January 15, 2016
Kevin Conlin has been named the new head football coach at Abington, where he served as an assistant from 1999 to 2013. Conlin, 40, played at La Salle High and Penn State. He was a two-year starter at center for the Nittany Lions in the mid-1990s. His older brothers, Chris (Bishop McDevitt) and Keith (La Salle), also played under Joe Paterno. A social studies teacher at Abington, Conlin previously was a defensive coordinator and special-teams coach for the Galloping Ghosts. Conlin replaces Tim Sorber, who stepped down after compiling a 104-86 record and winning two Suburban One League National Conference titles in 16 seasons.
January 15, 2016 |
Bellmawr Councilman Steve Hagerty knew Brian P. McGlinchey for 35 years, ever since they played street hockey for a youth organization. Sports was what bound them in friendship. "For the last 20 years," Hagerty said, "we've been running the Bellmawr Purple Eagles," four football teams for youths from 5 to 14 years old. All those years, Hagerty was the Eagles' president, and Mr. McGlinchey, for most of the time, was general manager. While doing that, at times he was also coach and head coach.
January 14, 2016 |
The Big 12 is hoping that legislation it is proposing will pass at the NCAA Convention on Wednesday that will allow the 10-team league to host a conference championship game in football. Could it affect Temple? Currently, a conference can only stage a football championship game if it has 12 or more member schools. In addition, an amendment to the proposal from the Big Ten Conference would allow the championship game to be played with fewer than 12 conference members but would also stipulate that there be two divisions and that those champions would play in the conference title game.
January 12, 2016 |
AS HUMAN BEINGS, we possess plenty of instinctual reactions that play important roles in the propagation of our species. For instance, when confronted with a threat, we feel an urge to fight or flee. So it remains a bit of a mystery that, despite years of natural selection, the urge we feel when confronted with a good idea is to form a committee and ensure its demise. Clemson plays Alabama Monday night for the so-called national college football title, and if history is any indication, it will be an awful, awful game.
January 10, 2016 |
St. Joseph vs. Hammonton was one of South Jersey's best football rivalries from its inception in 1962 until 2014, when the series was interrupted by the Blue Devils' move from the Cape-Atlantic League to the Tri-County Conference. Usually played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the game featured two of South Jersey's most accomplished programs and some of the best elements of a spirited annual event: history, crosstown proximity and the always-live undercurrent of public vs. non-public competition.
January 9, 2016 |
Adam Breneman, ranked as the nation's No. 1 high school tight end in his class, committed to Penn State in March 2012, 10 days after quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The two then joined forces to make sure that Bill O'Brien's 2013 recruiting class stayed together after the NCAA punished the university with harsh sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Breneman became a highly respected figure once he got to Happy Valley, but after a promising freshman season, his left knee betrayed him. After surgery, a redshirt year and two brief appearances this season, Breneman decided the pain in his knee had become too much, and he announced Thursday that he is stepping away from the game.
January 4, 2016 |
Bruce Lazaruk graduated from Glassboro State (now Rowan University) in 1974, and he has been a football coach each year since. He's looking to keep the streak intact, although in a different place. Lazaruk resigned as head coach of Wildwood after last season, but it had nothing to do with his 1-19 mark in two seasons guiding the Warriors. He said he moved to the Wildwood area because of a family situation. "That family situation changed, so I will probably be moving back to the Burlington County, Camden County, or Mercer County area," Lazaruk said.
December 31, 2015
THIS IS HOW the contract ends, not with a bang but a whimper. Chip Kelly leaves a city and a team that bore such goodwill toward him a few brief seasons ago, but that have long since eaten their hopes and drowned their bitter sorrows in several million cases of Budweiser (or, for the metro-wussials, pumpkin-spice craft beer.) Chip is now a memory, like the pathetic mess of a Bicentennial celebration wrecked by Frank Rizzo or the Gentleman's Agreement prohibiting buildings taller than William Penn's hat (which worked out so well, one measly sports championship later)
December 30, 2015 |
So much for that controversial proposal to create a statewide, non-public football conference. New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe sent shock waves through the state athletic community on Monday by reversing an NJSIAA vote that would have removed all the non-public schools from their existing football leagues and placed them in their own conference. Hespe also reversed another NJSIAA vote to separate non-public wrestlers into four districts and one region during the first two stages of the individual state tournament.
December 30, 2015 |
MIKE WATERS didn't even enter the season as the starting running back for Imhotep Charter. But by year's end, the 5-10, 192-pound senior had broken several city rushing records en route to the Panthers' historic Class AAA state championship. As the Daily News presents its 2015 All-City football list, Waters headlines our top honorees. The Northeast Philadelphia resident scored a record 42 rushing touchdowns this season. He also set a single-season mark for total touchdowns, with 45. Jarrett McClenton (now at Villanova)