WABI (Channel 5) reported on a pep rally held in the Memorial Union in anticipation of the University of Maine football team’s first-ever home playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Coach Jack Cosgrove urged students to attend the game and spoke about the positive influence the fans’ presence has on the players.
The Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News reported four members of the University of Maine football team and head coach Jack Cosgrove were honored by the New England Football Writers’ Association. Cosgrove was named the Jack Grinold New England Coach of the Year and quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was named the Gold Helmet Player of the Year. Wasilewski was also named to FCS All-New England team along with offensive lineman Jeff Gakos, linebacker Christophe Mulumba and cornerback Kendall James.
Fans of the University of Maine football team can show their spirit during “Go Blue” festivities prior to Saturday’s first-ever home playoff football contest. At 2 p.m., the 10–2 Black Bears host 8–4 University of New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium.
Students and staff are invited to write a good luck message to the Black Bears on a 16-foot banner that will be in the dining commons in Hilltop, York and Wells this week. Dining staff will wear football jerseys when the banner is in their respective facility. The banner will be presented to the football squad at Thursday’s pep rally in Memorial Union.
Blue snow cones will be given out Monday in the union and blue cotton candy will be handed out Tuesday. An ice sculpture showcasing the UMaine-UNH rivalry will be carved Wednesday, starting at approximately 11 a.m., outside the union on the library side. And, a pep rally will kick off Thursday just prior to noon in the Bear’s Den.
Student Life will purchase the $2 game tickets for the first 1,000 students who enter the gates; Athletics Engagement will pay for all other students who attend. In addition, the first 1,000 university students admitted will receive a $5 food voucher to use at the concession stand. All UMaine students will get free hot chocolate at halftime and all other fans can purchase hot cocoa for $1. A warming tent will be available for fans adjacent to the south end zone.
Tailgating for the 2 p.m. game begins at 11 a.m.; gates open at 12:30 p.m. ESPN3 is streaming the game live.
UNH crushed Lafayette College 45–7 on Nov. 30 to advance to play the fifth-seeded Black Bears in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The UNH Wildcats topped the Black Bears 24–6 in the regular season finale Nov. 23.
Richard Reichenbach and Sara Simard Reichenbach, interim head coaches of the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team, were featured in a Bangor Daily News article titled “Newlywed UMaine coaches enjoying marriage, hockey.”
The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Kennebec Journal were among news organizations to report Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, and 10 players were recently honored by the team’s conference. The Colonial Athletic Association selected Cosgrove as Coach of the Year, freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was given the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award. Wasilewski and Mulumba were also among the 10 Black Bears to earn all-Colonial Athletic Association honors.
Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, spoke with espnW for an article about the team’s first road trip since their bus crashed on Interstate 95 in February when the driver lost consciousness. Barron, who said he generally tries to avoid talking about the crash to media, asked the team for approval before agreeing to speak with espnW about the incident. He also said the team is “ready to move on” and seems to be “handling pretty well.”
People in the giving spirit at the University of Maine have been making the holidays brighter for others.
The UMaine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Greek Life, athletic groups and student organizations have all spearheaded charitable efforts this season.
The Bodwell Center has been a driving force for the Holiday Sharing Program and FIGI Christmas since 2004. In collaboration with Greek Life, the center collects holiday gifts for Crossroads Ministries, where families from the greater Old Town and Orono areas select presents for their children from among the donated gifts.
People may donate gifts through Dec. 6 at the Bodwell Center on campus or to Crossroads Ministries in Old Town.
Bodwell Center volunteers also participated in an American Red Cross blood drive and the fourth annual GobbleFest. At the Nov. 13–14 blood drive at the New Balance Student Recreation Center, donors gave 174 units of blood and about a dozen double red cell donations. The American Red Cross and UMaine Office of Student Life sponsored the drive.
GobbleFest was a combined effort of the Bodwell Center and Old Town-Orono YMCA. Nov. 17 at the YMCA, UMaine students collected turkeys and cash donations so Crossroads Ministries could provide Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. The Bodwell Center continued to collect turkeys and cash donations through Nov. 22.
Crossroad Ministries also will benefit from a food drive sponsored by UMaine Printing and Mailing Services. Campus mail carriers are accepting nonperishable food donations as part of the drive, and drop boxes are located in Keyo Building. The food donations will be accepted through Dec. 16.
Male Athletes Against Violence and HerCampus sponsored a Cans For Those Who Can’t event Nov. 23. That night, people who donated canned goods for Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc.’s Thanksgiving food drive were admitted free to the Bear Brew Pub in Orono.
The University of Maine Sports Medicine Team and the University of Maine Student-Athlete Advisory Committee collected nonperishable food at UMaine football, women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey games. The donated canned goods were given to The Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord Food Pantry, which serves those in need in the greater Bangor, Orono and Old Town communities. Donations continued to be accepted through Nov. 22 at the Mike Kessock Sports Medicine Center in Memorial Gym.
Kappa Sigma sold donated coats for $5 each at its second annual Coats for the Cold on Nov. 15–16. HerCampus UMaine, an online publication, held a bake sale in conjunction with the coat sale. All the combined proceeds went to Fisher House Foundation, which has homes near military and VA medical centers. When servicemen and women are hospitalized due to combat injuries and sickness, their loved ones can stay at the houses.
Alpha Delta held a food and clothing drive Nov. 11–22 in Memorial Union and gave all donated items to Hope House, a homeless shelter in Bangor.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The 10–1 Black Bears, ranked No. 4 in the FCS, are looking to achieve several program firsts: to earn an 11th regular-season win, to finish undefeated in the Colonial Athletic Association and to host a playoff game.
After clinching the Colonial Athletic Association title this past weekend, the University of Maine football team has locked up a spot in the NCAA postseason tournament. Black Bear fans are invited to join the football team at Memorial Union on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. for an autograph session and screening of a video of season highlights, as well as opportunities to see and photograph the CAA trophy. At 11:30 a.m. the squad and fans will watch ESPNU’s Football Championship Subdivision selection show to learn the team’s seeding for postseason play. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Bear’s Den.
The Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and Bangor Daily News wrote about University of Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove being chosen as one of 21 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is given to the best coach in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision.