October 23, 2015 |
MANY TIMES, usually at the end of practices, Jahlil Okafor will playfully palm the head of someone in the 76ers organization as the players gather for some words from coach Brett Brown before they head to the foul line to get in their final work of the day. Because his hands are so enormous, his grip usually encompasses pretty much the whole head, no matter who it is. Okafor is every bit of a man-child. The man part is obvious, from his hulking 6-11, 270-pound physique and booming voice, which sounds as though it is being electronically enhanced, like someone who wants to remain anonymous in an interview.
February 27, 2015
IT'S AN INTERESTING proposal. Last week, The Diamondback - the University of Maryland student newspaper of which I am proud alum - broke a story that the Big Ten Conference was going to discuss making football and men's basketball players spend a year in college before they would be eligible to compete. Certainly, a lot of ground must be covered between discussing a "Year of Readiness" proposal to something concrete actually happening, but I would ask, "Why not?" I understand the concerns, and if I were a men's basketball or football coach in the Big Ten, I'd be just like Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo in saying, "I'm not sure I'd do that.
February 5, 2015 |
Cherry Hill West senior Sarah McGlinn likes being in the middle of the action on the soccer field. She wanted the same for her college life. "It's the city, there's always something going on," McGlinn said of her decision to sign Wednesday with Temple University on a soccer scholarship. McGlinn committed to the school in 2014 but made her official visit to the North Broad Street campus last weekend. The trip only cemented her belief that she wanted to continue her athletic and academic career at Temple.
February 5, 2015 |
Chapelle Cook doesn't want to waste any time. After the senior linebacker from New Jersey's Lakewood High signs a letter of intent to attend Temple on Wednesday, he's ready to get down to business. More than anything, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Cook can't wait to get his hands on a Temple playbook. Even though Cook is relatively new to the sport, he doesn't expect an extended period to adjust to college football. "When I get to college, this is a business to me," Cook said. "I know what is at stake.
February 21, 2014 |
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - One month after Hobey Baker Award favorite Johnny Gaudreau netted three points against his team, the coach of the 10th-ranked team in college hockey sent the sport buzzing with his words. For Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coach Seth Appert, his press conference wasn't a shot at Gaudreau, the Boston College star from Gloucester Catholic High. It was just his opinion. Appert couldn't help but gush about a Flyers draft pick after being torched by his Union College team twice in one weekend.
May 13, 2013 |
Lower Merion High School graduate Jeffrie "Yofray" Ray and friend Arya Toufanian posted their first YouTube video under the I'm Shmacked label in September 2011. With a stated goal of offering a window into modern college life, the 31/2-minute clip followed Temple University students as they walked around campus, guzzled beer and liquor, and went to a hip-hop show. It has since racked up more than 225,000 views, and I'm Shmacked has morphed into a full-time business for Ray and Toufanian.
March 26, 2013 |
SYRACUSE POINT guard Michael Carter-Williams had more than basketball on his mind on Sunday. A day earlier, his mother's home in Hamilton, Mass., caught fire while the Orange played California in the third-round of the NCAA Tournament. According to WCVB in Boston, Carter-Williams' stepfather and younger brothers were in the home when the fire broke out. His mother, however, was watching the game at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. No injuries were reported. The TV station reported that flames began shooting through the roof at approximately 10:15 p.m., not long after the game began.
October 30, 2012 |
For a man whose mission has been to make a college campus more open and accepting of difference, Jose Rodriguez's office is exactly as it should be. In cramped Room 208 of the Lares Building at Penn State Abington, he is pleasantly besieged. On the couch, a Latina from Philadelphia studies with a freshman who immigrated three years ago from Saudi Arabia. A Muslim student drops by to borrow a prayer rug. The parade in and out is ceaseless. Unruffled by the commotion around him, Rodriguez types e-mail correspondence for yet another event that he - both the director of intercultural affairs and the men's and women's cross-country track coach - is putting together.
October 11, 2012 |
Josh Hart, a 6-foot-4 swingman from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, said Wednesday he has chosen to play college basketball at Villanova starting next fall. Hart, who averaged 20 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists last season for Sidwell, chose Villanova over Penn State and Rutgers. He has been rated among ESPN's top 100 high school seniors and was ranked 18th among the nation's shooting guards by Scout.com. "It was tough just because of the relationship I had with all the coaches over the last week or two," Hart said in a telephone interview.
April 25, 2012 |
Faculty from across New Jersey's state college campuses protested Wednesday as tensions with Gov. Christie continue to grow over proposals to freeze professors' pay and cut benefits. Christie has called for four-year salary freezes and an end to perks such as guaranteed sabbaticals, a staple of academic life, at the state's nine nonresearch universities, which do not include Rutgers or the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, according to faculty union officials who have been involved in contract talks.