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Football Recruiting - More on Dan Mazan

Name: Dan Mazan
Position: OL, DL
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 305 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9
Self-reported bench press: 435 pounds
School: Carteret HS, Carteret, NJ -- NJ Lineman Names Top Teams


Knights in the Pros - Marco Battaglia

Ken Dilger and Marco Battaglia, free agents signed within a month of each other this spring, played key first-half roles Friday night as the Bucs defeated Jacksonville 20-0. After combining for only one reception in Monday's exhibition opener, Battaglia and Dilger teamed for three substantial gains, displaying both hands and guile.
Tight Ends Open Offensive Options - from Tampa Bay Online

Ray Lucas

Fiedler's problems against New Orleans stood out even more because backup Ray Lucas performed well for the second time in four nights. Lucas wanted no part of any quarterback controversy after the New Orleans game, saying Fiedler was the starter and he understands and accepts his role.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - NO QB CONTROVERSY HERE


Basketball Recruiting

J.R. Smith is taking his major college goal and running with it, right out of Lakewood, leaving behind coaches and teammates with shattered visions of trophies. Smith -- one of the top high school basketball and football players in New Jersey -- is giving up his senior year at Lakewood to enroll at St. Benedict's prep school in Newark. Smith and his father, Earl, say the prep school will give him a better chance to be eligible to play college basketball at a prestigious school such as North Carolina, one of the marquee programs pursuing the 6-foot-6 swingman.
Asbury Park Press | Story

Big East Basketball


Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday that he expects suspended guard DeShaun Williams to transfer. Williams, who would have been a senior at Syracuse this year, was suspended for the fall semester for academic deficiencies. The suspension came from Williams' home school, the College of Human Services and Health Professions, earlier this summer.
Williams surveys transfer options

West Virginia

The NCAA has reinstated three West Virginia University basketball players who accepted free meals, lodging and transportation before signing to play for the school. An internal investigation of possible rules violations among Mountaineer players concluded in June that the unidentified players had roomed with WVU student-athletes and eaten at a campus dining hall in June 2001. Athletic Director Ed Pastilong declared four athletes ineligible to play after submitting his report to the NCAA, but he immediately asked for the reinstatement of three. Approval from the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee was announced Tuesday.
First units sharp in scrimmage -Sports articles from The Dominion Post


Big East Football

Big East

Yahoo! Sports: NCAAF - Big East Conference football capsules

Brett Romberg was showing off his championship ring, a gaudy piece of jewelry he and his Miami teammates picked up after winning the national title last season. "I hope to have another one of these next year, by the way," the Hurricanes' center said of the $800 gold ring with a "Perfect Storm" inscription signifying last season's 12-0 record.
Big East Outlook: Miami Sets Sights Higher Than Conference Championship :: The Hurricanes are favored to win the Big East and make a run for a second straight national title

Miami - Dorsey to throw to who?

Quarterback Ken Dorsey, addressing the University of Miami's passing game after Friday morning's practice, said he's confident there will be enough receivers to go around -- but that a couple of new players aren't ready for extensive action. ''The two of them -- [ Akieem Jolla] and [ Sinorice Moss] -- are doing good jobs, they're progressing,'' Dorsey said. ``They're not at the point right now where they could come into a game and contribute a great deal.''
The Miami Herald | 08/17/2002 | Dorsey's passing remarks

First the running backs. Now the receivers. The University of Miami's football injury woes worsened Tuesday as wide receiver Andre Johnson, co-most valuable player of the Rose Bowl, sat out practice with a pulled right hamstring.
The Miami Herald | 08/14/2002 | Andre Johnson pulls hamstring

Pittsburgh - Making noises

A booming thud echoed through the indoor practice facility at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex earlier this week. Funny thing was, the Pitt football team wasn't involved in hitting drills at the time. Some players even had their helmets off. So, where in the name of unidentified sounds did the noise originate? - Abdul makes impact with leg

That unit came together last season in time for the Panthers to reel off six consecutive victories to close out the year, which stands as the second-longest winning streak in the nation. The front five opened up wide enough holes to enable the running backs to average nearly 150 yards per game during the streak, which was 44 yards more per game than what Panthers averaged during their 1-5 start. - Well-rounded Pitt center ready for future

Syracuse - Cutting down practices

The Syracuse University football team held its second closed scrimmage Wednesday on the hottest day of the year. Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni said he was concerned about the heat and that the plan was to have players participate in eight plays, then take 16 plays off, then repeat the cycle. Wednesday's high temperature was 101 degrees. The scrimmage amounted to about 25 percent of a regular practice, he said.
Scorcher reduces practice to 8 plays

Virginia Tech - Canceling practices

A stomach illness that struck the Virginia Tech football team Saturday has spread to 43 of its players and staff members, leading to the cancellation of the team's two practices yesterday. It is the first time in Coach Frank Beamer's 15-year tenure that he has had to cancel a practice because of mass illness or injury.
Stomach Illness Hits Hokies (

The Richmond Times-Dispatch broke the news today that All-American candidate cornerback Ronyell Whitaker will be suspended for the Hokies' first two games, and that defensive end Lamar Cobb and receiver Terrell Parham will be suspended for the season opener against Arkansas State. Whitaker, Cobb, Parham Suspended; News and Notes, 8/16/02

West Virginia - Missing players

Frazier is the only corner from the spring two-deep who hasn't missed a practice during two-a-days. He has somehow played on while injuries have claimed Brian King, Lewis Daniels and Anthony Mims for varying lengths of time."There is no pride in that, not when there's a bunch of guys injured at my position," Frazier said. "We need them back as soon as possible. We need to be at full force so everyone can get working and gain experience. We need to gel as a group and as a defense as a whole."
Mates down for count while Frazier fights on , Sports articles from The Dominion Post

"I was pleased and displeased,'' said the coach. "I was pleased with the first group; I was displeased with the second group. A lot of that had to do with inexperience, but we have to find more depth. "The first group should beat the second group, but it shouldn't be as dominating as it was [Wednesday].''
Gazette Online - Rodriguez offers mixed review on scrimmage


Opponent Football

Army - Getting ready for the season

Army head coach Todd Berry will finally have an opportunity to get a close look at his 2002 Army football squad on Monday when the Black Knights open preseason camp. A youthful contingent featuring 82 freshmen and sophomores, and 43 upperclassmen is expected to dress out when Army steps onto the Blaik Field playing surface on Monday morning for the first of three scheduled workouts ranging from 70-90 minutes each. In fact, 65 percent of the players dotting Army's preseason roster hold either freshman or sophomore class standing, a strong testament to the vast rebuilding job Berry has undertaken since assuming reins of the Army program in December of 1999.
Black Knights Set To Open Preseason Camp :: Third Season of Berry Era to Officially Begin on Monday

Buffalo - Hofner evaluates scrimmage

Jim Hofher didn't expect the University at Buffalo's first controlled scrimmage to resemble classic or textbook football, and at times the Bulls looked very much like a team that was conducting its third practice of the day.
But there were some positive things Hofher can take from Tuesday night's 55-play offense vs. defense scrimmage at UB Stadium, the coaching staff's first chance to assess the team in a game-like environment.
Buffalo News - In scrimmage, Hofher sees positives that Bulls can run with

Notre Dame - Don't laugh, it's the West Coast Offense

On a goal-line play from the 5-yard line, Notre Dame's lone back went in motion and quarterback Carlyle Holiday threw a quick hitch to wide receiver Arnaz Battle for a touchdown. As one observer noted, "That's not your grandfather's Notre Dame football team running that play." What is the West Coast Offense?

Tennessee - Practice notes

During practice there were a few things that were very noticeable. C.J. Leak looked better on Friday than he has in the last few weeks. C.J. was very decisive throwing the football and looked like the player I was hoping he would be when he decided to transfer to Tennessee. Leak was throwing bullets to many different receivers. He was off target a few times, but looked very sharp on Friday. Gerald Riggs continues to run the ball well, despite a swollen ankle. He is showing himself very well at a position that overruns with talent. The freshman receivers, Chris Hannon and Jon Wade, also have made great moves over the last two weeks to put themselves in position to be in Tennessee's game plan in 2002. Wade looks like Donte Stallworth in about everything he does and Hannon, according to Randy Moore mind you, looks like a "Randy Moss clone." If both guys continue to improve, we should see them early against Wyoming. -- Friday Afternoon Practice Report


Miscellany - Patrick Ewing, Jr., gets ready to play

Seated in the stands for a high school summer league basketball game at Georgetown University's McDonough Gym, several men stared and whispered at the son of a onetime local legend. "That's him," one man said to the other. "It's got to be him. He looks exactly like his father. Just like him." For a moment, Patrick Ewing Jr. seemed oblivious to what was going on around him. But the 6-8, 210-pound forward glanced at his father's No. 33 uniform, encased in a brown frame that hangs on the gym's wall. His eyes also were drawn to the three prominent NCAA Final Four banners - all products of his father's brilliant career at Georgetown in the early 1980s. "It's ironic that I'm playing in the same gym as my father played in. But that's all it is," said Ewing Jr., 18, who transferred from Marietta, Ga., and will attend and play basketball as a fifth-year senior for National Christian Academy, a tiny private school in Fort Washington. "I've been hearing it my whole life. 'That's Patrick Ewing's son.' I have a really close relationship with my father. I talk with him every day on the telephone . . . but I am my own person." - Ewing's Son Eyes Hoop Career

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