LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas-Pine Bluff will face Central Arkansas on Sept. 13 at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium in the first football game between the teams since 2003.
With the long-awaited return of football program still a season away, coach is working hard at luring recruits.
NORFOLK - The short, white picket fence surrounding Foreman Field, a 72-year-old stadium in a corner of the Old Dominion University campus, is chained shut. But inside workers are building new end zone luxury boxes, locker rooms and training rooms.
The stadium’s artificial turf, installed as part of an early 1980s renovation, is worn. But a new state-of-the-art surface will replace it next year.
Arundel High’s record-setting quarterback and his favorite target both accepted football scholarship offers last week.
Quarterback Nick Elko, the Capital-Gazette Newspapers’ Player of the Year, committed to Delaware State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Meanwhile, wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell chose Rhode Island of the Colonial Athletic Association.
The commitments by Elko and Johnson-Farrell bring to five the number of Anne Arundel County players who have accepted Division I scholarships. Last week, St. Mary’s announced that running back Dontra Peters and defensive end Marlon Johnson had committed to New Hampshire and Villanova, respectively.
UNI completed the first-ever undefeated regular season (11-0) in the Gateway Conference and the school’s first perfect regular season since 1960. UNI was also ranked No. 1 in the nation for six weeks during the regular season. UNI finished the season 12-1 overall and ranked No. 4 in the nation after reaching the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
Dennis Brown stepped out of the car after driving 10 hours from Storrs, Conn. He had never set foot on Norfolk State’s campus but wasn’t in the mood for a tour.
He wanted to watch film, maybe lift some weights. He asked football coach Pete Adrian for keys to the weight room.
“Dennis, let’s get you settled in a room first,” Adrian recommended.
La VERGNE — All-State wide receiver Chris Gray has committed to play football next season at Tennessee State University.
Gray caught 54 passes for 814 yards and nine touchdowns for the Wolverines last fall, which made him one of the most productive receivers in all of Middle Tennessee. He also was named All-Region 4-5A and first team All-Area by The Daily News Journal.
The story of this recruiting season at Grambling State, so far, has been a string of commitments by offensive linemen.
That’s not to say that GSU isn’t looking for defenders. Tackle/linebacker Devin Herd, from Louisiana Class 5A program Pineville High, is, in fact, the school’s third confirmed defensive commitment.
The Washington Post weighs in on a new trend: some historically black colleges & universities are recruiting more white players for football.
Joey Christine spent two years waiting for a scholarship offer. An All-Met offensive lineman at Sherando High in Stephens City, Va., Christine was regarded as one of the best high school football players in Virginia. But when his senior season ended, he still had no college offers.
The problem was his height – at 6 feet 2, he was considered short by typical standards for major college football linemen.
Then, in late December, Norfolk State University began pursuing him. Christine, who is white, had no idea Norfolk State is a historically black college or university. But after meeting the Spartans’ coaching staff and spending time with the players during his official visit last month, it was clear that Christine had found a home.
“The whole black-white thing never even entered my head,” said Christine, one of three white area players expected to sign with HBCUs on Wednesday. “I was just excited about the opportunity to play football in college, and to be able to play at a high level.”
The 2007 college football season in Montana was one for the record books - on and off the gridiron.
The University of Montana Grizzlies hammered out an undefeated regular season, won another Big Sky Conference regular-season title, and took their 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Montana State University, for its part, put in a valiant effort, upending Portland State late in the season before losing to UM to finish with a respectable 6-5 record.
Never before has Montana football been so rocked - and never before have football fans been so critical of the athletes being recruited to represent the state’s largest universities on the playing field.
Troy Brown, winner of a I-AA championship with Marshall, reflects on a “charmed life” in football in the NFL.
BARNWELL – After all this time, Super Bowl Week is still a surreal, special time for Richardean Brown.
For the fifth time in 10 years, she and family members are making the trek from Barnwell to proudly cheer on the New England Patriots, specifically her son and longtime wide receiver Troy Brown.
The impromptu “family reunion” destination this time is cross-country to Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLII where the Patriots are facing the New York Giants.
“I’m excited for him,” she said Wednesday prior to her departure. “This is a dream – something that most people dream of.”
Western Illinois’ Rodney Harrison talks about a long, lucrative NFL career which he hopes ends with a Super Bowl ring.
It was summer 2006 and New England Patriots defensive back Rodney Scott Harrison was finishing up his annual youth football camp at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills.
As he stood in the cafeteria talking to parents and friends, some of the children who participated in the camp ran up to Harrison and interrupted his conversation.
“Hey guys, I’m talking to these people,” Harrison said to the kids. “You can’t interrupt someone like that. You’ve got to wait your turn. Show some respect. Now go over there and wait until I’m done talking to these people. Then I’ll answer your questions.
“Right now, show some respect.”
Respect. It should be Harrison’s middle name.
NORFOLK - Old Dominion’s football team landed three more verbal commitments Saturday: one from a player known for catching the ball, another from a player who chases the ball and a third from one who kicks it.
Two Patriot League schools and one Great West school nab prospects from Texas.