August 27, 2014 |
George O'Leary has been around long enough not to get too worried when planning for an opponent with a new head coach, and thus no filmed record of the type of offense or defense the rival coach plans to run with that team. Central Florida's 68-year-old head coach is getting the Knights, who are coming off a 12-1 season and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor, ready for Saturday's season opener against Penn State and new coach James Franklin in Dublin, Ireland. There's no way of predicting what Franklin might do on offense with a quarterback as gifted as Christian Hackenberg.
December 15, 2001 |
Josh Hannum, the Strath Haven wide receiver/defensive back who orally committed to play his college football at Notre Dame, said he would wait and see what happens after yesterday's sudden resignation of head coach George O'Leary. O'Leary, named coach at the school in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday, resigned after admitting that he had falsified biographical information in his athletic and academic background. "I'm pretty upset," Hannum said. "It's certainly disappointing and frustrating.
December 26, 2001 |
Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is trying to stomp out rumors he might be heading to Notre Dame. Shanahan, a two-time Super Bowl champion coach who is from the Midwest and is Catholic, said Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White called him about the open coaching position with the Fighting Irish, but never offered a contract. "I said thanks for the call, but I was very happy where I was at," Shanahan said. Broncos backup quarterback Jarious Jackson, who played for Notre Dame, said he fielded numerous questions from friends in South Bend, Ind. "I tried to tell people back in South Bend that he wasn't coming," Jackson said.
December 22, 2001 |
George O'Leary says he was asked to resign as Notre Dame football coach after admitting he lied about his background, contradicting the school's statement that he offered to resign. "I was asked for my resignation, which I wasn't going to fight that," O'Leary said in an interview to be broadcast Sunday night on ESPN. "I think they did what they had to do based on the facts they had. " A Notre Dame spokesman yesterday repeated the school's earlier statement that O'Leary offered to resign five or six times Dec. 13 after admitting he did not have a master's degree from New York University as his biographical sketch stated.
December 28, 2001 |
Georgia Tech's players chanted "We want Mac! We want Mac!" as they accepted the inaugural Seattle Bowl trophy. Their words were a statement of support for interim coach Mac McWhorter. So was their play. George Godsey passed for a touchdown, Kelly Campbell scored twice, and the defense made an early goal-line stand as the Yellow Jackets (8-5) beat No. 11 Stanford, 24-14, yesterday. The Cardinal finished 9-3. McWhorter coached Georgia Tech because George O'Leary left the Yellow Jackets this month to become the head coach at Notre Dame.
January 22, 2002 |
When Josh Hannum left his home in Wallingford, Delaware County, on Friday, he was touted a Golden Domer. By the time the Strath Haven wide receiver returned on Sunday, he was the newest Nittany Lion. Hannum, who had orally committed in the fall to play football for Notre Dame next year, switched allegiances during a weekend visit to Happy Valley, giving his word to coach Joe Paterno that he would be at Penn State next season instead. "I went to look for confirmation," said Hannum, an all-state selection and two-time PIAA state champion as a receiver, defensive back and punter for Strath Haven.
December 11, 2002 |
Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham, who has guided the Irish to a turnaround season, yesterday was presented with the Sporting News Sportsman of the Year Award. Willingham took the Irish to eight straight victories en route to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Gator Bowl. It is the first year since 1993 that Notre Dame has won that many games. A year ago, Notre Dame was reeling after a 5-6 season, and the hiring of a coach - George O'Leary - who embellished his resume.
January 2, 2004 |
A van carrying a Long Island high school basketball team veered off a highway and hit a tree in North Carolina, killing highly touted 7-3 center Kevin Mormin and injuring eight other people. The 15-passenger van also was carrying coaches and supporters of the Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y., from a tournament in Delaware to another in Charlotte. The accident happened Wednesday on Highway 150 just outside Salisbury, about 30 miles north of Charlotte. Emily Stelzer, 22, who was driving the van, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving left of center.
January 29, 2002 |
After countless phone calls, letters and visits, Archbishop Carroll wide receiver Maurice Stovall has decided to attend Notre Dame. The decision ended more than a year of heavy recruiting by some of the best college football teams around the nation. "I feel relieved," Stovall said yesterday. "It's the overall best place for me. They have the right offense. And I like the worldwide connections they have. " Stovall also considered Virginia, after eliminating Michigan and Florida.
January 4, 2002 |
Since Strath Haven wide receiver Josh Hannum told Notre Dame he would play his college football there starting next season, three men have held the position of head coach. Despite the controversies, hirings and firings, Hannum said he has not wavered much on the oral commitment he gave to the school in August. With the Irish's most recent hire, former Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham, on Sunday, Hannum is still playing the wait-and-see game. "I'm still 99 percent sure that's where I want to go," said Hannum, a 6-foot, 160-pounder.