Four days later, Sparks resigns as Northeast football coach

SPORTS DIGEST

August 15, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY

Hal Sparks resigned as football coach at Northeast High yesterday, just four days after taking the job. Longtime Northeast assistant Kevin Kylus will take over as head coach when fall practice begins today.

Sparks, 66, had not coached since 1980 at Mount St. Joseph. He landed the Eagles job Friday, replacing Mike Cotham, whose contract was not renewed after a 1-9 season in 2006. "I had to get out of that Northeast situation," said Sparks, who had great success coaching three sports, including football, at Mount St. Joseph.

Kylus, 39, a physical education instructor, had applied for the top job but lost out to Sparks.

"I didn't think I was going to be able to be successful there, so I backed out," Sparks said. " ... The problems were bigger than I thought."

Basketball -- St. Frances' Sean Mosley, the first area basketball player named All-Metro in his first three years of high school, is scheduled to announce his college choice at noon today in the school's gym. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard-forward is ranked No. 62 in Rivals.com's Top 150 players nationwide and No. 13 among shooting guards. Mosley has narrowed his choices to Maryland, Syracuse, Clemson, Florida State and Indiana. Mosley averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists last season as a junior.

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