As spring practice starts, challenges await for the Hornets.
DOVER – Al Lavan has maintained an important principle during his more than 35 years of coaching football: Forget your accolades.
That’s not easy, particularly when a team comes off a season like Delaware State had in 2007. But Lavan will be preaching his mantra when the Hornets open spring practice tonight at Alumni Stadium.
Late March is the time when winter moves aside for the arrival of spring.
Like the weather. South Carolina State defensive back Phillip Adams is going through his own change of season. Much of the Rock Hill native’s winter was spent on the hardwood as a backup point guard for the Bulldog basketball team.
With hoops season over, the Rock Hill native had to make the quick transition from fighting through pick and rolls in the backcourt, back to battling wide receivers for picks in the secondary. After collecting three interceptions against rising sophomore Malcolm Long during SCSU’s first spring practice on Monday, Adams is apparently back in football-mode again.
CARBONDALE - Travis Stepps had his chance to move up the ladder, but didn’t think he was quite ready.
The lone holdover from Jerry Kill’s staff said the opportunity to stay in place, and keep some of the players that he’d coached for the last four years, was too good to give up. Stepps is beginning his fifth year as Southern Illinois University’s cornerbacks coach this spring.
Tim Hickman has been associated with the University of Missouri since the early 1990s. Missouri is the state’s flagship institution, one with an established and well–respected NCAA Division I athletic program with a $44 million budget.
UND is a flagship institution as well. But the school’s athletic department is heading into uncharted waters as it is making the leap to Division I athletics next fall.
QB Redshirts Welch, Weidman will be getting a spring look, but Sam Houston St. QB’s job is secure.
Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar doesn’t have to worry about losing his starting job, which allows him to gradually get back into shape after a knee injury sidelined him for the final two games of last season.
Dan Conley has been passionate about football since 1975, when he was just 4 years old.
It was then that the Carnegie native met his hero, Jack Lambert.
Conley, who ironically went on to play linebacker himself in his favorite sport and now will coach linebackers at Syracuse University, met Lambert and did something most young fans didn’t get to do back then; he carried “Dracula’s” luggage.
QBs JaCorey Kilcrease and Brandon Webster are also learning a new offense.
Welcome to winter, uh, spring football practice at Savannah State.
It was 35 degrees when the Tigers began drills at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday under the lights at T.A. Wright Stadium. It was their fifth practice since opening camp March 18.
[Ed.’s note: Former Harvard WR Corey Mazza will be checking in once a week from Italy where he’s playing for the Parma Panthers of the Italian (American) Football League.]
COUNTDOWN TO SEASON OPENER: 9 DAYS
We got our uniforms the other day. The Panthers roll with black, silver, and white in honor of Team President Tira Ivano’s favorite team: the Oakland Raiders. I opted to go with number 3, while Danny went with 11 and Tully with 37.
JB SportsCorner was the first to talk with the green and gold Athletics Director, Gene Taylor. We covered the fact that the Bison will have a new place to roam in Bismarck/Mandan, ESPN 710. We were also able to ask what his expectations were for the “thundering herd,” and why the switch to ESPN 710.
NEW YORK – Paul Fernandes, Associate Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Sports Programs, will retire after 31 years of service to the Columbia University athletics program, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, announced today.
[Ed’s note: Former Harvard WR Corey Mazza will be checking in once a week from Italy where he’s playing for the Parma Panthers of the Italian (American) Football League.]
COUNTDOWN TO SEASON OPENER: 15 DAYS
I’ll be honest: The first week in Italy for me and my two American teammates/roommates hasn’t exactly been trouble-free.
MISSOULA – The play of the quarterbacks was solid today in the first of two scrimmages for The University of Montana Grizzlies, on a blustery afternoon in UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Sixth-year UM head coach Bobby Hauck’s 2008 Grizzlies went through a 35-minute, 47-play scrimmage, and will take a week off during spring break and return to action on April 1.
SAVANNAH, Ga- The Savannah State football staff has announced additions to the recruiting class for 2008. The Tigers have picked up commitments from four players including three from College of the Sequoias in California.
For this Columbia Spectator columnist, football hope ever springs eternal.
Say, hypothetically, that Columbia wins the Ivy League title in football next fall. The Lions have forty-five juniors and seniors, several players who dominate their positions, and a decent amount of depth. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton will be stacked next year, but if all the bad luck from last season balances out, then it’s not unreasonable to imagine the Lions grabbing at least a share of the title. March is a good month for considering radical sports upsets, so here’s how it could all go down.
HU QB T.J. Mitchell and two other suspended players were key contributors.
HAMPTON - – Hampton University announced the suspensions on Monday of three football players, including starting quarterback T.J. Mitchell. A release issued by the school did not specify a reason, but sources said they were suspended for their involvement last week in a fight on campus.
The others suspended were punter Jahmal Blanchard and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Hampton athletic director Lonza Hardy said that the players’ futures will be determined following an internal hearing at the university.