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August 2, 2013 | By John Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Newsome has quit the Temple football team. The Penn State transfer, who suffered a sprained shoulder in March, is expected to graduate from Temple this summer and, according to a source close to the situation, will not play this fall. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Newsome, a standout high school quarterback from Virginia, was expected to contribute at H-back this season. Newsome, recruited as a quarterback, left Penn State in August 2011. He was out of football for a year while attending Tidewater (Va.)
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September 11, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wildwood High School plans to play a full football schedule this season, Warriors athletic director Christel Pond said Monday. Pond said the Warriors had around 25 players at practice last week and decided to proceed with the season. Pond said school officials had considered shutting down the program after many summer practice sessions were attended by around 10 to 12 players. But Pond said coaches and school officials were able to encourage additional students to join a program that enjoyed the best season in its recent history in 2012.
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November 10, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
MISSOURI'S football team had a picture-perfect response to the university's handling of recent racial tensions on campus. On Sunday, head coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a photo of the the players arm-in-arm with the message: "The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. " The team has reportedly decided not to play until university president Timothy M. Wolfe steps down or is removed. For several months, groups at the school have been protesting racist acts on campus.
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September 1, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
USUALLY, COLLEGE football players wear stickers on their helmets to signify individual or team accomplishments. South Carolina is doing something powerfully different. The Gamecocks will wear stickers to commemorate the nine black men and women who were killed in a shooting June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. The sticker features a palmetto tree - the state tree - with nine doves flying around it. "Our team felt like it would be appropriate to have a sticker on our helmet in honor and memory of the nine people that lost their lives in Charleston this summer," coach Steve Spurrier said yesterday.
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September 1, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Derryk Sellers will walk the halls of Lindenwold High School. He'll check out the cafeteria. He'll poke his head into the library. He'll make a pitch at gym class. "I'll find some guys who want to play football," Sellers said. It has come to that for Sellers, a good coach and a great guy. When Lindenwold students report for classes next week, he'll be forced to try to rustle up some football players to keep the sport alive at the Colonial Conference school. For most of the last couple of weeks of preseason practice, Lindenwold has fielded just 18 players.
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September 17, 2012
A New Jersey boy who briefly quit his youth football team when his coach told him he couldn't wear pink gloves is back on the squad. Julian Connerton wanted to wear the gloves to support his mother's fight against breast cancer. And when the 12-year-old returned to the field Saturday, he wasn't the only one wearing pink. The Press of Atlantic City reported that all of Connerton's teammates on the Egg Harbor City Crusaders and the team's cheerleaders donned pink socks to raise awareness about breast cancer.
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December 12, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ON SEPT. 9, the first day of class at Martin Luther King High, with cameras and reporters all around and the school under a microscope the size of the William Penn statue atop City Hall, principal William Wade's biggest nightmare was realized: A fight broke out. The two brawling students had to be separated while others looked on. It seemed like the fulfillment of predictions from some community leaders that chaos would fill the halls - the result...
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December 20, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HYPERBOLE would cheapen what St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin accomplished this season. Just the facts should suffice. As the Daily News presents its 2013 All-City football team, the 5-10, 185-pounder is one of the four top honorees. All he did was return from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee to lead the Hawks to their first PIAA Class AAAA championship. Martin, the co-Catholic League Player of the Year, injured the knee in the AAAA city final, but returned in the state quarterfinals after missing two games.
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June 16, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THE LATE POP STAR Michael Jackson sang to us to look at "The Man in the Mirror. " The song of the same title told us that if we wanted to make the world a better place, "take a look at look at yourself and then make a change. " I'm making a change. It's not earth-shattering. It probably won't make much difference to a lot of people other than me. But it's something I can do. It's something that I chose to do. After 48-plus years of life, 25 years as a full-time sports reporter, 20 years at the Daily News and nearly 19 years as a sports columnist here, I no longer will consciously used the official name of the NFL team in Washington.
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November 7, 2011 | By Jake Kaplan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The day before Joe Paterno may make his first public comments since an unprecedented sex scandal took the country by storm, more than a dozen news trucks and vans set up shop around Beaver Stadium. Then, later Monday evening, Penn State kicked off its quest to direct reporters from asking questions about Paterno's former longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with sex abuse crimes against minors. "Media planning to attend Tuesday's Penn State Football weekly teleconference are advised that that primary focus of the teleconference is to answer questions related to Penn State's Senior Day game with Nebraska this Saturday," a Penn State spokesman wrote in a note.
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January 28, 2016 | BY LES BOWEN, Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - Before he was so rudely interrupted a year ago, Howie Roseman was trying to build an atmosphere in which players drafted by the Eagles would stay with the Eagles, would feel valued by the organization, and would build valuable continuity for the team. Roseman, back in charge of Eagles personnel after a yearlong hiatus at the insistence of former coach Chip Kelly, is moving to re-establish that initiative this week with new deals for the team's top two tight ends, Zach Ertz (five years, $42.5 million, on Monday)
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January 21, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Jeffrey Lurie started with 25 coaching candidates, pared the group to 10, interviewed six coaches, and finally introduced Doug Pederson on Tuesday as the Eagles' next head coach. The process to find Chip Kelly's replacement came under scrutiny, but Lurie insisted it was thorough - and that Pederson, however familiar, "checked the box on everything. " Lurie witnessed Pederson's leadership blossom from player to assistant coach to head coaching candidate. He saw a 47-year-old who came across as a "smart, strategic thinker" with "unparalleled" communication skills and was "comfortable in [his]
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December 30, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly apparently does not buy into the Bill Parcells motto that "you are what your record says you are. " If he did, he would have admitted Monday that he is the coach and the final decision maker for a bad 6-9 football team. Actually, he would have admitted that he is the Eagles' general manager, too, even if he does not officially have the title. Kelly also probably would disagree with Parcells about the impact time of possession can have on a game even if the Hall of Fame coach showed him the box score from the New York Giants' 1991 Super Bowl victory over Buffalo.
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December 30, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
So much for that controversial proposal to create a statewide, non-public football conference. New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe sent shock waves through the state athletic community on Monday by reversing an NJSIAA vote that would have removed all the non-public schools from their existing football leagues and placed them in their own conference. Hespe also reversed another NJSIAA vote to separate non-public wrestlers into four districts and one region during the first two stages of the individual state tournament.
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December 14, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
They handily beat a state champion in the first game of the season. They handily beat a South Jersey champion in the last game of the season. It was that kind of year for the St. Augustine Prep football team, a wire-to-wire run as the top squad in South Jersey. St. Augustine, which finished 9-1 with a 9-0 mark against South Jersey opponents, finished as the No. 1 team in the Inquirer Top 25 rankings and the team of the year in South Jersey football. "It was everything I hoped it would be," said St. Augustine senior linebacker Jim Brady, the defensive player of the year.
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December 14, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walk-ons are college football's dreamers. Most, content to imagine some Rudy -like moment on an autumn afternoon, endure all the game's thankless rigors while enjoying little of its glory. The more ambitious hope to shine brightly enough to earn scholarships. And a few - inspired by the long-shot stories of Antonio Brown, J.J. Watt, and others - envision themselves on NFL rosters. While the motivations of walk-ons haven't changed much since Amos Alonzo Stagg devised the concept of athletic scholarships in 1892, their prominence has. Thanks primarily to Rudy , the rousing 1993 movie about Notre Dame's Rudy Ruettiger, and the professional stardom of onetime walk-ons like Brown, Watt, Jordy Nelson, and Clay Matthews, the subject has moved out of the shadows.
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December 4, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Navy had every right to be disappointed after its 52-31 loss to Houston on Saturday, which prevented the team from qualifying for a championship game matchup against Temple in its first season in the American Athletic Conference. But after their flight back to Annapolis and a good night's sleep, the Midshipmen knew Army would be the next game on their schedule, and they cheered right up. "When you lose a game, it hurts regardless of who it is," Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds said Wednesday before the Army-Navy luncheon at Lincoln Financial Field.
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December 4, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
MOST EVERY success story has a genesis. For Temple's football team, especially the senior core, it's not hard to identify. Two years ago, the Owls and first-year coach Matt Rhule lost at home to FCS Fordham by a point on a 29-yard touchdown pass with four seconds left to drop to 0-3 on the way to a 2-10 finish. That came after they'd lost five of their final six the year before to finish 4-7. Fordham hadn't beaten an FBS team since the program was restored in 1970. "That was the worst," said senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who will help lead the 20th-ranked Owls (10-2)
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November 30, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Dec. 9, 1995. East Camden. Cold rain. Really cold. Really raining. Bob Coffey took his Mainland High School football team to Woodrow Wilson that miserable Saturday afternoon to face the Tigers, the No. 1 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 10 rankings, in the South Jersey Group 3 championship game. "Nobody thought we could win that game," Coffey recalled the other day, looking back on the signature victory of a career that spanned 30 seasons and included both incredible highs and incomprehensible lows.
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November 25, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
1. Archbishop Wood 10-0 2. Imhotep 10-0 3. Haverford School 10-0 4. Malvern Prep 8-2 5. La Salle 7-3 6. St. Joseph's Prep 7-3 7. Simon Gratz 10-2 8. West Catholic 8-4 9. Northeast 11-1 10. Del-Val 6-6 Also considered: Ben Franklin (8-2), West Philadelphia (6-2), Father Judge (5-4), Prep Charter (6-2), Penn Charter (5-5). On Twitter: @AceCarterINQ  
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