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February 28, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - Matt Ioannidis is seeing familiar faces at the NFL scouting combine. One sign of Temple's emergence into a respected football program is its NFL draft prospects, with three players invited to the annual event. Ioannidis, a defensive lineman, is joined by linebacker Tyler Matakevich and cornerback Tavon Young. "It's been great having them here," Ioannidis said. "In the past, we haven't sent a lot of players here. " Ioannidis, who met with reporters on Friday, will go through on-field drills on Sunday along with Matakevich.
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February 5, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
The recruiting process for Penn State's class of 2016 was filled with challenges that made it "a little bit more interesting than normal," in the words of head coach James Franklin. But when all the signed national letters of intent arrived Wednesday at Franklin's "war room" in the Lasch Football Building, the Nittany Lions could boast a solid 20-player class that actually finished ahead of Michigan State in the rankings of two recruiting websites. Sixteen players, including two junior-college transfers, submitted their letters on national signing day. The program already had four freshmen who enrolled in January.
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February 5, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
Simon Gratz senior Charly Timite certainly made the most of his brief yet successful high school football career. His junior year was the 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman's initial foray into the sport. As a senior last season, Timite helped the Bulldogs win the Class 4A Public League championship. During a signing-day ceremony Wednesday at Gratz, the good times continued as Timite penned his national letter of intent, committing to UMass. "I just feel like I'm blessed, but I have way more ahead of me," said Timite, who was recruited to play on the defensive line.
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February 5, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
Temple football coach Matt Rhule was enthusiastic Wednesday afternoon when introducing his 24-player recruiting class. Imagine how Rhule's mood elevated that evening when the class grew to 25 with the Owls' most high-profile recruit. Prep Charter defensive end Karamo Dioubate, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound four-star recruit and Inquirer first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection, announced to a crowd at a local restaurant that he would be attending Temple. "He is one of the best players in the nation who had a chance to go anywhere and he wanted to come here," Rhule said Wednesday evening in a phone interview after receiving Dioubate's letter of intent.
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January 29, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
MOBILE, Ala. - The Eagles hired Chris Wilson, who had just been hired by Missouri a month ago, as their new defensive line coach Wednesday. Coach Doug Pederson said he met with Wilson here earlier in the day for approximately 21/2 hours. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was also in the interview. Wilson, 47, has worked almost exclusively in college football. He coached most recently at Southern Cal. Before that he was at his alma mater, Oklahoma, and at Mississippi State, where he was defensive end Fletcher Cox's position coach and defensive coordinator.
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January 19, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
If Doug Pederson learned anything from Andy Reid - and the Eagles had better hope it wasn't only time management - it should be how to select a defensive coordinator as a new head coach. Reid got it right with the Eagles and the Chiefs when he tabbed Jim Johnson and Bob Sutton, respectively, to run his defense. In both cases, he went with veteran coaches who had mild success as NFL coordinators but impressed Reid when his teams faced their defenses. Johnson and Sutton were also beyond the point of being considered future head coaches.
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January 3, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bryan McLendon was a member of Georgia's coaching staff when James Franklin coached Vanderbilt to an upset victory of the 15th-ranked Bulldogs in 2013, the Commodores' first win over a top-25 team in five years. McLendon, who will serve as Georgia's interim head coach Saturday in a TaxSlayer Bowl matchup against Penn State, admired what Franklin did at Vanderbilt. And although Franklin has taken some heat since becoming head coach of the Nittany Lions, McLendon says he's "a heck of a coach.
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December 27, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
When the Eagles have the ball When the Eagles and Redskins met in Week 4, Sam Bradford threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns - and Bradford is playing better now than he was then. That should be an encouraging sign for the Eagles, who will have the opportunity to move the ball against Washington. The Redskins allow 240.2 passing yards per game, but the 7.7 yards per attempt is one of the worst averages in the league. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown for 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions against Washington, plus 11 passes of 40-plus yards.
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December 25, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Bennie Logan joined the starting lineup in Week 9 of the 2013 season and has not missed a game since. That streak stretches 38 regular-season games. During the last 30 games, Beau Allen has been Logan's backup. Allen is likely to get his first start in Logan's place on Saturday when the Eagles host the Washington Redskins. Logan has a calf injury that kept him out of practice this week, and there have not yet been indications that he will return in time for Saturday. That means Allen, a 2014 seventh-round pick, would join Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton in the starting lineup.
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