December 4, 2011 |
Penn State was expecting to receive and accept a bowl invitation on Sunday night, but the identity of the bowl remained up in the air because of uncertainty over how the Lions are being considered in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Another factor for which a bowl would take the Nittany Lions is whether Michigan will climb into the top 14 in Sunday night's final BCS standings, thus making the Wolverines eligible for an at-large bowl bid. However, Saturday's results did not favor a move-up in the BCS by the Wolverines, who were ranked 16th last week.
December 23, 2006 |
Boston College suspended kicker Ryan Ohliger for the Eagles' bowl game against Navy, the second time this season the junior has been suspended. "He's not traveling with us and he's not participating in this game for a violation of team rules," interim coach Frank Spaziani said without specifying what rule was broken. Ohliger was suspended Oct. 6 by former coach Tom O'Brien after an off-campus fight outside a bar. Ohliger said it was self-defense. Ohliger was replaced by former high school soccer player Steve Aponavicius, a walk-on who had never before played organized football and became something of a cult hero on campus.
April 13, 2007 |
Last season, the NCAA wanted to speed up football games. Next season, it wants more plays. Yesterday, the rules oversight panel approved two major timing changes that would revert the rules to what they were in 2005 - stopping the clock on possession changes and not starting it on kickoffs until the receiving team touches the ball. Some coaches complained the 2006 changes, which resulted in about 14 fewer plays per game in Division I-A, had altered the game too much. Others said it prevented teams from rallying late in games.
May 31, 2006 |
Steve Mizerak, who became one of billiards' more recognizable figures by appearing in beer commercials, a movie and training videos, has died at age 61, his wife said yesterday. Mizerak died Monday in Palm Beach County, Fla., from complications stemming from gall-bladder surgery, Karen Mizerak told the Associated Press. Mizerak had not returned home since entering the hospital in January, she said. Known as "The Miz," Mizerak won four U.S. Open Championships and dozens of other billiards tournaments in his professional career, which began when he was 13. He was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 1980.
December 30, 2012 |
David Ash threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the last a 36-yard strike to Marquise Goodman with 2 minutes, 24 seconds left, to give Texas a 31-27 comeback victory over No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night. The Longhorns (9-4) never led before Goodman scored his second touchdown on a deep post pattern, one snap after Texas converted a fourth-and-1 play to keep its chances alive. Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns for Oregon State (9-4)
December 4, 2011 |
Penn State and the University of Houston plummeted in the bowl system but for entirely different reasons. Now, they will face each other in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2 (noon EST). The game, in its second season, is played at the Cotton Bowl. No. 24 Penn State (9-3), of course, fell as some bowl organizers did not want anything to do with the Nittany Lions in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. No. 20 Houston (12-1) was ranked sixth in the nation entering Saturday and could have had a chance at a BCS game had the Cougars beaten Southern Miss in the Conference USA title game.
January 9, 2012
By Dave Zirin Over a decade of sports writing, I've used a basic framework: Don't reject sports; reclaim them. No matter how greedy, hateful, or ugly sports become, you fight for them to change. Despite publicly funded stadiums, offensive logos, and sexist doggerel expectorated by the athletic-industrial complex, you remember what you love about sports. You stand your ground and never forget the fun, fellowship, and artistry these games can produce. That's been my framework until now. A week ago marked the pinnacle of the college football season.
August 27, 2007 |
When Mike Ryan heard the news in July, he called his son immediately. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had just named Matt Ryan, Boston College's starting quarterback, as the second-best signal caller in the country, making this summer afternoon feel "a bit like it was Christmas morning" to the proud father. His son's reaction? "Well, looks like we've got a little work to do. " It was an appropriate response from the lightly recruited, three-sport captain at Penn Charter, who has turned himself into the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year and one of the area's best chances at a homegrown Heisman Trophy winner since Abington High School's Eddie George took home the prize at Ohio State in 1995 and Overbrook High's Ron Dayne won in 1999 while at Wisconsin.
December 5, 2011 |
It becomes clearer every day that there are two ways to view college sports: like a college sports fanatic or like a rational human being. There may be nothing quite like BCS bowl-selection Sunday to highlight the contrasts between those two points of view - and nothing quite like an off-the-field scandal. Sunday night provided plenty of fodder for debate in both of those areas. Let's look at the big picture before pulling the focus back for a view of Penn State and Temple.