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  1. For your consideration: can Gattuso outcoach BYE?
  2. Heard just some of Gattuso on the radio today, praising Stark's punting and placekicking. Said VT had had a terrific week of practice, and Morgan St should've been vulnerable to the deep pass (single coverage with a big pass rush) but VT just had off day, maybe nerves with a home crowd. He was going to give him a mulligan. Didn't hear him mention defense. He said St Francis has a good defense, their HC Chris Villarial was twice All-Pro Offensive Lineman in eleven seasons with the Bears and Bills Then at 6:30 Wyland said VT was banged up and Brunson was practicing with the first team.
  3. No 2013 - “8500” - Stadium opener 2014 - 6748 2015 - 6081 2016 - 8040 after the Buffalo win and a romp over URI 2017 - 6384 2018 - 6503 cant remember weather or other possible factors
  4. The NEC now allows 45 scholarships plus 18 need-based. St Fran went 70 yards in 4 minutes to take a 27-23 lead over Richmond with 1:12 left before losing. They have a RB who was knocking tacklers backward. Should still win but these aren’t your father’s Frankies.
  5. Fleming did the same kind of job at Sacred Heart as he’s doing at URI, they were terrible and won the NEC title within two years
  6. Home opener T-U Ibitokun-Hanks wanted the scout defense to play harder. Coaches want to get him more involved in the offense. Gattuso said he feels his defenders are overthinking matters and not reacting as fast as they can. Stire is expected to play. T-U UAlbany football needs win in home opener - Gazette
  7. From the web site "Tailgating must discontinue 15 minutes prior to the start of the event or contest, there is no tailgating allowed while the event or contest is underway, and tailgating lots must be cleaned and fully vacated 90 minutes following the conclusion of the event " Does this mean they'll be watching for a quick run to the parking lot during halftime?
  8. 2018/2019 Schedule

    Will Brown to be on Wyland's radio show today at 10:30, 104.5 FM. Probably mostly promoting Coaches vs. Cancer Team talk starts about eleven minutes in. Two surgeries so far, possibly a third (no names), happy with our talent, not with our lack of experience, Hank has dropped from 285 to 270 and should be ready for the WWE in a couple of years. "Depth is overrated." Campbell has been showing real leadership.
  9. Title IX violations

    Feds: UAlbany athletics in violation of Title IX Lack of comparable opportunities for women; no fines, agreement for a three-year plan to increase ops
  10. UAlbany defense is struggling - T-U. Well, duh "It's just (about) living up to that Great Dane defense expectation,'' junior safety Tyler Carswell said after Tuesday's practice. "It's not so much replacing one player. It's living up to the entire defense's reputation. UAlbany graduated first-team all-CAA defensive end Malachi Hoskins, linebacker and league tackles leader Nate Hatalsky and steady cornerback Jamal Robinson from that defense. Two other starters also didn't return. To make matters worse, the Great Danes have lost both starting safeties with Mason Gray out for the year following preseason shoulder surgery and Josh Wynn of CBA suffering a lower-body injury in the Pitt defeat. Head coach Greg Gattuso said Wynn will be out until after the bye week on Sept. 29. UAlbany also lost linebacker Eli Mencer to an undisclosed injury against URI, but Gattuso said he might return against Morgan State. "The big thing is tighten up the gameplan and simplify,'' Gattuso said. "We've got, I think, seven kids with two (career) starts or less on our defense right now. We've got to tighten it down to where they're comfortable and they can play fast. I don't think we're playing fast. We can't get off the field on third down." Dudzinski talked about adjusting the defense to suit his inexperienced players. "We've got to be a little bit simpler,'' he said. "I don't think it's been overcomplicated, but I just think we've got to go to their strengths more than my strengths. There's things I know as a coach that I think I can do this (or) we can do this, but the kids can't play that way. We've got to go back to fundamentals, tackling, lining up, all those things and then build from there."
  11. Linked from a post on AGS. I think we knew all the FBS games, but the FCS will fill in here too. https://fbschedules.com/ncaa/ualbany/2019 2019 08/29 - at Central Michigan 09/14 - at Monmouth 09/21 - Lafayette 2020 09/12 - Monmouth 09/19 - at UMass 2021 09/04 - at Syracuse 2022 09/17 - at Fordham 09/24 - Central Connecticut 2023 09/02 - at Hawaii 09/16 - Fordham
  12. Albany golf team defeats $iena 300-332 http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=70183&SPID=7976&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211771277&DB_OEM_ID=15800 The Pope 's Catholic, bears $iena in the woods
  13. Announcer says misdirection costs too much time on a short-yardage play.
  14. Would've been nice to see a replay of the penalty. Touchdown. I was a little worried about all the 5'9" cornerbacks we have.
  15. I see URI also has "Field Suites"
  16. Announcement of "The Field Club" in the south end zone, $30 for the privilege of standing behind the end zone to watch the game, includes two beers. Three 30-person suites for parties or functions, in which children are permitted. http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=211672828&DB_OEM_ID=15800 I suppose this increases the capacity of Casey Stadium. I'm not sure how many people would want to watch from ground level except when the team's in the red zone on that end of the field. I wouldn't call it "the best view in the house" like the announcement does. They're pitching it to "Young alumni" and "Young professionals" so that leaves me out anyway.
  17. UAlbany football looks forward to Rhode Island - T-U the defense got gashed for 209 yards rushing and Dillon suffered a season-ending hamstring injury. "We definitely are playing with a chip on our shoulder,'' Dillon said. "We can't wait for this game. They played a really good game against us and we weren't ready to go at all. That's the game I had my injury and we're looking to have a great game against them." Dillon stopped short of using the word "revenge," saying he feels it's overrated as motivation. tackle Luke Ritter said the Pitt experience should help them.. "Going against an upper-echelon opponent Week 1, it really tunes you up, ready to get going for this game and for the rest of the season," Ritter said. "It doesn't hurt us." In the opener, Ibitokun-Hanks had 57 yards rushing against Pitt in a performance that Gattuso felt was more impressive than the numbers. "I thought his blocking was incredible,'' Gattuso said. "He took on blitzers and linebackers and corner blitzes and just did a fantastic job. And I thought he ran the ball hard and well. The yards didn't dictate it because there weren't a lot of holes. I felt like that was the first time I felt he's really back." Niko Culnan finds success in his back yard - T-U Culnan, a 6-foot-3, 286-pound junior, was in the starting lineup for the season-opening 33-7 loss at the University of Pittsburgh at Heinz Field last Saturday. He was part of an offensive line that helped UAlbany gain a respectable 323 yards against the Panthers, although the Great Danes managed just 60 yards rushing on 28 carries and quarterback Vince Testaverde was sacked five times. "I think (Culnan) did fine,'' Gattuso said. "Obviously, there's some things we've got to work on with the whole front group. He's a big, strong thick guy that can handle big people and from that standpoint, we were definitely more stout inside and it helped us in many ways in the game." He described his play as "OK" against Pitt. He added his needs to improve his footwork and hand placement. He said he resisted the urge to tell many people he was going to start. He worked with the first string consistently during training camp. "I didn't want to get ahead of myself because that can go away in a second,'' Culnan said. "I could get pulled after one play. I want to be a starter Week 12, be an all-conference player." Culnan had long desired to be a Great Dane. He attended UAlbany football camps going back to when Bob Ford was still head coach. He went to junior college because he only weighed 235 pounds coming out of Colonie High. He had no scholarship offers. Finding it hard to get noticed because HVCC's team was struggling, Culnan took it upon himself to email the UAlbany coaching staff to express his interest. "You start to learn from everybody you have to be proactive about it,'' Culnan said. Offensive line coach Jim Sweeney, who played center for the New York Jets, liked what he saw and Gattuso showed up at practice to watch him. Culnan acknowledged he was surprised when Gattuso came to see him. Once UAlbany offered, Culnan chose the Great Danes over Sacred Heart, Holy Cross and others.
  18. As BestDane said, you have to sign in to the App with your provider ID and password (Verizon Fios is listed separately under "More TV Providers"). If the game still doesn't show up you probaby can't get it.
  19. From the Albany web site Broadcast: Satellite and cable subscribers who get FOX College Sports can watch the game on television or for free on the FOX Sports Go app. All other viewers can purchase the feed on CAA.TV for $7.95. DirecTV: Channel 608 Dish Network: Channel 454 I also don't see it on the Fox Sports Go app on my phone. But I haven't cut the cord yet, so it'll be on TV
  20. With LaxPower gone dark, some of the old owner-operators and refugees have moved to FanLax.com, billed "LaxPower Back-Up Stick - Same Party, Different Place" Remains to be seen how much traffic shows up.
  21. Before the game I said I’ll be happy if we don’t get torched more than once on kicks and long plays (twice right off the bat, then OK), gain 300 yds on offense, (check),and keep the spread under 20 (nope). Winning the turnover battle would be nice.(even) OK, I’ll take three out of those four. (1 1/2) Massey and RealtimeRPI have moved URI to a slight favorite. The AGS CAA Week #2 Pick'em so far is unanimous for Rhode Island. Pitt had to drive the field for their scores. They may not have tried any long fly patterns, but I doubt URI can match Pitt's power. I think we're better than last year, and better than people think. We'll see how much better URI is.
  22. That's fine on first or second down in the middle of the field, against a peer opponent when your linemen are expected to move the defense around. On third and one at the three they'll stack the middle and there won't be a hole. And against a superior opponent like Pitt any hole closes a lot quicker.
  23. Also in the CAA, contender Elon down to South Florida 31-7 in the 3rd, Richmond down 28-10 to UVa at the half. Villanova did beat Temple. Crowd at Pitt was almost 35,000, still the largest for any UA event ever. Lower level in the shade (behind Pitt) was mostly full, and the student endzone was impressively full and loud. The sun side not so much. The Rib Fest outside the stadium helped the atmosphere too Odd hearing the first seven notes of the Pitt alma mater, and realizing they're using the tune for Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles. Agree with earlier, I HATE deferring the kickoff when you're up against a superior team. Too many times I've seen either a runback or a bomb on the first series, and then you're demoralized and back on your heels right at the start. I also still hate the deep handoff in short yardage. Your only advantage is that you know when the snap's coming. A deep handoff gives that away. Several Pitt fans came up to us to say they were impressed with VT and his wide receivers. I'll have to get home and watch the replays, but from the video board in the stadium I thought it looked like a good catch for them in the end zone. OTOH I couldn't see how they called a no-catch on the one bomb over the middle. I really wanted them to kick the field goal at the end so we could "win" the second half. Still, keeping an ACC team scoreless for the half is an accomplishment. They kept Pickett in at QB until the last series. They may say they ran a vanilla offense, but did try some endarounds. Difference was Pickett was 11-11 (?) in the first half and I don't think any turnovers, in the second half he missed some passes, fumbled and threw INTs.
  24. 1/2 hr to kickoff, Albany in white jerseys, purple helmets and pants
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