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NASSAU, Bahamas – By the time the University at Buffalo football team completed practice Wednesday morning, 11 recruits had signed national letters of intent to join the Bulls’ incoming class of 2020. By the afternoon, UB (7-5) received official commitments from 14 players, one more than the staff anticipated, on the first day of the early signing period for Football Bo…

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NASSAU, Bahamas – As the University at Buffalo football team enjoyed its first days in the tropics, the Bulls coaches weren’t just preparing for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. UB is also preparing to make its 2020 freshman class official. Thirteen players are expected to sign with UB when the early signing period opens Wednesday, including nine three-star prospects. …

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University at Buffalo football coach Lance Liepold was ranked at No. 78 on ESPN's list of the top 150 football coaches of all time, released Tuesday. The selections were made by a blue-ribbon panel of 150 media members, administrators and former players and coaches, ESPN said. "I'm very humbled and flattered to be mentioned in that company," Leipold said through a sp…

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When Mark Alnutt needed to hire a new basketball coach at the University at Buffalo last spring, the obvious goal was to hire the best candidate. The second-year athletic director also understood the limitations that faced him. Alnutt wanted the right fit, but he was realistic when it came to what UB could pay potential coaches and personnel. UB couldn’t offer the flash…

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University at Buffalo quarterback Matt Myers did not practice for a second consecutive day but has not been ruled out of Saturday's home game against Ohio. Myers left in the third quarter of a 34-20 loss Saturday at Miami (Ohio) in UB's Mid-American Conference opener. "It's upper body," coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday. "That's the best way to say it right now. In th…

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The University at Buffalo football team insists it isn’t looking past its next game. UB (2-2) opens its Mid-American Conference schedule at noon Saturday at Miami (Ohio), and it's a valuable contest against a MAC East Division opponent. Then, the Bulls face another MAC East opponent when they host Ohio on Oct. 5 at UB Stadium. UB last opened its conference schedule a…

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The University at Buffalo football team is stepping into a new domain with Matt Myers as its quarterback. Myers, a redshirt freshman from West Seneca West High School, will make his first college start when the Bulls open the season at 7 p.m. Thursday at UB Stadium against Robert Morris, an FCS program from Pittsburgh. He's the first freshman – redshirt or true freshman…

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sean McDermott had to stop and compose himself. Seated on stage at the NFL’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum, the Buffalo Bills’ coach watched as a picture of his 10-year-old daughter, Maddie, appeared on the projector. In the photo, Maddie is dressed for her school’s career day. Her chosen occupation? Head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Dressed in a Bi…

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INDIANAPOLIS – Brandon Beane joked Thursday that he’s resting more comfortably now than he was a year ago at this time. That’s because he’s not obsessing over who is going to play quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. That job belongs to Josh Allen, with Matt Barkley and Derek Anderson behind him. “I sleep a little bit better than I was last year at this time,” Beane sa…

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University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold enters 2019 with a little more job security, after agreeing to a contract extension that runs through December 2023. But Leipold and the Bulls face some uncertainty as they prepare for spring practices, which open March 3, and the 2019 season, which opens Aug. 31 when the Bulls host Robert Morris at UB Stadium. Follo…

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After too many years of losing and drudgery, the Buffalo sports scene was marked by two overriding themes in 2018. One was hope. Strangely enough, the other was historic trips to Dallas, a place that broke the city's collective hearts three major times during the 1990s. Cynics might chuckle on the first point. The Bills and Sabres, in particular, have had nothing to …

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Becoming bowl-eligible isn’t enough for the University at Buffalo football team. The Bulls (5-1, 2-0 MAC) host Akron (2-2, 0-1) at noon Saturday at UB Stadium, and need one win to gain bowl eligibility. Yet, UB is well aware that winning six games in a season isn’t a guarantee for earning a spot in a bowl game. The Bulls earned their sixth win in the final week of th…

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On paper, University at Buffalo football's 2018 offensive unit is one of the best the program has ever had. Boasting arguably the best wideout in the country in Anthony Johnson, 6-foot-7 rocket-armed quarterback Tyree Jackson, a steady offensive line and a bevy of skilled running backs, coach Lance Leipold and his co-offensive coordinators have plenty of tools to work w…

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Last year was supposed to be the season Johnathan Hawkins took over as the University at Buffalo's starting running back. After two years as a reserve, including a 338-yard sophomore campaign, he earned the job out of camp and suited up for the team's first three games. Then he tore the labrum in his shoulder against Colgate, ending his season in mid-September. "I co…

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Wednesday had to be the quietest National Signing Day of Lance Leipold’s career. The UB football coach announced only two signees to his program, an offensive lineman and a safety. But the low-stress day was a welcome change to the once-hectic event, which was made calmer thanks to the NCAA’s new early signing period just before Christmas. Leipold wasn’t hit with sur…