Get In The Game: What You Can Expect From Our Noontime Coverage This Fall

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Happy Wednesday, Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) fans!

It’s an exciting time these days – not just because football has returned – but our site has been updated with some new features, including an easy way to join our email list (you can sign-up on the right side of the screen if you’re on a laptop or tablet or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

Additionally, we have introduced a brand-new podcast for the upcoming football season – Football Friday – which has been a great addition to our New England D3 coverage. We have had some great guests thus far – thank you to those that have taken the time to join us! – and will have more interviews with coaches, student-athletes and media members before, during and after the season, so make sure to circle back every Friday for a new show.

Quick ‘Football Friday’ Plug for this week (Aug. 9th): There will be now show this week, but we will return next week after a quick (and brief) one-week hiatus! 

In addition to a brand new looking site and podcast, we will also unveil some new content this season (and school year). Most of this content you may or may not have seen in the past, but it will include longer-form features on student-athletes, coaches and teams, more videos, including a weekly Facebook Live Show, and new guests for Noontime Sports the Podcast. 

We will also expand our reach (or audience, technically), adding some Division I and II coverage in New England, and we may even sprinkle in some high school stories, too.

All in all, the biggest goal going forward for our site (and social network channels) is to produce unique and engaging content for you, the reader (and fan). We want to shed a different light on a player, and perhaps a play or series from a game. We want to take you inside the minds of some of your favorite programs – perhaps some film studies or a day in a life? – while producing content that you won’t always see on national or local site.

And as we begin to embark on an exciting new chapter, we want to hear from you, the fans and readers. We want to know what you think, as well as what you want to read and view, both here on our site and social media channels, too. Send us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube).

All in all, this is an exciting time for our site and I am really looking forward to providing unique and engaging content this upcoming school year!

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Former Bates Quarterback Matt Bazirgan Named New York Jets New College Scouting Director

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Former Bates College quarterback Matt Bazirgan was recently named the new College Scouting Director of the New York Jets.

The news of Bazigran’s new gig was confirmed today, Friday, July 28th by multiple reports, including Jets Wire of the USA Today

Bazigran began working for the Jets in 2004 as a College Scout Assistant, and spent the past two seasons as the organization’s Director of Pro Personnel. Bazigran replaces Rex Hogan, who accepted a front office position with the Indianapolis Colts last month.

A former quarterback (and intern coach) for the Bobcats, Bazigran, who concluded his senior year with eight touchdown passes, graduated from Bates in 2000. He would earn his Masters in Sports Management from Springfield College in 2004.

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The NESCAC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Wednesday, New England D3 Football fans, which means it’s time to unveil a brand new team to watch this season.

This week – in case you haven’t seen our tweets – we’re highlight the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Below are the various student-athletes we will be watching this season, both on offense and defense.

Prior to this week’s NESCAC ‘Players to Watch’ list, we highlighted four other conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football)

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) 

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

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OFFENSE 

Sonny Puzzo

Trinity

Quarterback 

Max Chipouras

Trinity

Runningback 

Bryan Vieira

Trinity

Wide Receiver 

Ryan McDonald 

Tufts 

Quarterback

Jared Lebowitz

Middlebury

Quarterback 

Conrado Banky

Middlebury

Wide Receiver 

Diego Meritus

Middlebury 

Runningback 

Mike Breuler

Wesleyan 

Wide Receiver 

Mark Piccirillo

Wesleyan 

Quarterback 

Frank Williams

Bates 

Wide Receiver 

Nick Morales

Amherst 

Quarterback

Jack Hickey

Amherst 

Runningback 

Sebastian Ferrell

Colby 

Wide Receiver 

Marcus Gutierrez

Hamilton

Runningback

Joe Schmidt

Hamilton

Wide Receiver 

Bryan Porter 

Bowdoin

Tight End 

DEFENSE 

Liam Kenneally

Trinity

Linebacker 

Shane Libby

Trinity

Linebacker

Doug Harrison

Tufts 

Defensive Line 

Greg Holt

Tufts 

Linebacker 

Tim Preston

Tufts 

Defensive Back

John Jackson

Middlebury 

Linebacker

Shayne Kaminski

Wesleyan 

Linebacker 

Brandon Morris 

Wesleyan 

Linebacker

Nate Taylor 

Wesleyan

Defensive Back

Grant Williams

Wesleyan

Defensive Line

Andrew Yamin

Amherst 

Linebacker

Ben Anthony

Williams

Cornerback 

Max Breschi 

Bates 

Linebacker

Joe Gowetski

Bowdoin

Linebacker

Don Vivian

Colby 

Defensive Back

Mickey Keating

Hamilton 

Linebacker

 

Introducing The Football Friday Podcast

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

As we inch closer toward a brand new season of New England Division III football, I am excited to announce some new content for our site called Football Friday, a weekly podcast that will feature interviews with coaches and student-athletes, as well as local media members, too.

These weekly podcasts will be posted on our site’s newest page – that would be the Football Friday page, to be exact!

Football Friday officially kicked-off today as I was joined by Dan Mulrooney, who is a first-year head coach at Anna Maria College. Mulrooney and I discussed his initial head coaching gig, as well as his football journey, which began in Connecticut.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports by following us on Twitter, becoming a fan on Facebook and subscribing to our YouTube Channel TODAY! 

New England College Basketball Notebook: Hauser Named Associate Head Coach at Assumption College

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In a time where the news-cycle tends to be slow – hello, summertime! – we do have some news to share from the New England College basketball world below:

Stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube! Also, have a story (or idea for a future blog post)? Let us know by sending us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com 

Let The #CountdownToKickoff2017 Begin!

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s officially summer – well, not technically, but in 20 days it will be the initial day of summer.

Here at Noontime Sports, though, we have begun the ‘summer-transition’ as we begin to turn the page to the 2017-18 school year.

Yes, we’re already beginning the countdown to another year of coverage, but don’t worry, we’ll enjoy this ‘slow-period’ of news for a bit. And we hope you do, too!

And while we anxiously await the start of camps, we’ll begin producing a few blog posts over the next few weeks (and months) on teams (and players) to watch this season, along with thoughts on schedules, too.  We’ll also produce some podcasts, too – yes, the Noontime Sports Podcast will be returning soon, so stay tuned!

As we get closer to the start of the 2017 season, we’ll unveil our initial Noontime Sports Top 10 Preseason Poll on Twitter, along with our first-ever Top 20 Teams to Watch in 2017. We’ll also post our Noontime Sports Preseason Team in August.

All in all, we’re excited to bring you another season of college football coverage and look forward to staying connected throughout the summer. Remember to follow us on Twitter and become a fan of our blog on Facebook.

New England D3 Football: What Teams To Watch In 2017?

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Sure, football season seems like a ways off, especially with next weekend being Memorial Day Weekend.

Yet, before we know it, another season of New England D3 Football will be back!

As promised – I mentioned it a few times on Twitter this week – below are the teams I will be watching this upcoming season in all five conferences.

Let me know what you think – do you agree or disagree? If so, send me a tweet or email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. And make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) and Facebook!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England will once again be the favorite, but who challenges the Golden Bears? Three teams: EndicottNichols and Salve Regina. One other team to keep an eye on is Curry College.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)Husson University will be the ‘team-to-beat or watch this fall, however, who challenges the Eagles? My thoughts: Castleton State and SUNY Maritime. One other team to watch would be Dean College.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Bridgewater State should be the favorite, especially after rebounding from a slow start. Yet, who challenges the Bears for the conference crown? My thoughts: Fitchburg StateFramingham StatePlymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)This conference produced an exciting final few weeks of football. And now that every team will play each other, it should be interesting to see what squad can take down the favorite, which is Trinity College. And while the Bantams maybe the favorite, don’t overlook the following: Tufts UniversityMiddlebury College and Wesleyan College. One other team that could contend for the crown is Amherst College, which concluded its season with a convincing win over an up-and-coming Williams College squad.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College has to be the favorite heading into a brand new league, but keep an eye on WPI and Norwich University. All three should be in the mix for the inaugural NEWMAC title, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine Academy.