May 22, 2015 |
IT'S EASY TO say that Donovan McNabb is right. That Syracuse, his alma mater, has no business unretiring the No. 44, worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. But it's a bit more complicated than it seems. The school retired the number in November of 2005. Even hung an banner emblazoned with it hanging in the Carrier Dome. Back then, the athletic director was Dr. Daryl Gross who said, "If there was ever a number that needed to be retired it is 44. " Fast-forward to 2013 when Little - then a special assistant to Gross - brought up the idea of bringing the number back saying, "I don't agree that it belongs in the rafters.
March 20, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - The way Fran O'Hanlon sees it, there's only one downside to coaching against his alma mater. "Most of it's been great," said the one-time Villanova guard, whose Lafayette (22-10) team will play the top-seeded Wildcats (32-2) in an NCAA Tournament East Regional opener tonight at the Consol Energy Center. "We got a lot of pub in Philly, I've been in touch with a lot of friends. Now we've got to go play the game. That's the only thing that's bad about it. " If nothing else, he's realistic.
November 12, 2014 |
Like anyone else who returns to the place where it all began, Matt Rhule will look for the familiar faces. But unlike other trips to his State College hometown, Rhule's first trip there this weekend as Temple's head coach will be more about business than pleasure. "This is a great opportunity for our football team to play a really good football team," Rhule, a former Penn State linebacker, said of Saturday's game between the Owls and the Nittany Lions. "But I really haven't given it much thought from a different angle other than preparing the team, and I don't really have a special feeling about it. " Temple (5-4)
November 3, 2014 |
BACK IN THE spring, a group of 30 parents and staff from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts had dinner with one of its more famous alums: Ahmir Thompson, the founder of the Roots. Conversation centered on the esteemed arts school and its needs during budget cuts. Principal Joanne Beaver attended the dinner and remembers Thompson, better known as Questlove, sharing his CAPA experience with the group. "When Questlove spoke, it was so heartfelt and genuine and downright sweet," said Beaver, in her first year at the South Philadelphia school on Broad Street near Christian.
June 3, 2013 |
Wearing a faded blue University of Arizona cap pulled down low on his blond hair and a red Wildcats polo shirt to match, Nick Foles was just another fan in the crowd. The Eagles quarterback was at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, supporting Arizona in the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships. "Anytime I can go watch my alma mater, it's pretty neat," Foles said. After attending Michigan State his freshman year, Foles transferred to Arizona and started 10 games as a sophomore.
November 16, 2012
THE FAN in the black jacket sitting in the first row behind the Illinois State bench was displaying admirable restraint. The fan was Sixers coach Doug Collins, an Illinois State graduate. "Obviously I'm an Illinois State alumnus, but Philadelphia is my home now," a smiling Collins said at halftime of Thursday night's game at Drexel. Collins is Illinois State's most illustrious basketball player. He was the Sixers' first-round draft choice in 1973. Illinois State's home court is named after Collins and his No. 20 is retired.
November 10, 2012 |
The college basketball season gets under way Friday with a game at a Europe military base, two more aboard Navy ships, and another featuring a reshaped national champion playing in a brand new building. No. 14 Michigan State plays Connecticut, in its first game since the retirement of coach Jim Calhoun, at Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It's the first game between Division I teams held in Europe. Then it's on to the decks for No. 4 Ohio State against Marquette on the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., and Georgetown facing No. 10 Florida on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla. No. 3 Kentucky, the defending national champion with a heralded freshman class, plays Maryland in the first college doubleheader at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Also, one of the sport's shrines reopens.
October 22, 2012 |
Leon Paul Weiss, 87, of Merion, former chairman of the department of animal biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home surrounded by his wife and children. He had been in ill health and died of pneumonia. Dr. Weiss was a medical doctor who spent his career in research, teaching, and writing, focusing his work on cells and tissues of the immune system and the hematopoietic organs, which produce blood. After serving in the Army Medical Corps, Dr. Weiss taught at the medical schools at Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities.
September 21, 2012 |
THERE'S an interesting idea at the heart of the locally shot "Backwards": What happens when a person falls short of something she's trained for her entire life? Unfortunately, this nugget of an idea is drowned out by a saccharine-sweet romantic comedy mixed with a "Hoosiers"-plus-crew subplot. Abi (writer Sarah Megan Thomas) is a rower on the U.S. Olympic team. We meet her just as she has been relegated to alternate for the second time. She freaks, throws down her oars and quits, leaving her listless at her mother's suburban Philly home.
June 20, 2012 |
VILLANOVA GUARD Tony Chennault has been granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for Villanova this season. Chennault decided to transfer from Wake Forest this spring so he could be near his family in Philadelphia. He will have 2 years of eligibility. "The Chennault family has been dealing with so much this year," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "Tony's mom has faced health issues and his brother, Mike Jay, died tragically earlier this month.