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 14, 2016
Johnny Manziel has fallen from the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft to a colossal bust without a team. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback is officially a free agent after clearing waivers Saturday. If a team had claimed Manziel, it would have assumed responsibility for the $2.17 million guaranteed on the final two years of his contract. Instead, the Browns remain on the hook for the amount after cutting Manziel on Friday. However, they're expected to try to recoup the guaranteed money on the deal if the NFL suspends him. His ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley accused him of beating her and threatening to kill them both Jan. 30 in Dallas.
March 10, 2016 |
Reggie Lawrence calls Haddon Heights "the ultimate small school. " Lawrence calls Haddon Heights something else now, too: His latest stop in a highly successful and widely varied coaching career. Lawrence on Tuesday night was approved by the Haddon Heights board of education as the Garnets' new football coach. Lawrence replaces Ralph Schiavo, who resigned after last season. The stop is the fifth as a head coach for Lawrence, who has complied a 111-55 record in 17 seasons.
March 1, 2016
On a South Philly corner, harsh words prompted some punching, a few minor injuries, and conflicting accounts of who started the donnybrook. Some of this was caught on security camera video. Witnesses came forward. The cops investigated and recommended charges. And then District Attorney Seth Williams, who not so long ago spoke derisively about punting politically sensitive cases, kicked the ball to the state Attorney General's Office. I just knew former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who knows a thing or two about a tussle, would have something to say. After all, it was Williams, the Abraham protege-turned-political opponent, who didn't think much of her practice of referring to state or federal authorities cases in which she thought she could be seen to have a political conflict of interest.
February 22, 2016 |
Camden's Whitman Park Tigers are used to making do with little. With no playable home field, the youth football program depends on borrowing other teams' playing fields for games, and equipment is kept in a corner of a Teamsters hall in Collingswood. Things are supposed to turn around this year. Last summer, coaches met with members of Camden Mayor Dana Redd's staff, discussing long-awaited plans to improve the home field and build a clubhouse. Coaches left feeling optimistic, and officials said they would plan to break ground this month, said Brad Hawkins, director of the program.
February 15, 2016
ISSUE | TEMPLE STADIUM Don't disrupt neighborhood; stay at Linc It is outrageous that Temple plans to spend at least $126 million of other people's money to build a football stadium so its team can play there perhaps six times a year ("Temple moves forward with stadium plans," Tuesday). This from a university that cut seven varsity teams for financial reasons, hires 1,400 adjunct instructors, has had its state funding significantly reduced, and repeatedly increases tuition.
February 14, 2016 |
After directing Pennsbury's rugged defense for the last four seasons, veteran coach Dan McShane has been named the new football boss for the Suburban One League National Conference power. Before joining former coach Galen Snyder's staff as a defensive line and linebackers coach in 2011, McShane, 57, was in charge at Bensalem for 10 years. "This just kind of evolved," he said. "Galen mentioned a couple of years back there was the possibility of him leaving after his son [Luke, a linebacker for Pennsbury]
February 12, 2016 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Over the spirited protests of two South Jersey administrators, the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday passed two controversial proposals aimed at ongoing scheduling issues with North Jersey football superpowers such as Don Bosco Prep and Paramus Catholic. The first proposal tweaks the power-point system for qualifying for the state tournament, giving schools an incentive to play North Jersey non-public schools by increasing the value of those games. The second proposal ensures that all nine schools in the United A and United B divisions of the new North Jersey Super Football Conference will qualify for the state tournament, regardless of their record or amount of power points.
February 9, 2016
TREGG DUERSON was right when he reacted negatively when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell compared the risk of NFL players developing the degenerative brain disease CTE to ordinary risks we all experience in life. In his self-serving annual Super Bowl press conference, Goodell said the NFL "has made great progress" in guarding against concussions. He naively added, "There are risks in life. There's risk sitting on the couch. " Duerson's father - late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson - was one of several NFL players to have committed suicide and later diagnosed to have had CTE. Through the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, Tregg Duerson issued a statement on Sunday that said: "Comparing the CTE risk that NFL players face with an apparently inherent risk in sitting on the couch is an insult to the men affected by CTE. "These men and their families deserve better.
February 8, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The third time was the charm for Marvin Harrison. The Roman Catholic High School product was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in his third year of eligibility. The former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver had been a finalist in each of his previous two years on the ballot. Harrison was one of eight people voted into Canton Saturday by the Hall's 46 selectors during a nearly nine-hour meeting. The others in the 2016 class are quarterback Brett Favre, linebacker Kevin Greene, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, former Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, guard Dick Stanfel, and quarterback Ken Stabler.