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Subject: 2011 Prospects


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 23, 03:27:50pm

In January of 2010 I posted a list of prospects who had Duquesne listed on their Scout.com, ScoutingOhio.com or Rivals.com profiles. We eventually got 3 out of the 12 listed (Mitchell, Lancaster, and Piekarski).

Let's take a look at this year's propects who have Duquesne listed in their profiles...

Antonio Owah, Safety (JC)
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Antonio-Owah-121172

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiJAwRh5fK8

Mr. Owah appears to be an "old" Junior College freshman. He is listed on the following older Scout.com profile as being a 2008 graduate of the Milford Academy, which is a "post-grad" academy in New York - which would mean that he graduated high school in 2007. I'm impressed with the young man's tenacity!
http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=3406307

Matthew Ogren, WR
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Matthew-Ogren-120432

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRBhL9KK8Qk

http://www.sportstatz.net/player/football/hs/mi/brother_rice_warriors/matthew_ogren/2010

Blake Joe, ATH (yes, it's not "Joe Blake")
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Blake-Joe-119801

http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=1706&name=orange25

http://www.capcitypreps.com/component/k2/item/417

Wesley Russell, Safety
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Wesley-Russell-114113

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwN_n0pOHQg

http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=4967&name=wesley23

Jamal Bailey, Safety
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Jamal-Bailey-113395

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhbKnF8iDf8

http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/recruiting/player?id=124017&_slug_=jamal-bailey&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fcollege-football%2frecruiting%2fplayer%3fid%3d124017%26_slug_%3djamal-bailey

Jamyl "Flip" Scott, ATH
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Flip-Scott-114082

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO8MNjefwHo

http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=4064&name=flip4six

Chris Sarkissian, Safety
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Chris-Sarkissian-115504

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4xxHQ1XKp4

Andre Stubbs, RB/WR
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Andre-Stubbs-101893

http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=1107&name=AndreStubbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHpPPTOxGrQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v4C79bzCuI

http://duquesne.scout.com/a.z?s=420&p=8&c=1&nid=4737922

http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/recruiting/player?id=107909&_slug_=andre-stubbs&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fcollege-football%2frecruiting%2fplayer%3fid%3d107909%26_slug_%3dandre-stubbs

Andrew Curtin, TE
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Andrew-Curtin-114393

Drew Bond, LB/TE/DE?
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Drew-Bond-107067

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69xS4Hj1bXo

http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=4620631

http://recruiting.scout.com/2/988080.html

Alex Papson, RB
http://duquesne.scout.com/a.z?s=420&p=8&c=1&nid=4632566

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXMDg9DFB0A

http://www.takkle.com/people/7174536/-/profile/popular

Jack Welsh, OL
http://duquesne.scout.com/a.z?s=420&p=8&c=1&nid=5113932

http://rivals.yahoo.com/utah/football/recruiting/player-Jack-Welsh-111189

In addition to the previously mentioned...

Dante DaBaldo, TE
http://duquesne.scout.com/a.z?s=420&p=8&c=1&nid=4973042

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/player/campresults?id=87216&_slug_=dante-dabaldo&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2fplayer%2fcampresults%3fid%3d87216%26_slug_%3ddante-dabaldo

http://www.nextlevelprospect.com/users/dante-dabaldo

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects


Author:
Fr. Straub
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 05, 09:16:03am

Great update! Thanks!!!!

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects


Author:
Fr. Straub
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Date Posted: Friday, January 07, 07:02:02pm

Only 1 OL or DL???????

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[> [> Subject: Re: OL or DL


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 08, 11:34:23am

I wouldn't be concerned about the lack of OL or DL prospects on the internet lists. There was only one lineman on last year's list in January (a Junior College prospect), and we didn't get him.

I don't know why the linemen don't put Duquesne (or other "smaller" schools) as a "school of interest" on their profiles. Maybe the big boys all think that they're going to Penn State, Pitt, Ohio State, and West Virginia!

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects / Addition


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 13, 01:42:11am

Tyjuan Fray, DB (Official visit scheduled for this weekend)

http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Tyjuan-Fray-81286

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLXNWACED_s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySHZijpEdKs

http://nationalunderclassmen.ning.com/profile/TyJuanWFray

http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=4806588

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/player/campresults?id=103886&_slug_=tyjuan-fray&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2fplayer%2fcampresults%3fid%3d103886%26_slug_%3dtyjuan-fray

http://combines.underarmour.com/football/athletes/6233

http://underarmour.teamzonesports.com/football/athletes/5622

http://www.gridironstuds.com/detail.php?ret=1&id=157

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects / Addition


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 09:14:19pm

Karolis Bimba, DE (Junior College)

http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Karolis-Bimba-122006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCJ2KXwjz54

http://www.njcaa.org/colleges_college_player.cfm?sid=11&collegeid=1499&category=Roster&slid=5&teamid=104290&athleteid=309709

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects / Addition


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 09:23:21pm

Aldain Barham, CB (Junior College)

http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Aldain-Barham-111644

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LmYmVEq2Jc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjPOsmvy29g

http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=3090866

http://www.gamedayrecruits.com/ViewProfile.php?who=1946

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects / Addition


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 09:53:29pm

Blake Clowes, OL

http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=3249&name=bpc_darbyfootball

http://hsohio.scout.com/a.z?s=142&p=8&c=1&nid=4745555

http://video.berecruited.com/videos/athletes/524869/59862477

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrRPAHb7Ueg

http://www.youtube.com/user/74darby

http://www.takkle.com/profiles/7035280

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects / Addition


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 20, 01:01:40pm

Antoine Young, LB

http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/football/recruiting/player-Antoine-Young-96041

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDbRMEW2zgw

http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=4377449

http://www.theringer.com/2010%20state%20rankings/Antoine%20Young2.htm

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects / Addition


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 13, 01:59:48am

Mike Brown, SS

http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=3815&name=majbrown93

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Mike-Brown-109540

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmsRev0yNAg

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects


Author:
Always a Duke
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 13, 02:48:25pm

I attended the Dukes' basketball game on Wednesday evening where they ran away from St. Louis, winning 67-45. My season ticket seat is located behind one of the Dukes' football coaches. Sitting next to the coach was one of the Dukes' new recruits who has already enrolled at Duquesne for this semester. I understand he's 6'1" and weighs 251 lbs; & I believe that he is a tight end. I'm assuming he transferred from a D1 college. Perhaps someone else is aware of this young man's name.

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 13, 11:16:06pm

You're going to have to get over your shyness, Always a Duke!

Scene in stands at Duquesne basketball game...

"Hi, my name is Always a Duke. So, you've joined the Duquesne Football Family, huh? Congratulations and welcome! I didn't catch your name. ... Pleased to meet you. What position do you play? ... Great! Already enrolled, huh? ... Where did you play ball last season? ... That is just terrific! Welcome aboard. We're thrilled that you've decided to become a Duke! Take care."

;-)

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects


Author:
Fr Straub
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Date Posted: Friday, January 21, 06:24:16pm

This Jack Welsh is listed at 6'8" 330 lbs.! I'll never complain about an under-sized OL again!

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospects


Author:
A83
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 23, 03:27:50pm

Great update. Thanks Curious.

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Subject: Duquesne's Recruiting Mania


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Friday, January 21, 04:19:36pm

Apologies to Curious who already listed new signee Paul Mania in his posts (He's become this board's recruit central). I just couldn't resist putting his name in a post title. Mania seems to represent a new class of recruit that the staff is landing. He's an All-State linebacker who probably would never have come to Duquesne without the move to the NEC and scholarship status. Here is a nice article on the kid- http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/football/index.ssf/2011/01/hunterdon_centrals_mania_gives_duquesne_verbal.html .

I've heard that the staff is really excited about the new class coming in.

Its time to schedule a team like Akron. We were actually ranked ahead of this fairly local BCS team in the RPI last year.

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[> Subject: Re: Duquesne's Recruiting Mania


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Friday, January 21, 02:28:15pm

A player with a name like Mr. Mania is manna from heaven for sports writers and bloggers! LOL!!!

To give credit where it is due, El Duque beat me to the punch with his mention of Mr. Mania.

I realize how important recruiting is to a program. That probably is the reason why I tend to follow it rather closely. It's a bit tougher process with the smaller schools. Information is not always so readily available.

I love the enthusiasm of the Akron wish! Unless and until Duquesne offers enough scholarship equivalencies to be a "counter" for Bowl consideration by FBS teams (even those like Akron who are FAR from any Bowl consideration), we'll have to set our sights on the Delawares, Youngstown States, and maybe James Madisons of the FCS world.

GO DUKES!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Duquesne's Recruiting Mania


Author:
Marquis
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Date Posted: Friday, January 21, 04:02:06pm

I always thought that Youngstown State would be a great program to schedule. Its usually a quality program and its would be a good home and home travel series for the fans. The only games I've ever been able to travel to are to Loretto and Moon Township.

Click below to see details of YSU's Stambaugh Stadium. I'd love to take the trip to see the Dukes play there even if we get an away/home/away series.

http://www.ysusports.com/information/facilities/stambaugh_stadium

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Duquesne's Recruiting Mania


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Friday, January 21, 04:10:33pm

Thanks for the link- YSU's Stambaugh is a beautiful stadium just an hour's drive away. I'd really much rather play there than RPI's last place Valpo.

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Re: Duquesne's Recruiting Mania


Author:
Marquis
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Date Posted: Friday, January 21, 04:19:36pm

I just looked at YSU's schedule for next year and they play both Valpo and St. Francis.

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Subject: COFFEE FOR POST-GAZETTE DUKES BLOG


Author:
Judge Jack McVay Jr
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 02:22:27pm

Hey Coffee! Belated Happy New Year and I havent been on here in a little while. I noticed that Colin has been assigned to cover the Pirates at the PG and I look forward to that however it appears that the Dukes Blog has now ceased!I am officially jumping on your bandwagon to assume the post if you are interested? Easy for me to say and I cant imagine the time committment you have already made but I also cannot think of anyone more qualified too! Thanks again, Jack

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[> Subject: Re: COFFEE FOR POST-GAZETTE DUKES BLOG


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 07:54:51pm

Wow- Thanks for the vote of confidence but I'm afraid I don't have the time, or more importantly, the basketball expertise. I haven't played basketball since the 8th grade and never coached basketball.

Most importantly, my wife wouldn't second your nomination.

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Subject: Offensive Coordinator


Author:
Shoey
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 12:27:25am

Heard a rumor.....Can anyone confirm that Coach Loebig is leaving the program?

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[> Subject: Re: Offensive Coordinator


Author:
Marquis
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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 01:49:25pm

I've heard the same information and believe it to be true. I don't think that it is fair to try a confirmation yet.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Offensive Coordinator


Author:
Shoey
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 12:27:25am

Fair? Our offense just started to roll in the NEC and spring ball is just around the corner. Who is going to be the O/C if it is true? I am sure recruits and current players want to know.

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Subject: New recruit


Author:
El Duque
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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 09:58:52pm

An OLB from one of the better programs in NJ. HC beat Phillipsburg each of the past two years.

http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/football/index.ssf/2011/01/hunterdon_centrals_mania_gives_duquesne_verbal.html

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[> Subject: Re: 2011 Prospect / Addition


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 09:31:34pm

Paul Mania, LB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_7T6z_7wGg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmHviFhSW1A

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Subject: Dukes go 1-1 agasint this season's opponents who made the final Top 25


Author:
Always a Duke
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Date Posted: Monday, January 10, 11:24:45pm

Well, we beat Dayton, ranked #25, and lost to #2-ranked University of Delaware.

TSN FCS Final Poll
By: Staff Writer - AP
Published: 1/10/2011 at 2:01:39 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The top 25 teams in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Football Championship Subdivision poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, points and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Eastern Washington (121) 13-2 3,049 1

2. Delaware (1) 12-3 2,928 5

3. Villanova 9-5 2,765 10

4. Appalachian State 10-3 2,453 2

5. Georgia Southern 10-5 2,440 20

6. Wofford 10-3 2,297 7

7. New Hampshire 8-5 2,063 11

8. Stephen F. Austin 9-3 1,962 3

9. North Dakota State 9-5 1,923 25

10. William & Mary 8-4 1,901 4

11. Montana State 9-3 1,789 6

12. Jacksonville State 9-3 1,721 8

13. Southeast Missouri State 9-3 1,702 9

14. Lehigh 10-3 1,369 19

15. Bethune-Cookman 10-2 1,209 13

16. South Carolina State 9-3 1,139 12

17. Western Illinois 8-5 1,076 21

18. Penn 9-1 1,003 14

19. Northern Iowa 7-5 910 16

20. Montana 7-4 751 15

21. Liberty 8-3 565 17

22. Jacksonville 10-1 515 18

23. Grambling State 9-2 377 24

24. Cal Poly 7-4 315 22

25. Dayton 10-1 245 23

Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 230, Coastal Carolina 152, Texas Southern 138, Richmond 133, James Madison 92, Southern Utah 82, Massachusetts 77, Florida A&M 74, Jackson State 27, Central Arkansas 27, Old Dominion 20, Sacramento State 18, Chattanooga 17, UC Davis 16, McNeese State 15, Northern Arizona 14, Elon 8, Eastern Kentucky 7, Weber State 7, Harvard 6, Yale 5, Colgate 5, Murray State 4, Illinois State 3, Rhode Island 3, Indiana State 2, Stony Brook 1.

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Subject: Curiousity question


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Monday, January 10, 03:36:35pm

What happened to Chidozie Oparanozie?

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[> Subject: Re: Curiousity question


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Thursday, February 18, 11:23:18am

Or, this could even be a "CURIOSITY" question.

;-)

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[> [> Subject: Re: Curiousity question


Author:
CityBaller05
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Date Posted: Friday, February 19, 12:22:49am

He is no longer a member of the team. Has not been since the end of last season.

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[> [> [> Subject: "No longer a member of the team"


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Friday, February 19, 10:49:30am

Maybe I should have made myself clearer.

Curiosity question...

WHY is he no longer a member of the team, and/or where has he gone?

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[> Subject: Re: Curiosity question


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Thursday, February 18, 06:54:15pm

*BUMP* to counteract the spam posts on this site.

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[> Subject: Re: Curiousity question


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Friday, February 19, 10:47:49am

Dozie had a lot of talent but got involved in some "off-field" issues. It is a shame since he is a real talent. Sorry for the spam on the site- It comes in waves at times and during the off season I don't wash the site each day.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Curiosity question


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Friday, February 19, 10:53:28am

Thank you, Coffee.

(I posted my follow-up question just as you were posting your reply.)

Such a pity to see people waste opportunities that have been handed to them.

:-(

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Curiosity question


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Saturday, February 20, 10:59:17am

Dozie would have made a huge difference last year. He would have been a monster by the time he was a senior. He would have been one of the guys who could change a game and own it.

Its an even bigger tragedy in the life of a kid who had a free ticket to a degree from a good school.

I know that the program has academic counselors, but they need to do all they can on the basketball and football sides to keep these kids heads on straight too. Some big players egos get them into thinking they can do and get away with anything. They are destructable. Dozie and Baldanoldo represent kids who could have both been program changers and need a someone there to establish a raport with to do all they can to keep them and the program together.

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Re: Curiosity question


Author:
Coach412
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Date Posted: Monday, January 10, 11:44:29am

Hey is it true that Dozie is coming back next season....

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: Curiosity question


Author:
Shoey
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Date Posted: Monday, January 10, 03:36:35pm

Thats what I am hearing

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Subject: Delaware blows late lead in FCS Championship


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 08, 10:48:55pm

Delaware was shutting out Eastern Washington for most of the game before allowing three late TD's to lose 20-19. I was really pulling for the Blue Hens to win. Still, if the Dukes show they can play with these guys, they can play with anybody in the FCS.

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[> Subject: Re: Delaware blows late lead in FCS Championship


Author:
Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 09, 12:29:22pm

I was pulling for the Blue Hens as well Coffee. Still, we put up as many yards against Delaware as EWU did.

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Subject: Gattuso to Maryland


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 08, 10:44:53am

Greg Gattuso was just hired at Maryland under Randy Edsall. I was hoping that they would keep him at Pitt if they ever make a decision to hire Bradley since they are both Penn State guys.

First they rush into a decision to hire the wrong guy and now they drag their feet and are losing recruits and coaches.

Timing is everything and Pitt ain't got it.

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Subject: Football Office Move?


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 06, 04:33:36pm

I was switching back and forth from listening to the Women's Basketball broadcast win over Pitt as the guys team was beating St. Joseph's and Alex was interviewing John Rosato. Congratulate John for making the local Italian Hall of Fame. Alex also mentioned that the Football Offices are now in a building along Fifth Avenue. I don't know if this is temporary or a permanent move.

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[> Subject: Re: Football Office Move?


Author:
Marquis
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 06, 10:07:45pm

I think that they are there only while they are remodeling the locker room and offices.

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Subject: 2010 and 1899 Duquesne Teams Added as Honorable Mentions to the 1891-2010 All-Time Top 20 List


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 02, 05:31:10pm

See the article at the Link above or http://duquesnesports.blogspot.com/ . Also, this year's Coffee Mugs are posted for 2010.

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Subject: Pitt Fails to do Their Homework- New Coach Michael Haywood arrested for choking "just a girlfriend" who is the mother of his baby


Author:
Marquis
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 01, 01:28:03pm

Wow- And they brought this guy in to bring discipline back to the players? Who is going to discipline him? http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11001/1114889-142.stm

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[> Subject: Re: Pitt Fails to do Their Homework- New Coach Michael Haywood arrested for choking "just a girlfriend" who is the mother of his baby


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 01, 01:41:40pm

How can Pitt have such a well run Basketball Program and such a poorly run Football Program. Honestly... this makes extending the contract of a guy like Jerry Schmitt look very wise. Most called me crazy, but the Dukes may be playing Pitt sooner than anybody thinks if Duquesne keeps making progress and Pitt maintains their free-fall.

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Subject: Duquesne Basketball and Football Forums/Rivals and Scout Sites and Blog


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Friday, December 31, 03:17:49pm

I've been contacted by the moderator of the Basketball Forum. They are planning to shut down their Voy Site at the end of this year and move to the Basketball Forum operation to join with the Present Scout Site at http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?S=420&F=1319 .

The Basketball Forum has been open for 10 years and has had over a million visits. I can understand the reasons for the move, mainly the limitations of this Voy site over what can be done by the Scout Hosting or Rivals. These sites take an immense amount of time and commitment to keep up and I respect and admire all those true Duquesne fans involved.

This forum will remain open as is on Voy unless I can figure out a way to combine it with my blog.

I wish the new venture much success but will, like many, miss the old board.

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[> Subject: Re: Duquesne Basketball and Football Forums/Rivals and Scout Sites and Blog


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Marquis
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Date Posted: Thursday, December 23, 09:41:03pm

Will is cost us anything to be able to post to the new Scout Site?

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[> [> Subject: Re: Duquesne Basketball and Football Forums/Rivals and Scout Sites and Blog


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El Duque
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Date Posted: Friday, December 31, 03:17:49pm

No, you can sign up for free.

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Subject: ~The 2010 Coffee Mugs~


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Monday, December 27, 07:11:04pm

Player of the Year, Offense
Larry McCoy

Player of the Year, Defense
Nathan Totino

Non-Player of the Year
Jerry Schmitt

Past Player
Art Rooney (The Chief), 1921

Past Non-Player of the Year
Sean Doherty See:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_542110.html

Fan of the Year
Curious

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[> Subject: Re: ~The 2010 Coffee Mugs~


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Ralphy
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 25, 07:31:54am

I totally agreee on your choices!

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[> [> Subject: Re: ~The 2010 Coffee Mugs~


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Marquis
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Date Posted: Monday, December 27, 10:01:52am

If we could split the offensive recognition between Seniors Dixon, Williams and Bunovich. I'd recognize them since they were a pretty potent receiving corps and gave much to the program over their years. McCoy is a good choice, but I have a feeling he will be even better next year.

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[> Subject: Re: ~The 2010 Coffee Mugs~


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Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Monday, December 27, 04:23:50pm

Excellent choices!

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[> Subject: Re: ~The 2010 Coffee Mugs~


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Judge Jack McVay Jr
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Date Posted: Monday, December 27, 07:11:04pm

Coffee, Outstanding choices and particularly Sean Doherty!Jack

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Subject: Patriot League Scholarship Vote


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 09:30:07pm

The Patriot League just voted to table the idea of offering scholarships for 2 years. Fordham, Colgate and I believe Lehigh were in favor of scholarships. Georgetown, Lafayette and Holy Cross were opposed.

Since Fordham is already giving scholarships, this may push them to the NEC or the CAA.

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[> Subject: Re: Patriot League Scholarship Vote


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Always a Duke
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 03:37:08pm

It was my understanding that when Fordham elected to offer football scholarships, it intended to offer the full compliment of 63 scholarships which is the maximum permitted for FCS by the NCAA. If that is the case, that would rule out Fordham's interest in seeking membership in the NEC which will allow a maximum of only 40 scholarships by 2013. Note that the NEC maximum for the 2010 season was 34 scholarships.

The CAA might want to restore its presence in NYC since Hofstra bowed out. Fordham just the team to fill that vacancy.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Patriot League Scholarship Vote


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Marquis
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 09:30:07pm

I don't think Fordham is up to 40 scholarships yet and were not near the top of their league even with the advantage. They can easily mold their program to fit the conference they choose. With Hofstra, Rhode Island and UMass gone, the CAA may be a southern league for travel. I really don't think that Fordham has what it takes to compete in the CAA. How long have they been trying in the A-10 in basketball?

Rhode Island seems to have made a wise choice since the NEC has played well against even the best in the FCS without breaking the bank.

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Subject: Conference Shake-ups


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 02:05:10pm

The NEC and FCS may be in for a bit more of a change. UMass just elected to go to the BCS in the MAC- http://bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1299775 . With Rhode Island coming to the NEC, New Hampshire and Maine may want to follow now that they are the only two schools left of the CAA in New England.

Its really amazing that the very best FCS Conference in the nation has has such instability in changing conference names and memberships in just a few years.

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[> Subject: Re: Conference Shake-ups


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CLK
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 02:02:19pm

Coffee, please shoot me an e-mail. I have a question about your blog. Thanks

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[> [> Subject: Re: Conference Shake-ups


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CLK
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 02:05:10pm

Not sure why my e-mail address did not take. Here it is again... clk1971@yahoo.com Thanks

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Subject: Delaware plays for FCS Championship


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Marquis
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 18, 05:51:18pm

Delaware, to nobody'e surprise, will play for the FCS Championship. Well then, how good are the Dukes? Good enough to move the ball effectively against them in their house and limit them to 23 points on offense (One of Delaware's TD's was scored by their defense).

I'd say that the Dukes have the potential to play on the same field with anybody.

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Subject: 2011


Author:
Shoey
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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 08:04:32pm

2011 Recruiting Needs

#1. Defensive Line size......we could use a D1 transfer...someone to come in and help stop the run immediately.
#2. Tall CB......I would like to see more height on our CB.
Those ae my two immediate needs I see to help us win the NEC next year.
#3. Our Punting was dismal this year also.

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[> Subject: Re: 2011


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Curious
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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 12:56:06pm

The coaching staff is not going to get complacent with the OLine. While the OLine looks great for next year, the coaches know that the pipeline needs to stay filled for the future. And as Duquesne fans know, we are always just a few injuries away from a wet-behind-the-ears freshman starting at any position on the field.

I believe that the punters that we have on the roster need to be the guys to step up. We can't keep bringing in freshmen and hope that they will be the savior. These guys that we have now were all accomplished punters in high school. Off-season work on strength and technique should yield results on the field next season.

Field position is an issue that I'm sure the coaching staff is looking at seriously. While still lacking, the Dukes' punting game did improve this year (slightly), but our kickoffs left a great deal to be desired, as well. Simply making our opponents have to fight for an additional 10 yards on each change of possession can easily result in an additional victory each season.

I'm interested in other views, but my initial impressions for 2011 are:

Strengths:

Offensive Line
Starting Quarterback
Running Backs
While weakened by graduation, the Receivers coming back look good
Even without Totino, the Linebackers look deep
Kickoff Returns (GO HO!)
Second year of the new coaching staff
Increasing scholarships

Question Marks:

Defensive Line size and depth
Kickoffs
Punting game
Backup Quarterback(s)
Defensive Backfield lost a lot to graduation

I certainly don't think that it is a stretch to say that I believe that the Dukes will be serious contenders for the NEC title in 2011.

GO DUKES!

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2011


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Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 08:04:32pm

Duquesne has a commit from South Park. Dante Dabaldo 6'5, 260 lbs, played as a tight end in HS but probably will move to tackle before its all said and done. Plays the 4 in basketball and is said to have quick feet. I got a chance to meet him at the St. Francis game. BIG frame.

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Subject: This is embarrassing!


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Curious
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 08:50:54pm

Average attendence per game 2010 (from official NCAA stats)

Slippery Rock (DII) 4,696
Allegheny (DIII) 4,304
Kutztown (DII) 4,261
Mount Union (DIII) 4,079
Bloomsburg (DII) 4,003
Clarion (DII) 3,917
Gettysburg (DIII) 3,867
California (DII) 3,508
Edinboro (DII) 3,489
Shippensburg (DII) 3,475
West Chester (DII) 3,394
Ursinus (DIII) 3,025
Indiana (DII) 2,840
Muhlenberg (DIII) 2,742
Millersville (DII) 2,730
East Stroudsburg (DII) 2,400
Westminster (DIII) 2,270
Franklin & Marshall (DIII) 2,208
Moravian (DIII) 2,122
Washington & Jefferson (DIII) 2,007
Carnegie Mellon (DIII) 1,957 (just down the road in Pittsburgh!)
King's (DIII) 1,849
Lincoln (DII) 1,830
Lebanon Valley (DIII) 1,821
Lycoming (DIII) 1,674
DUQUESNE (DI) 1,668 LAST IN DI FCS... DEAD LAST!

Duquesne 2009 - 1,274 LAST IN DI FCS... DEAD LAST
Duquesne 2008 - 1,664
Duquesne 2007 - 2,104 only 4 home games
Duquesne 2006 - 1,843
Duquesne 2005 - 3,493 only 4 home games
Duquesne 2004 - ?
Duquesne 2003 - 3,677 with ECAC Bowl

WHAT THE HECK???

This is embarrassing.

The Duquesne administration not only does a very poor job of promoting student attendence at the football games, but in some cases actively works against students attending the games.

Examples: On September 11 (the Dayton game), a Freshman trip to the zoo and aquarium were scheduled in direct competition with the football game.

On October 16 (the Sacred Heart game), numerous events were scheduled for Freshman Parent Weekend in direct competition with the football game.

I know that I'm new here, and this has probably been batted around before, but...

What can be done? Anything? Who's got ideas (that can actually be implemented)?

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[> Subject: Re: This is embarrassing!


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Monday, December 13, 10:20:08pm

Curious,
This has been a topic in the past. The athletic department, to be fair has implemented some ideas from past discussions such as pushing for the games on radio and building permanent stands but seems to lack a vision of how to attract fans.

First, they built the smallest stadium in the nation. If you don't build it, they will not come. Its embarrassing bringing friends to this field no matter how well the Dukes play. Its not a collegiate atmosphere. We don't need Beaver Stadium, but we couldn't even keep Central Catholic on campus.

Second, they declared war on the marching band and auxiliaries, giving away thousands of dollars in uniforms and band equipment. These kids attract others and feed the atmosphere and can take it away.

There are other things they could do with tailgating on Bluff Street and not scheduling Valpo, but the first two in my opinion are hard to overcome.

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[> Subject: Re: This is embarrassing!


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Duke of Hazard
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Date Posted: Monday, December 13, 11:29:50pm

Did you notice that our current field doesn't even hold enough people to contain the average attendance in '03 and '05 and that attendance actually declined after the rebuilding project? Yes we have bathrooms, but otherwise, not enough seats where it counts.

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[> [> Subject: Re: This is embarrassing!


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Shoey
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 12:27:58am

Another main problem is that The two local Major papers do not distinguish Duquesne football from D3 schools. A little more than a paragraph under District roundup is needed for publicity on a regular basis. Also there are never any promotions for the students and I think night football would help. There is no reason for the Robert Morris game next year not to be at night or on a Thursday night. The players and program are here and we have a product that is getting better...........same ole same ole marketing gotta go!!!!!

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[> Subject: Re: This is embarrassing!


Author:
Duke from way back
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 09:34:53am

I'm not new here and you will ask that question over and over again until you just resign to the facts in disgust. The opinion of people like you and me means nothing to the people who make the decisions. When alumni with money make huge donations and make football and those issues important then they will become important. I know siblings of players who live in the dorms who didn't even bother and the sad thing about it is, contrary to some who believe otherwise, there is a market here for good 1-AA football and a lot of local pride in Duquesne.

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[> Subject: Re: This is embarrassing!


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A83
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 01:13:46pm

Curious,

I can only repeat what I told you in our phone conversation and echo the thoughts of the posters here. I have tried contacting people to suggest workable improvements, I have tried volunteering to make improve things (fundraising for when the marching band was cut), I have tried screaming and yelling from the roof tops. Nothing works.

They do what they want to do and when they want to do it, with very little tolerance for input from fans.

This is the classic case of an extremely disfunctional organization. For every suggestion you make --- they are prepared with an excuse for why it can not be done; rather than looking for ways to get it done.

And it transcends football....look at the basketball boards and the nearly three years of begging, fighting complaining, and suggesting that has been done to get simple audio on an internet broadcast. Year after year, suggestion after suggestion, fight after fight....nothing is done. But they are prepared with 100s of reasons why it can't be done.

All this has done has made me angry, and now I am constant fodder for trolls who like to take digs at me.

I don't know how other alumni/fan groups feel about their administations except for one - RMU. I have friends that are RMU supporters and there is no harsh feelings between the alumni/supporter and the athletic administration.

And the people you see posting these thoughts are the fans of these programs, the people that pay money to support try and support DU.

Really, the only thing to do is live with it and don't let it drive you crazy.

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[> [> Subject: Re: This is embarrassing!


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 08:50:54pm

Don't give up the ship man. Its good to see at least some others out there with passion for the program. The sorry thing is that the administration is in a state where they don't believe enough in the program to imagine something bigger.

You wouldn't believe the lack of vision even in trying to get a trophy for the Duquesne Robert Morris game. I'd like to meet some day for lunch with with Judge Jack and a few of you folks to just do this ourselves. We raise a few bucks for the department's scholarship fund and award the trophy next year. The Big 10 to our "Legends" Name!

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Subject: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football


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Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 09:04:15pm

I'm not sure where I'll go with this post. However, I suspect that it may be rather long! I humbly beg your indulgence.

1. Nathan Totino being left off of the All-Conference teams is a travesty! I understand that the NEC was rich at the linebacker position this year, but... REALLY?

2. In my opinion, Coach Schmitt has put together a coaching staff that can and will guide the Dukes to an NEC Championship and the FCS Playoffs much sooner than later.

3. While I'm not a Duquesne "old timer", it seems to me that this year's team has to be ranked amongst the very best of Duquesne Football's "Modern Era". While all the MAAC success was admirable, the level of competition that this team faced (and in most cases, conquered) far surpasses anything that the Dukes faced in the MAAC days.

4. Congratulations to all of the Dukes who were selected to the NEC All-Conference teams. Honors richly deserved!!

5. Finishing third in the NEC after being chosen to finish seventh is a testament to the fact that those outside of the Duquesne Football Family underestimate what is happening on The Bluff.

6. I'm very interested (and curious!) what others, who are closer to the program than I, think about the talent that is coming up through the program. It seems like the OLine should be solid next year, and our starting QB and RB are first-rate. But what about the guys who are going to be replacing the ones we lost? Lots of turnover in the defensive backfield, for instance.

7. The NEC is really an up-and-coming FCS conference. I am thrilled that Duquesne has come along for the ride. I kinda wish that Marist had joined us, but they seem happy in the PFL. It will be great to welcome Rhode Island in a couple of years.

8. Valparaiso? I understand the scheduling challenges. Heck, even Robert Morris only played 10 games this year because of the difficultly of scheduling Division I FCS opponents, but... Valparaiso? After replacing Delaware with Valparaiso on the schedule, I guess that anything less than an 8-3 season next year will be a major disappointment!

9. Rooney Field. Quaint. Great place to watch a football game. However, as Coffee so succinctly put it: "Not quite yet worthy of the name Rooney, but its getting there..." I don't believe that it is as big a turn-off to potential recruits as some might believe. However, there really is no excuse for this program to have an intramural field as their home. Let's get serious about this!

10. It appears (from my far-off perch) that the members of the Dukes' Football Family now believe that Duquesne "belongs" as a full member of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Duquesne is no longer a "I-AA Mid-Major". Now it is time to start convincing others, including members of the Duquesne administration. (I think the folks at Albany, for example have gotten the memo!)

11. The Pittsburgh sports press... What the heck?

12. More night games. Great atmosphere. Great for attendence.

13. "Duquesne is a basketball school." Seriously? When is the last time a Duquesne basketball team made the NCAA Tournament? 1977? I'm pulling for the basketball Dukes to succeed, but where is the football love?

14. Anybody know how much faster the Dukes are going to increase football scholarships after the cuts that took place last January in the four men's programs? We were at 22 for the 2010 season and increasing by 2 each year. The NEC is going to 40 by 2013. Will the Dukes get close to that any time soon? Just curious...

15. I can't begin to express how proud I am of each and every person connected with Duquesne Football this season. I'm proud to say that I am a supporter of the Dukes, and I am proud to have all of these fine young men represent Duquesne University.

GO DUKES!

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[> Subject: Re: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 05, 06:20:21pm

Additional thought...

To the Duquesne Athletic Department:

Please STOP with the "Playing Up" stuff about the Dukes' success against the Patriot League.

During the MAAC era, playing the Patriot League may well have been "playing up", but Duquesne is in the NEC now and the Patriot League might well be considered to be "playing down".

My wish for the New Year:

I wish that I never see another mention of "playing up" against the Patriot League coming from the Duquesne Athletic Department.

GO DUKES!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football


Author:
412 Express
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 05, 11:47:48pm

3rd place in the conference is a huge morale booster and solidifies the Dukes presence in the NEC. Although some significant players to graduation, we return the bulk and should make a run for the title. I hope the coaches address the recruiting needs this year to replace our losses

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[> [> Subject: Re: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football


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Kevin
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 02:10:37pm

The Patriot League is still a bit better than the NEC, but the gap has closed significantly. However, the PL is having a vote this week as to whether to approve football scholarships. If that happens, the gap may widen again - especially if they allow 50 or more over the next four years.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Patriot League vs. Northeast Conference


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 09:04:15pm

Re: "The Patriot League is still a bit better than the NEC..."

I would argue that is purely subjective perception based upon years past. Every single objective measurement of current conference strength places the NEC above the PL.

http://www.collegesportingnews.com/content.php?331-GPI-11-23-2010

End of regular season GPI:

Conference Ranking:

1. Colonial Athletic Association (22.188)
2. Missouri Valley Football Conference (27.234)
3. Big Sky Conference (29.097)
4. Southern Conference (30.403)
5. Great West Conference (38.750)
6. Southland Conference (39.875)
7. Ohio Valley Conference (41.792)
8. Ivy League (57.719)
9. NORTHEAST CONFERENCE (58.125)
10. Southwestern Athletic Conference (59.65)
11. Big South Conference (60.554)
12. PATRIOT LEAGUE (64.232)
13. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (66.694)
14. Independents (66.844)
15. Pioneer Football League (70.213)

The VERY questionable RPI:

http://www.realtimerpi.com/football/ncaaf_conf_Men.html

#16 Northeast Conference
#21 Patriot League

The Massey Ratings:

http://www.masseyratings.com/cf/compare1aa.htm

1 Colonial
2 Missouri Valley
3 Southern
4 Big Sky
5 Great West
6 Southland
7 Ohio Valley
8 Ivy League
9 NORTHEAST CONFERENCE
10 Southwestern
11 Big South
12 PATRIOT LEAGUE
13 Mid-Eastern
14 FCS Indep
15 Pioneer

(And look at all of the individual ratings on the Massey page. Every single one has the NEC higher than the PL.)

It is possible that if the Patriot League goes to 50+ scholarships that they may pass up the NEC in coming years, but for now, playing the Patriot League is NOT "playing up".

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[> Subject: Re: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football


Author:
Judge Jack McVay Jr
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Date Posted: Monday, December 06, 10:09:28pm

Curious, Great post and I wholeheartedly concur! Specifically, as to "item 3" , I am an old-timer and proud of having played on 3 of the teams Coffee listed as worthy of all-time consideration and I agree that this was clearly one of the most talented teams in Dukes history!Again, kudos to Coffee and the 2010 Dukes!

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Subject: Jerry Schmitt Receives a Multi-Year Contract Extension


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 04:50:50pm

See Duquesne's Web site at- http://www.goduquesne.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120610aab.html

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[> Subject: Re: Jerry Schmitt Receives a Multi-Year Contract Extension


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 10:35:25am

- APPLAUSE!!! -

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[> [> Subject: Re: Jerry Schmitt Receives a Multi-Year Contract Extension


Author:
A83
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Date Posted: Thursday, December 09, 11:17:30am

He seems like a good guy to me. That was a nice Christmas gift for his family.

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[> Subject: Re: Jerry Schmitt Receives a Multi-Year Contract Extension


Author:
Marquis
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 11, 01:10:44pm

Wondering the obvious out loud... If the Dukes didn't have a winning season, I wonder if they would have tried to get G.G. back now that he is available.

That said, he may not have stayed long if he got success and again proved himself. Long term, if J.S. continues to make progress, the program may be in better hands with him. I like the experience he brought in to assist the young coaching staff. As his scholarship contingent expands and exerts itself, the Dukes may have a bright future.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Jerry Schmitt Receives a Multi-Year Contract Extension


Author:
Docta Jount
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 12:41:45pm

have there been any early changes to the coaching staff yet?

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[> Subject: Re: Jerry Schmitt Receives a Multi-Year Contract Extension


Author:
Duke's Mom
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 04:50:50pm

Another nice article in the student paper this week:

http://media.www.theduquesneduke.com/media/storage/paper1278/news/2010/12/09/Sports/Schmitts.Contract.Extended.Through.201314-3966109.shtml

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Subject: From the CCSU Forum


Author:
Marquis
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 11, 01:58:00pm

Well, we seem to be getting some respect from some other schools. The quote below is from their forum at http://ccsufans.com . Much of the other chatter was over the "ballsy" call from the ref that the 2 point conversion failed when the reciever stepped out of bounds.

"I don't believe Duquense is going to be a push over from this point on in the NEC. They showed a lot of improvement this year. I listened to the Delaware game and they playdd decent in that game. They defeated a decent Dayton team and beat a slumping Bucknell program. They have a good formula for success workign for them right now similar to what CCSU is doing in it's scheduling. The Dukes are playing solid ranked teams (although losing the games), winning tight matchups in the even-up games, and winning the games they should win. If Duquense keeps building this program in this mold they will be a program to look out for in the coming years. it will only benefit NEC Football. How many scholarships is Duqense offering? Last I heard it was around 20-25 but their announcers said they were really committed to putting a good team out there so I'm wondering if they are approaching the NEC maximum of 34."

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Subject: History/Trivia From the Blog


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Friday, December 10, 01:59:40pm

Serious Duquesne fans know that the Dukes won the 1937 Orange Bowl and the same Bowl when it was known as the Festival of Palms Bowl in 1934. Most probably don't know that the Dukes actually turned down a Cotton Bowl bid to their undefeated/untied squad to play Boston College on New Years Day, 1940. While Massey ranked Duquesne #1 in the Nation that year, the hold out for more money from the Cotton Bowl didn't go over well with the AP Poll voters who dropped the Dukes from #5 in the Nation to #8 in their Final AP Poll. School officials also turned down offers from the Sun Bowl in El Paso and something called the Olympic Bowl in Los Angeles.

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Subject: NEC and/or Atlantic 10 Football Futures


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 04, 05:45:37pm

I guess its time to bring up the most obvious post season topic we have had. The Atlantic 10 was out maneuvered by the CAA and lost its football program. In actuality, the A-10 never really did much to form this conference in the first place since it just took over the tradition rich Yankee Conference.

The NEC has been good to the Dukes, but we have little in common with the other schools in it. There are three factors that should dictate a successful combination of schools into a conference.

1. Academics and Tradition- Duquesne is a Private, Tier 1 National University with just over 10,000 students. Not to sound snobbish, but we need to affiliate with institutions with similar traditions and programs academically and athletically.

2. Athletic Programming and Emphasis- Duquesne's goal is to have a nationally ranked program consistently in the Top 100 with a real shot at making the NCAA expanded format each year. In football, we don't want to drain resources or have facilities to compete with Penn State or even Delaware on an equal footing. Playing Delaware or even a low BCS team with a marginal chance to actually win is about as high as we can afford to go. Villanova seems to be taking a huge risk by going BCS and going head to head with the land grant and state universities.

3. Geography- A trip by chartered plane is great once a year, but most of the Duke's games are limited to an 8 hour bus ride.

Schools that meet these criteria include Atlantic 10 brothers Duquesne, Dayton, Rhode Island and Fordham. Others include Georgetown and some CAA schools like Rhode Island who may not have the resources to keep up with UMass and Delaware such as Maine, New Hampshire and Towson.

I'm sure there are other existing programs or schools that would start or re-start programs if they had a home that fits their needs. La Salle's stated reason for dropping their program was being able to find opponents to match their own.

I like playing RoMoCo each year and believe that the NEC is a much better fit than the MAAC was but I believe that Rhode Island was just the first move of many.

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[> Subject: Re: NEC and/or Atlantic 10 Football Futures


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Date Posted: Sunday, December 05, 04:10:22pm

Does anyone know if you can watch the televised nec games from this year and previous years?

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Subject: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 28, 05:57:28pm

Coffee, you are an all conference selection for sure. I wonder if the people on the Bluff truly appreciate your passion. Thank you for making this board available. Getting away from history for a minute, I want to say that I am suprised by the seemingly passive reaction to a really good year by the posters. For example, Shaler Tom who has made very insightful contributions all year is earily silent. Where is everybody? This year was an historical year for the Dukes. The result was unexpected and the play on the field was noticeably improved in almost every category. I'd like to thank those boys for some really good football with 2 exceptions (RMU and Monmouth). The all conference teams came out and I am at the same time thrilled for some of the boys and appalled at the process. Dave Williams and Thai Bangura made first team all conference. Dunn, MCCoy , Dixon and Wade Powell made second team. Our two first teamers absolutely deserve it. Great job, gentlemen. It is tragic that Nathan Totino whose stats were tremendous and whose leadership was unsurpassed was overlooked. Agreed that it was linebacker heavy this year but come'on. Was anyone paying attention? I wonder whether Duquesne even has a seat in the table in this conference from a politcal standpoint. As good as our offensive line was this year blocking for Larry and Bill and protecting Sean you would think that Ronnie (Dunn) would have been named first team. Congrats anyway, Ronnie. I get McCoy being on the second team because of pure numbers but neither the kid from Bryant or from Robert Morris who were great were as valuable to their team as Larry. Next year, big guy. Here is another interesting thing, the receiver from CCSU who made first team had half the number of catches as Dixon!! He was suspended for 5 games for disciplinary reasons, had only 26 catches all year and was not even in the top ten statistically in the conference according to the website. He had three touchdowns, Dixon had 7. I get that the winning teams get the bigger numbers but doesn't that sound ridiculous? I also thought Devin Dugan and Garret Herron from our vastly improved defense deserved some recognition. Eric Duale--it is hard to believe that other kickers were better. Believe me as a former player I love looking back but let's take a few minutes to honor these fine young. I am really looking forward to next year.

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[> Subject: Re: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 27, 08:52:32am

Congrats to the boys from Duquesne that made the all conference teams. They deserve it! I do agree that it is tragic that Nathan Totino did not even make second team. They were line backer heavy this year, as you stated, but we all know that Nathan Totino did just as good as some of them. Twice elected as defensive player of the week this year. He has great stats to show for his efforts and leadership. Pulling in fourth for number of tackles in Duquesne history is really something he can be proud of. Again, congratulations to the whole team for bringing in third place in the conference. Way to go Dukes!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 27, 08:58:31am

Forgot to add that McCoy, Dunn, Herron, Dugan and Duale deserved some recognition for their efforts as well. Congratulations to them for a great season.

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[> Subject: Re: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 27, 09:48:59am

Great summary of the outstanding players for this year- some officially recognized and some not. Not to take away from Williams but I thought that Dixon was our #1 receiver this year. He was our best weapon at Delaware and he seemed to draw more double coverage and could have had even better stats.

Your best point is just how great an improvement the Dukes had this year. There was a ton of momentum going into the Homecoming Game but after that disaster it seemed to take the wind out of the sails. The same thing happened at Robert Morris. Some wins hurt more than others.

The Bryant win was a good one since they haven't been beat at home for more than a year.

Shaler Tom will be back- he's a real fan. Some may be away for the holiday.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 27, 11:06:48am

I guess they both bring different things to the table. Williams was more explosive and fast than I had imaginged. Real game breaker. Dixon has glue for hands and boy can he jump but he did not run like I thought although most of the catches I saw were sideline routes. As a mobile QB, I thought he would have used his supposedly break away speed more. Great possession receiver though and if he had more time as a receiver maybe we would have seen some of the other things. Anyway, it is a good story.

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[> Subject: Re: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 27, 05:58:28pm

Sorry about the "eerily silence". I promise not to stay away as long in the future. I also would like to thank Coffee for an outstanding year at the helm of this fine board.

I thought that the year was a great success for the Dukes. The NEC proved that it is becoming a strong conference and to finish third behind RMU who deserves the title and CCSU was awesome. I still think we got jobbed on that 2 point conversion at CCSU but...so it goes.

As far as the end of the year All Conference teams go, I couldn't agree more with Marquis and Moe. Bangura, playing the middle on an undersized D Line was terrific. He rarely took a play off and took a beating from a physical standpoint the entire year. Every time I talked to that kid after the games, he was iced up, taped up and limping. A true all star, Thai will be hard to replace.

David Williams will surely be missed as well. First in just about every receiving catagory, this was a no brainer. The kid was a threat to go all the way on every play.

Ron Dunn most surely deserved first team status. He was a mountain of a man and was rarely beaten. The voters went with an all senior OL which I suppose is understandable, but Dunn played as well as all of them and better than both of Wagner's first teamers, Feriozzi and Hernandez, at least in the game between the two.

The pick that to me was the most ridiculous was Dixon. Obviously the voters only looked at the statistics which I guess is understandable. Nonetheless, Dixon was probably hurt in the long run by his great performance against Delaware, (my pick to win the title). He was the ONLY receiver to gain 100 yrds against the Hens all year. Opposing coaches saw the film and he was double covered the rest of the year.

Totino was another glaring oversight. This kid was the iron man of the team. Nathan played hurt the entire year with a broken hand, dislocated thumb, strained knee, ankles, and numerous contusions. An awesome role model for the younger kids.

All in all the year was a good one. 7-4, 5-1 at home and a terrific non-conferece showing. Its now up to the AD and administration to take the next step. A full complement of scholsrships, a full time recruitong coordinator, stadium improvements and marketing are what we need to compete on a yearly basis.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 27, 06:36:59pm

He's back and better than ever..always enjoy your take, TS

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[> Subject: Re: Triumph and Tragedy (and of course a little politics)


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 28, 05:57:28pm

Congrats to our guys but with all due respect when a guy makes it after being suspended 5 games it throws all credibility out the window. We just have to win the conference and everyone will make it.

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Subject: RPI Question


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 28, 01:52:43pm

Every once in a while the RPI Index puts out a ranking that seems absurd. This morning, this is what I read at about 9:15. The only change to the Northeast was RoMoCo's blow-out loss in the playoffs yet the conference jumped dramatically. The CAA went from the top to the middle. I guess I tuned in as the numbers were being re-run or something.

13 fcs Ivy League 8
14 fcs Southern 9
15 fcs Missouri Valley 9
16 fcs Northeast 8
17 fcs Southwestern Athletic 10
18 fcs Southland 8
19 fcs Big Sky 9
20 fcs Ohio Valley 9
21 fcs Patriot League 7
22 fcs Colonial 12
23 fcs Great West 5
24 fcs Pioneer League 10
25 fcs Mid-Eastern Athletic 10
26 fcs Big South 6 25-37 (40%) 15-27 (36%)
27 fcs Independents (I-AA)

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[> Subject: Re: RPI Question


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Duke from way back
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Date Posted: Sunday, November 28, 09:54:33am

Something is wrong there. I wonder if the computer counted Hofstra and Northeastern as having lost every game because with Villanova, Delaware, Wm and Mary and James Madison in that conference, they should not be behind the NEC or any of the AA conferences. Robert Morris actually played Montana tough. It was 20-17 late in the 4th. That may be a factor but I doubt it. Must be a mistake.

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[> [> Subject: Re: RPI Question


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 28, 01:52:43pm

RPI must be having computer problems. Duquesne basketball went from around 100 to over 200 without playing a game.

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Subject: Time to Reflect and Look Back About 120 Years


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Date Posted: Friday, November 26, 12:58:38pm

Having a couple of days off over the holiday gave me a bit of time to reflect. Running the forum and the blog is really a labor of love. Learning about Duquesne's traditions and passing them on is something I enjoy doing (One of my degrees is an MA in history from Duquesne).

I enjoy going back through the old newspaper archieves to see just how history repeats itself. I read an old PG article about Duke's from the 1930's that observed how absurd it seemed in the 20's to think that Pitt and Duquesne would ever play each other. Not only did the Dukes play Pitt, they beat them twice in the 30's; once when Pitt was ranked #1 in the Nation before Pitt ended the series. I always wonder where the program would be today had not WW II forced the university to gut the entire athletic department when it was one of the best in the nation.

The same thing occurred even earlier than that at the beginning of the 20th Century when the the team from the Pittsburgh College of the Holy Ghost (Duquesne) beat the 1903 team from the Western University of Pennsylvania (Pitt) after losing their first game in 1901. That team was also cut during the First World War. I even found a PG 12/27/1891 mentioning a game between the two schools coming up on New Year's Day but I haven't tracked down who won.

I get a real sense of accomplishment to research to keep records up to date. I'm not sure how many really knows or cares if Duquesne now has over 400 recorded wins all time. I used to wonder if anybody cared that the media guide still lists the West Virginia 1897 as the first collegiate game when W & J and other sources list their 1893 game a full 4 years earlier. The pre-1903 record is now largely documented and should be recorded in the university's media guide.

The Forum and Blog put me in touch with others who think the current program and its history are important. The blog and forum now are measured in the thousands of hits every month rather than the handful it started out with.

Duquesne's program, over time has been re-born many times. Each time starting out as a small time affair and at one time was even ranked by some sources as the best in the nation. Remember when even scheduling Bucknell was an accomplishment?

I wonder what the next decade or so will bring...

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Subject: A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to All of the Duquesne Family!


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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 02:34:51pm



~I wish the Lord's Blessings to all of you and your loved ones.~

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[> Subject: Re: A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to All of the Duquesne Family!


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Date Posted: Monday, November 22, 10:50:54pm

Thanks Coffee- Same to you and yours!

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[> Subject: Re: A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to All of the Duquesne Family!


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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 08:19:31am

bump

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[> Subject: Re: A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to All of the Duquesne Family!


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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 02:34:51pm

Coffee, Thanks to you for all of your hard work and research in preparing this forum. Likewise ,thanks to all the participants and a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Jack

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Subject: According to the NEC football website, it's official that Rhode Island will become an associate member of the NEC for football only in 2013. They will remain a member of the CAA for 2011 and 2012.


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Always a Duke
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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 11:15:57am


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[> Subject: Re: According to the NEC football website, it's official that Rhode Island will become an associate member of the NEC for football only in 2013. They will remain a member of the CAA for 2011 and 2012.


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Date Posted: Monday, November 22, 09:06:01pm

This is a great add for the NEC and a good decision for Rhode Island. I'm still upset that the A-10 Leadership passed up an opportunity to form a conference program around Duquesne, Dayton, Fordham, Rhode Island and other similar schools who want to field a good limited scholarship program without breaking the bank and violating Title 9.

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[> Subject: Re: According to the NEC football website, it's official that Rhode Island will become an associate member of the NEC for football only in 2013. They will remain a member of the CAA for 2011 and 2012.


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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 09:33:42am

I think that Duquesne and Rhode Island should start lobbying Fordham and Dayton to join the NEC. Both A-10 brothers would be a good fit. Fordham can't even compete for the Championship in the Patriot since they have added scholarships. They aren't even a charter member there so I don't know why the Patriot wanted to keep them if the rest of the conference doesn't want to add scholarships.

This conference thing is going to get competitive. While I am disgusted with what the CAA did to the A-10 by taking their entire football program, the A-10 schools could cooperate with the NEC and lend them strength as Duquesne, Dayton, Fordham and Rhode Island form a nucleus of a real A-10 football program. The last A-10 program was dominated by non-charter A-10 football Yankee Conference members who had no loyalty to the A-10 and left when they saw a better opportunity and a better managed conference.

The Patriot should have added Duquesne when they had a chance, playing the Patriot teams is no longer considered "playing up" if you look at the RPI and Sagarine. The NEC has passed them both. The Patriot was so busy looking down their noses that they are now in trouble if Fordham leaves them with only one associate member they deemed acceptable- Georgetown. With the new rankings from the USN&WR and others, Duquesne doesn't have to prove themselves academically either.

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[> [> Subject: Re: According to the NEC football website, it's official that Rhode Island will become an associate member of the NEC for football only in 2013. They will remain a member of the CAA for 2011 and 2012.


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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 11:15:57am

"Suddenly the NEC looks like a pretty good option for us."

This is a quote from a discussion thread from FordhamFans.com. A few months back the Fordham Board did a poll as to what conference they should join since the Patriot doesn't offer scholarships and the NEC was totally disrespected. After some starte posting the GPI, RPI and Sagarin Conference Rankings, they started seeing what Duquesne and what now Rhode Island see. In an era when the choice is between dropping football and buying what is affordable, the NEC offers a very competative program that now doesn't have to grovel to get even consideration for the NCAA playoffs.

Dayton really should follow to the NEC too since the discussion on their board is whether they, at #22 will even make it in to the playoffs. The NEC could be one of the strongest FCS conferences with Albany, Duquesne, Rhode Island, Dayton and Fordham as associate members.

Dayton has a huge football endowment and Fordham would offer another great New York City anchor.

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Subject: Athletic Scholarships for NEC Football-Some Clarification


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Always a Duke
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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 01:13:57pm

I recently e-mailed the Commissioner of the NEC, Noreen Morris, regarding the number of athletic scholarships that are permitted for football and how many athletic scholarships each college grants. Here are my questions and Commissioner Morris' responses:

1. What is the maximum number of athletic scholarships that the NEC permitted for football during this season?

Answer: Currently, the NEC limits the number of athletic scholarships in football to 34 scholarships in an equivalency approach (i.e., the 34 scholarships can be divided among an unlimited number of football student-athletes). We are trending up to a limit of 40 by 2013. The scholarship limit applies to athletically related aid only. Institutions are permitted to provide a combination of athletic aid and need based aid/merit aid up to the FCS limit of 63 equivalencies.

2. Will the maximum number of football athletic scholarships increase to 40? If so, in what year?

Answer: See the answer to question #1.

3. What is the current number of football athletic scholarships that each team had this season?

Answer: We do not publish scholarship information, the release of such information is at the discretion of the individual institutions.

4. What is the number of football athletic scholarships that each team plans to offer in the 2011 season?

Answer: See the answer to question #3.

If the Dukes have granted 22 scholarships this season, my guess is that Duquesne is at or near the bottom of the conference in the total number of scholarships granted. It is unfortunate that the Commissioner would not release the information on each team's athletic scholarship total.

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[> Subject: Re: Athletic Scholarships for NEC Football-Some Clarification


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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 08:08:00am

Thanks Always. You always provide interesting information. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Coffee and everyone.

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[> Subject: Re: Athletic Scholarships for NEC Football-Some Clarification


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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 01:13:57pm

I just did some quick, VERY ROUGH calculations based on figures from the Duquesne University web site.

Tuition, Room & Board, Books, and Fees for most of the undergraduate programs comes to APPROXIMATELY $37,500/year.

$37,500 X 22 = $825,000 (2010 football scholarships)
$37,500 X 63 = $2,362,500 (maximum equivalencies)

It appears to me (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong) that even if the NEC/Duquesne were to go to the full FCS 63 athletic scholarship limit, the effective limit on the amount of money that Duquesne could provide to players on the football team would remain at approx. $2,362,500.

That would appear to mean that moving up to 34, 40, or even 63 athletic scholarships would only change the "pot" from which the money comes.

It would theoretically change the type of student/athlete that Duquesne could recruit. When the majority of aid money comes in the form of merit and/or need-based aid, the types of athletes who are most able to make use of the aid available are good students from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, those student/athletes force the program to reach its aid limit quicker.

Strangely, the "best" prospect in this scenario (aid money-wise) is an average student from a well-off family. If the Dukes' coaching staff finds enough good players who are average students from rich families, they save the programs lots of aid money.

Athletic scholarships, on the other hand, lower the percentage of need-based and merit aid in the overall equation. In this scenario, great students from poor families don't "cost" the program anything extra. Athletic scholarship money is academics and need-blind.

It would appear that raising the number of athletic scholarships largely gives the football program more CONTROL over the scholarship money available, but does little to change the overall amount available.

There is the psychological and emotional issue of the "FREE RIDE" (read: "full athletic scholarship") for which so many high school athletes and their families are looking which cannot be totally discounted.

What am I missing here?

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Subject: Dukes Beat Bryant 37-29! Bryant suffers only loss at home this season. Dukes beat the only teams who beat NEC Champ, Bobby Mo. Congratulations to team & coaches for the big win!!


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Date Posted: Monday, November 22, 02:53:06pm


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 03:45:45pm

With the mess going on at DU, I totally forgot they were playing. Great win!!!

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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 05:44:20pm

Congrats to the team. They played really well today and are going out on a high note!! Sad to see the seniors leave but there's lots to be positive about for next year! GO DUKES!!!

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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 08:33:23pm

I'm happy for Sean Bunovich. He deserved to go out with a game to remember. The only big losses going into next year are Sean, Conner and Dave but we have some other receivers to step in.

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A83
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Date Posted: Monday, November 22, 02:53:06pm

Nathan Totino will be hard to replace.

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Subject: Know your opponent - Bryant Bulldogs


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 06:48:47pm

Bryant game notes:

http://static.psbin.com/n/q/ghzc39cvst9trd/DuquesneGameNotes_FootballNotes.qxd.pdf

Duquesne game notes:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/duqu/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/weekly-release.pdf

GO DUKES!

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[> Subject: Re: Know your opponent - Bryant Bulldogs


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Date Posted: Friday, November 19, 07:08:17pm

It comes down to two things tomorrow and the common denominator weighs over 24o lbs...........our O/L and D/L. If we can stop the run and give our QB time to get passing game we will win. If not gonna be a long day. Finish strong boys!!!!!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Know your opponent - Bryant Bulldogs


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 06:48:47pm

Our big boys did it up front..huge holes...no sacks.....McCoy big running day and Patterson hits the trifecta run,pass,catch TD's.The O/L really came together and they all return with our Soph RB and QB lookout NEC!!!!! Great way to spring board into the off season.......good luck to he seniors who went out on top!!!!!

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Subject: Congrats to Eric Dule!!


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The Duke
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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 01:08:34pm

Eric converts twice in the first half to be the new single season scoring FG leader for kickers!

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[> Subject: Re: Congrats to Eric Dule!!


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 01:41:28pm

I'll honor Eric by spelling his name correctly...

Congratulations Eric DUALE!

;-)

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Subject: Pre-game and Prediction from the blog (See link or goto http://duquesnesports.blogspot.com/for full story)


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 11:16:01am

The Dukes will try to be the first Pennsylvania NEC team to beat the Bulldogs since they started playing a conference schedule on 2008. Altogether Byant is 8-0 against Robert Morris (3-0), St. Francis (3-0) and the Dukes (2-0).

Bryant RB Jordan Brown is the NEC's leading rusher with 1311 yards including 138 in the Bulldogs win over Robert Morris. The Dukes have been good against the pass, not so good against a strong ground game.

Whatever the Dukes do today, the team is ensured of a winning season, something that they just had to have or changes may have been made. This game will really make the difference between an acceptable season and a good season by what our standards should realistically be.

Jerry Schmitt did a number of things to bring in more experienced coaches to better develop his talent. It showed. He's been given and promised more support in the form of having more scholarships. His two biggest needs for next year- Stronger legs from his kickers and more strenght/weight on both OL and DL. Mike Passodelis is a great example of a kid who did all he could to develop himself into an FCS level player in his style of play and his off season conditioning program.

Most people don't realize that the Dukes still don't approach the NEC competition's scholarship limits allowed and probably never fully will. Title 9 probably was what forced Duquesne to cut baseball, golf, wrestling and mens swimming to bring the football scholarships up and fund the basketball improvements. The administration really couldn't blame Title 9 without speaking out against women's sports. Philosophically, Title 9 supports women's athletics by forcing universities to fold men's programming. This is not equity, its a tragic and unfair sacrifice of the second tier men's programs. It takes away men's scholarships more than it adds to womens as Duquesne's experience shows. A fairer way to address equity is to look at dollars and efforts spent trying to offer women's sports and not scholarships allowed.

Rooney's tiny seating area and its impression on recruits, fans and the press is the other major handicap that, unlike Title 9, can be fixed.


Prediction: The Dukes will pull out another game winning closing drive after giving Bryant a lead on the strength of their running game. Yes, I going with my heart again in a close game.

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[> Subject: Re: Pre-game and Prediction from the blog (See link or goto http://duquesnesports.blogspot.com/for full story)


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 11:57:19am

Right on the button concerning Title 9. Great discussion on "Capthas" on WMNY just before the game that battles the spam that was hitting your site, Coffee.

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Subject: Terrible loss on the basketball side to Robert Morris. It will take a long time to get over both losses on the field and on the court to RoMoCo this year.


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Date Posted: Friday, November 19, 09:22:42pm


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 01:01:07pm

This is a real challenge to Duquesne. RMU feels that it is the #2 collegiate sport program in Pittsburgh. With their NCAA Hockey Program, they may be for 2010.

This can't help recruiting.

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Subject: Dukes drop in GPI after victory over St. Francis


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 11:40:31pm

Beating a low-rated team will hurt your GPI.

http://www.collegesportingnews.com/content.php?319-GPI-11-16-2010

CHICAGO - The Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection sees Delaware remain on top in the GPI rankings after their 45-27 win over Massachusetts this past weekend.

DUQUESNE #73 (out of 124) down from #67 last week

NEC RANKINGS:

38 Robert Morris
52 Central Connecticut
66 Bryant
70 Albany
73 Duquesne
86 Wagner
87 Monmouth
100 Sacred Heart
113 St Francis

Conference Ranking:

1. Colonial Athletic Association (22.238)
2. Big Sky Conference (27.111)
3. Missouri Valley Football Conference (29.219)
4. Southern Conference (30.458)
5. Great West Conference (38.375)
6. Southland Conference (40.167)
7. Ohio Valley Conference (43.708)
8. NORTHEASTERN CONFERENCE(57.222)
9. Ivy League (57.844)
10. Southwestern Athletic Conference (59.95)
11. Big South Conference (61.750)
12. Patriot League (64.089)
13. Independents (66.438)
14. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (67.194)
15. Pioneer Football League (68.938)

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[> Subject: Re: Dukes drop in GPI after victory over St. Francis


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Marquis
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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 03:39:09pm

Watch how far our GPI drops after we play Valparisso!

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Subject: How far have the Dukes come?


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Date Posted: Monday, November 15, 02:54:50pm

Let's see...

Delaware is once again the #1 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of Division I NCAA Football according to the most recent polls.

How did the Dukes do against the Blue Hens? Yes, we lost the game 30-6, however...

Only two other teams have gained more total yardage against Delaware than Duquesne: Top 10 ranked William & Mary (24 yards more than DU) and Top 20 ranked Massachusetts (who gained 439 vs. Michigan in the "Big House" which is more than the 424 they gained in the shootout vs. Delaware)

Only two other teams have gained more rushing yardage against Delaware than Duquesne: Massachusetts and James Madison (by 21 yards).

Only three other teams have gained more passing yardage against Delaware than Duquesne: William & Mary, Massachusetts, and South Dakota State.

http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/2010/Internet/ranking_summary/2010000000180teamdef.html

Duquesne is currently #177 in the Sagarin Ratings (out of 245 rated Division I teams), ahead of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, Memphis, Eastern Michigan, and Akron.

This weekend, Duquesne plays Bryant for third place in the Northeast Conference. Sagarin has the NEC rated #7 in the FCS, AHEAD of the Ohio Valley, Ivy, Patriot, Big South, SWAC, Pioneer, and MEAC conferences/leagues.

The great run in the MAAC was terrific (and those teams deserve all the respect and admiration we can give), but near the end that was like being the skinniest kid at fat camp.

In my opinion, the move to the NEC was outstanding. The growth of the NEC has been outstanding. And the grow of the Duquesne football program has been... OUTSTANDING!

GO DUKES!!!

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Subject: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Monday, November 15, 11:39:50am

Good Things:

The Dukes' Two-Minute Offense

The Dukes' Never-Say-Die attitude

Larry McCoy

The Dukes' steadily improving Offensive Line

Eric Duale's FG consistency

The defense's growing ability to adjust and adapt

The Dukes' Kickoff Return team (and Freshman Ryan Ho)

Sean Patterson's confidence

Freshman Aaron Fleck and the improving Punt team

Coach Schmitt's patience with our QB

The Dukes' receiving corps

The Dukes' defense gang-tackling


Not-So-Good Things:

The Dukes' Red-Zone offense

Sean Patterson's unpredicability / accuracy issues

Eric Duale's kickoffs

Rushing defense still a work-in-progress

While improving, the Dukes' Punting game still needs work

Stupid penalties

Mental lapses in the defensive backfield


All that said...

Trying to put "homerism" aside, I TRULY feel that the Dukes can win each and every one of their upcoming games and finish the season at 8-3. Not only "can" win.... but WILL win. The Robert Morris game will be the toughest test, but I know the boys will be more than ready for whatever Bobby Mo throws at them.

No game in the NEC is a "gimme" this year, but I believe that the Dukes will go out and take them!

GO DUKES!

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[> Subject: Re: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


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Shoey
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Date Posted: Saturday, October 09, 09:56:08pm

Curious- I am right on with you.
This team although talented is still learning how to win at the NEC level and almost fought their way to overtime at a place where CCSU almost never loses.After the Monmouth debacle the last thing they needed was a kick out of bounds to give CCSU momentum and the here we go again funk from last week to start the game.
Larry Mccoy has been amazing and kept us in the game. Patterson showed character after having sub par game and leading us on 90 yard drive with no timeouts. Obviously he is not 100 per cent and I was happy to see him in uniform. I was told he may not make trip due to a death in his family. Congrats to the defense for hanging in there after a slow start.
I am very optimistic about the rest of the season and next week is a MUST win game. The winner of the NEC will have two losses in my opinion.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


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Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Saturday, October 09, 10:40:19pm

Well said friends. CCSU is a tough place to play. You just can't kick the ball out of bounds on the opening kickoff, take an unsportsmanlike call when you stopped them inside the 5 giving them a new set of downs and then go three and out on your first possession.

Sean's leg must still be bothering him as many balls sailed on him. I'm sure that will change as he heals. Sacred Heart is coming in at a good time....I hope.

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[> [> [> Subject: The Sports Network story


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Date Posted: Saturday, October 09, 11:35:12pm

http://64.246.64.33/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/news/news.aspx?id=4347713

Central Connecticut State fends off Duquesne
By Andrew Gaddess, FCS Assistant

New Britain, CT (Sports Network) - Central Connecticut State overcame a late rally and a career day by Duquesne running back Larry McCoy to pull out a 31-29 win Saturday at Arute Field.

Trailing 31-23 with 1:37 remaining, quarterback Sean Patterson led the Dukes on a 12-play, 89-yard drive, culminating in a five-yard touchdown pass to Dave Williams in the back of the end-zone.

The Dukes successful two-point conversion attempt was called back however, as it was determined that receiver Akeem Moore stepped out of bounds before hauling in the game-tying pass.

The Dukes frantic comeback attempt was largely made possible by McCoy's outstanding effort.

"We had him in the backfield and he would break a couple of tackles, and that's just what good backs do," said Central Connecticut State defensive back Dominique Rose. "I salute him for that, but we've got to pick it up with our tackling."

McCoy carried the ball 24 times for 246 yards and a touchdown. The total was a career best for McCoy and the fifth-highest in the history of Duquesne football.

McCoy's effort, while brilliant, should be placed in perspective. Central Connecticut State entered today's game ranked No. 101 in the FCS in rushing defense, allowing 196.2 yards per game.

"We took a step back today," said Central Connecticut State coach Jeff McInerney, when asked about the run defense. "We've got a lot of work to do...Give (Duquesne) credit, but we've got to get better if we want to win a championship."

Despite its struggles against the run, Central Connecticut State now stands at 4-2 (3-0 NEC) and appears poised to make a run at the conference's first-ever automatic playoff bid.

"I think the automatic bid is so wonderful for our conference," said McInerney. "There is more at stake, but I don't think that changes any way the way both teams compete on the field. That's just NEC football, we play in a lot of close ones and fortunately we've been on the good side more than the bad side."

Following a bye week, the Blue Devils must endure a ferocious NEC stretch in order to secure that automatic bid.

"When you've got Albany, Wagner, Robert Morris on the road, Monmouth on the road, and back here for senior day and St. Francis, I'm going to say that is pretty tough," said McInerney.

The game at Robert Morris on Nov. 6 may prove to be the Blue Devil's toughest NEC test, and will surely hold severe playoff implications.

Robert Morris is currently tied with Central Connecticut State atop the NEC standings, and has lost just one game since falling to the Blue Devils on Oct. 10, 2009.

The Colonials will surely have the teams previous encounter, as well as the automatic playoff bid in mind.

Still, if the Blue Devils can sure up their faulty run defense, they should be capable of overcoming Robert Morris and the rest of the conference in what is truly a historic year for the NEC.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Duke fan 1
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Date Posted: Sunday, October 10, 02:44:50pm

well, tough way to lose, after such a desperate but impressive last drive. My question is - was Williams REALLY out of bounds? Or was he right on the line? Sour grapes maybe ...but I think that was a cheap call.

Let's hope the rest of the games go our way. Go Dukes!!!

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[> Subject: REDUX: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, November 14, 12:46:47am

Have things changed since October 10?

Let's see...

Good Things:

The Dukes' Two-Minute Offense - CHECK

The Dukes' Never-Say-Die attitude - CHECK

Larry McCoy - CHECK!

The Dukes' steadily improving Offensive Line - CHECK

Eric Duale's FG consistency - CHECK

The defense's growing ability to adjust and adapt - CHECK

The Dukes' Kickoff Return team (and Freshman Ryan Ho) - CHECK

Sean Patterson's confidence - CHECK

Freshman Aaron Fleck and the improving Punt team - minor check

Coach Schmitt's patience with our QB - CHECK

The Dukes' receiving corps - CHECK, CHECK, & CHECK!

The Dukes' defense gang-tackling - CHECK

ADD: Linebackers - particularly Totino and Kona


Not-So-Good Things:

The Dukes' Red-Zone offense - CHECK

Sean Patterson's unpredicability / accuracy issues - CHECK

Eric Duale's kickoffs - CHECK

Rushing defense still a work-in-progress - CHECK

While improving, the Dukes' Punting game still needs work - CHECK

Stupid penalties - CHECK!!!

Mental lapses in the defensive backfield - eh... not as much of an issue later in the season

ADD: Punt Returns

While I'm disappointed with the loss to Robert Morris; the oh-so-close defeat in New Britain; and the total collapse in the Homecoming game; I feel that the Dukes have arrived and the NEC has taken notice! Duquesne's next conference championship and first playoff appearance will arrive much sooner than later!

GO DUKES!

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[> [> Subject: Re: REDUX: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
moe
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Date Posted: Sunday, November 14, 08:44:50am

I agree with your add-on. Totino and Kona have done a great job. I think the whole defense has done a great job this season. Opfar is an upliftng addition to the coaching staff.

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[> [> Subject: Re: REDUX: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
moe
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Date Posted: Monday, November 15, 11:39:50am

I just want to wish the Dukes good luck in their last season game. Finishing 3rd in the conference would be great.
GO DUKES!!!

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Subject: Spam Control


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 14, 11:12:18pm

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