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.
March 19, 2016 |
Officials of a Main Line school district said Thursday that they had removed the entire Conestoga High School football coaching staff, and that the head coach had resigned, after an internal investigation showed that players had routinely hazed teammates for years. "The locker rooms had an insufficient adult presence throughout the football season, creating an environment where hazing activities could occur," Tredyffrin/Easttown district officials said. Football coach John Vogan, who also coached baseball, resigned effective immediately, the district told parents in a letter Thursday.
March 15, 2016 |
The allegations were horrific: Two football players at an academically elite high school held down a smaller freshman teammate trying to escape a hazing ritual, while a third used a broom handle to penetrate the younger boy's rectum. The three Conestoga High School students were charged with assault, unlawful restraint, and other counts - but not hazing. The lack of a hazing charge was the result of a "glaring omission" in state law, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.
January 28, 2016 |
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)
January 21, 2016 |
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]
December 30, 2015 |
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.
December 30, 2015 |
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.
December 14, 2015 |
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.