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  1. 5 points
    I changed mine to read "Greatness Lived Here" weeks ago.
  2. 5 points
    They had the longest winning streak in the country until tonight. The way I look at it. Albany beats Morgan State - Morgan State beat North Carolina A+T - North Carolina A+T beat ECU - ECU beat North Carolina - North Carolina just beat Pitt. That means, we're better than Pitt. Simple.
  3. 4 points
    The Admin can promote UA being a football school but the reality is that has meant resources ($) taken away from other programs to support a flailing one, because we're a football school now... 🙄 I do agree though this is a bball thread.. 😁 so back to bball....can't wait!
  4. 4 points
    Guys. Why are we fighting? We’re all in this together. Don’t be like the rest of the world right now. This should be a safe, enjoyable space to root and discuss, not to belittle and tear down. We see enough of that elsewhere. We all want the same thing. UA Victories in all sports. Let’s act like it. Full stop.
  5. 4 points
    Credit, where credit is due: VT NFL QB rating against SFSU was 119.79.
  6. 4 points
    Nice adjustment by the d coordinator to put the linebacker #31 as an edge rusher on 3rd downs. He's gotten pressure a couple times already and a sack just now.
  7. 3 points
    Not if you tailgate from 4-7 PM (OK, not to flaunt the Benson rules 4-6:45 PM)
  8. 3 points
    I had the chance to check in with Coach Marr before the Hill Academy scrimmage to talk about Fall Ball and more: http://capitaldistrictlax.com/2018/10/11/2018-ualbany-fall-ball-check-in-with-scott-marr/
  9. 3 points
    With all our appearances in NCAA MW BB, MW LACROSSE, Volleyball, Golf, Softball, Baseball, Field Hockey and no post season appearances in football how can we be called a "football school"? We have had season tickets for years and support the football program BUT we must support the Stanford model to excel in all sports!!!!!!!!!
  10. 3 points
    Wow. I left the house it was 22-10 and then Click texts me that they lost. Wow. What a disaster. For all of those who harped on my/our negativity...I/WE TOLD YOU SO! I will no longer schedule life around UA football season. Don't know how many games I'll bother attending but knowing me, I'm a sucker and will still probably suffer through the rest of this lost season. Gattuso needs to be fired. All there is too it.
  11. 3 points
    You are not wrong. Last year it felt like a disappointment. This year it will feel like an achievement.
  12. 3 points
    For your consideration: can Gattuso outcoach BYE?
  13. 3 points
    Ahmad Clark was a high school teammate of 76ers Markelle Fultz. Looking at the pictures on twitter, the whole staff and team was at the game. Really good moment for the program.
  14. 3 points
    I see Peter's team, Melbourne, is playing the Philadelphia 76er's tonight in an exhibition game. It will be shown on tape delay at 5am tomorrow morning on NBA TV if anyone is interested. Last season he avg 8 min per game so hopefully he will play more this year.
  15. 3 points
    They are working hard on PF, official coming in second week of October.
  16. 3 points
    Boom! And it's Trey Hutcheson from Iowa!
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    From the local paper https://buffalonews.com/2018/09/25/national-lacrosse-league-draft-2018-connor-fields/ Such a leader and great teammate. He will be sorely missed.
  19. 3 points
    Let's hire a real coach and find out... To soon to throw in towel.
  20. 3 points
    This area couldn't support the AA Yankees with Jeter, Petite, Williams, and Posada on the team. They didn't get attendance because Heritage park sucked balls. When a big name major leaguer played a rehab start there the place sold out and had people sitting in the field going over capacity. The AHL couldn't get 3k per game at the TUC, but a preseason NHL game sold out. Preseason NBA games at the TUC sold out. With small name concerts, good tickets can be had up until show time. Bring Billy Joel, Metallica, DMB, or the Rolling Stones and they sell out in minutes. This area is too close to big time events for the gen pop to care about mid or low level events. It's just the way it is. We play against UVM at home last year and didn't sell out SEFCU. We play against North Carolina in LAX and set a NCAA LAX attendance record. The people and money are here. The school needs marketing to make sure people know the programs are good (my boss in Syracuse, that is a sports fan, didn't even know the programs were D1), we need to win, and we need big name opponents. If we had that, we could support and fill the arena and Stadium. Without it, we will just waddle around having fans complain about no attendance and no love.
  21. 3 points
    OMG...so much you are wrong on here. And for clarity, to save the rant: 1) He coached a QB who was in the NFL; 2) He led Shippensburg to one of the best offenses in the country. They would be a mid-tier FCS school. 3) More to the point, he led Northern Iowa's offense to a quarterfinal. One of the best offenses in the land that year...with a tremendous ground game. Hmmmm....what as Duquense known for when we played them in the NEC / PFL days- the air game. What did we get last week- the air game. Math.Logic.Reasoning.
  22. 2 points
    Well, here's my comment on the tweet: 1) If this is the most talented team we've had...we are still not recruiting talented enough kids (I am not so sure this is the case, to be frank). Because our "most talented" CAA team is barely squeaking by bad NEC and MEAC teams. 2) If this is the most talented team we've had...then clearly, it's a coaching problem since the kids aren't getting everything out of their god-given talents. In either event, it is time to move on from this staff.
  23. 2 points
    Your LCC symbol looks funny 😋 Right now with the series tied at 1, there is a good chance that I would go to the game either team could win rather than the one your guys predetermined the outcome of
  24. 2 points
    So if there is a MLB playoff game that day , I should go to that instead ?
  25. 2 points
    Pretty much agree with above; other than I thought at least offensively, Miller was the best player on the court. Agree, Clark much improved and much more in control; but still needs to improve his shooting %age. French though slight of frame was a rebounding machine and nice touch around the basket. Dare I say it: "This team is going to be DEEP"; especially if the some/most of the injured players come back and also are as good as advertised. {heard Rizzuto is almost ready and I overheard Flory tell a fan he is NOT redshirting [unofficial of course]}
  26. 2 points
    Was at the practice, and I know some of you wanted an update, so I will give me honest opinion. Thought the team played well. Definitely improved as practice went on. Brown is coaching hard and really trying to teach this team. Rizzuto- did not practice, was in sweats. De Sousa- played well. Needs to get stronger and make better decisions but overall I was impressed. Clark- Much improved. Much more in control. Really looked good and looks like will take a big step forward. Miller- did not stand out. Made a couple of nice defensive plays and always was in the right postion . Brooks- looked good offensively. Defense needs to improve but he is working hard. Hanks- Raw , but I think showed promise. Working hard to improve. Healy- LOVED what I saw out of him . The redshirt year did wonders for his body. Hit several 3's . Worked in control with and without the ball. Campbell- well he was campbell. Nothing more or less. U guys decide on that. Lulka- again LOVED his play. Under control. Hit a couple of 3's. Looking great. Jerotic - looked a little behind but could develop into a nice player. French - hit a couple of open shots. Had a couple of nice post moved that did not go in but ultimately can def help the team. Lauderdale- was impressed. But seemed out of gas a couple of times. Out of control a little as well at times, but overall looked like a men among boys. Fruscio- played hard as always. Vocal.
  27. 2 points
    Count me in. That was deplorable. Penalties and all. To think I watched this $iena show on my vacation in San Fran / Napa. Eff this staff.
  28. 2 points
    Going to send this to Gattuso, just to help out.
  29. 2 points
    Speaking of Adding insult to injury. I think the following is an absolute disgrace. Hosting a NATIONAL Lacrosse Tournament and Charity Event and NOT putting your best foot forward: from UAlbanySports.com: ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s lacrosse program will be hosting the HEADstrong Foundation’s Nick Colleluori Men’s Lacrosse Albany Classic on Saturday, Oct. 13, on the grass fields adjacent to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. "In addition to the Great Danes, the four-team tournament includes Johns Hopkins, Vermont and Army. UAlbany will face Johns Hopkins at 11 a.m. and Army at 1 p.m. In other games, Army faces Vermont at 11 a.m., and John Hopkins faces Vermont at 1 p.m. In lieu of admission, a suggested donation of $5 to the HEADstrong Foundation will be requested at the gate. Parking is available in the Dutch Lot for $10." This seems to say that neither Casey (Bob Ford Field) nor Fallon Fields will be used. I think if true, it puts UA in a BAD light in our first time HOSTING a "HeadStong Tournament." I know there is a "minor league" football game @ Casey @7pm. There is plenty of time after the lacrosse tournament to get Casey ready for foosb@ll. I am not sure where Fallon is with rehab and do not know if it is playable; but THERE IS NO EXCUSE not to use Bob Ford Field for lacrosse tournament & CHARITY EVENT. Add me firmly behind BENSON MUST GO!
  30. 2 points
    Brief report on Hill game. For anyone thinking UA was playing a high school team; Hill is a top notch prep school, probably the best in Canada for lacrosse. It's coach Brodie Merrill is a legend in lacrosse & I believe a former Tewarton winner. Some of the players are high school age; but most are post high school and equivalent to college freshman. Scott Marr's son who we will see Saturday with John Hopkins played a year @ Hill. Anyhow, I though UA pretty much out played Hill in every facet last night. I had the score something like 16/17 to 8. UA played pretty much everyone and rotated and mixed lines both offensively and defensively pretty much every series. Last years returnees played the least (many hardly at all) as freshman and sophomores got most of the minutes; especially on attack and midfield. With so much rotation it was hard to tell if the lines were fixed and who were paired with who. UA's passing at times was sloppy maybe because players were not always paired with familiar lines and UA was NOT very good with ground balls. Most of Hill's scores were a result of these issues in my thoughts; and UA would have even scored more with a little better passing and doing a better job of picking ground balls. But overall I was very impressed with UA's performance. #9(McComber), #25 (???????), #22 (????????) were freshman offensively who stood out; and #43(Tanner Hay) played good D and got some minutes @ LSM on the face-off wing. Many of the sophomores who saw limited action last year also stood out; and #8 (McGrath) and #12 (Brown) a JR. & SR. with limited minutes in the past look awfully GOOD to me. It will be interesting to see how this group does against Hopkins and Army this weekend.
  31. 2 points
    Semantics... Not sure which is worse the fact that he has a walk-on who as you said he didn't recruit starting or the fact that in year 5 the kid that dragged/invited himself to the team is starting. What does it say about gattusos recruiting? Don't answer... We all know! We watch it (this team) flop around like a dead fish every Saturday for 3 hours. Not only does this team overall have poor talent which is a direct reflection of the $ienaty recruiter Gattuso and his staff are but apparently they are also poorly coached that in week 5 they are pulling up the rear in penalties. It's a mess... Everywhere and at every level. #patsoswithafootball
  32. 2 points
    I made a rather insensitive comment on the AE board about not caring about any sports other than Basketball, LAX, and football because those are the ones that will gain national attention and increase the value of a UA degree, but I agree with Oldtimer, please dont call us a football school. Unless we are fully committed to becoming a FBS power, instead of being a FCS loser, we cant be a football school. Put money and resources into the programs that can and do win.
  33. 2 points
    This loss absolutely ruined my night on Saturday. A big reason why my night was ruined because I throw a huge tailgate party on HC every season (you are all invited...will post details) and was planning on being 4-2. I finally got the courage to look at the news articles this morning. I was too sick to even come to Big Purple Fans. Wow, with 6 minutes left they had the lead and couldn't close the deal. PLAY DEFENSE !!! Hate to say it but I have joined Click's camp, and I don't just mean the staff. Wholesale changes from the top down. Contrary to what I have read it wont hurt recruiting, scholarships offered by a proven winner like the guy at Elon or just look to Rhode Island. Both teams were doormats and in two years they are both outstanding teams. Maybe someone reach out to Fleming for an upgraded job offer. For those who think they will scrap football and put the monies towards other sport you are delusional. They will get this fixed. They didn't spend the kind of money on a stadium to field an NEC team. Shame on the school for not getting Ford this facility 15 years ago, we would be in the playoffs every year. I wont be as harsh or vocal but clearly our secondary is beyond horrific, 22 points is enough to win. Hate to say it poster's but I will only post one more time for the sake of my tailgate party as to the where's and when's but I am done until next season. Best
  34. 2 points
    Football, the move to the CAA and the stadium is what drew me back closer to the university. I’ve always followed basketball, but watch on TV for the most part. Lax is TV and in person. If I lived close to Albany I might go to BB games, but it’s much less expensive and more convenient to stay hone and watch on tv. Why do we have to be. BB or football school? We have a choice unlike a certain local D1 place.
  35. 2 points
    Football School? God I hope that isn't the direction they want to go. I'm a season ticket holder, and I follow the team, but if they cut the football program altogether tomorrow I wouldn't be even slightly disappointed. Basketball is the path to building a national name. We are at least a decade from becoming even a fledgling FBS program in football. If the school doesn't plan on going hard at upgrading to FBS, then I am not sure we can be a football school. No one cares about FCS. Basketball has at the worst a 1:9 chance of making March Madness every year - probably more like 1:3 since more than half the league sucks. This is where the name will be made. (I am thinking the odds are: UVM 1:3, UA 1:3, Other 7 Schools combined 1:3). We have 0% chance of making the FCS playoffs much less a bowl game in the next 5 years. Mid-Majors have a few Cinderellas every season. Bring on the hoops!
  36. 2 points
    I was wondering why I’m down in the dumps. My college team is essentially done for the year barring some sort of miracle transformation. My pro team is likewise situated. All this only one week into October. Football....bah humbug!
  37. 2 points
    Benson needs to take a hard look at himself. He's to blame in big part for this mess. In fact he's delivered very little as an ad... No new arena, title 9 issues and lawsuit and now this. The pres needs to take a hard look of he's the man for the job. No one should be safe after that extension.
  38. 2 points
    It's so subpar that it's putting me to sleep. It's embarrassing that this is the product we put on the field. Most of Ford's squads would have crushed this team.
  39. 2 points
    Team is not very good...and a lot is coaching. W&M is just a bad football team. We have a paper schedule...and we are struggling. Albany is NOT a good football team.
  40. 2 points
    Day made- Stire has played. What a Great Dane. Played two DI sports...and started out with, I believe ZERO scholarship offers but Albany. Talk about making your own path.
  41. 2 points
    Since going D1 in 1999-2000, we are 300-293 (50.6%). Since 1999-2000, they are 326-292 (52.75%). If we start counting from when UA officially 'arrived' (when we won our first championship - which for them is all of the Fran years to present), it's as follows: UA 250-175 (58.8%), LCC 224-202 (52.6%).
  42. 2 points
    Congrats to staff... We have our first 19 commitment.
  43. 2 points
    Getting back to what's important. Update from Inside Lacrosse: Saturday, Oct. 13 HEADstrong at UAlbany Army, Johns Hopkins, Albany and Vermont
  44. 2 points
    Nothing has changed per se. But neither the community, nor the student body support UA athletics to the extent that the appropriate facilities are consistently near or at capacity {except possibly lacrosse, where gold seats at least are always sold out or nearly so.} We STILL have a Title IX penalty hanging over our heads. So what I am saying, is UA needs to take a serious look at how they allocate resources to which sports and do a cost/benefit analysis. I certainly have no power to instigate such an activity; but at some point the Title IX issue is going to rear its ugly head. I expect/hope such a review is already going on and wish it would be more open. The community (us on this blog particularly but not exclusively), students, and local businesses and politicians should all have input. Instead everything seems to occur behind closed doors with little or no communications. Not a good policy if you are trying to increase attendances and DONATIONS. As for the particular issue I brought up about leaving the caa; while I agree with you 100% we probably DO need a new coach; I still do not see how the caa has advanced attendance, donations, or University perception. While many have made some valid points that leaving the caa would not save us anything, I would like/hope the powers to be and those really in the KNOW would include this in a cost/benefit/resource allocation analysis.
  45. 2 points
    I've posted this before in attendance threads, and people have disagreed with me, but it goes with the ALL IN comment above. Capital District sports fans are snobs. We have the disposable income and population to support going all-in and moving up, not down. BUT because of our proximity to NYC, Boston, Montreal, Syracuse, even Buffalo, no one is attending mid level sports. Even $iena basketball attendance is pathetic for what our region has to offer. While I am 100% against moving down, the school is definitely nearing a crossroads. Either admit that we don't have the resources needed to improve and grow into a bigger program and be happy with what we have, or start making the pushes needed to continue growing to get to FBS in football and a better conference in basketball. Without those things happening we will continue to struggle to fill the stadium and arena. Time to choose... Chicken or the egg.
  46. 2 points
    Not slamming...but fact. The NE Conference now offers 45 on book scholarships and they offer the full allowable 63 scholarships by allowing grant-in-aids. This is how they've become counters for FBS schools and why they are now on FBS schedules. To compete in the NEC, we'd have the same scholarship expenditures. It would save us ZERO dollars and would actually bring in less revenue when your home slate consists of NEC schools that have nothing in common with Albany, and aren't name schools. It's probably one of the worst ideas imaginable. Our issue with the football team isn't finances or facilities (other than the lockerrooms, which are abysmal, and the general athletic department need for a practice facility). We spend a TON on football (almost $5 million). Our issue is that Mark Benson made a poor hire for the HC. Period. The staff is just not doing their jobs. I really don't see the money flowing in on fundraising. In fact, I've heard VERY strong stories that the Casey gift was not a Benson led operation. I trust those sources without hesitation. Prime example: My name is on that donor list at Casey Stadium. Ask me if I've received ONE call from the Athletic Department to donate again since Benson has taken over. (I think you can surmise the answer).
  47. 2 points
    VT had a much better outing this week. Key has to continue to be to get the ball into our playmaker's hands because we are going to have to score 35-42 points every week to be competitive in league games.
  48. 2 points
    True...but maybe not so much. Gattuso said that he wanted to set the offensive game plan after our loss to Rhode Island. That takes away some control from the OC. Now, whether that happened or not, we will never know.
  49. 2 points
    Same time as Albany football and dollars to $iena. No way to that
  50. 2 points
    Volleyball to add to our "Cup" total points Sunday 2pm. BE THERE TO CHEER THEM ON!