February 7, 2014 |
UNTIL YESTERDAY, there was no record of any former Temple football player returing to his alma mater to become a full-time assistant coach. Adam DiMichele can now say he's the first. The former Owls quarterback joined Matt Rhule's staff a year ago as a graduate assistant working with offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield and was a big help with the development of true freshman QB P.J. Walker. He's been promoted to wide receivers coach. "[This] is well-deserved," Rhule said.
January 29, 2014 |
The Eagles filled out their coaching staff on Monday, finalizing the hire of Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach, the promotion of Mike Dawson from defensive quality control coach to assistant defensive line coach, and the addition of Michael Clay in Dawson's former role. The Inquirer reported the Musgrave and Dawson moves last week. Musgrave replaces Bill Lazor, who was hired as the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator. Dawson replaces Erik Chinander, who was hired by Oregon as a defensive assistant.
January 26, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - As he formally introduced the nine assistant coaches who will make up his staff at Penn State for his first season, head coach James Franklin declared Friday that there are "no returning starters at any position. " OK, maybe one definite returning starter; quarterback Christian Hackenberg is as close as a college player can get to being the franchise. New offensive coordinator John Donovan likes what he has seen on film from an athlete who threw for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns last season as a true freshman.
January 24, 2014 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - There was no eight-person delegation from Philadelphia that flew to Los Angeles for the purpose of wooing Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees, armed with $175 million, sent their executives to persuade the Japanese pitcher, while the Phillies stood on the periphery. Ownership authorized Ruben Amaro Jr. to pursue Tanaka, and the Phillies general manager engaged the righthander's agent in cursory negotiations. International scouting director Sal Agostinelli and Pacific Rim scout Steve Cohen watched Tanaka pitch and filed reports that labeled him a No. 2 or No. 3 starter in the majors - in other words, a perfect fit for this team.
January 15, 2014 |
Larry Johnson, the longest-tenured assistant coach in the Penn State football program and one of the nation's top recruiters, has turned down an offer by new head coach James Franklin to be on his staff and will leave the Nittany Lions, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported Monday night. Johnson, 61, who spent 18 years at Penn State as an assistant, the last 14 as defensive line coach under Joe Paterno and Bill O'Brien, said he twice met with the new boss and was told he could continue in his position, the newspaper said.
December 23, 2013 |
Holiday time for many of us still is book-giving time. So the call goes out - and people are really pounding me, assistant books editor, for recommendations. What's good? What do you recommend? Old, new, no matter? Why should I do all the work, though? Luckily, the Inquirer staff is full of readers, folks of discrimination and taste, of course. Here are their recommendations. Most prices are for hardbacks (but we know plenty of folks giving e-books). There's something below for almost any bibliophile, for Christmas or any other time.
December 5, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Just days after Penn State's final game of 2013, two members of Bill O'Brien's coaching staff are no longer with the program. Long-tenured linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher resigned from Penn State "to pursue other opportunities," the team announced last night. Rumors of the coaches' depatures surfaced Monday afternoon. "I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie's hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State," O'Brien said in a news release.
November 20, 2013 |
WISELY, Chip Kelly wasn't making any grand pronouncements as he headed into his first NFL bye week in first place in the NFC East at 6-5, the latest in a season the Eagles have been above .500 since 2010, when they last made the playoffs. But it was clear in yesterday's day-after media session that Kelly is pleased with the progress his team has made, that he feels his offense and his overall approach are doing just fine, 11 games into Kelly's NFL head-coaching career. "I really didn't have any preconceived expectations.
November 19, 2013
Seven weeks after their season came to an end, the Phillies have three vacancies on their coaching staff. For the second time this offseason, assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner informed the team that he would not be returning in 2014, the Phillies announced yesterday. Later in the day, foxsports.com reported that Joyner was taking a job as the Detroit Tigers hitting coach. The Phillies will reboot a search for an assistant hitting coach, while also looking to fill the vacant pitching coach and bullpen coach positions, too. Joyner drew rave reviews among players in 2013, his first season on the coaching staff and the first year the Phillies employed two hitting coaches.
November 17, 2013 |
SMG, the West Conshohocken facilities manager that will start running Philadelphia's vast but underused Convention Center on Dec. 1, has tapped Lorenz Hassenstein, former vice president at Trevose-based Advertising Specialty Institute Inc., for a new job supervising most of the center's operating staff. Hassenstein will head the group that runs the center and deals with shows, contractors, hotels, and unions. He will report to SMG chief operating officer Bob McClintock and to the state-owned center's new executive director, whom the Convention Center board plans to approve and name next week.