January 3, 2016 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bryan McLendon was a member of Georgia's coaching staff when James Franklin coached Vanderbilt to an upset victory of the 15th-ranked Bulldogs in 2013, the Commodores' first win over a top-25 team in five years. McLendon, who will serve as Georgia's interim head coach Saturday in a TaxSlayer Bowl matchup against Penn State, admired what Franklin did at Vanderbilt. And although Franklin has taken some heat since becoming head coach of the Nittany Lions, McLendon says he's "a heck of a coach.
January 2, 2016 |
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Gregg Garrity admits that he tries to keep his family connection as low-key as possible, that he doesn't initiate any reference to "The Catch," an event that is up there with the top legendary moments in Penn State football history. But when asked, he will come clean. And he was repeatedly asked by the media Thursday after Penn State completed its final practice for the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia on Saturday. Garrity's father, also named Gregg, made a diving catch of a 47-yard touchdown pass from Todd Blackledge that sparked the second-ranked Nittany Lions' 27-23 victory over No. 1 Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl and gave them their first national championship.
January 2, 2016 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The sidelines and the seats in the Georgia coaches' booth will look significantly different Saturday when the Bulldogs take on Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. A multitude of coaching changes began the day after Georgia's 13-7 victory over Georgia Tech in its final game of the regular season. Mark Richt, the Bulldogs' head coach for 15 seasons, was fired with the intention that he would coach in the bowl game, but he changed his mind after being introduced Dec. 4 as the new head coach at Miami.
December 20, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg confirmed Friday that he has filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board to gauge where he might fall in the draft should he decide to skip his senior year with the Nittany Lions. But when it came to giving any indication about which way he might be leaning, Hackenberg was typically tight-lipped in an interview during Penn State's TaxSlayer Bowl media day at Beaver Stadium. On his anticipated evaluation by the advisory board, he said, "I don't know if we've gotten that back yet but that's normal protocol for juniors in that situation.
December 8, 2015 |
While Penn State answered one question Sunday by accepting a bid to the TaxSlayer Bowl for a matchup against Georgia, it - in the person of head coach James Franklin - responded to another question about whether a new offensive coordinator will be in place by the time the game is played on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla. "I hope to have the position filled in the next week and a half to two weeks or so," Franklin said Sunday night on a conference call....
November 29, 2015 |
NEW YORK - If you've been paying attention, then you know more than a few ranked teams have gotten knocked off by the Monmouths and Northern Iowas of the food chain in the early going. Ask Notre Dame, or even North Carolina. Then there's No. 8 Villanova, which hasn't lost a game in November since 2012 and now can't lose one until next year. Of course, the Wildcats have seldom lost in any month before March the last two seasons. Anyway, on Black Friday at the Barclays Center - which will be the site of opening-weekend NCAA Tournament games - the Wildcats improved to 6-0 with a 69-52 win over Georgia Tech (4-2)
September 15, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Betty Cantrell, a 20-year-old opera singer from Georgia, became Miss America 2016 Sunday night before a cheering crowd in Boardwalk Hall. History was also made when a contrite pageant official apologized to entertainer Vanessa Williams, who was stripped of the title as Miss America in 1984 after nude photos of her were published without her permission in Penthouse magazine. Cantrell, who is from Warner Robins, Ga., wowed the judges with her lovely version of the aria "Tu, tu Piccolo Iddio" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly . Cantrell has studied music at Wesleyan College and Mercer University in Macon and would eventually like to graduate from a conservatory for musical theater.
August 19, 2015 |
Willie Nelson is an extraordinary octogenarian. The 82-year-old Red Headed Stranger - still ponytailed, though now mostly gray - played outdoors Sunday at the Borgata Festival Park in Atlantic City, and he was frisky and inventive all night long. The tour stop with openers Old Crow Medicine Show was billed as a "Willie Nelson & Family" concert, but with Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah off backing up Neil Young this summer, the only family member on stage throughout the briskly paced 90-minute set was his piano-playing older sister Bobbie.
August 14, 2015 |
WHEN GEORGIA Bruson was born, William Howard Taft was president, the Ford Model T was a year old, and the Wright brothers were still trying to figure out how to fly that thing. Georgia was born on the Fourth of July, 1909, in Edgefield, S.C. She died July 29 at 106. Her life encompassed a big chunk of American history. The Model T morphed into the sleek chariots plying Interstate 95; the Wright brothers' creation became supersonic jets, and a black man is president of the United States.
June 1, 2015 |
Georgia S. McWhinney, 85, of Wyncote, an associate professor in the field of literacy, died Wednesday, May 20, of cancer at her home. Dr. McWhinney devoted her energies to her family and the study and teaching of emergent literacy in both children and adults. Emergent literacy , a term coined by researcher Marie Clay, refers to the gradual process by which children and adults interact with language, books, and those around them on the road to literacy. A part of the process is speaking, listening, writing, and viewing words and pictures.