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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
The positive momentum from Towson's 9-3, CAA-championship season continued last week when coach Rob Ambrose unveiled the Tigers' 19-man recruiting class. Towson signed eight Maryland natives, plus three players from Virginia's Tidewater area. There are four Division I transfers and four Baltimore-area high school standouts. There are 11 defensive players, seven offensive players and one athlete. Ambrose spoke with Recruiting Report this week about the class. Overall, what do you like about this class?
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Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
There's no escaping that Saturday's 62-7 loss to Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison was Towson's worst in program history. But the 55-point margin of defeat was the last thing on coach Rob Ambrose's mind when he spoke Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the league. “I'm sure there's a little bit or a concern, but we've got bigger issues than what the score of the game was,” he said. “We need to overcome our injury level and overcome our youth and a little bit of finishing the game.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Junior quarterback Connor Frazier started in Towson's 54-0 loss to West Virginia on Saturday night, but he eventually gave way to redshirt senior Joe Brennan in the second half. Nonetheless, there is no quarterback controversy. Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said barring something surprising, Frazier will open Saturday's game at Delaware State. “It's definitely Connor's job - period,” Ambrose said Monday during his weekly conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
The last thing a struggling passing offense needs is a matchup against a defense with a relentless pass rush. That's the scenario awaiting Towson (2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) when the Tigers play league rival Stony Brook at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Towson, which ranks 112th out of 121 Football Championship Subdivision teams in passing at 115.6 yards per game, meets a Seawolves defense that ranks sixth in the country in sacks with 17. But as coach Rob Ambrose pointed out, sacks aren't the only department in which Stony Brook fares well.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
FRISCO, Texas -- In an effort to spur his players in the preseason, Towson football coach Rob Ambrose agreed to get one ear pierced and get fitted for an earring if the team reached the FCS title game. Reminded of that deal, the 43-year-old coach went jewelry shopping with his wife Friday evening. “I'm not having a midlife crisis,” Ambrose said. “But this afternoon, I'm going to get my ear pierced because I promised my kids that I would do that.” Although West said that the players had voted on a hoop earring that Michael Jordan had worn in the past, Ambrose said he wasn't sure which earring he was going to buy, which is why his wife Melissa accompanied him on the trip.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
One day after a stunning 31-27 loss to Central Connecticut State on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams, the Towson football team met in what coach Rob Ambrose described as a “somber” mood. Taking it a step further, Ambrose compared the team's reaction to the sudden shock of a bucket of ice water. “The bucket of water got dumped on their head, and they didn't like it too much,” Ambrose said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Two days after Towson allowed visiting Maine to convert three fourth downs and score the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a 27-24 loss Saturday night, Tigers coach Rob Ambrose admitted that the pain continues to linger. Faced with a decision of whether to massage or discipline Towson (2-3 overall, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association), Ambrose said he remembers to take a page from late Hall of Fame and Orioles manager Earl Weaver's playbook. “One of the best lessons I ever learned was to listen to Earl Weaver talk about his teams -- his very, very successful teams and all of the different personalities,” Ambrose said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the CAA. “He would tell you that once you lose - especially the ones that hurt - you've got to love them up. You've got to remind them who they can be. And when you win, that's the time when you've really got to step on them and say, 'This is what we're not doing.' It's a way to keep them motivated and focused on the next game.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
Towson has enjoyed significant wins in the past, but none may have been as big -- or grabbed as much national attention -- as the team's 33-18 victory over Connecticut on Aug. 29. But rather than worry about a potential letdown, Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said he saw a mature squad in the week leading up to last Saturday's eventual 49-7 rout of Holy Cross. “It would wear on us,” he said of the impact of a significant win in the past. “We would walk around and talk about it, everybody would tell us how great we were, and we would love hearing it and be distracted and have a hard time getting squared away again.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
Every team in the Football Championship Subdivision dreams of a perfect season -- and five weeks into the season, that dream is alive for only six programs. Towson, which remained at No. 3 in the most recent FCS poll announced by The Sports Network, is one of those teams, but coach Rob Ambrose said no one could have anticipated the school's 5-0 start, which includes a 1-0 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. “No one in their right mind truly does it like that and not be insane,” Ambrose quipped Monday morning during a conference call.
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By Pete Barrett and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Rob Ambrose can only vaguely recall the day he signed up to play wide receiver for the Towson Tigers back in 1989. He actually laughs as he thinks about all the time that has passed since then.  “But what does stick out in my mind is that we had actually just transitioned to Division I,” said Ambrose, now the Tigers' coach. “I was excited about the opportunity to have a chance to make history. Getting in on the ground floor of something really, really great. And many, many moons later, I guess I'm thoroughly involved in that.” Coming off a season in which Towson reached the FCS championship game, the Tigers announced a 17-player recruiting class Wednesday that Ambrose believes was bolstered by the success of this fall.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Derrick Joseph injured his shoulder in the second quarter of Towson's 27-24 loss to Maine on Saturday night, and he did not return to the game. But the senior return specialist could return in time for Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game at Johnny Unitas Stadium against Colonial Athletic Association opponent Stony Brook. Coach Rob Ambrose said Joseph, who ranks 22nd among all Football Championship Subdivision kick returners with a 25.6-yard average and has returned a school-record four kickoffs for touchdowns, suffered “a small strain” that does not require surgery.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Two days after Towson allowed visiting Maine to convert three fourth downs and score the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a 27-24 loss Saturday night, Tigers coach Rob Ambrose admitted that the pain continues to linger. Faced with a decision of whether to massage or discipline Towson (2-3 overall, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association), Ambrose said he remembers to take a page from late Hall of Fame and Orioles manager Earl Weaver's playbook. “One of the best lessons I ever learned was to listen to Earl Weaver talk about his teams -- his very, very successful teams and all of the different personalities,” Ambrose said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the CAA. “He would tell you that once you lose - especially the ones that hurt - you've got to love them up. You've got to remind them who they can be. And when you win, that's the time when you've really got to step on them and say, 'This is what we're not doing.' It's a way to keep them motivated and focused on the next game.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Like many of his teammates in Towson's 27-24 stunning loss to Maine in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday night, Sam Hurwitz had an unsteady performance. The junior kicker converted all three of his extra-point attempts and easily nailed a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter. But he also had a 45-yard try that went outside the right upright in the fourth quarter that preceded the Black Bears' eventual game-winning touchdown. Hurwitz, who has connected on four of six field goals this season, converted a career-long 39-yard field goal in the Tigers' 31-20 victory over North Carolina Central on Sept.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles who attended Towson's Colonial Athletic Association opener with Maine Saturday night to gauge Ryan Delaire's talent were treated to a tantalizing display. The senior defensive end matched his season total of three sacks in the Tigers' 27-24 loss. He had sacks on back-to-back plays in the third quarter and lodged his final takedown later in the same period. After getting credited with 3½ tackles in the first half, Delaire posted his three sacks and another half tackle in the second half, which occurred after a halftime discussion with coach Rob Ambrose.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Towson featuring nine new starters on offense and five on defense, many expected this year's team to be a much different group from last season's squad that advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game. That difference is especially stark when considering how the 2014 Tigers have struggled to finish off opponents. While last year's team won 11 of 12 games in which it had the lead or the score was tied after three quarters, the current squad has lost two of three games in which it had the advantage or the score was tied heading into the final period.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
On Towson's first play from scrimmage last week against North Carolina Central, a 9-yard reception by fullback Dreon Johnson was nullified by an illegal block penalty on senior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins. Wilkins promptly got an earful from coach Rob Ambrose, but rather than take offense, the Ellicott City resident and Mount Hebron graduate found it reassuring. "Honestly, I would take more offense if the coaches weren't yelling at me, because I would feel like they don't care," Wilkins said after a practice this week.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
A year after being celebrated as one of the top college football coaches in the country, Towson's Rob Ambrose has been accused by a disgruntled former player of breaking NCAA rules and making offensive remarks to help pump up his team in a pre-game pep talk earlier this season. In a letter to the school newspaper, The Towerlight, Trevor Walker wrote that Ambrose lied to the athletic department's compliance officer about the number of hours the team practiced this summer and that the fourth-year coach used inappropriate language on many occasions, including before a game against St. Francis last month.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Towson is enjoying its first 4-0 start since 1986 and has not lost since Oct. 20 - a streak that spans eight games. But that does not mean that everything is gravy for the team. The Tigers' 35-17 victory over North Carolina Central last Saturday was not cemented until freshman running back Darius Victor ran 10 yards into the end zone with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the fourth quarter. During a conference call Monday morning organized by the Colonial Athletic Association, coach Rob Ambrose was asked about his biggest concern thus far. “Maybe we got a little spoiled,” he said.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
When Towson welcomes Maine to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday night for the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both sides, the matchup will pit two of the three teams in last year's race for the conference title. But both programs are shades of what they were in 2013. The Tigers (2-2), who advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game, absorbed a stunning 31-27 loss to Central Connecticut State in their season opener and recently won back-to-back games ito climb back to .500.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Saturday's 31-20 victory over visiting North Carolina Central lifted Towson to a 2-2 record, marking their first time at .500 since the beginning of the season. The win also injected some much-needed confidence into the team, coach Rob Ambrose said Monday during his weekly conference call arranged by the Colonial Athletic Association. “These are college students with college-student problems and injuries,” he said. “Everybody's got problems. So it's about managing them as best we can and moving forward.
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