September 18, 2012 - 1:12 PM
Just a reminder that I'll be doing the weekly UB/MAC football chat at 2 today. . . . dicesare
September 17, 2012 - 3:01 PM
With a win over No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater, Buffalo State earned its first national ranking in 12 years Monday afternoon.
The Bengals were ranked No. 19 in the D3Football.com poll and No. 24 in the American Football Coaches Association national poll. The last time Buffalo State was ranked was 2000.
Buffalo State ended UW-Whitewater's 46-game winning streak with a 7-6 win on Saturday. It was the first time a non-ranked team had ever defeated a No. 1 team during a regular season game
After the game, the Bengals boarded the bus for an 11-hour ride from Wisconsin to Buffalo. How did the Bengals pass the time?
"The first three or four hours everyone was singing the whole time," quarterback and former Sweet Home standout Casey Kacz said. "We have what’s called “Bengal Idol” which is like "American Idol" and everyone has to sing a song. Everyone kept singing the whole four hours then we slept a little at the end."
Before he even boarded the bus, Kacz had over 40 text messages. His Facebook page contained posts from friends he hadn't talked to in years. And for the first time in forever, there's a buzz on campus about the football team.
"I know Buff States history in the 90s was really good but then for a while in the 2000s it wasn’t very good," Kacz said. "Since I’ve been here this is the most excited people have been about Buff State football and it feels really good. Everyone loves playing in front of fans. Everyone likes to be appreciated. Just hearing people on campus talk about what a great win the football team had is really important to all of us."
You can read more about how Buffalo State moves forward from its historic win in Wedneday's edition of The Buffalo News. And you can chat about it, and other topics of college sports, on our weekly chat at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
--- Amy Moritz
Photo of Casey Kacz from Buffalo State Athletics
September 17, 2012 - 1:58 PM
Junior wide receiver Fred Lee is participating fully in practice and will start Wednesday night in UB’s MAC opener against Kent State.
Lee missed the Morgan State game two weeks ago with an undisclosed injury, but Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said today Lee will play on Wednesday.
“We’ve done a really good job at bringing him along but it’s a physical game and Fred is a tough guy,’’ Quinn said. “He wanted to play [against Morgan State] but I told him I think it’s best to get someone else in there and that I want him at 100percent. He respected that and has been a tremendous leader.’’
Lee started in the season opener against Georgia and finished with two receptions for 13 yards. There are no other injuries to report.
On the depth chart, perhaps looking to spark the much-maligned secondary, senior Isaac Baugh moves from outside linebacker to strong safety in place of junior Okoye Houston, who is now behind Baugh on the depth chart. Dalonte Wallace, who finished with six tackles and a sack against Morgan State, will start at outside linebacker.
On offense, junior Brandon Murie is now the backup at tailback behind Bo Oliver with sophomore James Potts out for the season with a torn ACL.
September 17, 2012 - 11:55 AM
While the national media debates what Notre Dame's move to ACC means and millions of dollars of conference buyouts are discussed, there's a hot story brewing in the Northeast about Boston University and America East.
BU is moving to the Patriot League next academic year. The Terriors will continue to play in the American East this year. But the conference, in line with its bylaws, has declared BU ineligible for conference post-season play. What does this mean? The only way a BU team can make the NCAA tournament, in any sport, is through an at-large bid. (Folks, America East doesn't get at-large bids.)
In constrast, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which will lose Loyola to the Patriot League next year, is letting the program play as a full member, post-season tournaments and all.
For a great read on the topic, check out Pete Iorizzo's column in the Albany Times-Union. The money line comes from the parent of a BU student-athlete who has turned away from her anger into making the best of an unfair situation: "Sometimes, you don't win the trophy. We want to give everyone a ribbon, but you know what? Not everyone always gets a ribbon."
--- Amy Moritz
September 17, 2012 - 10:45 AM
Last week's announcement that Notre Dame was leaving the Big East (excuse me, brand name is BIG EAST) for the ACC in all sports but football fueled many commentaries in the cyberworld. But my favorite came from Rebecca Lobo.
It's not just that Lobo is a former UConn women's basketball player who helped put the Huskies on the map and went a long way toward making her sport relevant in the national sporting landscape. Now well established in her career as a commentator for ESPN, Lobo has seen the Notre Dame-UConn rivalry flourish into one which divides even her household at times. (Go ahead and ask her children where superheroes come from. Apparently, they're born in South Bend, Indiana.) And while she loves a good basketball game, Lobo likes the rivarly part even better.
"More than the terrific matchups between the women's basketball programs, I'll miss the trash talk," she wrote in her piece on ESPN. You can't argue when the trash talk comes from your 3- and 7-year olds.
--- Amy Moritz
September 17, 2012 - 9:05 AM
In case you missed it this weekend, the Buffalo State football team upset top-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-6, on Saturday. Understand this was more than just the Bengals knocking off the No. 1 team in the country, a feat difficult to do at any level in any sport, let alone football where sneaking off with a win is more difficult than say, basketball or hockey. UW-Whitewater had won the last three national championships. The program had won 46-straight games and had won 30 straight at home.
The biggest issue if you're on the UW-Whitewater side of the ball isn't the fact that you lost, but how you go about your business this week. From the above linked Wisconsin State Journal story:
“We have some guys in this program who have never practiced after a loss,” said Whitewater coach Lance Leipold, whose team's 30-game home winning streak was also snapped. “But I’m confident in the kids we have here, that they’re going to work hard and accept the challenge.”
--- Amy Moritz
September 16, 2012 - 6:00 AM
Here is a video link for the key hook-and-ladder and the TD toss by Casey Kacz on the game-winning drive in Buffalo State's 7-6 victory Saturday at three-time defending national Division III champion Wisconsin-Whitewater, which had a 46-game winning coach.
This is from Buffalo State Athletics' website. We thank them for their support.
September 13, 2012 - 12:59 PM
The Bulls are off today as they adjust their schedule for Wednesday's MAC opener against visiting Kent State.
James Potts attended practice Wednesday with his knee wrapped and iced. Again, as I tweeted Wednesday, Potts said the knee tightened on an earlier kickoff return. He's looking at surgery for a torn ACL and is done for the season.
WR Fred Lee practiced on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the Morgan State game. Coach Jeff Quinn said they might limit Lee until Monday as a precaution. Still not sure what ails him but the Bulls have yet to establish a No. 2 threat at wideout. Alex Neutz has 10 catches for 206 yards with 5 TDs and a long of 34. The rest of the receiving corps, excluding TEs, has five catches for 54 yards and no TDs with a long of 24 (Rudy Johnson). Lee's expected to be No. 2 and they'll need him against Kent.
TEs had three catches vs. Morgan State and are up to nine through two games, just two shy of last year's season total.
Kent State lost SR starting CB Norman Wolfe (arm fracture) in the loss to Kentucky.
-- Bob DiCesare
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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.
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