As many of you are reading this, the 2002 college football season is less than a week away. On Thursday, August 22nd, Colorado St. will play at Virginia in the Jim Thorpe Classic and start off the 2002 season. In all, there are eight "preseason" college football classic games, and two of them will have Mountain West teams competing in them. In fact, both Mountain West teams (Colorado St. and New Mexico) will be playing teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Virginia and North Carolina St. respectively). An exciting start for Mountain West fans indeed!
King-Less Than a Week Away
Where are they now? Chad Schwenck
Whitehall graduate Chad Schwenk, who transferred after two seasons at Rutgers, is in the QB scramble along with Shiels, a junior, and senior left-hander Kevin Weschler. Freshman Mark Borda, a member of Bethlehem Catholic teams that won three consecutive District 11 titles, also took his share of snaps.
Lehigh QB battle still raging
Big East Football
Over the past two months I have previewed five of the eight teams in the Big East: Boston College, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. Following are shorter looks at the other three Big East schools -- West Virginia, Temple and Rutgers.
Mel Kiper - Mountaineers must ride Cobourne - ESPN.com
Boston College - Replacing Wilie Green
With just 12 practices and one scrimmage remaining before the Aug. 31 season opener against the University of Connecticut, Boston College football coach Tom O'Brien was no closer to naming a starting tailback yesterday after the first controlled scrimmage of preseason camp.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Tailback spot still up in air
Miami - Marked men
CORAL GABLES -- Antrel Rolle, Kelly Jennings and Al Marshall know they have bounties on their heads.The University of Miami's new cornerback trio expects every quarterback the Hurricanes face this season will want to attack them early and often. And that every receiver will want to burn them on a deep pattern.
UM's New cornerbacks are marked men
A fifth-year senior, Beinecke (6 feet 1, 230 pounds) came to Pitt from Liberty High School in Youngstown, Ohio, after a high school career in which he twice earned team MVP honors. He was recruited as a safety, but soon after the start of his freshman season he switched to linebacker. After a redshirt season, he became a valuable backup and played in all 11 games his freshman year. By his sophomore season he was splitting the starter's role with Brandon Williams and continued to do so last season. Williams graduated, so Beinecke will be a full-time starter this year.
Football: Pitt's other linebacker has team's admiration
CORAL GABLES -- Miami coach Larry Coker said the defending national champions are not ready to beat anyone. Coker's assessment of his preseason No. 1-ranked team came after a closed scrimmage Saturday. But Coker said he is confident the team can turn things around in plenty of time for the Aug. 31 opener against Florida A&M.
Hurricanes vulnerable for now
Pittsburgh - Offensive line play
Banner, a 6-3, 295-pound sophomore from Penn Hills, said: "Every play, every game, all you do is bang and push and scrap for every inch. You line up four inches away from a guy just as big and nasty, and your job is to win the scrap. It has to be natural, you have to want to win this battle.
Football: Unheralded interior linemen like doing Pitt's dirty work
Sophomore nose tackle Tyre Young was suspended indefinitely from the Pitt football team Wednesday for undisclosed reasons, according to coach Walt Harris. "He is out until further notice," Harris said.
PittsburghLIVE.com - Harris suspends Young indefinitely
Jameel Dumas has a gut. The Syracuse University junior packed on about 20 pounds over the summer and is now up to about 230. Much of the weight seems to have taken up residence in his stomach. Dumas grabs his new paunch and laughs about having to buy pants with a size 40 waist. "It's there, you know," Dumas said. "In camp, I play around with the guys. I fold my shirt up and had it sticking out like that and they said, 'You're fat.' I said, 'No, that's proud weight right there.' I'm proud to have a belly."
Dumas proud of added pounds
Virginia Tech - Soaking the fans
BLACKSBURG - The south end-zone addition is only the first part of Virginia Tech's planned makeover to Lane Stadium. When the makeover is completed, many fans will find themselves in different seats.
The Board of Visitors will decide this month whether to expand the west side - the press-box side - of the stadium. Athletic director Jim Weaver said he hopes the addition will be finished in 2005, at which time Tech will reassign all the seats in the stadium to reward generous donors.
West Virginia - Sloppy Practices
As practice ended Monday morning for West Virginia's football team, coach Rich Rodriguez was far from happy. He kept his quarterbacks and wide receivers on the field running routes and his running backs ran cross-field sprints with the football.
Gazette Online - WVU notebook
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. "You find out what things guys have retained pretty well from a practice standpoint," Hofher said. "We didn't create a whole lot of unusual situations and that was by choice because you have to start with first things first."
Buffalo News - In scrimmage, Hofher sees positives that Bulls can run with
Basketball - Trash talking
"I say anything. I'll even make something up," Irick said. "But sometimes it works, and sometimes when you talk, you come out of your game and don't perform as well. If they start talking to me, that's when I start talking back. It gets me hyped, and I get into my zone, but it's still not good."
NorthJersey.com - Basketball
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