July 17, 2013 |
BOB HUGGINS is the king of second chances. The West Virginia basketball coach believes that with tough love, he can find a way to get through to almost any player. Aaric Murray was always going to be one of Huggins' most difficult projects. After two seasons at La Salle that included moments of brilliance followed by days of dysfunction, Murray transferred to WVU in 2011. He sat out one season, played last season, went to school and graduated. Huggins, however, announced yesterday that, by mutual agreement, Murray will not be using his last season of eligibility at WVU. Murray is free to play anywhere else this season and be immediately eligible.
July 12, 2013 |
MENIFEE, Calif. - Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. had been living with his mother for two years in Southern California when, a few months ago, the 11-year-old boy with sandy blond hair called his father in West Virginia and asked to come home. So when the boy's mother called from California on Sunday, Terry Dewayne Smith Sr. assumed it was about a plane ticket - until his ex-wife started asking some worrisome questions. "She asked me if I was in California and I said, 'No, I'm still in West Virginia.
May 28, 2013 |
Editor's Note: The opinions and analysis expressed here reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TD Bank, N.A. or its affiliates. Sporting facial scrapes and a bandage on her left knee, Natalia Olson-Urtecho gingerly lowered herself onto the seat of Amtrak's Northeast Regional train one week ago at 30th Street Station. Her dress hid a thigh bruise that caused her to grimace when she shifted. Who knew that being a regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
May 21, 2013
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent a fourth surgery on his forearm Monday and doctors believe his previous infection is gone, a league source told ESPN.com. Doctors put new plates in to repair the previously broken left forearm. The estimated timetable for recovery is around 10 weeks, assuming there are no setbacks. Gronkowski originally broke the arm Nov. 18 in a game against the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to action on Dec. 30 in the regular-season finale, then broke the forearm again in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 13 against the Houston Texans.
May 3, 2013 |
Timber Creek football coach Rob Hinson will serve as head coach of the North team at the fourth annual Chesapeake Bowl all-star game Dec. 28 in Hyattsville, Md. Hinson has led Timber Creek to back-to-back South Jersey titles. The Chargers won in Group 3 in 2011 and Group 4 in 2012. Hinson was The Inquirer's South Jersey Coach of the Year in 2011. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Football Foundation, the Cheasapeake Bowl is a seniors-only invitational game featuring players from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
May 2, 2013 |
The Eagles twice passed on Geno Smith, and it's reasonable to wonder whether their interest in the West Virginia quarterback was ever that significant. This topic was debated leading up to the draft, and intrigue was added when owner Jeffrey Lurie accompanied coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman on a personal scouting visit to West Virginia. "First off, it wasn't a smoke screen," Kelly said Tuesday morning on WIP-FM (94.1). "We were as thorough with Geno as anyone else with our evaluation.
April 26, 2013 |
Tale of the Tape Height Weight Arm length Hands 6-foot-2 218 lbs. 321/2 in. 91/4 in. Combine Results 40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds Vertical jump: 33.5 inches Broad jump: 124 inches Skinny Smith is a polarizing quarterback. But what cannot be disputed are the prolific numbers he produced at West Virginia. As a senior in 2012, Smith completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns, with just six interceptions.
April 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Geno Smith was swarmed by adoring children Wednesday morning and directed participants in an NFL youth festival the way he would West Virginia receivers. In the eyes of the children, Smith was just one of the 24 NFL draftees-to-be in attendance - and the most heralded quarterback in the group. He was not viewed by the children as the most polarizing player this season at the league's most polarizing position. Smith has been seen as a potential top-five pick, but he also has received criticism and been discussed as a quarterback who could fall out of the first round.
April 24, 2013 |
"Don't be shocked if the Eagles take Tavon Austin" - the "dimunitive" receiver/runner/returner out of West Virginia - with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. That's what a GM said, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio told Mike Missanelli late yesterday afternoon on 97.5 The Fanantic. And Paolantonio endorsed the idea. "Tavon Austin, to me, is a top 5 player in this draft," he said. ". . . I think Austin could fit, and I think people want to see excitement on offense. They're tired of the same old dull offense that's been around here for 14 years.
April 17, 2013 |
NEARLY 30 reporters crowded into a NovaCare meeting room Monday to talk to Eagles general manager Howie Roseman about the April 25-27 NFL draft. The session lasted nearly an hour, and the discussion meandered all over the map. Lots of the stuff Roseman said will be sprinkled through predraft stories over the next week or so. Right now, let's just parse what we might have learned about what the Birds might or might not do in the first round, when...