Boone glad nightmare is over, says lessons learned with help avoid a repeat in the future.
OXFORD — Now that the great football scheduling debacle of 2009 is over, Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone spent Wednesday afternoon explaining why it happened - and also how he plans to make sure it never happens again.
UM officials announced late Tuesday night that Northern Arizona, a Big Sky Conference school that plays in the lower Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), will come to Oxford on Nov. 7 as the Rebels’ 12th football opponent this fall. The deal ended months of speculation and deals gone awry. For Ole Miss, it’s not an ideal outcome for two reasons.
Four months ago, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga completed the worst football season in school history. Today, the Mocs start spring practice with a new coach: UTC alumnus Russ Huesman.
The Mocs also have eight new assistant coaches and more positive energy and enthusiasm than the program has had in years. Still, Huesman and the Mocs head into spring practice today with plenty of unanswered questions:
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Bryant University senior defensive end Don Smith (Attleboro, MA) and junior linebacker Andre Whyte (Bennington, VT) worked out for a scout with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday morning. The pair went through several speed and agility tests during the workout session.
The NAU athletic department announced the 2009 schedule for the Lumberjack football team on Wednesday after making some 11th hour changes to the 11-game schedule.
Originally, the Jacks were scheduled to open the season on Sept. 3 with a home game against Division II Fort Lewis College (Colo.) and finish the season on Nov. 14 at Weber State. Now, NAU won’t open the season until a Sept. 12 road game versus Football Bowl Subdivision member Arizona and will end its season after playing 10 straight games on Nov. 21 at Eastern Washington.
NEWARK – The first decision Josh Baker made about his forced University of Delaware exile last spring demonstrated he was determined to learn and benefit from his mistake.
Suspended from the university last March for a year after an alcohol-related arrest in Philadelphia, the Blue Hen football tight end elected not to return to his home in Chesapeake, Va.
Too many potential negative influences, he decided.
Old Dominion has 69 players in camp for spring football workouts.
Four, however, will receive more scrutiny than the others.
Quarterbacks Thomas DeMarco, Bobby Cooper, Tommy Reamon Jr., and Dan Pitts find themselves in a battle for playing time and ultimately for the leadership of this young football team as ODU begins its modern era in football.
Alcorn State has removed the interim tag from Earnest Collins and named him football coach. The former defensive coordinator has accepted a one-year contract, president George Ross said in a written statement.
“Coach Collins is providing our student-athletes with much needed consistency and stability during this transitional period,” Ross said in the statement. “I am thankful for his ability to keep the team pulled together as a family, and am delighted he is willing to continue to lead our program.”
Collins replaces Ernest Jones, who was fired after one season.
Ida Baker senior Mike Anderson gave a short speech in the school auditorium Tuesday before signing his Division I football scholarship with Western Carolina. His most prevailing words were: “Thank you.”
He directed them at just about everyone, including his family, his Bulldog teammates, the coaches and administration, as well as the school environment itself.
“Coach (Brian Conn) and the administration, my mom and dad, my friends, they all helped me,” Anderson said. “They kept me motivated and on track.”
Colgate named Gabe Harrington as the department’s new Strength and Conditioning Coach, it was announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics David Roach.
Andy Coen and the Mountain Hawks are set to begin their spring season, which will get underway on Thursday, March 19. Following a winter offseason regimen that included speed, strength and agility training, Lehigh is anxious to get things started as the Brown and White looks to build on the momentum it established throughout the fall, culminating with a 31-15 victory over archrival Lafayette.
Guilian Gary is finding success as receivers coach at Towson.
Sometimes in life, bad breaks end up leading to better things.
Guilian Gary appeared headed to the NFL following a stellar career at the University of Maryland. A nasty confrontation in preseason camp helped send him in another direction, and now the Horseheads High graduate is a rising star in the college coaching ranks.
Gary enters his fifth season as wide receivers coach at Towson University, which starts spring practice March 27. Based on his record, Gary appears to have future offensive coordinator written all over him. But Gary said he’s in no hurry to change jobs, and he was retained in his position after Rob Ambrose replaced Gordy Combs as head coach following last season.
There have been a few changes with the Appalachian State football program over the last few months.
Quarterbacks coach Scott Satterfield left for Toledo and has been replaced by slot receivers coach Brad Glenn. Wide receivers coach Antonio Carter left for another position and was replaced by Lance Taylor, hired away from Alabama.
Defensive assistant Brad West left for Tulsa and was replaced by Jason Blaylock, who will assist on the defensive line.
The crispest thing about the first day of spring drills was the air.
That was the indication from Montana Grizzlies football coach Bobby Hauck, anyway. The Griz, runners-up in the Football Championship Subdivision last fall, took to the River Bowl with some 90 players on Monday.
Eighteen of them are freshmen who redshirted last fall.
STATESBORO - No one knows for sure where Darreion Robinson will fit in Georgia Southern’s future running back plans.
But the Eagles didn’t sign any running backs during February’s recruiting and former running back Leander Barney has been moved to wide receiver.
That should tell you something.
For Georgia Southern, Robinson is like an ace that’s still face down in a Texas Hold’em hand. Few know about the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder who doesn’t mind running inside or out.
Johnson leads way with three interceptions as team tallies six picks.
On a cold and rainy Saturday morning at Gibbs Stadium, the Wofford secondary shined brightly.
The Terriers’ defense came up with six interceptions during an intrasquad scrimmage that marked the midway point of the spring football practice schedule.
Wofford will practice seven more times this spring, including a second scrimmage next Saturday.
“We’re not where we need to be, but we’re getting better,” senior cornerback Mychael Johnson said. “We have a couple of more things that we need to work on, but we just try to take every day one step at a time.”