October 25, 2015 |
The 2015 college football season reaches the halfway point with this weekend's games, and we've been sitting here for hours trying to figure out what topics to discuss. We could talk about the four preseason top-10 teams - Auburn, Oregon, Southern California, and Georgia - that have tumbled out of the top 25. Or we could discuss the teams (hello, Temple!) who began the season in Nowheresville and are now in the rankings. Who would have thought in August that the order of Pennsylvania's three FBS teams on the fourth Saturday of October, in terms of season record, would be Temple, Pittsburgh, Penn State?
September 6, 2015 |
The Inquirer's Preseason Top 25: 1. St. Joseph (11-0 last season). The Wildcats have won 21 in a row. They are 52-3 since 2010. They've won six state titles in a row. This is the last go-round for senior twins Salaam and A'Laam Horne as well as classmates Derek Lomax, a two-way lineman, and Chris Carey, a linebacker and tight end. 2. Timber Creek (11-1). The Chargers showed well against North Jersey superpower Paramus Catholic in a scrimmage. This team might have South Jersey's top receiving corps, led by Michigan State recruit Cameron Chambers and Old Dominion recruit Noah Ellison.
September 5, 2015 |
Cameron Chambers and Ahmir Mitchell swear they are not in a hurry. Chambers says he plans to make the most of his senior football season at Timber Creek. Mitchell says he has the same intentions for his senior season at Cedar Creek. The two talented wide receivers, both of whom have been ranked among the state's most highly-recruited players in the class of 2016, hope to be playing for their high school teams in the sectional championship games in December. They have other plans for January: to be away at college.
May 5, 2015 |
The Eagles agreed to terms with the following undrafted rookies: WR Rasheed Bailey, Delaware Valley University, Roxborough High (6-2, 205); G Brett Boyko, UNLV (6-7, 301); G Malcom Bunche, UCLA (6-6, 320); C Mike Coccia, New Hampshire (6-3, 302); WR Devante Davis, UNLV (6-3, 215); LB Jordan Dewalt-Ondijo, Duke (6-4, 240); TE Andrew Gleichert, Michigan State (6-5, 264); WR John Harris, Texas (6-2, 218); G Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney (6-4, 298). Also: RB/KR Raheem Mostert, Purdue (5-11, 190)
April 3, 2015 |
Here's how great the NCAA men's basketball tournament is - even the NCAA can't screw it up. For three wonderful weeks every year, the NCAA looks as if it knows what it's doing. And, in this case alone, it actually might. The tournament committee stumbled around a little bit when expanding to 68 equal-but-not-really teams a few years ago. Other than that, the tournament is a model of efficiency and fairness. The move to a geographical pod system for the first weekend's glut of games was brilliant, both because it saves money and because it bolsters attendance by making it more practical to follow one's team.
March 31, 2015
THE THREE No. 1 seeds in the Final Four are 106-7. And then there is Michigan State (27-11), a team that can't be evaluated off regular-season performance because its coach, Tom Izzo, has developed a formula to get the Spartans to peak in mid-March. Saturday's second national semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will not only be a rematch of last year's semi (won by Kentucky, 74-73), with many of the same participants, it will match the nation's most efficient offense (Wisconsin's)
February 1, 2015 |
St. Joseph's football team will play Maryland state power Mount St. Joseph on Oct. 10 in Baltimore, Wildcats coach Paul Sacco said Friday. Mount St. Joseph, an all-boys private school with an enrollment of around 1,000 students, was 8-3 last season. "It should be a good experience," Sacco said. "We'll go down a day early, maybe go to the Inner Harbor, go out to dinner. "They're a good team. Playing a game like this will help us. " This will mark the second season in a row that St. Joseph will play a road game against an out-of-state team.
January 17, 2015 |
Dzenan Catic scored an astounding 39 goals and assisted on 11 others in 25 games last season. The reason you've never heard of him if you're a soccer fan is because he played for Davenport University, a private school in Grand Rapids, Mich., that competes in the NAIA. "We were actually disappointed that he got invited to the combine because we thought he'd be kind of an under-the-radar guy," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "When he came and started to impress and was probably the best player on the field in the first game, we were nervous, thinking again maybe we would have to trade up. " But as players came off the board Thursday at the MLS SuperDraft at the Convention Center, the Union's need to trade dissipated.
December 31, 2014 |
THE FOLKS IN Ann Arbor are all giddy over the hiring of football coach Jim Harbaugh. After years of mediocrity, which is not tolerated in the Big House, and losing 10 of its last 11 games to hated rival Ohio State and six of seven to in-state rival Michigan State, Michigan is agog with the signing of alum Harbaugh. So caught up in the Harbaugh hoopla, the Detroit Free Press on Monday ran a photo of Jim's brother John, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, by mistake - on its front page no less.
December 11, 2014 |
MAGIC JOHNSON wants the Lakers to be more like the Sixers and start tanking so they get a high lottery pick. "I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson told Newsday yesterday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious. "If you're going to lose, you have to lose because you can't be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick . . . I'd rather be all the way bad than be in the middle. " Surprising words from one of the game's most competitive players.