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Monday 11/22/2010
Podcast: Jason Smith talks WSU football on WDET

South End Sports Editor and Football Beat Writer, Jason Smith, appeared on the Craig Fahle Show on WDET (101.9 FM) to talk about the historic 2010 Wayne State Football Season

Posted in Sports on Monday, November 22, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Friday 11/19/2010
Sports editor to talk football on WDET

Tune in WDET-FM (101.9) Friday morning at 10:30, where TSE Sports Editor Jason Smith will join host Craig Fahle to talk about Wayne State football's 2010 season.

The Warriors finished 9-2 and narrowly missed qualifying for the playoffs.

WDET's online stream is available "here":

Posted in Sports on Friday, November 19, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 11/13/2010
Wayne State gets little help from fellow regional teams

Wayne State, which defeated Findlay 44-27 Nov. 13, got little help from other Super Regional Three teams.

Augustana (No. 1), Grand Valley State (No. 3), St. Cloud State (No. 5), Hillsdale (No. 6) and Michigan Tech (No. 7) all won Saturday afternoon. Wayne State was ranked eighth in the latest regional rankings. The top six make the postseason.

No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth's game against Minnesota State-Mankato was postponed until Sunday morning.

No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney lost to No. 9 Colorado Mines in triple overtime, but one of those teams must qualify for the playoffs via earned access. Earned access means if a team from one conference is ranked eighth or better and no team from its same conference is ranked higher, it automatically receives the No. 6 seed.

Playoff pairings will be announced Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPNews.

Posted in Sports on Saturday, November 13, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 11/11/2010
Joique Bell on the move again

Joique Bell, Wayne State's all-time leading rushed and the 2009 Harlon Hill winner, has signed with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

Bell went undrafted earlier this year, but was later signed by the Buffalo Bills' practice squad before the Philadelphia Eagles claimed him in late September. He played in three games for Philadelphia.

Now, he'll compete for playing time with the Colts. Indianapolis claimed Bell after the Eagles put him on waivers.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 11/06/2010
WSU's playoff chances increase with pair of losses

Wayne State, which defeated Indianapolis 41-27 Nov. 6, also got some much needed help, as three teams ranked ahead of the Warriors lost.

Regional-ranking leading Augustana lost 26-14 to Wayne State (Neb.), but since it was undefeated, it will likely remain in the region's top six. The six highest ranked teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the postseason.

What did help the Warriors, however, was that Nos. 8 and 9 both lost. Colorado School of Mines lost to Chadron State, 38-31, and Winona State lost 21-19 to Mary. Winona State now has four losses, which all but eliminates it from playoff contention. Mines (8-2) now shares the same record as Wayne State, though one of its victories came against a team outside of Division II.

Below is the Nov. 1 rankings with results from Nov. 6. The next ranking will be released Nov. 8.

h3. Super Regional Three

h2. Overall Record (Division II Record)

1. Augustana (South Dakota) 9-0 (9-0) -- L, 26-14, Wayne State (Neb.)

2. Minnesota Duluth 9-0 (9-0) -- W, 55-7, Minn-Crookston

3. Grand Valley State 8-1 (8-1) -- W, 35-21, Northwood

4. Nebraska-Kearney 8-1 (8-1) -- W, 48-21, Fort Lewis

5. Hillsdale 7-2 (7-2) -- W, 31-3, Findlay

6. St. Cloud State 7-2 (7-2) -- W, 35-14, Bemidji State

7. Michigan Tech 6-2 (6-2) -- W, 28-16, Ferris State

8. Colorado School of Mines 8-1 (7-1) -- L, 38-31, Chadron St.

9. Winona State 6-3 (6-3) -- L, 21-19, Mary

10. Wayne State (Michigan) 7-2 (7-2) -- W, 41-27, Indianapolis

Posted in Sports on Saturday, November 6, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Monday 10/11/2010
Wayne State Football Gets A Little YouTube Love

The things you see on YouTube these days are amazing. I'm a fully admitted YouTube dork.

I normally scour the video sharing site for old school hip-hop videos, 1980s TV commercials, pro wrestling clips, and classic Detroit and MSU sports moments (by the way, How 'bout them Spartans!). It's a great way to kill hours when you are worn out from a long day of watching football.

On Saturday night, after the Spartans pummeled Michigan and WSU won at Lake Erie, I was bumping around on YouTube and found this video from one of the few video podcasts I regularly watch called the "Czabecast". It's hosted by former Fox Sports Radio host Steve Czaban.

He does a weekly video podcast on Mondays that he likes to call "Small School A$$ Whippings of the Week". It features the biggest Division II, Division III, and NAIA beatdowns of a given week.

This particular episode is from Sept. 11 when "WSU beat the hapless Tiffin Dragons, 63-14":

On that same Saturday, the other Wayne State (Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.) had a 68-6 blow out victory over Minnesota-Crookston. This led to Czaban and his crew to marvelling at how Wayne State won twice in one day.

"If you are a Wayne State attendee, no matter what, you had a good weekend."

WSU is mentioned starting at the 1:26 mark.

Check out the Video here:

Posted in Sports on Monday, October 11, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Friday 10/08/2010
WSU hosts high school football game this Sunday

Those who want to catch a football game at Adams Field but don't want to wait until next weekend, when Wayne State returns home to face Ashland, can come down to campus at 2 p.m. Sunday.

That's because Wayne State will host one of Michigan high school football's great rivalries: Birmingham Brother Rice against Detroit Catholic Central.

Catholic Central (6-0) and Brother Rice (3-3) have storied histories. Central holds a slight lead in the all-time series, 27-25-1.

It's also the 500th varsity game for Brother Rice, led by head coach Al Fracassa, in his 42nd season. Central's Tom Mach holds his own as well; he's in his 35th year.

Posted in Sports on Friday, October 8, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 09/04/2010
Joique Bell cut by the Buffalo Bills

In spite of having a very impressive preseason, the Buffalo Bills cut former Wayne State standout Joique Bell today. Bell rushed for 152 yards and scored two touchdowns on 27 carries in four games. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry. The Bills kept Fred Jackson and fullback Corey McIntyre along with veteran Marshawn Lynch and 2010 first round draft pick C.J. Spiller. Bell went undrafted but was signed by the Bills as a free agent.

Bell won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the best player in Division II last season. He led the Warriors in rushing yards (2,084), total offense (2,178 yards) and all-purpose yards (2,392). For his career at WSU, he rushed for 6,728 yards and scored 88 touchdowns in four years becoming not only Wayne State's all-time leading rusher, but also the all-time leading rusher in the GLIAC.

Posted in Sports on Saturday, September 4, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/02/2010
Joique Bell looks to join another exclusive club

There was a surprise guest at Wayne State football practice yesterday: former running back Joique Bell. He’s in town with the Buffalo Bills who are facing the Detroit Lions in a preseason game tonight. Bell, for those of you who don't know, made the Wayne State record books his own personal playground the last few years.

Bell had a season for the ages last year. He was the winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy which is the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Bell led the Warriors in rushing yards (2,084), total offensive yards (2,178), and all-purpose yards (2,392). He became both the all-time leading rusher in Wayne State history and in GLIAC history. He even completed a 68-yard touchdown pass.

Now Bell is attempting to make it to the NFL with the Bills. He's competing for a back up role behind veteran Marshawn Lynch and first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller. The last Wayne State player to play on a preseason roster was former wide receiver Pierre Brown. He was with the Lions in 2002, but was cut before the season started. If Bell makes makes the final roster in Buffalo, and with the Bills' injury issues, he could, he would become the first Wayne State player to make an opening day NFL roster since Tom Beer.

Beer, who played linebacker at WSU from 1990-1993, was drafted in the seventh round by the Lions in 1994. He eventually played in 41 games with Detroit from 1994-1996. The former Tartar/Warrior with the longest run in the league was Paul Butcher. Butcher, who also played linebacker at WSU from 1982-1986, spent 10 years in the NFL playing for the Lions, Rams (when they were still in L.A.), Colts, Raiders, and Panthers.

The final cuts will be announced on Saturday when all teams must get down to 53 players. Best of luck to Joique Bell who could join a very exclusive club in the long history of football at Wayne State University.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, September 2, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)

Sunday 08/29/2010
Football Saturdays in Detroit

What is happening. First and foremost, welcome to all the new Wayne State students, whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer, or Graduate student (like I am).

Now that you are here, I'm sure that you, like I was when I first arrived here three years ago, are surprised to hear that Wayne State has a football team. And while the vibe on campus isn't the same here as it is in East Lansing on a Football Saturday for Michigan State, some pretty special things go on at Adams Field. Yes, there aren't 100,000 fans and luxury skyboxes like there are in Ann Arbor at U of M. Yes, it's Division II and the GLIAC and not Division I (_or whatever the hell they are calling it these days_) and the Big Ten or M.A.C. But there have been special performances and great moments. Wayne State football is building a new tradition of Detroit football.

Last year *Joique Bell* won the Harlon Hill trophy, the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Bell is now in camp with the Buffalo Bills and could be the first Wayne State player to make the NFL in nearly 20 years (Extra points to the person who can name the last Wayne State player to make the league, and the only hint is that he was a Detroit Lion). So if you are on campus or just in town on a Saturday afternoon this fall, come check out the squad coach Paul Winters puts on the field and take as much pride in being a Warrior as cats at Michigan State have pride in being Spartans.

Besides, there's a better than average chance that Wayne State will win, which is more than I can say for that team that plays at Ford Field.

Thanks For Your Time. Until Next Time, I'm Out.

J. Smith

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Posted in Sports on Sunday, August 29, 2010 12:00 am. Comments (0)