June 30, 2016 |
Jeremy Boucher had not thought about Wednesday night as a last. But it will be the last time the recent Pennsville graduate plays football with teammate and co-captain Ryan Simpkins. It will be their last high school football game, the bookend for an emotional year. The Adam Taliaferro Foundation All-Star Classic, set to kickoff at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rowan University, provides a fitting end. "It makes this more than another football game," Boucher said. And not just because of the level of competition.
June 20, 2016 |
Brad Hawkins never planned on becoming a multisport star at Camden High School. He never planned on playing football, period. "I was all basketball," Hawkins said. "I knew so much about the tradition of Camden High basketball. I always wanted to be a part of that. "I didn't even think I would play football. " Hawkins played football. He played basketball. He ran track. He is the Inquirer's senior boys' athlete of the year because he excelled in all three, moving from sport to sport during the course of the school year as easily as he shed would-be tacklers on the football field or skirted around defenders on the basketball court.
June 9, 2016 |
Fletcher Cox returned to practice for the first time under new coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday, although the star defensive tackle spent a significant part of the session as an observer. Pederson limited Cox's workload on the first day of mandatory minicamp after Cox missed two months of voluntary workouts and practices. The coach said that did not come at the directive of Cox's agent or the player while they are in negotiations with the team on a new contract. "He's coming back and we want him to be in the meetings, we want him to go through the walk-throughs, and we want him to get as many mental reps this week as [he]
May 27, 2016 |
Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft was a plugger as a football player, not a star by any means but never outworked. Fittingly, he played special teams at Indiana University, a selfless performer who would do anything to help his team win. "I was the Steve Tasker of my team," Kraft said during a recent interview in his office. Then he quickly added, "Now don't compare me to Steve Tasker. " Tasker was one of the top special teams players in NFL history, mainly with the Buffalo Bills.
May 19, 2016 |
Darren Sproles is not at the Eagles' practices this week and has not attended any voluntary workouts, coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday. Sproles is spending the spring with his family and is expected to attend the mandatory minicamp next month. "He and I are in direct communication," Pederson said. "We have been talking all offseason and I have no issues with Darren. I fully expect him to be here for the mandatory camp. But again, this is a voluntary program, so I can't fault him for [not]
May 15, 2016 |
Peter Liacouras had a vision for Temple University. He wanted the commuter school on North Broad Street to become a world-class institution. He wanted star sports teams and leafy green quads and all the hallmarks of a classic American college experience. He wanted a diverse faculty and a student body that looked like the city Temple called home. And for nearly two decades as Temple president, he charged headfirst toward that vision - courting controversy along the way - as the university he dreamed of slowly became reality.
May 5, 2016 |
The Eagles' strategy to manage their quarterback situation for 2016 sounds wonderful in theory, as long as you ignore the phony promise at its core. Their theory is this: Once Sam Bradford wises up and realizes that the franchise will not trade him and that he has no leverage to force it to, he will have no choice but to report for training camp. At that time, the Eagles will, as head coach Doug Pederson told reporters after last week's NFL draft, "welcome [him] with open arms. . . . He's the leader of this football team.
April 23, 2016 |
David Mosley is hoping the Bridgeton baseball team can qualify for the state tournament because "miracles can happen in the playoffs. " Bridgeton coach Mike Valella suspects he might already have witnessed one. Valella is South Jersey baseball's answer to Job: Patient, long-suffering, ever-hopeful. He entered this season with a career record of 50-256 in 13 seasons. Bridgeton was 1-25 in 2013 and 1-23 in 2014. The Bulldogs were 4-23 last season. When Saturday's four-team Delaney Classic began at Clayton, Bridgeton was 0-5 in 2016.
March 28, 2016 |
The new Kingsway High School football coach was energetic and enthusiastic and adamant about a few things: His team would be physically tough, mentally tough and fundamentally sound. Oh, and the Dragons would run the football. This was 1979. This also was 2016. And if new Kingsway coach Mark Hendricks last weekend sounded a lot like new Kingsway coach Tony Barchuk in August of 1979 - sans the thick Brooklyn accent, of course - it probably was because football is football and coaching is coaching and teenage boys crave discipline and direction as much today as they did 37 years ago. Or 87 years ago. Some things don't change.
March 20, 2016 |
Having more choices can actually be a bad thing, says the research that changed psychologist Barry Schwartz's life, earning his TED Talk millions of views and turning him into someone "people all over the world . . . associate with a single important idea. " And coincidentally, Schwartz, who is preparing to retire from Swarthmore College, has made an illustrious career by sticking to just a few good choices. He's been a professor at Swarthmore for 45 years - the only job he ever applied for, he said.