June 2, 2014 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - When the Eagles started defensive meetings in April, Earl Wolff sat behind new Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Wolff glanced over Jenkins' shoulder at Jenkins' notebook and was astounded at the level of detail. So Wolff started sitting next to Jenkins, and he has shadowed the Eagles' top defensive addition since. It's the same notebook former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel remembers Jenkins carrying around when Jenkins was an all-American for the Buckeyes. The Eagles' dogged pursuit of Jenkins had much to do with the way he plays safety, but it was also because of the intangibles they wanted from the player they expect to lead their secondary.
December 18, 2013 |
ON SATURDAY, the Heisman Trophy ceremony was held in New York. Last night at the Sheraton Society Hill, Hatboro-based The Sports Network handed out the FCS equivalent, named after Jackson State great Walter Payton, at its 27th annual awards dinner. His son Jarrett was there to honor the winner, Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who finished 130 points ahead of Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams. The other finalist was Towson running back Terrance West. In 2002, an EIU QB named Tony Romo won this award, narrowly beating out Villanova's Brett Gordon.
June 28, 2013 |
WHAT DO the NCAA sanctions of the Oregon football program announced yesterday mean for Eagles fans? Probably nothing, but we can't be entirely sure of that. There was a time when an NCAA penalty involving a coach who'd gone on to the NFL was about as meaningful as a Ruben Amaro Jr. bullpen acquisition. But in 2011, after the Colts hired Jim Tressel as a "game-day consultant," right after the NCAA announced heavy sanctions for Tressel's Ohio State program, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ventured into uncharted waters.
December 19, 2012 |
THE INDIANS called upon a proven recruiter to land free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher. Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was among a group who had lunch Tuesday at Progressive Field with Swisher, who is considering a multiyear contract offer from the Indians. Swisher would fill a hole in rightfield for Cleveland, which traded Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati last week and has been trying to improve a team that collapsed in August and finished 68-94. Swisher, 32, played his college ball at Ohio State.
October 27, 2012 |
Florida's Urban Meyer shook hands with Joe Paterno at the end of the 2011 Outback Bowl and left the field in Tampa for what was supposed to be his last game as a head football coach. Flash forward nearly 22 months to Saturday night, and Meyer will be greeting Paterno's successor, Bill O'Brien, before the kickoff of the game between his new team, Ohio State, and Penn State. The hiring of Meyer, winner of two national championships in his six seasons with the Gators, gave both the Buckeyes and the Big Ten Conference some star power to enhance their national profiles.
July 27, 2012 |
FOR THOSE WHO believe the NCAA's slap on the hand of Penn State has solved the college-football overreach problem, well, really, it is but a minuscule shaving of the glaze on the tip of the iceberg. Lamentations and rending of garments went up when the NCAA took away scholarships from the folks at Happy Valley. Wow, they are now down to 65 football scholarships — all worth as much as $42,000, which is out-of-state tuition, room and board. How many people play on a football team?
June 20, 2012 |
NICKLAS BENDTNER paid a heavy price for his underpants on Monday. The Denmark forward was banned for one 2014 World Cup qualifying match for revealing an unofficial sponsor's name on his underwear while celebrating a goal at the European Championship in Warsaw, Poland. UEFA said its disciplinary panel found Bendtner guilty of "improper conduct," and fined him $126,000. The punishment rules him out of the Danes' opening World Cup qualifier, at home to the Czech Republic on Sept.
February 3, 2012
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has found another college job. The University of Akron announced Thursday that Tressel has been hired for the newly created position of vice president for strategic engagement. Tressel will earn a base salary of $200,000 per year and begin his new job on May 1. University officials say he will work with alumni, community organizations, and friends of the school to develop strategies and efforts to help students succeed. Tressel, 59, was forced to resign in May amid a scandal at Ohio State.
January 27, 2012 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The tattoos that cover DeVier Posey's arms tell a story, but Posey feels it isn't just the one about the entitled big-time college athlete who ended up in the middle of a huge scandal. Posey, a wide receiver from Ohio State, is at the Senior Bowl trying to give NFL scouts the look they didn't really get during the 2011 season, when he was suspended for the first 10 games of his senior year - five games for trading memorabilia for tattoos, the NCAA violations that took down Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, and five games for accepting what the NCAA deemed excessive remuneration from a part-time job provided by a Cleveland-area booster.
January 26, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - To look at won-lost records for head coaches who replaced the legends of college football on the sideline, you would think that Bill O'Brien's task of succeeding Joe Paterno as Penn State's coach might not be as intimidating as it appears. But examine the entire picture - the six-decade tenure, the high graduation rates of players, the incredible philanthropy toward the university, the ability to raise thousands of dollars from alumni by just walking into a room, and the appeal to have members of the community consider you a favorite uncle or grandfather - and you wonder why O'Brien would even agree to take the job. Quite simply, Paterno was the face of the university, not only running a successful football program in which he won a record 409 games, but also projecting a grandfatherly aura over a campus that has expanded exponentially in his 61 years in Happy Valley.