Saturday, September 20, 2014

This week's Purple & Gold football picks

Saturday, Sept. 20th 


VMI at Samford - Samford welcomes the Keydets back to the SoCon, dogs by 17 points

The Citadel at Charleston Southern  - The Bulldogs celebrate their first win in the CSU stadium, 17-14

Wofford at Gardner-Webb  - The Terriers picks up their first FCS win of the season, 14-7

Ave Maria at Mercer - Bears roll over helpless Ava Maria in another cupcake win.  

Furman at SC State - FU's woes continue, SC State by 10 points


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Purple & Gold's SoCon Football Power Poll

Welcome to this week's Purple & Gold's power poll.  The power poll will be published weekly on Tuesday evening. Next week (week 5), conference play starts in earnest, with all teams playing a conference game, except Wofford.

 
     1. UTC
     Overall Record: 1-2 (0-0)

2. Samford
Overall Record: 1-1 (0-0)


3. Wofford
Overall Record: 1-1 (0-0)

4. WCU
Overall Record: 2-1 (0-0)

5. The Citadel
Overall Record: 0-2 (0-0)


6. Furman
Overall Record: 2-1 (1-0)


7. VMI
Overall Record: 1-2 (0-0)

8. Mercer
Overall Record: 2-1 (0-1)



-for the week of September 15th

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WCU Women's Basketball releases 2014-15 schedule


Poster Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Purple & Gold's WCU Player of the Game - Troy Mitchell

For the second time in three weeks, Troy Mitchell has been selected in this week's game as Purple & Gold's Player of the Game.

The junior quarterback threw for a total of 223 yards and two touchdowns in 16 of 27 in pass attempts. Mitchell added 23 yards rushing to his total in 5 carries and another touchdown.

Mitchell tossed first quarter strikes of 44 yards to Spearman Robinson and 56 yards to second-year receiver Willie Police for his first collegiate TD as WCU pulled out to an early, 14-0, lead. Mitchell then guided the Catamounts 70 yards in six plays, capped by his 19-yard touchdown run, to pull-ahead, 21-10.

Mitchell threw for 223 yards on Saturday, the second-most yards through the air in his WCU career, and his two TD passes represented the second time this season - and the seventh time in his Catamount career - that he had tossed two-or-more touchdowns in a game,  Mitchell added his second rushing TD of the season, and the 12th of his career, to account for three TDs in the game.

Purple & Gold congratulates Troy on his selection as this week's Player of the Game.

Football Video: Post Game Highlights vs Catawba

Friday, September 12, 2014

Football: One more look at Catawba

South Atlantic Conference member Catawba College opened their season with a 35 -7 beat down of Division I, FCS football opponent lightweight, Davidson College (Pioneer League) last Saturday night at Richardson Field on the Davidson College campus.

In Catawba's victory over the Wildcats, the Indians out-rushed Davidson, 310 yards to 91 yards, and combined with the 179 yards Catawba gained in the air, the Indians put up a total of  489 all purpose yards. The Indian;s sophomore QB, Mike Sheehan was named this week's SAC offensive player of the week, as he connected on 12 of 13 pass attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Sheehan averaged 13.4 yards per strike, and rushed for 56 yards.

Catawba and Western Carolina have not met since the 1969 season which was the last game of 28 meetings between the two schools. In the last contest played, Bob Waters was in his first season as head coach at WCU, and the game was played in Memorial Stadium (behind the Stillwell Science building). The Cats won that game and went on to a 9-1 overall record that year.

The Cats own a 2 two game win streak over the Indians, but are only 8-18-2 against Catawba overall and are 3-6 in Cullowhee.

The head coach of the Indians is former WCU defensive coordinator, Curtis Walker. The Indians placed four players on the SAC preseason all-conference teams: Taylor Fender (OL), Jonathan Jean (DL), Jason Taylor (LB), and Cary Littlejohn (RB).

The game -

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Where: Bob Waters Field at E.J. Whitmire Stadium

TV: The SoCon Digital Network

Radio: The Catamount Sports Network

The Series: The Catamounts and Indians first met in 1933 after Western Carolina joined the newly formed North State Intercollegiate Conference, commonly known as the Old North State Conference. The Old North State later became the Carolina's Conference with the addition of the first school from the state of South Carolina, Newberry College in 1961.

WCU and Catawba played yearly conference games from 1933 until 1969. During that period, Catawba dominated WCU on the football field, with the Indians owning a 18-8-2 record over the Catamounts.

Their conference: The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) - The South Atlantic Conference is in its 38th year as a NCAA Division II conference.

Their coach: Curtis Walker - Former defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Western Carolina, Walker is in his second season as head coach at his alma mater. Prior to WCU, Walker spent 10 seasons as the DC at Coastal Carolina.

Last year’s record: 6-5 overall, 3-4 in the SAC

2013 Statistics:
Rushing Offense: 131.7 yards per game
TDs Rushing: 16
Passing Offense: 258.9 yards per game
TDs Passing: 17
Total Offense: 390.6 yards per game
Scoring Offense: 23.8 points per game
Fumbles-Lost: 12 - 6
Red-Zone Scores: 33 - 37 89%
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 27 - 37 73%
PAT-Attempts: 27 - 33 82%
3rd Down Conversions: 68 - 170 40%
4th Down Conversions: 11 - 19 58%

Losses/Weaknesses - The Indians lost 5 starting seniors on offense, & 5 starting seniors on defense

Prediction:  WCU 36 - Catawba 10


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Catawba 2-Deep vs. Western Carolina





Roster Courtesy Catawba Athletics

Video: Inside The Pride - WCU vs Brevard





Video Courtesy Pride of the Mountains Marching Band

WCU 2-Deep vs. Catawba





Roster Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations

SoCon Officially Announces Digital Network

(re-printed from SoConSports.com)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference today (Sept. 10) introduced the SoCon Digital Network, a collaboration of the athletic departments of the 10 member institutions, designed to provide live and on demand video-streamed events for viewers.

The network may be accessed at either socondigitalnetwork.com or socondn.com.

In its inaugural year, the SoCon Digital Network will feature more than 400 live events, as well as highlights, interviews and student-athlete profiles. Video will be provided in high definition with users having a robust menu of functionality, including DVR controls, picture-in-picture, slow motion, video on demand, and some integration of live stats. All content will be free to viewers.

“This is a huge step forward for our members, our student-athletes, our alumni and our fan base,” said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. “A project like this requires the cooperation of the Presidents, Chancellors and athletic administrators. It’s been more than two years in the making and we’re happy to make it available to the general public.”

In an effort to achieve a desired level of quality control, members will initially be required to produce home contests in four selected sports – football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Some institutions are already prepared to produce live content for additional team sports, while others will gradually add sports.

“Our goal is to have coverage across the board in as many of our sports as possible in a relatively short period of time,” Iamarino said. “There are a lot of moving pieces to this. Our video personnel are still in the process of integrating new equipment and testing out playing venues for HD transmission. We expect viewers will see steady improvement in the manner in which the games are presented.”

Events carried on national or regional television networks, as well as those on a national broadband carrier like ESPN3, will not be available on the SoCon Digital Network. All Conference championships will receive coverage and events shown live on the network can later be accessed by viewers on demand. Special campus events of a non-athletic nature will also be featured.

The SoCon Digital Network’s provider is NeuLion, whose video client list includes the NFL, NBA and NHL.

WCU Football on Family Weekend



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A closer look at the Catawba College Indians

South Atlantic Conference member Catawba College opened their season with a 35 -7 beat down of Division I, FCS football opponent Davidson College on Saturday night at Richardson Field in Davidson, NC.

In Catawba's victory over Davidson, the Indians out-rushed Davidson, 310 yards to 91 yards, combined with 179 yards gained in the air, for a total of 489 yards gained.   Sophomore QB Mike Sheehan was named this week's SAC offensive player of the week, he connected on 12 of 13 pass attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns.  Sheehan averaged 13.4 yards per strike, and rushed for 56 yards.

Catawba and Western Carolina have not met since the 1969 campaign which was the last of 28 meetings between the schools, until this season.  In the last contest between the  two schools, Bob Waters was in his first season as head coach at WCU, and the game was played in Memorial Stadium (behind the Stillwell Science building).  The Cats won that game and went on to a 9-1 overall record that year.  The Cats own a 2 two game win streak over the Indians, but are only 8-18-2 against Catawba overall and are 3-6 in Cullowhee.

Of course, the head coach of the Indians is former WCU defensive coordinator, Curtis Walker. The Indians placed four players on the SAC preseason all-conference teams:  Taylor Fender (OL), Jonathan Jean (DL), Jason Taylor (LB), and Cary Littlejohn (RB).

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Where:  Bob Waters Field at E.J. Whitmire Stadium

TV:   The SoCon Digital Network

Radio:  
The Catamount Sports Network

The Series: The Catamounts and Indians first met in 1933 after Western Carolina joined the newly formed North State Intercollegiate Conference, commonly known as the Old North State Conference. The Old North State later became the Carolina's Conference with the addition of the first school from the state of South Carolina, Newberry College in 1961 .

WCU and Catawba played yearly conference games from 1933 until 1969. During that period, Catawba dominated WCU on the football field, with the Indians owning a 18-8-2 record over the Catamounts.

Their conference: The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) - The South Atlantic Conference is in its 38th year as a NCAA Division II conference.

Their coach: Curtis Walker - Former defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Western Carolina, Curtis Walker is in his second season as head coach at his alma mater. Prior to WCU, Walker spent 10 seasons as the DC at Coastal Carolina.

Last year’s record: 6-5 overall, 3-4 in the SAC

Offense:  Multiple

Defense:  4-3

2013 Statistics:
Rushing Offense: 131.7 yards per game
TDs Rushing: 16
Passing Offense: 258.9 yards per game
TDs Passing: 17
Total Offense: 390.6 yards per game
Scoring Offense: 23.8 points per game
Fumbles-Lost: 12 - 6
Red-Zone Scores: 33 - 37 89%
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 27 - 37 73%
PAT-Attempts: 27 - 33 82%
3rd Down Conversions: 68 - 170 40%
4th Down Conversions: 11 - 19 58%

Losses/Weaknesses - The Indians lost 5 starting seniors on offense, & 5 starting seniors on defense

Prediction:  WCU 36 - Catawba 10


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Video: Brevard Post Game Highlights




Video Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations

Ramsey Named SoCon Offensive Player of the Week

Ramsey celebrates a touchdown.
Picture by Mark Haskett

Junior tailback Darius Ramsey was named the Southern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for games played on Sept. 6.

Ramsey accounted for 95 yards of total offense and scored a career-high three touchdowns in Western Carolina's 45-21 win over Brevard on Saturday night.

Ramsey averaged 9.7 yards per carry rushing nine times for 88 yards and three scores., he also caught one pass for 7 yards.

From Waco, North Carolina, Ramsey led scoring for  WCU with two rushing scores in the first quarter.  He capped his scoring with a two-yard plunge just before halftime to spot WCU a 28-14 lead at the break

This is the second-straight week a Catamount earned offensive player of the week honors from the conference. In week one, Troy Mitchell was selected for the weekly honor, which was the first in the three-year tenure of head coach Mark Speir.

The Catamount Sports Forum and Purple & Gold congratulate Darius on his selection for this honor.


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Volleyball: Home Opener vs Charlotte



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Elijah Pughsley has verbally committed to WCU

Elijah Pughsley
Position:  Point Guard





Hometown:  Lima, OH
High School:  Lima Senior HS
Height:  6'1"
Weight:  175 lbs


Ranking - 2 star VC



Scholarship offers: Including Western Carolina, Pughsley has received offers from NCCU,  & Maine

E Hoops - Ohio  "2015 G Elijah Pughsley (Cincinnati Hughes) - His high energy and motor on the defensive end is something special. Pughsley takes shutting his man down on D very personal, and it is certainly fun to watch. He is a capable scorer on the offensive side of things as well, especially from deep; would like to see him be more aggressive towards the basket."

Highlights



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Purple & Gold's WCU Player of the Game - Detrez Newsome

Newsome scores his 2d TD - Photo by
Mark Haskett

True freshman Detrez Newsome is Purple & Gold's selection as this week's WCU Player of the Game.  Newsome was also selected as  SoCon Recruiting's Offensive Player of the Week.  

With senior tailback Shaun Warren nursing a foot injury for most of the game,  the Catamounts displayed a new weapon out of the backfield as Newsome rushed for two touchdowns and accounted for a game-high 207 yards in Western's first victory of the season.

Newsome rushed for a career-best 88 yards, adding seven (7) catches for 99 yards in kickoff returns. Newsome also had two (2) receptions for a total of 20 yards out of the backfield.


The Raeford, NC native scored his first career touch down in the second quarter, rushing for 37 yards of the drives total 50 yards, giving the Catamounts a 21-7 advantage in the second quarter.  



The Catamount Sports Forum and Purple & Gold congratulate Detrez Newsome in his selections.  



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