December 18, 2015 |
LET'S THINK outside the box score for a second. Forget about football. Forget about school spirit. Forget about all of the abstract notions that Temple president Neil Theobald asks you to think about when he attempts to explain why it makes sense for Temple to pursue the construction of a $100 million, on-campus football stadium. No doubt, it makes sense for the school's administrators. After all, it isn't their money. The $8.3 million in annual university revenue that Temple was transferring to its athletic department to fund its sports programs as of 2014?
September 30, 2015 |
They were just unpacking the GPS devices from the boxes in Penn's basketball offices. For their cars? No, for practice. Every Quakers men's hoops player is going to get a tracking device for the back of his jersey. It weighs about an ounce. "I don't know if we're allowed to wear them in games or not," said men's basketball coach Steve Donahue. "We're trying to figure that out. " Miles toiled will be added to a database that closely monitors sleep and nutrition and - here's where things really get state-of-the-art - individual traits such as load and explode and drive abilities.
September 16, 2015
Yay, Owls! However ... My pleasure at Temple's victory over Penn State in football ("Historic win for Owls," Sept. 6) is tempered by the sad realization that this aberration will enable the mind-set that has caused Temple to mutilate its athletic program in the hopeless pursuit of big-time football success. Temple eliminated varsity programs in baseball, track, gymnastics, and softball last year. Earlier, the college eliminated wrestling, badminton, and bowling. Temple (like many "big-time" athletic schools)
January 20, 2015 |
SOME STORIES just need to be passed along in as many forums as possible. It doesn't matter if there is no real connection to your area of coverage or typical daily content. Some stories are so good that as many people as possible need to be made aware of them, just because they are the type of stories that make our world a little bit brighter. We had one of those in our region on Friday night when Rowan University pitcher Richie Suarez was named winner of the 2015 Most Courageous Athlete Award at the 111th Philadelphia Sports Writers Association annual dinner.
April 6, 2014 |
Corey Sigle followed what happened last fall at Coatesville, where the athletic director and superintendent resigned because of racist text messages allegedly between the two. Sigle was dean of students and wrestling coach at neighboring Downingtown West at the time, and as he put it, with all the coverage the texting exchange received, it was hard not to follow it. "It was shocking. I guess I can say that," Sigle said. "Anytime you have those kinds of things, it's not something good that you want to see in education.
December 13, 2013 |
One of the great benefits of playing sports is that it teaches accountability. There's no hiding when you overthrow first or miss a block or brick a free throw. You have to take responsibility for actions that don't turn out well, just as you accept praise for the ones that succeed. It would be nice if every young person had the opportunity to absorb those lessons, and nice if every college student who wanted to take part in a sport was encouraged and supported by his or her school.
December 12, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA More than 100 student-athletes and alumni packed the Temple University board of trustees meeting Tuesday to show their displeasure with last week's sudden decision to cut seven intercollegiate sports. But the athletes - many of them dressed in Owls warm-up sweats and jackets - left frustrated after the board breezed through its agenda in about 20 minutes and adjourned without giving them a chance to speak. The university on Friday announced it will drop baseball, softball, men's and women's rowing, men's gymnastics, and men's indoor and outdoor track and field in June, and Tuesday was the first opportunity anyone had to address board members on the decision.
October 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The thinnest of lines has always separated the best and worst of big-time college sports, and Vince Nicastro has had a closer, clearer view of that truth than most of us ever get. Nicastro has been Villanova's athletic director for 14 years, an administrator there for 20, and he had a window seat on a wild ride: the rise and fall of the old Big East, a league that in recent years attempted to reestablish itself as the dominant force on...
June 18, 2013 |
CONOR RESCH and La Salle High sports go 'way back. In September 2001, as he was entering first grade, fresh off a move from Roxborough to Flourtown, Resch began attending the Explorers' football games because his father, Tony, had become the athletic director. "I got to stand on the sideline," Conor recalled. "My dad wouldn't let me be the ball boy, but that was cool. No responsibility. Just stand there and enjoy the game. "I remember how much the student body would come out to support the team, and what a special atmosphere that created.
May 31, 2013
Once again, Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi has blown a big call on the university's athletic program. Incoming athletic director Julie Hermann, named just two weeks ago to replace Tim Pernetti in the wake of a player abuse scandal, has been accused of abusive behavior during her own coaching days at the University of Tennessee. Gov. Christie tried to sidestep the growing controversy Tuesday, saying he would not second-guess the decision to give Hermann the job. "As governor, I'm not going to micromanage every hire at Rutgers University," he said.