May 14, 2015 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Mike Zapicchi didn't expect a hero's welcome. He wasn't disappointed. "I expected this," Zapicchi said of the overwhelmingly negative reaction from officials from non-public schools at a special meeting Tuesday at NJSIAA headquarters. Zapicchi is the principal of West Windsor-Plainsboro South and chairman of the NJSIAA's public/non-public committee that produced the controversial proposal to create a state-wide, non-public football conference. To say that Zapicchi and NJSIAA officials heard opposition to the plan on Tuesday would be an understatement.
February 21, 2009 |
The proposed 65-team football-only mega-conference among schools from the Burlington County Scholastic League, Colonial Valley Conference, Olympic Conference and Tri-County Conference has been approved by each conference. The mega-conference will begin play in the 2010 season and there will be a two-year schedule for the 2010 and 2011 football seasons. The divisions will be determined by the 2009 enrollment figures, which won't be known until October. According to Ewing athletic director Bud Kowal, the merger committee chairman, the specific divisions likely won't be known until about December.
May 8, 2015 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Despite opposition from three South Jersey public-school officials, a controversial proposal to create a non-public football conference sailed through the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday. The endorsement by the state organization's most powerful committee means the proposal will be presented to the NJSIAA's general membership in December. A majority vote of the general membership will result in the formation of a state-wide, non-public football conference for the 2016 season, dramatically changing the landscape of the sport in New Jersey.
June 4, 2015 |
To solve what seemed an intractable football problem, North Jersey schools merely needed to look south. Four North Jersey conferences are about to vote on the creation of a 115-school superconference that could change the landscape of the sport in that area of the state and eliminate the need for a state-wide, non-public football conference, according to a report by NJ.com. The massive conference would do something else as well: Follow in the footprints of the West Jersey Football League, which was established six years ago. "If they approach their problems the way we approached our problems, they can find a way to solve them with the best interests of the students in mind," Ewing athletic director Bud Kowal, the president of the WJFL, said on Tuesday.
December 8, 2011 |
The Big East made an expected expansion announcement Wednesday - adding five new schools, going coast-to-coast in its new football alignment - but the news that could turn out to be more important locally was made by a service academy, which announced it wasn't joining the conference. Air Force announced it was staying in the Mountain West instead of joining the Big East. That could provide an opportunity for Temple as a football-only addition. Of course, there are no givens when it comes to Big East expansion.
February 6, 1991 |
An Eastern football conference, for years an unattainable proposition, became a reality yesterday largely for reasons related to basketball. When the Big East Conference announced the formation of a football division that includes four former football independents and four basketball-playing members of the conference, it was the final step in a process that was initiated to keep the Big East, one of the nation's strongest basketball conferences, from...
December 12, 1990 |
Athletic directors from four football-playing schools begin thrashing out plans for a Big East football conference today, and Temple hopes to be part of those plans. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said yesterday that athletic directors from the four schools - Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College and recently added Miami - would meet in Washington, but he stressed that the group was unlikely to make any final decision on which schools would be invited into a new football conference.
June 5, 2015 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Don Bosco Prep at St. Joseph on a Saturday afternoon in Hammonton? Bergen Catholic at St. Augustine Prep on a Friday night under the lights in Richland? Those intriguing football games could be a reality in 2016 under the broad outlines of a proposal that would dramatically change the landscape of football in North Jersey and could impact some South Jersey non-public programs as well. "I think it's a very feasible proposal," NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said Wednesday after the organization's final executive committee meeting of the school year.
July 25, 2012 |
A dramatic hit to football scholarships, one part of the long list of sanctions levied on Penn State Monday, is likely to have a harsh and lingering impact on the kinds of teams the Lions put on the field for the rest of this decade. As part of the sanctions agreed on by NCAA president Mark Emmert and Penn State president Rodney Erickson, Penn State football will be limited to 15 scholarships per class from the 2013-2014 academic year through 2016-2017, and cannot exceed 65 scholarship players from the 2014 season through the end of the 2017 season.
March 11, 2013 |
There are two pitfalls to naming a college athletic conference these days: Including any mention of a geographic region, and adding a set number of member institutions. The modern alliances are too flimsy to warrant ordering letterhead for a name that will be either outdated or incorrect by the time it arrives. Conferences would be better off naming themselves after colors or animals, like elementary school classes. Everyone would still know which is Group 1 and which is Group 2, but you don't have to come out and say it. The remnants of the Big East Conference, which officially gave up that name to the Catholic Cagers last week, has the feel of a Group 2 league, if you know what I mean.