Football

Elon beats No. 6 ranked Richmond 36-33

9/24/17 2:28pm

Curt Cignetti is already off to an impressive start as Elon University's head coach. For the first time since 2011, Elon's football team won its third straight game, defeating No. 6 ranked Richmond University 36-33.

Cignetti gets first win as Elon head coach

9/9/17 9:26pm

First year head coach Curt Cignetti is officially a winner at Elon University. In his second game, the Phoenix football team defeated Furman University 34-31 after a field goal by freshman kicker Owen Johnson with five seconds left.

A fresh start for football

8/30/17 8:00am

When the Elon University football team took to the practice field Saturday afternoon, there was a hint of rustiness as the start of fall classes loomed ahead for the coming week. First-year head coach Curt Cignetti wasn’t using it as an excuse though.

Phoenix concludes spring scrimmage with newfound intensity

5/1/17 7:01pm

The Elon University football team concluded its final spring scrimmage on a very hot and humid Saturday afternoon, with 20, 40-yard sprints. Midway through, new head coach Curt Cignitti stopped the players and gathered them for a quick kneel-down before colorfully yelling at his team for their effort. It’s been a part of the new level of intensity the former University of Alabama coach has tried to bring to an Elon football team that is coming off a disappointing 2-9 season. “He was just telling us if we want to change the culture around here, we have to change what we do right now,” said junior offensive lineman Alex Higgins.

Football signs 14 in Cignetti's 1st class

2/2/17 9:46am

The Elon University football team announced its 2017 signing class Wednesday, as head coach Curt Cignetti’s first touch on the program brings in 14 players. Most noticeably, both quarterbacks — Butler’s Davis Cheek and Southern Durham’s Jalen Greene — have already enrolled at Elon and started classes Monday.

CAA pulls women's golf title from NC because of HB2

2/1/17 6:09pm

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) has made its first major move in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, moving its neutral-site 2017 women’s golf championship out of the state. And, while Elon University released its 2017 football schedule with a game against the State University of New York at Albany Sept. 30, Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said in a phone call that the issue is not fully resolved.

Football releases 2017 schedule

2/1/17 8:35am

The Elon University football team’s schedule for the 2017 season was released Wednesday, Feb. 1. The Phoenix will play the same eight Colonial Athletic Association teams it played last year, with the locations flipped from 2016.

HB2 creating scheduling issues for Elon football

1/21/17 9:30pm

No matter how hard Elon University tried to keep the influence of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 off of its campus, the controversial bill has created yet another problem for Elon. And this time, it’s with the football team.

A surprising change: Cignetti arrives at Elon

1/17/17 3:45pm

The phone in Curt Cignetti’s office was ringing regularly once the Indiana University of Pennsylvania football team’s season ended. The sixth-year coach was content with the Crimson Hawks, seeing a future with at least 10 wins a season for the next two years. So he graciously declined each request, taking the time to answer the call but never giving what the person on the other end wanted. But in late December, Cignetti got a call from Elon University.

Cignetti introduced as Elon football coach

1/2/17 4:00pm

The Elon University football team introduced Curt Cignetti as its 22nd head coach in program history Monday afternoon at a press conference. Cignetti, former coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, made it clear that he was content to stay at IUP despite other offers from FCS schools, but once he visited Elon, his “mindset had totally changed in terms of what I wanted to do.” “I really wasn't looking to make a move,” Cignetti said.

Curt Cignetti hired as Elon football coach

12/31/16 9:00am

The Elon University football team has hired Curt Cignetti as the 22nd head coach in the school’s history. “I am excited about the great opportunity at Elon and humbled and honored to be chosen to lead the Phoenix football program,” Cignetti said.

Skrosky resigns as Elon football coach

12/20/16 7:45am

Elon University Director of Athletics Dave Blank announced Tuesday that head football coach Rich Skrosky resigned to take a coaching position at Florida International University. In the statement, Blank said, “This was an unexpected development.

SIMON: Football needs improved results in 2017

12/1/16 10:30am

There’s no sugarcoating the struggles that the Elon University football team had during the four years that seniors, like me, have been here. In total, the Phoenix won just nine of its 46 games — less than 20-percent.

JMU ends Elon football's season with 63-14 rout

11/19/16 6:48pm

HARRISONBURG, Va. — A season that was supposed to be one of growth and fulfilled promise finished its freefall Saturday afternoon with expected humiliation, as the Elon University football team lost its seventh straight game 63-14 to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. James Madison’s offense moved the ball at will, gaining 699 yards with a near perfect balance of 362 rushing and 337 passing. “Obviously, their offense is very high-powered,” said sophomore linebacker Matt Baker, who finished with five tackles.

Football keeps Allison at forefront

11/16/16 10:45am

For the Elon University football team, November 11 was more than just a day of practice ahead of its Senior Day game the next day. It had been exactly a year since teammate Demitri Allison died when he fell off of a residential building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Football falls flat in blowout loss to last-place Rhode Island

11/12/16 8:14pm

The Elon University football team’s season hit a new low Saturday afternoon, as last-place University of Rhode Island blew out the Phoenix 44-14 in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matchup. It’s a sixth-straight loss for Elon, dropping the Phoenix into a tie for last place and making 2016 Elon’s fourth-straight season with just a single home victory. “Obviously, a really frustrating day in every regard,” said head coach Rich Skrosky.