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Morning Report: Friday

  • Ed Miller of the Virginian-Pilot:
  • John Allen, a veteran coach who spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator at Delaware State, was hired to coach receivers at Old Dominion, the school announced Thursday.

  • Erik Bacharach of the Daily News Journal:

    Thursday’s game lacked any of the granduer of last Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky, which MTSU won in thrilling fashion in front of an electric crowd.

    But that didn’t stop the Blue Raiders from putting fort another strong wire-to-wire effort.

    “I always find out about our team on Monday at about 3:30 p.m. and that we’ve got to get the pace right back in the team,” Davis said. “You’ve just got to go back through that process every single week to get your team grounded down no matter who you play.

  • Brett Vito of the Denton Record Chronicle:

    North Texas didn’t have its best offensive weapon for much of the night Thursday in a key Conference USA game against Florida Atlantic.
    The Mean Green couldn’t find their shooting form, either.
    None of that mattered, thanks largely to A.J. Lawson.
    The sophomore guard found a perfect time to come up with one of his best games of the season and helped UNT sneak out a 59-53 win over the Owls. The victory couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mean Green, who had dropped four of their last five games.

  • Evan Dudley AL.com:

    “He’s had some great practices, and I think he’s in a good place mentally to come out and play really well and aggressive. We need William to be aggressive, that’s the biggest thing for me is have him out there on both ends of the floor.”

    Lee flashes a slight grin when talking about blocking shots and says it’s something he loves most about playing basketball. It’s intense, incites the crowd and helps motivate his teammates. It’s something he feels; a peek into a cloudy future, that is more often than not, visible only to Lee.

    “I can see it happen before time, unless they get up in the air and fake it,” he said. “It’s more of a timing and instinct sort of deal. Technique and anticipation.”

  • Tim Andrzejewski of riceowls.com:

    Rice closed the game on a 24-11 run to defeat FIU, 73-64, Thursday night at Tudor Fieldhouse.

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