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RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-09-2012 03:34 PM

Troy Adds Ole Miss to 2013 Football Schedule
Adam Prendergast
4/9/2012 3:13:00 PM

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TROY, Ala. – Troy and Ole Miss will meet in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Nov. 16, 2013, both schools announced on Monday. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Trojans and Rebels.

The one-game series with Ole Miss is Troy's third non-conference game on the books for the 2013 season. Troy opens the season at home against UAB on Aug. 31. The Trojans will make a return trip to Mississippi State on Sept. 21 after the Bulldogs come to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15 this upcoming season.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-10-2012 10:35 AM

Troy looking for leaders on defense
Published 8:52pm Monday, April 9, 2012

By Wes Johnson

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This is part two of a six part series previewing Troy football during the final week of spring practice. Look for part three in Wednesday’s Messenger.

Troy’s defensive unit may have experienced its share of growing pains in 2011 but with a new crop of talent and a renewed attitude the 2012 group is primed for improvement.

“I think this group will be better. How good they can be, I don’t know,” Troy defensive coordinator Jeremy Rowell said. “We’re heavy loaded in sophomores and juniors still but its good that they have some experience.”

In an effort to compliment the youth, Troy filled its openings with a heavy dose junior college signees. 11 new faces with junior college experience will wear cardinal and black for the Trojan defense this season.

Part of the goal in recruiting this season was to find guys who had the makeup to become leaders both on the field and off.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-12-2012 10:06 AM

Basketball recruiting update

The spring signing period began on Wednesday and Troy coaches were all over the country looking for immediate impact players.

The first known signee is Tevin Calhoun, from Hill College in Texas. Calhoun is a 6-foot-7 wing forward and if the stats I'm looking at are right, scored about 12 ppg as a sophomore.

Calhoun is originally from Linden, New Jersey and made his way to Hillsboro, Texas, for junior college ball. He played as a freshman at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. Hill College is south of Dallas and north of Waco.

He signed with Creighton in the fall, but got out of that letter of intent. If a school like Creighton thinks that highly of Calhoun to sign him in the first place, then you figure he'll be a key contributor for Troy.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-12-2012 10:17 AM

Chanda Rigby Named Troy University Women's Basketball Head Coach
Adam Prendergast
4/11/2012 3:30:00 PM

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TROY, Ala. – Following back-to-back state championships and two trips to the Final Four, Chanda Rigby has been named the new women's basketball head coach at Troy University, Athletic Director Steve Dennis announced Wednesday afternoon.

“We are very excited about the addition of Chanda to our Troy Family,” Dennis said. “I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in this nationwide search. Chanda is an outstanding fit for Troy University. She is a proven championship winner and someone that will lead our program to another level in the Sun Belt Conference and nationally.”

Rigby just completed her seventh season at Pensacola State College where she led the Pirates to a combined 64-6 record over the last two seasons and two trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association Final Four; the Pirates were victorious in third-place games on both occasions.

“We had a lot of success in my last two years in Pensacola and Troy is a place where I want to transfer that success to,” Rigby said. “Troy is a prime place to make a statement in women's basketball.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-13-2012 10:43 AM

Spring Practice Position Breakdown: Quarterbacks
Tyler Pigg
4/12/2012 4:43:00 PM

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With last year's disappointing 3-9 record leaving a bad taste in their mouths, the Troy Trojans are looking to get back to the top of the Sun Belt. In order to do that, Troy must discover what they'll be working with as they head into battle for the 2012 season. TroyTrojans.com is offering a positional breakdown of the Trojans as spring practice unfolds.

Today's installment will focus on the quarterbacks, where junior Corey Robinson looks to improve while JUCO transfer Deon Anthony will offer a different look to defenses.

When a team goes 3-9, not many things can be said to have gone right for it. The quarterback play was not bad by any stretch, but the expected improvement from Robinson in his second season as starter was nowhere to be seen. Robinson's touchdown total decreased by seven from 28 to 21. He threw for 300 less yards and his completion percentage went down. While the interception total remained the same (15), Robinson tossed at least one pick in all but one game last season.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-13-2012 10:56 AM

Physicality Showing In Last Week of Spring Practice
Brandon Lee
4/10/2012 7:17:00 PM

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TROY, Ala. – The Troy football team took to the turf at Veterans Memorial on Tuesday to begin the fourth and final week of spring practice.

Up to this point, the team has taken part in two scrimmages and eight practices. The physicality on the field has increased and more and more players are showing their competitive edge. But, head coach Larry Blakeney said that the competitiveness is good and that it usually happens.

“It's normally a little bit chippy,” Blakeney said. “We got some guys that'll compete and it gets a little heated every now and then.”

Intense practices with the same guys can bring out a bad vibe amongst the team after four weeks of being on field, but Blakeney said that the players all end up in one accord with one another at the end of the day.

“Sometimes it fuels good stuff on the field and doesn't fuel good things off, but I think we are all walking off here the right way,” Blakeney said.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-17-2012 09:04 AM

Troy ends spring practice

Obviously I could try to explain how Troy's 2012 spring practice went, but head coach Larry Blakeney could do it better than me. Here's what he said in his opening comments about the offense, defense, offseason, etc.

He did say that the new field turf is on track to be installed after Charles Henderson High does its spring ball, sometime in May. He said it was something he'd been waiting on for two and a half years, at least. Looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-19-2012 08:55 AM

Spring recap: Running backs

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Troy is known for being a passing offense, but this year's group of running backs is battle-tested, experienced and talented. They showed that during spring practice.

"Running the ball, making an emphasis on running the ball with a couple of linemen out, I think we got better at that," Troy offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield said. "Our backs really did a nice job of breaking tackles and protecting the ball early on in spring."

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-19-2012 09:02 AM

Troy Football Series links

Published 11:31am Monday, April 16, 2012
By Wes Johnson

Part 1: DefenseRowell: ‘A lot of things make a team, a team’

Part 2: DefenseTroy looking for leaders on defense

Part 3: OffenseTroy offense concentrating on red zone offense

Part 4: OffenseTrojans aim for improved run game in 2012

Part 5 – Special Teams
Special teams must replace key components

Part 6 – State of the ProgramBlakeney: ‘We have to continue developing and evolving the program in all areas’

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 04-19-2012 01:08 PM

Troy lineman James Brown could be an intriguing prospect for Saints

04/19/12 5:00AM
Nakia Hogan, The Times-Picayune

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Aside from his namesake, the Godfather of Soul, Troy offensive lineman James Brown has little name recognition as he prepares for next week's NFL draft.

But that doesn't mean he lacks the required skill set to be a professional football player.

With little fanfare, Brown has put together a collegiate resume that will likely lead to his name being called some time in the middle rounds, when the Saints, who are without first- and second-round picks, will be on the clock.