February 17, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - It's 5:15 a.m. on a Friday in State College, and Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien struts onto his team's practice field outside the Lasch Football Building holding a cup of coffee. "This is a first," O'Brien says, speaking to the two dozen or so reporters and cameramen standing behind the near endzone, "5:30 in the morning. " Forget what the clock says, the presence of the media at a Penn State practice is a first in its own right. For decades under the Nittany Lions' old coaching regime, former coach Joe Paterno concealed practices as if they were top-secret government meetings.
February 8, 2012 |
The Eagles claimed tackle D.J. Jones off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens, the team said Tuesday. The Eagles also named Keith Gray assistant strength and conditioning coach to replace Roger Marandino, who became the head strength and conditioning coach with the Indianapolis Colts. Jones, listed as 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, was an undrafted free agent who spent the first six weeks of last season on the Dolphins practice squad. He spent most of the rest of the season on Baltimore's practice squad and moved to the active roster in the final week of the season.
January 22, 2011
Temple coach Steve Addazio has reached back into his high-school coaching days for the newest assistant on his staff. Sean McGovern, who captained a Connecticut state championship team at Cheshire High, coached by Addazio, has joined Temple's staff as a defensive assistant. McGovern spent the past seven seasons at New Hampshire, the last four as defensive coordinator. A graduate of Fordham, McGovern also coached at New Haven, West Virginia Tech, Duquesne, Pittsburgh and Occidental College.
December 14, 2010
THE BEST YOUNG running back in the history of the franchise, a more productive runner/receiver at this point in his career than any of them (and by a lot), LeSean McCoy is modeled after Brian Westbrook and pointed in the same direction. That is the big picture. Cowboys Stadium, Sunday night, 4:22 left to play, Eagles leading by 30-27, ball on their 10-yard line, short pass to McCoy for 6 yards, McCoy over the left side for 12 yards, and then for 19 yards, and then over the right side for 13 yards and then, later, on the final meaningful play, over the left side again for a backbreaking 6 yards on third-and-1.
December 13, 2010 |
PRACTICE CAN BE a monotonous routine in the NBA, even more so if you rarely see game action. Craig Brackins, however, embraces every practice as if it's his first, most times staying late for extra shooting practice or some games of two-on-two. Still, he had seen action in just one game this season, deactivated for most. Yesterday, Brackins returned to the 76ers after a five-game stint with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League. His average numbers were impressive in those five games - 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.
December 13, 2010
THERE'S AN OLD SAYING: If you're not cheating, you're not trying. Sal Alosi, strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets, was trying very hard. Alosi, standing on the sideline during a loss to Miami yesterday, tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll while the rookie was covering a punt in the third quarter. "I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows," Alosi said in a statement released by the team. "I made a mistake that showed total lapse in judgment.
December 9, 2010 |
WELL NOW, what have we here? The local professional basketball team is starting to raise some eyebrows (saying they're drawing interest might be a little far-fetched as the mostly empty Wells Fargo Center would attest each home game). Consider: Defense has become something more to the players than what you have to do when you don't have the ball. Jodie Meeks' insertion into the starting lineup has been like adding water to a dying plant - you can practically see the offense coming to life right before your eyes.
December 8, 2010 |
November was a good month for David Akers, and December has started well. The Eagles will need him to continue his strong run as the team heads into four crucial season-closing games, starting Sunday in Dallas. Three of the four will be in the Northeast, where cold and wind can make kicking more tricky. Over the last month, Akers' foot has been important and reliable. He hit four field goals in a two-point win over the Colts and kicked another four in a 10-point victory against the Giants, helping him earn NFC special-teams player-of-the-month honors.
September 26, 2010 |
As a freshman at Radnor High, Dave Bowen nearly exchanged helmet and pads for a nine-iron and sand wedge. A raw-as-anything offensive lineman, he had trouble dealing with then-freshman head coach Mick Bonner's hard-driving and intense approach. "Yeah, I didn't enjoy it too much," the 17-year-said. "I was thinking seriously of quitting. " Ironically, it was a heart-to-heart chat with Bonner, formerly an undersized center at Ridley, that put Bowen, once a regular at Merion Golf Club, back on track to fulfilling his goal of playing Division I football.
September 25, 2010 |
As a freshman at Radnor High, Dave Bowen nearly exchanged helmet and pads for a nine-iron and sand wedge. A raw-as-anything offensive lineman, he had trouble dealing with then freshman head coach Mick Bonner's hard-driving and intense approach. "Yeah, I didn't enjoy it too much," the 17-year-said. "I was thinking seriously of quitting. " Ironically, it was a heart-to-heart chat with Bonner, formerly an undersized center at Ridley, that put Bowen, once a regular at Merion Golf Club, back on track to fulfilling his goal of playing Division I football.