July 31, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The addition of a playoff to determine a college football national champion had Big Ten coaches thinking about tradition on the second day of Big Ten Football Media Days on Tuesday. The new system comes with a revamped bowl season, one that forsakes old customs. Michigan coach Brady Hoke questioned the effect of the playoff system on the bowl experience, lamenting the potential loss of the Big Ten champion going to the Rose Bowl. The Big Ten champion has traditionally gone to the Rose Bowl, but that could change this season when the Rose Bowl will serve as a national semifinal Jan. 1. "Being able to go to a Rose Bowl and experience that, I feel bad for the kids in the Big Ten who don't have that opportunity," Hoke said.
July 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA STARS, 1983-84 Here is a look at the 2 years the Stars played in Philadelphia: 1983 About the Stars (15-3): Coached by Jim Mora after George Perles unexpectedly bolted for the Michigan State job just before the season started . . . Running back Kelvin Bryant was the league MVP, but it was coordinator Vince Tobin's "Doghouse Defense" that led the way in the regular season. Philadelphia allowed less than 12 points per game during the regular season (but 62 in their two playoff games . . . Played at Veterans Stadium where they averaged 18,650 in attendance . . . Overcame seven turnovers and a 21-point deficit with 12 minutes left to stun Chicago in overtime of a playoff game at the Vet. The game was terrific.
June 27, 2014 |
NEW YORK - When Noah Vonleh was playing high school ball for the New Hampton School in New Hampshire, he and his teammates took part in the annual National Prep School Invitational. In one game, with the shot clock winding down, Vonleh drove the lane, went up and under and banked in a tough game-winning shot with a highly touted 6-10 shot-blocker guarding him. The defender? That would have been former Tilton High star Nerlens Noel. After tonight, when the 76ers are slotted to pick third and 10th in the NBA draft, Vonleh could find himself teaming with Noel and another New England native in Michael Carter-Williams.
May 23, 2014 |
EVEN THOUGH the college football season - and, of course, the return of Fraud Five - is still a little over 3 months away, is it ever too early to tackle those nagging offseason questions? 1 Can Florida State's Jameis Winston win another Heisman Trophy and/or national title before heading off to the NFL as the top pick in next year's draft? It might depend on whether he gets a hankering for any more free soda at Burger King to go with the crab legs and crawfish at Publix.
May 9, 2014 |
The Penn State football recruiting express continues to roll along with the Nittany Lions holding down the No. 2 spot in the Class of 2015 rankings by a consensus of recruiting websites. First-year coach James Franklin picked up his 14th and 15th oral commitments Tuesday night in offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins of Pittsburgh and quarterback Brandon Wimbush of Jersey City, N.J. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Jenkins, from Baldwin High School, is ranked by 247 Sports as the top high school football player in Pennsylvania.
May 4, 2014 |
Toward the end of his freshman year, Paul VI junior receiver Irvin Charles started getting an indication that he could be a scholarship football player. He began earning invitations to college football camps, great recruiting vehicles for the big-time programs. Since then, Charles hasn't done anything to dispel the notion. In fact, he is among the top recruits in the state, and that is why the spring of his junior year is in some ways much more hectic than the past football season.
April 8, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - I liked four teams when this NCAA Tournament began - Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan State and Florida. Kentucky has beaten two of them, Connecticut the other two. Now, what? The seeds stopped mattering when the games started. Add these seeds up and you get 15. Watch and analyze the 10 games UK and UConn have played in this tournament and you get the teams that have performed the best now playing for the championship. I have been in the building for each of UConn's five wins.
April 7, 2014 |
John Reid never bit on the gadget play. He was too seasoned for that. The St. Joseph's Prep cornerback reached behind him and snatched the interception with his right hand. La Salle picked the wrong guy last season to trick with a flea flicker. He was just a junior, but Reid was already a captain for the football power. And plays such as that have grabbed the attention of premier college programs. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Penn State, and many others.
April 1, 2014 |
DUKE COACH Mike Krzyzewski can't deal with it. North Carolina's Roy Williams has been bitten in the rear by it. Kansas' Bill Self is soon to loathe it. But Kentucky's John Calipari, well, he has no problem with the one-and-done syndrome that has become a staple of college basketball. While other top programs have struggled in dealing with recruiting top-flight prospects who only make a quick pit stop on campus before bolting to the NBA draft, Coach Cal has turned managing it into a Final Four art form.