February 7, 1990 |
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.
April 19, 1995 |
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.
April 13, 1989 |
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.
June 14, 1988 |
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.
April 23, 1993 |
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.
October 15, 1996 |
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.
March 19, 1998 |
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.
May 2, 2003 |
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.
July 25, 1997 |
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.