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February 7, 1990 | By Glen Macnow, Inquirer Staff Writer
College football's best running back says he will skip his senior season to join the NFL. His college coach asks him to stay for the good of the school. His college president warns that, by going pro, the player is "threatening the foundation of amateurism. " The player hires an agent - effectively ending his eligibility - and signs a $30,000-per-game contract with the Chicago Bears. In his NFL debut, he gains 128 yards and scores a touchdown. "It didn't feel very different from playing against college boys," the player notes.
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April 19, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Three more prominent underclassmen - Scotty Thurman, of Arkansas, Rodrick Rhodes, of Kentucky, and Chris Carr, of Southern Illinois - yesterday declared themselves available for the NBA draft. The possibility that any collective bargaining agreement reached between the NBA and its players might include a salary cap for rookies has spurred a number of college stars to announce they are coming out. The trio joins a collection of other prominent players: Joe Smith, of Maryland, the college Player of the Year; Corliss Williamson, who was Thurman's teammate at Arkansas; Gary Trent, of Ohio University; and Mario Bennett, of Arizona State.
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April 13, 1989 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer correspondent Gus Ostrum contributed to this report
Summing up the second week of track season, and taking a look ahead. In many sports, a team dotted with underclassmen dooms the squad to a rebuilding (i.e., non-contending) season. But that doesn't seem to be the case in track this year. The area's three superpowers - Willingboro, Highland and Kingsway - all have underclassmen in prominent roles. And all are winning big with those younger performers. A case in point was Saturday's fourth annual Camden-Gloucester County Relays in Camden's Farnham Park.
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June 14, 1988 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now that the three all-star baseball teams from South Jersey have decided to use underclassmen in the Carpenter Cup, it appears that several juniors will play major roles for their respective teams. The team that will benefit the most appears to be the South Jersey Central, representing the Olympic and Colonial Conferences. The Central will have Cherry Hill West High pitcher Chris Murphy and Cherry Hill East slugger Glenn Foley. Murphy has led his team to the last two South Jersey Group 3 championships and was 8-3 this spring.
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April 23, 1993 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
Underclassmen once again have added to the splendor of the draft crop. And no position has benefited more from the latest early exodus of college players than running back. Six - count 'em, six - of the nine top-rated running backs this year are underclassmen, including the two best, Georgia's Garrison Hearst and Notre Dame's Jerome Bettis. The other four are Natrone Means, of North Carolina; Robert Smith, of Ohio State; Derek Brown, of Nebraska, and Richie Anderson, of Penn State.
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October 15, 1996 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
If the college football season is half over, that must mean the real season begins today. It is, in fact, Oct. 15, and many college basketball teams, including St. Joseph's and La Salle, began their practices/ dunking exhibitions just as "Monday Night Football" was ending. Other folks (the Temple Owls) slept through the Packers and 49ers, just so they could be up in time for that wonderful John Chaney tradition - the 5:30 a.m. lecture/practice. Villanova, Penn and Drexel, bless their orthodox selves, all will start practice today at more normal times.
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March 19, 1998 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nazareth Academy track coach Dean Lent shook his head as some of the best high school athletes in the country circled and sped through their events at the National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston last weekend. He wished his nationally ranked relay teams could have competed. A small girls' school with a burgeoning reputation as a track power, Nazareth boasts three quartets - in the sprint medley, the distance medley and the 4x800 - who posted times among the nation's top 10 fastest this season.
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May 2, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Texas' T.J. Ford and Marquette's Dwyane Wade, the only underclassmen on this year's All-America team, both will apply for the NBA draft. They announced their decisions yesterday, as did Washington State junior guard Marcus Moore. The three joined a list that includes Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony and juniors Mario Austin (Mississippi State), Chris Kaman (Central Michigan) and Luke Ridnour (Oregon). The draft is June 26. Ford, who had said during the season that he was "110 percent" sure he would return for his junior year, led Texas to the Final Four for the first time in 57 years.
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July 25, 1997 | By Ken Sugiura, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Haddon Heights coach Marty Schoettler didn't have a particularly scientific approach for putting his team together for the Collingswood Recreation League. "Whoever paid their money first got to play," he said. "I couldn't really say, 'You can't play because you're not as good.' " Bogged down with jobs and vacations, many upperclassmen passed on the opportunity, and several underclassmen plunked their cash down and got a spot on the roster. Inexperience and all, the summer season has turned out fairly well for the Garnets.
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February 21, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - Three hundred thirty-five draft prospects will descend on this Midwest city over the next several days for the NFL's annual predraft scouting combine. That number will include 85 of the record 98 underclassmen who have decided to pass on their remaining college eligibility and get an early start on chasing their NFL dream. For sure-fired first-rounders like South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and a dozen other juniors who are expected to be taken in the first round, the decision to come out early makes perfect sense.
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November 18, 2011 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
ANY MOMENT, one half-expected Damiere Shaw to say he'd be applying for an extra year of high school. That's how much the Temple-bound star was gushing about what he figures he'll see out of Cardinal O'Hara's football program over the next couple of seasons. "I wouldn't put anything past these guys," he said, during a brisk walk toward the school from O'Hara's new turf stadium. "Catholic League championships. State titles. Everything's possible. " Yesterday, the only object was to end the season on a positive note, and the Lions did that handsomely.
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November 1, 2011
It appears that one of the area's top basketball underclassmen has made an oral commitment. Stephen Vasturia, a 6-4 junior combo guard at St. Joseph's Prep, has picked Notre Dame, according to recruiting expert Adam Zagoria. Zagoria cited his source as Tony Sagona, Vasturia's AAU coach with the Jersey Shore Warriors. Sagona said the decision was finalized early yesterday afternoon. William "Speedy" Morris, the Prep's coach, would not confirm that information, but said Vasturia is holding a news conference today at 2:30 p.m. in the school's library.
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October 21, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the leaves change color and the temperatures grow cooler, Devon Still, perhaps the most disruptive force in the Big Ten, finds the attention directed his way along Penn State's defensive front grows more intense. Opposing head coaches prepare for the Nittany Lions by trying to bury Still with double teams, while praising him at the same time. "He's an all-American, he's a force," said Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who will take his turn at stopping Still on Saturday night when the Wildcats and Lions meet in Evanston, Ill. "If you count the number of plays he's impacted, it's probably about 40 to 50 plays where his ability to get up the field has caused just complete and total chaos in the backfield.
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April 12, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
The NFL and its locked-out players have been ordered to start talking again. The federal judge handling the lawsuit against the league told both sides yesterday they will participate in court-supervised mediation, saying she still is considering whether to grant the players' request to lift the lockout that's been in place for a month. The players got their wish, with the talks held in the federal courts in Minnesota rather than the collective bargaining setting where the two sides unsuccessfully met last month.
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January 14, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Disqualifications are on the rise, but that's not what concerns one New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association official. It's the age of the athletes who are being ejected from games. The NJSIAA announced yesterday that there were 197 disqualifications during the fall season. That's 25 more than last fall, and the most since the association began charting disqualifications in 2004. But what bothers NJSIAA assistant director Larry White the most is that 53 of the disqualifications occurred during freshman or junior-varsity competition.
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January 4, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Florida cornerback Joe Haden is skipping his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Haden announced his intentions yesterday, 2 days after No. 5 Florida beat fourth-ranked Cincinnati 51-24 in the Sugar Bowl. "This was a tough decision, and I spent a lot of time with my family talking about it," Haden said in a statement released by the school. "I'm so proud that I had the chance to be a Gator. It's been one of the best experiences of my life. " The All-America led the Gators with four interceptions this season and was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.
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June 17, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Episcopal Academy star Wayne Ellington yesterday removed his name from the NBA draft and will return to North Carolina for his junior season. Ellington, a 6-4, 200-pound guard, was a second-team All-ACC selection last season when he averaged 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. The Tar Heels (36-3) advanced to the Final Four, where they lost in the semifinals to Kansas. "After going through this process and gaining valuable information then discussing my future with my family as well as coach [Roy]
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May 31, 2007 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Who knows, maybe next year St. Joseph's Prep will score 38 runs to win another title. But for this moment, the 19-0 shellacking that St. Joseph's Prep dealt Archbishop Ryan yesterday to win its first Catholic League championship in 82 years will belong to the seniors. There are just four seniors who play for the youthful Hawks, and only two who figure in prominent roles. Yesterday, Matt Dolan - staked to a 17-0 lead after two innings - pitched a close-to-perfect five innings as the 10-run rule came into effect.
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