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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
It had come down to one seemingly makeable field goal, and on the Patriots' sideline offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien busied himself scripting plays for overtime. Reading and reacting to what a defense does is his strength, and instead of even casting his eyes toward the field he was talking to anyone who would listen, trying to catalog all the looks the Ravens' defense had shown the Patriots while mentally sifting through his playbook for ways to move the football. Then, a roar.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
McDonogh offensive lineman Jared Cohen on Tuesday announced plans to play football at North Carolina next season, apparently concluding a recruitment that took a turn late last year when the four-star prospect decommitted from Maryland . Cohen posted a photo on his Twitter account Tuesday night in which he wore a North Carolina hoodie and baseball cap. "Officially committed to the UNC Tar Heels!! #GoHeels," Cohen wrote . The committment came after an in-home visit by North Carolina coach Chris Kapilovic, 247Sports reported.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
Navy came into Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon hoping to add to Penn State's collective misery from the past 10 months. The Midshipmen had designs on keeping the Nittany Lions and their new coach, Bill O'Brien, winless. Hours later, as Navy was leaving this scenic campus after playing a once-dominant football program transformed by scandal and tragedy, the Midshipmen had already set another goal - finding a way to win a game in what has been an unusual but not unexpectedly tough start to their 2012 season.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Troy Vincent Jr. has decided he'd rather play football at North Carolina State than Penn State next season. The Gilman cornerback, who committed to play for the Nittany Lions in June , will instead join the Wolfpack, according to recruiting website Rivals.com . He had previously turned down N.C. State's offer. The son of former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Troy Vincent is the second Penn State recruit to decommit since the university hired former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin to replace Bill O'Brien, who was hired as the Houston Texans' head coach this month.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Troy Vincent Jr. has decided he'd rather play football at North Carolina State than Penn State next season. The Gilman cornerback, who committed to play for the Nittany Lions in June , will instead join the Wolfpack, according to recruiting website Rivals.com . He had previously turned down N.C. State's offer. The son of former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Troy Vincent is the second Penn State recruit to decommit since the university hired former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin to replace Bill O'Brien, who was hired as the Houston Texans' head coach this month.
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August 28, 2012
Ball carries Badgers Colleen Kane Chicago Tribune Wisconsin's Montee Ball will repeat as Big Ten offensive player of the year and carry the Badgers to a second consecutive conference title-game victory. Playing within a weakened division due to Ohio State and Penn State postseason bans, the Badgers should secure a spot in the championship game, in which they'll edge Michigan. Nebraska should challenge the Michigan schools in the top half of its division. The Cornhuskers offense will be difficult to stop behind improved quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 1, 2012
Bill O'Brien looks right out of Football Coach Central Casting: thick neck, hulking shoulders, receding hairline and a mug that looks like it caught a few forearms back when he played linebacker and defensive end at Brown. The new face of Penn State's storied football program was in town Tuesday, on the second leg of a nine-day, 18-stop bus tour to glad-hand alumni and assure everyone that autumn Saturdays in Happy Valley will still be special, despite the tragic events of last fall.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
McDonogh offensive lineman Jared Cohen on Tuesday announced plans to play football at North Carolina next season, apparently concluding a recruitment that took a turn late last year when the four-star prospect decommitted from Maryland . Cohen posted a photo on his Twitter account Tuesday night in which he wore a North Carolina hoodie and baseball cap. "Officially committed to the UNC Tar Heels!! #GoHeels," Cohen wrote . The committment came after an in-home visit by North Carolina coach Chris Kapilovic, 247Sports reported.
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November 19, 2012
Watch Oregon's Kelly Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel Oregon's Chip Kelly flirted with the idea of jumping to the NFL in the offseason, but a late change of heart kept him from leaving for the Buccaneers. That may not be the case after this season. Kelly will be a sought-after commodity for some NFL team, especially if he can help the Ducks make it to the national championship game. Just like Pete Carroll, who left the life of luxury that he had built at USC from 2000-09, the 48-year-old Kelly could be drawn to going after the next challenge in his life.
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Sports Digest | April 26, 2013
Colleges Oakland Mills forward Long will join Patsos at Siena Oakland Mills senior Lavon Long committed to Siena during an official visit Thursday. The 6-foot-6 forward signed with Loyola in November, but received a release from his letter of intent after Jimmy Patsos took the Siena job earlier this month. Long, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, joins St. Frances guard Maurice White in the Saints' 2013 recruiting class. - Matt Bracken More men's basketball: Forest Park senior Wayne Hill has signed with CCBC-Catonsville, according to Foresters coach Greate White . Hill, a 6-foot-4 point guard, averaged 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as a senior.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Penn State has had a run of the neighborhood for as long as anyone can remember, from its years as the most successful independent Division I-A football program on the East Coast and a national power, to a little more than the past two decades in the Big Ten. As the Nittany Lions continue to rebuild and rebrand in the aftermath of the off-field child abuse scandal that ended the legendary career of Joe Paterno in 2011 and brought unprecedented sanctions...
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Sports Digest | April 26, 2013
Colleges Oakland Mills forward Long will join Patsos at Siena Oakland Mills senior Lavon Long committed to Siena during an official visit Thursday. The 6-foot-6 forward signed with Loyola in November, but received a release from his letter of intent after Jimmy Patsos took the Siena job earlier this month. Long, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, joins St. Frances guard Maurice White in the Saints' 2013 recruiting class. - Matt Bracken More men's basketball: Forest Park senior Wayne Hill has signed with CCBC-Catonsville, according to Foresters coach Greate White . Hill, a 6-foot-4 point guard, averaged 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as a senior.
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By Childs Walker and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
Don't look for a $3,000 suit or slicked-back hair. Don't expect to hear empty flattery or bragging about an extensive list of superstar clients. None of that is Joe Linta. "If you met him and he told you he was a sports agent, you wouldn't believe him," says recently retired Ravens center Matt Birk, a client of Linta's for all 15 of his NFL seasons. Linta built his Connecticut-based agency around guys like Birk, who were drafted in the later rounds and became excellent players at unglamorous positions.
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November 19, 2012
Watch Oregon's Kelly Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel Oregon's Chip Kelly flirted with the idea of jumping to the NFL in the offseason, but a late change of heart kept him from leaving for the Buccaneers. That may not be the case after this season. Kelly will be a sought-after commodity for some NFL team, especially if he can help the Ducks make it to the national championship game. Just like Pete Carroll, who left the life of luxury that he had built at USC from 2000-09, the 48-year-old Kelly could be drawn to going after the next challenge in his life.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
Navy came into Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon hoping to add to Penn State's collective misery from the past 10 months. The Midshipmen had designs on keeping the Nittany Lions and their new coach, Bill O'Brien, winless. Hours later, as Navy was leaving this scenic campus after playing a once-dominant football program transformed by scandal and tragedy, the Midshipmen had already set another goal - finding a way to win a game in what has been an unusual but not unexpectedly tough start to their 2012 season.
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August 28, 2012
Ball carries Badgers Colleen Kane Chicago Tribune Wisconsin's Montee Ball will repeat as Big Ten offensive player of the year and carry the Badgers to a second consecutive conference title-game victory. Playing within a weakened division due to Ohio State and Penn State postseason bans, the Badgers should secure a spot in the championship game, in which they'll edge Michigan. Nebraska should challenge the Michigan schools in the top half of its division. The Cornhuskers offense will be difficult to stop behind improved quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead.
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By Childs Walker and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
Don't look for a $3,000 suit or slicked-back hair. Don't expect to hear empty flattery or bragging about an extensive list of superstar clients. None of that is Joe Linta. "If you met him and he told you he was a sports agent, you wouldn't believe him," says recently retired Ravens center Matt Birk, a client of Linta's for all 15 of his NFL seasons. Linta built his Connecticut-based agency around guys like Birk, who were drafted in the later rounds and became excellent players at unglamorous positions.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2012
New Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien knows it will be important to recruit the Maryland-D.C. corridor. But re-establishing connections he made here as a Maryland assistant is very low on his long list of things to do. By keeping long-time defensive assistant Larry Johnson on staff, O'Brien made sure that Penn State has a strong presence in the area. “I certainly know the sort of talent that comes out of Baltimore and D.C. and all in-between,” O'Brien said this week.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
In the spring of 1989, an up-and-coming Division I basketball coach returned to his alma mater, leaving a prestigious job and a burgeoning national reputation behind. The coach was aware that his new program was about to be sanctioned by the NCAA for violations committed by his predecessor, but when the penalties hit nearly a year later, he was surprised by their severity. There were times Gary Williams second-guessed his decision to help rebuild a Maryland program still reeling from the scandal surrounding the cocaine-induced death of All-American Len Bias three years before, and the turmoil that enveloped the Terps during Bob Wade's tenure.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 1, 2012
Bill O'Brien looks right out of Football Coach Central Casting: thick neck, hulking shoulders, receding hairline and a mug that looks like it caught a few forearms back when he played linebacker and defensive end at Brown. The new face of Penn State's storied football program was in town Tuesday, on the second leg of a nine-day, 18-stop bus tour to glad-hand alumni and assure everyone that autumn Saturdays in Happy Valley will still be special, despite the tragic events of last fall.
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