Football Closes Spring Practice with Blue-White Scrimmage

by Sean Begin

After going 10-23 the last three seasons, Central Connecticut knew it was time to hit restart on the football program. In January they named Pete Rossomando as new head coach who, in the months since, has brought in a deep recruiting class, a new coaching staff and an entirely new playbook.

For the past four weeks, Rossomando and the team have been learning that playbook with their spring practices, which culminated in the annual Blue-White spring game, held Friday night at Arute Field.

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NFL Draft Prospect Comes Out

by Sean Begin

On Monday, former Missouri defensive end and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam came out publicly as an openly gay athlete. Needless to say, the news created a firestorm of conversation on social media sites.

Sam is projected to be a mid-round draft pick in the NFL draft in May, which if drafted would make him the first openly gay athlete to play a major American sport.

The announcement was met heavily with praise and celebration; from NFL owners to the SEC commissioner to fellow athletes both in the NFL and other sports.

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Football Signs 11 Recruits, More to Come

by Sean Begin

Last Wednesday, high school football players around the country signed their National Letter of Intent, committing themselves to programs around the country for at least the next three years.

Central Connecticut signed nine players on Wednesday, then penned in two more on Thursday, with more to follow sometime this week, according to head football Coach Pete Rossomando.

So far, the team has committed seven defensive players and four offensive players to the 2014 roster. Rossomando said the concentration of defense was a conscious decision on the part of him and assistant coach Alberto Cordero.

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NFL Executive Gives Back to Central Through Scholarship

By Sean Begin

Scott Pioli, former Central Connecticut student and current NFL executive, has long been involved with giving back to the alma mater that made him a first generation college student. Most recent is the scholarship he endowed the school with in his name in 2011.

“I absolutely love Central Connecticut ,” says Pioli by phone. “It was five of the best growing years and most enjoyable years of my life. I’ve always given back to the university and always will because I got so much from it and the people there.”

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Rooting for Manning is Easy but Justifiable

By: Sean Begin

On Sunday, the Denver Broncos will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII (that’s 48 for the Roman numeral challenged like me). The game is taking place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, a decision that hasn’t exactly been met with much enthusiasm.

If you’re interested even a little in the Super Bowl, you know a cold weather game is basically a dumb idea. Let’s be honest, no one wants to play football in the freezing cold and snow. Just ask the Packers and Niners after their NFC Division game from Lambeau Field that had temperatures in the double digit negatives.

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Introducing… Rossomando Named Head Football Coach

By: Sean Begin

In life, lack of success more often than not leads to a change, whether that change is at the individual, personal level or, in the case of Central Connecticut’s head football coach, at the personnel level.

In November, then head football coach Jeff McInerney announced his resignation from the position he held for the last eight years, stepping down following three straight losing seasons that came after back-to-back NEC championships.

On Wednesday, Central announced that they had reached a decision on who would helm the program for the foreseeable future, and officially introduced Pete Rossomando as the new head football coach for the Blue Devils at a press conference on Friday.

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