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Date Posted: 11:50:25 09/08/06 Fri
Author: J.J.
Subject: Former GSU defensive coordinator knows task ahead
In reply to: LarryL9797 's message, "CCSU Football in the news" on 10:34:48 09/08/06 Fri

Here's another good article from the Savannah Morning News. Check out the info on the proposed size of the new stadium - 13,000 seats is impressive!

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Donald Heath | Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 12:30 am |
Jeff McInerney will send his Blue Devils against Georgia Southern


Few are better connoisseurs of football programs than Central Connecticut State first-year coach Jeff McInerney.

He has had 14 coaching jobs in 25 years but considers Georgia Southern among his favorite stops after spending 1990 and 1991 with the Eagles.

Those positive memories may not continue after his Central Connecticut State Blue Devils visit GSU Saturday in Paulson Stadium.

"Georgia Southern is arguably the best football team this school has ever played," McInerney said. "The people in South Georgia are special, and they demand a special football team. Their kids are going to be ready, and they're going to get after it. I kind of know what (atmosphere) to expect. It's the message I've been giving my players."

McInerney was the Eagles' co-defensive coordinator with Tommy Spangler in 1990 when Southern posted one of the great turnarounds in Division I-AA history.

GSU lost three of its first four games to start the season but finished by winning 11 in a row, including a 36-13 victory over Nevada in the national championship game.

"I remember I was 29 years old and we were blessed to learn football from Erk Russell through Tim Stowers," McInerney said. "I remember Erk saying, 'The only thing better than a simple idea is a simpler one.' "

McInerney had his own simple slogan 'Fire up,' and his GSU defenses often responded, finishing ninth (in 1991) in scoring defense.

After GSU, McInerney went to Rice, Duke Southern Cal, Oregon State, Nevada-Las Vegas, Tulsa, North Dakota State and Rhode Island.

He has been Stowers' defensive coordinator at two different programs.

Now the 46-year-old McInerney attempts to take Central Connecticut to a higher level during his first shot as a head coach. School officials displayed their confidence during his Jan. 13 hiring. He took over for Tom Masella, who left to take the Fordham job.

"Jeff has been involved with many successful college football programs and learned from many great coaches," said CCSU athletics director Charles Jones.

McInerney inherits a program that has raised its scholarships to 30 this season. He said the school has plans to increase CCSU's stadium capacity from 3,000 to 13,000.

It's a good situation, McInerney says.

He should know.

NOTES: Central Connecticut opened the season with a 34-6 victory over Marist Saturday. The Blue Devils have won the Northeast Conference the last two years...

College fans may know Central as a basketball power. The Devils won the Northeast Conference Tournament in 2000 and 2002 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament...

GSU is 16-8 in season openers, but five of the losses came against Division I-A programs...

The Eagles have lost just one home opener since 1996. That came last season 23-20 to McNeese State.

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[> [> Re: Former GSU defensive coordinator knows task ahead -- Skyhawkct, 16:30:50 09/08/06 Fri

It's so sad that a newspaper in Georgia recognizes CCSU as a basketball power and the Hartford Courant treats CCSU like the red hair step child. It's also sad that we hear about the 13,000 seat stadium from this paper and hear nothing about it here in CT other than rumors. What the Hell is wrong with the press up here...or...where is CCSU's public relations????

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