The cover of the Morgan State University 2001 football media guide reads: "There's No Place Like Home."
On Saturday afternoon, after much anticipation and wait, the Bears (0-2) will get the chance to prove just that when they play host to Howard in the first game at renovated Hughes Stadium. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.
Morgan's last full slate of home games on campus came in the 1997 season, and its last home game at all was against Howard in 1999. Last season, the Bears went 1-10 playing at 11 different venues, with their homecoming game at PSINet Stadium.
Hughes Stadium received a $15 million face lift, including a seating capacity extending from 7,000 to 10,000; a new scoreboard featuring a big screen with instant replay capabilities, and lights for the first time.
After two strong showings in road losses against Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M;, the Bears believe they are primed for a breakthrough against Howard (0-2) and look forward to doing it in front of a packed home crowd. Morgan State leads the series against Howard - dating to 1889 - by a 32-31-3 margin, with the Bison winners of the past six.
"We're all excited - players, coaches, everyone - and we're ready to get this first win in our new stadium," said senior wide receiver Marc Lester. "It's going to be fun having the fan support, alumni support and Morgan State spirit back on campus. We're ready to give everybody a good show - this is our time."
Ready at Western Md.
Western Maryland College defensive tackle Joe Rydzewski is going to classes and practices like usual this week.
The 23-year-old junior from Gaithersburg, in his first year at Western Maryland, also is an Army reserve military policeman inactive as of now because he's attending college. He's aware that status might change.
"I haven't heard anything since last Tuesday. To be honest, I'm not trying to let it affect me and am just going about my daily business," said Rydzewski, who served in the Army for two years starting in 1998, stationed in Alabama, Wisconsin and New Jersey.
Sea Gulls running in N.Y.
The Salisbury University cross country team will run in the Bronx on Saturday, competing in the New York University Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park - just 10 miles from what is now commonly referred to as Ground Zero.
At first apprehensive after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Salisbury coach Jim Jones said his team felt more comfortable with the decision to participate as time went on.
"We have to get on with life just as our president said. We respect what has happened and the lives that were lost, but now we have to get back to normal. For us, that's competing - whether it's in New York, Baltimore or anywhere," Jones said.
The team is taking a charter bus tomorrow afternoon, staying in New Jersey overnight before going into the city Saturday morning for the 10 a.m. start.
The invitational, in its third year, will have 45 teams competing. Four teams have pulled out.
Krebs runs for sweep
At York (Pa.) College's Spartan Invitational on Saturday, Western Maryland College senior runner Jill Krebs (South Carroll) will try to make it 3-for-3 and 4-for-4.
The two-time All-American has won both cross country races she has ran this season for the Green Terror, most recently Saturday at the WMC Challenge.
If she can make it three straight Saturday, Krebs will become the first individual to win the Spartan Invitational four times.