Random Thoughts about Week 6 on the Gridiron plus Tweets of the Day, News Links & more

Always wondered what NFL players do on their bye week?  How about watch NEC football?

That’s what Dallas Cowboys’ All-Pro receiver Miles Austin did this past Saturday.  Austin came back to visit his alma mater and watch Monmouth take on Colgate at Kessler Field.  The former all-NEC selection has kept in close contact with the program ever since signing as an Undrafted Free Agent with Dallas back in 2006. Asbury Park Press beat writer Tony Graham was at Monmouth on Saturday as well and had a chance to catch up with the Pro Bowl receiver. Article Link: Celebrity alums watch modern-day Hawks


Photo Credit: James D. Smith (courtesy of Dallas Cowboys)

Duquesne saw its four-game win streak end at Albany this past Saturday, but Dukes’ receiver Connor Dixon was able to keep his personal streak intact.  Dixon caught a pass for the 21st consecutive game and has scored a touchdown in all six games this season.  What a career he’s had since transferring back to his native western Pennsylvania from Michigan State?!

Can Dorian Bell follow in Dixon’s footsteps? Duquesne has given the former Ohio State blue chip recruit a fresh start.  After transferring back to the Pittsburgh area where he starred at Gateway High School, Bell awaited clearance from the NCAA.  That word has come and Bell has played in each of the Dukes’ past two contests.  The Associated Press chronicle his story this past weekend – Ohio State transfer finds a new home at Duquesne (AP).

We could all learn a thing or two from Bob Ford’s humility.  There isn’t an active coach on the FCS level who has had a more decorated career than the Architect of UAlbany Football, but he was reluctant to take credit for it following his 250th career victory this past Saturday.  “It’s a combination of a great staff and great young people who believe in what you are doing,” said Ford about No. 250. Now that’s what you call a class act! Watch Highlights from Ford’s 250th.

It was easy to forget about Robert Morris when it started 0-3, but naysayers beware.  After back-to-back NEC wins, the Colonials are back in business.  Next to Albany, they are the lone remaining NEC unbeaten and as fate would have it the two teams are slated to clash this weekend in New York’s Capital Region.  It has all the makings of a great game, and, at the very least, an extremely meaningful one.

Tweet of the Day
@MonmouthBBall – “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

Other Top-rated Tweets
@LDiaz325 – About to get my sprint on @MountAthletics

@RMU – Thanks to everyone who made #RMU Homecoming one for the ages, especially our alumni and students who packed Tailgate Alley and the Joe!

@JonRothstein FDU could have one of the NEC’s best frontcourt’s w Mohammed Lo + George Goode. This team can surprise if they get quality PG play.

@rmucoop44 –  Goodmorning everybody!!! Headed to early treatment session… got to get right!


Articles of Interest
NEC-specific Links
Rampone Headlines NACWAA Convention in PittsburghUSsoccer.com

General News
Expansion talks are under wayPittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jenn Menendez)
BA cancels first two weeks of seasonYahoo! (AP)
Neinas says Big 12 set for 10 teams in 2012Yahoo! (AP)
Mike Stoops firing hits coaching community hardYahoo! (AP)
Not perfect, but close enoughNCAA.com

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