UNH feeling good after Blue & White spring game

April 14, 2023

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent DURHAM, NH – As the sun set on a picture perfect evening in Durham, the New Hampshire Wildcats closed spring practices with their annual Blue and White Game. Split into two quarters and an overtime head-to-head competition, head coach Rick Santos gave his team plenty of opportunities to compete. “I thought it was good and was a spirited effort,” said Santos. “We accomplished what we…


UNH: Despite disappointing end to the season, Wildcats have shown they’re back

December 5, 2022

For years, the UNH program was almost a lock to make the NCAA FCS playoffs either as an at-large team or as the CAA champs. ‘Perennial national championship contender’ was probably the best way to describe the team under Sean McDonnell. Those days faded for a while, but there was quite a resurgence in Durham during the 2022 season, led by new head coach Rick Santos. UNH saw its season…


Holy Cross: Crusaders remain unbeaten, reach NCAA quarterfinals for first time in 39 years

December 3, 2022

WORCESTER – If you remember the old NFL Films clips of cold, raw, wet, muddy playoff games from the 70’s and 80’s, you’ve got a pretty clear picture of what the NCAA FCS playoff game between UNH and Holy Cross was like on Saturday afternoon. A huge crowd braved the elements to watch the Crusaders continue their special season with a 35-19 win over the Wildcats in the second round…


UNH: Fordham game prepared Wildcats for bigger test against Holy Cross

December 1, 2022

Image courtesy of UNH Athletics It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Just a few weeks ago, Holy Cross had one of the craziest wins of the year in FCS when they beat Fordham in overtime on a two point conversion. Fast forward about a month, and UNH was facing that same Fordham team last weekend in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The Wildcats ultimately won a shootout…


UNH: Playoff game in Worcester sets up unique opportunity for Espanet & Santos

November 28, 2022

Images courtesy of UNH Athletics It’s not hyperbole to say that Saturday afternoon’s FCS second round showdown between New Hampshire and Holy Cross could be one of the best games in the history of New England college football. Swagger, confidence, history, great coaching staffs, local recruiting implications, a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals on the line, an undefeated season at stake, literally every story line you could think of is…


College: New Hampshire makes Rick Santos 20th coach in program history

December 7, 2021

Photo: @UNH_Football While folks were just waking up following that late night Patriots win, the University of New Hampshire made a bit of history on Tuesday morning. In a statement from athletic director Marty Scarano, Rick Santos (08’) was named the 20th head coach of the Wildcats after longtime coach Sean Mc”Donnell announced his retirement last week. Santos has already had the experience when filling in for McDonnell during his…