December 1, 2013 |
THIRTY YEARS ago, a young and upcoming coach left his job as Alabama's running-backs coach to become the next football coach at Temple. After a long journey with a few speed bumps, Bruce Arians will return to the Philadelphia sideline tomorrow as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. After the Eagles parted ways with Andy Reid, Arians - who was coming off of an 11-5 season as the offensive coordinator/interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts - was a candidate for the vacant head-coaching position.
October 13, 2013 |
After four years in prison awaiting trial, Nafis Pinkney was acquitted Friday of the 2009 execution-style double murder in West Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before acquitting Pinkney, 24, of the slayings of best friend Jonathan Pitts, 21, and Pitts' girlfriend, Nakeisha Finks, 20. Afterward, defense attorney Gregory J. Pagano lambasted homicide detectives for coercing a...
December 27, 2012
Chuck Pagano beat the traffic and a blizzard into work Wednesday morning - all in an effort to beat the Texans. After spending the last three months fighting leukemia, the inspirational Colts coach arrived early at the team complex. He met briefly with his players to give them a succinct message about this week's game plan, then stepped onto the practice field for the first time since Sept. 26. While Pagano wanted to take a business-as-usual approach into his first regular workday, it certainly wasn't easy amid all the outside stuff.
December 26, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Chuck Pagano was so eager to get back to work Monday, he was the first one to show up at team headquarters. Long before meeting with his players, the Colts' first-year coach drove quietly into the complex, walked into the office where the lights have remained on for nearly three months, and began preparing for Sunday's game against AFC South champion Houston as if it were another day at the office. Hardly. It was the biggest milestone yet in an incredibly emotional season in which Pagano has beaten leukemia and the Colts have been a most pleasant surprise in reaching the playoffs under interim coach Bruce Arians.
December 22, 2012
Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been medically cleared to return to the team by his physician and could be back as soon as Monday. On Thursday, Larry Cripe, Pagano's doctor, told the Associated Press it's up to Pagano and the Colts to figure out when he'll be back and how much he'll do. Pagano's leukemia was diagnosed Sept. 26. Cripe said that while the cancer remains in remission, Pagano will continue to take oral medication and will be closely monitored for the next couple of years.
November 5, 2012
Looks like Andrew Luck is making the transition from college to the NFL all right. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw for 433 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, breaking Cam Newton's year-old record for yards passing in a game by a rookie (422). Oh yeah, he also became the second rookie signal-caller in the history of the NFL to produce four 300-yard games in a season. The other guy? Somebody named Peyton Manning, who now plies his trade in Denver. Probably no coincidence that the rebuilding Colts are essentially reconstructed and a suitable topic for playoff conversation at 5-3. An added highlight: Colts coach Chuck Pagano, 52, who is battling leukemia and is scheduled to begin a second round of chemotherapy this week, was in the stadium to see Luck's feat.
October 8, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - All Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne wanted to do was honor coach Chuck Pagano the best way they knew how - by winning. The two biggest playmakers on Indy's offense teamed up in the second half, wiping out an 18-point halftime deficit and hooking up on a 4-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left to give the Colts a stunning, 30-27 victory over Green Bay. It was a wild finish to a challenging week, and a win interim coach Bruce Arians called...
October 8, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - All Chuck Pagano asked the Indianapolis Colts to do was focus on football. Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne did that - and a little more to honor their ailing coach. The rookie quarterback and veteran receiver connected at the most critical moments Sunday, including a 4-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to complete the Colts' second-half rally and stun Green Bay, 30-27, on perhaps the most emotional day in Lucas Oil Stadium history. "I'm sure we were all lying to everybody the whole week, trying to downplay it," Luck said after throwing for a career-high 362 yards.
October 3, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - In a somber news conference Monday, the Indianapolis Colts announced that head coach Chuck Pagano had been hospitalized for leukemia treatment and probably would not return to full coaching duties this season. He will be replaced on an interim basis by former Temple coach Bruce Arians, the offensive coordinator. "He will do fine," Arians said of Pagano, his voice cracking as he recalled his own fight with prostate cancer in 2007. "I know him. He's a fighter. He's survived tough times already in his life.
October 2, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - It took Chuck Pagano less than 9 months to instill his fighter's mentality and hopeful spirit in the Indianapolis Colts. He will need both to survive the biggest battle of his life - leukemia. In a somber news conference Monday - one day before Pagano's 52nd birthday - the Colts announced that their new coach had been hospitalized for cancer treatment and probably would not return to full coaching duties this season. He will be replaced on an interim basis by offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who coached at Temple from 1983-88.