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Friday, April 18, 2014

SCSU's Godek feels pressure of Owls’ coaching lineage

NEW HAVEN >> Tom Godek has to pinch himself when he thinks about the prestigious list of coaches he has joined.
Recently named the sixth head football coach in Southern Connecticut State’s esteemed history, the former offensive coordinator is charged with resurrecting one of the region’s top programs.
“It’s hard to believe the names that have come before me,” Godek said. “The five that have sat in (the head coach’s) chair...I can’t even comprehend that my name is on the list now.”
Godek is certainly following in some big footsteps. Jess Dow founded the program in 1948 and won 108 games. Harry Shay took over for Dow and was followed by George DeLeone and Kevin Gilbride, both of whom coached in the NFL. Rich Cavanaugh held the position for the past 29 seasons, winning 170 games before retiring in November.
“There’s certainly a lot of pressure to live up to the expectation of those coaches that have come before me,” said Godek, who was an assistant under Cavanaugh for the past 13 years.
Godek is now charged with turning around the Owls’ fortunes. SCSU has posted back-to-back 3-8 campaigns after a long stint as a Division II playoff contender.
The 1988 Southern graduate describes the four months it took before being appointed head coach after Cavanaugh left as agonizing and stressful.
“It was both,” he said. “Being an alum, we wanted to continue to recruit and not let down the program, whether it was myself or another alum or an outsider who got the job. We’re still doing it right now.
“It was difficult. We made it totally clear that we wanted the recruits to come out and see Southern Connecticut State University, its academic offerings, its social life, and let them know that they could be talking to another person later. We were overjoyed when I got the word, even though we were a little behind.”
Godek brings 20 years of coaching experience to the position following a decorated playing career that culminated in a free agent signing with the New York Jets. He said he got several key recruits to sign on before his appointment was made official. He then called the fringe recruits when he was named coach and was ecstatic when about eight of them committed right away.
The popular Godek was thankful for the overwhelming support he got from so many players and their families in the interview process.
Tom Godek takes over at SCSU

“Obviously coach Cavanaugh did a great job, but there will be some changes,” he said. “There’s certainly some carryover. (Cavanaugh’s) a huge void to fill, but we’ve looked at a couple of different things from an offensive and defensive schematic. The players have come up to me and said, ‘It’s the same but, boy, it’s a lot different.’”
Godek hasn’t solidified his coaching staff yet and his roster is still a work in progress. The Owls lost the final five games of last season, which coincided with the season-ending injury of quarterback Jacob Jablonski. But they have two big pieces on both sides of the ball to build with.
Linebacker Brian Wilcox is one of the top defensive players in the region and, offensively, John Moscatel is one of the most versatile players in the conference.
“We’ll try to hide him in a couple of spots,” Godek said of Moscatel, who gained over 2,000 all-purpose yards last season, “He’ll be in the backfield, in the slot. He can do everything. Wilcox and Moscatel are kind of the faces of the program.”
Godek didn’t know how to characterize his team, only to say they’ll be very competitive.
“I don’t know if we’re rebuilding,” said the native of Ludlowe, Mass. “We’re putting the next level on. We’ve got a good foundation, regardless of the wins and losses from last year, and we’re going to try to take it to the next level.”
Godek will unveil his first team on April 25 in the Owls’ annual William “Sully” Sullivan spring game at Jess Dow field at 7 p.m.

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Amity's Luth signs to play at Rhode Island

Amity kicker Lyle Luth recently signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Rhode Island this football to play collegiately.
With Lyle in the front row are his parents Kendra and Adam Luth and in the back row, Head Coach Bert Mozealous and Asst Coach Kevin Mozealous.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

New Haven/SCSU LIVe: Follow the action

Saturday, October 19, 2013


#chargernation: Post game show


EXTRA CHARGE: Freshman leading UNH defense

WEST HAVEN >> University of New Haven’s 6-foot, 185-pound freshman cornerback Najae Brown said he’s always had to prove that, despite his size, he belongs on the field. This season he has done that and more, leading the team in tackles (44) and tying for the lead in interceptions with two. Read more here.

Live Central: Stonehill at UNH

New Haven game notes

Stonehill game notes

Friday, September 27, 2013


THE TAILGATE REPORT: The keys to the game

EXTRA CHARGE: LIU Post bigger challenge for Chargers

WEST HAVEN >> Despite outscoring opponents 135-26 in two straight victories, University of New Haven coach Pete Rossomando said little can be drawn from those wins as UNH prepares for LIU Post on Saturday at 1 p.m. at DellaCamera Stadium.
“I don’t think there’s anything you can carry over other than some confidence,” Rossomando said. “You’ve got to take each week as its own individual week, and (LIU Post) is a really good football team.” Read more here

#chargergameday Live Central

Live stats

UNH Pregame Show

UNH Game Notes

LIU Post Game Notes


Friday, September 20, 2013

NEW HAVEN LIVE: New Haven battles Saint Anselm

EXTRA CHARGE: New Haven using 2010 loss as motivation

WEST HAVEN >> University of New Haven coach Pete Rossomando has not forgotten about the 35-26 loss to Saint Anselm that kept the Chargers out of the 2010 Division II playoffs. With the Chargers travelling to Manchester, N.H., to face the Hawks Friday, he made sure this New Haven team knew about the loss, too.
“That’s probably the toughest loss, next to the IUP loss (in the 2012 Division II playoffs), that I’ve ever had to endure,” said Rossomando, who told the team about the loss after Thursday’s practice. “That was our first chance at the playoffs and we had it in our grasp. They just played much better than us and they won the game.”

SCSU vs. Merrimack: Live Blog

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

College football picks for Week 5; Michigan is the best bet

Michigan will be angry after its embarrassing performance at home against Akron a week ago. It is clear the Wolverines weren't focussed against the FCS foe.
How bad was that narrow win? Well, consider that Akron was nowhere near as good as the Appalachian State team that shocked the Big Blue a few years ago at Ann Arbor.
That spells bad news for the Huskies who probably couldn't beat Akron anyways.
Expect Michigan to roll on the road at UConn just as UCLA did as my best bet a week ago.

Best Bet: Michigan.
Preferred: USC, Kansas State, Arkansas State, Oregon State.

Here are the lines. Picks are in BOLD.

at Georgia
32 (67) North Texas
at Louisville 42 (56) FIU
at Iowa 16 (50) W. Michigan
Vanderbilt 32 (52) at UMass
at Florida  17 (47) Tennessee
Wake Forest  3 (48) at Army
Pittsburgh  4 (50) at Duke
Michigan  17 (51) at UConn
at Wisconsin  24 (47) Purdue
Ball St.  10 (55) at E. Michigan
at Penn St.  20 (53) Kent St.
at Virginia Tech  9 (52) Marshall
Cincinnati  22 (55) at Miami (Ohio)
at Georgia Tech  6 (60) North Carolina
Maryland-x  6 (52) West Virginia
at Minnesota  4 (51) San Jose St.
at Mississippi St.  14 (60) Troy
at Baylor  29 (74) Louisiana-Monroe
Wyoming  3 (65) at Air Force
at BYU  7 (61) Utah
at Nevada  10 (55) Hawaii
at Southern Cal  6 (51) Utah St.
at Texas A&M  28 (78) SMU
Houston-y  2 (65) Rice
at Notre Dame  7 (41) Michigan St.
at Texas  5 (58) Kansas St.
Arkansas St.  4 (53) at Memphis
at Kansas  10 (50) Louisiana Tech
at Alabama  39 (51) Colorado St.
Arkansas  1 (47) at Rutgers
at Stanford  7 (50) Arizona St.
La.-Lafayette  7 (64) at Akron
at Washington St.  31 (56) Idaho
Middle Tenn.  4 (47) at FAU
at Syracuse  14 (54) Tulane
Toledo  13 (56) at Cent. Michigan
at Texas Tech  26 (58) Texas St.
Oregon St.  11 (54) at San Diego St.
at LSU  17 (56) Auburn
UTSA  1 (58) at UTEP
Missouri  3 (71) at Indiana
at UCLA  42 (66) New Mexico St.
x-at M&T Stadium
y-at Reliant Stadium

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Friday, September 13, 2013

NEW HAVEN FOOTBALL LIVE: New Haven battles Pace at home

After a tough 45-14 road loss to West Chester (PA.) to open the season, the Chargers head home looking to right the ship against Pace at 1 p.m. today. Below you'll find a new episode of Extra Charge, pregame analysis in the Tailgate Report, live blogs, live stats and more.

CHARGER NATION: Postgame report

WEST HAVEN >> University of New Haven starting quarterback Ronnie Nelson said the Chargers’ Week 1 loss was a wake-up call. Saturday against Pace, UNH showed just how alert they were with a 65-0 drubbing of the Setters at Ralph DellaCamera Stadium in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for both. Read more here

CHARGER NATION: Halftime report

TAIL GATE REPORT: Pace/New Haven pregame show

EXTRA CHARGE: Champions bounce back

WEST HAVEN >> Hoping to right the wrongs from a 45-14 Week 1 loss to West Chester, University of New Haven senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson told the Chargers’ receivers to stay on the field for extra reps following Thursday’s practice.
Coach Pete Rossomando wasn’t surprised. He said last week’s loss was a wake-up call heading into a matchup against Pace University at Ralph DellaCamera Stadium today at 1 p.m.“The guys are a little testy,” Rossomando said. “They haven’t been 0-1 in a while. They’ve got to respond.” Read more here


Live stats here

Game notes here

Media guide here

Northeast-10 Week 1 report here

NCAA picks for Week 3; picks for every game and best bet

After a fine week 2 here we go for week 3 of our college football picks.

Best Bet: UCLA: The fact that the Bruins are getting 4 here is a joke. Nebraska is ranked and they are at home but there is no team destined for a meteoric rise to the Top 10 like UCLA. Get on them while the lines are still in your favor. This is the best UCLA team in many years and Brett Hundley is a Heisman Trophy candidate you'll be hearing about soon.

Other preferred bets: USC, Wake Forest, Penn State, Maryland.

In the I wouldn't bet it category but you have to pick it: I'll take Alabama to pull away late and cover the 7 against the Aggies.

Good luck. Here are the lines and the picks for every game are in bold.

NCAA Football 

at Rutgers     28   (51)   E.   Michigan
Stanford     29   (51)   at   Army
at West Virginia     40   (56)   Georgia   St.
Louisville     14   (60)   at   Kentucky 
Marshall      8   (68)   at   Ohio 
at Michigan      37   (57)   Akron
at Indiana      2   (61)   Bowling   Green
Virginia Tech      7   (51)   at   East   Carolina
Maryland      6   (47)   at   UConn
at Pittsburgh      21   (51)   New   Mexico
at Wake Forest     3   (51)   Louisiana-Monroe
W. Kentucky      9   (54)   at   South   Alabama
Fresno St.      9   (67)   at   Colorado 
at Florida St.     34   (65)   Nevada
at Nebraska      4   (69)   UCLA 
Georgia Tech     8   (58)   at   Duke
at Oregon     27   (70)   Tennessee
at Texas      2   (65)   Mississippi
at Southern Cal     14   (42)   Boston   College
Iowa      2   (48)   at   Iowa   St. 
Alabama      7   (60)   at   Texas   A&M
N. Illinois      28   (62)   at   Idaho
at Auburn      6   (50)   Mississippi   St.
Washington-x      9   (63)   Illinois
at Penn St.      5   (50)   UCF
Ball St.      3   (60)   at   North   Texas 
at Middle Tenn.      7   (52)   Memphis
at Arkansas      23   (50)   Southern   Miss.
at South Carolina      13   (51)   Vanderbilt 
at Oklahoma      24   (50)   Tulsa 
Ohio St.      16   (65)   at   California
at Kansas St.      39   (55)   UMass
at South Florida      12   (44)   FAU 
at Rice      7   (59)   Kansas
at LSU      37   (55)   Kent   St.
Notre Dame      20   (49)   at   Purdue
UTEP      5   (56)   at   New   Mexico   St.
at Northwestern      30   (59)   W.   Michigan
at Arizona      25   (64)   UTSA
at Utah      3   (58)   Oregon   St.
at UNLV      7   (55)   Cent.   Michigan 
at Arizona St.      5   (54)   Wisconsin
x-at Chicago

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