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    Saint Francis: Spring Game Offensive Preview

    04-08-2014 10:53 AM


    Offensive coordinator Eric Long breaks down each position group on the offensive side of the ball.

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    Saint Francis: Spring Game Defensive Preview

    04-09-2014 10:31 AM


    The Red Flash finished 2013 as the 10th-ranked defense in the FCS.

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    Saint Francis: Football Welcomes Brent Zierer to Team

    04-10-2014 08:56 AM


    The Red Flash will introduce its newest recruit at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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    Saint Francis: Brent Zierer Officially Signed By Football Team

    04-11-2014 11:57 AM


    He can play two positions. He proved Friday that he could handle the bright lights of a television interview.

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    Saint Francis: Red Flash Spring Game a Success on Saturday Afternoon

    04-12-2014 09:50 AM


    LORETTO, Pa. (April 12, 2014) – It was a beautiful day in Loretto for the Saint Francis University annual spring

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    Savannah St: SSU Looking to Improve in Second Scrimmage

    04-04-2014 08:31 AM


    Savannah, Ga. -- The Savannah State University football team finished another solid week of preparation, which

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    Savannah St: Tigers’ Offense Impressive in Second Scrimmage

    04-07-2014 08:55 AM


    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Savannah State University football program had a buzz about them when they exited their locker

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    Savannah St: Tigers To Play Spring Game

    04-11-2014 03:26 PM


    SAVANNAH, Ga.- The Savannah State football team will wrap up their spring drills with the annual Orange &

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    Savannah St: Tigers Roar in Orange & Blue Spring Game

    04-13-2014 07:12 AM


    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- "How bout those Tigers?" Which ones? Those orange and reflex blues ones of Savannah

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    Alcorn St: Alcorn State 2014 Bravefest Set for April 12th

    04-03-2014 01:48 AM


    Alcorn State 2014 Bravefest Set for April 12

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    Alcorn St: Alcorn State Football 2014 Season Tickets on Sale Now

    04-07-2014 02:07 AM


    ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY 2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET PRICES

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    Alcorn St: Purple Defeats Gold in 2014 Spring Game, 21-16

    04-12-2014 04:03 PM


    LORMAN - It was a beautiful day on the "Reservation" as Head Coach Jay Hopson and his Alcorn State Braves

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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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  • CSN West: Warming to Frisco

    2004 was my first full season of writing on the FCS West, the year that Montana played James Madison in the title game. Like it had been the seven prior seasons, the game was played in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Just before that championship game, I wrote a column stating that Chattanooga was just perfect for hosting the game. But as they say, all good things must come to an end and last year, the game was moved to Frisco, Texas.

    By Kent Schmidt
    CSN West Columnist
    College Sporting News

    Why did I think Chattanooga was perfect for the game?

    The biggest reason I thought Chatty was perfect was that it was nearly the geographical center of the FCS world.

    When Chattanooga hosted the game, there were only eight appearances amongst just three West schools (Montana five times, McNeese State twice, and Northern Iowa once) of the total of 26 participants. I will grant that two schools that I cover or have covered in Youngstown State (2) and Western Kentucky (1) made the game as well but both are located east of the Mississippi River.

    Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium is also the home of a FCS team so that community has some recognition for the two schools that came to their city.

    Chattanooga even took some suggestions in replacing the natural grass field with a new artificial one following that 2004 title game that saw a terrible surface that had been resurfaced before the championship game.

    The atmosphere grew to have more than just the game, with a fantastic tailgating atmosphere along with the awards shows.

    But Frisco was awarded the game for 2010 and will have the game for this year and next year as well.

    After the first year in Frisco, I thought the NCAA may have made a mistake. The game between Eastern Washington and Delaware drew just over 13,000 in the game—an attendance that was the lowest since 2002 when Chattanooga had just over 12,000 for that year’s game between Western Kentucky and McNeese State.

    Why have I warmed up to Frisco hosting the game?

    A big reason for me warming up to Frisco is that the game sold out early. The game in the 21,193 capacity FC Dallas Stadium (formally Pizza Hut Park) sold out on Dec. 23rd and only a couple of days after the semi-final games were completed.

    Also, three of the four finalist thus far coming to Frisco have been teams from west of the Mississippi—showing a possible shift towards the Pacific as the center of the top FCS teams.

    I also like that the Dallas area is much easier and less expensive to fly to as Dallas is a major airline hub from just about anywhere in the country. Frisco is a northern suburb of Dallas and is about a 35 minute drive away.

    Frisco is also a growing community that, like Chattanooga, has appeared to start to embrace the game. Frisco is also somewhat of a FCS community as the Southland Conference headquarters are located there.

    Moving the game to Saturday afternoon is also a positive, one that Chattanooga did not enjoy. Many fans that travel have to work the first week of January so having the game on a Friday night makes it harder to get to the game, especially right after having a holiday for New Year’s Day.

    Moving it away from the same time as the FBS Cotton Bowl is also a plus. There may be some fans that might want to go to both events in the Dallas area and now can do that.

    Texas is also the arguably the high school football capital on the nation so the causal football fans in the area will be attending as can be attested this year as each of the schools each had just 4,000 tickets allotted so there will be nearly half the crowd being supporters for neither team.

    Dallas area weather is also generally better than Chattanooga too so there should be fewer concerns with cold or snowy weather that might also hamper fans from wanting to come to game. Just on the average, Dallas has an average high of 55 degrees in January, while Chattanooga has an average high of 48 degrees. Though to be fair, Chattanooga is forecast to be warmer then Frisco this year on January 7.

    There seems to be a lot to do in the Dallas area as well for fans that might want to make this a vacation. This week of the game, I gave the Cotton Bowl as an example on the Friday night before this game. Dallas also has the Dallas Stars NHL hockey team and the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team. The Stars play on Tuesday night versus the Detroit Red Wings. The Mavericks play on Wednesday night versus the Phoenix Suns and Saturday night after this championship game versus the New Orleans Hornets.

    The Dallas area also boasts some great family area events like the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas World Aquarium, and the Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park. Those coming to the Division I title game do have other activity choices.

    The Friday night and Saturday have tailgating and pre-game parties for both schools in the Frisco area as well for those that do not want to leave the north metro area.

    While I think that that the championship game is the true event to come to Frisco, having these other events nearby is always a plus to make this a vacation in early January much like the FBS bowl team fans have.

    So yes, I am warming up to having Frisco as our home for this game. I hope that this year’s game will be a true showcase to the country that the NCAA Division I Football Championship game is something to attend or watch. I know that the Bearkats and Bison will give us a great game and a sellout crowd will display to the country that college football is best when a playoff system decides the champion.