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UB EXTENDS HOFHER'S CONTRACT

The University at Buffalo announced that football coach Jim Hofher has signed a one-year contract extension, which takes him through the 2006 season.

Hofher, set to begin his fifth season at the school, has a 7-39 record at UB and is coming off a 2-9 season in 2004. He was entering the final year of his original deal, signed when he took over the program in 2001, and was seeking a two-year extension before settling for one.

"I am pleased that our program will continue to receive the support of the university in our efforts to build an excellent football program here at UB," said Hofher in a prepared statement. "We continue to pursue the goals of recruiting and developing outstanding student-athletes to win MAC championships. We feel strongly that those efforts will begin to pay dividends in the near future."

In the fall, the Bulls will be playing with a roster entirely comprised of Hofher's recruits. They will be coming off a 2-6 record in the Mid-American Conference, best league finish since 1999.

"As we clearly stated in the fall, the university wanted to work out an extension agreement with Jim and we are pleased that we were able to do that," Bill Maher, UB's interim athletics director, said in a statement. "Jim is the right man to lead our football program as we look forward to continued improvement of our football team."

UB on Friday also announced its 2005 football schedule, featuring five teams that played in bowls last year. Highlighting the schedule will be the home opener against Rutgers on Sept. 17 as well as the season-opening game at Motor City Bowl champion Connecticut (Sept. 1), which will be televised by ESPNU. That will be followed by a trip to the Carrier Dome for a game against Syracuse (Sept. 10).

Buffalo will also host MAC East rivals Akron (Oct. 8) and Ohio (Oct. 29), while GMAC Bowl champion Bowling Green -- which moves back to the East Division this year -- returns to UB Stadium on Oct. 15. The Bulls crossover games with the MAC's West Division are a home game against Eastern Michigan (Nov. 19) and road matchups at Toledo (Oct. 22) and Western Michigan (Oct. 1).

2005 UB SCHEDULE
DateOpponent Kickoff Series
Sept. 1 at Connecticut * TBA UConn leads, 11-4
Sept. 10 at Syracuse TBA UB leads, 3-2-1
Sept. 17 Rutgers 6:00 Rutgers leads, 3-1-0
Sept. 24 Open week
Oct. 1 at Western Michigan ** TBA WMU leads, 3-0
Oct. 8 Akron ** 1:30 Akron leads, 6-0
Oct. 15 Bowling Green ** 1:30 Tied, 1-1
Oct. 22 at Toledo ** 7:00 UT leads, 4-2
Oct. 29 Ohio ** 1:30 Ohio leads, 7-4
Nov. 5 at Miami (O) ** 2:00 Miami leads, 7-0
Nov. 12 at Kent State ** 1:00 KSU leads, 8-5
Nov. 19 Eastern Michigan ** 1:30 EMU leads, 2-0
* ESPNU broadcast ** MAC conference game

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