September 14, 2013 |
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has a penetrating stare, a scowl always at the ready and language that prompted him to shoo away cameras filming ESPN's "all-access" special in the preseason. But that's not the O'Brien that Stan Hixon, the wide receivers coach of the Nittany Lions, remembers when he first met O'Brien, then a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech, in the mid 1990s. "He was a comedian," Hixon said Thursday on a conference call. "He's the only guy that I know as a coach that could make money as a comedian.
September 12, 2013 |
It will be a little odd for Bill O'Brien on Saturday night when he paces the sideline at Beaver Stadium as a head coach going against his mentor and former boss, Central Florida head coach George O'Leary, for the first time. O'Brien got his first full-time assistant coaching job from O'Leary at Georgia Tech, where he served as a graduate assistant for three seasons before being named running backs coach in 1998. Even though he only worked with O'Leary until 2001, he learned lessons that he still follows today.
July 31, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - As the clock ran down on his coaching career, Joe Paterno offered a damning assessment of Pennsylvania State University's top administrators and how they dealt with reports of Jerry Sandusky's abusing children, according to former assistant football coach Mike McQueary. "He said Old Main screwed it up," McQueary testified in Dauphin County Court on Monday, using the name of Penn State's administration building to denote those who worked in it. Then, just before he was fired - his reputation in shambles as a result of the Sandusky scandal - Paterno offered a warning, McQueary testified: The administrators could not be trusted, and would "try to scapegoat" the young assistant coach, who had told him and other top officials in 2001 that he saw Sandusky sexually assault a boy in a campus shower.
March 22, 2013 |
JACOB IATI was not playing much last season. His prospects for playing did not look promising. He was ready to graduate, go for his MBA and get on with his life. He talked it over with his coach and they decided that he would give up his final season of eligibility at Albany and become a graduate assistant for Will Brown's team while working on that MBA. "I wasn't playing a lot," Iati said Thursday morning at the Wells Fargo Center. "They offered me to be the GA this year which would pay for graduate school.
February 10, 2013 |
The Eagles announced Chip Kelly's coaching staff Friday, all at once, as they'd said they would do. Twenty-one names are on the list, including that of Shaun Huls, the "sports science coordinator," which sounds a little BALCOesque, but Huls' bio says he comes to the Eagles from a position as strength and conditioning and combatives coordinator for Navy Special Warfare. So, if hand-to-hand fighting breaks out in the middle of the third quarter, the Eagles presumably will be covered. Five members of the new staff are following Kelly from the University of Oregon.
February 2, 2013
Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor. The 45-year-old Vizquel played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season, finishing up his 24-year major-league career with 2,877 hits. The three-time all-star won 11 Gold Gloves. Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program. The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.
January 16, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University denied defamation and wrongful-termination claims Tuesday that were lodged by a former assistant football coach who testified against Jerry Sandusky. In filings in Centre County Court, the university asked a judge to throw out a state whistle-blower lawsuit brought by Mike McQueary, arguing that any damage he endured as a result of his role as a prosecution witness was not caused by Penn State. So far, McQueary has failed to provide any evidence suggesting that Penn State officials publicly questioned his character, university counsel Nancy Conrad wrote.
January 15, 2013 |
BILLICK FILE Full Name: Brian Harold Billick Born: Feb. 28, 1954 (58 years old), in Fairborn, Ohio Current position: NFL analyst for Fox Head coaching record: 80-64-0, regular season; 5-3, postseason. Last head coaching job: Baltimore Ravens (Jan. 19, 1999 to Dec. 31, 2007) Coaching highlight: Ravens beat the New York Giants, 34-7, to win Super Bowl XXXV Other coaching jobs: 1994-98, Minnesota Vikings, offensive coordinator; 1992-93, Vikings, tight ends; 1989-91, Stanford, assistant head coach (to Dennis Green)
January 13, 2013
From Eagletarian.com, the Daily News' Eagles blog: It figured Andy Reid would take some of his assistants with him to Kansas City - it was no shock when Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson became the Chiefs' offensive coordinator Friday - but the staff list released by the Chiefs did contain some surprises. Reid's son Britt, a graduate assistant at Temple, is going to the Chiefs as a quality control coach. Britt is most known by Eagles fans for being arrested, the same day in 2007 as his older brother Garrett, after separate traffic incidents that involved drug charges.
January 8, 2013 |
NEW TEMPLE football coach Matt Rhule, a week after his only season with the New York Giants ended, has made the first five additions to his staff. Ed Foley, who has been at Temple the past five seasons and spent the last two as the director of football operations, has been named assistant head coach. He and Rhule worked together on North Broad Street from 2008-11 for first Al Golden and then Steve Addazio. Brandon Noble, who was Rhule's teammate at Penn State in the mid 1990s, is coming aboard following one season at Coastal Carolina.