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SBU to Open Football Season Saturday
The 2011 college football season will kick off Saturday for Stony Brook when the Seawolves take on a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent for the second straight season when they play University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Stony Brook and UTEP will meet for the first time in any sport. According to Stony Brook’s sports information staff, this will be the third time in the last four years that the Miners have opened the season against a team from New York. UTEP faced Buffalo, Stony Brook’s opponent on September 10, to start the season in 2008 and 2009.
Next week, the Seawolves will travel upstate to face Buffalo, which opens its season against Pittsburgh.
Former Hofstra DE Signs with Broncos
Deron Mayo would have graduated and finished his career at Hofstra University had the Pride not disbanded its program over a year ago. Instead, he transferred to Old Dominion, which was closer to his native Hampton, Va. and it paid off as this week he signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
He played one season for ODU and was immediately named “Transfer to Watch” by the Sports Network, as well as being voted Co-Captain without even playing a game for the Monarchs, according to the school.
Last season he was third on the team with 70 tackles and led the Monarchs with sacks.
Mayo is the younger brother of New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and will most likely play linebacker at the pro level.
“People like (Denver’s) Elvis Dumervil and (Pittsburgh’s) James Harrison definitely give me hope,” Mayo told HamptonRoads.com. “I’m 5-11. I look at people like that and it gives me a lot of motivation. It’s all about learning the game. I feel I can rush the passer from the edge. It’s just a matter of a coach or a team taking a chance on me, which I know will pay off.”
Hofstra has had more then 25 players in the NFL, most notably Wayne Chrebet, who spent his entire career with the New York Jets. Marques Colston (Saints), Willie Colon (Steelers), Stephen Bowen (free-agent), Raheem Morris (Buccaneers) and Kyle Arrington (Patriots) are all still associated with the league and have ties to the university.
Atlantic League Expanding to Nassau
If you like the Long Island Ducks and live in Nassau County, you won’t have to travel too far now to catch a game.
Nassau County officials announced Monday that the rights to operate a minor league baseball team as part of the new Coliseum development has been awarded to the Atlantic League and Frank Boulton, founder and CEO of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, according to Ducks management.
Boulton’s group was one of two groups to answer the County’s request for proposals, along with the New York Mets.
As a member of the Atlantic League, the Nassau County expansion team will compete against the Long Island Ducks, who have more than 18 years remaining on their lease to play in Suffolk County at Bethpage Ballpark, instantly forming an “Expressway Rivalry”.
“We are pleased to have been awarded this opportunity,” said Boulton. “We look forward to helping County Exec. Ed Mangano bring affordable, family entertainment to the taxpayers of Nassau County in the same fashion the taxpayers of Suffolk have enjoyed for 12 years with the Ducks.”
The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs has brought a high level of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment to selected communities since 1998. Since beginning play 13 years ago, the contracts of more than 600 Atlantic League players have been purchased by Major League organizations.
LI Native John Mackey Dies
John Mackey grew up in Roosevelt and played football at Hempstead High School before settling at Syracuse University and making history in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts. Mackey, who suffered from dementia, died this week at the age of 69.
At Hempstead, Mackey won the 1958 Thorp Award as Nassau County’s top football player.
The NFL Hall of Famer, who roomed with Ernie Davis at Syracuse, is arguably the greatest tight end in the history of the sport. He was selected in the second round of the 1963 NFL draft by the Colts and played in the league until 1972. During that time he caught 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns.
His most prolific catch was a 75-yard touchdown reception in Super Bowl V off the arm of Johnny Unitas. The ball tipped off the fingers of Cowboys defensive back Mel Renfro into Mackey’s hands.
The top tight end in Division I football is given the John Mackey Award and the NFL, thanks in part to the efforts of Mackey’s wife, started the “88 plan” – after Mackey’s number – which provides $88,000 annually for nursing home care and $50,000 for adult day care to retired NFL players in need.
Harris, Jenkins Drafted
Long Island undertones rang through this year’s NBA draft.
Tobias Harris, a Dix Hills native, was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks with the 19th overall pick.
Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins was selected in the second round, 44th overall, by the Golden State Warriors.
Jenkins becomes the first Hofstra player chosen in the NBA draft since Speedy Claxton was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers (20th overall) back in 2000. Claxton also played part of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
From Hofstra sports information…
The last Pride player to reach the NBA was Norman Richardson (‘01), who was a free agent selection of the Indiana Pacers in 2001 and played parts of one season for the Pacers and Chicago Bulls.
Rich Laurel remains the highest-ever NBA Draft selection by a Hofstra player, as he was a first-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977 (19th overall) and played for part of the 1977-78 season with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bill Thieben was a third-round selection (22nd overall) of the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1956 and played for the Pistons for three years.
Other Hofstra players to be chosen in the top 60 (the modern NBA Draft has 60 selections) include John Irving, who was a third-round selection by the Detroit Pistons (58th overall) in 1977, and Steve Nisenson, who was chosen by the New York Knicks in the fifth round in 1965 (40th overall).
Hofstra players who earned selections in later rounds include Richie Swartz (1962, 7th round), Barry White (1969, 8th round), Bernard Tomlin (1976, 6th round), Henry Hollingsworth (1979, 8th round) and Doug Mills (1984, 10th round).
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