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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…

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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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As the game clock ran down to zero and the University at Buffalo clinched bowl eligibility, UB coach Lance Leipold thought about his player that wasn't gleefully leaping on the sideline with him. UB defensive end Solomon Jackson died suddenly in 2016 following an offseason workout. His memory is draped all over the program. Jackson's No. 41 is painted on the field and w…

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University at Buffalo football can become bowl eligible, for the first time under  coach Lance Leipold, with a victory in its regular-season finale Friday afternoon. After victories the last two weeks against Bowling Green and Ball State, a win against Ohio U. would put the Bulls at six on the season. That's the minimum  needed to get consideration for a bowl. "Every…

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As the mike linebacker and defensive signal caller, University at Buffalo's Khalil Hodge has to be aware of everything on the field. He says he's like the defensive quarterback. Hodge gets the play from the sidelines, reads the offensive set and adjusts the defense accordingly. Once the ball is snapped, he has a split second to make a decision, find the ball carrier and…

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If the University at Buffalo wants to make their first bowl appearance under head coach Lance Leipold, the Bulls are going to need to make quite the run. UB currently sits at 3-6, meaning it'll need to win the last three games to be bowl eligible. Leipold, in his third year directing the program, said it isn't something the team directly discusses, but it's certainly in…

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Kyle DeWeen used to make the 30-minute trip to University at Buffalo football games a few times every season when he was a student at Niagara Falls High School. On his way to becoming the starting punter for the Bulls, he took a bit of a detour. DeWeen’s journey started around seventh grade, when he started watching former Bills punter Brian Moorman boom kicks at Ral…

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Emmanuel Reed is used to playing behind other running backs. For two years in high school he played behind his older brother, Micah. Once he came to the University at Buffalo, he once again found himself behind older talent, first in 1,000-yard career rusher Jordan Johnson and now second on the depth chart to junior Johnathan Hawkins. But patience has never been a pr…