NEC News of the Day: Tweet the Booth as Wagner Hosts Albany on FCS & ESPN3 plus Your Daily Links

Viewers of the NEC-TV Football Game of the Week will again have the chance to interact with the booth during today’s broadcast.

The NEC will hold a live Twitter conversation when UAlbany visits Wagner in a game that can be seen live on Fox College Sports-Pacific and ESPN3.

Fans can tweet their questions and comments @NECsports where a staffer will receive your message and subsequently respond.  The top tweets will be sent to the booth for play-by-play man Paul Dottino and former Cal quarterback Steve Levy to address on air.

The Twitter conversation is just another reason to watch a NEC-TV broadcast that will feature a pair of Empire State rivals and two of the winningest coaches in NCAA history.

The broadcast will begin at 12:00 pm EST but the Tweeting will start during pregame.

Tweet of the Day
@GiantsWFAN – have PBP of albany-wagner colfb on saturday at noon on Fox College Sports ..@schmeelk on sideline duty – he’s crossing fingers for dry day

Other Top-rated Tweets
@KingsCorner7 – Night ppl pioneers tomorrow you ready?

@Candiman1123 – please dont leave the Cardinals Albert

@kirkmorrison – Julio Franco is not walking through that door.

@The_Real_Nate66 – Love gettin up early and jammin. Game day! Let’s end on a good note #RMUFootball

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
Hawks hoping to change fortune at homeAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

Men’s Basketball: Mount features younger squad – Carroll County Times (Bob Blubaugh)

Trice inherits role as leader for The MountHanover Evening Sun (Zach Smart)

General News
Cards win World Series, beat Texas 6-2 in Game 7Yahoo! Sports (AP)

North Carolina runaway No. 1 in AP preseason pollYahoo! Sports (AP)

North Carolina meets with NCAAESPN.com (AP)

Commish: SEC planning for schedulesESPN.com (AP)

Boise State, Big East officials meetESPN.com (Andrea Adelson)

 

Video Vault
Season Preview for Seven-time NCAA Final Four participants FDU Bowling…

FDU MBB takes some points from FDU Bowling…

 

– Oct. 29, 2011 –

 

NEC News of the Day: Hoops Media Teleconference Contain Interactive Element plus NCAA News & Top Tweets

Exactly two weeks from today, it begins.

With the men’s and women’s college basketball season on the horizon, the Northeast Conference is set to host a pair of media teleconferences aimed at previewing what lies ahead and providing media the opportunity to interact with head coaches from around the league.

Fans will also have a chance to get in on the action.  The NEC is currently soliciting questions from the general public and plans to share some of the best inquiries during the teleconferences.

Also by submitting a question to the recently revamped NortheastConference.org (Read the Overtime! report on new website), fans will automatically be entered into a drawing with the chance to win free NEC apparel.

The 2011 NEC Men’s Basketball Preseason Media Teleconference tips off on Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00 am with the women’s call to follow at the same time one day later.

The league plans to release the results of the annual preseason coaches’ poll at the start of the teleconferences.  Five-member Preseason All-Conference teams will also be announced.

You can ask a question by clicking here.

Keep following NEC hoops for more moments like these…

Tweet of the Day
@B_Denz_22 – Omg dunkin donuts is coming to moon! #happiestpersonever

Other top-rated Tweets
@rmucoop44 – Saturday will define the next 3 games we play… 6-2.

@Ruhlet13 – Great workout before the weekend #gohardorgohome

@MountSoccer – It’s Game Day!! Vs Bryant at 330.. 3 points lie ahead!!! “Today is the Year” – KB

@DatsKB4ya – 3 games in 7 days coming up….next weekend I’ll be hitting Helsinki to get my mind off of basketball #reenergize

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
Staten Island players add football bite for Albany Great DanesStaten Island Advance (Ernie Palladino)

MU football Game Day plus My Prediction and POLLAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

Myers adapts as hard-hitting safetyRivals.com (Andrew Chiappazzi) 

MSM men looking to improveFrederick News-Post (Greg Swatek)

General News
Emmert: It’s not all about moneyNCAA.com (AP)

Former Amity star Ciancola dies after URI baseball practice collapse – Connecticut Post

NCAA enacts broad academic, scholarship reformsUSA Today (Andy Gardiner)

NCAA graduation rates reach record high, but football, basketball teams still laggingWashington Post (Liz Clarke)

Video Vault
Checking in on Mount men’s hoops practice…

 

 

– Oct. 28, 2011 –

 

 

 

 

NEC News of the Day: It’s That Time of Year for Conference Championship Staff plus Top Tweets & Message from NCAA President

Northeast Conference staffers are busy making final preparations for the Halloween weekend and it has nothing to do with costumes.

When the starter’s gun goes off shortly after 10:00 am this Saturday (Oct. 29) at Holmdel Park, the NEC’s fall championship season will be officially underway.

The NEC Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships will begin a month-long period during which the league will crown six team champions.  After the harriers make their mark on NEC history this Saturday, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball will all have their turns.

Fans will be treated to a double dip on the weekend of November 4-6 with field hockey and women’s soccer unfolding simultaneously.  Rider has earned the privilege to play the 2011 NEC Field hockey Tournament in its own backyard by virtue of its first-place regular season standing.  The Broncs’ Ben Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, NJ will provide the setting for the four-team two-day tournament. Semifinal play is set for Friday, Nov. 4 with the Championship Game the following day. 

With the regular season women’s soccer regular season still up for grabs, a venue has not yet been set for the championship event, which will take place on November 4 & 6.

The men’s soccer championship is slated for November 11 & 13 with volleyball following on November 19-20.  Both tournaments will be played at the home venue of the No. 1 seed.

Moving back to the cross country course at Holmdel Park…

Monmouth will serve as the host institution for the two championship races, a role the University has also held in past years.

“Monmouth has always been a wonderful host,” said Michelle Boone, the NEC assistant commissioner who oversees the championships department.  “We’re very excited to return to Holmdel Park, which offers an extremely competitive course for our student-athletes along with the beautiful backdrop of Monmouth County.”

Central Connecticut will take to that course looking for a third consecutive team title when the men’s 5-mile race begins at 10:00 am.  Eric Blake’s Blue Devils enjoyed a podium sweep at last year’s meet.  Reigning individual champion Ry Sanderson has exhausted his eligibility, but runner-up Sam Alexander and bronze medalist Craig Hunt are back.

The women’s 8K race is slated for an 11:15 am start as Quinnipiac takes aim at an unprecedented seventh consecutive team crown.  Head coach Carolyn Martin has again put together a potent lineup that includes 2010 NEC individual champion Becca White.

Here’s some reaction from the 2010 NEC XC Championships…

 

Tweet of the Day
@KingsCorner7 – Things happen when your a nice guy

Other Top-rated Tweets
@AndyToole@Wale Day here at the Mo, I hope we can get similar crowds at our games this year! Pack the Chuck!

@staceyb_sid – The key is not the “will to win” – everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.~ Bobby Knight

@German_Gallo95 – First snow practice of my career #GETTHATBELT http://twitpic.com/76ocqg

@StevieJohnson13 – Make The Money, don’t let The Money Make You…

 

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
A tough, old softie makes Wagner College Hall of FameStaten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)

MU Men’s hoopsAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

MU men’s soccer plus POLLAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
NCAA Approves Major Scholarship Changes at MeetingABC News (AP)

DI Board adopts improvements in academic standards and student-athlete supportNCAA.org (Michelle Brutlag Hosick)

FCS Week 9 PreviewSports Network (Sean Shapiro)

Sales, recruiting help dictate the look, popularity of nontraditional college football uniformsThe Columbus Dispatch

WBCA CEO Beth Bass Statement on Resignation of Sue DonahoeWBCA.org

Cal’s Costello made each day her bestNCAA.com (Kristin Leigh Porter)

 

Video Vault
NCAA President Emmert comments on Board’s recent decisions…

 

Red Flash MBB players comment on upcoming season…

 

Goalkeeping tutorial with FDU men’s soccer…

 

– Oct. 27, 2011 –

 

NEC News of the Day: Sneak Peek at Conference’s Basketball Television Schedule plus Top Tweets & Other National Headlines

It’s almost time for tip-off, meaning hundreds of NEC college hoops contests are coming down the pike.

With just about two weeks to go until league members play their first games of the season, the Northeast Conference has finalized a television schedule that features 23 live matchups over the course of league play.

The league’s comprehensive television package will once again reach across a number of regional and national networks.  MSG will once again serve as the flagship, but the conference will also air games on other regional networks through the NEC’s geographic footprint which extends as far north as Rhode Island as far south as Maryland and as west as Pittsburgh. 

The NEC will again partner with national carrier Fox College Sports (FCS) to broadcast a select number of games and has also locked in a pair of ESPNU exclusive contests which will also be available on ESPN3.

The 23-game package includes a rematch of the memorable 2011 NEC Men’s Basketball Championship Game between Robert Morris and Long Island.  The Colonials and Blackbirds will do battle in front of the NEC-TV cameras on January 26 in Downtown Brooklyn.

The league will also air a number of games during its annual Rivalry Week celebration which will run from February 9-16.  A triple-header is slated for Sunday, February 12.  The Connecticut Collision  Game between Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut will lead off that hoops trifecta.

In other news Monmouth broke back into the Continental Tire/NSCAA National Rankings, coming in at No. 25 when the latest edition was released yesterday (Oct. 25).  View the list here.

Also (you heard about it first yesterday on Overtime! Blog), The Northeast Conference relaunched its newly-redesigned website this morning. Check out a screen capture from the first hour of the new NortheastConference.org 

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Tweet of the Day
@DatsKB4ya@atupem10 getting buckets!!! I see you 

Other Top-rated Tweets
@NickBarnett – Goodmorning, stop hitting the snooze.. You wouldn’t want life to hit the snooze on you so why would you do that to life ๐Ÿ˜‰

@BigE52_RU – Can’t wait for Saturday, even with this forecast I am still pumped up

@Cjfieldss – Great Morning!

@Mount_Muscle – The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Articles of Interest
Breaking News –
Longtime NCAA administrator Sue Donahoe resignsNCAA.com

NEC-specific News
Hayes happy to be helping HawksAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

Dan Di Lella, UAlbany Football Continue To RollESPN Radio (Andrew Santillo)

MU football hopes to end home skid Saturday Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

Men’s soccer back in national rankings and Media Day for MU hoops could flyAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News 
NCAA Grapples With Covering Cost of Attendance for AthletesChronicle of Higher Education (Libby Sander)

W. Virginia Is Close to Joining the Big 12New York Times (Pete Thamel)

NCAA’s Emmert: Miscommunication BreakdownHartford Courant (Jeff Jacobs)

Increasing grants-in-aid not so simpleESPN.com (Sports Business Blog)

After Leaving Football, a Historian Emerges as an N.C.A.A. CriticNew York Times (Jorge Castillo)

Cal Poly to host Yale in 2013Sports Network

UCA officials excited over addition of Oral Roberts to SLCLog Cabin Democrat

Video Vault
CCSU defensive lineman Gene Johnson is proud to be a Blue Devil…

Saint Francis (PA) held its basketbal media day on Oct. 25…

Media day comments from SFPA WBB head coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl…

– Oct. 26, 2011 –

 

Tuesday Afternoon Afterthoughts on What Went Down during Week 8 on the Gridiron

From Gary Jones to David McCarty, UAlbany’s NEC history has been lined with all-time great running backs.  Bob Ford’s teams have almost always had the ability to push opponents around and establish the run game. The Danes have had plenty of adequate quarterbacks in their history but have never been much of a passing team.  Only once in program history has a UA passer reached the 2,000-yard mark in a season (Joe Savino threw for 2,377 yards in 1997). This season, however, Dan Di Lella is putting on an air show.  Albany’s senior signal caller leads the NEC in passing (222.4 ypg) and has thrown for 1,557 yards with four regular season game remaining.  The 6-foot-5 quarterback was at it again this past Saturday in a 63-35 win over Central Connecticut, tossing a program-record five TD passes to go along with a career-high 283 yards through the air. Oh, and the Danes can still run it well, too. They rank second in the league in rushing offense, averaging over 200 yards per contest.

You can watch UAlbany in the NEC-TV Football Game of the Week on Oct. 29 live from Wagner. Broadcast begins at 12:00 pm and can be seen on Fox College Sports-Pacific, TimeWarner3 (Albany), and ESPN3.

These guys are still underclassmen! Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan has to be thrilled he’ll have the Dan Sullivan and Eric Macik together on the defensive front for another two seasons after this one.  The two defensive linemen have both earned the NEC Defensive Player of the Week award and are key reasons why the Hawks have rebounded from last year’s uncharacteristic 3-win season by jumping smack in the middle of the 2011 NEC title hunt.  Macik, who is a true freshman, logged a pair of second-half sacks during Monmouth’s Week 8 win at Sacred Heart.  Meanwhile, Sullivan, a sophomore, had a breakout game, making 4.0 tackles for a loss, in Monmouth’s Week 3 road victory over Villanova.  Needless to say, the Hawks have the most sacks (17) in the NEC.

Here are some highlights from Monmouth’s latest win…

Duquesne has won six games this season, and has had a 100-yard rusher in all six of the victories.  Preseason all-NEC running back Larry McCoy reach the century mark for the 16th time in his career when he racked up 149 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 8 win over Wagner.  Having already accounted for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, McCoy has rushed for over 3,000 yards in what has been an illustrious career.  McCoy managed only 97 yards in a Week 7 win over Central Connecticut, but quarterback Sean Patterson picked up the slack and ran for 111 yards and two scores.  With performances like those of McCoy and Patterson, it should come as no surprise that the Dukes lead the NEC in rushing offense.

Almost as uncharacteristic as Central Connecticut’s five-game slide is the Blue Devils current standing on the NEC’s rushing leader board.  CCSU led the league in rushing offense in each of head coach Jeff McInerney’s first five years at the helm, averaging in excess of 210.0 yards per game in every one of the five.  The Blue Devils were also amongst the top-10 national leaders for much of that five-year period as well.  Central currently sits fifth out of nine NEC teams in terms of rushing offense, averaging 164.9 yards per contest.  The Blue Devils’ struggles in the win-loss columns may also have something to do with CCSU’s inability to protect the football this season.  Central has turned it over a league-high 20 times.

Bryant’s Brown Bursts onto National FCS Scene; Nation’s No. 1 Rusher Added to Walter Payton Watch List

Jordan Brown has been the best kept secret in Division I FCS, but now the word is out.

The Sports Network has added Brown to its updated Walter Payton Award Watch List, which was released on Tuesday, Oct. 25.  The Walter Payton Award annually goes to the top player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.  Read the Sports Network Story.

With Bryant reclassifying into the DI ranks and still ineligible for NCAA postseason play, it’s easy for one to overlook the junior running back who has carried his team to a 5-3 record this year.

Due to Bryant’s reclassifying status, Brown is ineligible for NCAA statistical titles and does not appear in the weekly rankings, but that doesn’t change the fact his 1,308 rushing yards are the most in the nation.

Brown is eligible for all Northeast Conference-issued honors and has already twice won the NEC Special Teams Player of the Week award for his game-changing efforts in the return game.

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His 1,410 rushing yards in 2010 earned him the NEC individual statistical crown and, he is on pace to make it two in a row.  His closest competition comes from Saint Francis (PA) junior Kyle Harbridge and his 1,041 yards through eight games.  Duquesne’s Larry McCoy (1,016) has also broken the 1,000-yard barrier for a second straight season.

The NEC has never had a Walter Payton Award winner, but has had plenty of prime candidates throughout the years.  Most recently, UAlbany’s David McCarty and Monmouth’s Dave Sinisi were in the running for the 2009 honor, which went to Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards.

Take a look at Jordan Brown’s big day against Sacred Heart on Spet. 16 when he went for 334 all-purpose yards…

NEC News of the Day: Out with the Old NortheastConference.org & in with the New! Plus Top Tweets & News Links

A bold, fresh new look is about to hit NortheastConference.org.  The NEC has finalized plans to relaunch its website on Wednesday, October 26.

The redesign and subsequent relaunch of NortheastConference.org is an attempt at enhancing the multimedia experience for fans and followers of the NCAA Division I athletic conference now in its 31st year of operation.

Visitors to the new site will be met with a sleek, appealing design and increased functionality throughout.

With a brand new interface and content management system, the site will bring visitors within one click of video content, photo galleries, an Athlete of the Week showcase, and much more.  The homepage will feature a live scrolling Twitter feed along with links to all of the conference’s social media platforms.

Overtime! was able to track down NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris (follow her on Twitter – @NECcommish) for a comment on the new site set for launch in fewer than 24 hours.

“The redesign of our website comes at a very exciting time for the NEC as we implement cutting-edge technology that allows us to integrate our traditional and social media platforms.  The new site provides an extremely user-friendly, interactive and high-quality online experience for the NEC membership and its fans.”

Tweet of the Day
@AndyToole – Do me a favor give @VeltonJones2 a follow he is jealous his boring coach has more followers then he does! He is amazed by my street cred!

Other Top-rated Tweets
@rmucoop44 – Got a stellar lift I’m this morning with @nolan91nearhoof tired of disappointments

@CTBow – It’s early but I woke up happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Time to make the most of today!

@drewbrees – It is not even 9 am and I am already craving a #9 Italian Night Club from Jimmy Johns! I need to watch some film first to earn it!

@AyanaNicole_X0 – Blessed to see another one

@KingsCorner7 – He told me what I got to do now what will I do with it #newlevel #nextlevel

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News

MU honors in football, men’s soccer and golf does wellAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

Men’s soccer – Bring on Rutgers? and MU women soccer clinch NEC Tournament berth Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
๏ปฟIf Approved, NCAA Plan Would Keep UConn Out Of NCAA Tournament In MarchHartford Courant (Dom Amore)

Look Out, UConn, NCAA Finally Focusing On Stronger Academic StandardsHartford Courant (Jeff Jacobs)

Athletes press for NCAA reform Asbury Park Press (AP)

NCAA weighing payments to athletesNCAA.com (AP)

Gobbledygook math plagues BCSAsbury Park Press (Jim Litke)

Auriemma Rips Notre Dame Football, Then Praises Irish Women’s BasketballHartford Courant (Jeff Jacobs)

Video Vault
Central Connecticut is gearing up for another hoops season…

 

SFNY Men’s Soccer: Farzan Bigdeli is proud to be a Terrier…

Ashley McPeek comments after Monmouth field hockey’s 3-0 win…