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April 30, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly broke a month of public silence about DeSean Jackson on Monday by explaining that the move to release the Pro Bowl receiver was "purely a football decision. " He said the timing of Jackson's release came from the inability to find a trade partner. "We were going in a different direction at the wide receiver position," Kelly said as the team built a playground at Prince Hall Elementary School in North Philadelphia. "Has nothing to do with anything that was ever written in a newspaper article or any off-field behavior from him. DeSean was great the year I was with him. " Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie backed his coach.
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April 27, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WHEN MARTIN Luther King High head football coach Ed Dunn met with school administrators in preparation for the merger with now-closed Germantown High, he had something specific in mind. "They were asking us, 'What were our goals for the season and did we think we could win?' And I flat-out told them we could win a championship, and that was our goal from Day 1. So, the one thing I would take away from all this is: Have an audacious goal and don't be afraid to dream big. " "All this" refers to the successful 2013 season captured by the documentary film, "We Could Be King," which will appear tomorrow night at 8 o'clock on ESPN2.
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April 27, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sterling junior running back/linebacker Davon Tucker has made remarkable progress in his career with the Silver Knights. Tucker has gone from a freshman who needed to be persuaded to try out for football to a junior who has three scholarship offers from NCAA Division I programs, including Syracuse. "I'm surprised by it," Tucker said of his development. "I've worked hard. " The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Tucker ran for 1,085 yards for the Silver Knights in the fall. He led Sterling to its biggest win of the season, a 13-0 victory over eventual Group 2 champion Haddonfield.
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April 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AL BAGNOLI never knew any other way to do his job than all in. And he has been doing it as well as anyone for more than 3 decades. But at 61 he wasn't sure he could keep throwing 100 percent of himself into it. So he decided it was finally time for a change. "I've always been scared to death that I would overstay my welcome," said Bagnoli, who yesterday announced he was stepping down as Penn's football coach at the end of next season. "This isn't a job you can just dip your toes in. It has to be both feet, to be successful.
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April 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A YEAR IS supposed to make a difference. Last spring, Temple had a first-year coach in Matt Rhule, a former Owl assistant. And a bunch of young players who were learning new systems. There's still only a handful of scholarship seniors on the roster. Now the team is coming off a 2-10 season that included way too many near-misses. Along the way it at least saw the next quarterback emerge in true freshman P.J. Walker, who made everyone around him look better. You have to start somewhere.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Out the bus window, principal William Wade was the first one to spot the row of giant movie ads. "Look at our posters, guys," Wade shouted, and dozens of eyes fixed on them - We Could Be King in yellow block letters, their own faces under glass, right there on the Manhattan street for all to see. Outside the bus, the red carpet waited. Wednesday was the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of We Could Be King - the documentary chronicling the challenges and triumphs of the merger of two city schools through the lens of the Martin Luther King High football team - and for those who traveled from Philadelphia for the event, the whole thing felt a little surreal.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Al Bagnoli used the word correct when talking about coaching Penn's football team. It's been the correct place for him to be for the last 22 seasons, and for one more. And it's the correct time to step down, he suggested. Always the analytical type, Bagnoli said he never came that close to leaving for the so-called big-time. He figures he had three or four opportunities, but knew that taking over a last-place program in the Mid-American Conference or Conference USA came with buyer-beware labels.
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