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December 19, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IN A TANGLED, bizarre ordeal that began Wednesday night, the Daily News has learned that Joe McCourt will no longer be the head football coach at Roman Catholic High. However, the explanation as to why requires some unraveling. What started as a story about how a volunteer assistant coach's arrest may have cost McCourt his job, morphed into a school official saying the former Roman star running back and linebacker stepped down of his own volition to "spend more time with his family.
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December 18, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
With national signing day a little less than two months away, Temple hopes to finish strong on the football recruiting trail. Members of the Class of 2015 can officially announce their college choice on Feb. 4. The Owls, who improved from two wins in 2013 to six this season, have about 18 oral commitments, and overall the class is shaping up nicely. "This team will get better by mixing in the 15 players we redshirted and by the others that we'll recruit," said coach Matt Rhule, who is not allowed to specifically comment on recruits.
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December 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Only one football team in South Jersey went 12-0 this season. Haddonfield turned the trick with a spectacular season that culminated with a 27-0 victory over archrival West Deptford in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game Dec. 7 at Rowan University. On Monday night, Haddonfield's Frank DeLano was named coach of the year by the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club at the organization's 70th annual banquet at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill. DeLano has a 96-46 record in 13 seasons.
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December 16, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WE'LL NEVER know what might have happened, had Villanova's John Robertson been able to play in Saturday's FCS quarterfinal against visiting Sam Houston State. The redshirt junior quarterback - who already is the program's all-time leader in total offense and tonight has a very good chance of winning the Walter Payton Award as the top player at the FCS level - was a late scratch due to a concussion suffered late in last week's second-round home win over Liberty. Senior Chris Polony - who actually beat out Robertson for the job in both 2011 and '12 - got his first start in 2 years and played about as well as he could.
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December 16, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Auburn football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell was fatally shot early Sunday at an apartment complex in Auburn, Ala., where two former football players and another person were shot and killed in 2012. Police answered a call at about 12:25 a.m. of shots fired at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex, a few miles from the campus. Mitchell, an 18-year-old freshman, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he was "devastated and saddened" by the death of the promising player, a halfback.
NEWS
December 14, 2014
The North Philadelphia Aztecs, a powerhouse junior pee wee football squad of 8-11-year-olds, take on the defending national champions at the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship at Disney World on Saturday morning. The 8:30 a.m. Division I championship against the Gwen Cherry Bulls of Miami will be televised live by ESPN3. The Aztecs defeated the Western New York Bills 33-6 to reach the championships while the Bulls advanced with a 26-0 victory over the East Bay (Calif.)
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December 13, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph is team of the year Paul Sacco won't compare his teams. The St. Joseph coach won't say whether his 2014 team was better than his 2011 team or his 2005 team. But the Wildcats this season put themselves into the pantheon of the best teams in the history of South Jersey's most decorated program. St. Joseph went 11-0, dominated competition in the Cape-Atlantic American Division, and won its sixth consecutive Non-Public state title with a 55-0 victory over St. Anthony in the Non-Public 1 state title game.
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December 13, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John C. Gregory, 87, of Glen Mills, a former football player, high school coach, and head football coach for universities including Villanova, died Thursday, Dec. 4, of cancer at Maris Grove Senior Living. During a college coaching career that lasted from 1959 to 1975, Mr. Gregory, known as "Jack," amassed a record of 87-57-4. He was best known for reshaping the East Stroudsburg University football program between 1959 and 1965. During that time, his teams compiled a 49-11-2 record, winning two state college championships and an Eastern Division state college championship.
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December 13, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pete Goetz said it was a tough choice. But he's sure it was the correct choice. Goetz on Thursday announced that he is stepping down after 12 seasons as Triton's football coach. Goetz said he was determined to spend the next few years watching his two sons play football for Gateway. "My one son will be in ninth grade next year and the other one will be right behind him the next year," Goetz said. "Freshman football, [junior varsity] football, someday if they are fortunate enough, playing under the Friday night lights as varsity players.
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December 12, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MEN AND WOMEN who spend their careers in the sweaty endeavors of coaching, walking the sidelines of dusty fields or prowling the echo chambers of gymnasiums, would be happy for any recognition - like something named for them. Jack Gregory had two such honors. The football field at East Stroudsburg University and the fieldhouse at Bowling Green State University - institutions to which he lent his athletic leadership skills in more than 30 years of coaching and running athletic programs - were named for him. Not to mention a scholarship in his and his wife's honor at East Stroudsburg, his alma mater.
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