May 13, 2013 |
If Chip Kelly drafted Matt Barkley, a quarterback virtually no one thought he could be interested in, then there is no reason to think that he can't start this season. History says fourth-round quarterbacks hardly ever start in the NFL, let alone as rookies. But the NFL is evolving and in certain segments becoming more like the college game than vice versa. And there's something about the Great Kelly Unknown that suggests anything is possible. There are some pertinent reasons to support Barkley's candidacy, among them his decision-making, accuracy, and moxie.
May 13, 2013 |
The abrupt hiring of Houston Rockets assistant general manager Sam Hinkie as 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager, coupled with the swift kick the organization gave to Tony DiLeo on Friday, shows that owner Joshua Harris is going full-bore in doing away with one culture and giving birth to another. Harris has made his billions by propping up distressed companies, restoring them to value, and, in some cases, increasing their value. But in less than one year, the 76ers regressed badly after being one victory away from the Eastern Conference finals.
May 13, 2013 |
Gerald Hodges' football career has been about adapting, persevering, and producing. And now it will be about adjusting - to the NFL. The Penn State linebacker and former all-South Jersey performer from Paulsboro was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round, the 120th player chosen. "It's a blessing when my name was called, and now I get a chance to put a franchise on my helmet," Hodges said by phone. The 6-foot-1, 243-pounder began his college career as a safety but moved to linebacker.
April 9, 2004 |
In the late 1970s, when inflation was rampant and memories of Watergate and the Vietnam War were still raw, Pat Toomey spent part of each school day in a high school history classroom quietly seething. It was the teacher who got under his skin. Too many lectures were about capitalism's failings, corruption in Washington, or how America was no better than the Soviet Union. None of it squared with Toomey's patriotic take on U.S. history or his budding conservative ideology. "I felt we were a great, great country, a great civilization," said Toomey, 42, who has represented the Lehigh Valley and parts of Montgomery County in the House of Representatives since 1999.
August 27, 1999 |
Division III schools don't draw the country's premier athletes. That's pretty hard to do when you can't offer scholarships. Most athletes that go the D-III route do so because they want to be able to play more than one sport, stay closer to home or simply because they aren't good enough to play at a higher level. Don't tell that to the women athletes at the College of New Jersey. This past school year, the 10 women's programs compiled a 121-31-1 record, competed in seven NCAA tournaments, captured two national second-place finishes, one third-place and won 43 of 49 events in the highly competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference.
March 26, 2013
These South Jersey players have committed to attend colleges on baseball scholarships. Player High school College Christian Adorno St. Augustine Wilmington Frank Angeloni Highland Concordia Tom Bradway Mainland Lafayette Barry Buchowski St. Augustine Tulane Nick Cieri Rancocas Valley Maryland Trevor Datz Pitman Univ. of Sciences Jarrett DeHart Shawnee Louisiana State Derek DeMaria Gloucester Catholic Philadelphia Troy Dixon Egg Harbor Twp. St.
June 16, 2010
By Bill McDermott A skilled workforce is the lifeblood of any successful company, industry, or economy. Unfortunately, many young people in Philadelphia and across the country are falling short of their global counterparts. In a recent ranking of 31 developed countries, American students finished 15th in reading, 19th in math, and 14th in science. Other statistics suggest we may be headed for trouble. International patent filings from the United States declined by 11 percent last year, while China's increased by nearly 30 percent.
December 17, 2010 |
This is a time of heightened expectations and sometimes broken hearts for senior high school football players with college aspirations. The recruiting period has heated up, with the National Letter of Intent day of Feb. 2 not that far away. Earning a football scholarship is an exhilarating experience, just as being snubbed by schools is deflating. Yet not all players who are offered pan out, and, conversely, those who received scant attention have often enjoyed exemplary careers.
April 15, 1986
I am almost 60 years old, never graduated from high school, but recently I really got an education. A television reporter was interviewing students at Temple University in regard to having wine and beer on campus. One brilliant student made the statement that having beer and wine on campus is what college is all about. Isn't that odd - I always thought the purpose of college was for an education. Margaret J. Roberts Philadelphia.
January 29, 1986 |
Now that the long holiday vacation has ended, the Super Bowl is history and all that looms ahead are winter weather and long hours in the library, more than a few college students are wondering how long they and their school can stand one another - and whether they wouldn't be better off somewhere else. By this point in the school year, libraries have become zoos and dorm rooms feel like cages. Idiosyncracies that were charming in a roommate last fall are now motives for murder.