Quiet National Signing Day for BC; Hafley expecting big things from CM trio

February 1, 2023

While Wednesday’s National Signing Day was a big day for a lot of schools across the country, it was pretty quiet over in Chestnut Hill. That’s because BC took care of the heavy lifting back on the early signing day in December. Head coach Jeff Hafley spoke to Rivals on their National Signing Day Show. Gorney is the National Recruiting Director for Rivals. “You’d like to get them locked in…

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Central Connecticut State University names familiar face as new head coach

January 11, 2023

Image courtesy of @CCSUfootball It was 12 years ago when Adam Lechtenberg helped lead the CCSU Blue Devils to a Northeast Conference title as the co-offensive coordinator. Well, now he’ll have a chance to lead the team back to prominence as the head coach. On Wednesday evening, Lechtenberg was named as the 15th head coach as the program enters its 84th season. “We extend an enthusiastic, warm ‘welcome back’ to Mr. Lechtenberg…

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Belichick addresses a variety of topics in final press conference of the season

January 10, 2023

Bill Belichick met with the media on Monday and fielded a variety of questions on a variety of topics. From whether he is returning next season to Mac Jones status as the team’s starting quarterback to the offense and the Matt Patricia, Joe Judge experiment.  As for Sunday’s game, Belichick reiterated that Buffalo’s ability to make big plays in key situations proved to be the difference. He then talked about…

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College: Familiar face returning to coach in the Fenway Bowl

December 16, 2022

Image courtesy of @LouisvilleFB Over the years, the Patriots have had some incredible receivers that have provided fans with unforgettable memories. Terry Glenn, Randy Moss, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Wes Welker. Some others were good, but not great, yet still left their mark in big moments. David Givens, David Patten, Chris Hogan. Only one receiver can fit into both of those categories: Deion Branch. Branch is one of the few…

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Boston College: Eagles have a big night with return of Mahogany & commitment from O’Keefe

December 15, 2022

Images courtesy of BC Athletics For all those worrying how Boston College was going to fix things after a disastrous 3-9 season, answers are already coming. On top of the addition of former Texas State offensive lineman Kyle Hergel earlier in the week, Boston College got a ton of good news on Wednesday night. First, All-Acc lineman Christian Mahogany put out a video on social media announcing he would be…

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Patriots: Is Mac Jones physically ready for the playoff push as the end of his second NFL season approaches?

December 8, 2022

While the offense continues to try and figure out its identity as time quickly ticks away, there’s another element to keep an eye on down the stretch when it comes to Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. While Jones was fine last year and seemingly never really hit the “rookie wall,” the team did struggle down the stretch and backed into the postseason. We’ve always heard about that sophomore slump and whether…

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Patriots: Clock Management a Systemic Failure

December 2, 2022

Image courtesy of Adam Glanzman | Getty Images BY Jon Lyons NEFJ Correspondent The Patriots have lost two in a row, first a 33-26 loss against Minnesota that was filled with their own mistakes and a 24-10 loss last night in which their offense was completely inept. There have been several common themes in the two losses, but one that stands out is their ineffective clock management at the end of the…

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NEWFTBJ Staff Picks: Week 12

November 24, 2022

It’s Thanksgiving week which means there is plenty of football on us to feast on so without further ado, here are our picks for Thanksgiving and for this weekend. Patriots at Vikings John: The Patriots face a stiff test on the road against Minnesota. The Vikings are vulnerable but I don’t think the Patriots score enough to win. Give me the Vikes. Kevin: Pats defense finds a way. 17-10 Adam:…

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UMass: State of the Minutemen heading into the final week of the regular season

November 22, 2022

Image courtesy of UMass Athletics Well UMass fans, it’s been a long, strange road for the first year of the second Don Brown era. Expectations were high – probably too high – to start the season and while there’s been progress made, the results on the scoreboard and subsequently in the win column haven’t been great. Still, with clear steps forward compared to recent seasons, this slow build is coming…

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High School: Division 3 – Wakefield 31, North Attleboro 24; Warriors get the upset & punch ticket to Gillette

November 18, 2022

By Tyler Amaral NEFJ Correspondent MILFORD – No. 6 Wakefield may be undefeated, but they are embracing the underdog role. For the second straight week, the Warriors took a long bus ride into unfamiliar territory to come away with a victory. This time, Wakefield knocked off No. 2 North Attleborough 31-24 in a Division 3 semifinal matchup. The Warriors will now play No. 1 Milton in the state championship game at…

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