COLLEGE: South Atlantic Conference won’t play any fall sports

Published Friday, August 7th, 2020

Lenoir-Rhyne will not play a 2020 football season; league expects to resume in spring 2021   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com ROCK HILL, S.C. – The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) announced Friday it will not play fall sports. In a press release, league officials said the decision is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the conference will resume sports in …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne’s new head coach from William Peace

Published Monday, April 6th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University found its next women’s head basketball coach on Monday, naming Grahm Smith of William Peace College in Raleigh as its new leader. Smith has been at William Peace – an NCAA Division II school — for two seasons and has a seven-year coaching record of 135-53 and winning percentage of .814. He replaces Cameron Sealy, …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Jacobs’ debut as Lenoir-Rhyne head coach set for Sept. 5

Published Thursday, March 19th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Mike Jacobs’ debut as head football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University will be Sept. 5 at St. Augustine’s. The Bears announced a 2020 schedule this week, and it includes five home games. Jacobs’ home debut comes Sept. 12 in a 6 p.m. game against Virginia Union. He came to LRU after four seasons at head coach at Notre …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Wingate lands 4 from area, including Foard’s Siemer

Published Friday, February 7th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com WINGATE – Wingate University’s football program in 2020 will include four players from the Greater Hickory area, highlighted by the signing of Fred T. Foard running back Corey Siemer. The Bulldogs have also signed Freedom offensive lineman Austin Lowery and McDowell multi-position player Richard Handy. Bunker Hill lineman Aaron Bryant is also headed to Wingate as a preferred walk-on. …

LRU FOOTBALL: Recruiting class includes trio of players from local schools

Published Friday, February 7th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The first recruiting class for new Lenoir-Rhyne University football head coach Mike Jacobs includes 27 players, three of them from local high schools. The Bears announced they’ve signed St. Stephens running back Matthew Hancock (5-foot-11, 210 pounds) and offensive linemen Grayson Lineberger (6-2, 280) of Hickory and Jacob Clark (6-2, 270) of Hibriten. Hancock also played defense …