🏈 Kickoff 2017 🏈 Reading List

NEC football is BACK for a 22nd season. All seven teams lift the lid of the 2017 campaign with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

Plenty was written about #NECFB this summer and the word counts have increased with the arrival of GAME WEEK.

We have done all the work for you and constructed your End-of-the-Summer NEC Football Reading List.



Bryant begins new era under up-tempo Perry – Woonsocket Call (Branden Mello)

EXCERPT: A number of other Bryant leaders who were on 2014 team see some similarities, but they know how hard it will be for the squad to replicate that start.


Get to know Central Connecticut State, Syracuse football’s first opponent – Syracuse.com (Staff)

EXCERPT: SU head coach Dino Babers called opening against the Blue Devils a “very dangerous situation.” How much of that is truth and how much is coachspeak?


Duquesne Football Faces Stiff Test To Open Season On Thursday — CBS Pittsburgh (93-7 The Fan)

EXCERPT: β€œIt’s new for us to go up to that part of the country, but a couple years we opened against Old Dominion, they put 25-30,000 people in their seats and two years ago, we went up and playing Buffalo and actually were leading that game in the 4th quarter at one point in time,” said Schmitt.


Duquesne Dukes bringing FCS playoff contender to Brookings – Argus Leader (Matt Zimmer)

EXCERPT: The Dukes are the first team to get a shot, and while they’ll be decided underdogs against the defending Missouri Valley Football Conference champions, they are not an early-season sacrificial lamb. This is an FCS team with some momentum of its own.


Stetson to honor Blakely at season opener – YAHOO! Sports (STATS)

EXCERPT: Sacred Heart is planning to hold a moment of silence before the nonconference game.


Fenimore to start for Red Flash – WTAJ (Alex Cawley)

EXCERPT: Coach Chris Villarrial pointed to the Houston transfers’ progression in camp, as well as his ability to check out of plays at the line of scrimmage, as the reason for his decision.


Alex Thomson, Wagner College football team set for opener Thursday – Staten Island Advance (Advance Sports Desk)

EXCERPT: Last season was about recovery and rebuilding for Wagner College, which won one game in Jason Houghtaling’s first year as head coach in 2015.


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NEC Summer Reading List: Must-See Stories and News Clippings

What have you been reading this summer?

There have been plenty NEC-related stories being told across the internet, enough to inspire the Overtime! Blog staff to build a NEC Summer Reading List.

With the unofficial final week of summer upon us, we’ve laid out your Labor Day Weekend reading right here in this blog post.

So, take this final opportunity to sip on a chilled soft drink while reviewing these noteworthy stories that were published during the past 2.5 months.


The List…

How Sal Buscaglia made it to the Greater Buffalo Sports HOF – The Buffalo News (Jack Goods)


Sacred Heart AD Bobby Valentine paints a new picture for the Pioneers – Connecticut Post (Chris Elsberry)


Dickenman’s Plans For Retirement Include New Hobbies, Family And, As Always, Basketball – Hartford Courant (Desmond Conner)


NEC Social Media Day Shows Possibilities in Digital Sports – CFB Huddle (Kyle Kensing)


Rodney surprises with sub-20 run at Canadian Championships – IAAF.org (Jon Mulkeen)


Shining Knight: Greg Herenda brought Fairleigh Dickinson basketball back to March madness – NorthJersey.com (Steve Popper)


With new sponsors and TV deal, reborn women’s pro bowling tour growing – USA Today (Griffin Adams)


CCSU teams up with Bristol Boys & Girls Club for Summer Meal Madness, basketball clinic – FOX 61 (Samantha Schoenfeld)


Wagner College’s Dorian McMenemy set for Friday’s Olympic swimming event – Staten Island Advance (Max Rottenecker)


Bulldog Tough: Bryant University is fast becoming a Northeast power – Inside Pitch Online (Douglas S. Malan)


Sidelined by heart ailment, Poly grad Melanie Williamson used basketball to succeed – Baltimore Sun (Katherine Dunn)




#NEC15 Men’s Championship Game: Plenty of Pre-game Press Clippings to Sift Through

There are a number of articles floating around the web about Tuesday’s #NECMBB Championship Game. We grabbed some of those pieces and neatly placed them below for your enjoyment.



Northeast Conference title game at St. Francis, Brooklyn, is bound to make for interesting moments – Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)

St. Francis Keeps Its Eyes on the Big Prize – Wall Street Journal (Andrew Beaton)

Colonials look to end title-game slumpPittsburgh Post Gazette (Megan Ryan)

Glenn Braica a win away from ending St. Francis’ NCAA Tournament drought – New York Daily News (Roger Rubin)

NEC Championship Preview – Beaver County Times (Lauren Kirschman)

St. Francis can erase 76 seasons of pain in one night – New York Post (Zach Braziller)

NCAA tourney bid at stake for Robert Morris – Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Bob Cohn)

…for all the marbles – Rivals.com (Chris Cappella)


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