Extra, Extra: Kirksey Believes The Cleveland Browns Will Make The Playoffs

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In an early morning tweet from yesterday, Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey ‏is predicting his team will be in the playoffs this upcoming season.

Cleveland finished its 2017 campaign 0-16 and 1-15 in 2016. The Browns haven’t posted a winning record since 2007 when they finished 10-6 overall.

The last time the Browns clinched a spot in the postseason was in 2002. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round by a score of 9-8. The two teams will meet in the 2018 season-opener with the Browns hosting the Steelers on Sunday, September 9th at 1 p.m. A win over the Steelers could certainly help Cleveland’s chances of reaching the postseason.

Football Friday Notebook: NCAA Tweaks Redshirt Rule For D1 Football, Plus D3 Football Captains & More

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Let’s kick-start your weekend with some football news and notes from the D3 world to the pros and high schools.

The NCAA recently made some tweaks to its redshirt rules, which should make college football fun to follow this season, as well as a little unpredictable, too.

More on the NCAA redshirt rule change from Sports Illustrated – this will certainly help coaches get first-year players even more ready for future success, both at the college and pro level.

On Thursday, the Maritime (N.Y.) Privateers announced on their Instagram account their captains for the upcoming season. Congrats to Payton Campbell, Liam Bailey and Dean Lynch – best of luck this season, gents!

The St. John Fisher College football unveiled on Twitter its uniform combos for the upcoming season. Thoughts?

Also announcing captains for this upcoming season was Gettysburg College earlier this week – congrats to Chase FeeMiles McKnight and Nick Rella!

A feel-good feature from the USA Today on how a school, fatherhood and football connect former Temple University teammates. It may get a little dusty in your room after reading it!

What should Dallas Cowboys fans expect from their offense this season? A massive amount of rushes from Ezekiel Elliott … duh!

Speaking of the Cowboys, make sure to check-out Charles Robinson‘s piece from Yahoo! SportsDallas needs to have a bounce back season, per his report. Otherwise, things could get pretty interesting in Big-D!

Finally, Mike Pereira told PFT Live the following: “If at the end of this year there are more concussions on kickoffs, forget it. It’s gone.” Clock is ticking, NFL rules committee!

Have a great weekend, everyone and make sure to stay connected with our Football handle on Twitter: @Noontime_FB 

Football Friday Notebook: Edelman Facing Four-Game Suspension, Six-Man Football To Return To South Dakota in 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Let’s kick-off the second Friday of the month with some news and links from football world, starting with Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots.

Edelman – has you probably learned yesterday – is fighting a four-game suspension for PED use. But as Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe writes in today’s column, “it was a big win for head coach Bill Belichick.”

The Obnoxious Sports Fan of the Boston Herald doesn’t seem too concerned about losing Edelman for the first four games – again, pending he is suspended for the team’s first four games. He is already predicting a monster game against the Indianapolis Colts.

MLive.com highlighted 11 high school football players that have verbally committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines in 2019.

As noted on Pro Football TalkPresident Donald Trump is asking NFL players to recommend people for pardons.

The great Terrell Owens apparently made a statement yesterday about not attending this summer’s Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. Owens’ decision seem unprecedented, according to a story from NFL.com.

Per various reports, six-man football has been added in South Dakota – it will officially begin next school year (2019). What is six-man football: it allows teams to play six players instead of the traditional 11.

Finally, who has the toughest non-conference schedule in NCAA Football? Let’s go with the Pittsburg Panthers, per a breakdown from ESPN.com.

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Additional D3 Sports Coverage To Be Produced Through NoontimeSports.com

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

As we slowly close the book on the 2017-18 school year – well, the past nine to 10 months of coverage, to be exact – I thought this would be a good time to dish out some exciting new content news for Noontime Sports!

As seen in our Twitter poll below, it appears you, the fans and friends of our blog, would like to see some additional D3 coverage that includes some non-New England schools. And yes, I oblige!

So, starting in late-June/early-July, we will begin our preseason football coverage with getting to know some non-New England squads, while still continuing to produce blogs and podcasts on teams from our New England/Northeast region.

We may also sprinkle in some soccer coverage, too, so make sure to stay connected with us on social media as we begin the next phase of our content creation journey!

Finally, be on the lookout for some high school coverage going forward, too. We will aim to have some postseason tournament coverage on the site over the next few weeks in Massachusetts as local teams begin their quest for winning the ultimate prize: a state championship.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SnapChat! 

Report: Coach Engelstad To Be Named Mount Saint Mary’s Men’s Basketball Coach

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According to various sources, along with recent reports this morning, Mount Saint Mary’s is expected to hire Dan Engelstad as its next men’s basketball coach.

Engelstad is expected to replace Jamion Christian, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Siena College, per last week’s release from the school’s athletic department.

As noted in Kyle McFadden‘s piece on Medium.com last night, a source told him that Engelstad will be tabbed the program’s 22nd head coach on Wednesday.

In addition to McFadden, other reporters, including Rob Dauster and Tim Murray have also confirmed via their sources that Engelstad will become the program’s next head coach, too.

Since taking over the Southern Vermont College men’s basketball program five years ago, Engelstad has compiled an impressive record of 104-34. He guided the Mountaineers this past season to a 22-6 ledger, which included a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament and New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament crown.

Prior to taking over the SVC men’s basketball team, Engelstad spent time as an assistant coach at Mount Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross. As noted in his bio on the SVC website, Engelstad was the youngest Division I coach during the 2007-08 season.