November 20, 2015 |
AFTER THE first 250 games, scoring across college basketball is up from 69 points per game last year to 74, due to some combination of the 30-second shot clock and increased emphasis on allowing offensive freedom of movement. Scoring is way, way up Hawk Hill. Last season, the Hawks averaged just 61.7 points per game. After blasting Buffalo, 89-67 Wednesday night at Hagan Arena, the Hawks (3-0) are averaging 81.3 points. Now, it is very early and the competition is about to get much more serious when Phil Martelli's team travels to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to play Florida Saturday and either Purdue or Old Dominion Sunday, but, as signs go, the increased scoring is positive.
October 6, 2015 |
1. Ohio State (5-0): Beat Indiana, 34-27. Saturday: vs. Maryland. If you have that running back, it might not matter who's the quarterback. Won at Maryland last year, 52-24. 2. Michigan State (5-0): Beat Purdue, 24-21. Saturday: at Rutgers. Hasn't looked as imposing since beating Oregon. Beat Rutgers last year at home, 45-3. 3. Texas Christian (5-0): Beat Texas, 50-7. Saturday: at Kansas State. OK, so maybe Texas isn't Texas Tech. Beat Kansas State by 21 last year at home. 4. Baylor (4-0)
September 14, 2015 |
Isheem Young has grown accustomed to winning football games. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound sophomore for Imhotep Charter starred last year for the Northwest Raiders in the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship in the Midget division. With four touchdowns and 158 yards rushing, Young led the Raiders to their first national title. Not quite a year later, he might not have shined the brightest on a drizzly Saturday afternoon at the Ben Johnston Supersite, but Young's winning ways made him a star among stars.
May 18, 2015 |
Imhotep Charter's Naseir "Pop" Upshur is working tirelessly to become the best' high school tight end in the country. Weightlifting on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Speed training on Tuesday and Friday. "There are no days off for me," the 6-foot-3, 235-pound junior said. Upshur is one of the top prospects in the country, boasting scholarship offers from 40-plus Division I programs. That list includes Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, and USC. And Chip Kelly's old team, Oregon, recently joined the hunt to land the four-star recruit.
February 25, 2015 |
One didn't lead directly to the other, the family tale of how Charles Barkley was one of the first people to hold a newborn Corey Hawkins in the hospital, and Barkley's hospital touch had nothing to do with Corey developing a great shooting touch or Corey eventually becoming one of the great current three-point shooters in NCAA hoops. Except there is a tie. That hospital was in Philadelphia and Barkley was there because the baby was the son of his teammate and friend, Hersey Hawkins.
October 30, 2014
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S new playoff era finally arrived last night. You could tell, because ESPN treated it almost like the Vatican was naming a Pope. As if we expected anything less. So for starters, what did we learn from the replacement for those much-maligned BCS Standings? Well, the 12-person Selection Committee, which on Dec. 7 will tell America the four teams that will be in the inaugural FBS tournament, had Mississippi State and Florida State first and second. No shock there, since the only two remaining unbeatens from one of the Power Five conferences are rated that way in both the media (Associated Press)
October 17, 2014 |
ABOUT THIS time a year ago, there were at least a few Temple folks wondering if Matt Rhule was the right guy to coach the Owls' football team. And definitely many more than a few who were questioning Rhule's choice of making well-traveled veteran Phil Snow his defensive coordinator. But that's what can happen when you lose your first six and opponents keep converting long passes at the end of a lot of those games to erase whatever good had come before. "My oldest boy said, 'Dad, do you read message boards?
September 29, 2014 |
Nick Foles is tough. Those who witnessed his performance in the face of adversity and countless hits in last Sunday's squeaker over the Redskins will testify to this declaration of what is typically a subjective claim. But the Eagles quarterback had proved his mettle during his senior season at Arizona when he played behind an inexperienced offensive line. And for two of his former linemen, who battled to protect him but couldn't always, there were two games that defined not only Foles' toughness, but his humility.
August 26, 2014 |
HERE ARE nine more Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac products projected to make strong impacts this season for Division I-A and I-AA football programs not covered on a regular basis by the Daily News : 1. IBRAHEIM CAMPBELL * Defensive back, Northwestern, Senior, 5-11, 205, out of Springside Chestnut Hill One of 39 players on the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) preseason watch list. Named to ESPN's preseason All-Big Ten team. Two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention selection (media, coaches)
July 27, 2014 |
Evan Mathis considered holding out of training camp, but the veteran guard reported and will be a participant when practice begins on Saturday. "I try to look at it from my point of view, try to look at it from their point of view," Mathis said. "I didn't want to have a negative impact on the team, didn't want to send the wrong message to players, coaches, fans. I look at what I'm doing as doing the right thing in this situation. " Mathis, a 32-year-old late bloomer who made his first Pro Bowl last season, is due a $5 million base salary in 2014 as part of the five-year, $25 million deal he signed after 2013.