Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts’
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 15, 2012
Do you remember the last time Notre Dame took a trip to East Lansing? You might not remember the game’s first 60 minutes and change, but that’s fine: things didn’t get wild until overtime, when Michigan State answered a Notre Dame field goal with the most audacious coaching decision of the 2010 season. Now you remember, right? Dan Conroy is lined up for the potentially game-tying 46-yard field goal; Aaron Bates, the punter and team captain, was the holder; tight end Charlie Gantt was lined up one spot inside from the edge to Conroy’s right. The call: “Little Giants.” The snap went to Bates, as expected – and then came the unexpected. You’ll see the rest of the play later tonight, when the Irish and Spartans meet in one of the day’s marquee games. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, B.Y.U., Big Ten, Bill O'Brien, Bo Pelini, Bo Wallace, Bobby Petrino, Boise State, Boston College, Brady Hoke, Braxton Miller, Bret Bielema, Brian Johnson, California, Clancy Pendergast, Cody Fajardo, Connecticut, Danny O'Brien, Eastern Michigan, Everett Golson, Florida, Florida State, Gene Chizik, Georgia Tech, Hugh Freeze, Illinois, Jimbo Fisher, Jon Hays, Kevin Parks, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Mark Hudspeth, Maryland, Massachusetts, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Montee Ball, Navy, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Paul Chryst, Penn State, Perry Jones, Pittsburgh, Randy Edsall, Ron English, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Travis Wilson, Tyler Bray, Tyler Wilson, U.S.C., Urban Meyer, Utah, Utah State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Will Muschamp, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 7, 2012
Nick Saban is tired of everyone loving his team. No, not just tired – Saban is upset, and you won’t like Nick Saban when he’s upset, as beat reporters from Toledo to East Lansing to Baton Rouge to Miami to Tuscaloosa can attest. Said Saban on Wednesday, upon being asked how much time his backups might see in Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky, “when you people start writing stuff about people that we’re playing that doesn’t give them the proper respect, that’s not fair. It’s not fair to them, to their players who work hard. It’s not fair to our players, who need to respect them.” And then he got upset.
Tags: Akron, Alabama, Austin Williams, Bob Davie, Boston College, Charley Molnar, Chip Kelly, Houston, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nick Saban, S.M.U., Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tony Levine, U.C.L.A., Washington State, Western Kentucky
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By Paul Myerberg // Apr 17, 2012
New England occupies the majority of the upper right portion of your U.S. map, though the region’s F.B.S. footprint is significantly smaller. New England is composed of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The six combine to house three F.B.S. programs, with UMass now joining Boston College and Connecticut — with the Huskies, which joined the F.B.S. in 2000, a relatively recent addition in their own right. Over the years, thanks in large part to being the only show in town, B.C. has been considered New England’s de facto football power; since 2000, however, UConn has been able to steal some of the Eagles’ thunder.
Tags: Big East, Boston College, Charley Molnar, Connecticut, Frank Spaziani, Massachusetts, Tom O'Brien
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By Paul Myerberg // Apr 17, 2012
Welcome to Amherst, Mass., once voted the nicest college town in America, and as of a year ago this Thursday, home of the newest member of the MAC. Yes, change is afoot: Kevin Morris is out, Charley Molnar is in; the C.A.A. is out, replaced by the MAC East. During non-conference play, the Minutemen will substitute teams like Central Connecticut State and Old Dominion for teams like Connecticut — the big school in the Nutmeg State — Indiana, Michigan and Vanderbilt. Isn’t simply moving up the F.B.S. hard enough? Before its bye week on Oct. 13, UMass will face a team from the Big East, two teams from the Big Ten and two reigning bowl teams from the MAC. UMass will play five home games all season. And about that: home games will be played at Gillette Stadium while the university refurbishes its own stadium. Welcome to the F.B.S., Minutemen.
Tags: Anthony Dima, Brandon Hill, Brandon Potvin, Charley Molnar, Chase Danska, Darren Thellen, Dave Sollazzo, Jeff Burris, Kellen Pagel, MAC, Marken Michel, Massachusetts, Michael Cox, Mike Kruczek, Mike Wegzyn, Nick Rolovich, Nick Speller, Perry McIntyre, Phil Elmassian, Rob Blanchflower, Ryan Delaire, Stanley Andre, Theo Agnew
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 30, 2012
The MAC would have released its conference schedule sooner — a month or so ago, in fact — had it not been for Temple, which left for the Big East on March 7. If you remember from earlier this month, the move was fairly devastating to the MAC, which was planning on entering the fall with 14 teams, seven in each division. Temple’s bolt returns the MAC to its customary 13-team layout, with Massachusetts the new face, but the move had another, largely untouched ramification: Bowling Green was pegged to be part of the MAC West with the addition of the Minutemen, but the Falcons will instead remain part of the East. That’s good news for Bowling Green.
Tags: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, MAC, Massachusetts, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Temple, Toledo, Western Michigan
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 29, 2012
What’s the story with South Alabama? Are the Jaguars in the F.B.S., the F.C.S. or floating in the ether between both levels? For me, the answer would mean the difference between 123 previews and 124 — a drop in the bucket in terms of overall word count, but a fairly important distinction nonetheless, if only for my own mental sanity. Here’s the presumption: Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Massachusetts are full-fledged members of the F.B.S. after spending last season on the F.C.S. level; South Alabama is a “provisional” member. That’s not the case. The N.C.A.A. provides the details.
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 17, 2012
It’s that time of year again. The project-that-shall-not-be-named is about a month and change away — remember, there are 123 teams this year — which means it’s time for a break. It’ll last one week, like last year’s vacation. It’ll begin tomorrow and run through next Sunday. It’ll be at an undisclosed location on the West Coast. As a slight hint, I’ll be within 150 miles of three F.B.S. programs. It won’t be one of those extreme vacations: it’ll be calm, and sleepy, and calm, and relative tasteful. I like to think of it as a glimpse of retirement life, should that ever come to pass. Let’s discuss that and a few other housecleaning notes.
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 9, 2012
Since 2007, when Temple joined the fold, the MAC has featured a seven-and-six split between its East and West divisions. This led to a degree of scheduling awkwardness, as you’d expect. Teams from the West, which housed six teams, would play all five of its divisional rivals and another three teams from the East. Six of the seven teams in the East would play six games against divisional foes and two games against West teams. The seventh team, Bowling Green, played five games against the East and three against the West, with Toledo an annual rival.