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Football at SUNY is Postseason and Bowl Game Bound



Brockport football teams celebrates a conference championship.

With 64 schools and more than 750 athletic teams at SUNY, some success in athletics is a given. But for anyone who follows the sports, we know that truly measurable accomplishments are hard to come by and therefor worth celebrating when they are reached. With that in mind, we need to take time to recognize some accomplishments in college football by our SUNY schools.

The majority of football participating schools at SUNY compete in Division III football, save for three D-I programs at UAlbany, UBuffalo, and Stony Brook. Key differences between Division I and Division III is the lack of athletic scholarship at the D-III level along with the postseason structure. In Division III, the postseason includes a 32-team single elimination championship tournament along with a series of Bowl Games.

This year, four SUNY schools have reached the postseason in Division III college football, and we’re ready to cheer them all on. Let’s take a look at who they are and how they got there.

Brockport Golden Eagles

For the first time in program history, the Brockport football team finished the season undefeated, posting a record of 10-0. Because of this, the Golden Eagles will be competing in the NCAA Division III Football Championship tournament. In the first round, Brockport will host Plymouth State at home on the Brockport campus. As champions of the Empire 8 conference, Brockport earned victories over their opponents with a strong offense that averaged 37.2 points per game. To pair with that offense, the Golden Eagles also had the 11th best defense in the country, giving up only 235.5 yards per game this season.

Postseason: vs Plymouth State (NCAA D-III Playoffs, round 1) – Saturday 11/18, 12:00pm

SUNY Maritime Privateers

SUNY Maritime football team celebrates winning the conference championship in 2017.

The SUNY Maritime football team celebrates winning the 2017 conference championship.

The Privateers have earned their second consecutive invite to a post-season football bowl game. Once again, SUNY Maritime will participate in the New England Bowl series, representing the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference when they meet the Engineers of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Another successful season saw the team finish with a record of 9-1, with their only loss coming at Husson. Just like Brockport, the SUNY Maritime football team was led by a strong offense that averaged 40.4 points per game while gaining 434.2 yards per game.

Postseason: vs Worcester Polytechnic Institute (New England Bowl) – Saturday 11/18, 6:00pm

SUNY Cortland Red Dragons

A Cortland football defensive back intercepts a pass against Alfred University

A pass is intercepted in the end zone to give Cortland the overtime win over Alfred University.

The Red Dragons are making their 21st appearance in the post-season when they take on Union College in the first ever New York Bowl. Cortland finished the regular season with an overall record of 6-4 with a key win over Alfred University. That victory served as a tie-breaker to help get the team into the New York Bowl. This will be the third all-time meeting between these two teams, set to break a 1-1 split record between them.

Postseason: vs Union College (New York Bowl) – Saturday 11/18, 12:00pm

Buffalo State Bengals

A player carries the ball for the Buffalo State Bengals in a football game.

Buffalo State football in action against SUNY Morrisville State.

The Bengals of Buffalo State finished their season with back-to-back wins to finish with a record of 6-4. This was enough to earn the team a berth to the ECAC Chapman Bowl at Delaware Stadium in Newark, DE. Buffalo State will play The United States Merchant Marine Academy in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The record of 6-4 was Buffalo State’s seventh-consecutive season with a record of .500 or better.

Postseason: vs USMMA (ECAC Chapman Bowl) – Friday 11/17, 7:30pm

Overall, the 2017 football season saw great success at many levels. The Division I Football Championship Subdivision ends this weekend, and Stony Brook University still has a chance to make the tournament at this level. So between all the D-III postseason games and the D-I AA level coming to a close, we’ll all be paying attention to the gridiron and yelling Go SUNY!

Taras Kufel

Written by Taras Kufel

Taras Kufel is the Manager of Digital Engagement at the State University of New York.

November 15, 2017

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work




SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.


And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

Written by Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach




Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure




Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog:


SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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