it starts in spring.”