NEC News of the Day: It’s OK to Say Neal Sterling in the Same Sentence as Jerry Rice plus WBB Preseason Coverage, Tweets, Links & More

Neal Sterling’s name has appeared plenty of times before here on this very blog.

Now, Monmouth’s freshman receiver’s name also appears on the latest edition of the Sports Network’s Jerry Rice Award Watch List.

The Sports Network released the updated list on Wednesday, November 3 and Sterling was one of 20 rookie players from around the country in the running for the honor, which is in its first year of existence and presented by

The award, which will be presented by the great Jerry Rice himself at the annual FCS awards summit in Frisco, Texas come Jan. 6, 2012, will go to the nation’s top freshman performer as chosen by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries.


The 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman has opened plenty of eyes this season with his physical nature, speed, and route-running ability.  Sterling has recorded 40 receptions for 459 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate season.  He is currently second in receptions per game in the Northeast Conference with 5.0, while his 57.38 yards per game is ranked third in the league. 

Sterling had made no fewer than three catches in each of his first seven games until being shut out by Duquesne in what was a sleet-and-snow-filled Week 9 matchup.

In other news, the Northeast Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Media Teleconference unfolded earlier today.  Two-time defending NEC champion Saint Francis (PA) topped the poll but was far from a unanimous favorite. Five teams received first-place votes in the annual survey of the league’s 12 head coaches. … Saint Francis (PA) was tabbed the NEC preseason favorite only one day after the program received some tough news about their starting point guard.  Read about it here in the Altoona Mirror.

Here’s a copy of the official press release issued by the NEC during the teleconference…

Tweet of the Day
@bmac303 – Gossiping with my dad. He always knows how to turn a bad day awesomeeee. #lovehim #daddysgirl #bestdadeva

Other Top-Rated Tweets
@jeffborzello – National Sandwich Day, eh? Makes my lunch decision easy.

@yeaahmare – i have the best mom in the entire world

@reggiecorner27 – Welp!!!! Anotha day in the office #HereWeGo !!!

@MUHawksWBB – “All of life is peaks & valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high & the valleys too low.” #johnwoodenquotes #hawks #motivation


Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
As hoops season beckons, RMU’s Toole demands more – Beaver County Times (Eric Hall) 

MU women’s hoops plus POLL – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

Preseason poll puts Wagner basketball 4thStaten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)

NEC coaches pick Hawks to finish 10thAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham) 

Central men picked third by NEC coachesNew Britain Herald (Matt Straub)

MU women’s soccer and field hockey launch NEC title quests Friday plus POLLAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
Board gives Boise State clearance to join Big EastYahoo! Sports (AP)

Conference restructuring has Rutgers fans feeling uneasyAsbury Park Press (Keith Sargeant)

Big 12: WVU membership not tied to 2012 entryYahoo! Sports (AP)

Union meets, says more talks with NBA owners ahead Yahoo! Sports (AP)


Video Vault
Monmouth gridder Mike Murphy talks about the Hawks’ O-line heading into Week 10…


Mount MBB assistant coach shares some thoughts…


– Nov. 3, 2011 –


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