November 13, 2015 |
The roads least traveled to the NFL always make for the most interesting stories. And when you study the map that details Chris Maragos' ascent to the top of his profession, you just shake your head and wonder how he never got lost or too discouraged to continue on the trail that now has him playing a leading role on Eagles special teams and a supporting one on defense. Stop signs went up before Maragos ever left his hometown of Racine, Wis. With an assist from Bucky Badger, he went through a red light at Western Michigan and bypassed a sure thing at Grand Valley State to pursue his dream of playing at the University of Wisconsin.
July 1, 2015
Dan Archibong, a two-way lineman from Springfield (Delco), has made an oral commitment to attend Temple, becoming the sixth player from the class of 2016 to commit to the Owls. Among the schools recruiting him were Connecticut, Army, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, and Western Michigan. The 6-foot-51/2, 252-pound Archibong said he was recruited as a defensive lineman and could play end or tackle. "Temple's program is on the rise and it's great to be part of it," Archibong said. "It's a great feeling to have made my choice.
December 4, 2014 |
There's this photograph that Chris Maragos has to get his hands on. A shooter for the Associated Press took it in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in February. Maragos's face fills the right side of the frame. The Lombardi Trophy, silver and gleaming, fills the left side. Maragos - a member of the Seattle Seahawks then, a special-teams dynamo for the Eagles now - is kissing the trophy. He has seen the photo, but he doesn't have a copy of it. He would like one. It captures everything that he thinks about when he thinks about winning a championship.
October 31, 2014 |
IN THE FALL OF 2008, Chris Maragos and J.J. Watt were walk-ons at the University of Wisconsin, Watt having transferred back to his home state after not getting much playing time as a freshman tight end at Central Michigan, Maragos having left Western Michigan in search of a bigger stage. Watt - shifted to defense and still growing into his 6-5, 289-pound frame - sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, but a few practices taught Maragos a lot about the man who remains his friend and offseason workout companion.
November 1, 2013 |
Since taking his first coaching job in football only months after graduating from Delaware, Bill Cubit has led the kind of nomadic existence that only a college coach can understand. The travels of Cubit, who is from Sharon Hill, Delaware County, have taken him to Illinois, where he is in his first year as offensive coordinator of the Fighting Illini. That job will take him back to his home state this weekend for a game against Penn State at Beaver Stadium. A former wide receiver at Delaware, Cubit, 60, began his career as a Swarthmore assistant.
May 30, 2013 |
DETROIT - A cause of death was not determined yesterday after an autopsy on the body of a Michigan man who played Division II football and was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college history. There was no obvious sign of heart trauma on Cullen Finnerty, Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said. Finnerty's body was discovered Tuesday in woods in western Michigan, 65 miles north of Grand Rapids, following a search by dozens of people, including former teammates, coaches and current players at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, where Finnerty quarterback three national championship teams.
October 22, 2012
Jason Babin Defensive end Paw Paw High School Paw Paw, Mich. Jason Babin grew up in Paw Paw, Mich. - or, as the locals say, "a town so nice they named it twice. " Located in the southwestern end of the state, Paw Paw is a sleepy community, a place where people look out for one another. So it came as an unexpected commotion when they looked out their windows and saw a young man running down the street with an old truck tire attached to a pair of shoulder pads by a logging chain.
June 23, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - After South Carolina's win late Thursday night over Arkansas, the Razorbacks' only chance to play for their first baseball national championship came down to one more game against their SEC rival. Gamecocks freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter to lift the two-time defending national champions to a 2-0 victory at the College World Series and set up Friday night's third meeting between the two teams in five days. The winner of that game advances to the best-of-three finals against Arizona starting Sunday.
March 5, 2012 |
THE POWER conferences are taking the day off, but championship week rolls on. One mid-major league is just getting started, while four others wrap things up tonight. Here's the rundown: STARTING TODAY Mid-American Conference Regular-season champ: Akron (21-10, 13-3) is the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. The Zips' leading scorer is Zeke Marshall (10.3 ppg). What is the likelihood a guy named Zeke would lead the Zips? MAC mites: Akron's biggest hurdle will be Buffalo, which beat the Zips twice.
January 21, 2012 |
T.J. White, a rugged senior linebacker for West Chester Henderson, has committed to play football at Villanova. "I had a few other offers on the table," the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder said on Friday. "Villanova was a great fit for me, academically and football-wise. And I think I have an opportunity to play early on there. " White, a three-year starter who also played tight end, also had scholarship offers from Bucknell, Coastal Carolina, New Hampshire, Towson, and Western Michigan.