CARBONDALE - Phil Longo has been positive at spring practice, despite inexperience at two key positions of his new offense.
Southern Illinois University’s new offensive coordinator is in charge of one of those key spots, as the Salukis’ wide receivers coach. Technically, SIU returns two of its three quarterbacks from last year’s national semifinalists. However, the reality is they threw a combined 23 passes in 14 games.
Longo’s new offense could make those two question marks less noticeable.
Duquesne, which is preparing to play in its first season in the Northeast Conference, is among the most winning programs in NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major. The Dukes, longtime members of the defunct Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League, have benefited from a number of all-conference wide receivers in recent years.
Will the addition of Brentwood High School’s Akeem Moore continue the tradition of stellar wide receivers at Duquesne?
Time, of course, will tell the tale.
There are three good examples of why Wofford football coaches like to keep scholarship money available even after National Signing Day in February. They came on board with the Terriers in April.
Wofford announced Monday the addition of three more student-athletes to the incoming class: Defensive back Trey Diller from The Woodlands, Texas; defensive lineman Alex Goltry from Knoxville, Tenn; and defensive lineman Ameet Pall from Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada.
Anonymous Confession Sparks Police Investigation
HANOVER, N.H. – In his 17 years on the police force here, Hanover Police Officer Rick Paulsen has never worked a case like this.
Paulen’s quietly pursued a story he initially dismissed as “folklore” that came to light while he was working a Dartmouth College home football game last fall.
A spectator approached, a man from Norwich, Vt. who he has known for years.
“He mentioned there’s a cannon buried under Memorial Stadium,” Paulsen recalled, laughing. “I said, yeah right. What cannon?”
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa’s football team looks like many of the metro area’s streets this spring.
In other words, the Panthers have plenty of potholes to fill as they begin their 15 April practices at 3:45 p.m. today.
After an 11-0 regular season and 12-1 overall campaign a year ago that included seven weeks as the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision, UNI must replace an all-American and four-year starter at quarterback, two highly regarded NFL prospects (Chad Rinehart and Brandon Keith) among four offensive line starters and accomplished veterans at defensive end, linebacker and safety.
Community Service Project Helps Prep Fields for Start of Baseball Season.
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Spring football practice is well underway at Bucknell, and some first-year members of the Bison squad recently participated in some “spring cleaning” in downtown Lewisburg, helping prepare two Little League baseball fields for the start of the 2008 season.
Head coach Tim Landis split his freshman class between the Danny Green Field and Smith Field, and despite already having undergone a two-hour morning football practice, Landis and the players were hard at work for about four hours on a Saturday afternoon helping get the diamonds in shape for the start of Little League season in Lewisburg.
DURHAM – It all starts with the quarterback and with Ricky Santos gone after four ultra-productive seasons, filling his talented cleats will be chore one – maybe even chore two and chore three – when the University of New Hampshire football team opens spring camp tomorrow afternoon.
There are plenty of other questions and things to accomplish, too, over the next 15 practice sessions leading up to the Blue-White Spring Game on May 3.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College football coach Mike Ayers announced on Monday the signings of three additional student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the upcoming season. Joining the Terriers’ signing class are defensive back Trey Diller, defensive lineman Alex Goltry and defensive lineman Ameet Pall.
While Mustangs bring back 10 offensive starters, Cal Poly still has holes to fill on the defensive side.
Some of remaining players from the 2005 Cal Poly football team that went to the Division I-AA playoffs that season have assumed top spots on the Mustangs’ depth chart heading into today’s spring game.
Among that group is a defensive unit that is looking upon building off last season, but with the absence of six of last season’s starters, there is room for some guys to step in and make an impact.
Miles College has pulled out of its scheduled Sept.6 football game at Samford University, leaving the Bulldogs facing a difficult predicament.
Samford Athletics DirectorBob Roller on Saturday said he may have to find an NAIA team or an NCAA Division III opponent to keep an 11-game schedule and a six-game home slate.
“I got a call around April Fool’s Day,” Roller said, “and it wasn’t an April Fool’s call. They said they didn’t realize they had to play Tuskegee that date.”
LSU has their man.
Former Duke AD and former Lehigh football player Joe Alleva (’75) was named LSU’s next director of athletics Friday evening by LSU systems president Dr. John Lombardi.
After a three-month search and the whittling down of a list of finalists, Lombardi and LSU settled on the 54-year-old Alleva to supplant Skip Bertman when the ex-Tiger baseball coach retires in June.
With transfer QB Csey Hansen graduating last year, the Spartans look to have another interesting transfer QB who is impressing this spring.
NORFOLK - Norfolk State coach Pete Adrian is only five days into spring football practice, but after the team’s first scrimmage on Saturday morning, he knew this much.
Expect big things this fall from quarterback Dennis Brown and running back DeAngelo Branche. Both have impressed in drills along with redshirt freshman receiver Josh Reamon. Brown, a transfer from the University of Connecticut, completed a pair of passes to Reamon, one on a deep route and another on a sideline comeback in the scrimmage.
Mother Nature dumped a different element - rain - on Savannah State’s football team Saturday morning.
But wet conditions were a delight to SSU first-year head coach Robby Wells, whose Tigers conducted their second scrimmage of spring practice at 10 a.m.
Although it was a pleasant 72 degrees, handling a wet football and maintaining footing presented challenges similar to those SSU faced for three weeks at 5:30 a.m. practices when it was 35 degrees.
There are some names that Florida A&M football coach Joe Taylor won’t even try to remember.
Then there are those that he won’t ever forget, even if it’s just the first or last names.
That much was clear after Saturday’s second scrimmage of the spring in which the offense showed improvement, despite seven turnovers.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis stops by with his son Marcus to watch the Sycamores in spring ball.
TERRE HAUTE — A couple of head coaches liked the effort they saw during Indiana State’s first football scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium.
One of them was ISU’s first-year coach, Trent Miles.
“The enthusiasm was there,” Miles assessed. “Some of our execution wasn’t. I was happy with the way they ran around and tried to do things, but our execution was shoddy. It leaves a lot to be desired.