April 23, 2013 |
VILLANOVA'S FOOTBALL team has almost every ingredient back, led by national Freshman of the Year quarterback John Robertson, from a group that won eight games and made it back to the FCS playoffs after a 1-year absence. The Wildcats will be ranked high, with the return of explosive sophomore slot receiver Abdur-Rahman, who missed last season after being suspended by the university for his role in an off-campus incident. That doesn't guarantee anything. It just means ambitious expectations, especially for a club with only six senior starters.
April 17, 2013 |
With Temple's quarterback position up for grabs this spring, an unexpected player is finding himself as a serious contender for the starting position. Connor Reilly, who has never thrown a single pass in a collegiate football game and spent last season listed fourth on the depth chart, has impressed head coach Matt Rhule this spring by stepping up and completing passes. Rhule said Reilly is thriving under his new "pro-style" offense. "I see a guy that can throw the football and deliver the football," Rhule said of Reilly's performance this spring.
April 3, 2013
MY SON is 8 years old, and in all the years I've known him, he's never expressed a rooting interest in a sports team. He'd rather play than watch, and I respect that. Still, there are certain responsibilities I have as a Philadelphia father. One of them is to teach my son the rules of Philly sports culture. They're simple: You cheer for the home team, no matter what. You can be angry. You can be disappointed. But you never give your allegiance to another team. This is especially true for football fans.
March 21, 2013 |
Who: No. 13 La Salle (21-9) vs. No. 13 Boise State (21-10) What: NCAA opening round (West Region), at Dayton, Ohio. When: 9:10 p.m. TV: truTV (Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson) Radio: WNTP (990-AM), WIP (610-AM). History: This is the first meeting. How they got here: La Salle (at-large from Atlantic 10). Boise State (at-large from Mountain West). Up next: The winner faces fourth-seeded Kansas State (27-7) in Kansas City. Coaches: John Giannini (La Salle)
March 18, 2013 |
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - A judge on Sunday convicted two members of Steubenville's celebrated high school football team of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl. The ruling concluded a months-long ordeal for the victim and the accused, even though the case is far from over for the community. Ohio's attorney general immediately announced that he was investigating whether coaches, parents, or other students broke the law by refusing to speak up. Among those his office has interviewed: revered head coach Reno Saccoccia and the owners of one of the houses where a party was held the night of the rape.
March 14, 2013 |
This week, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is expected to decide whether to uphold a ban on girls from playing Catholic Youth Organization contact football. My daughter Caroline Pla was a junior varsity member of Doylestown Romans team in Bucks County. Last fall, the archdiocese decided Caroline could no longer play because football is designated for boys. Caroline had received permission to play from the CYO Philadelphia Office in 2011, was successful on the field, and supported by her coaches, team, and pastor, and capped this last season with an all-star appearance.
February 26, 2013 |
In fall 2004, Ashley Brown, a 5-foot-4 sixth grader, was days away from lacing up her cleats and throwing on a helmet for the football season. She had a permission slip to join the Catholic Youth Organization team at St. Laurence School in Upper Darby and was salivating over the prospect of lining up at left tackle or nose guard, two of the sport's grittier positions. "I wasn't going out there to be twinkle toes," Brown, now 20, said in an interview last week. "I was going out there to play.
February 17, 2013 |
When it came time for West Jersey Football League schools to vote on a potential merger with the Cape-Atlantic League, more than a few folks referred to St. Joseph of Hammonton as "the elephant in the room. " That's funny, because Wildcats coach Paul Sacco figures his team is more like the mouse that scares the elephant in those old-time cartoons. "The last thing I remember is that I'm allowed to put 11 on the field and you're allowed to put 11 on the field," Sacco said Thursday night after WJFL members voted overwhelmingly to deny the Cape-Atlantic League's efforts to merge with the 66-team superconference for the 2014 season.
January 18, 2013 |
Caroline Pla has become a media darling. The 11-year-old star of the Catholic Youth Organization football team in Doylestown has been everywhere in recent weeks, since the media picked up on her fight with the Philadelphia Archdiocese, which banned her from playing next season because she's a girl. Good Morning America and Forbes.com have featured her story. And last weekend, Caroline traveled to Los Angeles for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. After taping Monday, the segment aired Tuesday, with Caroline donning her navy-and-gold No. 10 jersey while sitting across from the host.
January 12, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Students withholding information about an alleged rape in eastern Ohio last summer are thwarting investigators, school officials said Thursday, as the FBI looks into threats to local authorities who are working on the case against two high school football players. The Steubenville school board is also expanding programs to raise further awareness of sexual harassment, bullying, date rape, and substance abuse in the aftermath of the incident in August in which the two high school football players are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.