September 11, 2014 |
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Penn State's limit on scholarships was like "an anchor around your neck. " But the anchor proved futile in limiting Penn State. First-year coach James Franklin quickly assembled a 2015 recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 by several recruiting services. Imagine what Franklin and his staff might be able to do now that the anchor was lifted Monday when the NCAA decided to drop the sanctions it levied in 2012 against Penn State.
August 7, 2014 |
Marcellus Shale natural gas production from Pennsylvania and West Virginia exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day in July, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and now accounts for about 40 percent of US shale-gas production. Marcellus gas production has grown tenfold in five years and EIA on Tuesday projected the gas field is on track to supply the entire winter needs for Pennsylvania, West Virginia and five other states: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
July 22, 2014 |
Here's the thing to watch in this year's campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The tea party's success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism's increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. On the one hand: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) traveled to West Virginia on Monday to lift her party's underdog Senate candidate, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
June 27, 2014
THE GENERAL Assembly is now grappling with what could be Gov. Corbett's last budget. And given some of the obstacles to finishing it, we're grappling with the best way to characterize the story it tells. Is it "Back to the Future"? Or "Welcome to Pennsyltucky"? (We are not disparaging the rest of the state, which is sometimes referred to as Pennsyltucky, but conveying a general theme of "backward. " If you're an "Orange Is the New Black" fan, you'll know it refers to the meth-addled hillbilly character.)
May 21, 2014 |
Edgar Friedrichs quietly left the Interboro School District 41 years ago, and his principal wrote him a recommendation that was cryptic at best. The fifth-grade teacher at Prospect Park Elementary had "fulfilled his teaching responsibilities" and had "a good rapport" with peers and parents, Robert Castle wrote. The letter concluded: "I would be happy to discuss any further observations with a prospective employer. " But none called. Friedrichs had been allowed to quietly resign from the Delaware County school amid allegations that he molested some of his students, including a boy who said the teacher raped him in a book closet.
May 10, 2014 |
National Signing Day came and went on Feb. 7. Glenn Garrison, a standout senior linebacker at Gloucester Catholic, didn't have a scholarship offer. But he had a dream. An old one, as it turns out. "For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to play at West Virginia," Garrison said this week. Garrison will get his chance to play for his dream team. He will attend West Virginia as a preferred walk-on, with a chance to earn a scholarship after redshirting as a freshman.
April 7, 2014 |
John Reid never bit on the gadget play. He was too seasoned for that. The St. Joseph's Prep cornerback reached behind him and snatched the interception with his right hand. La Salle picked the wrong guy last season to trick with a flea flicker. He was just a junior, but Reid was already a captain for the football power. And plays such as that have grabbed the attention of premier college programs. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Penn State, and many others.
March 30, 2014 |
If Brandon McIlwain has his way, he's going to have a busy few months ahead of him. The Council Rock North quarterback is one of the area's hottest recruits. He has received scholarship offers from major programs across the country. And he said he wants to visit each of those colleges before the end of the summer. "I'm going to try to," he said. Each day makes that task harder, as McIlwain seems to gain suitors daily. Nebraska added an offer Thursday. Two days earlier, it was California.
March 12, 2014 |
Kamal Yard conceded Monday that perhaps he is a bit biased. After all, he is the director of Philly Pride, one of the area's premier AAU boys' basketball program. But Yard said he would put Chris Clover, Samir Doughty and Sammy Foreman, the core trio of his 17-and-under team, up against anyone in the country. "I don't care if the game is being played on the moon," Yard said. The three players, some of the area's most recruited juniors, will play together next month when Philly Pride kicks off its season.
March 5, 2014 |
IN A PERFECT world, every college athlete would get to go out on his terms. Unfortunately, the world we live in is hardly without its imperfections. Fifth-year Temple guard Dalton Pepper can identify with that. The team's lone senior, he averages 17.2 points, fourth in the American Athletic Conference, just ahead of teammate Will Cummings. The only guys ahead of them are Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Louisville's Russ Smith. The difference: Those three play for Top 25 teams.