November 11, 2011
Apparently, former Florida coach Urban Meyer is not interested in working at Penn State. The TV analyst released this statement Thursday: "I am very happy with my role at ESPN. I have no plans to return to coaching at this time. " Meanwhile, in a conference call with recruits, interim coach Tom Bradley and acting athletic director Mark Sherburne said the school had begun a national search for Joe Paterno's successor.
October 28, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Their pregame handshake was brief and perfunctory. Don't read any animosity into the on-field exchange between Bill O'Brien and Urban Meyer. These two guys are all business. With Penn State and Ohio State tied before halftime Saturday night, a smart guy in the Beaver Stadium press box pointed out, "If O'Brien doesn't beat Urban now, he may never beat him. " Given the recruiting advantages Meyer and Ohio State will hold over O'Brien and Penn State, the observation wasn't snarky, merely accurate.
January 31, 2010 |
Every recruiting trip, Sharrif Floyd got the VIP treatment. He'd earned it. After tearing apart the competition at various scouting combines, the George Washington High senior was generally rated the top defensive tackle in his class nationally. When Floyd visited one big-time football school, the defensive-line coach even carried his bags. "Don't get used to this," George Washington head coach Ron Cohen remembers telling Floyd. "If you go to this school, I wouldn't want to be you the first day. You'll pay the price, believe me. " Floyd plans to sign a letter of intent Wednesday with Florida - choosing the Gators over Ohio State, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with serious recruiting heat also coming from Southern California and Penn State, and dozens of other scholarship offers.
December 13, 2011 |
The uncertainty over the identity of Penn State's new head football coach cost the Nittany Lions a major recruit Monday when defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, the top player in the Lions' freshman class for 2012, switched his commitment to Ohio State, according to several websites. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Schutt, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., became the first player to officially commit to Ohio State since Urban Meyer took over as head coach on Nov. 28. Schutt had orally committed to Penn State on Aug. 10. Schutt, who is ranked 42d overall by Scout.com and 52d by Rivals.com, went on an official visit to Ohio State last weekend and reportedly told Meyer before leaving Columbus that he had changed his mind in favor of the Buckeyes.
December 27, 2011 |
SHREVEPORT, La. - Missouri made sure its final football game as a member of the Big 12 Conference was decided early. James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and the Tigers easily beat North Carolina, 41-24, on Monday night in the Independence Bowl. Missouri (8-5) ended the season on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 1965. The Tigers will join the Southeastern Conference next fall, and they showed one reason they should be a factor immediately: the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Franklin, a sophomore who was named the game's most valuable player on offense.
November 13, 2013 |
THE NBA is trying to get out of the worst deal it ever made, according to a report. Actually, it's a great deal if you are Ozzie and Daniel Silna, the brothers who once owned the Spirits of St. Louis, a team that played in the old ABA. The Spirits were one of the ABA teams that wasn't merged into the NBA in 1976. But that didn't stop the brothers from reaching a very, very lucrative agreement. Ozzie and Daniel took a cash payout, reported to be $2.2 million, and negotiated a deal in which they would receive 1/7th of the yearly television revenues of the four ABA teams that joined the NBA - the Nuggets, Nets, Spurs and Pacers.
December 30, 2005 |
Temple football coach Al Golden hired his seventh assistant yesterday. Ryan Day, 26, will work with the Owls' offense, coaching either the tight ends or wide receivers. He was the offensive graduate assistant coach at Florida this season. "Ryan Day joins our staff after serving as a graduate assistant for one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football, Urban Meyer," Golden said of Day, the former New Hampshire quarterback, in a statement. "He is bright, energetic, articulate and an outstanding communicator.
December 23, 2011 |
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL coaching staff lost one member and retained another yesterday. Zach Smith, the Owls' wide receivers coach and special-teams coordinator, was named the wide receivers coach at Ohio State. Offensive coordinator Scot Loefler, who seemed to be a favorite for the head-coaching job at Akron, reportedly told the Zips he couldn't accept the job, and they instead selected former Auburn coach Terry Bowden. Smith spent the 2010 season at Marshall as the wide receivers and special teams coach.
January 3, 2012 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida's Jaye Howard timed the snap perfectly, blew through two defenders and violently slammed Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to the ground. "I had a lot of frustrations, man," Howard said. "Urban brought it out in me today. " Urban Meyer's future team got a good look at his former team, and the Buckeyes learned just how fast the Gators can be. Florida's defense and special teams came up big in the Gator Bowl, recording six sacks and scoring twice as the Gators beat Ohio State yesterday, 24-17.