The Charleston Southern football team will hold a scrimmage today at Buccaneer Field.

The Bucs will take the field at 9:15 a.m., and will attempt to simulate a true contest with officials and play clocks in the second of three scheduled scrimmages.

Today's scrimmage is open to the public.


The Bulldogs will host Meet the Bulldogs on Saturday, following a scrimmage at 1:15 p.m. The Bulldogs' season opener will take place at home Sept. 4 against Chowan at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina's scrimmage Wednesday started encouragingly -- very encouragingly, make that -- for the Chanticleers' offense.

On the second play of the opening series, senior quarterback Zach MacDowall connected on a perfectly-thrown 39-yard touchdown strike, hitting senior receiver Marquel Willis in stride down the right sideline.

The protection held firm, Willis beat his defender while executing the route and MacDowall delivered the pass with precision.

After struggling last season, the offense showed Wednesday it still has plenty of work to do before the Sept. 4 season opener.

Aside from MacDowall's touchdown pass, the first- and second-team offenses scored only once more on the long series -- thanks to an impressive 55-yard touchdown run up the middle by sophomore Marcus Whitener.

Whitener led all rushers with 74 yards in five carries.

"I've said this all along -- you can have good wideouts, good running backs, good quarterback," Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett said. "But the offensive line has got to (perform). You've got to have a great offensive line to be great on offense, period.

"There is no doubt about that, and we've just got to keep working there to get those guys in better game shape."


Wofford returned to the practice fields in full pads, as Mitch Allen and Alex Dunmire both had long runs, but the defense also came up with strong performances by James Zotto at linebacker and Andrew Gehring in the secondary with a pass breakup.

"It is great to be back on our practice fields," Wofford head coach Mike Ayers said. "We feel they are the best in the country and it really helps with the attitude of the kids. We have done a lot of work, but it has been tough when you have the weather like we have had."


Newberry's second practice in full pads was slightly abbreviated due to lightning in the area, but the Wolves got some good work in on Setzler Field before having to retreat to the locker room.

Mountain West

Fresno State and Nevada are leaving the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West.

The schools announced they are accepting invitations to join the Mountain West, which has added three prominent members of WAC in the last two months.

Boise State is already bound for the MWC next year and now the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack are following as well, leaving the WAC's future in question and the Mountain West preparing for life after Utah and possibly BYU.


Coach Bo Pelini barred media from practices until Saturday.

Athletic department spokesman Keith Mann said Pelini didn't give a reason.

Media members aren't allowed to watch practices, except for the first 15 minutes most days. Interviews are conducted after practices.

Pelini's lockout came after Mann told media members this week to not use the open period of practice to compile injury lists.

Pelini has said he would be relating any injury news.

Several media outlets, citing eyewitnesses, reported Tuesday that linebacker Sean Fisher was taken off the field with a leg injury and that there were a number of fights at practice.