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February 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AL BAGNOLI'S retirement lasted 3 months. After last season he stepped down as the head coach at Penn following a 23-year run that included a record nine outright Ivy League titles. Now he's returning to take over the program that has long been regarded as one of the worst in college football. Tomorrow, Bagnoli, who celebrated his 62nd birthday last month, will be officially introduced as the new coach at Columbia, which hasn't had a winning season since 1996 and is currently riding a 21-game losing streak.
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February 20, 2015
TEMPLE'S football team, which went from 2-10 in 2013 to 6-6 last season (4-4 in the American Conference), will open and close at home this year. The Owls start on Sept. 5 against Penn State (7-6) in Lincoln Financial Field. And their final two games - Nov. 21 against defending champion Memphis (10-3) and Nov. 28 with Connecticut (2-10) - are also at the Linc. They will, of course, try to beat Penn State for the first time since 1941. Their next three games are on the road: at Cincinnati (9-4)
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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