The Bengals will welcome the first full recruiting class under Coach Shaffner and staff as the team begins preparation for its second season as a member of the Atlantic Central Football Conference with The Newport News Apprentice School (VA), Brockport, Frostburg (MD), Salisbury (MD), and Wesley (DE). Buffalo State will open the 2005 campaign with a home meeting with Ithaca on September 10, before embarking on a four-game road stretch with games against Wesley, Cortland, Frostburg and Salisbury. The Bengals will return to Coyer Field for “Homecoming” on October 22 against Apprentice. The Bengals’ regular season finale will be a home date with Brockport on November 12 in the annual “I-90 Bowl.
Buffalo State went 4-6 in 2004, finishing the year 4-2 over the final six games. The Bengals placed fourth in the ACFC with a 2-3 conference record. Buffalo State will continue its efforts to “Restore the Roar” as it competes in its final season in the ACFC before joining the New Jersey Athletic Conference for the 2006 campaign.
The tentative practice schedule for training camp is as follows:
Monday, August 15 – Check-in and Meetings
Tuesday, August 16 – Meetings
Wednesday, August 17 – 2:30 p.m. – Helmets Only
Thursday, August 18 – 2:30 p.m. – Helmets Only
Friday, August 19 – 2:30 p.m. – Helmets and Shoulder Pads
Saturday, August 20 – 2:30 p.m. – Helmets and Shoulder Pads
Sunday, August 21 – 2:30 p.m. – Full Equipment
Monday, August 22 – 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Full Equipment
Tuesday, August 23 - 2:30 p.m. – Full Equipment
Wednesday, August 24 - 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Full Equipment
Thursday, August 25 - 2:30 p.m. – Full Equipment
Friday, August 26 - 7:30 a.m. - Full Equipment; 3:00 p.m. - Helmets and Shoulder Pads
(All practices will run approximately two hours. Media members can set up interviews with players or coaches by calling the Buffalo State Office of Sports Information at (716) 878-6030.)