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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Maine’s offensive line is in flux, but starting to take shape

    Bruce Johnson is the rock of Maine’s offensive line. Daniel Carriker also is a constant up front for the Black Bears. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Brooks is highly regarded by his coaches and firmly a part of the future. After that? There are some questions for Maine as it enters its second game of the season, Saturday at Bryant, as I wrote about in a story in Wednesday’s Press Herald. Offensive […]

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    Friday Sep 05, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Maine hoops teams will be tested

    We interrupt football season to talk a little basketball and hockey today. The full schedules for the Maine men’s and women’s basketball teams were released Thursday, although most of the nonconference portions were already known. A few highlights: For the men, there are 12 home games, but none until a matchup with Wagner on Dec. 2. Key road games are at Butler, Boston College and Seton Hall. The Black Bears […]

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    Wednesday Sep 03, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    Black Bear blockers can’t back down if team is to move forward

    The early reviews for Maine’s offensive line, a group without any seniors, were not good. There were few holes to run through, and not a lot of opportunities for first-time starting quarterback Dan Collins to survey the field when he dropped back to pass. The result was that Maine gained 98 yards rushing and 92 passing, for a paltry 190 yards of offense in Saturday’s 10-6 win over Norfolk State. […]

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    Saturday Aug 30, 2014 | 11:25 pm

    Maine shows off a fierce defense, but an offense that needs more bite

    So, the Black Bears are who we thought they were. Isn’t that the obvious conclusion after Saturday’s 10-6 victory over Norfolk State? The Maine defense, with holdovers and newcomers alike making big contributions, appears to be as ferocious as advertised. The offense, with not nearly enough holdovers, will need to muster enough positive plays to find the end zone every once in a while. At least for now. Norfolk State […]

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    Friday Aug 29, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    Collins turns into ‘the guy’ at quarterback for Maine

    When word finally arrived after practice Thursday, in a brief conversation with Maine offensive coordinator Kevin Bourgoin, Dan Collins felt comfort, not relief, at being selected the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Norfolk State. He’s “the guy.” At last. Collins, the redshirt sophomore who backed up Marcus Wasilewski a year ago, has been handed the reins to the Black Bear offense, beating out true freshman Drew Belcher after […]

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    Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 1:40 pm

    Five days from kickoff, still no starting quarterback for Maine

    To hear Maine football Coach Jack Cosgrove tell it, the first few weeks of training camp were marked by what his young quarterbacks weren’t able to do. The last few days have been marked by what they can do. The bottom line is that he still hasn’t been able to determine who will start under center on Saturday when the season opens against Norfolk State. “I’m not in a race […]

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    Thursday Aug 21, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    Walsh is moving in, ready to move on with his new Black Bears team

    New Maine men’s basketball Coach Bob Walsh is tucked into a top-floor temporary office at Memorial Gym, still living out of his car and hotel rooms, keeping tabs on his far-flung future players through social media. And loving it. I sat down with Walsh for an hour Tuesday afternoon, back in Orono after a two-week vacation and eager to get his first season as a Black Bear started. As always, […]

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    Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Black Bears are asking: Will the ideal quarterback please stand up?

    It’s now a three-quarterback race to be the opening-day starter for the Maine football team. And “race” may not be the proper word for it. In Tuesday’s final scrimmage, all three would-be signal-callers did just enough right to be tantalizing options, but also just enough wrong to leave Coach Jack Cosgrove scratching his head. “I had higher expectations than what I saw,” a rather subdued Cosgrove told me, sitting in […]

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  • Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    Black Bear assistant baseball coach is old hand eager for new challenge

    John Schiffner’s baseball career includes coaching stops at the high school and small college level, scouting for major-league teams and managing the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League for 22 years. What was left? A job on a Division I college staff. Old friend Steve Trimper has given Schiffner that opportunity at Maine, where he will serve as a volunteer assistant. “I talked to him a number of years […]

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