January 19, 2015 |
A quarter of a century after one of the most successful seasons in La Salle basketball history, Lionel Simmons can't rid his mind of the few blemishes. La Salle's 1989-90 team was honored during the Explorers' 60-49 win over Fordham on Saturday at Tom Gola Arena. This is the 25th anniversary of the team that went 30-2 and beat Southern Mississippi in a first-round NCAA tournament game before losing to Clemson. It was the third consecutive year that La Salle qualified for the NCAA tournament and one in which Simmons earned several national player of the year awards.
May 17, 2014 |
'I'm in a Southern California punk band! Who would have thunk that?" So says Dimitri Coats, who led the Philly psychedelic hard-rock band Burning Brides in the early 2000s. Now, Coats is the guitarist in the punk rock supergroup Off! alongside singer Keith Morris, who was in an early incarnation of Black Flag in the late 1970s before forming the Circle Jerks; bassist Steven McDonald of Redd Kross; and drummer Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From the Crypt. Coats ended up with Morris by accident.
November 8, 2012 |
Speedy Morris knew that John Chaney was up to something when the former Temple coach called and, instead of talking to him, asked for his son's phone number. When Chaney reached Keith Morris, who played for his father at La Salle and coaches with him at St. Joseph's Prep, he told him, "Now's the time. I want to get your dad in the Hall of Fame. " Thanks to the work of Chaney and the younger Morris, a package was sent last week to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., officially nominating the longtime Philadelphia coaching legend for the Hall.
February 23, 2012 |
THE BUZZER sounded and the announcement was never made . . . at least to the spectators. William "Speedy" Morris, of St. Joseph's Prep, has achieved so many coaching milestones over the last two seasons, maybe we've reached the point where the reaction becomes, "Ah, big deal. We've been here before. " With everyone making a contribution, the Hawks, last night, rolled past Archbishop Carroll, 58-49, in a Catholic League semifinal at the Palestra to give Morris the city record for career victories, with 622 in 27 seasons.
February 4, 2012 |
After reaching another coaching milestone, William "Speedy" Morris looked back on how it all started. "I was 24 years old, coaching CYO ball, and I was lucky enough to get the JV job at Roman Catholic," he said. "Then they got rid of the varsity coach, and they offered me the job. All that's happened since then, well, it's kind of overwhelming. " On Friday afternoon, in front of an overflow crowd filled with former players and coaching brethren, Morris guided host St. Joseph's Prep, where he has been the last 11 seasons, to a 73-67 triumph over Roman.
December 16, 1992 |
Keith Morris showed the inclination to follow in his famous father's footsteps in the late '70s. "I can vividly remember the time," Morris said, reminiscing about the days when his father, Speedy Morris, earned a national reputation as the mastermind, and madcap, boys basketball coach at Roman Catholic, "when my dad tore off his sport coat (in Roman's gym) and threw it out the door over the fire escape and it landed below in a trash dumpster. "My mother used to dress us up for the Sunday games.
March 3, 1992 |
For the second consecutive year, La Salle has lost its point guard at the most inopportune time. Freshman Paul Burke, who has started the last 11 games, had an appendectomy yesterday at Abington Memorial Hospital, will miss this weekend's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament in Albany, N.Y., and is likely out for the season. "He's doing as well as can be expected," La Salle coach Speedy Morris said. "He's disappointed. " In the four years Lionel Simmons played at La Salle, the Explorers never had a significant injury or illness.
January 6, 1992 |
When the doctor arrived with test results yesterday, he told Mimi Morris there was good news and bad news. The bad news was that Mimi's husband, La Salle basketball coach Speedy Morris, would be back prowling the sidelines Thursday against Notre Dame. The good news is that Morris, who experienced tightness in his chest Friday evening and spent two nights in Roxborough Memorial Hospital, is fine. After being transferred to Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday, Morris underwent several tests.
January 5, 1992 |
Instead of prowling and pointing along the sideline last night, La Salle basketball coach Speedy Morris was resting comfortably at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted after complaining of tightness in his chest Friday night. Morris, 49, was reported in satisfactory condition last night, a hospital supervisor said, and missed the Explorers' game against Iona at the Civic Center. It was the first game he had missed in his six seasons as La Salle's coach. Morris thought he was suffering from indigestion at Friday's practice, assistant coach Joe Mihalich said.