September 18, 2016 |
Hard to believe it's only Sept. 17 and we're just into the third week of a 15-week college football season but we're already talking about potential playoff elimination games. The top three teams in this week's Associated Press poll all face games on the road against ranked opponents: No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Mississippi, second-ranked Florida State at No. 10 Louisville, and No. 3 Ohio State at 14th-ranked Oklahoma. What's even more heavenly is that no two contests are being televised at the same time.
September 9, 2016 |
Ryan Bates is the new guy this season on the Penn State offensive line, an athletic 6-foot-4, 305-pound guard who worked diligently during his redshirt year to claim a spot in the starting lineup. But football almost ended for Bates, a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County, before it even began when he made a big decision - in seventh grade. "I quit football in seventh grade," Bates said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. "I didn't play in seventh and eighth grade.
September 2, 2016 |
MIKE KERN'S TOP 10 1. Alabama: So you were expecting maybe Bowling Green? It's never easy being preseason favorite. And Tide have to go to Mississippi - which has beaten them the last two years - in September, to Tennessee - which they've beaten nine straight times - in October and to LSU - which they've beaten five in a row - in early November. But they are going for fifth ring in nine years. 2. Clemson: Has to go to Florida State, where it hasn't won in a decade, in late October.
August 22, 2016 |
It's not always easy for a quarterback and receiver to get on the same page. It takes precision timing, a strong feel for each other's abilities, and lots of practice reps. This year in Southeastern Pennsylvania, a number of top-notch signal-callers and rock-solid pass catchers have that special bond. It should translate into plenty of eye-popping aerial hookups. Last season's most prolific passer is back. Stephen Sturm threw for a whopping 3,100 yards and 31 touchdowns while leading Perkiomen Valley to a 10-2 record and the PIAA District 1 Class 4A quarterfinals.
June 13, 2016 |
MARCH 26, 2001 The clock blinked toward the inevitable, and when the numbers told him he was done, the old man got up off one knee and let the last shout die in his throat, stillborn. And then, with his my-feet-are-killing-me gait, he limped to the opponents' bench, there to hand over his sword and shake the conquerors' hands. Close again. So close. So achingly, tantalizingly, this-isn't-fair close. Temple lost to Michigan State, 69-62, yesterday. It only lost on the scoreboard, though.
May 8, 2016
Jaquan Amos, Northeast football, junior defensive back. Offers: Army. Interest: Central Connecticut State, Towson, and William and Mary, among others. Pat Bartlett, Council Rock North football, junior offensive lineman. Offers: Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Monmouth, and Syracuse. Interest: Duke, Maryland, Penn State, and Rutgers, among others. Anthony Diodato, Archbishop Wood football, junior defensive tackle. Offer: Bucknell. Interest: Delaware, Rutgers, St. Francis (Pa.)
March 16, 2016 |
PHIL MARTELLI calls them the bluebloods. You know, the royalty of the college basketball universe: North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State. The usual suspects. None of them has won 91 of its last 104 games, as Villanova has, even if the only numbers many folks get hung up on are 2-2, which is 'Nova's record in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, first as a No. 2 seed and then a No. 1. Martelli doesn't happen to be one of those people. He views things differently, because of the way the Wildcats are getting it done.
March 15, 2016 |
Some thoughts on this year's tournament: Every NCAA tournament needs a Holy Cross . . . . . . or some variation of a Holy Cross. This version won zero road games during the Patriot League regular season, 0-9, then won four straight road games in the Patriot League tournament. That just doesn't happen, until it happened. Welcome to March. Bill Carmody, once the Princeton coach, had some near misses trying to get Northwestern to the tournament. Here he is, coaching Holy Cross. Player to enjoy as long as he lasts.
March 15, 2016 |
THERE IS NO reason to get frustrated with the NCAA Tournament selection committee's bracket because it is an annual mystery. However, its members may have outdone themselves this year. Why did they flip regions for Xavier and Villanova when keeping them near home would have balanced the bracket and given both site advantages they earned with No. 2 seeds? Kansas was No. 1 on the 68-team seed list, so Xavier as No. 8 would have fit perfectly in the South region in Louisville. Villanova was No. 7 and seemed a perfect seed fit in the East at Wells Fargo Center for North Carolina, which was No. 2 overall.