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Richmond, VA, United States

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Past articles by John:

CAA officially adds Hampton, Monmouth, Stony Brook

The Colonial Athletic Association will lose one Virginia university after this school year, and add another. → Read More

VSU's Scott will be named Norfolk State coach

Norfolk State will name Richmond native Latrell Scott Spartans football coach Tuesday, the Times-Dispatch learned Monday night. → Read More

Around the A-10/Gay player competing in peace

Gay player competing in peace Apparently, all’s quiet on the Derrick Gordon front. Gordon, a Massachusetts junior guard, announced in April that he is gay, making him the first openly gay Division I player. Brian Henry, UMass’ associate director of media relations, said fans’ response has been "pretty much indifferent. We’ve only had a handful of games away from home and really have had no… → Read More

This season, Spiders have a real spider as mascot

The University of Richmond’s new mascot is fuzzy, but not cuddly and kid-friendly like so many others in college sports. → Read More

Richmond defense holds Howard, keys 54-41 win

Santa Claus stopped by the Robins Center on Saturday night and distributed candy canes. Had he been pressed to evaluate the University of Richmond’s performance against Howard, the Spiders’ offense may have been classified as naughty while their defense was nice. → Read More

Spiders modifying starting lineup for Howard's visit

Chris Mooney’s voice is raspy this week. Is the University of Richmond’s 10th-year basketball coach under the weather, or is this hoarseness the result of Mooney raising his voice during recent practices? → Read More

After hitting books, Spiders try to hit boards

The circular plastic apparatus with about a dozen bumps on one side leaned against a basket support on Thursday morning at the University of Richmond Robins Center before Spiders’ practice. → Read More

UR's Rocco avoids rushing game while seeking new offensive coordinator

University of Richmond coach Danny Rocco said he will deliberately proceed as he seeks a new top offensive assistant. → Read More

Norfolk State considering Virginia State's Scott

Virginia State football coach Latrell Scott is being considered for the Norfolk State job. → Read More

Davidson may not be down after all/Around the A-10

Davidson starts strong Davidson, which meets Virginia, Richmond and VCU during an upcoming three-game stretch, may not be down after all in its first season of Atlantic 10 Conference competition. The Wildcats started 6-1, including wins over Central Florida and Charlotte, with averages of 20 assists and 87 points. Five Davidson players score between nine and 17 points per game. The Wildcats were… → Read More

Streeter, headed to Clemson, directed three productive UR offenses

The University of Richmond has been one of CAA Football’s top offensive teams for the last three years. The Spiders will begin next season with a new offensive coordinator. → Read More

UR offensive coordinator Streeter headed to Clemson staff

University of Richmond offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter is moving to his alma mater to become Clemson’s quarterbacks coach. → Read More

Replacing Strauss tops to-do list for Spiders

University of Richmond football moves forward without 22 seniors, a large group for an FCS program and a class that helped return the Spiders to the playoffs. → Read More

Ex-JMU coach will have eye on Spiders' FCS playoff game

The ESPN3 analyst who will handle the University of Richmond’s FCS playoff game at Coastal Carolina on Saturday knows his Spiders football. → Read More

Spiders overcome Thornton's 37 points, Tribe

While William and Mary’s Marcus Thornton was wearing out the University of Richmond, the Spiders were wearing down the Tribe, though barely. → Read More

UR's Allen looks to make jump

William and Mary’s visit to the University of Richmond on Wednesday in the 200th meeting of the programs brings together two of the state’s top guards. → Read More

Coastal Carolina coach brought unique portfolio to job

The University of Richmond’s football game at Coastal Carolina on Saturday is capturing national attention unrelated to the players, schemes or stakes involved. → Read More

Fast start was business as usual for Spiders

Just after warm-ups in some University of Richmond practices, the Spiders go right to scrimmaging. The first-team offense takes on the first-team defense in non-scripted activity. → Read More

Richmond's fast start bounces Morgan State from FCS playoffs

University of Richmond defensive tackle Evan Kelly called Morgan State's offensive line "gynormous." The Bears averaged 330 pounds from tackle to tackle. → Read More

Strauss, UR bump Morgan State from FCS playoffs 46-24

Capturing the first playoff victory of the postseason is often regarded as the most difficult step. It wasn’t so difficult for the University of Richmond on Saturday. → Read More