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Chuck Priore: 'We got courageous efforts'

Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson, left, celebrates

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

At 2-3 after a skin-of-their-teeth 21-13 victory over Bryant Saturday night at LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook’s Seawolves have lost a little of the surface luster they began the season with when they were as high as 12th in the FCS polls. But as exciting as their clutch fourth-quarter performance was for a record Homecoming crowd of 11,224, it was even more gratifying for those in the SBU locker room...

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Seawolves’ playoff push begins now

Stony Brook quarterback Lyle Negron (no. 12) looks

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Stony Brook’s schedule was front-loaded with the toughest opponents first, but even though the Seawolves have played better than their 1-3 record indicates, they already are in jeopardy of missing the FCS playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

Although Northeast Conference contender Bryant (3-1) is a non-league opponent, it’s vital for Stony Brook to win its homecoming game against...

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America East makes tourney format change

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The America East made a major move Thursday, announcing a complete change in its men’s basketball conference tournament format.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise as the conference came under some scrutiny after top-seed Stony Brook fell to No. 4 Albany in the tournament semifinal last season.

The first round and semifinal games in last season’s tournament were hosted by Albany.

A...

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Christian Ricard: 'We’re a playoff team'

CHRISTIAN RICARD Defensive back, Freshman High School: David

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On the surface, Stony Brook’s move up to the Colonial Athletic Association, regarded by some as the SEC of the Football Championship Subdivision, looks pretty rough after four games. The Seawolves are 1-3 overall and 1-2 in CAA play after blowing an 11-point halftime lead in a 35-21 loss to No. 2-ranked Towson Saturday night at LaValle Stadium.

They are a little wobbly after three straight...

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RB Jamie Williams injured; LB Grant Nakwaasah suspended

Stony Brook's Jamie Williams scores a third-quarter touchdown

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke )

Under the best of circumstances, Stony Brook's home football opener against No. 2 Towson (4-0, 0-0 CAA) on Saturday night at LaValle Stadium would be a major challenge. But after losing two key starters the previous week, the Seawolves (1-2, 1-1) now will face the Tigers without running back Jamie Williams and starting linebacker Grant Nakwaasah.

Williams suffered a rib injury in last week’s...

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Chuck Priore must replace Marcus Coker

Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore looks

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If Stony Brook’s first game without powerful running back Marcus Coker is any indication, the Seawolves’ offense will change to feature a running back rotation as a complement to the pass-run threat posed by quarterback Lyle Negron. Coker is out for the season with an abdominal injury, and none of the potential replacements pose the same challenge to a defense.

Cincinnati transfer Jameel Poteat...

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Cody Precht replacing 'Big Mike' Bamiro

Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet rushes as Cody Precht

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Talk about a big space to fill, junior Cody Precht faces a huge responsibility as he slides from right guard out to the right tackle spot that 6-8, 335-pound Michael Bamiro occupied the past three seasons at Stony Brook. Centerport native Precht has a powerful 6-3, 290-pound frame and the experience and smarts to understand how to play the position.

But “Big Mike,” as Bamiro was known to his...

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Tommy Brenton signs with Japanese team

Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton drives the baseline

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Tommy Brenton’s basketball career will continue at a new level.

Brenton, Stony Brook’s all-time leading rebounder (1,115) and winner of the 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award, reached an agreement to play with Link Togichi Brex, based in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan.

Brenton became the ninth player under coach Steve Pikiell and 15th in program history...

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Stony Brook, Steve Pikiell agree to extension

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Stony Brook men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell received a contract extension through the 2017-28 season, the university announced on Thursday.

Pikiell, who will be entering his ninth season, has led the Seawolves to three America East regular season titles and two appearances in the NIT.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed....

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Elon joins the CAA; Will more moves come?

More conference movement is afoot as Elon announced Thursday it was leaving the Southern conference for the CAA, beginning July 1, 2014.

It’s been an eventful couple of years for the CAA, which has lost George Mason, VCU, Georgia State and Old Dominion. But the conference responded quickly with the additions of Elon and the College of Charleston. There was also the addition of Stony Brook...

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