December 9, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Happy Valley is in a "New York State of Mind. " A few days after Billy Joel performed at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State kept the theme going when it was announced last evening that the Nittany Lions will play in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) will face Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in its first postseason appearance since 2011. "I think there are a lot of unique opportunities that go with this," Penn State coach James Franklin said.
October 3, 2014 |
IT'S NOT FUNNY and it won't amuse you. There's no clowning around in ESPN's latest Emmy-winning "30 for 30" documentary. The series, in its fifth season, kicks off with "Playing for the Mob," which chronicles the point-shaving scandal Boston College's men's basketball team was involved in during the 1978-79 season. Fans of the film "Goodfellas" will be familiar with some of those involved as Jimmy "The Gent" Burke and Henry Hill were among the mob associates who convinced four BC players to help fix games.
September 25, 2014
SOMETIMES, IT'S not about the X's and O's. It's about people, and doing what's right. After Saturday's win over Delaware State, Temple coach Matt Rhule presented a game ball to assistant head coach Ed Foley on behalf of the Foley family. When asked about it yesterday, Rhule almost became emotional again. Because it was from the heart. Foley's father Ed, who was called "Tanjo," passed away on Sept. 11 following a lengthy illness. "Ed's been here seven years," Rhule explained.
September 9, 2014
MIKE KERN'S TOP 10 1. Florida State (2-0). Beat The Citadel, 37-12. Last thing Seminoles need is extra week to get ready for anyone. Next: Sept. 20 vs. Clemson. 2. Alabama (2-0). Beat Florida Atlantic, 41-0. Things might finally start to get tougher Sept. 20 at home against Florida. Saturday: vs. Southern Mississippi. 3. Oregon (2-0). Beat Michigan State, 46-27. Most teams can only hope to contain the Ducks. Saturday: vs. Wyoming. 4. Auburn (2-0). Beat San Jose State, 59-13.
September 7, 2014 |
Anthony Davis (Chester) became Widener's receptions leader, but it was the Pride's defense that forced seven turnovers and came up with the big plays when it needed it in a 19-7 season-opening win at Rowan. The senior all-American tallied seven receptions for 136 yards and now has 193 catches, eclipsing the mark of 188 held by Tyreak Saviour. Stacey Sunnerville, Jamal Goodman, and Sean Titus all had interceptions in the first 30 minutes. Sunnerville and Brandon Harper (Highland)
September 6, 2014 |
Last year, Villanova's football season began unraveling during the second week, and the Wildcats are hoping history won't repeat. A year ago, after losing to Boston College in the opener, Villanova fell at Fordham, 27-24. That win was an indication of how strong Fordham would be, as the Rams ended up earning a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth, losing to eventual finalist Towson in the second round. Villanova, considered a potential national title contender in 2013, never really recovered from that loss and finished 6-5. Now, after coming off an emotionally draining, 27-26, double-overtime loss at Syracuse, the Wildcats host Fordham at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Villanova Stadium.
August 30, 2014 |
A year ago, Villanova opened its football season by giving host Boston College a major scare. The Wildcats led, 14-7, at halftime before losing, 24-14. Now, Villanova opens against another Atlantic Coast Conference Football Bowl Subdivision team, with Friday night's game at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse. Coach Andy Talley is hoping his underdog Wildcats will be competitive, but he is also looking to keep his players off the trainer's table against a much deeper Syracuse team.
July 16, 2014 |
THE CUBICLES in Sean Burke's office were quiet as the day was ending. You could faintly hear the middle-class Americans punching out after a long day's work, one by one. And as Burke was finishing what was going to be another boring day, in a dreary summer, he heard something. Bzzzzt. Bzzzt. His phone vibrated at his desk at 4:30 p.m. It was the Boston College football team. Burke careened from his workspace and minutes later, he was seen gleefully leaving the building. The Eagles had offered the walk-on junior linebacker-turned-fullback a scholarship.
April 14, 2014 |
IN THE HOURS that followed Boston College's season-ending loss, Johnny Gaudreau sat with his parents, Guy and Jane, in their South Jersey home to hash out the big decision. They listed pros and cons. They discussed differences between the college and professional levels. They talked about the increased pressure that comes along with the NHL. All conversations ceased around 3 a.m. yesterday. A verdict was reached. "He really wanted to go," his father said. Gaudreau, the ultra-skilled 20-year-old from Carneys Point, N.J., yesterday signed a contract with the Calgary Flames, forgoing his senior season at Boston College.
April 13, 2014 |
So what can they possibly do for an encore? Thursday's 2014 Frozen Four semifinals, which produced Saturday night's championship matchup of Minnesota and Union, were as entertaining and dramatic as anything March Madness can produce. Union held on for a 5-4 win over Boston College when a last-second Eagles shot bounded off its goalie's chest. And Minnesota topped that, scoring the winning shorthanded goal in their 2-1 triumph over North Dakota just before the final horn sounded.