At the campuses at Lehigh and Lafayette, and the communities that surround them, there is a void in the third week in November, that most are trying to fill with virtual Rivalry activities and hope for a spring football season, making it not a cancelling of The Rivalry, but merely a delay to contest the game when it’s safer to have a more normal gameday experience.
WEEKEND PREVIEW: New Faces Atop Big 12 Standings: Week of 10/10/2020
The usual cast of characters atop the Big 12 Conference leader board finds themselves looking up, not only to foes, but at foes not normally perched atop the league standings.
Lehigh Pausing Practices And Training For Athletics Due To Concerns About Positive COVID Tests
On Tuesday, Lehigh University temporarily suspended training and practices for all sports programs after several Lehigh students tested positive for the coronavirus.
Highlights And Recaps of ACC Games, Week of 9/13/2020
The 2020 college football season opened for eleven Atlantic Coast Conference teams last week. Miami opened the week with an impressive 31-14 win over UAB while Pittsburgh and Louisville also handled their non-conference foes. The Panthers defeated Austin Peay and the Cardinals used a big second quarter on the way to a win over Western […]
COULSON: Power Rushing Closes Out Appalachian State’s 35-20 Win Over Charlotte
As Clark manned the sidelines at Kidd Brewer Stadium Saturday for the first time as the Mountaineers’ head coach, he drew from his football DNA to direct App State to its 35-20 victory over Charlotte in the 2020 season opener for both teams.
GAME PREVIEW: UAB at Miami (FL)
The college football season continues to get underway as UAB travels to south Florida on Thursday to take on Miami.
Lehigh Football: In Fall Like No Other, Head Coach Tom Gilmore And Staff Use Time To “Fuel The Desire To Play”
For months, fans, players, and Lehigh football head coach Tom Gilmore knew that this game wasn’t going to happen on this day. But Gilmore is trying to make the best of a difficult situation.
Five Burning Questions I Have About A Spring Football Season For the Patriot League
I have five burning questions on the issue that might help to give clarity on what a spring season for the Patriot League might look like.
GAME PREVIEW: GUARDIAN FCS KICKOFF CLASSIC
This game between Austin Peay and Central Arkansas was supposed to kick off another exciting season of FCS football. These are two teams who won their conferences in 2019.
OPINION: Despite The Risks, The FCS Kickoff Game Is Going To Happen This Saturday
On August 29th, 2020, the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff will be kicking off in Montgomery, Alabama, despite the risks of doing so.
Rethinking Division I Football: Making A Three Tiered System
How do we organize these programs in a way that is enticing for them, without breaking the proverbial bank while also creating a potentially better G5 product overall as well?
The FCS Should Now Try To Play A Modified Season in the Spring. Here’s How You Do It.
Playing a radically shortened season of six “regular-season” games would allow for most teams to only have a season that is marginally longer than what they would do for spring practices. And from those games, it is possible to come up with an FCS Championship.
OPINION: Please Stop This Madness, NCAA Board of Governors, And Cancel Fall Championships For 2020
Despite the bungling and mismanagement of the NCAA, President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors, they still have one final chance to get on the right side of history and submit to reality.
OPINION: Shutting Out FCS Schools from P5 Schedules? Here We Go Again
It seems like nationally, college football people really don’t seem to have any idea about the talent, passion, and tradition that goes on at FCS schools, or what makes them the ideal out-of-conference opponents.
Longtime Coach, Administrator Roy Kramer Among Hall of Fame Candidates
Roy Kramer’s career can best be summed up in segments of about 12 years, and each coincides with the growth of football at the high school and collegiate level all across the nation.
Women’s Basketball Pioneer to be Honored at Murray State
Jackie Mounts will soon take her rightful spot among the legends at Murray State University when she is inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame. Ceremonies are scheduled to take place on Nov. 13.
OPINION: No, David Pollack. FCS Football Is Right Where It Should Be.
On July 21st, 2020, when David Pollack went on air to suggest that FCS football should permanently become spring football, I cringed.
Tennessee State Defensive Coordinator Justin Roberts Has A Passion For Strength and Conditioning
CSJ’s David Mays caught up with Tennessee State defensive coordinator Justin Roberts to talk Tigers football, strength and conditioning, and coaching in Nashville.
OPINION: Patriot League Fall Sports Cancellation The Right Thing to Do, But A Terrible (Rivalry) Loss For the Community
Hope is not a strategy, and the truth is any form of national strategy has failed in an effort to have college football this fall. In a community like the Lehigh Valley, it’s a crushing loss to the coronavirus.
What Will It Take For Teams Outside the “Big Three” FCS Conferences To Become Title Contenders?
How do teams outside the FCS “Big Three” conferences take that final step to become national championship contenders, and how do these conferences gain national respect?
Jacksonville State Director of Athletics Greg Seitz: “Our Situation is No Different than Most Schools Across the Country”
CSJ’s David Mays caught up with Jacksonville State’s Athletic Director Greg Seitz just before a very eventful week on college athletics.
OPINION: Lack Of Leadership Everywhere Is Why We Won’t Have College Football In The Fall
Anyone who wants to know why we won’t have college football this fall ought to sit in on their local school board meeting to understand exactly why.
ANALYSIS: As Ivy League Contemplates Moving to Spring, NCAA Needs to Clarify Whether An FCS Championship Will Happen
The Patriot League’s dilemmas, whether the rest of FCS admits it or not, is the FCS’ dilemmas. And as we inch closer to an alleged 2020 college football season, the NCAA needs to make some things very clear before a huge mess happens.
Sam Houston State Offensive Coordinator Ryan Carty Reflects On Working With FCS Greats
CSJ’s David Mays caught up with Sam Houston State offensive coordinator Ryan Carty to talk Bearcats football, CAA football, and a journey that took him from the East coast to the epicenter of Texas football.
It’s now or never for the MEAC
Bethune-Cookman announced late Thursday that it will join the SWAC beginning in 2021 in a unanimous vote by the B-CU board of trustees, ending the affiliation it had with the MEAC since 1979.
Incoming Gardner-Webb CB Christian Miller Has the “Dawg” In Him
Our David Mays caught up with Gardner-Webb CB Christian Miller to see what the incoming Runnin’ Bulldog signee is all about.
OPINION: Let’s Stop Pretending College Football Will Start On Time
The writing has been on the wall for months, but many seem unable or unwilling to accept what is now reality. The college football season will not be starting on time, if it happens at all.
Ivy League Football Plans Would Leave Huge Gaps In FCS Football Schedules
If these are the only two plans that are actively being considered by the Ivy League, it means that, effectively, all out-of-conference games involving Ivy League opponents are cancelled for the fall.
Patriot League Executive Director Jennifer Heppel: “This is how we envision to be the best way to do it at this moment in time”
The challenges of reopening fall sports is still very considerable, to put it mildly, but the Patriot League president’s statement seemed to move the conversation forward as to what fall sports might realistically look like.
Patriot League Council of Presidents Announces Guidance On Fall Competition, Including Travel, Preseason Camp Restrictions
The Patriot League Office announced on Monday guidance regarding the 2020 fall competition, a list of principles to “guide the development of a Patriot League 2020 Athletics Plan.”
Once You Start Believing In Pure Imagination, College Football’s Handling of Covid-19 Makes Perfect Sense
The only possible explanation as to why college football has undertaken such a fairy-tale response to this pandemic is that Willy Wonka is running this show for the NCAA and the schools of the Power Five.
Weber State TE Logan Strom Hopes To Follow The Antonio Gates Path To Becoming A Starter
New Weber State TE Logan Strom has taken a very interesting route to the Wildcat football program. The former two-sport Norfolk High school (NE) standout has been to several different programs in basketball before deciding recently to head to Ogden, Utah as a prospective TE. Our David Mays caught up with Logan.
Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrcill: “The Biggest Challenge Is The Unknown”
This week, CSJ’s David Mays got a hold of Big Sky commissioner Tom Wistrcill and talked to him about the future of the conference, how the schools of the conference are navigating through a Covid-19 world, and his thoughts about FCS.
Colgate Head Coach Dan Hunt gives an update on Raider Football and gets insightful about current events!
This week, CSJ’s David Mays got a hold of Colgate head football coach Dan Hunt and got his opinion on the most important topic of 2020 – crunchy, or creamy peanut butter? Along the way he also talked about the state of the Colgate football program and the unprecedented challenges of this offseason.
2020 College Sports Journal FCS Preseason All-America Team Announced
Sixty student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football’s Championship Subdivision have been named to the 2020 College Sports Journal Preseason FCS All-America Team.
2020 College Sports Journal FCS Preseason Top 25 Announced
Of our preseason poll last year, only 6 of the top 10 teams made the playoffs. 13 of the full 25 played past Thanksgiving. Its 2020, the year of complete chaos.
College Sports Journal 2020 Group of Five Preseason Top 25 Rankings
College Sports Journal announces the preseason Top 25 rankings in the Group of Five schools for the 2020 season.
2020 College Sports Journal Group of Five Super Seventy Preseason All-American Team
Seventy student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football’s Group of Five FBS Conferences have been named to the 2020 College Sports Journal G5 All-America Team. As a reminder, the Group of Five FBS conferences include the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC), Mountain West Conference (MWC), and the Sun Belt Conference […]
UT-Martin Standout Among OVC Players Looking at NBA
Parker Stewart made a name for himself in a short time at Tennessee-Martin. Now, he is hoping to hear his name called to play at the next level.
CSJ Roundtable: The Great Debate About Reopening College Sports In The Fall
During an ordinary offseason, during an ordinary May, the writers here at College Sports Journal would be in the middle of looking over 2020 fall rosters and doing football team evaluations for the upcoming year. But this isn’t an ordinary offseason by any definition.
Middle Tennessee’s Hayes Earns National Recognition
Despite the cancellation of several conference tournaments and the annual NCAA Tournament, Middle Tennessee State will be taking a much more optimistic approach to the start of the 2020-21 season.
Tennessee State’s Simmons Selected by Chicago Bears in NFL Draft, Leading OVC’s NFL Class
It was a nerve-wracking three days, but in the end the result was worth the wait.
OPINION: Hey NFL, Draft HBCU Players (so they can get paid)
Once upon a time, HBCUs were the place to draft NFL talent. But that hasn’t been the case lately.
Lehigh Football: Technology Allows Team Navigate Unique Stay-At-Home Spring Season
Lehigh head coach Tom Gilmore will be the first person to tell you that he’d prefer to have a regular spring assessment season for his football team.
How Could A 2020 College Football Season Happen?
Though it might not be the time to make definitive plans to tailgate at Michigan/Ohio State this November, the latest news on mitigation strategies for COVID-19 inform potential strategies on trying to form answers some of the big questions still out there.
How To Have A Late College Football Season In A COVID-19 World
In the past, college football has survived through outbreaks of disease and mass disruptions, and how the sport handled those circumstances provide a possible roadmap to a late post-COVID-19 football season. Looking to the past, how could we adapt that to today?
Unprecedented: Inside the Patriot League Perspective On Decisions To Suspend Competition In Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic
It was the weekend of March 8th where a slew of institutional decisions were made that really put Ms. Heppel on high alert.
Lehigh Football: Tom Gilmore: “These decisions are unprecedented in response to unprecedented circumstances.”
It was an historic week that nobody could have foreseen.
BOXTOROW: FAMU is No. 1 in BOXTOROW HBCU Recruiting Rankings
This is the 14th year of BOXTOROW’s Top 10 HBCU FCS Recruiting Class Rankings. Recruiting at HBCUs has really stepped up, to the point that HBCUs are regularly landing recruits that would go to small to mid-sized FBS programs.
OPINION: Watch Out, North Dakota State: The Big 10 Is Coming For Your Trey Lance With Their Proposed One Time Transfer Rule
If the Big 10 and the Power 5 have their way, however, the Trey Lance’s of the world won’t be sticking around at FCS schools like North Dakota State for very long.