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    SE Louisiana: Former Lion Nathan Stanley Making Mark With AFL's San Jose SaberCats

    04-06-2014 09:33 AM


    HAMMOND – Former Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Nathan Stanley is currently thriving as a member of the Arena

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    SE Louisiana: Spring Game Highlights Super Lion Saturday

    04-11-2014 07:22 AM


    HAMMOND – The defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana football team will close out spring

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    SE Louisiana: Southeastern Closes Spring With Impressive Spring Game Performance

    04-12-2014 11:42 AM


    HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana offense racked up 443 total yards, while the Lion defense was credited with

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Quarterbacks Shine in Final Spring Scrimmage

    04-12-2014 03:00 PM


    THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football team wrapped up its spring practice with its annual Spring

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    Nicholls St: Lardarius Webb Helps Support Nicholls Athletics

    04-16-2014 09:55 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – Former Colonel stand out and current Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb has donated $25,000 to Nicholls

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Quarterbacks Throw Out First Pitch

    04-14-2014 09:00 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State University football quarterbacks Tuskani Figaro, Beaux Hebert and Kalen Henderson

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Football Holds Annual Pro Day

    04-17-2014 06:00 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football program hosted its annual Pro Day on April 10 at John

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Football Spring Wrap Up

    04-19-2014 06:13 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football team concluded its 2014 spring season earlier this week.

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    Morehead St: Football Closes Out Spring Practice With Exhibition Game

    04-19-2014 04:45 PM


    The Morehead State football team closed out spring practice with an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon at Jayne

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    Drake: Second-Half Rally Leads Defense In Drake Football Spring Game

    04-19-2014 07:03 PM
    The Drake University football team's defense used a 20-0 rally during the second half of the Bulldogs' annual

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Scrimmage #1

    04-05-2014 11:26 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – On a crisp and breezy Saturday morning, the Eastern Kentucky University football team held its

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Practice #10

    04-11-2014 09:15 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Matt Lengel hasn't seen much time on the gridiron

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Scrimmage #2

    04-12-2014 11:08 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team held its second scrimmage of the spring season Saturday

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Practice #13

    04-18-2014 05:26 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Brandon Stanley is one of the few veteran returning

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    N. Dakota St: “Those Who Stay WILL BE CHAMPIONS” Film to Premier at Sixth Annual Bison Showcase

    04-07-2014 10:45 AM


    North Dakota State University athletics is proud to announce, "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions" film

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    N. Dakota St: Bison Complete First Scrimmage to Mark Halfway Point of Spring Camp

    04-12-2014 10:55 AM


    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State marked the halfway point of spring football by conducting its first scrimmage

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    N. Dakota St: NDSU National Championship Fan Collection Now On Sale

    04-16-2014 11:15 AM


    FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University and Jostens have partnered to let fans claim their piece of history

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    N. Dakota St: NDSU Completes Third Week of Spring Football

    04-19-2014 09:30 AM


    FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State completed its third week of spring football camp with a 70-play scrimmage Saturday,

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    NC Central: NCCU FOOTBALL HOSTS SPRING GAME ON FRIDAY

    04-09-2014 07:45 AM


    DURHAM, N.C. – The North Carolina Central University football program, under the direction of first-year head

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    NC Central: NCCU SPORTS NETWORK TO BROADCAST SPRING GAME ON FRIDAY NIGHT

    04-10-2014 05:33 PM


    DURHAM, N.C. – The NCCU Sports Network has announced that it will broadcast the Maroon and Gray game on Friday

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  • There's No Place Like Home

    Philadelphia, PA — As Dorothy Gale exclaimed near the end of her journey in "The Wizard Of Oz," there is no place like home.

    And as we start another season in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, the 33rd season of what began as I-AA football, I am experiencing a homecoming of my own, minus any tornadoes, or other weather-related catastrophes.

    I am returning to the College Sporting News after three years away as FCS Executive Director for The Sports Network. This is my 34th season of covering college football and my 18th year following FCS.

    Growing up in Fresno, Calif., I cut my teeth watching the weekly ABC broadcasts of college football with Chris Schenkel and for Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson calling the action and following the exploits of the Fresno State Battling Bulldogs every Saturday night on the radio.

    I began my college football writing career watching the Fresno City College Rams back in California, a program that under veteran coach Claire Slaughter had won several state championships among the top junior college competition in the land.

    The next few years took me to Fresno State, where I earned a degree in journalism and studied under one of the greatest writing teachers anyone could ever have, former United Press International vice president and editor in chief Roger Tatarian.

    From there, I covered teams all the way from tiny West Hills College to USC and UCLA.

    But in 1993, I found a brand of football to cover that was like none other. It combined the passion of the college football factories with the purity of the game I grew up loving. The players and the coaches were involved with the sport for most of the right reasons, not to make million-dollar salaries, or be slipped an envelope of money from some alumnus for their Saturday's performance.

    I was covering Appalachian State and I-AA for the Charlotte Observer and the Watauga Democrat. Later on, newspapers such as the Greensboro News and Record, the Asheville Citizen-Times and the Lenoir News-Topic began to use my I-AA writing on a regular basis.

    In 1999, a former Delaware Blue Hens player named Otto Fad invited me to contribute my work to a website and news service he was constructing, and I began to expand my I-AA horizons to more of a national front.

    In the next couple of years, Fad joined with a man named Ralph Wallace, who had a vision of making I-AA more relevant on the national level by tirelessly promoting the passion and purity of this unique form of football.

    Wallace had the crazy idea that fans in Missoula, Mont., and Statesboro, Ga., might enjoy discussing their teams with each other and established the College Sporting News news service and website and the Any Given Saturday message board as a means to give I-AA a bigger canvas.

    I was there at ground zero, working as a national columnist and executive editor of CSN and writing pieces for such companies as College Sports Television as we watched I-AA change into FCS and grow and thrive into the brand of football that it has become today.

    I learned a lot, saw a lot of new FCS venues and grew as a writer and editor after being asked to run the Walter Payton, Eddie Robinson and Buck Buchanan awards and administer one of the national polls for The Sports Network in the past three years.

    I've seen FCS carve out an impressive niche in the competitive sports world.

    But now, there are other boundaries to widen as those of us who love FCS push the limits and look to make this terrific brand even stronger. In the months ahead, CSN will have major announcements on its own national awards, on books and magazines and even a comprehensive FCS encyclopedia to be released by a major publisher.

    At the same time, we will watch as FCS expands this year to a 20-team playoff with an additional round of postseason games, culminating with a championship game at a new venue, Frisco, Texas.

    The 2010 FCS season, which begins Thursday, shapes up as one of the more fascinating ones in the subdivision's 33-year history, with plenty of story lines.

    Will Villanova repeat as FCS champions, with the return of playoff MVP Matt Szczur?

    Can Appalachian State remain as one of the contenders as it tries to replace quarterback Armanti Edwards, one of the players for the ages?

    Can Montana continue its string of NCAA playoff berths and Big Sky Conference championships as new coach Robin Pflugrad replaces the irrepresable Bobby Hauck?

    How will the Big South and Northeast conferences do in their first year with automatic bids to the playoffs?

    What will the MEAC decide about its future? Will it continue to send teams to the playoffs with an auto bid, or will it join with the SWAC in the Legacy Bowl?

    Will the national championship game continue the growth it exhibited in Chattanooga, Tenn., as it moves to Frisco, Texas?

    Those will be some of the stories we will watch as the new season progresses and your's truly will be here to share that journey with you.

    And just like Dorothy Gale, I'm glad to be home.