🏈 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.

 

GAME WEEK READS

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: “It’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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Defying Preseason Predictions, CCSU and RMU Clash for the Nation to See on ESPN3

They were the last two teams picked in the preseason coaches’ poll, but midway through the #NECFB schedule and they are both in title contention.

In fact, Central Connecticut is in a three-way tie for first place. The Blue Devils (2-1), who have defeated two of the top-three teams from that aforementioned preseason poll, welcome Robert Morris (1-2) to Arute Field for the “NECFB on ESPN3” Game of the Week on October 31. The game will kick off at 12:00 pm ET.

Both teams feature second-year head coaches – CCSU (Pete Rossomando), Robert Morris (John Banaszak).

RMU captured last year’s meeting in Moon, scoring 18 unanswered points to pull out a 27-24 victory.

Dave Popkin will be on the call Saturday along with NFL coaching veteran Kevin Gilbride. John Cabral will man the sidelines.

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Click here to watch CCSU vs. RMU

NEC Campus Tour (May 2, 2014) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 10 member institutions

Bryant

Lacrosse will be a major topic of discussion amongst Bulldog fans this weekend. Mike Pressler’s men’s team is out to defend its 2013 conference crown down in Philadelphia, while Jill DePetris-Batcheller and her team host the NEC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament in Smithfield. With its wire-to-wire win over No. 3 Sacred Heart on Thursday night, Bryant advanced to the NEC Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game and is one win away from securing the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The men will face off against No. 4 Hobart on Saturday at 1:00 pm in a contest that will air live on NEC Front Row. Meanwhile, the women open tournament play on Friday evening with a semifinal match against No. 4 Central Connecticut. Should they prevail, they will play for all of the marbles on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Read more.

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