On the Cusp of #Kickoff2012: All 9 NEC Football Teams Take to Gridiron in Week 1

This morning, The NEC’s Twitter Timeline looked something like THIS:

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With Wagner bound for Boca Raton, FL, the first kickoff of the 2012 NEC football season is set for Friday night.  The Seahawks will open the season and the NEC’s nine-game Week 1 schedule by taking on FBS member Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt Conference).

All eight other NEC members must wait until Saturday, September 1 to get it started.

 

Week 1 Schedule
Friday, August 31
WAGNER at Florida Atlantic, 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 1
MONMOUTH at Lehigh, 12:30 pm
SACRED HEART at Morgan State, 1:00 pm
Marist at BRYANT, 3:00 pm
Colgate at ALBANY, 6:00 pm
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT at Stony Brook, 6:00 pm
DUQUESNE at No. 8 Old Dominion, 6:00 pm
SAINT FRANCIS (PA) at James Madison, 6:00 pm
ROBERT MORRIS at North Dakota St., 7:00 pm

 

Multimedia Vault (Kickoff Edition)
Albany: The Bob Ford Show

Bryant: Home Opener Promo

Central Connecticut: Open Mac

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Duquesne: Coach Schmitt’s Preseason Teleconference Comments 

Monmouth: Coach Callahan Previews Lehigh

Robert Morris: QB Jeff Sinclair after a Preseason Practice

Sacred Heart: The Coach’s Show

Saint Francis (PA): Football Returns

Wagner: Coach Hameline on FAU matchup

 

– Aug. 30, 2012 –

Overtime!’s ‘Twitter Take Five’ – The Top 5 NEC Tweets Thus Far This Week

Following your favorite NEC athlete or sportswriter on Twitter is an enjoyable experience, but can also become an overwhelming one.

With so many people to follow and so much information to digest, it isn’t always easy to manage. Hence, the Overtime! Blog’s Twitter Take Five, a new weekly feature that selects five of the most intriguing/significant Tweets from across the NEC and presents them to our fans right here on the Official Blog of the Northeast Conference.

The Rundown…

Tweet No. 5 – Julian Boyd, LIU Brooklyn PF, 2012 NEC MBB Player of the Year

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We know where the 2012 NEC Player of the Year’s head is at. #DreamsofaThreepeat

 

Tweet No. 4 – Danny Bonaventure, Robert Morris DB

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Hopefully, Coach Walton let’s Danny & Co. out early so they can root on their Colonials when they hit the pitch at 7:00 pm at rival Pitt.  By the way, one has to love @DBon5’s positive thinking, too.

 

Tweet No.3 – Ron Ratner, NEC Associate Commissioner/Hoops Guru

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What appears to be a harmless tweet commenting on Wagner’s men’s hoops schedule is actually ground-breaking.  Whether he is aware of doing so or not, it is quite possible that @NECHoopsRon just coined a new college hoops phrase.  Instead of calling them “buy” or “guarantee” games, why not refer to them as “opportunity knocks” contests? After all, there is one heckuva “opportunity” to land a pretty big win.


Tweet No. 2 – Kevin Paczesny, Wagner Equipment Manager

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In addition to putting air in helmets, Wagner’s equipment manager apparently witnessed some good stuff on Grymes Hill during football training camp.  The fact that camp is over can only mean one thing though – It’s almost time for KICKOFF!


 

Tweet No. 1 – Jon Kalnas, Throws Coach, Monmouth alumnus

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Jon Kalnas may need someone to help him carry around all of his hardware, but a trainer is one thing the former Monmouth shot putter doesn’t need.  Word of Advice to Work Out World staffers: Do your research before you ask a client if he/she needs training. You happened to be talking to a former All-American and six-time NEC champion thrower.  Oh, and did we mention, NEC record holder?

 

– Aug. 22, 2012 –

Northeast Conference Campus Tour (August 22, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – After opening the season in triumphant fashion with a 2-1 result against Maine, the Bulldogs return to the pitch on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 22).  Bryant will host Massachusetts in a women’s soccer match that will air LIVE on www.necfrontrow.com. Read more.

Central Connecticut – There’s a new, more-convenient way to purchase event tickets if you’re a CCSU Blue Devils fan. The Central Connecticut Athletics Department has announced a partnership with ExtremeTix to offer ticket sales to football and men’s and women’s basketball online, beginning with the 2012 football season.  Fans can now purchase tickets 24-hours a day by logging onto CCSUBlueDevils.com or CCSUTickets.com. Read more.

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Fairleigh Dickinson – They’ve always been a force to be reckoned with in the NEC under Seth Roland.  After finishing as the runner-up to Garden State rival Monmouth in last year’s NEC Tournament, FDU men’s soccer is ready for another season on the pitch.  The Knights were tabbed second in the 2012 preseason coaches’ poll and will open at home against Stony Brook on Aug. 24 in a game that can be seen live on www.necfrontrow.comRead more.

 

LIU Brooklyn – The Blackbirds absorbed a 2-0 loss to Seton Hall in their season opener, and will now try their luck out west. LIU will play at Colorado on Aug. 24 in the Colorado Omni Women’s Soccer Tournament. The men’s soccer team will open their season on the same day that the women face Colorado.  The LIU men will take on George Washington in our nation’s capital. Read more.

Monmouth – For those who have followed Monmouth men’s soccer over the past few years, the announcement about the team’s senior captain should’ve come as no surprise. Ryan Clark is one of the nation’s top players and has the preseason accolades to prove it.  Days after being named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, Clark earned a spot on College Soccer News’ All-America Second Team.  Clark and the Hawks open their 2012 schedule on Aug. 24 at Towson. Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s – You may have known him as the guy with the 1980’s flattop hairstyle during his playing days, but now he is the latest subject of the series “After the Mount Peaks.” Mount St. Mary’s fans can catch up with former 1,000-point scorer Shawn Atupem, who recently finished up his first season of pro ball in Ireland, by reading the exclusive interview. Read more.

Quinnipiac – Now that’s a Euro Trip! Quinnipiac women’s basketball won all three exhibition games it contested during its tour of Italy.  In addition to showcasing their talents on an international stage, the Bobcats enjoyed the sights and sounds of Tuscany and numerous other regions as part of a trip that the team said has been “nothing but a great experience for all.”  Read more.

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Robert Morris – They are preparing to take on the defending NCAA FCS national champions in their season opener on the gridiron. Robert Morris hosted an intra-squad scrimmage this past weekend as Kickoff 2012 nears, and RMUcolonials.com caught up with a pair of veteran players afterwards. Visit the website for interviews with Academic All-American Nolan Nearhoof and senior QB Jeff Sinclair. Read more.

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Sacred Heart – Monmouth’s Ryan Clark has some stiff competition for the Hermann Trophy right here in the Northeast Conference.  Sacred Heart men’s soccer senior defender Marcello Castro is one of only 42 Division I men’s soccer players named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2012.  The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.  Read more.

St. Francis (NY) – The Terriers will play eight of their 11 non-conference men’s basketball contests away from home, but head coach Glenn Braica is “pleased with our non-league schedule.” The schedule, which was recently unveiled on sfcathletics.com, contains two games at the brand-new Barclays Center, which will be the full-time home of the Brooklyn Nets. First, the Terriers will face St. John’s there as part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival on December 15. Later, on February 10, comes a meeting with intra-boro rival LIU. Read more.

Saint Francis (PA) – Their season-opening result landed them a spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire College Northeast Regional Poll.  Following a 2-0 win over A-10 member Duquesne, Red Flash women’s soccer earned the No. 9 spot in the season’s first edition of the regional poll.  The Flash has received recognition in each regional poll released since earning its first-ever ranking on Oct. 18, 2011.  Read more.

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Wagner – In what will be their first season of men’s basketball under new head coach Bashir Mason, the Seahawks will face four teams who made it to the NCAA Tournament last March.  Syracuse and Temple are two of the marquee opponents Wagner will face during the 2012-13 season on the hardwood. Read more.

NEC in the NFL: Dolphins’ Hogan and Others Are No Longer Flying Under the Radar

He played both defensive back and wide receiver during his one season of Northeast Conference football at Monmouth, but if Chris Hogan has a future with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, it will likely be as a pass-catcher.

Hogan, a New Jersey native who played four years of NCAA at Penn State before expending his fifth year of athletics eligibility on the gridiron at the Jersey Shore, has undoubtedly opened some eyes during the training camp.  Competing for a NFL roster spot, Hogan has helped his cause with the ability to separate from defenders and provide an open target for the Dolphins’ quarterbacks.

Thanks to the fact that the Miami Dolphins are this year’s featured team on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Hogan has gained some national notoriety doing so.

Hogan received some time in the spotlight during the second episode of the summertime series that chronicles the happenings of Dolphins’ camp.

The Garden State product and NEC alumnus was lauded for his ability to “get open.”

Miami head coach Joe Philbin as well as rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill have gone on record with good things to say about Hogan, but no one was more complimentary than former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush.

Since Hogan is “always open,” Bush nicknamed the young receiver Chris “7-11” Hogan because as the starting running back said, Hogan is “open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Whether he will get a chance to get open in a NFL regular season game remains to be seen, but it is clear that Chris Hogan’s stock is rising.

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Excerpt from The Miami Herald Beat writer Armando Salguero Review of Hard Knocks: Episode 2.

The heroes: Chris Hogan, whom I told you about two weeks ago on multiple occasions, has earned himself a nickname if not a big promotion from third and fourth-team work: “Always open.” Reggie Bush calls him 7-11. “Always open.”

“I can live with that nickname,” said Hogan, who didn’t catch a pass in the preseason-opener but was wide open for a TD. Pat Devlin didn’t see him.

Read Full Story from Miami Herald

 

HOGAN UPDATE: In preseason action against the Carolina Panthers on August 17, Hogan made three catches for 30 yards. Be sure to tune into the next episode of Hard Knocks on Tuesday (Aug. 21) at 10:00 pm to follow the former Hawk’s progress.  

Following his latest preseason performance, Hogan continued to garner attention. The NFL Network‘s Mark Kriegel wrote a piece on the rise of the former Hawk. The story, entitled “Chad Johnson Overald? Dolphins’ Chris Hogan Worth Watching,” was published on NFL.com the morning of August 20.

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More NEC Football in the NFL
Hogan’s former Monmouth teammate Jose Gumbs, an undrafted free agent who signed with New Orleans only minutes after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft, is also in a fight for a NFL roster spot. Although Gumbs’ team, the New Orleans Saints, are not on “Hard Knocks” for everyone to see, Gumbs has been receiving a little love down in the Bayou.

Gumbs’ name recently surfaced in an article by James Varney of The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Saints coaches like talent pool for backup safety roles.

Gumbs is also being followed by NFL Network cameras as he will appear on the series “Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL,” which will debut this fall.

 

Excerpt from Times-Picayune story pertaining to Jose Gumbs.

That’s perhaps less of an issue with the player whose resume perhaps most closely resembles Abdul-Quddus, Jose Gumbs who hails from the football powerhouse, Monmouth. At 5 feet 10, 210 pounds, Gumbs is learning how difficult it is for NFL defenders to matchup against receivers like Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston, but Gumbs earned tryouts with the Saints, Giants and Jets before being signed by New Orleans.

“Most definitely,” Gumbs said, when asked if he saw special teams as a path to a professional career. “I played special teams all four years in college so it’s nothing new to me. I’m ready to roll, pay attention to details. I’ve got to work on everything. I was not a first-round pick – I’m an undrafted free agent.”

 

From Staten Island to Jacksonville: Former all-NEC linebacker and special teams ace Julian Stanford is in a battle to make the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 53-man roster.  Stanford, who graduated from Wagner this past spring, signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent and has garnered some attention for his play thus far.  Amongst those who have showered Stanford with public praise is Jaguars’ veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny. Stanford has played in both of Jacksonville’s preseason game thus far this summer.  He logged a tackle and an assist against the Saints on Aug. 17.

A Red Start: Red Flash Down Duquesne in First-ever Live Contest on NEC Front Row

One day after its launch, NEC Front Row aired its first-ever live event.

Saint Francis (PA) played host to Atlantic-10 member Duquesne on Friday afternoon (Aug. 17) in a women’s soccer match that marked the live event debut of the online digital network.

Not only did Saint Francis kick off Front Row’s live event schedule, it did so in triumphant fashion.

Behind the fierce play of Tesa McKibben – the reigning NEC Player of the Year fired 11 shots in the season opener – and a stalwart effort in goal by keeper Brianna Butcher, the Flash blanked the Dukes, 2-nil.

McKibben, who now stands just one goal shy of the SFU career scoring record, tallied a goal and an assist in the victory.

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Click here to view a full-length archive of the SFPA-DUQ women’s soccer match.

 

The next live event to air of NEC Front Row will be a women’s soccer match from Smithfield, RI. Bryant will host UMass on Aug. 22 at 3:00 pm.

Upcoming Live Events Schedule

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Video Vault
Highlights of 1st-ever NEC Front Row Live Event…

 


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– Aug. 20, 2012 –

Launch of NEC Front Row Only Hours Away

Northeast Conference fans are in for a late-summer treat.  The even better news is that the treat will last far beyond Labor Day.

The NEC will launch the online digital network known as NEC Front Row on August 16 (That is today!).

NEC Front Row will be the ultimate hub for live streaming webcasts of league member events. The live video productions will contain numerous bells and whistles that are sure to enhance the viewing experience. NEC Front Row will also contain an on-demand video archive.

“We are looking to provide a unique gameday experience that will serve as an interactive community for fans watching at home, in the actual arena itself, or on the go,” said KJ Cardinal, whose Pack Network has partnered with the NEC to make Front Row a reality.

After reviewing the features of NEC Front Row, it is hard to imagine Cardinal’s goal not being met.

The live video productions will be enhanced by an on-screen scoreboard, multiple cameras and custom graphics.  The actual game viewer itself, which will run on any web browser or mobile device, will incorporate a number of social media features that will allowed fans to interact with one another during the broadcast.

Be sure to log on when www.necfrontrow.com goes LIVE and see how your experience as a NEC fan just got a whole lot better.

 

KJ Cardinal on the Launch of NEC Front Row

 

– Aug. 16, 2012 –

Overtime!’s Image of the Week: She’s Golden!

Whether it is taken by our own cameras or screen-captured off of the internet, the Overtime! Blog selects an “Image of the Week” to share with its readers.

This week’s image is a screen capture of Sports Illustrated Photos’ tumblr page.

 

Hope Solo Hugs an NEC Hall of Famer

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The photo was taken in the aftermath of Team USA’s 2-1 victory over Japan in the Olympics Women’s Soccer Gold Medal Game. The ever-popular U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo is seen hugging team captain Christie Rampone, who is celebrating her third Olympic Gold.  Rampone, who graduated from Monmouth in 1997 as Christie Pearce, has participated in four Olympics Games and was inducted into the NEC Hall of Fame as an inaugural member in 2010.