Posted on 20 October 2015 by WNST Staff
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Posted on 23 August 2015 by Luke Jones
Like it or not, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has developed a reputation around the NFL for being a dirty player.
So, it came as no surprise that his penalized hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford drew plenty of criticism after Saturday’s game. Eagles tackle Jason Peters said he was “pretty sure he planned it” after the teams practiced together all week.
It was probably unnecessary for Suggs to hit Bradford in the knees, but a quarterback isn’t supposed to be treated as a “quarterback” when running the read option, a play in which one defensive player is responsible for the quarterback potentially keeping the ball while another defender targets the running back. When the league goes to desperate lengths to protect its quarterbacks, we’ll find plenty of examples like this one that make us ask where we draw the line and officials face the same problem in real time.
It’s not a defensive player’s job to stand there as the play develops and think, “Did he really sell the threat to run enough with that read-option play?” Any football player will tell you indecisiveness leads to big plays by the opposition and potential injury to yourself.
Ultimately, it’s a violent game in which players get hurt and have gotten hurt countless times. It’s not a defensive player’s responsibility to be thinking about a quarterback’s medical history, particularly if he’s executing a play in which he frequently serves as a runner.
Regardless of the play itself, Suggs’ comments after the game were spot on as it relates to Eagles coach Chip Kelly and the handling of his new quarterback in Philadelphia.
“When you run the read option, you have to know the rules,” Suggs said. “If you want to run the read option with your starting quarterback that has had two knee surgeries, that’s on you. That’s not my responsibility to update you on the rules. I could have hit him harder than that. I eased up.”
The comments sound harsh, but Suggs is right.
And whether the hit to the knee was intentional or not — hitting a ball carrier in that area isn’t illegal, just to be clear — Bradford is an easy target if the Eagles insist on using the read-option attack. He’s going to be hit and potentially hit in the knees.
This isn’t a matter of wishing ill will on Bradford as you hope he can finally stay healthy.
It’s just football.
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Posted on 23 August 2015 by Luke Jones
PHILADELPHIA — Midway through the second quarter of the Ravens’ 40-17 preseason defeat to Philadelphia on Saturday, one question came to mind in regards to the abysmal performance.
How much uglier might it have been had Baltimore not practiced against the Eagles the previous three days?
Head coach John Harbaugh said his team had “plenty to learn” from one of the worst preseason performances in franchise history and cited the lack of game-planning against Chip Kelly’s unique offensive attack as a factor, but when Bryn Renner, Terrence Magee, Fitz Toussaint, and Tom Nelson figure prominently into your first scoring drive after you’ve already given up 30 points, it isn’t difficult to conclude how the night went.
What was reinforced on Saturday is that you’ll get your butts kicked in the NFL if you’re banged up and play poorly.
As frustrating as it was to watch, it was only a preseason game, making the performance ugly but inconsequential to the big picture as the Ravens will go back to work on Monday. Joe Flacco threw interceptions on the first two offensive possessions, the defense couldn’t stop the run, and the Ravens committed nine penalties for 82 yards in the first half — four others were declined by the Eagles over the first 30 minutes — but none of those factors should have anyone rethinking Baltimore’s expectations for the 2015 season just yet.
The injuries are concerning, however, as the absence of rookie Breshad Perriman was felt on Flacco’s first interception that came on a deep throw intended for Kamar Aiken, who is hardly a burner in terms of speed. Flacco isn’t free of blame as the pass was underthrown, but you couldn’t help but assume a play like that is designed for the speedy Perriman, who was taken in the first round of this year’s draft to replace Torrey Smith.
Perriman still hasn’t practiced since injuring his knee on July 30 and the Ravens are without a wideout who can stretch the field until the 6-foot-2 Central Florida product finally returns to action. Three weeks still remain before the season opener in Denver, but it’s fair to wonder how ready he’ll be to make a significant impact early in the season after missing so much valuable practice time this month.
The current state of the offensive line is also a mess as the night began with starters Kelechi Osemele and Rick Wagner sidelined and only got worse from there. James Hurst drew the start at right tackle in place of Wagner since backup right tackle Jah Reid was also out with back spasms, but Hurst exited the game with a concussion in the first quarter and was replaced by rookie De’Ondre Wesley, who promptly injured his knee.
It was unthinkable to see Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda move out to right tackle in a preseason game when the Ravens have a 90-man roster, but that’s what it came to late in the first quarter. Fortunately, Flacco’s health remained intact as the Ravens had to wonder if director of player development and Super Bowl XXXV right tackle Harry Swayne might need to suit up before the night was over.
How concerning are the injuries with nine offensive linemen — left tackle Eugene Monroe was also seen icing his arm on the sideline — currently less than 100 percent?
“Those guys are all slated to come back, to my knowledge,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see about Wesley. I don’t think there’s anybody else off the top of my head that wouldn’t be slated to come back. At one point, we had three guys playing out of position who had never practiced [at their new spots] before. I thought they did a pretty good job with that.
“That’s the preseason. That’s how it works.”
Thankfully, it was only the preseason.
Because the impact of the injuries and the overall sloppiness weren’t indicative of a team with high aspirations for 2015.
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Posted on 22 August 2015 by Luke Jones
PHILADELPHIA — The Ravens enter their second preseason game of the summer against the Philadelphia Eagles with injury concerns along the offensive line.
Left guard Kelechi Osemele (Achilles) and right tackle Rick Wagner (leg) were not suited up to play during pre-game warmups, meaning Ryan Jensen and James Hurst were in line to start at their respective positions. Four reserve linemen were also out with injuries including John Urschel (concussion), Jah Reid (back), Darryl Baldwin, and Blaine Clausell.
Baltimore was also missing two starters on the opposite side of the ball as cornerback Lardarius Webb (hamstring) and defensive end Chris Canty were not suited up to play. Webb has been sidelined since before the first preseason game while Canty has been participated in practices, making one speculate that the 32-year-old’s absence is based more on his veteran status.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith (foot) and safety Terrence Brooks (knee) went through pre-game warmups and appear set to make their preseason debuts. Smith was held out of the first preseason game for precautionary reasons while Brooks was activated from the physically unable to perform list earlier this week.
As expected, rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman will not play against the Eagles as he remains sidelined with a knee injury suffered on July 30. Joining him on the sideline is second-year wideout Michael Campanaro, who did not take part in Friday’s walk-through practice in Philadelphia.
The referee for Saturday’s game is Jerome Boger.
The Ravens are wearing purple jerseys with white pants while Philadelphia dons its white tops with white pants.
Baltimore is 47-29 in all-time preseason play and 20-9 under Harbaugh. The Ravens and the Eagles are meeting in the preseason for the 12th time with Baltimore owning a 7-4 record.
Teams are not required to release a list of inactive for preseason games, but below is an unofficial list of Ravens players on the 90-man roster who are not expected to play on Saturday night:
WR Michael Campanaro
WR Breshad Perriman
CB Lardarius Webb
LB Steven Means
OT Darryl Baldwin
OT Blaine Clausell
G John Urschel
OT Rick Wagner
G Kelechi Osemele
OT Jah Reid
DE Kapron Lewis-Moore
DE Chris Canty
TE Dennis Pitta
TE Allen Reisner
S Matt Elam
DE Brent Urban
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Posted on 22 August 2015 by Luke Jones
A four-day trip to Philadelphia culminates with the Ravens’ second preseason game of the summer with the Eagles on Saturday night.
Unlike last year’s three-day practice session with San Francisco that followed a preseason game, the Ravens should be very familiar with Chip Kelly’s team after two days of full workouts and Friday’s walk-through leading into their preseason contest. By most accounts, the trip was productive with only a few skirmishes that paled in comparison to fights that have taken place elsewhere between teams practicing together.
“They treated us very well, and we had three really good practices with a good football team,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “We felt like we’ve improved. You see schemes you don’t normally see, the way routes are run or different types of plays on both sides of the ball that you don’t normally see. It’s great to get a chance to expose yourself to some different schemes.”
After the starting offense put together a 16-play touchdown drive in its only action in the preseason opener, Harbaugh could push his starters to play the entire first quarter in the second game of the summer. As always, that will depend on the number of plays each drive consumes and the plan will be individualized with some starters being removed early and younger first-teamers playing a little bit more.
Saturday marks the first time that Baltimore will play the Eagles in the preseason since 2011. The teams played in 10 out of the first 12 years of the Ravens’ existence, making the recent lull somewhat surprising given the geographic proximity between the teams.
The Ravens are 7-4 against Philadephia in the all-time preseason series and 1-2-1 against them in their regular-season history. They are set to meet in the 2016 regular season, which will push back a joint-practice reunion until at least the following year.
Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury report
The Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released ahead of Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia.
Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will be in question. This list, of course, will not include any veterans who may be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference.
Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:
OUT: WR Breshad Perriman (knee), CB Lardarius Webb (hamstring), TE Dennis Pitta (hip), S Matt Elam (biceps), DE Brent Urban (biceps), TE Allen Reisner (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: G Kelechi Osemele (Achilles), OT Jah Reid (back), LB Steven Means (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: OT Rick Wagner (foot), S Terrence Brooks (knee), G John Urschel (concussion), G Robert Myers (concussion), DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (undisclosed), OT Darryl Baldwin (undisclosed), OL Blaine Clausell (undisclosed)
PROBABLE: DT Timmy Jernigan (foot), WR Marlon Brown (back), DE DeAngelo Tyson (elbow), CB Asa Jackson (knee)
Five players to watch Saturday night
CB Rashaan Melvin
The absence of Lardarius Webb continues to create more opportunities for Melvin, who did a respectable job down the stretch last year until major struggles in the playoff loss to New England. Overall, the 6-foot-2 corner has practiced well this summer, impressing against the Eagles this week. With veteran Kyle Arrington better suited to play inside in the nickel package, the 25-year-old Melvin is an intriguing option for the future with Webb approaching 30 and not the player he was a few years ago. A strong performance by Melvin in the second preseason game could put some heat on the veteran once his hamstring is finally healthy.
WR Darren Waller
Few players have improved as much from the spring until now as the sixth-round pick from Georgia Tech, who is developing rapidly for a 6-foot-6 receiver with few opportunities in Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack. Despite being 245 pounds, Waller runs better routes than you’d expect and is sinking his hips better when trying to change directions. At the start of the summer, the practice squad appeared to be a realistic option for the tall wideout, but Waller looks more and more like a player who could help the Ravens inside the red zone while continuing to learn the finer points of the position. Baltimore has had plenty of tall receivers in the past, but he shows signs of a better skill set to go along with his height.
OL Ryan Jensen
With Osemele, Urschel, and Myers all recently dealing with health concerns, Jensen could draw a start at left guard against the Eagles after playing well this summer. A favorite of offensive line coach Juan Castillo, the Colorado State-Pueblo product is moving into position to earn a roster spot with the ability to play all three interior line positions, the kind of versatility that is valuable on game days. At 6-foor-4 and 310 pounds, Jensen will have his hands full with a very talented Philadelphia defensive line, but Saturday will be a good litmus test if he indeed plays in place of the hobbled Osemele.
LB Albert McClellan
The veteran linebacker has been a mainstay on the roster, but the younger Zach Orr has emerged as not only a special-teams standout but a viable backup linebacker and it’s clear the Ravens would still like to salvage some value out of disappointing 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown. These factors make you wonder if there will be room for all three on the 53-man roster. McClellan struggled at inside linebacker in the preseason opener, but he does have the ability to play all four linebacker spots in the Baltimore base defense, something that shouldn’t be overlooked when only a few reserve linebackers are active on game days. He’ll need to have a better showing against the Eagles to improve his roster standing.
TE Nick Boyle
Second-round pick Maxx Williams clearly possesses more upside for the future, but Boyle is showing more ability as a receiver than many anticipated and had a strong showing practicing against the Eagles this week. He has had some issues with drops at times, but the Ravens liked his hands at Delaware and believe he can be a solid all-around player at the position. Crockett Gillmore is the clear No. 1 tight end at this point, but Boyle’s ability to block and catch a few passes might earn him a few more chances in certain formations than Williams. He could be a surprising contributor inside the red zone if he can show consistent ability to block as a rookie, which the Ravens will need behind Gillmore’s expanded role.
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Posted on 09 June 2015 by Luke Jones
The Ravens have finalized their 2015 training camp schedule, which will again include an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium for fans to attend.
In what’s become a yearly tradition, fans are invited attend the stadium practice on Monday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. for an early look at this year’s Ravens. Admission is free.
The first full-squad camp practice takes place on July 30, a day after all veterans must report to the team’s Owings Mills training complex for the first team meeting of the summer.
Rookies report on July 22 with injured veterans arriving on July 24 and quarterbacks on July 26. Players must report for physicals, conditioning tests, and football school before they are allowed to practice.
Training camp breaks on Aug. 18 when the team travels to Philadelphia for three days of practices with the Eagles before their nationally-televised preseason game on Aug. 22.
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Posted on 09 May 2015 by Luke Jones
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — For the second straight year, the Ravens will participate in joint practices with one of their preseason opponents during this summer’s training camp.
After hosting the San Francisco 49ers for three practices following the preseason opener last summer, head coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens will travel to the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia to work out for three days with the Eagles prior to their preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 22. Harbaugh will finalize the practice schedule with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in the near future.
Unlike last year when he was welcoming his brother to Owings Mills, Harbaugh says he isn’t very familiar with Kelly, but Jim Harbaugh — the former head coach at Stanford — coached against Kelly’s Oregon Ducks for several years in what is now known as the Pacific-12 Conference.
“We’re excited about that. We’re looking forward to it,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know Chip very well, but Jim’s always spoken real highly of him, and I obviously have great respect for him.”
The Ravens had never held practices with another team prior to last year, but they previously scrimmaged with the Washington Redskins a few times prior to the Harbaugh era. Baltimore hasn’t played the Eagles since 2012 and will host Philadelphia in the regular season next year, which would likely rule out a potential trip by the Eagles to Owings Mills next summer.
This summer will mark the first preseason game between the Ravens and the Eagles since 2011. The Interstate 95 neighbors have met 11 times in the preseason with Baltimore holding a 7-4 edge.
“We were just talking at the owners’ meetings,” said Harbaugh about his interactions with Kelly. “We were kind of wondering why we don’t play each other more in the preseason and to see if we can work something out. It looks like we’re going to be able to do that.”
Ravens studying logistics for trips out west
With two occurrences of back-to-back road games against teams out west, the Ravens continue to weigh their options over whether to stay out there to limit the number of cross-country trips in the regular season.
Nothing is set in stone, but the Ravens may remain out west after their season opener against Denver to then play at Oakland in Week 2. Baltimore also plays in San Francisco in Week 6 before traveling to Arizona for a Monday night game the following week.
“We have not made a final decision on staying out there. We’re leaning in that direction, especially the first week,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see about the second week; it’s a little bit of a longer trip. We have a couple of sleep-study doctors and time-zone doctors and things like that who we’re talking to.
“We just want to do the smartest thing, whatever it is. We’ll probably have a decision on that within two weeks, I’d say.”
After the Ravens’ well-documented injuries at cornerback during the 2014 season, the first injury of 2015 was suffered by another playing that same position.
Participating in this weekend’s rookie minicamp, free-agent cornerback Julian Wilson suffered a fractured lower leg on Friday and will miss the 2015 season. The 6-foot-2 Oklahoma product was considered an undrafted rookie to watch this summer, but he will instead spend his rookie season on injured reserve.
“He’ll be out for the year, and he’ll move on from that,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll still be with us and be a part of us. He has a lot of potential as a player, so it was disappointing in that sense.”
Harbaugh mum on Wells report
Asked to comment about the Ted Wells report released on the New England Patriots’ deflated footballs scandal, Harbaugh wasn’t about to take the bait.
“Our business is right here,” said Harbaugh, who declined comment and quipped that he’s been too busy to read the entire report. “This is our business right here in Baltimore. We’ll take care of our business. Thanks.”
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Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s basketball team released its 2014 non-conference schedule Wednesday, which includes home matchups against four local foes, a trip to Puerto Rico and their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Final Four opponent Notre Dame.
In their first matchup since the 2014 Final Four, the Terrapins will open the season against Mount St. Mary’s at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. They will host Wagner two days later on Nov. 16.
South Florida, who the Terrapins beat on the road to open last season, will come to College Park for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Maryland will finish that week with a trip across town to George Washington on Saturday, Nov. 22, then will host Loyola on Monday, Nov. 24.
Maryland will head to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Terps will take on 2014 NCAA Tournament team James Madison on Friday, Nov. 28, then Washington State on Nov. 29.
After their trip to Puerto Rico, the Terrapins will head to Indiana to take on the Fighting Irish on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Due to a scheduling conflict with the men’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Maryland and Notre Dame will play in Fort Wayne at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The Terps will return home to host Towson and American on Sunday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 12, then will play a noon game at Coppin State on Dec. 21.
The Terrapins will host Goldey-Beacom for an exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 1 and the University of the District of Columbia for an exhibition one week later.
Head coach Brenda Frese and the Terps went 28-7 in the 2013-14 season and made a trip to the Final Four in Nashville. The Terrapins beat Army and Texas in the NCAA First and Second Rounds in College Park, then beat top-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen and won at No. 3 Louisville to advance to the Final Four.
The full Big Ten schedule and television information will be available on umterps.com at a later date. For the list of the Terps’ home and away Big Ten opponents, log on to http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=716399&SPID=120729&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=209421180.
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Posted on 05 August 2014 by WNST Staff
CSU Head Basketball coach Michael Grant selected as the MEAC representative for the NABC Division I Congress
BALTIMORE – First-year Coppin State head men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has been named as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I Congress representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
As a congressman, Grant will serve as a liaison between the coaches in the MEAC and the NABC. Among some of his roles, Grant will participate in monthly conference calls and attend the annual meeting during the convention. In addition, congress representative coaches serve to both relay information from the NABC Board of Directors to fellow conference coaches as well as help survey the membership and garner support for the organization.
“It’s an honor to serve on this committee,” Grant said. “It gives me a chance to express our concerns throughout the country. I look forward to representing our conference on this committee.”
The NABC Congress was formed in 1992 to allow the NABC to work more effectively with the NCAA and its committees. The NABC Congress consists of one NABC coach serving as a conference representative for each of the divisions of NCAA Basketball.
Grant became Coppin State’s sixth head men’s basketball coach since 1964 on May 7. He will coach his first game at the helm of the Eagles at the University of Oregon on Friday, November 14. The Eagles’ first home game will be on Monday, December 1 against Division II Goldey-Beacom College.
A 15-year veteran, who has won 56 percent of his games, Grant comes to Coppin State from Division II Stillman College, where he was the head coach for the last six years. Grant was also the head coach from 2003-05 at Southern University (La.) where he replaced the legendary Ben Jobe.
At the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign, Grant amassed a six-year school record of 100-73. In 2012-13, the Tigers finished the season with an 18-10 overall mark and a 12-5 SIAC record. Center Torrean Walker ranked first in the SIAC and seventh in Division II in blocked shots per game while guard Jeffrey Wherry finished first in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio. The Tigers led the SIAC in assists, blocked shots, scoring offense and three-pointers made per game.
During the 2010-11 season, he guided Stillman to a 24-8 overall mark, a 19-5 conference record, second place in the SIAC and to the regional final of the Division II South Regional. The Tigers finished the season eighth in the NCAA with three-pointers made (9.4 per game) and blocked shots (4.2 per outing).
Credited by former players as a “disciplinarian,” Grant’s coaching genius was first established at NAIA-turned-Division II member Central State (Ohio) University. In seven seasons, Grant led the Marauders to three 20-win campaigns and only one losing season—his first in 1996-97. During the 1999-00 season, Grant led Central State to the program’s first victory in the NAIA National Tournament since 1979. By the end of his seven-year tenure at the school, Grant had become only the fourth Central State coach to have won more than 100 games in his career with the school.
Grant began his coaching career at his alma mater, Malone College in Ohio, where he first studied under Hal Smith as a student assistant. Grant then served on Smith’s staff in 1985 as a full-time assistant before heading to the University of Michigan as a graduate assistant where he helped coach and develop his younger brother Gary Grant, who eventually became the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1988. Gary Grant was the 14th overall player chosen in the 1988 NBA draft.
Grant also coached at Kentucky State University, Alleghany College, Cleveland State University, and the University of Toledo.
Grant and his wife, Charmane, reside in Hanover, Md. They have three children: Chris (32), Raynesha (24) and Lauren (22).
ABOUT THE NABC: The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), located in Kansas City, Missouri was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary University of Kansas basketball coach. Formation of the NABC began as an emergency measure for the presentation of a united opinion the Joint Basketball Rules Committee, then the central governing authority of the game, announced without notice that it had adopted a change in the rules which virtually eliminated the dribble.
Allen, a student of basketball founder James Naismith, organized coaches to take a stand in a nationwide protest which successfully postponed the adoption of the rule change for one year. It is worthy to note that the dribble still is part of the game of basketball. This marked the beginning of this collective group of coaches to serve as Guardians of the Game.
Since its inception, the NABC has contributed numerous ideas and programs to help preserve and enhance the positive aspects of college basketball. These initiatives include establishing the original Basketball Hall of Fame (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame), creating the format for today’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, supporting Coaches vs. Cancer, and building the College Basketball Experience, which houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, as part of the Sprint Center Arena located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
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Posted on 29 July 2014 by WNST Staff
Coppin State men’s basketball releases 2014-15 schedule
BALTIMORE – The Coppin State 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule released Tuesday afternoon resembles Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “On The Run” tour itinerary as the Eagles will play games in 11 states highlighted by visits to reigning NCAA champion Connecticut and 2013 NCAA runner-up Michigan.
Overall, the Eagles will play 11 of their 29 games at home in the Physical Education Complex under first-year head coach Michael Grant. Coppin State’s home opener will be on Monday, Dec. 1 against Division II Goldey-Beacom College. The Eagles will also host Hofstra (Wed. Dec. 10) and Eastern Kentucky (Tue., Dec. 30) during the month of December.
Coppin State starts the season with a four-game 10-day road trip from Nov. 14-23 in which it play a game in every time zone in the contiguous United States: Oregon (Fri., Nov. 14), Illinois (Sat., Nov. 16), Notre Dame (Wed., Nov. 19) and Denver (Sun., Nov. 23).
“This is a tremendous schedule full of high-caliber opponents,” said Grant. “We are looking forward to the challenges this season presents. Each game provides our team with different challenges before heading into MEAC play. We are thrilled for the opportunity to play great programs. Finalizing our schedule makes it more exciting for all of us and the fans.”
The Eagles will play Connecticut on Sun., Dec. 14 and Michigan on Mon., Dec. 22 in consecutive December games as part of four-game road trip that also includes stops at Eastern Michigan (Tue., Dec. 23) and Evansville (Sun., Dec. 28). The location of the Connecticut game will be determined later. It will either played on the Huskies’ campus in Storrs or at the XL Center in downtown Hartford.
Grant has University of Michigan ties as he served as a graduate assistant where he helped coach and develop his younger brother Gary Grant, who eventually became the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1988. Gary Grant was the 14th overall player chosen in the 1988 NBA draft. The Wolverines beat the Eagles last season.
In addition, the Eagles will play their final non-conference contest and first game of 2015 against Akron on Sat. Jan. 3. Grant was born in Cleveland and attended high school in Canton.
Coppin State will play 16 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contests beginning with a visit to Hampton onSaturday, Dec. 6. The Eagles eliminated Hampton from the MEAC tournament in the quarterfinals last season. Coppin State’s first home conference contest will be on Saturday, Jan. 17 against Bethune-Cookman, a squad the Eagles defeated in the first round of the MEAC tournament last season.
The Eagles will play every MEAC school at least once and have home-and-home matchups against Northern Division rivals Howard, Morgan State, Norfolk State and Delaware State. Coppin State will host four of the six Southern Division teams (Savannah State, South Carolina State, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman).
The Eagles will play six of their final eight games at home highlighted by a season-high four game homestand featuring Morgan State (Monday, Feb. 2), South Carolina State (Saturday, Feb. 7), Savannah State (Monday, Feb. 9) and Howard (Saturday, Feb. 14). Coppin concludes the regular season on Thursday, March 5 at home against Delaware State.
The year wraps a trip to Norfolk for the annual MEAC Tournament from March 9-14.
Coppin State, which won 12 games last year and advanced to the MEAC semifinals, returns 11 players.
Senior guard Taariq Cephas, senior forward Dallas Gary, senior guard Daquan Brickhouse, senior forward Arnold Fripp, senior forward Brandon St. Louis, and junior guard Sterling Smith are among the top returning players for the Eagles this season. Cephas, who averaged 9.4 points per game, finished third in the MEAC in assists per game (4.1). Smith is the Eagles leading returning scorer (10.9 ppg.). He also led the Eagles with 60 3-pointers.
Other scheduling nuggets:
• Back to Oregon … The Eagles play a Pac-12 school in the state of Oregon for the second straight year. The Eagles defeated Oregon State, 78-73, last season. This is also the second straight season, Coppin State will begin the season against a Pac-12 opponent. Coppin State began the 2013-14 season against California.
• Conference Casting Call … Coppin State will play against schools from 10 different conferences this season (Pac-12, Big 10, ACC, American Athletic, MAC, America East, CAA, Summit, Central Atlantic Collegiate and Missouri Valley).
• Bye-ing Time … The Eagles MEAC byes occur on Monday, Jan. 12 and Monday, Feb. 23.
• Home Cooking … Coppin State will play five of its seven February games at home in the Physical Education Complex. February also features the Eagles’ longest home stand of the season of four games (Morgan State, South Carolina State, Savannah State and Howard from Feb. 2-14). The Eagles will leave the state once in February when it travels to Delaware State on Feb. 16.
• Time Travelers … Coppin State starts the season with a four-game road trip from Nov. 14-23 in which it play a game in every time zone in the contiguous United States: Oregon (Fri., Nov. 14), Illinois (Sat., Nov. 16), Notre Dame (Wed., Nov. 19) and Denver (Sun., Nov. 23).
• Welcome Back … The Eagles will welcome Florida A&M to Baltimore for the first time since Feb. 8, 2010.
• Familiar Foes … The Eagles will play non-conference contests against Towson, Michigan and Akron for the second straight season. This will be the fifth consecutive season Coppin State and Towson will meet each other. The teams have split the four previous matchups.
Men’s Basketball 2014-15 Schedule
Day Date Opponent
Fri. Nov. 14 at Oregon
Sun. Nov. 16 at Illinois
Wed. Nov. 19 at Notre Dame
Sun. Nov. 23 at Denver
Mon. Dec. 1 GOLDEY-BEACOM
Wed. Dec. 3 at Towson
Sat. Dec. 6 at Hampton*
Mon. Dec. 8 at Norfolk State*
Wed. Dec. 10 HOFSTRA
Sun. Dec. 14 at Connecticut
Mon. Dec. 22 at Michigan
Tue. Dec. 23 at Eastern Michigan
Sun. Dec. 28 at Evansville
Tue. Dec. 30 EASTERN KENTUCKY
Sat. Jan. 3 at Akron
Sat. Jan. 10 at Howard*
Sat. Jan. 17 BETHUNE-COOKMAN*
Mon. Jan. 19 FLORIDA A&M*
Sat. Jan. 24 at North Carolina A&T*
Mon. Jan. 26 at North Carolina Central*
Sat. Jan. 31 at Maryland Eastern Shore* Princess Anne, Md.
Mon. Feb. 2 MORGAN STATE*
Sat. Feb. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE*
Mon. Feb. 9 SAVANNAH STATE*
Sat. Feb. 14 HOWARD* (HOMECOMING)
Mon. Feb. 16 at Delaware State*
Sat. Feb. 21 NORFOLK STATE*
Sat. Feb. 28 at Morgan State*
Thur. Mar. 5 DELAWARE STATE*
Mon.-Sat.Mar. 9-14 at MEAC Tournament
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