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February 19, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Neshaminy hired Steven Wilmot as its head football coach. Wilmot has been an assistant at the school for 20 years, serving as offensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and assistant head coach. He replaces Mike Frederick, who stepped down last month after one season. Wilmot grew up in Flourtown and played football at Springfield (Montco) and Lock Haven University. He is also a biology teacher at Neshaminy. rallysports@philly.com
NEWS
February 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernie Lemonick, 87, of Jenkintown, a Penn football all-American who returned as defensive line coach to help Penn win its first Ivy League title in 1959, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at his home. "We are incredibly saddened by the loss of such an iconic member of the Penn football family in Bernie Lemonick," current Quakers coach Ray Priore said on the Penn football website. "Bernie had illustrious careers both as a player and coach, and continued his unparalleled support of Penn football as an alum.
NEWS
February 18, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BERNIE LEMONICK was a hard-hitting lineman for the University of Pennsylvania football teams of the late 1940s and early '50s, an era many old-time alumni and fans think of with teary-eyed nostalgia. Penn was a powerhouse of collegiate football in those years, playing some of the biggest schools in the country, and easily filling the 75,000 seats at Franklin Field for every Saturday home game. Legendary coaches and players strode the corridors and sidelines, their cleats grinding on the concrete, the fans delirious with their flags and pom-poms and full-throated cheers.
SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Drew Gordon had a stellar run in nine seasons as La Salle's football coach, guiding the Explorers to six Catholic League championships, including five straight from 2008 to 2012, and a PIAA Class AAAA state crown. After several months of consideration, the program's third all-time winningest coach announced his decision to step down from the position Tuesday. "I thought about it in early December and said, 'Let me wait till after the holidays before I do anything,' " Gordon said.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reversing field, the NJSIAA football committee has shot down a proposal by the state's football coaches to revamp the seeding process for the public-school playoffs. After approving the proposal at its annual meeting Jan. 29, the football committee decided not to endorse a plan to seed the public-school playoffs based on the top 32 teams in the state in power points. NJSIAA associate director Jack DuBois, who oversees football, said the proposal was viewed "after reconsideration" as the first step toward establishing state championships in public-school football.
SPORTS
February 11, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drew Gordon, La Salle High's highly successful head football coach, stepped down Monday after nine seasons, according to several sources. Gordon compiled a 91-26 record and won six Catholic League championships, including five straight from 2008 to 2012. In 2009, Gordon guided the team to a 14-1 record and the PIAA Class AAAA state title. In beating District 6's State College by a 24-7 decision in the snow at HersheyPark Stadium, La Salle became the first Catholic League squad to win a state crown.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shaun Bradley will start his college football career a little later than many other top athletes. But the Rancocas Valley senior isn't complaining after committing last weekend to attend Temple University on a football scholarship. Bradley will "gray shirt," which means he will enroll at Temple in January 2016 and likely start his career in 2016. "It's a great feeling," Bradley said. "It's a big relief. " The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bradley led Rancocas Valley to a 9-3 record and the South Jersey Group 5 title game as a running back.
SPORTS
February 7, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Murphy will return as Roman Catholic's head football coach, according to sources. The school is expected to announce his hiring Friday. Murphy guided the Cahillites to a 64-34 record (.653 winning percentage) from 2000 to 2007. In his final season, the squad went 12-2 and defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 10-9, for the Catholic League Red Division championship. Murphy replaces Joe McCourt, a former Roman standout who compiled a 42-37 mark in seven years. Last season, the Cahillites went 5-6 overall and 1-2 in Catholic League Class AAAA action.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Franklin received plenty of attention - and some criticism - during his introductory news conference as Penn State's new head coach about 13 months ago when he said he wanted to "dominate the state" in recruiting. On Wednesday, he came to the same podium in the Beaver Stadium press room to talk about the Nittany Lions' signed recruiting class of 2015, armed with numbers showing that he pretty much did what he said he intended to do. "We had seven of the top 10 players in the state of Pennsylvania, the most in more than a decade," Franklin said.
SPORTS
February 5, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing health concerns, Clint Wiley resigned Tuesday after four seasons as Sterling's football coach. "I want to take a year off and get a little bit healthier," Wiley said. Wiley was hospitalized for three days with pneumonia during the season and said he "hasn't felt right" since the Silver Knights' final game - a 27-21 overtime victory over Collingswood on Thanksgiving Day. Wiley's teams were 25-15, with three winning seasons and a .500 season. Sterling was 6-4 in 2014. In the three seasons before Wiley took over in 2011, Sterling was 6-24, including an 0-10 season in 2009.
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