Stony Brook To Host Albany In First Round of FCS Playoffs


Winners of an outright Big South Conference title for the first time in school history, the Stony Brook football team will host Albany on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2:00pm in a Division I Football Championship first round game at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.  The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, and the winner of the contest will face No. 1 Sam Houston State in the second round.

The Seawolves, who defeated Liberty, 41-31, for the Conference's automatic bid to the playoffs, is the second consecutive Big South football member to host a Playoff game, as Coastal Carolina played Western Illinois at home in last year's postseason.

Stony Brook will host its New York State rival for the first time since 2006.  Stony Brook and Albany, which compete as associate members in its respective football conferences, are members of the America East Conference in all other sports.

Albany owns a 9-4 series advantage over Stony Brook.

Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore is a 1982 graduate of Albany.  He was the Great Danes' starting fullback for three seasons and earned the Spud Kruzan Award as Albany's most outstanding senior athlete.  He began his coaching career at Albany as the team's running backs and strength coach.

Priore even served as Albany's head lacrosse coach, going 9-8 in 1986.

"I'm not sure I'd be where I am today without Coach (Bob) Ford," Priore said.  "To this day, some of the stuff I do organizationally and the way I handle my staff is because of Coach Ford.  We've always had a healthy relationship.  I trust him, and he trusts me."

Stony Brook (8-3, 6-0) has won eight games in a season for just the second time in school history (2002).  Currently on an eight-game winning streak, the Seawolves have scored at least 40 points in seven straight games and lead the FCS in scoring offense (39.6/g).