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South Carolina Gamecocks Spring Football underway; Coach Muschamp assesses progress

Will Muschamp

COACH MUSCHAMP SPEAKS AFTER SATURDAY SCRIMMAGE Spring Practice Number 8 Held at Williams-Brice Stadium COLUMBIA, S.C.

(March 18, 2017) – University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp addressed the media following Saturday’s scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium. Overall: “We got practice eight in the books today. It was kind of a half-practice, half-scrimmage. We got a lot of good things accomplished today. We got the coaches off the field and let the players play. We had about 75 live scrimmage snaps, which we need. We had counted on about 40. I was pleased with the tempo and some things we were doing, so we kept on going. We’ve got a long way to go, but we are certainly much improved from where we were.” On the offense: “We’re better on the offensive skill, although we do have some guys out. Randrecous Davis had sports hernia surgery, so he’ll miss the rest of spring. I’m disappointed for him. He’s going to be a really good football player for us. Bryan Edwards and Or’Tre Smith have been limited, but have been partaking in most of practices. I’ve been pleased with both of those guys. A.J. Turner has been out with a hamstring injury. He has not practiced this spring, but we’re hoping to get him back next week. We’ve got to get all of our offensive skill all together on the field at once. That’s what’s been frustrating offensively.” On the defense: “Chris Lammons sprained his foot, but he’ll be fine. He’ll be back next week. Skai (Moore) had an ankle today, but will be back next week. We need to continue to come up front and improve. I’ve been pleased with the play of Skai (Moore), Bryson (Allen-Williams) and T.J. (Brunson) for the most part. We’ve got more competition in the secondary than we’ve had, which will certainly help us.” On the special teams: “In the kicking game there have been some positive things that I’ve seen. We’re just far too inconsistent snapping it, kicking it and punting it. We’ve got to get much, much more consistent.” Comparing this team now to the same time last year: “It’s night and day. More than anything, we’ve got some depth on the offensive line. We’ve got some depth in the front seven – not at linebacker, but in our front four. We’ve got more depth at defensive back. We have more options as far as skill guys are concerned.” On the right tackle position: “I think that Zack (Bailey) is a guy that feels comfortable at right tackle. Obviously, it’s a learning curve when you’re going from a confined area as a guard to now when you’re on the edge. I’ve been pleased with his progress. Blake Camper is doing extremely well. Blake’s playing his best football since we’ve been here.” On the left side of the offensive line: “Donell (Stanley) and D.J. (Park) both need to be more consistent day-in, day-out. Malik (Young) and Sadarius (Hutcherson) are battling it out at left tackle. Competition is our best friend as coaches because you’ve got some guys who know they have to perform every single day.” On the wide receivers: “Or’Tre (Smith) and Bryan (Edwards) have taken part in the individual stuff and a lot of the skeleton stuff, just not the full 11-on-11, although Or’Tre did today and he’s progressing extremely well. Korey Banks has done some nice things, Chavis Dawkins has done some nice things, Terry Googer has. We need to be more consistent in those positions. I think Deebo Samuel is having an outstanding spring. I’ve been extremely pleased with him and how he’s come out and worked.” On the backup quarterbacks: “Michael (Scarnecchia) can throw the ball extremely well. He missed an entire year with the labrum. He missed an entire year of taking snaps, reading the coverages and doing all the things you do, so this is really his first year in the scheme and system, but he can really throw it. Jay (Urich) was here today and certainly will be here in the fall to compete. Bailey (Hart) and Danny (Gordon) have done some nice things. We’re going to have to have some other alternative looks to what we need to do. We’ll continue to work through that.” On the pass rush: “We need to improve. We need to get better. We need more fast-twitch up front. We’ve got to get more edge guys. I’ve been very pleased with Dennis Wonnum. He’s had a good spring for us. Dante (Sawyer) has done nice things for us. Daniel Fennell has had two back-to-back good practices for us. We’ve got to have him come along for us. Taylor (Stallworth) has done some nice things inside. We’ve got to get more guys we can count on front. We’re very thin from a standpoint of experience and guys we feel we can win the SEC East with.”

www.GamecocksOnline.com

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF University of South Carolina Athletics Media Relations

National Football Foundation promoting “Mean” Joe Greene’s new book, ‘Built by Football’

New autobiography takes an eye-opening and powerful look at one of the greatest legends in gridiron history.

IRVING, Texas (March 17, 2017) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the first book, “Mean” Joe Greene: Built By Football, in its Football Matters’ “Built By Football” series. The book, which will be available April 3, can be preordered by clicking here.
“We are extremely excited about this new series, which will take an inside look at the marquee members of the College Football Hall of Fame,” said Steve Hatchell, NFF president & CEO. “The road to becoming a Hall of Famer produces so many amazing stories of those who overcame adversity and persevered. We knew that we needed to do more to capture these stories. We are extremely grateful to Hall of Famer Joe Greene and author Jon Finkel for their efforts on launching this series.”
“Mean” Joe Greene’s memoir is a master class in determination, domination and perseverance. For the first time ever, the College and Pro football hall of famer gives readers an unflinching look at his rise from high school bully-victim and bench warmer to University of North Texas legend and Pittsburgh Steelers icon. Many years before he would anchor the most-feared, most-successful defense the NFL had ever seen, Joe Greene was just a big, timid kid from Temple, Texas, struggling to find his confidence as a teenager being raised by a single mother.
“When I got to North Texas I was rough around the edges as a man and as a player,” said Joe Greene. “College helped polish me up a bit and then when I got to Pittsburgh my teammates helped me to continue to smooth things out. I’m a better person because of the men who coached me and the men I played with. I learned from them. I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along that knowledge.”
In his compelling, eye-opening autobiography, Greene takes readers on an unprecedented tour of his life, exploring the people who influenced him and the events that shaped him: from humiliating high school embarrassments to the grit and guts that led to four Super Bowl titles as a player.
Better known by his nickname “Mean Joe” Greene, Charles Edward Joseph Greene acquired his moniker as a reference to his school’s nickname, the University of North Texas Mean Green (then known as North Texas State). During his three seasons in Denton, the 6-4, 270-pound defensive tackle led the Mean Green to a 23-5-1 record. In his 29 games, the team held the opposition to 2,507 yards gained on 1,276 rushes. A per carry average of less than two yards per attempt. His collegiate coach, Rod Rust, said of the 1968 consensus All-America, “There are two factors behind Joe’s success. First, he has the ability to make the big defensive play and turn the tempo of a game around. Second, he has the speed to be an excellent pursuit player.”
A top prospect in the 1969 NFL Draft, Greene was selected fourth overall by the Steelers, and he would go on to become part of the “Steel Curtain” defense that won four Super Bowls in six years. He made 10 Pro Bowl appearances, and he twice earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. He played 13 seasons in the NFL from 1969-81, appearing in 181 games. In 1979, he was named NFL Man of the Year.
After his playing career, Greene spent 16 years as an assistant coach before becoming a special assistant for player personnel with the franchise. During his time in player personnel, the franchise would claim two more Super Bowls, giving Greene a total of six rings. Both North Texas and the Steelers have retired his No. 75. He earned induction into the University of North Texas Hall of Fame in 1981, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
Jon Finkel, the co-author with Greene on the book, has written numerous books, which have been endorsed by everyone from Oscar-winner Spike Lee and NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, to Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and ArtofManliness.com founder Brett McKay. He has published with legends who have won a combined 14 Super Bowl titles, 25 NBA Championships, 4 NBA Slam Dunk contests and a Heisman Trophy. Visit www.jonfinkel.com for the latest news, book and social media information. He can be reached at: info@jonfinkel.com
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Scott Bedgood; COURTESY NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

 

UC Football brings back a fan-favorite; former standout QB Gino Guidugli as running backs coach

Football Names Gino Guidugli Running Backs Coach

 

 

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Luke Fickell tabbed former standout QB Gino Guidugli to coach the Bearcats running backs.

 

Guidugli, a member of UC’s James P. Kelly Sr. Athletics Hall of Fame and a charter member of Nippert Stadium’s Ring of Honor, returned to his alma mater after spending six seasons at Central Michigan. He replaces Gerad Parker, who resigned on Feb. 17, 2017.

 

Guidugli’s hire completes Fickell’s inaugural on-field staff. Guidugli joins offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Denbrock, offensive line coach Ron Crook, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, cornerbacks coach Willie Martinez, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Doug Phillips, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, safeties coach Jon Tenuta, defensive line coach Al Washington and director of football sports performance Brady Collins.

 

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to bring a young, talented coach back to his alma mater,” Fickell said. “Gino is an up-and-coming offensive mind, has the reputation of being a strong recruiter and was an excellent quarterback at Cincinnati during his playing days. He helped build this program, graduated from this University and knows what it takes to succeed here.”

 

Guidugli was named CMU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following the 2016 campaign after previously serving as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at CMU from 2010-12, assisting with the wide receivers and defensive scout team. Guidugli mentored a pair of NFL running backs during his time in Mt. Pleasant, Thomas Rawls and Zurlon Tipton.

 

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Guidugli played professionally in the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues. He had two stints with the Green Bay Blizzard of AFL2 in 2007 and 2009. He played for the AFL’s New York Dragons in 2008, the CFL’s British Columbia Lions in 2007 and 2008 before closing out his pro career with the AFL’s Milwaukee Mustangs, passing for 4,872 yards and 86 touchdowns in 2012.

 

Guidugi led Cincinnati to three bowl berths during his four-year career as a starter, earning the Claude Rost Team MVP award in 2001 and 2004, the MVP of the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl, a three-time Conference USA Scholar Athlete and a Freshman All-America selection.

 

He still holds UC’s career records for passing yards (11,453), attempts (1,556), completions (880) and TD passes (78), along with the single-season marks for passing yards (3,543), attempts (472) and completions (258). He is the only signal-caller in school history to throw for 3,500 or more yards in a season and had 14 career 300-yard passing games.

 

He was tabbed for the Nippert Stadium Ring of Honor in 2005 and inducted into the James P. Kelly Sr. UC Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2013. The Fort Thomas, Kentucky, native was a standout basketball and football player at powerhouse Highlands HS and was part of three state championship football teams. He still ranks in the KHSAA record books as one of the top QBs in the state’s history.

 

He and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Ryland. His brother Ben played at Cincinnati from 2007-10 and was a key part of two conference championship teams and later played in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams.

 

Season tickets for the 2017 campaign, starting at $99, are on sale now and can be renewed or purchased by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or visiting GoBEARCATS.com/tickets.The renewal period for existing patrons will run from Monday, Feb. 12, 2017, until March 31, 2017. New season ticket orders can be placed with a $50 deposit. New orders will be fulfilled starting in April 2017.

 

-GoBEARCATS.com-

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Ryan Koslen; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers announce 2017 football schedule

The Flyers’ Seven-Game Winning Streak From Last Year Will Be Challenged On Sept. 2 At RMU
DAYTON – The University of Dayton football team closed the 2016 season with a seven-game winning streak, and the Flyers will take that momentum into a challenging 2017 schedule.
Dayton will open the season on the road for the first of five road games, and its six home game will include the only two opponents to defeat the Flyer last season – Duquesne and San Diego.
Dayton’s first game of the year will be at Robert Morris in Coraopolis, Pa. on Sept. 2.  UD will then open at home against Southeast Missouri, a first-time opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference, on Sept. 9.  The Flyers will then close the non-conference schedule against Duquesne at home on Sept. 16.
UD will begin Pioneer Football League play on Sept. 23 at Morehead State.  Dayton will then try to avenge last year’s lone PFL loss against San Diego when the Toreros come to town on Sept. 30.
The Flyers then hit the road and head to Drake (Oct. 7), host Campbell (Oct. 14) and travel to Davidson (Oct. 21) before having back-to-back home game with Butler (Oc.t 28) and Marist (Nov. 4).  The Marist game will be UD’s Senior Day.  After a bye week, Dayton will close the regular season at Valparaiso on Nov. 18.
Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin knows the schedule will not be an easy one.  “The 2017 schedule will be another challenging one for us,” Chamberlin said.  “In addition to our annual matchups against Robert Morris and Duquesne, we have added another scholarship program in Southeast Missouri who is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.  Those tough non-conference games will hopefully prepare us for another run at a PFL Championship.
“It will not be easy, because all the PFL teams we play have some outstanding players returning, including Campbell, who will be leaving the PFL after this season and joining a scholarship conference. The 2017 schedule will be a challenge but that is why young men choose Dayton, because they want to play against the best.”
The Flyers enjoyed yet another strong season in 2016, finishing 9-2 overall with a seven-game win streak to end the season. The seven-game streak will be FCS football’s third-longest active e streak heading into next year.  UD also finished second in the Pioneer Football League with a 7-1 record. This is the second year in a row that the Flyers earned a 7-1 record in the PFL, and as a whole have acquired a 27-7 record over the last three seasons.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Dayton Flyers Football has 79 Student-Athletes named to PFL Academic Honor Roll

Flyers Have Most Named To Honor Roll For 22nd Time In 24 Years

ST. LOUIS — Thanks in part to a league-high 79 University of Dayton football players recognized, the Pioneer Football League has announced that 576 of its student-athletes have been named to the 2016 PFL Academic Honor Roll ever.
It is 10th consecutive year, and the 22nd time in the 24-year history of the PFL that Dayton had the most team members on the honor roll.  UD’s 79 honorees this year is second only to last year’s PFL-record 81.  The Flyers previously had set records of 76 in 2014, 74 in 2012 and 72 in 2011 (UD also had 72 in 2013).

Three of the 11 league schools had 50 or more players honored. Following UD were Butler (75) and Marist (52).

The honor roll, established as a way for the league to recognize its outstanding student-athletes, consists of student-athletes that posted a 3.0 grade point average or better during the fall semester.

Dayton enjoyed yet another strong season, finishing 9-2 overall with a seven-game win streak to end the season. UD also finished second in the Pioneer Football League with a 7-1 record. This is the second year in a row that the Flyers earned a 7-1 record in the PFL, and as a whole have acquired a 27-7 record over the three two seasons.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

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